What is News? I'm looking for any books, blogs, essays, articles, etc. that relate to any intelligent definitions of news or how people believe the news in 50 years will work. I'm not interested in evaluations of bias, the demise of mainstream media, or inane ramblings about Web 2.0. [more inside]
I have agreed to read a book by Bill O'Rielly that my dad wants me to read, if I can pick out the next book he reads. What should I pick? [more inside]
Please help me pick out used parts for a pretty low expectation "media center". [more inside]
Which websites use a "buy a day in our calendar to advertise" model? I can think of Unicorn Booty and I Wear Your Shirt, and I vageuly remember one from a few years ago but can't recall now.
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.
Who the hell can I trust to give me reliable advice about running shoes? And which goddamn shoes should I buy?
Ok, seriously: Is there any reliable information on running shoes out there? Who the hell can I trust? Every source of information seems either fraught with bias or complete fluff. What's a critical thinker to do? And more importantly, what goddamn shoes should I buy? [more inside]
Mafia fictional dialogue filter: What's the scene from where the two mobsters are talking to each other -- and, wanting to make it clear that they are merely speculating and not conspiring, one says "We're not *talking* about this, we're just *talking* about this"? (Is it the Sopranos, some mob movie, what?) Bonus points for actual script dialogue or YouTube clip.
Asking for a Friend: My father still uses VHS tapes. I need to get him on tech from this millennium. [more inside]
Social Media Groupies: I need ideas and input for implementing a process for creating and maintaining content for a fundraiser. [more inside]
I've just successfully installed Win7 onto an older but servicable PC in order to use it as a streaming media player in another room. Problem is that although it can see all of the shared files, folders and drives on my main machine it keeps telling me I don't have the correct permissions whenever I click on them - but permissions are set to 'Everyone' and another machine (a netbook) I do the same thing with can see and play everything perfectly... can anyone offer any help or suggestions please, I'm at my wit's end! Thanks in advance!
I am an online publisher (have my own site) and want advertisers to advertise. I am pitching to an ad agency who has these accounts. I want to look at a few pitch presentation decks. Any place online where there might be sales presentation to agency powerpoint decks?
Need to get up to par in 2010 web training--social media, mobile devices, SEO/SEM...where in Chicago can I get this minus a degree? [more inside]
May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
Is there a way I can make Vegas Pro 9.0 Pool all media used in a project into a single directory? [more inside]
Have you seen any sites -- mainstream media or other -- that use Twitter in an innovative way relating to breaking news? I'm especially interested in ways that readers participate, but would also look at ways the sites get the news out to their users. Examples might be the site asks readers to tweet reactions to an earthquake from the scene, or to tweet their picks for an upcoming football game, and the site then uses this information in some way. (Facebook and other social media innovations are also of interest, but mostly looking for Twitter info.) Thanks!
Do you think Apple are going to discontinue the iPod Classic in the near future? [more inside]
Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
Some questions about creating a modern (online) web/graphic design portfolio... [more inside]
I like to think that I'm pretty good at web/graphic design, programming, motion graphics, and a lot of other new media type things..but I'm a left-brained guy. How do I put together a portfolio (or otherwise market my skills) to show what I'm good at, even though I'm not the type of person to sit around and make art? [more inside]
I have a large collection of digital music, movies, and TV shows that I am adding to on a regular basis. I would like to come up with a way to create a nicely formatted list of all of this media on a scheduled basis and publish this for others to view. Please Help! [more inside]
What are the best places to look for unedited media rushes? [more inside]
Any great reads about Hollywood's effect on men? [more inside]
Can you recommend some great educational media for my nearly two year old daughter? I am looking for good DVD's, computer / iPhone software, or websites that I can load up for 30-60 minutes a day. I would like something she can learn from, but if she is having fun, that is cool as well. Right now she is a Dora and Diego addict. I just got her a few LeapFrog preschool DVD's that she loves. She can sing her ABC's and can count to 10 in English and Spanish. She is just starting to be able to answer "How does the letter A, B, C, etc. go?' She knows how to flip pages and push buttons on the iPhone. Are there any computer learning games that a two year old could handle. Flash games? iPhone games? Answers to this question do not involve telling me to take my daughter outside. I am familiar with the debunking of Baby Einstein. I would just like to find some good stuff for her to watch, play or interact with. General toy recommendations are good as well.
Where can I find TV and Movies from Spain with Spanish subtitles? I'd like to be aware of current pop-culture in Spain as well improve my Spanish-language skills. I've found quite a few interesting programs on the various Spanish TV channel websites; however, none of them have subtitles. Ideally, I'd like to find some interesting and relatively current TV shows from Spain with subtitles in Spanish. [more inside]
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]
This is one of those questions where I really don't know if I have something wrong with me or not. My boyfriend, who I've been dating about five months and totally adore, very recently saved a woman's life. I think it's crazy and obviously I'm incredibly proud of him. The negative, if it can be called that, is the fact that his sister called one of the newspapers in town and he agreed to do an interview. For some reason, I don't like that; I feel that when you do charitable acts or heroic acts, you should keep it to yourself. [more inside]
What's the best way to manage multiple social media streams? [more inside]
I'd like to lecture/teach a class about how to be a freelance journalist in NYC, any thoughts on where I could offer my services? I'm not a professor, just a jobbing journo.
How far ahead of their scheduled air date are scripted television shows ready to air? [more inside]
Hey you fancy phone app developers... how do you usually charge when you're doing an app for a licensor? What's standard? What kinds of contracts and stipulations do you sign? What kinds of fee structure? And what are the things a SMART licensor should really know and pay attention to along the road while building a new app for the public? (I hope these questions make sense.) [more inside]
Concise explanation of what is wrong with Fox News? [more inside]
I'm looking for software to manage an 8-terabyte media library including audio, video, and photos. Ideally the software would include a web server component to allow you to browse the library remotely. [more inside]
I'm interested in characters that are confident, despite the fact that they are overweight. [more inside]
I'd like to watch the World Cup in peace! Using Windows Media Center 7, how do I silence the annoying Vuvuzela horn? [more inside]
Find me some horrible, unsolicited celebrity endorsements. [more inside]
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
Fellow EU Mefites, how would you compare the coverage of EU politics to the coverage of domestic politics in your national media? [more inside]
OK, so I have a lovely screen on my HTC Desire which caters to all my media needs (Spotify, Radio Paradise, iPlayer). What I would like is a large version of it, on the kitchen wall, which permanantly hooks up to my bluetooth speakers. So when cooking, I would merely touch the wall to get music, video, stream bbc things etc. Cool idea no? So can anyone recommend a cheap touchscreen PC for that purpose (preferably at least a 7" screen), and how hard is it to install android on one? [more inside]
Media center filter: Do the job well, or be cheap about it? [more inside]
Social media? Great! But what do you charge and deliver? [more inside]
I am interested in learning more about legitimate old-school marketing applied to the web, including how it relates to SEO, web analytics, usability testing, email campaigns, social media, etc. I'm looking for books and other resources to help me learn the basics of both technology and philosophy. [more inside]
Need some advice on creating the ultimate media center PC setup [more inside]
Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder?
Basic Video & Audio equipment needed for an office! What other accessories would an office need along with a Canon 7D and a Zoom H2 portable audio recorder? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
This weekend I'm going to be setting up, installing and configuring Windows 7 Media Center as a DVR. Do you have any recommendations on things to do or not do in order to get the most out of this? [more inside]
I want to ditch cable and opt for things like the Xbox360 and/or AppleTV for the kids to watch the equivalent to DisneyTV, Nik and Cartoon Network. [more inside]
Over the weekend, I discovered the genius that is Alex Day, aka Nerimon. What else have I been missing out on, YouTube wise? [more inside]
Help me build my perfect home media machine. It must play blu-ray discs, browse the web, and stream HD video from internet sources. I have no interest in video games, and little interest in cable TV. Is this something I can buy? If this is something I must build myself, what kind of computing muscle will I need? [more inside]
Josh Harris strongly believes that the Technological Singularity will be reached and the human being will cease to be an individual, while the machine becomes the new king of the jungle.
Is Josh Harris a media stunt? [more inside]