Sunday, May 04, 2008

"If all else fails, immortality can always be achieved by a spectacular mistake." J.K. Galbraith

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." Francis Bacon

"The secret isn't counting the beans, it's growing more beans." Roberto Goizueta

Today's image: The 3 Croakers by Fred Winston. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

The Gillmor Gang - Emergency Edition 05.03.08, Podcast/MP3 audio (68:18) - Steve Gillmor, Mike Arrington, Doc Searls, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Dana Gardner and Robert Anderson. Discussion of the Yahoo-Microsoft mess. Is Yahoo toast? Is Google the big winner? Microsoft to fight another day? They need to become a player in the advertising space. Steve says "Yahoo sounds like the car companies in Detroit in the seventies and eighties, they're gonna get their clocks cleaned." Kudos guys, good show. Related: Scoble's "discussion" proves a perfect illustration of the power that is the FriendFeed app, behold - check it out here.

Can I get an Amen: My thought is CBS would benefit getting Michael Rosenblum involved in a radical reinvention of the 6:30...

"CBS News is now at one of those places where, because they are in so much trouble, (ratings keep dropping to new lows each week), they could.. they could… take a really radical step. They could trash the whole unworkable system and create a very interesting digital newsroom where they could (could) hire the best journalists in the world today (look at places like Huffington Post for starters), and kick ass. With their budgets the could do it in a heartbeat!" Read the entire post Requiem for a Network.

But wait, there's more...

"Local TV stations are in trouble. They are losing viewers and they are big, ungainly, inefficient and not cost effective. They are the children of what is now an increasingly archaic technology. Local stations in major markets employ upwards of 250 people or more to put 8 or 9 camera crews and reporters on the streets every day to gather ‘news’. Is this cost effective? Does it make sense?" Read Michael's entire post, Are Newspapers Poised to Replace Local TV Stations. Randy Michaels and team Tribune would be wise to invite Michael into their discussions.

Bravos to Michael!

Video: Jim Cramer - CBS Should Go Private "...The company is the proof that primetime is not a great business anymore."

Bonus: YouTube video - Amen Break (18:08) "The world's most important 6-second drum loop."

Quizzes by

George Eastman - "You press the button, we do the rest" Interesting talk by Peter Merholz: Experience is the Product. From Kodak to Apple, developing solutions. Technology > Features > Experience (Video - 47:46) Highly recommended. Aside - great to see folks catching up with the Tom Peters' experience meme.