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Super Bowl vs. Valentine’s Day

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I sometimes make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #13 looks at the tension between the "guy holiday" of Super Bowl Sunday versus the "gal holiday" of Valentine's Day.   Links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below.   Here are two other installments of … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Pinky Promises

Here’s a guest post from a talented writer and graphic designer, Maria Cowell. Check out her site HERE or follow her on Twitter: @HipMamaMedia. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines HERE. ============================= Some places are more free-wheeling than others. I live in Southern California, the epicenter of the laid-back lifestyle. Seriously, dressing up for a wedding here means wearing the flip-flops with rhinestones instead … [Read more...]

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here's an unedited transcript of our … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Help Your College Kids Cope

This is a guest post from Mariana Ashley who's a blogger and freelance writer for www.onlinecolleges.net. She offers advice for choosing the perfect online program for prospective students and parents, welcoming comments at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com. If you'd like to write for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ====================== Heading into the New Year, colleges across the nation are reporting a rise in mental health cases. Depression leads the pack of … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a New Year Resolution

This time of year, it's obligatory to write a post about New Year Resolutions - it comes with the blogging territory. One of my top resolutions for 2013 will be to spend more time with my family offline, which means less time online. Toward that ultimate goal, here's an interesting infographic from the fine folks at World of Infographics that looks at the most common types of resolutions that are made each year as well as other statistics - such as resolution failure rates. Regardless, … [Read more...]

Holiday Edition: $5.37 “Caption This” Photo Contest

It's another installment of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Today's picture features the jolly old elf himself, but we have some business to attend to first. Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  last week. The winning caption is below. Congratulations to the victor - Bryan – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me … [Read more...]

Where Father Figures, Figure in the Family

Here's a great guest post from a blogging buddy of mine Jared Latigo. Jared is a writer, speaker and passion guy. His vision in life is to have more people love their work than ones that hate it. Be sure to check out his blog at JaredLatigo.com or follow him on Twitter @JaredLatigo. Here's his post: ---------------------------------------------- I'm on a mission in this life to figure out exactly where I "fit." Maybe you are too? Good. We'll get along just fine then. But often … [Read more...]

25 Christmas songs in 2 minutes

The holidays tend to bring out the best in people - particularly from a creative perspective. Here's a creatively, entertaining video from the folks over at ignitermedia.com - they produce a variety of faith-based videos, skits and production pieces. In this particular segment Rob Thomas (aka "Johnny") and Braun Brown (aka "Chachi") regale us with 25+ Christmas songs in less than 120 seconds. Don't let the goofy wigs or extreme orthodontia scare you, it's a pretty cool … [Read more...]

Celebrating Hanukkah With Cleverbot….

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular "thinking" software can be somewhat entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of idiocy last month: Thanksgiving Thoughts With Cleverbot.  Since today … [Read more...]

Top-10 List: Holiday Christmas Specials

I'm amazed at all of the holiday specials that are playing and replaying this time of year. Growing up during the 1970s with only three TV networks, holiday specials were truly "special." My fondest memories of those days were the "Animagic" Christmas specials produced by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass. You know the stop-motion classics about Rudolph, Heat Miser, the Winter Warlock...etc. Now, ABC Family Channel's 25 Days of Christmas is running those specials wall-to-wall, decked … [Read more...]