Who Reported on Hollywood Scandals Before TMZ?

Today, if a celebrity gets into trouble while out in the public (and even behind closed doors), it’s very hard to keep that a secret. Between surveillance cameras, cell phone videos, and voicemails, there is an instant record of the “troubles” that can go viral. And once something has hit the Internet, it’s hard to take it back. A site like TMZ usually leads the charge when it comes to celebrity gossip. There are literally hundreds of these kinds of sites, but TMZ seems to be the go-to source for most celebrity scandals. Don’t think for a minute that reporting on celebrity gossip started with TMZ, though. In fact, reporting on celebrity gossip has been around as long as there have been celebrities.

Chatting Up

This is how gossip spreads the old fashioned way. Image Source: Flickr user Kaymar Adl

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Written by Rick B.

January 14th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

iPoll Quiz Results: Your Views and Opinions On Celebrity Culture

With the Golden Globe Awards being given out this last Sunday, the official Hollywood award season is underway. Aren’t you excited? Actually, this is a time of great activity for the studios as they scramble to put their stars and films front and center of the voting committees. Why all the hoopla? Yes, it’s always great to be recognized for artistic achievement. However, it is even greater to make money for it. Every picture that is nominated and/or wins an award can expect to see a bump at the box office. The same can be said for the stars. They get an instant pay raise for bringing home the gold! All of this means we’re going to be seeing a lot more news about celebrities in the coming weeks. More news about celebrities? Hard to fathom.

The celebrity culture of Hollywood is very much a part of our lives. Whether you pay close attention to the lives of the rich and famous or just have a casual interest, chances are you know most of the scandalous headlines. The hard working quizmasters at iPoll wanted to know your thoughts on celebrities. It was one of our most popular quizzes to date, with close to 10,000 responses. See where you might match up with your fellow iPollers.

Celebrity Attention

Who is getting their picture taken? They must be famous! Image Source: Flickr user Siebbi

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Written by Rick B.

January 13th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Mobile Army Mission: Your Brush with a Star Could Be During Your Next Mobile Mission

One of the many benefits of living in Los Angeles is the likelihood of having the occasional brush with a celebrity. Yes, the weather is great and you can go to the beach to surf in the morning, then go to the mountains to ski in the afternoon. However, this is an industry town and that industry is making movies and television. It stands to reason that you’ll have that brush with a celebrity on a regular basis. Actually, it depends a lot on where you shop and hang out, but you would be surprised at who you can run into. This could also serve as motivation for engaging with your iPoll app. Taking on a Mobile Mission will not only put cash in your wallet, but it could help you get a celebrity selfie that will make your day.

Mr. Sulu

You just never know who you're going to run into at the grocery store. Image Source: Flickr user Max Talbot-Minkin

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Written by Rick B.

January 12th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Taking a Look at New Laws On the Books for the New Year

Before you head off into the rest of 2015, the last New Year’s resolution you should perhaps consider is not to break any laws. I know it seems like a no-brainer. However, what if you are aware of a new law, and you end up breaking it unknowingly? Sadly, your “ignorance of the law” defense probably won’t carry you very far. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the new laws for 2015 so you will be prepared. We say ”some” because there probably isn’t enough space on our servers to cover all the laws. In California alone, there were 930 new laws signed by Governor Brown. Here are some interesting new laws from across the country to be aware of in 2015:

Big Cat

You won't be able to pose for a selfie with this kitty in New York. Image Source: Flickr user Koshy Koshy

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Written by Rick B.

January 9th, 2015 at 11:45 am

Fulfilling Resolutions to Consider in 2015

I don’t like avocados, but I love guacamole. It’s one of my many quirks. I mention this because yesterday the news was all a flutter about a recent study linking avocados to lowering your cholesterol. In fact, it only takes a few weeks of eating avocado to bring the numbers down. This fits in nicely with my New Year’s resolution of getting into better shape. My last check up put me at the borderline of bad cholesterol, so bring on the guacamole!

Yesterday we also talked about how time management can help with increasing your family time. If the only two resolutions you keep this year were to get into better shape and spend more time with the family, then you would be doing all right. However, why stop there? There are some other great resolutions you can add to your list that are actually quite easy to keep. Consider adding these changes to your resolution portfolio:

Learning To Cook

Learning something new and getting a meal. Win/win! Image Source: Flickr user jwalsh

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Written by Rick B.

January 8th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

How Effective Time Management Improves Your Family Time

We’re still in the resolution zone, the days right after New Year’s Day when we get to sort out how we’re going to change our lives for the better. Your intrepid correspondent is on his own resolution quest of improving his eating habits. I’m happy to report kale salad was on the menu for dinner last night. Not a bad start. Right up there with the “getting into shape” resolution is the “spending more time with the family” resolution. Again, a noble goal, but one that is going to take a little effort to pull off. It all comes down to an issue of time management. We’re talking a major organization overhaul. However, once you fall into these new routines, you’ll be amazed at how much more time you can carve out from your busy week to spend with the family.

Board Games

Getting ready for family game night. Who will win? Image Source: Flickr user vastateparkstaff

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Written by Rick B.

January 7th, 2015 at 11:32 am

Four Tips for Keeping Your Resolution for a Healthy Life Beyond February

Have you firmed up your New Year’s resolutions yet? You probably talked about this at whatever celebration you attended on New Year’s Eve. Making resolutions is certainly a top conversation starter. Now that 2015 is officially underway and you have given yourself one last weekend of “indulgence,” it’s time to get serious about changing things for the better. If you’re like most folks, then your number one resolution was to get into better shape. This is a noble goal we should all embrace. It’s also the hardest one to keep because of the lifetime of bad habits that people acquire. This doesn’t mean you can’t turn things around, though. You just need to stay on track. Here are four helpful tips for keeping your resolution for a healthier life beyond February.

Perfect Portion

This is what a healthy dinner looks like. How does your dinner add up? Image Source: Flickr user viZZZual.com

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Written by Rick B.

January 6th, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Make Earning Cash with iPoll Your Number One Resolution

The New Year is a time for new beginnings, hence the “new” in the title. This time of year is when we make our resolutions to change our aspects of our lives. Gyms love the New Year because that can always see an instant uptick in new memberships, as thousands of folks flock to the treadmills to shed those holiday cookie pounds. (Guilty. Although in my defense, I’ve been a gym member. I just haven’t been able to make it there.)

There are a lot of other noble New Year’s resolutions you can make to improve your life. At the top of your list should be keeping your iPoll account active. By active, we mean use it every day. A Mobile Mission isn’t going to earn you any cash unless you make it active. As a reminder of all the rewards and benefits that iPoll provides, let’s take a stroll through the catalog to see where you can spend your well-earned rewards.

Shedding The Pounds

Starting the New Year with a good work out. Image Source: Flickr user Matto Mattila

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Written by Rick B.

January 5th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

A Fond Look Back at Last Summer

So far this week we’ve checked in with looks back at the TV season, movie hits, and top books of 2014. Now, it’s time to recall how you spent your summer. Chances are no matter where you’re reading this, it is a wee bit cold. As December officially shutters, wouldn’t it be nice to start planning your next vacation? Earlier this year, the iPoll quizmasters asked the community, “How was this summer?” As with all questions posed for iPollers, there were plenty of responses. See how you compare to these answers.

How Was This Summer?

To that question, 39% of the respondents checked in with, “Nothing too amazing, but definitely not dullsville,” while 38% said, “It was at least pretty great.” If there was a category for, “What summer? It went by too fast to do anything,” I would have checked that box.

Crowded Beach

Hard to have fun in the sun when you can't find the sand. Image Source: Flickr user oh barcelona.com

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Written by Rick B.

January 3rd, 2015 at 10:14 am

Considering Some Big Book Blockbusters from 2014

The best method to get more reading done is to stop reading. How is that possible? No matter where you are in life, your time is limited. Once you factor in work, school, family, and friends, it’s a wonder you can read the label on a box of cereal. If you finally do carve out some time for reading, you don’t want to waste it on a book that isn’t working for you. This doesn’t mean chuck it after ten pages. I’ve ready many books that didn’t really kick in until around page 100. That’s as far as you should probably go before starting on a new choice. Thankfully, the books we’ve gathered in this final “best of” round-up are qualified page-turners. Take the time to savor these novels.

Lots of Books

Can you find just one book to read in these stacks? Image Source: Flickr user Joseph Novak

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Written by Rick B.

January 1st, 2015 at 3:59 pm