Posts filed under “Digital Media”

Look Who’s Blogging: Paul Krugman

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Last year, I noted that the Times had started blogging (MSM Blogging Review: NYT Starts Blogging, too). A few months later, we discussed that the Times’ offerings had ballooned to over 30 blogs (Its Official: The NYT Has Gone Blog Crazy!).

This week, the NYTimes introduced one more blog: Paul Krugman’s.

I did not see any announcement, and only found it via my traffic log’s referrals. We received a nice mention in this post: Is This the Wile E. Coyote Moment?

I actually have a funny Paul Krugman story, which I mentioned here when it happened in 2004 (So Paul Krugman and I are chatting . . .)

Not paying attention to my surroundings as usual, I literally plowed into him as I was leaving a studio and he was coming in. Papers went flying everywhere. That capped a week of embarrassing celebrity interaction: First Greg Mankiw, then Paul Krugman, and most amusing and embarrassing, my major faux pas with Nobel prize winner Robert Engle.

If you haven’t seen that Nobel Prize story, its an absolute must read: A funny thing happened to me on the way to the studio tonight . . . Its absolutely one of those strange truth is funnier than fiction stories/

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Oh, and welcome to the blogosphere, Paul!

Category: Blog Spotlight, Currency, Digital Media, Financial Press, Weblogs

New Project(s)

What a crazy week — and the market is the least of it!

We moved from our old space on Park Avenue & 49th (across from
the Waldorf) to larger quarters a few blocks over on 5th Avenue. I have been switching back and forth between Starbux and Bryant Park for internet access (and posting less because I have been out of the office more than in). The
furniture is in, the phones are hooked up, and tomorrow, rumor has it
Verizon will light us up with a big fat pipe, connecting us to that
series of tubes.

But what’s been really odd is that a dozen seperate projects I have been working on for a few years now — some big, some small, all eclectic — have practically all-at-once, simultaneously, lurched towards fruition.

These include:

A major media project

I may join a new BoD

A fun little web project (its potentially very, very funny)

A significant quant application (this is a very powerful tool)

A brand new video venture

Two fascinating blog related advertising concepts

An expansion of an earlier book blogging idea

A new private equity fund 

And that was just this week!

We will discuss more about these in the coming weeks; Just about all of them have a market/stock/economic component to them. I’ll keep you up to speed with these as they develop.

I expect/hope that at least 3 of these 7 close before Halloween. . .

Category: Digital Media, Hedge Funds, M&A, Video, Weblogs

Who Is The Anonymous Donor?

After an exhausting 3 day road trip away, the first thing I like do on my first night back is kick back and relax.

Depending on the time of year, that could mean any number of things. Could be a cigar, a walk by the beach, or a glass of port.

Tonite, it meant pouring a glass of Shiraz,  firing up the TiVo, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Absolutely laugh out loud  hysterical — and that was before I drank the wine. You can really recognize LD’s stylistic fingerprints all over Seinfeld in the plot of this Curb.

I’ve seen them all, but I may have to go grab a few box sets of this; it will make for good airplane viewing . . .

Curb

Too, too funny . . .

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video

Fall On Me

Category: Digital Media, Music

Web Trend Map 2007 Version 2.0

Category: Digital Media, Web/Tech

What happened to Google Blog Search?

Category: Digital Media, Web/Tech, Weblogs

Quote of the Day: iPhone

Category: Digital Media, Technology

iPod Update

Between the office move and the markets lately, I didn’t get a chance to address the new iPods/iPhone. Let’s do that now.

Back in January,
I noted why I did not think the iPhone would cannibalize the iPod:  Apple would migrate the touchscreen downstream to the smaller
and non iPhone "pods." Nine months ago, I noted it was only a matter of time before Apple would bring out a touchscreen (non-phone) iPod.

Well, that came to pass.

As to the rest, I got some of the new products, prices and capacities right. I got some aspects wrong. Back in January, I estimated what Apple’s products and price points might look like.

Here is a comparison with those forecast and the actual products:

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  Product Pricepoint Actual Product Actual Pricepoint
Apple iPhone
10/5 GB
$499/439 16 GB $399
iPod touchscreen*
100/60 GB
  $379/329 iPod touch
16/8 GB
  $399/299
iPod "Classic"
80/30 GB
$279/229 iPod Classic
160/80 GB
$349/249
  iPod Nano
10/5 GB
$199/139   iPod Video Nano
8/4 GB
$199/149
Shuffle 1 GB $59 Shuffle 1 GB $79

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First, it turns out that my estimates of 12-18 months was off — it only took nine months. Second, I wildly under-estimated the capacity of the classic iPods. Third, I wildly over-estimated the capacity of all the flash based iPods and iPhones.

But I did get many of the products, names and pricing pretty darned close. 

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The WSJ has an interesting history of all the iPods, and Apple’s stock price:
click for larger graphic

Infoipodchart0709

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BTW, if you want to have a laugh, go to Amazon and search for the the existing iPods — an 80 Gig iPod is $349 . . .

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UPDATE:  September 6, 2007 7:32pm
To Amazon’s credit, any search for iPod also includes this result: New iPods

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Infoipodcompare0709

Category: Digital Media, Music, Technology, Video

Radio Nowhere

Category: Digital Media, Music

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Category: Digital Media, Television