Jason McIntyre

Goofy guy who spends too much time looking at screens of various sizes. Once held a Microsoft certification and was unbearable for a while after that. Enjoys sunshine, warm weather and the color orange.

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Music, Sports

QuickPost: Jack Fleming

I was just discussing with Allison the legendary West Virginia University sports broadcaster Jack Fleming and recounting how he could set the scene of any Mountaineer football game. Home games were especially exciting, as his tone would rise and fall with that of the “Pride of West Virginia” performing their pre-game show behind him.

As an example, watch below as Jack sets the scene for a Halloween matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions:

A true West Virginia treasure, the “Voice of the Mountaineers.”

Holidays

Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate

‘Tis the season once again. Of course, it’s not just about the hot chocolate, but that’s a nice part of it. And this year, I’m proud to announce, I haven’t heard of a single person offended by the Official Starbucks Red Cups®! The Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate reminds me of 2010 when we headed south for Christmas. We went to Universal Studios a few days that week and had one of these drinks just about every morning at CityWalk.

Last year we spent Christmas in Florida once again, but this year we are staying home. I just uploaded a classic computing video where I entered a Santa Claus program on a Commodore 64 emulator. The program came from the December 1984 issue of Family Computing magazine.

The background music from this video comes from the old Jingle Disk produced by Thoughtware, Inc. back in 1985. I wonder if Marty McFly ran it on his computer?

Anyway, some more contemporary sounds of the season echoed from the halls of Jewel City Church last week with their annual Christmas production. Watch it here!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Humor, Television, Travel

David S. Pumpkins will make your Halloween.

Any Questions?

This is my favorite skit in ages from SNL. I can’t even begin to describe why…. but I’ll try.

First of all, this skit just happened to be on SNL the same day that we took the NBC Studio Tour in New York City, where we got to see the legendary Studio 8H, the place Saturday Night Live has been produced for over 40 years. So, immediately +5 points, right?

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Travel

October Craziness

So, it’s been just a bit crazy for the past several weeks. I’ve done a lot of traveling, faced a few challenges, and have come out the other side.

I took one very unexpected trip to San Diego, California followed by a regularly scheduled trip to New York City. The NYC trip was primarily a college tour trip, but we did take some time to visit some of the city’s highlights.

Here’s what’s been going on, in picture form. First, a trip to the west coast:

And then, a trip to the east coast:

Children, Education, Music

The 2016 Lincoln High School Marching Band

The Lincoln High School Marching Band performs this past Saturday evening at the Fairmont Senior High School Band Spectacular. The band performs their “Flashback Friday” field show that features songs from the 80s, including Mr. Roboto, Call Me, and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.

The band will also be performing at the Liberty High School Band Spectacular in Clarksburg on September 24 and of course various Lincoln High School football games throughout the remainder of the season.

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Children, Church

The Children of the World Choir: Rescue Tour

The “Children of the World” choir came to Jewel City Church on Wednesday and touched the audience with their story of a difficult past that has now been replaced with a glorious future.

To learn more about their story and their current Rescue Tour, visit the WorldHelp website at https://worldhelp.net/children-of-the-world/

You can learn more about children like Jerry:

 

American Idol

The American Idol Grand Finale

And this… was American Idol…

I started writing this just after the American Idol: American Dream retrospective special, and finished up just after midnight a few days after the finale, so if I jump around incoherently, that’s why. Or at least it’s my excuse. But either way I’ve definitely been in the mood to type a bit about the most influential music show of the 21st century… This post may be ever-evolving too, as I sit back and think “And Another Thing! … ”

It actually might be a little bit tough to add to what has already been an hour and a half of “looking back.” But, I think I might have a bit to add. I’m gonna try not to say things like “as they said on the special…” because some of it obviously is going to be duplicate information. Other stuff, not so much.

Simon: The shock of the show

As much as I like to feel like a true fan of the show, it must be said that I wasn’t there from the beginning. Not the absolute beginning, anyway. I remember when I first started watching Idol. My brother had been after me for a couple of weeks to watch this new singing competition on television and the mean British guy who was on there. I heard him mutter names like “Tamyra” and “Guarini” and not have a clue what he was talking about.

You gotta hear what this guy Simon is saying to these people! They’re trying to sing and he stops them and tells them they suck!

I vividly remember sitting in my office chair at my previous house in Bridgeport and deciding it was time to tune in. It was the first episode of the top ten. I had missed what was probably the most entertaining and shocking portion of season one, the auditions. I did catch clips here and there to make up for this later, but this was 2002 and YouTube was yet to be invented. And there certainly was no “Fox on Demand.” Shoot. Idol didn’t even have americanidol.com at this point in time. They started out with idolonfox.com. At any rate, even though I joined the party a bit late, I was hooked.

Kelly Wins over a nation — But, how?

Of course, Kelly went on to win Season 1, and thankfully so.  I think, quite possibly, if Justin Guarini had gone on to win that first season, there’s a good chance Idol would never have had the chance to take off. But without Kelly’s success, Idol would have become just an average TV show. But ordinary people — viewers — felt invested in Kelly’s success. They came out in full force to support Kelly after her victory by snatching up CD’s and making her one of American Idol’s power stars.

One thing I will say about the early years of Idol, and the successes that came with it, is how American Idol took a relative “nobody” and turned them into a superstar virtually overnight. And something I never quite got in the first seasons is how the audience, especially the studio audience, can go so crazy over someone who, just last week was a relative “nobody.” The show works, but how?

I think the key, to be honest, is fake enthusiasm. That may sound a bit critical coming from a fan of the show, but I think, mainly in the first season, a lot of fake enthusiasm was manufactured. The eruptions and adulation in the stands worked as a visual cue to those of us at home that simply said “I’m crazy about this singer, and you should be, too!” So, one major factor to Idol’s success was the generation of fake enthusiasm, which is indistinguishable from genuine enthusiasm to a television audience. You can see it and hear it sometimes from the crowds of season one. The sudden, unnatural eruptions of cheers and the prodding of producers barely in camera range. This helped build a franchise, one fan at a time.

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