INFO: Sharing your Ultraviolet Movie Collection with Others

February 6, 2017


(Note: If you don’t know what Ultraviolet is, please read the following post first about owning & managing legitimate streaming movie collections)

Did you know you can share your Ultraviolet digital movie library with up to 5 other people at no cost?

It’s true.  Just by logging into your Ultraviolet service provider (like VUDU.COM), you can type in the email addresses of up to 5 people to grant them FULL ACCESS to your entire library of movies.  No need to share your username & password.

Basically, once you’ve invited them, if they are already Ultraviolet users, they will see & keep the movies purchases on their service as well as see your UltraViolet titles as well.

There is one catch:  At least under VUDU, friends using your library can only see & connect to one Ultraviolet library at a time.  This means:

  • If they have a personal Ultraviolet library, they will cease to see that library when they join your library.  (They can always switch back)
  • They will continue to see the movies they’ve explicitly purchased on the service they’ve chosen. (Flixster, VUDU, etc.) While you will be granted full Ultraviolet rights for the purchased movie in your UV library, your service library is separate from UV & will still be visible.

(Again, I think this is specific to VUDU however I don’t know how Ultraviolet sharing is implemented on any other platform because I haven’t seen Ultraviolet sharing available elsewhere.)

Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum Members

February 3, 2017

The following executives are part of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of advisors that will frequently meet with the president during his administration.

  • Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk
  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
  • Patomak Global Partners CEO Paul Atkins
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra
  • Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon
  • Blackrock CEP Larry Fink
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger
  • Boston Consulting Group CEO Rich Lesser
  • Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon
  • Boeing CEO Jim McNerney
  • Global Infrastructure Partners chairman Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi
  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
  • Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch
  • IHS Markit vice chairman Daniel Yergin
  • EY CEO Mark Weinberger
  • Former Federal Reserve System board member Kevin Warsh


Oppose Steve Bannon. Period.

February 3, 2017

imageOppose Bannon, call: 202-224-4751.
“Hi my name is ______. I am an American citizen, and I am opposed to Bannon on the National Security Council.” THAT’S IT! 30 seconds.
No busy signal! Call and leave a message! You don’t have to talk to anyone. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls about Bannon’s appointment to the NSC.

Please spread the word by cutting and pasting this.

Add “The Resistance Report”, Robert Reich’s daily video broadcast, to your Calendar

February 3, 2017

imageIf you’re interested in the resistance to the current administration’s direction & want to hear from one of the leaders of the fight against the most unethical, unqualified, unworthy, un-American president in US history, you’re in luck.

Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, does a live broadcast called the “The Resistance Report” on Facebook Live EVERY DAY at 5:00PM PST at:

To add “The Resistance Report” broadcast to your calendar & have it appear every day at 5PM, download the following iCalendar file:

Where is Donald Trump’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

January 30, 2017


So you’re looking to find Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, are you?

Look no further: I’ve got it mapped out so you should have no problem locating it.

The address on the Hollywood Walk of Fame web site is wrong.  It’s actually closer to:

…so you’ll probably wanna plug that into your phone or GPS.

Self parking is available at Hollywood & Highland, a shopping complex immediately in front of Trump’s star. 

Entrances to the parking lots are on Highland Ave or Orange Dr and lead underground.  You will have to walk a bit through the shopping complex to get back out to Hollywood Blvd.

Here’s an overhead map of the area.


This is what the street view looks like.


As you can see, it’s near a Sephora & an American Eagle.

There are two grates in the sidewalk:  One are outdoor elevators used for loading stuff underground.  The other are air vents.  Trump’s star is between these two grates.  It’s also right beside the star for Kevin Spacey.


Election Day 2018: Mark Your Calendar NOW

January 21, 2017

imageI’m sure there are many people that feel awful after today.  And despite the positivity of the marches going on today, both in defense of women’s rights & protest of what will likely be the most unethical & dishonorable president in US history, there are people that are probably wondering, “What do I do now?”

Here’s something you can do:  Mark down Election Day 2018 on your calendar – Nov 6th, 2018 – and be sure to VOTE.  Why?

This is the day 33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 governorships currently held by Republicans will be up for reelection.

Donald Trump currently has a royal flush, with Republicans owning both the house & the senate, not to mention a huge number of state governor’s.  If you’re wondering what to do now, the only way to resist the current administration is to attack his power base & that’s Congress & your local politicians.

Much of this is discussed in this article:

imageTo add Election Day to your Outlook or Mobile Calendar (through a .ICS file), download the following:

Star Trek fan film: “Prelude to Axanar”

January 20, 2017

What an amazing fan film.  20 minutes of sheer bliss.  There is a momentous & epic feeling to this prelude that the other films haven’t had since Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Prelude to Axanar

The original goal was a full length feature film with A-list actors, A-list writing, A-list production & filming.  Written by & for Star Trek fans.  Through kickstarter, Alec Peters, the creator, rasied $1.1M.

Well, the Prelude (and the money) was so good that CBS/Paramount sued the creators/producers for copyright infringement.  Here’s a video that goes over the lawsuit.

Axanar: The $1 Million Star Trek Fan Film CBS Wants to Stop

Alec Peters lost the suit… and everyone mourned what looked to be the end of Axanar Productions. Today, it was announced that a settlement had been reached.  Instead of a feature film, 2 15min short films will be released, meaning that Alec Peters is having to rewrite and rejigger his plans.

But at least one good thing came out of this.  As Alec Peters said today to Ars Technica:

“We’re not paying anything.”

For more on the conflict over Axanar, visit the article on Ars Technica:

For more on this film, visit their web site.  And maybe donate a buck or two.