The Semester: In Review

Well guys, the semester is almost done, and I want to talk about it. This semester, and year even has been one, if not thee, busiest time of my life. I have not been this tired in a long, long time.

But, at the end of it all, it was totally worth it. The connections that I have made, and the people that I have met are absolutely incredible, and I would not change this experience for the world.

I could not recommend this program enough for anyone that is interested in a career in broadcasting, because it really does get you ready. I can’t wait for next year to start. (But I will enjoy 4 months of full-time work)

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Happy Easter Everybody!

 

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Happy Easter everyone! As we move into the holidays I want to take this time to wich everyone a long weekend. I will be at home enjoying some much needed relaxation time, and I know you will be too.

And with that blurb said and done…HAPPY EASTER!

Meme’s – The Internet Culture

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Meme’s (pronounced meem), has quickly become the staple of internet culture. Ever since 2006 they have gained massive circulation and popularity among internet users. But what is a meme?

A meme is a massively circulated image re-posted with slight variations (or something). they can range from pictures of cats, to crudely drawn comic strips.

I like meme’s, and some of them are really funny, and they are starting to permeate into the real world with references and merchandise. I can only see the popularity of meme’s grow further. The only thing that I can know for sure, is that I really, really, really, like this image.

Netflix: The Times a Wastin’

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Netflix, the ultimate time waster, what a way to spend 24 hours of pure uninterrupted time. I remember when Netflix subscriptions were given away as pity prizes on game shows. Now, its one of the biggest media sources in the world.

Right now I am currently working my way through the unknown cult-classic show “The X-Files”. And I gotta say, I am really enjoying the way that each episode plays one after the other to give me a never-ending stream of consumerism.

It is also curious how one can spend hours just scrolling through Netflix wondering what to watch. It almost takes as long as watching the movie itself.  Needless to say though, Netflix has become a staple of modern entertainment, and one that I take part in a considerable amount, and probably will until either it ends, or I do.

 

Retro Computer Collecting

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I have been a retro computer/games collector for a while now, and, I just thought I would share my thoughts on the subject.

Retro collecting is not always easy, mostly due to the extreme age of the equipment you desire. It is always a challenge trying to find items in working order. Some of the most common problems are dead batteries and capacitors. These components were simply not designed to last that long, so when you finally get a piece, that is most likely going to need replacing.

The rarity of these items is also a huge obstacle to get around. With the aforementioned breakdowns, and people seeing these pieces as nothing more than obsolete, they often get trashed. This drives the price of the existing units up even higher.

The best thing is to search around and try to find someone that doesn’t really know what they have, and will sell the “junk” to you for dirt cheap. That has happened to me a few times, where someone wants to get rid of “trash” and give me something that’s worth a few hundred dollars.

But after everything, its still a great hobby to have (expensive tho). It almost feel like I’m doing these computers a service, like I’m a “retirement home” for computers. They have done their work, and now come to take a rest at my house where they can be appreciated for what they are, and what they have achieved.

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The Week of Nothing: A Retrospect

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Well, I only have one question. WHAT HAPPENED? It’s already been a week since march first? Man, I really mean it when I say that NOTHING has happened this week. It’s almost as if we have been thrown through a time warp seven days into the future.

I remember going to the pub last Wednesday like it was yesterday, and in fact, I actually thought that it was yesterday at some point. There has to be a greater power at work here. Aliens? Probably. It all makes sense.

We were collectively abducted as a planet and dropped off a week later after extensive testing. That would also explain this weird bump in my side that I woke up with.

Amaranthe Concert Night

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Earlier this week Got to experience something that I have been waiting for forever. I got so see a Amaranthe, a Swedish band that I really like, live and in concert. It’s not often that a moderately unknown band from overseas decides to grace us with their presence, but when I heard that they were rolling back into town, I had to go.

I missed their performance here in 2015 due to being super poor insufficient notice, and the chance that I got to see them again was well appreciated. Let me be the first to say, not only are they super talented live (they sound like their album recording), they are also some of the nicest musicians I have ever met.

It’s not everyday you get to meet someone you’re a mondo fan of, but it really made my night to just sit and chat with them about various stuff in their lives.

Long story short, I will definitely go to see them again.

Lego Batman | Thoughts

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of viewing the new Lego Batman movie, and I feel obligated to spew my opinion out on the matter like any other nerd on the internet.

My general thoughts on the film are that as such; it’s really good. The first scene of the movie had me giggling like I was in junior high. It starts of fast and never lets go. The animation, as with the original Lego movie, is top notch.  Will Arnett does a fantastic job voicing the caped crusader as well.

This doesn’t mean that the movie is all sunshine and Batman’s, it does have a few flaws. The biggest one in my mind is that it feels a little bogged down by what it’s trying to accomplish all while keeping its “G” rating. I feel if they pushed the bar further the movie could be even better.

One thing to go into this movie knowing is that it’s not a Batman movie. It’s a Batman Parody, Kind of like Airplane is to American Airways. It takes the absurd cliches and pushes them to the extreme, so try not to take it too seriously.

All in all, its a great movie, and one definitely seeing in theaters. Plus, I won a Bluetooth speaker from the arcade, so I’m happy.

Goodbye HMV

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In the news recently was something that will be the dismay of physical disc lovers everywhere. As of January 27th 2017, HMV has been placed into receivership, and will be closing all 102 of its Canadian locations, as well as liquidating all of their assets. This comes after years of declining sales, and  has been the long foreseen dread of  music fans everywhere. Now that it is a reality, many music lovers are having to come to terms with the situation.

Gone will be the days of waltzing through the isles spending hours (to the dismay of my family)  looking through the CD selections. I wont even be able to wake up to a brand new album and quickly get it into my impatient hands.

HMV was the last of the big chain CD stores in Canada, and with it now gone, the market will have to be filled. My hope is that independent music stores will take the reigns, and start stocking new CD’s to attract the business that used to be HMV’s. In my opinion, physical media will never truly die, it will just migrate.

Living In The Future: Motion Sensing Light-Up Stairs.

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Just more proof that we are getting closer and closer to living in the Star Trek world (holodeck cheerleaders, here I come). A company called SOLED is now selling a lighting kit that turns your home staircase into a futuristic motion sensing wonder.

According to them, “Stairs motion sensors by SOLED provide intelligent monitoring of stairs illumination. They are automatically activated when someone enters the first step (on the bottom or top of the stairs).” So it will even work when I slip and fall down the stairs in the pitch black of night. SOLED also makes other lighting kits for around the house, including kitchen lights, light up shelving, and mirrors. Why? Because monsters are scary rich people.

Although I joke, if I ever get to build my own house, it will definitely be filled with these things. Just so I can walk up and down the stairs and feel like I’m actually important in the world. Check out the SOLED lighting kits here.