Video Blog Review #1

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 by poorandweird

I watched a six minute video cast.  The creators describe it as a”parody fan film made with action figures and cool effects.”  It was pretty entertaining watching action figures play out a hypothetical “Alien 5”.  You could tell that it was pretty low budget but a lot of work probably went into making it look somewhat believable.  The humor was kinda cheesy at moments but for a short little six minute video it was worth watching.  I watched the episode at videopodcasts.tv

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New Media and Society

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 by poorandweird

Here is the full article.  The title is “New Media and Society”  This is a new literature review that I am submitting.  The article is concerned with social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook.  More specifically it is concerned with the possible negative consequences that could arise through the use of these sites.  The main issue in question is asking if kids provide too much information in their profiles.  By too much information, the author is talking about personal information that could get into the hands of possible sexual predators.  The article suggests that according to research trend study, most kids are making good choices and not disclosing information that could cause harm.  The study is in direct correlation with concerns from the media and parents who have become aware of the increasing threat of online predators who use social networks to operate.

There are many possible ways someone could put themselves at risk using the internet.  The risk of identity theft and unsafe release of personal information are a constant element of using the internet.  I feel people should keep this in mind at all times.  I especially feel that while using social networking sites, one makes themselves even more susceptible to predators.  In most cases the idea of being careful on sites like Facebook is common sense.  However it seems that since incidents still occur, one must sill keep in mind the possible dangers that go along with social networks.

Parents have the full right to be concerned about their children’s safety on the internet.  However, when thinking of the big picture the media does have a tendency to exploit the latest phenomenon whatever it may be.  This is not to say that internet safety is unnecessary, but suggests that media hype may not justify the level of fear parents may have.  Personally, when using Facebook I take all the proper measures to avoid an unwanted occurrence.  As far as the general public is concerned, parents that feel their kids are not mature enough to understand internet safety, should explain what is at stake and be informative.

I think avoiding social networks altogether because of a possible threat is to through away a very useful resource.  Social networking seems to be a very permanent trend in new media and will continue to be a great marketing tool and social tool.  According to the study in the article, not only are many people very careful with what they post in there profiles, many have stopped using networks altogether.  I think that if one is enjoying their social network and is responsible enough there shouldn’t be to much of an issue.  I think the most important part of this article is the fact that the study, which was conducted on a large amount of random kids shows that the majority are internet safe.  This trend in internet safety could suggest that since social networks have been around for a few years, people are becoming more versed in using the sites to their advantage and most importantly safely.  The positive trend in internet safety will only prove to expand the possibilities of social networks and develop media format that is still in its infancy.  (THIS IS A LITERATURE REVIEW RE-SUBMITTED)

 

Interview Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 by poorandweird

Hank Hill calls a radio station looking for the hardware section. Here is the link…https://docs.google.com/a/oswego.edu/leaf?id=0B2VlhDLTdiAdYTE3NDZkYjItNDYwNS00NjZlLTg2MDMtMjEzMzYzNWRkOWYy&hl=en&authkey=CMnE9YQG (Interview)

Zombie Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 by poorandweird

Heres the link… https://docs.google.com/a/oswego.edu/leaf?id=0B2VlhDLTdiAdNTc1MTMyMGItYjAxZC00NmY5LWFjNTktOTFkNzYyMzg1YjYz&hl=en&authkey=COGoot8K

This is a short commercial I made about a zombie survival kit. (2nd free choice)

Great albums to come out in 1980 that are not “Back In Black”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2010 by poorandweird

I once read in a student article that AC/DC’s “Back In Black” is the greatest album of all time.  I would just like to take some time and say that this over-hyped piece of garbage is not at all in the running for best album of all time but not even for 1980.  Yes I know this is based on my opinion, but I think its just such a shame that some people hold such a bland anthem rocker album to such high regard.  I think it has a lot to do with commercial accessibility and what is appealing to the masses.  Maybe my disgust for AC/DC also stems from all the times I see their T-shirts for sale in Wall Mart…thats neither here nor there…point being, 1980 was a good year for music especially some more underground stuff.  So just as this one individual once wrote an article about “Back In Black” and all its amazing hard rock glory, I’m going to share some of my favorites from that year that in my opinion are superior.

1. Peter Gabriel- “Peter Gabriel (3)”:  This is a complete and utter masterpiece.  Its experimental, its art rock, its progressive and its a total experience.  Its an album that encapsulates Peter Gabriel’s talents as a musician and his ability to compose an album that has good singles as well as overall album experience.  I feel like once Gabriel was finished leading Genesis he had all the practice to make the album he was meant to make.  Leaving Genesis was a good move anyways…lets be honest who wants to listen to Phil Collins…anyways using the experience of the great early Genesis albums he created, Peter Gabriel created an album that is unmatched in song craft, mood, and emotional depth.  Its one of those albums that does not initially grab you with pop hooks and the like but forces one to take time to appreciate the nuances.  If you got the patience this album will not dissatisfy.

2. Dead Kennedy’s- “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables”:  I would contend that this could be the greatest punk album ever made.  Jello Biafra and the gang blast through song after song leaving total destruction in their wake.  Its full of political and social commentary that actually makes sense.  Its not simply a bunch of idiots yelling about how they hate the government.  Biafra is an intelligent person and what better way to get his messages out than through the bad ass so-cal punk genre during its height.  Whatever your political views may be, one can not be moved by the brutal but straight forward way of songwriting.  This album is about getting in your face and not relenting.  Politics aside the album has beautiful pacing and is full of entertainment.  Its one of those albums that comes along where instead of mindless hooks and melodies, there is something said.

3. Devo- “Freedom of Choice”:  Yes this is basically their commercial peak and success with their radio hit “Whip It”, but this album has so much more to offer.  The format for the album is generally quick synth-pop songs with quirky lyrics.  The album may even sound dated, but there is much more offered here than one may initially think.  Devo uses its robotic lifeless approach to their greatest advantage.  The songs are about different topics but throughout is their theory of  de-evolution, or idea that people are becoming less intelligent.  The album does an exceptional job with balancing social commentary with some of the most catchy songs.  There is something for everybody.  Its a shame that Devo would never reach this level of creativity again.  I think this album proves that the band was much more than a novelty or a gimmick.  Upon repeated listens you can pick up on how silly society can act as portrayed through the song writing.

These are only a few of the albums to be released during 1980 that I believe are underrated and not understood.  *(This is a PRODUCT REVIEW)*

A list of song covers.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2010 by poorandweird

This is a list of different song covers I have come across that I think are exceptionally well performed.  For me, a good cover is not simply a duplicate version of a song done by a different band.  This is a common occurrence I find when a band will take a song and try to sound exactly the same.  While this is totally fine and takes a talented band, what is the point?  I mean why would I listen to a cover that might as well have been the original?  Each song I picked are primarily well known classics re-done by lesser known bands or artists.  What I find so intriguing about this group of covers is that I know it is a cover yet it sounds as if the band could have totally created the song.  These artists take their own style and put it into a song giving it a whole new feel and direction.  The list is in a loose order from my top picks down to the bottom.

1. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones covered by Devo:  I will always respect the Rolling Stones for what they have done for rock and roll the same way I respect the Beatles.  The Stones were one of the seminal groups of classic rock.  “Satisfaction” is one of their most well known songs.  About fifteen years later a nerdy new wave band comes along with their first album featuring a cover of “Satisfaction”.  It takes the straight forward Stones rocker and makes into a nervous and jerking spectacle.  It really sounds as if Mark Mothersbaugh really cant get no satisfaction.  They take this classic and make it a hundred times better.  The tempo is increased and the vocal style of Mothersbaugh couldn’t be more appropriate for the lyrics written by Jagger/Richards.  It was even reported that Jagger liked the cover more so than their own version.

2. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash Covered by Wall of Voodoo:  Johnny Cash always had a dark side to his songs.  Wall of Voodoo took this dark side and went much further with it.  The song starts out with a pulsing synthesizer effect that is eventually joined by a spaghetti western twanged guitar.  Stan Ridgway delivers the vocals in really nasal country sort of way.  The band helps support the dark elements of the song eventually going into a full out instrumental jam that sounds like a b-rate horror movie.  Its one of the most original takes on a classic I have ever heard.

3. “Lets Spend the Night Together” by the Rolling Stones covered by David Bowie:  The Stones make another appearance on the list.  Coincidence?  Probably not, they are known to have written some good songs.  Anyway, Bowie’s version is fantastic.  Its an over the top glam, proto-punk version of a very straightforward song.  Bowie and his band manage to revamp this song with ridiculous sound effects giving it a really spaced out feel.  The bass and the guitar are very hard hitting giving the song a very strong groove.  Way more fun than the original not to mention catchier.

4. “Show Me the Way” by Peter Frampton covered by Dinosaur Jr:  The guitar work in this cover and the laid back feel are perfect for this classic rock song.  Dinosaur Jr came out of the 80’s hardcore movement but were not as harsh and fast paced as some of their contemporaries.  Dinosaur takes Frampton’s classic and gives it a really fuzzytoned feed backed treatment that works very well.  Its lazy and stoner-esque.  The vocals are mumbled and the singing sounds almost out of tune.  This doesn’t detract but adds to the song.  The guitar playing is just as good as the original blending psychedelic whaling with good melody.

5.  “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix covered by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds:  Nick Cave takes a classic bluesy upbeat rocker and stripes it down to a bear boned Gothic ballad.  There is no denying that Hendrix created a classic song, however its almost funny how the band makes the subject material sound fun and happy.  Joe is going to kill his women.  Nick Cave knows this all too well and can prove it.  The tempo for the cover is slowed down into a drudging march.  Its depressing and dark, just the way the song should be.  It creates an atmosphere that the song never had before.   *(This is a FREE CHOICE PRODUCT REVIEW)* Here is a link to amazon.com where you can purchase some of this music I have discussed and other albums.

The Brawny Guy vs. Mr. Clean

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by poorandweird

Two great product icons…but who would win?

 

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