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Friday, May 31, 2013

Video Replay and Review: 'Boston Strong' benefit concert

Boston Globe Front Page:
The Boston Globe ePaper Edition

There's a Video Replay of the 'Boston Strong' benefit concert, but guess what?


Boston Strong benefit concert replay video is BUFFERING -


So sad.

To donate go to:, call 1-855-617-FUND, or text BOSTON to 80108 to give $10.

Boston Globe: Why wasn’t the ‘Boston Strong’ benefit concert televised?

Y! Music: Benefit Concert Unites Americans In Love Of Boston, Hatred Of Dane Cook

Segments are starting to show up on YouTube:

May 30, 2013 @ Boston Strong -- New Kids On The Block's full set featuring Dropkick Murphys, Bell Biv Devoe, and Boyz II Men

Boston Strong Concert Finale - Aerosmith & NKOTB and more - 5/30/13

Recapping some of my highlights:

Lenny Clarke looked great and was So funny!

Boston Strong Concert: CNN

J Geils Band played some songs off they Blow Your Face Out Live album. Fun to see it live.

Here's Steven Wright:

Loved Joey Mac and New Kids.

Boston Strong Concert: NKOTB Joey! #concert4boston

Great to see Joey and Steven Tyler together at the end!

Boston Strong Concert Finale - Aerosmith & NKOTB - 5_30_13 - YouTube


Boston Strong Concert

The original JT!

Boston Strong Concert: James Taylor

Aerosmith rocked!

Boston Strong Concert: Aerosmith

Boston was great too.

I enjoyed following along on the twitter #concert4boston hashtag throughout the night.

Video stream for the first two hours was a disaster.

From the Boston Globe:
For the most part, the concert didn’t go so smoothly for those watching it outside the Garden.

The live web stream of the show crashed and viewers had nowhere else to turn because the concert was not televised. Some were able to find an audio stream, but well after the show had started.

“Nearly half a million people logged on to view the beginning of the show which lead to bandwidth related issues,” promoter Live Nation said in a statement.
No kidding.

Thanks to SiriusXM for have a crystal clear live audio stream.

Audio is the most important thing about video.

More updates later.

Your thoughts?


Dane Cook Gets Ripped For Blocking Out Boston Strong Concert Performance.

Cook explained on twitter:



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Firebrand Saints, Cambridge, MA

Firebrand Saints
Firebrand Saints

I had a great time this afternoon at Firebrand Saints. There was a nice breeze and shade provided by umbrellas over the outside picnic tables.

Firebrand Saints
Outside Seating

Firebrand Saints
Inside Seating

Fine beer selection including Ellie's Brown Ale. Yum!
Yum! Ellie's Brown Ale. Cold.

What made the afternoon was this Grilled Tuna Nicoise Style. I mean, how can you go wrong with grilled tuna w/ haricot verts, toybox tomatoes, olives, and egg?

Firebrand Saints

It was perfect. Service was friendly and prompt.

Just a great time.

Artists Rendering of New Chicago Sun-Times Sports Page

The Sports page will now look like this:

Chicago Sun-Times: Artists rendering of front page without photos
Artists Rendering.

Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration - LIVE STREAMING SITES


CNN LIVE stream seems to be ok now for #concert4boston

Listen to live audio stream here:
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville :: Radio Margaritaville Streaming Player - Flash Player
Live audio stream.

Watch video here with MUTE:
Boston Strong Concert: CNN


"Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration" Featuring: Aerosmith, James Taylor and New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys, J. Geils Band, Boston, Godsmack, Extreme, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett and Carole King, Dane Cook, Lenny Clarke and Steve Sweeney, Steven Wright.

The concert will be live on starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.


via WCVB

#Concert4Boston will be streaming LIVE on

NECN will be live streaming too.

MIX 104.1
Mix 104.1 too.

CBS Boston.

The event will be broadcast online on this page tonight at 7pm ET!

#concert4boston will be broadcast live on #SiriusXM #RadioMargaritaville for those who can't be there.

To donate go to:, call 1-855-617-FUND, or text BOSTON to 80108 to give $10.


Converse Kicks Up One Fund Donations With Limited Edition Boston Chucks.

NikeiD Sneaker Unboxing - Blazer Low iD Men's Shoe Style: 616829

Nike Store. Nike Blazer Low iD Shoe

See online, NikeiD Sneaker Unboxing - Blazer Low iD.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The ZENN Car: Zero Emission, No Noise

No Sales.
The company developed the ZENN LSV. A low-speed vehicle (LSV) is a category of vehicle in the United States and Canada that has a governed top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and kept to roads with posted speed limits of 35 mph (60 km/h) or less. The Company began marketing the ZENN in United States in late 2006 and eventually sold over 600 vehicles throughout the United States and Quebec, Canada. The Company ceased production of the ZENN LSV in April 2010.
Visit: Zenn Cars.

Tea Kettles That Look Like Other Things

These tea kettles look like other things! OMG!


Animal Kettle 2.4 Quart Whistling Enamel on Steel Giraffe Tea Kettle


Honeycomb Whistling Tea Kettle


Cow Whistling Tea Kettle

Can you see it?

HOW TO Use the YouTube Slow-Motion Feature [50%]

Here's how to do it via the YouTube Using Enhancements page:

When signed in, click the arrow next to the Upload button at the top of any YouTube page

YouTube - Click Arrow Next To Upload\

Select Video Manager

YouTube: Video Manager

Click the Edit button for the video you want to edit

Uploads - YouTube: Edit

Click Enhancements

YouTube: Video Editor - Enhancements

Click the Slow-Motion Turtle and choose your speed.

YouTube: Slow-Motion Turtle

Here I chose 50%.

YouTube: Slow-Motion 50%

When you’re done, click Save, or use Save as to create a new enhanced video, while keeping the original video untouched.

via Slomo makes everything better

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Testing Aereo Boston: Live Broadcast TV Streaming Online to My Computer

I pre-registered for Aereo, so I've got exclusive access to Aereo before it becomes available to the general public in Boston.

Aeroe: Live TV Online
Image: Aereo: Live TV Online

Aereo allows you to stream live TV to your computer.

This is something I've wanted for a while. You know when breaking news happens and twitter starts being filled with live reports? Many times, the best place to see what it happening is on live TV.

That means stepping away from the computer, and moving to a TV. It's a first world problem for sure.

But Aereo seems like it could be a solution for people without subscriptions to cable TV, or those that want to use their computer as a TV replacement. Existing solutions require the purchase of add on hardware tuners.

So here we go. Let's see what Aereo looks like.

You have to sign up with a valid credit card which has a Boston billing address. That's straight forward.

Once signed up, the Aereo home screen shows up.

Aereo: Home Screen
Image: Aereo: Home Screen

Oh look, it's SMASH! One of my favorite shows. I'll be sad to see it go. That's onw of the featured shows, and oh look, you can record it like a TiVo.

Let's try that.

Image: Aereo: RECORD a SHOW

My options are to Record:

- Jut this oncee
- Every New Episode
- All Episodes
- Cancel

Optionally, I can share to twitter.

Since this is the last episode ever, I'll choose Just this once, and I'll share to twitter.

Oh look, recording options.


Very nice. I'll just click SAVE.

Cool. Now it shows up as a scheduled recording.
Image: Aereo: RECORDINGS

I have a total of 20 hours of recording space at the $8/month subscription rate.

Now let's get back to watching live TV.

Let's watch that show about BBQ.

Aereo: WATCH
Image: Aereo: WATCH

OK, I'm watching Live.

Aereo: Watching LIVE Buffering...

No wait.

I'm watching Buffering... live.

This isn't so good.

Let's see if it clears up.

Aereo: More buffering
Image: Aereo: More buffering


Aereo: And more buffering
Image: Aereo: And more buffering

Coffee-crusted pork tenderloins! Sounds good, but the buffering makes this unwatchable.

Let me check the Support FAQ to see what's happening. Maybe it's getting slammed buy everyone from Boston trying it at the same time.

Here's my SpeedTest results:

Should have no bandwidth problems.

Let's try another channel.

How about Track and Field?

Aereo:Track and Field
Image: Aereo: Track and Field

OK, now that's better. No buffering. HIGH quality and great sound.

Let's watch for a while.

No buffering now. This is working very well.

Now I'm watching I SPY on Retro TV. Hey, it's secret agent Bill Cosby!

Aereo: I SPY
Image: Aereo: I SPY

I didn't even know there was such a thing as Retro TV. ;-) Tonight on Retro TV, The Saint and Route 66. Nice.

Despite the initial buffering problems, everything is running smoothly now.

Do you have Aereo? What's your experience?


I'm back.

Golf is buffering.

Aereo: Golf Buffering

Update II:

I'm back.

Golf isn't buffering.

Aereo: Golf

Update III:

I'm back again.

AereoTV: Martin and Lewis

Oh this is great!

Read more: Aereo TV works on an iPad too.