Friday, October 23, 2009

February 25th, of this year:

"Some Motley Fool readers can continue believing that Americans want the security net of "ownership" (which I can relate to, but only in re: books -- I will never buy a Kindle), ... but the fact of the matter is that the model appears to be strong, and as it stands Netflix is in the lead."

October 23rd, same year:


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I've been itching to get a NAS setup, and last night I found one for a decent price. Buffalo 1TB NAS is on sale at Dell for $144, from $199. It's only one drive which is a little scary, but hopefully it will stick around for a few years. What does everyone else do with thier imporatant data? RAID storage? Thumb drives? Web-based storage?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Is Tribeca Film Festival still cool? It starts up here in two days, and I've practically heard nothing about this year. How is there a big-name film festival in one of the cultural capitals of the world with no buzz? Possibilities: Smarter mainstream flicks (Doubt, Slumdog, Milk, I Love You Man, every Oscar winner in 2007). Nobody cares about documentaries on the plight of the Vietnamese rice farmer when we can't afford our mortgages. DeNiro is played out. Nobody hangs out in Tribeca. Tickets are so hard to get people like me stop trying after a couple of years. When you can get a ticket the ticket pick-up location is a thirty minute walk from the venue. Shitty marketing (I honestly didn't remember that this was happening until a friend gave me a booklet she was handed the other morning at 7am, coming out of Penn Station. Huh? This hardly an efficient use of resources.)

Who knows. At least maybe this year I will be able to get a ticket.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Never Forget.

Looks like Grandaddy's Jason Lytle has a new record coming out on ANTI- in May, so that's cool. Bizarro world either works in bizarre ways -- I just decided to put Grandaddy on the iPod and put it on today at work which spurred me to do some Googling and finding this out -- or Someone Somewhere mentioned Grandaddy in the last couple of days which made me put it on my iPod -- because I guess the first single is on iTunes TODAY. Either way, crazy, huh? Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake is such a perfect song.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Oh good, the free iTunes download of the week is John Cage's 4'33".

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Today I joined Hunch. It was probably a bad idea, but what the hell, I am already on Facebook and they know everything about me, and we are living in a world where our personal information lives on servers from your floor at work to some server-farm in Singapore. When I get busted for my seven-eights account I have no doubt that that one picture of me doing blow off of Nicole Richie's poodle will surface and the Daily News will report that my favorite movie was Spaceballs. Anyway, I'm totally suspicious about this site for a few reasons:

1) Too web two-point-oh-y. Sparse, not very intuitive, buzz-wordy, and no meat.

2) Whackass LAMP slash web designers are a dime a dozen, but statistical analysis is expensive and requires real software and can't really be done on the fly. I'm skeptical that we'll see real-time analysis of semi-qualitative information in our lifetimes. They could be running regressions in the background pretending like "Which video game console is right for me" is a question that can be answered using a quantitative method, but most of the time the answer they give you will leave you scratching your head.

3) User-created questions means that it will probably turn out like Yahoo Answers.

4) As of this afternoon 81% of the users were male (?). Weird.

Anyway, I could be totally wrong. I went back to TheSixtyOne a couple of weeks back and it's grown up in a good way. It's not a service that I am interested in (heart Pandora) but it's a lot better than it was a few months back. We'll see if Hunch can grow up similarly and find a revenue stream.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I bet every person who works at NASA is so sick of hearing the "it's not rocket science" joke.