internet pop culture 2

*Update: this is an update to the original internet pop culture post*

My pop culture is the internet. I love its news and information. I enjoy watching its tv channels and free movies. I do my research, I attend school, and I hang out with my friends.

The internet enhances my life in so many ways. Read on for my favorites of internet pop culture.

First, lets start off with the current slang.

  • Common terms for the internet are: internets, interweb, and intertron.
  • Abbreviations: ur, omw (on my way), OH (overhead), RT (retweet), btw (by the way)
  • Plurality everywhere: jut add “s” to everything, srsly do it, its fun
  • Making up words: like i told a friend the other night, i pretty much mastered the english language 15 years ago, now its time to have some fun with it
  • 80s are back: rad, my favorite word
  • Meme: means something that is hot on the intertron

Next, my top sites. Pulled from the newest version of Firefox (FF3) which captures that data for you:

  1. Gmail
  2. Concord (my online law school)
  3. Twitter
  4. Google Finance
  5. My Life (this site)
  6. Facebook
  7. E-Trade (my bank)

Now, here is how I get my news. My favorite tech news site in the whole world, techmeme. I check it pretty much everyday, multiple times a day. It has a magical algorithm, popularized by google news, that finds popular items through links and then pulls them together. On any given day you can find the best story on a hot new topic as well as the next best articles and all the discusison around them. Truly a cool agreggator of news, much better than RSS in my time starved day.

Beyond that I use google finance for my stock news. NY Times for editorials by thomas friedman and news on the war front in Iraq.

Seems kinda lacking doesn’t it? That is because I get my information from twitter. As of today, Oct 19, I am following 394 people. Except some of them aren’t people they are direct news feeds delivered to me, wherever I am (home, on the go). Then there are my several hundred friends who constantly post the latest news. They select it for me, they are my filter and my RSS feed.

So far its working out really well. I get what I want and my scope is constantly expanded (thx twitter friendses).

Finally, and most importantly, my tv/movies. If you haven’t heard, hulu, is the hottest tv site on the internet. It has free shows/movies/cips. There are commercials but just one and if its a long episode then it’s one every 5-10 minutes. Lately, I have watched:

  • TV: Heroes (season 3), Burn Notice (all seasons), and House.
  • Movie: Groundhog Day, Karate Kid trilogy (go 80’s!), Sleepless in Seattle, Spy Game, and Men in Black.
  • Clips: SNL (saturday night live), Colbert Report, Jon Stewart, Sesame Street.

Well, that’s not everything. I know I left out large sections of the poppy culture but I hope anyone reading this can comment on the stuff I forgot. Thx!

Netflix…baby steps: unlimited instant viewing

Netflix did it. The finally gave me unlimited access to their library (see official announcement below). I now have unlimited hours of viewing from their “instant viewing” site. The library they have is growing and the player is decent. The only problem is having to view content on your laptop or hooking the ‘puter up to your tv.

I love this feature. In fact, I called Netflix and asked to cancel the mailing of DVD’s and just use the instant viewing. Made sense to me as I watch most of my stuff through instant viewing, and I figured I would reduce my carbon footprint a little too.

Customer service agent told me that is not possible. You have to subscribe to the mailings to receive the instant viewing. Seems kind of silly and so I hope the next move for Netflix is to give us a instant viewing only price.

Anyway, Im going to enjoy the unlimited viewing for now. The idea of being able to watch any movie, anywhere, at anytime is absolutely amazing. Now that it is unlimited I can just throw it on like a tv channel. I can feel the future of tv and internet streaming getting closer.

Thanks for the competition Apple and keep it coming.

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My official email from Netflix:


Now you get even more

Dear steven,

As part of your current Netflix subscription, you have the option to watch some movies and TV episodes from the Netflix library instantly on your PC at no additional charge. Now, we’ve made it unlimited!

So watch instantly on your PC when you want, and as often as you want. Select from our separate, smaller library of over 6,000 familiar movies and TV episodes available to watch instantly.

– Your friends at Netflix

internet pop culture

Almost every time I hang out with a friend they drop some line on me like “have you seen this commercial?” or “did you watch the last episode of…?”.

The answer is usually no. I am almost completely removed from American pop culture. If you read my post titled, cancel your cable, you will like it, then you know that I have been cable free since Feb 2007. The results of this are strange and exciting, with some positive and negative aspects to it.

The negative first. I am somewhat removed from my friends and the average person. I can’t strike up that casual conversation with folks over pop culture that I used to, sometimes I miss that common ground… I also miss key tv events, like sports games on cable-only channels, music events on MTV, and other “special” pop culture moments.

Really, though, that is it. Everything else has been a boon to my life. I have more free time, I save money by avoiding the 100 dollar cable bill, and I avoid the always annoying commercial spam.

The free time does give me a chance to write more, which i love, but I still miss good content. For that I have turned to internet pop culture. On the net, I can watch full episodes of lots of tv shows, I can keep up with news, and there are even internet celebrities. And, more and more content is popping up. I can get content from the pro sources like ESPN, NBC, Comedy Central and user generated sources like audio/video podcasts and youtube.

At this point, I have all that I need and more. I love my new internet pop culture in all its nerdy goodness.

I hope to share this goodness with you through my delicious bookmarks tagged with swordplaytv and tvnews. Take a look below and feel free to share your bookmarks with me using that tag too:

+ Add me to your delicious network

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Transparency: how far down the rabbit hole will you go?

Transparency is a scary thing for some people. Not for me, over a decade ago I decided that everything in my life should be transparent. Rather, I should be able to tell my parents about everything I do. Well, now that has matured into telling the police and feds about everything I do (whycome? i is a grown up 🙂

What about the rest of the country? Do you all share my same free-spirited confidence and naive trust. My guess is not. But, wait a minute, what about this younger generation that posts intricate details of their lives on myspace, blogs, and other sites. What are they going to think…

Are we breeding a new generation that is going to expect transparency. Ooh, does that mean I am a leader of the new generation since I am way ahead of the pack, ha!

Ok, then what about having GPS, RFID, and cameras everywhere so that people know where we are at all times and even know when we are running a red light…Would this new generation be open to that. I’m pretty sure they would. In fact, I think they are going to expect it and when they find out that it isn’t that way, they are going to make it happen. And, guess what, they aren’t going to make it happen by running for an election, asking their local congressman, or whatever people do. They are just going to do it, let the old gaurd be dammed. Seriously, though, how many of the old guard even know what google earth mash-ups are?

Me, I know that I am loving this new wave of transparency. Business are doing it, friends are doing it, and so are the feds (albiet slowly). In the meantime, I am going to tell the whole world, about what I am doing and what I think. So, check out my twitter account, find me on facebook, check out my favorites on delicious and digg, and finally try and find me in google.

The new Chief: CCO, The Chief Collaboration Officer

CCO – Chief Collaboration Officer

Get used to it. This acronym will be haunting our lives for the next 20 years.

Web 2.0 will bring about many changes in corporations. One of which will be a reshuffling of management. Most of this will take place at the low and mid management levels, but their is always room for one more Chief at the top.

A colleague and I recently discussed the value of establishing a CCO. Will it be a hindrance to innovation and growth? Or, an enabler that provides top-level support?

I think that a CCO will be an enabler who radically changes the landscape of the corporate environment. The transition will not be smooth, though, many will fail and a few will succeed. Those who succeed will be copied incessantly until the role of CCO is fleshed out, understood, and books are written about it (The 7 habits of highly effective CCO’s…).

In the end, the CCO will be here to stay.

P.S. – Those CCO’s who succeed will be the ones who use the tools at home. See you on myspace!

My Community

Many thanks to Stowe Boyd, Lars Trieloff and Emily Chang for this post.

Inspiration strikes in the weirdest places and for the weirdest reasons….I’m at an Enterprise 2.0 conference (E2.0) talking about the development of Web 2.0 and what happens? I get inspired to start an art blog. Who knew…

But thanks to the power of laptops (which I can’t stress enough: “everyone needs a laptop”), networking, and the intertron, inspiration has come. Let me tell you how this happened and maybe give you a little insight into the world of Web 2.0.

On day one of the conference I had lunch with Lars and he introduced me to Roller. A blog software that can host multiple blogs. One of my holy grails for blogging. Allowing you to build a community around your blogs and avoid the mass crowds on the popular sites. I hope to eventually use this to unite my multiple blogs together.

Next, I saw a presentation at E2.0 called “Social = Me First” by Stowe. It was a really good presentation that covers the philosophy of this movement, but I was really interested in something else. I wanted to know what is next? (blogs and wikis are already years old after all). Stowe’s answer was “flow app’s“. I delved into them a little bit and it appears that he is right. (sorry, but explaining more would only cloud up this little narrative and I haven’t gotten my brain around in yet, so click the link for more).

Learning about flow app’s led me to Emily’s site. She has created a myriad of sites, including ones for reviews of web 2.0 technology, a personal blog, an art blog, and a flickr profile. Bang, that is where inspiration struck. I am so used to single sites like MySpace, where you have one huge page for all of your interests. Emily has taken that a step further establishing multiple sites where each one utilizes different aspects of the web and social dynamics. For example, her flickr account is just for her pictures and other pictophiles, and then on her artcodes blog she hosts individual photos that express some artistic interest.

It is this online portfolio or personal ecosystem that I like. In fact, what struck gold with me is the way that I can take previously personal and private interests and get them published. I can carve out my own home on the web, except instead of it being a homepage it is now a diverse ecosystem where my thoughts and interests can interact with millions of other folks worldwide.

Getting to those millions is the next step…maybe I will start with just bugging my girlfriend to visit them for now….

For those of you new to the web 2.0 world, these tools are easily available, mostly free, and easy to use. If you are interested here are some good ones: flickr, picasa, blogger, vox, 1& 1.