18
Jun
2010

Scattercast is 100 … whoa!

Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for that many episodes, but go me!  Beyond that you get a bit of World Cup thoughts, some movie news and just my usual randomness.

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17
Jun
2010

The title will make a lot more sense when you get to the Bebo part of this episode …

Lots of thoughts tonight on security and legalities … and a brief history lesson of the Internet.

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17
Jun
2010

world cup 2010It’s hard to believe, but we are already a week into the 2010 World Cup, but it’s a week a lot of teams will never forget.

Up until the beginning of the tournament, everyone was walking around saying Spain had this cup in the bag.  Apparently Switzerland had very different ideas about this and beat the favorites 1 to 0 on the 16th.  They are next up against Honduras, which they will more than likely defeat, but boy that Switzerland loss had to sting.

As we progress into the second set of round 1 games, and the second week of the tournament, so far it looks like we’ve learned that you just can’t predict how this game will go.  Did anyone expect Mexico to defeat France, a country that went to the final two in 2006, today?  No, not really.  Not only did they beat them, but it was 2 to 0, and France looked completely lost.  At this point it isn’t a given France will get into the round of 16.

No one can predict how the World Cup will go, and this year is teaching that lesson in a big way.

16
Jun
2010

Okay … slow news days leads to Steven and I talking about things that are distinctly not family friendly.

Steven and I know a lot of very useless information.

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16
Jun
2010

Sometimes being right about something sucks.

This past weekend, a wise-and-learnered man said:

I’m predicting the rumblings of Karate Kid 2 to hit by Tuesday, Wednesday at the absolute latest.

Well, that man was obviously me, and, yes, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that ony’s Columbia Pictures execs have already called for meetings with writers to pitch potential story ideas for Karate Kid 2.  With a $40 million budget, and an opening domestic weekend of $56 million, this was inevitable.  Having not seen this new version, I have no clue where the sequel could go, but I would imagine they won’t want to change much of the formula.

My next prediction is we will hear this is going to be scheduled for Summer 2012.  They are going to want this out as soon as possible, and they are also going to want to keep Jaden Smith as young as possible, so they are going to push ahead on this as fast as possible.  They may even try for Summer 2011, but that is just not going to be possible in my opinion.  And Summer 2013 is going to be totally out of the question.

So, yes, folks, get ready for an onslaught of even more 1980’s remakes.

15
Jun
2010

Steven and I kind of jump all over the place tonight.  From former presidents, to how Marvel Comics is once again showing that it has no idea what consumers want.  Enjoy the show as it’s a good one … I love the “eclectic ones”.

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15
Jun
2010

writingYes folks … I think I am officially blogging too much.

As you see each Sunday, I post a list of my posts for the past seven days, and it has been averaging over 50 posts a week for some time now.  While the number isn’t a problem, it’s coming up with the ideas that has become the issue.

Each day I get through all of my paid work, and then I get to my own small network of blogs, and if there is time left over I start working ahead where I can.  It’s a pretty efficient system … until a monkey wrench gets thrown into it all.  I fear those e-mails that say, “Hey, can you cover …” As much as I want to say “no”, I always end up covering it because I refuse to say that to paid work.  So, I end up piling on some extra work, and at the end of the day I come to still having this blog to do.

Having done this blog every day for over five years now, I have no intention of stopping, but coming up with stories some days has become a double edged sword.  Twice in the past week I’ve started writing a post on here, and half way through I go, “You know … this would fit on such-and-such blog … why don’t I move this idea over there and get paid for it instead?”  So at the last minute I find myself again without an idea and scrambling (this article making more sense as to why it exists now?) for another concept, and I find myself pressing up against midnight and missing a day of my record.

While I certainly don’t see myself cutting back on the paid work, and I don’t want to stop writing here, I’ve just got to come up with some ideas for other types of articles that won’t make me go, “Why isn’t this on TechnoBuffalo …”, and I won’t find myself scrambling at the end of the day like I’ve been doing.

Now … to go work on posts for this coming Saturday … on other blogs.

14
Jun
2010

Steven and I race through the Moronic Monday stories so we can talk about the Xbox 360 Kinect.  It’s darn cool, and we both want one.

However, we spend a lot of time discussing how blogs aren’t patting Microsoft on the back for the new announcements today.  Whatever blogosphere, suck up to Apple some more.

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14
Jun
2010

Well, it was a nice dream while it lasted.

Yesterday I reported that it looked like a ban was being considered by South Africa’s World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan of the Vuvuzela, better known as the “World Cup Noisemakers”.  They have been annoying the players, fans, television stations and more, and Mr. Jordaan was considering taking them out of the stadiums if the problem persisted.

Well, FIFA President Sepp Blatter couldn’t care less.

According to The Los Angeles Times, even though ESPN, Al-Jazeera, South Korean broadcaster SBS, TF1 in France and Brazil’s BandSports have all complained on the behalf of their viewers, Mr. Blatter doesn’t care and has no intention of banning the horns.  In a post on Twitter, he said:

I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound.  I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country.

Honestly, during the games on day four (Monday), I don’t even hear them any more. It’s just become background noise at this point, although I am sure the players would still like to get rid of them.

Either way, it looks like the 2010 World Cup will always be known as the year of the horns.

13
Jun
2010

Football fans of the world rejoice!  There is a possible ban coming on the Vuvuzelas!

The Vuvuzela, better known as the “World Cup Noisemakers”, are possibly going to be banned from the stadiums.  According to a report from the BBC, South Africa’s World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan is looking into the situation.  “We’ve had some broadcasters and individuals [complaining] and it’s something we are evaluating on an on-going basis,” Mr. Jordaan told the news agency.

Patrice Evra, captain of the French World Cup team, said, “We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am.”  He went on to add, “We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them.”

Traditionally football fans have been known for their singing of club and country specific songs, but the Vuvuzelas have taken away that aspect of the game.   “I would prefer singing,” Mr. Jordaan  said.  “It’s always been a great generator of a wonderful atmosphere in stadiums and I would try to encourage them to sing.  In the days of the struggle (against apartheid) we were singing, all through our history it’s our ability to sing that inspired and drove the emotions.”

While it is easy to say ‘just ban them’, there is a financial aspect to the situation.  It is assumed the horns are being made for around a $1 a piece, and reports are saying that they are being sold for between $10 to $13 depending on the area.  There is definitely a lot of money to be made for vendors, and a healthy infusion into the South African economy.  This is completely understandable, but should it be done at the cost of the enjoyment of the entire world?

From comments left on my previous post on this subject, it is definitely spoiling the enjoyment of the World Cup for some fans to the point that are considering turning off the tournament.  Drew Carey, host of The Price Is Right, commented on his blog, “People were just walking and smiling and blowing their Vuzuvelas (which is African for Little F****** Plastic Horn). I swear, those horns are everywhere and their starting to lose their charm. They blow on them here everywhere. Can’t get away from it.”

Financial benefits be damned, ban the “Little F****** Plastic Horn”.

Update: World Cup Noisemaker Ban Not Happening

13
Jun
2010

Could someone please explain to me how the new Karate Kid movie is pulling down $56 million this weekend? Did I miss some sort of spectacular buzz about it?

In what has to be one of the most shocking box office results in some time, the remake of the 1980’s Karate Kid film is reportedly pulling in $56 million this weekend, even taking the studio by surprise. According to Deadline Hollywood, this is double what the studio was projecting for the opening weekend of this Jackie Chan/Jaden Smith vehicle.

While Jackie Chan is known the world over, this is the first big picture for Jaden Smith, the young son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. While he has appeared in other films such as The Pursuit of Happyness with his father, and the Keeanu Reeves horrific remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, this is his first marquee film.

Jackie Chan has had mixed results here in the United States, so it is doubtful he is that much of a pull here, but once this film hits the international markets, it will explode.

The scary part of this whole thing is that this film had a $40 million budget due to its ability to film in China. As I’ve said many times on this blog a film isn’t considered successful unless its box office doubles its budget, and this looks on track to double its budget by next weekend. Count in foreign box office projections, DVD sales and so on, I’m predicting the rumblings of Karate Kid 2 to hit by Tuesday, Wednesday at the absolute latest.

The A-Team film, also another property from the 1980’s, is clocking in at $26 million. While decent box office, it isn’t the amount of money this film needed to see.

Despite the mixed results from 80’s properties this weekend, expect to hear announcements of many more coming soon. If Hollywood starts breaking into the John Hughes vault, however, I will be the first villager with a torch at their studio gates.

And if you ever wondered what happened to the original Karate Kid, Ralph Machio, check this out.

13
Jun
2010

writingA total of 54 this week, just another in the life of a blogger.

FunJug.com

Photo.BLORGE.com

RememberingChristmas.com

SeanPAune.com

SpookieBits.com

Tech.BLORGE.com

TechnoBuffalo.com