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Saturday, September 10, 2021

I have to give props to pop artist Julian Opie (no relation to Ron Howard) for his retro Mac Classic desktop-mimicking website.

It’s a trip. While clicking through it (I especially liked the Anya2 and Sara Dancing samples), I was halfway fooled into thinking I was navigating through an old Macintosh desktop. Excellent site design that stands out in a crowd.

I wonder if Opie will eventually “upgrade” the site to Aqua?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/10/2021 07:47pm
Category: Creative, Internet, Pop Culture
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Bubba the Love Sponge, out of the limelight since his unceremonious firing by Clear Channel Radio, finally has the satellite radio gig he’s been craving. Howard Stern is providing space on his Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 100 (to be dubbed “Douche 100″) for Bubba and other DJs who’ve been canned over indecency issues.

In a related, universal-karma-balancing move, Artie Lange will be running for Pinellas County Sheriff. (Just kidding, although the rumors of Lange departing the Stern show made me think that Bubba would be moving into the brown-nosing chair; I guess not.)

It’s a lucky break for Bubba, because he was never going to get a satellite show on his own. I’m not confident that he’ll last long in this new go-round, although as tired as his schtick is, I suppose it’s as effective as any other Stern wannabe.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/10/2021 06:39pm
Category: Radio
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not feeling lucky
From Wired’s report on the future melding of television and broadband delivery systems, a telling example of how having a technological edge doesn’t necessarily translate into successful business acumen:

Take Google. The ultimate human-machine interface may have stolen the technological limelight from Yahoo!, but it has a lot to learn about human-human interface. At a meeting with CBS last year, Google execs proudly mentioned that after working on an index of the grand old network’s video collection they had compiled a digitized database of CBS programs. Never mind that 11 million households around the country are doing essentially the same thing with their DVRs; CBS executives were aghast. The problem wasn’t so much that CBS was unaware of the TiVo phenomenon. It was Google’s Spock-like gaffe of plainly stating an obvious but painful fact: The networks’ stranglehold on content is slipping away. The meeting ended abruptly, and the Googlers were shown the door.

Far from kicking Yahoo! out of the room, Hollywood refers to [Yahoo! executives] Semel, Braun, et al. as kindred spirits. “There are companies that are more technology-oriented, and companies like us and Yahoo! that are more consumer-centric,” says Showtime executive VP Mark Greenberg, who worked with Braun’s group on the Fat Actress deal. “It helps that they talk the same language as we do.”

This is revealing to me. When Google first announced its video search initiative, I figured it was positioning itself to be more of a friend to Hollywood than Yahoo! was. Looks like I assumed wrong.

Google’s focus is so much on the technical side that they risk alienating the very parties they need to partner with. What’s more, Google’s corporate culture is decidedly technocratic, which means it will probably convince itself that it doesn’t need to build relationships with Hollywood and other content providers; the assumption is that if it contiues to lead the way in technical development, everyone else will follow.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of examples of companies that took this approach, only to be overtaken by competitors that knew how to approach things strategically. Yahoo! appears to have caught on to this. Google tack is likely to backfire on the company, leaving it as a too-far-ahead-of-the curve footnote in the history of media transformation.

Come to think of it, another indication of this kind of misstepping was Google Print’s digitization of books, without publishers’ consent, complaints against which eventually led to a suspension of the whole endeavour. Again, Google unilaterally undertook its efforts, without bothering to enlist the content providers. Again, it reveals volumes about the company’s basic business sense.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/10/2021 05:07pm
Category: Internet, Media
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That Lacoste alligator? So last century. If you want to be tres sportif, you need to don a polo from Harmont & Blaine, with its signature dachshund logo on the left breast.

Wish there was a store in my area; the closest is in Bal Harbour (actually the only one in North America, I believe). I’d love to see the looks I get when I proudly display my weinerdog shirt!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/10/2021 04:12pm
Category: Fashion
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