That graduation TV commercial you have been seeing on Hulu

I saw this advertisement yesterday for the 100th time and finally found out more about it. The background of it is documented well here but in a nutshell, the artist is Bebe Rexha and the title of the song is “Here’s to 2020″… a 30-second tribute to this year’s graduating class, of which my amazing soon-to-be-a-graduate niece said: wp-15903460750533866151656076792765.jpg


At first I thought it was Ann-Marie, an artist who has a track about 2002, among other hit songs. However, my knowledge of blonde pop singers is admittedly lacking.

Walgreens tags the ad with “add some pomp to your circumstance” which is a clever play on the title of the 1901 orchestra song we all know from graduations, “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar.

I like this modernization of the song from Bebe Rexha. It’s clearly for the TikTok crowd as it accompanies #GradJump on the social/music app.

I’m also a fan of the graduation song included below from way back when I was a recent grad… this one is by Vitamin C and it’s called “Graduation (Friends Forever).” This song is based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D, another of my favorites. OK, I could go on and on about music but for now I’ll just say… ummmmm cool.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Is Adobe After Effects worth it?

Something that’s bothered me since it’s inception is Adobe charging a yearly subscription fee for After Effects (and their suite of programs). I understand there are benefits to it for the end user, the main one being full access to software/effects upgrades as they happen.

It’s a couple hundred dollars a year for one program, in my case it’s After Effects. I had an edit project last year that required AE so I had to subscribe. Why not just have a one-time fee? Last month I had to resubscribe without knowing if I’ll even need to use the program this year at all.

I guess this is another confirmation that I’m a Final Cut Pro guy.

Do you have any insight on how this type of business model is better for the customer, and not just a way for Adobe to make more money for providing the same service they did before? Am I missing something here?

-Out of the Wilderness

zoom zoom and a vroom vroom

Attending church since March has meant something totally different than it did…. well, anytime in history before March. A lot of congregations are utilizing the Zoom live meeting program, which is what my Sunday morning Bible study uses.

A typical Sunday for me is Bible study starting at 9am– oh wait, first I wake up at 855am– Bible study ends and I watch the church service live on YouTube.

I had only heard of this next type of church service on the news until my brother’s church held a successful service, drive-in movie theater style.


Vroom vroom!

If you’re a church-goer, how has your church adapted to the situation? Chime in below and thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness


adding to song titles to make them more relevant to the coronavirus quarantine

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – Stuck With U at home for 2 straight months

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights when I saw the sun for the first time in 2 straight months

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted has already been delivered

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving the living room, I’ll just be in the kitchen

Sam Cooke – Bring It pizza On Home to Me

The Lumineers – now the mailbox feels like a Long Way From Home

Jonas Brothers – wash your hands for Five More Minutes

Fitz and the Tantrums – 123456 7891011121314151617181920, ok now rinse your hands

Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart is how my dates always went anyway

Maroon 5 – Memories of the sports

The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock and Roll, caused by Covid-19

Julia Michaels – I’ll Give It To You if I don’t wear a mask

Jason Aldean – you Got What I Got because I didn’t wear a mask

Panic! At The Disco – Hey Look Ma, I Made It a mask
Judah & the Lion – Suit and Jacket and sweatpants

JP Saxe & Julia Michaels – If the World Was Ending …wait, is it not?

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car that I haven’t driven in weeks

No Doubt – Spiderwebs inside my car

Green Day – Wake Me Up When September 2020 Ends

The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend who I haven’t seen since March

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas I’ll be getting everyone hand sanitizer

P.M. Dawn – I’d Die Without You Purell

Elvis Presley – Just Pretend to hug me

Three Dog Night – grab a cheap flight if you’ve Never Been To Spain

Tim McGraw – Please Remember Me your Zoom ID and password

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Water in motion

My niece challenged me to take photos with the theme: “Water in motion.” Here are my top 6 favorites.

The nozzle of a water spray bottle
water spray bottle pointed towards the sun
shaking a half full Nalgene bottle
same Nalgene, sun in the background, shaking the water inside
water from the kitchen faucet
water from kitchen faucent, part 2

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Switching to AT&T Fiber… biggest mistake of my adult life

I’ve had AT&T Fiber for about a week and I’ve come to this conclusion:

I’m basically paying $60/month to NOT have internet.

In fact, this post is happening by using the hotspot on my phone. You know there’s a problem when your phone’s hotspot is what you rely on when you definitely pay for home internet! This has become what I see throughout the day when I try to do anything on my computer.

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Hulu and YouTube show different error messages than Safari, but they all mean the same thing: I’m paying AT&T to keep me offline. How many people can say that? Actually, probably a lot of people can, based on reviews I’ve seen. There are so many message boards out there with people trying to figure out how to fix the issues but my best guess is I just need to cut my losses and go back to Xfinity.

I know one thing for sure: this is NOT the freedom our forefathers promised us. I never thought I’d miss Xfinity so much. I’ll have updates soon, that is, if I can connect to the internet to make new blog posts!

Oi vey.

-Out of the Wilderness


Remembering the Nashville flood… and what I regret to this very day!

I can still remember it as clear as day, which is rather ironic because on this day, it was anything but clear. It rained. I don’t mean on and off rain… it rained all afternoon. And then it rained all day the next day. Nashville was experiencing what will be record-setting setting rainfall causing floods around middle Tennessee.

On day 1 of the rain, Saturday, I was doing a volunteer thing my church had put together. As I recall, we were at a school painting and cleaning and sweeping and all that fun stuff. I think I remember the weather being cloudy but not much rain on my way to the school. On the way home a few hours later the rain had already begun. So much that there were already police and firefighters at certain intersections making sure everyone could navigate the intersection because a nearby parking lot was beginning to flood. Here’s a quick video I recorded on my phone.

But it was at the school gymnasium where something crazy happened.

I so wish I had this one video but sometime around lunch we all took a break from the work inside the school. There were a few basketballs laying around so we started shooting, and some of us were trying half-court shots. Of course, most of our shots were unsuccessful.

Well, I’m not lying at all when I say this… I heaved up a half-court shot and it looked promising. As it descended, as if it were edited in a studio somewhere, just as the ball ripped through the basket the loudest clap of thunder boomed. The timing was perfect and everyone there was startled by what just happened.

It was pretty wild, and I know a video would be much more entertaining for you, but you’ll just have to cope however you can :/ I’ve been coping for 10 years. I still remember that moment as if it was yesterday. Such perfect timing and to make the shot, too, was magical 🙂

Nashville went on to get double digit rain totals (in inches) and the week following this rain I didn’t go to work at all because the basement of the downtown building where I worked flooded. It was a devastating week for a lot of folks, and now, 10 years later, the event is still remembered with somber thoughts……..

…….and regret for not asking someone to record my half-court shot!

Out of the Wilderness