Emily Kinney Dead Sing August

Yeah, I know I am late to the party in a lot of this stuff, but hey – I am not much into the Entertainment industry and it’s a nice break when it comes real.

This morning began with a grain of enjoyable August happenstance.

I’m not a fan of the popular show The Walking Dead. I have no mal-interest towards it. We don’t have cable TV and my significant other doesn’t veer towards the scary. Maybe one day I can trick her into watching an episode or two and then we shall come late to the party.

Perhaps more to the point is that I am unfamiliar with the cast, I guess.

However last night we did watch a movie on Netflix. This morning I began listening to an unrelated podcast.

Where am I going with all of this? And where is August? You’ll have to read on and engage the brain.

As the episode of the podcast began, my ears were treated to a very beautiful female voice singing; I was half-smitten in micro-seconds.

So of course, I listened on.

The podcast is the (evidently wildly popular) The Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick.

Dude is very laid-back and easy to listen to and interviews all kinds of famous folks in a we-just-folks kind of way. I’m a gonna stay subscribed.

And this episode featured a clip of this most beautiful song. It’s called "Never Leave LA." I obviously don’t live in LA and don’t really vibe completely with all of the lyrics. But the voice. OMG! That voice!

That wonderful songstress is Emily Kinney and she makes lovely music.

She played "Beth Greene" on The Walking Dead (and evidently her character recently died). She’s also been in tons of other things.

She seems to be a very down to earth and cool gal. And man…That voice… Pure beauty.

As I listened to her tell her tale of her life and whatnot, I learned that she spent some time living in NYC (shocker, I know – but hey, she also lived in Georgia due to Dead filming). During her time in the hustle and bustle city, she did a particular play.

And that play, actually titled after a poem of the same name by Howard Starks, was later adapted into a movie by the same name.

The same movie we watched last night – August: Osage County!

So it’s aligned in the stars – we must be destined to surf the neverwas together.

Okay, maybe not. But twas just a cool little slap-my-thigh-and-call-me-martha kind of moment. 🙂

Go check out The Nerdist Podcast.

In Chris’ own words:

I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don’t I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the reviews section because that’s how the Internet works.

Oh, and evidently this song is wildly popular among her fans, but she’s slightly reluctant to sing it all the time, due to its downer thang. But I can sure as hell understand why it’s popular – there she goes with that beauty again. 😉 😛 🙂

Adobe Premiere

I recently finished a site re-design, complete with mobile responsiveness, for the PATHS Atlanta Kung Fu website and decided I that I need to update the featured video on the homepage.

Although I have a fairly heavy duty video application for editing, most of its power has been extremely under-utilized, since I am a complete N00b to all this.

Sure, I’ve created several videos in the past, but they all scream amateur.

So I’m working on a new video.

But now I am taking a little bit of time to do some research online, read articles, watching videos, etc., to be just a wee bit more knowledgeable.

I’ll never be peer to a professional producer or editor, but I must say that it’s a fun learning experience.

And although I can tell that this current project will end up looking amateurish yet again, it will be one step beyond, intimating that I’m actually towing around with concepts and tools. Think of "cool" Photoshop images with so much drop-shadow and gradients. 😛

Anyway, the point of this post is to share with you a page I’ve come across in my research that is great if you are a complete N00B like myself. Just like the title says, it’s a list of Digital Video Terminology, explaining commonly-used terms in the industry for a N00B like me. And if the explanation isn’t enough, since the terms are quite common industry-standards, you can easily find a Wikipedia article with more in-depth information.

Digital Video Editing Terminology.

We love Youtube and all it has to offer, don’t we? It can be used for marketing purposes, training, education, communication, and just plain fun. Of course the N00B comments we could do without.

Here’s a quick look at ten of the hottest Youtube videos gone viral of 2012.

  1. KONY 2012
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Street
  4. Opera duo Charlotte & Jonathan — Britain’s Got Talent 2012 audition
  5. Call Me Maybe
  6. Catch the Ice Dude
  7. Somebody That I Used to Know
  8. Donna the Deer Lady
  9. Arrested Drunk Guy Sings Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
  10. Golden Eagle snatches kid

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!

Good Monday Morning!

Ya know, Mondays can be crappy. Gotta get up early, do your stuff, go to work, etc. and all from a blurry haze of weekend-deprivation.

We need some funny for the Monday.

Paranormal + Coordinated Practical Joke = Rockin Good Time and Just What we Need for a Monday Morning!

Netflix buffering

Netflix Video Buffering

Has this ever happened to you? You’re watching a pretty great movie on Netflix streaming and someone else on your WiFi network is playing a game and every few seconds or so the movie goes dead and you see that annoying swirling video buffering signal?

Or maybe you’re playing your favorite MMORPG but have your Outlook scheduled to download the latest email every 5 minutes, so every 5 minutes you get dropped from the game?

These and other annoying situations have happened to me. Many times. And it’s annoying as hell.

Well it seems there may be a cure.

I came across this Mashable article today and found it refreshing. Western Digital has evidently jumped into the networking game and released a set of WiFi routers called My Net. The routers also come with a configuration application that you can even access via your iPhone or iPad.

What’s the deal? Well, it can prioritize video streams or video games!

In the case of streaming services like Netflix, where the video doesn’t necessarily stop playing but its video quality will suffer, FasTrack can help there, too, keeping that episode of The Walking Dead nice and sharp while your roommate downloads Photoshop.

Video Buffering Cures for Me

Although I’m not a fan of purchasing a new router simply for video buffering issues, I must admit at beaming a little bit with pride at having at least understood the problem a little better.

And now that my wife has finally bought an iPad, we might be looking into some interesting options.

But on the real… Why hasn’t someone come up with a product named "Jimmy Buffer" 😛

Read what Mashable has to say about it – a nice review with costs and more details.

Sick of Video Buffering Over Wi-Fi? This Router Can Do Something About It