Category Archives: Entertainment

Amazon Targets YouTube Inc. will let people post videos to its website and earn money from advertising, royalties and other sources, putting the company in more-direct competition with Google’s YouTube.

Source: Amazon Targets YouTube With New Online Video Posting Service – Bloomberg

Yahoo tried to provide the regular consumer the YouTube user generated content model several years ago.  I even worked on the automated UGC filtering for spam, adult content, and copyrighted materials for Yahoo at the time.  Amazon will likely fair better here than Yahoo did, because they are pursuing the monetized content model and they know that model well from Kindle Direct Publishing and the Amazon Market Place.  YouTube is driving further into this model with YouTube Red, so the market as a whole is going to grow exponentially.


It will be a tough road, but if anyone could compete directly with Google/YouTube it’s Amazon.

Apple’s New GarageBand For iOS Is An Electronic Musician’s Dream | TechCrunch

GarageBand has always been a platform that has a good deal of appeal to serious musicians. Though some may favor a more “serious” audio production software like Logic when they’re looking to really finesse professional tracks, the 11-year-old music program has held its own among artists and casual creatives for quite a while.

Source: Apple’s New GarageBand For iOS Is An Electronic Musician’s Dream | TechCrunch

Movie sword-fight master Bob Anderson dies at 89

Bob Anderson, the sword master behind such movie greats as Errol Flynn and great movies like Star Wars and Princess Bride has passed away at age 89.  He even did the actual sword work for Darth Vader’s fight scenes in the first 3 Star Wars movies.  He was 60 at the time.  I never knew it was him, but I’ll always remember his work.  RIP Bob Anderson.


Movie sword-fight master Bob Anderson dies at 89 – Yahoo! News.

Reed Hastings’ (Netflix CEO) stock options slashed

I guess the thing I notice most here is the fact that it was a big surprise that Netflix made such a bone headed maneuver.  This just demonstrates that we are all vulnerable to making mistakes.  So often I see people in the tech industry and business in general mistake luck for competence.  In isolation or without wise counsel, we all make mistakes and sometimes they are huge.

Netflix CEO’s stock options slashed after bad year – Yahoo! News

You could have asked almost any Netflix subscriber if it was a good idea to split the services, increase the fee by 100%, and change the web site and brand name.  Any of them would have told you it was a terrible idea, but on a spreadsheet and marketing presentation it probably sounded brilliant.