So one thing I take away from all the latest news of death…


…Is that we should all know this: While when people pass away, their loved ones will tell tales of their wonderfulness, those stories are stories worth telling during their lives.

I’m just saying, tell people every day how much you like and love them. Tell them they’re amazing, if they are. They deserve to know in the now.

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I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!

Trent Reznor, 5.28.13. New NIN album later this year on Columbia Records. (via nineinchnails)

This is FUCKING EXCITING.  Also, hey there Tumblr…

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What House of Cards means for the Future of Television


I’m a little late to the discussion, but I wanted to make sure I gave this topic the thought it deserved. Two weeks back, I - like many others - shotgunned House of Cards over the course of a couple days. I’d come down with some sort of ebola-esque virus, rendering me unable to do much outside of consuming massive quantities of over-the-counter medication and equally massive quantities of Netflix. Thus, in a perfect storm of “why the fuck not” I decided to devote what little energy I had to seeing whether House of Cards was really all Netflix professed it to be.

Here’s the short answer: Yes, House of Cards may well be the most important and influential piece of content this year - but for many reasons that I hadn’t predicted. While it’s very existence was enough to make it interesting from a business perspective, there were certain aspects of its execution that really pushed it beyond curiosity and into importance. No, I’m not talking about the oft-cited breaking of the fourth wall (which you either buy into early or spent the remaining 12 hours or so hating everything about) but rather, certain other aspects of the final product turned out to be significant game-changers for both the creative and business models of television as a whole - and the implications are staggering.

Let’s break it down:

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Interesting perspective from a very smart, insightful guy.  I’ve only watched one episode of “House of Cards,” and haven’t had the time to shotgun any TV series as of late - but his thoughts are a welcome read.

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The Value of a “Bad Idea”

In 2009, my friends Tom and Sam built a boat in our living room.  An actual, sea-faring boat.  It was based on plans Tom downloaded from the internet, and constructed entirely from materials purchased at Home Depot.  They dubbed it the “S.S. Bad Idea.”

You might think they were crazy - I did, at first.  But we all learned a lot from that crazy idea, and I have found that no matter how hard I resist, I’m always happiest when I follow the “crazy” instinct.  Just need to remember that, day to day…




Class of 2004/2005.

I remember the day when Steve Chen (tunawarrior) first posted on the Yahoo Videoblogging Group about this new video blogging service he was working on called YouTube. See below…

hey. i just hopped onto this group.

i was…

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I had to!  After I heard the quote from Bernie and Ashley I just had to draw this.
(ik it sucks, i tried to make it look like Ashley, sorry!) 

Love it! =)




I had to!  After I heard the quote from Bernie and Ashley I just had to draw this.

(ik it sucks, i tried to make it look like Ashley, sorry!) 

Love it! =)


(Source: moonlitdreamer)

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In April 2011, Hank Green (VlogBrothersVidConProject for Awesome) approached Bernie Su (Compulsions, co-host of this very podcast) to discuss the possibility of bringing “Pride and Prejudice” to life for the YouTube generation. Less than a year later, they launched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and within days the show had already attracted a dedicated fan base and the attention of international media. On this episode of New Mediacracy, we sit down with stars Ashley Clements and Mary Kate Wiles (also of Squaresville), producer Jenni Powell (Video Game Reunion,VidCon), and co-creator/writer/director Bernie Su.

Join NM regular Chris McCaleb as we discuss the meteoric rise of this independent series, the highs and lows of interacting with fans (in and out of character), adapting a beloved novel for the digital age, interactive storytelling, their epic VidCon experiences, Tumblr feelz and so much mor

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Champagne / New Year’s Eve! - “Real Wine” Episode 11

It’s New Year’s Eve at “Real Wine,” and we’re popping bottles of Champagne to celebrate! On this episode, we discuss the difference between Champagne and Sparkling Wine, and taste three wines: a fancy Pommery Champagne from France, almond California Champagne from Wilson Creek, and we make Champagne Jello Shots! Join host Kateland Carr as she tries to make drinking wine more down to Earth.

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I feel tremendously lucky to be a filmmaker in this decade,” reveals Batmanglij, “but it’s also daunting because nobody knows what the fuck is going on. We live in a strange, strange time.

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So today launched the most challenging project I’ve ever taken on. A modern/YouTube adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, titled The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

LBD Episode 1 - Script - Screen shot

I do like how I’m basically the “silent partner” in all this. Those of you who know me, know that I’m not a “lurk in the shadows”…

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