Wednesday, October 27, 2004

pac bell...sbc park & WiFi

SBC Park in San Francisco, already a WiFi hotspot, will offer instant replays and food delivery ordering in 2005. The mobilemediary phenom is here to stay.

Monday, October 25, 2004

baseball 04

It's been an interesting year in baseball. The Giants were overtaken in the WildCard race by the streaking Astros and lost one that will go into rivalry lore, in the last 2004 game I saw live. It looked like the Giants were going to win and force a one-game playoff and quite unlike 2002 (when the Giants went to the Series), Dodger fans at Chavez Ravine became serious about the rivalry. The taunting Bonds [1], alone in a sea of green amidst Dodger blue, and heckling Giants fans bilingually are just a few things I saw on the left-field side of blue reserve. (I still don't know the story of the inflated sheep [2] but I guess it's easier to inflate than the blow-up doll of years past.) Down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers came back to tie the game and then win it 7-3 on a grand-slam homer. The Dodgers ending a long playoff drought clinched the division that day[3]. It reminded me of a game up at Candlestick in 1982 (I was too young for road trips then) when the Giants dashed the Dodger's postseason bid. I recall seeing on channel 11, Giant's fans with "Beat LA" signs and the pelting of reliever, Steve Howe (sniffle-sniffle, coke fiend), with oranges, as he made that long walk from the 'Stick bullpen to the mound.

It was sort of interesting seeing the recent Dodgers-Giants game and then go to New York a day later, where both teams came from. The Giants dwelling at the Polo Grounds (uptown Manhattan) and the Dodgers at Ebbets Field (Flatbush-Brooklyn). I hear that there are people in Brooklyn still mad at the Dodgers for leaving but I'm sure the invasion of too-cool "hipsters," yuppies, and pseudo-artsy types give them more pressing concerns, as rents skyrocket in the area.

Well, it looks like the Bo-Sox are going to win the Series, after coming back from being down 0-3 to their dreaded rivals, the Yankees. An interesting season on many fronts...for a change.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Desperate Housewives

Disney-owned ABC's new show, Desperate Housewives, was #3 last week with 20.9M viewers. (It started very strong with 21.3M viewers in its premiere on 10/3).  It should be noted that not all of the fall lineup is being aired across the networks. It's not popular with everyone. The American Decency Association is targeting the show and its advertisers. Cue Helen Lovejoy.  Lowe's & Tyson have pulled out. Nevertheless, Fox-KTTV LA news reports thirty-second ad buys have doubled to $300K. I have yet to see it but I have sporadic TV viewing habits. My TV tastes also veer towards the odd. Anyway, some of the best drama this fall is on Fox with the ALCS-BoSox & Yankees.

The Intruder...

A month ago, PBS-Seattle-KCTS, released its Video Game Revolution documentary. There is also a webchat archive with its producer. I've been intererested in the phenomenon, although I've never really had the attention span to become a gamer. So, while in New York, I stumbled across Saint Mark's Books in the East Village and while listening to the Cheney-Edwards debate, I perused several MIT press books talking about digital culture and how video games are being "theorized" by humanities scholars and artists. One project that caught my eye was a post-feminist video game by Natalie Bookchin called, The Intruder (1999). It is based on an unpopular story by Jorge Luis Borges. It's not a fun game and the graphics are old school, but I found it interesting, as it made the player play a part in the tragic narrative. The idea that video games are a new medium that transcend literature and film rings true with me. The interactivity transforms the action, making the player more involved, but since the context is still contrived, it is still an abstraction. As a product, it's clear that the social implications of games will be debated for years, as technology alters our behaviors and reflexively, we alter technological functionality. Inserting players into interactive entertainment contexts is here to stay and the genres of games will surely expand.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

indie music scene

For many, growing older means listening to crappier music that's more familiar than good/interesting/innovative, etc. NYC seems to have a lively scene, at least in the Lower East Side. Hung out in The Living Room, no cover, 1 drink per act minimum, and the acts come fast & furious...1 per hour. If you don't like what you hear, it'll change soon enough. Makes me want to seek out similar venues in esseph and LA that showcase indie talent.

Edie Carey, The Living Room, October 2004.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Village Voice's Best of NYC...

Ever vigilent of all things media related, I lucked out to be in town when the VV {free in nyc} had its "best of" issue. Best John Hughes re-enactments involving SNL cast members at Soundtracks Live. The existentialist Best Public Access TV Show with its own website (may offensive). Promo here. Despite my mantra, "you ain't in Cali anymore," shades of the City of Berkeley are in Brooklyn: Best Place to Experience How Communism Leads to Fascism at the cooperative. For those of my 494 students who can't get enough of Pepsi: Best Unofficial landmark...

Saturday, October 02, 2004

(Mostly) Apple Ads Download Page

a friend of mine from graduate school and the principal behind palomar software sent me this link. several good iPod ads. the will ferrel ad is ok but not great. The BBC reviewed the campaign in 2003 by twba/chiat-day.