Why don’t we realign conferences every year?

With “conference realignment furor in full swing again”:http://www.alongtheolentangy.com/2011/8/11/2358636/texas-a-m-to-sec-roaring-expansion-tidal-wave-imminent, I have to wonder why no one has harnessed the fan and media interest for good effect. If I was running a large conference — I wouldn’t have static divisions, but I’d rebalance every year in the middle of the offseason. Yes it could be a scheduling pain in the ass but we have software to manage that. The key point is to create a positive planned offseason media event that fans could look forward to and that would create some valuable media content — a full week of BTN or other network shows could be built around the realignment announcement and discussion. Realignment across conferences would be even more fun but is politically contentious.

It is dumb to not tap into the fan interest around alignment, the schools are leaving money on the table. And to be a little manipulative — better to have the press focusing on positive topics like realignment during the offseason, rather than digging around for scandals.

Why is the Journal flubbing its biggest story ever?

“It did good work on the collapse of Bear Stearns a year ago, but for the most part it has done a mediocre job of explaining all that has gone wrong with our economic system.” — I’d have to agree, the Journal is not getting it done for me increasingly. Instead they are wasting pages on crappy sports coverage, movie/book reviews, etc. I can get all that content elsewhere.

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Grabbag of software links

* Switch Between Your Gmail Accounts — hmm this has been an impediment to spawning more accounts
* Paypal toolbar gens one-off credit card numbers — always liked the one-off credit card idea; at one point some ecommerce sites didn’t deal well with
* Generate blogrolls from google reader — need to reinstate my blogroll someday
* See if your windows box has stealth connections to the net — i’m clean
* Use Colr.org to plan out a color scheme — love color scheme tools
* AnyTV player — tried this one, actually seems to kind of work
* Visual exploration of medical terms — didn’t learn anything new but maybe useful
* Photomatix for HDR photography

Big Movie Weekend

Shrek2. Entertaining but not as good as the first one. The minor characters drawn from fairy tales are hilarious — puss n boots, pinocchio. But too much screen time for the king and fairy godmother, who just aren’t that funny.

Troy. Hector the role, and Eric Bana as Hector were great. But somehow the movie felt fatiguing, I was glad when it was over.

Day after tomorrow. A blast. So what if the science is probably crap. And the political manipulation ham-handed. Probably due to my fly-over country upbringing, there is just something glorious about seeing LA trashed by tornados and NYC swamped and frozen.

Goodbye Omarosa

TV these days

Martin’s admitting that he watches the Apprentice (Deep Green Crystals: The Apprentice Episode 7: Tammy’s turmoil) has motivated me to come clean. Besides The Apprentice, we are in love with My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancee (what a finale last night!!); Smallville; 24; Friends; Judging Amy; Law and Order SVU; The Practice. And we have minor fetishes for Average Joe: Hawaii, The Ellen Degeneres show, and The Batchelorette. And March Madness is fast approaching, it is a fulltime job just to keep up with TV.

Our Dog is launching his own music download service next week.

Inspired by this announcement, MediaGuardian.co.uk | New media | Coke puts fizz into music downloads, our dog is launching a music download service next week. As he explains it, existing codecs trim out too much high frequency sound, leaving most downloaded music sounding too flat for him and his canine pals. And iTunes offers very little from dog-themed record labels, dog classics, or new age dog music.

Music Traders going deeper underground

JD’s New Media Musings: September 14, 2003 Archives — of course this will happen, I scanned all the software choices this weekend for more private file trading (purely for personal non-infringing backup use in my home) and it is going to be easy to go dark.

I saw a quote from David Bowie this weekend in the NYTimes where he said (from my memory, forgive any misquote) “in the future, recorded music will not be a moneymaker, but be an advertisement for live performances by the artist”.

Finally, Mitch Kapor points to this quote by Adam Eisgrau — “it’s time for the R.I.A.A.’s winged monkeys to fly back to the castle and leave the Munchkins alone”

Watching the re-invention of the music business

We live in fascinating times. The channel for recorded music is collapsing. JD’s New Media Musings points to Moby’s advice for the music industry, all good points. I am especially intrigued by his counsel to stop spending large sums to produce music and videos. As music prices drop, it would seem like we’ll have to get back to fairly raw recordings with very little production, and videos will either have to get very simple, or alternatively will be funded in other ways — by advertisers, as part of going to a movie, etc.

Personally I think this is all good, we get back to music for the sake of music. The funding for all the other ancillary “value-add” activities around the music is just going to dry up. 100 years ago there was no recorded music industry — you went out and listened to artists if you wanted music. It would not be terrible if we ended up listening to more live music.

Pearl Jam CD Sales

I find this article fascinating — One Music Label or Several? Pearl Jam Weighs Options. Pearl Jam has found a way to create a constantly renewable, inexpensive source of content — their nightly recordings. Given the file sharing networks, you have to wonder if more bands don’t move to live recordings as their primary recorded output, instead of studio recordings. Studio recordings are expensive to make, and in a sense they discourage consumption of live music. Pearl Jam seems to making the right steps as artists to respond to file sharing networks, by emphasizing the live experience and unique (and low incremental cost to produce) recordings from these live experiences.