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Oakland Acupuncture’s Beth gave this blogger a good scare while at FitnessSF, the gym that was called Gold’s Gym Oakland, last night. The massage therapist set up a table to allow members to have their antioxident levels tested. The higher the level the better, the lower the level, the worst. Well, this blogger’s level’s low – not dangerously low, but close. Here’s what she told me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlWUfBG811g This underscores the importance of eating fruit, and on a daily basis....

This is Isabelle LaRue Of “Engineer Your Space,” the winner for “Best Educational Web Series” At IAWTV At CES 2013. I talked to Isabelle after the awards, who shared that the entire 14-videos-and-counting show came out of her establishing a new apartment in New York City. Since she lives, works, and entertains out of it, she came up with creative ways to use the space. Here’s a video from one of her episodes, this one on how to engineer your closet: And here’s my interview with Isabelle at the...

The Divoom Bluetooth NFC Speakers this blogger was introduced to at CES 2013 were among the most amazing speakers for their size and price ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpQSOl-BZmU Booth 6616 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall was a buzz of activity with people walking by until we started listening to the Divoom speakers. For $99 and in something barely the size of a small shoe box, the buyer gets a speaker that can be placed anywhere in the home or apartment and remotely controlled via Bluetooth or NFC....

Panasonic HD Camcorders With Wifi At CES 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slBFQyEH3tg Aside from TVs and 4K, Camcorders were not forgotten at CES 2013. Panasonic launched a new smaller line of camcorders, the HD HC-X920, V720, and V520, that feature Wifi and connectivity with USTREAM. In other words, you’ll be able to use their camcorders to make livestream shows on your USTREAM account, which is free to establish. Aside from that, the Panasonic HC X920 camcorder has what you’d expect in a top line device: optical zoom,...

Samsung OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV Demo At CES 2013 was a mind-blower. As the video shows, Samsung’s well poised to dominate this category, with new models and even a curved OLED TV that might be on sale in the future, but is just a display to show what’s possible with the technology. Oh, what’s OLED, really? Well, this is part of the definition: OLEDs are solid-state devices composed of thin films of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScJAiOml-ew ...

While in Las Vegas for CES, I had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Hubert Keller while dining at his popular Madalay Bay, Las Vegas retaurant, Fleur. Taking a moment away from dinner with his family, Mr. Keller said that ‘Fleur, by Hubert Keller’ is a “little bit” of a different twist from his San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys. Without giving too much away, as the video’s fun to watch, as you will see, Fleur at Mandalay Bay is not a tappas restaurant, but it does offer a mix of small plates, and...

Justin Bieber’s agent, Nick Styne of CAA, says that TMZ’s photos that allegedly show Mr. Bieber with a joint in his hand have been doctored. “The images were altered and my client, singer Justin Bieber, was not involved with them at all,” Nick Styne writes. But his words are falling largely on deaf ears because the overall media narrative has been that he did it. Indeed, Bieber has not issued a statement that he did not do it. Fans Don’t Care What’s interesting is Justin Bieber’s fans all...

Mandalay Bay Mix Lounge Zennie62 Party At CES Las Vegas 2013. If you’re in Las Vegas for CES 2013 or The New Media Expo, come to our late night party that gets rolling at 11 PM. It will be thrown at the amazing Mix Lounge space at the 64th Floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel. All you need to get in is your CES or New Media Expo badge – that’s it. The featured performer will be DJ DU Music, a legendary DJ who’s playing at a number of CES and NMX parties, and we’re lucky to get him. So join Jessica Northey...

Black Football Coaches Should Sue NCAA NFL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv9OpKw2u7k As of now, the NFL’s available coaching jobs are being filled, and not one of the current hires is black. By contrast, the majority of NFL players by position are black, including 100 percent at the running back spot, and 66 percent at the fullback spot. In 2011, the NFL had a record number of coaches of color: 8, here’s that list: – Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis Colts – Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals – Raheem Morris,...

My Oakland Merritt Cafe Coffee Making Process Vlog features a look at how the cafe makes french roast coffee. Merritt Cafe is next to Lake Merritt and SF Fitness at 614 Grand Avenue in Oakland, California http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UKlJcgAnkk ...

YouTube Capture was reviewed by this blogger last week. It’s designed as a new app for the iPhone and will be available for the Android soon. What it allows you to do is upload videos from your iPhone to your YouTube account, and Facebook and Twitter. In short, it does exactly what Viddy does. Thus YouTube Capture is Google’s nod to the observation that increases in the use of microvideoblogging apps like Tout.com, Viddy, Social Cam, and the new Vidoco, have actually taken users away from YouTube. According to Fiddy,...

New Year Resolution: Keep My Mom Happy. Last year, a number of my friends lost their mothers and grandmothers. The one thing that I took from all of my conversations with them was to spend as much time with Mom as I can – which I do. And also to make sure to make her happy. That, for me, encompasses a lot of things I have to do, but will, in combination, solve that objective. Happy New Year! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3TT_11PG2k ...

Clowney Hit – BSC Rose Bowl David Shaw – Heather Cox Are You Kidding Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeU_sWHxFEo Clowney Hit. Clowney Hit. Clowney Hit. That’s all you hear since South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney flew past an attempt to trap him on a running play and hit Vincent Smith so hard his helmet flew off, he fumbled the football, and lost eight yards in the process. It was a hit that was totally legal and within the scope of the game of football. Jadeveon Clowney came in low and got to full...

Shelf Life successfully raised $35,000 (well, $34,579 here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ShelfLife) and totally from clicks provided by fans of the show. Ok, so what’s the show? Shelf Life, produced by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, features the talents of Travis Willingham, Bryan Enk, Dee Bradley Baker, Tara Platt, Yuri Lowenthal, and Phil Morris. The description goes like this: A web comedy about four action figures on a young boy’s shelf and no topic is off limits: sex, politics, gender, race, religion, and more from a...

YouTube’s latest update is the most hated change in the seven-year history of the video-sharing website. The design change, which focuses on smaller fonts, and a mix of subscribers versus partner videos in the timelines of viewers, and other small changes like putting the video title at the bottom of the video and not the top of it as before, has been so panned that YouTube took to Reddit to explain the alterations. Not sure that was a good idea. As this is written, YouTube reps are being hammered by the notoriously trolling and...

The video “Extremely Scary Ghost Elevator Prank” has gained over 14 million views in just two days. It features a trick of sorts where people in Brazil go into this elevator that is, unknown to the rider, fixed to go nowhere. While they’re in it, lights flicker, then go out, leaving the interior dark just long enough for a small girl to crawl into the space and stand there with her doll. She looks freaky. But even with that, you’d think people would not be afraid of her, or realize that the elevator wasn’t...

Ok. What would you do if you were in this situation: an elevator with flickering lights, and a little girl who seems to appear out of nowhere, but really walks in to the elevator via a hidden door on the side? If it happened to this vlogger, I’d grab the little girl and say “I’m not letting you go until I get out of this elevator, or you show me a way out.” That would do it. It’s a ghost prank video on YouTube that’s scared up over 13 million views since November 26th. Look: ...

Maker Studios and Awesomeness TV are two of a very small, but growing, group of YouTube Partners that are securing millions in venture funding for their video production efforts. According to CrunchBase, Maker Studios has secured $40 million from Time Warner Investments last week, after getting $2.5 million from Greycoft Partners and GRP Partners, according to All Things D, in July of 2011. In total, Maker Studios, the producers of the Epic Rap Battles In History YouTube video series, has gathered $44 million in total funding. Here’s...

PSY’s Gangnum Style YouTube video has not just accumulated 812,794,421 views (as of this writing), but lost in the news that the music video has surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” for YouTube’s most watched video is the fact that, along the way, it’s gained revenue from the ads placed on it. In fact, by this blogger’s estimate based on experience as a YouTube Partner, PSY’s earned almost $2 million in Google AdSense revenue since it was first posted on July 15th. That estimate is based...

Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a reality TV show star, just won a defamation lawsuit filed against her. The win, reported by TMZ.com, may open the door for a clarification of the rights of YouTube Partners. I saw that because of the reasons stated for why the lawsuit was thrown out of court. What happened was that a drunk man named Stephen Hanks saw Palin, Bristol, riding a mechanical bull, and then falling. Without provocation, Hanks referred to Bristol’s mother as “a whore,”...