The Coffee: QT Hazelnut with some sugar.

The Art:

Kristina Collantes :: Black Bottom Warbler :: water color and Photoshop


The tunes:


Music DownloadingIf Joel Tenenbaum had $675,000 I’m sure he’d be buying a Ferrari, or at least the largest music collection on the planet. Instead, because he illegally shared 30 songs, Joel Tenebaum will be paying the RIAA $675,000.

The organization spent $1 million to make an example of the poor bastard.

It makes me sick because the RIAA is not starving or protecting the artistis; they’re just being assholes to normal people that we can’t characterize as criminals. It’s sad that I can steal 2 CDs from Walmart and never have to worry about being in Joel’s position. If I were to get caught, sure, I should be punished. But not hung on a bloody cross in front of the store to warn others.

And here’s what the RIAA says:

“We are grateful for the jury’s service and their recognition of the impact of illegal downloading on the music community. We appreciate that Mr. Tenenbaum finally acknowledged that artists and music companies deserve to be paid for their work. From the beginning, that’s what this case has been about. We only wish he had done so sooner rather than lie about his illegal behavior.” Full post>>

Jump to the TorrentFreak article about the story>>

Or visit the Joel Fights Back, a website created to chronicle and support his efforts in court.

Picture 1UPDATE: This ridiculous episode continues with Apple expecting developers to refund app customers out of their own pockets. READ.

UPDATE: Fast Company comes out with an article titled ‘Seven (More) Reasons to Ditch Your iPhone

@willgcrawford, @therealecar and I (@miketobias) had lengthy conversation about telecommunication companies. We all agreed that there is too much power given to this utility. These companies should not be restricting applications like Google Voice, an app that allows you to set up a 10-digit phone number, make free calls to other users, and send free text messages.

News broke recently that the Apple app store will not have Google Voice in its catalog. The reason? It resembles existing apps on iPhone…

It’s something that angered a lot of people.

So here’s where we’re at…

New iPhone 3GS. Sprint says screw you on MMS and Data Tethering. We’ll get to it when we get to it.

Termination fees to upgrade.

Large price tags. You may be able to get a $99 iPhone, but that data plan empty your wallet.

Fragile devices.

And finally this GV bullshit.

So in regards to that whole iPhone/GV thing that made Michael Arrington give up his iPhone, I say he’s dead right to boycott the world’s most popular mobile device.

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I’m writing a screenplay with one psuedo-sociopath, and I had some time to peruse Barnes and Noble before volunteering today. A psychology book, The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, caught my eye. I read the first couple of chapters, and naturally I started thinking about famous sociopaths in film and the structures that deliver their inhumane stories to audiences.

Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ popped up because I’m making my way through season 2. To me, part of the magic behind its writing is the main character’s internal monologues that narrate the action. Being inside of a sociopath’s mind helps us imagine the unimaginable. See, Dr. Stout says that the state of pure guiltlessness is unimaginable by people with consciences. This is exactly why I think we’d be drawn to these characters – and ultimately why we’d prefer a story where we hear the character’s thoughts.

Now another sociopath popped up in my head: Javier Bardem’s Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Now the Coen bros’ script definitely has no internal monologues. We don’t get to hear his thoughts, and it still worked. We still got that Chigurh, at least after seeing him kill a random driver, doesn’t feel guilt for killing. Then he explains it later, I think. I’m not sure; it’s a long movie.

So both obviously worked, but which one’s better? I’m going to go with ‘Dexter.’ I love seeing the character Dexter in normal situations and hearing his sociopathic thoughts. Though, word of caution, it makes him more humane than Chigurh (despite him killing someone every episode.) That’s because internal monologues offer justification and internal conflict – things we can relate to – whereas Chigurh’s guarded mind makes him more monstrous.

So, at a poolside BBQ yesterday, an advertising professional was talking about how brand war strategies are really just real war strategies applied to marketing. I like this notion. It makes me think of Duplicity when Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti, playing two execs, fight each other in slow motion on the tarmac of an airport.

If the minds behind our advertising think of media as a battlefield, my question is how do I destroy my competitors on community-like sites like Twitter. Well, first, I think it’s all about promoting your great ideas first. Then of course subtly hinting that your ideas are slightly better than the competitors.

I don’t know. I’m just picking up some manuals on warfare from the Revolutionary War. This way I can learn how to overcome a brand by bludgeoning them with my musket before a pint at the Pioneer Inn.

Thursday Tees!

Another edition of cool tees! Some of these are limited edition, as noted below, so be sure to buy them ASAP if you like 🙂


7 Dirty Words designed by Arrow. So you might be too young to recognize the point of this shirt. The typography forms the image of comedy legend George Carlin. The words belong to his most infamous bit, the 7 words you can’t say on TV. As a shirt, this is awesome. If you’re bold enough to don bad words across your chest, buy this! You’ll be wearing a piece of comedy history.

$15 + $2 shipping. Sold on Teextile. Guys and gals. Limited edition, gone next Monday.


Morrissey by Kyle Webster. Speaking of legends, The Hundreds (a great clothing brand I’ve featured before) has summoned the design finesse of Kyle Webster to create 3 t-shirts with their favorite musicians. Bjork and The Pixies are on the other two, if you’re interested. I went with this Morrissey one because it’s just awesome.

$30-40. In store only at The Hundreds Los Angeles/San Francisco. Guys. Limited Edition.

onmyoji_m_f_detailOnmyoji by xiaobaosg. Now this is a pretty sweet shirt. It’s got all those vibrant neon colors with the skeleton. It’s like it should be emo, but it’s got a creative, fun life to it.

$25 + 2.72 shipping. Designed by Humans. Guys and Gals. Limited Edition.

Picture 2The 2009 Tony Awards are tonight, and in honor of them I am taking a look at their social media campaigns. Productions are making their presence known on various sites like Twitter and Facebook. It’s the kind of marketing that allows patrons to connect to their favorite shows before or after they see them.

I’m only going to focus on new musicals. It would be great to cover every single show, but neither of us has that kind of time. I mean, the show is in 3 hours.

Let’s start with a strong contender, “Next to Normal.” A lot of hype supporting this musical, and their social media reach is pretty far. It not only has a Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, it has gone the extra mile to feature itself on the theatre social network BroadwaySpace, created by Ken Davenport. Also interesting: Its Twitter account connects to the illusion of the show by having characters tweet about their daily adventures.

Now “Shrek” may be green, but it’s not with envy. (I know, cheesy.) When you land on the homepage of the official Shrek website, there is a message to encourage you to follow the show on Twitter along with a Twitter app displaying their latest tweets. When you continue into the site, you will find all the same links as “Next to Normal” plus a link to Shrekster, a quasi social network developed for the production. There is also a share button, allowing visitors to share the site on their own social profiles.

Shrek seems to have upped the ante against “Next to Normal,” but can it compare to “Rock of Ages.” R.O.A. also has Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and BroadwaySpace down. Fine, but does it have its own social network like Shrek? Yup, and it’s a little more impressive and social. It’s called 80s Rock Fans, and it lets fans connect over their favorite 80s bands.

Lastly I cover the weak contender Billy Elliot. The website only features links to Facebook and Twitter profiles for the show. No MySpace, no BroadwaySpace, and certainly no specially designed site.

And the winner is…

“Rock of Ages.”

I love following their Twitter for 80s themed tweets. The complexity of their handmade social network trumps Shrekster.

“Shrek” is a strong second thanks to large presence on social networks + personal social site. While it’s great to integrate a Twitter app on the landing page to attract followers, the effort has been lacking. Only 400 people follow.

P.S. I’m guessing “Next to Normal” takes the Tony for best new musical.