REDBAND Radio: Drunk Unkles and the NSCA Education Foundation Live from Infocomm 2014

This Episode REDBAND Radio talks with Chuck Wilson of NSCA and Steve Emspak about the Drunk Unkles benefit concert for the NSCA Education Foundation and the history of the Drunk Unkles.

Host: Chris Neto, AVShout & REDBAND Founder

Panelists:
Chuck Wilson of NSCA and Steve Emspak of the Drunk Unkles

Record Date:
06/17/2014

Running time: 17:59

Click the Link Below (audio only):

http://avnation.tv/shows/redband-radio/redband-003/

Click Here for more info on the NSCA Education Foundation:

http://www.nsca.org/nsca-education-foundation/

The #AVselfie Music Video debuted at Infocomm 2014

Thanks to everyone for participating! And a Special thanks to Phillip Cordell for turning it into a song.

Chris

Here is the #AVSelfie Song for all the #avtweeps to hear! #infocomm14

AVselfie999

The #AVselfie Song was parodied by: Phillip “HiPhi” Cordell and you can see his work at:

 http://www.theavprofessional.com/

Great Job!

Chris

Here is the song that inspired the parody.

The 12 days of an AV Christmas Installation (Sing-a-Long)

12 days of Christmas

On the 1st Day of Christmas the shipping company handed me

1 Damaged LED Screen

On the 2nd Day of Christmas the Consultant reminded me

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas the programmer sent to me

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 4th Day of Christmas the Client asked of me

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 5th Day of Christmas the building gave to me

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 6th Day of Christmas the installer said to me

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 7th Day of Christmas my Project Manager asked of me

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 8th Day of Christmas the integrator said to me

8 missing LAN Jacks,

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 9th Day of Christmas the Lead Tech yelled to me

9 failed extenders,

8 missing LAN Jacks,

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 10th Day of Christmas my architect sent to me

10 Structural changes,

9 failed extenders,

8 missing LAN Jacks,

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 11th Day of Christmas my true Love screamed at me

11 hour workdays!

10 Structural changes,

9 failed extenders,

8 missing LAN Jacks,

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen.

On the 12th Day of Christmas the Receiving Department finally found for me

12 missing mounts!

11 hour workdays,

10 Structural changes,

9 failed extenders,

8 missing LAN Jacks,

7 more techs needed,

6 failed codecs,

5 power spikes,

4 more displays needed,

3 code errors,

2 weeks remaining,

And 1 Damaged LED Screen!

Here is my latest Article for Commericial Integrator Magazine

My new article deals with  “good enough” not being an acceptable answer when it comes to the customer installations and service.

Chris

Click the image below to check out the full Article:
ScreenHunter_99 Sep. 05 11.51

REDBAND: Then & Now…Growing Up Nerdy by Heather Helton

Growing Up Nerdy collage2

When did it become “cool” to be a nerd?

You mean to tell me all those years I was bullied as a kid were completely pointless? Does that mean I’m some sort of a nerd hipster now? Because, after all, I was a nerd before being a nerd was cool. Nerds everywhere are desperately trying to protect the boundaries of their sacred universe as if it were some exclusive club reserved for the elite. Well, guess what? You’ve officially become the breed of asshole that tormented you in grade school! So why are nerds so “butthurt” about this trend?

Well, I have several conjectures. I think the biggest frustration is with “faux” nerd girls (I feel the term “idiot nerd girl” is a bit harsh). These are the pretty girls who throw on a pair of glasses and exclaim, “Omgah, I’m sooo nerdy!” I can understand why this would piss nerds off. It’s debasing to nerd culture. To them, not just anyone can be a nerd; you must earn nerd cred. Think of it this way: You won’t be accepted as a jock without proving your athletic prowess, right? Well, you won’t be accepted as a nerd without proving your intellectual prowess. Nerds assume that pretty girls can’t deliver in this department. Why so judgmental, I’m not really sure…

I would guess intimidation plays a role. When you’re part of a culture that has been male-dominated for so long with a strong sense of brotherhood, it’s hard to adapt to the induction of females — especially when your group is notorious for being awkward around them. Introduce an attractive woman to the group and it’s even more difficult to accept her without argument. I suppose we’ve all been conditioned to assume that attractive people just aren’t as intelligent. I throw bitch fits all the time about how I get paid twice as much for my looks than my brain. It’s rather insulting and I’m sure I’m not the only girl out there who feels this way. As an audio-visual technician at an educational institution, I’m often mistaken for a student rather than an employee. Others seem baffled that an attractive female is capable of operating and troubleshooting sophisticated video conferencing equipment.

Even while interviewing for a position, someone had the audacity to say, “You wouldn’t like it here, anyway; it’s all middle-aged males.” Who are you to tell me what type of environment I would or would not be capable of working in? It’s unnerving to be repeatedly turned down for jobs simply because my age and gender isn’t in line with the preconceived mental image of a qualified candidate. Oh, and as if nerdy gals didn’t have a hard enough time in the workplace, we find ourselves fighting a social battle as well:

  • Why can’t I host a Reddit meetup? Do I need to check with the meetup Gods to have permissions bestowed upon me?
  • Why can’t I wear my glasses without being called a poser? They’re prescription…Get over it!
  • Why do you look at me like that when I tell stories about chess tournaments, astronomy club, AND cheerleading? Would you pass out if I told you I carry a tool bag at work? Give me a break!

How are truly nerdy girls supposed to distinguish themselves from the faux nerd girls, when nerds are already in attack mode? Why are they so defensive? I know they’ve been through a lot, but hey, we all have! We live in a society where individualism is emphasized. Everyone wants to be a special snowflake. If everyone suddenly jumps on the nerd ship, being a nerd won’t be some sexy secret society anymore. I get it, you want to preserve the integrity of your group, but you ought to give people the opportunity to prove themselves. You may find that they surprise you and fit right in!

If not, don’t fret; popular culture cycles and recycles. As quickly as the siege seemed to appear, it will subside and all will be well in the universe again. I’ll still be here, though. So save a spot for me!

Heather H.

REDBANDHHalt6

Heather is an experienced Marketing and Communications professional with expertise in Video Production, Videoconferencing, Tech Support, Customer Service and Social Media. She spends ample time  watching the alien life forms taunting her from the other side of the glass ceiling…with a brick in her hand.  Connect with her on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/hehelton and Follow her on Twitter: @heathereleanora

REDBAND RADIO’s New Top-Secret Podcast on August 6th (Spoiler Warning #AVTWEEPS)

REDBANDRADIOEp2

 

For the Last Month have been working on ideas for the next REDBAND Radio podcast with AVNation. The first podcast was easy. Four REDBAND members at Infocomm and the thought of an unscripted, press “record and go” type show was hard to resist. I personally enjoyed sitting down with the “band” and talk AV. So what do we do for show #2 that would make it interesting, fun and possibly go where others have not?

In order to make some of our ideas a reality we created the REDBAND community page on Google+. I’m very proud to say that the community has grown quickly in a short period of time.  So with the Google community up and running I can now layout the details for the show that has been “in the works” and “under wraps”.

Tuesday August 6th REDBAND Radio will Broadcast Live from Verrex’s Corporate Headquarters and Yes Verrex knows we are coming. Verrex’s President CEO & Chairman Thomas Berry Jr. will sit in with the “band” to talk AV during the show. We will also have a musical guest. “The Verrex Band” will be performing Live on the show.

And the word “Live” is not being used lightly in this post. We will be recording for the podcast but we will be also be live on the REDBAND google+ community page.  In order to view you will need to have a Google+ account and join the community.  If you don’t have a google+ plus account…get one by Tuesday Evening to join! Once you have the account set up follow the link below to the REDBAND community:

gplus.to/redbandav

We expect to go live between 6 and 7pm EST. I will definitely have more details on the community page along with details on how you can interact with us Live during the show. We’re confident that the show will be entertaining, informative and most of all fun.

So what’s next? We are already working on some more off the wall ideas. If you have an idea for the podcast or would like to join us on the next show please let me know.

Thanks again for taking time out to read our posts, listen to our podcasts and watch our videos.

Sincerely,

Chris

REDBAND: Infocomm 2013 Winners by Mike Brandes

INFOCOMM2013boothpic

InfoComm this year was a blur. Last year I did UBTech and InfoComm and felt like I had way too much free time. This year, to correct this, I decided to load up on meetings and stay as busy as possible to make the most of the InfoComm experience. I wrote a little, last week  about my time in the CTS prep class and subsequent test; and the inherent value of continuing education. I feel the best approach to the InfoComm experience is to balance a little better between the Show Floor Only mentality, and the Load Up on Meetings stance. This year’s InfoComm was the largest show on the east coast, and it was massive to say the least. Here are my top winners from this years’ show, in no particular order.

  1. 4K
    We all remember the incredible consumer demand centered around the introduction of 3d displays and projectors a few years back; this year’s big staple for all manufacturers was 4k. Unlike 3d, I think 4K/8K will enjoy far more stable demand in both the consumer and professional AV markets, especially once content beyond digital signage and computer generated signals become more prevalent. The caveat is, if this content doesn’t become readily available, 4k/8k will wind up serving a very niche market. In my opinion, the two winners for 4K at this years’ show was LG’s 84″ 4K monitor, and Christie’s 4k 60hz projector. I would love to own both these pieces, but have to wait until the cost comes down.
  2. MS Lync Integration
    Shortly before last year’s show in Las Vegas we began implementing Microsoft Lync; and I went to InfoComm looking for all the AV I could possibly integrate with Lync to enable it to be a full UCS for our campus. I was incredibly disappointed, and almost frustrated to find out there were no real AV appliances ready to integrate with Lync. Around that time, Vaddio released the Easy USB line of professional USB peripherals for computer based web conferencing: Webex, Skype, Google +, MS Lync etc. This product line represented a solution to a few of our problems at an affordable price point. This year, however, I was blown out of the water by Vaddio’s Huddle Station and Group Station integrated approach to computer based Web Meetings. I look forward to implementing this product line to address a number of needs we have in conference room video conferencing capabilities.Additionally, Crestron was a big winner in this space. They debuted the Crestron RL system designed to integrate Lync for professional Video conferencing. With solutions for single and multiple displays, and system control and automation, Crestron as made incredible strides to reaching the those using Lync. I’m really interested in seeing this product in action in a live demo.
  3. Cloud Conferencing 
    Two years ago I was hopping on an elevator in my hotel to head to my room after a long day at the show; I noticed the group standing next to me all had red badge holders (exhibitors) and saw them eyeing my green badge holder (education customer) and my heart sank. I really didn’t know if I could handle another sales pitch, especially on an elevator with no escape or distraction. As it turned out these fine people were from a startup called Blue Jeans Networks, allowing users of different VTC systems to meet seamlessly in the cloud. Cloud Interoperability Providers represent a tremendous benefit for organizations with different methods of VTC to be able to connect with each other. This year there were several other key companies in this market. I look forward to seeing how cloud interoperability grows and becomes more affordable.

There were lots of other great things that I would love to buy and use, but aren’t great fits for my particular application requirements: Projection/Display mapping technologieswaterproof speakersspeakers that looked more like art than actual speakers and a host of fantastic other products. Sometimes I wish I could win some sort of AV lottery and just have all this great technology.

What were the three best things you saw at InfoComm?

Mike

 

Check out this post on Mike’s Blog by clicking the link Below:

http://mikebrandesav.com/2013/06/17/my-take-infocomms-big-winners/

squareglasses6

Mike is an experienced audio video and information technology specialist, with 5 years experience in AV/IT, and previous experience in Pro Audio including full time touring experience. Mike is active in InfoComm, the Audiovisual Industry Association, and serves on the Technology Managers Council. Check out Mike’s website http://mikebrandesav.com/ and Follow him on Twitter.

REDBAND: My Magical Twitter Wish By Mark Coxon

infocomm13

My Magical Twitter Wish By Mark Coxon

It was awesome to be able to go to the AVNation TweetUp, and finally put some faces to the Twitter handles I see every day on my feed.  I met quite a few of the people that I follow, and was amazed that not one disappointed in person.  In fact, the personalities were amazing, and I found myself thinking that I wish Twitter could magically relate some of their qualities in more than text.  Based on that thought, I thought I’d list some AVTweeps I met, and what unique qualities they showed that I wished could come through in a written 140 words.

1)      @chris_neto- Chris Neto- Demeanor.  Reading Chris’s blogs and tweets you know he was a subversive streak, and a no nonsense style.  You also know he has an affinity for some aggressive an dark music, and used to work the night club scene.  All this combined to create an image of Chris that was much like a lovable but rowdy insomniac.  Not even close.  Chris is the epitome of Bruce Lee’s method of staying relaxed all the way until the point of impact.  He is low key and collected.  He blogs first, drinks later and goes to bed at a reasonable hour.  Beware however, because he could clinch his literary fist at any time with a pinpoint devastating RedBand blow to the solar plexus that leaves you breathless.

2)      @tuckertues- George Tucker- Contrast.  Reading George’s Tweets, you KNOW he has been around the AV Block.  His commentary can be very technical, or he can boil his analysis down using analogies that are easy to understand but not oversimplified.  This comes through in all of his online conduits, from Twitter, to AVNation podcasts, to his Tucker Tuesday and Tech Decisions blogs.  What I found out about meeting George in person though, is that he is an artist.  We have all seen those black and white pictures where the black forms an obvious image, but if you shift your eyes slightly, you notice that the white space makes a completely different image as well.  George does this with words.  If you speak to him in person, listen closely, as he will tell you just as much in his pauses and white spaces as he does in his spoken commentary.  It is genius, as it allows him to say whatever he wants, without ever speaking it, and without ever being guilty of it if accused.  He is a prime student of Polonius’ advice in Hamlet- “By indirections we find directions out.”

3)      @WomeninAV- Jennifer Willard- Accent.  You may have seen Jennifer’s stand on booth babes at electronics shows or her back and forth taunting of me about kicking my butt in #TheGame4 at InfoComm on Twitter.  To survive and prosper as a woman in the Y chromosome saturated world of AV takes guts and tenacity, so that has always come through in her online persona.  However, when I first heard Jennifer speak at the WAVE reception Wednesday night, I heard he Boston accent, and it all came rushing in.  Being cheeky and voracious is one thing, but hearing it come from a northeasterner breaks you down in a whole new way.  I read a few of her taunts again on Twitter, and suddenly realized I could not hold my own with this lady.  I was running fairly even in our exchange in my head, but the accent closed the deal.  Anyone who already knew Jennifer knew I had NO chance.  I love it!

4)      @TheAVPro- Phil Cordell- Southern Charm.  HiPhi didn’t actually come to the TweetUp that I saw, but I did see him on the floor, and met him last year as well.  If you’ve heard his album or seen his infamous “AV Professional” YouTube video you might get the impression that Phil could become funny to a fault, and may even be a little too much for some in person.  Nothing is farther from the truth.  Phil’s Tennessee charm, (I’m very familiar as my mom is from there) is the first thing you will notice when you meet him.  He is very warm and gracious.  He is extremely polite and humble, and dresses in a way that makes you want to put on some matching jeans, loafers, and a button down shirt and grab a sweet tea and some chicken and dumplings for Supper after church.  Phil is too classy to rock a mullet haircut, but I think he embodies that attitude of “Business in the front, and party in the back.”  Great balance!

5)      @mikebrandesAV- Mike Brandes- Wisdom.  OK, so that may first be thought of as a slam on Mike but it is not.  His tweets are always funny and smart, and you can tell that he is a real “connector”.   His subjects range from AV to jokes to politics and he a very active supporter of many on this list already.  In meeting Mike though, I found him to have a professorial quality that gives him a dignified presence.  Maybe it’s his dress or the manly beard, (a good beard like his can always evoke some of these impressions), but when he talks, you want to listen, because you feel like you are going to learn something new.  It is fitting that he is in the higher education space professionally.  His personality is a great bridge between the quirky and sometimes ragtag world of AV professionals and the collegiate Deans of the world.  I really enjoyed meeting you Mike!

I wish I had time enough to have had conversations with every single one of the over 100 #AVTweeps that made the #TweetUp.  I know that I would have been equally impressed with unique qualities of each of them.  Oh well, there is always next year!  See you then AVTweeps!

Mark C

REDBAND_Coxon

Mark has been in the IT & AV field for over 12 years. He currently works as an Account manager with  Horizon Display and is a contributor with various AV industry publications. You can follow Mark on Twitter @AVPhenom.  The expressed opinions are his own…You have been warned!

REDBAND: #AVTweeps Cutting Loose on YouTube by Chris Neto

I recently worked on two posts that involved YouTube videos. Both Big Nate and Mark Coxon’s videos were both excellent examples of AV professionals showing their skills online. So last nite I began to search YouTube in search of more AV related videos. I came across many posts. Here are some great examples of  AV Pros at Play on YouTube.

Enjoy!

Chris