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Vertically Rising http://www.randallwong.com Random Musings from a Wanderer... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:32:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Oh TiVo, how you’ve failed me, but that’s okay. http://www.randallwong.com/2013/08/oh-tivo-how-youve-failed-me-but-thats-okay/ http://www.randallwong.com/2013/08/oh-tivo-how-youve-failed-me-but-thats-okay/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:25:00 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=19879 my_tivo_failed_me

Oh TiVo, how you’ve failed me…

I’ve been a pretty loyal TiVo customer for over 10 years. I originally got a Direct TV TiVo back in 2003-ish days, then later got a Series 3 TiVo HD in 2008 when I got married. My wife also became a big fan of TiVo, and we ended up being filmed for some commercials for TiVo in 2009 (just talking about different features. The videos were originally used internally and on YouTube).

When TiVo decided to release a new “Series 4″ box, the TiVo Premiere (aka “The One Box”), we were asked again to see if we would be able to help out and do another shoot. Working with the same group as before (and the ever awesome, Shanan Carney), we had to go back through or own wardrobe to find what we wore as it was sort of a “continuation” shoot with

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Bookmarks, Journeying Back Through Time http://www.randallwong.com/2013/03/bookmarks-journeying-back-through-time/ http://www.randallwong.com/2013/03/bookmarks-journeying-back-through-time/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:17:13 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=18307 So bookmarks are nothing new. We as readers have been using them for quite some time in physical, tangible books to hold the place of where we stopped reading so that we can easily resume where we left off in the book. Maybe we had several bookmarks laid out in a book to keep the place of a specific story or passage of our favorite book.

Technology has worked along side of this notion with Web Browsers for years. You could bookmark a specific webpage that you liked, so that you didn’t have to remember a long URL to get back to it. Over the years of the World Wide Web, whole sites and communities have come up like delicious.com (formerly del.icio.us which was a way cooler URL). They allow users to share their bookmarks in the cloud and even for others around the world to see what they’re bookmarking.

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Social Justice: Invisible Children / How I got involved in the IC Movement http://www.randallwong.com/2012/03/social-justice-invisible-children-how-i-got-involved-in-the-ic-movement/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/03/social-justice-invisible-children-how-i-got-involved-in-the-ic-movement/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:01:42 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=15123 So I originally heard of “Invisible Children” way back in late 2005. A worship band that I was friends with had produced a video which was dedicated to the Invisible Children organization and used video footage of African children from a visit the band took to Africa. It was also a night where several organizations were highlighted and talked about, and they had one of the filmmakers there to talk about the documentary they produced and the plight of these children who were being abducted to fight in a war that was not their own.

My wife and I were just dating at the time, but I distinct remember watching the Invisible Children Rough Cut DVD together in her apartment living room and just being moved to action. At this point, Invisible Children had been set up as a 501©3 non-profit, and had just been raising funds through their rough

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Coming Soon: Double Trouble // When is Sharing on the Internet Too Much? http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/coming-soon-double-trouble-when-is-sharing-on-the-internet-too-much/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/coming-soon-double-trouble-when-is-sharing-on-the-internet-too-much/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:47:27 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14728 // Coming Soon: Double Trouble

A little over a month ago, I made a fun announcement for my 5,000 tweet on Twitter. I had been holding off on the information for quite a while, as often times I ride the line between sharing too much personal information on the internet.

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But yes, my wife and I are expecting twins. At the time of this blog, my wife is currently in her 27th week, so we have about 10 more weeks to go! It seems to be a more common thing these days, as there are currently two other couples that are in our small group that are pregnant with twins, and a pastor his wife in Oakland with twins (who just recently turned 6). We’re expecting two fraternal girls, and are almost done picking out names. What’s funny is that between the 3 of us couples having twins, there’s

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Friday Music Confessional: I’m a GLEEk! http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/friday-music-confessional-im-a-gleek/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/friday-music-confessional-im-a-gleek/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:59:56 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14637 glee-1.jpg

I have to admit it. I’m a GLEEk (a fan of the show GLEE on Fox).

Yes, it’s a show about high school Glee clubs.

Yes, I probably did make fun of those same kids back in High School.

Yes, I bought the first season on DVD for my wife for Christmas, but secretly wanted it myself. (Whoops! Hope she doesn’t read this…)

My first time my wife and I watched GLEE, we actually weren’t impressed. We were hearing great things about the show, and caught the second or third episode of Season 1, but was severely disappointed. In the episode, it had the Spanish teacher and Glee coach, Will Schuster starting some boy band with the other male teachers of the school. It didn’t have much of the students singing that episode, and I distinctly remember the “Bad Boy Teachers” singing Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up”…

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The Practical Steps From: My Road to Becoming a Community Manager http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/the-practical-steps-my-road-to-becoming-a-community-manager/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/the-practical-steps-my-road-to-becoming-a-community-manager/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:42:06 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14633 So in my last post, I talked a lot about my personal journey on becoming a Community Manager in the gaming industry. Looking back and wanting to provide something for the community, I wanted to make a posting with some actual practical steps that can be taken from my story.

1. Be Active, if even on a volunteer basis.

I started out by just volunteering my time on a forum. Others I know started by writing reviews on community gaming sites. Being active and staying involved helps to show a passion towards being part of a community and the industry.

2. Get on Twitter/Facebook & Network!

If you’re not using Social Media (TwitterFacebookGoogle+, etc.), you should be. Brands and their respective Community Managers all use these as tools to reach their audience. Most of them also have their own accounts that can be followed.

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My Road Becoming a Community Manager aka How I Broke into the Gaming Industry http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/my-road-becoming-a-community-manager-aka-how-i-broke-into-the-gaming-industry/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/my-road-becoming-a-community-manager-aka-how-i-broke-into-the-gaming-industry/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:45:51 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14599 Growing up as a kid, we all have had our dream jobs and careers. I used to want to be a Paleontologist and discover some new dinosaur. At one point I wanted to be involved in the comic book industry, but my art was terrible, so I thought maybe I could ink (and in the words of Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy” film, it’s just tracing!).

I’ve spoke about how I started playing video games at a young age with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and while I never quite had a moment in life where I knew I wanted to work in the gaming industry like Cliff Bleszinski, I just didn’t think there was an actually opportunity to walk down that path.

in 2008, I had been part of a group of gamers from my church who played Halo 3 and Gears of War almost nightly. One of them had recently

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Update: Kickstarter / CustomSLR & The Power of Social Media http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/update-kickstarter-customslr-the-power-of-social-media-2/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/update-kickstarter-customslr-the-power-of-social-media-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 02:07:59 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14575 So I posted my last blog entry “Kickstarter: Great idea, bad experience” today at around 1pm.

I also send out a tweet to my followers highlighting this blog entry.

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By now, we all know the power of social media, and just some of the stories that were picked up by the media in which customer’s posted to media outlets in order to receive coverage and attention to what was going on. There was the AirBNB scandal where a customer trashed and robbed a home-owner in San Francisco. There’s also the Ocean Marketing blunder where the PR representative/”CEO” went off on not only the customer, but also Mike, the co-creator of Penny-Arcade and received tons of backlash from the gaming community.

No, my story was not covered like that, but it did gain a response from CustomSLR today. Around 3 hours ago, CustomSLR posted this to the comments section

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Kickstarter: Great Idea, but a bad experience http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/kickstarter-great-idea-but-a-bad-experience/ http://www.randallwong.com/2012/02/kickstarter-great-idea-but-a-bad-experience/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:01:11 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=14552 UPDATE: CustomSLR will now ship out $125 backer’s C-Loop and Glide Strap products!

So here I am in November 2011. I’ve been traveling and shooting photography quite a bit for my new job as a Community Manager at ASTRO Gaming. Taking shots of Pro Gamers, company booths, and just the interactions between the gaming audience at major events like Penny-Arcade Expo, E3, and MLG tournaments. I hear about a new product launching from a new start-up company that I became familiar with through a local “SJ Made” / “SJ Eats” food festival.

CustomSLR was started by two brothers, Ben Wong and Ivan Wong, who desired to make a product that would allow DSLR cameras to be used in an easy gripping motion, but not held by the typical strap locations. They produced their C-Loop, which is similar to various other products on the market, where it moves the strap process

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The Story of My (Video Game) Youth http://www.randallwong.com/2011/07/the-story-of-my-video-game-youth/ http://www.randallwong.com/2011/07/the-story-of-my-video-game-youth/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:00:57 +0000 http://www.randallwong.com/?p=9615 Someone recently posted on the ASTRO Gaming Forums informing us that he was licking his controller cable before inserting it into his MixAmp for a better connection… It so reminded me of the weird “viral” happenstance of my youth.

It’s the classic example of how my fellow youth of the 80s ruined their Nintendo Entertainment Systems.

Backstory: The NES had some inherit fault with it, where after about 2-3 years of usage, it wouldn’t always read games. Once it powered on, it would produce a black screen and a blinking red light.

Some where, some kid came up with the idea that if he breathed hot air on the metal connection port of his 8Bit NES cartridge game, that it would help the console read it better (I guess water + electricity?). This spread like wildfire (even without the internet) and basically every kid who had a NES that was

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