Cybertainment: Webby Awards announce nominees

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Online awards season is upon us with this week's announcement of nominees for the 18th annual Webby Awards.

The Webbys recognize the best work in the following categories: Web, online film and video, advertising and media, mobile/apps and social.

Online film and video nominees include: Jimmy Kimmel's "Worst Twerk Fail Ever," Pharrell's "24 Hours of Happy" and Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Winners will be announced April 29. Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt will host the awards ceremony May 19.

There's also a people's choice competition in each category. Voters can file ballots at the Webbys site. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. April 24.

webbyawards.com

A new audio biography about the life of the late actor James Gandolfini, who starred in "The Sopranos," was released on Audible this week.

"James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano" was written by Dan Bischoff and features interviews with fellow "Sopranos" cast members and others who knew him.

Actor John Ventimiglia, who played restaurant owner Artie Bucco on "The Sopranos," narrates the audio book.

Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon, offers audio books as digital downloads, which can be listened to on smartphones, tablets or computers.

"James Gandolfini" is $19.95, or free for those who sign up for a 30-day trial membership with Audible. After the trial period, members can buy a book a month for $14.95.

audible.com

Zippo lighters have a loyal cult following, and their owners can get very attached to them.

Many have shared sad stories about lost lighters with the company that made them. In response, the Zippo Manufacturing Co. launched Share the Pain, a virtual support group with a website and Twitter feed where people can post and read stories about lighters that were lost -- and occasionally found.

One guy who dropped his lighter at a shipwreck site returned a year later and found it. A construction worker dropped his into a tub of hot asphalt. It was found the next day. Both lighters were still working.

Zippo also conducted a survey that reveals the average person spends 903 hours of his or her life looking for misplaced or lost items. The January survey included more than 11,000 people in 10 countries.

The site also has a timeline of Zippo's history.

ShareThePain.com


Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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