I can’t imagine anyone is going to argue that this cover is better than the original, but it’s a fun take on a perfect song. So here goes Tokyo Police Club with their 2007 entry into their 10 Covers/ 10 Years/ 10 Days project. The melancholy is gone, and it’s transformed into more of a rocking affair, but it’s still solid and worth a listen. Be sure to check out the Tokyo Police Club Soundcloud page to keep up with their 10 Covers/ 10 Years/ 10 Days project.
Dallas-based researcher Parks Associates says 13% of consumers who have broadband connections have made cutbacks within the last 12 months — with another 9% to come. The study says this includes some 3.9 million people who regularly watch Internet video.
Consumer sales of Internet-connectable TV devices will climb to nearly 350 million units worldwide by 2015.
“During the first 5 days, the number of downloads from the U.S. for the latest episode of Hell’s Kitchen increased by 114% compared to the previous 3 episodes. For MasterChef the upturn was even higher with 189% more downloads from the U.S. For MasterChef; the extra high demand may in part have been facilitated by the fact that it was the season finale.”—
“… studies show that people with the best self-control are the ones who structure their lives so as to conserve willpower. They don’t schedule endless back-to-back meetings. They avoid temptations like all-you-can-eat buffets, and they establish habits that eliminate the mental effort of making choices. Instead of deciding every morning whether or not to force themselves to exercise, they set up regular appointments to work out with a friend. Instead of counting on willpower to remain robust all day, they conserve it so that it’s available for emergencies and important decisions.”—
On the August 19, four teams will compete in the finals of the After Hours Gaming League, a charity Starcraft tournament. However, these teams are not composed of professional gamers, or even the top-ranked amateurs, but instead employees of four Silicon Valley technology companies— Microsoft,Google, Zynga and Amazon.
Surely as measurement technologies advance and we have better ad targeting capabilities for television, actual content viewing and response to advertising will outweigh the age metric. In another post on this topic in Gigaom, “Bad news for Nielsen: TV ads to be bought more like online ads,” Ryan Lawler quotes Michael Hayes, president of Initiative Digital, suggesting that the 18-49 demographic does not matter because what matters is the buying behavior and intent, regardless of age and gender. If we can measure this — which is the goal with digital ads and IP enabled set top boxes - then the age demographic is irrelevant.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of “Endless Summer,” a month-long partnership between blip.tv and the Capital One Journey Card. The promotion features new, daily episodes of some of the very best content on blip.tv along with four interviews with important content creators in the digital video space. Very cool. I hope you can take some time to catch a video!
One reason that might explain his hostility toward the system: He didn’t do very well in it. A source in Texas passed The Huffington Post Perry’s transcripts from his years at Texas A&M University. The future politician did not distinguish himself much in the classroom. While he later became a student leader, he had to get out of academic probation to do so. He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses — earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym.
well if we are going off of transcripts from college perhaps EVERYONE should release theirs
Rick Perry is an asshole but Liz is right.
If only we could grade our current politicians on the Principles of Economics…
I had a really great conversation with someone yesterday about the Current State of Web Content, whatever it might be, and in that conversation I managed to articulate something that’s basically my current outlook on this whole industry, for better or for worse.
Because it’s easy for an indie creator to get discouraged at this stage. The opportunities for discovery and larger distribution are lacking; so much is based on self-promotion, which rarely has anything to do with how good a piece of content might be. A lot of people are betting on this space. Gambling does not have a 100 percent success rate.
But this industry is still so fucking young. I’ve been watching it since late 2006, and the evolution in that time has been incredible, but not nearly so incredible as what’s coming. The smart people compare the shift in progress to the rise of cable networks in the 80s and 90s; a shift that took many many years and has only recently reached any sort of stability. The major services — Netflix, Hulu, etc — are in flux, sure, but so is everything else. And anyone who declares original web content to be irrelevant isn’t paying attention and isn’t looking forward.
Here’s what I compared it to yesterday: It’s like when you turn 30, and realize how much of your 20s you spent complaining. I feel like that’s how we’re going to look back at this phase of the history of entertainment. So busy freaking out about what wasn’t working, that we didn’t realize how magical and important a time this is. A time when this industry finally finishes growing up.