Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Update : when you enter the search term commoditization into Google, the 4th hit (after dictionary definitions) is Starbucks!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Far from delivering a speech on Content Creation Opportunities, actor Tim Robbins used his time as the keynote speaker at NAB to deliver a scathing attack on the US media. Ad Age has posted a 6 minute audio highlight here. Describing the media as an "abyss" he demanded a greater accountability from our broadcast sources & decried the goal of revenue over all other considerations.
Well worth 6 minutes of your time.
Thanks to Jezebel for the link & set the Tivo for Wednesdays 8/7c.
But help could be coming soon for the frustrated traveler in the form of new regulations that require airlines to financially compensate (up to $800) bumped passengers. This should curtail the industry's practice of overbooking flights & then denying boarding to ticketed flyers. I've always hated this practice since it generally targets the lowest fare/least status passengers first. These tend to be the non-frequent flyers, often the elderly, who are totally bewildered by the situation & as I've witnessed, reduced to tears.
In our business we get to see some pretty, ahem, interesting corporate videos but I think this little ditty for a Microsoft internal meeting takes the Oscar! Watch if you can stand it.
Update - MS claims the video was "just a spoof." As my teens would say, "yeah, sure, right!"
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"Thanks, but I'd rather use neither!"
Sorry about the bad cell-phone picture but I had to capture a priceless moment. Yes, he is actually delivering a presentation here. Needless to say it wasn't real loud in the house.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I have plenty of recollections of working on that one [Graceland]. I don't know if you heard the stories, but it was not a pleasant deal for us. I mean he [Simon] quite literally – and in no way do I exaggerate when I say – he stole the songs from us... The guy was clueless... He's the world's biggest prick, basically.
Story via Lefsetz.
Friday, April 11, 2008
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BR) said it had little choice but to drop the world premiere of Swedish-Israeli composer Dror Feiler's Halat Hisar (State of Siege), from a concert because it was "adverse to the health" of its musicians.
Apparently Wagner would be in violation too!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This year's Olympic Games were supposed to be Communist China's coming-out-party, and the torch route is even more ambitious: 21 countries on all six inhabited continents. But that includes Australia, and I really wouldn't send the torch there if I wanted to preserve China's dignity.
As England is the spiritual homeland of irony, so is Australia the world capital of mockery, and by the time the torch gets there (if it ever does) the Australians are going to feel challenged. It was burning underpants in 1956; what might it be in 2008?Since the so-called thug escort is already banned from Australia this could be some fun viewing!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Are these same officers on the streets of San Francisco today? From this picture it would appear so.
Better buy that $699 TV before it's too late.
Monday, April 07, 2008
All in all, inane statements like this sum up all that's wrong with the US auto industry. Is it really that hard to predict that a $60K, 12mpg SUV might not have strong, sustained sales? What are they teaching in MBA classes today anyway?
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Happy Birthday R.A.F!