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If Kevin Pollak directed a comedy series about vampires, would anyone watch?

May 18, 2010

No, seriously.  Is anyone watching this?  Because it is really well done.  Whenever I find stuff like this, I keep telling myself that I am not in the target demo, but that in reality, lots of people who ARE in the target demo are actually watching.

But with this, I am.  In the target demo.  Which sucks.

How is the audience supposed to find stuff like this?  How is Kevin supposed to build an audience?  Babelgum probably reaches a bit over 1 million people per month, and they probably get between 1 – 2 million visits per month.  I am really curious about what that has meant for Kevin in terms of audience per episode.  Is he getting north of, say, a show on an average channel on a digital cable tier? What’s he gotta do to get at least more viewers than George Lopez?

Maybe I shouldn’t care.  Because now that I have found it, I will keep watching.  You should too.  Season two has been ordered.  Can’t wait. Episode 1 is below.  Find the rest at Babelgum.

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Also, while we are at it, Kevin does a chat show online, a la Tom Green in the good old days. Old episodes can be found here.  The ones with Mathew Perry and John Hamm are quite good.


People don’t care about music quality anymore. Is video next?

May 14, 2010

My father-in-law is a retired researcher at IBM who did some pioneering work on voice recognition and digital signal processing back when there was no voice recognition and digital signal processing.  He loves talking about how back in the day, he and his fellow researchers who were playing around with music compression technologies were convinced that mp3 style audio compression had absolutely no future, because consumers would never tolerate the degradation in sound quality.

“Boy were we wrong” my father-in-law likes to laugh.

Seriously, NOT FUNNY.

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Cowboys self-destructing always makes for great content.

May 3, 2010

Even if it is their stadium.  Who cares?  I have been watching this over and over again.  It makes me smile every time.

Also, it is remarkable how the rules of what makes content engaging varies from screen to screen.  I have spent at least 30 minutes watching this over and over again online. Different angles.  Sped up and slowed down.  On TV?  I would spend a minute tops.  Clearly I am more than happy to interrupt work, or web surfing for this content.  On the other hand, seems I would be hard pressed to tear myself away from the latest episode of Fringe, to watch this.

Anyway, on to the destruction, and the super giddy part of the post.

Cowboy Stadium Getting Demolished: Yay!


April 29, 2010

Everything I have to say on the subject, Jon Stewert says much better.

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Yet another blog post about M.I.A.’s Born Free

April 28, 2010

Remember back when you HAD to go to MTV to watch a new music video release?

M.I.A.’s Born Free is like the most talked about music video in who knows how long.  All the blogs are talking about it.  I can’t log on to Facebook without someone talking about how amazing it is.  And you can’t even find the damn thing on MTV.

But good news!  It is here (and here, and here, and over there, and on so and so’s twitter feed…):

Maybe it WILL see the light of day

April 28, 2010

At the beginning of 2009, I suggested that the web series Web Thereapy would never see the light of day.

Looks as though I was wrong.

I don’t know what kind of deal Lexus had with the show creators, but I really hope they didn’t get raped in the process.  I mean, I don’t know how much Lexus funded the development and production of Web Therapy, but if it was anything substantial, I hope they are getting a share of the licensing fees.  God knows what kind of brand lift they saw from the association.

You should watch every episode of this that you can.  It is really very funny.

Also, Jane Lynch.  Yay!

Lets try this again

April 27, 2010

Not that I have extra time on my hands, but I’m gonna start this up again, and try to update it on a somewhat frequent basis.