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Brian Long Facial Hair Update
September 30, 2008, 2:27 pm
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I’m planning on putting together a round-up of ACL 2008, but quickly wanted to post this important notice regarding the Brian Long facial grooming adventure.  This is in no way an effort to suppress the movement represented by this Facebook group.

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ACL 2008
September 24, 2008, 1:09 am
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I’m leaving for Austin at 9:20am tomorrow.  I will be doing some work stuff, hanging out with a bunch of my CBS Interactive colleagues, and attending Austin City Limits this weekend.  I may even find time to float the river.

I feel that I’ve done a disservice to the handful of people who check the Geisenblog every morning expecting some fresh content only to find that same photo of my broken iPhone.  I’m going to forego the “post everyday for a month challenge” as that’s clearly not happening and try my best to get some awesomeness up here as often as I can.  ACL should provide me with an opportunity to do just that.  I’d also recommend checking Twitter to see how much sense I make at 2am and, if I manage to avoid breaking my old iPhone, blurry photos may appear here at random points throughout the weekend.

In honor of the Mono (which sadly seems to have taken a cue from my playbook and fallen off the face of the internet), I’ll leave ya’ll with a clip of “Come Home” by Back Door Slam.  They play blues in the vein of the Allman Brothers, but without the 20-minute drum solos.  I had the good fortune of seeing these guys at SXSW this past spring and I’ll be catching their show on Saturday.  Their front-man is a 21-year guitar phenom by the name of Davy Knowles.  He’s from random British tax haven, the Isle of Man and he was apparently inspired to play the guitar when he was 11 and heard “Sultans of Swing” on the radio.  He’s been described by one music critic as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix and while I’m not sure about that, I am sure that he’s pretty damn good at the guitar.  See for yourself:



Conspiracy Theorizing
August 27, 2008, 4:01 pm
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Apparently Techcrunch launched their redesign yesterday evening, a full 12 hours before CNET’s redesign officially launched this morning.  Interesting timing…

The New CNET

The New Techcrunch



Burned
August 19, 2008, 9:09 pm
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As an astute commenter (probably this guy) has pointed out, the WordPress iPhone application has not led to increased posting volume. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. In fact, the only reason I’m writing something now is because I’ve managed to catch the attention of a large group of interested individuals who are clamoring for the sort of insight and analysis that can only be found here. These folks, that I am fortunate enough to work with, have decided that Geisenblog warrants its own corner of Facebook. How nice of them.  If you were ever curious about the embarrassing shit that I’ve contributed to the internet over the years, but were too lazy to Google my name, it’s now laid out on a nice, neat Facebook fan page.  We’ll see if this newfound attention will lead me to fulfill the promise laid out on that page to “educate and enlighten the general populace. Increase attendance at Dorrian’s. Dispute misconceptions put forth about The Upper East Side on Gossip Girl.”  Should be exciting…



CBS Acquires CNET
May 20, 2008, 5:26 pm
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This past Thursday, when the news dropped, there was a strange sentiment here in NY. I’m sure the same was true for CNET HQ in SF. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but I think the best way to describe it would be that there was a sense of “nervous anticipation” throughout office. CNET’ers are excited to see what the future holds, but there’s also a bit of trepidation which I suppose is to be expected.

Overall, I think this is a positive move for both sides. CBS just bought itself an internet media company (where it previously had some successful, but dissociated components) and CNET’s shareholders made out pretty well. There was some grumbling from expected sources, but I haven’t seen anyone make a compelling case for why this was a bad move for CBS (or CNET).

Of course on a purely personal level, I’m very interested to see how this shakes out. More to come…



Michael Arrington Has No Idea How CNET Makes Money
April 7, 2008, 6:30 pm
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James Nicholson has an article up on Seeking Alpha offering his take on Michael Arrington’s “blogger dream team” post. His focus is on CNET Networks and Arrington’s claim that a “dream team” of tech bloggers could take the company apart in a year by putting out superior content. Nicholson is a little late responding to Arrington’s diatribe, but he does a great job explaining how Arrington has no real conception of how CNET actually generates revenue:

What drives CNET’s profits is its technology product reviews and the Shopper.com product search engine. This is an area that CNET still dominates and it would be largely unaffected by competition from a tech news blog network. In recent years CNET’s reviews have been behind the curve in evaluating new technology products, mainly because the company has been spread thin going into a variety of areas, many of which have had significantly lower margins than its review/shopping core. CNET’s biggest blog competition is not from TechCrunch, but from Engadget and Gizmodo – these are the blogs breaking the tech product news that CNET should be breaking.

Nicholson also feels that CNET would be best served by selling News.com to Arrington’s newly constituted crew of superstar tech bloggers and focus instead on putting out as many electronics reviews as possible. I think he may have a good point, but I’m not sure News.com is as dead as Arrington et al will have you believe. Let’s wait and see what Dan Farber brings to the table as EIC.

photo courtesy of jdlasica



Postscript
March 28, 2008, 5:23 pm
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So some shit went down with my employer this week.  I’d rather not comment on it extensively, but I will say that it’s been food for thought over the last few days.  Lives have been disrupted.   A few close friends now have to figure out what they’re all about.  This is all part of the game though, and the folks who were affected realize that.  I will also add that this represents interesting times for CNET.  The next few months will likely see many more changes and I’m looking forward to experiencing it all first hand…