Arts, Entertainment, Living

What Does the iPad Mean for Video Games?

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 06:36 PM Written by

altIf you skimmed the technology headlines yesterday then you are at least aware of Steve Jobs’ shiny new toy: the iPad.  The iPad is Apple's way of bridging the gap between laptop and smartphone and with the invention, has also entered itself into the netbook competition.

Now as you probably know, there are tablets out there on the market that aren’t made by Apple.  There were also smartphones out before the iPhone and MP3 players before the iPod.  Apple has a history of altering the market that they enter.  The iPhone changed the cell phone business and the iPod, while maybe not completely saving the music industry, did certainly help it a bit.  Who’s to say that the iPad won’t follow suit?

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Preparing for the 'Lost' season premiere

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:49 AM Written by

For today's Post-Gazette, enterprise editor Virginia Linn created a "Lost" quiz (it's tough; I only got 20 out of 30 right) and I offer a brief recap of where the show left off in May.

We're not the only ones anticipating the show's return Tuesday. Several fan videos have cropped up online, including a family's recap of the series so far and a music video that pleads for answers:

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Blues from Hollywood: Fats and The Blue Flames

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 08:00 PM Written by

Blues from the West Coast, often loose and swinging, like the West Coast itself (thus, West Coast blues),  have been around since at least the 1940s, after T-Bone Walker carried his guitar from Texas to Los Angeles and in 1947 recorded his classic, "Call It Stormy Monday."

Fast forward through many a fine West Coast blues artist to the early '70s, when a young blues guitarist, about 20, named Michael Mann, was a player in LA-area clubs, soaking up the blues. Soon, he became Hollywood Fats, reportedly named by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, and became one of the Coast's top blues guitarists, who could swing or sting as the occasion or the mood demanded.

He formed the Hollywood Fats Band and played in other groups, including the James Harmon band. They recorded one album in 1979, and Fats recorded with other groups. Sadly, he died in 1986, by most accounts a major talent gone to waste with heroin.

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TV off the screen: Quilt show and club opening

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 07:01 PM Written by

Scotty on a quilt as part of Due to time spent writing Tuned In Journal and all those other TV coverage obligations, getting out of the house is a rare luxury. Not sure these events will overcome the HD set's gravitational pull but they are TV-related and local so I thought they might be of interest to some readers.

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Proposed Pittsburgh sitcom details

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 10:31 AM Written by

That proposed Pittsburgh-set sitcom from the writers of "How I Met Your Mother" now has a network home and a title.

CBS bought the script, according to Variety, and will produce a pilot episode. The show is currently titled "Livin' on a Prayer." This means the show is a little further along than I initially thought and could be on CBS's prime-time schedule as soon as this fall if the show is picked up to series.

Kourtney Kang, one of the creators of the proposed series, got her bachelor's degree at the University of Pittsburgh and received an MFA in playwrighting from Carnegie Mellon University.

In an e-mail Monday, Kang told me, "I always look back on my days in Shadyside and Squirrel Hill with absolute love. ... [It's] a fantastic City.  I met so many great people there and have so many great memories of my time there."

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