This week Fresh Ink Online's Blair Butler rockets through a slew of comic reviews, including New Avengers: Siege, Blackest Night: Green Lantern, Captain America Reborn, Batman and Robin, Rasl, and Batwoman Detective Comics. Plus, you get the new issue of The Walking Dead AND the latest graphic novel collection of Blair’s favorite zombie comic. Finally, will it be G.I. Joe: Cobra II or Kick-Ass that nabs Pick of the Week? Tune in and find out.
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Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Position: I’m kind of the kicker. I’m always there, I have a very specific skill set, I work hard when I need to and I’ll sometimes surprise you by winning the game.
Favorite Season: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3
Least Favorite Nickname: Skeeter
AOTB: What do you do on AOTS?
I produce various segments including Web Tools, Go Hack Yourself, As Seen on TV, Quick Hit, Kings of Dot Comedy, Who’s Who on YouTube and The Feed. That means I have to find and research sites/apps/YouTube celebrities/games, write the scripts, gather or shoot the footage and hand all of that over to one of our editors who cuts each segment into 2 – 3 minutes worth of television. That’s how we make TV magic.
AOTB: What is your favorite moment from the show?
First, here’s a classic favorite moment from The Screen Savers: We enjoyed playing practical jokes on the set and I probably should have gotten fired for this but, I changed one of our co-host’s lines in the teleprompter to say, “… and I’m not wearing any pants.” The co-host, Dan Huard was also my roommate and I honestly didn’t think he would actually read the lines, but, he did and the rest is history.
I’m going to have to say, my favorite AOTS moment was during our 1,000th episode when Kevin finally realized his dream of catching a greased pig with his bare hands. The unplanned part where the pig escaped the little pen we had set up was one of those awesome live TV moments.
AOTB: You have quite a history with the show. Tell us about it.
This is a really long story, so go grab a coffee and come back. I started as an intern on TechTV’s Call for Help. Back then, the interns ran the teleprompter during the show and sent out the prizes to the show’s callers. I was such an awesome intern that I was hired on staff as a production assistant for The Screen Savers. Then, I moved into the control room as the show’s line producer. The line producer keeps the show to time, talking to the on-air hosts through those little dealies in their ears during the show. That way, they know how much time is left in each segment and when to wrap up interviews and such. The show moved down to Los Angeles from San Francisco. We started a new show called Attack of the Show, loosely based on the format of The Screen Savers. I became a segment producer. My job then, as it pretty much is now, inventing or finding interesting tech hacks and discovering cool websites, events and guests who we can invite onto the show.
This is probably the coolest (okay, maybe not but close!) display at CES 2010. Kevin Pereira checks out Intel's amazing MultiTouch Wall that displays thousands of live feeds using its i7 core processer.
And by check out, we really mean he pokes it incessantly.