Facebook Live Streaming – S is for Song

Live streaming a few songs

As part of my annoyance with holding back on live video and a number of other goals, I am doing more live streams on Facebook. To date, they’ve been me in the hills with my dogs and playing music.

I’ve been launching them from my Facebook profile but realized that I could launch them from my professional Facebook page and share them on my regular profile. This seems like an exposure win – though, I’m unsure.

I’ve embedded my most recent stream below.

I called it, “S is for Song” – which I may just keep using or may not..

The Facebook live front-facing camera problem

AKA: I’m not left-handed and all my books and CD are NOT printed backwards.. I promise.

There seems to be a problem with live video streamed from front-facing cameras. To date, no solution for my Android Galaxy S7. But I can see how I am framed and I don’t want to give that up.

There are also competing views on who needs to fix this. I’d sort of like the option on Facebook to do it.. provide a mirror option. If there are some camera manufacturers who don’t have this problem, and some that do, the problem is solved in the app regardless of the phone.

VLOG #3 – tech tool edition. Google Keep for cloud-based, share-able/collaborative notes and list

We didn’t do a post for vlog #2 – about being annoyed, so watch that here.

Google Apps are Amazing

but…

“Google is abysmal at being amazing!”

So few gmail users know the myriad of apps they have access to. Google has done a horrible job of showing what’s available and how to best use them.

Google Keep: notes, list, and more.

My cousin asked me if I used Google Keep. My answer, absolutely. I found Evernote – for basic lists – to be too much. Plus, wherever possible, I want to keep my apps and utilities under a single account.

Why I LOVE Google Keep

  • Cross-platform: PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, tablets, etc.
  • Simple list and notes – easy to use immediately. No learning curve.
  • Location (geo) reminders – bring up a reminder when I reach a destination, city, etc.
  • Share-able – collaborate in real-time with other gmail users.
    This is the single-most powerful and under-utilized feature of most Google Apps.
  • And more…

Google Keep Video

For my vlog #3, I show why and how I use Google Keep

Workshop: Cloud-based Collaboration and Communication PMI-North LA County

A quick thank you

Yes.. that’s my dog Beaux on my monitor. 😉

The Slide-deck

To download, click the image for the Powerpoint file or get the PDF here.

Tools worth looking at:

I just re-discovered this. The last time I visited the North LA Chapter, I wrote, “The Project Management Blues”. Enjoy!

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Matthew Moran’s VLOG #1 – The dogs, Griffith Observatory, climbing and a fall

I’ve been challenges… and challenged again.. and re-challenged to create my vlog for.. oh.. I don’t know.. 7 years.

The focus of the vlog is: life, songwriting, tech, hiking, dogs, life, and everyday adventures.

VLOG #1: climbing plus

Griffith Park Observatory, the dogs, and climbing

too early for whiskey

Too Early for Whiskey (so I’m starting with wine)

I love honky tonk music. Sadness and drinking.. those are core ingredients. But I don’t really write it – perhaps because I may have over-imbibed three times in my entire life.

However, back in 2010, I wrote a line that I knew I could grow into a good honky tonk style tune.

“It’s too early for whiskey, so I’m starting with wine”

And voila! A few hours later, I had the following song. It took me until now, 2017, to record anything more than a cell phone video version.

You can listen, download, and/or watch the song below. I have the complete lyrics below that.Continue reading

Manifesto, Mantra, & Mandates for 2017

Dammit! Now I need to write something into my alliteration.

Reading time: 6:40-ish

there’s a road and I’m gonna take it

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve beaten this subject to death, so. If interested, you can read my take here.

I do, however, believe in setting goals, establishing plans, and working for outcomes. And I think the New Year provides a good enough jumping off point for enacting some of those plans. In part, because we come through a period of time – the Holidays – that, at once, both allow a little decompression and exacerbate stress.Continue reading

Thoughts on wanting 2016 to end

I posted this on Facebook.

I find it curious/strange to watch people talk about wanting to have 2016 finish and 2017 to start.

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Side note: I never wish a day away – I don’t wish for Friday on Monday.. we get a limited quantity of days and I want EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!
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Not just because a year is just a token that marks a series of earth rotations and our planet’s movement around the sun. 1/1/2017 marks nothing more than a single rotation more than 12/31/2016.

And 2016 did not take anyone from us. 2016 isn’t in the business of taking or giving. Cursing 2016 is like cursing a spoon for soup that was too hot! I’ve done it… but it’s sort of idiotic.

But most important, the biggest challenge we faced in 2016 was ourselves. We, individually, are always our biggest challenge. Guess who is going to be waiting for you when you wake up in 2017? Yep! Now that’s frightening!

At least you hope they are there waiting.

Which one of you brought down the Internet… again?

DISCLAIMER: I’m getting a little technical but this is not a comprehensive article on Internet security. It does provide some simple (relatively) ideas to help you secure your home network. 


Yep.. the Internet got nailed last Friday and it was mostly due to home connected devices… IOT – The Internet of Things. Get to know that buzzword, it’s worth $175/hr. if you’re a tech security consultant.Continue reading

The day after that… thoughts on post election humanity

Can we be alright if we are all right?

Election day is coming soon. I suspect most people have decided who they are voting for and if not, the online demonizing and rationalizing of X or Y will NOT be what determines their vote.

So.. I’m going to write about civility and shared experiences. I believe in a humanity we share and that most people, when stripped of masks and pretension, want very similar things.Continue reading