Thursday, March 30, 2006
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Here are some great archived keynote and confernece discussions (Podcasts, MP3, Video) from last weeks "South By Southwest" Interactive conference held annually in Austin Texas. Good stuff for geeks, entrepreneurs, creatives and anyone who's curious about emerging trends.
Links to audio.
Links to video.
So Comedy Central buckles-in on a 2nd airing of a South Park episode about scientology. Tom Cruise presses for a ban on the episode and gets it. Now it's likely waaaaay more people will search, download, view and talk about it due to the controversy. Matt & Trey are smart guys and probably knew that demand for a banned episode would shoot into the stratosphere.
Here's a great post by Bob Lefsetz in which he uses this story to illustrate the changes now underway in media -- big, small, old and new. Good stuff.
Link to LefsetzLetter.
UPDATE: Yeah, well what the hell do I know... 3 hours after writing the post above I found the South Park scientology episode posted on YouTube in one of my RSS feeds.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
If I was an incumbent telco or wireless carrier I'd be kinda worried about this...
Currently there is a kind of "illusion" that you need phone company.
Just like when Edison was in the business of providing light, people figured out pretty quickly that what they really wanted was electricity. What people are figuring out now is that they want CONNECTIVITY.
Over time it's likely to become increasingly hard for incumbent telcos to support their existing business models. I think an argument can be made that the main purpose of their "new" network offerings (3G, EVDO, etc.) is to support their current business model and billing infrastructure. If their "Port Blocking" or throttling of bits associated with VoIP services like Skype and Vonage isn't evidence enough that they're freaked out, their terms of service which tightly control what customers can actually do over their new network connections oughta be... is this a value-added consumer experience?
Link to SmartMobs.
UPDATE: Mark Evans has some interesting, related info here.
"THE SQUEEZE. Recently, executives at some telephone companies have indicated that their business model for providing broadband service will include not only charging customers for an Internet connection but also assessing a fee on Web sites to enable their customers to reach them more quickly."
"Essentially, what these executives are proposing is the creation of a two-lane Internet where larger, more established Web sites with financial resources that pay for fast-lane access will be able to squeeze out smaller, emerging Web sites."
Link via SmartMobs.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
I'm a huge Laserdisk / DVD junkie and have many favorites when it comes to top notch director audio commentaries and supplemental materials.
Last night I watched "Walk The Line" on DVD with director commentary by James Mangold ("Copland", "Girl Interupted") and I'd put this experience in the Top 5 best commentaries I've ever heard (along with Scorcese/Schrader's "Taxi Driver" and John Sturges "Great Escape" commentaries). Absolutely awesome insights on many topics.
Well done James!
Link to the James Mangold page on IMDB and here's a great audio interview with him on KCRW's "The Treatment" with Elvis Mitchell.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Producer, BBC Newsnight
"The BBC has clarified one of its scaremongering 'filsharing = paedophilia' industry shill pieces with a complete 180 reversal and the declaration that filesharing is not theft. The snowflakes are settling in Hell right now."
--- via Digg.
Link to the BBC article and Cory at BoingBoing chimes in here.
“Hi Mum, guess where I am?”
“I don’t know dear. Are you at home or in the office?”
“No - I’m standing in the middle of a field!”
“Gosh, are you dear? How’s that possible then?”
Yes, this quote is an exageration but pretty much hits the nail on the head when it comes to the demographics of mobile device and mobile platform usage.
Link to a great post by Russell Buckley over at MobHappy.
Bloomberg news is reporting that Bob Iger made the decision to acquire Pixar while watching a parade at the new Hong Kong Disneyland theme park. While watching the parade it appeared that all the new characters were from Pixar films, not Disney ones.
"It really hit me hard that we had had 10 years of real failure," Iger said.
"Keeping animation strong is incredibly vital."
This is a massive and sorry indictment of Michael Eisner's final 10 years.
Link via The Disney Blog.