Here we go here we go testing 123. Oh yeah!
This is just a small update. As you may know I am a graphic designer / communication designer as well as (now) a music producer. While the design side of things is purely commercial I noticed the data portability group got into a little hot water with their logo being too similar to that of Red Hat’s logo (apparently). When I saw they were holding a competition for a new logo i quickly whipped up an entry and I’ve just been informed it’s in the top 15!
You can see the top 15 here: http://dataportability.techcrunch.com/ (Mine is the first logo). It appears my logo is one of the more favoured logos which is excellent. If you are in a voting mood feel free to vote for my entry :)
Now on the other side of the coin – Music Production – I take it very seriously but at this stage I’m yet to have any official releases. I prefer to just remix what I like and pick up new techniques along the way. I made an entry into the Foals remix competition and now my remix is live. You can listen (stream & download) here:
The winner is based on the number of plays (scrobbles) to the last.fm system. If you arent registered to last.fm you really should. I personally think it is one of the best social networks around as it brings you closer to the people who like the same music you do. It works better than anything else I have seen anyway.
I dont normally enter competition so I find it funny that I’m in this spot now to try and promote these community based competitions. In any case it will be interesting to see the outcomes.
If you feel like sharing the love your votes will be appreciated very much :)
Are you looking for a good music production forum? Checkout MusicProductionTalk.com
Now onto the news… Well looky looky. A whole year (and then some) has gone and I haven’t even made time to post on this blog. A lot has been happening and although I am supposed to updated interesting things here I just haven’t had the time of the inclination (in the words of Jack Nickelson in A Few Good Men).
There have been a few interesting things happening here and there. For example:
- This blog exploded after i posted to the New Knight Rider Movie (2008) which is supposed to happen. There have been 228 legitimate comments on my blog entry alone and it’s caused a real stir amongst the Knight Rider community. I have never been a huge fan of Knight Rider, hell I’m not sure I’ve even seen a full episode but somehow you guys have bein going crazy over it all. A good example is the 65,000+ views on the flickr image of the new knight rider poster!
- I have been producing and djing a lot over the last 12 months. I even played one of the biggest festivals in Australia which was rather fun. Since I have found there is a gap in the market for a good generic Music Production Discussion Forum. Since, I have setup Music Production Talk – A studio production discussion forum. So if you have any music production or live dj/performance questions please dont hesitate to sign up and start posting!
- What else? I’m sure there’s a lot more but alas time constraints ensue and I must run!
Take it easy in 2008. I apologise for no posts in 2007 but lets make 2008 rock!
Happy new year for 2007. May 2006 be gone! This new years would have to go down as one of the craziest for me. Didn’t get to bed until 9am. Seriously.
May you all have a happy and prosperous year ahead. It should be a good year :)
Breaking news, Utube has succumbed to the better option (ie: my advice) and monetized their website with a search bar at the top of their homepage. Now you can get instant access to all the wonderful world of poker / dating & xtreme travel.
At least utube have chosen a smart, professional looking & unobtrusive option without losing too much integrity. The search bar only appears on the homepage & search pages. The only problem with this approach is that it appears this type of monetization doesn’t quite cash in on the video traffic they will be recieving. Thereare no video links or other various other video-targeted strategies I would have imagined. For example, if we were searching for a video of the latest internet hype, Chaccaron, the netflix results return a terrible no results page instead of something that may direct me to a video site, any video site. The only other results I get from searching with utube are Poker ads, which are like the scourge of the internet (even if they do pay well).
I think utube has succeeded in the look & feel of their monetizing efforts, but the execution will leave a lot to be desired. At the end of the day if they leave it like this, they wont make nearly as much money as I predicted they could.
“Two years from now, spam will be solved”
Bill Gates – January 24, 2004
I was just reading up on Wired’s 2006 Tech Foot-in-mouth awards. It just really proves tech companies are full of shit (among other things).
The video of the one and only La Chomba doing the Chaccaron. It’s simply amazing to finally see people with true musical talent realising their full potential. We can only hope to see more from Da Chomba Man himself in the future.
PS: I don’t know much about this guy but I think he also goes under the guise of andy’s val gourmet – chacarron macarron.
PSS: Does anyone have the lyrics for this? I’be been searching high and low!
It has come to my attention the company who owns utube.com is sueing YouTube!
YouTube is being sued by an industrial equipment maker whose domain name is Utube.com. Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment said it has been deluged by confused video searchers causing numerous crashes of its site and costing it business. The company’s site once drew a steady 1,500 unique users monthly, Utube said, but that figure has soared to some 2 million per month in recent weeks.
This almost makes me extremely angry. I honestly dont know what UTube are thinking here. Something tells me they heard Google bought YouTube out for billions of dollars and somehow they saw dollar signs in their own eyes. It’s not hard to see how this could happen, they just don’t know how truly stupid they are – for a number of reasons.
1. Sueing Google for this is… well… Stupid.
Do I really need to explain how big Google is. But it’s not just theie size that’s a worry. Try the fact that they are complete and utter experts in the web AND technology AND law. If you are suing for something like this, I’d almost compare this with trying to sue Russia. No matter how good UTube’s their argument is, Google will get out of this quite easily.
2. Monetising Your Website means money… lots of it.
I don’t think UTube realise how much cash they would make if they did the following 3 simple steps:
- Moved their corporate website to utubellc.com or something
(Keep in mind they can still keep their emails on utube.com and also even place a banner to redirect existing clients to their new website)
- Place their website on a domain sponsor page
or actually develop a small video/media website with ads.
or even place a one page website with a carefully chose ppc (pay per click) or affiliate program
They could make so much damn money.
For instance…. they are claiming to have 2,000,000 visitors a month. Now lets say they found & utilised a targeted video advertising campaign that gave them 10 cents a click. Keep in mind this is a very very conservative number considering I have basic websites on Google Adsense that can earn up to $1 dollar a click.
Ok now lets just say that conservatively 25% of users clicked through. This all depends on how well the ad is targeted & integrated into the website. I personally believe you could achieve 75% with the right advertising but for now lets say 25%.
Based on the above very conservative calculations, utube.com could make $50,000 in the first month. Not to mention traffic could (and WILL) grow, you could (and WILL be able to) find a better affiliate program in time. This is so scalable as well, for instance 50cents/click at 50% click through at the current rate would mean 10 times this amount: $500,000. This is half a million dollars a month if they play their cards right.
Now I don’t know how large this company is, but honestly how important is a website on a particular domain for a TUBING company. I mean c’mon! An extra 6 million dollars/year revenue is nothing to sneeze at. Especially for just being in the right place at the right time. Not to mention I highly doubt they could settle this at court for any amount near the potential yearly income.
Also don’t forget this will solve their problem with bandwidth issues yet they can still have a reputable website & their email addresses need not change.
I think the best way to look at this would be to compare it to having a Fish & Chip shop on a quiet area of town. Then all of a sudden that part of town gets extremely busy & everyone in the town all of a sudden needs Gummi Bears, and you get lots of people coming into the Fish & Chip store asking for Gummi Bears because you now have the best location in town. You have the option to move out of the busy suburb & keep your current store (being able to convert it into a Gummi bear store or at least refer people to a good gummi bear store for kickbacks). What would you do? What… would you do?
I wish i was finnish.