Posts from July 17, 2004

Nature

Nature

: I arrive back at my room at Aspen tonight after the group dinner and there’s a guy waiting in a cart with a flashlight. “Had a bear,” he says, “A big bear.” Sure enough, there are the the remainders of a room-service club sandwich I’d seen left outside someone else’s room when I went to dinner. Bears like ketchup, too. “Close your windows,” the man says. You bet.

This land is whose land

This land is whose land

: Cory Bergman sends us to a great animated rendition of This Land is Your Land by Bush and Kerry.

Quality talk

Quality talk

: Even Joi Ito is not too proud to beg for an invitation to next year’s Fortune Brainstorm conference. Well, then, neither am I. Everyone who was there loved it.

How to sell bras

How to sell bras

: Rick Bruner rips the covers off a viral ad campaign for tagless bras: He finds a video of a newswoman who thinks she’s not seen taking off her itchy undergarment and surmises it’s an ad… then he sees an ad that’s surely related on Daily Candy… then one of his commenters looks up the domain and sees it’s a bra maker. We’ll be seeing more and more such sneaky advertising.

How to save Hollywood

How to save Hollywood

: Kevin Laws has some good advice in a guest post on Tim Oren’s blog. Excerpt:

2. Release everything. If I can’t get the Simpsons legally, I have that much more incentive to learn how to use illegal file-sharing services. Rather than staging things individually, just make the entire catalog available. It’s still OK to wait until the theater or TV season ends, but it better be available online soon afterwards.

3. Support the infrastructure. Once DivX supports some form of moderate DRM, Hollywood needs an iTunes-like experience for video. They should instantly make their entire catalog available to any service that wants to provide it on the same terms as DVD releases (minus the costs of physical distribution), spurring the same sort of innovation in that area as we’ve seen in music.