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Oprah + KFC = Social Experiment waiting to happen

Advocacy, Amusements, Customer Service, Food Service, Music

If your like me, you don’t watch Oprah… However you probably got an email from a friend or coworker with a link to a site where you can print coupons for a free 2 piece grilled chicken meal. Sounds great huh?……. Wrong! (mostly)

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Derivative Media

Best Of, Business, Economics, Intellectual Property Rights, Music, Technology

Hollywood and the Music Industry have both stepped away from their true calling.

They used to take a “new idea” and do something wonderful with it.

Take Citizen Kane.

Not like anything before it. Compelling, immersive, because the story drags you along.

Now compare the movie Transformers. A remake of a kids cartoon show, from our childhood.

Basically, any of us who grew up with the cartoon, already new the basic story, the only real hook was the mind-blowing Computer Generated Imaging (CGI). And yes, it was mind blowing.

But derivative.

Nothing new.

Retelling old stories is why people don’t go to the movie theatre and plunk down $10 a seat. When there are new, good ideas, they come from places where the organization is new.

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A Quick Look at a Jailbroken iPhone 3G

AT&T, Apple, Best Of, Hacking, Music, Software, WiFi

 

The iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G

Ok, I’ll admit it. I like Apple products. There is something to be said for a product that you can pull out of the box and have it work right with out having to read pages of manuals or spend hours trying to figure out.

When Apple first released the original version of the iPhone I thought it was a neat concept, but the iPhone 3G is a serious expansion of an already cool product.

The iPhone 3G comes out of the box with Bluetooth, WiFi, Edge, 3G and GPS transceivers, making it an extremely connected device.

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BBQ of All Evil

Amusements, Hacking, Local, Music, Relationships

Over the weekend, the crew from All Thats Evil enjoyed a wonderful BBQ at the Center for All Evil…

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RIAA Continues Fight to Save Dying Distribution Model

Economics, Music

The RIAA says that it’s litigation campaign (aka Sueing it’s Customers!) is to benefit the “creators” of music.

But in a move that should be a surprise to no-one, they’re now pressing to have the Copyright Royalty Board lower song writer royalties on music downloads from 13% of the wholesale price, to 8% of the wholesale price.

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Interplanetary Groove

Music, Space

As I sit here wondering what’s beyond our planet, NASA is readying their plans to give the little green men something to groove to.

In a recent press release NASA officially announced their plans to beam the Beatles’ song, “Across the Universe” into deep space - a celebration, to the day, of the Beatle’ recording of the song, and the founding of NASA itself.

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RIAA at it Again

Economics, Music

 

RIAA Fines

RIAA Fines

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Spreading the Cheer

Intellectual Property Rights, Music, Society

How interesting…. this study commissioned by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), and Michael Geist’s analysis of it lay out details that are contrary to what most of America’s media officials want the general population to think: File sharing doesn’t really hurt the music industry as a whole.

What a concept… Casual sharing actually helps the artist? Yes, it does. Perhaps we’ve forgot that we reap what we sow. Giving the customer what they want may result in a short-term loss, but in many cases, a long-term gain.

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