Monthly Archives: November 2007

Bluetooth Headphones Arriving

I was reading an article about the music industry this morning and saw a banner ad linking to this:

http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er88.aspx?_cr=Banner+Ads%7CBackbeat+Media%7Cety8-300X250-reclining

Wireless, in-ear headphones.  I love it and would love to see it catch on sooner than later.  Perhaps this is the kind of thing that will help spur more widespread adoption of bluetooth earpieces to my blog post a few months back.  If anyone is looking to buy me a gift for the holidays, I’ll certainly take one of these new devices from Etymotic.

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South Park Online

It’s been several years since I’ve watched the show South Park in any fashion.  In the past, particularly during college, I’ve loved it on Comedy Central and the Bigger, Longer and Uncut film is an all-time classic. 

A friend sent me this clip today: 

http://southpark.comedycentral.com/videos.jhtml?videoId=127951&episodeId=127947

In response to the clip directly, it was classic, clever South Park and the Colorado disses were accurate and hysterical.  Anyone from Colorado would appreciate the seeming, and sad, fame that belongs to the Ron Zappolos of the state. 

I won’t go too far down the path of exploring the content of the clip.  What was interesting to me, in part, about it though was the South Park website where this clip was found.  As I should have suspected, there is a large amount of South Park content online now and it works quite well on a playlist-focused, short-form basis.  I got caught up tonight watching a good number of clips as well as browsing around the larger site.  And, I could definitely see coming back.  I suspect the website, despite the show being shark jumped at this point, drives good traffic and they’re clearly trying to monetize it with banner ads and some post-roll/intersticial video ads. 

I don’t know how much gas this show has left in the tank but this clearly has me thinking, if it’s not happening already, that the Family Guys, Simpsons and related comedy shows of the world have an interesting, short-form distribution outlet online that compliments the main-screen TV viewing experience quite well. 

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Best College Football Play Ever?

http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&brand=foxsports&vid=b102d7ff-beab-4b37-964d-f90ceb1e487c 

I recently saw this college football play, featuring DIII Trinity University in Texas, and was blown away.  It has to be included in the elite category of best college football plays ever–maybe in all of sports history.  There are 14 some-odd laterals in this play and it took over 2 minutes to unfold.

Separately, I’m continually surprised by the “proprietary,” non-viral nature of Microsoft’s Internet tools in this capacity.  It was difficult to load this video from MSN on to my blog and I wasn’t able to post it to my Facebook profile–MSN pushes users to their comedic website “Spaces” for such activities instead.  Apple typically gets criticized for their proprietary nature but it’s MSFT, in this case, failing to let loose the reins.

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Zune Ads: Acid Included?

I still continue to struggle with Microsoft’s futile presence in the digital music world.  They are light years behind Apple and each and every step only feels like they move further and further away.  Their only hope, as I currently see it, is that Apple upsets the major content providers so royally that they are left to enter stage left with a new, compelling proposition, license wise, to the studios and labels. 

The latest Zune commercials are posted on YouTube and I found one this weekend.  This is tripy and bizarre–it was somewhat reminicent of a scene from the new movie, Across the Universe, but not nearly as good–and the connection to music is faint at best. 

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