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This blog is not dead. Just on hiatus. I think that’s a Mrs. Doubtfire quote.
I started www.BasketballMoses.com and that’s where I wanna post right now. I’m not saying I’ll never update this blog, but I have far more energy writing about the NBA than I do about anything else at the moment.
I don’t know if it came with the start of NBA free agency or if it’s been there for longer, but I’ve felt pushed in a certain direction lately. It’s stirred something in me to develop more from the sports writing standpoint, especially because there is an abundance of stupidity to be read out there (cougheverythingonESPNcough). And I feel like I wanna combat the stupid.
This drive isn’t so much coming from increased blog traffic or reader comments (since neither exist), but from face to face interactions with people that I know who tell me how much they enjoy the Twitter commentary or looked forward to sports-specific blog posts in response to something that happened. And I’m not talking about close friends, but surprising sources of encouragement that lead me to believe there could be more out there that I’ve not heard about.
So I’m trying to figure out what this means. The simple answer would probably mean a different or additional blog. I’m not sure yet.
I’d also have to determine what the focus would be. The NBA? The Bulls? Chicago sports? I’m leaning more towards basketball right now, but want to keep an open mind.
In other words…help.
(if the picture and title of this blog made you think I was feeling pushed to play more basketball, well that’s true too)
Hit to John J Carlson
I would credit my old high school chum for sharing the video, but I don’t have any kind of link for him. Thanks anyway, KB.
I love how a good cover can give you an entirely new appreciation for a song. That’s what Boyce Avenue has done for me many times over.
These guys aren’t exactly a secret as their videos have millions of views, but at the same time I’ve never talked to anyone who has heard of them.
Hulu is starting to suck.
Yes, it’s still my go-to place for catching up on episodes I missed. And until further notice it’s probably still the best way to watch tv on the web.
But I’m afraid that may change soon because this happened about six weeks ago…
Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News. Corp — which co-owns Hulu — says the popular online destination that carries TV programming, will start charging users, probably as soon as 2010, B&C reports.
Noting that “It’s time to start getting paid for broadcast content online,” Carey added that “I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value. Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business.”
Carey made his remarks at B&C’s On-Screen Summit in New York on Oct. 21. He later told B&C’s Claire Atkinson that not all content on Hulu would be behind a pay wall.
Interestingly, at the TVWeek Innovation360 Conference last week, Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner, said that Hulu would eventually go to a pay model. “That’s not an if,” Bewkes said, “that’s a when.” Looks like “eventually” is coming sooner than later.
More importantly, it indicates that a number of media executives at the very top of their companies believe that TV shows on the Web cannot just be given away, especially to those users who don’t have cable or some sort of TV service for which they pay.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Capitalism simply does not work. Just kidding. Settle down.
Of course we don’t know the specifics yet so maybe it’s a little premature to get angry. Then again, Chase Carey can bite me. I don’t know the actual numbers, but don’t tell me Hulu isn’t making serious money with the way they run commercials. Maybe it is the best business decision for them. That doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Also, Hulu has started splitting up short clips to generate more ad revenue. Sometimes I like to see who was on Conan the previous night so I just watch the interviews. Many guest segments are now broken up into three or even four separate clips. Nicole Kidman was on recently and the interview was split into four parts, each shorter than 3 min 45 sec.
For now, it’s still great. I’ll probably watch Glee on Thursday. But all good things come to an end. Especially when there’s a profit to be had and the “good thing” we’re talking about is free tv.
God bless America.
A couple days after Michael Jackson died I wrote about his influence on my early music education while disagreeing with the collective rush to elevate him to deity status.
Words were read. Comments were shared. Just another blog post.
And then yesterday someone apparently stumbled upon the post for the first time and felt the need to share her thoughts. The comment was written as one paragraph but I’m going to break it up because it’ll be easier to read. And for the record, this isn’t something I would normally do. But I have a special place in my heart for delusional people who vehemently defend Michael Jackson. Even if English is not their “mother toung”.
I am sorry but I would like to know how you now that he was guilty. As far as i am concern he won court case. From 10 aligations non of was true. It’s very easy to speak about others, easy to write but I don’t think it’s easy to be cleaned from all aligations and still have this hat of guiltnes.
I belive it’s good to build opinion on something what is nown for sure. This what you write is simply builded up on news stories. All shit which is well payied. I have worked for 10 years in media and belive me I know what I am talking about. Somebody in this business has to be dow to have possibilitie to lift somebody up. This is the way how media business works. There had to be space for others to sell their records!!! Michael new this very well and that’s the reason of his speach regarding Sony.
Show business is very hard to understand because there are no rules, there is only money. There are houers of never publushed Michaels concert’s for children. Why? Because there is no point to show something what doesn’t bring money. Regarding children. I am mother of 2 years old douther who I love more than my own life. I belive I am trying to be the best mother ever.But I am sure that if someody would follow me with camera and try to show how bad mother I am it would be possible. This is just a play of moment!!! FindingI hope I gave you some other look at it. I am sorry for my english it’s not my mother toung.
Enjoy your Sunday.
The number of people following me on Twitter increases on an almost daily basis. And I want to know who’s receiving my “tweets” (I still hate that word) so I look to see who’s joined my brigade of minions.
What’s often disappointing is that my new followers are rarely people who are interested in topics that I’m tweeting about…it’s for shady webcam offers or some kind of “adult social networking site”. Mblech.
I have two separate issues with this.
1) It makes a website look unprofessional, cluttered, and sometimes out of control. The inmates are running the asylum, as they say.
2) I don’t want sleaziness like that invading my social networking experience. There’s a reason I choose to avoid those websites. The key word there being CHOOSE.
My hope is that Twitter somehow finds a way to monitor this before Twitter becomes another MySpace. Nothing was more frustrating to me than logging into MySpace and receiving friend requests from girls that just stepped out of Maxim looking to build their brand. I want real friends.
It’s one of the big reasons that I’ve long preferred Facebook and why I left MySpace altogether. Too seedy. Too messy. Facebook has really kept itself streamlined despite getting enormous. I like my websites to be tidy and I think it’s possible for Twitter to become untidy with webcam ads running rampant.
Step it up, bird.