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
You lose something in every house move, obviously, and normally I’m not even too fussed about it because I do, categorically, have too much stuff. Moves being moves (and having too much stuff being having too much stuff) I often won’t even notice something is gone till months later; this was the case with my paddle. On Sunday I realized that my paddle had never turned up at my new apartment, when I moved here back on the 29th of April of this year.
Of the things to lose, this was in the “top five worst” list. First of all: how do you even lose a paddle? It’s a canoe paddle. It’s not a button or a pocket watch. It’s six fucking feet long. It doesn’t go in a cardboard box or end up in the cutlery drawer by mistake.Read more
"Nothing scares off the shockingly timid male sixth scale figure collector like the thought that they own a Barbie doll."
Hot Toys returns to the Pirates of the Caribbean line… and it’s fuckin’ Penelope Cruz. FGRHASDGHASDGK.
Characters as yet unrepresented in the line who are better than Angelica:
- Bootstrap Bill
- Commander Norrington
- Pintel or Ragetti
- Gilette and Murtogg
- Tia Dalma
- And let’s face it, a DX version of Keira Knightley in the Shanghai garb wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Mark reads about 90s-era homophobia in the new North Toronto, circa May 2012
A couple of years ago, me and some of my high school friends took one last tour of North Toronto Collegiate, due to be torn down. (I was, evidently, in a “very hairy” mode that month.) As someone about as resistant to change as the next fellow I was somewhat internally dismayed at the idea of that old place being gone forever, but the tour reversed my thinking; these kids today deserve something so much better than that beaten-down old schoolhouse. My first tour of the new North Toronto C.I. this spring, to coincide with the school’s 100th anniversary, confirmed the thinking - what a marvelous place the new building is. It is so comfortably familiar and brilliantly modern, all at the same time. It even smells the same. Mark and I went together, and ran into Sandy randomly in one of the hallways, and for about four minutes, it was 1994. The band were even playing the school song when I left. It doesn’t get much better than that.
In the school’s new foyer, they were giving away back issues of the school newspaper, the Graffiti. When I was in high school, one of the larger newspaper-related events was when one of the students came out of the closet in a front page article called “Anxieties of a Gay Student;” I later wrote a follow-up piece called “Anxieties of a Straight Student,” responding to the wellspring of homophobia that bubbled up in reaction to the original article. Those were the days.Read more