NBC: Settle With Apple

September 11, 2007

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The Amazon Unbox Player

The horror….

And selecting a version for Portable Devices get a PlaysForSure DRMed version that won’t play on an iPod. Major retarded.

Amazon has those four free NBC pilots. Go torment yourself…

Previously in this blog:
Is Google Better Than Spy Agencies?
A Third Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: Steve Jobs Is Journeyman
A Second Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: You Got Chucked!
Should Apple Turn iTunes Into A Platform?
NBC: Stop Being Blonde!
NBC To Give Away Show Pilots
Journeyman: Still Unleaked!
Fall Network TV Doom Watch List
Journeyman: All Available Vids
Journeyman: No Leak, But Two YouTube Vids
NBC: Leak Journeyman NOW! Early Reports NOT Good!
YouTube: NBC Fall Preview
ABC Kicks NBC’s Ass For Fall TV Buzz
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


A Third Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: Steve Jobs Is Journeyman

September 7, 2007

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Chuck comes through with a leak of Journeyman!

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Some clever NBC promotion embedded within it. Today Show when Zucker reigned.

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They went Lost-like with the titles. Brief bit of music & series title.

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I have to give credit to a brother writer.

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Yeah, the director too. (Support the WGA, DGA!)

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The Jman presents some m4Dd skI77z too!

But these next photos explain why NBC cannot beat Steve Jobs. And also how the iPhone came to be.

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Do you see NBC? You cannot beat Steve Jobs. He’s a Journeyman too. The iPhone is obviously technology he stole while visiting the future. He’s already seen your abysmal and tragic failure with Amazon’s Unbox. He’s already seen Zucker having to resign in disgrace! He’s already seen a near-dead NBC being unloaded by GE to Rupert Murdoch!

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See it! See it!

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And the iPhone was created by Apple — in 2020!

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Already defeated!

Disclaimer: Publication of these screensnaps is in no way an admission, implicit or explicit, of an illegal act having taken place. In cyberspace, even streamed video can be screensnapped, with no data ever residing in the local computer. Ask your attorneys, Suits. Or even better, ask your Local Chuck — hell, you’re putting on a whole TV series about them!

Previously in this blog: (Post-iTunes/Journeyman)
A Second Post-iTunes Fable For NBC: You Got Chucked!
A Post-iTunes Fable For NBC
Should Apple Turn iTunes Into A Platform?
NBC: Stop Being Blonde!
NBC To Give Away Show Pilots
Journeyman: Still Unleaked!
Fall Network TV Doom Watch List
Journeyman: All Available Vids
Journeyman: No Leak, But Two YouTube Vids
NBC: Leak Journeyman NOW! Early Reports NOT Good!
YouTube: NBC Fall Preview
ABC Kicks NBC’s Ass For Fall TV Buzz
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?

Previously in this blog: (Zucker)
I Wish I Thought Of That!
By The Book: Jeff Zucker Vs. Steve Jobs
Jeff Zucker: Like Dubya, Only Worse
Newsflash! Jeff Zucker Buys Condo From Dick Morris!
Jeff Zucker: He Don’t Do Emo
Jff Zukr: Ur No Gneeiz No
Quote Of The Day: Jobs Rulz, Gates Luz
A Post-iTunes Fable For NBC
Should Apple Turn iTunes Into A Platform?


Reading: September 5 2007

September 5, 2007

Now Reading:
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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon
– went to the head of my Endless Book Queue because of this.

Just Read:
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Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin. by Iris Bahr
– see separate post.

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White Corridor by Christopher Fowler
– separate post coming at some point.

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About Time (short stories) by Jack Finney
(a re-read or 2nd re-read…)
– Finney is always a delight. Of the twelve stories, the final two are ringers and not about time travel at all. One of the time travel stories has a man who goes into the past using a car. Hmmmm, I’m looking at you, Back to the Future.

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Ocean by Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
– I surprised you with this, eh? It hadn’t been listed in Reading. Got it from the NYPL unexpectedly. It’s a neat little tale. The art is nearly like motion picture storyboards. It’s also been optioned for a movie. Someone page Ridley Scott or David Lynch. There’s one problem I had with this book: its presentation. It read like one book. It turns out it was a series and this is a compilation. I didn’t find this out until I saw a cover gallery in the back. That really pissed me off. I think the covers should have been chapter breaks. And what’s this — no page numbers?! How can I quote anything without citing a page number?!


Final Cut? Shred It For All I Care!

September 2, 2007

New “Blade Runner” cut is “how it should have been”

I absolutely cannot understand the cult that has surrounded the movie Blade Runner. I simply hate this movie.

That’s because I love the work of Philip K. Dick and there is just about none of him in this movie allegedly based upon his classic novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The novel is a stunning work of genius. The move is vapid, pretentious Hollywood bullshit.

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Read the book.

Previously in this blog:
Another Egghead Out To Fuck Writers (And Other Creators) Out Of Their Just Rewards
Of Course, I Will Now Burn For That Last Post
OK. This Just Freaks Me Out. It Better Freak You Out Too!
Philip K. Dick Freaks Me Out Even While He’s Dead (And He’s Still Dead, Isn’t He?)
Philip K. Dick Called It A Printer


Quote Of The Day: The Genius Of Jack Kirby

September 2, 2007

Jack Kirby, a Comic Book Genius, Is Finally Remembered

He created a new grammar of storytelling and a cinematic style of motion. Once-wooden characters cascaded from one frame to another — or even from page to page — threatening to fall right out of the book into the reader’s lap. The force of punches thrown was visibly and explosively evident. Even at rest, a Kirby character pulsed with tension and energy in a way that makes movie versions of the same characters seem static by comparison.

Kirby was — and is still — so far ahead of everyone. He will be stolen from by generations to come as the tools to create dramatic imagery via software becomes more powerful, affordable, and spreads out to the masses.

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Jack Kirby (Mike Royer inks) panel from his neomythic New Gods epic series

Previously in this blog:
Another Thing That Will Ensure I Die Poor…


By The Book: Jeff Zucker Vs. Steve Jobs

September 1, 2007

Some digging has revealed that Jeff Zucker and Steve Jobs are following the advice of the same guru.

But while Zucker is motivated by this handbook…

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This is what Steve Jobs uses…

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For more information click here.

Previously in this blog:
Jeff Zucker: Like Dubya, Only Worse
Newsflash! Jeff Zucker Buys Condo From Dick Morris!
Jeff Zucker: He Don’t Do Emo
Jff Zukr: Ur No Gneeiz No
Quote Of The Day: Jobs Rulz, Gates Luz
A Post-iTunes Fable For NBC
Should Apple Turn iTunes Into A Platform?


Huh?

August 29, 2007

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The Best Novel You Likely Never Heard Of

Reader reviews at Barnes & Noble


NBC: Stop Being Blonde!

August 28, 2007

What will be must-see TV this fall?

Both said they saw promise in the comedy/action show “Chuck” and the remake (or is it reimagining?) of “Bionic Woman.” But Brill said she didn’t think new dramas “Life” or “Journeyman” would fare that well.

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Journeyman: Already dead?

Even this early, the knives are being sharpened against Journeyman.

Leak leak leak.

Don’t forget to visit the Journeyman blog.

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Previously in this blog:
NBC To Give Away Show Pilots
Journeyman: Still Unleaked!
Fall Network TV Doom Watch List
Journeyman: All Available Vids
Journeyman: No Leak, But Two YouTube Vids
NBC: Leak Journeyman NOW! Early Reports NOT Good!
YouTube: NBC Fall Preview
ABC Kicks NBC’s Ass For Fall TV Buzz
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?


NBC To Give Away Show Pilots

August 27, 2007

New media, new ideas tout shows for fall

NEW YORK — To launch their fall lineups, the major networks are turning to the Web like never before, offering viewers the chance to see premiere episodes for free and producing original content around their new series that doubles as entertainment and advertising.

And:

NBC, which is utilizing the tactic most aggressively, is offering downloads of the premiere episodes of the new dramas “Chuck,” “Life” and “Journeyman” on Amazon.com starting Sept. 10.

Also around that date, the 4 million members of Facebook’s Apple students group will be able to exclusively download the three premiere episodes on iTunes. A week later, the iTunes downloads will be widely available.

NBC also is making the premiere episodes of “Chuck,” “Life” and “Journeyman” as well as “Bionic Woman” available as free VOD offerings on about 30 cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Dish Network starting Sept. 10. A week later, streaming video of the “Life” pilot will be exclusively available on AOL, “Journeyman” on MSN and “Chuck” on Yahoo.

There also will be one more online sampling program starting Sept. 4 that involves a partnership with a major retailer, but NBC declined to provide specific details. Additionally, NBC will screen the full premiere episodes of “Journeyman” and “Chuck” on United Airlines flights.

September 10th?!!?

I’ve got news for you, NBC. I’m still looking for an early leak of Journeyman. It hasn’t happened yet. Just about everyone has already seen the first episodes of Chuck, Bionic Woman, Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Pushing Daisies. But Journeyman? Nope! (Hell, CBS’s Cane and The Big Bang Theory are also available.)

Don’t believe me, NBC?

Here are three screensnaps from Bionic Woman. Note: I do not have this on my hard drive. This was uploaded six days ago to a site where anyone can view it with a mouse click. The screensnaps were done while it was streaming from the site.

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I’ve purposely selected three snaps that reveal nothing other than what you, NBC, would recognize: That Bionic Woman is indeed already out there for everyone to see. I don’t think I’ve spoiled anything for anyone with these nebulous screensnaps.

You, NBC, might have visions of partnering with Amazon and iTunes in order to be kewl, but the only people who will get the pilots that way are people who would more or less watch them on TV anyway. That’s not much of a vanguard for real buzz. In fact, you better hope that Amazon and iTunes don’t experience any problems distributing that stuff. Or you’ll have the kind of buzz you never intended to create.

So, NBC, if you’re not going to do it, you better hope someone else does it for you: Leak Journeyman now.

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Reading: August 23 2007

August 23, 2007

Now Reading:
Spider Kiss by Harlan Ellison
– after decades and decades of not having read it!

Recently Read:
Red Bride by Christopher Fowler
– Fowler’s usual greatness. I wasn’t keen on the supernatural element he warned me about. Had he been able to persuade his publisher to drop it, it would have been a novel about how a person can get trapped in the grip of a bad idea. That would have been scary enough!

Still reading:
About Time (short stories) by Jack Finney
(a re-read or 2nd re-read…)


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