Our 17 year old cousin is coming to visit. He comes from a sheltered environment, not allowed to watch TV at home, and they don't have wifi. We'd like to enjoy some really good TV together.
I'm looking for good quality shows that are sophisticated and fun, with minimal romantic/sexual content. On the kid's last visit, he really enjoyed the Firefly and Justified series. [more inside]
posted by valannc
on Jul 7, 2014 -
I run a small media company with a staff of five (two people on sales, two editors, one social media person). The salespeople have a low salary, high commission salary structure, and advertising deals are generally in the low-mid 5 figure range. Our social media person is interested in getting into sales, or more specifically, getting compensated for introductions that eventually turn into sales. We're happy to accommodate her but have no idea how to structure things. [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb
on Jun 28, 2014 -
Any economics geeks out there who can point me to how the government calculates intellectual property now in GDP figures? Is there information on how they calculate the value of a movie versus a TV show versus a book? I've seen some articles that say news shows and newspapers don't count towards the intellectual component of GDP, but is there a thorough explanation anywhere?
posted by lostguy
on May 9, 2014 -
I've got two media devices that both respond to the commands from either's remote; fatal (meaning return one of them for a different brand) or fixable in some other way? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin
on Mar 13, 2014 -
I have a huge, life-determining standardized test tomorrow. A bit of ear plug got stuck inside my ear this morning when half of it ripped out as I tried to remove my earplug. Now, my ear has started hurting a little, and I'm terrified! I'm highly prone to ear infections, and am fearful of waking up with one tomorrow. It would be a huge distraction during this 3 hour test that has required months of preparation! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Sep 10, 2013 -
Anecdotally, everyone I know hates watching information in video format, but all the online marketing stats (that are easily google-able), say that every demographic, across the board, prefers video. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant
on Aug 1, 2013 -
A year ago, I bought a new TV
with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME.
I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well.
This is the receiver
I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need.
Extra potentially pertinent info:
- PC has two HDMI ports (one on the video card)
- Nintendo Wii connected directly to TV via RCA cables
- BluRay player connected to TV via HDMI cable
I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is.
Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface
on Jul 29, 2013 -
Who represents learning disabled artists? Or how can I find blogs or catalogs that feature learning disabled or developmentally disabled artists working in any media? Europe and South America especially but welcoming feedback about the rest of the world. Thanks!
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 17, 2013 -
Reading the Star Wars 1970s trilogy to my young kids, should I spoil it? (There is a spoiler inside if you haven't see The Empire Strikes Back.) [more inside]
posted by dreamphone
on Jun 13, 2013 -
Help me calibrate my "media impressions" scale. I'm frequently the recipient of internal company memos that describe the success of various marketing campaigns in terms of their number of media impressions. The numbers are typically in the millions or tens of millions. My problem is have no idea what is considered to be large campaign, either in absolute terms or relative to the size of the market being targeted. [more inside]
posted by FishBike
on May 23, 2013 -
Several friends and myself were sitting around draining the worlds supply of beer at the end of last summer, and decided to cap off the night by flipping on netflix. We ended up appointing someone to just pick a completely random movie just by the cover after a bit of arguing of what to watch... The trouble is, now none of us can remember what it was called. [more inside]
posted by emptythought
on Apr 8, 2013 -
Currently working on a project that explores gay stereotypes (and tropes) in American TV and Film along with their effects on society over time. [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Is there a quick (or a quicker) way to download all files of a given type from the Media Library of a self-hosted WordPress site? The site in question has about 200 MP3s. I can easily sort out the MP3s by selecting "Audio." But how can I download them all at once? Is there a plug-in? FTP looks like a big pain, too, as these files are organized in folders by year and month, and there are several years here -- and many months with no uploads at all.
posted by houseofdanie
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I graduated from music college in the UK about 10 years ago, and recently decided that while this time has been spent developing skills to augment my income as a freelance performer, I'd now like to consolidate those skills into a related career which would leave me more financially stable. For a long time now, I have been interested in becoming a music supervisor in the film/television industry, music researcher or working in a production music library. Whenever I have had any involvement with music rights or negotiating clearances, I've been fascinated by it but have never had the opportunity to have this as my main focus. How do I do this as someone who is not able to do long-term unpaid work experience/internships? [more inside]
posted by joboe
on Jan 17, 2013 -
[Moves/Media Filter] What scenes in either movies or television depict employees being laid off? I am thinking scenes that are done either properly, or terribly inappropriate. Ideally the clips should be short 1-4 minutes. Thank you in advance!
posted by handbanana
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Looking for practical advice and fresh perspectives on how to get a (non-journalism) job in the Australian media / digital media / information industry. [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite
on Aug 14, 2012 -
Does Facebook publish statistics? I'm specifically interested in statistics about photo uploads and camera metadata / popularity. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis
on Aug 2, 2012 -
Would appreciate advice on part-time jobs in Glasgow, for a mature student with an eye on building her CV more than earning pocket money (though that would be good too!). [more inside]
posted by cendawanita
on Jul 26, 2012 -
You're hiring interns and one of your qualifications is for them to be "proficient in Photoshop". What do you expect them to know? [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Knew it, shouldn't have indulged in the whim of this "pinterest" nonsense. I click "unlink" for Facebook, save, nothing happens. I get redirected to the main page, facebook photo and friendlinks intact. I get so frustrated I choose "delete account"....again, nothing happens. Redirected back to my main page, self's facebook photo serenely mocking me. [more inside]
posted by keasby
on Feb 11, 2012 -
How do TV channels figure out how many people watched a particular episode (e.g. XX million watched American Idol)?
I often hear things like XX million viewers watched American Idol or some other show.
How do the news guys / broadcasters come up with these numbers??
Surely they are not able to track what is being watched in peoples homes.
So I guess this is some kind of math or projection. Any idea how this is done?
posted by r2d2
on Aug 27, 2011 -
I run a small website for a sport I enjoy and am passionate about - traffic is good (at least I'm happy) and in the last few weeks I've been starting to get some press coverage. All good so far...
A PR company have asked me to submit a 'media pack' - I have no idea what that is, or what might be included in there - I have asked the contact, but I'm thinking I should try and get ahead of the game. [more inside]
posted by mattr
on Jul 3, 2011 -
What options do I have when it comes to finding high quality photos of dishes for a recipe site that I'm thinking of launching? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Mar 11, 2011 -
Can I please have advice/recommendations on buying a portable media player? (preferably non- name brand). My main usages will be watching poker training videos (available in mp4 and WMV formats), and reviewing poker hand histories which are in a txt format. Presumably I want a player with a long battery life (is 8 hours too much to ask?) So I'm looking for something that does these things, but I don't need it for anything else, (no wi-fi, 3G etc). Something that will suit my needs but won't cost a whole lot.
posted by crawltopslow
on Mar 10, 2011 -
What are some representations of gay, uniformed (police, military, etc) men in television and film?
posted by Saebrial
on Feb 10, 2011 -
Please recommend good websites and blogs about computer/internet/social media security issues, someplace where I can find out about the latest scams, phishing attempts, malware, etc. I don't really like Snopes, due to the pop-under ads (what is up with that, anyway?). Thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd
on Feb 1, 2011 -
My company iPhone app is now live. What do I need to make sure I don't forget when it comes to getting the right people to know about it? [more inside]
posted by man down under
on Jan 28, 2011 -
A colleague and I are writing a book chapter on social media, and we have been unable to find or make up terms for one distinction we would like to make. What is a good, compact term for 'information that is endorsed or supported by a credentialed expert on the subject or is agreed to be true by a community of experts'? [more inside]
posted by amberwb
on Jan 21, 2011 -
I'm doing an online community + linguistics project. What sites in non-English languages are like Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by honest knave
on Jan 5, 2011 -
Help me find some great sources that discuss New media (and/or Web 2.0 tools) for use in the university classroom. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Help Me Be A Good Web Editor! Please? Hi! The media outlet where I work has recently started a news web site, and I'm the editor. I have a vague idea of what I'm doing, but the actual copyediting-type-stuff I've been doing to AP print standards. I don't have a specific question, but generally, I'd really like to get some of the "official" basics of web editing down. I looked on mediabistro and they don't seem to have a class for this, and I looked on Amazon but I'm not sure about those books. Any suggestions for resources? I'd love either a class or a book that's as useful as the AP Guide, but for print. Your thoughts, hivemind?
posted by supercoollady
on Nov 2, 2010 -
I'm looking for short, humorous movie/TV clips of people who've lost it all. Wailing, moaning, gnashing of teeth preferred. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Nov 1, 2010 -
Certain news stories are predictable in advance-- because they cover stories that happen every year (like the Oscars or the Super Bowl); or because they cover events you can see coming a long time away (like the 500th birthday of some historical personage.)
Is there any comprehensive list of Things That Will Probably Be In The News Next Year? I'm looking for something like this weekly preview from CNN
, but over a longer timescale.
posted by yankeefog
on Oct 22, 2010 -
Social Media Groupies: I need ideas and input for implementing a process for creating and maintaining content for a fundraiser. [more inside]
posted by glaucon
on Sep 29, 2010 -
Some questions about creating a modern (online) web/graphic design portfolio... [more inside]
posted by foxy
on Aug 29, 2010 -
Would it be a good idea to write to a band via myspace to ask for permission to use their music in my student audio project? The project (if it's good) could end up on the school's audio website. If it's really good (and I can't say yet that it will be), it's possible I'd want to pitch it to radio programs. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood
on Aug 1, 2010 -
What is the best way to approach an author for an interview? I'm assuming I go through the publisher, although this author has published just one book. Since I'm a student/independent journalist, I'm wondering whether my email is likely to be forwarded along to the author. My feeling is the author may be interested, but since it's a student piece it's unlikely to sell more books. Should I worry about catering to the publisher in any way in my correspondence -- and if so, how? T
posted by brynnwood
on Jun 13, 2010 -
Research filter: can anybody recommend any books/articles/etc. on rock & pop music media
in the late 70's and very early 80's. [more inside]
posted by patnasty
on Apr 14, 2010 -
The Bay area, a pivotal center of technology, finance, home to CAL, Stanford, and many, many literate folks does not have a semi-decent local newspaper. How and why? Can anything be done?
ps: the local "news" blogs are really no better (SFist, beyond chron, etc) [more inside]
posted by macadam9
on Mar 18, 2010 -
Fist incidence of 'crazed killer, internet rantings?' I'm looking for the earliest incident where someone killed another person or persons (using a plane, car, gun, bomb, toothpick, poison, etc) and the media coverage quickly or immediately went to the web for the background, and found it. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear
on Mar 5, 2010 -
I have a Mac Mini that I'm using as a media center running Plex. I want to be able to watch the media stored there (a couple terabytes of AVIs, MP4s, etc...) from anywhere I am, on a laptop or hopefully even on my iPhone. Is there any hardware/software solution that will help with this? [more inside]
posted by raygan
on Feb 5, 2010 -