June 27, 2007
June 19, 2007
June 17, 2007
Lola was in a movie this weekend! More details and a YouTube link coming soon.
Background is that we participated in the 48 Hour Film Project over the weekend with 14 of our (now) closest friends. It's amazing that 16 people can agree on anything, much less actually write, shoot, edit and produce a film in 48 hours. But that's what we did.
I got some awesome photographs over the two days and will be posting them to flickr. Stay tuned!
June 14, 2007
day 1 of dog365. high 80s here, and lola is definitely not used to the heat.
i've been doing a somewhat inconsistent version of 365 days at flickr, and josh & madison just started their version: dog365. so, here we go! i may actually try to blog these -- since lola is much cuter than me. y'all will just have to visit flickr to look at my mug.
June 6, 2007
what a coup for eMusic! Sir Paul's latest is available for download, and as always it's entirely DRM-free.
it's the first album from the starbucks music label, Hear Music, available on eMusic. hopefully this will open the door to more albums. (although the sub-label Concord has put several of their jazz releases on eMusic, including the wonderful Ray Charles compilation, Genius Loves Company.
by the way, if you ever want to sign up for emusic, let me invite you. then we'll both get free downloads! :)
June 5, 2007
despite recently being purchased by CBS, last.fm has been firing on all cylinders.
along with a recent redesign, last.fm has been cranking out "community" features left and right. they've improved their badges, event calendars, rss feeds, and have created a widgets site that can help even the newbest newb embed their song history in a blog, myspace, web page, or facebook. (more on facebook after the jump...)
i've embedded the "quilt" widget below -- a slick flash widget that displays a rotating array of album covers.
and speaking of facebook -- could their launch of f8 be any huger? (at least with all us web nerds -- the twitterverse has been all, well, er, a-twitter.) Newsweek has dubbed 2007 as the "Year of the Widget," which puts facebook in a pretty good position to take over where friendster and myspace have lacked. Redeye VC has some great thoughts on the potential dinosaur that is MySpace:
While the concept of a “widget” might seem trivial to many outside of Silicon Valley, the ability to automatically embed a rich flash application inside another site is very powerful. It has become a new vehicle for massively gaining viral distribution.
And this new opportunity has not gone unnoticed by the VC community. I'd estimate that over $250 million dollars has been invested in widget companies during the last 18 months. And just as every consumer-facing Internet company has developed a strategy to leverage Google (via organic or paid search), they have also developed strategies to “widgitize” a portion of their application for distribution via Myspace. While there are other sites which allow widget embedding, the vast majority of the growth has been on Myspace. In fact, I would argue that until last week, the term “widget” has been synonymous with “embedded Myspace application.”
Myspace’s lack of a clear “widget roadmap” created a big opportunity for their #1 competitor, Facebook.
Just last week, Facebook took advantage of that opportunity in a huge way. Specifically, Facebook announced their new development platform, F8. I won’t spend a lot of time describing their announcement (I'll leave that to others), but I agree with Paul Allen’s summary of the three key points:
By providing a clear roadmap – and business opportunity – for the widget makers, Facebook has just increased its virtual R&D budget by over $250 million dollars. By welcoming third-party innovation, Facebook will reap the benefit of hundreds of millions of dollars of venture investment – and the Facebook user will have a much richer experience. I'd wager that every widget maker who has previously relied on Myspace for traffic is hard at work this holiday weekend on migrating their application to support the Facebook API.
- Applications can be deeply integrated with Facebook
- Distribution of the applications will occur through the network, and
- The business opportunity Facebook is providing will give 100% of advertising revenue (for third party applications) and 100% of transaction revenue to the application developers.
Facebook has recognized (and embraced) something that Myspace has not – that there is more value in owning a web platform then a web property. (my emphasis)
if you're a fan of 30 boxes, last.fm, twitter, box.net, iLike, picnik, and literally hundreds of other fun and successful web2.0 sites that have cropped up over the last year or two, then get on over to facebook and play around. chances are, you'll never have to visit any other site! ;)
YouTube video with the audience's real-time response.
This is interesting not because of all the spin (they each have their own unique take), but in the way the audience clearly reacted to who was the best speaker (not really what they had to say).
Richardson flatlined. Edwards flatlined. They were both boring. Hillary got a bit fired up. Biden got a little more fired up. And the audience reacted positively to them both, even though they were both spinning more than debating.
June 4, 2007
did anyone else notice that knocked up has a 92% over at rottentomatoes.com?? i liked the 40-year-old virgin, and confess to getting sucked into watching it over and over again on cable, but the overwhelmingly positive reviews surprised even me. looks like i know what i'm doing this weekend. after i get back from portland, that is.
also... more michael cera!!!!!! hoorah!
Variety is reporting that Apatow will produce a comedy called Year One, starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. The article has no details about the movie's plot, but does mention that some of the script's writers also worked on "The Office," and Owen Wilson will be an executive producer.
June 1, 2007
As the title suggests, head off to your local Krispy Kreme and pickup your FREE DONUT!
In celebration of National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 1, participating Krispy Kreme stores throughout the U.S. will offer customers a free doughnut of their choice. This annual event invites Krispy Kreme fans to enjoy a free doughnut as a thank you for their continued support.
First off -- why am I surprised there's a press release? Second -- this is an annual event? Super sweet! It's going into 30boxes right now.