When you’re 14 years old, the game is pretty much up, Hallowe’en-wise; or so I discovered, on or around the 31st of October, 1990, when I was - in fact - fourteen. I think we can all agree that I hit puberty when I was 13, depending on what you consider to be the advent of boy-puberty (I have my theories), and sometime between dressing up as Batman in the fall of ‘89 - because 1989 was, in all regards, Batman - and finding the most kickass mask ever to dress up as the Phantom of the Opera in 1990, I went over the ledge, hormone-wise, and consequently trick-or-treated in ‘90 looking absolutely nothing like a kid and way too much like an adult in the opinions of pretty much every parent who opened every door on St. Leonard’s Avenue that night.Read more
Great read from the New York Times. Netflix is basically saying that content creators should not necessarily view piracy in oppositional terms. There’s a lot to be learned from those who steal content, especially which content they’re pirating. - ZU
You would think that Netflix, HBO and the like don’t think too highly of video piracy Web sites. After all, two of the biggest hits on Netflix — Orange Is the New Black, a show about a women locked up in prison, and House of Cards, about a conniving politician — are among the most pirated content online. HBO’s Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012.
But last week, a senior Netflix executive said the company itself used pirating Web sites — to determine the genre of new shows viewers might be interested in, and the type of content Netflix produces or licenses.
“With the purchase of a series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Kelly Merryman, vice president of content acquisitionat Netflix, told the Web site Tweakers, a Netherlands-based news outlet. “Prison Break” is exceptionally popular on piracy sites,” Ms. Merryman said, while noting that this was part of the reason Netflix decided to license the show.
While piracy proponents have been arguing that companies should embrace illegal downloads for some time, it seems that companies like Netflix are finally agreeing.
From Content Creators Use Piracy to Gauge Consumer Interest, by Nick Bilton
"It’s not porn. It’s HBO." Well yeah - why did you think we were watching?
Also, a merkin is a wig for your vagina. Cheers.
Dragons return and the North remembers. Game Of Thrones Season 4 Posters.
1,000 swords - what the Iron Throne is supposed to look like.
I know I love you.I know you love me.
It’s your Saturday content recap!
(because you always shoot the one you love in the back - repeatedly - with arrows)
Column: “HBO’s Game of Thrones Is Better Than The Books," in which I somehow argue that whole thing without bringing up Jon & Ygritte and cunnilingus once
Blog: My favourite toys in 2012, closing that loop six months late
Podcast: Mamo #307: Paranoia, on The Purge, audience expectations, and potpourri
All this and more can be found at tederick.com…
In which I open up a can of internet whup-ass on myself and argue that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spent the third season of Game of Thrones handing George R.R. Martin his ass. Read on…