Unstoppable – dedicated to @vegatheunbound

A little background on this. “Who the hell is @vegatheunbond?” you’re probably asking yourself. That’s my childhood friend, Will. I started to get into that here, but it turned into an epic, so I wrote a separate entry. Read it if it moves you.

The song Unstoppable by China Anne McClain is popular with the Disney crowd. The girls in the video embedded here are Kayla & Skyla, my uncle’s girlfriend’s grandchildren. Kayla wants very much to be a singer. When she first told me this, I told her it was serious business, and stressed the importance of working hard at it, to always be ready to seize any opportunity that came along. So they were in my house a few weeks ago, and Kayla asks if I can record her singing and put it on the internet. I tell her, “I got this program that’s supposed to beam it out live on the internet.”

“What do you mean live?”

“Instead of recording and uploading, it streams directly, so you don’t review it first.”

“So you want me to do it in one take? Okay, let me know when you’re ready.”

Kayla had her game face on, she was ready to throw down, so I filmed it, and here it is. Her little sister got excited so she sings a nursery rhyme song towards the end. The reason I dedicated this to Will (in case you didn’t read the other entry, but I know you really want to) is because he could take a cue from this young lady. She wants to be a singer, so she’s working on developing her talent, and she’s confident enough to show what she can do. It’s not false confidence either, I think she sings pretty good for a kid with no vocal training. My point is, she already has her hustle on and she’s only 10 years old. If she keeps at it, a few years from now she could be one of those Disney kids that the next generation looks up to. You never know.

If the embedded video doesn’t appear above, click here to watch it at Qik.

Back With A Mac Mini

Hey people! I know it’s been over a week since I promised at least 3 new entries in this blog, but I got caught up with a couple of other things. I did watch the Police Academy saga over the weekend, but haven’t posted the article yet because Monday was my birthday and my mother surprised me with a new computer setup, as seen here:

If the embedded video doesn’t appear above, click here to watch it at Qik.

So I had to migrate all the stuff from my old computer over to the new one, which took some time. I also had some trouble getting my iPhone to sync with the new computer (search for “iphone sync stops at step 7 of 7” for an idea of some of my issues), which left me incommunicado for a couple of days, but now I’m up and running for the most part.

Also, I was playing around with some social video apps over the weekend for the piece comparing those, but Viddy released a new version along with an overhaul of their website on Tuesday, so what I was going to write about that is already outdated. I’ll play with the new version some more and write something up soon.

Lastly, I’m not sure if anyone is still interested in reading a recap of this past season of Celebrity Apprentice. The season finale was almost two weeks ago and it’s not like they reinvented the wheel or anything. Still, I do have some thoughts that I want to get down, so while I may not put out the most exhausting examination of the show, there will be something. Thanks for your patience.

Police Academy On TV This Week

Coming up: Social Video, Police Academy, Celebrity Apprentice

What’s up people? I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but he’s a quick update on some upcoming posts:

It’s been a little over a year since I wrote a post on Viddy. Seeing as how the head of the company stopped by, read it and then addressed pretty much all of my beefs with the next software update, I should have acknowledged that a lot sooner, but in case you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of dick sometimes. Well, that follow up is coming, along with a look at some of the other players in the social video arena (specifically, Tout, YouToo, Qik and Color, because they’re the ones I’ve used).

Also, by (sort of) popular demand, I’ll be writing a piece on the sociological undertones of the Police Academy movies. Yup, that’s right. Last week, The AV Club celebrated Police Academy with a series of articles. I left a detailed comment on one of the articles, which got some good feedback, and a crowd sourced idea for a post. I don’t actually own the movies, because they’re on TV all the time. In fact, here’s what a TiVo search brings up:

Police Academy On TV This Week
They’re still in heavy rotation after all these years

As you can see, with the exception of The Original and Citizens On Patrol, the entire movie series will be on premium cable this week. I’ve already set the TiVo to grab them, and I’ll swing by the library to borrow DVDs of the two that aren’t airing. I’ll watch ’em all and regurgitate something eventually.

Lastly, while writing this, I’m also live tweeting this season’s finale of The Celebrity Apprentice. I’ve been doing that all season, so I’ll be writing a post or two relating to that. Eventually.