Do you Plurk?

I get the impression that Plurk is in a world of Twitter is somewhat like Orkut in a world of Facebook. Still valid in specific places, yet mostly irrelevant.

Orkut used to be dominant in Brazil and India, but recent reports this has changed in the latter. According to Techtree Facebook has surpassed Orkut in presence in India. There has also been a surge on the usage of Facebook in Brazil, but it has yet to surpass Orkut in presence.

That puts Plurk in an interesting position in certain locations of East Asia, in which it’s relevancy it’s comparable to Facebook, and Twitter is barely noticeable. Plurk is so relevant in Taiwan, that local Android smartphones already come with it as a bundled app.

The two picture below illustrate their interesting position in Taiwan.

Screenshot from 7-Eleven website in Taiwan.

Notice that the Social Media channels made available include only Facebook, Plurk and You Tube.

Firefox 3.6 update.

Once again Facebook and Plurk made available as Social Media Channels.

Before I finish this post, let me answer the question that I proposed as this post’s title. Do I Plurk? No I don’t. Don’t even have an account, but I’m aware of many relatives who do, and send those updates to Facebook.

Do you Plurk? It’s not a relevant question if your target public is all in the western hemisphere, but if you plan to reach certain target publics in the East, you should reconsider your positioning, if you don’t Plurk yet.

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Follow-up: Guessing the cover: EW Fall TV Preview 2010.

So as it seems EW might be dropping the main feature on the cover, and going with the multiple feature cover like the b-cover from last year.

So in a few ways, I did guessed right some of the features. Here’s the cover for the new issue released last friday:

Featuring:

Tina Fey (30 Rock – NBC)

Jane Lynch (Glee – FOX)

Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawai Five-O – CBS) – Who carry combined experiences through Battlestar Galatica, 24, Angel and Lost.

Sofia Vergara (Modern Family – ABC) – I was right about the assets, wasn’t I?

Michael C. Hall (Dexter – Showtime)

Courtney Cox-Arquette and Jennifer Aniston (Cougar Town – ABC) – I completely blanked out about this, when listing my guesses.

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory – CBS)

Surprised that they featured Michael C. Hall, but included nothing from The CW.

3 of them are repeats from last year mosaic cover: Courtney Cox-Arquete, Michael C. Hall and Tina Fey.

Disappointed that they decided to feature 30 Rock again, instead of featuring something that was a lot more fun last season like Chuck.

Guessing the cover: EW Fall TV Preview 2010.

It’s that time of the year again. How time flies when you’re living it. Even when you could be living it even more.

Anyway, since I already did most of the needed catch up (See the following posts from last year here and here), let’s just do a fast countdown and go directly to this year’s guesses:

– Here’s the Network Tally:

A total of 20 covers so far

ABC: 5 (Twin Peaks, Alias, Lost, Greys Anatomy and Private Practice)

CBS: 0 – a big zero.

FOX: 5 (Married with Children, Melrose Place [2x], Time of Your Life, Fringe)

NBC: 7 (Seinfeld, Friends, Suddenly Susan, Veronica’s Closet, Titans, Miss Match and Joey)

WB: 1 (Dawson’s Creek)

UPN: 1 (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer)

The CW: 1 (Gossip Girl)

THE GUESSES

Just like last year, I’ll list my possible guesses for the cover below, with pros and cons. Won’t add odds, because I suck at that assessment.

1) Hawai Five-O – CBS

Pros: Will this finally be the CBS year. After 20 years, EW have yet to grace the #1 network with a Fall Preview issue Cover. Not only a remake of a really classic show, it’s the network 3rd bet on Alex O’Loughlin, who starred in Moonlight (before it’s time, cancelled right before the most recent vampire boom) and Three Rivers. It must be one of the most buzzed new shows for this season.

Cons: EW front cover rarely features new shows with some rare and not impressive cases, also would be another year featuring a drama on the cover. Considering that last season was the season of the new comedies, maybe they’re going to be the ones featured in this year’s cover.

2) Modern Family – ABC

Pros: Beloved by public and critics, Just received an Emmy for best comedy duking it out with Glee. After such a long time wihtout so much buzz about comedies, last year was finally the year.

Cons: Huge ensemble cast, who to feature? Who gets almost a starring nod besides Sophia Vergara’s very prominent features.  OK, bad joke. Sorry for that. But, come on, it’s hard not to look if you’re a heterosexual male.

3) The Big Bang Theory – CBS

Pros: One of the biggest moves from the new fall programming was CBS, stopped being completely safe, and moving one of their highest rated shows from it’s safe spot on Monday Nights, to the so sought after Thursday Night, facing directly against what used to be the home of “Must See TV” NBC, in an already very busy night. Also Jim Parsons was finally recognized for his amazing work as Sheldon. Who to feature on the cover? Jim Parsons of Course. And it finally break the no EW Fall Preview covers for CBS.

Cons: I don’t really have any cons for this ones. Maybe only for the fact is the last show that I remembered to include in the list, and just got in time to include it in the middle of the list. But if there’s a show in this list that I would place on top of my bet list would be this one.

4) Glee – Fox

Pros: Look, here are the Gleeks again.  19 nominations to the Emmy and were basically duking it out for best comedy with Modern Family.

Cons: Same problem as Modern Family, who to feature in a big enssemble cast, but having Jane Lynch as a standout character in the show, might solve this issue. However, Fox two years in a row?

5) Chuck – NBC

Pros: A really beloved show, that seems to not be seen by enough people. An impressive cast and in my case a central couple I really want as a couple (I am among the few who don’t want Temperance and Seeley as a couple on Bones, neither do I want Rick and Kate as a couple on Castle). Having either Zachary Levi alone on the cover, or him with Yvonne would look amazing.

Cons: NBC did renew it for another season, but it wasn’t for a full fledged 22 episode season, only a 13 episode one, and the show still need to fight it out to get the back 9.  I’m already saving a few coins to get a few Subway meals. Also, almost half of the EW covers featured NBC shows, and almost half of them featuring failures.

6)The Office – NBC

Pros: It’s Steve Carrel’s last season heading the show. That’s all I have.

Cons: The Office, hasn’t been a critical darling for the last 2 seasons or so. Jim and Pam got a bit boring ever since they got married and  Rainn Wilson’s Dwight is now basically a caricature.  Despite the impressive fact thathalf the production and writing staff are part of the cast.

If there was a 7th bet I might’ve put in here is CW’s Vampire Diaries, but as most of this network’s shows will have already premiered by the time this issue is releases, I doubt it’ll feature them. Vampire Diaries is probably one of the 1st major broadcast shows to return, which will happen this Thursday, September, 9th.

As a round-up I’m basically putting my bets that a comedy will be featured on the cover, and maybe this will finally be a year to feature a CBS show.

My favorite movies of 2009.

And finally I reach the point I meant to reach 9 months ago. Not really an accomplishment, more like reach an overdue goal.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies of 2009.

– Australia (underrated, but I really enjoyed it. Also having enjoyed it with my mom, might have helped to put it in this list)

– Changeling

– Slumdog Millionaire

– Watchmen (a better adaptation than I expected)

– Gran Torino (Great year for Clint Eastwood movies, normally I’m not a huge fan of him or his movies)

– I Love You Man

– Star Trek (was never able to enjoy any of the shows, but I enjoyed this take from JJ. Abrams)

– Push

– Okuribito (Departures)

– Veronika Decides to Die

– Up

– 500 Days of Summer

– Paranormal Activity

– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (it wasn’t in this list originally, but I got to re-watch it on the plane last month, and made me appreciate it in another light)

– Quanto dura o amor ( is an indie Brazilian movie that deserves to be checked out, if you ever get the chance. You know how some movies New York City is almost like a character in the movie itself, this movie happens to be able to do the same with Sao Paulo, and that’s not the only reason to check it out. The movie was really well produced, with well rounded characters).

Least favorite movies of 2009:

– The Day the Earth Stopped (the remake with Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connely and Jayden Smith – a remake that no one asked for)

– Angels & Demons (hated how it was adapted)

– Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (my nostalgia compels me to watch the movie, which is terrible. This sequel happens to be 10 times worse than the 1st Michael Bay trip into this universe).

– The Ice Age 3 (how not to do 3D for the sake of 3D)

– Besouro (A long form movie should not be like a Music Video, it’s not only about the flash stuff, but also about the script and the rest of the movie. Everything cool about this movie is in the trailer, the rest if just forgetable).


Random Thoughts

These random thoughts are more about why certain movies were not included in either one of the lists above.

This was the year with the real explosion of 3D movies, with the biggest name in this being James “I’m the king of the World’ Cameron’s Avatar. I enjoyed Avatar, I did go to the theater multiple times.  But in the end of the day, it was less about the movie, but a lot more about the cinematic experience the movie provided. The movie was finally taking the 3D screening experience to another level.
I think most of the Avatar detractors, which includes anyone who simply pointed how similar the story was to Pocahontas, pointed how silly is the script, without actually experiencing it, were people who see cinema only as a rational stuff. The magic that was Avatar was the combination of a lot of things, it was a the big screen, the stereoscopy, it’s watching it in a packed screening room, with a bowl of popcorn on your lap. It’s a combo. I think that’s a reason I don’t list the movie among my favorites despite multiple watchings. I don’t own the DVD or Blu-Ray Disk of the movie, and don’t plan to get it anytime soon, as I would never be able to replicate the same experience at home.

Two movies that I think some people might have expected me to feature in the least favorite lists are Dragonball: Evolution and GI. Joe. Unfortunately, I actually enjoyed both on them in some level. They were fun. I’m no purists here, in the sense that I was never a HUGE fan of the Dragonball franchise or the GI. Joe franchise. The movies were fun, mindless fun and you can leave them at that.

Two movies that I think deserve some props but are widely detracted from this year are Gamer and the new Fame. Gamer with all star cast, reminded me a lot of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, by exploring at first some exploitation themes, and then delving deeper into subjects of self-identity, choice and will. Fame from Kevin Tancharoen was a fun movie, a way better remake than a lot of stuff that’s out there, and tried to update some concerns from similar templates from the original movie.

Hangover: watched it and despite enjoying the work from cast, still feel it was one of the most overated movies from this year.

My favorite movies of 2008.

As I review this, it might not be clear, I’m only listing the best (favorite) and the worse (least favorite), no listing all the movies I’ve seen that year. Which would take a lot of work to type in. After a brief count I do watch at least 60 movie titles per year, and that number is higher in years I was less busy.

Now, let me head into 2008.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies of 2008.

– Cloverfield

– Definitely Maybe

– Soom (Breath)

– Iron Man

– Red Belt

– Wall-e

– The Dark Knight

– The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

– Apenas o Fim

– Lat Den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right one In)

– Romance

– Die Tranen Meiner Mutter

– 流浪,神,狗。人 (God, Man, Dog)

– Sydney White

My Least favorite movies of 2008.

– Hancock (1st time ever I almost left the movie in the middle, it was that bad. Can’t believe they’re talking about sequels – I think it’s the worse movie in this list, and there’s some bad stuff below).

– The Happening (The movie that made me lose faith on M. Night Shyamalan)

– Max Payne

– In the name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (it’s Uwe Bowe. No other comment is needed)

– Twilight

Random Comments

Yes. This was the year that started the sparkly vampire madness. If only the movies were actually good or passable, it would be a less sad fact.

It was very bad year for movies, but also a very good one with some titles that will probably stand the test of time. The Dark Knight and Iron Man, two comic book hero movies, done very differently, both with different strengths. And then, there’s Wall-e. I still remember a few years ago when Pixar revealed their slate of upcoming movies, and included both Wall-e and Up. I remember a lot of people winking, and the result were some of the best movies in recent years.  I think Wall-e (the character) might be one of my favorite fictional creations in recent years.

This was also a great year, if you enjoy “foreign” (as in non-hollywood) movies from other countries. I watched great movies from Europe, Asia, and local Brazilian movies are also getting more prominent in my favorite lists.  Among 2008 was Lat Den Ratte Komma In, which Hollywood is remaking as Let me in, and will debut sometime in the next few months, despite the great casting for the US version, I doubt it’ll be a moody and creepy as the original movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet and plan to, I’ll leave you with the same advice from a few posts before. Watch the remake first, then  try the original, never go other way around. The next one to survive this next, might be the adaptations for the Millenium Trilogy series, which David Fincher is the man behind this ship, and have a hard task to follow the amazingly well done Swedish adaptations.

My favorite movies of 2007.

Hey at this pace, I might be able to finish this today.

So here we go.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies from 2007, in no particular order:

– 詭絲 (Silk)

– Dreamgirls

– Last Kiss

– Chinjeolhan geumjassi (Lady Vengeance)

– PIrates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

– Zodiac

– Ratatouille

– Paris Je T’aime

– Rogue Assassin

– Cashback

– Gone Baby Gone

– Mon Melleur Ami

– Across the Universe

– Hot Fuzz

– Dororo

– Stardust

These are my Least favorite movies of 2007.

– Tranformers

– Snow White, the Sequel

– Number 23

With the amount of movies that I enjoyed, and number of movies I watched and didn’t like, gotta say that 2007 was a great year for movies, if you knew how to choose.

My Favorite Movies of 2006.

I started this series of post late 2009, in the attempt to cover all my log up to 2009, but I got busy and never got to finish. As I’m about to give some importance back to this blog, I felt that the 1st task at hand would be to finish this series of blog before heading to other subjects.

So here we go.

INTRO: Ever since 2003, I started to log every movie I watch, as I was starting to average almost a movie per week.

As everyone been doing rundown of movies of the decade thing, I’m going to go through these logs and list my favorite movies of each year.

These are my favorite movies from 2006, in no particular order (probably chronological following their release dates in Brazil)

– 如果,愛 (Perhaps, Love)

– Brokeback Mountain

– Matchpoint

– Les Poupées Russes

– Thank you for Smoking

– Black Dahlia

– The Fountain

– Peaceful Warrior

– Clerks 2

– El Labirinto de Fauco

– Children of Men

My Least favorite movies from 2006:

– Capote – (What a fracking boring movie. Yes, really well acted, but the movie itself is taken and turtle pace. If you’re watching Rubicon, the tv show can be called action packed compared to this movie).

– Silent Hill (Great source material, horrible delivery)

– My Super Ex-Girlffriend (Great cast wasted on a terrible script)

– Butterfly Effect 2 (Unnecessary follow-up)

– Passage (Sometimes the reviews are right, this is one of those cases)

– Wicker Man (The remake with Nicholas Cage. Got the ticket for free.)

– Eragon (great cast, beloved source material, and a horrible adaptation)

Random Notes:

This was the year I got to watch Il Mare and Yeopgijeogin geunyeo (My Sassy Girl), the really great Korean flicks that originated the respective lukewarm and heartless US remakes The Lake House (with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves – lame reunion for the Speed duo) and My Sassy Girl (with Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert). If you never saw any of these movies but wants to, watch the US remake ones first, then watch the original ones, which are made a level of beauty and inspiration, that makes the western versions really painful.

Curiously Hong Kong went the other way around and actually remade an Hollywood movie. The chosen remake was Cellular, a really fun underated 2004 movie, starring Chris “Human Torch – Captain America” Evans, Kim Basinger, Jason “The Transporter” Stathan, Richard Burgi, William H. Macy and some other people you’ll know when you spot them. The remake called Connected, was released in 2008, with some big stars both from Honk Kong and also Taiwan. Haven’t seen the remake yet, the DVD was still a bit over-priced when I was back in Taiwan a month ago, so maybe another time.

Which brings me to the “the facto” big movie of 2006, The Departed, which ended up getting an Academy Award for best movie and finally landing Martin Scorsese an overdue award for best director. We can’t deny the movie was really well produced, with an amazing cast. But the fact the final product was a really well done transposition from it’s source material, Hong Kong’s 2002 blockbuster Infernal Affairs, is a bit annoying, as producers barely even credit the source material, almost left as a footnote in the final credits, instead of brightly spotted somewhere in the starting credits. I really liked The Departed as a movie, is a remake that worked, but for the reasons just mentioned, I decided not to include it among my favorite movies for this year.