Ian Schrager, creator of mini-roomed boutique hotels and destination bars with creepy wall “paintings” has partnered with Marriott Hotels to develop a chain of boutique (read $400/night) hotels. So how does Mr. Coolhotel think he's gonna pull it off without his aesthetic getting watered down?
“The properties might not be as quirky or individualized as I might make them if I were doing this alone,” Mr. Schrager says. “But Apple manages to pull off really sleek designs that everyone of all ages responds to. And believe me, I’m not going to have a book of standards. It will be. ...” He pauses for effect. “The anti-chain.”
Written while groovin' to Sarah from the album “Fur And Gold” by Bat For Lashes
Google's purchase of YouTube has finally resulted in a new platform for Google to extend its dominance in the online ad space.
With 51 million users in June, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, YouTube now attracts an audience that is larger than the combined audiences of its three nearest competitors, MySpace, AOL and Yahoo. Its adoption of overlay ads for online video could turn the format into an industry standard, advertising executives said. The video ad market, which is expected to nearly double from last year to $775 million, has been projected to grow to $4.3 billion by 2011, according to eMarketer, a research firm.
Ads are going to appear in the bottom fifth of videos that are authorized to receive ads. That means the copyright-infringing John Stewart or Colbert clips won't have ads on them nor will the user-submitted video the amateur video star dancing in her bikini submitted. Procter & Gamble wouldn't appreciate an ad for squeaky-clean Tide™ appearing underneath family-values-threatening flesh. In any case, Google's about to change the advertising game...again.
NYTimes.com: Google Aims to Make YouTube Profitable With Ads (free subscription required)
Written while groovin' to Champion Sound (Instrumental) from the album “Champion Sound (Deluxe Edition)” by Jaylib
“New bands play in daylight.”
This and other insights from a calm, insightful and funny Stewart Copeland.
I've been a Netflix subscriber for seven years. I know this because on my Returned Rentals page there are 320 movies listed dating as far back as August 2000. I did a little quick math and discovered that I've paid approximately $5.80 per movie rental based on my usage:
7 years X 12 months in a year X $22 per month = $1,848.00
Yes, I've given Netflix almost $2000 over 7 years. But:
$1,848/320 movies = $5.77 per movie
I'm actually OK with that given the convenience of delivery and return along with the predictability of cost (no late fees). I'll tell you though, it does make me want to watch more movies and get my per movie costs down.
Written while groovin' to Central Booking from the album “Emerald City” by John Vanderslice
I couldn't find Glen Frey's “The Heat is On” in any online store so I tried the following query and it yielded some interesting results. Use the query for legal purposes only please people:
Written while groovin' to The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey
There's a new low-cost airline on the block: Welcome to Virgin America. And though this might seem like a plug (it's not I promise) it's hard not to get excited by a company doing it right in an industry where it's being done wrong so consistently. What does “right” look like? Well, how does under $400 dollars for a first-class ticket from SFO to JFK sound? Or, power in every seat? How 'bout brand-new planes with entertainment systems built into every seat? It's enough that I'm gonna buy some VIrgin stock right now.