Internet Distribution

Internet Distribution

A friend and I were having a discussion recently. I asked him what he thought the next method of distribution for films and music would be. My thoughts were that we would have to come up with some new method that was convenient, sturdy and didn’t involve compression (as CDs and DVDs do, thereby limiting the picture and sound quality, although not very much). He simply said that it wasn’t going to happen; in the future it’s all going to be distributed on the Internet.
I’ve heard this argument before. My grade ten IT teacher assured us that within five years (and this was four years ago) we would no longer be purchasing CDs. With the advent of broadband we were going to see purchases of music and movies online, streamed to the computer or another device. I’ve always thought this was relatively unlikely. I may be in the minority, but I really like the CD and DVD cases. There’s something a bit more tangible to them, more of a feeling of value for money. Plus they look kind of good lined up on a shelf like some new-age library.
Having thought about it for a while now I have no doubt that the Internet is set to become a major distributor of media. When you think about it, it makes sense. Low to no production and distribution costs; you just provide a download location when people send you money. Cutting out the ‘middle man’ has always been an effective way to save money, and in this case you’re cutting out the shop owners, couriers and manufacturers. This should lead to substantial drops in prices (and loss of jobs… but… I have no defence for that. You’re just going to have to find yourselves a new career. Sorry. On the positive side your entertainment costs will go down, so you won’t need the job quite as much…).
Purchasing movies or CDs can be quite expensive. When you’re a bit unsure about whether or not you really want a particular title, the full price is often more than you’re willing to pay. This leads to trawling the second hand shops looking for a cheaper copy or simply pirating the product. Digital distribution opens up whole new areas for the marketers. Different quality streams could be provided at increasing prices. If you’re just interested to see what a film’s like then pay a little and get a low quality version. If the distributor were to offer an upgrade option that takes into account the amount of money already spent on a film, it could become a very attractive offer. This could also reduce the amount of piracy around. Finding and downloading movies is time consuming and irritating. It often takes around twenty hours to download a film, due to varying connection speeds and quality. If the movies were easy to access, cheap to purchase and the servers fast enough for the user to get the movie in around the time it would have taken to go and hire a film, then many of the reasons for pirating would be lost. In terms of hiring films, providing temporary access to online streams of movies for very low cost would work nicely.
Global distribution becomes a lot easier this way. As a big fan of foreign films, I often have to hope that the movies I want to see pop up on EBay, or wait for one of my infrequent trips to a larger city than I live in to visit their markets and/or Chinatown in order to purchase movies. I’d love the option of buying the movies with greater ease online.
There are already a few sites out there offering the purchase of movie downloads, although I’m not sure how the legality and licensing of these ventures works. The content available from the sites is often quite limited (and we’re talking really quite limited here, the most recent flick I found on one site was from 1980), but the right idea is there. Music is also being sold online through such places as the Apple Music Store and the MSN Music Store. These offer songs for download at about $0.99 a song, which is cheap, easy, quick, legal and more likely to get your money to the artists as opposed to the big corporations manufacturing CDs.
So, I’ve come around to the idea of online distribution and its beneficial application to movies, music, software and even books. I still like my colourful boxes and cases but there are some movies that I own simply because I wanted to see them. The local video rental shop didn’t have a copy, so resorting to buying them is an expensive way to see what a film is like. I guess my hopes for a completely uncompressed format are all but lost (not that it really matters any more with the ever increasing quality of technology). If the distributors will just get onto this idea as soon as possible they can solve many of their problems and ours within a very short period of time.

Bypass Gatekeepers to Reach and Close Decision Makers

Bypass Gatekeepers to Reach and Close Decision Makers

Does it sometime seem as though decision makers, economic buyers and hiring managers are residing in a gated community? As a sales person or job seeker, you don’t have to grope for the access code. Learn how to reach decision makers so you too can enter the gates of sales and employment.
Let’s face it, half the difficulty in getting a sale or the job is getting to the decision maker to make your case. Traditionally there was a secretary or administrative assistant to circumnavigate. Now there are electronic nemeses as well: challenges like voice mailboxes and blind e-mail addresses. The constant: it’s still tough to get past the gatekeepers – those professionals who "guard" the decision makers and often run interference for them – to get in front of decision makers.
Gatekeepers (GKs), those entrusted with guarding the Decision Makers (DMs) you wish to reach, can be your adversaries or allies, depending on your approach. They serve as a filter or screen for their bosses. Your challenge: to be regarded as important enough to be allowed into their inner sanctum. Gatekeepers may be administrative assistants, secretaries, voice mail systems or main switchboard operators. They may also be temporary workers or human resource representatives.
Here are my rules of thumb for "Passing Gate" and receiving consideration by decision makers:
DO’s
1. Turn GateKeepers into allies: treat them with respect, humor and compassion. Their job can be tough too. They get it from both ends. Regard them as people with their own personality, not as faceless obstacles to be overcome at all costs.
2. Help decision makers look good in their boss’s eyes. Can you solve his/her problem? Let the GK know and they will "carry your torch" for you. Let the GK present you as his/her solution to the DM’s problem.
3. Recognize GKs as vital to your information gathering mission. Learn more about the DM, his/her department, recent trends, internal machinations within company, from the GK.
4. Call at different times if your initial attempts are rebuffed. Learn your DM’s schedule & moods!
5. Calling before/after GK’s shift will get you through directly. Many Decision Makers work long hours and feel less pressured before/after hours.
6. Use humor, creativity and topicality to distinguish yourself from others.
7. Take the time to establish rapport with each person you come in contact with. Whether or not they’re the actual person you were wishing to speak to, they are actual people – deserving of your courtesy, respect and attention.
8. Gather information with every call you make, whether or not you accomplish your primary purpose in calling. Ask appropriate questions and gather pertinent information on the decision maker, his or her schedule, what else is happening in the department of company at the time you are calling. You’re also interested in insights into the psychological make-up of the person you are calling. For instance, when is the best (and worst) time to call? How do you pronounce your decision maker’s name? Does he or she prefer an informal name: "T" for Hortence or Condy for Condelezza.
9. Utilize multiple forms of communication to make contact. Calls alone may or may not result in success. Consider using calls, postcards, faxes and e-mails to make contact. Some candidates ask decision makers (and their gatekeepers) what the best way is to communicate. Some managers prefer e-mail, others formal letters or faxes. Once you know, play it their way.
10. The phrase "returning his/her call" upgrades your call’s importance in GK’s eyes. Use it to indicate past history.
11. When leaving repeated voice mail messages, list a different benefit you provide or skill you possess during each message, as a way to both qualify and distinguish yourself.
12. Don’t use up entire voice mail tape. Make your messages succinct: short and sweet.
13. Stay upbeat – even if it’s the 10th unreturned message you’re leaving.
14. Be creative/funny/distinguishable so as to get consideration. One job candidate could never get her calls taken when she left her full name. One time, when asked by the gatekeeper for her name, she used a literary name from the television series I Claudius. She replied "Clydemonestra." She nearly fainted when the gatekeeper then asked her to spell her name. The Decision Maker, intrigued, took her call and turned out to also be a fan of the same PBS series.
15. Humor works. Self-effacing humor and humor in solidarity with the gatekeeper help open doors.
16. When all else fails, have your Gatekeeper call theirs!
DON’Ts
1. Call and claim you’re family, or claim to be calling from the police, IRS or FBI. One candidate though he’d get through to an HR rep who was from India. He told the receptionist he was a relative calling from India. The rep’s father had been sick and she fearing the worst, dropped everything to take this call, in fear the news concerned her ailing father. Needless to say this candidate never worked for her company as a result of his misguided stunt.
2. Become surly, rude or sarcastic. It’s a turn-off and suggests immaturity and a lack of flexibility.
3. Avoiding filling up your recipient’s voice mailbox with long and detailed messages. Whether or not they are retrieved locally, it’s inconsiderate and shows bad judgment on your part. Instead show off your communication skills with a short and pertinent "elevator" speech. If leaving multiple messages vary your message, listing a different qualification or benefit you or your product or service provides each time you call.
4. Don’t make the Decision Maker wrong for not being there to answer you in person, or for not having responded yet. To you it may seem like a simple thing to do (returning your call) yet consider the many priorities busy professionals already have on their to-do lists. Believe it or not, you’re not the center of their universe!
5. Strive to make an impression. Using clichés and following scripts leaves you indistinguishable from the competition. Show some personality and spunk such that you’ll stand apart from the crowd when you call and be memorable when they decide who to call back.
While cold calling can be a numbers game, the essence of calling is a people game: treat others like the valued individuals they are and remain confident you’re someone whose call decision makers will be glad they took. The only Gates you may not master on your first call…Bill Gates.

Glamorous Paris Fashion Week

Glamorous Paris Fashion Week

Summary: Autumn/ Winter Paris Fashion Week which was held last March were inspired with French heritage.

A fashion week is a fashion industry event, normally named after the host city or commercial sponsor, which lasted four to ten days. This kind of event is held so that fashion designers are able to showcase their “collections” for either spring or fall seasons.

The Spring fashion weeks are held in January through March, and Fall fashion weeks are held between September and November. The fashion weeks are to be held a few months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. This is to allow time for retailers to arrange to purchase or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing.

Fashion weeks are attended by buyers for major stores, the media, celebrities, and members of the entertainment industry. The highlight is usually the renowned runway show, where the top designers are frequently part of the week’s activities, most especially in the major cities.

The most well-known and celebrated Fashion Weeks are London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, Tokyo Fashion Week, and many more.

The Paris fashion week, which was held at the Jardins Ephemeres in Paris, was a Paris autumn/winter fashion week 2006 /2007 which opened on March 2006. It was attended by many famous designers and celebrities, and a lot of fashion lovers. Some of the very popular autumn/winter Parish fashion Week designers who showcased their collections are Valentino, Miu Miu, Hermes, John Galliano, Elie Saab, Comme des Garçons, and Louis Vuitton.

At Paris Fashion Week this year, collections were laced with wit and literary, historical and even political allusions. The ways the designers put together all their ideas to come with unique designs were extraordinary. As a person who does not give that much attention to the latest fashion, and who does not wear what they call “latest fashion”, I found myself admiring the collections of this year’s Paris Fashion Week. I have enjoyed watching every designer’s collection. I never imagined I could appreciate those kinds wardrobe. The reasons maybe are that the designs were historically inspired, and very classy.

Now I have the clearest idea why many people, especially celebrities come and watch fashion shows, and why the collections are being photographed so much. Is it because it is hosted by or held in a well-known place, for example Paris Fashion Week? Definitely not! Almost all of the Fashion shows features beautifully designed collections of the designers’ works being worn by skinny, tall, and lifeless dolls (which make the latest fashion clothing more stunning) on the runways. I bet all the designers had a hard time coming up those masterpieces but it’s all worth the effort.

See the Music

See the Music

It’s not all about the sound
You know the phenomenon, everytime you hear music playing in the background you think about the clip associated to the song.
Many years ago, music was just about sounds. Skilled people with beautiful, at times selfmade, instruments entertained other people. Back then, music was a gift.
But with the introduction of MTV and various other tv-broadcasters, clips are now a must for artists. If you don’t have an attractive, high-tech clip you know you’ll fail on the billboards. People associate these clips to the quality of the music. If the clip they see is bad they’ll stop listening to the song and turn off the screen.
Sexy girls dancing with little clothes on, rappers acting tough, ..It’s all been done before. Artists now look for computerized video images, with special effects which match with the sound they produced. It sweeps the watcher along for about 3 minutes, enough time to hear the song and perhaps like it.
Music needs the images, but needless to say the images definitely need the music. You could even say that music videos are a modern version of opera. In an opera, you have music and acting together as a package. It tells us a story, just like most music videos do. As we all are curious at times, people tend to like stories. Makers of music videos know this and try to make a story with their music videos.
The story symbolizes the music: if a song sounds sad, the story will not be a happy tale.
In the future, artists will have to keep on spending much time in developing their attractive clips, perhaps even more time than they dedicate to producing music.
So I’ll give you a good tip: don’t always see the music, hear it..

5 Movies From Your Childhood To Share With Your Kids

5 Movies From Your Childhood To Share With Your Kids

Brand new movies are great! It’s so much fun standing in line at the theater, breathing in the buttery popcorn smell, giddy with anticipation when a new movie is released.

My children love watching the latest and greatest movies, but I just grin when I hear my children singing the songs I used to sing as a kid – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” or “Tomorrow”. Hearing their little off-key renditions is the best music to my ears.

Have you introduced your children to the movies you enjoyed when you were younger?

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The Robinson family gets shipwrecked near an island. With hard work and togetherness, they build a majestic tree house. They are faced with many trials – wild animals, weather, and pirates, but their ingenuity carries them through. Great family values!

The Parent Trap (1961)
Twin daughters are raised not knowing about each other, each living with one parent. They unexpectedly bump into each other at summer camp, put two and two together, and work out a scheme to get their parents back together again. This movie is just plain good fun.

Mary Poppins (1964)
Mr. and Mrs. Banks are both so preoccupied with their own interests that their children, Jane and Michael are unhappy. When the magical nanny, Mary Poppins enters their lives, she brings the family closer. Between the penguin scene, the chimney sweep dance, and the magic, your children will be entranced.

The Sound of Music (1965)
The hills are alive with the sound of music. Your home will be alive with the sound of music once your kids watch this one.

Annie (1982)
Oh, how we love Annie! The music, the dancing, the wealthy Mr. Warbucks, and a happy ending. It doesn’t get much better than that!

These five movies are a must in every family library. Share the memories, and sing the tunes. It’s ok if you’re a little off-key. I won’t tell.

How To Succeed In Love And Relationship

How To Succeed In Love And Relationship

So many men approach me saying something like "I am interested!" But the look on their face shows otherwise… They do not get clear about what they want or do not. Its important to know what you really can not tolerate in a partner. You should Make a list of your "don’t wants" and then cut it down to the 5-10 most important. I don’t have a positive outlook on a date if that person is always looking at the floor, not at you when talking and there seems to be no joy for them in life… What happens to humor and that little smile that will say a lot to me about who you are? Humor and a smile also shows me that joy won’t be a problem if involved in a relationship with me.
<br>
I have come to learn that positive begets positive, and in a world that seams so negative, and morals paramount to a plan B, I choose the humorous and smiley guy any day of the week or month. I have learned that to look beyond the looks and to look at the big picture is so important. People change as life goes on you know. I have been married for 15 years and what I looked for was someone that was truly faithful and had a sense of humor. Someone who made me laugh. It has been a wonderful 15 years and I hope for many more to come.
<br>
Its good manners to look at a person when you are being spoken to, yet a lot of honest and loving persons prefer to avoid eye contact. It’s good for a man and woman who are in love to look unto each other’s eyes so that each can know the internal feelings of the other concerning the relationship and also each can make a correct judgment on what type of a person he/she is.
<br>
How about my friend who says she is in a relationship with someone who doesn’t care about her and always putting her down, No matter what he does for this girl, nothing is ever good enough for her. And he tries so hard to please her. What is he doing so wrong to deserve all of this!! Sometimes it really hurts. Try something new. You know the best way to have things stay the same is to never do anything different. Vary your daily routine, just to keep yourself awake. Shake yourself up and notice what happens. Keep yourself open to chance opportunities, and then take advantage of them. One thing is for sure, there are people who will never get satisfied with what they have. you will hear them complaining about the size of their shoes as much as they complain about size of the coins in their pockets.
<br>
Its imperative to learn the art of showing a positive attitude toward life. This really draws attention both to yourself and your friends. I went out one day with a guy my age, and all the time i was enjoying my drink, this fool was trying to hit on the twenty one year old standing next to me. Of course if you love yourself you don’t need anyone else to. For me, this was so obvious, i did not ask any questions. Do you know why i did not? Because this jerk did not have any answer. I hit him hard on the face and told him to forget.

Car Buying Behaviours and the Celebrity Factor

Car Buying Behaviours and the Celebrity Factor

Buying a car can be hard enough; do I want a hatchback, saloon, 4-door, 2-door, convertible, four-wheel drive? How much can I afford to pay for insurance? Furthermore, being given the hard sell in the dealership showroom can add more pressure. However, do we need the hard sell or have we already subconsciously made a decision on the car we would like to buy?

Studies have shown that many customers do not need the hard sell, but instead just a picture to show off the features of the car. We’ve all probably seen an advert on television or a picture in a magazine or newspaper, which has made us look at the car and want to have one on the spot! Obviously, it aids the customer if the picture is of something sleek and stylish rather than a rust-bucket, which is why the desirability of vehicles such as a sporty hatchback is high.

Manufacturers are clever in the way that they’ll do this. You’ll notice on more occasions than not with car adverts that the price provided is not for the car you are seeing. The picture of the car will be the top of the range version with all of the possible extras, but in fact the price you’ll be told is the “starting from” price for the lowest car in its’ range. The price for the actual car you are viewing will usually be in small print at the bottom of the advert.

Do, however, the roles of celebrities come into play in persuading us to purchase a certain make or type of car? I believe that they do.

Take a look at the BMW X5 for example. Since the release of this car, every celebrity and their dog have one. I believe as a consequence of this, the amount of non-celebrities driving this car has risen dramatically. The same can be said for a few cars, which brings the assumption that we, to some extent, base our lifestyles on celebrities, who influence us to purchase cars that are deemed fashionable and popular by them.

The bases for buying a certain car by many will be “will my friends laugh at me?” and “will I look cool in it?”. After all, the technological strides of manufacturers recently have meant that the reliability and performance of vehicles is very good, and certainly more than adequate for most drivers using city and country roads. So what else can there be to influence the decision of car buyers other than the “cool” factor?

Maybe, the running costs and fuel consumption is prominent somewhat; especially for the four-wheel drive and high performance vehicles. However, the celebrity power has certainly persuaded many in their car buying decisions, and will almost definitely continue to do so.

MEDITATION MUSIC

MEDITATION MUSIC

Summary: Meditation music as a tool for a successful meditation.

First, why do we need to meditate? Meditation is a process of deeply relaxing the mind by focusing on only one thought. Focusing means repeating a word or several words to divert yourself from any distractions and attaining calmness of the mind.

Meditation sounds as easy. You may even feel like you have done this during those glum days when everything doesn’t seem right. Like the time you failed algebra class and you sit down on the table, with a cup of coffee in hand, pretending to be engrossed in the latest news, but are actually seeing and hearing nothing. Well not quite…you may look as calm and peaceful as someone meditating but your mind is a definite clutter.

A lot of people who are just beginning to get acquainted with meditation find it hard to stay focus. Some are not used to staying “thoughtless” even for just a few minutes. That is where guided meditations come in. Some of these use tools like meditation music and meditation scripts to help to motivate these people to concentrate.

Meditation music can be you choice of soothing music. It doesn’t necessarily have to be some Indian chants or a Mozart piece. It can be just any music that you feel will clear your mind off any thought. Some professional guides who conduct private sessions use meditation music with cues. These cues are like scripts that they read to those meditating so that they can attain a state of deep relaxation easier and faster.

A lot of websites provide free meditation rooms which include calming images too look at for exercises. These sites also have several tracks of meditation music. Highly recommended meditation music cd’s can also be found with reviews from people who have tried using them in their meditation.

Most meditation music have been said to have helped people attain the blissful state after only a few minutes of listening. Some meditation music contains operatic music samples, music from choirs, and even just natural sounds. Visiting www.bliss-music.com will let you hear samples of different kinds of meditation music and will provide you with free samples of scripts that you can use as guide to your meditation practice. Another site, www.meditatiomusic.co.uk has also free meditation music, aside from a list of recommended cd’s.

The use of meditation music as a means for people to focus more does not explain the theory of music but makes it possible for these people to be involved with music. There are thousands of tracks of meditation music that you one can choose from. It doesn’t matter if it sounds like a séance or someone just learning to play the piano. The important thing is it works for you.

5 Christmas Movies For The Whole Family To Enjoy!

5 Christmas Movies For The Whole Family To Enjoy!

Christmas is coming! And, Christmas time is all about family and togetherness. We’ve put together some recommendations for movies to have on hand for the Christmas season that the whole family will enjoy. These are all movies to buy and watch year after year!

A Christmas Story (1983)
All Ralphie wants in the entire world is a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. This 1940s family is hilarious. You’ll love Ralphie’s irritable father, his whiny brother, and his all-American mother.

Elf (2003)
What could be more fun for a kid to watch than a six foot tall elf? Between Will Farrell’s great performance and the wacky concept of an Elf on the loose in New York City, this is destined to become a Christmas classic.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
No list of “Must See Holiday Movies” would be complete without this James Stewart and Donna Reed classic. Share this timeless story with your children.

The Santa Clause (1994)
Every kids dream is to go to the North Pole, but how many kids can say that Santa is their Dad? Watch an unwilling Tim Allen become Santa.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens? How can you go wrong? This lighthearted, humorous version is a perfect introduction to the classic Charles Dickens tale.