by Nicole J. Tirado on March 22, 2010 | Filed Under: | 3 comments

GowallaLately, the trend for social network users is to use geo-location services. FourSquare, Brightkite, Loopt are a few of these services. The one I want to talk about is Gowalla. Gowalla is a service that began being developed in 2008 and was later released for the iPhone.

Seeing as new phones were being released with different operating systems: like Android and WebOS (Palm), they released a mobile site for Android users with plans of releasing a native mobile application for the new phones’ operating systems. In early 2010, a Gowalla mobile application was launched for both Android and WebOS, definitely increasing their members. Blackberry users can access the mobile website for now, but they will release a native application for it soon. As an Android user, I was very happy when they released the beta application (I was using the mobile website before) and now that it’s a stable build I like it even more.

I consider this service to be my favorite amongst competitors, it’s visually pleasing and it’s fun how you earn stamps with each new place you visit. There are also random items you can get when doing a check-in, and how you can drop and pick-up items in a specific place. There are more features that are pretty cool, if you want to learn more about Gowalla then check out their site.

These geo-location services have definitely made social networking more interesting (when used correctly and safely, of course) and I’m sure the statistics will show that these services will continue to grow and be more active.

Do you use a geo-location service on your phone? Which one is your favorite and why?

by Nicole J. Tirado on March 20, 2010 | Filed Under: | 2 comments

I went to the Metallica concert last Sunday, and it was such an unforgettable night. There were two opening bands: Adam Zoom (a local band that I didn’t like, to be honest) and Mastodon (They were really good). I’ve heard a couple of Mastodon songs but don’t know their songs very well, they mostly played material from their last album, and I must say, I was impressed.

Metallica began at 9:30pm and I had shivers down my spine when I saw them entering the stage. The setlist was pretty good, all the songs I wanted them to play were played, so I’m happy. Here’s the setlist for those of you interested: Setlist.FM.

The show was amazing, the sound quality was very good, the lighting effects and pyrotechnics were fantastic. It was an incredible concert and I’m really glad I was a part of it.

Here are a couple of pictures taken from my camera:

by Nicole J. Tirado on March 5, 2010 | Filed Under: | 4 comments

I saw The Crazies with my awesome friend Juan yesterday. I liked it, I think it was a good remake and loved the parts involving gore or blood, I’m a sucker for those (no pun intended). I wanted to see this movie for a while, although it’s not a zombie movie per se, it is very similar. So, if you enjoy zombie movies I think you’ll like this one.

Timothy Olyphant is the lead role in this movie, and if you know me well, you comprehend that I love that man. So, it was very nice watching him on the big screen again, I last saw him in A Perfect Getaway so I was having withdrawals from watching him, hehe.

Anyways, the performances by the actors were pretty good, considering the genre of the movie. The action/confrontation sequences were entertaining, and the gore presented was pretty cool. The run time of the movie was 1:41, which I think is perfect for these kinds of movies. Not too short, not too long. I like when they don’t extend the run time and add scenes that don’t really contribute to the plot, and usually what they do is bore you. I don’t think this movie had that.

The plot of the movie, for those of you who don’t know what is it about:

David Dutten is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house-after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. The few still sane find themselves trapped: Sheriff Dutten (Timothy Olyphant); his pregnant wife, Judy (Radha Mitchell); Becca (Danielle Panabaker), an assistant at the medical center; and Russell (Joe Anderson), Dutten’s deputy and right-hand man. Forced to band together, an ordinary night becomes a horrifying struggle for survival as they do their best to get out of town alive.

Have you seen ‘The Crazies’ or do you plan to see it? If you’ve seen it, did you like it?