Extreme Disney: Four Parks, One Day

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Only have one day to experience Disney World? No problem! It is entirely possible to visit all four Disney parks—Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom—in one day. My family and I recently visited the Orlando resort and packed in quality time at all four parks, riding at least three rides at every park, including each one’s signature ride. In order to visit all of our chosen attractions, we sacrificed visiting a few of the kids shows, parades, and children's rides, but the experience was definitely worth it. If you’ve already... Read More »

[Infographic] An Amusing Look At Facebook’s IPO

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The business world has gone crazy during the last few months due to the hype and speculation surrounding Facebook's impending IPO. Facebook makes its Wall Street debut on Friday, May 18, 2012. Blogger Greg Voakes has contributed to the hype with Facebook MBA, a humorous infographic based on Facebook’s new Timeline profile design. Clearly I'm a fan of designing things to look like Facebook profiles. I particularly enjoyed the faux comments and updates of Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett, and wanted to share. It is worth noting that since this infographic was created, Facebook has updated its filing to increase its IPO price range to $34-$38 per share, not $28-$35 as depicted. Enjoy! Read More »

Spotify Play Button: Music To My Ears

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Spotify launched a new feature earlier this month known as the Spotify Play Button. This interactive feature allows any website or blog to include songs, albums, or playlists from the music service on any page. Anyone can listen to the playlists chosen by the page's author–provided the free Spotify application is installed on his or her computer. Clearly this new feature is an attempt to increase Spotify's user base to take on other music services like Pandora. I've been an avid fan of Spotify for some time now, and highly recommend the free service to others. Spotify allows users to listen to a radio station featuring artists similar to your favorites, share your music socially via Facebook integration, and select individual tracks to play when you want control of your music (a feature Pandora lacks). What's better, none of the music from Spotify needs to be physically downloaded to your computer–it's all in the cloud. Including the Spotify Play Button... Read More »

Digital Easter Eggs: The Internet’s Coolest Hidden Treasures

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It’s Easter season. This means millions of people from around the world will soon wake up on Easter Sunday to participate in Easter egg hunts in their very own backyards. For technology and pop culture buffs, the search for Easter eggs is never over. In the online world, the term “Easter egg” has a different meaning—it is any hidden, entertaining gem that is left by a programmer for people to discover by doing a series of reproducible actions. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Easter eggs and where to find them so you can access them too. Enjoy! Read More »

How To Win Contests and Sweepstakes

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On any given day, thousands of contests are created to promote goods and services of companies around the world. Someone has to win those contests. Why not let that person be you? In the last year, I’ve entered numerous contests in order to win fantastic prizes, including tee shirts, high-end backpacks, VIP concert tickets, gift cards, cash, and a $5,000 scholarship. The purpose of this post is not to gloat, but to assure the world that anyone can win with the right techniques and mindset. While most attribute my contest success to luck (and it is a big factor), I do have a method that I use to increase my chances of winning these contests. I've shared some tips below. Read More »