And you thought Friday mornings couldn’t get any better!

 

★ I would love to see Elizabeth Warren in the senate, or better yet, as the vice president.

★ The publishers are starting to run scared of self publishing. Just ask Barry Eisler.

★ Can you imagine having a child and always being mistaken for her nanny?

Trent Reznor for the win!

Timothy Geithner: Banks Interests Not Aligned with American Economy. One of the truest statements I’ve heard!

Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Anderson are on google plus! This really should be an advert.

Amazon Intros Kindle Textbook Rentals. Wish this was available when I was in college.

Netflix caused an internet uprising. Welcome to our first world problems.

Dog Owners vs. Cat Owners. Guess which one I am!

RIP Space Shuttle.

★ From infancy to old age. What You’re Reading at Every Stage of Your Life.

★ I’m still trying to figure out why Teen Mom is the most nondiverse show, racially and economically.

★ World’s coolest apartment.

 

★ Spotify has landed! Screenshots from my account. Enjoy it, but wished it played back my music videos.

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★ One of the funniest commercials I’ve ever seen!

 

★ Don’t you dare call Paris Hilton irrelevant.

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And you thought Friday mornings couldn’t get any better!

★ Another reason NOT to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Spotify has landed!

★ We’re all moving to Google Plus, but is a move to Microsoft’s social site next?

Facial recognition to take over the world.

Dog owners vs. cat owners, albeit, I’m a cat person.

★ I’d like to see someone other than Google buy Hulu. Do they have to control the entire internet?

Google plus vs Facebook. It really is like a page out of 1984, but not everyone is on the bandwagon…yet.

Do July 4th Parades Turn Kids into Republicans? Because simply enjoying the holiday would be too hard!

★ Completely agree with Why Netflix’s Price Hike Doesn’t Bother Me. Even at $16 a month, it’s still a cable tv killer!

 

★ The best five dollars you’ll ever spend: purchasing a timelapse of the Milky Way, or you can watch for free!

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

 

Google Plus screen shots. It’s all about the circles!

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★ Chinchillas: the new adorable!

 
★ There’s no escaping Nancy Grace.

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FACEbook face recognition. Still believe Mark Zuckerberg isn’t selling your data? Yeah me, either.

★The YA authors started a digital revolt after the Wall Street Journal blasted the adult content in the genre. I have to say, I agree with the Journal.

★ A return to child slavery. Round of applause to the idiot elected officials in Maine and Missouri!

★ Jon Hamm tell us the real reason why Mad Men almost got canceled. See, (love of) money is the root of all evil!

What your email address says about you. Glad I’m Sarah@SarahRamsingh.com.

★ Don’t kill the messenger! If anything Satoshi Kanazawa’s research Why Black Women Are Unattractive, shows how racism falls harder on African American women.

Gilbert Arenas should be banned from Twitter and dating.

★ Truth be told, I’ve never met a pushy atheist.

★ iPredict Facebook will be far more evil than Google.

★ Dan Lyons blew the cover on Jim Goldman, formerly of CNBC, currently at Burson-Marsteller PR firm (aka Google haters).

 

★ Patrice O’Neal’s Elephant in the Room comedy will make you laugh until you cry. Currently streaming on Netflix.

 

★ If more people like Michael Ruppert were running the country, the world would be a better place. The man should be in government. Currently streaming on (you guessed it) Netflix.


 

★ A Flow of Water predicts the next great war over a dying resource. Currently streaming on my favorite place, Netflix.

 

★ Ann Coulter is just is not likable, neither is Gilbert Arenas… you see where I’m going with this?

 

★ Steve Jobs owes this kid a Kidney. When marketing meets stupidity.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

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iSheep Ready for the iCloud?

★ PBS’ Frontline documentary on Wikileaks. Love him or hate him, Julian Assange is the internet’s phenomenon.

Steve-O should be running the USDA food pyramid.

★ Someone explain karma to this man. If this doesn’t make you blood boil, nothing will.

★Interesting article on gay vs African American athletes.

★ Call me crazy, but I’m dying to party with Estella Warren.

Michael Loucks becomes a Sith Lord.

★ In defense of Paris Hilton- can’t believe I just typed those words. The View becomes a case of the old pots calling the young kettle black.

 

★With a name like Weiner it was bound to happen.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

 

★ If you have HBO, you need to be watching Too Big to Fail. The rest of us will be reading the book and waiting for the dvd.

 

★ Bridesmaids is a must see, The Hangover 2, not so much!


 

★ One word that described LinkedIn IPO: bubble!

 

★ Waste Land is one of the greatest documentaries ever made! To quote my grandfather, “You haven’t seen poverty until you leave the United States.” Currently streaming on Netflix.

 

★ My future parenting style, courtesy of At&t. If only their network was as good as this commercial!

 

★ Watch Expedition Impossible if only to hear, “We’re in the Sahara, yo!”

 

★ ABC finally bring’s back Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution. After pulling it off the air for a month in midseason, siting low viewership. Catering to food advertisers or bad ratings? Guess they don’t want us to know about feathers in ice cream sundaes.

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The Trouble with Hulu

November 2nd, 2010 | Posted by Sarah in PureNerdism - (8 Comments)

My coffee was more interesting than the Hulu dissection this morning. Analysts wanted to know why no one was biting on their $9.99 pay-for-play deal. I sat there, laughing, silently at my desk. Really? You have no idea? None? Your lacking content is the first issue.

McDonald’s money maker is the greasy beef and fries, not the salads. Those veggies are only there as a public relations campaign. So, why is Netflix, who has no power over content, winning the internet tv/movie wars? They’re commercial free.

It comes down to simple math. Hulu: $9.99 (considering a price drop to $4.99) for movies and tv from only three studios (ABC, NBC, FOX) with commercials. No cable shows, except for limited previews. Polls still show no one is interested in commercials even with the price drop. They are also blocking their website from working on Google tv, even with a subscription price. Bad idea. If I dole out cash for your app, I want to view it- everywhere- not just on a 10 inch ipad.

Netflix’s $8.99 plan includes multiple studios including those on Hulu. Showtime, HBO, Cinemax movies usually by disc only, but still cheaper than cable tv. They’re integrated with iPod touch, iPad, Andriod phones and tablets, Wii, Ps3, Boxee, and Roku.

Hulu wants to go online with the cable tv model. They want revenue both ways; from the consumers and from the advertisers. In 3-4 years this model will work. When more mainstream Americans are buying pc integrated tvs. These are the people who still sit down on Thursday night at 9pm to watch The Office on broadcast television. Their main revenue currently is via advertising, which is nothing to snicker about. These are the people who are trained to view commercials. In the next 5-7 years when you have Generation Z (born in mid 1990′s) coming out of college and living in their first apartments, the model will have to change again. They’re not going to schedule their life around tv. This affect has already begun to cross over into people in their 30s. Generation Alpha (born after 2010), will eerily be more like myself. So Hulu will win the battle, but not the war with their current model.

The last time I scheduled my life around tv was Friends in high school. By the time I hit college, I built my first media center pc and hooked it up to an analog 13 inch tv. Which is also the last time I had television set. I got to watch my precious Jerry Springer and Oprah while not missing Organic Chemistry. Since those glory days, I haven’t watched a commercial since. I mute the ones on Hulu. CNBC plus, which I pay $9.99 for, has no commercials and is well worth it to me because I can view it online whenever I travel. Sports are the only thing that I do watch live anymore. Even then, when I watch football, I let my Windows 7 Media pc record for an hour. No point in sitting through pizza commercials.

Hulu is a major win for viewers who want to stream online media and for the studios to pull in ad revenue. The only way anyone would pay for it is if it’s completely commercial free, or, keep the commercials and throw in the cable channel Bravo (USA and Syfy’s full season shows are already available). Paying for Hulu at this point feels like I’m getting hustled in a poker game. I can get watch it for free on broadcast tv with commercials; the same goes for online.

 

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