Archive for October, 2010:

Freakonomics Adventure

{ Posted on Oct 03 2010 by }
Categories : Books, Movies

In case you haven’t heard, there is a new movie out called Freakonomics. It is based on the best-selling book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. One is an economist and the other is a journalist. Together they “explore the hidden side of everything”.

I became aware of this book early in 2010 when Lifehacker featured a free autographed sticker, signed by the authors of Freakonomics, in their Deals of the Week. I decided to get the autograph for the heck of it. After it sat on my desk for a few months, I decided I needed to do something with it. I figured, why don’t I just by the book and put it inside? I purchased the book and as soon as it arrived I placed the sticker neatly inside. Then I began reading. This book caught my attention immediately with its comparisons of a school teacher and a sumo wrestler and the comparison of the Ku Klux Klan to a group of real-estate agents. I didn’t have any experience or much prior knowledge about the economics before reading this book but it is not required to enjoy this book. I consider it one of the best non-fiction books of this decade and my personal favorite.

When I first heard about the movie, I became very excited. I was talking to a friend one day while she was browsing iTunes movies and she was listing off the Top 10. When she read Freakonomics I questioned her about it. I said, “That isn’t a movie. That is a book. Are you sure you aren’t looking at audiobooks or something?” She affirmed that she was looking at the movies. I opened up a website on my iPhone that has a list of every movie coming out this year and even next. I scanned the dates until I found it on October 1st. At this point it was still September. I asked, “Are you sure it’s not just a trailer for the movie or a short clip? The movie doesn’t come out until October 1st.”

“It says I can rent the full movie now,” my friend said.

I am baffled by this but I neglect to check it out for myself or do anymore research. Until, I see a post on Twitter by @AOTS that gives a link to an interview of Morgan Spurlock about the movie Freakonomics. I click on the link right away and in the interview, Morgan tells that the movie was released on iTunes and demand prior to the theatrical release just to see what happens. I find that to be a pretty cool idea but I decide I’ll wait to see it in theaters.

The next day I was in my Economics class and I brought it up in conversation. Next thing I know, the girl who sits besides me tells me that she wants to go see it. That brought up two huge surprises. One that she would want to go see it with me and two that she actually knew about it. She had never read the book but she had wanted to. So we decided to go see it the weekend after release since I already had plans for the weekend of its release. There are a couple other people who want to go, so we start making plans. We finally get to the point of decided where we will go to watch it. I pull up the theaters in my area and begin to look but I can’t find anything. Then I start checking for other theaters but still find nothing. I finally decide to search for the movie and I find its website and there is a link to theaters. It is a short list and I scan through it looking for one in Georgia. I find it. It is the Midtown Art Cinema 8. The heck if I knew where that was and I was definitely not going all the way to Atlanta to see it.

After some debate with my friends that wanted to see the movie, we come up with an idea. I happen to have a basement with a projection screen, four theater seats, and best of all, an Apple TV. Yes, that’s right. We have decided to rent the movie. It only costs $7.99 and that is way cheaper than paying for a movie ticket. I figure if my friends each pitch in $2 then it will be paid for and it is a better deal for everyone. This plan is going down this coming Saturday on October 9th, 2010. This post started out in my head as a review but it turned into something completely different. To make up for it, I’ll have a review by the end of next week. Good day.

The Social Network

{ Posted on Oct 03 2010 by }
Categories : Tech

Now you may have stumbled upon this page and you are thinking this is going to be a movie review…but it’s not. This is actually about the future of the internet. After seeing the movie, I have been wondering about the new possibilities on the internet. I mean, do we already have everything we need or is there more? What new sites will come about in this new decade? Will Facebook and Twitter eventually fall prey to a newer and better social network?

These are the questions I have been asking myself. Right now it seems like everything is perfect and nothing new needs to be created. We go to Facebook to catch up with our friends, YouTube to watches videos of anything and everything, Twitter to read what celebrities have to say, Pandora to listen to free music, Kongregate for free games, and numerous other sites to get all of our media and social needs. What more could we possibly ask for? We may have reached the point to where nothing new can be created but only the old can be made better. That is the way everything works. The car was invented once, we make improvements. The television was invented once, we make improvements. This is what will soon happen to the internet.

The internet is becoming like America. When America was in its early years, there were a lot of small businesses and that lasted up into the last century. Now the majority of things are run by “Big Business”. The internet is just the same, there are several large websites that gather the majority of the traffic on the internet. If you were to ask a random person walking down the street about different websites, they would most likely know the big ones like Google, YouTube, and Facebook. Would they know about Lifehacker, Fluther, or Woot? Probably not. Granted, these sites do get a lot of traffic but not the kind that the big names get. Then when you take blogs made by the everyday person, they barely get any traffic and that is because people spend all of their time looking at videos of cats doing random cute things. The big man is putting the little man down. That even happens on YouTube itself but I’m not going to get into that.

The point of this post is to inspire you creative people out there to come up with a new idea and help change the internet once again. If you think that this is it then nothing new will ever come about. I don’t care if you don’t think you are good enough or if your site looks crappy. Pursue your dreams and be confident. Facebook looked like shit when it first launched but look how popular it is now. Get out there and create something new for me, the world, and most importantly you.