Patron Ryan Reeves must be a craft beer fan! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! Have you been to any of your local craft breweries? And if so, which one had the best brews? I haven’t, really – I’m not an “expert” beer drinker. I know what I enjoy – and when given a targeted opportunity, I’ll explore. It was at a local brewhouse that I first discovered that a porter fits my flavor profile best. Most non-milky stouts make me twice as happy. What about all of you out there? Are you a fan of craft beers? Have you toured any local breweries?
Aaron Michael Solomon is apparently anxious for the new Star Wars movie! If you were making your star wars movie/series, who would you cast and who would be your executive director of the movie/series and why? I’d cast complete unknowns. As such, I don’t know who they’d be. I don’t know who I’d choose for an executive director, either – since film is not quite my area of expertise. I could pull a favorite name out of a hat, but that may not help. As you already know, I’m VERY happy that original actors will be in the movie! It just… wouldn’t be right without them. You know? Who would YOU cast in the new Star Wars movie?
Patron JC Ernsd is worried that real work can’t be fun! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! Is it possible to have a serious business and still have fun? I am so driven that working for myself tends to stress me out but I have a low tolerance for stress. Can you have fun at your job and still be successful? Do you have any tips? Let me ask you this: do you actually really LOVE what you’re doing? You may love working for yourself. You may be pushing yourself to succeed. But do you even enjoy what it is you’re doing day in and day out? If not… there’s the simple answer to your issue. If you do, and it’s just a matter of overwhelming yourself and stressing out, you need to step back a little. Where can something “give” a little? What can you put off for another day? What is crucial to the success of your business and what are things you just hope to do? Prioritize. Figure out what must be done, make a list and go from there. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a million things that turn out […]
James Tison had a major freak-out not long ago: I accidentally deleted photos from my camera, how can I recover them? Help!!! Calm down, young grasshopper! All is not lost – hopefully! The first thing you need to know is DO NOT USE THE MEMORY CARD at all until you’ve recovered your photos! The most important thing to do is to never write to the card after you deleted the picture you want back. The more you write to it, the more chances there are that it will write over the picture, thus making it even harder to get back. There are a couple of different things you can do to try and recover your photos. One is to use Tune-Up Utilities. The other is as follows: Download Undelete Plus from Snapfiles. Extract and run Undelete Plus. Choose the drive letter for your SD card and click “Start Scan.” Select the deleted files you wish to restore from the SD card and click “Start Undelete.” Close Undelete Plus and navigate to My Computer to open up the SD card drive letter folder. Verify that the deleted files have been recovered. Keep in mind that I personally have never had to […]
Patron Chris is curious what our world would be like if we never had these glorious boxes. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What do you think the world would be like now technologically speaking if the computer had never been invented? You could make an argument that we’d be either further behind OR further ahead. Our culture will forever remain shackled to past products and experiences – that’s just how it goes. As much as mainframes of yesteryear inevitably yielded control to these pocket computers every geek has on them at all times, I think if those mainframes didn’t exist… …someone else would have come up with the idea of merging some kind of hardware with some kind of software and enabling experiences we otherwise would not have had. And that idea could’ve sparked a completely different set of products, services, and solutions. Perhaps someone would’ve been able to do twice as much with half as much… which (assuming progress happened at a similar pace) would likely put us 2x ahead of where we are today. Or, perhaps Steampunk wouldn’t just be a sub-genre of sci-fi… but true a way of life […]
Patron Jeremy Abad is curious about my first computer build. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What was your first computer build and do you remember the specs? Can’t remember. Not to say that the custom-built PC was forgettable, mind you. I remember getting all the parts, putting it together, booting it up for the first time, and using it daily for several years. It was fast and it got the job done. That’s what I always wanted a computer to do, and (largely) what I will likely want my future computers to do for the rest of my life. I’m not being flippant, either. Some people care about specs, but I only care about them so far as how they’ll enable me to have something that I want. The speed of a processor is insignificant compared to what you’re able to do with it. “What you’re able to do with it” doesn’t really have a sexy label, though. I think it was an Intel something-rather?
Richard Smith asked via Facebook: What device have you owned that frustrated you so much that you wanted to take it out to a field and destroy it (like the printer in Office Space)? I’ve had too many to count. For whatever reason, I usually choose to hold onto old gadgets even though there’s a slim chance I’ll ever use them again. I mean, I feel that I’ve wasted so much money on products that totally suck that I figured I might as well keep them indefinitely. This is one of the reasons I don’t keep a lot of gadgets around (or rely on too many of them at one time). Inevitably, they’re prone to breaking and disappointing me. Maybe I’m long overdue for a spring cleaning? I just hate to think I’ll get rid of something only to find out that someone would’ve paid a few bucks for something that I was no longer finding valuable… even if the implementation of said product’s idea totally sucked. I’ve wasted more money on poor products in my life than I care to admit. Sadly, I’ve owned very few that I wouldn’t care to shoot. Note: this particular device wasn’t broken on […]
Diana said during Pirillo Vlog 443 that women do not fart. I beg to differ, sweetheart. Y’all let them rip just as often as we do! What’s with the whole fart deodorizer comment, anyway? Does anyone actually use those things? Does Diana want some of them… for me to use, I mean? The pressure was on today as I had to choose Diana’s shoes for her. The wrong choice could break everything! Talk about a terrifying moment. I could choose the shiny shoes or the matte ones. Diana chose the matte finish shoes because we have a friend named Matt in Texas. I was not being mean when I referred to him as “dull.” Swear it! I was just making a play on the whole matte shoes for Matt and matte is dull… oh, forget it! The question of the day is of crucial importance, and only you can answer it: am I the town crier or the village idiot?
Diana said during Pirillo Vlog 442 that she cannot take me seriously when I’m wearing the giant fuzzy bear slippers. What I want to know is: why NOT? Diana has decided that my evil pimpleness shot straight to her face via some type of voodoo laser beam. What the heck?! I suppose I should have used some type of skin care blemish removal kit before going near her! Today was laundry day. I’m quite thankful that I am not the one doing the laundry and that I don’t have to make the bed. I’m not so crazy about the fact that our sheets now smell like complete SHEET thanks to the vinegar. Why do we wash sheets in vinegar, anyway? Can anyone tell me this?! Diana says she cannot take me seriously when I’m wearing my big fuzzy bear slippers. I’m not sure why – are you? I happen to think they’re quite manly and fierce! The most important takeaway from today’s vlog is the fact that Diana seriously needs to lay off the Sun. She’s smothering it. She wants to insist the Sun is like a warm blankie. It’s not! It’s just a false sense of security. It will […]
Feeling like a brand-new man is pretty awesome, but during Pirillo Vlog 441 filming, I spent more time itching than feeling new! I have been using the new vlog camera for only a few days now. This sucker doesn’t even have a name yet, and it’s already been initiated: I dropped it on my knee (OUCH!) and dropped it on the ground while out running errands. I’m starting to think I need a lanyard to keep it where it belongs! I felt like a completely new man after having my hair cut, but I was also a very itchy man. Don’t you hate that feeling of little hairs all over you? Muahahah – you’re now feeling the creepy-crawlies, aren’t you? Speaking of hair cuts: Diana wants to know if all of you think she should cut her hair off to just below her shoulders! Wicket wasn’t impressed with the bear jacket. I wasn’t drunk, despite what Diana may have thought. I knew that the head was on crooked the entire time. These silly humans – and dogs who THINK they’re human – that I’m surrounded by will never understand the way my mind works. Wait. I don’t understand how it […]
Pirillo Vlog 439 is mind-blowing in more ways than one! First, Diana corrected my grammar. Then, we learn she feels I am depriving her of melons and that tomatoes can look like butts! Even more concerning, Diana informs the world that she is a banana who lives in a banana and only eats bananas and then poops bananas… and then eats those, as well! My brain asploded. Everywhere. It was quite a mess. The worst moment of the day award goes to her poking fun at my grievous injuries! What’s a guy have to do to get a little sympathy around here? What if I now have a contusion? Won’t you all feel bad?! I desperately need a band aid. I’m almost sure that will make me feel a whole lot better.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fellowes for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve gone through so many shredders over the years. They’ve all survived near-endless stacks of papers, but every one of them has shuffled off its metal coil due to a random paperclip or staple making it into the mix. Why did I have to concern myself with busywork that the hardware (itself) should have been able to handle on its own? Well, there is no Bill of Rights for office products; not all shredders are created equal. My next shredder, I decided, would better be able to handle errant items without causing me undue stress. It’s not like I go out of my way to find things to shred. It’s just that I don’t want to worry about what I can (and cannot) feed into the mouths of these monsters. When given the opportunity to shred it with a Fellowes 79Ci, I was more than willing. I mean, right there on the front of the box it shows you (with clear illustrations) that the hardware can handle paper clips and staples all the way to plastic cards and compact disks. You […]
This is a Sponsored guest post written by Matt Ryan on behalf of Lenovo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% the writer’s own. Lenovo is known the world over as one of the leading PC manufacturers out there. From nettop systems to high-end servers, Lenovo has a firm grasp on the PC market. But did you know that Lenovo also makes some of the most innovative accessories on the market? A couple of years ago, I was working in a studio where multiple smaller systems were needed to power various screens located on set. These systems needed to be extremely quiet, small, and powerful enough to play video at 1080p. We decided on the Lenovo Q150, a handy little Atom-powered system capable of handling just about anything we threw at it. We were even able to use one as a backup live video streaming solution. Despite being great little systems, one accessory in particular caught my attention. The Lenovo Enhanced Multimedia Remote with keyboard allowed us to control various systems in an adjoining room from a device that weighed practically nothing and fit in one hand. These remotes allowed us the capability of solving issues in the studio without breaching […]
October 27, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Life15 commentstags: bullies, bully, cyberbully
I had a tough childhood. I’d wager that many of us adults went through something that would be considered “a challenge” at one point in our respective younger days. Tribulations on the home front were largely relegated to the occasional familial disagreement (nothing that would be considered out of the ordinary, I assure you). My consternation stemmed from unwarranted, school-centric battles. In short? I faced bullies in high school. I’ve talked about it long before now. For some reason or another, a group of “tough kids” decided that I was persona non grata (a Latin phrase that roughly translates as “someone we don’t like.”). It made no sense to me in any logical capacity, although discussing any emotional shortcomings with this loosely-knit cabal would seem an exercise in futility. I can laugh about it now, though. No, I can’t – it’s still not funny. I remember being wracked with stresses of threats. Intimidation was a powerful mechanism, but falling victim to it would only make me… a victim. Instead, I chose to largely ignore it on the surface – while, in secret, crapping my Green Lantern Underoos during Study Hall. Nah, I had outgrown them years ago. At least, physically. […]
October 27, 2011by Chris Pirilloin Apple, Fun, LEGO1 commentstags: Apple, brick, lego
Some would call it an unhealthy obsession – I would prefer to refer to it as a hobby. LEGO isn’t for some. Those who cannot accommodate bricks must continue to put up with people like me (who, by the way, are not responsible for gigantic minifigs washing up on Florida shorelines). We need some kind of creative outlet, and at least this activity is more interactive than outmoded options like zoning out in front of a radio or television for hours on end. Building LEGO sets has been my zen. Combine that with the crazy possibility of someone eventually producing an Apple Store model constructed entirely of… it happened. Oliver Burridge from our community asked if he could create a “Day in the Life of Chris Pirillo” for our YouTube Channel and I happily agreed to support the endeavor. Part of the “plot” will be spent within an Apple Store, apparently – and this scene has already been recorded: I believe that LEGO is increasingly embracing the idea of allowing their community to control the destiny of various sets. In light of the LEGO trademark falling to the wayside, perhaps we’ll see better pricing for these custom constructions? So, maybe […]