Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Goonies Tuesday!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Pulling the Plug

Since my DirecTV HD DVR exploded yesterday (second such unit to do so, it's a total piece of shit), I'm seriously considering a move to an iTunes-only TV experience once content becomes available in 720p (which I have reason to believe will be sooner rather than later). I did a little calculation and realized that even if we watched 20 shows over the course of a year (which is liberal), it'd only cost around $600 (versus around $960 for a year of DirecTV). Plus I'd have hard copies of every episode. Hmm.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Network Death Knell

Yesterday's announcement of the upcoming NBC/News Corp. "YouTube Killer" service has nerds everywhere up in arms ("Screw the man!" and such, even though Google is also "the man"). I certainly think it'll be interesting to see how the new service does, as I think YouTube is going to be hard to catch (not to mention the increasing popularity of independent content), however what's most interesting to me is that this service's debut is really a shy admission (at long last) that their old business model is finished.

Peter Chernin even mentioned (in today's L.A. Times) that consumers today are confused by the concept of networks/stations, and just want to watch their favorite shows. This isn't news to anyone (hence YouTube's popularity), but to see networks coming together to essentially erase their own brands in favor of individual show brands? THAT is a big step for them. I mean we're talking about half a decade or more of brand building thrown out the window.

It's obviously a necessary step to compete with the aggregators of the world (and a smart move for them to make), it's just refreshing to see them publicly take the first step toward putting individual television networks out of their misery.

This move will buy them time, however the real question is whether or not production companies/showrunners will want to continue doing business with them in a world where the individual show brands are the kings. Will Aaron Sorkin shop his future shows to consumers through Apple or Google? Or maybe cut them out altogether and deliver it directly to the consumer (no middleman required)? With new devices like Apple TV allowing anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to appear right on your television, what's to stop production companies from setting up their own ad sales (or e-commerce) engine and coming right to you?

Interesting shit to say the least. Obviously the networks (as they exist today) are part of larger parent companies that in many cases also own production companies, so they're certainly going to keep pulling in money. As for the network tv branch of their business? Yikes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Changing Things Up

I'm switching over to the Ning blogging tool (from Blogger). Pardon any dust.

UPDATE: I've moved my old Blogger archives here. Once we enable blog entry importing in Ning, I'll move 'em over to this site. For now, they remain in isolation.

Mii Lebowski

Monday, March 19, 2007

Dear House of Kyle RSS Subscribers

If you currently subscribe to my Blogger feed (http://www.houseofkyle.com/atom.xml), please update your subscriptions to use http://feeds.feedburner.com/houseofkyle. I'm going to be doing some housecleaning, and this'll ensure that you get the latest and greatest no matter how I rearrange the joint. Thanks!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Man, I Wanted a Honda

I'm not sure if it's amazing or scary that Stewart (age 3) can now identify the following car brands (even if they blow by at 50mph): Honda, Saturn, Ford, Hummer, VW, BMW and Mercedes. On the way to school the other day, I heard "Oh man, a Mercedes again. I wanted a Honda."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


On Monday night I attended the 20x2 event to see Paul's presentation. Some highlights included:

-Seeing Mark Zupan from Murderball.

-Feeling a little uncomfortable at the lack of laughter during Amanda Congdon's piece.

-Losing the "band name so bad that it'd keep you away from their concert" submission contest (my submission was "RECTAL APOCALYPSE & The Ointment") to a much worthier entry: "Venue Closed For AIDS-Laden Scorpion Removal"

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Daddy and Me Day

A camphone photo gallery from this morning's event.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Heading East

My Blogger posting'll probably be a little light as I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon (as soon as "Daddy & Me Day" is finished) for Austin, TX to attend my first SxSW Interactive. I may knock out some Twitter action though while on the road, so stay tuned.

Uh, Wow

Why Ning is Better Than Sex


You can't write this kind of material.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

SF Chronicle on Ning

Check out this great article on Ning and the niche social networking phenomenon (how the MySpace crowd now wants to do their own thing, similar to how the AOL crowd in the early '90s realized how much more freedom they had on the web).

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Movin' On Up...

Ok, House of Kyle's move to Ning is complete. Why the move? Well, to eat my own dogfood for one thing, but also because I love the idea of turning the site into a full social network that lets readers hang out, lets me easily aggregate feeds from all of my various web services (Twitter, Last.fm, Google Reader, etc.), and lets me collect my photos and videos in one place (using my own brand).

That said, there are still a ton of changes I plan to make...most notably I want to skin my Blogger-posted pages to match the Ning theme (this is a work in progress that I'll be posting a "how-to" about later). There are also still some launch bugs that we (the Ning team) are squashing, so please let me know if you encounter any weirdness.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Congrats to Sarah for rocking out the L.A Marathon. I couldn't be more proud. Hardcore. Check out the photos and videos.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

House of Kyle Migration

I've moved House of Kyle over to Ning. Such excitement! The DNS records are still in flux (as are some issues I'm working out), so please pardon the dust over the next day or so.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Machine

Martin did an amazing snapshot of real-time Ning activity. Check out details and the full-size version here.