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Family, Featured, Holidays

Everybody’s waitin’ for the man with the bag

It’s that time of year, once again! Time to give thanks, to gather with friends and family, and time to celebrate the fresh start of a new year. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a terrific 2020!

It seems like every Christmas season has one holiday song that gets played on repeat, for some odd reason. And I know everybody is talking about how this is the 25th anniversary of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You… But for me it has to be (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag as sung by Kay Starr. This one just keeps following me around! I don’t get to choose the song…the song chooses me. 😀

Below, I’ve shared a few videos from our recent Florida theme park trips. First up, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Join Shrek, Fiona, Gru, the Minions, and many other Universal Studios characters as they celebrate the season.

Earlier that day we attended The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular and got to hang with the citizens of Whoville.

And finally in the evening we enjoyed a holiday performance from Mannheim Steamroller.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


Leo Laporte explains the need for strong encryption

This is one of the best explanations I’ve heard for keeping our devices strongly encrypted. The video below starts at 29 minutes and 34 seconds in… He continues on the subject for several minutes, at least through 38:26.

You can’t lower your guard without lowering it for everyone.

And that’s the key.

When you reduce security, it’s not just for bad guys, and it’s not just the government that gets access to that. It’s everybody.

Well said, Leo.

Computing, Technology

90’s CGI memories

I’ve been undertaking a project recently to convert old VHS/VHS-C/Digital video tapes to a digital format to store on my home network Synology. It’s nice to have a backup and it’s also nice to be able to pull up any home video just within a few clicks.

Well, I happened to stumble across a video from 1990 titled “The Mind’s Eye.” It’s a collection of late 80’s CGI animation that obviously pales in comparison to the stuff in theaters today, but it certainly showed “what was possible” with technology, even in those early stages of computer animation.

Imagine my surprise (not really) when I discovered that the entire video is available on YouTube. So that’s one less video tape I have to convert…

Among the nuggets in the video is Stanley & Stella in: Breaking the Ice. It was the first computer animated short that I can remember emotionally connecting with. Give it a watch.

If you don’t want to sit through the entire Mind’s Eye video, you can find Stanley and Stella right here. Enjoy!

Church, Humor

The 12 Crazy Days of Christmas

It’s important to keep your sense of humor around the holidays. What, with all the shopping, and crazy people, and stress… Sometimes we just need a good laugh.

Thus, I present…

The 12 Crazy Days of Christmas. As seen at Jewel City Church on Sunday, December 23, 2012.  Presented in its entirety…

Have a Merry Christmas!

Humor, Internet

He’s right on…

Cameron Hughes from the Onion has his finger on the pulse of social media.  He knows exactly what kind of hard work it takes to be a leader in social media.

First, let us all give a large round of applause to a man who simply utters the words “Social Media” and presents a slide saying the same.

See for yourself in the below video…

West Virginia 69, Marshall 34

So, at least one sports team didn’t disappoint me this weekend… The Mountaineers manhandled the visiting Thundering Herd from Marshall by a score of 69-34. It looks like the 70 points put up in the Orange Bowl back in January was no fluke… 😀

Here’s a little YouTube video recap, courtesy of WVU SportsBuzz:


Just say ‘No’ to Vertical Videos…

Glove and Boots show us the correct way to shoot videos and provide us with ample reason *not* to shoot videos vertically… And also there’s George Lucas. But beyond him and the threat of even more Star Wars remakes, it just looks wrong.

So, if you, or someone you know has Vertical Video Syndrome, please show them this video. You may save a life. Not really.

Special thanks to Zagg for helping to spread the word.

American Idol, Music

Phillip Phillips: Home

So, it seems like the only thing I post anymore is music videos. LOL. Don’t know why that is lately. It’s not intentional, really, I promise. Though honestly I have spent an awful lot of time listening to Spotify… Maybe that has something to do with it?

This song has gained a lot of traction thanks to NBC’s Olympics coverage, being featured several times in bumpers for the women’s gymnastics team. I’ve also heard it featured on Sirius XM’s The Pulse recently. This is a song that speaks the month of May to me, since this is Phillip’s “coronation song” that he sang on American Idol finale night.

Without further ado, here is the video of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ song “Home.”

It’s nice to see the song get some airtime!

Featured, Music

More Pentatonix… This time: Maroon 5’s “Payphone”

More music from my favorite.

I’ve been listening to their iTunes EP repeatedly since it was released last month. Good stuff!

Sometimes I feel like their covers on YouTube are better than their official digital/CD recordings. It really is incredible how they harmonize together without the help of auto-tune or a ton of production.