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Another Free Movie Screening Partner!

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My post on how to attend free movie screenings is one of my most popular posts on this site. I’m glad! I’ve gotten to see a lot of movies in the past year and a half because of tracking the right keywords, and signing up with as many screening partners as I possibly can.

I got several AdvancedScreenings.com alerts today and they directed me to a new screening partner for the upcoming movie Hardcore Henry. This new site is stxtickets.com. I registered and claimed my passes. Now whether or not I go remains to be seen, but I can make that call next week!

So, if you’re also always looking to maximize the number of free movie screenings you can attend, it probably couldn’t hurt to sign up for an account at STX Entertainment too!

Have my tips helped you? How many free movies have you scored? Let me know in the comments!

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Heard of IFTTT? You Should Check It Out!

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I don’t think I’ve pimped one of my favorite new services, IFTTT, on here yet. So now’s the time!

IFTTT stands for “If This Then That.” There are various news and social media “triggers” you can choose from, when, if your desired action happens, then another event (of your choice) will happen.

For example, if you post a tweet with a specific hashtag you determine, it will also post to Tumblr. Or, if your favorite blog posts an update, you will receive a text message. Those are just examples, but the amount of cross-posting productivity you can get done is limitless! I love playing with IFTTT, and as someone who manages a lot of fan pages, its invaluable.

But thinking outside of the social media realm, it can be very helpful in your day-to-day life. Check out the following “recipe:”

IFTTT Recipe: Send me an e-mail if there will be rain tomorrow

IFTTT can help send weather updates right to your phone!

But they’ve also integrated with services like Up by Jawbone, Withings, Belkin’s WeMo, and Philips hue. You can have your Philips Hue light automatically turn on at sunset.

IFTTT Recipe: Living room Light on at sunset

And then, if motion is detected in a room equipped with WeMo, it can send you a text alert.

IFTTT Recipe: Text me if sensor detect motion!

There are so many triggers and actions available to you. I end up finding a new recipe all the time! But here’s one that I recommend for all iDevice users who may or may not take a ton of pictures with their phones. If you don’t want to make a conscious effort to regularly back up your photos, activate the iOS Photos channels and automatically back up to DropBox, Box, Skydrive, Google Drive, and Flickr, among other choices.

Since Dropbox is my cloud service of choice, this is what I’d use:

IFTTT Recipe: iPhone Photos to Dropbox

And you can specify certain albums, whether or not it’s a screenshot, or if you used the front camera (AKA selfie mode). Pretty cool, right?

I just scratched the surface of what IFTTT can do. Check it out and see if it can help make your life a little easier!

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I Love Google Maps Street View

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I’m really late with today’s post, but better late than never, right?

I want to briefly talk about Google Maps. And in particular, the Street View feature. It was something the good Lord must have placed into a developer’s head and then they implemented it for the masses.

It is simply everything!

I’ve been 3-4 “new” places in the past month, and I swear that if I didn’t have that street view at my disposal, I’d have gotten lost for sure!

I need to be able to lay eyes on exactly where I’m going, complete with landmarks and other visuals. Don’t tell he to head northwest for .3 miles. That does nothing for me. I’m not a compass! I need to know what streets to look for, how many traffic lights to go through, and finally, when to turn left or right! Basically I need “Directions For Dummies” in real life. Street view helps me with that.

I’m writing this post on my phone (thanks WordPress app), from a friend’s apartment that I’ve never been to before. Guess what helped me get here without any detours? You guessed it!

So, thank you, Google Gods!

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How Prince Won The Internet With His New Single Cover

Prince's 'Breakfast Can Wait' album coverĀ 

I meant to post about this earlier this week because when I first found out, I laughed out loud. Yes, a real life LOL!

As a longtime fan of Chappelle’s Show, I just had to tip my hat to Prince on the cover art for his new single, “Breakfast Can Wait.” Instead of some artsy fartsy photoshoot, The Purple One used a picture of Dave Chappelle, wearing the costume he often used when spoofing Prince on Chappelle’s Show, and holding a plate of pancakes. I don’t care who you are, that is hilarious!

I always applaud when celebrities show that they don’t take themselves too seriously, something Prince has been accused of throughout his career. I love that he’s getting in on the joke; that’s how you win people over. But he already had me in his corner. My iPod can vouch for that.

And the fact that Prince shared the artwork on his newly created Twitter account (Yes, Prince has joined the Twittersphere), just scores him even more points. That is how you win the Internet, and/or life, in general.

Bravo, and keep ’em coming, my good sir!

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Even Twitter Knows Its Platform Makes TV More Fun

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I simply refuse to watch big TV events without being logged onto Twitter. The commentary, slander, and memes are priceless. I get my life each and every time, without fail! And after a big sporting event, ridiculous show, or awards show, I always wonder, aloud, how we ever watched TV before the invention of Twitter.

I know people were spread out over various message boards and what not, but it’s just not the same. Twitter is better. You’re literally viewing with the world in some cases! Instant feedback and a million different opinions and perspectives. It’s amazing!

And now it’s being reported that Twitter is testing a “Trending TV topics” feature for the platform. I think that’s brilliant. Before, trending topics, related to TV just appeared in your regular or tailored trending lists. If you were in an app, you’d need to visit that section of your app to see the topics. With this new feature (if Twitter’s official apps) it’ll turn up in your main timeline.

According to Mashable:

Trending shows appear as Twitter cards located at the top of your timeline, along with information and top tweets about the programming.

And TechCrunch adds the following:

“Once you refresh, the trending box shows up. However, when you start scrolling the box flows down with your timeline. Over time, or when an insane number of tweets come out about the show, the box goes back to the top.”

I typically already know when/why certain TV events are trending. A lot of the time I’m a part of it! When the SyFy’s Sharknado almost broke Twitter, my followers were already alllll over it! So, while I think this is a great idea, I hope Twitter is making the TL integration optional. I can see where some people would be annoyed by it appearing at the top of their timelines. And it will probably be used by advertisers trying to reach a larger audience.

This feature, as long as it’s limited to mobile platforms, really doesn’t affect me anyway. I don’t use any of Twitter’s official apps. I prefer Tapbots’ Tweetbot because it has a comprehensive muting functionality that I need to maintain my sanity on Twitter.

I’ll continue to tweet during big TV events. It’s too fun to miss out one. But what do y’all think about Twitter potentially messing with your main TL?

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#31WriteNow Challenge – I’m Hanging In There!

We’re a third of the way through the month of August, which means I’m a third of the way through completing Luvvie’s #31WriteNow challenge! I just knew I was crazy when I decided to hop on board, but so far I’ve really enjoyed the experience.

Over the winter, I wanted to do something that would help me get back to posting more frequently. I was thinking about forcing myself (somehow) to post twice a week. It sounded so daunting, at the time. Now, look at me!

I’m finding my groove and it’s actually not so hard to find something to write about. Some days I’m even writing multiple posts and scheduling them for future publishing. I’ve got posts in my drafts and everything!

I can find post inspiration in just about everything. TV commercials, celebrity and sports news, things my cat does, personal stories, items/products I covet, advice, picture posts… There’s so much out there! And posts don’t have to be novels. A couple of paragraphs, and a picture, and you’re done!

Also a general rule of thumb I’ve learned over my years being a Twitter addict, is that if you dedicate more than 3 tweets to a subject, you probably have enough material for a blog post. Think about it! So, if you’re in a blogging rut, think about anything and everything going on in your life. You can do it!

Is anyone else doing this challenge? How is it going for you?

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