Your day will get better when you watch this: Google Street View Hyperlapse

Google Street View Hyperlapse stitches Street View images into fantastic mini movies. You can build your own hyperlapse here.

Be sure to check out this demo video as well (and try not to smile while you watch this thing — it’s impossible):

Via “Four short links: 10 April 2013” on O’Reilly Radar

Notable things: A profile of “Scumbag Steve” and the greatest 60 seconds in NFL history

The Boston Globe talks to this guy:

Scumbag Steve

Real name: Blake Boston

Becoming an accidental Internet celebrity has to be tough under the best conditions. What Boston has endured is far worse — he’s a stand-in for the things everyone hates about everyone else.

Is that fair? Not at all.

The story discusses Boston’s attempt to flip the dynamic and turn the attention into a positive. Good for him.

What’s interesting is that the captions that accompany many of the Scumbag Steve entries aren’t too far off from the real guy:

… just from that one photo, caption writers have been able to guess many things about Boston that are accurate. He smokes menthols. He drinks Mountain Dew. He’s unemployed (he studied to be a chef at a technical college). He lives at home with his parents. He’d like to be a rapper.

I’m not sure what to make of that. At first I thought the accuracy was funny (because it is, let’s be clear). But it’s also disconcerting because it reinforces stereotypes, and that reinforcement creates a slippery slope. Forgive one stereotype and you might forgive another and another.


In a few years, when Tom Brady retires and the Patriots fall into inevitable disrepair, I’ll find solace in this: the greatest 60 seconds in NFL history.

And this is the moment everyone will remember.

Interview checklist: What to check before the camera rolls

A few tough lessons I’ve learned after conducting lots of video interviews:

How’s your hair? — A flyaway patch is distracting. Lock that thing down.

Anything in your teeth? — Leafy vegetables love camera time.

Do you look presentable? — Reasonable shirt? Check. Pants? Check. Footwear? Check. (These are not shoes.)

How’s your breath? — Interviewees should not be overwhelmed by that grande house blend.

How’s the background? — Is it distracting?

And the big one …

Are you conducting an interview or having a conversation?

An interview is about the other person. A conversation is about both people.

If it’s not about you, don’t make it about you.

This video won’t save book publishing, but it sure is creative

The magazine industry might want to consult the following video the next time they’re fighting for consumers’ hearts and minds. Be sure to watch the whole thing. It’s not what it initially appears to be. And you might want to…

The magazine industry might want to consult the following video the next time they’re fighting for consumers’ hearts and minds.

Be sure to watch the whole thing. It’s not what it initially appears to be. And you might want to gird yourself for the inevitable torrent of copycats to come.

Heads up, traditional media! Pay very close attention to what OK Go just did

It’s rare when you see such a clear example of the Internet’s disruption: OK Go, the band best known for its clever music videos, has severed ties with its record label, EMI. The reason? The label is caught in old-think…

It’s rare when you see such a clear example of the Internet’s disruption: OK Go, the band best known for its clever music videos, has severed ties with its record label, EMI. The reason? The label is caught in old-think and wants to disable the embed function on the group’s web-based videos.

OK Go … God bless ’em … told EMI to politely bugger off. The band knows embedding is an absolute must-have if you want to harness the web’s power.

Speaking of which, here’s the group’s latest masterpiece:

All that’s wrong with broadcast news, in 2 minutes [Video]

A beautiful illustration of all that’s wrong with television news … See more funny videos and TBT Videos at Today’s Big Thing. Thanks to Jim for the link!…

A beautiful illustration of all that’s wrong with television news …</p.

Thanks to Jim for the link!

Early signs that content creators and platform providers aren’t on the same team

It often seems that major content companies and platform firms walk in lockstep when it comes to digital distribution, but two articles published today reveal significant philosophical differences. Here’s an excerpt from a Bloomberg story on Viacom’s uneasy relationship with…

It often seems that major content companies and platform firms walk in lockstep when it comes to digital distribution, but two articles published today reveal significant philosophical differences.

Here’s an excerpt from a Bloomberg story on Viacom’s uneasy relationship with online viewing:

Viacom has to ensure that placing television shows and films online adds to its profit, through sources such as advertising sales, subscription fees and revenue from enabling users to buy content by downloading it, [Philippe] Dauman said. The viability of such a model relies on strong intellectual property safeguards, he said. [Link added.]

And here’s a passage from an AP story looking at a similar online offering from Comcast:

Comcast executives said the company plans to generate revenue by adding more and different types of ads on the sites. But the company’s goal is not necessarily to profit from it but to keep subscribers happy enough so they don’t cut the cord or defect to a competitor. [Emphasis added.]

The content creator is worried about direct revenue from the content, while the platform provider is more concerned about keeping its subscribers happy. It’ll be interesting to monitor Comcast’s mindset if/when that NBC deal goes through.