Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Crazy Drivers

It's probably not a great idea to decide to go for a drive to relax and enjoy an audio program during the five o'clock traffic rush.

Yesterday, I thought I would hop in the car and go for a drive.

I turn out of my neighborhood and enter one of major streets by my home, and a truck going about 80 miles an hour came barrelling up on me as I turned into the traffic flow.

He drove right up on my bumper, flashed his brights on, stuck his head and hand outside the cab of his truck and saluted me with his middle finger while yelling at the top of this voice.

This continued for the next mile or so, and he also pulled over to the side of the road to see if I was interested in fighting him over this.

All my unpleasant driving experiences so far have been with someone who is driving a pickup truck.

Do you think it's possible that drivers of pickup trucks have more stress or are just generally more angry than the average driver?

I wonder?

Cheers,
Roland Frasier

Monday, March 24, 2008

South Park Episodes Free and Legal Available Now

I'm so stoked to find out that Matt and Trey have made all the South Park episodes available online for free, and they are uncut and uncensored!

Here's the link...

http://www.southparkstudios.com/episodes/

Love it!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Candy and Easter Flowers

Ah, Easter. It's a religious holiday with great significance, and it's also a lovely time to spend with family and children, or, if you have no children of your own, someone else's.

I have very fond memories as a kid of Easter, waking up to find the Easter basket filled with chocolate bunnies and those marshmallow Peeps things, as well as lots of other interesting goodies.

Now that the Easter Bunny has abandoned me in my adult life, I still relish the opportunity to see kids of all ages attacking their Easter baskets and mumching on all the chocolate delicious booty they find there.

Another thing I really enjoy about Easter is Easter Flowers. I grabbed some truly magnificent specimens this morning. There were Easter Lillies, Azaela plants with cute little twisted trunks and what I will call a Stargazer Orchid, even though I don't think that is the correct name.

It looks like a Stargazer Lilly, but it's an orchid instead.

Anyway, I had four grocery bags of candy for doling out to those still favored by his majesty, the Easter Bunny, and it was fun passing them along to the appreciative mouths of those for whom they were intended.

However, make no mistake - I did purloin a few choice pieces for myself.

The best new candy discovery of the year for me though was a delicious little treat which I received as a gift. It was a Butterfinger Egg, a chocolate covered bit of goodness filled with a mixture that can only be described as a combination of Butterfinger and Reese's peanut butter. It was delicious.

So, good flowers, good candy and good times with friends and family made for a fabulous Easter.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Fun

Just chilling out today for Easter. It's nice to get to chill out and take a few days off. Once thing that makes these holidays fun is getting time away from the business side of things to think and focus on other things. As I am doing that this weekend, I'm just thankful for all the blessings in my life, the great relationships, friends and family I have. I hope everyone takes some time during this holiday to enjoy what they have and treasure that, and don't worry so much about what's not perfect in your life right now. There will always be things that aren't perfect.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Photography

I have a page on SmugMug where I post several of my wildlife and nature photos from my travels throughout the world, and I was checking out some other galleries there today.

Well, I stumbped upon some fabulous shots of the Scottish countryside and wanted to share them with you. They can be found at:

http://emmanuelcoupe.smugmug.com/gallery/2577725/2577725/136898575?c=1#136898575-L-LB

and I have to warn you, they are awesome!

My own photos are available for viewing at http://RolandFrasier.Smugmug.com

I hope you enjoy them.

Cheers,
Roland Frasier

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Finding Roland Frasier on the Net

By the way, just in case you're wondering about the Roland Frasier Blogs on the Net, I am trying to keep this one personal and observational. I have another Blog over on Wordpress that is more business oriented. It's at.

www.RolandFrasier.Wordpress.com and then there's my personal webpage at www.RolandFrasier.com so if you're looking for a more businessy perspective check out the www.RolandFrasier.wordpress.com page and if you want a more personal perspective, read this one here.

Cheers!

Will Ustream Be a Podcast Killer? Roland Frasier and Perry Belcher

We pretty much all know about Podcasting now and lots of businesses have jumped on the Podcast bandwagon to get their message out to the masses.

But, have you heard about the video equivalent of Podcasting? Well, kind of the video equivalent anyway. There's a smart startup out there called Ustream that has the attention of the venture capital crowd and with good reason.

I'm talking about Ustream.tv. What is Ustream.TV?

Well, according to their site...

"Ustream is a platform that provides live interactive video for everyone. Anyone with a camera and an Internet connection can use Ustream to broadcast to a global audience."

Additionally, the site claims to be...

"SPAM Free...Safe and Secure Site... Parental Controls for Minors... Privacy Settings - Puts You In Control... ZERO Tolerance For Inappropriate Behavior"

So, what's not to love? What if you could create your own LIVE broadcasts of video from anywhere in the world? Well, with Ustream now you can and it seems to be pretty easy.

I signed up in just a few minutes to create the Roland Frasier TV Show, which you can find at...

http://www.ustream.tv/mybroadcasts/design/roland-frasiers-tv-show

Now, I have encountered a few challenges so far, and I'll keep you up to date as I try to work through them. First, there is no template that I can yet find that makes customizing the Ustream.tv show page easy.

They give you all sorts of customization options, but it's kind of like MySpace.com on crack because you are choosing all these colors for all these different areas of the show page screen without really knowing what will look good.

Then, you have to click the "Preview" button to see what they are going to look like. That's a little "clunky" for me. I'd much prefer to have some graphic design whizzes cook up a bunch of cool looking themed templates that I could select from, with the ability to screw it up with customization options after the fact.

Of course, their not having this, not that I can find yet anyway, does create entrepreneurial opportunities for others! Bring on the templates!

Anyway, if you want to start your very own live tv show over the Internet, it would appear that Ustream.tv offers a compelling option.

YouTube also also some stream capability, feel free to check out Perry Belcher for some streamed marketing videos.

Perry Belcher HD Videos & Blue Ray Rules!

My marketing buddy Perry Belcher has some new HD videos on YouTube. But now "BlueRay" is totally awesome! You should definitely be all over the BlueRay format movies that are out now.

perry belcher

Wow! Have you checked out Blue Ray? I've had it on my PS3 for some time now, but only just recently had the time to check out the Spiderman 3 included Blue Ray DVD. It really is impressive. Now, I know that's not huge news, but sometimes things change and you say "so what" and other times, they change and you realize it's a meaningful advance. Blue Ray is a meaningful advance.

Now, I don't know about spending $30 a DVD to have the extra resolution, but I admit to picking up a few Blue Ray discs today to check out a few flicks I thought might be impressive with this technology.

So, I grabbed 300, Across The Universe, Xmen The Last Stand, Lord of War (one of my personal all time faves) and I have to say they ARE in fact worth the extra dough!