"To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefited the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay and instead it was not and was something that I think, for me emotionally it hurt, ‘cos we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, this isn’t even my opinion, it got universally panned and I think that it was something without question that didn’t help the movie and arguably hurt it.”
Good to know we finally identified where Into Darkness went wrong.
Microsoft’s latest strategy: going “full retard”
I wonder how much money Microsoft spent on this video versus paying developers to make apps for Windows Phone 8?
The 39-year-old Londoner has been surveying every last, dusty corner of Los Angeles since 2004’s GTA: San Andreas and has become something of an expert on the city’s psychogeography in the process. “LA is this embodiment of 20th-century American desires: the houses, the gardens, the tans, all slightly fake. It’s the end of the western world – the suns sets and then it’s tomorrow. But the industry is movies or, equally phoney, real estate. It’s people trying to escape their pasts and reinvent themselves. If GTA IV was a classic New York story, this is the endpoint of the American dream.”
In the history of the Internet, Napster’s story is foundational. Yes the company died. But don’t most pioneers traversing new frontiers? The truth is, even today, Napster’s mark is as visible as ever. Earlier this summer, Apple announced iTunes Radio, its own streaming music service, a faint echo of Napster’s one-time ambitions. Artists continue to spar with the likes of Pandora and Spotify over royalty issues. And though Napster didn’t invent peer-to-peer networks, it introduced them into the mainstream. Now, some of the most disruptive startups, Airbnb to name one, run on peer-to-peer marketplaces.
You wanna buy a Tower Records, Edwardo?
George Clooney on Third Point LLC hedge fund head Daniel Loeb:
[Loeb] calls himself an activist investor, and I would call him a carpet bagger, and one who is trying to spread a climate of fear that pushes studios to want to make only tent poles. Films like Michael Clayton, Out of Sight, Good Night, And Good Luck, The Descendants and O, Brother Where Art Though?, none of these are movies studios are inclined to make. What he’s doing is scaring studios and pushing them to make decisions from a place of fear. Why is he buying stock like crazy if he’s so down on things? He’s trying to manipulate the market. I am no apologist for the studios, but these people know what they are doing. If you look at the industry track record, this business has made a lot of money. It creates a lot of jobs and is still one of the largest exporters in the world. To have this guy portraying it that Sony management is the bad stepchild and doesn’t know what it is doing and he’s going to fix it? That is like Walmart saying, let me fix your town, putting in their store, strangling all the small shops and getting everyone who worked in them to work for minimum wage with no health insurance.
Given this climate, it should come as no surprise that filmmakers like Spike Lee, David Fincher and Zach Braff are fleeing to Kickstarter to fund their passion projects.
The studio system was established to take on the financial risk of worth-while projects. Now, thanks to investors like Loeb, the system is shifting towards heavy box office returns rather than story telling.
ZDNET's Ed Bott on a recent episode of TWIT:
Steve’s done a pretty good job. There aren’t too many CEO’s in the tech industry today that are capable of continuing to make a profit. I mean, by that same logic Tim Cook should have been fired three months ago.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Andreas Goeldi has finally given up on the iPhone because…
…it has frosted glass effects. Lots of them.
His reasoning being…
I switched to Macs in 2006, after almost two decades using Microsoft OSes. Microsoft in the 90s and early 2000s was much more innovative than people give it credit for. Tablet computing, simple Internet programming, productivity software, the first really powerful PDAs — those were all sectors where Microsoft was the leader.
But then Windows Vista came out, almost five years after XP. And what was the most remarkable new feature of this next-gen OS?
Very cool-looking frosted glass effects in windows titles.
Therefore: if an OS has a frosted glass effect… it is shit.
Based on one prior experience.
Seems pretty open and shut to me.
Kanye West In Time, pt. 3
Kanye West In Time, pt. 2