The Evening Post: Kid President Talks To Steve Martin


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Tonight, from the SoulPancake YouTube channel, Kid President gets to talk to Steve Martin from a cardboard laptop.  Kid President wants to know more about being an uncle.  So this is where Steve Martin comes in.  Also, you get to learn more about the new DreamWorks movie “Home”, in theaters now!  Enjoy the trailer below!

So, enjoy another perfect Kid President video below.  And if you have not gotten the Kid President’s Guide To Being Awesome book, order it at: http://soulpancake.com/kpbook/.

Three Concerns I Have With Meerkat and Periscope


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Well, live streaming is now moving from the computer to the smartphone.  A couple of new apps are now out that allows anyone to livestream from where they are at.  It could be a breaking news story, or a concert, or a sporting event, or even behind the scenes, livestreaming is moving mobile!  The two new apps that allows you to livestream are called Meerkat and Periscope.  Merrkat debuted during SXSW and is currently getting a ton of media attention.

With Meerkat, you download the app, and sync your Twitter account, and off you go.  Periscope is basically the same thing.  Users of these two apps can stream live video and audio from their smartphones and share a link to the broadcast on Twitter.  Then people can follow along to watch the stream, comment on what’s happening, and pass the link along to others.  I watched some livestreams from Meerkat, and it has a bright future.  Most of the video is not the HD video you see online, but I am sure that will improve with time.

But, there are a few concerns I have with Meerkat and Periscope.  And I wanted to highlight them in this post!

1. No Android App

Seriously, I am not an Apple person, and I consider them dark!  There is no Meerkat and Periscope Android app yet.  So, while I watch livestreams from other people, I sit and wonder when I will get a chance to experience livestreaming from my phone.  And no, I am not going to go out and buy an iPhone.

2. Share These Videos To YouTube or Vimeo

I wonder if there will be a way to share my livestream videos to YouTube or Vimeo after I complete a livestream session?  I mean, I would like to have the chance to re-watch streams when I am away.

3.  The Notifications

Judging by other users, both apps needs to develop ways so I don’t get notifications every time someone I know is livestreaming!

So there you have it!  I think both Meerkat and Periscope are going to be great apps everyone with a smartphone will have to download.  And if you are asking which app I would prefer?  I am an underdog, so I will stick with Meerkat!

Enter To Win A Blu-Ray Copy Of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies


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Why not, let’s run two contests to own a copy of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.  The HD digital download contest is running until April 1st.  But this post will be for a Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.  The series just wrapped up with the last movie called The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. The movie is the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

This contest will have one lucky person winning a Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.  And to celebrate, the folks from Partners Hub have a great app for you to try!  The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies App has a quiz to find out if you have the bravery it takes to journey through Middle Earth!  The app also features a Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth.  And you can see the trailer and buy the film now!  To see the app, click on the link or picture below!  https://www.blog-luv.com/campaigns/the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies-blu-ray/interactive_elements/129%22

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In this contest, one person will win one Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies!  This contest will be open until Wednesday April 18th at 12 pm Central.  To enter, leave a comment after you take the quiz and tell me if you have the bravery like Bilbo to survive Middle Earth.  Along with your name and e-mail address on the contact form below!  I will give each commenter an extra entry if you like the Geek Alabama Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/geekalabama or follow on Twitter @geekalabama.

I will randomly draw a winner using random.org based off all the entries! The contest will close on Wednesday April 18th. Enter now!

Note: Partners Hub is supplying the Blu-Ray DVD to one winner. I was NOT paid to write this post.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Enter using the contest form below!

Every Driver Should Watch This Video About Motorcycle Awareness


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Spring is here, and that means people will be riding their motorcycles around the area!  But, with more car drivers driving while distracted, the chances of a motorcycle rider being hit and injured or killed has increased!  It’s time we had people think about all drivers on the roads.  And that includes motorcycles and bikes!

This video from the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program, follows a teen driver as a motorcyclist helps the driver learn about safer choices while sharing the road with motorcyclists.  This should be a video that needs to be seen by every operator of a motor vehicle.  Look twice for motorcycles!

Good News Fridays: Learn More About SpecialGlobe


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This week on Good News Fridays, I wanted to talk about a website where you can plan a trip to popular destinations around the world, for families with people on the autism spectrum and other special needs.  As you know, I am on the autism spectrum, and the folks from SpecialGlobe really like me, so they followed me along on my @nvyoung and @GeekAlabama Twitter accounts!  So, how did SpecialGlobe get started?

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Meghann Harris, Senior Founder and CEO of SpecialGlobe, got to travel to many places around the world as a child and adult.  Those experiences have had a profound affect on who she is today and how she looks at the world.  She wanted to give the same experiences to her children, until her daughter was diagnosed with atypical Rett syndrome.  Doctors said she would never walk or talk, but she has come a long way.  Meghann got the idea of SpecialGlobe one night while sleeping, and saw the domain name available, so she got it!

After some thinking and ideas, Meghann wanted SpecialGlobe to be a place where families can get the knowledge and tools which would in turn empower them to travel the world with special needs kids and to broaden their lives through travel, art, and recreation.  The site allows parents the ability to book custom trips, book hotels, and share their experiences and learn from other parents and experts through forums and written articles about everything from tips and tricks, top ten things to do, and basic travel advice.

They have also developed their own itinerary guides that includes comprehensive information about special needs travel. Where to stay, where to eat, what wonderful activities would be available to you that your whole family could enjoy, where are the hospitals, where are the pharmacies, where can I get a beach scooter, where can I get a certified aid that could help my family while on vacation in each of these locales and much much more. It is their intent here at SpecialGlobe to gather any and all information about special needs travel under one roof where you can take your time to review and make decisions about what’s right for your family.

And a website like SpecialGlobe is needed today!  As of 2010, 13.5 Million (18.5%) of US children aged 18 and under were diagnosed with Special Needs, this number is going to get larger. Given the rise in diagnoses of children with some form of special needs (autism alone has grown from 1 in 88 to 1 in 68 in a matter of 4 years according to the CDC and census data) this is changing the portrait of the Global and American Family.  They want more than anything for all families to experience more of the world around them through exploration together. Travel builds lifelong memories for all of us. For Special Needs children this can be especially important and therapeutic. Vacation as therapy sounds right to SpecialGlobe.

When you go to SpecialGlobe, you can find things from travel tips, itineraries, ways to customize a trip, vacation and car rentals, hotel promotions, and more!

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Plus, you will find plenty of articles, tips and tricks, travel content, top 10 lists, and much more!  If you have a special needs person in your family, SpecialGlobe is a website you need to visit.  So, visit them today at: https://www.specialglobe.com/

Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/specialglobe and on Twitter @specialglobe.