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Have you ever dreamed of having your own talk show, where you can discuss topics that matter to you and engage with your audience? Thanks to GiveMeTalk, that dream was made possible. GiveMeTalk was a legacy service that provided a platform for anyone to create their own talk show and broadcast it on the internet. In this blog post, we'll explore how GiveMeTalk worked, the impact it had, and what its legacy means for the world of online broadcasting.

The Power of GiveMeTalk

GiveMeTalk was a revolutionary service that allowed anyone to become a broadcaster. With GiveMeTalk, you could set up your own talk show, choose the topics you wanted to discuss, and invite guests to join you on air. The service was easy to use, and it provided all the tools you needed to create a professional-quality broadcast. You could even stream your show live to an audience of viewers from around the world, creating a global community of talk show hosts and enthusiasts.

The Impact of GiveMeTalk

GiveMeTalk had a profound impact on the world of online broadcasting. It democratized the medium, making it accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a message to share. With GiveMeTalk, you didn't need to be a media mogul or a celebrity to have your voice heard. You could be an ordinary person with an extraordinary idea, and GiveMeTalk gave you the platform to share it with the world.

The Legacy of GiveMeTalk

Although GiveMeTalk is no longer in operation, its legacy lives on. The service paved the way for a new generation of online broadcasters, who are using platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live to create their own content and build their own communities. GiveMeTalk also demonstrated the power of user-generated content, and how it can transform the way we consume media. Today, we take for granted the idea that anyone can create their own content and share it with the world. But it was services like GiveMeTalk that made that idea a reality.

KRON News Segment

Video segment found on my personal VHS tape collection.

Road Trip Timelapse to Falmouth, Maine

Today I took a trip to Falmouth, Maine from Framingham, Massachusetts. This road trip took 2 hr 12 min (134.8-mi) via I-95 N. I-95 is the main interstate highway that runs along the East Coast, connecting many major cities and towns. The trip from Framingham to Falmouth was a relatively quick drive since I-95 N is a direct route.

In order to record the journey, I used my GoPro Hero 9 camera. In order to power the GoPro for this leg of the trip, I connected it to a USB power brick, but I could have easily used the GoPro battery. The power brick allowed me to continuously record without having to worry about the battery dying.

The final timelapse was doubled in speed with the help of Final Cut Pro. By speeding up the footage, it helps compress the duration of the video, allowing for a longer video to be shown in a shorter amount of time. It also helps to give the video a more cinematic feel.

During the journey, I stopped at the first rest stop in Maine. I edited out that stop. The rest stop didn't add to the overall narrative of the journey and I wanted the video to be more concise. I felt that having the stop in the video would make it too long and detract from the story I wanted to tell.

Timelapse Video


OpenDoc was introduced by Apple in the 1990s as a way of providing a standard for document-centric applications. OpenDoc was designed to be a platform-independent, component-based system for generating, editing, and exchanging documents. Developers were able to create small, reusable components that could be combined into complex documents.

OpenDoc's cross-application component integration was one of its key features. A component created by one application could be used inside another, leading to a much more flexible and powerful document work experience. A spreadsheet created in one application could, for example, be embedded within a word processing document, and the two would be linked so that changes to the spreadsheet would reflect in the document and vice versa.

Promotional Video

This is part of a promotional video that Apple did in 1995 to Developers and Project Managers. They wanted to sell the advantages of Open Doc. Some of the people talking in this video are now key leaders in the tech industry.

Some of the people that talk in this video:

  • Kurt Piersol - Chief Architect OpenDoc Apple Computer Inc. - Now a Lead Engineer at Apple.
  • Jed Harris - Executive Director Component Integrations Laboratories
  • Chris Andrew - Project Lead OpenDoc for Windows
  • John Pavley - Development Manager for Claris Corporation
  • David Easter = Director of Technologies Virtis Corporation - Now an Engineer at Lockheed Marting Global Training & Logistics
  • Gina Centoni - OpenDoc Project Manager - Apple Computer Inc. - Now President/CEO LinkedIn
  • Chuck Piercey - OPenDoc Evangelist - Now Director of Product Management at KIOXIA America, Inc.
  • Mark Thomas - Manager, OpenDoc Evangelism - Now EVP Marketing & Alliances at Ridecell

Commercial from 1991

Ah, the nostalgia! It's always so much fun to look back on commercials from the past and see how times have changed. Recently I was digging through my old VHS tapes from 1991 and found some of the most memorable commercials from that year.

0:00 Intro
0:06 Raisin Bran
0:37 Bran Flakes
1:07 Klondike
1:38 Le Menu
2:09 Danon
2:39 Osco
3:10 Tinactin
3:40 Bayer
3:56 Nuprin
4:27 Speed Stick
5:57 Dodge Lanser ES
5:28 Valvoline
5:58 Exxon
6:29 Whirlpool
7:00 Made in the USA
7:16 Thompsons Water Seal
7:48 Century 21
8:17 State Farm

Mega Energy

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of people receiving scam calls from companies claiming to be Mega Energy. These calls are coming from a variety of numbers and locations, all with the same goal: To get you to sign up for their energy services. Unfortunately, these scams have become more sophisticated over time and people are falling victim to them every day.

The typical call starts off by offering discounted rates on energy services or free upgrades if you switch your service provider immediately. They may also offer bonus gifts or cash-back rewards as part of their promotion - all in an effort to entice unsuspecting customers into signing up for their service without doing any research first!

Unfortunately, once someone signs up with Mega Energy they quickly find out that none of these offers were legitimate; instead they've just fallen prey to a scammer who is looking only after his own interests- not yours! Not only will victims lose money but they could also end up being responsible for any damages caused by faulty equipment purchased through this company's false promises.

It's important that everyone take steps towards protecting themselves against such scams so that we can keep our hard-earned money safe while still enjoying competitive prices on our energy bills! Here are some tips: Don't ever give out personal information over the phone unless it's absolutely necessary; always do your research before signing anything - read reviews online about different providers and compare prices carefully; never pay upfront fees before getting a contract signed off- make sure everything is clear beforehand; finally don't let yourself be pressured into making quick decisions - remember it takes time when dealing with something as important as choosing an electricity supplier!.

Mega Energy Phone Call

Don Lapre

Don Lapre was a controversial figure in the world of infomercials. He was best known for his "Making Money Secrets" infomercials, which promised to teach viewers how to make money using the internet.

The infomercials began airing in the late 1990s and ran for over a decade. They were often criticized for making misleading and unrealistic claims about the potential earnings viewers could achieve by using Lapre's methods.

In 2011, Lapre was charged with 47 counts of fraud and conspiracy, and was found guilty on multiple counts in 2012. He was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison.

Despite the controversy surrounding him, Lapre's infomercials continue to air on late-night television, and his name is still associated with the world of internet marketing and "get-rich-quick" schemes.

It's important to note that infomercials are known to make exaggerated claims and people should be careful and do their own research before investing in any products or services that are advertised through infomercials.

2002 infomercial

Here is an infomercial that I found on my Tivo

March 2000 Commercial

VHS tapes may be a thing of the past, but the memories they hold will last a lifetime. Recently, I came across a VHS tape from March 2000 and was reminded of the commercials that were popular at the time.

One commercial that stood out was the Epinions.com commercial featuring real-life video reviews of products. The commercial featured someone reviewing a ski resort that wouldn't allow snowboarders. The commercial was a hit in 2000 but seems funny today as practically every ski resort accepts snowboarders.

Another commercial that caught my attention was the Microsoft commercial. The ad promoted 'Make Sure the Website is up and 'Everything You Do dot com.' The second commercial, 'Everything You Do dot com' mentions Sales Force dot com which was founded a year before this commercial aired.

Lastly, there was a commercial for Wine.com, a popular wine website in the 2000s. The commercial was creative in getting people to use their website to pick the best wine - don't we all have that problem? The ad was visually stunning and left a lasting impression on me.

Watching these commercials from March 2000 took me on a trip down memory lane and reminded me of a simpler time. While the products and technology may have changed, the nostalgia and memories remain the same.

0:00 Introduction
0:08 McAfee
0:39 Epinions.com - Snowboarding Ban
1:10 Epinions.com - Tent Review
1:40 Apple iMac - Dad Video using iMovie
2:12 Homestead
2:24 Microsoft - Make Sure the Website is Up
2:57 Microsoft - Everything You Do dot com
3:24 Philips CD Recorder
3:57 NextTel - Now featuring Direct Connect
4:28 Wine.com - The best of Wine
4:58 Progressive.com - Get an instant quote

July 2000 Commercials

Here are some commercials that I found on a VHS tape in my collection.

0:00 Introduction
0:08 Gateway
0:38 Hebrew National Hot Dog - God at the Beach
1:09 Youth Smoking Prevention - Phillip Morris USA
1:39 Cascade - The Graduate
2:09 Gateway - Lease Your Computer
2:36 NBC The More You Know - Be careful of what you say to your children
3:06 Wendy's - The failure of Neail Co. 
3:36 Budweiser - "This is for the people in my neighborhood" song
4:07 Good Guys - $25 Airline Gift Certificate with any Purchase of $25 or More
4:37 Sun - "The Dot"
5:08 California Lotto 
5:38 SmartMoney.com with Hal
6:38 Space.com - The launch of their website
7:08 PalmV - Introducing Peer to Peer communications

Media Monday 2023

It's a new year, and with it comes a new opportunity to take a look at the upcoming year. For Media Monday, 2023 promises to bring a mix of nostalgia and modern technology, as we plan to take a look at the world of spam calls, as well as classic commercials from our VHS collections. In this blog post, we'll look at the world of spam calls, the resurgence of classic commercials, and how nostalgia comes into play in our media consumption.

Spam Calls

Spam calls have become an all too common occurrence in modern life. A recent survey showed that a whopping 90% of people had received at least one spam call in the past week. These calls are more than just an annoyance, as they often come with malicious intent, such as attempting to steal personal information. We'll look at the latest trends in spam calls and how to protect yourself from them.

Classic Commercials

It's no secret that technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, but there's still a special place in our hearts for the classic commercials of our past. From the classic "I Love You, Man" to the iconic "Where's the Beef?", these commercials have become a part of our culture. We'll look at the nostalgic power of these commercials and how they still capture our attention today.

Nostalgia in Media Consumption

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and it can have a profound impact on how we consume media. We'll look at how nostalgia has impacted the world of media and how it can affect our viewing habits. We'll also explore how nostalgia can be used to our advantage when it comes to media consumption.


As we look forward to the media of 2023, it's important to keep in mind the impact of nostalgia. From spam calls to classic commercials, we have a lot to look forward to this year. By understanding the power of nostalgia and how it can influence our media consumption, we can make the most of the media of 2023.

Best Videos of 2022

These are the top 5 videos of 2022, based on views:

I guess people would rather hear phone scam calls than classic commercials.


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