Posts filed under “Television”

Tony Soprano Whacked

Tony Soprano is Dead.

Via Master of Sopranos comes the best explanation I have seen to date for what happened in the final episode of The Sopranos.

What follows is a brief excerpt — you really need to read the entire thing — but this gives you a flavor of the film analysis: 

THE PATTERN THEN BEGINS:

(1) Bell rings, We cut to a shot of Tony’s face looking up to see who is coming through the door (this shot is about 1-2 seconds). We then see who is coming through the door from Tony’s POV. It is a tall woman with dark hair who enters Holsten’s. We then cut back to Tony’s face to see his reaction.

(2) Bell rings, We cut to a shot of Tony’s face looking up to see who is coming through the door (this shot is about 2-3 seconds). We then see who is coming through the door from Tony’s POV (same shot as (1)) It is an older man wearing a “USA” cap who enters Holsten’s. We then cut back to Tony’s face to see his reaction.

(3) Bell rings, We cut to a shot of Tony’s face looking up to see who is coming through the door (this shot is about 1-2 seconds). We then see who is coming through the door from Tony’s POV (same shot as (1) and (2)) It is Carmela who enters Holsten’s. We then cut back to Tony’s face to see his reaction.

(4) Bell rings, We cut to a shot of Tony’s face looking up to see who is coming through the door (this shot is about 1-2 seconds). We then see who is coming through the door from Tony’s POV (same shot as (1), (2) and (3)). It is “Man in Member‘s Only Jacket” (hereafter “MOG”) followed by AJ who enters Holsten’s. We then cut back to Tony’s face to see his reaction.

(5) Bell rings, We cut to a shot of Tony’s face looking up to see who is coming through the door (this shot is about 2 seconds). According to the pattern, we should then see who is coming into the diner from Tony’s POV (this should be Meadow as we see her about to enter the diner a few seconds before the bell rings). Instead, the screen cuts abruptly to black mid-scene (at the exact spot where we should see Meadow from Tony’s POV) and the audio cuts off.

All the viewer sees is “blackness” where Tony’s POV should be. This is Tony’s POV because he is dead. We no longer hear Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” because Tony no longer hears it. If this was a normal ending we would see a fade to black followed immediately by the credits and we would probably still hear the music. Instead, the blackness and silence lingers for 10 seconds before we see the credits. This emphasizes the blackness, nothingness and eternal nature of death.

That works for me . . .

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Source:
The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of “The END” 
masterofsopranos, May 11, 2008
http://masterofsopranos.wordpress.com/the-sopranos-definitive-explanation-of-the-end/

Category: Data Analysis, Television

BMO’s Don Coxe on Food Prices and Shortages

BMO Financial Group global portfolio strategist Don Coxe discusses Food prices, shortages, and the appropriate investment strategy in the face of the recent food crisis:

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Don_coxe

courtesy of BNN

Source:
Market Morning
Global Portfolio Strategy [04-30-08 10:10 AM]
BNN, April 30, 2008
http://watch.bnn.ca/#clip49664

Category: Commodities, Inflation, Television, Video

Business Video

You may have noticed that I run a bit of video a few days a week on the site, usually overnight.

As part of the redesign, I am setting up a tab for Video (hence, the slow loading video won’t impact the main page). As such, I have been compiling a list of Business-related Video for the update, and this is what I came up with. 

(Have I missed anything significant?)

Video Reports:

Financial Times (FT)
http://www.ft.com/multimedia

Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/av/

WSJ
http://online.wsj.com/video

Economist
http://audiovideo.economist.com/

CNBC
http://www.cnbc.com/?id=15839263&tabid=15839798&tabheader=false&t=0.9244770663790405

Business of Innovation
http://innovation.cnbc.com/en

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/video/

The Street.com
http://www.thestreet.com/video/index.html

Barron’s
http://online.barrons.com/public/main?mod=DNH_WSJ#

Marketwatch
http://www.marketwatch.com/tvradio/bcPlayer.asp

Yahoo Finance Tech Ticker TV
http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker

CNN Money
http://money.cnn.com/video/

New York Times
http://video.on.nytimes.com/index.jsp

BBC tv
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/video_and_audio/default.stm

Fox Business
http://www.foxbusiness.com/

PBS
http://www.pbs.org/nbr/info/video.html

60 Minutes
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

CNET Video
http://www.cnettv.com/

Wallstrip
http://www.wallstrip.com/

Category: Television, Video

Cognitive Surplus

Category: Psychology, Television, Web/Tech

Real Scoop: Television Pundit Analyzer

How would you like to have this attachment on your TV ?

"RealScoop utilizes leading voice analysis technology to analyze statements made by public figures. The BELIEVABILITY METER™ analyzes each video second by second, displaying the real-time results in a color-coded manner from left to right. The most believable statements are green, gradually turning red as they become more questionable.

Here’s what it looks like in action:

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CEO of Bear Stearns (3 Days Before Collapse)
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Real_scoop_bsc

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If I were philosopher king, I would mandate that be installed on every television set.

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Category: Psychology, Television, Video, Web/Tech

Is the Bush Admin Trying to Kill Us ?

Too funny:

Category: Politics, Television, Video

Mocking Finance Web Videos

OMG, this is frickin’ hysterical:

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Thanks, Aaron

Category: Television, Video, Weblogs

Bloomberg vs CNBC Video: Bleccch

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Yesterday, I noted how pokey and bug laden the videos are on CNBC.com, saying "I sure wish CNBC would get hip to embeddable flash media, like
BrightCove. The klunky old windows media players crash all the time. (I
don’t understand why they went with this 10 year old technology)."

Turns out there is an even worse Video feed from a major news organization than CNBC.com: Its Bloomberg.com/news/av/

At least CNBC — crash-prone, buggy, ugly and slow — will play on a Mac.

The Bloomberg video — also  crash-prone, buggy, ugly and slow — is Windows only! I can play the video, but not the audio, on a Safari or Firefox browser for OSX.

And speaking of bugs, Bloomberg is the one of that odd collection of web based video that can’t/won’t be captured by a screen grab on a Windows machine. That means that any Bloomberg video you see here (like this one) is the result of watching and coding it on a Dell in the office, than grabbing the (silent audio) video part on the Mac at home, and combining the two.

Don’t you want people promoting your brand and your content?

Its not like Bloomie doesn’t know what embeddable flash is — if you go to this page, their promotional video is not WMP — its flash based! No loading delay, no glitches, just straight up video.

Bloomberg_logo

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Hey Bloomberg.com & CNBC.com:

You folks are paying for the shooting, editing, storing, hosting and bandwidth usage of all this video. I assume you actually want people to see it — to sell subscriptions, to roll adverts, to brand your product.  You are spending all of this money for a product that sends people  running in the opposite direction. 

Every time I post a video from either of your sites, I get email telling me it crashed their browser, or even worse their computer. It is slow, ugly and to be blunt, unprofessional.  Your online video product is in fact damaging your brands. (CNN/Money’s video auto roll is another bit of annoyance, but we’ll save that for another day).

Of all the major  Financial media that run video, only WSJ and NYT seem to have gotten it right.

Um, its 2008. Can we get with program?  The embeddable flash video is circa 2006. Can you find it
in your business models to only be 2 years — not 10 — behind the
technological adoption curve?

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Category: Financial Press, Television, Video, Web/Tech

Comedy Central on The Economy

For our UK friends who may not have access to TDS: several moments of lighthearted hilarity:

The Daily Show on Bear Stearns:

Stephan Colbert on the Economy:


Aasif Mandvi reports on the Bear Stearns bailout while experiencing gravitational altitude correction
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I talked to guy about 300 feet ago . . .

Category: Economy, Markets, Psychology, Television, Video

Why Can’t I Rip DVDs to My iPod?

Simpsons_movLegally, that is.

This is my annoyance of the moment: Why are DVDs a DRM-locked proprietary platform? When I purchase one, why can’t I use this on a convenient, portable device such as my iPod?

What a pain in the arse it is to rip a DVD: Frist, you need to use several products (MP4
Converter
, Handbrake, Ripper); 2nd, it takes forever. 3rd, and its illegal to do so.

What brought this about recently was The Simpson’s Movie — actually, more  of an extended 90 minute episode. I saw it with my nephews (with me snoozing thru parts of it).

However, going through the extras, I started listening to producer/writer commentary. Unbelievably entertaining stuff, like a terrific radio show with several very funny people cracking each other up. I would have liked to put on the iPod for the train, but no such luck.

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I can rip the basic movie, but not the special audio commentary. Anyone have a clue how to do that?

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Sources:

The Complete Guide to Converting DVDs to iPod Format
Jerrod Hofferth
iLounge, November 21, 2005
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/the-complete-guide-to-converting-dvds-to-ipod-format-mac/

Rip DVDs To Your Mac To View On AppleTV And iPod.
Alexis Kayhill
Mac360, Friday, April 13, 2007
http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/rip_dvds_to_your_mac_to_view_on_appletv_and_ipod/

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Television, Video