Plenty has been written about Blockbuster v. Netflix so no need to hash through that. However, seeing these in-store Blockbuster kiosks in mini-marts makes me think less about convenience and serves more of a reminder of how far they have fallen. From thousands of large retail stores, to “we can be like Redbox” vending machines. I’m waiting for all the tax-service sign wavers to start holding up Blockbuster signs.
It’s like the old star athlete that refuses to retire. Just sad.
The 2011 Formula 1 season kicked off this past weekend, so you know what that means? The countdown has started for the return of F1 to the US in 2012.
We know the where, Austin, TX. As for the when, we’ll need to wait till later this year for the provisional 2012 calendar. I can’t wait. I went to the majority of the races in Indianapolis when F1 last made a state-side run.
As for this year, the Australian race was a great start to the season. Will anybody be able to catch Red Bull? I think one thing that gives hope to McLaren and others is that both RBR cars weren’t completely dominant with Webber struggling. Renault also had a great podium, but was it a fluke or an indication of more to come?
My allegiance is torn. I’ve always been a McLaren fan, but to the same extent an Adrian Newey fan. I think as long as RBR and McLaren are battling it out I’ll be happy.
You can’t argue though that the cars are just gorgeous.
Sharing is caring, or that’s the standard line we’ve heard countless times. Sharing, however is not without its consequences.
Take Flickr for example. People love to share photos on Flickr, I do it all the time, in fact I currently have shared about 22,231 times. I post almost all my photos with a basic Creative Commons license. Almost 99% of the time this works out great. As an amateur photographer it’s nice to see your photo in lights so-to-speak.
Then there is the other 1% of the time.
Recently I’ve found a few organizations that are holding protests have used my photos as part of their online campaigns. One current example is a movement against SeaWorld, another is a labor dispute with Publix.
Those of us in the social media community know how quickly photos can be shared and if you allow free use via Creative Commons, well then people are free to use it. However, there are some individuals that don’t understand this and in some cases think I support some of these causes. Not the case.
It’s a delicate balance. Seth Godin had an experience with very open Creative Commons licensing a few years back.
I will continue to share my photos and hope that they are put to good use, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
(Disclosure: Disney Parks are a current client and many, many years in the past I did consulting work for SeaWorld)