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How to read Media Medusa on Flipboard.

How to Read Media Medusa in Flipboard

I’ve been asked several times why Media Medusa doesn’t have an app. There are a few different reasons. First, the blog looks pretty good in browsers on mobile devices. If it was unreadable or unwieldy, I would be more likely to consider making a Media Medusa app. The other reasons are the same reasons people don’t do most things: lack of time and money.

However! There is a way to read Media Medusa on an app, just not our app. Just about every blog post Media Medusa has ever posted, as well as stuff I’ve written for other websites, can be read using Flipboard. Flipboard is a customizable newsreader app that can show you not only articles and blog posts, but also social media posts. It takes away most of the clutter, like ads, and makes everything easier to read. Plus, you can “turn the pages” like you can with a real magazine.

Lou Martin turned me onto Flipboard years ago, when apps were a newfangled thing. Flipboard launched back in July 2010 and was an early success. According to “Fast Company,” Flipboard was among the top 10 iPad apps in its early days, according to rankings by AppAnnie. It started losing popularity as other apps crowded the market, and apps like Facebook and Twitter got better at serving up their newsfeeds. Flipboard recently revamped their app to keep pace with the changes in how people read websites and their social media, so there’s no better time to become a Flipboard user.

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Mobile Devices

Once you’ve set up your account, you should be taken to a home screen. (I’m referring to the mobile app, not the website, for these step by step instructions. The screenshots are from my own iPhone.)

When you follow people on Flipboard, some of the stories they have flipped, liked and commented will appear in your Cover Stories. It will also add the person to your Following list. Here’s how to follow Media Medusa.

Tap your face to get to your own page.

Flipboard home screen

Tap the magnifying bar to search for us.

Flipboard magazines

Type “Nancy Basile” (without quotes) in the search box.

Type Nancy Basile

You should see Nancy’s face appear, with “mediamedusa” under it. Tap it.

Nancy Basile is Media Medusa

Now you should see one of our latest articles. Tap the bar at the bottom (with the down arrow) for a menu of “My Magazines.”

Androids article

There will be three dots to the right of my picture. Tap that, and tap “Add to home” to get all of our articles on Flipboard.

Follow Nancy Basile

If you want to follow only specific topics, or magazines, scroll up and tap on the magazine from which you want to see articles, for instance, TV Cartoons.

Follow Media Medusa's Flipboard magazines

Then tap “Follow” in the upper right to get articles from that specific magazine on Flipboard.

Follow Media Medusa on Flipboard


To read or follow our magazines on the website, go to http:[email protected].

  1. Click “magazines.”
  2. You will be able to see all of our articles, collected together by topic, in a variety of magazines. Occasionally I’ll add other articles I’ve written for other websites, like or

Flipboard also has a Help Center where you can find tutorials and other helpful tips.

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Smartphone charging / r. nial bradshaw

Matching Phone Wallpaper and Movie Ringtone

Coordinating a phone wallpaper and movie ringtone is a big part of my geek lifestyle. I like surrounding myself with all the fandom things I love, like Harry Potter and Captain America merch, so why wouldn’t I have a matching phone wallpaper and movie ringtone?

Deadpool Phone Wallpaper and Movie Ringtone

The day after I watched Deadpool, I changed my phone theme to reflect my latest fan obsession. I wasn’t sure if I would like Deadpool, but wow, that movie blew me away. What a fun ride! So, of course, I switched out my phone wallpaper for a pic of Deadpool sitting on the overpass, coloring a picture of his sworn enemy, while waiting for said enemy’s entourage to show up for a smackdown.

But what movie ringtone could I use that would match a Deadpool phone wallpaper? The movie didn’t have any memorable orchestral theme, but one song in particular stood out: “Shoop,” by Salt ‘n’ Pepa. I get why Deadpool loves that song, because it’s always been one of my favorites. “Shoop” has a bouncy beat. It’s fun and a little bit naughty. (Although, Deadpool is a lot naughty.) “Shoop” is so much fun, I’ve missed quite a few phone calls while I’ve been busy gettin’ my groove on.

So, my current phone wallpaper and movie ringtone looks a little something like this.

Deadpool Phone Wallpaper

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Now, I bet you’re curious as to what my previous phone wallpaper and movie ringtone was. It was tough to see him go, but Kylo Ren (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was my previous phone wallpaper. The Dark Side boy was matched with the “Imperial March” as my movie ringtone. My text tone was Darth Vader’s breathing. Talk about the perfect trifecta for a geeky phone theme!

(As an aside, I couldn’t come up with a good text tone for Deadpool. The only one on iTunes that fit was a gunshot, and I just can’t bring myself to have a gunshot alert tone. I was hoping for a quote of “maximum effort,” but I haven’t found one yet. So, the text tone is currently the ’80s sounding synth tone. Y’know, to go with the whole “Careless Whisper” vibe.)

So, previously, my Star Wars: The Force Awakens phone theme looked like this.

Kylo Ren Phone Wallpaper

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking over my phone, Avengers: Age of Ultron occupied my mobile device for months. Captain America posed for my phone wallpaper, and I matched it with a funked-up remix of the Avengers theme. My text tone came courtesy of the Jarvis app you can download from iTunes. He said, “Excuse me, there is a message for you.” Jarvis made me feel like a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist.

So the Avengers phone wallpaper and movie ringtone went like this.

Captain America Phone Wallpaper

Harry Potter

By now, surely, you’re asking yourself, what’s her go to? What’s her default phone wallpaper and movie ringtone?

If you’re a loyal read of this website (and why wouldn’t you be?), you know that I bleed red and gold for Gryffindor; I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. My default phone wallpaper and movie ringtone — my mobile blankie, if you will — is the book cover of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, my favorite books in the series, and “Hedwig’s Theme.” The text tone is an owl hooting, so I can pretend Hedwig is delivering a message herself.

Harry Potter Phone Wallpaper

What phone wallpaper and movie ringtone do you use to show the world your fandom? Tell us in the comments below.

Photo credit: r. nial bradshaw


Woman with Headphones / Nickolai Kashirin

Your Year in Music on Spotify

Do you listen to Spotify? Even if you’re not a daily listener, Spotify knows your music tastes. Every time you skip a song or click + to add a song to your favorites, you’re giving Spotify clues to your likes and dislikes in music. Your stats are compiled even if you aren’t a subscriber and use their free service.

As 2015 comes to a close, Spotify is giving users the opportunity to see what they’ve been listening to in aggregate, pulling together what you’ve listened to the most, by track and by artist. Just go to to see your stats.

Here are my stats as an example. (Don’t judge!)

I listened to 820 minutes of music in 2015, which breaks down to 14 hours.

I listened to 111 artists, 35 more than last year.

I listened to 188 tracks, 114 more than last year.

I listened to 204% more music in 2015 than I did in 2014. (That’s because, prior to this year, I was more of a Pandora girl.)

My #1 artist was Katy Perry, who I streamed 109 times.

My #2 artist was Alexandre Desplat, composer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2, who I streamed 12 times.

My #3 artist was Howard Shore, composer of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, who I streamed 11 times.

My #4 artist was Sheryl Crow, with 8 streams.

You can also look at stats for countries around the world. For instance, in the United Kingdom, Ed Sheeran was the top artist, followed by The Weeknd, Drake, Sam Smith and Kanye West. (UK, what the hell are you thinking?)

Head to to see what you’ve been listening to.

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Photo credit: Flickr User Nickolai Kashirin

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