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January 22, 2017
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8 Bit graphics outside the box

“The resources are so many now, they are so vast – and they replace themselves and render themselves obsolete so quickly, that nobody has the has the time to do anything but just dabble for a moment in the current resource de jour before it’s gone and they are busy scrambling to learn just the merest proficiency of the next one.” – Mark Ferrari, Terrible Toybox

 

July 14, 2012
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Two pieces on the changing habits of TV viewing and the impact on the success of TV shows (emphasis mine).

  • Dan Harmon On What Really Happened With Community – G4tv.com
     
    “Good TV should be like crack, in that every rock gets the job done”
     
    “I was doing it for the fans … we were a cross platform triumph, thanks to Sony’s distribution network … the problem is the Nielson system isn’t designed to measure that yet
  • Binge Viewing: TV’s Lost Weekends – WSJ.com
     
    “Bingeing breaks habits that have long supported the TV business, built on advertising and syndicated reruns. TV executives are torn by the development: gratified that people are gorging on their product, frustrated because it’s a TV party that all-important advertisers aren’t invited to. For middlemen like Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix, it’s a godsend, boosting their quest to attract and retain subscribers. Writers and producers are just starting to confront the challenges of creating TV for an audience that may digest an entire season in one sitting.”

 

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December 14, 2011
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Spotify & Artists & Royalties & Piracy

Purely for selfish reasons I like artists earning a living. If they don’t earn they might go and get crappy jobs that don’t allow them to make the books and music and films I like.

 

But I’m lazy. Like water I will follow the easiest route to that art. Stick a film on when I can see where I can see it and I’ll go and see it. Same with books, I do digital; stick it in on Amazon or your own site and I’ll download and read it. And music, give me a no brainer option to pay (Emusic, Spotify  subscription, Amazon mp3 download) and I’m there.

 

And now the genie is out of the bottle. I don’t want to go back to getting myself into town to search for an album that may or maybe not be in the shop at a price I may or may not want to pay.

 

So it pisses me off when I read…

 

“[A] growing number of big acts (from Adele to the Black Keys) have withheld their new albums from the service, while artists such as Mercury nominee Jon Hopkins are bemoaning low royalty payments, something which has also prompted many smaller independent labels to withdraw their catalogues.” guardian.co.uk

 

…following closely on the tails of…

 

“[T]he stark reality that every digital-music subscription service such as Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, and others must confront … are being made public. The specifics are even more onerous than the hot dog example cited above. Together they doom online audio companies to a life of subjugation to the labels …

 

With most other businesses, if a supplier makes unreasonable demands, a retailer can turn to other providers. Since copyright law gives record labels and publishers a government-granted monopoly, no such option is possible with music. Digital vendors have only two options: Accept the terms or not include those songs in their offering.” gigaom.com

 

Which leaves me feeling (‘cos I’m to lazy to do real research, but not lazy enough to not read those articles) that artists get shafted by the labels, and music services like Spotify get shafted by the labels, and artists blame the music services and withdraw their music, and then lazy people go and download their music illegally and the labels say “See how bad the internet is? We’re struggling, sorry we can only give you shit royalties, blame music services and piracy”.

 

And yet if you skip the labels and make good stuff, people too lazy to shop in the old real world will happily pay

 

Related: Louis CK Makes $200,000 Profit in Four Days With Online Video

 

December 13, 2011
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  • How Doctors Die « Zócalo Public Square
    “But doctors still don’t over-treat themselves. They see the consequences of this constantly. Almost anyone can find a way to die in peace at home, and pain can be managed better than ever. Hospice care, which focuses on providing terminally ill patients with comfort and dignity rather than on futile cures, provides most people with much better final days. Amazingly, studies have found that people placed in hospice care often live longer than people with the same disease who are seeking active cures.” c/o danny yee
  • Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels — Tech News and Analysis
    “[T]he stark reality that every digital-music subscription service such as Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, and others must confront … are being made public. The specifics are even more onerous than the hot dog example cited above. Together they doom online audio companies to a life of subjugation to the labels” c/o waxy
  • Now it’s three-speed Europe. And we’re left on the hard shoulder | Andrew Rawnsley | Comment is free | The Observer
    “Even European leaders who can normally be counted as sympathetic to the British agenda weren’t interested… [David Cameron] complete lack of friends in Brussels starkly reveals that he has not nurtured vital relationships… Angela Merkel went so far as to question whether he had even negotiated in good faith… Our capacity to shape the future of the world’s wealthiest economic bloc… has just been dramatically diminished. This will have consequences not just for Britain’s influence in Europe, but its standing in the world. A Britain with reduced clout in the European Union is a Britain of less interest to the United States, China or any other important global power.”

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