Land vs. Air (Pandora vs. Sirius)

Pandora radio will kill Sirius and any other form of satellite radio.  Let me explain how I know this.  I recently got a new phone with 3G service rendering my old phone obsolete.   As I was trying to decide whether to sell or keep my old phone, I plugged it into iTunes, blanked it out, and put on all my music and apps for the kids.  I was thinking that I could still use it as an MP3 player and the kids love all the game apps.  Even though the phone doesn’t have phone service anymore, it still connects to the internet through my home wi-fi.  That’s when I thought to myself that I could put the Pandora app on the old phone.

This is the first time that Pandora really hit me as a badass application.  I mean, I’d used it in the past on my desktop & laptop and it was cool.  Even cool enough that it was up there with the cooler things on the internet.  But, this was different.  This was mobile Pandora.  My old phone was kicking out sweet music on my old Bose docking station – FOR FREE!!!!   This is music that is as easy as flicking on the radio and there’s no monthly fee.  The depth of the library is enormous.   This was one of those epiphany type moments of how cool technology can be.  My wife and I had been talking about selling our old phones and now there’s no way that I want to do that.   I can also just yank the phone out of the docking station when my kids want to play games too and they won’t be killing the battery on my new phone.

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The Wombats

The Wombats are a band out of Liverpool, England.  They have some great tunes.  I spent the summer of 2009 learning the lyrics to pretty much every one of their songs.  They’re a fresh sounding band that brings punk, pop, and rock together for a terrific sound.  Their lyrics are pretty racy and touch on the usual rock and roll things like chicks,  sex, and partying.  The lyrics and accompanying sound provide a crystal clear view into raw human emotion.  To me, their music basically says: we have nothing to hide and here is our art and our truth – love it or leave it.  And that is my favorite kind of music: raw humanism.  That kind of passion usually takes a little while to catch on with the masses, but once it does, it usually goes viral. Continue reading “The Wombats”

500 Days of Summer

This is a movie about boy meets girl.  The writing is very clever, fresh, and unique.  Like other movies that go forward and backward in time this movie starts near the end and then quickly takes you back to the beginning.   From there, it bounces forward and backward in time.  The way they did this was kind because they gave you a counter to let you know exactly what day of the 500 days it was.  The counter would spin forward and back so you would know exactly where you were along the timeline.  The color of the trees in the background setting of the counter would also change colors and let you know the mood of our protagonist.   To explain that further might give too much away.

I didn’t think I was going to like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he did a good job.  He was believable and in the end I liked him and his performance.  The real intrigue to get me to watch the movie would be Zooey Deschanel.  I think I like her a lot and need to go off on tangent about her for the next couple paragraphs.  She is amazingly cute and talented.  I titled a post called “Yes Man” and it was not about the movie “Yes Man” but rather about that ‘type’ of person in the workplace.  I did, however, grab a picture of Zooey Deschanel and Jim Carrey for the blog post just to have an image to enhance the post.  Because I have added the wordpress.com blogstats plugin to this blog site, I’m able to see all my stats (e.g. hits per day/week/month, what posts were viewed, and what search criteria were used to drive traffic to the site, etc…)  It’s an amazing plugin and the only thing you need to install it is wordpress.com blog site and API key.  So, without digressing too much further I’ll get to my  point: the word’s “Zooey Deschanel” drive more traffic to my site than any other search words.  This is where I really learned a couple of things about SEO:  1) search engine optimization really has a lot more to do with keywords like Zooey Deschanel and Miley Cyrus, than anything else.   2) there is a lot of buzz surrounding Zooey Deschanel.  It surprises me that more people hit this site searching on Zooey Deschanel than Miley Cyrus.

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