Saturday, October 24, 2015

My Predictions vs Reality on the MLB 2015 Postseason

Sometimes things go your way and other times, not so much.

I don't have a single favorite team in baseball. It's more like a team of teams. So in no particular order, they are...

  • Detroit Tigers
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Houston Astros 
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Chicago Cubs
  • St Louis Cardinals
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Toronto Blue Jays

Four favorites from the American League and 4 from National.

During last year's World Series I was happy with the outcome. Sure I would've been happier with a Kansas City win, but I like the Giants too, so really I was Ok either way it went.

This year is a little different.

The American League Series played out as I predicted but I was way off on the National side. 

I originally thought the Cardinals would beat the Cubs. After the Cubs won, I figured they'd easily win over the Mets. 

Derp! I was so wrong! 

I congratulate the Mets on their easy sweep of the Cubs but that's all I'll do. There's no win-win for me now. I want the Royals to win and if they lose I'll be very unhappy. 

But worry not. I'll be unhappy for a few days and then I'll be pleasantly distracted by something else. And there's always next year. But for now...

Go Royals! 

(crossposted on LiveStreamLee)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Unofficial yet Ultimate Guide to Periscope

A few weeks ago I wrote an eBook about the Periscope app owned by Twitter. Here's the description from the Fiverr site...


My Periscope Guide has all the Tips, Tools, and Tricks from the best Periscopers, curated into one eBook. Get your copy today.

Whether you're promoting your business, a service, or broadcasting for your personal online brand, I can help you be a better presenter on Periscope. 

Using the tips and tricks I've learned from my own live broadcasts and observing hundreds of others, I will help you become an effective Periscope Broadcaster when you read and adopt the techniques outlined in my eBook. The Guide features the very latest information I've gathered and curated. 

Features of the Guide: 
  • Great people to follow. 
  • Best Practices for broadcasters. 
  • Promoting Your Show
  • Equipment extras you can find on Amazon. 
  • Expanded profiles of popular Periscopers. 

As of July 13, 2015, the guide is 23 pages and 3099 words July 21, 2015, the guide is 26 pages and 3545 words.. 

Order today for the latest on Periscope!

Eventually this will be available on Amazon Kindle. I'll have another post when it's released.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

#E3Live Schedule for Thursday June 18, 2015

All times PDT.


10:00am: Blizzard
10:15am: Frictional Games
10:30am: SONY
10:40am: Disney Interactive
11:00am: TBA
11:15am: tinyBuild
11:30am: Indie Mega Booth
11:45am: TBA
12:00pm: Indie Mega Booth
12:15pm: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
12:30pm: PlayStation
1:00pm: Xbox
1:30pm: Stoic
1:45pm: TBA
2:00pm: Square Enix
2:30pm: Konami
2:45pm: Blizzard Entertainment
3:00pm: EA
3:15pm: Nintendo
4:00pm: Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#E3Live Schedule for Wednesday June 17, 2015


#E3Live Schedule for Wednesday June 17 

 All times PDT.


10:00am: Capcom
10:30am: EA
10:45am: TBA
11:00am: Square Enix
11:15am: Ubisoft
11:30am: PlayStation
11:45am: Activision
12:00pm: EA
12:30pm: Xbox
12:45pm: TBA
1:00pm: Xbox
1:30pm: 2K
2:00pm: Square Enix
2:15pm: Devolver Digital
2:30pm: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2:45pm: Activision
3:15pm: PlayStation
4:00pm: SEGA
4:15pm: TBA
4:30pm: TBA
4:45pm: EA
5:00pm: Paradox Interactive
5:15pm: AlphaDraft
5:30pm: Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

#E3Live Schedule for Tuesday June 16, 2015


#E3Live Schedule for Tuesday June 16, 2015

All times PDT.


9:00am: Nintendo Digital Event
10:00am: Square Enix Conference
11:00am: Ubisoft
12:00pm: Deep Silver
12:30pm: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
1:00pm: Xbox
1:30pm: Activision
2:30pm: EA
3:00pm: Square Enix
3:30pm: Nintendo
4:00pm: Activision
4:30pm: PlayStation
5:00pm: Activision
5:15pm: 2K
5:30pm: Wrap-up

Monday, June 15, 2015

GT E3 2015 for Monday June 15


(All times subject to change, cancel, or digivolve.)

GT E3 2015

Game Trailers Live 

Monday, June 15
9AM PT - Microsoft Pre-Show
9:30 AM PT - Microsoft Press Event
11AM PT - Microsoft Post-Show
12PM PT - EA Pre-Show
1PM PT - EA Press Event
2PM PT - EA Post-Show
2:30PM PT - Ubisoft Pre-Show
3PM PT - Ubisoft Press Event
4PM PT - Ubisoft Post-Show
5PM PT - Sony Pre-Show
6PM PT - Sony Press Event
7PM PT - Sony Post-Show
8PM PT - EA Games Interviews
9PM PT - Daily Wrap-Up
10PM PT - End of Stream

#E3Live Schedule for Monday June 15, 2015

All times PDT.


8:30am: Early Morning Preshow
9:30am: Xbox Media Briefing
11am: tinyBuild
11:30am: Larian Studios
12:00pm: Adult Swim Games
12:15pm: Devolver Digital
1:00pm: EA Media Briefing
2:30pm: Nintendo
3:00pm: Ubisoft Press Conference
4:00pm: Harmonix: Rock Band 4
4:30pm: 13AM Games: Runbow
5:00pm: Psyonix Studios: Rocket League
5:15pm: Studio Wildcard: ARK: Survival Evolved
6:00pm: PlayStation Press Conference

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tradewinds Yacht Club in SL (with a note on the Twitch ban on SL)

On a side note, I was very disappointed to learn of the Twitch ban on Second Life today. The ban occurred months earlier but was too vague for many, including me.

Yesterday, I completed a 20 minute test of Bright Canopy / Frame / Second Life on Twitch  and was fairly satisfied with the results. I had big plans to do regular SL live streams and conduct curated tours of interesting places.

All that said, I understand the reason why Twitch would ban SL.To quote the recent New World Notes article on the subject:

"...just about every SLer knows the noobie humiliation of accidentally taking off their pants in a public space when they meant to remove another article of clothing. In other words, it's very easy for an SLer to suddenly, inadvertently become Adult-rated -- even when they're not trying to do so."
In my own experience live streaming SL on Twitch about a month back, I did a stream of interesting places in SL. One of the stops I made was Fogbound, a very popular blues club. But as the venue and people started to rez, I realized I had to leave quickly in order to protect my Twitch Account. Not because this is a nudist beach. And not because of any sexually charged intentions on the part of the staff, DJs or patrons, but the simple rezzing of avatars provide for more than a second of unintentional nudity. 

At least now, today, it's very clear that SL is banned so I won't have the fear of being banned later. SL was less than 10 percent of my Twitch live stream content. I'll move on and stream a game. 

I could point out Twitch's hypocrisy and unfair policy but nothing will counterbalance the years of negative press SL has received. I'm only one man without the means of fighting an extremely successful company. A company I like and enjoy anyway.

But here's the bigger issue... In this age of easily excitable social justice warriors and outraged Twitterers, expect that Twitch ban list to grow.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bright Canopy hits and misses

Last night I received the long anticipated email invite to Frame from Bright Canopy.

It was very easy to setup. I gave my name, email address and chose a new password.

Boom, I was in.

I prefer Firestorm, so chose that...

Once Firestorm opened I was presented with Frame's user interface bar at the bottom of the screen.

Here's the lower left portion.

And the lower right.

All of this went smoothly and quickly, so my anticipation was heightened.

I tested a few key objectives. My major questions:

  • Can I capture video for Machinima?
  • Can I take great photographs using Ultra Graphics?
  • Will my 3D Space Navigator work? 
  • Can I fly an airplane or helicopter without too many issues?

1) - The video capture app Fraps will not work, however XSplit Broadcaster does. So there's a work around that takes a little bit longer to setup, but does the job. Another video capture app might do fine. Personally I only use Fraps and XSplit.

2) - Photographs are close to the quality I was able to achieve with SLGo. 

3) - Sadly, my 3D Space Navigator won't work. For now, detailed Video Capture and Photographs will need to be done on my computer using the regular Firestorm Viewer.

4) - Flying is a big test for me. If I can experience trouble-free flying of a vehicle in SL, all is right with the world. I popped over to Hollywood Airport in Blake Sea and much to my chagrin, couldn't fly. I was able to rez a helicopter, but had trouble using the HUD which should have rezzed instantly. It was grey on my screen for 20 seconds. That didn't even happen on my older crappier Intel izero laptop.

The next goal should be max'd Graphics and max'd Draw Distance. I was able to have both in SLGo and my time in Second Life was an incredible richly textured experience of dramatic light, shadows, and moody darkness. I want that again.

It's incredible that all this is happening so soon after the demise of SLGo. I have confidence in the Bright Canopy Project Team and know that most of these issues will be resolved in a short time.

Is Bright Canopy / Frame the next SLGo? 

Not yet, but it will be.