Gear Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer

Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer

Something’s got to go in between your microphone and your PA system! Over years of working with doo dads and widgets, I can testify, there are many devices that belong nowhere in your setup. But if you find that thing that goes after the mic and before the speaker, it may turn out to be more important than either the mic or speaker! Continue reading “Gear Review: Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer”

Love Yourself (Sheeran) – Mark Urso

So, I saw a great band, and they did this song, so I went home and figured it out. The only problem is, I’m not as great as they are!

Love Yourself

But I’m trying! Playing with a Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer pedal, with no amp. The electric guitar is plugged into the pedal, which goes into my recording DAW. The pedal arrangement on the VE-8 is quite excellent. In all my time playing with audio equipment, I’ve never Continue reading “Love Yourself (Sheeran) – Mark Urso”

The Evolution of YouTube; Dipping Toes in the Subscription Model

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I wrote today on Quora about YouTube, and wanted to share my article. It’s all about YouTube and how they’ve moved from ad-based to subscription … and it’s not a pretty picture for the average user!

Blame YouTube music videos!

The original question was … Why is Google’s YouTube increasing a number of ads shown per each video and what is your opinion?

The Answer

Because after many years building the company based on giving everything away for free, supported by advertising (which worked well, creating a trillion dollar company) … Google is finally creating a subscription model.

Here’s The Background

YouTube is a video website.

It’s in the name – You-”Tube”

But there’s music on there. In fact, you’ll find what you’re looking for on YouTube when you can’t find it on Spotify or anywhere else. YouTube didn’t do this, the users did – they contributed James Taylor’s album discography without asking anyone’s permission, using still images of the album cover. At first the users were told, NO you can’t upload that! But a few years ago, YouTube started talking with artists and managers, Continue reading “The Evolution of YouTube; Dipping Toes in the Subscription Model”

Statement From President Donald Trump

This statement was released today, after many media outlets published they were “calling” the US Presidential race for opponent Joe Biden, a skinny old guy who likes vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but who we know little more about.

Here’s the statement in full:

“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, Continue reading “Statement From President Donald Trump”

Tiffany Anderson Twitter Poll Shows Crazy Result

If you’re not a Twitter expert, I’ll fill in some info …

Here’s a screenshot of a poll taken by a Twitter user:

It’s easy to see, Trump is winning, according to this poll! But, really, Mark, what’s it worth? Other polls (many of them) show Biden winning, or a neck to neck race! This is crazy. Stop posting ridiculous things!

But wait! I’ll explain!

Tiffany Anderson has only 303 followers. That’s important, because Continue reading “Tiffany Anderson Twitter Poll Shows Crazy Result”

Twitter is The New News Media

Twitter offers, you might say, a lens into culture, personalities and current affairs. Most of your favorite people are on there, and most of the big players in current news stories have something to say, sometimes a lot!

There are articles, videos and opinions on Twitter you won’t see anywhere else! And, with President Trump leading the way, government officials would be negligent not to use the platform. While there are rules, there are few Continue reading “Twitter is The New News Media”

Joe Biden Gives “Class” a New Bottom

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It’s one thing to be at the bottom of your class.

It’s another to be at the bottom of your class and lie about it.

Joe Biden ran for president in 1988. Many may have forgotten, because he dropped out, because he lied too much.

And no, this is not a lie! That’s the entirety of comic relief I’ll provide; Joe can take it from here.

“The 1988 presidential campaign of Joe Biden, the longtime Democratic U.S. Senator from Delaware, began in June 1987. He was considered one of the potentially strongest candidates in the field. However, in September 1987, newspaper stories stated he had plagiarized a speech Continue reading “Joe Biden Gives “Class” a New Bottom”

Protesters Are Not Rioters. They Are Terrorists. Well … It Depends …

That headline — I didn’t make that up.

It’ll all fall into place for you soon! Let’s go to Oakland!

This is just plain fun. From a news reporter’s point of view, which is how I read all this stuff. Previous to this article, please remember if you were insensitive and confused and mistakenly called a protester who was throwing deadly weapons a rioter, you were probably a racist and should do everything possible to protect yourself and your family from imminent physical retribution. It’s all very holy. Continue reading “Protesters Are Not Rioters. They Are Terrorists. Well … It Depends …”

The History (and Future) of Online Selling for the Small Guy on Amazon and eBay

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I’ve been selling online for over 20-years, ever since my friend, Dave, encouraged me to try eBay. It was sort of a new thing at the time. My previous experience had been disappointing, because the web interface wasn’t working well. But after I tried it again it was better. I could get a sale posting through.

In those twenty years, in retrospect, I’m feeling like I rode the best wave eBay Continue reading “The History (and Future) of Online Selling for the Small Guy on Amazon and eBay”