The four-day [CineEurope 2012] conference, aimed primarily at European theater operators, kicked off with exhibitors and distributors hearing that the filmmaker’s decision to shoot his fourth J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation using 48 frames per second rather than the current 24 fps (25 in some parts of Europe) will cost them more. Still, exhibitors have largely signaled that they want to show the hotly anticipated movie.
Filming at that quick a frame rate will bring out much richer detail and color to the movie, so long as your local theater has the proper equipment to show it at that frame rate. And it is in this “last mile” of the content delivery where things break down.
Many local theaters can’t handle this frame rate, although the big studios like Sony and Warner Bros are rapidly upgrading theaters they own. The movie studio will have to distribute multiple versions of the film to accommodate all theaters that can’t handle this. And while filmmaking at the higher FPS rate may be a big deal in Hollywood (i.e the movie industry) however I have to wonder how big a deal this really is to the general marketplace?
I would argue that today’s theater user experience is not materially better than watching it from your couch on your big screen TV. So will the opportunity to watch a movie like The Hobbit at a higher frame rate and quality of picture really drive a materially significant attendance lift in the general marketplace? I am skeptical.
But movie theaters and the studios will have to come up with something. The relevance of the movie theater is tied to their ability to deliver a far superior film consumption experience (and I don’t mean by the amazingly annoying and overpriced trend of delivering fried food to my seat). And as we all know, that is under intense pressure as the once exclusive distribution channels (i.e movie theaters) are no longer so, with so many folks consuming media in multiple form factors (HDTV, iPads, Netflix, Hulu, etc.).
The folks over at NPR have compiled a list of the top sings from each of the past 50 summers (1962-2012). They were inspired by a similar list over on Billboard Magazine’s site that listed the top summer songs from 1985-2011. There are more than a few songs in this list that I just shake my head at, and wonder what the collective ‘we’ were thinking. Ah, hindsight.
Both of these fine journalistic institutions kinda missed the musical boat on this one by not including a Spotify playlist of each of these lists. So, in about 20 minutes I was able to pull together the Spotify playlist for many of the songs from the NPR list, with a few additional songs from the Billboard list added for good measure.
While the Macarana was included in the top summer songs of 1996 by both Billboard and NPR, I refused to include it in Spotify playlist just on principle.
- Durant is just filthy #okc 2012-06-12
- @helloericho I think you need to get out a bit more. in reply to helloericho 2012-06-11
- I hate @Comcast. 103 minutes to @madmen finale and cable, internet and phone not working. #cutthecord 2012-06-10
- “@billrisch: guess I'll have to get used to saying during these finals #LETSGOTHUNDER” 2012-06-09
- @TweetCaroline I read something about that a few years ago. Has there been an update? Half of my family of 4 are redheads (including me :) in reply to TweetCaroline 2012-06-08
- Docpool.co – For web developers to share documentation http://t.co/VY7MCOER via @webdevdocs #useful 2012-06-08
- How on earth is Juwan Howard still getting paid an NBA paycheck? #miamibench 2012-06-07
- RT @JonasTSK: The Truth!!! Heart of a Thief! #Celtics 2012-06-05
- Oh man. Pierce!!!! #nailsit 2012-06-05
- @jeffatdowjones Cool. Don't have a WSJ Premium account tho. in reply to jeffatdowjones 2012-06-05
- @jeffatdowjones You are a Twitter machine! Where are the links to your stories? :) in reply to jeffatdowjones 2012-06-05
- Been noticing a huge uptick of photos being shared across my @facebook News Feed over the past few weeks #interesting 2012-06-05
- Google Is Buying Meebo. Maybe now #GOOG will improve its chat client. http://t.co/sikadFW7 via @sai 2012-06-05
- Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But The TV Business May Be Starting To Collapse – Business Insider http://t.co/TIyYNXrK (via Instapaper) 2012-06-04
- Hey StetsonClowes, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/PCDH3uaG 2012-06-03
- I think this is good 4 Twitter in long run –> Twitter user growth slows but engagement grows http://t.co/XenlnBl7 http://t.co/dpf158vV 2012-06-03
- AppleInsider | Android cedes ground to iOS in U.S. smartphone market during April http://t.co/GpUjSncu 2012-06-03
- @TweetCaroline As a fellow redhead, I am curious why we need to be saved? in reply to TweetCaroline 2012-06-02
- Hey sparrowhelp, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/VPspED7d 2012-06-01
An artist in the Netherlands paid tribute to his recently deceased cat Orville (named after Orville Wright…and yes, the cat has a brother Wilbur) by stuffing him and turning the taxidermied feline into a helicopter.
Despite the slightly morbid nature of this, I could not help but laugh at the inventiveness of the Orvillecopter.
I love the internet.
- RT @NathanFillion: FINALLY! Please, God. Let him build this. It’s all I think about on planes. http://t.co/II2wulvj 2012-05-31
- Sweet! Great news! @dohearn: @Trottoria more than books on those shelves (actually, less and less books). global @amazon payments is my gig 2012-05-31
- @dohearn Congrats! Not sure what I am congratulating you on but I'm happy for you. :) in reply to dohearn 2012-05-31
- rt @SAI: Here's A Terrifying Chart For Those Hoping For Lots More Growth In Online Advertising by @nichcarlson http://t.co/tyYpZ9dc 2012-05-30
- rt @sepinwall: Christina Hendricks spoke to @gwynnesanity about Joan's decision this week on Mad Men – http://t.co/X09xr8im” 2012-05-30
- Amercia Is With Mitt! Didn't take long to make fun of iOS spelling mistake. Hilarious, esp w/ misspellings in nav. http://t.co/sODTUipb 2012-05-30
- @sparrow Hi Sparrow: On Mac Desktop, if I have full version of app, is it ok to delete the "Lite" version from my computer? thx! 2012-05-30
- RT @Lucyphone: That's just wrong. So wrong. RT @thesilverseas
I'm on hold, and the "on hold" music is "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips!! 2012-05-18
- Hey billrisch, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/etHQmrBP 2012-05-18
- Let me get this straight. Pat Ewing spent his career getting his ass kicked by MJ. Now he may be the Bobcats head coach? #jordansbitch 2012-05-18
- It is Boston v Philly tonight! @celtics v @sixers and @redsox v @phillies Both games in Philly at their sports complex! #ishouldhavegone 2012-05-18
- I just unlocked the Junior Checkinator badge on Gogobot! @gogobot http://t.co/Whkduu5i 2012-05-17
- I just reached Level 3 of the "Hot Tamale" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 10 different Mexican Restaurants! http://t.co/5OuiqI5h 2012-05-17
- Eduardo Saverin Owes America. A great POV on a super slimy move. This just pisses me off. http://t.co/F4VB6vmr via @pandodaily 2012-05-17
- Even with the corpse of Derek Fisher, OKC is running away from LAL. #NBA 2012-05-14
- Loving @harvest for tracking my time! Try it out yourself and get $10 off your first month: http://t.co/PeAOCcCo 2012-05-14
- Hey billrisch, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/iR4hKo5d 2012-05-14
- Wow! If true, that caps one hell of a bad week. @SAI: BOMBSHELL: Scott Thompson Tells Yahoo Board He Has Cancer http://t.co/7WnBLbPa 2012-05-14
- Cool analysis. Lots of people shagging in December. The NYE hangover. :) @hmason: How common is your birthday? http://t.co/qizc2sBB 2012-05-14
- And it didn't end well. Yahoo fires Thompson after false resume fiasco – http://t.co/AZsMccaB via @YahooNews 2012-05-13
- #nufc needs to show up in 2nd half vs #EFC . Could easily be down 4-0. @newcastle_utd 2012-05-13
- With @dickstockton calling @celtics @sixers game…memories of him calling Bird, Chief, McHale, Doc, Moses and Toney 2012-05-12
- Was YAHOO’s Logo Ripped From A Creepy 1960′s Mad Magazine Comic? Here’s The Proof. http://t.co/2ucYHAQD (via Instapaper) 2012-05-12
- Really excited for @celtics vs @sixers in NBA Conf Semifinals. Memories of Bird, Parish, McHale vs Doc, Toney and Chocolate Thunder 2012-05-11
I just finished reading this fantastic article on Gizmodo lamenting Yahoo’s ignorance and immense missteps in how it mis-handled Flickr (I think I’m being generous here). And the article just made me so sad.
Between 2003 and 2010, Yahoo basically demolished Flickr, along with Delicious – two groundbreaking services. But we all know that. What this article did for me was put it all out there in all of it’s gory detail. It was like reading Bill Simmons’ pice about the Los Angeles Clippers of a few years ago. Once you are done with the article, you sit back and say “How the fuck could these people be some utterly inept?”.
It’s hard to remember, but back in 2005, Yahoo seemed like it had its game on. After losing out on search dominance to Google, it snapped up a bunch of small-but-cool socially oriented companies like Flickr (social photos), Delicious (social bookmarking), and Upcoming (social calendaring). There was a real sense that Yahoo was doing the right thing. It was, to some extent, out in front of what would come to be widely known as Web 2.0: the participatory Internet.
The funny thing is that in reading this article about how Yahoo focused on integrating Flickr into the Yahoo “ecosystem”, I said “Oh, that is what Lycos was so focused on when they acquired companies when I was there.” Where is Lycos these days?
I could go on about how Yahoo crushed the lively community within Flickr, how they still have yet to get it right with mobile, and some other amazing oversights, but just read the article. But there are two paragraphs that hit home for me and pretty much justified my decision to walk away from Flickr this year.
Illustrating just how bad the Flickr mobile effort was:
Among other problems, it wouldn’t let you upload several photos at once, you had to go in manually submit them one at a time. It was downscaling photos to 450 x 600, murdering image quality. Users had to log in via Safari rather than in the app itself. It was striping EXIF data from photos as they uploaded—precisely the kind of thing Flickr’s photo nerds wanted to see.
Today, it all seems too late. The iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Flickr isn’t even among the top 50 free photography apps in iTunes. It’s just below an Instagram clone in 64th place. By way of comparison, an app that adds cats with laser eyes to your photos is 23rd.
And illustrating how the once vibrant community within Flickr has fled to Instagram, 500px, Facebook and others, while at the same time describing in exact detail how I currently utilize Flickr:
As a result, Flickr today is a very different site than it was five years ago. It’s an Internet backwater. It’s not socially appealing.
Recently, Flickr rolled out a “Justified” view, a way to scan your friends’ recent photos where they are all placed together like puzzle pieces. It’s similar to the way Pinterest lays out images. It’s a dramatic, gorgeous way to look at photos—that mostly highlights how rarely many people update now.
As I scroll down I note that friend after friend has quit posting. At the bottom of the page I am already back in mid 2010. So many of my friends have vanished. It feels like MySpace, circa 2009.
This is anecdotal, sure, but I follow many of these same people on other networks (Path, Facebook, Instagram) where they tend to be very active. I see photos of the same people, with their same children and their same dogs—all looking a year or two older than on Flickr.
This justified view also serves to highlight just how many of my friends’ photos are formatted in perfect squares—the tell-tale sign of an Instagram snap that’s been exported. Many of my contacts’ entire photostreams are made up of Instagram photos. In other words they are mere duplicate streams—with fewer comments and activity—of content that exists in primary form elsewhere. The only reason they are active on Flickr at all is because they automatically export there.
Taken today with Instagram while I was at the NJ Historical Fair
- @dreamhostcare Hi…my sites are down again. http://t.co/OaJ8ihY4 What on earth is going on there? And when will these issues be resolved? 2012-05-08
- RT @SurvivingGrady Seriously, how long until Tito rents a plane & buzzes Fenway w/ his ass hanging out the window during a big series vs NYY 2012-05-07
- @DreamHostCare Are you guys having any issues with FTP? I can't log into my site FTP. http://t.co/OaJ8ihY4 2012-05-07
- RT @ScottAllen: Automatically Backup My Documents Folder To Google Drive http://t.co/uoGTGXBC via @PaulSpoerry 2012-05-06
- RT @ajcbraves: The Beastie Boys song choices by #Mets players, who did a really cool thing Fri. to honor the late Adam Yauch http://t.co … 2012-05-05
- Amazimg EPL game this AM on @espn between Norwich City & Arsenal. The tie helps @NUFC big time. 2012-05-05
- "I got a girl in a castle and one in a pagoda. You know, I got rhymes like Abe Vigoda" RIP MCA #beastieboys – http://t.co/pdKsPTaH 2012-05-04
Someone has taken the time to count the number of gunshots fired at James Bond (aka Agent 007) throughout all 22 Bond movies.
It turns out that there have been over 4,600 shots fired at him.
A static well-aimed shot would almost certainly have proved lethal, but assuming all 4662 were “on the run”, the probability of a single fatal shot is about 5 per cent. That is, the chance of a single shot missing is 0.95, and hence the probability of all shots missing is 0.954662 or 1.4 × 10-104, which is as close to zero as makes no difference
Now, about all of those Bond Girls he has gotten to know so well.
So sad about the news of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys losing his fight with cancer. The Washington Post, of all places, (The Washington Post!) pulled together one of the best tributes I’ve seen yet:
A Tribute to Adam Yauch, Composed Entirely of Beastie Boys Lyrics
Born and bred Brooklyn — U.S.A.
They call me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A.
Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fly women (1)
I’m not James at 15 or Chachi in charge
I’m Adam and I’m adamant about living large (2)
I’ve got more rhymes than I’ve got gray hairs
And that’s a lot because I’ve got my share (3)
Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear. (4)
M.C. for what I am and do
the A is for Adam and the lyrics; true
so as pray and hope and the message is sent
and I am living in the dreams that I have dreamt (5)
I wish for peace between the races
Someday we shall all be one (6)
That’s right y’all
Don’t get uptight y’all (7)
I’m out and I’m gone
I tell you now I keep it on and on. (8)
- More trouble in Yahooville. This won't end well. http://t.co/9HlXcQ9m 2012-05-03
- ‘Between Two Ferns’ Is Coming to TV. what really is the difference these days? http://t.co/p3wQcEIf 2012-05-03
- Hey nycjoshua, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/EK5gYLFf 2012-05-03
- I just reached Level 2 of the "Flame Broiled" badge on @foursquare. I’ve checked in at 5 different burger joints! http://t.co/TG3hcDkI 2012-05-02
- Great read! @NaamaBloom: Read this any you'll understand a bit more about @harvest and why I love working here http://t.co/sFyfC3Pb” 2012-05-01
- Hey rjsauter44, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/3K3M7egM 2012-04-30
- Brooklyn Nets unveil logos, colors for 2012-13 but team will still suck. And are B&W "colors"? http://t.co/UCdYsM1r 2012-04-30
- Hey rjsauter44, Thanks for the mention! http://t.co/DVSs5Y0M 2012-04-30
- @rjsauter44 It goes. U in NYC anytime soon? Fam and I may be Upstate later in the year for a roadtrip. TBD but will let ya know in reply to rjsauter44 2012-04-30
- Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing. A concept I've believe in for a logn time. http://t.co/L5HImHKb 2012-04-30