Archive for April, 2012

Babies Aren’t Magic

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In an apparently continuing series I’m now calling “Stuff People Have Been Saying for As Long As I’ve Been in the Internet Business,” I found this article about how little kids–I mean, really little kids–are so good with touch screens.  Here’s a key tidbit: “’Today’s kids are so completely at ease with navigating and flicking […]

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    Four Ways to Win the Mindshare Battle against Social Media

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    In the entire decade and a half I’ve been working in the Internet/WWW/Interactive biz, some people have speculated that all this crazy new technology is making everyone into hermits and shut-ins.  You’ve heard the stories, and certainly some of them are true, though this article that I stumbled across today refutes and counters the line […]

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      No One Knows and No One Cares

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      Here’s a joke for you. What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy? I don’t know and I don’t care. No, really, that’s the answer.  Seth Godin was talking today on the Domino Project blog about how booksellers should not be worried about piracy robbing them of riches, but instead wishing people cared enough about their […]

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        Tastemakers, Communities of Participation and Unexpectedness…

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        The three reasons videos go viral on Youtube, according to Kevin Alloca, who watches the trends on this stuff for Youtube.  It’s 7 minutes and worth watching, if for no other reason to confirm what you should already know, which is that a very significant part of a video “going viral” is luck, blind stinkin’ […]

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          Pointless and Destructive Theatre Tax Proposal Withdrawn

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          Thanks to Terence McFarland for A. being the one I heard about this from, and more importantly, B. being one of the people on the front lines of doing something about it.  I got there so late that all I did was sign the petition. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto was proposing a 7.5% sales tax […]

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            One Sneaky Trick

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            Like all of you, I am frequently given the opportunity to learn “one weird tip” or “one little trick” or “one weird old trick” or occasionally “one sneaky trick” that will enable me to improve something very suddenly with a minimum of effort. Mostly, these are the things that normally bedevil people, like losing weight […]

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              Smile for Smiles-Do Something Silly to Do Something Serious

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              My son Jake and I made a silly video to support something serious and important.  We’re supporting an organization called Smile Train provide cleft palate surgeries in the third world.  Here’s a very silly video we made explaining it: Our goal in April is to get just 250 smiles on the Facebook page, and if […]

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                Does Baseball Need Saving? If So, I’ve Got the Answer

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                Baseball is the single biggest live entertainment product in the world.  In the U.S. major leagues alone, about 75 million tickets are sold each year, and that compares to just 20 mm or so in leagues like the NBA or the English Premier League, which has only about 13mm tickets sold.  In fact, add up […]

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                  Holograms: Not Just for Dead People

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                  The Tupac hologram appearance at Coachella was stunning.  It amazed and startled people because it was a surprise, and it was done in service of a poignant moment, the anniversary of Shakur’s death.  Taken together, it was a rare moment where a technology “debuts” in an artistically successful way. Since then, the talk about holograms […]

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                    Even Virtual Stuff Needs a “Cover”

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                    In a way, a live event is a virtual good. That’s right.  And there’s a bit of irony in that too because live events, whether plays, sporting contests, musical performances or whatever, are as ancient a “product” as humankind produces.  It’s not hard to picture a particularly rakish neanderthal smartass standing on a rock telling […]

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