God Help the Girl is Stuart Murdoch (from Belle & Sebastian)’s side project. A few years back Stuart started writing songs for female leads, knowing that they were neither B&S songs, nor songs he’d ever sing himself. He put out a casting call on imeem, got submissions from around the world, and cut this record. The results are solid. This track definitely has the ring of B&S, with a little hint of Camera Obscura thrown in for good measure.
boxee writes about my new app “L8R”. Check it out on boxee, and at http://l8r.cc. Start tagging videos on del.icio.us using the tag “L8R” and they’ll be waiting for you there.
To quote boxee quoting me:
I built L8R to solve a real problem I was having; finding videos online during the day, and not having the time to watch them. Rather than having to bookmark each video, and then have to visit each site later to watch them one by one, I wanted to aggregate them into one easy to view place. Boxee took that to the next level, by letting me sit down at night, and watch the videos from the comfort of my couch, on a big tv instead of a little laptop screen.
The key question isn’t whether something has been be done before, but rather, why it failed. Being “too early” is the often not the cause, and we see the same ideas fail time after time because the core deficiencies aren’t addressed.
Great post (below) from Albert at Union Square Ventures. Too many times I hear people tell entrepreneurs, “Someone did that 5 years ago..” The world continues to change and what did not work 5 years ago might work today. History is not a great litmus test for business success.
I have been thinking about how our past experience can blind us to the potential of new technologies to provide a breakthrough experience. My favourite example is 3D movies. I remember the early versions that required red and blue glasses and delivered a horrendous image quality. Then there were the ridiculously bulky and heavy glasses used in IMAX 3D. Each time there were two reactions. First, 3D is not working. Second, who needs 3D in movies anyhow? The early failures made a lot of people go cold on the potential for 3D movies altogether. Thankfully, this does not deter true believers who kept at it anyhow. And then a funny thing happened. An accumulation of improvements combined in just the right fashion produced the breakthrough. Over the last couple of years more and more animated movies have been in 3D and my kids absolutely love it. To the point where when a new animated movie comes out they want to know right away whether it will be available in 3D. Still, many people are sceptical that 3D will ever be anything but a stunt for live action movies. Here too I believe it is a case of being blinded by the past. To-date 3D has often been a gimmick but that doesn’t preclude the possibility of a breakthrough experience for live action also. Maybe James Cameron’s Avatar will be that experience, maybe not. But it would be a mistake to write 3D off simply because of our past experience with it. This experience-based reaction is an especially big problem when it comes to Venture Capital. In VC it’s not just having spent 10 bucks on a 3D movie and not liked it but 10 million on a 3D company and not gotten any of it back. Instead of 3D you can substitute many other technologies, products or services in the previous sentence. The challenge then is to remain open to the possibility of a breakthrough. This is true not just for the VC firms that lost the money but for everyone in the industry. Especially because breakthrough experiences are in my view one of the key answers to Fred’s question from today about “What Drives Consumer Adoption Of New Technologies?” http://bit.ly/12IeBC
And we have another exciting new food truck as well: Maximus/Minimus, from the same people that bring us Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. The speciality of M/M is a pulled pork sandwich, with either “Maximus” or “Minimus” BBQ sauces.
And, oh yeah, the truck is shaped like a giant pig!
One of the things I find most exciting is Google’s announced support of microformats, including hReview, for “Rich Snippets”. This allows sites like Yelp, Avvo, and TeachStreet, to expose their respective high-quality data about restaurants, lawyers, and instructors, and have it bubble up into Google search. The sites get the traffic, google gets the data, and the consumer finds what they’re looking for, it’s a win-win-win situation.
The structured data also then flows nicely into Google Squared…
In light of Google Squared launching today and all the buzz over M$FT’s Bing, I was delighted by @marcoarment’s tweet today where he said: “Want to see where real innovation needs to be made in web search? Pick a product you need to buy. Search Google for ‘[product name] review’.”
Maybe of these have become dominant vertical search categories, but I feel like Google is copping out by not trying to address these in their main search offering.
I hear you karion, I do. As open of a palate as I have (which is to say I’ll eat anything twice), I have one very irrational distaste, for an item that is arguably foundational to nearly every cuisine: I hate onions!
I especially hate raw onions, and if I have to pick the raw red onions off a burger, I’m sad the whole day because I can smell them on my fingers. If I see the word “onion” as part of a menu description, I usually order something else. Cooked, carmelized, roasted: people always try to convince me how good onions can be, but I just won’t do it.
I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere.
Well, that’s not exactly true, and that’s where the irrationality comes in: I love French Onion Soup. And those little cocktail onions in a Gibson…
try as I might, there are just some things I cannot stand to eat, including olives and capers. Lest you call me a hater of things briny, I could live on oysters for the rest of my life, I love a dirty martini, and I have had impure thoughts about bathing in extra virgin olive oil.