Monday, June 30, 2008

The Web Isn't Flat Anymore

Spending time on the Internet is often like reading a book. You visit one page, click a link and the page quickly turns to the next. Today the temperature reaches 451 as Apture, a new content-sharing program, is blazing the Internet. Instead of displaying content as external pages, the program allows content producers to display pages internally (see example image below). The program is similar to a Snapshots, which is changing the way information is displayed online.



(Highlights of Apture, courtesy of Apture, Inc.)




Jack's Back




Sunday, June 29, 2008

Web 2.0: The Bridge of Life

The joy of life comes from connecting other humans by building bridges to their lives. The construction occurs in many shapes and magnitudes. Sometimes it is in the form of a handshake, phone call or simply a smile.

Our electronic age allows bridges to be exponentially constructed, viewed and traveled. The overall length and size of our bridge is no longer limited to the tangible realm. Distances are eroded. Our joys are shared via email, blogs, vlogs, podcasts and personal profiles. We have constructed a hyper reality that is constantly connecting the world.

Our horizons are limited to our imaginations as our passions, joys and stories construct the bridge of life.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Kick Your Own Bucket.

Looking to break the ice?

Have a moment of reflection?

...Or are you simply bored?

...Why not create a Bucket List? I recently watched The Bucket List and enjoyed how the movie's elderly characters lived out their wildest fantasies, before their inevitable death. Yes, it would be ideal to live past your 80s, have 2.5 children, pay off a 30-year mortgage, retire and then live out your wildest dreams before you pass away. ...But is this really the meaning of life?

After my brother passed away at a young age, I realized that our time here on earth is limited. Death is inevitable. ...If you are in you are in your teens or in your late 80s, our time is precious and something we can never earn back. Why do we need to live until our 80s to create a bucket list? ...Why not keep a rolling one? ...This way our life stays fresh.

I believe keeping a rolling bucket list is similar to the phenomenon of The Secret, where you write down your goals, visualize them and consequently work hard to accomplish them.

Go ahead give it a try. ...You may be surprised about what you really want to accomplish in this life.

Items I recently crossed off my Bucket List:
1) Sky Dive
2) Run a Marathon
4) Slam Dunk
5
) Make my brother's dream of pursuing higher education a reality

International Exposure: 2008 Alma Surf Festival


(Southern California (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

Ola! I'm excited this Southern California photograph was juried into the 2008 Alma Surf Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Last year over 30,000 attendees caught one of the world's largest surf art events.

The photograph will be exhibited during the festival from July 9-12.

A Branding Cacophony?


In an effort to increase sales and appeal to a larger target audience, Sears has partnered with MTV to co-market the The American Mall. On August 11, children will have the option to wear clothing that appears in the musical, which was filmed in an actual Sears in Utah. Harmonic note for Sears, considering the stock is down 55% for the year and is labeled one of the year's worst managed companies by 24/7 Wall St.

Why not partner with a cool company? After all, MTV is the same network behind Laguna Beach, The Hills, Life of Ryan and Rob and Big. But, can you imagine any of these characters or their core audience shopping at Sears? I mean, how "cool" is Sears? ...Then again, The American Mall's co-marketing will move MTV to a larger demographic. ....But how far to the periphery should a company move to attract an audience? ...Why not focus on its primary consumer and risk diluting its brand equity?

Maybe MTV heard that the new "LL Cool J" urban fashion line is launching this Fall at Sears. After all, Sears must now be "cool" if LL is going to be featured in the store.

It will be interesting to see if Wall Street hears harmony, when clothes from the musical are sold alongside urban hip hop apparel. Sometimes the bigger the risk ...the bigger The American Mall.

Viva El Fútbol!



(Spanish Flag by Tiner)

I look forward to tomorrow's UEFA Euro Cup Final.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Coco Rocha


(Coco Rocha by Tiner).

Change


(Change (Santa Barbara, CA))


(Change (Santa Barbara, CA))


(Change (Santa Barbara, CA))

Republican or Democrat.

Hybrid or SUV.

Liberal or Conservative.

As America enters the final stretch of the 2008 Presidential Election, it's time we start building bridges. No matter who wins the election, we have to acknowledge that we are no longer the supreme global hegemony. Our neighbors are dependent upon the same natural resources and also influence our economy, the global economy. We should embrace change and realize that working together will ignite fire to blaze new trails towards hope and prosperity.

"We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change" (Will.I.Am).


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Leone Barezzi's 2008 Fashion Show






(Youtube Movie Featuring Highlights from Barezzi's 2008 show)


Yesterday, Leone Barezzi debuted his 2008 fashion line at The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. The event was held on top of the hotel's scenic rooftop that overlooks downtown Santa Barbara. Barezzi unveiled his new line featuring evening gowns, cocktail dresses, swimsuits and men's attire. Overall, the crowd really enjoyed Barezzi's couture designs and his use of fuchsias, soft greens and signature black and white colors.

One of my artworks was auctioned off at the event's silent auction with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research.




(Barezzi with his portrait)


(Tiner & Barezzi with his portrait)

A special thanks to Berezzi and The Canary Hotel for an enjoyable evening.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Simply...


(Harry Potter, portrait by Tiner).

Simply said, our world is an interesting place.

According to the 2007 Human Development Report, 40% of the earth's population or 2.6 billion people live on less than two dollars a day. Yet in America, we complain about the price of gasoline as it approaches $5 a gallon. ...However, in Europe it costs approximately $8-9 a gallon and in Venezuela gas is only 12 cents a gallon. No, that's not a typo.

Last month, a 800 word prequel to Harry Potter auctioned for over $48,000 USD. That's over $60 a word. Each word of the manuscript is valued at 12 gallons of gas in America, 500 gallons of gas in Venezuela or enough to assist a person in a developing nation for one month.

Nana Ichikawa


(Nana Ichikawa, portrait by Tiner).

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Tribute: George Carlin


(George Carlin (1937-2008), portrait by Tiner).

"...because doing something the wrong way, always opens doors"


(Andy Warhol, portrait by Tiner).

Warhol once remarked,"doing something the wrong way, always opens doors." From questioning the meaning of art to exploring various media, Warhol enjoyed challenging tradition.

In less then one month, I'm going to have an exhibit at the LA Mart. I've taken a complete 180 from displaying my coastal imagery and plan on exhibiting something fresh, unique and original that has never been publicly displayed ...because "doing something the wrong way, always opens doors."

US Open of Surfing


(Surf City (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

This weekend, I was invited to display my artwork (July 24-27) at the world's largest surf contest, The US Open of Surfing. Last year, over 400,000 spectators visited Huntington Beach, CA for the event. I will exhibit my art and also sell prints.

Additionally, I was asked to create a special surfboard for the event, which will be auctioned off for charity. I look forward to sharing images of the board soon.

Fresh Start to Summer


(Quintessential Sunset (C) Tiner/Epic Arts LLC)

A special thanks to Craig Conelle, K'ya's executive chef, for serving up a fresh start to Summer '08.

Tiger Woods


(Tiger Woods, portrait by Tiner).

Congratulations to Tiger for his athletic accomplishments, but most importantly for encouraging others to give back. He truly reminds us that life is "much more than then silver and gold" (Marley).

I wish him a speedy recovery.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Necessity For All?



(The $2,500 car by Tiner).

Earlier this year, India's Tata Motors unveiled its $2,500 USD car. Ideally, providing cars to tens of millions who could not afford them otherwise, sounds like a good idea. But can you imagine, when these inexpensive cars start rolling through the streets? How much is this going to accelerate the price of gasoline? Let alone, increase global warming?

Currently in India only 8 in 1,000 people own a car. In China, it's 20 in 1,000 (in the United States it's 450 per 1,000). Both China and India have a population over 1 Billion.

As part of the world is innovating and encouraging Go Green initiatives, the consumption ball keeps bouncing in other parts. Is this a battle that we will ever win?

Ono & Lennon


(Yoko Ono & John Lennon, portrait by Tiner).

Seda Ertan


(Seda Ertan, portrait by Tiner).

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Heather Marks


(Heather Marks, portrait by Tiner).

Collectors (not comprehensive):

Kobe Bryant, Professional Basketball Player
Pete Carroll, USC Football Coach
Greg Macgillivray, IMAX Filmmaker
Rick Irons, Editor of Surfer Magazine
Bob McKnight, CEO of Quiksilver
Perez Hilton, Entertainment Blogger
Fred Patacchia,
Professional Surfer
Jeff Moore,
Vans Marketing Director
Tom Carroll,
Professional Surfer
Kornelius Schorle,
Professional Photographer
Tom Holbrook,
Executive VP of Quiksilver
William Hunt,
Retired Professional MLB player
Pete Mel,
Professional Surfer
Barrett Hazeltine,
Dean of Brown University
Chris Berman,
ESPN Commentator
Anthony Tashnick,
Professional Surfer
David Ortiz,
Entrepreneur
Chase Johnson,
Lead Singer of Open Air Stereo
G. Ray Kerciu,
Professional Artist
Ruth Simmons,
President of Brown University
Diana Pouliot,
Director of Google's Mobile Advertising
Soul Cole,
KLAS Radio DJ
Becky Ebemkamp, West Coast Bureau Chief of Brandweek Magazine



Vlada Roslyakova


(Vlada Roslyakava, portrait by Tiner).

Friday, June 20, 2008

How far can we stretch our wallets?



(Burger King, satirical portrait by Tiner).

How far can we stretch our wallets? For an industry founded on convenience, Burger King’s recent brand extension reminds us of America’s current epidemic. …And no we are not discussing $5 a gallon of gasoline. According to the June 23, 2008 issue of Time Magazine, 2/3 of Americans are overweight. Simply said, America is a super-sized nation.

Do we really need Burger King's branded greeting cards? Well with Hallmark, Evite and countless other card companies. I argue no. ...Then again, maybe 66% of Americans will argue, yes.

A Tribute: Walter Annenberg


(Walter Annenberg (1908-2002), portrait by Tiner).

Fidel: Reflection of the Times


(Fidel Castro, portrait by Tiner).

Yesterday, The European Union lifted sanctions off Cuba. ...Just in time for the winning team of The Euro Cup to celebrate with quality stogies.

Anna Geyer


(Anna Geyer, portrait by Tiner).


Congrats to fellow Trojan, Anna Geyer for her professional accomplishments.

Fight On!

Going Sideways? ...STOP!


(Jeff Bezos, portrait by Tiner).


Mark Twain once wrote, "the experience of life (not of books) is the only capital usable in such a book." There are many obstacles to publishing a book. You have to convince a literary house or agent that your book is worth reading, publishing and most importantly marketable. Remember Sideways?

The barriers to publishing are now easier. ...In fact, they are leveled. In the same way that Itunes and Youtube rocked the music and movie industries, Jeff Bezos is editing the typos out of the literary world. Thanks to Kindle and the Digital Text Platform, anyone can publish a book (well at least an electronic version). But who cares, if it is only electronic? We live in a Go-Green era after all, right?

Bezos' Digital Text Platform edits the publishing house out of the final draft. The proceeds are split between Amazon and the author. Who needs the middle man anymore? ...Publishing houses will still exist, but for first time authors publishing is now a reality.

If you don't think people are purchasing Kindle, think again. In fact, the product is receiving enough attention that Seth Godin is is talking about it. ...And I'm sure Oprah will jump on the bandwagon soon.

Is this going to rewrite the publishing world, the same way that Napster and Itunes rocked their industries? Well, time will tell. But, we can now focus on putting the "experience of life" into the books and not worry about going sideways.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

In Memoriam: Tim Russert


(Tim Russert (1950-2008), portrait by Tiner).

Viva La Musica!


(Coldplay, portrait by Tiner).

Viva La Musica!

Viva La Coldplay!

With the music industry ailing in Web 2.0, Coldplay is the new harmonic elixir. The release of their latest CD, Viva La Vida, highlights the importance of integrating free content with new product distribution. The band strategically allowed fans to sample new songs on their website and then provided radio stations with the entire album. This all happened before the CD was released for purchase. What? Give away your product before the release date? This idea may even cause Ms. Jackson to have a wardrobe malfunction.

However instead of being exposed, Coldplay sold over 300,000 Units on its release date and even surpassed Jack Johnson's record on Itunes for most songs downloaded in a single day. You mean people are willing to pay for content, after it is provided for free? I'm sorry, Ms. Jackson, but times have changed.

Coldplay's distribution model highlights the importance of creating buzz via free content. The band spent no money allowing fans to sample songs on their website, which consequentially created brand ambassadors. Coldplay became the honey and we were the bees, creating buzz.

If Coldplay's momentum continues, the band will have the biggest record for the music industry in years. Viva La Coldplay! Viva La Musica! Viva La Revolution!

Julie Mintz


(Julie Mintz, portrait by Tiner).

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dave Winer: Forward-Thinking


(Dave Winer, portrait by Tiner).

From pioneering the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software, Dave Winer is always forward-thinking.

Hillary's New Pastime


(Hillary Clinton, satirical portrait by Tiner).

...Cards? ...Vegas? ...Cribbage? With 20.88 million USD in campaign debt, Clinton's summer vacation plans have changed.

My suggestion, put it on black.

Bar Refaeli


(Bar Refaeli, portrait by Tiner).

Welcome to a Fresher Space


(Tom Anderson, portrait by Tiner).

Today, Myspace received a face lift. Say goodbye to the site's wrinkles and hello to a younger, fresher space. After 6 months of programming and preparation, the first phase of the redesign is revealed today. The new look involves changes to the home page, navigation scheme, search engine and video player. Strategically, the new layout makes the site easier to navigate and even more competitive with the website's closest competitor, Facebook.

Thank you.


(Alexa's current ranking of this blog)

"
I am a deeply superficial person." -Andy Warhol

Thank You! I'm excited that this blog's ranking continues to increase.

I look forward to sharing more. Cheers.

Agyness Deyn


(Agyness Deyn, portrait by Tiner).

Are these Guys for Real?



If you spend time on Youtube, you may have stumbled upon the "My Sex Dreams" video series. Immediately, you may be thinking ...Hot girls? Sex? Sweet! or ...How does Youtube allow porn on its website?

Well, first of all it's not porn. If you have the patience to sit through a movie (and some have over a million of views), you'll discover that it's two average guys bragging about how good they are at World of Warcraft (WOW), a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) with over 10 million subscribers.

The commentator's swearing and bizarre antics illustrate some of Gen-Y's desire for stimuli and self-gratification. The movie series provides the voice that rests within the average WOW player. But do the series' million views convert to traffic on the promoted website, randyrun.com? ...Not so much. According to www.compete.com, randyrun.com only averaged a little over 1-thousand people last month or approximately a .001 conversion rate.

Yes, the movies promote awareness and knowledge for randyrun.com, but what's the long term sustainability of this model? The promoted website is not receiving substantial traffic and is the average WOW player purchasing the products on the website?

The "My Sex Dreams" Youtube series is simply another Lonelygirl15 model: where the needs are satiated, but not created. Yes, it may work in the short-term. But how sustainable is it? ...Remember Jennicam? Probably not, but ten years ago it was the third most visited site on the Internet. ...Do you think we will be discussing the "My Sex Dreams" videos, ten ...five ...even one year from now?

WEB 2.0 INSIGHT:
How does a hot girl appear on each Youtube video for the "My Sex Dreams" video series? ...Well when Youtube compresses your movie, it takes a screenshot of the center image of your video. So if you have an image of a hot girl in the exact center of your movie, it will display this as the movie's thumbnail.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Thank You Playboy

A special thank you to Playboy's art department for the compliment regarding my portrait series. I appreciate the kudos. Cheers.

Anne Vyalitsyna


(Anne Vyalitsyna, stylized portrait by Tiner).

The Presidential "Cool" Factor


(The Future American President, stylized portrait by Tiner).

Just how "cool" is John McCain? Well, lets take a look. He has over 55 thousand Myspace friends. Yes, that's kinda cool ...but Obama has over 390 thousand.

Okay, so this is not a popularity contest. Well, lets take a look at his website. Today, McCain is offering a Father's Day Golf Pack, if you donate $50 dollars. ...First of all, I thought Father's Day was yesterday?

And, I'm sure Dad would really "impress" his friends with a shiny new set of golf balls. How many people that McCain is promising to "help," actually golf? ...If he is promising to help Americans with lower gas prices, I'm sure these same people really enjoying driving to golf course and using their disposable income to play.

Wouldn't you rather give your Dad a cool piece of art? Thanks Obama.

It must be cool, since it's sold out.

Okay, so McCain joined the Go Green bandwagon and is offering 20 eco-friendly products. Don't you think that offering one or two would be eco-friendly? Why does he need to create 20 eco-friendly products? Isn't that counter-intuitive?


(How "cool" does this McCain Shirt look?)

McCain's eco-friendly store first four offerings are polo shirts. How "cool" will it be sporting an eco-friendly polo shirt? Once again, we are staying with the golf theme. Is that "really cool?"



Does McCain have a hot girl endorsing him on Youtube? Maybe, but she is probably wearing a one of his "cool" golf shirts. ....And I imagine that she does not compare to ObamaGirl, which has over 8.7 million views to date on Youtube.

Well, if you think that content and "cool" do not produce results, think again. As of today, McCain's website is ranked 2,304 in the US. Okay, that's kinda cool. ....But Obama's is ranked 364 (according to Alexa). ...I think Obama wins the "cool" factor.

Heather Hahn


(Heather Hahn, stylized portrait by Tiner).

And You Thought Gasoline Is Expensive?!?!


(Big Brother, Portrait by Tiner).

Yes, gasoline will probably reach $5 USD a gallon this summer. Shocking? Yes, considering it was only around $1 USD a gallon six years ago. Ah, the good old days, when $20 would fill up your SUV and you would still have change for a Double Double, lotto ticket or a cold one.

If you think gasoline prices are overvalued, then you will be shocked by the value of Web 2.0 entities, in particular Facebook applications. According to Adonomics, a website that assigns monetary value to Facebook applications, the most popular and expensive application is Super Wall. The application has over 2.2 million active users and is valued at over $30 million USD. In fact, the majority of the top ten applications are valued at over $8 million. Yes, this makes the price of gasoline seem trivial in comparison.

Today marks the start of The Supernova Conference, a symposium that "brings together business, government, and technology thought leaders to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world" (Kevin Werbach, Host of Supernova). Basically, a bunch of programmers, financiers, entrepreneurs and bloggers are meeting to discuss the direction of Web 2.0. During part of the conference, they will discuss the valuation of Web 2.0.

Remember Web 1.0 in the late 1990s, when you could nearly invest in any .com stock and double your money in a year? ...What happened? ....The bubble crashed around the start of the new millennium. ...Several .coms went under, Wall Street lost money and a few .coms (Amazon, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) held strong and survived.

Do you think we are on a similar crash course with Web 2.0?

Well lets take a look at the valuation of popular Web 2.0 social networking sites:
  • In 2005, Robert Murdoch purchases EUniverse (the parent company of Myspace) for $580 million, which valued Mypace around $370 million.
  • In October 2007, Microsoft purchased a 1.6% share of Facebook for $246 million, which valued Facebook at $15 billion.
  • Over valued? You be the judge. Remember Friendster? In 2003, it was valued at $53 million and is now valued at 1/20 its initial price.
Is Facebook's devaluation to follow? Well, the company is going to burn through approximately another $100 million in cash this year for servers, which means it will have to pay $350 million when it is eventually sold or its stock goes public. That's approximately the same price Myspace was acquired for three years ago.

It's ironic that Facebook applications initially triggered a popularity surge. Users were excited to integrate them into their profile and differentiate themselves from other profiles. ...Facebook successfully leveraged the ego of Generation-Y.

Last year the sky was the limit for Facebook, but this year it may be falling ....Ask yourself how many applications you have added to your profile. 1? 2?...Maybe 5 at the most, but there are over 29,000 of them to date. Ironically, application SPAM is considered one of the possible causes in Facebook user decline starting from the beginning of 2008, when its growth fell from December 2007 to January 2008, its first decline since its launch in 2004. ...And it still has not surpassed Myspace in user activity for the longterm. ...Does this mean that Myspace is valued at $15 billion, because it still receives more traffic then Facebook? ...Probably not, but what an amazing short term investment for Mr. Murdoch, if it is.

If you are feeling the pain at the pump, you are not alone. Gasoline prices are expensive, overvalued and apparently Web 2.0 entities may be as well.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!


(Peter Tiner, stylized portrait)

From encouraging others to follow their passions to teaching art and photography, my father is continually inspiring others. He is my role model, mentor and friend. I'm excited to spend father's day with him.

I wish every father the best today. Cheers.