Episode 146 (Part 2): Bringing Pizza Crusts to the Storming of Area 51

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

In this Part 2, we begin with an article:

The why buy a few slices when you can get the crusts already prepared for you? dept.

Pretty 52: A New Jersey Chain Is Selling Just Pizza Crusts And The Internet Has A Ton Of Questions

First, this is the place in question – Villa Italian Kitchen. If you’re in the area, and you’re lucky, you may just catch one of the Crew members picking up some of those Neopolitan pizza crusts.

A quote from the restaurant chain’s Director of Communications and Digital Market: “We know that the crust is everyone’s favorite part of the pizza, so skipping straight to selling pizza crusts only seemed like the perfect idea.”

As usual, we’ll be the judge of that. In fact, some of the other Crew and guests may go there, grab some crusts and head over to the new Chick-fil-A in town to get some chicken strips to go with them.

Next, Kym’s favorite segment:

The Firing Range!

The go ahead and storm Area 51, bring a supply of pizza crusts and chicken strips dept.

npr: More Than 1 Million People Agree To ‘Storm Area 51,’ But The Air Force Says Stay Home

In The Firing Range, this time there really is no firing. Well, unless the military has their way with these lunatics. The storming is an event scheduled to take place in mid-September described as a “fantastical” idea conceived of as a joke on social media, whose popularity has spread fast. The AV Life will be providing an on-the-spot reporter when it takes place (who happens to be on this podcast).

Kym’s back so she and Corey head up the teams as usual, and Kym picks first in what turns out to be possibly a highly strategic move. No, it has nothing to do with the storming, or even aliens. One of Corey’s team members points to how we, as AV nerds, must support the efforts of those rushing Area 51.

Breaking news: one of the Crew members announces a ‘Storm Area 51’ co-located event. Could it be TIDE? One of the guests is also announced as the on-the-spot reporter who will be covering the storming – and he does NOT prefer pineapple with his pizza.

After a dramatic debate, a concession ends this. Wait till you hear just how offbeat this one was (remember, no Maura).

For those going, proceed with caution. Or just don’t proceed, like the Air Force has so nicely instructed.

Sit back, plug in, grab a slice (get the whole experience) and join us as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 146 (Part 1): The Gong, Game-Altering AV Technology, and a Visit from a Favorite Quick Serve ‘Chikin’ Restaurant

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Kym Frank and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

John Greene, Michelle Loret, Joe Way, Andrew Davis, Kaleo Lee and Jon 9

Notice Jon 9 – he has the gong. Notice Kaleo Lee – he’s driving while the podcast is going on. Let’s hope the gong doesn’t send him off the road.

And as we’ve always said – we can’t make this stuff up… 🤔

Corey begins asking some of the guests if they noticed any game-changing (urgh) technologies at InfoComm. The consensus was — not really. This leads to the introduction of a new Video over X innovation by Andrew that is so game-altering (better) that all on the show are not only blown away by it, they can’t wait to hear about further development in the coming months. Any manufacturers, integrators and end users ready to get on board with something new and now, listen in.

Jon 9 follows with a description of his own innovation involving the same technology platform. There is also an event taking place this Thursday that those in El Segundo, CA should listen in to hear more about.

Next – for the foodie crowd…

What is your favorite quick serve restaurant? Do they have the best out-of-home advertising?

Chick-fil-A does.

Did you happen to visit Chick-fil-A last week and dress up on #CowAppreciationDay? One of our guests says they may have. Actually, our call-in people on this show are from Corey’s favorite local Chick-fil-A in Dulles Town Center Mall in Loudoun County, Virginia and they talk with all about Cow Appreciation Day (one of the callers won the employee cow costume contest), being the original Chick-fil-A restaurant in Loudoun, and the company’s leadership scholarship program. We also think Corey may be getting a side gig here.

Kym also talks about a brand new one that opened up near her in New Jersey, and how people were camping out before it first opened its doors. We find out exactly why this happened. Tim wants one at Rutgers sooner rather than later.

We hope you enjoy this game semi-life changing Part 1, Part 2 coming soon.

Episode 145: A Movie Star Tribute, Technology, Education and Security, and the FBI/Facial Recognition “Dilemma” (The Firing Range)

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as they welcome their guests:

Lauren Simmen – Director of Marketing at SurgeX

Adrian Doughty – Director, North American Sales at Nureva

Scott Tiner – Director of Client Services at Bates College, and AV industry writer

First, the tribute:

Tim does a Rip Torn tribute on the show, appearing in his Men in Black outfit with the Zoom green screen showing Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith behind him.

The banter begins with the weather (like most conversations do), and we determine who are the northernmost and southernmost guests. Let’s just say Canada wins in the north – they always seem to. Spence is just a few miles below the Mason-Dixon line – West Virginia wins!

Next, more conversation as on the last episode, about animals to be released on InfoComm 2020 – and Lauren has a great one here. Adrian tries, but we’re just not sure how to get that animal into the Las Vegas Conference Center in the first place. Good luck with that one Nureva!

The tech, education and security discussion that follows is of course a more serious approach – which will also be picked up on further episodes. After this, the Crew and Scott talk about SurgeX and Nureva’s company tag lines, and Lauren really represents here for SurgeX. Adrian does give a very simple answer (no really, it’s simple) to cover Nureva’s approach.

The intermission (articles):

The if the bunk bed fits… privacy not included dept.

Fox 5: This bunk bed in San Francisco rents for $1,200 a month

Actually, this story becomes an excellent tie-in with this one:

The have money, why try to make friends? dept.

Futurism: This Is What You Get When You Rent Friends From the Internet

The answer to the “loneliness epidemic” – if you can afford to rent a bunk bed at $1200 a month, you can afford to negotiate a price for a rent-a-friend. Now if that’s not the true answer to loneliness in this day and age, we don’t know what is. Really.

Then, of course –

The Firing Range!

The when your privacy is never your own again dept.

The Washington Post: FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches

In this week’s The Firing Range, since Kym’s not here Tim takes over as the “other team” leader. Corey is his opponent, and while Tim got to pick his team first, Corey was quite OK with his team (five people total, is what it is). Tim turns this over to Scott to debate first (who was somewhat against going first) and he rose to the occasion. So did Lauren. Tim closed it out for his team simple, short and sweet. Spence laser-focused his response (and gave us a new revelation as well), and Corey tried to phone a friend (who always has a card to play). That’s against the rules of course, and he then went for the close.

Who wins?

Find out the answer to this question, along with an Easter Egg hidden at the very end.

Sit back, plug in and feel the power (SurgeX, power) as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 144: Making Our Technology Worlds Go Round, Brainwave EduTech, and a Cold Tasty Beer

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Maura Quinn, Tim Van Woeart and Spence Graham as the welcome their guests:

Pro AV’ers Andrew Davis, Renee Benson and Gina Schneider

The usual banter takes place, and to begin Spence is introduced as a new Crew member. His reward for this is something that all Crew members and guests want – but hurry, it’s only going to be around for a very short time. All talk about how —- hot it is (or may not be) in their living place. Maura makes everyone jealous of course (the beach, y’know), and our Canadian guest talks about what’s going on outside his window.

First, a tech question: What to you makes the technology world go round now?

Guests and Crew talk about what technology (AV or not) is currently making their world better.

Cybersecurity and AV: We discuss Andrew’s article ‘Imminent Disaster — The Looming AV Threat‘

We do get serious here for a bit, as this has been high level discussion in AV for some time now. Andrew talks about why he wrote this article, and some of his perspectives concerning the AV industry and network/cyber security.

From Andrew’s article:

Worst case scenario, front page news tomorrow is an enterprise data attack worth millions that is traced back to AV equipment. All the AV equipment you installed will be ripped out, and the prophecy from my last article about the end of AV hardware will happen in the span of a week.

Some excellent perspectives here from Andrew and others.

(This discussion to be continued on another podcast – stay tuned).

And on another note entirely, this article:

The Welcome to the new utopian brand of education. Or is it dystopian? dept.

Quartz In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?

Tim is worried – very worried. Find out why.

If Elon Musk and other brainwave technology entrepreneurs have their way, brick and mortar colleges will no longer be relevant in the coming few decades. We will be able to download education from computers directly into our brains.

Sounds great, parents of young ones rejoice! However, how do we know what exactly will be uploaded into their brains – will we be producing more scientists and engineers for the greater forward advancement of humanity… or mad bombers and doomsdayers?

Then, as we know what happens at the end –

The Firing Range!

The When your beer tastes like a kid’s drink, does it become an extraordinary experience, or a violation on many levels? dept.

Vinepair Pabst Debuts Hard Coffee And Everyone Says it Tastes Like Yoo-hoo

This time Maura and Tim are the team leaders (Corey takes a break with Kym being off), and each choose pretty good teams to take on this subject.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, the 174 year old beer known and loved by so many, is now side by side with a coffee/YooHoo-like hard drink made by Pabst Brewing. So what’s the problem? Yes, we hear your argument PBR (or maybe all beer) die-hards, and while some of us may agree, others of us are really happy with this.

Or we’re pretending to be. This is a debate segment.

Who wins? Kym’s not here (she ended it big-time for the win last time), but we had yet another big-timer on this one – listen in to find out just how exciting (and happy) an end it was.

That’s it – sit back, plug in, and get ready to listen to a good one while cracking open a cold hard YooHoo as we live…

The AV Life.

Happy 4th of July!

Episode 143: We Talk, They Talk and It All Makes Sense – the InfoComm 2019 Exhibitor Post Show (Part 2: InfoComm 2020 The Purge, and The Firing Range)

Make sure you listen to Part 1!

Re-join the Crew Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive

David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc

Bob Knauf – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Poly

Tim, who is The AV Life Zoom green screen background master, shifted and shaped throughout the podcast with industry, foodie and other such images.

At the point where all began the segment “InfoComm 2020 The Purge” – the background message from Tim was “What’s The Buzz.” Who isn’t tired of all of those buzzwords and terms you hear on the show floor – and we’re here to discuss that. One of the guests goes one step beyond to talk about that great Orlando heat and humidity – though no one really ever has an issue with that, right?

Kym adds to the segment, unbeknownst to the guests (along with the other Crew members), asking what ferocious animal would be released on InfoComm as a part of The Purge. Some fun answers from the guests – Maura also has one to add, and Tim just goes with another green screen background image.

Kym then asks a question to the guests about their favorite thing that happened at any trade show or event they were a part of.

Then, it’s time…

In The Firing Range this week:

The “Are you ready for a new kind of incognito” dept.

Yahoo Entertainment: Firefox Wants to Help You Fool Ad Trackers With 100 Useless Browser Tabs

Advertisers are tracking you across the web to build profiles and personalize ads. Firefox maker Mozilla now wants to help consumers bury their tracks, and throw off advertisers, with a fun little hack.

And we’re in. All in.

Yet, of course this is the debate portion of the podcast, and for and against teams must be chosen. Kym and Corey choose, and while you may think you know who the winning team will be (does Maura play the emotion card again here?), stay tuned till the end when it’s slam dunked by one team leader, and the other has no choice but to concede at the true point of no return.

And somehow, with this foodie fans out there get more food references – stroopwafels (who would have thought). Was Chick-Fil-A or Arby’s talked about too? If not, they will next time…

That’s all! Sit back, plug in, and join us for the final post-InfoComm 2019 podcast (see you in 2020, with less buzzwords!) as we live…

The AV Life.

(Note: This show was recorded 6/28/19)

Episode 143: We Talk, They Talk and It All Makes Sense – the InfoComm 2019 Exhibitor Post Show (Part 1: The Conversation)

Join the Crew Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as they welcome their guests:

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive

David Kung – Vice President, Product Strategy at Oblong Industries Inc

Bob Knauf – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Poly

InfoComm 2019 has officially ended (two weeks ago), and boy are we still tired. But, troopers as we and all are in the AV industry, the Crew gets together with exhibitor executives for a great IC19 post-show. It begins with Corey talking about suggestions of a virtual way for those who can’t attend the show to look in on social media, and Kym suggests he tape a smartphone to his hat as he goes around the show. We’re currently in development – patent pending.

Corey then begins talking about what an outstanding show InfoComm 2019 was, and introduces the guests. It was Maura’s very first InfoComm, including the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast and they talk about that – and she described the show, the energy, the experience and more. As for her vendor booth experiences – kind of like this…


The guests begin talking about what took place at the show for them, along with partnerships, and the Crew members interact in discussion – Corey being a part of the tech/videoconferencing/UC space, Tim as the higher ed tech manager, Kym as a company President, tech/data expert and social media influencer, and Maura as a well-known young AV and social media influencer. In fact, all of the Crew love social media.

On this one – there are snack sponsors! A big thanks to Almo Pro A/V, and Daelmans Stroopwafels (with the McDonalds Stroopwafel McFlurry). Listen in, check it out!

Next, the guests are asked about their favorite conversation topics at the show. Excellent conversations, and Chris really got this one going…

Do we go on too long? Did we beat a dead horse? This, and more, are explained on this Part 1.

Enjoy this one, Part 2 coming soon.

Episode 142: The InfoComm 2019 Show Floor – Solutions, Trends, Perspectives, Celebrations and Red M&M’s (Part 2)

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests, live on the InfoComm 2019 show floor:

Day Two (continued):

Garth Leach – Director, Marketing at ZeeVee Inc.

Joe Andrulis – Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Biamp

Day Three:

Josh Rush – Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Management at Audinate

David Anderson – President and CEO at Mimo Monitors


Greg Topel – CBO at Tanvas

Patrick Kittridge – Product Marketing Manager at Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.

YT Liang – Product Manager at ATEN Technology

Ted Vucurevich – CTO at Jabra GN (US)

Episode 142: The InfoComm 2019 Show Floor – Solutions, Trends, Perspectives, Celebrations and Red M&M’s (Part 1)

Join host Corey Moss as he welcomes his guests, live on the InfoComm 2019 show floor:

Day One (Afternoon):

Keith Yanke – Sr. Director Product Marketing at NEC Display Solutions

Peter Herr – Associate Director, Global Marketing, Systems Group at Shure Incorporated

Nic Milani – Executive Director, Commercial Product Marketing at Crestron

Jacob Marash – CEO and Founder at Stem Audio


Jonas Rinde – CEO at Huddly

Day Two:

Brian Rhatigan – Director of Business Development at Almo Pro A/V

Lauren Simmen – Director of Marketing at SurgeX

Chris Bradford – President at Newline Interactive

Episode 141: One More Detour on the Way to Orlando – Back to the AV Road House!

Join the Crew host Corey Moss, Kym Frank, Tim Van Woeart and Maura Quinn as the welcome their guests:

Joe Way – It’s OK, he’s a doctor (and shameless promoter)
Michelle Loret – Putting the GMO in a non-GMO podcast
Renee Benson – She takes the 5th, and the 7th
George Fournier – Please return him to 1998 (you’ll find out why)

(It’s been almost 6 months since all left the AV Road House, which was believed to be for good…)

Some on the show are ready to head right to InfoComm, and the others are looking forward to the detour.

Actually, it’s 7 against 1 – Road Trip!

First, all talk tweakers after someone had been asking about them on Twitter. For those picking them up at InfoComm, make sure you donate a few to The AV Life, Kym needs to know exactly what a tweaker is in the AV industry. Check out this discussion.

A question to start this off – where should InfoComm really be held?

Answer – Orlando and Las Vegas.

See, that was easy.

Though there’s the question of this place you’ll find in Orlando that kids and adults love all the same. Polling is already underway to hold InfoComm in the Magic Kingdom in two years. There’s (the yet to be approved) NonComm West, make sure you contact Maura about that.

And as all re-enter the Road House, where the Impossible Burger will NOT be served –

A few articles to discuss (just like the good old times):

The “I’ll take 100 containers of ranch dressing with my un-assembled sandwich and extra, extra, extra crispy bacon” dept.

USA Today – Ranch with my milkshake: Uber Eats sheds light on weirdest delivery requests

So go ahead, order the weirdest combination of things you can ever imagine on Uber Eats, just be careful when asking for tweakers. Again, that Kym conversation.

The “When Ikea and the tiny home go to the robots” dept.

Futurism – Ikea Wants to Sell You Robotic Furniture for Your Tiny Apartment

Sure, we know – robotic everything at this point. So what the heck, go to Ikea and buy some robotic furniture for your tiny home. It comes in half a million pieces, and if you end up with an extra robot or two, you’ve probably done it right.

Oh, and make sure you get a side of Ikea Biodegradable Packaging Tasty Lab-Grown Meats to go with your milkshake and ranch dressing. And box wine.

The “Robots, kids and illness – time to go home!” dept.

Futurism – This Robot Scans Preschoolers’ Faces Daily for Signs of Sickness

Walklake. What? Dr. Way explains, and if you’re still scratching your head – you’re by no means alone. But it’s finally about getting these &^$* kids out of school if they’re sick. Yet, they’re now going to come home and make sure you get sick (nice plan sending them off to make the other kids sick). Total lose lose situation now for you the parents. Then Maura brings up a great point about brainscans and potential issues. Who’s really the doctor here?? And then Michelle “redlists” herself. Check this out.

Then after some shoutouts to podcasters who will be at InfoComm, if you still don’t feel like you’re fully back in the Road House, we go right to the segment that began there in the first place…

The “If it’s ok for AV people to wake up and share on Twitter, what’s the problem here?” dept.

Futurism – US Gov Now Collecting Social Media Handles of Visa Applicants

In the Firing Range – before they can enter the United States, visa applicants will now need to let the government know what they’ve been up to on social media. That’s OK, because the industry trade association is watching us every time we put out a social media post – yet, they still let us come to InfoComm.

Who wins and who loses here? Let’s just say two people who have never been on the same side before run the risk of losing for the first time. If that makes any sense.

Just remember, and never forget – once you enter the Road House, you can never leave. Just like trying to check out of the AV industry…

This podcast is rated M for Michelle. And all we can say about Michelle and her vernacular — whoops.

Sit back, plug in, get in the back of the pickup (right, just get in) and join us on the final ride before hot and sweaty Orlando as we live…

The AV Life.

Episode 140: Get to Know More About Collaboration, Technology, and the Higher Ed Classroom with X2O Media

This episode is sponsored by and co-designed with: X2O Media

Join the Crew host Corey Moss and Tim Van Woeart as they welcome their guests:

Mansour Brek – President at X2O Media

Rob Brinklow – Sales Manager at X2O Media

Tim, Senior Project Supervisor at Rutgers University, joins Corey in this informative discussion about X2O Media and collaboration on the higher education level.

Mansour begins talking about the history of X2O Media – from broadcast beginnings, to focus on working with retail and enterprise markets. He talks about what STRATACACHE has meant for the company, along with Rob’s role. Rob talks about engaging with digital technology and collaborating, Mansour follows up that discussion as well. Tim adds to the discussion in terms of technology and collaboration on Rutgers’ campus.

Mansour talks about a new generation of workers and having a communications scheme – for X2O Media, unified visual communications which he explains. Rob talks about distance learning and similar experiences, adding engagement and motivation to the conversation for either employees or students. Mansour picks up on this too.

Mansour details a project with Harvard University from about 5 years ago, talking about building a virtual classroom, keeping interaction with student and teacher fully natural. It had a large video wall, each student had their own camera, and it employed directional audio. He also details the high cost for the room, and how today those costs have lowered significantly through software and cloud technology. Attendees at InfoComm can see this type of collaboration atmosphere in action, being in the room and remote.

Tim talks with Mansour about the technology as it involves the higher education collaboration classroom, himself being responsible for many rooms across the Rutgers campus.

Corey talks about higher ed, as he worked with colleges and universities in commercial integration sales, and points to similarities that corporate enterprise has to higher education. Rob follows this up with the collaboration piece, and how it has similarities and resonates as well. They also touch on telepresence systems, and how over the years installations have become significantly less, with users achieving even more today through current offerings, as X2O Media provides.

Conversation turns to data visualization and aggregation, as well as engagement as Mansour and Rob discuss this, and Tim also brings perspective from the large university campus side.

Both talk about enterprise and education parallels, and Mansour talks about how major corporations have education campuses as well where X2O Media becomes a larger conversation. “Green” is also brought up in this conversation by Mansour.

Social media becomes the final discussion here in terms of how X2O Media handles this in terms of collaboration and communications strategy, along with engagement. Tim also discusses this from the university side.

There’s discussion at the end about InfoComm 2019, and what to expect when visiting with X2O Media at the show.