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How To Use Your Smartphone at a Concert Without Being a Jerk

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UNLESS you're at a Prince concert or Tool show (both of which had restrictive no-photo policies that had MTS security scurrying around to stop people from taking any shots), you've probably seen the glowing screens of cameras overtaking events as people try in vain to get the perfect picture to upload to Facebook or post to their Twitter feed.

The worst is when the person in front of you decides he's going to video the whole show and upload it to YouTube, even though he's at the back of the arena and it won't turn out looking or sounding very good.

It's OK to take a quick picture to have a memory from the night or shoot a quick video of your favourite song, but do you really need to have your face in a screen all night long? Isn't the point of the concert to see the band, not record the show? If you are going to take some pics or video, here are some simple tips that will ensure you get the shots you want, without ruining the event for everyone around you.

Play Game of Thrones Bingo

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IF trying to keep track of all the characters' names, backstabbing, intrigue and epic battles of the medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones isn't enough excitement for you on a Sunday evening, you can also play Game of Thrones Bingo. There are four different cards with the colours and sigils of the great houses of the kingdom of Westeros (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen) to play from -- it should make for some extra fun while watching the HBO favourite on Sunday nights.

Aziz Ansari's Dangerously Delicious

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AFTER comedian Louis CK pulled a Radiohead and self-produced his own comedy special -- raking in a hefty profit for himself and his crew -- it isn't surprising that some of his colleagues are heading down the same path. Aziz Ansari, best known for his role as Tom in NBC's Parks and Recreation, recently shot and produced an hour-long comedy special called Dangerously Delicious, and is selling it online for $5.

Fact and Photo

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SOMETIMES simple ideas are the best ones for blogs. The straightforward, yet strangely compelling concept behind Fact and Photo -- which is just what it sounds like: a fact with an accompanying photo -- helps you learn something new or discover something interesting every day.

Audiobooks

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IF you're one of those people who is captivated by audiobooks, or if you have trouble reading in long stretches, but don't want to miss out on your favourite authors, Audiobooks.com already boasts a library of over 10,000 titles from a wide range of writers. For $24.99 a month, you get instant, unlimited access to their audiobooks for your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet. From classics to new favourites, Audiobooks.com may not have as extensive a database as its main competitor, Audible, but is another viable option for book lovers who don't want a paperback or hardcover.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2012 E3

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