Cybertainment: Try your virtual silkscreen skills

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• The humble scouring pad box was never an artist's model until Andy Warhol came along. His Brillo Soap Pads Box sculpture made Brillo products as iconic as his famous Campbell's Soup cans.

The Andy Warhol Museum and Brillo have joined forces to mark Brillo's 100th anniversary by offering the The Warhol D.I.Y. Pop app as a free download. See

The museum launched the D.I.Y. Pop app in 2011. With it, users can create their own digital silkscreens, starting with photos stored in their iPhone or iPad.

Users also can learn more about the silkscreening process and how Warhol worked with the medium through a series of videos.

The app has been updated to work with iOS 6 and iPhone 5, and has some added information about Brillo.

The 99 cent app is free in the iTunes Store during February and March.

• There are countless ways to digitally modify photographs. But Pixlr packs a lot of features into a free online photo editing tool.

Like the popular Instagram, it comes with a wide range of colors and tints to alter the look of a photo and a collection of overlays and borders.

The user can access Pixlr through the application's website. Working with Pixlr online in Pixlr-o-matic mode makes the photo look as though it was lying in a tub of developing fluid for an even more retro darkroom experience. Finished images can be stored on the computer.

Pixlr also is available as a free app for Apple's iPad/iPhone and as a Chrome Web app for Android devices. After some user backlash, developer Autodesk Inc. removed advertising from the latest version of the mobile app.

• My Damn Channel has launched the My Damn Channel Comedy Network.

The original comedy series channel starts with eight new series. They include "The Adventures of Humphrey and Spud," an animated series starring a rock and a potato, "Advice," a comedy where drunk people give out advice and "Huffin' It," a sketch series from the Murderfist comedy troupe, along with "That Guy," "Life From the Inside," "Running Late With Scott Rogowsky," "Frankie" and "What If."

New episodes will post weekly, and more new original series will launch throughout the year.

My Damn Channel also is looking for producers of original Web series for the new comedy network. For information on submitting work:

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Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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