Category Archives: Events

No Host For VMA’s. But No One Knows What’s Going On Even With A Host

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So tired of MTV. What a played out channel. Hope Vice obliterates what’s left of their audience (even though I find Vice irritating too). Read about this stank news story here.

Sorry, it’s Monday, I’m in a grumpy mood.

Breaking Bad is Breaking Records

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5.9 million viewers tuned in to the premiere of the new season. Though these aren’t the numbers you’ll see zombies pull in (Walking Dead obliterates Breaking Bad’s numbers with double the amount of viewers), what’s interesting here is that the high numbers are resulting after a series has already been on the air for five seasons. Read more here.

Alec Baldwin To Have Own MSNBC Show?

Looks like he’ll have a continued relationship with NBC after all. I wonder what Kabletown has to say about this. From NYM:

Alec Bladwin’s next move will apparently be into an anchor’s chair at MSNBC, at least according to Mediaite, which cites an anonymous but “senior” source at the network who “insists its a done deal.” The report is slim on solid details about the show, other than that it will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays, “and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics.”

I assume any negotiations for his contract went down as above.

Things Are About To Go Down On ‘Sons’

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Sons of Anarchy returns Sept. 10th for its sixth, and final season, and it seems the show will start off with a bang. Not to be outdone by ‘Game of Thrones’ shockingly violent last episode, ‘Sons’ premiere will include a moment of violence already being labeled as “disturbing.” And mind you, this is in reference to a show about bikers–as an audience we’ve already seen some pretty disturbing scenes.

Kurt Sutter (amazing writer that he is) has written the scene not to be gratuitous, but “to show there are consequences for actions.” Uh oh.

 

NASA Poses Question To The Public: What Should We Do About That Pesky Asteroid Problem?

So, you know budget cuts have forced some serious belt tightening everywhere…..but as if all of us aren’t working hard enough, the smarty pants at NASA finally decided to “crowd source” their knowledge and have asked for the public’s help regarding this whole asteroid thing. In particular, the scientists would like help keeping an eye on the sky to 1) spot asteroids and 2) and how to corral an asteroid (mainly, so NASA can put it in an orbit around the moon to study it. 

All joking aside, posing the question to the public can exponentially advance (or rule out ideas) faster than the scientists sitting by themselves looking at data. In particular, having additional eyes on the sky is very advantageous–both for quickly recognizing threats, and thinking about how best study it.

Want to help out humankind on a historic mission? Watch above….

Random Video Grab: It’s Maru The Cat’s Birthday

Update: Grumpy Cat may have gotten the revenge he was looking for–a movie deal.

That’s right, round up any “special” boxes you have and express ship’em to Japan because one very special Scottish Fold is turning all of 6-years-old today. Watch above as Maru rests on the arm of a couch, turns off running water, takes a nap, and tries to wrestle his way into objects way to small for his cute pudginess (extra cute bonus points here!). Awww, that adorable Maru!

And you got to respect a cat who figured out that simply by jumping into a box you can average 800,000 views. So step a side Keyboard Cat, and Stairs Cat, and yes, even you, skydiving cat, because Maru has got this. But hey, don’t hate the player, hate the game. I’ll let Grumpy Cat have the last word here.

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Exactly.

Internet Week In NYC And The Future Of Media Discussion

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This week is Internet Week New York (which kicked off on this past Monday, the 20th, so my apologies for the late post, but don’t fret if you’d still like to attend, events are scheduled to run until the 27th). You can find a full run down of the schedule here.

Last night Patrick Phillips, founder/editor of I Want Media, hosted the sixth annual The Future of Media panel discussion, and this year’s attendees consisted of Editor/CEO of Business Insider, Henry Blodget; CEO/CTO Salon Media Group Cindy Jeffers; Founder/CEO of Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti; President/Co-Creator of HuffPost Live, Roy Sekoff; and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson.

If you weren’t able to attend, a video has been posted on the I Want Media site.  Hot on the table for discussion were the topics of the value of video (how much is too much, BI’s Blodget thought HuffPo’s 12 hr. live feed is too much, and I agree), Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr, and a consensus regarding the new way people get their news (i.e. breaking news always through Twitter, and longer form–verified news–through other news sources). The good news is that there is still a place, and a need, for quality journalism in the digital age.

I thought Mark Thompson’s plans to engage subscribers of the NYTimes with various live events was very smart–both for further branding the NYT, and for recognizing the value of subscribers to further grow content (via new platforms). I believe in the digital age subscribers want to be recognized as valuable, and should be viewed as a brand’s “community,” capable of producing its own content (an idea your seeing more online news sites try to do such as Gawker and, of course, BuzzFeed).

Zach Galifianakis Is Awesome

That was kind of lazy header wasn’t it? But really, ZG is just awesome in general. Let’s review the evidence: his recent Rock Center Interview with Brian Williams, the fact he lives under the radar in North Carolina (or did, until recently), or how about the fact he befriended a woman from a laundrymat when he first moved to Hollywood (almost 20 years a go), and put her up in an apartment recently when he found out she was homeless, annnnd brought her to the premiere of The Hangover 3.

Phew. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. ZG’s “Between Two Ferns,” has got to be one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. I can’t wait to see him ham it up with B. Coop and the rest of the gang for Hangover 3 (if you read this site, you already know I’m also a huge fan of Ken Jeong).