Archive for the ‘media’ Category

Score one for P2P

Friday, August 20th, 2004

EFF scores a win for P2P. The Ninth Circuit declares that distributors of peer-to-peer software can’t be held liable for what their users do. Don’t forget to read Fred’s comments on the ruling.

Oh how I love the TV

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Reno 911 is the funniest fucking TV show on the air right now. I think they’re entering their second season — new season starts on Wednesday at 10:30PST. The cast is so hilarious. Each and every single one of them makes me laugh my ass off. And I love white trash humor.

And black humor, too. I caught a bit of the Dave Chappelle show last week and heard the funniest expression that I’ll never be able to use: mad niggerish. Charlie Murphy walking into Studio 54 and seeing Rick James acting all mad niggerish slapping bitches and shit.

We went TV shopping this past weekend, and I’m thinking about spending over a thousand dollars on a TV set. I don’t get to watch it a lot, but when I do, I love television — commercials and all. And I want quality TV (and a TV I can actually see from the couch) — a 30″ high definition flat screen TV. Though hopefully I’ll come to my senses and make a more reasonable first TV purchase.

It’s funny how long I went without a TV and that I didn’t really miss it — especially given how much I love it. I only wish we had HBO.

State of the Union address

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

You’ve probably already seen this, but I just saw it today for the first time — I almost peed my pants watching this! Slightly Modified State of the Union speech (mov file).

Mypod

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

My iPod has completely changed the way I listen to music. I love music, but I’ve never been a huge consumer of it. I have a small collection of CDs and I listen to the radio a lot. Before I purchased the iPod, I would pick a CD or two and listen to it/them until I got tired of it and then would listen to another one — CDs would sit in the CD player sometimes for days, weeks.

But now that I have my entire collection on mypod, I often listen to it on shuffle. If I’m running, I listen to one of my playlists with fast, loud music on it, and if I’m in a particular mood, I listen to a particular album, but usually it’s on shuffle. At first I loved it — hearing songs I’d forgotten about or didn’t even know I had. But a few months of that and I was bored with my collection. Sometimes I purposely don’t use the iPod so that I can still be able to listen to it again.

So I’ve begun to consume a lot more music. Used CDs (because new CDs are horrendously expensive) when I’m not sure what I want and need to browse, but mostly using iTunes — where music is often cheaper than buying new CDs and you get it immediately (well, almost immediately — you still have to wait for all of it to download).

But I’ve also been thinking about how tied I am to iTunes. Which, of course, is exactly what Apple wants, right? I can’t create a new playlist without iTunes, I can’t add new music without iTunes. What good is my iPod when I don’t have my mac near me? My mac is no longer my work computer so I don’t have it with me at work on a daily basis so I’ve really begun to notice how useless the iPod is if I want to customize my music without iTunes. I could use it as a harddrive and muck with the files on there, but I can’t play any of the music that’s on there that’s not in my iTunes library without having mypod attached to a computer. Clever, those Apple folks. And selfish, too.

Not so moral after all?

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

So, it’s all fine and dandy for me not to ’steal’ CDs and music, but the first time I want a piece of media that I can’t legally download, I go and do it anyway. I didn’t watch the superbowl and only saw the Pepsi commercial with Pink, Beyonce, and Britney somewhat recently. And I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. Last week, I searched online and got to see the video, but wasn’t able to download. So I downloaded a little tool instead, that let me capture the media stream and saved it to my hard drive.

And I’ve been thinking about it ever since. If I could buy the commercial I would — I want a quality copy of it, but no one seems to sell commercials — at least not that one anyway. And I know this question gets asked repeatedly — but where is the harm in what I am doing — I as in me, not I in a general, all of us are Is, kind of way. Having this commercial in my posession so that I can watch it every day is going to encourage me to consume. I will go and buy Pink and Britney Spears albums. I’ve got Destiny’s Child albums, but maybe I’ll go buy the Beyonce album, too. I’m easily influenced by music. I’m a huge fan of commercials — I was talking to a friend of mine about this — but I’m of the first generation to have grown up with MTV during our formative years and I’ve been hugely influenced by music videos — those short clips of amazing and interesting video and sound. My attention span is short, and if you can keep my interest before I zone out, then I’m sold on whatever it is you have to sell — clothes, music, sex, car insurance. Pair your product with some hot pop stars, and I’m a drooling mess.

I admit I’m guilty of doing something I shouldn’t have done, but I’ll make up for it.

That three minute, gladiator commercial was produced by Abbot Mead Vickers, BBDO London. Go view the commercials at bbdo.com — they’re all awesome. You can watch the Pepsi commercial here.

Plastic surgery giveaway

Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

As I was driving into work this morning, one of the radio stations I toggle back and forth through was announcing a $10,000 plastic surgery giveaway. Plastic surgery. As a prize. WTF?

Today’s events

Thursday, March 4th, 2004

SFGate has an article about how the SF Public library wants to put RFIDs in all its books (complete with quote and picture of Lee Tien :). There’s an RFID forum tonight at the library from 6-8 that I’ll probably attend (though the last time I said I’d be somewhere — Tuesday’s SFOBUG — I didn’t end up going).

Also — the Asian film festival starts tonight! You can finally see the Hero (Flash site) on the big screen!! It’s the opening film tonight. It’s an amazingly beautiful and tuoching film. There’s also a wonderful Korean film I think I’m going to recommend my mother see about a woman who doesn’t let her husband suck the life out of her.

Aeon Flux in the flesh

Friday, February 27th, 2004

There’s been interesting news lately, but I haven’t had much time to blog…however, this I could not pass up. Aeon Flux, that amazing, short-lived, animated series on MTV by Peter Chung, is going to be adapted into a live action, feature length film starring Charlize Theron.

“…[T]he project would find Theron playing a futuristic assassin known for her extreme style, cool attitude and tight clothes.”

I only hope Theron can do her justice…but oh man, just imagine the merchandising! Little Aeon Fluxes loitering on all the shelves…

Functional beauty

Thursday, February 19th, 2004

Oooohhh…this speaker (NYTimes link – requires registration/login) is so beautiful!! Dark and sleek and smart. It adjusts itself to compensate for poor furniture layout that might prevent optimal sound.

More about it here, too.