“John” in Google

Brian Morrissey over at AdWeek was twittering the other day that searching for John in Google returns John Battelle’s blog over John Lennon…or the John the Baptist…or John McCain, and this shows just how much (too much) weight Google gives to blog traffic and links in its algorithm. To my knowledge this is not an….

A weather controlled, dynamic music video ?

Yep…while listening to SomaFM’s Groove Salad today, I came across a song called “You Make Me Feel” by Mike Milosh.  Great station, and great tune.  Anyway, I hopped over to iTunes to listen to some previews of other songs on the Milosh album, started to read reviews, and one review referenced a dynamic video of….

Explosion of Digital Agencies in the US

This is a good piece about digital agencies in the US, written by Scott Goodson, the founder of Strawberry Frog.  What I really like is how he positions Strawberry Frog as a ‘general contractor’ of great work.  I like to think that we at Underscore endeavor to position ourselves in a similar way for media. ….

More Blu-ray stats than you can shake a disc at…

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I’m not sure who developed this site, but it is chock full of stats about Blu-ray discs, sales, etc.  And ooh, Step Into Liquid, one of the seminal movie/documentaries ever made on surfing, is coming out in Blu-ray!

Talking Dirty for the Blind

Porn meets audiobooks in this latest mashup: Porn for the Blind, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., was established for the sole purpose of making the millions of free porn clips available online accessible to people with visual impairments.

Two Interesting Articles from the World of Publishing

The first is from The New York Times: Why Blog?  Reason No. 92: Book Deal – A copywriter starts a blog in January called Stuff White People Like and scarcely 3 months later Random House drops $300K (!!!!) to purchase the rights to the author’s first book. The second is from Springwise, a site that….

Stunning photos from last NASA mission

From the granddaughter who works at NASA of a friend of friend of a friend: http://www.texasjim.com/NASApix/NASA%20pix.htm

Let Computers Compute. It’s the Age of the Right Brain

The following article in The New York Times reminds me of those days back in grade school where we’d be given a math test and asked to solve everything by hand when a calculator would slice the time necessary in half (or thirds, or fourths!) to complete the task.   But now that computers can emulate….

2 marketing articles of interest

The first: Every Click You Make: Internet Providers Quietly Test Expanded Tracking of Web Use to Target Advertising – this is an article from the Washington Post about ISP-targeting companies.  I’ve been following these companies closely as I think they potentially represent a really interesting future for targeting.  Any ad network or publisher will only….

Flip Video vs. High-end Rig

At YouTube’s Videocracy event over a month ago, they gave out ‘party favors’ in the form of a YouTube branded Flip Video, made by Pure Digital Technologies (sidebar: a friend of mine is at a VC shop who invested in PureDigital a number of years ago).  It sat in its faux velvet bag for about….