Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Traditions

It's Thanksgiving, and in my world that means 2 things. The Last Waltz and stuffing. I'm already halfway through the first record. I'll watch the film a bit later. 

Utilizing horns one more time, this was the gig of the Band's life and one of the greatest in rock history. We are privileged that it exists in a form where we can hear it as often as we want.

--Rob Bowman, All-Music Guide

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Napolean Follow-up

Whitney Matheson wonders if serious films will kill Jack Black
Will Jack Black's starring, semi-serious stint in King Kong change the comedian forever? Not to worry: This photo from Nacho Libre, director Jared Hess' follow-up to Napoleon Dynamite, shows Black looking ridiculous again, dressed in lace and covered in doves. (Sounds like a Prince video, doesn't it?) In the movie, he plays a wannabe Mexican wrestler.

Black is also set to star in the oft-delayed Tenacious D movie, now set for a spring release. I'd link to the trailer, but this is a family-friendly blog ...

Here's the pic she was talking about...

Monday, November 21, 2005

Save Our Bluth's!

Hitting pretty close to home, eh Mitch?
"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz isn't giving up on his show -- but he is using an upcoming episode to poke fun at the skein's latest near-death experience.
Seg, dubbed "S.O.B.s" -- for "Save Our Bluths" -- finds the show's Bluth family fighting to save their fictional construction company. They decide to mount a big event -- "Some kind of 'Save Our Bluths' type thing," as George Bluth Sr. says in the script for the episode.

"It's very self-referential," Hurwitz told Daily Variety, noting that he finished the final draft of the shooting script Wednesday.

In one scene, Jason Bateman's character, Michael, notes, "Our backs are against the wall. ... It's just hard for me to accept that it's really come to begging."

There's also a conversation about whether the Home Builders Organization -- HBO -- might be willing to save the Bluths. When that idea is nixed, George Sr. says, "I guess it's Showtime. We'll put on some kind of show at the dinner."

TiVo ToGo

Engadget is reporting that you'll be able to rip Tivo'd programs to your video ipod.
today TiVo is expected to announce an enhanced TiVoToGo service, which would allow subscribers to transfer recorded programs directly to their iPods and PSPs. Of course, many of you are already taking steps to convert TiVo’s MPEG-2 format to MPEG-4 - a process which requires video conversion software and several manual steps to load up your portable. But TiVo is promising background conversion and automatic, overnight transfer directly to your iPod or PSP via your connected PC - a two-hour process for a one-hour show.

E-Mail is Sooo Five Minutes Ago

So says Business Week.
Though the likeliest scenario is that e-mail will remain the prime tool for notification and one-to-one communication, "a huge percentage of collaboration will occur outside of e-mail, with a continued rise in these other tools," says Clay Shirky, associate teacher in the interactive telecommunications program at New York University. "There's an enormous untapped value to be gotten by getting collaboration right."

I've told some of my customers the same thing, but they want email blasts and more email blasts...I'm pushing blogs, they want Photo galleries.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Metromix Going Nationwide

Metromix going national? Yup.
There's no "official" announcement, but a blogger who works for the Tribune Co. is putting out the word that the company is turning Metromix, its online entertainment guide in Chicago, into a national site. It's up now in two other Tribune markets: Baltimore and Orlando.

In some ways this development harkens back to the dot-com boom, when major media companies thought the winning strategy was to create new national brands. (At Knight Ridder, where I was new media director for the Miami Herald, we rolled out an entertainment guide called JustGo in all of the company's markets.) This created internal tension at the papers and also some consumer confusion, since those papers already had print entertainment guides with other brand names.

I see at least one important but subtle difference this time around: The Tribune Co. isn't abandoning the newspaper's traditional brand names in local markets. For instance, the site in Orlando carries the newspaper's CityBeat brand name but says it's "powered by Metromix."

Since the Tribune Co. generally does a good job of research when launching new products, company executives presumably believe that a national brand (with a possible presence in the nation's top three markets, since the Tribune has papers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) will yield significant new ad dollars.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A Blogging I will Go

Karen Hanson of the Lincoln-Way Sun did a great piece on my blogs:
Frankfort Trustee Jake Parrillo is a blogger. Did you know?

Don't worry; it's not bad. In fact, a blog - short for "web log," an online journal - can be an excellent way for an elected official to communicate with his or her constituents.

Parrillo's blog can be found on his Web site, www.joinjake.com . Click on the "blog" tab on the top menu. There, you will find Parrillo's opinions on local issues, links to articles about Frankfort and photos of Parrillo and others at local events.

Parrillo also uses the blog to promote his plans for re-election and his support for other candidates. That's OK. The Web site itself is not an official government site. It's not paid for with tax money; instead, it's funded by Parrillo's campaign committee, People for Parrillo. The blog, then, serves two functions: It gives residents information about what's going on in Frankfort, and it gives voters insight into how Parrillo stands on the issues.

...Parrillo wholeheartedly embraces technology. In fact, he works as a consultant for a group called Corederoy Partners, where he creates online Web strategies for clients. Currently he writes a blog for state Rep. Tom Cross (joincrossblog.com) and publishes Illinoisscoop.com. U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is also a client. Parrillo also contributes to IgnoreIllinois.com, a site operated by the Illinois House Republican Caucus, and he will soon be participating in ILGOP.org, a blog for the Illinois Republican Party.

Karen did a great job summing up the current state of public officials and their connections to the internet. I'm really happy that some residents of Frankfort are using the blog as a 'feedback loop'. It really is a great too. And...as my brother in law Patrick says:
it's nice to be identified as the golden boy of technology amongst the standard curmudgeonery of your political peers.

Amen.

Base to Google

Wait no longer. The Craigs List Killer Google Base is here:
Google Inc launched a service on Wednesday that gives Web users an online venue to publish anything from a recipe to a research paper.

The service, called "Google Base," invites users to choose labels and attributes for their content that will make it easier for other people to search the site.

The service (http://base.google.com) is free and gives a unique Web address to each user's content, allowing people to easily post information without the need to create and maintain a Web page.

Depending on the relevance of the content, users' information may also appear on other Google properties like Froogle and Google Local, Google said.
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