How the TV / Film Industry can take advantage of P2P

If you are a frequent Internet user, you have undoubtedly watched a video online somewhere.

No?

Ok here, watch this:

That video happens to be from Youtube, but as you may or may not know, there are many other places to watch videos online. Some of them are questionably legal. The legitimate sites, however, show advertisements before, during and/or after the videos they display. A 30 minute show typically has 2-3 minutes of commercials — a far cry from televisions 8-12 minutes!

You can also walk the wild side and attempt to find your shows using BitTorrent. BitTorrent is a terrific distributed model for dispersing media across the Internet. But the television and film industry just don’t get it. Well I’ve got a solution. Continue reading

Twitter for Noobz

Twitter logoUnless you abstain from network television, newspapers, AND the Internet, you have likely heard the phrase “follow me on twitter.” Maybe you’ve even set up a twitter account and made an update or two.

But if you’re still part of the crowd that looks at twitter and thinks “HOW is this supposed to be useful?” or if you feel lost about what to do next, then this is for you.

I’ve helped several members of my family get set up with twitter, some friends, and some co-workers. I am by no means a twitter “Expert,” but I’ve trained enough people on it that I practically have a routine down.

And it goes… Continue reading

The Long Tail [Book Review]

Longtail CoverWow.

Where to begin with this one.

Even though this book was released a few years ago, the concepts and contents of this book will probably be relevant for eternity, as long as there are means for abundant choice. I highly recommend everyone  read this, particularly if you are in either business or technology, as it is relevant to both fields. (specifically: marketing / internet technology)

Essentially, “The Long Tail” refers to a powerlaw curve, where the vast majority of VOLUME is comprised of very few products, and the vast maority of PRODUCTS individually pull a very small number of sales. (The example used by the author is comparing books / CD’s offered by Wal-Mart, which sells only hits, versus the books / CDs sold by Amazon.com, which sells pretty much everything you can imagine). It’s a contrasting between “hits” and “niches”. In a situation where choice is abundant (such as on amazon) a Long-tail distribution will often emerge.

But the true strength of this book is the insight in both the case-studies and applications. Continue reading

Dig-Duggin’ [From the Archives]

My “Day I Left Pennsylvania” led me to some archived website posts (before blogs were invented) I had written many years ago. I’m re-posting them now. Bear in mind that most of the content in this series is over 5 years old. I have left the content more or less intact. I have removed some links and added some others — but that’s it. Enjoy!

Being able to find information effectively has become a lot easier since Google has improved their search engines, but there was once a time when you had to use crazy pedantics to find stuff you wanted. Some of the techniques still apply.


The power of identity

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Names are very powerful things. Names identify us, can label friend or foe, provide clues to origin, announce familial history, and much much more! And all for the low low price of 19.95!
When you’re starting your quest to locate some obscure little tidbit of information, a photograph, a song, CD, or 12″ vinyl that you’ve been hunting for months or years, it helps a lot to know the name. Sometimes simply finding the name can lead you right to it! Common knowledge says the majority of solving any problem is identifying it. Continue reading

Barney Google [From the Archives]

My “Day I Left Pennsylvania” led me to some archived website posts (before blogs were invented) I had written many years ago. I’m re-posting them now. Bear in mind that most of the content in this series is over 5 years old. I have left the content more or less intact. I have removed some links and added some others — but that’s it. Enjoy!

Being able to find information effectively has become a lot easier since Google has improved their search engines, but there was once a time when you had to use crazy pedantics to find stuff you wanted. Some of the techniques still apply.


Syntax

Syntax is not what you pay when you buy cigarettes, alcohol, or pornography. Syntax is, in layman’s terms, the grammar you use to communicate with the google search engine (in this instance.) This will look a little complicated, but I’ll explain it all, bit by bit.

<modifiers><term 1> <modifiers><term 2>…

Modifiers

What are modifiers? Modifiers, or “qualifiers” are represented by punctuation symbols, but they tell the Google search engine to interpret the following term in a certain way.
For example the quotation marks [" "] are used to tell google that you want the enclosed term to be verbatim. Entering dog pile would find pages that matched ‘dog’ OR ‘pile’. Entering “dog pile” would result in pages that only matched ‘dog pile’. It basically forces the search engine to treat multiple words as one solid term. Continue reading

This Video is Full of Win

Some of you may remember the game “Super Mario World” for the Super Nintendo, way back in the 1990′s. (If you don’t, and you own a Wii, you can download it for ~700 Wii points on the Wii Shopping channel! I recommend, it’s a fun game. :))

Anyways — there are some people that have created custom levels for it, using their computers. One of the inevitable consequences was the creation of some levels that required absolutely no player interaction at all; The player is moved through the level using the game’s physics engine. While that may sound boring, it is quite entertaining to watch. Sort of like those old Rube Goldberg machines.

This video that I found today (on Boingboing, I think…) takes that automation to the next level. Not only does it do a PHENOMENAL amount of zero-player-interaction automation, but the creators have synchronized it with some fast-paced foreign electronic music. You have to see it to believe it.