Category Archives: music

Football and all that jazz

I needed to take a break from writing up my Theory of Computation problem set, so I thought I would write about my awesome upcoming weekend plans. I’m flying out to Berkeley to visit AP. Its going to be great to see her and we have some super plans lined up. Since she is technically Berkeley staff now, she was able to get in on the free football tickets that the university gives out to staff members for one game each season. The number 6 ranked Golden Bears are going to destroy Arizona and I’m going to be there to watch it. Its funny how my interest in football is so highly correlated with how well Cal is doing.

That evening after the game, we are heading out to the city to see Medeski, Scofield, Martin, and Wood play at the Fillmore. My friend S got tickets for this show in June, so I have been anticipating this show for a while now. I’m really stoked about the show. I’ve seen MMW and Scofield, but never together. I’ve also never been to the Fillmore. So, should be awesome.

Sunday we might grab some thai brunch and/or go hiking or something. I’m looking forward to hitting all my old food joints in Berkeley and just spending time with AP. Between this weekend and last weekend with my Mom I’ve been busy but having a lot of fun.

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At least it won’t be too annoying

Starting tomorrow, YouTube will include advertising within videos. My initial reaction to this news was one of much dismay. I generally find advertising to be intolerable. I rarely watch tv largely because I hate to sit through commercials. Most tv shows would barely be worth sitting through without the commercials. Similarly, I generally get annoyed watching music videos on sites like Rhapsody because they show the same annoying commercials before every video. This is especially frustrating because I pay to use Rhapsody to listen to music.

However, as I read more about YouTube’s new plan my dismay was slightly reduced. The ads will not be short videos that play before the video that the user chooses to watch. They will be banner type ads that show up during the video. They will last for 15 seconds and only take up 20% of the video player. If YouTube feels like it must include advertisements within videos, I think this is so much better than “pre-roll” ads. It still kind of sucks though.

[By the way, I discovered this news through a tweet made by Jeremiah Owyang.]