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Bangkok Not Dangerous: A First-Timer’s Trip to Thailand


Thailand Buddha - Bangkok TravelAmerican travelers have long flocked to Thailand for its exceptional value and unique experiences.But this spring, the media was saturated with reports of civil unrest; in mid-May, the State Department put out an alert warning U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Bangkok and all non-essential travel to the rest of the country.

Frank Radice resigns from NATAS

The Hollywood Reporter

Had been president of the organization since Jan. 1

By Randee Dawn

Sept 21, 2009, 04:38 PM ET

Updated: Sept 21, 2009, 08:39 PM ET

Frank Radice, president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, resigned Monday on the eve of the group’s annual News & Documentary Emmys.

“It was due to significant differences between myself and management,” he said. NATAS officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Radice held the position for less than a year, having signed up Dec. 15 as chief marketing officer and ascending to president Jan. 1. He facilitated a warmup in the relationship between NATAS and Los Angeles-based branch ATAS following a bruising legal battle under NATAS’ previous president Peter Price.

Radice also made a priority of the Daytime Emmys, ensuring that the show would find a home after CBS and ABC opted out of airing it this year.

Thanks to a revenue-sharing deal more common in syndication, the Daytime Emmys aired Aug. 30 on the CW. The show, produced by Associated Television International, drew 2.68 million viewers, the lowest-ever for the telecast but OK for by the CW’s standards.

“I am proud of what we accomplished this past year,” Radice said. “From the daytime show, the partnership with ATI, to the funding of the Jim McKay scholarship, to the video blogs. All in all, a great year.”

Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report.

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NBC Nightly News: The Transition from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams

I remember when I first hear about Tom Brokaw leaving the anchor chair of NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams had been in the wings waiting for years. He had his own show on MSNBC, “The News With Brian Williams,” but he had always wanted Nightly.And Tom couldn’t stay there forever.

As a marketer, the transition from Brokaw to Brian wasn’t going to be easy. Tom Brokaw was a broadcast news legend and his ratings were strong. How could we keep Brokaw’s audience and at the sametime introduce the program to new group of viewers? Whatever we did, it had to be done right. One wrong move and NBC could lose the lead to ABC or CBS, and there’s no guarantee you’ll ever get it back.

Our goals for the transition from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams were simple:

  1. stay #1 in the ratings
  2. keep Brokaw’s audience
  3. introduce the program to new viewers in younger target demos
  4. raise awareness of Brian Williams

To accomplish these goals, the NBC News Marketing group, called The NBC Agency at the time, executed the following tactics:

Co-Branded Promos:

Increased Guest Hosting:

#Winning! Hanging out with Billy Bush & Charlie Sheen at NATPE 2012 [pic]

Billy Bush and I spend some quality time with Charlie Sheen backstage at Access Hollywood Live in Miami during NATPE 2012.

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Google’s Artificial Brain Loves to Watch Cat Videos

Hidden away within Google’s X laboratory, where all kinds of secret projects are underway, its engineers have been working on creating an artificial brain. With 16,000 computer processors and freedom to learn whatever it chooses from the internet, though, it turns out that the brain does just what you do online: watch cat videos.

The project has produced one of the largest neural networks ever created. The idea is that such technology can take data sets and notice patterns and trends with them, all by itself. But when presented with a data set of 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, it decided to, umm, learn how to identify cats. From the New York Times:

“We never told it during the training, ‘This is a cat,’ ” said Dr. Dean, who originally helped Google design the software that lets it easily break programs into many tasks that can be computed simultaneously. “It basically invented the concept of a cat. We probably have other ones that are side views of cats.”

The Google brain assembled a dreamlike digital image of a cat by employing a hierarchy of memory locations to successively cull out general features after being exposed to millions of images. The scientists said, however, that it appeared they had developed a cybernetic cousin to what takes place in the brain’s visual cortex.

While it’s comical to think that one of the world’s biggest artificial brains enjoys identifying cats, it’s actually no mean feat—and of course is shaped to an extent by the huge number of cat videos present in any random sample of YouTube videos.

What’s most impressive, though, is that the technology has managed to develop a system which is comparable to the visual cortex, albeit one millions times smaller than that within a human brain. One of the researchers, however, told the New York Times that “the scale of modeling the full human visual cortex may be within reach before the end of the decade.” Maybe by that point it will be a little more discerning over the content it enjoys. [arXiv via New York Times]

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ABC NEWS NIGHTLINE: THE CRISIS GAME: Thanks to the Paley Center for Media for preparing this summary

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One in this series of nightly news programs. The second of four installments about the way an American president and his senior advisors act in a crisis situation. The roles of the president and his staff are played by the following people, all of whom have real-life experience in this field: Edmund Muskie, secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter; William Hyland, deputy national security advisor to President Gerald R. Ford; Winston Lord, currently president of the Council on Foreign Relations; James Schlesinger, secretary of defense and CIA director during the Nixon administration; Antonia Chayes, undersecretary of the Air Force during the Carter administration; General Edward Meyer, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army; Hodding Carter, assistant secretary of state during the Carter administration; Richard Pipes, senior National Security Council advisor on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe during the Reagan administration; Richard Holbrooke, assistant secretary of state during the Carter administration; and Clark Clifford, secretary of defense during the Johnson administration and advisor to Presidents Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy. As the program begins, correspondent Rick Inderfurth reviews the events that occurred during the first twenty-four hours of the game, and explains that this crisis group meeting is taking place two weeks later.

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