“This worked for Louis because he engaged directly with his fans, mostly through Reddit. I'm not sure if the beacon special was promoted anywhere else, but on Reddit.com it generated massive enthusiasm instantly. But that is because Louis has been a geek/nerd favorite for the past 3 to 5 years, and it's grown hugely since season 2 of his cable show. The big thing is that he writes, directs, produces the show himself, and perhaps significantly, he actually sits down with Final Cut Pro and edits the whole show himself. He does it because for him, creatively it's better than any other method.
But being a hardcore final cut pro user marks him out as 'one of us', so on Reddit he gets a massive amount of credibility just on that basis alone.
Here's where I'm going with all this: His recent experiment was a success, but mostly because the internet community already loved him, and he reached out and engaged with the reddit userbase through direct discussions on the site where he answered questions directly.
The real test is to see if a comedian who *isn't* already a big hit on the 'net, who isn't any kind of nerd, who has *nothing* to do with production, editing, or other technical stuff on their own shows.... if *that* comedian can generate just as many sales as Louis CK did then this model of content distribution is going to work great.”
Falconer6439 on Dec 16, 2011 at 14:29:32
“I wouldnt label him as a nerd, or particularly internet savvy. He learned how to edit by doing it, remember the first season of Louie he shared editing duties until he was comfortable enough. Taking an unknown comedian and trying to market them the same way wouldnt be a test of this model at all, because the model relies on a fanbase. I mean technically you could say this isnt even a novel idea seeing as how many musicians and comedians have already been using the internet as the only source to get thier material. The novel idea is that a well known artist can put together a major piece by themselves and release it themselves, cutting out uneeded middlemen and getting directly to your target audience.”
mikiao on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:21:59
“Well...any comedian who can do an hour standup or a tour probably already has quite a following.
Would I pay money to see some standup just starting do an hour show? No.
Would I pay money to see comedians I already know do an hour show? Probably.
Hell..this might be a better way for new comedians to get known. Famous guy does an hour show...new person does a 5 minute bit in the middle. Voila...partly famous.”
Daly on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:17:39
“I heard him on NPR; and got it as I was listening; I am not a fan of his... but at this price I can check it out and may become one.”
officiallyforeign on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:36:51
“I don't think it has anything to do w/ his web savvy ways. I think it's just because he already has a following. Obviously it would have to be marketed, but I don't think you'd need a super-high level of knowledge in the area to pull it off.
If, for example, Dane Cook did something like this and only marketed it to his twitter followers, he stands a huge chance of doing well.”
“The same is true of Youtube, so why hasn't Youtube been shut down? MegaUpload responded to all DMCA takedown notices, just like Youtube does.
The difference is that Megaupload isn't owned by a megacorporation with dozens of paid lobbyists working in DC. So they shut them down because there will be zero impact on campaign donations in the future. The only mistake Kim Dotcom made here was to forget to donate a few easy million to the leeches in Congress to protect them from a bust like this.”
“"I've never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you're given good information," Haley told Jim Davenport of the Associated Press. "And now I'm learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something."
Really? Is this true, that in the US today, you can rise to the level of Governor without learning this most basic of concepts about checking the things you say?
This is just pathetic, and she is, of course, lying. She knew at least that she had no factual basis for making this statement, but she also knows that once you say something, even if you turn around and tell everyone that you were lying, the damage is done and the false 'fact' will be imprinted onto people's memories just like a real fact.”
Sep 17, 2011 at 21:03:35
“You know, I'm sure SJ isn't embarassed about anything. She has said before she has no problem getting naked in films if the situation called for it, and there was originally a nude scene in her part for The Island but Michael Bay decided he would rather have the family rating.
I'm not sure if this 'leak' was deliberate or not, but I guarantee that all this nonsense about a gang of hackers accessing the photo gallery on people's phones by hacking into them is 100% hype and media spin. These photos came out because she wanted them to, or she sent them to someone who released them, or someone got physical access to her phone and sent them to themselves.
Nobody is hacking into phones over the net.”
redsongia on Sep 17, 2011 at 22:44:46
“It's probably more about image control and not that she has nude photos, but that they weren't in the best possible light, angle, etc. A top actress needs to preserve an aura of perfection at all times. Still, I have a hard time believing she looked bad.”
“Go to wikipedia and look up the words 'no true scotsman'. Your argument is a well known logical fallacy.
True Christians occupied Jerusalem for 100 years and some of them butchered entire caravans of Muslims including women and children. They believed they were soldiers of God, and this Norwegian guy openly holds them up as his heroes and role models.
It's dishonest, and possibly insane, to claim that no 'true' Christian could be guilty of horrific crimes. Never heard of the Spanish inquisition?”
rmjagg on Jul 25, 2011 at 22:03:03
“" no 'true' Christian could be guilty of horrific crimes. " ... if you commit crimes for the church , they are not sins , you are sanitized and the churches get rich . role model for the mafia”
FLECKENSTEIN44 on Jul 25, 2011 at 21:52:41
“yes but heres the catch. Christians stopped doing that. sure their is occasionaly the average loon that kills a abortion doctor but they no longer have crusades in the name of god and kill non believers.
Muslims haven't joined the 21st century yet and need to learn doing that is not acceptable. you dont go to a European country which is mainly christian and atheist and demand their culture to be changed to suit them.”
“Well, those pics are just the most unimaginative cliches I can think of. The 'frontal shot with hair over the nipples', the 'from the back shot, obviously topless, can't see anything', and of course the old standby, the 'sitting totally nude with knees pulled up to her chest and feet carefully placed to hide everything' shot.
How ridiculous. You see more flesh when someone wears a regular bikini.Personally I don't think 'going naked' is going to do anything good for her image or career, she doesn't need it. So I'm not saying these pics are bad because we can't see her goods. No, these are bad because they are so predictable. These are the poses a terrible amateur 'glamour' photographer tries to get his next-door neighbour to do.
Someone with the budget she has can obviously afford exceptional photographers. And they should be able to come up with new, creative, and technically interesting ways to have her be naked without being sleazy.
Better yet, just forget the nudity altogether and let the songs sell themselves. Whoever is advising her needs to be fired, and if this is all her idea, then she needs to stop and let the design professionals do their job.”
“Uh... this was all public knowledge since 2007 or so, Landis made the same claims back then after he was caught testing positive. I've got no doubt Armstrong was heavily into doping, it's just woven into the fabric of the whole cycling culture. Going back over the years the evidence is overwhelming.
There's so much money in the sport, drugs will always be a factor.”
“Er... Caddies just take a cut of whatever winnings the player gets. So if Tiger isn't winning any tournaments, then the caddy isn't costing much.
Yes, that means the guy who carries his bags has made tens of millions of dollars while Tiger was in his prime. But no, this wasn't anything to do with cutting costs.”
MGWilson on Jul 21, 2011 at 00:42:39
“I don't believe there is a simple formula that fits all like you are suggesting. A PGA professional can make any kind of a contract he wants with a caddie as long as the caddie doesn't swing the club. Sure, caddies genarally make money when the golfer does, but that doesn't mean the caddie doesn't also make huge money when the golfer doesn't. It's a contract. Please don't bs us.”
“You numbskull. That's exactly why they are in this mess to begin with; military tinpot leaders who are happy to see their people raped and murdered as long as the massive aid checks from the USA keep rolling in.
No; Mexico needs to tell the US to fix it's own mess; legalise all drugs, and the cartels and their violence would be gone almost overnight.
It is truly frightening that someone would think the answer to hideous violence is more violence. Wake up cro-magnon man.”
“Do you want to work a 12-hour shift 7 days a week for $2 a day? Are you willing to raise a family on that? No? Then stop moaning about manufacturing jobs. Those jobs have all gone to 3rd world countries where people *do* accept those conditions, and they will never come back to America unless American workers accept the same.
No, those manufacturing jobs are *gone* forever. The future for the US is in services, management, and high-tech information jobs. This isn't a bad thing; with the right focus on education everyone can still be gainfully employed.
But making cars and fridges and Nike sneakers is not in our future, so stop complaining about it.
Everything else you say is 100% correct, just forget about jobs making things, they are gone forever.”
splashy on Jul 10, 2011 at 05:37:20
“You forget newer things, like alternative energy generation technology.
Everything you mention is not going to done by high school graduates. What do you propose for them? Low paying no benefits service jobs?
Pitiful what has been done to the working people.”
NessEliot1932 on Jul 10, 2011 at 05:33:32
“Making ROBOTS and GREEN TECHNOLOGY is and that is what I am talking about!
BUT SIX SCAMMING ANT1QUATED INDUSTRIES including BANKSTERING MUST be phased OUT using Technology and automation!”
“Every cent of taxpayer money that is spent on the insane 'war on drugs' just increases the chance of more killings in Mexico. I don't know how the Mexican politicians can keep taking US charity while they know it's totally destroying their country. It's difficult to believe that the Mexican elite can just lock up their heavily guarded compounds at night and not care about the horrors going on just a stone's throw away.
The war on drugs is already killing America's urban youth - prison incarceration for minor drug crimes ruins people's lives and turns bored kids into professional murderers. And the taxpayers keep spending money to make it all worse.
When you investigate the total effect of the war on drugs since it began, you would think the people who started it should be in jail for life. But they just keep on acting like everything is going to plan.”
“Don't forget; the private prisons of America make *billions* of dollars every year for housing people convicted of low-level drug crimes. They employ thousands of people and the prison guard union has huge power when lobbying the federal government.
Keeping people in jail is a highly profitable business; they will fight to the death to avoid anything ever being made legal.
Any Americans who really want to be able to buy and smoke weed legally, you just have to move to a place like portugal. It's not going to happen in the US for 50 years at least, no matter what the NORML people think.”
“Sure, for every 100,000 people who smoke pot, one of them goes on to harder drugs that ruin their life. So what? For every 1000 people who drink beer, one of them goes on to harder drinks like whiskey and becomes an alcoholic. So beer is a gateway drug too, right? And the rate of 'conversion' is 100 times higher than pot! Are you pro-prohibition as well?
Your argument isn't so much wrong, as just incredibly childish. I have trouble understanding how an actual adult could write that without seeing how erroneous it is.
As for your claim about Obama's spending; oh god. The bush tax cuts, the two wars, and the prescription drug giveaway *are* the cause of the huge debt. It's fact, not opinion. Obama's spending is irrelevant, it has nothing to do with what Bush did.
And I'm not even including the fact that the first 700b bailout was signed BY BUSH.”
“Torture does not produce useful intel. This has been a known fact for centuries. Torture is extremely good at producing false confessions and other propaganda (such as the American GIs filmed by North Vietnam saying how evil the US is) which might be useful depending on this situation, but it certainly doesn't produce accurate, actionable information.
In any case, it's been confirmed by research that the information that lead to Bin Laden was not produced by torture, and in fact the enhanced interrogation probably delayed things, because the people involved didn't start talking honestly until long after the torture finished.
Finally, please don't use words you don't understand. Schizophrenia isn't anything to do with multiple personalities. That hasn't been the case since the 1970s.”
“Really, you should be embarassed for showing such ignorance of the facts. The 5-star general who conducted the military's own review of their use of torture stated plainly that the US had tortured hundreds, if not thousands of detainees, using a variety of techniques of which waterboarding was probably the least severe. He stated openly that dozens of detainees were killed during interrogation, i.e. they were tortured to death. We have heard of detainees having their testicles sliced open with a scalpel, there are photographs showing men being anally raped in front of other detainees. We know that many female detainees is Iraq tried to commit suicide many times due to the apalling shame of what was done to them. And yes, you mentioned it; lots of detainees are missing fingers and toes thanks to 'enhanced interrogation' as you call it. What a weasel phrase that is. Have you seen 'Taxi to the dark side'? An Afghani taxi driver was picked up by the US in a case of mistaken identity and was killed within hours, his legs nothing but a bloody pulp of mashed bones and meat after they beat him mercilessly with wooden clubs. Just a random guy, with a family. It could easily have been you or me; just think about it.
As for 'liberals think US troops deserve to be tortured'; that's a gross, highly offensive insult. Grow up.”
Stockmanson on Aug 26, 2011 at 15:41:44
“This is what, "Taxi to the Dark side", said as it spoke of Dilawar. Sgt. Anthony Morden said Dilawar was suspected of facilitating the trigger man of a rocket attack. Five days after, Dilawar was observed unresponsive & up-right in his cell at 0500 by a Pvt, Willy Brand an MP guard. He called Spc. Camack, a medic, and administered CPR as they transported Dilawar to the infirmary. Presenting no obvious cause of death the Dr. pronounced him dead of natural causes. Autopsy later disclosed his death was due to a blood clout that had moved into his lungs, created by soft tissue damage, (bruises) on his lower legs, and aggravated by being held in an erect position for an extended period of time. After the death of Dilawar, the second, the officer in charge in charge of interrogations, a Captain Caroll Wood, was transferred to assume command at at Abu Ghraib.
Millers Boy claimed "Taxi to the Dark Side", said - "An Afghani taxi driver was picked up by the U.S. in a case of mistaken identity and was killed within hours, his legs nothing but a bloody pulp of mashed bones and meat after they beat him mercilessly with wooden clubs."
Embellishment, editorial license, irresponsible, ignorant, overactive imagination or just plain propaganda? No one can see into another but I wonder about motive? When did he get a five star general from?”
Logicnotfaith on Jul 5, 2011 at 18:04:18
“Well your very first lie "a 5 star general" sorry sonny we don't have any of them anymore”
“Ironically, a big part of your statement above is completely wrong. The Japanese culture has a long history of being lead by an Emperor, and historically the role of the Emperor, above all else, was to protect and guide his people.
These days, it's the government that takes that role, but the expectation is the same - the people expect that the government will take care of them far, far more than any American would ever dream of. They have universal, cradle-to-grave healthcare, for one thing. But especially in disaster situations, the Japanese expect and demand that the authorities step in a provide all the equipment, support, planning and logistics to help the people survive.
My wife is Japanese, and her brother is living in Tokyo right now. In the many conversations we have had with him and his family in the last few days, the biggest complaint they have is that the government isn't doing enough to help people clean up and establish basic living conditions.
They *are* an exceptionally resilient and determined people. They have been through many disasters before, including seeing two major cities obliterated by nuclear weapons in a flash. But don't take that and impose your own anti-government ideas onto them. They are not like Americans, they like their government and want to see it doing as much for the people as possible.”
Tessie on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:36:01
“"They like their government ...but the biggest complaint they have is that the government isn't doing enough to help people clean up and establish basic living conditions."
Yes, of course they expect their govt to do right by them. This does not mean they want to be totally & perpetually dependent on govt. They have a right to speak out and tell the govt where they are failing, and what they need to do better. That is constructive criticism. They have a right to question actions of their leaders. I feel the same way. That's not an anti-govt stance, it's a healthy trust but verify stance.
My prayers go out to your wife's family.”
new beginning on Mar 15, 2011 at 07:42:57
“Of course they expect the government to step in and provide the equipment, support, planning and logistics to help people survive. Who else is in a position to coordinate all efforts including international aid?
Realistically in this situation, how can government or anyone do ENOUGH to clean up and establish basic living conditions when the damage is ongoing even days after the initial catastrophe. It must seem that aid is coming painfully slowly to those who are suffering.
You will note that Tessie marvelled at their independence and level of cooperation with the government - but did not claim an anti-government stance. That was YOU attempting to put words in HER mouth.
So ironically a big part of your statement is completely wrong.”
“Well I only realised as I read this just how rare it has become lately to get genuinely good news. I think the last time I was this happy was when Obama got elected as President.
I certainly hope his appeal fails. This guy is so crooked, this particular crime is probably the least illegal thing he's ever done.
I do wonder why a fully paid-up member of the ruling elite has had the rug pulled out from under him and may actually do time for his crimes. Did he screw someone's wife? Or is he just no longer any value to the GOP establishment so they've let him swing?
Either way, it's great to see one of the bastards get what they deserve.”
FHTB on Nov 25, 2010 at 06:29:06
“I don't want to be cynical, but what will Faux and Chris Matthews do without their star commentator? Will they still ask for his opinion on POLITICS if he should go behind bars?”
alumcreek on Nov 25, 2010 at 06:24:34
“Why does the American public refuse to learn that: "It's OK if you are a Republican but a felony or a crying shame if you are not," as it has been lo these many years.
Republicans are above the law and custom. You just have to make a hefty cash contribution and listen carefully and they will explain it in full detail.”
“I am as anti-palin as just about anybody, but to judge ratings of 5m people on a cheap cable reality show as shoddy just because it's a tiny percentage of the total population is astonishingly ignorant.
Fox News shows like Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly would dig up their own mother's graves to get 5 millions people watching, yet those shows are ratings juggernauts in their demographics. 5 Million people is a massive number for this type of show.”
mafina on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:39:02
“I tend to disagree, that is like saying the whole of only Florida watched the show. Where are the other 295 million. This is on the cheap and again she is pandering to a male crowd pretending to be the outdoorsy rugged female. She acted like this was the first time she saw a bear.”
“Nonsense. Alaskan scenery has be much better showcased by numerous shows that couldn't muster a quarter of those ratings. People tuned in to see the Wasilla Hillbillies in their natural habitat, which was the only new thing on offer in this show.
Of course, we all love to watch a car crash, I would be surprised if she manages 75% of those numbers for the 2nd show, and by episode 5 I bet she will be pulling one million or less. Unless, of course, the show actually becomes worth watching to see how unaware these fools are of their own stupidity.”
timm553 on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:12:54
“Just reread your post. You seem angry.”
timm553 on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:37:57
“Okay, then here's my runner up theory: They tuned in to see if she'd be eaten by a bear, or gored by a moose.”
“nonsense. calories are the fuel so you can work out for longer. Calories do not add muscle mass at all. If the calories are not needed, the body will convert them to fat and store them, which adds the wrong type of mass.
Muscles will bulk up when fed lots of *protein*, not calories. There is exactly ZERO protein in donuts.”
Catothemuchyounger on Nov 16, 2010 at 22:52:09
“I disagree. You need a pretty strong caloric surplus to add muscle mass. And some guys, the "hard gainers" need a lot of calories to do it. Certainly, it would be best to get it all from "clean" calories. But there are plenty of guys go on the "see food" diet when looking to add muscle mass.
Anyway, a display of donuts is hardly the worst thing you could see in the gym. Personally, I would rather see donuts than, say, a Smith Machine. And I have read that some gyms ban deadlifts. Now, that would be egregious.”
“WTF??? I should be seriously angry with my gym management if I saw this. I pay them money to provide an environment where I can burn calories as efficiently as possible. This feels like they are deliberately sabotaging you so you have to stay at the gym longer.
I am aware, of course, that if you want to do a long, brutal workout, a couiple of krispy kreme's about 4 hours beforehand will be a good source of energy, but there's plenty of other snacks that would be a lot better.
There's something seriously wrong with the people running this gym. If this turned out to be regular when I visited, I would cancel my membership.”
-jaYne on Nov 16, 2010 at 02:08:09
“if that's you as your avatar, your work-outs seem to be doing you good
some extra info...
working out for shorter more intense times are considered more beneficial [plenty of sites dedicated to this theory/fact]
sometimes though a long work-out is just what i'd rather do”
maninaustin on Nov 15, 2010 at 21:53:26
“You can't just pass on the donuts and leave them for those folks that want them?”
“I actually found myself surprised at how competent she seemed. This is a real measure of just how low expectations are of these people, how far we have fallen in the last decade or so. I think it started with Bush 2, when it was suddenly acceptable to be plainly ignorant in the debate.
Then we had Palin, who lowered the intelligence bar a lot, but also got us used to the idea of a candidate being not just ignorant, but incapable of stringing together simple sentences and coherent thoughts.
Finally, a couple weeks ago we got to watch the Governor of Arizona (Jan Brewer) put on a display in the debate that was by far the stupidest and least competent I have ever seen. 20-second pauses while she tried to think of opening comments, giggling to try and cover up the silence, it was a stark illustration of just how bad things are in the world of government and intellect.
So, honestly, O'Donnell tonight did better than I expected. She was pretty ignorant of most things you would expect a senate candidate to know, but her performance was still so much better than Jan Brewer that she ended up coming out OK. Her poll numbers are already so bad, I don't think this would make them any worse.
Besides that, I want to note what a awful, revolting child molester Wolf Blitzer is. He's actually dumber than O'Donnell and isn't fit to adjudicate something on even this level.”
keepemhonest on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:15:53
“huh? Wolf a ped 0 phile ... really? And where might you be getting that tid bit?”