Friday, July 27, 2007

"What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully." Charles Victor Cherbuliez

"One nice thing about silence is that it can't be repeated." Gary Cooper

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." Goethe

Fortune senior writer Marc Gunther checks in on how the dead tree guys are moving from print to the web. Marc looks at efforts ongoing at WaPo...

"What lies ahead for the Post seems to be a long and painful transition from print - so important to local advertisers that the newspaper could raise prices almost at will - to the Internet, where competition for readers and advertisers is brutal. The best evidence of the difference is the fact that advertisers paid about $573 million last year to reach readers of the company's newspapers, predominantly the 673,900 daily and 937,700 Sunday subscribers to the Post. Advertisers paid only about $103 million to reach the eight million unique visitors to the Post's Web sites each month."

Good reporting Marc, kudos. Read Can the Washington Post survive? here.

"The Internet's dead. It's over...The Internet is for old people." so says Mark Cuban during his talk at CTAM. Read more here. Give him ten points for playing to the room.

At a party last night a big discussion about the "third pipe" (i.e., 1) telco, 2) cable, 3) wireless). Friends who work for the telcos are opposed to any involvement by Google in the 700Mhz space. This tells me Google must be on to something. Richard Whitt offers up the Google pov here.

Thank you very much: Gary R. White, president and CEO of Kentucky Broadcasters for sending me a gift of Kentucky bourbon, some handmade Maker's Mark. Gary was the gentleman who invited me to speak at the Broadcast Futures Summit earlier this month.

"They wouldn't know a real threat to their freedom until it interrupted the power source to their X Box and killed a half a million people." A new video from the still dead General George S Patton here. Credit goes to writer and voice talent Mike Kaminski.

Bonus: Google's Nick Fox and Diane Chang on how Google's ad quality score improves the user experience. Read the Gord Hotchkiss interview here. Good job Gord.

Red wine: Borsao Crianza 2004. Spanish red blend, 50% Grenache, 25% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ten months in French and American oak. About $11, drinks like a good $40 bottle. Highly recommended. Cheers.

Congrats & cheers: Mark Thompson and his BBC team on the launch of their new player. Kevin Johnson and the Microsoft Platforms and Services crew on their acquisition of AdECN.