A fun compilation of 8 Bit Baseball Cards, appropriately titled Flopps Cards after the awesome Flip Flop Flyin’ site that is authored by Craig Robinson. My favorites are the Steve Bartman card, the Yankees “Freddy Sez” and the amazingly well done Pedro Martinez (he nailed it with the eyes).
- I just reached Level 2 of the “Baker’s Dozen” badge on @foursquare. Iâ€™ve checked in at 5 different bakeries! http://t.co/gt269DkM 2012-06-27
- @helloericho Right, that is my level of expectation. Getting the “cult movie” tag from you puts it over the top. :P in reply to helloericho 2012-06-26
- @helloericho Good to knowâ€¦was debating on wether to go see it or not! in reply to helloericho 2012-06-26
- RT @sportsguy33: David Ortiz is now the last man standing from 2004. Kind of fitting. http://t.co/244KPpgl 2012-06-24
- @RogerClark41 Penalties to decide a game should be eliminated from all sports. Play until someone wins. How hard is that? #vpofcommonsense in reply to RogerClark41 2012-06-24
- Brit’s choked it, again. #euro2012 2012-06-24
On top of the general buzz about Peter Jackson’s latest Middle Earth project The Hobbit, slated to be released in December, film geeks and insiders are chattering about the way Jackson is filming the legendary Tolkien story:
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
- â€œ@billrisch: guess I'll have to get used to saying during these finals #LETSGOTHUNDERâ€ 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/X09xr8imâ€ 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