so a friend recently turned me on to a tv show that’s been running for a couple of years now on the BBC called Dragons Den. it’s awesome. i wish i had known about it sooner. basically it’s a group of successful wealthy business men and women who are currently occupied primarily with angel investing. btw, raising venture capital and getting angel investments are two different things. here’s a good article detailing the differences between venture capitalists and angel investors.
anyhow, this is a great show where money is ‘won’ not necessarily because somebody ate the most bugs or randomly picked an appropriate sequence of numbered briefcases or knew the 5th POTUS wife’s name.. or knew what POTUS stands for… but rather because they successfully pitched something valuable and creative with the potential to improve the quality of life for a number of people. those who don’t ‘win’ usually get an ear full of.. umm.. constructive criticism.
here’s a sample video clip of the Dragons Den show:
ok first if you’re not familiar with HULU… check it out. a while back NBC told Steve Jobs ‘no thanks, we’ll distribute our own online videos.’ you can bet that HULU also had a lot to do with the writers strike not too long ago. anyhow it’s an awesome service for online video freaks.
this post is however geared towards WordPress bloggers who want to embed HULU videos into their blogs. i found a HULU WordPress Plugin and figured i’d share it with you as well as a sample clip here on my blog.
here’s the first episode from ‘Start-up Junkies’ a show i watched on MOJO HD that i really enjoyed.
dunno if you watched the Republican Party Presidential debates on YouTube and CNN… but i did. i’m not a party member.. in fact i’m not a huge fan of ‘political parties’ in general. btw, i also watched most of the last Democrat YouTube/CNN debate (i forgot to DVR it, so i didn’t catch it all).
anyhow, i figured i would give you my synopsis… remember these are my personal opinions (it’s cool if you don’t agree)
Mike Huckabee: used his Southern Babtist charm to come across a humbled yet driven man of virtue. who’s goal it seems is to be President regardless of what group of people will vote for him… even though he might openly disagree on moral and ethical issues… cause he’s ‘gonna do whats right’ instead of ‘represent the majority of Americans’. this guy seems very nice, but i fear that he has that ‘God tells me what to do… not you the American People’ philosphy GW subscribes to. ~kinda scary
Rudy Giuliani: the guy did a lot for NYC… he didn’t fold under the serious pressures and turmoils after 9/11… but this guys closet has waaaaay too many skeletons that haven’t been dealt with. Bill Clinton looks square compared to the stories that come out about this guy. after all his talk… the only thing i get from this guy is that if elected we’ll get a lower crime rate. but, he’s not convincing me on any specific policies. ~this is the guy the Dems want to race against
John McCain: wow this debate openend my eyes a little on this guy. pure politician. thanks McCain for your military service, but did i hear you imply that we should’ve stayed in Vietnam??? maybe he’s had that opinion all along and i’m too out of the loop to have known that… but yuck. he absolutely detests torture… no surprise there. ~becoming scary
Mitt Romney: flip flopper? well… he saw the light… can a Republican trust him??? i dunno, but he’s the ‘slick willy’ of the Republican Party. ~slick willy
Fred Thompson: this guy would play a great President on a made for TV movie… jk… but i’m thinking i’ll pass on this guy… he’s already running dirty ads against his fellow party members… canibalization begins. ~not a bad guy, just too vanilla
Ron Paul: this guy is the ‘real’ Republican.. even though the watered down lobby’d to the brim party shuns him. RP is the kind of no BS representative that the others on the stage should hope to emulate… regardless their personal political views. ~rocky
the other guys: ho humm… great guys i’m sure… but if you missed it… then you missed it.
there ya go… you made it this far… wish i had a cookie for ya! just remember to VOTE!!
have you heard of Joost… it’s not steriods and it’s not made from oranges… its actually an internet tv service.
i was reading a magazine article recently and Joost was mentioned and i found it interesting. you can only download their software and create an account by invitation… but i figured what the heck, i’ll just buy an invite on eBay for $5. maybe i’ll have invites soon to sell and i can make my money back…. no wait… i wouldn’t waste my time with that i’ll just give them away to those of you who suck up to me for one 😀
so far it’s decent.. it’s definitely beta, but it has some huge potential.
have u seen the commercial for the new Blackjack for Cingular? the device itself looks pretty snazzy… but what’s really cool is that the motion graphics company my brother works for did the commercial!
over at jcdenton40.com there are tons of highlight videos for the Texas longhorns and the Rose Bowl 2005-2006 game. My personal favorite can be downloaded from here >> Texas Longhorns National Champions
the super bowl is tomorrow and i hope it’s a good game but for a long time i’m just going to continue to be buzzed on the fact that my Texas Longhorns were extremely under-rated and played every second of the Rose Bowl like the Champions that they ARE!
everybody is posting links to their fave clips on Google Video. i gotta say it’s a really neat part of Google. i’m wondering when MSN and Yahoo! will come out with a similar product (if they don’t already have one that i’m just not familar with). i’ve known about Google Video for a while, but just recently has it seemed to be loaded with a decent supply of interesting clips (free ones). there are clips that are for sale too, which i imagine will become more populated as Google can show success with their current limited supply. i just hope the free ones keep filling in, it’s nice being able to do keyword searches for video clips.
anyhow here’s a clip i dig:
>> Triumph the Insult Dog at the Michael Jackson Trial (ragging on MJ supporters) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8884619957025419061
UPDATE: Google bought YouTube (for $1.65B) and quit supporting video.google.com, so the link above no longer works. In fact, I couldn’t even find a different version of the vid on YouTube, but I did find it at DailyMotion.
here is a pretty cool highlights video of Vince Young (of the National Champions of College Football for 2005, from the University of Texas Longhorns). the video is highlights from the 2004 season so when the guy who put out this video makes a 2005 version i’ll be sure to post it also! (it’s gonna be much better)