Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Peter Egan's First TV Ad


Peter Egan's First TV Ad


Peter Egan has long had an affinity for talk radio, especially sports talk radio. Unfortunately, Peter doesn't have the kind of voice that is needed to thrive as a professional talk show host. He does however have a face for Television, and got his first taste of being on TV during the fall of the 2015 and 2016 when the ad ran regularly on Fox 8 New Orleans, including during a number of New Orleans Saints football games.



Peter Egan TV Commercial



As a result of the ads running during Saints games on the network on which all games are televised, complete strangers regularly approach Peter to ask if he's 'that guy I saw on TV?'

Peter's mind was blown at the number of people who remembered his face from seeing it in a TV ad in which his face is not even visible for the whole ad, and is only featured for six or seven seconds.

The advertisement is for EGAN Home Health and Hospice, southeast Louisiana's premiere provider of home health care, hospice and palliative care services as well as medical staffing and private-duty sitting services and related home care and other caregiving, respite and companionship services.

For what it's worth, EGAN's claim to being the premiere home health agency in the region is not an opinion. There are facts obtained by an objective third-party (Medicare via its "Home Health Compare" ratings system). This factual information for every legit agency (legit being defined as being Medicare certified) and therefore subject to their routine scrutiny and comparisons between agencies as well as how each company ranks relative to state and national average scores for a given category, nearly all of which measure the quality of care in quantifiable terms.

EGAN routinely outperforms virtually (if not) all other companies in both the state and nation in approximately 97-99% of the quality of care metrics taken into consideration.

More information about this is available on the EGAN Home Health and Hospice blog. This includes screenshots, direct quotes from Medicare.gov and other related info. There are a number of screenshots, so someone who may not be very good at navigating the web can see exactly what Medicare has said about EGAN and how EGAN towers over the competition when it comes to the actual quality of the healthcare services they provide.






While the ad directly above (click the play button to see the commercial) may have been Peter's first appearance in a television commercial, it will almost certainly not be his last. Peter is nearing completion of a website for a business he had hoped to launch in August but was delayed as the development of the interactive site was more complex than anticipated. However, the business will still launch when it's ready, and when it does, if you watch TV or listen to sports talk radio you'll be seeing and/or hearing Peter in future ads to promote the launch of the new company.


While he's been very tight-lipped about the soon-to-launch business, he has been quoted as saying that in the words of President Donald Trump, it will be "Yuge."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Re: The Best Advice May Be Right in Front of You

Re: The Best Advice May Be Right in Front of You


The following is a response to an article I came across on Medium. The article was entitled "The best advice might be right in front of you," and was written by a guest contributor named Ammar Shallel, who works for a public relations firm called Eleven Eleven PR.

The article was about obtaining knowledge, and the point the author was trying to make is that sometimes people that are easily accessible possess the knowledge one seeks, when the person seeking the knowledge may be under the impression that getting a hold of the information seems unrealistic and unreasonably difficult.

Because this post began as a comment, it is written in the first-person and directed toward Ammar and/or anyone else who happens to read his article.

My response to the article linked to above is as follows:

Mr. Shallel, I'd like to first commend you on this excellent blog. For the record I agree with the general point.

Unfortunately, sometimes this method can backfire…

I’m in the process of developing a website for a business I hope to launch within the next few weeks. I had a few questions about which direction would best meet my goals. I simply wanted to know if WordPress had any plug-ins that could do what I needed, if a similar one could be modified and what I should expect to pay for the work.

So I posted my questions on the “WP Plug-Ins” help forum. I did this deliberately. I did NOT want it going on the “Jobs” forum, where I would be inundated with emails, resumes, portfolios and offers without ever receiving a satisfactory answer to my question due to the inherent conflict of interest between myself (who is seeking to pay market value for the minimum amount of work necessary) and WordPress developers, who’s prerogative is to earn as much money as possible. This can be easy to do when the client doesn’t know the extent or difficulty of the work required.



Well, a “volunteer admin” on a power trip moved my post from its original location to the jobs section, and within 24 hours I had received no less than 1,500 emails. There were three total out of those 1,500 that even bothered to make an attempt to help me learn what I need and what I should pay for it.

I had to delete the email address, as the volume had become unmanageable as a result.
Point being is that while yes, in most cases the answers a person seeks are closer than he or she may realize. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes a task that should have taken an hour tops is drawn out for three days.

I was so frustrated with her after explaining my rationale and asking her to just delete it rather than move it to the jobs forum (she moved it anyway against my wishes) that I wrote a blog about it to vent.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

311 Concert Rocks New Orleans (August 04, 2017)

27 Years as a band from Omaha, 311 can still put on a kick-ass show

By: Peter Egan

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Hi, my name is Peter Egan. On Friday, August 04, 2017, I was privileged to experience my tenth 311 concert. Of the ten, two were 311 Day (March 11) shows in New Orleans, and the two are easily the two best concerts I've ever had the pleasure of being in attendance.


311 Performs in New Orleans

I'm a huge 311 fan, as you might have guessed by the fact that I know every lyric to every song they've ever written as a band, and have seen them in concert ten - TEN - times. To put that into perspective, the next closest bands for whom I've seen live performances, are Pearl Jam with three and No Doubt with two. I've always wanted to see an Incubus show, but the logistics have never worked out.


Peter Egan and friends at 311 show in NOLA

The concert wasn't among the best 311 shows I've been to (having seen two 311 days, albeit I've yet to make the 311 Day cruise when the band opts for that instead of a mega-concert, typically involving them performing for 4-5 hours. The set list was a mere 24 songs, nine of which were from 311's most recent album (it debuted about a month ago), "Mosaic."



I found it a bit odd that 311 did not play a single song from any of their most recent studio albums prior to Mosaic. I just hope the set list was assembled to make the most members of the audience happy, and not a reflection of the band's perception of their four albums preceding Mosaic.


311 Symbol at start of concert when the band first took the stage.

It was a good show. All things considered I'd rate it an 8/10. I've been to better 311 shows and I've been to at least one that left me unsatisfied.

Choosing Champions Square near the Superdome for the venue was a great idea. The acoustics were spectacular, and I found there to be better sound quality than any of the shows I've attended next door at the Smoothie King Center.


Nick Hexum singing at 311 concert in New Orleans - 2017 Mosaic Tour

As long as these guys keep making new music and going on tour, performing live, I'll keep buying those digital downloads and concert tickets.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Expert Advice on Fishing for Catfish

Expert Advice on Fishing for Catfish

By: Peter Egan

Peter Egan is a college graduate with a degree in Public Relations, and has a career working for EGAN Home Health and EGAN Hospice in a PR and Marketing capacity (he knows enough about health, medicine and nutrition to be a healthcare professional, however he does not have the credentials). His knowledge of health and medicine gives him a great advantage with regard to the public relations and marketing work he does.

He has worked in journalism, has coached a championship football team (6th-8th grade), and has a resume that's quite impressive to say the least. He knows a lot about a lot, and has been successful in virtually every endeavor he's ever undertaken. I'm sure there are exceptions, but can't think of any at the moment.

All that said, perhaps Peter's greatest passion in life is fishing. He really enjoys inshore saltwater and brackish water fishing. However because his residence is located alongside a major river (for St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana), he finds himself fishing for freshwater catfish more than any other species. Peter likes to fish for bass, however the Tchefuncte River has been under tremendous fishing pressure in the twelve years since the area's population more than tripled in a span of a few years.


Tchefuncte River


Tchefuncte Bass and Gar Populations are Suffering

The bass seem to be feeling the added pressure more than the catfish. Gar (both alligator and spotted) have seen their population decimated from being a prevalent fish to being nearly nonexistent in under a decade. What's truly intriguing about this is that gar are not good fish to eat, but their dinosaur-like appearance has made them the target of an annual fishing rodeo specifically for gar, and that rodeo has fished them to near-extinction in the past decade.


Catfish Hold Their Own Amidst Added Fishing Pressure

Catfish however, while not as prevalent as they were pre-Katrina, still have a healthy enough population to justify spending time fishing for them. They (and bluegill/bream/sunfish, etc.) are the only species one can set out to catch and provided they know what they're doing, can conclude the trip with at a minimum enough fish to make a meal for an average-sized family. On a good day, it's not outside of the realm of possibility to catch 20-50 catfish weighing over 1.5 pounds (an arbitrary number I determined was the approximate size at which a fish is worth keeping for food as opposed to releasing at letting it grow).

Admittedly, other fishermen may not have the success I routinely experience. The reason for this is that I have had two decades to experiment with chumming techniques, and after 20 years I've mastered the science of it. There is always scent appealing to catfish in the water behind my house, and I've found over the years which scents the fish prefer and which scents travel best. In other words, I'm really good at chumming the waters for catfish.


Peter Egan holding two catfish

The idea behind scent traveling is that the river's water-level is constantly rising and falling, and with it the water-level in the bayou along which my house exists roughly 125-150 feet from the main river. When the water level falls, the scent from my chum buckets goes into the main river along with the water. The fish in the main river that encounter the scent then follow it back to my back porch. This has resulted in me consolidating several hundred catfish that I can catch at any time right from my back porch.

Anyway, in the article appearing at PeterEgan.net, I go into detail about the various methods of fishing for catfish, and explain which water conditions and water bodies (think pond vs lake vs river) correspond to the fishing techniques available.

I broke catfishing into six primary categories:
  1. Weighted bottom fishing.
  2. Bottom fishing – no weight.
  3. Just below the surface using a bobber to keep the bait at the desired depth.
  4. Fishing near the bottom using a bobber or sliding cork to help identify when a strike occurs.
  5. Jugs/Noodles/Trot-Lines
  6. Noodling
Please read the article at PeterEgan.net entitled Fishing for Catfish to learn about each different technique, and learn when each should be used to maximize the effect of the technique relative to the conditions.

If you have any questions, I'll be happy to follow up. Please direct questions to the main article at PeterEgan.net in the form of comments and I will try to reply in as timely a manner as possible with the most accurate information I can obtain.


Learn to Chum for Catfish










Saturday, July 1, 2017

Peter Egan Bio and Web Presence

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chumming for Catfish

Chumming for Catfish


Fishing expert Peter Egan took the time to write a very nice article on how to effectively chum when fishing for catfish in hopes of catching more and bigger fish.


There is a lengthy article that goes into loads of detail on Egan's website. The article talks about strategies for long-term chumming for people who live on or near the water such as he does (he resides along the Tchefuncte River in Covington, Louisiana). He also details strategies for people who are just going fishing for a day and don't have the luxury of keeping scent in the water for weeks or months at a time.
Channel Catfish
The article can be found here: http://peteregan.net/how-to-chum-for-catfish/
The article is accompanied by a four-part video series entitled "How to Chum for Catfish."
The videos can be viewed below. To read the accompanying article you'll have to visit Peter's official website via the link above.

How to Chum for Catfish


Friday, March 17, 2017

Avoid the Samsung Galaxy if You Go With an Andoid OS

Samsung Galaxy: The Short-Bus of Smartphones



If you're in the market for a new phone and you decide on the Android OS, for the love of God PLEASE heed this warning and go with something made by #Motorola. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has some nice features (notably an above-average camera and a traditional speaker/headset port that you can plug your existing audio gear into instead of having to shell out for Bluetooth audio (speakers, bass, headphones, etc.) that at its highest setting, isn't nearly loud enough to be useful to someone like me. I don't listen to music often, but when I do, I like it LOUD.
Samsung Galaxy S7
If the audio port isn't a big deal to you, then any new Motorola will pleasantly surprise you with its capabilities.
If you're like me and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on inferior audio equipment relative to what you already own, then an older model Motorola (2013-2015) will be better in nearly every category than a 2016 or 2017 Samsung, the lone exception being the camera. 
The camera on the Galaxy S7 is vastly superior to my 2014 Motorola Android Maxx. That's it though.
The autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S7 is an unmitigated disaster of biblical proportions. That's not even an exaggeration. If you text, type emails, use any of the various social and messaging apps, post to websites or message boards, Samsung's semantic limitations (I would expect a fourth-grade student at an average U.S. public elementary school to have a broader and more diverse vocabulary than this self-proclaimed "smartphone"), utter disregard for proper grammar and punctuation  (the phone doesn't know and is incapable of learning what an apostrophe is and how they're used) and insistence on overruling its user no matter how many times it's corrected, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will cause you more headaches than its above-average camera is worth.
Perhaps the worst part about it is that the phone's ability to learn from user behavior is limited. And that's being quite generous. 
I can't even remember how many times I've clicked the little check symbol (the command to tell the phone to quit meddling) for the same words, and it still gets them wrong. My old Motorola phone usually learned after being corrected once in the rare event it made a mistake (and it was rare), twice at the very MOST.
My old Motorola after a year could often finish my sentences after just a few words. It was incredibly intuitive, the AI was outstanding, and it didn't have the air of arrogance about it the way the Galaxy dies.
For the sake of full disclosure, I've never strapped on the headset and done the whole virtual reality thing. Then again, I'm an adult. 

Bottom Line
The Samsung Galaxy S7 so-called "smartphone" has the vocabulary and language skills of a 10-11 year old child. With its primary draw being a quality camera and a supposedly neat virtually reality experience, the Galaxy is a great phone for a child who writes in Twitterspeak anyway, and who takes no pride in spelling, grammar, punctuation or command of the English language.
For adults and especially professionals who use their phones for work as well as communication and recreation, I strongly advise avoiding a Samsung phone, and going with something made by Motorola; or just going the iOS route.
In my experience, iPhones are closer to the Motorola than the Samsung. I would rate them slightly below Motorola Android OS phones in terms of AI and intuitive design and programming. However, iPhones are (or at least were as of 2015) FAR more brittle than any phone I've had on the Android OS. My old Android Maxx took quite a beating, even being fully submerged underwater twice for about 20 seconds  combined and never skipped a beat.
That phone survived no less than six instances of trauma that would have totally destroyed an iPhone. What ultimately did it in was the charge terminal became worn, and I couldn't rely on it to take a charge --- a problem that interestingly enough went away once I "upgraded" a step down to the Samsung Galaxy S7.