Miley Cyrus and Day Care?

Miley Cyrus and Day Care?

I know that we all have to do more with less people and that we sometimes need to resort to algorithms to publish “related content” on our websites. But what algorithm relates day care and playgrounds to twerking and high school dances? (Click on picture for a full-size version of the Newsday iPad article. Note the “More on Newsday” content.)

And no, I did not make this up…

Laporte Tests Samsung S3 Screen…

Laporte Tests Samsung S3 Screen…

laporte breaks glassIn demonstrating whether or not the Samsung Galaxy S3 glass is as durable as the iPhone 6 sapphire crystal, tech wonk Leo Laporte delivers a “don’t try this at home moment” as he sends glass shards everywhere and draws his own blood.

Not quite as momentous as Dave Garroway having his hand bit by a chimp on the Today show, but still a great example of what not to do when you are “live” – whether it’s network TV or a webcast. (Safety goggles required.)

Yogurt Was Right

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Yogurt Was Right

0455974_1281_mc_tx166Books don’t just compete against books. Books compete against Candy Crush, Twitter, Facebook, streaming movies, newspapers you can read for free. It’s a new worldsays Russell Grandinetti, Amazon’s senior vice president for Kindle in the New York Times.

So Yogurt was right, it’s all just merchandise – mark it up, mark it down and push it on through to the consumer to randomly consume in their spare time.

My Kind of Ice Cream

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My Kind of Ice Cream

color_bar_ice_cream_150Color Bar ice cream – why not? Although mint chip is still my favorite.

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly where food stylist Susan Otaviano and photographer Lucas Zarebinski made some dreams come true.

Must SDI Die?

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Must SDI Die?

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… or can it just retire in Florida? Recent moves by SMPTE to standardize IEEE-1588 for timing and sync may help the move to an IP-based plant. And the Joint Task Force for Networked Media is studying best practices for audio and video switching. Al Kovalick has written a comprehensive article titled SMPTE Looks at All-IT Media Facilities on page 26 of the December 18th, 2013 issue of TV Technology. He discusses some of the papers presented at SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference in October 2013 and how they can make an all-IT based facility possible in the near future.

[With no apologies to Cinegy. SDI is not dead yet and neither am I.]

David Mazza To Be Honored

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David Mazza To Be Honored

Mazza_David-200New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards will honor NBC Sports Group Senior Vice President & CTO David Mazza with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Gala on 8 April 2013.

Mazza’s technical work has spanned the worlds of sports, entertainment, and news. A veteran of 12 Olympic Games, he and his team were instrumental in the building of NBC Sports Group’s new headquarters: a state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center.