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Super Bowl Commercials Advertise High Tech Hulu Site to Watch TV from Online Computer Terminals; 3-D Commercials and Programs to Come with Glasses You Get from Major Metropolitan and Rural Area Stores; Local Movie Houses Prepare for 3-D “Coraline” to Come to Town

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl 43 (played on February 1st, 2009) is history and the Pittsburgh Steelers have won. Now all the tech talk after the game is focused on the commercials… which have given Gen X and Gen Y hope that this television season will bring high tech changes to come. Commercials, commercials, oh those fabulous and funny Super Bowl commercials…

“Hulu” website promises the ability to watch major network television programming with no T.V. involved.

hulu_tv_online_via_home_office_desktop_laptop_computer_freeEnter Hulu.com, a new online service promising users can watch major network T.V. from their computer terminal desktops and laptops without needing to head to turn on their television sets at home. For those looking for the link, the service can be found at http://www.hulu.com.

Though Super Bowl night web surfing reported that HULU was going to be down for scheduled site maintenance, we’re optimistic that Alec Baldwin would not lie to us or change his tone. With the humorous Alien commercial promoting the psychological sales mechanism idea that watching your favorite programs will in fact not rot your brain but “soften it” in a positive way (so aliens like Baldwin can come scoop your brains out of your head with melon ballers so they can, “gobble them right up”), we expect the newly famous site to have Internet hits by the couch potato vegetable tons.

Next up– 3-D television and movies form the comfort of your own home.

3d_glasses_for_superbowl_and_chuck_by_intelThe classic three dimensional 1950’s & 60’s movie theater “red and blue glass” plastic and paper framed experiences, Jordie La Forge (from Star Trek the “Next Generation”) style Polarized Glasses used by movie-goers to watch Captain EO at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World’s “Journey into Imagination” by Kodak (just one theme park over from Florida’s globally famous Magic Kingdom) have inspired multi-aged generations.

No longer a technophile or nerdy dream, “3-D TV” has hit the prime time big–with an appearance during the football mid-game show. When a commercial in the new space age friendly format made it onto our big screens and into our living rooms during the Super Bowl, people around the country cheered louder that when the Steelers made the longest play in Super Bowl History and made that 100 yard touchdown run to goal.

Not only were viewers treated to the opportunity to preview a 90 second “Monsters” 3-D  screening, we are promised an upcoming full fledged three dimensional show called “Chuck” due out Monday February 2nd, 2009.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW 3-D GLASSES WORK

Glasses Sponsored by Pepsi and SOBE can be found free at a variety of in-store locations and local displays.

Now, the trick–what to do if you have not got the proper glasses to see these technological home theater masterpieces? Simple. Head out first thing tomorrow to pick up your own family sets at the following common stores and locations across the country and the Baltimore Washington DC Metro region:

  • Target
  • Hess
  • Super Walmart

If you can’t find them easily or stores are out, call 1-800-646-2904 to have pairs delivered to your home. They might come after the programs, but better late than never; with the brilliant features of cable television reruns, DVR, TiVO, and other necessary beloved evils that allow us to keep pace with the time schedule of our modern world, it’s nearly assured that the glasses will come in handy later on down the road.

Movie Theaters offer 3-D Coraline at select theaters but expect 2-D “Coraline” to draw big crowds as well (despite being a technical notch below, storyline and film stars promise to make it family friendly and good). coraline-3d-movie-theaters

Until the glasses and plethora of new realistic home programs arrive, we’ll be satisfying more of our cravings that draw us  into the virtual world here in the Dulles Technology Corridor by visiting our home theaters in search of the new movie “Coraline” due out in February 2009. Expect to be dazzled with in depth images created by the same folks who brought us “A Nightmare Before Christmas”.  Click the links below to find information on your local show times and locations before you head out into the winter cold.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT FOX CINEMAS IN BRAMBLETON

Fandango Theater Tickets to locations offering 3-D shows

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ASHBURN REAL ESTATE OVERVIEW FROM ZILLOW

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Interested in learning more about our Ashburn area REAL ESTATE MARKET? Check out this great new 2008 launch of a statistical review platform presented by Zillow:

http://www.zillow.com/real-estate/VA-Ashburn 

Listing affordability date, home types by percent, and why Ashburn residents are unique, there is fun new information about the Loudoun County Real Estate Market Trends for everyone! 

Post courtesy of Michael A. Gilbert, Licensed VA Real Estate Agent YOUR ASHBURN NEIGHBOR, Weichert Realty Ashburn Office: 703-726-3909 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ste 104 Fax: 703-726-0313 Ashburn, VA 20148 Email: mgilbert@weichert.com

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Brambletonians: Do you know the history of the Christmas Pickle?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Here is a little funny tidbit this christmas season… I wonder how many people in Brambleton or Ashburn have a “Christmas Pickle” included as part of their decorating scheme?  

Enjoy–

Kae Davis, www.cbmove.com/Kae.Davis

Printed Courtesy of My Merry Christmas.com

The Christmas Pickle
By B. Frnacis Morlan

It is a quaint tradition that nobody wants to claim. And its story would not be the first tradition of Christmas born of a total fabrication. It is the little-known tradition of the Christmas pickle.

The Christmas pickle is not really a pickle at all. It is a pickle-shaped ornament that is the last one hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find the Christmas pickle gets an extra gift from Saint Nicholas. Or so the so-called legend goes.

There are two other versions of the origins of the Christmas pickle. One is a family story of a Bavarian-born ancestor who fought in the American Civil War. A prisoner in poor health and starving, he begged a guard for just one pickle before he died. The guard took pity on him and found a pickle for him. The pickle by the grace of God gave him the mental and physical strength to live on.

The other, perpetuated in Berrien Springs, MI, is a medieval tale of two Spanish boys traveling home from boarding school for the holidays. When they stopped at an inn for the night, the innkeeper, a mean and evil man, stuffed the boys into a pickle barrel. That evening, St. Nicholas stopped at the same inn, became aware of the boys’ plight, tapped the pickle barrel with his staff, and the boys were magically freed.

Berrien Springs calls itself the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World. They celebrate with an annual Christmas Pickle Festival held during the early part of December. A parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister who passes out fresh pickles along the parade route, is the featured event. You may even purchase the German glass pickle ornaments at the town’s museum.

Rumor and speculation place the origin of this tradition in Germany. However few in modern-day Germany recognize or have even heard of the Christmas pickle. Some in West Germany blame generations of East Germans who may have had nothing more than pickles to decorate their Christmas trees with after World War II. But even families and historians in East Germany shrug at the mention of the Christmas pickle tradition.

Regardless of where it came from, the Christmas tradition survives. Ornament manufacturers continue to make the specialty decoration and enjoy perpetuating the myth of its legendary origins — false though they may be.

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