Streaming Video More Popular Than Ever

When I think of streaming video I still sometimes have flash backs of a few years ago when I was connected on those crazy dial up connections!  Streaming wasn't fun back then.  But today with broadband taking over, it is quite different!  Many companies are starting to offer all kinds of shows and movies through streaming video.  And it will only grow from here.  It just makes sense that in the future everything we watch will be via the internet.  What's a TV?  Maybe we will still call the TV a TV but how it gets its content will be much different.  You can already start to see that…

However, the potential of new streaming video services — fast, full screen and in sharp resolution — is unleashing a torrent of movies and television shows, much of it aimed at narrowly defined audiences that can’t find niche programming even on cable systems with 500 or more channels.

The Independent Film Channel is streaming 22 short films called “Trapped in the Closet” by the R&B recording artist R. Kelly. The Jewish Television Network, a nonprofit television production and distribution company, is streaming music videos by Jewish performers, cooking shows and Israeli news programs. The network is also planning to stream religious services during the High Holy Days in September, the sort of broadcast that would be hard to find on mainstream television.

“There is extreme interest in streaming because it simplifies the process of getting video to the consumer,” said Ross Rubin, the director of industry analysis for the NPD Group, a market analysis company.

Streaming video, unlike downloads, never resides on a viewer’s computer. It usually cannot be replayed as a downloaded file can be, which is another reason that content creators like it.

To learn more on this subject, read the complete article below from The New York Times:

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Booker T Washington Quotes: Wisdom of Booker T Washington

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About Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


Lecturer, Civil Rights & Human Rights Activist, Educational Administrator, Professor, Executive Founder of Tuskegee Institute


Dedicating himself to the idea that education would raise his people to equality in this country, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Washington became a teacher. He first taught in his home town, then at the Hampton Institute, and then in 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.




“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”

Booker T. Washington


“You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.”


“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

Booker T. Washington


  “I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day, and as nearly as possible reaching the high water mark of pure and useful living.”  – Booker T. Washington


 “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”


“One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

 Booker T. Washington


“No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.”

 Booker T. Washington


      “Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”


 “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence.”




Gen X and Young Boomers View Stream Media

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The person watching entertainment programming on home computers and cell phones is not a teen or someone starting out in their career.  The steaming video viewer is Generation X and younger Boomers. The monthly access fee for the internet to phone feature has a natural tie to paycheck and disposable income- eliminating many teens and young 20s.


A study from comScore Networks found that “consumers between the ages of 35 and 54 years old accounted for more than 45 percent of all online video watched in the last few months… and 20% more likely to watch online video than the average Internet user.” This online video streams could be anything from product clips, music videos, movie trailers, to full news broadcasts. These results alter the stereotype that the younger crowd would be more likely to be streaming video and should alter website publishers marketing targets.

Streaming Media Moves Into Everyday Language /Life

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“Streaming,” a term moving quickly into the mainstream vernacular, means to access audio and video content.  “Steaming” is more like the faucet or water pipe; than the water.  Streaming is the conductor and not the current. Streaming media is the delivery method allowing the recipient to watch or listen to the information as it travels along a communications network. You may have ‘streamed’ and not even known it.  When you visit a news, site click and watch the brief video, you are streaming.  Streaming music is a fact of life. After surviving the free versus fee music download issues and the introduction of iPod, music streaming has traveled well along its adoption curve.   Video’s journey has just begun.  For example – The Women Online study reports that of the estimated 97 million females online in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />US, only 66 percent of them actually watch videos online.  Teens are lacking in cash but not in interest. Popular destinations for streamers include:  YouTube, MySpace and Google Video.


Teens are much more interested in the instant entertainment gratification and have more time than their moms.   Ipsos Insight reports that teens and young adults are the most likely to stream video online.  Three in four of all U.S. teens age 12-17 and young adults age 18-24 have ever streamed digital video content online. The demographic of the typical video streamer skews younger and more likely to have higher incomes.  The financial link here is the need for a broadband connection to stream content. 


Shorter video clips with no cost are by far the most preferred type of video file accessed today. Three out of four digital video streamers have streamed (watched) short news or sports clips. Two out of three have streamed amateur or homemade video clips.  Adults are likely to view (stream) news clips of interest.




Mother's Day Fun Facts, Food & Recipe Breakfast In Bed For Mom

Fun Facts About Mothers Day

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  • On Mother’s Day morning some American children follow the tradition of serving their mothers breakfast in bed.
  • This is the busiest day of the year for American restaurants. On her special day, family members do not want Mom to cook dinner!
  • More than 150 million cards will be given this year in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />United States, making Mother’s Day the third-largest card sending occasion.
  • 80.5 million estimated mothers of all ages in the United States
  • 2.0 is the average number of children women in the US can expect to have in their lifetime.
  • July is the most popular month to have a baby.
  • Tuesday is the most popular day of the week to have a baby.
  • Mother's Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, China, Thailand, all have special celebrations to honor Mothers, but not in the same way or on the same day as the United States.


 Favorite Start To The Mothers Day Is Breakfast In Bed



 Breakfast in Bed Recipes


Cinnamon French Toast

This French toast recipe cuts back on fat by using only 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites.


  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 8 slices French bread, sliced on diagonal


In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and egg white until foamy. Whisk in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Have warming drawer heated or heat oven to 200°.
Heat butter in heavy skillet over medium-low heat.

Dip 4 slices of bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat thoroughly. Let excess drip back into bowl.

Place coated bread slices in hot skillet. Cook, turning, until both sides are nicely browned, about 2 minutes each side.

Transfer to a warm plate and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture. To serve, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired. Serve with maple syrup.


Confetti Scrambled Eggs (Serves 4)

This recipe for scrambled eggs serves six.


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion tops


In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together until well blended. Melt butter in skillet over medium-low heat ; pour in egg mixture. Reduce heat. As mixture begins to set on bottom and sides of skillet, lift and fold over with spatula.


Cook until eggs are almost set; fold in tomato and green onion. Heat scrambled eggs through; serve immediately.

Scrambled eggs recipe serves 4. 
Cantaloupe Smoothie Recipe For Mom's Breakfast in Bed
Tasty, refreshing, and fat-free!

1/2 ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
1 cup skim milk
1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
1 cup crushed ice
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
·         Not a cook? Enter your mom in the ABC Emeril’s Mother Day’s Breakfast in Bed Contest at

20 Million Choose ITunes – Brand Preferance Clear

 20 Million ITunes Users have declared their distinct brand preferences

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Apple’s ITunes Web site and use of the ITunes application has skyrocketed 241% over the past year…reaching nearly 14% of the active Internet population” according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Consumers, generally around 17, show that they want to be in control of their music libraries.


They also have other preferences in brands. They are more likely to have a Volkswagen, drink hard cider, read the magazine Wired, and watch the Cartoon Network. This should give ITunes a great understanding of their audience and be able to “tune” their marketing towards them. 

Entertaining Sports and Relationship Stories: Humor

Football: Upon hearing Joe Jacoby of the 'Skins say “I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said, “To win, I'd run over Joe's mom too.”


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Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann 1996: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”



Basketball: Pat Williams, Orlando Magic general manager, on his team's 7-27 record: “We can't win at home. We can't win on the road.. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play.” (1992)



Football & Relationships:

A guy took his girlfriend to her first football game. Afterward he asked her how she liked the game.

“I liked it, but I couldn't understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents,” she said.

“What do you mean?” he asked.

“Well, everyone kept yelling, 'Get the quarter back!'”


Humor, Riddles, Illustration, Books : Easter Kids, Teachers

Easter Humor

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  • Eighteenth-century German settlers brought “Oschter Haws” (the Easter Bunny) to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />America, where Pennsylvania Dutch settlers prepared nests for him in the garden or barn. On Easter Eve, the rabbit laid his colored eggs in the nests in payment. In Germany, old Oschter lays red eggs on Maundy Thursday. The funny thing is, rabbits are mammals and do not lay eggs.


Easter Riddles

  • Q – Why does the Easter bunny have a shiny nose?
    A – His powder puff is on the wrong end.


  • Q – What do Easter bunnies do to stay in shape?
    A – Eggsersize.


Humorous Easter Story

  • A minister has been reassigned to a new church and wants to see how seriously the attendees take Easter. He approaches a one person and asks the meaning of Easter. She replies that Easter is when a giant bunny brings candy for children. Ok, how about another, so the priest asks someone else. He says Easter is when all the children color eggs, and the adults hide the Easter eggs and let the children participate in an egg hunt. Ok, how about another, so the minister finds a conservative looking person praying quietly, and he hopes she appreciates the meaning of Easter. She describes how Jesus carried the cross and then was crucified, and then his body was put in a cave with a rock at the entrance. Good so far thought the minister but then, Easter Sunday, the boulder magically rolled away from the cave, Jesus was resurrected … and stepped out of the cave and saw his shadow, and he knew there would be 6 more weeks of winter.


 Easter Books


For Children:

  • “The Night Before Easter” by Natasha Wing
  • “Easter Bugs: A Springtime Pop-up” by David A. Carter

Easter Business Retail Facts

More Americans will be celebrating Easter this year, helping the retail industry bud and burst into full bloom. Nearly nine out of 10 women and eight out of 10 men plan to celebrate Easter. Apparel, candy, and food sales will be strong and online Easter sales will hit historic highs — up 23% from last year.

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More than half of the $14.4 billion Easter budget will be spent at discount stores. More than one-third, approximately $5.2 billion, of Easter shopping is likely to be spent in department stores. Online Easter sales will edge over the 12% mark for the first time. At nearly 13%, this represents over $1.8 billion dollars in online holiday sales.


Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for, according to the National Confectioner's Association.


Candy, food, gifts, and cards are on most peoples’ lists, with over half of Easter budgets going here.  The earlier Easter date caused many stores to have their colorful Easter merchandise on display right after Valentine’s Day. More Easter shoes and Easter bonnets will be filling the shopping baskets than last year. Over 40% of shoppers told researchers they plan to purchase apparel for the Easter holiday. The 2007 big spending demographic groups (spending more than $140) are those living in the Northeast and young families with children and Easter baskets to fill.

Humor: Business Starting Salary Story

A story is told about the negative impact of an “entitlement” attitude in job candidates..

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked the young MBA fresh out of Harvard, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”

The candidate said, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The HR Person said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a red Hummer?”

The young candidate sat up straight and said, “Wow!!! Are you kidding?”

And the HR Person said, “Certainly, …but you started it.”