Smart Companies know when to say goodbye

Google made the right move here. Wave was revolutionary. And it had potential. But a failed product launch is failed product launch.Knowing when to pull a product and not to invest in the marketing and continuing development of it is the mark of a brilliantly mature company.I am sure we will all end up using elements of wave as time moves on, but as an independent product there are 2 dozens reasons why it didn’t work.

Trust Dusty

Trust and now dusty after useI rarely make product recommendations, but I realized this morning that I was using something all the time.  It was so reliable and useful that I forgot I was using.After losing my USB Iphone charger and the Laptop USB Iphone Cable I found myself in Gatwick needing a charger for my iphone.  I bought the first thing I found in the Airport shop and it turned out to be a winner.  I guess it proves the point that a great product is one that you use so much and so easily that you don’t even know you are using it. (There was a link to the product, but it’s not for sale anymore.)  It take a little getting use to, you have to be careful how you retract, use both hands and pull evenly on both side, but if you learn to do it correctly it NEVER tangles.So it’s cheap, it’s sturdy, it’s compact (when retracted) and I carry it in my pocket or my satchel everywhere.   Importantly the cable connections are flat ribbon style so unlike the usb sync cable that comes with the Iphone, it will never get pinched or break at the connection point.  5 out of 5 Stars!

The way things are supposed to be

Every now and then something is exactly as it should be. Maybe its a painting you see, a restaurant you visit, or customer service you receive at a store. Creative Commons is a perfect example of this. Ordering a phone line from Telefonica in Spain is the exact opposite. I came across Mutopia when searching for Creative Commons licensed sheet music. Basically every form of commericial content should have a Creative Commons equivalent.  Unlike Open Source, Creative Commons is more like “public domain”.  It is generally not a collaborative work, but it often requires Lots of Volunteers to bring the public domain content to access, or its 1 author who is being generous with their work (most often a photo.).  I started looking for Creative Common content for sheet music because  I thought it might be nice to remember 8 years of piano lessons and learn to play again.

 I am so pleased I did. Why shouldn’t I be able to download a composition from a composer who has been dead for 200 years.  I should.  Sometimes what you expect, what the internet promised you, happens the way it is supposed to.

Danish Film Festival in Austin

So we watched Reconstruction last night. It had my second favorite Danish actor – Nikolaj Lie Kaas as the main character. It was avant-garde and romantic. Very non-linear narrative, like a dramatic romantic version of Stranger than Fiction.Still. One of the major problems I had actually “loving’ this film was the score. They used the “Adagio for Strings” composition by Samuel Barber that was made famous from Platoon. First off, this song has been used in at least 24 Films or Television shows! Secondly, even it had never been used before, the song is clearly evoking of Big Panoramic images and epic scale. Like Bombs falling on villages or Climbing a mountain while remembering a dead wife in flashback.


I mean it does have an aural subtext that is intimate and personal (which is why it worked so well in Platoon) but its major theme is epic.This film is not epic, it’s quirky and clever but mostly its personal. The music should have followed that line of themes. So that pretty much ruined any chance of me Loving it.Other than that complaint, it was good. It reminded me a lot of Godard, and I really enjoyed how different it was from other Danish films we’ve seen lately. It didn’t follow the Dogme Manifesto but it’s not a Zentropa film – not all Danish films are!! Speaking of which, I am not sure I will love the Zentropa stuff after they were bought by Nordisk. I suppose it was inevitable, but really how could something created by the maniac von Trier end up moving towards commercialist art forms.