Shoetube connecting shoe lovers

10 06 2009

If like me, you’re addicted to shoes then you’ll love Shoetube.tv web channel. A site dedicate to everything there is know about shoes. You’ll find videos clips and features that show you how to walk in stilettos, keep your shoes in tip top condition or find the perfect shoe.

There’s a shoe agony aunt who will answer shoe related questions and the Shoetube community provides a place for shoe-lovers to share their passion and even upload personal videos, as part of the ‘My Inner Sole’ series.





One giant leap for Twitter

13 05 2009

Source: Daily Mail

Hubble astronaut sends first ever Twitter message from space to say he is ‘enjoying the view’

A Nasa astronaut has become the first person to use Twitter in space, during a mission to fix the Hubble telescope.

The free social networking and micro-blogging website allows users to send and read other user’s updates.

It has already proved enormously popular particularly with celebrities who keep their fans up to speed on their latest movements.

Mission specialist Mike Massimino has been updating his 242,000 followers on preparations for the Hubble mission since April 3rd.

Today he tweeted: ‘From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!’

He plans to continue ‘tweeting’  under his Twitter name Astro_Mike while the shuttle is in orbit.

In his final tweet on Earth he wrote: ‘I’m going to put my spacesuit on, next stop: Earth Orbit!!’

Nasa has not placed any limits on what Mr Massimino can tweet about.  The messages or ‘tweets’ can only be up to 140 characters in length, but such brevity will suit the veteran spacewalker who will be busy upgrading the orbiting telescope.

He emails his messages to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, who then upload them to his Twitter page.

The mission includes five risky spacewalks and has been labelled Nasa’s ‘most dangerous shuttle mission’ due to the large amount of space junk in orbit close to where they will be operating.

There is even a back-up rescue crew on standby should events take a turn for the worse.

Despite this, Mr Massimino has remained upbeat about his upcoming stint in space.

‘Viewing the Earth from space is the most beautiful sight, words cannot describe the experience, can’t wait to see that sight again!’ he wrote recently.

Hubble astronaut Twitters from space

Hubble astronaut Twitters from space

This won’t be Mike’s first mission into space. He took part in the last Hubble telescope servicing mission in 2002 and completed two space walks totaling nearly 15 hours during the ten-day visit.

Over the last five weeks he has revealed what it is like training for a flight.

‘Completed our final practice for spacewalk 2 in the big pool, huge IMAX camera was in the pool with us filming a 3D movie, really fun day,’ he wrote on April 17th.

Other tasks included attending a space photography class to learn how to take memorable snaps as well as practicing inspections of the space shuttle with the robot arm.

In the final days before launch he and his fellow six astronauts carried out last minute preparations and enjoyed meals with their friends and family in quarantine.

You can follow Mr Massimino’s on Twitter at www.twitter.com/astro_mike





Fashion advice from the street

27 04 2009

Have you ever passed a stranger on the street and wanted to ask them where they bought their fabulous shoes or coat from?

Well, for those living in the UK cities of London or Manchester, Stitsh has come to your city and solves the problem for you!

Stitsh is a fashion, come retail, come lifestyle website. The concept being to display outfits of genuine people on the street and link them with retailers, so you can buy the same or similar items.

Read more about Stitsh recently featured in the Guardian’s blog spot:
Elevator Pitch: Fashion site Stitsh combines retail with street cool.
stitsh.com





Sucked into Twitter world

21 02 2009

I must admit, it took me quite a while to understand what all the fuss was about. Twitter that is! The micro-blogging platform that brings strangers together with their simple answers to ‘What are you doing?’ in 140-characters. After all, why would anyone, let alone strangers, want to know what I’m doing morning, noon and night.

You won’t find me twittering about a secret rendezvous with a stranger, or the time I sat next to Madonna in a London restaurant! Its more likely to be: What Are You Doing? “cycling to work in rain – must remember wear waterproof mascara – panda look not good” or “eating peppermints today – cos read article can lose weight quicker.”

I think you’ve got the picture! My 140 characters are generally uninspiring (unless you want to lose weight quickly; I’ll share with you the peppermint diet!) But surely the majority of people on Twitter, live a similar non-eventful existence, so why is it so popular?

To answer my own question, let me share a blog post that I stumbled across, by Samir Bharadwaj. He explains how you get sucked into Twitter, what keeps you there and living with the growing idiosyncrasy’s of Twittering.

Twitterpated with Twitter by Samir Bharadwaj

So I went ahead and joined Twitter, and I am currently quite twitterpated with it. I’m always a late adopter of social media and online social network sites, as I am with this 140 character restricted micro-blogging sensation. This is mostly because I don’t always assume the latest cool thing is actually going to be of any use to me. After plenty of waiting through, Twitter seemed like a mature enough idea to join in on the fun. Not that I’m saying Twitter is used for anything mature, but at least it has all grown up as a platform for fun.

Twitterpated
I know there are few of you who are just jumping up and down there in the back dying to ask the most important question: What does twitterpated mean? And most of you in the front are just too shy to ask, so I will try to define twitterpated for you. The Urban Dictionary does a very comprehensive job at a definition, but in case you’re more in the mood for the dummies version which makes just as much sense here goes. To be Twitterpated is to be aroused, intensely attracted, enamoured, smitten, practically in heat!
Click here for full article





Facebook & 25 facts about yourself

6 02 2009

If you’re an avid Facebook user, you might be slightly offended by the article from Times Entertainment reporter Claire Suddath, criticising the application: ’25 Random Things About xxx’. Of course, for some people its the applications that make Facebook all worth while.

In her article, 25 Things I Didn’t Want to Know About You. , she’s picked out twenty five facts disclosed by her friends, friends-of-friends, co-workers and so on, which I have to agree are somewhat bizarre but at the same time very comical. After all, why would you willingly tell anyone that “Sometimes I think pee smells like Cheerios.”





Show time at the App Theatre

23 01 2009

How often have you gone ahead and purchased a game for your iPhone, only to discover it wasn’t what you expected? The only way to avoid this in future, is to be better informed about an application, before you part with your cash – right?

App Theatre

App Theatre


The App Theater is an amateur video sharing website in YouTube style, dedicated to referring and promoting applications and games amongst iPhone and iPod users. A kind of show and tell, where you get to visually test drive before you buy.

Parallel to the increasing number of applications, a community of users and developer groups is steadily growing, with members encouraged to rate and comment on each other’s videos. And with everything available to buy direct via the App Store, you’re guaranteed never to be disappointed again!





Do you poken?

20 01 2009

A friend of mine recently relayed a conversation she’d overheard at the coffee machine, where two colleagues were discussing the next-big-thing in the world of gadgets. The gadget, she proudly announced, was called Pokemon.

Of course, I put her right and explained that Pokemon is the brand name of a Nintendo video game and was popular in the late 90s, which begs to wonder where she’s been hiding all these years!

Anyhow, I did some poking around and found the website of this next-big-thing which judging by its size and that it comes from Switzerland not Japan, it definitely could benefit from talking up; introducing the Poken.

Poken is an RF device disguised as an attractive geek accessory. Besides the cutesy characters on offer, such as a panda and bee, Poken enables simple data sharing of social network profiles by tapping (officially known as high-fouring) your Poken to someone elses. A kind of social networking calling card for the real world.

Poken

Poken

I’ve already signed up to be a VIP Poken as I really like this natty gadget. It means no longer having to write down names and emails plus the Alien would look cool hanging from my keyring!