Google to Acquire Twitch for $1 Billion

May 19, 2014

Here’s BBC’s version of tonight’s news story about Google’s proposed $1 billion acquisition of Twitch; you can find many more stories of equally pricey deals during the last few years. (Amazon ended up buying Twitch in August 2014 for $970 million).

There’s no point in pontificating about a new Internet bubble. The maneuvering of high tech firms is so unusual this time around that “bubble” doesn’t begin to describe the shape. (more…)

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Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times

December 22, 2012

I feel like I’m coming in from the Web wilderness as I start viewing John Branch’s, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek on the New York Times site. Snow blows across a mountain peak as the saga of an deadly avalanche begins to spill down the page: “Avalanche! Elyse!” 650 words later and the reader has an option to see a 45-second clip with Elyse Saugstad, “a professional skier,” a survivor. (more…)

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An American Colony Called Canada

May 9, 2011

Please Uncle Sam…Can we watch your TV shows & videos online?

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Miami Beach Expresses Itself

January 24, 2011

1. Read the article in today’s New York Times. It’s about a remarkable new structure in Miami’s South Beach.

2. Go to the new building’s web site, and click on this graphic:

3. After the well-designed flash images flash by, take time to interact with every graphic you can click on. Unlike so many sites that feature strong design elements, each click returns a useful image, a useful piece of information, or takes you to your next destination on the site.

4. Now pause to ponder.
What have you just encountered?
What does this mean to you?

5. Now answer yeah or nay:

(i) Does this look like a great building?
By great I mean audacious and original, fun yet functional.
Does it reveal to you something about the character of Miami Beach, whether you feel positive or negative.
(I’m guessing that you don’t develop strong feelings about most new building in the city where you live.)

(ii) Is this a great web site?
By great I mean audacious and original, fun yet functional.

(iii) Can you imagine accomplishing what this site accomplishes in any other medium?
Direct mail would just cheapen the image, unless a lot of money was spent on developing the piece.
A magazine could capture some of the bright images, but would be challenged to convey the motion.
Would you sit still through “the movie”?

(iv) Finally: Do you feel like you want to celebrate your next big birthday/anniversary/rebirth at 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, FL?

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If you can type, you can make movies…

December 5, 2010

Part of why the glass is more than half-full at The Future of Publishing: Xtranormal. If you can type, you can make movies…a very nifty site. I was going to make you a nice movie to prove it, but one runs into payment demands very quickly:

  1. The default actors and set for any Showpak (i.e. those that come with the starting scene) are free.
  2. You may use whatever actors, sets, and sounds you like and preview with them, for free.
  3. If you use premium (payable) actors or sets, you will see the points widget above the preview to indicate that they cost money.
  4. To publish and share your creations, you will need to pay for the premium actors & sets that you are using, or switch to free ones.
  5. You can buy actors and sets using Xtranormal Points, our new virtual currency, by clicking the blue ‘Buy more points’ button, or by publishing your movie.
  6. Points are available in value bundles of various sizes according to your needs.
  7. Buy a points bundle with a credit card, and then use the points to pay for your assets and publish your movie.

So instead I’ll show you someone else’s movie called, So You Want to Write a Novel (which I can’t find on Xtranormal, as there’s not a search feature. Google points of course to the YouTube version).

Voice of Reason: “You do realize it takes years of honing your craft before you’ll be ready to produce a publishable book? And that’s assuming you’ve spent the last twenty years reading hundreds of novels.”

Hopeful Writer: “I’ve been living my life. Not wasting my time reading. What do you think I am? Some kind of dork?”

The same Google search points also to a popular guidebook on this topic, by Lou Stanek, PhD.

UPDATE: January 10, 2011, A long-winded entry on eBooks, showing off another format, and the ability to ruin an animation through failure to edit:

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