You Tube vs. Hulu

This battle is not going to be as epic as the Facebook vs. MySpace but the You Tube business model vs. Hulu business model. Ever since Google bought into YouTube (for 1.65 billion dollars) they have become if they were not before the place to go for short-form video content. The max a video can be on YouTube is 10 minutes. The thought at Tea512 was someday especially after Viacom started pulling content was that they would become the place for TV and movies as the next logical incarnation. YouTube may have started to explore this as they now have a few full length documentaries and there is a couple of full episode TV Shows as well. I once read where YouTube has more than 10 hours of video posted every minute. That a lot of people’s cat’s flushing toilets and 12 year old Carrie Underwood wannabes. It is no wonder they are not making a bundle of money, as this is not must see video. So if YouTube is not making money from it content they must change the model. The problem is there are new players that are talking revenue away before YouTube can even try to grab it. Disney has started showing Finding Nemo online the full-length movie the new site from Pixar Disney XD. Hulu the brainchild of NBC Universal already offers TV Shows and they have Viacom in their pocket as well. Hulu is selling advertising all around the content. They offer HD viewing as well as a majority of shows quickly posted. The Rescue Me mini episode that aired on Tuesday was available on Wednesday. We feel that if YouTube and the 71 million unique users it has every month, does not start to capitalize on the space and user of it web pages through advertising. It could turn out to be the only thing Google has touched that it could not save.

Heath Ledger an Oscar? Give me a break!

Tea512 Friday Fluff – Watch out the Dark Night Joker performance from Heath Ledger is gaining Oscar buzz. Are you kidding, the villain in a comic book movie win an award. Maybe an MTV award maybe a Foreign Press Award, but an Oscar come on this is just crazy talk. The movie will premiere on July 14th and it is probably a good movie. Remember Jack Nicholson played the Joker in a Batman movie, no one said he should win an Oscar. Maybe Jack should have taken a bunch of prescription drugs because his life was so bad. This person was 28 years old, he had a place on the upper east side of Manhattan, linked to Michelle Williams and an Olsen twin; he even was somebody’s dad. None of this was good enough, now after the tragic death there is a final movie. Therefore, we have Oscar buzz for a person who if you check the credits is listed third in the movie. When has the third listed actor in a movie ever won an Oscar? The other thing is what does Christian Bale think of this, he is Batman, or chopped liver based on the buzz. Maybe it just a bad year for Oscar nominated roles, it is only July so let us hope there is something in the pipeline that can derail this train.  we just cannot believe that recreating a role of a comic book character that has been played by multiple big screen actors, he is the only one worthy of an Oscar. Tinsel town loves a good tearjerker and this one would be voting on compassion over than substance.

My Cold Dead Hands

Tea512 is proud to report that the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting. The court’s 5-4 ruling interpreting the Second Amendment that it is “necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Justice Antonin Scalia from the majority wrote  “The Constitution does not permit the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home,” in a 64 page opinion. The case will be called for the historians District of Columbia v. Heller 07-290. Tea512 does not own any weapons but we do support the second amendment. Crime involving weapons is a direct result and they go almost hand in hand. We believe that the reason the Russians or any other country in the last century have not tried to attack United States shores is because they have no idea who or how many guns they will be up against. This is a cornerstone of our freedom. It is a little scary that four judges think they can change the constitution on something as large as the second amendment. Considering there is a process to change or add an amendment to constitution. The general overall good of the nation was upheld today.

Gas pump Gouging bill – business as usual

The House of Representatives Democrats failed to get a bill through that would punish price gouging at the gas pump, the vote was 276-146 not getting a 2/3rds votes needed. This bill would make gouging gas stations a Federal crime. The same time they blocked the Republican attempt to expand offshore drilling. A bill that would pledge to extend the banning of drilling in US coastal waters will not be heard until later this summer. The Democrats list of new energy proposals created a logjam before the July 4 recess. This is why the Republican bill, which most believe has enough votes is being pushed off. This is not a smart move or timely as gas is over $4.00 a gallon and the $125+ barrel oil is raising the cost of everything. The Republican proposal would allow drilling 50 miles from shore in all U.S. coastal waters. The House is not the only place this is happening as the Senate has done the same thing to a similar bill. In fairness, the Democrat position is that these companies already have federal leases, are not using some of these lands, and want to grab more lands first. There is no way to know if the oil companies are not drilling because they think it is not profitable as well as knowing based on that research within 50 miles there is a better chance at success. This is just another case of hurry up, talk a good game, put the issue on the table, then do nothing. Democrats want to save the wildlife and feel they need to attack big business gratuitous profits. Republicans see an untapped resource and want to use it, without attacking government oversight on big business. Because the Republicans cannot get their way the Democrats will not get there way and here we are, no drilling for our own oil and gas prices at stations at any price they want.

Facebook vs. MySpace

Tea512 calls the Facebook vs. MySpace the Internet race of the next two years. This will be a battle royal to see who comes out on top and if both can simultaneously exist. May was the first month since the inception of Facebook in 2004; it had more unique visitors then MySpace. This is significant because the growth of Facebook has outpaced MySpace. These results were reported by ComScore, which is a website traffic monitor. MySpace has become almost a mainstream term so for Facebook to have this kind of success shows the fickleness of the Internet users who have and insatiable desire to be on the next big thing. Facebook has changed greatly since 2004 as all companies with tremendous success must once it becomes even bigger than the original idea. They have had high-level people leave because they were probably in over the head, after Microsoft came in with deep pockets; they were able to higher high priced talent. Mark Zuckerberg is only 23 years old, so he appointing Sheryl Sandberg to be the right hand women, this is an epic hire as she helped develop Goggles advertising business, which went pretty well. There are only estimates of revenue and users because both companies are private. That number is MySpace 110 million and Facebook 80 million so that could be a website score but the dollars and cents are the final score. The question is does MySpace or Facebook want to destroy each other or co-exist. The Internet has seen this go both ways Microsoft destroyed Netscape among other things, but Abode and Macromedia joined together to keep both mediums alive as well as take the best of what each other had to offer. Not sure how this will play out yet and if there is a third person waiting in the wings. The Internet has always been about the next big thing and staying on top is no easy feat. Compuserve, Prodigy, AOL, Netscape, Napster, Altavista, all once were riding high only to be cut out at the legs by a new up and comer.

New Releases June 24th 2008

The following are the new releases of DVD movies this week:

10,000 B.C. (PG-13) Total Gross $94,784,201 Warner Brothers Released on March 7th 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG) Total Gross $71,195,053 Paramount Released on Febrauary 14th 2008

Definitely, Maybe (PG-13) Total Gross $32,013,120 Universal Released on Febrauary 14th 2008

In Bruges (PG-13) Total Gross $7,771,006 Focus Features Released on Febrauary 8th 2008

Persepolis (PG-13) Total Gross $4,445,756 Sony Released on December 25th 2007

Charlie Bartlett (R) Total Gross $3,950,984 MGM Released on Febrauary 22nd  2008

Bonneville (PG) Total Gross $488,393 SenArt Released on Febrauary 29th   2008


The following are the new releases of CD music dropping this week: 

Motely Crue                   Saints of Los Angeles

Shinedown                    The Sound of Madness

Three 6 Mafia                Last 2 Walk

Superchick                     Rock What You Got

 We could put links here for you to click on and go buy these new items. That would mean that Tea512 would get a little kick back from Amazon or whoever we sent you to. These items are provided for your information only. If you want to buy go to the vendor of your choice and support the people involved.

Foot print in the Middle East

American and Iraqi leaders are trying to set up a huge deal for United States forces to remain on bases in Iraq. Tea512 has always been under the belief that weapons of mass destruction were only the gateway to this exact scenario. Ever since 9/1, the lack of US spy vs. spy has haunted the Americans in the all corners of the Middle East. The plan we believe has been to put bases down right in the middle of the region being able to protect the oil fields, run predator spy planes all around to gather Intel, without being told what we can and cannot do. Remember when we could not fly missions through Turkey even though we have a base there. Once this is ratified, there will be an American presence in the middle of he region watching Iran, Syria, as well as Pakistan. There was probably worry about the fate of the Saudi Arabian leadership as well. This we always believed was big picture and the cards all seem to be falling into place.

Population 7 billion Served by 2012

Tea512 was astonished to find out that the world’s population will reach 7 billion people in 2012 according to a new government projection; this was reported by Stephan Ohlemacher of the AP. Right now there are 6.7 billion people in the world. We here in the United States are third clocking at 304 million, we are only behind India and China. The crazy part of the story with everything so expensive today and people working two and three jobs the growth rate is rising just does not make sense. During the depression there was no work and people had nothing to do, so they made babies. This of course was not smart because they could not even feed themselves so bringing new lives to feed was not helping. The problem is making babies was the only entertainment these people could afford. The result was the baby boomer generation all heading to retirement as we speak. Another staggering number reported is that we only passed 6 billion in 1999. If you go backwards there was only one billion in 1800 and two billion in 1930.  So over the next 82 years this number has or will grow by 3.3 times what it was in 1930. We are squeezing every drop of energy and resource out of the planet as it is. The next 20 years are going to be quite interesting as all of these forces seem to be on a collusion course with a disastrous outcomes a foot.

Future of Laptops a Solid State Drive

Tea512 loves the Asus Eee here me out on this one, seek and return time of a solid-state drive is so much faster then anything you are currently used to, trust me. This will trump memory upgrades and CPU speed, which are the things that drive the speed your computing experience. How quickly the files on your computer are found and opened depend on the speed of your hard drive as well. So although this laptop from Asus is selling for as low as $300.00 it may not make your Internet experiences feel any faster. The fact that we are talking about this specification for a laptop shows you how far we have come. The Asus Eee PC 2G Surf comes standard with a 7″ Screen, 800 MHz Intel Celeron Processor, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB Solid state Hard Drive. There is also a USB port for more hard drive space and SDCard for on the go hard drive space. You now can buy 8GB SDCards so this should be even a better option in the days to follow. The whole thing weighs only two pounds and is very exciting. If you are looking for a low rent laptop, which has incredible upside capability for the price try to find the Asus Eee PC 2G Surf as it also comes in five colors.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Additions

Tea512 Friday fluff of the week, in Los Angeles it was announced there would be 25 new stars added to the walk of fame. This is the famous sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street where there are over 2000 stars. This first was awarded in 1960 to Joann Woodward. To be nominated a movie studio, record company, fan club or even the person themselves puts up a $25,000 to be considered. There is an actual Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame Committee if you can believe that. There is no surprise nominations usually happen around movie releases and CD drops. These are people that have put up the money and been accepted. Hugh Jackman, Ben Kingsley, The Village People, Tinkerbell. Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Burton, Leslie Caron, Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, William Petersen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Stamos, Mark Burnett, Chuck Lorre, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Dave Koz, The Miracles, Doug Morris, Rush, Shakira, Bill Handel, and Harry Shearer.