Thursday, August 24, 2006

Chat: The Long Tail - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)

Fireside Chat: The Long Tail - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals): "The Chatters
Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Editor of Wired
Dave Goldberg, General Manager of Yahoo Music
Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Strategy at Yahoo
Tim Quirk, VP of Music Content and Programming at Rhapsody
(Moderated by Matt and Jason from 37signals)

Topic: The Long Tail
The theory of the Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of “hits” at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail. In this chat, the participants discuss the impact of the tail, mass amateurization, the role of reviews/recommendations, and how, in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 people."

I haven't read this yet, so I'm posting it here because... 1) It looks like it will be an interesting read, and 2) To remind myself to read it. Let me know if it is any good. :-)

Thursday, August 10, 2006 Shout Out to Extended Family

charliebigtime's blog | "Shannon Shorr will not become a household name if he wins tomorrow but he will return home with over $900k..."

As long as I'm throwing out props to my friends, might as well throw my extended family in here too. It tunrs out that my step-cousin* (figure that one out) is a poker whiz-kid... he was in the World Series of Poker, but was disappointed when he busted out in about 500th place (still out of 9K, not bad at all). The cool thing is that still translated into about a $20K purse. Sounds like somewhat on a whim he entered the $10K Bellagio tourney, and has been on fire... today he is playing at the final table with the opportunity to take in almost $1 million. Not bad for a 21-year old kid... eh?! I can't say that I know him (I probably last saw him when he was a really little kid), but it's still cool to follow nonetheless.

Check him out and read his blog if you are into poker.

He is WAY better at keeping his blog up-to-date then I am. :-)

* My maternal grandfather's stepson's (my step-uncle's) son. Make sense??!

UPDATE: He won! Payday for Shannon was $960,000. I'm in the wrong business.... :-)

PopMatters: Arthur Lee

So a good friend of mine just wrote a killer review/commentary on Arthur Lee on Popmatters. Gotta be honest, I had no idea who he was, but now I'll go give him (and his band "Love") a listen.