I tried to start up the Pandora app on my iPhone today only to receive the following message. I totally forgotten about licensing agreements and the fact that Pandora might not function outside of the US. I guess they don’t have licensing agreements to stream music in Ecuador. It’s understandable, but I still would have like to listen to some music…
I got this text message from Movistar, my cell phone provider in Ecuador. It says that for 20 cents plus taxes I can have my voting location texted to me. All I do have to do is text them my Government ID number (similar to a US Driver’s License number).
I don’t know if there were any applications like this set up in the US for the 2008 election. Would it be cool/useful if there were?
Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson. (Photo: Flickr user arcticpenguin)
The United States first circuit has overturned the previous decision to allow video of the case of RIAA vs.. Tenenbaum to be broadcast live over the internet. Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson had previously received a decision from the US District Court that would have allowed the webcast to take place. I’m disappointed to hear about this decision, simply because I was very interested in watching it to see how the case played out, but it seems to be a clear cut decision based on the fact that the current law states no cameras are allowed in the court room. The article linked below has a link to the court’s full decision.
Pepsi has been pushing their re-branding with new logos for their products pretty hard with new television commercials, and as far as I can tell a fairly large print campaign as well. I noticed recently that they’ve taken over all the advertising space at South Station in Boston. Interestingly enough though they advertisements prominently display “POP”. Back home in North Dakota use of the word pop would be all well and good, but if uttered in a Boston restaurant it will earn you many strange looks from the people around you.
“SODA” has just as many Os in it (which can be replaced with the new Pepsi logo), but perhaps they were hoping the extra Ps in the word pop would better connect people with Pepsi.
I found this ad placement on a video at Cracked amusing. Apparently the domain name alone is enough to recommend you for drug addiction therapy.
I saw this a couple weeks ago on a certain, well known torrent site. I just thought it was really cool that MIT is making use of a distribution channel as effective as bittorrent, even though only “bad” people use it.
Here’s a comment from the digg story about Obama winning the election. thoughts?
and just for good measure here’s another one. I thought this was humorous.
I saw this yesterday and thought it was an interesting way to convey the pro-Obama message. I also thought it was cool that a political campaign created something entirely based on “mashup culture”
Personally I’ve been following this presidential election more closely than any past election in my lifetime. Here are a couple good/cool links I’ve found for tracking election information.
RealClearPolitics is a great source of links to articles and blogs from large media outlets. They also have a good overview of recent polling information.
FiveThirtyEight is all about polling information and statistical analysis. If you like politics and you like numbers you’ll probably find something up your alley on this site. There is a LOT of information here to help you visualize the race.
TheLivingRoomCandidate is an archive of past/present campaign videos and advertisements. You can learn a lot and see how ad strategies have been used in the past and continue to be used today.
Hopefully you’ll find some good reading on any or all of these sites, and if you have any others I didn’t mention, feel free to share the link.