27 Feb 2013

Eco-Friendly iPhone Covers

There are a lot of products out there meant to enhance the iPhone. SD cards, headphones, bluetooth devices… things you add on to make the most of your mobile. Cases are probably the most popular, as they can be entirely customized to your specifications. I know I have seen some really cool ones over the past few years, as the demand has grown. Even independent sellers are making them on sites like Etsy and eBay.
But many of us don’t want to buy anything if it is going to add to the increasing problem of mass industry hurting the planet. Many of these accessories are cheap to buy, but they come at a massive environment price. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get iPhone cases that were truly eco-friendly?
Look no further, because you can. These are all companies that make cases from recycled materials, which can them be recycled once more when you are done with them.


This amusingly named company makes what they call “shells” for various Apple devices, such as the iPhone and the iPad, including ones that allow you to slip your ID and credit cards into the back for safe keeping, reducing your need to carry around a wallet when you want to travel light or keep things close to your body. They have several different styles, including the KidSafe, which allows your little ones to mess with your iPhone without worry of cracking it with a drop, or spilling anything on it.


All products here are fully biodegradable and made of recycled materials. But they are also really cool looking. There are regular or glider series phone covers available, in a ton of different materials. They are affordable, at $19.95 each. They have cases available for the iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4G/4GS, and the iPhone 5.

True Bamboo

Bamboo is a beloved material for many things, and the iPhone case is no exception. These cases are gorgeous, made of smoothed and polished sustainable bamboo, an entirely biodegradable substance. Plus, it is a well made case that will be sure to last for years, and is solid enough to dampen the force of drops.


Tires are one of the hardest materials on the environment, and burning them releases a ton of nasty stuff into the air. These cases are really just portions of bike tires that have been reconfigured to make a pocket for your iPhone. They are the perfect size, pliable, and water resistant.


These are extremely cool, as there is no plastic in them despite the way they look and feel. They are made entirely from plants and renewable materials, and even the production is more eco-friendly than other styles. Plus, they are attractive and customizable. Most are priced at just under $35. And don’t miss this list of iphone 5 cases as well!


This China-based company has quite a few products available in different categories, including various things made from recycled wine bottles. But they also have iPhone cases that are made from other cases, which have been reformed to make new ones. They come with clips, pockets for ID’s and credit cards, and a unique design you won’t find anywhere else.

25 Feb 2013

Amazing Video of Coronal Rain Released By NASA, Beautiful Solar Eruption And Flare, MUST WATCH (VIDEO)

Video of the coronal plasma rain on the Sun that we reported on earlier has now been released by NASA. The amazing video shows the event throughout its formation and duration, it’s awesome. There is a very wide variation in the types of eruptive events that occur on the Sun, even if you’ve already watched videos of solar eruptions before this one stands out.

“On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced all three. A moderately powerful solar flare exploded on the sun’s lower right limb, sending out light and radiation. Next came a CME, which shot off to the right out into space. And then, the sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays – a phenomenon known as coronal rain.”
“Over the course of the next day, hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, themselves, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, which highlights material at a temperature of about 50,000 Kelvin. This plasma acts as a tracer, helping scientists watch the dance of magnetic fields on the sun, outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.”

The film was gathered by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument. “SDO collected one frame every 12 seconds, and the movie plays at 30 frames per second, so each second in this video corresponds to six minutes of real time. The video covers 12:30 a.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2012.”
The best part of the video is watching how the magnetic lines gather and direct the Sun’s energy in those twisting patterns. Very cool.

19 Feb 2013

Aishiteruze Baby anime review

English: Love You Baby
Synonyms: Aishiteru ze Baby
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2004 to Oct 9, 2004
Producers: TMS Entertainment, Animax, Toei Video, Sunny Side Up
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

I'll first do recommendation for those who are too busy to read all of a review. I recommend this anime for everyone who wants to watch something touching. Not really a romance, its more of a slice of life anime that should be able to find itself on everybody's list. Its an anime without grand events or drastic plot turns, its just goodness that keeps on going.

Kippei, an highschool goofy kid who spends most time slacking out and flirting with girls suddenly is entrusted with a 5 year old kid to take care of. This setup evolves into an incredibly heart warming story to cherish and rejoice, dealing with everyday problems of raising a child and struggling with his own carelessness and ineptitude Kippey becomes attached to yuzuyu quickly and tries his best to make her happy. Dealing with a child everyday brings many worries and consumes most of his time but also makes him grow into a mature responsible person. 

The innocence of a child and how they perceive the daily events creates an amazing charisma towards this relation, dramatic scenes further enhances the feelings creating an intricate empathy towards the situation and drawing the viewer into it. Further along theres a touch of romance that fits perfectly as a symbiotic situation to the main plot. The main female characters (yuzuyu and Kokoro) are just overflowing with cuteness, their sad hearts makes you want to comfort them understanding perfectly how kippey matures for the sake of them.

Another strong suit of Aishiteruze Baby, the three main characters involved are all characters that you can root for and most importantly beleivable. There are many anime's that try to oversell certain characteristics of characters, sometimes almost to the point of overkill but there is nothing like that in Aishiteruze. The characters were just great! I don't want to spoil anything for anybody but I just wanted to add that Kokoro is, I think, the only main female character that I haven't found annoying in some aspect. Her character plays her personality very well and everything is fitting. Definently not some simple female character with some haunted past or one dimensional issue that in a big turn of events get solved and falls head over heels for the main male character

Technically the characters have a particular drawing style in which the drawings and animation are watchable but not on par with the latest animes. I enjoyed personally some still shots on key moments that portrays how a sweet memory is engraved into the mind in my opinion.

Like the animation, the in anime sound track is very simple. I hardly noticed it while watching it. Music is used very liberally but enhances certain scenes. The voice actresses/actors? for Yuzuyu and Kokoro were perfect in my opinion and made the anime that much better. Titled Sunny Side Up is one of the best opening songs I have heard. I never, ever, fast fowarded past it and listening to it gave me feelings akin to the opening song of Fruits Baskets. 

I really, really enjoyed this anime. Its a type of anime that you can just watch at anytime and in any mood. It should cheer you up! Its a pity that more people haven't watched this anime so hopefully this review can change that.

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L DK manga review

Synonyms: L♥DK, L DK, L.DK
Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Mar 2009 to ?
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo
Authors: Watanabe, Ayu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend

LDK is an abbreviation frequently used in the world of Japanese real estate to describe apartments. It stands for Living, Dining and Kitchen area, and is preceded by the number of rooms. If you're fond of complicated relationships and is patient, then you will like this kind of manga. There are lots of teasing parts that can make you excited. Its typical romance? yes, but it has a hot guy who's hard to understand but sweet, nice girl who doesn't cry all the time, good art, great romance scenes, everything a shoujo reader needs.

Shuusei Kugayama is the "prince" of his high school, but he always turns down confessions—including one from Aoi Nishimori's best friend. Although she initially hates him for this, when Shuusei moves in next door to Aoi, who lives alone, she starts thinking that he might not be such a bad guy after all...

Yes, we've encountered this many times before, girl and the prince of the school living together but there's sexual tension almost immediately and the guy has a wicked sense of humor and the girl is cute, plus new characters are introduced often who are fun and have their bad points in their own way.The story continues as their feelings for each other change. I found it addictive to read and completed all 30 chapters in a flash. 

As for the characters, they are not shallow and each one has some unique story. Shuusei is a bit hard to understand but I'm hoping future chapters reveal something about his past. Aoi is not a typical cry baby so I'm happy about that too. She's a little indecisive but  no body's perfect.

Art is also good. You don't mix characters because they are not too similar physically and the details are not less. They don't wear the same clothes or the same hair styles all the time so i found it lively to read. Overall, the manga balanced the comedy and romance very well. I highly recommend reading this manga

Stardust wink manga review

Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 49
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 29, 2008 to Dec 28, 2012
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Harem
Authors: Haruta, Nana (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ribon Magazine

Intriguing manga. Who does she ends up with! To tell you the truth. A love triangle between childhood friends. I stopped after chapter 17(that was more than 1 or 2 weeks ago), because I thought it was boring. I thought that way because I craved for more romance. But I picked it up again now.. I find it intriguing now. Doesnt appeal to all of the audience but yeah girls will like it. Our normal shoujo.

Anna Koshiro has been friends with two handsome guys, Sou and Hinata, since childhood. She has a crush on Enamoto, a first-year high-schooler, but she has difficulty finding a boyfriend as everyone always wonders about the relationship between Anna and Sou and Hinata.
One day, she goes to Sou's house and finds out that Sou has a girlfriend. She is not jealous, but she feels like she has lost him. On the other hand, Sou's girlfriend is upset about how Anna comes into Sou's room so freely and asks Sou not to let Anna into his room again. However, Sou disagrees and ends their relationship. Anna decides to overcome the odds and confesses to her crush. Enamoto accepts, but upon finding out that Anna has a boyfriend, Sou gets upset.

On their first date, Anna finds herself in her room with Enamoto. She tells him about something that happened in the past: She once had a chipmunk named Coco, and when it died, Sou and Hinata brought her another chipmunk and telling her it was Coco. Her mother had told her to treasure Coco as the two of them had used their own money to buy Anna another chipmunk.
Enamoto then shocks Anna by asking which one of them she likes. After she replies that the one she likes is him, Enamoto tries to kiss her but Anna gets scared. She wants to call for Hinata and Sou but she can't. They both suddenly appear after Anna kicks Enamoto away. Of course, she cannot continue dating him after what happened.

Although she can't get what Enamoto asked out of her head, Anna is sure that the she will never be anything more than friends with Hinata and Sou. But what will happen when Sou confesses his love to Anna and asks her to go out with him? 

The progress is slow. The confusion state of Koshiro Anna is so long. It'll be hard for you to figure out or guess to whom she'll end up with.I want her to end up with Sou~ It's really hard to surpass their dilemma. Each one of them(3) tries to balance friendship and love. But, that makes this manga a good manga.  The art is Cute! Cool! BUT, I had a problem with some characters. I interchanged them because they looked so a like, except for their fringe line's direction. 

Escape from planet earth movie review

“Escape From Planet Earth” is a kind of parallel universe to “Planet 51,” the 2009 animated comedy centering on an astronaut marooned on an alien world and his struggle to get home. The plot of the new movie is nearly identical to that of the earlier film, except everything is flipped. Here, the astronaut is a blue-skinned E.T. named Scorch Supernova (voice of Brendan Fraser) who has been captured by the U.S. military. After crash-landing in Area 51, Scorch is captured by the U.S. military, which throws him into a holding facility, along with every other little green man (and woman) who has ever had the misfortune to run out of dilithium crystals in the Nevada desert.

Like “Planet 51,” it’s a cute premise. But the movie doesn’t aim any higher than cute. Its phasers aren’t set on “stun” but on “something to occupy the kids while Mom and Dad pick up a few things at the mall.”

As such, it’s a success, if a less than rousing one.

The highlights include “Star Trek’s” William Shatner, who lends his distinctive voice to General Shanker, the bad guy in charge of the base where Scorch is being held. Sofia Vergara also stands out as Scorch’s sexy alien love interest, Gabby Babblebrock. But it’s Ricky Gervais who really shines, as the voice of a talking mainframe computer on Scorch’s home planet, Baab (pronounced “Bob”). Even toned down for a PG audience, Gervais’s trademark snark lends “Escape” a lot of its low-key charm.

The rest of the voice cast is merely serviceable, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, Steve Zahn and Chris Parnell failing to make much of an impression in their roles as miscellaneous aliens and humans.

Part of the problem is that the characters are somewhat generic. That’s a weird thing, considering that many of them are visually out of this world. Lopez’s Thurman, for instance, is a slime-covered creature with three eyes. The cold look of the computer animation renders him more bloodlessly than is necessary, even for a character that resembles a giant banana slug.

Just like its hero and his grounded starship, “Escape From Planet Earth” is, for much of the film, a decidedly earthbound adventure.

(89 minutes, at area theaters) is rated PG for mild rude humor and action.


'The Vampire Diaries': Is Jeremy Dead?

According to an EW.com poll after last week’s Vampire Diaries cliffhanger, only 25 percent of viewers are absolutely certain that Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) will live again after Silas drained him of his blood and snapped his neck. Another 17 percent are nearly certain, while 37 percent think the odds are 50/50, and 22 percent believe we’ve lost him (and his white tanks) for good. Watch our exclusive clip below of Jeremy’s return home; you’ll know what Stefan would have voted.

Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder: How The ‘VD’ Stars Spent Valentine’s Day

The ‘Vampire Diaries’ stars used Twitter to send their fans & followers some love on V-Day!
While many humans spent Feb. 14 stressing out, trying to impress their special ladies or gentlemen, Nina Dobrev had her Valentine’s Day plans made for her. ”On set, filming all Day,” Nina tweeted. “Doesn’t matter that its Valentines day… Still gotta work.” Of course, I’m sure ‘working’ alongside Ian Somerhalder probably wasn’t the worst way to spend the most romantic day of the year.

And Nina, 24, is definitely a romantic — you could say she’s more of an Elena than a Katherine — as she spent the rest of the night tweeting out love-related messages to her 3.36 million Twitter followers.

Nina Dobrev’s Valentine’s Day Tweets
“Send you all…” she tweeted, along with a photo that read “hugs, kisses and valentine wishes.”

She followed that up by tweeting a picture of all the words she uses to describe love, including: self-knowledge, respect, forgiveness, communication, trust, commitment, self-giving, understanding, sacrifice, faith and responsibility. (Sounds like she’s got the right idea!)

As if that wasn’t enough, Nina next introduced a contest for her followers!

“Be my Valentine?” she tweeted. “Whoever can send me the most creative Valentine’s card with their lipstick kiss will win…” and she linked to the Amazon.com page for The Vampire Diaries complete seasons 1-3 bundle pack. She also wanted to make sure her followers knew this contest wasn’t just for girls, tweeting, “you too boys… If you have the courage, show me how die hard you are and send me a valentine card with your lipstick kiss.” She included the hash tag #NinasValentine.

And in case any of Nina’s followers needed a last-minute V-Day gift idea, she had them covered: “Ladies print this one out as an added surprise for your fella,” she tweeted, along with a cut-able coupon book for massages, movie dates and more.

What Was Ian Somerhalder Up To On Valentine’s Day?
Ian, 34, wasn’t quite as forthcoming with his tweets — we’re guessing he didn’t have as much downtime as his leading lady — but he did manage to shoot one message out to his 3.38 million followers:

“Good night beautiful world,” he tweeted.

That’s right, Ian called you beautiful. You’re welcome.

Kristen Stewart ties up Robert Pattinson’s phone line after he snubbed her on Valentine’s Day

Kristen Stewart has been bombarding Robert Pattinson with phone calls after the actor snubbed her over Valentine’s Day, it was claimed.

The on/off lovers failed to send each other loving cards but that didn’t stop the actress allegedly clogging up his phone line while he is busy filming his new movie, The Rover, in Australia.

‘Stewart only got an engaged tone,’ a source told HollywoodLife.

It appears the 22-year-old is turning to her family for support during her rocky relationship with her former Twilight co-star.

‘Kristen spent the day with her mom, [Jules Stewart] and her little brother [Taylor Stewart],’ the source added.

‘As far as I know, she didn’t get any Valentine’s Day gifts from Rob. She’s been hanging out with her mom a lot lately. I think her mom is really comforting and supportive. And so is her brother.’

The lack of Valentine’s Day communication appears to have not put K-Stew off and she is apparently keener than ever for the pair to get their fractured relationship back on track, according to The Sun.

She might have to fight for his attention though after it was reported the 26-year-old has been busy calling Liberty Ross – the ex of Rupert Sanders whose affair with Kristen started the couple’s downward spiral.

‘Funnily enough Robert’s always thought Liberty was gorgeous since he first spotted her in a magazine as a teen.

‘They’re keen to meet up when they’re both in London in March,’ the insider said.

Selena Gomez Is ‘Frustrated’ With Justin Bieber Relationship

The cast of ‘Spring Breakers’ is in Paris, France, promoting the new raunchy film. During a new interview with NRJ radio, Selena and the girls talk about life in the public eye, belly dancing and how ‘shocked’ viewers will be. Plus, Selena talks about her relationship with Justin Bieber. Watch the live stream video!
Spring Breakers premieres in the US on March 22 and we can hardly wait! But to hold us over, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine are letting it all hang out in a new interview with Paris’ NRJ radio!

“We never actually had a spring break before, so this was our chance to have our own spring break,” Selena said, when asked whether the movie is comparable to their real lives.

While the girls may not be as adventurous as their on-screen counterparts, Ashley may be considering a move to Paris!

Ashley said, “Yes, it’s my first time here, but I already love it. I only got a chance to go out for a few hours, but I want to come back.”

Selena Talks Justin Bieber Relationship
Of course, Selena’s love life with Justin Bieber was touched upon, in the vaguest way possible. The girls were simply asked if it was hard to live life in the limelight, but we know it was directed at Selena — that’s why she chose to answer it!

“I  mean, there’s certain points where it gets a little frustrating, not in the fan aspect, but in the media. I think it’s frustrating, but we’re all super blessed to be here and we love our fans and love what we do that we just try not to let it bother us,” Selena said.

This Movie Will ‘Shock’ You
And expect to be surprised when you see the movie. Vanessa admits that even SHE gets shocked each time she watches it.

“When I watch the movie, I’m still shocked. And I did it. But it’s an amazing movie for the fans who are old enough to see it, I think that they’re really going to enjoy it,” Vanessa said.

Harry Styles calls ex Taylor Swift a sweet girl

Harry Styles has broken his silence on his short-lived romance with Taylor Swift, explaining there is no bad blood between the pair.

Speaking as he took to the decks at jeweller Dominic Jones' London Fashion Week after-party at The Box in London on Sunday night, the One Direction singer admitted Taylor is a 'sweet girl' and he has no qualms with potentially bumping into her at Wednesday's BRIT Awards, the Daily Mail reported.

“I'm not worried about seeing her at all. She's a sweet girl, you know, I don't have a bad word to say about her,” he told Grazia magazine.

The couple split after a row during a New Year's holiday to the British Virgin Islands following a two month relationship.