Sunday, February 21, 2010

YouTube video channel Zennie62 reaches 12 million video views

The YouTube video channel Zennie62 has reached 12 million video views and 200,000 channel views as of Saturday, February 20th, and continuing a pattern of rapid growth that started in 2009 and has continued through 2010. Zennie62 on YouTube also has over 4,000 subscribers.

The YouTube video channel Zennie62 consists over 800 videos covering everything from politics to news, sports, tech, and entertainment and celebrity gossip. Zennie62 on YouTube is connected to the blog, also at The Zennie62 blog is the center publication of a network of 100 blogs ran by, of which this blogger, Zennie Abraham, is the executive producer.

The idea of Zennie62 is to bring "pure form video blogging" to the viewer. It's the simple practice of talking to the audience through a camcorder to tell a story or share a point of view, or as part of an interview with someone else. As video-blogging does not call for an elaborate set or expensive equipment, it can be done anywhere, at any time.

Here's one of Zennie62's most popular videos, this one on Susan Boyle:

And here's another one called "Fight in SF Fillmore":

Some of the videos are used for his national TV show The Blog Report with Zennie62 on CoLoursTV, DISH 9407.

Plans for 2010 include the upcoming NFL Draft Combine and The Academy Awards. Zennie62 has its first designated Associate Video-Blogger and seeks to form a team of video-bloggers in different cities. If you're interested, send an email to

Kathryn Bigelow wins BAFTA Best Director and Best Film for The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow, who's great movie The Hurt Locker has taken the pre-Oscar Awards season and a lot of Oscar Buzz,  by storm, has just won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) Best Director Awards for The Hurt Locker according to

Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win Best Director at the BAFTA's. Here's the interview with Bigelow at the BAFTA site: Interview.

Kathryn Bigelow was up against a number of well-aclaimed film directors including her former husband James Cameron who produced and directed Avatar.

The Hurt Locker also won six awards, for best film, editing and sound, original screenplay and cinematography.

More from the BAFTA's in the next blog post. But a special congratulations to Kathryn Bigelow for being the first woman to win such a coveted award and for such an amazing film as The Hurt Locker.  With the win, Bigelow's arguably in line to win Best Director and The Hurt Locker Best Picture at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

Andrew Koenig - Walter Koenig's son "AK-47" still missing

Andrew Koenig, the former star of Growing Pains, and Never Not Funny, and the son of Walter Koenig from Star Trek TOS, is still missing.

According to E!Online, Andrew Koenig (sometimes called AK-47) missed a flight back to the United States from Vancouver, B.C., and has not been seen since. The website Maximum Fun appears to have a relationship with Andrew Koenig and a mutual friend Dave Holmes, who reports:

Andrew Koenig (AK-47, the video guy on “Never Not Funny,” and “Boner” from “Growing Pains”) has been missing for a week, last seen 2/14 in Vancouver. Didn’t make his flight back to the US on 2/16. The Vancouver Police are involved, and lots of people are looking. Could you reblog this and help get the word out? And say some prayers or think some positive thoughts?

Reportedly, Andrew Koenig has been missing since Valentine's Day, February 14th. According to, his father Walter Koenig reports that Andrew was battling severe depression.

Koenig's friend Jenny Magenta, who said Andrew stayed with her in Vancouver, posted this message on Facebook:

Hi everyone..we are trying to locate Andrew.

He left Jen and Jesse's in TO on the 10th and went to Vancouver and stayed with me and Jay .

He was sched to fly to LA on the 16th but didn't take his flight.

His parents have contacted us as he hasn't arrived and they have evidence that he his severely depressed. The police are involved and have a lot of information already.

As a favour, I need to ask MY FRIENDS to be patient as I may not be able to contact you back in my usual speedy fashion on FB nor have chats etc. My cell is working again though. Please just know that my focus is on this right now - I will do my best to stay focused and thank you all for any help you may offer.

****There is some evidence that points he may be in the Stanley Park area......but last contact being there doesn't mean is is there....but, wanted to mention it.

*******************If you have seen him, emailed him or had any contact after the 14th/15th or spent time with him during his stay in Vancouver and the police HAVE NOT contacted you yet, please call Detective Raymond Payette and his phone is 604-717-2534 and provide the information you have.

Please do not call 911.

We hope to find him in this busy city of ours and will do all we can.

I would also like to state for the record that he did ask me about my connections with the burlesque community here (as you know I perform sometimes at Sin and other venues and am in that community too) and he was interested in this world....

This may be an angle that he followed - the police are aware of this and please, if you had a meeting with him or a conversation with him that may provide information please contact the Detective.

Thank you all so much.

Thank you and peace.

Hold your loved one's close to you. Never be afraid to ask for help..

Again, if you've seen Andrew Koenig contact Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver Police at 604-717-2534.

Angelina Jolie with Jon Voight, her father, in Italy

Angelina Jolie, currently still happy in marriage with Brad Pitt, was seen with Jon Voight, her father, in Italy, according to and She's in Italy with Brad Pitt and their children to start filming The Tourist in March.

Photo credit:

It's really great to see Angelina Jolie with Jon Voight, after she said, in 2002, that "My father and I don't speak. I don't hold any anger toward him. I don't believe that somebody's family becomes their blood. Because my son's adopted, and families are earned."

Angelina Jolie did not explain the reasons for her long separation from her father, but whatever they were, they're gone as the pair are obviously talking again.

It's good to have that patched up. This blogger didn't talk to his father for several years, but repaired the relationship in 1999; he died in 2005. It's always good to make sure you're right with your parents (if that's possible) before they pass on.

Kim Kardashian gets police ticket, outs Federal Air Marshal on Twitter

The amazingly hot Kim Kardashian was the subject of a lot of negative tweets after the reality TV Show star and girlfriend of New Orleans Saints Running Back Reggie Bush outed a Federal Air Marshal using Twitter while on a flight to Los Angeles, then just Saturday got a ticket for driving without a license plate on her car. '

Here's the photo Kim Kardashian put on Twitpic:

Haha @kimkardashian and I just got pulled over! on Twitpic

As for the Air Marshal Twitter incident, Kim Kardashian said he was honest with her, so she decided to tweet the news! All of this works to Kim's advantage as she launches her new show The SPINIndustry tonight, Sunday from 10:30 to 11:00pm on E!.

Kim Kardashian is the executive producer of The SPINIndustry, a show that features "Jonathan Cheban and his right-hand man, Simon Huck, head up a branding public-relations firm that deals with demanding celebrities", as the promotional description reads.

The story is real and The SPINIndustry is a kind of documentary, as Command PR is an actual firm with a cool website. CommandPR specializes in "media buzz" and they've certainly hooked up with the right person in Kim Kardashian.

Stay tuned.

Cal Football's former Defensive Coordinator Bob Gregory on Boise Radio

A YouTuber called Okaydo1 found and recorded an interview on a Boise, Idaho radio station where Bob Gregory, Cal Football's now former Defensive Coordinator, got on the radio show and explained in perhaps too much detail why he left UC Berkeley and Cal Football's Defensive Coordinator position for Boise State and an assistant coach position.

Some of the comments Bob Gregory made can be considered as hitting Berkeley and Cal Football Head Coach Jeff Tedford in the rear as he left the door. The full audio of the interview is below.

Here are some of the Bob Gregory comments that stand out to this blogger:

On why he left Cal Berkeley and the defensive coordinator position for an "as yet unnamed defensive staff position" at Boise State:

Well, you know, I think it all comes down to what's important to ya at certain times of your life. And I loved the University of California. We loved California and the Bay Area. It just grew a little bit increasingly hard to have time with my young family. We were willing to maybe give all the title stuff up, so to speak, to come back here so I had more of a chance to raise my boys. So, there are thing in life that are very important, and you've got to make sure you put things in perspective. My wife and I are fired up to be back here. (Bob Gregory was Boise State's Defensive Coordinator in 2001.)

Bob Gregory said he has "two little boys: an eight-year-old and a five-year-old". Gregory then continues on why Boise State was the place he went to:

I would not have gone anywhere in America. A couple big reasons: Chris Peterson, the head football coach here. He and I go way back. I know what kind of guy he is. I know what kind of program he runs. I know he'a a family guy. I think you can win a lot of football games, as they've done here, and also have time for your family. And some times as football coaches we have a tendency to work, just to work. I think what they do here, is they work smart. And obviously, being in Boise, a great place to raise your family, and maybe have a little bit more room in your house, and being 10 minutes away from work - all those. You know it isn't one thing in particular, just a lot of things that add up to it.

Bob Gregory explains that the the whole process started when he called Boise State Head Coach Chris Peterson about the new staff position and about "some other guys that were interested in the position". And he says asked Peterson what he was looking for, thought about it,talked about it with his wife, and "kept a dialog going for a few days". Eventually, and from what this reads in a short time, Gregory made the move to leave Cal.

Here' the audio recording:

Gregory said, several times in the interview, that it was not because he didn't like California, but that it was the right time to move. Still, his statement about working conditions is on record now, and only can lead to more questions surrounding the whole "Work smart" comment. Is Bob Gregory saying that Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford doesn't "work smart"?

Sometimes, given the media-dominated era and the small family of college football coaches, the idea that it's better to say less than more is one to maintain. Bob Gregory would have been better off saying less than the ton of words he issued.

Stay tuned.

Gretchen Bleiler and Lindsay Jacobellis at Club Bud Party

If you're wondering where the Olympics party is in Vancouver, follow Gretchen Bleiler, Lindsay Jacobellis, and two Vancouver bloggers to the fun at the Club Bud Party.

And there are two Vancouver-based bloggers who have the Red Carpet pass to all-access fun at the Club Bud Party: Vancity Alley of and Rebecca Bollwitt's

This dynamic duo of blogger has done an outstanding job filing in a void left by NBC and the mainstream media. Friday Night's Club Bud Party was no exception as both bloggers took a lot of photos and made excellent use of their Twitter and Flickr accounts. The only missing social media instrument was YouTube.  Videos from the event were missed.

Johnny Weir

Of course, everyone who follows the Winter Olympics knows the super hot women athletes, snowboarders Gretchen Bleiler and Lindsay Jacobellis.   Both attended Friday Night's event and posed for the cameras on the red carpet.

Gretchen Bleiler
But the Club Bud party had other stars like San Francisco 49ers Tight End Vernon Davis, Sean Wescott (fresh from his gold medal win) came by.

Peter Tork 

Olympics skating hero and gold medalist Johnny Weir (who looks just like a young Peter Tork from The Monkees. Really, Weir does.

Johnny Weir's nose, mouth, and eyes and even their spacing is identical to that of Peter Tork.  And if you've never heard of The Monkees, they were a pre-teen British Band of the 1960s and 70s.)

But Peter Tork would never be caught dead wearing Johnny Weir's gender-bending shirt or really more appropriately described an almost back-less blouse.

 Whatever the case, Johnny Weir gives a new meaning to "figure skating."  With his incredible skating talent and bright future, Johnny Weir's certain to place his own unique stamp on sports culture.

While Johnny Weir's outfit was the talk of Club Bud, it wasn't the only thing going on.

Olympics Legends Carl Lewis and Bonnie Blair stopped by as well as John Hamm from the popular AMC Television Series Mad Men.

John Hamm

 All of these and more celebs -- too many to mention -- in the 18,000 square foot Commodore Ballroom.   Plus, there was a great street party to start things off!

 But what's neat is that Budweiser gave these two great bloggers special access and the result is this great Internet buzz that was missing from NBC's Olympics coverage online and offline.

This - attending over-the-top parties - is what going to an event like the Olympics or the Super Bowl or The World Cup is about.  It's a shame the media doesn't show this side of it as a matter of course.

Enter the bloggers, and Gretchen Bleiler, Lindsay Jacobellis!