About Nathan Young

Nathan Young is an experienced writer, blogger, photographer, and videographer who blogs at Geek Alabama. Nathan is a big Road, Weather, and News Junkie Geek and is a great person to be around who is funny and informative. Nathan is an accomplished media person who regularly covers topics on Geek Alabama and gets numerous requests to cover things from businesses, products, TV shows, movies, books, games, food, events, conventions, concerts, and other reviews. He is open to speaking, covering products or events, and representing your brand. The most interesting fact about me, I draw roads! #Aspie proud! #ASD

The Evening Post: How Do Call of Duty and Battlefield Misrepresent War


Geek Alabama Evening Post

Tonight on the latest episode from the PBS Game/Show YouTube channel, let’s talk about Call of Duty.  Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Medal of Honor are among some of the most popular games right now, meaning that war is also on the forefront of a lot of gamer’s minds. However, games like Call of Duty choose to portray war in a very specific fashion, specifically, one that presumably makes it “fun.” But should games like Call of Duty and Battlefield do more than that? Should they be held accountable for what they choose to portray, as well as how they choose to portray it? And if so, how can these games do a better job at portraying at least some of the complexity of modern warfare? Watch this week’s episode of Game/Show and find out!

Video Roundup: Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes, Dark Lord Funk, National Anthem Fans At Walmart


Geek Alabama Video Roundup

It’s time for Video Roundup.  My top 12 videos of the Week!

Every Tom Hanks Movie in 7 Minutes

Yes!

Lego Matrix Lobby Fight Scene

Cool!

Fritz Learns to Catch Compilation

A great dog!

Markiplier in the Hospital

Get well soon!

How The Battle Of The Five Armies Should Have Ended

Exactly!

Monica Lewinsky: The Price Of Shame

A good talk!

Dark Lord Funk – Harry Potter Parody of “Uptown Funk”

Too funny!

5 Things No One Tells You About Going To War

A good video!

OK Go – Red Star Macalline Commercial

Another cool video from them!

Ed Sheeran Surprises Deserving Wedding Couple

Way too cool!

Where is Scandinavia

Now you know!

National Anthem Fans At Walmart

Salute!

Geek Alabama Rewind: Week Of 3-28-15


Geek Alabama Rewind

Here is the latest weekly recap for Geek Alabama! Some of the most popular posts from the last week included three concerns I have with Meerkat and Periscope, the five things I want Geek Alabama to become, a Music Thursdays post featuring Blues Traveler, a Good News Fridays post about SpecialGlobe, a post about why Ray Watts needs to go, and a post about George Takei liking one of my Geek Alabama posts!

Three Concerns I Have With Meerkat and Periscope

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Livestreaming on your smartphone is here!  This post talks about some concerns I have with Meerkat and Periscope.

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/27/three-concerns-i-have-with-meerkat-and-periscope/

The Five Things I Want Geek Alabama To Become

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This post talks about the five things I really want to do on the Geek Alabama website.  The only thing stopping me, funding!

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/24/the-five-things-i-want-geek-alabama-to-become/

Music Thursdays: Blues Traveler Coming To East Alabama

Geek Alabama Music Thursdays

Blues Traveler came to East Alabama on Friday night, and it was a good concert!  This post talks about them with some of their music videos!

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/26/music-thursdays-blues-traveler-coming-to-east-alabama/

Good News Fridays: Learn More About SpecialGlobe

Geek Alabama Good News Fridays

These folks followed me on Twitter, so this post talks about SpecialGlobe, a website to help families plan travel with people with special needs.

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/27/good-news-fridays-learn-more-about-specialglobe/

Ray Watts Has Been Caught With His Pants Down, Now He Needs To Go

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Well, Ray Watts from UAB was caught with his pants down over the whole UAB football thing.  This post talks about why he needs to go!

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/23/ray-watts-has-been-caught-with-his-pants-down-now-he-needs-to-go/

The Evening Post: George Takei Liked My Post

Geek Alabama Evening Post

Yes, George Takei from Star Trek liked my post talking about his Indiegogo project.  Click the link to see the tweet and the video!

http://geekalabama.com/2015/03/25/the-evening-post-george-takei-liked-my-post/

The Evening Post: Kid President Talks To Steve Martin


Geek Alabama Evening Post

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!