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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Problem with T-Shirt Rhetoric . . .

In some cases, they are pithy mostly they are trite. And in some cases, they are provactive in ways the person wearing one couldn't have foreseen.

A t-shirt like this one, for example. No, not that one, the one that says "Your PC is a POS."

I was wearing one of those today...When I had to go into the Apple store...To visit the "genius bar" because I'd managed to screw up my iTunes library when transferring it to a new MacBook. (Oh yeah, one of the black ones...)

My afternoon? Freighted with irony, my friend.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

SonyBMG Goes Viral

The same company who brought you the infamous "rootkit fiasco" (copy protected CDs which actually launched rootkits into the PC registries of consumers who actually paid money for the CD)is now looking for consumer-creators to help them flog their music.
Despite my cheap shot doubling as an intro, you have to give SonyBMG credit for recognizing the power of viral-sharing amongst consumers. I've noted a similar attitude with other SonyBMG folks such as Scott Dinsdale, who gave a very solid presentation at Qualcomm's BREW Develpoers Conference in San Diego earlier this month.
Yet, I've gotta question music videos. Songs? I believe there is an absolutely empirically provable benefit to enabling taste-sharing etc. by allowing folks to virally share songs. And, yes, I believe it can be done in a controlled manner so that music label execs won't have to spend more time in group therapy/strategy sessions wondering how P2P came to pass. Music videos, however, have always struck me as something more like a temporary amusement sitting on top of the thing with lasting value -- the song.

Monday, June 05, 2006

History Repeats Self . . . Again

This approach didn't work for the Christians back in the days o' the Coliseum either -- and they were forced to go in with the lions...

Mobile Music and Media . . .

So things are operating somewhat smoother this week than in the past few weeks. Few changes here and there in terms of work. . .
But here are my new questions:
a) what is really the revenue-positive role of the mobile and wireless channel for the music industry? (Besides ringtones. I believe ww revenue for those has plateaued and will soon start to decline. Despite being embraced by record label execs and ringtone service providers, it appears ringtones have jumped the proverbial shark.)
I think SonyBMG's approach -- outlined at the BREW developers Conference last week --is the clearest-eyed appraisal of the opportunity. For the most idealistic and remarkably uncool: Verizon.
b) Search and mobile content: This is the newest frontier, in my opinion. I'll be looking at this more closely in the coming months.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Don't Know What's the Matter with Me, Haven't got Much to Say. . .slsl
OK, maybe you could call it an extended hiatus. Whatever you want to call it, not much of anything has been posted here. So, heeding the advice of my mom, I've been keeping my hands away from the keyboard.
Don't have much to say today, but will be forcing myself to make a few posts. Gotta get the chops back.
So, the next thing you'll see is a new tool I've been playing with.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Noted Management and Performance Expert Randy Moss Weighs in on TO

So in this article Randy opines that even the whack-job Raiders couldn't handle Moss and TO on the same team.

What's even more interesting are the folks supporting TO. Look at this 'graph and tell me you'd ever think you'd see these three coming together to protect the interests of a multimillon dollar athlete-/adolescent.

"Gene Upshaw, the NFL Players Association union chief, as well as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and activist Ralph Nader are joining forces in asking that the Eagles release Owens outright."

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Relative Importance of Art and Commerce to Society: Question for the Day...

Samuel Coleridge took some laudanum and conjured "Kubla (or Kublai)Khan."
Planners for Walt Disney imbided in spreadsheets and real-estate parcel maps of central Florida and "Disney World" erupted.

Does weighing their relative importance to society matter? (I say, yes, and Coleridge's effort is more valuable.)


As a matter of fact, yes I am within the boundaries of the Magic-Kingdom South. I'm here for work.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Definitely a case of "The Wrong Trousers"

I dare you to read this and not think to yourself, "Is the best writing on the web to be found on eBay?"

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