As a first step on the way to 2,000 posts, I’d like to look back at the best of the best from the first 1,000 posts. Here are a few choice cuts that you may have missed:
Revision3 is “the first media company that gets it”. Instead of being an aggregator of other people’s videos, Revision3 is “an actual TV network for the web, creating, producing its own original entertainment and content”. The content is gritty, edgy, highly-targeted, and in-depth, covering technology, comedy, music, cooking and more, and featuring personalities that are well known and bring with them years of experience. Popular shows include Diggnation and Ctrl-Alt-Chicken, and each month Revision3 receives over 1.5 million downloads. What’s interesting is that they have a philosophy of neutral distribution of their content. From iTunes to BitTorrent, QuickTime to Flash, you can get your content from Revision3 when, where and how you want it. So check it out, and be on the forefront of a TV revolution.
Can’t figure out the whole Second Life thing? No worries, because now you can sign up for a First Life. Built as a satire of the Second Life phenomenon, Get A First Life offers such benefits as “Find out where you actually live” and “Fornicate using your actual genitals”. What’s interesting is that Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life, decided that instead of shutting First Life down, they would actually encourage it.
We do not believe that reasonable people would argue as to whether the website located at http://www.getafirstlife.com/ constitutes parody – it clearly is. Linden Lab is well known among its customers and in the general business community as a company with enlightened and well-informed views regarding intellectual property rights, including the fair use doctrine, open source licensing, and other principles that support creativity and self-expression. We know parody when we see it.
The “Proceed and Permitted” letter (the opposite of a “Cease and Desist”) is something that should definitely be utilized more by more companies (RIAA, Apple), especially in this First Life that we live in.
[Via: Boing Boing]
Homestar Runner is a classic already, but if you haven’t yet seen it, today is the day (you needed a new Internet addiction anyways, right?). Based around an ever growing collection of Flash cartoons, the site features a myriad of characters and a variety of styles, including Strong Bad’s emails, Homestar Runner, the Teen Girl Squad, games, and more. Usually the stories involve “absurd humor with references to 1980s and 1990s pop culture, notably video games, classic television and popular music”, with a definite emphasis on the absurd. It took a few viewings for me to really get into it and start to understand the humor, but it was definitely worth every minute. The site is filled with so many quotables, you’re going to need to abandon all hope of ever talking the same way again after you enter. It’s worth it though, because once you go Homestar, you never go back. It’s dot com.
Information Architects put together a Web Trend Map for 2007 that shows “all the big players, the current Internet trends and how they’re connected”. Definitely a cool way to look at the web.
[Via: Information Architects]