Friday, October 27, 2006

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog Oct. 27, 2006

Straight Tech Talk!

He hasn’t got mail…
Technology is not completely wasted on the President of the United States. According to a recent interview President Bush is a fan of Google, but is reluctant to use e-mail. He, like many, is cautious about the way e-mails can sometime spread. What he says on e-mail could easily be the next headline of the Washington Post. Maybe Video Professor should send the White House a copy of our “Learn Outlook” tutorial.
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Online video growing
It’s a good thing I started a company to teach people how to use their computers and didn’t start a TV manufacturing company. The tube’s days may be numbered. Ok that’s a little extreme, but who knows where technology will take us in the future. As online video sites such as continue to grow, people may eventually shift to online TV viewing rather than sitting in front of the plasma. In this on-demand world, why wait for your show to come on when you can download it at a moments notice?
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The next big thing
So you want to be discovered? Are you looking for your big break in the entertainment world? If you YouTube, you may be on your way. You just don’t know it yet. Apparently talent agencies are combing the popular video portals for the next big thing. Talented writers, directors and producers are getting noticed and the entertainment landscape is changing.
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Off topic:
Needless violence on the gridiron
Despicable. There really isn’t any other way to describe what happened last week at a peewee football game for five and six year olds. In case you didn’t hear about it, a father of one of the players got into an argument with the coach over playing time. Bad words turned into fisticuffs that led to the father pulling out his handgun. He pulled a weapon on somebody because he felt his kid wasn’t getting ample playing time? Where is our society heading? It’s nearly impossible to make it through a day without seeing a needless act of violence in the news. It’s ridiculous and it needs to stop. The kids just wanted to have a little fun on the gridiron, but now they are left with tragic memories.
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I am Dracula, and I bid you welcome . . .
With Halloween just a few days away, I was very disappointed to read this story. I love the creepy, crawlies. I love the things that go bump in the night. I love mummies and Frankenstein. And I really love vampires. A researcher at the University of Central Florida came up with a formula that debunked the vampire myth. Well even if bloodsuckers don’t roam our streets for real, I’ll still believe at least one night a year.
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Picks o’ the week!
After going “O-fer” a couple weeks back, I got back on track last week going 2-1. Overall this year, I’m not too bad, sitting at 13-8 going into Week 8. I have a couple comments about the week that was. First: Just when you think Jake “The Snake” was turning it around, the old Jake came out in the fourth quarter. Denver was in control of the game at 17-0 in the fourth and the defense looked poised for a road shutout. What does Jake do? He throws an interception resulting in the Browns gaining possession inside of Denver’s red zone. An easy drive later, and the lead has shrunk to 10 with a lot of time left to play. Denver shut Cleveland down after that, but Jake should never have put them in that position. Cincinnati got a must win over Carolina. Do you agree that Carson Palmer just doesn’t look right? Finally, I’m never trusting Arizona again. After that debacle on Monday night a couple weeks ago, they lose to the winless Raiders. Wow. Dennis Green, your days look to be numbered. Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s move on to my Week 8 picks:

New Orleans over Baltimore: How can you not root for this Saints team? Wow, talk about your surprises. This early-season success is giving that wonderful city and state a shot in the arm. Way to go Saints. Keep it rolling at home this Sunday. Baltimore still has a good defense, but their offense is offensive. Coach Billick will be calling the plays for the Ravens after sacking his O-coordinator before their bye week, but it won’t matter. Saints will roll.

Indianapolis over Denver: This has the makings as the NFL’s game of the week in my opinion. Denver’s defense has been unreal so far this season, but it has not faced an offense as powerful as the Colts. Denver’s only hope for victory is to limit Peyton and boys to fewer than 20 points. If this game becomes a shootout, Denver is in trouble. That troubled offense can’t keep up with the Indianapolis scoring machine.

Minnesota over New England: After what Minnesota did to Seattle last week, Monday night’s game just got a lot more interesting. This should be a great game. The Patriots always show up for big games and I think Minnesota is a very legitimate team this year. At the end of game, however, I think Minnesota at home will pull out a squeaker.

John W. Scherer
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