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Friday, December 7, 2007

In my "Penn" related Facebook Widget countdown this week, I've covered widgets (what is a widget?) having to do with Penn basketball, ticketing, and videos.

And now today is the mother of all Penn facebook widgets.

Drumroll please...

Click here to see my #1 pick!

#1) "DuelingTampons.com" Widget
Of course it's going to be the DuelingTampons widget! As soon as I post the latest Penn Alumni and Undergrad news to my site, it automatically is updated into this news widget! Help me spread the word of this site by posting this widget on your profile. It would be much appreciated! :)

Click here to add my widget to your profile!

Got a "Penn" related widget I didn't cover? Comment below!

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What happens when a Penn alum film producer works with a Penn alum writer to produce a horror film?

Hopefully it gets made and hopefully it gets good reviews.

This is exactly what has happened in both cases when Todd Shotz (C'96, Glee Club, Penn Players), VP of Rifkin Eberts collaborated with writer Dan Kay (C'97) on Timber Falls.

Check out a great review after the jump!

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Posted by Matt | 10:04 AM | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comments »

Mike Karz (C '89, W '89) will be producing a new comedy Mission: Intolerable starring comedian Katt Williams (Norbit, Epic Movie).

Per the Hollywood Reporter, "Williams will play a wannabe CIA agent who starts a business as a "temp from hell" whom companies hire to get unwanted employees to quit their jobs. His latest assignment goes awry, however, when his new target fights back."

Sounds like a fun premise. Having been a temp myself years ago, I know there's lots of "temp" humor which can ensue. (I only say this after the fact. Oh, I've got my stories...)

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

This Penn professor really wants you to take his painting class.

This is pretty funny.

Click here to watch his plea.


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So far, my 3 "Penn" related facebook widget picks (what is a widget?) have centered around Penn basketball, phone books, ticketing and now today, it's all about video.

Click here to see my #2 pick.

#2) "myTV" Widget
Penn Entrepreneurs Nat Turner (W'08), Zach Weinberg (C'08), Scott Becker (C'09) and Michael Provenzano ('08) have built a slick application called "myTV" for Facebook which allows users to search YouTube and save videos to a personal playlist.

The talented founders of Invite Media, Inc. have recently launched their tech start-up which focuses on online video optimization and monetization. Backed by two Wharton statisticians, the myTV application is a launching point for the creation of a video discovery and recommendation engine based on behavioral targeting.

Stay tuned because Invite Media also struck a deal with a major video publisher that will enable them to largely distribute their content recommendation engine to over 40 million users. With personal recommendations already available for the music realm thanks to discovery services like Pandora Radio, the inclusion of video content into the discovery engine will greatly expand the online video industry and possibly lead to better ad monetization.

Click here to add the application to your facebook profile!

See all my Facebook widget picks!

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Check back tomorrow for my #1 pick!

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Originally uploaded by wmliu.

Although Penn is practically in winter, I found this great photo on Flickr that was taken a few weeks ago which pretty much sums up Fall at Penn. Looking at this photo I remember it was these sorts of days when the weather was about to turn very cold.

With all those leaves, how many more people do you think have tripped over those crooked bricks on Locust?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

For the past 2 days, our #5 and #4 picks have centered around Penn basketball and phone books.

Today we've got a really useful widget (what is a widget?) developed by Penn alumni that will help all of you performing arts folks and party planners!

Click here to see my #3 pick.

#3) "Facebook Ticketing" Widget
Developed by Christopher Stanchak (W'03) and Iqram Magdon Ismail (Eng '05), this application allows users to sell tickets to their facebook events. I've already begun to see several Penn groups using this...

Click here to add this to your profile!

See all my Facebook widget picks!

If you haven't already, add yourself as a friend to my profile!

Check back tomorrow for my #2 pick.

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Check out this latest entry from Aaron Karo's (W'01) (video) Ruminations.

How many times has this happened to you?!

Watch the video here!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Moving on from my #5 picks (a and b), our widget pick #4 (what is a widget?) is something that was developed by a Penn alum that is useful for the many Penn people I see on facebook who tend to lose their cell phones.

Click here to see my #4 pick.


#4) "Styky Phonebook" Widget
I've seen many people here on Facebook lose their cell phones and post messages to have their friends help them rebuild their phonebook.

With Penn alum Kunal Gupta's (C'04) Styky Phonebook application, you now can use your existing friend network on Facebook to quickly and easily build or rebuild a phonebook. This application puts a form on your profile which lets people give you their number or any number (your choice). This information is then given to you for approval and, once approved, it is added to your Styky phonebook!

See my past Facebook widget picks!


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Penn alum Emmy award winning entertainment reporter Emily Frances is typically the one interviewing celebrities.

This time Emily herself is the subject of a 3 part, very personal story on NY's CW11.

Click here to find out why!

Over the next couple of weeks, Emily will allow the cameras to follow her as she undergoes a procedure to freeze her eggs.

Per the Daily News, Emily is quoted as saying "I represent the not-desperate woman. I'm not desperate to get married. I'm not desperate to have a boyfriend. A lot of women are feeling pressure to have to date, because we know we want to have kids." Further, Emily stated, "I just feel this is a process that's experimental, history-making in a way. As a person, as a human being, I owe it to other women to share this experience. There is a stigma, which is not fair. I feel like a lot of women researching this are embarrassed to admit it."

Click here to watch her first segment

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Posted by Matt | 11:38 AM | , , , , | 0 comments »

Yesterday we covered my pick #5.

I actually have another Penn widget (what is a widget?) which is similar to yesterday's #5 pick but a bit more robust. I am going to lump this widget under my pick #5 and publish my pick number #4 later this afternoon.

Click here to see my additional #5 pick.

#5b) "UPenn Basketball Fans" Widget
Check out all the latest discussion, trivia, top players, standings and photos.

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Check back later today for my #4 pick.

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I was impressed by their last video, but this new video from Freaks of the Beat is just as compelling.

Combine talent with some reverse playback and we've got ourselves a very entertaining video.

Per the group's co-president (featured in photo to left), Ronny Gallegos (C' 08), the video is a tribute to Spike Jonze who directed the Pharcyde's music video 'Drop.' We put our own spin on it."

Is it me or do you think these guys are procrastinating from studying for finals? : )

Check out their new video!

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Okay, if you haven't done it already, you'll just need to join facebook. Yes, it used to be just for undergrads gawking over the new incoming freshmen class (okay it probably still is), but over the past year it has expanded into something more powerful...for everyone of all ages. It's a much more powerful site than myspace or friendster has ever been.

One of the cool things you can do is add "widgets" to your page. And what is a widget? It's a self-contained application that you can add with the click of a mouse that acts almost like a desktop application and can be moved around mostly anywhere on your profile page. These widgets help someone decorate/personalize and add functionality to their profile page.

At this point there are thousands of widgets, but over the course of this week starting with #5 and counting down, I'm going to post my top 5 "Penn" related widgets you should add to your profile (if you haven't already). These widgets either have something to do with Penn or were built by Penn undergrads/alumni.

To start things off, click here to see my #5 pick.

#5) "Penn Quakers" Widget
Think you're a diehard Quakers fan? Show off what you know by making game predictions for the 2007-08 Men's Basketball season. This widget was developed by David Lei (C'10) and is brought to you by The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Click here to add this to your profile!

If you haven't already, add yourself as a friend to my profile!

Check back tomorrow for my #4 pick.

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Posted by Matt | 11:33 AM | , , , , | 0 comments »

Have you seen the December 7 issue of Entertainment Weekly?

In it, Stacey Snider was named #26 (out of 50) of Hollywood's Smartest people!

More after the jump!

Per Entertainment Weekly,

"#26: Stacey Snider
Age: 46
Job Title: CEO, Dreamworks SKG
Because She mastered the art of steady leadership, Snider steered Universal through three ownership transitions emerging scratch-free, and now holds the tiller as DreamWorks weathers a rough sea with owner Paramount. She's strongest in times of crisis, whetger calming the staff or helping a director find (and fix) the problems with a film.
Oprah Effect:
Assembles "favorite things" holiday gift baskets for industry friends."

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Did you catch Ken Olin (C'76) on Brothers and Sisters last night (see image above)?

Typically directing this show's episodes, this Penn alum took off his director's cap, and put on his acting cap to perform opposite his real life wife Patricia Wettig.

As you may recall, both actors appeared together years ago on Thirtysomething (see photo to left).

Click here to see some photos I took of when Ken Olin came to campus back in 1992!

Check out other Penn alumni on TV this season!

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