I’m calling 2007 my “Adventure Year”. It’s been quite an adventure and I got to meet a lot of cool people and do a lot of cool stuff. I spent some time in a beautiful city, Seattle, and an interesting one in New York City. Philly’s home though. I like it here, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get away :) And I’m happy about that.
My heroes in this space have been very supportive, and have given me suggestions, advice, and tips, and I’ve taken them all to heart, and appreciated every single one.
There’s a lot of things on the horizon for 2008, decisions to make, new things to learn and do, and I’m pumped about each of them. I’m extremely blessed to have a supportive family, and a circle of friends who just want to see me happy. What more could a guy ask for? Not much.
So this Holiday Season, squeeze the ones you love extra hard and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. We’ve learned this year that tomorrow is never promised, and you have to do what you love, be where you love, and have no regrets.
Move forward, never back. Peas out, y’all. Enjoy the rest of 2007.
"A few months back a producer from the Simpsons contacted Carly about using her song ‘everyday’ for an upcoming episode in which they were going to parody my video. She was negotiating a rate for the song, until they never got back to her. No fee was agreed on, no contracts signed. She and I both assumed that they were no longer interested in using her song for the show. Last night the episode aired and sure enough her song is part of the show." — jakoblodwick
Google has done something interesting here. I believe they’ve “collected” first, and then will “connect”, rather than the other way around ala Facebook, Myspace, and every other social network. They make you do all of the work. Google will let you sit back, do your thing, and then connect you with others based on what you put in.
On Facebook and MySpace our close friends and contacts get mixed up with our colleagues who we only talk to every so often.
If Google connects the dots, they’ll do that work for us based on how often we contact someone via gtalk and gmail. Connect me with someone who searches for the same things. Connect me with someone who has made the same type of purchases using Google checkout.
This is a smart move and pretty revolutionary. Paramount has nothing to lose. Apparently this movie has some outtakes from Jackass 2, and a few new clips. For the price of bandwith they’ll get the movie the widest possible opening release in the history of film.
The success of movies today are naturally calculated based on what they gross. Could this change in the future? How many times have you purchased a DVD and lent it to 10 other people? What is the most viewed movie of all time? We have no way to know. Technology could change that.
Other movie studios are surely standing by and watching to see how this goes.
I’ve always felt that the internet is the perfect place to premiere a movie. Right now movies get released to major cities first, test screenings are had, etc. Why not release a movie in a closed web environment, allowing the audience to provide instant feedback as the movie is going along. Look at Viddler’s player, they allow you to add notes to specific parts in a video. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to screen a movie in trade for their participation, suggestions, and feedback on specific parts in the movie.
In a time where the internet gets a bad name when it comes to movies (you only hear about piracy and never distribution, viral marketing, etc), this is just what we needed.
I’m a huge Jackass fan, and so are a lot of other people. I want to know how many full streams of this thing they give out after the 2 weeks. It’s going to be astronomical.
What does w00t mean to me? Oh, so much. So many of us have said it for years, and have gotten blank stares from people who spend under 1 hour a day on the net. No more!!! Us w00t-ers have arrived.
No more when I walk through Walmart and grab the last box of peanut butter Captain Crunch and yell out my battle cry of “w00t” (and sometimes a double w00t, as in “w00t w00t”), will I be met by odd looks from clueless shoppers.
No more, no more. w00t has arrived. I toast you w00t.
The whole act now, ask for forgiveness later mantra of the web bit Facebook on the ass this time. Their Beacon advertising model, which part of it publishes your activity on other sites to your friends on Facebook sounded creepy and weird to me in the first place. But hey, I don’t work for Facebook so what do I know?
This could have been a good feature if Facebook actually gave you the choice to opt-in to it. Instead, they left it opt-out, meaning you had to take action to turn this off. Bad way to go, since most people don’t know what the hell Beacon is, don’t know much about technology, and would have probably left the thing on because they didn’t know any better. A few advertisers, like Coke, have backed out of their original advertising agreeement with Facebook because of the gaff. Will they come back after this? Not yet.
What facebook needs to do is publish a FAQ (along with Mark Zuckerberg’s blog post in that fancy news feed feature they’ve got there. Just like nobody knew about Beacon, nobody is going to know about Zuck’s blog post. They need to eat their own dog food and say “Hey we screwed up” a little more publically. Also, whenever they’re rolling out a feature, why not drop it in the feeds as a sponsored post, like they do for Blockbuster, etc. etc.?
There’s transparency and community and then there’s the illusion of it. Which one do we have here? Stay tuned.