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Super Bowl Ads Go 3D

I was at Safeway the other day when they asked if I wanted some 3D glasses for the Super Bowl.

At first I said "Whaaaaattt?" 3D glasses for the Super Bowl?

The cashier said "yes" and gave me a bunch.

Later I found out that Intel and DreamWorks took 3D Graphics to the Super Bowl (as reported by CNET News – CLICK HERE to read the details). The technology is called "InTru3D". Here is information on the movie coming out this March that will utilize this technology:

"March 27, 2009 marks the next leap forward in animation history, when
audiences can take a seat and be immersed into the future of animation
with DreamWorks Animation’s "Monsters vs. Aliens", the first-ever
feature film using InTru 3D technology."

Here is the YouTube promo for the commercial to get a taste:

The NBC show "Chuck" (one of my favorites since I happen to like geeks) and some other commericals will be in 3D. All Things Digital summarized all of the fun ads that will appear this Super Bowl in their post: "Super Bowl Ads Web 2.0 Roundup: Watch, Tweet and Widget".

Back to the game, I need to get my glasses ready for the first 3D experience…

RELATED LINKS:

CNET NEWS "The tech that makes the Super Bowl super."  and a list of their other tech Super Bowl posts

Even HULU had an ad on the Super Bowl (via TechCrunch). The TechCrunch post also mentioned some of the other interesting tech related ads, including the talking baby E-trade ad and a trailer for Transformers 2. 

GoDaddy on the other hand, is getting some negative twitters about their Super Bowl ads

 

CBS News with Katie Couric on Twitter!

While I get updates on Hurricane Ike from CNN, I like to get news updates from CBS. I have especially been following the CBS News With Katie Couric’s series called "Where We Stand" to help get information about the election.  Here is my tweet from CBS News on Sep. 11:

"Obama And McCain On How To End The War: http://www.cbsnews.com/stor…

The news story is called "Obama And McCain On How To End The War". It is this one sentence that confirmed yet again why I am a firm Obama supporter:

"My first day in office, I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and
I will give them a new mission," Barack Obama said in July. "That is to
end this war.
"

 

CNN Rick Sanchez Live Tweets Hurricane Ike

Yesterday I was reveling in my quiet time at home while the kids were at school, trying to get some work done.. I put in a few good hours then decided to take my tweet break and see what my Twitter buddies were up to. Little did I realize my new Twitter buddy, Rick Sanchez from CNN, was live tweeting Hurricane Ike from Morgan Point Texas. Here is the tweet I received:

RICK SANCHEZ: "going on the air in just 14 minutes, in morgan’s point.  think i may be right in it. 
bay already up ten feet.

      

So I turned on the TV, wanting to see if it was for real and to see how people are doing in Texas (I have friends there).  And what do you know – there was Rick – holding onto his hat and checking Twitter from his computer. From his report, people were prepared and holding up fine.

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My next tweet back to him was:

TECHMAMA: "What laptop are you using that you can have it out in the rainy, windy weather while you are covering the hurricane?

      

Seriously, I could use that type of laptop so I could do some work while my three boys are playing on the front lawn, which many times feels like a Hurricane!

Kinda fun getting news updates on Twitter (or Facebook for the matter)..

 

I Just Twittered and Facebooked CNN About Hurricane Gustav

I happened to turn on CNN to get an updated on Hurricane Gustav, and what do you know – the reporter Rick Sanchez was utilizing online social networking during the newscast. He displayed the Twitter conversations and discussed using Facebook, saying "that he was utilizing the social networking thing".

So I decided to join him in the social networking thing by twittering him to see if he was really accepting new tweets. Let’s see if I am added to his list…. While I was waiting I shared tweets with my other mom blogger buddies sharing concern about those in the path of the Hurricane.

I already had a great experience social networking with Katie Couric and CBS Interactive (which led to a LIVE meeting). I also checked CBS news about Hurricane Gustav as found their interactive storm tracker.

Using online social networking is not only a way for busy parents to connect with friends, but it now seems it is a way to keep up to date on news items…

Update 9:20pm.. I was just confirmed by Rick Sanchez on Facebook.. So yes – it is for real!

Here is a link to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which shows the government information on this and any other hurricanes..

 

I Am Getting My DNC Coverage From MOMocrats!

My husband is in the other room watching the DNC while I read the posts on Momocrats. This is an exciting step for moms and online political influence – they have an official blogger pass to the convention floor and have been spread out covering different events.

Here is their link to:

If you are into podcasts, don’t miss out on Momocrats podcasts on BlogTalkRadio.

 

Virtual Support For Cancer

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All of my thoughts are on my virtual blog buddy Why Mommy who is going in for a double mastectomy today. She has also graced us with her thoughts on the DC Metro Moms Blog.  This is an example of how blogs can also provide virtual support for those like Why Mommy who openly talk about their experiences. This strength helps others who are also going through the same experience.

There are other support sites, like Blog For A Cure that offers blogs and a community. The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society has links for support and resources.  For those wanting to coordinate support online, Lotsa Helping Hands is a site where you can coordinate volunteer and support activities. Any others websites that are good resources for those fighting cancer and those that want to support them?

All I know is that Why Mommy is an inspiration for all! Here is a link to her "Team Why Mommy" website.

 

Is Voting Ready To Go Digital?

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If I look into the future of what our kids will use to vote when they are adults, I see computerized voting. I mean, come on, everything else is going digital – why not voting? The good news is that e-voting is here. The bad news is that it seems to have some glitches.

Techmeme linked to a New York Times article by Clive Thompson titled "Can You Count On These Machines?". I posted about my positive experience last year using eSlate on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. My blogger buddy Sarah Granger also posted on the E-Voting Dilmena. Her post mentioned the Verified Voting Foundation. When I took a visit to that site, I saw them state that electronic miscounts are not theory – but fact. That site also had a link to an article by the NC Charlotte Observer titled  "NC: Paper trail on voting devices a bumpy road".

Ok, I get it – with electronic voting there can be lost counts. But what about the famous dimple, chad and butterfly ballot debacle of Election 2000? It seems paper voting has it’s own set of problems. In my past life I was in system auditing so my two cents are to make sure there is an audit trail – in paper and digital. Sarah’s post mentioned that some e-voting machines have the option to verify your vote with a paper audit trail – but it is up to the voter to request.

So voters, don’t be afraid to join the digital age with e-voting but do your part and ask if there is a way to verify your vote with paper.

 

Keeping Track of Online IDs with OnXiam

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The wired world has made keeping track on ID’s across multiple applications complicated. Even if you use the same ID, you have to remember what applications you signed up for and even worse – your passwords. Being from an application security background, it is important to have secure alphnumeric passwords, which end up being hard to remember at times.

I was visiting Techcrunch, that posted about a blog called Daily Tech Talk (dTt). When I went to take a look at this blog (very interesting, I added it to my tech sites typelist) I saw the most interesting section on his about page. The section listed all of his ID’s across multiple online apps such as Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. The site he used to organize this information is called onXiam.

I decided to add myself. I chose one site that I am just starting to add information to (LinkedIn). All identities added are public by default, but you can choose to have some of your identities remain private. The onXiam FAQ page explains the details.

This is a great service for moms, because just keeping track of your child’s schedule is hard enough without remembering ID’s.

 

TB Travelers, Forget Air Travel – Try Video Teleconferencing Instead

The first thought that came to my mind after reading the news about Andrew Speaker going on a 12 day world travel trip to get married, infected with a dangerous form of tuberculosis, was "Video Teleconferencing".

I mean, come on, with all the technology available these days do ya think he could have figured out that he that he could use it and NOT put his family and all the travelers at risk.  So, just in case any other grooms or brides become infected with a contagious disease, here is a great example of a couple getting married using Teleconferencing and some hotels that can be used:

  • Just last week (May 29) the Washington Post reported that Spc. Abraham Rhode and Amanda Hart used video teleconferencing to be joined as husband and wife.
  • Hotels from Syracuse to London have audio/video technology available. Guests can have a nice meal while watching the video romance taking place.

Just make sure the the officiator is either with the bride or groom. The State of Connecticut on May 24, 2007 issued a press release with details of the lawmakers attempt to close the loopholes in video conferencing weddings. I assume that the officiator of the Andrew Speaker wedding would have chosen to be with the bride.