A Merry Christmas Adam

Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. On Christmas Adam I always write things I appreciate about people I know. This year I am extending it to people I don’t know in person, but have communicated and or worked with remotely. You’ve probably never heard of Christmas Adam due to the fact that I created it several years ago. I never say anything I don’t mean nor do I ever thank anyone that doesn’t deserved to be thanked on Christmas Adam.

The first person I want to thank is a Googler. I don’t have permission to name this Googler, but that’s okay. If I get permission I will put their name. This Googler was one of the people who helped explain Net Neutrality to me when I was confused about it several years ago via Twitter. Now that I understand net neutrality I fight to protect it every chance I get. This Googler has also let me see a unique side of Google. Whenever I find a major privacy problem I report it to this Googler and they always make sure it is fixed. That isn’t normal for most tech companies, so I really appreciate it.

The next person I want to thank is Casey John Ellis the co-founder of Bugcrowd. While his company is great for researchers he has also helped me understand why proper disclosure is important and has proven that it can work. He also helped me improve how I report security bugs. Now he is very busy, but I was one of the early adopters of Bugcrowd, so early that I believe the only people working at Bugcrowd were the founders.

This list would be incomplete without thanking Marisa Fagan. Whenever I had a problem I could not solve I contacted Marisa, because she was always very nice and helped me out or pointed me in the right direction when I was confused about something.

Also, thanks to her help I now see that proper disclosure may be able to work the way it is supposed to on companies that are giants and not part of the tech community. Even if it doesn’t work, I really appreciate all her help on a quest of mine to fix some major security holes in a non-tech industry. I am still working on the giant proof of concept that as far as I know no else has ever attempted to do before.

Jonathan Cran who works at bugcrowd and has always been very polite, nice and has helped me out multiple times, which includes another giant project I am working on.

I also want to thank Professor Bowne for being another person in the security community who has helped me out. I am sure he hadn’t heard of me until I asked him for help with a company. He replied by helping me out and showing me the correct people to contact in companies to try and get anything done. He also helped answer some questions I had about proper disclosure and when it should be broken or if it is even the right choice.

If every community collaborated the way people have shown me the security community collaborates we would have a much, much better world. I will be adding to this list all day and possibly until the end of the year, like I always do.

Why Discrimination, Racism, Sexism, Etc. Should End

I rarely blog over here, but somethings have happened that have compelled me to do so. The death of Eric Garner, an innocent African American man who was killed by a cop choking him to death. This is all on camera, yet the only person in jail is the person who recorded Mr. Garner being killed. I see discrimination against people who are the slightest bit different all the time and it makes me sick in the stomach. If you knew me you would know I don’t stand idly by, I get involved and try to rectify the situation. It isn’t always possible, but I can usually at least get the person who is discriminating against the person to stop while I am around.

I am all for equality. Genders should be viewed as equal by everyone, no one should discriminate against those who are gay. I am not gay. Why am I writing all of this? Because of things happening in the world, because of the way I see people being treated, because how people fear for their jobs and their lives over their race or what gender they love. This is wrong. This is so wrong. I am all about equality. t I want to make it very clear on my personal blog how I personally feel about these topics. I will not stand for the acts I listed above. I fight for equal rights against genders and try to get sexism to stop. I actually destroyed being part of a project I pretty much started, because I told someone to stop being sexist. I haven’t heard from that project for quite awhile, but I would do what I did again. I knew when I stood up against the person that it most likely was the end of the project for me but I always stand up for what I believe in.

Bitcoin Crash 2014

The bitcoin 2014 crash shortly after August was predictable, since I did predict it. Bitcoin fell in August, but was a little slower then my original prediction, even though the $300 mark was only for a few minutes. I then predicted on Twitter that it was going to crash again and keep going lower. Again, I was right. It hit the high $200 mark. Now I am predicting that there will be a small spike in bitcoin during December. Of course, when the stock market pops, bitcoin will have a rocky time as well.

How did you predict the bitcoin crash of 2014?

It is pretty simple. One major factor in the price of bitcoin is the amount of buying and selling transactions occuring on bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin is also tied to the economy, so since people usually buy more in December, bitcoin should go up. If the stock market pops, bitcoin should go down, because it affects the economy as a whole.

Bitcoin predictions — 1 BTC $300 or below by mid August 2014

A lot of people believe bitcoin is unpredictable, but most people don’t analyze bitcoin. I firmly believe it will be at $300 per bitcoin by mid-august 2014 or below that mark. $300 is a very liberal number, meaning based on the data available, I believe it should be below $300 by mid-august.

What bitcoin data are you using?

I know my prediction sounds crazy, but here is how I’ve come to this conclusion. August 1st, 2013 bitcoin was worth $97 and as of today it is worth $569. That seems like a huge jump and that things should keep going up, but the chart at coinbase begs to differ. Bitcoin hit a peak of $1,113 per bitcoin on December 1st, but ever since then it has been going downhill with occasional small spikes that are to be expected in any market. We are currently on one of those spikes, which is why one bitcoin is worth $569 dollars right now, but you can tell that this spike shouldn’t last long, since it has already dipped from being worth $600 and continues to go downwards. If you look over the entire market, you’ll see this pattern is very common.

Some companies have announced that they plan to accept bitcoin, like Dish, but they have not started accepting bitcoin yet. Also, it is important to ask yourself, how many people will pay their dish bill with bitcoin? Most likely not enough to cause a huge spike in the market, at least not by mid August 2014.

So, if you’re upset that bitcoin didn’t go up like you expected in mid- August 2014, just read my prediction. If I am wrong, then I am wrong. Bitcoin is fickle, but based on the data currently available it should go downwards, not upwards.

Doing Voice Overs For Podcasts

Doing voice overs for podcasts is entirely different than doing voice overs for animation. I would know, since I do both. I am still available to hire my voice overs for animation, but I am also on a podcast. I don’t get paid for doing the podcast, but it is still fun.

what’s the difference between voice overs for animation and a podcast

In Animation you have to bring a character to life, yet in a podcast you have to bring the topic to life. Bringing a topic to life can be more of a challenge than a character, so it really helps improve your voice over skills. What is really cool about doing a podcast after doing animated voices is that you can throw in a silly voice once in awhile to get people’s attention. Animation and podcasting are entirely different in some aspects, but you still are bringing something to life. Sure, most podcasts don’t bring a mutant bacon super hero to life, in fact I’ve never heard of one that has… but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cool. I’ll write more about Voice overs in the near future.

Is twitter promoting better grammar?

While I usually write about my voice over work, today I was inspired by Dan_ODay who said “A word never to allow in your radio commercial copy: “Amenities.” No real person ever uses that word.” now while this tweet seems random, it isn’t. This is one example of professional voice over advice you’ll see with very good grammar.

Almost all the people I follow are professional Voice over talent or onscreen actors. I rarely see a stereotype tweet that looks like “C u 2 night”, actually I’ve never seen a tweet written by someone who is professional like that.

I honestly only see those type of tweets from the Justin bieber fan base age group. This is most likely because they are in school or just using twitter really quickly to say how much they love bieber or to ask a friend something while in class, which frankly I don’t have a problem with. If you need to check on something & it takes you two seconds to send during class, I don’t think it should be an issue, but schools and even esome college professors do.

Why can’t Voice Over Actors handle feedback? This is a business!

People have asked me to critique their voice over demos, yet when I do they defend their mistakes instead of improving them.
I am nice with my feedback, I tell the person exactly what I hear & when I hear someone not fit for doing a certain type of voice, I tell them. when people contact me and tell me to use my connections to get them gigs & I’ve only seen their name online, well that’s annoying. I can refer them to people, sure. But even when I do that I get the “I don’t want to spend money for a good demo” to improve my career response. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened or why some of these people are trying to get into voice overs, all I know is that they can’t take feedback…. And I don’t know why. I also don’t know why so many voice talent ask me to listen to their demo. I am not a casting director, I’ve always thought they wanted a second opinion, but instead people are arguing that they don’t need to work on anything & for me to get them a job (in a nutshell). Can someone please explain the psychology of this to me?? I don’t get it. I understand CDs dealing with this, but talent? Really? Why?

Voice Over talent in Backstage.com who got the part.

Backstage has a section every week for actors and actoresses who “Got the part” in an on screen acting part. Well, after being in the music video “Hey 14” as an extra I wrote to them, they wrote back, I wrote back, a couple months went by and then they interviewed me. That was cool. I didn’t have a script in front of me like I do when I am doing my voice over art. I am used to a script, so I know what type of emotion and words to say… but in an interview you don’t have a script. The article was printed and it is great. I find some of my quotes hilarious looking back at them, but I wouldn’t change my wording, except for my grammar, because what I said is exactly how I felt and still do feel. I am commenting on the “insane institution” bit when speaking about acting and social behavior in voice overs vs real life. If you want to read the whole thing you can on my site Ryan Satterfield in the news or in bigger print on the backstage site Ryan Satterfield is who got the part

There is a lot of stuff in “the works” right now, with no definitive yes or no, so I am not going to post what I am up too. The second I know definitely, I’ll let you know!