TJ Brown – The Question

by toddkelley on August 20, 2014

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Eric Roberson – A Tale Of Two (Big La Remix)

by toddkelley on August 20, 2014

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Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Big La Remix)

by toddkelley on August 20, 2014

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I Can’t Wait To See
Mad Max: Fury Road

by toddkelley on August 17, 2014

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.Mark Twain

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#NewApp: Blogo

by toddkelley on August 15, 2014

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I’ve been looking for a cool offline blogging tool for my Mac. I was using MarsEdit for years, but it never really seemed to work right. Checking the Mac App Store, I came across Blogo. It’s basically MarsEdit with a nice Mac OS flat polish.

Seems to only work with WordPress blogs, but apparently there’s more platforms on the way. I’m writing this post in Blogo right now. It doesn’t seem to be compatible with custom template functionality, so if there’s added multimedia that’s attached to your template, then you’ll have to work around it. Once I’m finished typing this post, i’ll have to jump into the browser editing system to add video.

But for the simple post jobs, it seems to do the trick. Offline blogging will allow me to prep posts and work on them even if i’m not online.

Get Blogo

 

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Binge-watching Supernatural,
Now Streaming on Netflix

by toddkelley on August 13, 2014

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Re-watching one of my favorite shows of the last decade. I can’t believe their about to go into season 10 and the show is still firing on all cylinders.

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Can’t Wait To See:
The Remaining

by toddkelley on August 9, 2014

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#Watching Black Jesus

by toddkelley on August 7, 2014

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#NewApp: Peek Calendar

by toddkelley on August 7, 2014

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I’m not really into replacing the standard utility apps in iOS. They look and their 100% integrated into the whole mobile experience. It takes something pretty special to get me looking at an alliterative. I replaced my REMINDERS app with Realmac’s super-minimal CLEAR app, because it just took the whole concept to another level by out Appling Apple in design and UI.

The same can be said for Square Mountain’s PEEK calendar app. Just pull and swipe your way through large and colorful boxes that display your content so simply, you feel you’re missing a lot of functionality. Upon downloading, it seems to sync correctly with my calendars. One BIG BIG BIG thing that has always been a problem with other apps is managing the dozen different calendars which i can’t seem to delete. A quick trip to the settings and an easy OFF touch and my available calendars are clean and free of hundreds of Facebook birthday notifications from Google, Yahoo, and other sync’d calendars.

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The Background Flow 32

by toddkelley on August 3, 2014

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  1. Spring – Too North
  2. Aaliyah Dreams – Courts
  3. Grey Matter – Pro Logik
  4. Hanna – Warren Xclnce
  5. The Getdown Syndrome – LMBR-JCK
  6. Playing Arnd – Ali Dali
  7. Spinning Top (Flamingosis Remix) – Sola rosa
  8. Watchin – Miraa
  9. Cupid Got Shot – Mon Nobi
  10. Spacedtime – Mastakill
  11. My Sweet Mary – Steasy
  12. DOC Mastermind – KingHeero
  13. The Journey – Tom Misch
  14. Chop.Fried.Shrimp – (KSG)
  15. SNK∆ – O²
  16. Stigmatizing Sex – Tokimonsta
  17. Take You Away – A.T Gold
  18. Quark – Hawk House
  19. The Answer – Apollo Brown
  20. Magic Nanna – Malachite
  21. Loopin’ Ill – Kidkanevil
  22. One For Shoes (Electric Key Chop Fawd Flip) – Dutchmassive
  23. Streetlights – _whtspce
  24. B3NBi – Wiz Khaleesi
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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.Bill Gates

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#Watching The Hooligan Factory

by toddkelley on August 2, 2014

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Season 4 of The Killing
Now Streaming On Netflix

by toddkelley on August 2, 2014

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After Season 3′s shocking season finale, I was heartbroken that AMC wasn’t bring The Killing back for a fourth season. There was too much fall out for the actions of Detectives Linden and Holder that needed to be addressed.

But this is one of those ‘little tv shows that could’. The originally got cancelled after the second season, but got a third season renewal at the last moment.

Luckily, the greatness of Netflix shines down on the Danish series remake (originally titled Forbrydelsen, translated as The Crime). We get a 6 episode season 4 that chronicles our detectives dealing with the realization of their actions, while investigating a family murder and its ties to a military academy. Everyone seems to be back and on top of their game. Thank you Netflix for giving this incredible show a short time to give these characters a proper finale.

 

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Can’t Wait To See:
The Walking Dead, Season 5

by toddkelley on July 25, 2014

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LA vs. NYC

by toddkelley on July 22, 2014

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You Should Watch:
Vampire Warriors

by toddkelley on July 19, 2014

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A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.Steve Jobs

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#Watching
All Cheerleaders Die

by toddkelley on July 19, 2014

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Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it a rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.Unknown

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#Watching Utopia

by toddkelley on July 18, 2014

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I’ve had the first season of Utopia for over a year now. With season 2 starting now, I decided to sit down and try to watch it. For some reason, there was always something that got in a way.  So I’ve finally finished up season one and… WOW!!

A group of misfits fighting to stop an evil shadow organization from committing genocide?

Yes please.

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#Replaying Fallout: Las Vegas

by toddkelley on July 13, 2014

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Loved this game the first time around. The innovative targeting system was a blast. Hope it’s just as fun the second time around.

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.Bob Marley

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Media Center Update!
Minix Neo X8-H: Out
Mac Mini RAM Upgrade: In

by toddkelley on July 12, 2014

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For weeks now, i’ve been researching upgrading my Home Theater Media Center experience. I’ve been running XBMC on a 2012 Mac Mini for over two years, and the whole set up was starting to feel a little sluggish. Granted, I have over 3000 movies and around 200 TV Series (over 5000 episode collectively) to manage. This takes a toll on a piece of software that has to constantly go online and check content scrapers (websites with movie/tv show metadata) and keep track / maintain information about each file. I have a couple of 4 Terabyte G-RAID media drives that store all my content. The Mac Mini has been a great aggregator for local content. But it’s been a while, and maybe media center technology had evolved over time. So I wanted to see what else was out there.

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In months of research, there seemed a common thread of powerful, yet inexpensive Android miniPC’s. Low cost computers with great processors and memory that may not be able to compete with gaming rigs, but were powerful enough to run media centers. I studied a few cool boxes and settled on the Minix X8-H miniPC. I came with custom Android build of XBMC and was powerful enough to run 4K video. I was in love. Not for the 4K video. I’m not there yet. It was the great price of $160. This seemed perfect. I was ready to pull the trigger. I just had one nagging question..

All of my content i housed on Mac-formatted drives (NTFS+). Keeping in mind that these were the largest storage devices I own, and I had no way to back up my movies and tv shows so I could reformat the drives.. I needed to know if the Minix could read/write to Mac-formatted media. I scoured the Android-verse and asked a dozen Android-specific website the question and got little to no responses.

In the end, I found out that it wouldn’t read the format, but there was a software app that I could install on the box to allow this to happen. I’ve dealt with this problem (getting Windows to read Mac drives) with a lot of complications in the middle. So my excitement started to waver.

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So I decided to think of alternatives of replacing the Mac Mini. Checking the processor speed and specs of my mini Mac, I realized it’s not really out of date. Just a little underpowered. So I looked online and saw that RAM upgrades for it were relatively cheap. It currently had 2GB’s of RAM. A 8GB upgraded ran around $88 (half the price of the Android price). So… I got the RAM.  I got it in couple days. Installation took less than 5 minutes (Apple made the Mac Mini highly accessible). Turned it back on and we were back in business.. no headache of re-setting up XBMC.. no format access issues.. Just a smoother XBMC experience.

I’m still looking at upgrading some time in the near future. But right now the RAM upgrade will keep my collection pretty snappy and I’ll have more time to look at alternative solutions that’ll work inside of my Mac digital ecosystem.