“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”—
I roared with a belly laugh when I read this headline in bed earlier today. Could Capitol Records truly be this misguided? Do they not realize that if you to were sort Internet brands by those most emblematic of creativity — not piracy — that Vimeo would line up at the top? Lip-dubbing is harmless and perfectly fun, and ultimately will define the aesthetic of an Internet generation. Other than for some petty legal jockeying towards a greater strategy can I imagine why this record company would sink such a potentially valuable lifeline — Lip-Dubbing and Vimeo create tremendous relevance and usefulness for their catalog!
If anything better underlines my point it’s an email I received from Sean Nelson, the frontman of the band Harvey Danger, whose song Flagpole Sitta we’ve now infamously lip-dubbed:
That Flagpole Sitta video made me incredibly happy, just when I thought there was NOTHING that could make me listen to that song again. A thousand thank you’s.
Capitol, you’re a bunch of goof-balls. This lawsuit is the tactical equivalent to pooping on someone’s birthday cake.
I, for one, am willing to boycott Capitol artists unless they reconsider, and I implore other labels to pivot and spur conversations with Vimeo in order to determine a simple process to give people access to copyrighted music for personal video that is satisfactory for all. Preemptive strikes simply won’t do anymore!
“Generations of Sunday school teachers have turned Hanukkah into the story of unified Jewish bravery against an anti-Semitic Hellenic empire. Settlers in the West Bank tell it as a story of how the Jewish hard-core defeated the corrupt, assimilated Jewish masses. Rabbis later added the lamp miracle to give God at least a bit part in the proceedings.
But there is no erasing the complex ironies of the events, the way progress, heroism and brutality weave through all sides. The Maccabees heroically preserved the Jewish faith. But there is no honest way to tell their story as a self-congratulatory morality tale. The lesson of Hanukkah is that even the struggles that saved a people are dappled with tragic irony, complexity and unattractive choices.”—The Hanukkah Story (via The New York Times)
I had a mini-eureka moment today. I went to Google.com , something I almost never do, and noticed something simple and amazing. As the Google start page loaded I noticed that the screen was completely bare save for the Google logo, the search bar and the search and feel lucky buttons. Simple and elegant. A second or two later the rest of the page showed up: advanced search, footers, my Google tabs and account info on the top. In those page loading seconds I thought “Wow, this is really what this page is all about: search. Everything else is secondary to that.” Too obvious, right? Of course Google is about search. But the experience got me thinking about how publishers can use the rate of page load to their advantage, say as another means of highlighting what is most important on page. What if you could purposefully stagger the loading of different sections of content on a site in a meaningful manner. For example publishers might highlight the text of an article and a single ad unit by structuring a page so they load 10 seconds before all the other secondary noise on the page. That way the user gets the content they want immediately and the publisher and advertiser get more ‘intimate’ time with the user.
Still both of those examples are ways of coping with a slower page load. The eureka moment for me (that Michael Surtees of Design Notes fame helped tease out) was that the loading of a page can be used as a way of communicating something of value to the user, not just ‘avoiding pain’. Thinking of the page load as a friend instead of an annoyance and foe is powerful, especially as the speed of the web becomes more important.
Very interesting idea.
Simon, the author of this post and corresponding tumblog, is an old friend of mine from my jewish summer camp days. We’re both doing “business development” at NY start-ups. We hadn’t really hung out in a decade, but it turns out we’ve been on parallel paths all along. Give him a follow, you wont be disappointed.
Old Jews Telling Jokes They’re old, they’re Jewish, and they’re telling jokes. Each joke-teller brings their own individual talents and at least sixty years of life experience to the material at hand, which is updated every Tuesday and Thursday.
Who do you nominate for the next Tumblr Tuesday?
How about middle-aged, powerful jews telling you to go fuck yourself?
Woah, easy Rahmblr.
I’ll take middle-aged powerful* Jews telling you to go fuck yourself over old Jews telling jokes any day of the week (except Shabbat: Rahm needs his rest!)
Our Spark portfolio company, Aviary.com, is looking for someone to help lead up their design and UX efforts.
Aviary is a pioneering provider of web-based design applications. It is also a growing, grassroots community that is charting a new way for creators to create, design and monetize their work.
The Director Of Design & User Experience position provides a unique opportunity to help rethink the way design tools and their associated interface should work. It’s hard to imagine a more interesting challenge for a designer than that of redesigning the tools they use every day and making them more valuable and useful to the broader population.
More details on the job can be found here. If you’re interested, please send an email to email@example.com.
I forgot to post this setlist from last month, but better late than never. See nights 1, 2, and 3.
While Night 3 was the best Pearl Jam show I’d ever seen, Night 4 was the most memorable. It was the final night ever in the Wachovia Spectrum before it will be torn down, and it was the longest show in the band’s history (4 hours of Pearl Jam on stage). It contained some of the strangest PJ moments for sure, including Bugs and Sweet Lew (both never played before, and for good reason), a cover of Devo’s ‘Whip It,’ and a rehash of an improv from the early 90s called ‘Out Of My Mind,’ played because some rich fan offered to donate a ton of cash to some charity if they did it.
There were also plenty of truly awesome moments. Pilate hadn’t been played in years. Crown of Thorns is always a treat. And they made a mess at the end. All told it was an amazing 4 shows that ended up being the kick-off to a very interesting month.
This morning I read that NYC shows will happen next May. The never ending Pearl Jam season continues!
Setlist: Why Go Last Exit Corduroy Severed Hand The Fixer Elderly Woman… You Are Amongst The Waves Even Flow Pilate Unthought Known Daughter/Another Brick In The Wall Johnny Guitar Rats I’m Open I Got Id Glorified G Out Of My Mind* Black Insignificance Life Wasted
Just Breathe** The End** Lowlight Speed of Sound Jeremy** Inside Job** Bugs** Spin The Black Circle Porch
Whip It (Devo) Got Some Crown Of Thorns (Mother Love Bone) Satan’s Bed Sweet Lew Do The Evolution Betterman Smile Alive Rockin in the Free World Yellow Ledbetter
Cool job alert, email me (joshmohrer at gmail dot com) your resume and I’ll pass it on to them.
Functional Title: Server/Workstation Engineer
Reports to: Director, Process Management
Quantitative Management Associates (QMA), a subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc. is seeking a DCN Specialist to work with its Infrastructure Team. Individuals in this position typically have working knowledge of server and workstation hardware, operating systems, and state of the art software in a distributed computing environment. This individual’s primary functions will include, but are not limited to working closely with systems, technical staff and business clients on Distributed Computing support and research projects.
Perform Distributed Computing troubleshooting, diagnostics, research, evaluation and documentation of various Distributed Computing solutions and alternatives
Provide server and PC hardware and software support for the client areas
Monitor server operations, identify and report deviations and malfunctions; take corrective actions based upon operating instructions
Consult with technical staff, vendors and/or consultants when the cause of the difficulties is not apparent
Perform related duties as assigned or requested
Qualifications and Requirements:
2-5 years prior Service Desk / Windows Server administration experience required
Undergraduate degree preferred or equivalent work experience
VMWare administration preferred
Active Directory Domain administration
Possess complex task management skills
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong Interpersonal skills
Must be able to work flexible hours. Typical hours are : 10a-6p Monday-Friday, 9a-5p alternate Saturdays, off alternate Mondays (staggered with Saturday schedule)