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‘The Walk In’ entry in SNL’s ‘Best sketch comedy contest’

My friend told me about this short video contest that SNL is putting on. We had already published this video a while back, but I figured it could make a fun entry in the contest. The final decision is left to the judges, but is heavily influenced by Facebook ‘likes’, so if you can spare a ‘like’, we would very much appreciate it.

Watch + Like: ‘The Walk In’

The Walk In / Screenshot

Thanks in advance, and stay classy out there!

DRM Promotes Piracy

Dear people who support digital rights management,

Today I purchased the third season of a show I have become a fan of recently. I went ahead and paid a premium to get it delivered in full HD. It looks great on my Apple TV, but you know what happens when I try and view the videos on my older Apple 30″ Cinema displays?

Apple DRM

Because my 2560×1600 Apple displays use DVI instead of the DRM-riddled HDMI interface, my media refuses to play on them. Is it any wonder why people like torrents? I understand why you don’t want to play the video that I bought on an unknown device – there’s no guarantee I won’t record it to some other source and distribute it to a mass audience somewhere else. But do you think this kind of restriction is going to make me want to purchase from you in the future?

Hiking Ramsey Cascades Trail

Today, Lacey and I hiked the Ramsey Cascades Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a good 8 mile out-and-back trip (plus we figure another .5 mile or so in the ‘parking lot’). At the end of the trail is a pretty big waterfall, so that was a nice place to have our lunch. 2,200 feet of elevation gain wore us out pretty well by the end of our trip. We could not have asked for better weather for our hike!

Nerd note: I took all of these photos with my (new to me) 5th-generation iPod touch.

Dance for Love 2012

Homes of Love hosted its annual Dance for Love fundraising party again this weekend at The Square Room. I forget why, but I missed it last year, and was excited to be able to make it this time around. I was not disappointed. It was the best one yet. If you know nothing about Homes of Love, you should have a look at their website and see what they are all about.

Homes of Love works in Southeast Asia and Africa to establish and maintain loving, small, family-structured homes for orphaned and at-risk children. HOL seeks to reach children before they are trafficked, sexually exploited or put on the streets. We take a preventative approach to these problems common to vulnerable children. We are committed to the holistic, long-term care of these children until they become independent adults in their society.