Bibimbap is Healthy

… but this is certainly not…

Not Bibimbap

Apparently there are Koreans who are now creating diabetes-inducing versions of a bibimbap. No culinary skill involved—just find anything processed and sweet and dump it all into a bucket, mix well and eat. Make sure you’re doing no less than 30,000 calories per person and you’re pretty much set.

You can’t pay me enough to eat this.

(via Kotaku)

Bibimbap is Healthy

Thinking Aloud: Television Seasons

What if the concept of a television “season” (of 13 or 26 episodes) no longer exists?

Imagine a show that is 13 hours long, and you, as the viewer decides when you want to pause, fast forward or rewind? If you’re a binge viewer, you’ll love this. If you have a short attention span (like me), this is a great way to consume content.

To be honest, this is not very different from what Netflix did by premiering all 13 episodes of House of Cards at the same time, except you don’t have to contend with rolling credits every hour.

In fact, an “episode” will no longer exist since we don’t need the show to be broken up into 52-minutes chunks just to fit into a broadcast hour.

This could even change how a show is priced. Maybe you’ll pay for the show by the minute? Or in hour blocks? This allows the viewer to pay for exactly what was consumed, and it forces the producer to create the most compelling show to maximise revenue. Win-win, if you ask me.


Thinking Aloud: Television Seasons

17 Days

Here’s an interesting article from 10 months back, about an alternative movie distribution model.

A movie will come out and you will have 17 days, that’s exactly three weekends, which is 95% of the revenue for 98% of movies. On the 18th day, these movies will be available everywhere ubiquitously and you will pay for the size.

I agree with movies (or content) being made available everywhere ubiquitously. But Jeffrey Katzenberg goes on to say that consumers should be charged by size of the movie: “A movie screen will be $15. A 75” TV will be $4.00. A smartphone will be $1.99.” I’m not sure I agree with that pricing because somewhere in between that range would be piracy, which costs $0.00 and comes in any size you want.

Still, it’s encouraging to think that some people in old Hollywood are finally coming to terms with how media distribution needs to change in light of new technology enabling more distribution options. Maybe we’ll get better access to content sooner than we think.

And according to Katzenberg, this scenario will play out 10 years from now.

Oh. Maybe not.

17 Days

Thoughts on Whiplash

“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.”
– Terence Fletcher; Whiplash

Dark, heady and intense, this Oscar nominee is one of the better movies from 2014. With blood, sweat, tears and swirling drum solos, this film will leave you exhausted when you reach the end.

Director Damien Chazelle sets the stage brilliantly for the most riveting performances from veteran J.K. Simmons and rising star Miles Teller. Simmons plays Terence Fletcher, a ruthless jazz instructor who squeezes the very best performance from his band by absolutely any means necessary. Teller plays the new drummer in his band who is pushed to the brink of his sanity. The duo’s hand-to-throat relationship is truly compelling and keeps you glued from start to finish.

This movie is a definite must-watch.

Thoughts on Whiplash