My Dear Sister…

I can’t  believe I missed out on the Dear Sister parody from SNL last year. Thanks to Jon Lee for sharing that nugget of time killer beauty. The wonders of YouTube related videos had Michelle and I consuming many of the double parodies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Lost, The Tudors and a classic episode of Three’s Company. If you too have no clue about Dear Sister, then read on. Oh, and stick around for my very own stab at the double parody. Continue reading

Honey, you’re in charge of technology…

The article title is exactly what Michelle, my wife, said regarding packing for our annual family beach trip. What she really means is any missing batteries, camera chargers, laptops, etc. will be my fault!

So here’s my technology list for the family vacation at the beach:

  • Nikon Digital SLR, extra battery, charger, case and lenses.
  • Wife’s Casio Exilim EX-S10 point and shoot, w/charger
  • 2 old point and shoot cameras – good for beach and kid’s usage
  • Sony Digital DV camcorder, charger, DV tapes and bag (probably don’t need since point and shoots will do good enough)
  • Bagful of rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with chargers
  • iPhone wall chargers
  • 2 MacBook Pros, with chargers
  • Portable backup of home/business data (WD MyBook Studio) – just for safety not likely to use 
  • Firewire cable (hard drive, or linking the MacBooks for fast data transfers)
  • Spare D-Link Wireless router (condo has ethernet we can blast wifi to the pool from our balcony)
  • Extra ethernet cable to config router
  • Work’s external hard drive (I’m certain I will be working through vacation need to edit some videos)
  • Video iPods and (can use iPhone charging cables)
  • Video cable for iPods
  • Re-encode 25+ kid’s movies from media server for iPod (thanks VisualHub)
  • Charge & replace batteries for wireless headphones (we use the iPod as a mobile media server for the in-car LCD panel)
  • Get portable iHome (water resistant, beach ready version)
  • Sync old iPod Nanos with current music for use with portable iHome (better to lose/damage old nano then Video iPod or iPhone while on the beach)
  • Remind kid’s to pack chargers, headphones and games for their Nintendo DSs
  • Grab the latest Netflix DVDs (hope it’s something good)
  • Find s-video cable/adapter for MacBook Pro (can always serve a makeshift DVD player)
  • Find audio cable (headphone to RCA) to use with MacBook Pro and/or iPods
  • USB SDHC card reader (for all the cameras – no need to bring 3 different USB cables)

What I’m I forgetting? Let me know with a comment…

Vitrue on Bernaisesource

Dan GreenfieldDan Greenfield over at Bernaisesource has written a nice piece on Vitrue (my employer), Reggie Bradford (my CEO), Social Media (my industry), and Atlanta (my hometown). I worked with Dan for many years at EarthLink, he’s a sharp guy and is vastly becoming Atlanta’s social media PR guru.

When I caught wind that Dan would be stopping by to interview Reggie, I grabbed my video camera in hopes to archive the event for Vitrue. More on that later… Dan covers many topics with Reggie including his background, Vitrue’s platform and the importance of brand safety.

Dan also recently interviewed Paul Stamatiou whom I worked with at Skribit.com, the creation of Atlanta’s first Startup Weekend.

Nice work. Keep it up Dan!

Line Out ≠ Mic Input

When I started this blog post my intentions were to solicit help from the community, however before I finished writing, I found my answer. I’m hoping this makes its way into the abyss of the Google indexes and helps someone like me in the future.

This week I have to do a video shoot at the office. During our test shots, I decided I didn’t like the audio quality I was getting from the camera and the wireless mic. So, I decided to incorporate my home studio gear and run some additional tests. Continue reading

How to accept a job at a social media company.

As you may know I recently took a position with Vitrue. Vitrue develops a platform for major brands to implement video-centric social media campaigns and communities. The interview process was fairly typical, a round robin of meetings. When done, I came away very impressed with the organization and the following week I was thrilled to received a verbal offer of employment.  After spending a few days considering the offer, I got the crazy idea to say YES in a non-traditional method. The following link was sent in place of a letter of acceptance: Continue reading