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Making the Tasty Treats

The first year my mother tried to make a turkey, she apparently over-stuffed the bird and a turkey powder keg blew a hole through the oven door exploding precious white meat all over the wall of our kitchen. Being that I had heard this story on numerous occasions, my first attempt at bird making was very well planned.

Here are a few sites to help get you started using language even the most beginner chef can understand. As an added bonus, after several years of trial-and-error, the Marauder kitchen recommends sage butter (and lots of it) underneath the skin. Also, when attempting to brine, soaking a bird in the crisper overnight is probably not the best idea…


Videos to impress the giblets out of your friends:

Amazing recipes itemized by course:

Wine Pairing

Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV offers 12 wine selections to pair with the bird, a somewhat more difficult wine-pairing item.

Giving Thanks


Last year, Epic Change launched Tweetsgiving raising $11,000 for charity in 48 hours. Those donations were used to build a classroom in Tanzania. How’s that for giving thanks? This year, the bar has been raised to $100,000. While many are returning for their third plate of stuffing, Tweetsgiving will be raising awareness across social networks from YouTube to Twitter asking users what they are thankful for. Follow @tweetsgiving on Twitter and tweet about what you’re thankful for from now until the 27th using the hashtag “#tweetsgiving” at the end of your tweet.


Socialvibe donates to charity by marketing brands such as Kraft, Timberland, and Powerbar. Every time a brand is successfully marketed, charity benefits. At first, I thought this sounded a little sleazy. But really, marketers scream for your attention on a daily basis. At least in this case, charities benefit somewhere along the line.

Download the Thanksgiving Feast App to play. Every time you add a meal to the table, a real meal is provided through the UN World Food Programme.

Setting the Mood: Best Thanksgiving Song

Sure, this song is old but no has yet to top Adam Sandler on the joys of Thanksgiving.

Talking Tryptophan

Yet again this year, you can get your thanks on via many of your favorite social networks.

Get real-time cooking advice from the Butterball team either on their Twitter feed or Facebook page.

What to do when mom locks herself in the bathroom because your 35-year old brother insists on making fart noises at the table? Butterball may not have the answer for that one…

Get your spirit on with 23,000 of your other friends on the Thanksgiving fan page.

Mobile App Fun

iHost: Thanksgiving

Developed by a Rhode Islander (big-ups to my home state), iHost helps you get organized from menu, shopping list to budget. Their most recent update supposedly added recipes from local Newport, RI chefs. A little Rhode Island flavor has come to southern California. Very nice.

Chef’s Timer

If you’ve cooked with your iPhone in tow, as I always do, you know the device only has one timer. In most situations, that works just fine. But, what about situations where you have three side dishes and a turkey crammed into your tiny NYC oven while your friends stare at your assortment of tiny snacks in disdain? Yup…there’s an app for that.

Thanksgiving = Football

For those of you who know me, you understand why this comes last in the list. I know next to nothing about football. I do know that the grunting emanating from living rooms countrywide leads me to believe that you all care. This year, the NFL is offering a central portal for all 3 Thanksgiving games.

From Marauder’s home to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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E! announced a season two renewal for the 30m reality series Denise Richards. New episodes will begin production early next year and will follow the actress as she gets into physical shape for movies, pilots and other acting projects all the while surrounded by her supportive family and friends. (Cynopsis 10/30)

Sci Fi Channel is developing a new reality series with a working title of “GameQuest,” in which 12 top-notch video gamers battle one another’s best scores to win prizes, including $100,000. The show is scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2009. Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter (10/30)

Nickelodeon on Nov. 8 will premiere “True Jackson, VP,” a comedy starring 15-year-old Keke Palmer as a girl who serendipitously becomes a top design executive at a major fashion company. The show should get plenty of sampling: Its lead-in that night will be the new “iCarly” movie, “iGo to Japan.” TVWeek.com (10/29)

A strong third-quarter showing by Scripps Networks Interactive‘s Food Network pushed SNI’s Lifestyle Media channels — which also include HGTV, Fine Living and DIY — to $144 million in profit, 5.1% higher than the comparable period in 2007. According to Nielsen Media Research, the Food Network averaged about 900,000 viewers each night in prime time during the period, a high-water mark for the 15-year-old channel. Mediaweek (10/29) , Variety (10/29)

Several U.S. Senators, headed by Arlen Specter (R-PA) delivered a letter to Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner late Tuesday, calling out the League for airing specific games only on the NFL Network starting November 6 and saying the NFL Network is showing an “interest in moving toward a pay television model.” In response to the Senator’s letter, the NFL Network issued a statement assuring Sen. Specter of its goal to provide NFL games to a national audience. (Cynopsis 10/30)

A&E Network introduces a new reality crime show with Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force premieres December 9 at 10p. Viewers will follow agents of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force NY/NJ Division based in New York City as they ferret out the most violent criminals. (Cynopsis 10/30)

VH1 Classic debuts a new series taking a look at the heavy metal music genre over the last 40 years. The Metal Show opens November 15 at 11p, and features three hosts  Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson as well as special guests who will all debate about which bands remain on top of the pack and which have gone by the wayside. (Cynopsis 10/30)

Millennials are more likely than baby boomers to use DVRs, watch TV outside the home, switch channels during prime-time commercials and watch programs with other people, according to a new Knowledge Networks study. Use of DVRs has increased from 27% in 2004 to its current 38%, with 48% of the survey respondents indicating they turn on the TV when they intend to watch a particular show. TVWeek.com (10/29)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
September 5, 2008, 6:16 PM
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Vodafone will join its rival mobile carriers in the retail PC market as the exclusive distributor for Dell’s new Inspiron Mini 9 netbook in key European markets later this month. Available online and in Vodafone stores — as well as directly from Dell — the netbook will include built-in mobile-broadband connectivity, said Vodafone, which did not detail a price for the device. Telecomtiger.com (9/5) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (9/4)

New technology developed by The Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts will debut Sunday on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown,” letting in-studio commentators demonstrate possible plays with virtual football players. The application, dubbed EA Sports Virtual Playbook, could even be used in the future as a way to offer viewers fantasy replays with “what-if” scenarios. The New York Times (9/5)

Merril Hoge in ESPN’s studios in front of N.F.L. plays.

TiVo shares dropped Thursday after a Texas judge delayed a decision on whether EchoStar must pay more in damages for using TiVo technology in its “Time Warp” digital video recorders. TiVo wants $220 million in royalties and lost profit for the 18 months to cover the appeal period while EchoStar says it owes only $16 million more. Reuters (9/5)

Looking for ways to stand out in the crowded portable-computer market, Taiwan-based Asustek Computer has announced that it will offer a little something extra with its new Eee PC — free online data storage. The deal, to be rolled out globally later this year or in 2009, includes 20 gigabytes of storage for those who buy the low-cost computer. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (9/5)

Sony has announced a voluntary global recall of 438,000 Vaio laptops after consumer complaints surfaced about overheating. The potential problem, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, lies with “irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge and/or dislodged screw inside the hinge.” Reuters (9/4) , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press (9/4)

Even when electronics are powered off, they still use a bit of juice, so Monster has introduced two lines of GreenPower products aimed at cutting off this link for PCs and home-entertainment devices. The GreenPower IR Control — on three Monster remotes — lets users cut off standby power with their remote control, and its Digital Life PowerCenters plugs into wall outlets to stop the flow of electricity. ElectronicHouse.com (9/5)

Consumers remain willing to spend money on consumer electronics — for replacing older units or buying new ones with more advanced technology — even though most homes already own those same products, according to a new report from The NPD Group. Although 85% of consumers own DVD players and sales dropped 25% in the first half of the year, NPD reports that consumers are still interested in buying upconverter units or Blu-ray players to take advantage of high-definition technology, noting that sales of DVD upconverters have risen 14% in the first half of this year. TWICE (9/4)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
April 25, 2008, 10:09 PM
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A new study from Frank N. Magid Associates shows that 5.5 million Americans bought their first HDTV set during the period from last year’s holidays to this year’s Super Bowl. The report went on to say that 3 million homes added a second HDTV during that period and that 10 million U.S. home now have two or more high-def sets. (Multichannel News 4/24, Ars Technica 4/24)


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