Saturday, May 31, 2008

Happy Skipbo de Mayo!

Every year around the end of May, a yearly tradition continues to grow. The playing of SkipBo (see image below) is perhaps the most exciting part of May. In recent years, the competition and excitement we all love has become a tradition similar in name to that of Cinco de Mayo. Eating at an Italian restaurant and the drinking alcoholic beverages (such as Sangria) is usually involved. Currently in its fourth year of celebration, Skipbo de Mayo is has occurred now in 2 states, (Tennessee and Kentucky) and is slowly but surely spreading its reputation as an enjoyable yet competitive way for friends to interact and also meet new people.

If you have never played Skipbo, I suggest you try. It can be purchased at almost any store that carries toys for kids, including Wal-Mart or Target. It is also very inexpensive.

Mapcouch Tip: When you celebrate Skipbo de Mayo, be absolutely sure to tell your friends, Happy Skipbo de Mayo!

Friday, May 30, 2008

MapCouch Wishes Special4gent a Happy Birthday, and gives you another funny video...
Rally Girl Screams

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Visioneers Movie Trailer....

I was browsing around, and looking for a quick post, (as I have been super-busy and can't get my guest-posters to get their acts together) and found this super-cool movie trailer for a new movie called Visioneers. I'm not quite sure how to approach this trailer, other than just letting you watch it for yourself. Check it out.

MapCouch Tip: Get your guest-posting asses in gear!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Great Way to Feed the Needy!

Keeping with the tradition of the MapCouch is the quality and characteristic of charity. In this post, I'd like to feature a great website:
In very basic terms this site uses a simple vocabulary game to not only educate users on their vocabulary skills, but also uses correct answers to feed the hungry. For every vocabulary question you answer correctly, the site (from sponsors) donates 20 grains of rice. This may not seem like a lot, but do the quiz until you rack up about 500 or so, and you've fed somebody for a little more than one meal. Be sure to go over to and try out their game. There's no better way to learn vocabulary than practice, and there's no better way to feed the needy than by using education!

MapCouch Tip: Always be sure to tell panhandlers you don't support panhandling, you support charities.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hit A&E show pulls out of Memphis!!!

Recently, the Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin decided to nix the contract between the department and the hit A&E show, "The First 48," The Commercial Appeal reports. Read the full text of the article here.

This is a huge problem! Not only for fans of the show, but for the repercussions that could occur. First of all, thousands of fans of this show will lose the viewing entertainment that the city of Memphis allows them to have. Memphis landmarks, including Beale Street, the Stax Museum, and Graceland have been used as backdrops for this amazing TV show. Additionally, as the show's producer states, this show helps build relationships between officers working homicide units in the city, and the general public, allowing for more tips and more solved cases. Also, it makes people aware of how important descriptions and information are to officers working homicide cases, and can be beneficial when more accurate information is provided.

Visit this page to sign the petition that will attempt to keep the First 48 in Memphis.

Total Ownage...This Guy Rocks!

This guy totally gets owned. I'm guessing he is attempting some sort of robbery or related crime. Check it out. I hereby invite this bystander to take a seat on the MapCouch....

Thursday, May 8, 2008

MapCouch's Favorite Class Act

You might have seen this guy on YouTube, or heard about him through some other means. It doesn't matter what you might have heard; this guy can play. To quote his website: "It can be observed that Andy likes to try different things with the guitar such as; altered tunings, partial capos, percussive hits, and tapping. But in the hands of Andy these are not mere parlor tricks, they are compositional tools used to create some of the finest crafted music for the steel string acoustic guitar."

Andy is one of the finest guitar players I've ever seen. I just like the fact that the guy can play as well as he can and then incorporate other stuff into the music to give it dimensions. You can check Andy out @ Here is a video of Andy doing what he does best.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

MapCouch's 5 Best Photoshop Resources!

Some of you may know that I enjoy photoshopping. Well recently, I have taken to the web to improve my skills, and have found some magnificent resources for doing so. That being said, in addition to posting a listing of the 5 Best Places to Learn to Photoshop (that I know of), I will post the brand new, version 1.0, MapCouch desktop background, featuring Ben of MapCouch friendship, in several resolutions. Be sure to leave a comment with your email and I will send you a pic of the MapCouch so you can photoshop yourself into it! Thanks to our #1 Photoshop resource for his tutorials in helping me make it. Enjoy!

The MapCouch Desktop Background
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MapCouch's Top 5 Online Photoshop Resources
1. Planet Photoshop - This website has not only the most professional design, but also the most professional tutorials. Corey Barker, executive producer for Planet Photoshop, has really gone all out to create an all-inclusive site for supreme photoshop resources.

2. - This site has tons of excellent tutorials for all your photoshopping needs. It's also
easy to find, as it appears number one in Google's search results for "photoshop tutorials."

3. - If you've ever, (and I mean ever) wanted to learn how to do anything with Adobe products (or lots of other software), this is the place. Featuring cool photoshop tutorials like designing your own concert poster, Tutorialized features how-to's on Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, and almost every other web-related or graphics-related software program available.

4. - Features some all-around, easy to use tutorials for photoshop noobs. Excellent but small resource for building photoshopping skills.

5. - Another great site for photoshop skills improvement. Additionally, if you use the emergency link on their menu bar on the right, you can submit an emergency request for a photoshop tutorial.
Great site!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

MapCouch's Summer Movie Extravaganza

What are youuuu doing this summer? I'm going to work and park my ass on the MapCouch (with beer). So as exciting as my summer sounds, the MapCouch has eagerly chosen 10 highly anticipated blockbusters for the summer just to spite me and get me out of the house (MapCouch didn't say I couldn't go drunk). In addition, MapCouch went a step further and created a list of 5 movies that have potential, and a list of 8 movies to take the girlfriend (or loveseat) to. (Girls, you can always just drag one of your friends! :-P) Finally, we listed the movies that are gonna flop harder than my ass when it hits the MapCouch. So please enjoy the MapCouch's Summer Movie Extravaganza!

P.S. Thanks to EW for being my links bitch. All movies listed in order of release date.

Summer Blockbusters
1.-Iron Man-Released today, May 2nd.
2.-Speed Racer-Releases May 9th.
3.-The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian-Releases May 16th.
4.-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull-Releases May 22nd! Be sure to find your movie posters!
5.-The Happening-Releases June 13th.
6.-Get Smart-Releases June 20th.
7.-Hancock-Releases July 2nd.-This movie just looks badass.
8.-The Dark Knight-Releases July 18th.-Another potentially badass film.
9.-Pineapple Express-Releases August 8th.
10.-Traitor-Releases August 29th.

5 Summer Movies with Potential
1.-The Foot Fist Way-Releases May 30th.
2.-Kung Fu Panda-Releases June 6th.
3.-Wall-E-Releases June 27th.
4.-Step Brothers-Releases July 25th.
5.-Crossing Over-Releases August 22nd.

8 Movies for the Girls
1.-Made of Honor-Released May 2nd.
2.-What Happens in Vegas-Releases May 9th.
3.-Sex and the City-Releases May 30th.
4.-Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl-Releases July 2nd.
5.-American Teen-Releases July 25th.
6.-The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2-Releases August 8th.
7.-The Accidental Husband-Releases August 22nd.
8.-The House Bunny-Releases August 22nd.

Summer Flops
1.-Savage Grace-Releases May 30th.
2.-The Love Guru-Releases June 20th.
3.-Meet Dave-Releases July 11th.
4.-Mamma Mia!-Releases July 18th.
5.-The Longshots-Releases July 25th.

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