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    Tutoring Match is a nationwide in-home and online academic enrichment, tutor match-making, referral service, and tutor marketing company. The company has been helping tutors find students since 1999 and has been online since 2009.

    We recently expanded the functionality of the Tutoring Match application and split the offering into two distinct portals (both with a fresh new look and feel). The parent portal is still at the original web address TutoringMatch.com and the new Tutor Portal can be found at TutoringMatchPro.com.

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    Google Maps Street Views for Hiking Trails

    Seems like a natural evolution of things… only a matter of time that Google would bring its street-view cameras to the beaten (and no-so-beaten) paths.

    You already can take a virtual tour of Ferris Bueller’s Chicago (via Google Sightseeing) or one of the world’s greatest landmarks like Stonehenge in Avebury (via Google’s World Wonders Project) but now Google is taking you where no horse and buggy has ever gone before.

    Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Trail, a nearly 10-mile hike to the Colorado River, is the first official collection of data by the so-called trekker — a 40-pound backpack fitted with 15 cameras that captures images every 2.5 seconds (Source: Associated Press).

    This one is for the web developer. JSFiddle is a really convenient way to build, manage, and share your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code.

    Similar to JS Bin, JSFiddle allows you to test your “fiddle” across various browsers and devices using any number of existing frameworks such as jQuery, Dojo, and Prototype (waiting for them to include Bootstrap by Twitter which I just started tinkering with for an upcoming project).

    JSFiddle is a godsend for the development community, especially those that frequent sites like Stack Overflow. Now there is no excuse to clutter up the forums with “reams” of (faulty) code when asking for help troubleshooting a bug. Create a JSFiddle and provide a public link.

    JSFiddle lets you fine tune, save, and share multiple versions of your code.

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    Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog TV Debut

    Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, the Web musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day, made it’s television debut on the CW channel yesterday (in case you prefer to watch your entertainment with commercials). The creators and stars of the show live-tweeted during the broadcast, including Felicia Day (@FeliciaDay) and Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion), Maurissa Tancharoen (@MoTancharoen), Jed Whedon (@JedWhedon), and Zack Whedon (@ZDubDub)

    Dr. Horrible

    Created by director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngel and Firefly) during the 2007 WGA writer’s strike, I remember when Dr. Horrible first appeared online July of 2008 in three parts spread out in two day intervals (below is Joss’ hysterical announcement letter); I thought it was the perfect pitch of humor, music, and story wrapped up nicely in 42 minutes.  Others obviously agreed as it was the first original Web series to receive an Emmy.

    Though many cite Dr. Horrible as an example how low-budget Internet content doesn’t have to be poor in production quality or substance. True, but to be honest, not many indie houses have access to a lot on Universal Studios or a cadre of talent willing to work for free, not to mention the collective online fan-base ready to spread the word. Even with this, Joss Whedon still had to put up $200,000 of his own money, but according to Forbes, the series has since grossed over $2.5 millions from iTunes and DVD sales (back in 2009).

    Nevertheless, this was at a time when Web series were relatively new and it was nice to see Hollywood (even a fringe player like Joss Whedon) give credence to the medium. The series still inspires today.

    Dear Friends,

    At last the time has come to reveal to you our Master Plan. BEWARE! Those with weak hearts should log off lest they be terrified by the twisted genius of our schemes! Also pregnant women and the elderly should consider reading only certain sentences. Do not mix with other blogs. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this blog. You must be this tall to read. ‘Kay?

    It is time for us to change the face of Show Business as we know it. You know the old adage, “It’s Show Business – not Show Friends”? Well now it’s Show Friends. We did that. To Show Business. To show Show Business we mean business. (Also, there are now other businesses like it.)

    ONE WEEK ONLY! AN INTERNET MINISERIES EVENT!

    “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically:

    ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.

    ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.

    ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.

    All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)

    And now to answers a few Frequently (soon to be) Asked Questions:

    1) Why, Joss? Why? Why now, why free, why us? Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.

    Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few.

    The idea was to make it on the fly, on the cheap – but to make it. To turn out a really thrilling, professionalish piece of entertainment specifically for the internet. To show how much could be done with very little. To show the world there is another way. To give the public (and in particular you guys) something for all your support and patience. And to make a lot of silly jokes. Actually, that sentence probably should have come first.

    2) What happens when it goes away? Does it go to a happy farm for always like Fluffy did when mommy was crying and the neighbor kept washing his fender?

    No, Dr horrible will live on. We intend to make it available for download soon after it’s published. This would be for a nominal fee, which we’re hoping people will embrace instead of getting all piratey. We have big dreams, people, and one of them is paying our crew.

    And somewhat later, we will put the complete short epic out on DVD – with the finest and bravest extras in all the land. We’ll go into greater detail about that at Comiccon, but we’re changing the face of Show Friendliness a second time with that crazy DVD.

    3) Joss, you are so kind, and generous, and your forehead is like, huge, like SCARY, like I think I can see Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint hanging off it… what can WE do to help this musical extravanganza?

    What you always do, peeps! What you’re already doing. Spread the word. Rock some banners, widgets, diggs… let people know who wouldn’t ordinarily know. It wouldn’t hurt if this really was an event. Good for the business, good for the community – communitIES: Hollywood, internet, artists around the world, comic-book fans, musical fans (and even the rather vocal community of people who hate both but will still dig on this). Proving we can turn Dr Horrible into a viable economic proposition as well as an awesome goof will only inspire more people to lay themselves out in the same way. It’s time for the dissemination of the artistic process. Create more for less. You are the ones that can make that happen.

    Wow. I had no idea how important you guys were. I’m a little afraid of you.

    4) Joss, do you ever answer a question simply or coherently?

    Shledzguohn?

    There’ll be more questions, and more long, long answers, but for now I’m just excited that we’re actually making this happen. We (and a lot of other people — gushing to commence soon) worked very hard on the show and we hope/think you guys will be pleased.

    Until July 15th , I remain, yours truly, -j, of the firm j, j, m & z.

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    For a quick and clean “online CSS sandbox” to test, share, and download your HTML and CSS code snippets, CSSDesk is the ticket.

    Created by Oregon-based Web and UI designer Josh Pyles of Pixelmatrix Design. While you’re visiting, check out Josh’s other “pet” projects PHP Fog (cloud platform for PHP apps) and Uniform (jQuery styled forms).

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