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Culinary 101 – Cooking with Godfrey

Posted on: September 22, 2010 I Written By

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UPDATE: They’re adding a 30 day free trial offer for their Culinary 101. Check out the content he’s created for free. That’s a good deal.

This summer I took on a little side project to help a guy who was really passionate about doing an online cooking show which he’s calling Grubbin with Godfrey. My role was to just help code and make the website functional. A graphic designer made it look pretty and I left all the video and promotion of the website to someone else.

All in all, I think Grubbin with Godfrey is turning into a great website. Plus, I’m sure his videos will continue to improve more and more over time as he gets more comfortable in front of the camera and learns the art of cooking while talking. However, the quality of the videos he’s produced is really great. Some of the best I’ve seen on YouTube.

Here’s a short video he did to promote the cooking show that’s pretty funny:

The other cool part about the cooking show is that Grubbin with Godfrey has a section of the site called Culinary 101. This is a set of premium videos that go into depth on cooking dishes. Tracy really wants people to cook along with him.

If you like cooking, take a look and let me know what you think of the site.

Nice Video of A 5 Year Old Playing Violin Around the World

Posted on: April 19, 2009 I Written By

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This came across my twitter stream and I just had to post it. In the same kind of theme as Where the Hell is Matt?, this video shows a little girl playing the violin all over the world.

I bet the stories they can tell are even better than the video. You can read more about the video and this little girl on the soultravelers3 website.

Google SearchWiki Launched

Posted on: November 20, 2008 I Written By

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I was searching Google today and I saw some new features I’d never seen before. I started clicking around and found out that it was something called SearchWiki. I thought maybe it was just something that was integrated with Google’s Chrome browser or something, but Techcrunch is reporting that it was turned on for everyone.

The cool part is that you can modify the search results for common searches you do. I know I already have a few searches I’m going to modify. Will save me scrolling. It will just be interesting to see whether Google will use this data as part of their algorithm of results. Will people try to game Google more by removing websites and adding others.

One other feature I wish they’d add is a button that would let you reset the search results to Google’s results. Maybe I wanted something at the time, but later I might change my mind. Or maybe I just want to know which sites Google considers the best for a certain topic. I like to see where my website ranks on given topics and if I just push my site to the top, then I’ll lose that information. Well, at least I won’t know it unless I log out of my google account.

Check out this video describing the new features of SearchWiki:

Great Evening of Acoustic Guitar at Borders

Posted on: July 12, 2008 I Written By

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My wife and kids are out of town this weekend and so a friend from work invited me to go to Borders to listen to a UNLV student play some acoustic guitar. The guy had some pretty amazing stuff. You could tell it came pretty natural to him. I guess he’s the president of the Guitar Society of Las Vegas. Looks like a pretty cool group to be apart of. So, if any of my readers play guitar in Las Vegas, get in touch with them.

I must admit that I think the best part of the night was hearing Katrina Leshan play a bunch of songs that she wrote herself. My friend from work and I guessed how old she was and just couldn’t believe it when we found out she was 17. She’d written something like 3 songs just this week. One of which she just wrote today and played for us. Talk about some amazing talent. You can check her and her music out on Katrina Leshan’s myspace page. One day when she’s a famous singer you can say you heard about her first here.

My favorite song she sang was the first one she sang that I think she called “Chances.” Once she puts it on YouTube I’ll post it on my blog. I wish that I could have heard it again. I think one of the future Guitar Society of Las Vegas gigs I’ll have to get a babysitter and take my wife to enjoy some nice guitar.

Katrina Leshan also sang a modified version of a song she calls “…you and we should totally go bowling and eat some suuuuuuuper cheesy nachos (AKA See You) (AKA The Song I Wrote For Brandon Walsvick)” Here’s a rather poorly recorded video of the song on YouTube. Much better in person, but still amazing to watch this video and think that she’s only 17.

All in all, a nice way to spend a Saturday evening with good company and good music.

Live Tour de France 2008 Online Streaming

Posted on: July 5, 2008 I Written By

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In the past years I’ve always been able to find a nice stream of Versus that allowed me to stream the Tour de France online without any problem. This year I have yet to find a nice stream except for the free one that Versus offers for the first 2 stages at a very ungodly hour in the morning.

This year, it looks like Justin.tv is going to save us with the EuroSport Live stream of the Tour de France. I love that it also archives the race so that if you aren’t there live you can watch the race after the fact too. Granted, you have to put up with the english commentary, but essentially that’s what Versus has with Phil Ligget too. I actually prefer the english commentary since it’s a quite refreshing perspective.

I am just a little bummed about even watching this year’s Tour de France since they kicked off Levi Leipheimer and Alberto Contador and their entire team. Just doesn’t seem right. However, I’m sure I won’t worry too much once I see a crazy sprint or a tough mountain stage. I’m just a little sad that there are only 4 Americans participating. That’s really unfortunate that there’s so few.

Converting DVDs to Nice Format

Posted on: February 27, 2008 I Written By

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I love the idea of having all my videos on my computer so that they are easily accessed. I hate getting off my butt. This looks like a pretty simple process to convert DVDs to videos that you can watch on your PC. I’m sure there are more, but this looks very promising.

Great News – CBS Will Stream All NCAA Tournament Games Free Online

Posted on: February 12, 2008 I Written By

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I’ve always had an interest in streaming video. Probably because I’m too cheap to pay for it myself. That’s why I found the news that CBS will be streaming All the NCAA tournament games online for free to be great news.

I’m pretty sure it will all be easily available from the CBS website. I’ll be looking forward to this. TVU Player worked well for streaming the NCAA tournament last year, but unlimited access to games will be so much better. In fact, now that I think about it, CBS streamed the games last year, but they had some filters applied depending on where you lived. This year should be much better.

Senator John McCain Endorsed Mitt Romney

Posted on: January 29, 2008 I Written By

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This is one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen. I would never have expected to find a video of John McCain endorsing Mitt Romney after the things he’s sad about Mitt Romney during the campaign. I guess it’s things like this that make my wife not want to have anything to do with politics.

Great Videos by Kina Grannis for Crash the Super Bowl and Digg

Posted on: December 23, 2007 I Written By

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I came across a video on Techcrunch today that had me laughing so hard. It was about Digg and it was spot on. Plus, the singing by Kina Grannis was quite good too.

Of course, I had to see what Kina Grannis is about and I found out that she’s participating in the Crash the Super Bowl contest. You can see Kina’s website to support her in the contest or just go straight to the Crash the Super Bowl site to vote (you’ll have to be already logged into myspace to vote which is quite lame).

Here’s another video from Kina Grannis where she sings a song called Cambridge. I really enjoyed this one. I think it’s her best song. Pretty amazing talent I’d say.

Best of luck Kina in the contest.

PayPerPost’s New PPP Rank

Posted on: October 24, 2007 I Written By

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Today I decided to re-watch the video that Ted from PayPerPost posted about Argus’s new stats program. I’m sure that all the people who participate in PayPerPost have been watching Argus closely to see what the next iteration of PayPerPost will look like. It has been months since any really major changes to the system have been implemented. I’d say we’re all getting a little antsy, but maybe a lot of people using PayPerPost don’t really care. They’re just enjoying the money they make from blogging. Either way, here’s the unfocused video that Ted posted to the PPP blog recently.

While re-watching this video, I listed off each of the tabs that are shown (and luckily I think I was able to make out). They included: vistors, page views, ppp rank, alexa rank, google pr.

The only one that is really that surprising to me is the PPP Rank. I can’t believe I haven’t heard more people raging about this PPP Rank. I wonder how PPP is going to handle this ranking system. Is it going to be like Alexa ranking where it is updated daily and is easily gamed? Will it become a filter that advertisers use a lot? I think that this is going to drive a lot of people nuts. I can already see the posts on the forum about someone’s PPP rank being low and how PPP is discriminating against small time bloggers. Let me just cut that off now. It’s not PPP that is discriminating against you. It’s advertisers and advertisers dollars that don’t like you. So, start putting the blame where blame is due.

Regardless of all the hooplah that will occur over the PPP rank, I’m interested to see where I rank amongst the approximately 60k bloggers on payperpost. It’s really hard to make a guess since there are a lot of factors that PPP could use to determine rank. If they just do traffic, then my prediction is as follows:

Smuggle Me Blog – 5,267 PPP Rank
Something for Nothing – 4,345 PPP Rank

What’s your prediction on where your blogs will rank amongst the 60k PPP bloggers?

I’m sure that Mike Arrington is going to have another heyday (however you spell that) when Argus comes out. I’m just surprised that Mike doesn’t seem to have a clue what’s already going on at PayPerPost with Argus.