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Tweet Manti Teo’s story that his girlfriend, the supposedly passed-on Lennay Kekua is, well, not a real person, a hoax, has become topic number one in American sports pop culture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjFzSeEJE4 The story was unearthed by the blog Deadspin two days ago. But before this blogger dives into the details behind it, let’s get this take out of the way: a girlfriend is someone you have sex with period. And by that, real sex – not phone sex or cyber sex – the kind of contact such...

Tweet On January 14th, Anna Kendrick went from being an actress known to some of America, to being one known to more of America, and she did it with one single Twitter tweet. This one: Ugh – NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered “inappropriate” — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 14, 2013 And to which, this blogger says Ms. Kendrick picked the wrong guy. Anna Kendrick, Zennie Abraham’s a better choice than Ryan...

Tweet Megan O’Neil is someone I met online, but not like Manti T’eo’s girlfriend. Ms. O’Neil wrote about me for The Social Times in 2011, and made a great blog post that covered my video-blogging history. This blogger took the chance to turn the tables, in a way, at the IAWTV Academy Awards. Megan was in attendance and standing next to me in the red carpet (well, really, blue carpet) line. The result was this interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rDhS-XzX7E Make sure to keep tabs on Megan...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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:...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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 –...

Tweet 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 ...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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 ...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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,...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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...

Tweet 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: ...