munchman: Anyone Remember Bob Cringely?

What feels like centuries ago, the Robert X. Cringely byline went with a couple of books/films and many columns in an otherwise obscure IT weekly whose name we forget. Cringely was kind of famous, even though he wasn’t real and  was “played” by several different writers, the best of whom spent much more time talking about Cringely’s supposed relationship with a hot young babe (fun!) than about IT (not fun).

Somewhere along the line there was an intellectual property war over the byline, and the winner has a sometimes interesting blog that we sometimes get something interesting out of. Case in point:

Why YouTube isn’t the future of TV
by Robert X. Cringely 

In a few weeks I’ll be launching a YouTube channel where you’ll be able to see lots of shows readers have been asking about including Startup America and even that lost second season of NerdTV. YouTube, as the largest video streaming service anywhere, is the absolute best place for me. But YouTube isn’t the future of TV.

I know this because TV is a business and this channel I’m launching is a business and I’ve spent the last several weeks talking to investors and running the numbers every which way. I’ve spent many hours with my friend Bob Peck looking at the economics of YouTube and my unequivocal conclusion is that while YouTube is great, it isn’t TV.

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What’s interesting  to me about the above is that it’s sooo not interesting. Everyone’s known YouTube wasn’t going to pre-empt television since the TubeThing first appeared, around the time most of us were born. (Well, that’s how it felt anyway.) But we hoped it would be a meaningful outlet for newbies/indies/truly creative peeps. On that level, I think it’s succeeded.

Which brings me to my question? Bob, what’s happened to you? Where’s the insight? Where’s Pammy? Did the wrong Cringely win?

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munchman: The Kardashians Are Writing an S-F Novel

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Reveal Latest Project: They’re Writing a Book!
by Ken Baker and Natalie Finn

Kendall and Kylie Jenner could be penning the next Twilight.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars have exclusively revealed to E! News that they are working on a novel together, aimed at the young-adult audience that can’t get enough of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and the aforementioned pretty successful vampire series.

So, what genre has captured the sisters’ imagination? And when do we get to read the thing?!

Kendall says they’re aiming to have their as-yet untitled book ready to go by next summer.

“I think we will definitely get it done with how fast [the process] is going,” Kylie added. First, they brainstormed with mom and Kris Jenner…and All Things Kardashian author Kris Jenner, who then sent their notes to her daughters’ other manager.

And now, they’re collaborating with cowriter Maya Sloane on a science-fiction story “set 200 years in the future”—the first in a possible series, which is why they aren’t putting all of their ideas in one book—for publisher Karen Hunter at Simon & Schuster.

Yes, the model siblings may be more known for their fashion sense and posing prowess—but don’t count them out in the literature department.

“We want to do something so different, something that we really love,” Kendall told us. Both she and Kylie are huge fans of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series (they dig Katniss Everdeen’s girl power message, of course)—and it turns out English is their favorite subject.

But while Katniss likes her alone time, Kendall and Kylie’s debut novel will feature two sisters.

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OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD…

Mercy, please, I swear if they do this I’ll pluck out my eyes– throw away my Kindle sell my Kindle talk real bad about, um, everything. Everything in the universe, you’ll see. Yeah, that’s it. I will.

Eww.

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munchman: I Miss the Olsen Twins

Remember what fun the countdown to their 18th birthday was?

Mary-Kate, Ashley Slammed as “Trollsens” By PETA for New Designer Fur Bag

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being ripped by PETA over a new fur bag from their luxury line, The Row.

The actresses-turned-designers recently unveiled the patchwork purse, which retails for a whopping $16,900 and is also available with calf and alligator skin.

In a statement furnished to Gossip Cop, PETA blasts the Olsens for the product, saying, “If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin — or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals.”

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So many openings for jokes. So little interest…

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LOUIE is Back! Tonight!

A TVWriter™ Don’t Miss, even if the Hollywood Reporter, which becomes more obsolete by the second, loves it. Sometimes even dying publications can get their swan songs right. (? Never mind. Sorry.)

Louie: TV Review
by Tim Goodman

Still TV’s greatest comedy, with observational humor, a sad-sack life, a fearless look into the mundane — FX’s “Louie” is a thing of original beauty…

The Bottom Line
A fictional look at the life of Louie C.K., based kinda-sorta on his own, filled with outrageous laughs, a DIY sensibility, no creative interference and the kind of ground-up originality that’s so simple and hilariously true that it almost shocks you with how naturalistic the show is…

In its third season Louie is the gold standard for comedy and it remains both ridiculous and humanistic as ever, like a show handed over to a guy who didn’t want to make something the way that everybody before him had.

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P. Diddy Wouldn’t Know a B-Flat if It Hit Him

by Larry Brody

Quincy and Diddy enjoy their spoils

For reasons known only to the Great God of Irony, I’ve been good – I mean, really good – at two things over the years. Writing TV and playing the drums.

The irony of it being that both of those are skills that every single person in the universe believes he or she also has mastered…or could with, like, 45 minutes of fun masquerading as work.

So I gave up the professional writer’s stone face and laughed out loud at the following:

Quincy Jones Dings P. Diddy at Spotify Launch: ‘He Couldn’t Recognize a B-Flat’

By Sharon Waxman
Spotify brought producer Quincy Jones to launch their new app featuring artist-curated playlists on Tuesday, but the music legend couldn’t resist dinging P. Diddy for being a music illiterate while touting the music technology.

“P. Diddy wouldn’t know a B-flat” if it hit him, said Jones in a conversation with musician Bruno Mars to mark the occasion of the app launch. “P. Diddy has a doctorate in marketing…. He’s got clothes companies and Ciroc vodka.”

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FTR: My older son went to school with one of Quincy’s daughters. She’s a sitcom star now. He’s a producer of BigMedia Films You’ve Actually Seen. Most people probably think they could do that too, if they just had another 45 minutes to mess around.

They can’t.

Show business is hard, gang. Most of the people who don’t “make it” are so amazingly talented and skilled that your skulls would explode if you watched them do their thing. Those who do make it have all that plus a little something called discipline,  which in this context is the ability to work not merely until they drop but after they’ve dropped as well. Coupled with an affability that would make the kindliest old grandma look like Dr. Evil.

(Yes, it’s true – that affability often is the first thing to go after the rocket to stardom ensconces Ms./Mr. Big Talent in the night sky.)

Both B. Diddy and Quincy Jones know what they’re doing. They just do different things. If you want to succeed, play it smart: Learn ’em all.