Cloud Branding Using Pinterest, Part 2

A fun Pinterest opportunity/challenge is which side will win – will photographs, the visually stunning, always be more attractive than un-stunning text? Is the posted photograph much more important the text that surrounds the photograph? For me one of the fun challenges is to make the surrounding text as or more important than the photograph.

Twitter In The Classes I Am Creating

I am creating a master list of Twitter accounts to follow for students in the classes I am creating. These Twitter accounts are from the eleven (11) categories of Twitter users I follow and from one, two or three of the following fields: Music/Entertainment, Technology, and Intellectual Property. To my way of thinking, selecting and categorizing, MusEnt subsumes “art” & “arts,” Tech subsumes “business” & “communication” and IP subsumes intellectual property & law that interests me. I am trying to keep this master Twitter list at or near one hundred (100) members.

Cloud Branding Using Pinterest, Part 1

This post begins the story of my first encounter with Pinterest – how I went from being appalled and horrified at seeing an onslaught of photographs of shoes, weddings and handbags, to a neutral acceptance of Pinterest, to creating a board or two and then becoming a passionate Pinterest pinner, all in the span of an hour or so. I consider Pinterest to be one of the finest cloud services, repositories of knowledge and brander of brands.

Dexter Not Only Murders, He Steals Intellectual Property – Part 1

I am very new to the great Showtime original series, DEXTER. I “cut the cord,” got Netflix and am now a proud Netflix sheep/minion who watches television based to a large degree on what’s available on Netflix.

I was attracted to Netflix because I loved the nature of the Netflix beast – for a reasonable monthly fee, we could watch/ingest anything and everything we wanted, when, where and how we wanted – via 55 inch television, 27 inch iMac, iPad with or without retina display, iPhone, Google Glass or wrist watch, although those latter two are not widely available on Earth as of late December 2013. But Netflix is part of what’s right about my intellectual property (IP) demands for life in the 21st century.

2013 Future of Music Coalition – Viola Jokes & My Tweets, Rants & Reactions (Part 2 of 2)

This is Part 2 of 2 posts about the Future of Music Coalition’s Annual Policy Summit held October 28-29, 2013. If you’ve not read enough acronyms today, this will be your place for fulfillment as you’ll read FMC, ISRC, ISWC, ISNI and GUID. I also found it worthwhile to link to two of my Pinterest pins from my New York City & The Arts Pinterest board, as well as a beautiful viola concerto written by Hector Berlioz, but only after seeking absolution from violists for having linked to pages of viola jokes.

2013 Future of Music Coalition – My Tweets, Rants & Reactions (Part 1 of 2)

I thought before too much time passes, I should collect my tweets and comments about The 2013 Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit held in Washington DC October 28-29, 2013. The 2013 World Series was happening at the same time, so FMC was not my top priority. Taking notes and tweeting about an event is also not my favorite activity but one that I occasionally delve into. (Grammar Girl believes we should be able to end sentences with prepositions, in case you were wondering abut that last sentence.)

Ministry of Sound v. Spotify setlists, and Madness in Parrots

Ministry of Sound’s attorneys are bored and need something to do

This is one of the most absurd lawsuits I have ever seen. Ministry of Sound want only THEIR set list(s) to be the set lists that can be accessed when listeners are on Spotify. You can’t have your own. Forbidden. Verboten. Our words were etched into tablets received by Charlton Heston. Don’t mess with them.

The Amorphidity of the Organic Internet, Christian Tiger School, Tom Jones & Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Singing A Song of Paranoia

This performance of Tom Jones with CSN & Y was new to me but my respect for Tom Jones was boosted post-1960’s as I learned of Tom Jones’ friendship, collaboration and/or work with other artists including The Chieftains, Frank Zappa and Janis Joplin. I have enormous respect for Tom Jones, the superb, creative and original musical artist.

“The phone is at the forefront of the future”

The biggest and most hyped music news of July 2013 seems to be the new alliance between Jay-Z and Samsung. This deal is very good for Jay-Z as Samsung has bought 1 million copies of Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. (Warning – Magna Carta Holy Grail begins with Justin Timberlake singing. And he’s singing in a very high register. This is a hip hop album? A hip hop album that does not begin with a skit?) Jay-Z received $5 million for the 1 million copies. Magna Carta Holy Grail will be free for the first 1 million Samsung phone users who download the app.

Articles about the Jay-Z/Samsung alliance are found in…

Loathing, Litigating & Legislating; Adventures in Piracy & Final Thoughts about 2013 New Music Seminar

Trends in digital music were examined from these three (3) perspectives: Social networks, BitTorrent trends and What Drives Sales. Fortunately at this event in New York City, accounts of BitTorrent usage were dispassionate and objective unlike in the past, in cities that were not named, “New York,” when speaker after speaker merely railed about the evils of the Internet, technology and BitTorrents. Surprisingly, railing against the Internet, technology and BitTorrents is still expected and favored in some circles.