Thursday, January 3, 2008

Odds & Sods ('08 Edition):: People Still Hate Mork, Hammer = Business Genius

Hey folks, a happy new year to you all from the East Coast branch of the hill. Not sure how the weather is treating you in your part of the world, but here in Halifax we're getting our asses handed to us by old man winter. It's like we're playing the role of Herohill favorite Steve Winter, and old man winter is schooling us repeatedly in shooting contests, like the Ack used to do, relieving us of our new Phoenix Suns hat. But Steve Winter now lives in Miami, so the joke is on us now. Or me rather, as the Ack is chilling is mild Vancity. Ahh, well, what can you do.

It's been slow going getting back into the swing of things here on the hill, so I thought I'd post up some random bits I've come across the last few days. Sounds super interesting doesn't it? I thought so.

People Still Hate Robin Williams
One of the most commented posts we've ever put up on the hill is a toss away post I wrote about Robin Williams in 2006. It was really just filler and me trying to be funny by taking shots at a barn-sized easy target. For some reason it still gets plenty of traffic to this day. And not just traffic mind, but outraged traffic. People who are so angry they feel compelled to leave a comment. We have something like 1300 posts on this blog, and perhaps 80% go on commented, so this tends to boggle our minds. Granted, this post is the first one that comes up when you poke "I hate Robin Wiliams" into Google, but it's funny to see how many people are doing that particular search. In fact we had someone leave a comment just yesterday, so the hate for Mork has not abated in '08.

I'm not sure I hate him anymore, it's more like I forget he exists. When was the last time he did something relevant? He was on Letterman's return show last night apparently, and that was the first time I'd even heard his name in ages. Perhaps I'll watch that and maybe that'll get my Robin Williams hate juices flowing again. Here's hoping. Lupe Fiasco was also on the show, so here's Superstar.

MP3:: Lupe Fiasco - 05 - Superstar (f. Matthew Santos)

Hammer Express his Business Acumen Through Dance
Yesterday there was a huge, almost full page, story in our local paper about MC Hammer making another "comeback", this time in the business world. Apparently Hammer has convinced some business cats to put up the cash for his new venture, DanceJam is apparently aiming "try to upstage YouTube and become the Internet’s hub for sharing and watching dance videos". haha, take that YouTube! But there's more: "DanceJam then hopes to make money by grabbing a piece of the rapidly growing Internet advertising market, which is expected to rake in US$27.5 billion in 2008, according to EMarketer." Ok, hold up, what is this, do the years go 2006, 2007, 1999 and nobody told me? Apparently someone gave him a million bucks to get this dance site off the ground. Really, a million for dance videos? Man, the Ack and I have come up with roughly 137 schemes better than this, somebody send us that million bucks. But who am I to talk really, despite my run at a nutty dotcom company during the boom/bust, I know nothing compared to Hammer:

"There is no high-tech lingo or business strategy that you can talk that is above my head," Hammer boasted during an interview. "I breathe this stuff."

Simply fantastic. I believe him, even though his strategy of letting his 40 member entourage live like an over-indulgent, spandex-clad Roman court enabled them to blow through his 33 million bucks to the tune of 14 million bucks in debts when he went bankrupt in 1996 didn't seem to work out the best. Say what you will about America, but it truly is the land of the second chance. I can;t wait until 2012 when Mike Vick launches his dog training website. Let's get this business started, but please Hammer, don't hurt YouTube.

MP3:: MC Hammer - Let's Get It Started

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