an article in slate outlines the midas formula: the magic that major studios use to foster enormous long-term profit potential from creative franchises. The seminal film, Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, paved the way of the future. profits would come not from squeezing down the costs of producing films but from creating films with licensable properties that could generate profits in other media over long periods of time.

an e-mail from Hayward alum and radio theater guru Richard Fish: An interesting note that came my way this morning. Jake Schumacher is an old friend, one of the KOPNers who founded the Workshop back in 1980. Today, he’s Director of Programming at WILL-FM, the broadcasting service of the University of Illinois in Urbana. He wrote me: > the “modern” pieces chosen for the last class in doc mullaly’s radio > theater class in the dept of communications here included an episode > of hayward san–! So Hayward is now being TAUGHT in college. Didn’t realize wewere writing a textbook.

designing for the web has always been more problematic than designing for print because we deal with cross-browser compatability issues. with firefox, things are now even more interesting. greasemonkey is an extention to the open source browser that lets users load custom scripts which can modify a specific website whenever they view it. while it is only in use on the bleeding edge, greasemonkey customization could be the hacker’s tivo for internet sites, giving control back to the user in ways that may be impossible to predict for online publishers and advertisers.