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Old videos

by henrycopeland
Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Anticipating a lighter, digital future, we cleaned out some shelves and boxes of old videos yesterday. Each group represented a different strata of our lives, and the tattered boxes are themselves chronicles of our loyal patronage for certain videos. The Sound of Music was a particular favorite. Here’s the list:

On our video stand:
Born Free
PBS Home video Liberty, the American revolution 1, 2, 3
Dennis the Menace: Walter Mathau
The mask of Zorro (Banderas, Zeta Jones)
Annie with Kathy Bates
Annie with Albert Finney, Carol Burnett
Star Wars 5
Harry Potter: Sorcerers stone
The Man from Laramie
Around the world in 80 days
MacKenna’s Gold
Star Wars 1
Alexander the Elephant who couldn’t eat peanuts

Old Box (most circa France):
The Sound of Music
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Mary Poppins
Secret Garden
Monkey Trouble
The Orchestra
The Graduate
Musee D’Orsay
Beatrix Potter Tales
The whole Musi collection
Charlie Chaplin: La Gradne Revie de Charlot
Dr. Doolittle
Montee Python
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The red balloon

Bloggers versus Associated Press

by henrycopeland
Monday, June 16th, 2008

The Associated Press sent blogger Rogers Cadenhead a letter Friday complaining that his DrudgeRetort.com was infringing their copyright on some stories.

Here’s excerpts from their note and Rogers’ response.

Over the weekend, bloggers left right and center swarmed against the AP, calling for a boycott of links to AP articles with links instead to Agence France-Press, Reuters, McClatchy, or IPS.

The reaction is centered at UnAssociatedPress.net.

Looks like Rogers and the AP have straightened things out, but no larger precedents have been set.

Apple day

by henrycopeland
Monday, June 9th, 2008

Nick Denton noted that tech bloggers don’t make extra money on “Apple day” when geeks go into a feeding frenzy for droplets of news from The Steve Jobs’ mouth. Denton blamed poor advertising inventory management tools — how to budget ad placements for 10X traffic?

But I think it’s also that few advertisers want to share the spotlight with Apple, lest they look wan in comparison. Taking a quick scroll around Engadget.com and Gizmodo.com and you see house ads with an occasional Microsoft Zune ad tossed in. Seems fitting that Microsoft is too clueless to be worried about being overshadowed by Steve Jobs.

Hyperlocal failure

by henrycopeland
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Writing in the WSJ, Russell Adams dissects the failure of the Washington Post’s foray into “hyperlocal online publishing,” Loudon Extra.

The Journal sites three problems: a) lack of links from WPost itself when a big story breaks b) huge geographic spread (520 square miles) and diversity in Loudon county and c) lack of engage and d) hiring nonlocals.

Two other things to consider. The Post hired the guy to create Loudon local based in part on his success building “the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World’s KUSports.com, a site dedicated to University of Kansas sports that grew during Mr. Curley’s three-year reign from 500,000 monthly page views to a one-time peak of about 13 million monthly page views.” Didn’t anyone tell WPost UKansas sports audience a) is a lot bigger and more fanatic than school board audience and b) isn’t local?

And it also doesn’t help that Posts “Loudon Extra” site doesn’t seem to be Google friendly enough (though I can’t see exactly where they’re failing.) My evidence: if you search Google for “site:washingtonpost.com loudon extra” you get only 2200 results and “site:washingtonpost.com loudonextra” you get only 1 result. Their URLs are Goog-friendly (see below), but they seem (on quick inspection) to lack an index page that would make it easy for Google to do a comprehensive spidering. Yep, that was too easy. Someone from the Post wrote to point out that I mispelled “Loudoun.” Ding. Using the correct spelling, the site ends up with 33,000 entries in Google.

Advance trading on Comscore Google data?

by henrycopeland
Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Remember when Goog spent the first quarter tanking, trending lower in sync with Comscore analysis of declining paid clicks, analysis that turned out to be wildly misleading in the end?

Well, GOOG jumped this week in trading leading up to Comscore’s release of a very bullish report on Google’s paid click growth. After being down Monday, Google opened Tuesday at 548 and spent all day trending up, closing at 560. The stock gapped higher the next morning and opened at 568. That night Google closed at 568. After trading closed, Comscore released its estimates
and Google jumped to 575 the next morning.

So anyone who had an inkling Tuesday morning that Comscore’s release Wednesday night was going to be very bullish for Google made a quick $27, a profit that would be vastly multiplied by playing in options.


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