Saturday, July 29, 2006

WebCam Special Effect Overkill

Remember when people first learned desktop publishing, and made fliers with 200 different fonts (including warped text and shadows)? Then they'd add some clip art of little cartoon guys smashing the computer?

It's happening now to the online video space. I bring you the ultimate abuser of the webcam special effects. It's like a plate full of salt.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

ZeFrank's Blink Caught on Tape

Mondo Nightmares

My 4-year-old has been talking for the past 24 hours about a cartoon with blood and ripped appendages. Took me a while to realize where he got this in his head. Then I realized. MONDO NIGHTMARES. The children's cartoon that isn't a children's cartoon.

Oh well. Hopefully the Itchy and Scratchy shows he watches will wash this away.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

YouTube Bubble Burst Countdown

67 days and counting

ValleyWag: YouTube "Waste It" and Revver "Taste It"

Nice news from ValleyWag. YouTube's a "Waste It" and Revver is a "Taste It." Read more on the Revver blog.

So here's the deal. Revver's always nice. Each one of 'em. They won't slam YouTube, they won't even compare themself.

But I'm not a Revver employee. I'm just some clown with a couple blogs about online video. So I can say it.

Revver has a sustainable business model. YouTube doesn't. What YouTube has is the lion's share of the online video traffic, and white hot media buzz.

YouTube's bubble needs to pop, so we can get on with the next generation of online video. The longer this puffery lasts, the longer it will take for the real businesses to emerge. When they do pop, it will freak the whole online-video market out temporarily. And I want to get that over with. Anyone else?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Spending the Weekend in the Van With Kids

When your wife is taking a real estate course, your job is to get all four kids out of the house so she can study. That results in immature videos with the kids all weekend.

1) Drive Thru Church (Immaturity Rating: 6)
Save time on a Sunday by visiting one of the Drive Through Churches, and have your soul cleansed without having to leave the car.

2) The Prank Family (Immaturity Rating: 8)
What happens when a dad and his four kids hide a walkee talkee behind a statue at the library?

3) Captain Pancake Face (Immaturity Rating: 10)
When you're full of McDonalds food and driving 45-minutes to the zoo, strange things can happen.

Revver Explodes with New Ads

Few things can help our Revver earnings like a robust collection of new ads. Rotating ads mean higher click thru, and the more advertisers that discover the power of Revver the higher the ad price.

So I'm psyched to see a whole FLURRY of new ads. I look at each one, but I don't often click them. Don't ask me why. I guess I'm absorbed in the videos. But I clicked this sonofabitch ad for THE DESCENT and I think I'm going to have nightmares.

Click it. Wait.