Category Archives: Media

Technological Waves and Business

An Expensive Lesson

 

In the latter part of the 1980s, I received a rather expensive lesson. Perhaps it could be said that we all pay in one way or another to get our education. And it was a lesson in how companies, both large and small, can thrive or become swallowed by technological waves.

Because of some pressure by our then-competition, I felt I should design and offer to garages and oil companies a superior PC-Based program that would generate work orders for customers and track inventory.

I set to work for about 5 years.

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Lucille Ball and Star Trek

In addition to being a comedienne whose work is still appreciated over 60 years later, Lucy had quite an influence in television. It could be said that I Love Lucy, started in 1951 with the dawn of television, became the template for the modern sitcom.

I had heard it said years ago that this show pioneered the 3 Camera Approach in filming. But others are saying not so fast – it was invented 4 years earlier, in 1947. Perhaps because the show was so groundbreaking and popular – it is still in syndication today – it got the credit.

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The Sopranos

Hard to believe that it is been 20 years since its debut on HBO. The series held America’s fascination, at least for those who were on Cable TV and subscribed to HBO. It’s about the head of the New Jersey Mafia and his family.

With this program critics talked about the beginning of a new Golden Age for the small screen.

And there have been some great programs since then. Just a few off the top of my head – Battlestar Gallactica (not the silly one from the 70s), Dexter, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood just to name a few…

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The Movie Business

I’ve mentioned from time to time my enjoyment of seeing old movies on the big screen, once again. You see it as the director wanted you to see it. Came across an article on a recent WSJ on how the movie business is changing. These days, Hollywood stars want a guarantee that their movies will play in theaters.

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Virginia Hall

Since writing about her yesterday, curiosity had gotten the best of me, and I read a bit more on her. What an amazing woman.

As to David Holahan’s statement that ” James Bond had nothing on her”, Bond of course was some fantasy of Ian Fleming. To think that some spy would arrive with a self-confident (arrogant?) attitude in an Aston Martin and tux, well, of course real spies are the opposite. Most times a person who one would least suspect. When the best have disappeared the world is left wondering who they were, or at least what they looked like.

When the Manhattan Project was started, “an informant in the British civil service notified the Soviets. As the top-secret plan to build the bomb, called the Manhattan Project, took shape in the United States, the Soviet spy ring got wind of it before the FBI knew of the secret program’s existence.” It was 4 years after the war before  the identity of one, Klaus Fuchs, was discovered.

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Following instructions

Posted by lex, on June 10th, 2007

Occasional readers will be glancingly aware of the fact that your correspondent has a certain love/hate relationship with the New York Times – an emotion to which the Gray Lady herself remains regally indifferent. But “paper of record” and deeply imprinted biases aside, the Sunday Times, especially, is a rare and – at five clams our here on the left coast, expensive – treat.

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Climate Change

By lex, on December 20th, 2010

File this one under, “the Internet is forever”.

2000, UK Independent: Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past -**

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