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May. 20th, 2005 @ 05:58 am Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tired
Current Music: Opie and Anthony on XM Radio
I'm gonna make this post super fast for time. I'm just going to spout out some basic opinions of things here. Real fast stuff. I have never been to, nor have ever personally seen a Wal mart. What little I do know of them disgusts me though. They treat their workers poor, they want to stick themsleves in a very obtrusive point in brooklyn and they have somehow turned into a hangout spot for teenagers. Wak mart...a department store....hanging out? What is this, Jay & SIlent Bob, based on a true story?
Linux....don't know too much on them. their mascot is cute, you can run an Ipod on one and they are hopeful to eventually kill off windows (though Apple's looking more like the real contender these days).

I've got nothing. Really. I'm just beat. No opinions on it. Just emptiness.

This post has got to have some informative content though, so many I'll list what i did for the final project instead. I led my group of Bianca, Jean and Albert through meetings at moma, numerous e-mails and phone calls as well as a lot of brainstorming in order to come up with original musical pieces/mxes that are inspired by pieces of art found in the moma. I teamed up with Bianca and came up with "The Nostalgic Battlefield," She picked out a number of songs and radio spots and I whittled them down, pieced things together, and put some war sound effects over it. In addition, I had participated in two different interviews and edited/mixed them down together. Finally, I sent out press releases to G4's Attack of the Show and widely read NY blog, Gothamist. Right after that, I passed out and went to sleep, just like I will do now.
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May. 20th, 2005 @ 05:43 am I saw episode 3 twice yesterday morning, how bout you? :)
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: battle of the heroes - john williams/london symphony orchestra
In short, The Long Tail is a representation of the things that do not sell as well in a copmpany. Say for instance, of any given (decent) music seller online, the very popular and EXTREMELY lame newest release by Britney Spears is selling like hotcakes. On that same site, however, is the extremely rare japan-only imprt of Yes' Magnification album. That Yes album is not only included in the long tail, but is something that actually makes money for the company. Within the long tale lie a number of niche items that people will people will go out of their way to try to find and eventually buy at a specific site. Netflix is a great example of this. They offer the typical Blockbuster Video-like selection of films, but offer tons of specialty films, everything from obscure silent films to Drum instruction videos. They attract customers through that premise and gain their money from those who only send back a low amount of movies a month.
The only way to possibly beat out a place that sells a Britney cd and a Yes cd together is to be a place that sells nothing but Yes cd's. By specializing your product, you can gain and take away the niche market that the bigger places may have attracted, only because you are the specialist in your marketplace and know who your customers are. Dream theater's official bootlleg store  is a good example of that aspect. They sell concerts and demos on various formats that are exclusive to that site only and not availible on a palce like Amazon. They know that their fans will go there if they want the material and effectively take advantage of making their customers, who would normally be part of the long tail anywhere else, their main moneymakers.
Once again, let me get to some great blog posts. I seem to be getting a lot of material out of Laura's blog. In it, she mentions that everyone can't conform to Britney Spears and uses My Chemical Romance, Postal Service and Butch Walker as examples to use the long tail. I must disagree. Not only is it conformist nowadays, to listen to those folks (and Butch Walker sounds like more and more of a cretin everytime I hear of some personal tales someone i know has about him), but the fact that they're so well liked by everyone who wants others to think they're some sort of Indie-hipster-yuppie POS that there cannot be any sort of way that they constitute a long tale. Long tales, in my opinion, rely on bands liek the one i work for, Tunnels. They are an avant garde, prog, jazz/fusion band with three members, one a vibraphonist. There's not much of an audience for that, yet they are still known in the right circles and play sold out shows overseas. here however? Long tail!
For a better explanation than what i could give, here's Christina's blog.
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May. 18th, 2005 @ 02:17 am A Violent Pornography
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: System Of A Down - Question!
Folksonomies are everywhere nowadays and you don't have to look far to find them. According to Wikipedia, a folksonomy is "a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords." In a nutshell, a folksonomy deals with organization through collective tagging. Tagging is nothing truly new in many aspects, especially on computer organization. People have been tagging photos, documents and many different forms of media for years, however, it is only as of recent years where those tags have been taken outside of the primary user and shared with the world.
Entire communities such as Delicious and Livejournal base a good chunk of their existance through the use of searchable, linkable tag functions. On Delicious, one uploads a picture with a specific tag name attatched to it. if a user happens to run a search where the name of your tag is included, the person may very well end up looking at your picture and through that can look at your other pictures or pictures that your friends have and so on. On Livejournal, one can find other journals and different groups through tags related to user intrests, other journals they read and different journal communities they belong to. Thanks to sites like these, it is simple to see how the act of tagging in folksonomies can make members of a certain website faction more productive in their own communities and how when translated into the bigger picture, the entire web will be better off. The entire web will inevitably become one giant community.
Alright, now is time for my favorite part of this whole last minute blogging extravaganza, commenting on the blogs of others. First onthe chopping block is Lania's blog, where she writes, "Over the last few months (I’d say the last three months) blogs have become very well-known, if they weren’t already. The reason I say this is because I never knew what they were before taking this class, but now even friend of mine are hearing about them. The reason this all ties together is because blogs are there own folksonomy, and sooner or later this will be the new resource for finding information on the internet." Blogs have been around on the internet for years, however it is only recently that they have become so high profile. they have influenced political campaigns, have gotten on the bad side of gossip columnists and have even come so far as to have an NBC pilot developed on the subject (appropriately called "Bloggers" and even more appropriately only looking to pay its actors for shooting the pilot by giving a dvd of it to them). What lania learned in class about them is extremely earth shattering and informative, but the whole blogging revolution must always pay tribute to its roots as a way for people to whine about their life in a diary-like format. I wishthat fact would be well known. For as long as I could remember, livejournal and Xanga have been around. There was no blogspot in 1997 and I'll be damned if Arianna Huffington would ever whine about politics in one of those early blogging sites. Before blogs eventually take over major news sources, it should always be pointed out and taught that they were one of the first and best ways to whine and bitch on the internet!
Ok, here's the deal. I think I'm going to half ass the last part of this blog. As we speak, I have to get up at 8:30 inorder to meet Gilbert at the MoMA tomorrow, then somehow stay up to watch EPISODE 3 later on that evening at the Zigfeld. So in keeping with a theme I seem to be developing here, here's Laura's blog. Ask her for porn, in fact, ask her to get it *for you*, but only ask her to get it through yaho and don't get it through regular terms like "sex", "porn" or "xxx". Have her search for more mundane terms that can be confusing to see while you're looking for something other than what's coming up onscreen. "toys", "wet", "facial" and "doggy" sound ok to me. Folksonomies at work, folks! In this case, they are working against you and for pornographers.
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Apr. 18th, 2005 @ 03:46 am Better late than never!
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Opie & Anthony
Once again, The Cluetrain Manefesto rears its head into my livejournal. This chapter, chapter 3 shall be the last time that a chapter will be talked about for purposes of filling up internet space and binary code. It is a sad day in that respect. However, it is a fine day to discuss discussions, or in many more words, discuss the various tools used to communicate over the internet.
Some of the ways mentioned in the article are of the more obvious variety. E-mail, websites and chat rooms are some of the main examples. Some of today's lesser known and lesser ued ways of communication such as mailing lists and newsgroups are also included. reading this chapter was like taking a trip down memory lane. The days of exploring a portion of the things the internet can do on my crappy webtv box in 1997 are long gone. Since getting my first PC in late 2001, I feel as if I have seen communication tools rise to prominence while others, some of the biggest ones from my webtv days, have faded into obscurity.
Mailing lists, for one have become a thing of the past. I am not talking about an advertising mailing list, mind you (band updates, pepsi contest announcements, etc,). i am talking about full blown mailing lists that are e-mailed to its users many times a day, featuring volumes and pages full of discussion, storytelling and information written by its users and delivered to another user's mailbox. Forums, bulletin boards and places like MySpace have taken the place of those modes of operation. Usenet's days of glory are at an end as well. Sure, it's still a decent place to get free porn and mp3's, but only if you have a good newsreader and can cut trhough all of the many messages telling you where you can find HOT YOUNG TEENS THAT CRAVE PISS!!!1111!!11. File sharing services like DC++ have not only taken care of people's file sharing needs, but have also found ways to eliminate spam on their programs and add real-time chat, making usenet essentially obsolete.
Now, onto what some other people had to say on this chapter. I shall begin with Laura who wrote "Another amazing factor of communication through the internet is Chat Rooms. I remember being in fifth grade and going into a kid chatroom. The question was always ASL? You would enter your age sex and location and then you would get like five seperate IM's on your instant messenger from people who can relate. Thinking back, it is soo corny, but that's what chat rooms are for. Chat rooms bring people with the same or different interests together to talk, debate, and relate. Chat rooms are place where some people meet their significant others, where some people become harrased, and where some students get together and do group projects". Chat rooms are like an old friend. they're great to have ext to you, you know them well, but sometimes you just want to kick them in the face. How a chat room serves you really depends on the room you're on. During the rare times i'm on IRC, i steer clear from metal forums, because they are all internet tough guy meatheads, porn chats because everyone is a guy posing as a teen girl who wants to masturbate to your picture or in hacking rooms, because obviously, i hate viruses. Chat is slowly becoming obsolete, nowadays. There are many site-specific chat rooms still availible, but no one bothers to mention IRC, truly one of the last frontiers on the web, unless it is about file sharing.
On my favorite subject, Jean writes: "After reading the 3rd chapter from The Cluetrain Manifesto, the use of the chatroom became clear. It's not just for porn and all the other good stuff. It can be used to help others in a business environment as well as communicating with people from around the world. When Julia says that she rejects chat invitations because she thingks it might turn out to be an orgy-fest, I delightfully agree." I must agree to that as well. though it is thanks in part to chat rooms, that great american pasttimes such as cybersex, the horse gag video and the immortal Goatse have come about and will live forever in the hearts and minds of internet users. Just imagine, the enxt time you participate in a chat room, you could very well be the next Goatse guy. I'd link all you folks to Goatse, but well, here's the next best thing instead.
Thanks, Wikipedia!
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Apr. 4th, 2005 @ 02:27 pm I'm like a chilled out comedian
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: AC/DC - What You Do For Money Honey
Another day, another chapter of The Cluetrain Manifesto. The main theme of this chapter deals with a comparison between the traditionally organized coporate structure versus the wild, wild web. Of course I use that term only because the web is still very much akin to the old west. Anything goes. One minute, you can see a site about the detailed history of heart disease and the steps that doctors are taking to help people at risk and the next, you can see a site that advertises clown porn dvds. Until further notice, the internet is limited only by how creative people get or how many lows people want to stoop to.
This is a stark contrast to an office environment, where creativity seems to be frowned upon. Inspired by Jessica Dolph's blog and Jessica R's blog, I would like take some time and explain about the office environment and compare/contrast it to the structure of the web, unsing examples from the hit BBC show, The Office. The offices of Dunder Mifflin are led by David Brent, who is the general manager in charge of the facility.Under him is the assistant to the general manager (though he does often refer to himself as the assistant general manager), Gareth, salesman Tim and Dawn the secretary. There is an obvious chain of command in this situation. David Brent is at the top of the ladder and Dawn is at the bottom. In the web, there is no real chain of command. Everyone is basically on a level playing field, though people do often rise to bigger hieghts of noterity and respect than others. Sometimes, it has meaning. The person is well regarded due to knowledge, personality or any number of things that the other people around the person does not have. More often than not, a person like an assistant moderator of a web forum or a republican will often get no respect on the web. Though they may have some sort of title or (imaginary) rank, as Jim explained it to Dwight, they are the equivalent of a milk maid. A person someone knows, but does not have to respect and obey. Oft times, it is the most undeserving, incompetant person on the web that can make the most waves and eventually gain power. On the internet, trolls and hackers are basic examples of such, but it also extends into an office setting. Many times in real life, the boss, the person who should be the backbone of the company is no more suited to run a business than a slug is. In The Office, David Brent is so incredibly out of his head that it would blow ones mind to think about how he had assumed his position. Brent, a "chilled out comeidan" cares more about being popular with his workers and joking around than actually leading them or being a real boss. This is a man who when faced with the decision of whether or not he should fold his plant into another regional plant and terminate much of his staff decides that not only should he not make a decision until he is forced to do so by a higher ranking manager, but he would also announce his decision to his staff...to fold the plant and take a new, higher ranking, higher paid position within the company. His arrogance, his foolishness is something that a 15 year old on a web forum would get away with (or at least some stupid teen girl on MySpace who finds it neccesary to TyPe LyK tHiS).
Both the web and a traditional office structure have things in common and many things different, however, the one glaring fact about the rigidity of the internet and the business atmosphere of an office lies in pornography. On the internet, one can participate or view any pornographic, perverted or straight-up immoral act anytime they so chose. It reflects greatly off of the web's atmosphere of exploration and instant gratification.In an office, however, one would be lucky to not be monitored while sending a personal e-mail on coompany time, yet alone have any freedom or time to be able to watch the newest pair of Californian modern medicene globes bounce on thier screen. No involvement. No viewing. No personal internet. To me, as always, pornography becomes the key to what the net is and should be and what offices are not.
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Apr. 4th, 2005 @ 02:07 pm It's that time of year, folks
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: MLB on XM radio
Yes, it is opening day and I have a different feeling about the mets this year. I believe we're going to be a fully improved team. hey, maybe even Piazza will make his throws to 2nd this year! Anything's possible now!
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Mar. 26th, 2005 @ 03:17 am YES!!! Long, boring articles rule!!!
The internet started as *that* and now it is *this*. Entertainment, communication, commercials, marketplace, economy, blah blah blah. I don't know whether or not the first chapter of The Cluetrain Manifesto was fully boring or the amount of time I sat close to the computer and stared at what was about 27 pages of text on a screen got to me, but I felt completely overwhelmed by the article. On second thought, it may not have been too boring. In reality, it was rather informative and any article that mentions Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the best television shows that the world has ever produced, it cannot be all that bad. I think it may have been the page size that got to me. I was on the verge of developing a headache from this. Perhaps it's time to fix some screen settings, but I digress.
The article dealt much to do with the internet as a tool to connect with people and as a way for commerce to thrive. Jessica brings attention to the point of how Locke suggests the internet is primarily a communication tool. It is a way to connect with people whether it is in one's own neighboorhood or in some distand land. Jessica also mentions how the internet is quickly becoming a primary form of entertainment, apparently even surpassing television. Somehow I get the feeling as if either Jessica or the Cluetrain Manifesto was trying to suggest that the internet is or can be only one of the other when it is so obviously not. Take a site like MySpace for example. It integrates entertainment and communication in such a way that it has become one of the most popular hubs on the internet. Another great example of this phenominon of integrating entertainment and communication is none other than Everquest. It's a large scale PC roleplaying game, entertainment if you will. However it is much more diverse than that. One must join clans and in order to do so, one must communicate with other players through the game's online setup. New friends and even marriages have happened thanks to Everquest's ability to let the user communicate with other users. One wouldn't even have to get the game to play it. they could just journey to certain areas and simply talk to other users all day should they want to.
Now I shall welcome you to Tony G's gripe section. This episode is about a section of Miss M's latest blog post. In it, speaking on the subject of corporations bing a "wall" that stops technology from spreading faster in our culture, she compares that subject matter with that of Howard Stern and his FCC "struggle". Let me quote it for everyone here. "The one thing that, oddly, popped into my head that reminded me of such was Howard Stern’s debacle with the FCC. He spit in its face and crossed over to satellite radio, further trashing the government and keeping a ticking clock on his website HowardStern.com as to when he is leaving normal radio. To me, he tore down the censorship wall that separated him from doing his show, his way. And now, he’s moshing on their crumbs and using the Web as his ticking bomb of what will surely be an extreme departure from normal radio." . To think she's a Jim Norton fan and didn't even mention Opie & Anthony. Opie & Anthony are the *true* innovators of satellite radio crossovers. They signed with XM Satellite radio in August of 2004 and had their first XM broadcast in October of that year. Howard Stern only announced his signing to Sirius two days after Opie & Anthony had began their stint on XM. Howard Stern is a rather big example of the establishment. He didn't spit in *anyone's* face. he complains about what the FCC does to him, this and that, but he doesn't do anything about he. He is a whiner, complainer and just sits there, taking it ever so roughly up the ass. Maybe not so rough, afterall when you see pictures of his fabulous mansion, his beautiful girlfriend and seeing how much he signed his Sirius contract for. It's not just the FCC who is the eastablishment, who is "the man". It's Stern and his same schtick from 15 years ago. In terms of who is establishment or anti-establishment, I'd have to go with Opie & Anthony being the anti-establishment. they just don't sit there and ride their old glories, they keep on coming up with fresher and more interesting things. Unlike Howard, who sits and complains about how bad the FCC screws him, Opie & Anthony just never cared. They didn't have to care, because everything they did was within FCC guidelines anyway. The only reason they were fired from terrestrial radio in the first place, was due to increasing pressure from special intrest groups like the Catholic League and mounting fines from the FCC, who caved in, due to pressure from said organizations. Despite, the firing, it has even been admitted by the managerial staff of Viacom (parent company to Opie & Anthony's radio station at the time) that there was not one thing broadcast during that show that could be considered as obscene or indecent. everyhting was within FCC guidelines. Opie & Anthony did numerous things that could be considered immoral. they drove a truck full of naked women through Manhattan, they  had a woman shoot a bottle rocket out of her vagina and they had the yearly "sex for sam" contest each year. there's a line between immoral to a person's standards and something breaking FCC guidelines and none of these actions broke any FCC rules. Howards Stern can sit and talk about how much the FCC screws him all day long, but he doesn't do anything about it. he's not smart. Opie & Anthony knew exactly how to go about getting the best radio possible without breaking any federal regulations. Stern talks, O&A do. Funny enough, the only time Opie & Anthony were not allowed to fight back while someone screwed them over was when Howard Stern placed a gag order on them, not allowing them to talk about him on the air. Just think about it for a second. Stern is a hypocrite. Plain and simple.
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Mar. 12th, 2005 @ 08:46 pm You've got to be kidding me!!!
This is absolutely rediculous! In the recent entry about outsourcing, I linked to a Dave Barry article where he suggests that McDonald's outsources its drive through. Obviously, he was only joking about the matter, but I suggested that he wasn't so far from the truth of what would happen in the future. Lo and behold, I found this little nugget on Reuters:

McDonald's may outsource drive-thru order-taking
Gregg Moss (9NEWS Business Reporter)
Created: 3/11/2005 7:39 AM MST - Updated: 3/11/2005 7:39 AM MST




LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - McDonald's (MCD) wants to outsource your neighborhood drive-thru. The world's largest fast-food chain said Thursday it is looking into using remote call centers to take customer orders in an effort to improve service at its drive-thrus.

"If you're in L.A.... and you hear a person with a North Dakota accent taking your order, you'll know what we're up to," McDonald's Chief Executive Jim Skinner told analysts at the Bear Stearns Retail, Restaurants & Apparel Conference in New York.

Call center professionals with "very strong communication skills" could help boost order accuracy and ultimately speed up the time it takes customers to get in and out of the drive-thrus, the company said.


This is absolutely pathetic. When at a drive through, the person taking the order sounds like they're from some far away land in the first place and now they really *will* be someone from god know where.
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Mar. 11th, 2005 @ 12:26 am (no subject)
Well folks, looks like my band, Silent Industry is going to be playing the NY Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center, March 29th at 6PM. This is gonna be a fun one. Second show ever for us and we're already playing a convention center! \m/
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Mar. 8th, 2005 @ 05:56 pm ...and then he became the burger *prime minister!*
Current Mood: moodymoody
Current Music: That friggin Enzyte theme song
Not even stupid problems with livejournal and firefox extentions can stop this post from being made! Something else that cannot be stopped at this point is outsourcing. The "Unmade In America: The Cost of a True Global Assembly Line" is a great article about outsourcing and how it could ruin the American economy. Barry Lynn, the author of the article, takes the stance of outsourcing being a bad thing that has the potential to cripple the American economic and business machine as we know it. As apocolyptic as his stance may sound, I feel that it would take something a lot stronger and possibly a lot more unexpected to take down the economy.

One way that Lynn believes that this can be achieved was also pointed out by Jessica. The belief stems from paranoia that if one overseas company is somehow brought down, the entire organizational infastructure will become a chicken with its head cut off and all business will stop. For example, Dell has a major manufacturing plant in Japan and it becomes a casualty of a fight between Godzilla and Mecha Godzilla. If Dell is smart, its Japanese operations would not be the primary overseas source and all business activity would be picked up by other plants. Of course the destruction of the Japanese plant would be tremendous, but the most important thing is that business would not stop. Lynn mentions in his article that other companies had fallen prey to unexpected catastrophes (tsunamis, etc.)and had a business stoppage. While sad, if these companies were big enough, they should have had other outsourced places to rely on as well. Even still, one company suffering will not mean the end of the economy.

Joy mentions that the quality of items and workers, or lack thereof, made in an outsourced environment would help bring the economy down. Lack of quality in products has been going on for ages, even before the major outsourcing crisis America is facing today. Clothes, cars, toys, you name it and it has been done badly. Companies care about quality to a certain extent, but usually don't seem to want to go the extra mile. Most times, you'll find that if it looks good and it runs, companies and later on, the public, will consume it. Nike is a great example of this. Cheap illegal labor is its trademark and the materials used in their sneakers doesn't seem to beany different than that of other shoe companies, but the public eats it up because they look great and are marketed well. The same instance goes to Sony America. Though its parent company is Japan based, Sony America not only gets their computer parts made from places like Taiwan and China, but they also use parts from existing devices such as walkmans and Playstations to help make their computers run. A buyer of a Sony Vaio may not realize this while they're enjoying a movie or video game while on the computer, but knowing that a vaio is comprised of parts not neccessarily made for the vaio does not give the owner an impression that Sony is trying to make a machine of the highest quality. This all being said, will quality loss from outsourcing be the be all, end all for the economiy? Of course not. Quality loos has been goign on for ages, even within the United States. Companies love cutting corners and costs. If they didn't, there would be no outsourcing.

Though this all sounds like I am endorsing outsourcing, I certainly am not. I am opposed to the amount of outsourcing that is going on in today's economy. Jobs based in American corporations should go to Americans, not people somewhere in Lebanon, or Lithuania or whatever foreign country with cheap labor and an ungodly ring to its name. Today's outsourcing has gotten quite rediculous. Dave Barry put it best by insisting that a law created in congress that was against outsourcing was turned down because, as it turns out, all federal legislation had been outsourced to Taiwan since 1977. Obviously, this is a ficticious account, but the way the world is working and the more companies move their operations out of America, Dave Barry's ficticious account may become closer to reality than anyone may think.
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