Land and Sea: The 1st Functional Drone - It’s took place a drone that flies, and a drone that dives. The not too long ago released Loon Copter, developed by Dr. Osamah Rawashdeh and Oakland Univ...
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"What most people did not realize is that the value of the 'long tail' was only to those who aggregated it. Google lives off the long tail of web pages; by having more of the web than anyone else available for search meant that everyone went to them to search, which in turn meant big dollars for Google. Amazon took the same approach, expanding their catalog and enabling third-parties to sell to their audience, allowing them to benefit from the long tail of books and other media that were out there, even if only a few people were looking for them. But the owners of that website on rare South American sports paraphernalia, or the sellers of the cult classic novel? They are just a small piece of the aggregated pie."This is good news for the major labels, who pump out massive hits that sit like royalty on top of the bell curve while boutique artists languish in the low end of the tail somewhere. This is how the old machinery is built—pump it out and they will come en mass. But those of us who believe that we have a stake in this economy, as purveyors of select (or just plain weird) content and commodities, want and need a long(er) tail. And there's nothing in this recent data that should deter you from opening your own digital storefront in the virtual sticks. But it does come down to the ability to corral enough attention by using big boy channels (the formerly mentioned Amazon, iTunes, et al) to funnel consumers your way. Just something to remember before you quit your job and pray your new online-only album sales are enough to pay down your student loans.
"I think the [Republican] party has to take a hard look at itself," Powell said in the interview, which was taped Wednesday. "There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don't object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority." (The full article is here.)
To blog is therefore to let go of your writing in a way, to hold it at arm’s length, open it to scrutiny, allow it to float in the ether for a while, and to let others, as Montaigne did, pivot you toward relative truth. A blogger will notice this almost immediately upon starting. Some e-mailers, unsurprisingly, know more about a subject than the blogger does. They will send links, stories, and facts, challenging the blogger’s view of the world, sometimes outright refuting it, but more frequently adding context and nuance and complexity to an idea. The role of a blogger is not to defend against this but to embrace it. He is similar in this way to the host of a dinner party. He can provoke discussion or take a position, even passionately, but he also must create an atmosphere in which others want to participate. —Andrew Sullivan