Friday, 3 April 2015

Go Daddy goes up 31%.

GoDaddy, the do-it-all domain registration/web hosting/web authoring/web anything service shares surged +31% on their IPO this week.

Priced pre-IPO at 20 dollars (higher than the 17/18 Dollars expected in itself), the first day of trading saw the company value jump to a stunning circa 6 Billion usd.

22 million shares were offered.

It's 18 years old, unprofitable and with what has been described as a "mountain of debt" but famous for its racy Superbowl commercials. However, it did go through a management shake out a couple of years ago....

Still the market obviously likes it but you'll often find a first day trading boost which diminishes as traders take same day profits. 

Good for Go Daddy.
Good for Digital.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

What we're listening to this week. Pink Floyd. Dark Side.

Why do we keep finding ourselves going back to 73? But this was a short, bank holiday week so a more chilled Album that Dark Side of the Moon, you couldn't get.

In fact, a better Album ever, will be hard to get.

Recorded at London's Abbey Road with Alan Parsons as the Engineer (very famous in his own right as The Alan Parson Project but also produced 'Abbey Road', 'Let it be' and others) with possibly, the greatest album artwork of all time by Hipgnosis.

The Studio's Irish doorman Gerry O'Driscoll, features along with other Abbey Road staffers and he says "there is no dark side of the moon. As a matter of fact, it's all dark". "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time" is Henry McCullough from Wings.

It's one of the best selling albums of all time no doubt - but possibly the best album of all time. Roger Waters did all the lyrics but Mason/Wright and especially Davy Gilmour pulled it all together.

We loved listening to it in here this week anyway and had to pinch ourselves to's over 40 years old. And here it is -

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Jinx. One stunning documentary.

Rarely do you come across something as riveting a documentary as 'The Jinx'. Over 6 one hour parts, it's stunningly good and as you may have seen, the last episode brought a flurry of new legal activity.

It's available to download now, this side of the pond, on Sky Atlantic. Ideal Bank Holiday weekend viewing.

But no spoiler here.
You have to see it and we bow down to the Production values, the filming, the editing...everything. It's a story magically told.

It tells the true story of 'Bobby' Robert Durst, heir to a famous and extremely wealthy New York real estate family and murder just seems to follow him. 

Directed by Andrew Jarecki, who also produced a movie about the story called "All good things" which in turn, brought on the documentary (because Durst wanted to give an interview having seen the film).

Jarecki is famous too for the very excellent 'Capturing the Friedmans' and 'Catfish, the TV show' but The Jinx will be hard to equal.

Produced with HBO, there's no digital point to make except that these types of documentaries now get made because the outlets to show them have increased. But then, maybe great film work would've got made anyway. 

And great this is.