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    Friday, April 4th, 2014
    9:25 pm
    Never enough Tom Hiddleston
    Most folks have seen the Art of Villainy ad that Jaguar used to excellent effect during some silly sporting event. Now they are continuing the theme with Tom in a solo effort.



    Not only would I listen to Mr Hiddleston dictate furniture instructions, I love the jab at Porsche. And the engine note of the F-type is glorious.

    Current Mood: diabolical
    Sunday, March 30th, 2014
    9:29 pm
    What did you do last night?
    Some folks jumped from One World Trade Center.


    Skip to about 2:30 to see the jumps



    Actually, they jumped back in September, but just released the video since they were arrested anyway.

    Current Mood: impressed
    Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
    9:17 pm
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014
    1:43 pm
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    1:02 pm
    Mother Nature is a quirky broad. . .
    Ya know how I went out for a motorcycle ride on Friday? Yeah, things changed last night. . . .



    (Fortunately, Percheron is a steady stead in the snow)

    Current Mood: Frosty
    Friday, February 7th, 2014
    9:52 pm
    I guess it's ok cause they were only fake lesbians?
    The family is watching the Olympic opening ceremonies across the room, and Team Russia is coming out to the sounds of t.A.T.u. I'm dying here.

    Current Mood: amused
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
    10:38 pm
    Talent abounds everywhere.
    A nine year old in Holland that has reportedly never had singing lessons:



    And for the semi finals a few days ago:




    Imagine what she will be able to achieve with some training and a few years to grow that voice. . .

    Current Mood: contemplative
    Monday, December 23rd, 2013
    6:59 pm
    Using brains instead of laywers.
    Via Citeworld

    How Iron Maiden found its worst music pirates -- then went and played for them

    For more than a decade, musicians have battled rampant music piracy that has put labels and record stores out of business at a rapid pace. Unlike the shift to Amazon that did in the book store chains, record stores are suffering from outright theft, and the migration to iTunes or Spotify streaming isn't making up the difference.

    Between 2003 and 2009, about one-third of all independent record shops in the U.S. closed their doors, according to the Almighty Institute of Music Retail, a California-based marketing firm. That translates to 3,700 stores. The one bright spot is that the trend has slowed since 2008.

    In England, it's worse, with 70 percent of independent record stores disappearing in the last decade.

    But some bands are dealing with the issue in a unique way. A U.K. company called Growth Intelligence aggregates data on U.K. companies to offer them a real time snapshot of how their company is performing. They capture everything from real-world data, like hiring of employees, to online indicators like email to online discussion.

    Its stats were compiled for the London Stock Exchange "1000 Companies That Inspire Britain" list. On that list were six music firms that outperformed the music sector, one of them being Iron Maiden LLP, the holding company for the venerable heavy metal band. (Another company on the list was Shazam, which we recently profiled.)

    Enter another U.K. company called Musicmetric, which specializes in analytics for the music industry by capturing everything from social media discussion to traffic on the BitTorrent network. It then offers this aggregated information to artists to decide how they want to react. Musicmetric noticed Iron Maiden's placement and ran its own analytics for the band.

    Credit: MusicMetric

    "Having an accurate real time snapshop of key data streams is all about helping inform people's decision making. If you know what drives engagement you can maximize the value of your fan base. Artists could say ‘we're getting pirated here, let's do something about it’, or ‘we're popular here, let's play a show’," said Gregory Mead, CEO and co-founder of the London-based firm.

    In the case of Iron Maiden, still a top-drawing band in the U.S. and Europe after thirty years, it noted a surge in traffic in South America. Also, it saw that Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Columbia, and Chile were among the top 10 countries with the most Iron Maiden Twitter followers. There was also a huge amount of BitTorrent traffic in South America, particularly in Brazil.

    Rather than send in the lawyers, Maiden sent itself in. The band has focused extensively on South American tours in recent years, one of which was filmed for the documentary "Flight 666." After all, fans can't download a concert or t-shirts. The result was massive sellouts. The São Paolo show alone grossed £1.58 million (US$2.58 million) alone.

    And in a positive cycle, Maiden's online fanbase grew. According to Musicmetric, in the 12 months ending May 31, 2012, the band attracted more than 3.1 million social media fans. After its Maiden England world tour, which ran from June 2012 to October 2013, Maiden's fan base grew by five million online fans, with a significant increase in popularity in South America.

    Mead said that thanks to analytics, "Maiden have been rather successful in turning free file-sharing into fee-paying fans."

    So bands now have a new tool to try and make up for the loss of music sales. Emphasis is now on touring and t-shirts as CD sales dwindle. "If you engage with fans, there is a chance to turn a percentage into paying customers. You can see that through various bands using the BitTorrent network in a legal way to share content," said Mead.

    Friday, December 20th, 2013
    6:18 pm
    Thursday, December 5th, 2013
    9:07 pm
    Friday, October 18th, 2013
    6:12 pm
    What could have been
    Seated 11, 90mph demonstrated top speed, and 30mpg

    In 1933.

    Plus, Dymaxion is the coolest name ever. I want one.

    Thursday, October 17th, 2013
    10:13 pm
    It's all a matter of perspective
    The difference between fear and boredom is a matter of experience and about 2 feet


    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    10:21 pm
    Crush it!
    All power and form.



    Current Mood: impressed
    4:39 pm
    Something old, something new
    via Reddit


    I'd never seen this done before. Soldiers using plexiglass grips on their 1911's to allow them to carry pictures of loved ones during World War II.

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    Saturday, September 7th, 2013
    1:55 am
    I guess that backfired. . .
    Jonathon Davis of Korn said that they released "Never never" to piss people off. While it's not nearly as hard as their older stuff, I still dig it.





    It's all about the buzz and publicity anyway, so it's doing its job.

    Current Mood: jamming
    Monday, September 2nd, 2013
    10:05 pm
    Woah


    Current Mood: impressed
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
    4:40 pm
    My precious. . . .


    Current Mood: annoyed
    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
    9:11 pm
    Sometimes, ya just gotta dance


    Current Mood: tired
    Sunday, August 25th, 2013
    8:52 pm
    Driver change!


    Current Mood: amused
    Monday, August 19th, 2013
    12:00 pm
    Why don't. . .
    I have a car that sounds like this?



    Oh yeah, because a one off 1962 Ferrari 250 is just a bit out of my price range. But still, the fact that this one of a kind car is still out racing makes my day.

    Current Mood: content
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