New comedy web series looking for beta viewers

Our web series ​REEL RIFF SHORT SHORTS is in need of beta viewers.

So, we’re sending out the distress beacon, looking for volunteers who want to do a beta viewing of two episodes we put together for a comedy series. 

The series is a mockumentary in the vein of MST3k or RiffTrax, but with no robots. We can guarantee no puppets at this time. 

What we’re curious to see is if people like it and if people would consider watching an entire season of the series. Each episode has a simple Google Form to fill out afterward, so we can get your take on it. 

If you’re up for joining in on the journey, leave us a comment below and follow this link to get watching! The videos are served up on our website and do have ad support (but should only play 1 ad at the beginning of the episode), let us know if it doesn’t play an ad or plays more than 1–that could be some glitchery. 

We’re also working on getting the episodes loaded into Amazon Video, as a possible option, but that’s still up in the air.

We hope you enjoy it and get some laughs out of it.

And imagine, just in time for Valentine’s Day! 

Feel free to share the beta viewing forward to people you think would wanna watch as well.

St. Louis Music: Town Cars

St. Louis has some amazingly talented musicians, bands, singers and songwriters. Don’t believe us? Well, we’re gonna convince you. Starting today, we’re going to start sharing some of that amazing St. Louis music on the blog. Up first? Town Cars.

Enjoy! Especially check out the highly addictive Summmer track. And if you like it, buy it.

Town Cars

Cross-platform Apps for Collaboration and Productivity: Wunderlist

In this day of apps and digital collaboration, almost everyone has their favorite app for the job. But people also have their favorite devices and operating systems, which means we aren’t always using the same apps.

We’re going to be sharing a collection of solid apps that can be used for collaboration, communication, and productivity with an emphasis on cross-platform compatibility. This is our second in the series, Telegram Messenger was the first. We hope you enjoy and find at least one app that fills a gap for you and your team (whether personally, professionally or educationally).Read More »

Cross-platform Apps for Collaboration and Productivity: Telegram Messenger

In this day of apps and digital collaboration, almost everyone has their favorite app for the job. But people also have their favorite devices and operating systems, which means we aren’t always using the same apps.

We’re going to be sharing a collection of solid apps that can be used for collaboration, communication, and productivity with an emphasis on cross-platform compatibility. This is our first in the series. We hope you enjoy and find at least one app that fills a gap for you and your team (whether personally, professionally or educationally). Read More »

Office Bullying: A True Story we wish wasn’t True

Originally shared on Medium, here, and Facebook, here.

Bullying. Yes, office bullying. You’ve probably heard of bullying, unless you’ve been living under a rock in the ocean with Aquaman. But, before we get too far, I would like to start by talking about the often horrible, terrible consequences of office bullying. Because, no matter how we feel about this subject, I want us to consider the hurt it causes first. Because people are at the forefront of this. People.

People.

Remember that.

This isn’t about bullying. It’s about people.Read More »

Standing up to a bully

Free Basics from Facebook is shutdown in India

Facebook started this thing called Internet.org (once upon a time), later renaming it to Free Basics.

Here’s a little promo video on the service:

Later on, they found themselves in hot water, Facebook that is, because the way in which they were providing the service. They were working with internet services and telecoms to provide only the services that made it into the program to those Free Basics’ users.

Example: If Google was the only search engine that made it in, then Google was the only search engine you had as part of the program. Meaning, people in the Free Basics program couldn’t choose another search engine like Bing for example, if they wanted.

The more you think about that example, and start applying it to any and all internet services, you realize there’s a problem.

Today India, in the name of net neutrality, has effectively banned Facebook’s Internet.org/Free Basics.

Below is a nice write-up from TechCrunch on the issue:

The project was ill-conceived and showed a lack of understanding of India’s culture and values. Mark Zuckerberg surely had good intentions in wanting to…

Source: Free Basics And Facebook’s Waterloo In India

We’re on Tumblr now, a little about our motto

True story. We’re on Tumblr. Nothing too exciting yet, as we’ve just joined. But I was thinking about the potential in media sharing and media inspiration, and well, I created a Tumblr. One might say, I tumbled into it.

On the positive side, it gave me a reason to finally explain the “walk to the beat of your own drum” motto I throw around regularly in social media and websites for Onyx Dragon. I’ve sort of made it our motto for what we do. And for the first time I thought to explain where it came from in a Tumblr post. You can read about it in the embedded Tumblr post below. And if you’re on Tumblr, follow us at https://STLonyx.tumblr.com. Laters.

Open Live Writer is the new Windows Live Writer, but open source

Today, after a few years of work, Windows Live Writer has been open sourced by a team of Microsoft employees working on the project in their spare time.

I’m using the app to write this post, and it has the feel of the old Windows Live Writer for the most part. I never used WLW a whole lot anyway back in the day, but I do love the idea of being able to use an offline application to work on blog posts.

Things I feel are missing (for me)

  • No featured image
  • No way to inset an image from media library on WordPress (images already uploaded)
  • No way to caption an image you are uploading

Outside of those three things, I don’t notice a whole lot that seems to be missing. If it means writing up a post, and then pushing it as a draft to WordPress.com to finish with the featured image process and captioning images, I suppose that’s livable.

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Conclusion

All-in-all, though, so far it’s pretty nifty.

If you are interested in downloading it and trying it for yourself, or joining the open source-awesomeness of it, you can learn more here.

Toshiba, Vaio and Fujitsu might be merging PC divisions

Word on the street is that there is a merger in the air among Toshiba, Vaio and Fujitsu and their PC divisions. If the merger took place, it would allow them to control over 30% of the Japanese market. Lenovo currently holds 26.3% of that market. Read More »