Posted: December 31, 2016 in Comedy, Humor, Journalism, Media, Politics
Tags: Dave Barry, funny stuff, Humor, Miami Herald, parody, satire
Sorry I haven’t posted here much this year. Certainly not for lack of desire, but my business (firstimpressionsvideo.com) was VERY busy and between shooting, editing and freelancing, the year moved right on by! So since I don’t have my own year-end comments, I will share those of one of the greatest satirists of our time: Dave Barry. Dave has contributed his writing to The Miami Herald for many years, in addition to his many books, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dave when I lived in Miami. He’s rip-roarin’ funny, but usually dead on point at the same time, and here are Dave’s thoughts, in his “2016 Year In Review.” Take note that no one is spared…everyone is fair game for Dave’s pen!
Enjoy, and have a happy and prosperous–and healthy–2017!
Earlier today, I posted a blog on my business website, FirstImpressionsVideo.com, about Yelp’s crappy business practices. Click here to read it…I invite comments.
I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER APPLE PRODUCT AGAIN…EVER!! I have an iPad that had dozens of CDs of various artists we like. Today while on vacation, I wanted to play the music and it was GONE. DELETED by Apple because I DIDN’T BUY THE MUSIC FROM THEM!! Apparently in a recent OS update, the music was wiped out. THANKS FOR THE WARNING, APPLE!! YOU GUYS REALLY, REALLY SUCK!! Interestingly enough, there are a slew of threads with this very complaint. This is the same company that wouldn’t unlock a phone to catch a terrorist, but will just wipe out someone’s music with no warning whatsoever. EPIC FAIL!!!
Post Script: Today, I found another rant about Apple’s neanderthal behavior. And just because they bury their intention to wipe out all our non-Apple music (and other media, for that matter) in their “terms of service,” that DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!!
Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.
Posted: March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
Note: this was also published today on my business website: FirstImpressionsVideo.com
They’re out there…we know they’re out there! We have to be vigilant 100% of the time; they only have to be lucky some of the time–and they are! So please indulge me–if you have time–and read the thread shown on the attached pdf below, starting at the end and working yourself back to page 1. You will see the story emerge as to what the scammer ultimately wanted me to do…needless to say, I didn’t take the bait.
There are a number of red flags in the perps initial message and subsequent replies, starting with a sudden change of her (we assume it’s a ‘she’) email address. She relentlessly refused to fill in my online form or provide any other concrete information about herself and the event she wanted videotaped. And although I didn’t fall for the scam, countless others have been victimized by approaches similar to this one. I suspect that “Kim” thought she had her “fish on the hook,” and moved in with her ask: that I carry out the entire transaction using her credit card, which included a generous overage to the bill, if I would only do her a ‘favor’ and send cash to the other participants in the deal. Well that just wasn’t gonna happen!!
You must protect yourself at all times, and if you get one of these BS inquiries, report it, as I did!
That is all. I will now go back to blog posts about videography and related subjects…things I would much rather write–and talk–about.
Posted: October 17, 2015 in Advertising, Costa Mesa Videography, Digital Marketing, Internet, Internet Advertising, Marketing, Media, Movies, Orange County Videography, Videography
Tags: costa mesa video, costa mesa video production, costa mesa videography, orange county video production, orange county videography, videography
I am extremely gratified that my business–First Impressions Video–has been acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in the videography category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. #TTBestOf2015
Got Video? Give me a call or drop me a line…great video doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out my business website here.
I had the privilege of growing up with parents who expected us to speak properly. They knew–even though neither finished college–that command of the language would be the key to our success. And they were right: all six of us have done well and we have Steve and Glenna to thank for it.
Yesterday, I got a WordPress ‘recommendation’ from another blogger who wrote an incredible essay on texting, asking the provocative question, “Is Texting Ruining our Language?” Well…let’s start with the observation that the word ‘texting’ didn’t even exist 10 years ago. We can thank smartphones, Twitter and other short-form messaging apps for that! But back to the essay, Kate Wiles wrote an awesome piece about it, which you can read here. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.
Enjoy! At the end, you, too, may well be SMH!
Posted: September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
I am SO GLAD I’m not in the airline business any more! Another merger about to be finalized…can someone PLEASE tell me how the CUSTOMER benefits from this? The customer?!? WHAT A CONCEPT!!!