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James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

DJ Earworm – #USPOP14


Excerpt via Billboard

Every year since 2007, DJ Earworm has taken the calendar year’s 25 biggest pop songs and combined them into an incredibly popular, joyfully constructed mash-up, perennially dubbed the “United State of Pop.” Earworm has been analyzing the Billboard charts since he was a kid, and for “Do What You Wanna Do,” the 2014 edition of Earworm’s single-length mega-mix, Billboard.com serves as his launching pad.

…Personally, I’ve been obsessed with the Billboard charts since I was 11 or 12,” Earworm (real name: Jordan Roseman) tells Billboard about the tradition he started in 2007. “When I was a little boy, I used to tune in to Top 40 shows on the weekends, and I’ve always been fascinated by what makes popular tastes tick … It’s great to be able to come full-circle with Billboard.

As someone who used to DJ back in the day, I have serious respect for what Jordan does; matching pitch, beats per minute per track, seamless crossfading between songs, all that…

We wish you continued success Earworm, keep bringing the beats!

Follow all his latest adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Video Source | YouTube

3D Printed Presidential Portrait

Put aside your Red, Blue, Left, Right, Liberal and Conservative views for 3 minutes.

This reaches into the realm of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in which I am a HUGE proponent for.

It’s awesome to see the technology we have within our grasp and how people are finding new, exciting ways of harnessing it.

Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology.

The Internet in Real-Time [infographic]

I’m a sucker for an infographic. If it’s interactive I’m definitely paying attention.

Check out this interesting, interactive infographic supposedly showing The Internet in Real-Time. I say supposedly because analytics at this scale are incredibly difficult to measure and you can’t fully quantify ALL data usage across the Internet. But, it’s a good visualization.

Click the animation to open the full version (via http://pennystocks.la).

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

The Flash vs. Arrow Trailer

Let’s set the scene for those millions of you that are fans of these 2 shows (and you can count me and my family in those numbers)…

Barry (Grant Gustin) is thrilled when Oliver (guest star Stephen Amell), Felicity (guest star Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (guest star David Ramsey) come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he’d like to help him stop Ray Bivolo (guest star Patrick Sabongui), the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks. Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn’t go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is furious when Eddie (Rick Cosnett) tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs. Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier (#107). Original airdate 12/2/2014.

With that being said – ENJOY the trailer.

J.J. Watt, Meet J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt is doing corny commercials, being a menace to opposing team quarterbacks, catching touchdowns and now riding horses.

OF COURSE the horse in question happens to be named…J.J. Watt

Post by NFL.

Shop for  Houston Texans 2014 Nike Jerseys and Gameday Apparel at NFLShop.com

Apple Bingo Card

Here’s my BINGO card for the Apple event on September 9th.

Play along with me – let’s see who wins.

Our technology writers will be following the livestream of the announcements direct from the Apple website. Afterwards we (along with every other publication on the planet) will dissect all that Tim, Jony, Phil and Dr. Dre tell us about the next installment of Apple gear!

Stay tuned.


SLS Las Vegas is OPEN

sls-las-vegasSLS Las Vegas, the culmination of a years-long, $415 million dollar renovation of the legendary Sahara, opened its doors today welcoming the public back to the North end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. A fully-integrated, entertainment-driven resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites, SLS Las Vegas features a curated collection of hospitality industry trend setter sbe’s most beloved brands, refined and reinvigorated for Las Vegas as well as original concepts all set in an atmosphere that’s both dynamic and approachable.

“This is the beginning of a new era for The Strip,” said Sam Nazarian, Founder, Chairman and CEO, sbe. “We are thrilled to throw open our doors and show the world what we’ve been working on for the past several years. It feels good to be back in the former Sahara space, and we look forward to creating new, legendary memories as SLS Las Vegas.”

The resort celebrated its opening with a star-studded preview party with guests including actors Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch and Kellan Lutz, model Dita Von Teese, UFC star Chuck Liddell, and actress Brittany Snow. Partygoers enjoyed tastes of the resort’s signature food and beverage offerings and live performances from rock legend Lenny Kravitz, who designed a handful of the resort’s top tier suites, and rising star artists including Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, JoJo and Jhene Aiko. As the clock struck midnight, amid a dazzling display of fireworks, the SLS team led by Sam Nazarian officially cut the ribbon and escorted the first guests to the gaming floor.

We should note as well that our good friends in the media business, @VegasBill and @24K were at this grand opening event and they captured some awesome video and pictures – follow them on Twitter to see all the excitement.

BTW – the SLS just may be the spot our team stays at during International CES in January.

Stay connected with SLS Las Vegas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

@No_Cash_Flo – Homeless Singer With The John Legend Voice

He’s got 3 bags of Doritos in his hand and a big ol’ sign around his neck that reads “Will Sang 4 Food.”

If you stop, give him a few bucks and have him sing sang, he just may blow your mind!

Check out the following video of one such encounter caught on video of Mr. @No_Cash_Flo (I have to call him that because that’s his Twitter ID and I don’t have his name just yet – if YOU know it, please put it in the comments below…)

And yes, he has a Twitter account – based on the bio information I think he’s got someone managing the profile for him. He’s also got a YouTube channel, but that’s all good – gotta love capitalism.



Misty Copeland – I WILL WHAT I WANT

I’m loving this latest campaign from Under Armour. Per their website…

Under Armour is starting a new conversation with women. One that celebrates the WILL to find inner strength and to follow no one. In partnership with MapMyFitness, Under Armour has launched a digital community where you can connect with other individuals, including our Women of WILL. You will also be able to participate in the first global fitness platform where women all over the world can support and spotlight each other for living their lives on their own terms.

There’s no better way to kick off this conversation than with an introspective look at Misty Copeland and her improbable, yet compelling story.

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#VOTD – Denzel Washington Talking Dreams, Goals, Achievement and Discipline

Words of wisdom, from a man who has so much – here listen to Denzel Washington talking to the youth (and to us older folk) about realizing our full potential in life.

Phil Collins Performs With Son’s Middle School Band

One of THE giants of the music industry, Mr. Phil Collins, surprised a lot of kids recently – he made a surprise appearance at his son’s middle school in Miami, Fla. during a spring concert and blessed them with some vocals.

We all know that Phil has been retired from the stage for a number of years since dealing with a painful spine injury, but, according to a report in The Guardian, last year, Phil’s eldest son Simon Collins, frontman for rock band Sound of Contact, told Smashing Interviews that he was beginning to turn his attentions to music again. “[My father is] doing really well. He’s starting to write again actually and spending more time with family, myself included.”


Video Source | YouTube

Breakdancing Monks on MCA Day

Saturday, May 3rd,  marked the 3rd annual MCA Day in honor of the late Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch, and festivities were held at Littlefield Performance and Art Space in his hometown of Brooklyn in his honor.

Now, it’s questionable whether or not these gentlemen are in fact Monks, but regardless – this is a fitting tribute.

MCA-DAY “Buddhist Monks” from KNARF® New York on Vimeo.

Yauch was a devout Buddhist, and was extremely dedicated to the fight for Tibetan independence.

Source | Vimeo