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In Uncategorized on March 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm


Albums You Need In Your Collection [Part III]

In Great Albums on February 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

Here’s part III [make sure you’re not missing out on the first two, links at the bottom of post]

Brand New – Deja Entendu

This album is my favorite album by Brand New, and I already miss the days where they play their shows with these songs.  This album never gets old, Brand New’s unique style of california punk and whatever they’re turning it into fits together absolutely amazingly in this record.  Every song is beautiful and this album will always remain a classic.  Brand New is still making music (just came out with a new album a few months ago, really good but not better)

The Velvet Underground & Nico

This was the Velvet Underground’s debut album with Nico, and it’s one of my favorite albums of all time.  The velvet underground was such an amazing band, and especially for when they were around.  This will always be a masterpiece.  From Sunday Morning to Heroin, every song is completely awesome and you need to have this in your collection.  If you like this album, I’d also recommend Lou Reed’s “Transformer”.

Underoath – Acts of Depression

This (and Cries of the past) is the only metal music I listen to.  This is Underoath’s music before any of their CDs and before any of their popularity amongst 14 year old girls all across the nation.  This album is just straight raw hardcore music with songs up to 10 minutes long.  I don’t know anyone else that enjoyed this album like I do, but it’s a classic and I think no matter how distant I am normally to any other metal music, this one will stay in my collection.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

This album is definitely in my top 3 favorite albums ever (and probably with another John Frusciante album).  I’ve been a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers before I was even really into music, and if anything i only love their music more.  This is my favorite of their albums, it is a great fusion of funk and rock, they did it like nobody else.  The only song I dislike by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Give it Away) is, however, on this album…but my favorite song of all time (I Could Have Lied) is on here as well.

Massive Attack – Heligoland

This album just came out yesterday (I believe) and I can’t stop listening to it.  Every song on this album is fantastic and I think it’s a great idea for you to go check it out right now.  Massive Attack does collaborations with many artists and the album as a whole turned out amazing.

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In Web Fluency on February 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

For my Web Fluency class, I’ve signed up for multiple social networking/video sites and have written reports with pros and cons on each, I’ve also included my link to these web pages, just click the logos.

I’ve had a Twitter account for a couple years, going through use phases, and I’ve noticed a few things.  The first is that simplicity is the reason it’s so big, short status updates and following artists or friends is extremely easy.  Twitter is the social online version of texting, where you can reach any friend, band, professional athlete, or actor with an account.  I’ve also noticed that I get a lot of spam followers, and not just spam businesses but random local businesses from Grand Rapids (where I’m originally from) and Minneapolis (current town).  I’ve noticed that while a lot of people have Twitter accounts, people are more interested and devote more time to Facebook, and I doubt the benefit of my Twitter account after 2 years.

I’m sure almost everyone has used Youtube at some point or another, but I bet most of you havn’t signed up for an account.  I never had until just recently, and it’s because it’s easy to sign up, and I like to keep track of certain people’s videos.  I’m currently going to a school for production and recording, and I’ve found a few people’s youtube pages that have a lot of good tutorials on software and gear reviews and whatnot.  So if you’re not surfing for kittens playing with string or Obama/T-Pain’s auto-tune song, there’s tutorials on just about anything you want to do, and having an account is a good and easy way to keep track of these.  This link, and the next 3, may not be interesting right now but I’ll be updating them shortly with more information and use.

I’ve never used Vimeo before today, but while Youtube is the most used video site (#2 most searched online right after google), I like Vimeo much more.  As far as functionality, there’s not much disscernable difference between Vimeo and Youtube, but Vimeo is easier on the eyes and has customizable embedded videos, and there is also no time restriction.  This means you can upload any video that your camera can get onto Vimeo, while Youtube has a limit of 10 minutes.

I just signed up for a Flickr account last week to see if I liked it (more than Photobucket, which I’ve used since my girlfriend freshman year in high school made me get a Xanga).  I like Flickr so many more ways more than Photobucket, although for strictly just uploading pictures for the links to embed, I think photobucket is easier.  Flickr has many very talented users that I’ve seen that have really nice pictures or artwork, and I never know when I’m going to need a picture for later use.  Flickr has a nice interface, and better than Photobucket or other similar online photo places, the social interaction between users is better executed.  It’s very easy to find someone you like and to add them as a contact.