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Talking the Talk: Things I Consider Before I Socialize on Buzznet

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Tega Vedas Aug 12, 2011

So, I've been back on Buzznet now for a little over a week now, and I have made a few observations:

- More than half of all of the friends that I had on here have abandoned their posts and have raised the white flag when it comes to making this place part of their daily routines.  This was a much different place two years ago, and even a much more different place four years ago.  Wow, I feel a little aged.

- I am alarmingly surprised by how gossip-y the pop culture page seems to be.  I always thought that pop culture was more than just current events that have less to do with cultural relevancy and more to do with shallow insights.  Now, I mean no intentional diss to any current contributor, just trying to think about ways to open this place up in a more appealing way.

- The age of strong, creative contributors has been traded in for a considerable amount of minor bloggers that aren't talking about how things in the world relate to their lives; there is no firm community to be found in loose summations about a person (unless that person is either Jesus or Harry Potter).  I think that a relatable sense of community helps to inspire friendly competition among people when it comes to posting clever material, and it is great to get to relate to people through content that you feel passionate about!  Again, I'm not trying to draw fire from any one person in mentioning this - I see a large community of users, not people.

With these thoughts out of my brain and onto your screen, I now have decided to put together a few habits that I've learned to follow before I criticize the styles of other people.  I'd like to take the time now to point out that there is a difference in how we criticize; there are many ways that a criticism could take, from a simple evaluation of an artist's worth in comparison to their work to unnecessarily harping on the styles of other people.  I have gone through roughly 50+ posts in the last few hours trying to make sense of how fashion and trends on Buzznet are discussed, highlighted, ripped apart, dismissed, and exploited.  The criticisms that I read through have a fair amount of information, but I don't get a sense of personal style, flavor, or personality informing how I interpret the information.

I remember this place having that.  I don't see it much these days.  And while some of you might appreciate the endless, two-second 'wow, that's kewl' comments, I do not like them (not on here or on Facebook) and would rather have a little more depth put into feedback.  

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This place (having a history of being in full support of original, user-generated content) is one where we can all learn from each other in ways that you don't get to on other websites.  I'd like to keep a taste of that, and let people know a little bit better on what I'm talking about.

1. Do your research!

If that means that you google a designer, I take the time to do it.  If that means going to an artists tweets and making sense of what their thoughts are, I take the time to do it.  If that means that you go onto YouTube to watch interview after interview to make sure that their facts match up in their entirety, I take the bloody time to do it.  There are so many ways to research, and if you ever find yourself stuck, send me a message and I can try my best to help.  If you're also going to take the time to research what you're looking into, be sure to cite your stuff!  That doesn't necessarily mean that I like to go all APA or MLA or Chicago-style with it - I usually just provide links so that people can see where I get my information from.  I think that knowing what you're talking about lends to anyone's credibility as a person that writes about other people and music and pop culture and whatever the hell else people decide to talk about.

2. Bring your experiences into the mix!

Using 'I' statements and attempting to speak as true as you can from your own experiences is a great way to bring more of yourself into your posts.   No one can invalidate how I feel or how I think; as long as I am being honest about it, I can sleep with ease.  It is empowering to better understand how your personal experiences can be applied to a multitude of mediums.  Speaking from your own actions also helps to better personalize who you are to the rest of the world - your experiences can be used to help better paint a clearer picture of who the person on the other side of the screen is.  

3. If you're going to gossip, be sure that it is something that you feel comfortable gossipping about!

If you're doing your own research and bringing in personal experiences when you decide to post something that may be considered gossip, readers gain a better perspective of who you are and how you stand in relation to what you are writing about.  It's easy for a person to combat what you're talking about when it seems like you don't have your thoughts collected or are writing about it in a way that doesn't speak fluidly (and there are many kinds of fights that happen over formatting issues over the internet - bleh).  There are many ways to convey comfort with what you are talking about, but the most essential part of talking about something is knowing about the elements that surround your claims.  I love talking to people that know what they are talking about.  From the extreme fans that can describe every emotional twist that Patrick Stump has ever made them feel to the folks that match up nuiannces and gestures of models to every other facet of popular culture while making grand social commentary, each of these characters has a way of understanding the world for themselves and explain it in a way that each of us can learn from.  

Turning gossip into something that we can learn from?  I can hear all of my College of Communication's proffessors sharing their support for this idea in my head (and that's a taste of what I'm talking about.)

4. Do your own thing?!

This one is the hardest to articulate without heading to the whole 'just be yourself' conversation, so I'll just say that I have the most fun with my posts when I am getting stuff across that directly relates to my life (e.g. I've recently re-watched the every episode of King of the Hill, and I now find myself thinking in a more simplistic and practical way when it comes to developing work and relating to my small town; my thoughts about how the a television show can affect perception comes to mind and I will probably write a blog for the internet asking if anyone else feels this way in conjunction with anything else).  And I enjoy trying to find those connections!  This doesn't mean that I want everyone to watch King of the Hill; I'm just trying to say that when I relate things to myself, I get so much more out of what I am working on.  A side effect of this mentality used to score me with a group of online friends that could tell you how I thought without ever having physically met me (until much later with the most stellar results, of course).

5. Have fun with what you're writing about!

I know that it might seem like you want to do something about an artist because you think that it is a good idea to feature.  I've traded topics of blog posts over the last few years; the brainstorming can sometimes be the only exciting part of what you remember with the final version.  It's easy to think of a particular topic (e.g. Jack White), attempt to think of how you can write about it in a current fashion (e.g. 2011 Wants Jack White Back), and focus on certain specifics that you feel are necessary to tell (e.g. must bring up his current artistic endeavors).  I like to focus on keeping my posts talking about the present - it makes me feel like I am actually contributing to a meaningful piece of information that stems from the current age.  I love to write about the present; that is where my words read most relevant to me.  That's where I decide to write from, and I have fun with how I am characterizing my critique.  That's my essential about whatever it is that I am writing: enjoy the hell out of it.  It can be quite a fulfilling hobby.

I'm a little concerned that this journal may be read in a way that it isn't intended to be read, so I'll just remind the reader:  these are what I do when I socialize on Buzznet, and these aren't directed to anyone in particular.  I'm trying to encapsulate a few characteristics that I feel are valuable in getting the most out of your experience on Buzznet.

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Why did I decide to make a post like this?  Well, I have a few reasons:  

- I've met some great people through Buzznet, and I just don't know that there are actual people behind the new crew of 2011 (and by crew, I am not implicating the staff in any way, shape, form, etc.).  I don't doubt that you are all human beings, but if all that you have to offer is the same stuff that I've worked hard to avoid on the grocery store check-out counters (relevant), then the future is going to get gray very quickly.

- As nice as it may seem to have all of your celebrity news in one place, that doesn't mean that this place has been exclusively catering that kind of material - and that gossip is the only thing that should gain recognition on here.  There are still some of the most interesting amateur photographers on this website that make so many professionals look like their work was done by infants.  I want to find the spirit of creative inspiration that used to be found everywhere on Buzznet.  It isn't going to happen overnight, but I'm quite patient.

- I don't really have a third reason.  I really only wanted to put one in because I wanted to end with three reasons.  

I don't think that it hurts to be thinking about your blog as a way to communicate with other people.  It's just too depressing to go through profile after profile where all some folks seem to know how to do is talk about a celebrity acted or looked or barely paid attention to them at their meet-and-greet session.  

I WANT TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHERS THAT LIKE TO MEET OTHER PEOPLE.

What was great about Buzznet was that it was never one of it's many partners that I don't want anything to do with, and I am not ready to let it all turn into yesterday's glitter and spa talk.

2011 VMA Nominations: Who I Think Should Win

Tega Vedas
Tega Vedas Aug 04, 2011

So, I've decided to be extensive again about the VMAs...again.  I've done this for a few other blogs in the past, but I need to start breaking back into Buzznet.  I miss the fresh variety of opinions to be found here.

To be a bearer of giving credit where credit is due, let me take you on a magical ride through MTV's 2011 Video Music Award Nominees.  I will, of course, be sending out little hints to the world as to who I think should be the winner in the end.  Though, I encourage that each person think for themselves when it comes to these sorts of things.  I have my tastes, and you've got yours - some of them might mix by the end of this.  

Let's begin!

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Best Pop Video

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

I have heard more people talk about the song this year than any other; Adele has stepped up her game since she was chasing pavements.  The video itself is beautifully filtered with many solemn shots, spontaneous energy, and tupperware genocide.  The shaking glasses reminded me of Jurassic Park when I first watched the video, and I've always affirmed that Adele's voice is quite the beast.  Thinking about the fact that it was directed by Sam Brown (the man who also directed Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On" and James 'my-life-is-brilliant' Blunt's "You're Beautiful"), I can really see his style coming through.  They've got my vote for this category.

Britney Spears - "Till the World Ends"

I don't usually have the best thoughts in the world about Britney Spears' music, but the video seems like it was a lot of fun to craft.  The post-apocalyptic nature of the song reminds one that when the world is coming down around you to remember to dance (umm... echoes of Gaga essence circa 2008 anyone?).  Either way, the music is catchy and does seem to be a literal compliment to the video.  I've always loved Ray Kay's work (Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" was one of his creations, and "Soldier" by Destiny's Child is still one of my favorite music videos), and you can see a fair amount of work being put into the video.  Props, but no vote.

Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

Bruno Mars is not my slice of pie.  His music, his swag, everything that he is working with - not really my thing at all.  The video doesn't peak my interest like Nabil Elderkin has been known to do in the past.  He was the director for Electric 6's NSFW video for "Bodyshot" (google it yrself), and I'd take that piece of work over most of the nominees for all categories this year.

Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

You know that one artist that you saw in that Gym Class Heroes video a long time ago and thought was going to be someone that you really liked?  Yeah, I do too.  Katy Perry is just another one of those people that I just can't stand to support, and it has nothing to do with the big hair and overexaggerations of high school stereotypes found in this video (and her history of transphobia is certainly not a plus).  But directors Marc Klasfeld (anyone remember Nelly's "Ride Wit Me"?) and Danny Lockwood (who has worked on quite a few videos, but only credited as a co-director for this one) also are to be put on trial for the content of the video.  All in all, just going to pretend that I've never seen the video or heard the song and move on.

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"

I love the creative lens that David Rousseau lends to all of the work that he does. The video for Benny Benassi's "Electroman" (featuring T-Pain) is a video editor's wet dream and nightmare at the same time; the split-screen fluidity and bright content are just phenomenal. Now, this video seems a little more generic in a lot of ways, but it does have a freshness to it.  I haven't had a history of enjoying Pitbull too much, but this video helps to make the song pop - and isn't that what this category is all about?  

Best Rock Video

Cage The Elephant - "Shake Me Down"

After seeing them in concert on several occasions in the last three years, I've given up on being 'wowed' by Cage the Elephant.  This video manages to not do it for me again, but I think that it also has to do with the nostalgic content.  I'm not one for appreciating history in a way that doesn't seem productive; I'd rather learn a lesson from the past and apply to my present life than to look back and recollect for the sake of appreciation (I blame thee, my aware self which relates itself to itself - and this gets distorted when I think about how I like reviewing music).  Isaac Rentz, who has done a couple of other Cage the Elephant videos, directs a nice looking video that does bring back the days when blanket forts were effective and captures bits of flashing life before the eyes of an audience.  I do like the video, but I don't care too much for the song at the end of watching it five times in a row.

Foo Fighters - "Walk"

I like the Foo Fighters, but this video kind of put me to sleep the first few times that I watched it.  Maybe it is because I think that the whole idea of 'typical office worker fed-up with his ordinary American routine' is completely overdone and exceptionally simplified.  That's exactly it, actually.  Despite the fact that I'm really not into the video, the song has made it onto my iPod and it's a good listen when you're walking around town taking pictures.  Commercial maker Sam Jones is the director of this one, and that doesn't give me any more incentive to like it.  If anything, I did like that the video ended on a sour note - kind of makes it more realistic to me.

Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

Not a fan.  Of any of what I just watched and listened to.  However, I do like some of Josef Geiger's other film works.

Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"

I am not the biggest fan of Mumford & Sons, but this video was shot in a cutesy way.  I like the variety of faces and combination of colors coming across - but again, I'm really not into their music too much.  If it isn't too obvious, I don't care too much about the rock videos this year (or in many years for that matter).   MOVIN' ON.

The Black Keys - "Howlin' For You"

First off, I love that Chris Marrs Piliero has been wit h the Black Keys from the get-go.  He's got a specific kind of vision that loves to put itself together in a complete way that has simplistic, creative elements that go beyond their basic ideas.  I love that the music is just a background to the action in the video; I think that it helps to flip the way that you interpret the music when you attempt to make sense of traditional music videos.  That said, it kind of works in a bad way in that the video implies that their music can be cut and sold to the film franchise in such a simple way.  I hate action films (they are the filth of entertainment to me), and this faux trailer didn't change my thoughts.  Bummer. 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"

The simplicity of this song works well with the complexity of the super quick editing done to this video.  Chris Brown always knows how to bring his moves to his videos, and the quick, slick stylings of Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne give power to their words all the more.  This video knows how to help carry the flow of the rap and maintain interest throughout; Chris Brown is showing growth in how well the words seem to fly from his mouth.  But I don't listen to him for fun often, and I'm sad to say that when I first heard the song, it just sort of didn't capture me all to well.  I'm not a fan of minimalist mediums, but I have deeply enjoyed how consistent Chris Brown and Colin Tilley have been when it comes to working together - they've done tons of videos as a team.  

Kanye West featuring Rihanna & Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights"

It was no surprise to find Mr. West up for multiple awards this year; he knows how to put his puzzles pieces together to make just the right kind of picture.  The shots of the little girl and snow on the ground reminds me of when I walked to school in the snow here in Colorado.  Segments from this video totally have me thinking about Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." too; the weight of the bright lights just accentuate the music, and I think a good video does know how to do that well.  Director Hype Williams (forever brilliant) has been known to make excellent videos, and you can definitely see all of the lights being turned on in this work of art.  I haven't cared for Rihanna too much after she teamed up with Maroon 5 for "If I Never See Your Face Again," but she adds a nice warmth to the music.  Kid Cudi has been all over my iPod for a while now - so glad to see him in this.

Lil Wayne - "6 Foot, 7 Foot"

This has been blasting up my music video channels for weeks now, and I couldn't enjoy it more.  A friend of mine and I listened to this a few days before I left Chicago for the summer, and it has been just as much on my mind as the heat has been on my scalp.  The video, directed by Hype Williams (WHO I JUST TALKED ABOUT AND IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR TLC's "NO SCRUBS" :D), is filled with impressive combinations of black & white disruptions and interesting off-white color shots that can tell a different story at any moment they are stilled.  I'm pretty biased though; I really enjoy HYPE and the Young Money militia.

Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"

I've always used Lupe Fiasco as a conversation starter among people I don't know too well because a) he's pretty well-known for doing good work, b) I tend to be around a lot of skaters ("Kick Push Kick Push Kick Push Kick Push Coaaaaaaaasssssst"), and c) I wrote a long paper about him during my freshman year, and have retained a lot of information about his life in the back of my head.  Now, I just saw this video for the first time a few days ago, but I haven't gone a day without dancing through it since (as it has been in love with my car's radio for weeks now).  Lupe seems to have come a long way from his skateboarding vids, but I think that director Hiro Murai did a great job directing this flashy video that gets me hyped to get going for anything.  Favorite part about the song: I cannot help adding my voice to the mix by singing the chorus from Modest Mouse's "Float On" as I'm listening.  I HAVE BEEN SMITTEN.

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"

I have so many great things to say about Nicki Minaj, and this music video was totally crafted in a way that I feel encapsulates what she is trying to get across.  When I watch the video, I always see the extreme Barbie girl front being put up: a consistent theme that she's talked about being part of her image perception.  Now, I have a distaste in the back of my throat for this, especially when it comes to modeling after the Barbie.  However, I feel like the way that Minaj seems to put herself in that position so well (relevant), she almost seems to be reshaping what a Barbie should be looking like, acting like, talking like, etc.  I spoke to a 12-year-old cousin of mine a few days ago about it and asked her what she thought about Nicki.  Her response:  "She's a better Barbie than the ones at the stores."  She is totally transitioning the uninspiring Barbie of yesteryear into something real - through an off-beat pseudo-embodiment that comes through as an alter ego.  I have nothing but respect for that.

Best New Artist

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown - "My Last"

Ew.  I'd have preferred that this song come out in late 2012 (preferably after we're all wiped out on December 21).  The last time I heard that song and watched this video will definitely be my last.  Holla!

Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

I've said all I want to say about this.  Maybe in the future, I'll change my mind.  I wouldn't hold my breath, though.

Kreayshawn - "Gucci Gucci"

I wasn't going to make one of these, but this video convinced me to act:

Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"

I have conflicting feelings about Tyler, The Creator's music.  A friend of mine put me on to his stuff a few months back, telling me nothing but the best.  I started to follow him on Twitter, and I can definitely see the appeal.  On one hand, his vulgarities put me off, but I can see a lot of appeal in the way he keeps spinning sh*t up (and it only has a little to do with how close our feelings seem to be about a couple of artists mentioned in "Yonkers").  As far as newer artists are concerned, I would say that he shows the most complexity and creativity.  I think that there is a lot of potential for being only 20-years-old and acting as the leading force for the Odd Future crew.  Kanye West even took a notice to him earlier this year and a week ago lent his support in a retweet about Tyler being put up for a nomination.  He's my favorite of the artists listed for this year.

Wiz Khalifa - "Black and Yellow"

He visited my school this last year for our end of the year concert.  I didn't buy a ticket then, and I'm not really into buying anything this video is selling now.  I love the Steelers, but this song is just more of an annoyance to me than it is actual music.  Bill Paladino's style is all over this too, and I don't mean that as a compliment - not my thing at all.  But I do think that Wiz Khalifa has an excellent cult following on Tumblr, and he has done a damn good job of being open about his marijuana use.  Now, I don't hold that against him - if anything, I think that he's done a good job of letting people know that he isn't a role model and that he's doing what works for him.  I can dig it.

Best Female Video

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

I'm going to get harsh for a second, but then I'll end on a better note.  I do not have good feelings about this song.  I do not think that there is anything constructive in naming the best female video to a woman that is breaking dishes, singing about how she could have had it all with someone and stirs with her resentment or sorrow or whatever else she seems to be feeling.  Call the psychiatrist and get your feelings worked out in a way that is helpful to your mind, but if that was done, I guess we wouldn't have this piece of art.  I can understand to a point an extensive amount of hurt felt in being played by another person, but this song still feels detrimental to me when awarded an excess of praise.  It sounds elegant, and the video was put together very well - the lyrics speak to me in a way that I relate to but also want to get in better touch with their effectiveness.  Eh, my final verdict: I'd feel bittersweet if she got a win in this category.  I do love Adele's music though - when a friend of mine plays "Hometown Glory" in her living room on her guitar, my mind chills and is absolutely smitten.

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

A stellar critique of "Run the World" aside, I don't know how to say how I feel about this video without causing some minor offense to friends of mine that I know adore this as their personal anthems.  I'll stick to the basics: post-apocalyptic theme is present; elaborate, synchronized dance number is a highlight; and the reinforcement of a dualist battle of the sexes is alive and in full-force.  Director Francis Lawrence, whose history with music videos is impressive, is not one of my favorite directors, and I'll be the first to point out a multiplicity of directions that I didn't care for in I Am Legend. Either way, I guess the video does get the song across, but I prefer to stick by my friends on this one and get back to my feminist theory.

Katy Perry - "Firework"

This is a song that won't stop playing on my radio to the point where I can't hear it anymore without associating it with traffic and other road annoyances.  However, I have decided to attempt to give the video a chance because of how playful the stories in the video were touched.  It reminded me of a Benetton advertisement, except instead of highlighting "uniqueness" as they call it the video is trying fit as many outcast situations in 3 minutes and 54 seconds as it can.  I can't tell you how disgusted I am by any sort of medium attempting to appeal to the least common denominator of any sort of category or demographic.  A plus about this video is that Dave Meyers directed it, and I love what he did with Missy Elliot's "Lose Control."  The fireworks imagery coming outward freaks me out when I think about the fact that fireworks fade quickly, but it kind makes me optimistic when I think about how I hope that is the direction that Katy Perry is trying to take her career.  Umm... burn?

Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

I'm a fairly outspoken 'gay against Gaga', but I do have to say she does seem to have a sense of lasting power that gets people talking about gay issues all the time.  I'm conflicted, but after watching the video again, I do not think that it is the best that I've seen from female artists all year.

Nicki Minaj - "Super Bass"

Again, this video hits me in the right way on a lot of levels.  I love how Nicki Minaj does what she does; her raps are thoroughly exciting and really fun to attempt to sing to.  I forgot to mention how much I love the glow-in-the-dark touch that is added to the end of the video; you get a different side of the Barbie, and it is that much more relevant to the theme.  Thank you, Sanaa Hamri - can't wait to see what you do next (if you love this video, you should check out my favorite colorful video directed by Hamri a long time ago - Solange Knowles featuring N.O.R.E. - Feelin' You).

Best Male Video

Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

I like this 3-year-old singing "Grenade" better than Mr. Mars.

Cee Lo Green - "F*** You"

Love it.  Love everything about the video.  Diners?  A big diss to those that don't like you because of a preoccupation with dollar$?  A song that hit the mainstream that features one of the best curse words around?  If this video was an essay, it'd get a B+.  Seriously, Cee Lo's dynamism is admirable and fly, but I wish that I could say the same about who he has been in the past (again, google the info for yrself).  I feel remarkably indifferent about the Lady Killer, but he is damn good at making music.

Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

Another 'love the song, hate the video' situation with this one.  I find that most of Eminem's songs have a better impact on my imagination when they aren't compressed in a YouTube video.  Still, the video does appeal to the emotionally-disturbed pyromaniacs of the world - as a future psychiatrist, I'm always underwhelmed when I see another story where a couple just decides to fight, fight, fight.  But still, not my story to make or like for that matter.  Great riddance (as I listen to it a few more times, keeping the video out of my head for the rest of my life).

Justin Bieber - "U Smile"

My little brother loves the Biebster.  To be honest, I just don't get it.  To each their own, and I'll pass on even providing adequate criticism on this video.  Wait, I will say that Tyler, The Creator seems to think that he sounds like an angel (if that helps to sway anyone in any sort of direction).

Kanye West featuring Rihanna & Kid Cudi - "All of the Lights"

It's nice to see this being put up for best male video, as the spotlight doesn't seem to just be pointed at Kanye West (watch the video - you'll see some pretty great names in music being listed in it).  Now, this is a nomination in the Best Male Video of the Year category - putting that thought to this video really makes me think that Kanye has got a shot.  He definitely has always had an honest boldness in the form of a 'speak before you think' mentality that is quite common (relevant) for many males, and HYPE has a history of cranking out gems.  Kanye is not only sharing the song with a multiplicity of artists, but the various styles within the video that come together to make the final product work wonders together.  I've seen the lights, and I guess that I'm alright with them.

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look At Me Now"

I've already weighed in on this song, but I guess I can talk about the collaboration itself.  Again, each of them speaks with a sharp swiftness and intensity that is absolutely parallel to each other, and it makes the song...  Yeah, I said what I'm going to say about it.  I don't think that it was the best collaboration in the world, but it certainly wasn't the worst.  Didn't mean to slip that in, but eh, what can you do?

Kanye West featuring Rihanna & Kid Cudi - "All of the Lights"

I love Kanye and Kid Cudi working together; their raps are compliments to each other.  Rihanna lends a lightness to the song that works well with the glimmering theme.  Also, with everyone else having been part of this project, I have to say that it is impressive to have rallied up so many contributors to a singular project.  If this wins best collaboration, I'm certainly not going to feel bad about their recognition.  However, I could do with more comments from him to see being turned into parodies for months after they are made:

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Katy Perry doing a song with Kanye West is just like a raucous pep rally: it's going to happen, and you just have to sit through it and hope it isn't too bad.  In all honesty, this one isn't too bad - aside from Kanye rhyming 'de-robe you' with 'probe you', but I guess that is to be expected.  

Nicki Minaj - "Moment for Life"

What a sweet fairy tale rendition that flips the idea of a helpless Cinderella and trades it in for an empire run by the wonderful King Minaj.  Anyone else pay attention to when Drake and Minaj were making plans to marry on Twitter?  Loved it.  This video helped to put a big smile on my face when I first saw it, and it always makes an appearance when it comes back on.  I think that the two collaborate well, and I am hoping for other projects made by the two in the future.

Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack - "Give Me Everything"

This is a fun collaboration that makes me wish that I first heard it at an underground warehouse party in Chicago.  I've enjoyed a lot more music like this in that environment.  As far as the video is concerned, I'm not too impressed.  It's fun, though.

Video of the Year

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Great video?  Yes, without question.  Video of the year?  I'm a little skeptical about that.  I think that the time and energy that went into the video gets translated in how beautiful the final product seems to be, but I'm not sure that I can get behind it being the video of the year.  The editing is stellar, the shots are full and gorgeous, and even the color combinations translate into a somber struggle through heartache and frustration.  I think that this is one of Sam Brown's greatest works, but I just don't know that I can see it being the best from this year.  However, I've still got nothing but great things to say about Adele - who can dislike the queen of feeling right as rain?

Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"

I have to give these guys major credit for keeping up after all of these years.  Yes, friends, I was listening to the Beastie Boys in my diapers back in 1992, but they've actually been around since 1979.  It's okay if you want to let out a large "DAAAAAY-UM" because they're totally worth it.  That said, this video has a lot of elements that are exciting to see have been revisited - I wanted to gain more perspective and came across MTV's James Montgomery talking about the video.  It's director, the Beastie Boys' very own MCA, knows how to bring in the stars and kick up their sounds to the point where you're wondering whether we've gone back in time to listen in.  Personally, I enjoy the video but I am not sure how the rest of the Millenials are going to feel about them representing 2011 - hell, my 18-year-old sister only knows that they've been featured on Futurama.  Oy vey.

Bruno Mars - "Grenade"

thisiswhatithinkaboutwhenireadthathisvideoisupforvideooftheyearhahahahahaha.

Katy Perry - "Firework"

I'm not part of a generation of burn outs, and I...  Wait!  This gif says everything that I want to say:

Tyler, The Creator - "Yonkers"

He's broken into the nominations this year, and I am exceptionally thankful.  The video is simple, creepy, dramatic, delightful, and hopefully just the beginning for Tyler, The Creator.  I've lent him my reluctant support earlier, and I would just be excited if this video received video of the year - after all, he is also Wolf Haley, the music video's credited director.  Who better to represent this year than someone who can do it all with a cockroach crunching in their teeth?

For the following categories, MTV has found that it is best left to professionals to determine who should be crowned the winner of these awards.  I respectfully think that it is complete bullsh*t.

Best Art Direction

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

That's my not-so-subtle way of pointing out that this is not her final nomination yet.  There are only so many compliments that I can dish out to Adele in one blog!

Death Cab For Cutie - "You Are A Tourist"

DCFC is one of favorite bands to ever listen to, having discovered them during my somber years as a bitter, hopeless teenager.  Their content throughout the years has helped to shape a generation of emo-indie hybrids that don't know what their feeling from what they are told they're feeling.  That said (which has relatively nothing to do with this video), I love the way that the video seems to transition.  There is a lot of focus on certain elements of synchronicity that uses the music as a means of dictating how the world looks and moves around.  It certainly wasn't my favorite in this category for the year (because light effects and synchronicity has been done before in a way that I love more), but it is a nice second place for me.

Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"

Acting as a visual manifestation of powers, this video is short, sweet, and to a damn fine point.  Kanye has shown a lot of craft mastery, and teaming up with Babak Radboy (who has done some fly artwork - I just discovered how great Bidoun Magazine earlier this year) was such a great idea.  I've got nothing for love when it comes to this video - I WANT MOAR.

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

I love the art in this video.  However, Katy Perry is not my favorite character in any music video and I've allowed her input about the video to impact how I view it.  I feel sullied and disgusted that I don't feel like I can adequately judge Jason Fijal's artistic prowess (where are my Mastodon fans at?) without letting her influence rot my criticisms.  BRB, grumbling.

Lady Gaga - "Judas"

I'm gonna just gif this in the bud and leave it at that:

Best Choreography

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

I'll be the first to stand up for Beyoncé's incomparable dance moves.  Yes, I learned the dance from "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" after spending days working on my gyrations and twerks.  Hell, I have even attempted to map out every gesture she made in her "Ego" video (I prefer the remix with Kanye, but to each their own).  I love that she normally has just two back-up dancers working their moves with her, but the large amount of people at the end getting into it was a nice switch-up from the vids that I've linked above.  My vote goes to her, of course, but only after I can get down each of her hand movements.  I mean, have you seen the video?  I know that I've only got a lot of critique to throw at it, but the dancing is just plain ol' great.  Check it:

Britney Spears - "Till the World Ends"

Classic Britney moves being brought to the front of this one, and I can get with it.  I haven't been the most enthusiastic fan, but I've noticed that her moves always seem to be just a continuance of her initial moves.  It makes sense, as Brian Friedman is responsible for many of them finding their way onto her body throughout the years.  I'm excited to see her step up her game in the future, but as of right now, I guess having her at least catch up to where she was back in 2000 is a better start to be than where she was without much of a career a few years ago.  Jumpin':

Bruno Mars - "The Lazy Song"

OHAI, joke nomination.  I'm feeling pretty lazy at this point and want nothing to do with him anymore.  Wait, you really need this visual in your head for the next few days:

Lady Gaga - "Judas"

As far as choreography is concerned, this seems like it was lower-level work on her part.  I know that it sounds like I am being biased because of how much I don't care for her music, but I've seen all of her videos enough to know that she has been known to go all out with her videos and this one just doesn't seem to fit in a lot of ways.  First off, I feel like the choreography in this video has a lot less to do with the moves and more about finding the right costumes to fit the biker themes and the religious symbolism.  Second, I'd like to comment on the fact that the amount of choreography seen in the video is considerably less than has been done in all of the other videos done by the artists nominated in this category (but one should consider quality over quantity, I understand).  Third, here is a tutorial to learn how to do the choreography from this video - take the time to learn it, and you'll feel the luster that you initially felt for the video fade.  I'm not hoping for a win to Laurieann Gibson for "Judas" (or admitting to thinking that the choreography for "Cailfornia Gurls" was great either), even though I do have a lot of respect for the work that she has done in the past - the movie Honey was based on her life for crepes sake.  And if you want a gif for this one, go to Tumblr yrself; they've got plenty.

LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon - "Party Rock Anthem"

I received a free ticket from a friend to see LMFAO early last year, and I thought that they put on a good show.  They were exciting, loud, and could play to a crowd just as clear as they sound on iTunes.  That said, the variety of people that I see dancing in the music video make me want to get up and do the same.  The choreography is relatively simple (and pretty much the kind of dancing a person does in their underwear at night to their favorite songs), except for the breakdancing highlight which is actually a bit complex.  I've never admitted to anyone this, but my dad actually used to breakdance when he was younger - he hasn't shut up about the moves that he was able to pull off in his prime.  Needless to say, I do have multiple copies of Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo in my house.  Back to the video, I think that it was a great gesture to nominate LMFAO, but I'm not sure that this is going to be able to hold up against synchronized fools with their pants down or popping pelvises.  I wish them luck!  The following gif is the only one that I could find on Tumblr that I liked:

Best Cinematography

Thirty Seconds to Mars - "Hurricane"

Well, that's 13 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.  I'm not denying that the cinematography wasn't beautiful, but Leto as an actor doesn't appeal to the neural audience in my skull.  The video has a lot of beauty in it, pretty visual metaphors remind me that movies like Donnie Darko had way too much of an effect on film than what it did in my head.  Rough sensuality is a pretty common direction for discussions with my friends to turn, but this is something that I'd rather just let fade.  In any case, "Hurricane" is the least important hurricane to ever have made an appearance on Earth.

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

Okay, I get most of the other nominations for Adele.  Hell, I can even understand that she is exceptionally relevant to this field as well.  But really?  How many awards is she up for?  Have the people that are going to be judging these videos seen any of the other great videos that have been released this year?  Umm...  Uhh...  Okay, I guess that I can't think of too many of them.  Fact is, Tom Townend did a great job.  This is a beautifully-crafted video, so good luck to it in all of the categories it has been nominated.

Beyoncé - "Run the World (Girls)"

I think that in order to fully take into consideration how the cinematography looks, you've really got to be focusing on what is being framed.  There is an exceptionally lavish amount of costume changes and high style to begin with when you take a gander at the video - this blog is good at mapping out some of the extensive lush.  Now, I'm not one to be overly enthusiastic about extravagance of that variety; I think that it kind of takes away from whatever the artist is attempting to say (unless Beyoncé is really trying to make a statement about hedonism, but I would caution pairing up that thought with the fact that the song is about girls running the world).  

Eminiem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

So, I've already said that I enjoy Eminem in the privacy of my brain, and I stick by that.  His raps have always had more of an impact to me before I knew that they had a video attached to them.  This one doesn't change anything, even though I do think that the sharp cuts and lack of fluent transitions in the video work with the lyrics and Rihanna's voice.  I also think that using fire as a visual was pretty sweet to add; there are sparks flying everywhere in a relationship like the one depicted.  Still, I'm kind of over the video.

Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream"

Who better to talk about the endless imaginations that run wild during teen years than this 26-year-old, Christian sex symbol (hey, I didn't tag; I just pass the brag)?  Snide comment put out, now actual criticism: this video encapsulates the essence of popularized, lurid heteronormativity that didn't sit with me well in high school and doesn't sit well with me now.  I LOVE PAUL LAUFER (the cinematographer who has also did work on the movie The Cell), but I could have done without the excess in trying to filter this video into some sort of classic.  I also remember reading this critique of a reviewer's review that talked badly about Katy Perry's album and felt that it was relevant to link to.  I read that a while back, and it has helped to make me think of Perry's crassness as a good thing - but when goofy outweighs the gritty, I'm bored and looking elsewhere for my fix.  Who knows?  Maybe when I'm Katy's age, I'll feel differently and want to someone to make me feel like I'm living in a teenage dream.  Until then, I'll keep on truckin'.

Best Direction

Thirty Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"

This video's direction made me feel like this:

Only not really.  Nope, not at all.

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

I HAVE SAID, "GOOD LUCK."  WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL, BUT I AM DONE COMMENTING ON THIS VIDEO.  FOREVAAAAH.

Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"

There are playful elements in this video that carry through to the end.  I wasn't bored by it, but I don't know if it will necessarily get all the noise that the Beastie Boys is looking for in newer audiences.  Maybe there will be enough coming from the folks that used to rock out with them back in the daze of right fighting and sabotage.  Either way, the direction was implemented by MCA, and I love a good artist that also knows how to work in more than one medium.

Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie"

I said that I'm over it.  Done-zo.

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Does this song remind anyone else of Amy Lee's vocals?  I kind of like that she doesn't sound like she does in her other songs, but the lyrics seem to still have that KP feeling.  The video is a science fiction make-up artist's wet dream, and Floria Sigismondi's artsy eye is all over the visuals.  There are some phenomenal effects done to the characters, and the remnants of human debris that are all over the landscapes are a nice comment about love being present whether humans are or not.  E.T.: hopefully you won't have to phone home with news that you weren't good enough for this award because not even my disgust for the musician is keeping me from singing the chorus.

Best Editing

Thirty Seconds To Mars - "Hurricane"

I can totally believe that this is here again, but to be honest, I would rather weigh in on some of the other videos in this category.  I'll just leave this here:

Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"

No more...  Just no.  FINALLY. THE. LAST. ADELE. NOMINATION.  

Kanye West featuring Rihanna & Kid Cudi - "All of the Lights"

The definition of 'smooth' in all dictionaries will have to always cite the editing in this video from now on. 

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

I said great things about the direction, but I'm not sure that the same can be said about the editing.  It told a simple story, but I think that a few ends could have been tied in a more appealing way.  I don't care for the way that Jarrett Fijal edits videos; the cuts don't match for me in a more personable format.  I think that the juxtaposition of animal action shots to the emptiness of the cosmos were nice factors to blend.  It helped to make the video less cold and a little more life-like, and...  Wait.  I just took a break to watch this video of Katy Perry talking about her inspiration, and it ruined the video for me a little bit.  I'm going to pass on thoughts about this video at this time.  

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"

A little slow, a little sincere: this video actually does give me a lot of good feelings.  I think about life flashing before the eyes of people, attempting to make sense of the chaos of existence that is just waiting to call it in.  This video totally made me feel better about the song, and I like the wrecking and shaking of all of the memories that the driver is experiencing.  The dramatic stir throughout the video has a gripping effect, and I can safely say that I'm a fan after having endured the hectic ride.

Best Special Effects

Chromeo - "Don't Turn The Lights On"

So, this band was another that came to my school this last year to perform as well.  Not into it - and listening actually gives me more of a perspective on the people that I go to school with.  You can't see it, but after I typed that out, I had chills run through my body.  I might not be into their music, but the effects are still pretty alright.

Kanye West featuring Dwele - "Power"

I bet that more time went into adding effects for this video than a lot of the videos made in the last year.  But I've already expressed my support; I'm out.

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T."

Other-worldly?  Sure.  Best?  That's pretty subjective.

Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End"

Now, Linkin Park has always been known to bring the effects throughout their music video history.  This one is beautiful and simple, but I do wish that it was a bit more intense.  The starry aura is pretty and helps to solidify their place among music constellations (ILY, WINEHOUSE).  The circular motions and light work reminds me of videos like "Sleepyhead" by Passion Pit, but only for split second when I remember that LP is much better.  Ghost Town Media FTW.

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"

The effects for this are pretty damn cool, turning a car wreck into a life of misery that all seems to translate with a frenzied fluency from frame to frame.  SAH-WEET.

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So, there it is.  I understand that there are a lot more than just the people mentioned for the final completion of the project, but if MTV doesn't want to recognize them for working hard on these videos, then I don't see why I should either.  Incomplete stories are all the rage in gossip, dontchaknow?  

If you've managed to stick by my words and start to make thoughts of your own, then this was an absolute success.  If you're ready to defend any artists and music videos that you really agree were better than others, then I wish you good luck with that as well.  I'm just working by my tastes, and all I can ever hope is that you do right by your senses as well.

Again, these are a little more than simple opinions from a 20-year-old that will not be watching the VMAs live for another year.  Now that I've managed to chime in, I'm just going to go relax, maybe watch a documentary, and hope for better nominations next year - a pretty consistent habit of mine for the last few years, and it has been stellar. 

Exploding Right Now: tUnE-yArDs

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Tega Vedas Mar 27, 2011

Spring Break 2011 was alive, but it has now slowly receded into the vile depths of my past Spring Break experiences.  Now, where I once was scattered and clearly off-beat, I have managed to take time this break to grow an awareness of that scattered madness.  I feel much better about existing through it, and I'll wish for you to have similar sucesses.

With that said...


(taken via webcam a few moments ago)

Marill Garbus, also known as tUnE-yArDs, is one of the most amazing artists to be making music in this day and age.  Her variation and style is extremely calculated with a gentle, soothing air that seems to knock clear a shrieking instability found on the edges of her voice.  I cannot compliment this art enough; it is an animated painting wrapped onto the edges of a muted trumpet with melodical scluptures coming through the mouthpiece as easy as words manage to come from lips.  I have been smitten in a most peculiar way, and I do think that tUnE-yArDs is to blame.

"Bizness" is one of the sickest tracks that I have heard in my few years of seriously listening to music.  Each track wonderfully compliments one another, and each are woven with a strong identity behind the music and the pleasantly piercing voice of Merrill Garbus.

tUnE-yArDs is an interesting experiment to sit friends down to; have a few listen to a couple of different tracks.  It is an interesting dynamic to pay attention to when the person either is completely engulfed in the music as a whole or is turned off by a certain tone or beat that was thrown in at queer timing.  "Bizness" helps to really shake up a person's mood, and it will continue to be my go-to song for the next few weeks.

Go give her a listen; she is well worth it!

If you'd like to catch a glimpse of tUnE-yArDs before your friends beat you to it, you can see their video here (thanks, Pitchfork).

If you really want to be a trendy kind of cat, you could download an MP3 for FREE by signing up for their mailing list.  So worth it.

World AIDS Day & Celebrity Digital Death

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Tega Vedas Nov 30, 2010

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day.  The day itself has been internationally recognized since 1988, and every year has been a tremendous success at raising world-wide awareness of HIV/AIDS, celebrate and honor the lives of the people that the world has lost to the disease, and recognize advanced treatments and prevention enhancements.

Oh, yeah.  Quite a few celebrities are going to die tomorrow.

Yeah, don't worry too much about the celebrities.  As you learned from the video, they are only dying digitally and doing this to raise money for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which has been helping to treat and care for children in Africa and India that are or have dealt with HIV/AIDS-related hardships.  When fans raise 1,000,000 dollars for the cause, the celebrities shall come to back to the wonderful world of online social media and the like.  If you're looking to save quite a few children's lives and collectively contribute to bringing back celebrity tweets, BuyLife.org is where fans can go to donate their funds. 

If you're not looking to donate but you still want to show solidarity, you can sacrifice your online presence tomorrow.  Even though you might not be a celebrity (yet), your identity within digital media is just as important as that of Ryan Seacrest or Kim Kardasian.

Does that mean that when the celebrities come back online that they will forever be digital zombies?  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

For more information, here are a few more links to look into:

World AIDS Day Campaign Website

The Body's List of US HIV/AIDS Organizations

A recent article that I read about an AIDS treatment pill

10 Songs That I Cannot Stop Listening To

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Tega Vedas Nov 29, 2010

I am in Colorado for break again.  I always find that it is nice to come back home for a few short weeks while I relax from what my university wants me to learn and I can get into what I want to actually dive into.  I'm working on a few performance art pieces for March and May, and I am also working on a TV Bible for a show that I've come up with.  I've also been watching a lot of Arrested Development and Strangers With Candy in recent weeks, but that is not what I am going to get into for this journal.

This is about music.  

Here are two handfuls of my favorite tracks that I absolutely can't get enough of:

1.  Bibio - Lover's Carvings

Yes, it is the song from the Amazon Kindle commercial, but seriously, it is one of the neatest songs that I've heard in a while.  Bibio is Stephen Wilkinson, a British music producer that has been making this quasi-folk/pseudo-electronica music that people can't stop dancing to for the last five years.  Listen in and fall in love.

2.  Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move (Hidden Cat Remix)

Now, I do love the original version of this song, but this remix has a fluttering that carries throughout the song that I think makes for a smoother flow than what the original has to offer.  Dirty Projectors are great musicians and kind-hearted people, having released a super sweet sounding digital EP with Björk this year (all the proceeds of which goes to help create safer spaces for our marine brethren to swim and such).  

3.  Yeasayer - O.N.E.

Funny story about this song:  I heard it a few months back on a car radio and only remnants of the chorus were all that I could manage to remember when I got back to my computer.  I've had parts of the chorus in my head for MONTHS.  And then I came across  the music video about two weeks back, and it has been nothing but bliss since.  Wow, Yeasayer's Anand Wilder is one sexy man.

4.  Jaded Hipster Choir - Flood of Light

I love to listen to this song first thing in the morning; it reminds me that I don't know what the hell is going to happen to me from moment to moment.  There really isn't much to say about JHC, as there really isn't much out there on the internet about them yet (save for their MySpace page).  Out of sorts and seemingly unorganized, their music captures audio treasure from the multiple depths of the musical dimensions and scatters it throughout repetitious rings and bells and dings.  I can't wait to hear more!

5.  Blue Scholars - Sagaba

The whistling in this song make me wild; I cannot wait to see Blue Scholars live.  I have listened to them entirely too much in recent weeks, and lucky for me, they've been making music for years.  Lucky for us all!

6.  Small Black - Photojournalist

Doesn't this sound absolutely sick in best possible way?!  It's the first single off of their EP.  Small Black is a delicacy in the modern world, having sounds that feel like they were made back in the 1980s.  Prefix did a really good interview with them recently.  

7.  Arcade Fire - Rococo

Learn a little about rococo is, and then let's talk about how perfect this song is.

8.  M.I.A. - Space

This is from the new album MAYA that M.I.A. dropped this year.  I cannot find a track from the album that I don't like, and this one is my favorite for the song structure and lyrics.  Top notch all around!

9.  Of Montreal - The Miniature Philosopher

A little more sad, but it has the most plays on my iTunes.  I have been a fan of Of Montreal for a while now, but I think that in all honesty, a lot of the reason why I like their music is because of how fascinated I am with Kevin Barnes.  So interesting.

10.  OK Go - End Love

I have recently discovered how amazing the music is that OK Go makes.  Really.  They always dish out super impressive music videos, but their music is just as great as their visuals.  This band is the complete package, and I am so pleased to have my own copy of Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.  

If you're even slightly interested in sharing what has been playing through your headphones, I encourage you to do so.  I am always looking for some new music!

Happy Holidays!

Buzznet Album Review – Young? Partying? Sounds Like 3OH!3’s Streets of Gold

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Tega Vedas Jul 13, 2010

3OH!3 is from the great land of Colorado, and the two folks that make up the band are Sean Foreman & Nathaniel Motte.  Now, I link you to their Twitters because both members of the band are quite active twit-faces, usually caught chatting up folks like Katy Perry and Ke$ha.  Sometimes, they are kind of alright; other times, I'm glad to be following people like Stephen Fry (who is absolutely hilarious at all times).

Technology is a trip, isn't it?  Without further ado, this is my review of 3OH!3's semi-new album (at this point in time), Streets of Gold.

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1.  Beaumont

Short, sweet and reminds me of walking through downtown Denver.  I hear “3-0-3” ringing over and over, and it comforts me.  The beat isn’t that bad either.

2.  I Can Do Anything

This song sounds like it could be used to motivate a certain type of person.  When the stereotype comes to me, I’ll be sure to let you know what it is.  It certainly has an “I-am-a-rebel-youth-that-lives-in-the-cluster-duck-known-as-2010” to it. 

3.  My First Kiss (featuring Ke$ha)

The catchiest song thus far, I’m not afraid to say that I’ve been singing “oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo” for the last month or so.  Despite my personal feelings for Ms. Ke$ha, I do like that her voice has found a place in this song.  There is so much man-power coming from 3OH!3; it’s nice to hear a girl smooth out the male perspective.  And hey, if it was really just two guys singing about their first kiss without a girl singing in the song, that would make things a little…suggestive, wouldn’t it? 

Watch the video:

4.  Déjà Vu

Party anthem?  No, really.  I think that I better understand the context by being a college student, even if I’m not 21 or older yet and haven’t been into a bar (ha, you can’t prove anything).  For anyone that has ever had a night out that felt like the night before or the weekend before or even the month before, this is a good song to remind you that it might not be such a good thing.  Then again, maybe it is a reminder to get people to pay attention to everything around them when they are out and about.  Repetitive in nature (as the title implies), it isn’t bad.  I don’t think that I want to listen to it again, though.  You know, from fear of déjà vu.

5.  We Are Young

I thought that the last one was an anthem!  I’m starting to think that 3OH!3 is more obsessed with youth (not too young) than Ponce de Léon ever was.  A good song to march to, at the very least (or in my case, pacing works just as well).

6.  Touchin’ on My

I don’t care too much for the lyrics at all, but I do like the background music.  It’s…modern.  The lyrics are modern too, I suppose in a much different sense.  I am sure that this whole “t-t-touchin’ on my” business wouldn’t smooth over too well with some people from the modernist generation.  It doesn't matter.  I definitely am taken right back to their last album with this song.  Bleep!

7.  House Party

I have been to a few house parties and have heard this song being screamed at the tops of too many inebriated lungs.  College kids:  this song isn’t the best to live by, but surely in doses…  The song is really simple, but that really just adds to the song’s appeal.

8.  R.I.P.

A break-up song that has all of the reminiscent qualities:  a death of the relationship being the highlight; a sad, visual scene being painted for the listening audience; a mention of the annoying ability that the other person has to change.  I like that this song is not bass heavy in the slightest.  It is a very common ‘sensitive guy telling his story in a slow, steady tone’ set-up, but I cannot say that I would have heard this from 3OH!3 (or maybe I did).

9.  I Know How to Say

Ooh, this one is quite promising.  A little generic, but I don’t think that is something to not appreciate when done correctly.  If you have ever lived between time zones at one point or another (actually, if you’ve ever traveled outside of your time zone), you can probably relate to this on some level or another.  I also know how to say “I love you” in many different ways (you will too; give this one a listen).

10.  Double Vision

This song sounds like what my predicted progression of 3OH!3’s Want would be.  I mean that in the best possible way, as each band’s music is different.  Good to know that some roots still come through (even if those roots are intertwined with talk of women’s bodies).  Eh, they clearly are talking about double vision too; it takes a man with distorted vision to objectify women, period.  Cheers.

11.  I’m Not the One

Fragile figures that flutter about the world and are paranoid of the people around you:  Sean Foreman is here to save you with this song.  He is not the one that wants to hurt you.  He repeats it pleasantly to lull you.

12.  Streets of Gold

I'm admitting it:  I have such a man-crush on Nathaniel Motte’s voice.  I love hearing it in any context.  Therefore, I am madly smitten with his deep voice carrying over a psuedo-psychedelic melody.  Sean sings too (of course), and anyone else want to make the connection between youth and gold that I am picking up from this album?  Anyone?

13.  See You Go

A case of drunken clinging.  Not bad, not too typical, but it is an experience that many feel.

14.  Love 2012

Puzzled with echoes of uncertainty, the album fills with an X-Files-esque sounds.  “The sky above is falling” is what resonates with me most (of course because of the connotations that 2012 carries).  Be selfish, and love for today.

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Overall review: 

I like to think that it is not too bad, but I think that I expected something more varied.  They do stay true to the beer-driven, lady lovin’ culture that they have been always catered to, and I suppose there is something to be said about that.  I did appreciate the album more after learning about this journal that Nathaniel wrote.  This is what got me:

Whenever we felt that external pressures were too high, or that anyone besides Sean and I and the other producers we worked with were trying to get involved in our music, we pulled back, fought to protect what is ours, and made music for ourselves.

I can respect that.  This album is not too bad.  I’ll certainly come back to a few of these songs in the future.

P.S. - I also love plugging the picture of Nat that I took at the Winter Dew Tour a good while back.

-OW

My Favorite Teacher: Professor Internet

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Tega Vedas Jul 11, 2010

"Live to learn and learn to live, John.  You have to learn how to live, and if that is the case, then you really have to live your life to learn."  

Remnants of my 2nd grade teacher Ms. Morris are creeping back into my head.  Though, it isn't all bad.  I've actually been putting her advice from a while back to good use, as of late (or at least I'm beginning to recognize it).  So, here are a few places that I love to learn from here on the Internet.

Wikipedia

While I definitely agree that it is cool that Wikipedia is user-generated and anyone can write anything about anyone, I still really love Wikipedia most because of how far and wide it reaches.  From the handkerchief code to the mention of Flying Rhino Junior High, I cannot ever get enough of discovering that which may seem useless or flamboyantly extravagant.  I primarily use Wikipedia for answers to the questions that bother me as I live my life day after day:  What was the name of the woman that Kierkegaard broke his engagement to?  When did xkcd come into creation?  WHAT WAS THE LEGACY THAT JESUS LEFT THE WORLD?

Just don't rely too much on the information.  Certainly don't use the website to cite your thesis or anything like that.

My uses:  assorted trivia, random quandries, philosophical inquiries

LiveMocha

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE.  I'm not kidding.  You can learn the basics of various languages for free!  Another sweet perk about LiveMocha is that you can submit certain writings and speech quizzes to be graded by native speakers.  The community is very honest and everyone there is working for the same cause:  the expansion of communication.  I'm starting German and Russian (I'm also doing French, but that's a little unfair as it is quite a breeze).  Only downside is that after you learn the basics, you have to pay for later lessons.  But please, don't let that stop you from bridging the gap from your lips to mine.

Umm...Awkwarddddd...  ;)

My uses:  learning languages, getting to know other cultures

GoodReads

(Not a video, but an old photo of my own.  Meh.)

I'm friends with many of you already on GoodReads.  It's such a great website for tracking what you and your friends (or complete strangers) have read, are reading and will read.  It could just be the fact that I have been learning from books since I was younger, but I see GoodReads as a great place to expand your intellect.  Not to mention, the community circles there are phenom.  You can win books from their contests, swap books with other readers, and attend book readings in your surrounding areas.  My favorite is being able to communicate with some of the book clubs that are online; some of these people are geniuses.  And for those of you that are reading this that are like me and want to know what geniuses read for fun, GoodReads is the place to be.

My uses:  keeping track of what I'm reading, giving me a space to talk about the books that I've read, paying attention to what others are reading

eHow


The Cat Stance in Kung Fu -- powered by eHow.com

Learn. To. Do. It. Yourself.  It's so much easier with a website like this.  You could learn how to make your own webshow, how to plan a budget, or how to remove coffee stains from your dentures.  It's useless to say how much information this website has; you will waste a lot of time trying to figure it out.  Another cool thing about the website is that they're constantly looking for new people to offer 'How to' knowledge, both in written and video form.  So, if you're looking to kill some time and have some knowledge to share, act like an old friend did at my junior prom and GIVE IT UP.

My uses:  exactly what their motto states: 'how to do just about everything'

Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare

WHY DOESN'T EVERY UNIVERSITY DO THIS?!  There are 1900 classes to pull information from, from audio/video mediums to plain ol' black-and-white text.  Much of the course information is from the last few years, but if you have never had exposure on a topic, they will provide you with a great amount of information (even if it isn't as up-to-date as you would like it to be).  Though, many of them are also intellectually relevant today.  Go learn some physics!  Go learn some cell and molecular biology!  Go learn some moral psychology!

My uses:  learn MIT-level material, comparing the education that I'm getting from DePaul with that which I am teaching myself

University of Reddit

This one is sort of new:  the University of Reddit is a user-teacher, user-student initiative that has so much potential.  Do you know a bit about a certain topic and have ever had a hankering to teach a class?  This is the perfect opportunity for you.  What if you've always wanted to take a class, but you could never find the time or the extra money it costs to do so?  This is the perfect opportunity for you.  I've been a Reddit member for a while now, and within the depths of their hilarious community, there lies the brains of intellectuals.  Such a good idea.  I've got two classes that started today, and I'm thrilled.  Go sign up.

My uses:  making sarcastic jokes on funny posts, taking note of what certain people feel is popular, supporting people that need it, laughing

While I am going to go from university to university in the future, I am going to do so with a confidence that I am genuinely in a place that I can put some deep focus on living.  Even when I'm on break for summer or winter, it is good to remember that the mind doesn't stall.  Well, that is when it isn't glued to the television or a video game.  But a little mindless fun isn't too bad from time to time; I've learned so much from so many games (I love you, dot hack series).

I'd love to give that Ms. Morris a big ol' hug, and if the internet ever takes the form of something, I've got dibs on getting my arms around it too.

I Know Why You're (Really) Not Buying Concert Tickets!

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Tega Vedas Jul 09, 2010

Jonas Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Limp Bizkit, Maxwell.  What is to blame?

It was just reported on Celebuzz that the Jonas Brothers are going to be cancelling many of their summer shows because of low ticket sales.  This has happened with multiple artists, including Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and Limp Bizkit; the Lilith Fair announced on Facebook that they even had to cancel 10 tour dates from their upcoming tour.  Who (or what) is to blame for the lack of concert tickets being purchased?  Here is my list of crackpot theories.

The World's Immense Love for Justin Bieber

Now, we could all blame everyone's immense love for Justin Bieber (this girl makes me laugh and cringe).  Let's face it:  he is younger than the JoBros, his hair is so perfect all the time, and he has got an 'in' with Usher.  Though, puberty has hit him over the last few months and even he admits that there are notes that he "can't hit anymore".  We'll see what his ticket sales look like in the future. (Anyone else imagine him being a Proactiv spokesperson soon?)

The Shipwreck Known as the 'S.S. Economic Decline'



If you aren't up to speed with the United States of America's current efforts to stay afloat, the gist is that there are Americans everywhere.  Some on fire, some getting tossed overboard, some attempting to repair the ship, and some just drifting further into the ocean of Debt.  This metaphor could help explain why people aren't buying tickets; I HAZ NO MONIES.  Fans still show their commitment to artists in other ways, but if you ain't got the cash to support their road fetish, you don't get to have the comfort that your favorite musician is in your town, sharing the same air that you are breathing.  Mmmm...

Impending Doom: 2012 is Right Around the Corner

In this day and age, it is kind of hard to avoid talk about the end of days.  Fox News has covered random crackpot theories over the last two years or so.  There is a 2012 Survival Guide; it never hurts to be prepared.  This is our generation's Y2K.  Why would we be wanting to buy concert tickets if the world is ending?  Lord knows that the movie 2012 was enough of a flop on it's own (The Onion can back me up).  2012 occupies our time, forcing us to build underground sheds and post journals like this on Buzznet.  THAT'S RIGHT.  THIS IS A WARNING.  AS PREDICTED BY FALL OUT BOY IN 2005: "WE'RE GOING DOWN."  LISTEN TO MEEEEEEEE.

Meh.  What do you think is to truly blame for the lack of concert goers?  I'm sticking with Bieber Fever.

(Still) Existing with Commercials

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Tega Vedas Jul 07, 2010

I don't necessarily know how to say that I have missed Buzznet other than saying that I've missed it.  The new look is pretty chic.  I'm torn because the old format has my heart wanting for it once more, but I think that I like Buzznet like this.

Everything changes.

So, as I sit here on this afternoon in 2010 in the month of July, I wonder where life has lead me thus far.  The last two years of my life have been heavily spent within the confines of my university.  Catholic school isn't nearly as glamorous as it sounds (and I've only got two more years to get through before I can call myself a graduate).  It seems like eternity, and I don't know how much information I have collected.  Does anyone stop to think about what they could be processing?  If you haven't, I recommend a good break from your life to figure out what you know.

And no, I'm not talking about popular culture.  If you want that, go to the homepage.  

I've got a sweet cup of cinnamon apple tea to my right.  It tastes delicious (certainly a lot better than some of the protein shakes that I've had over the last week or so). The weather outside is disgusting; gusts have been knocking on my door all day, rattling my dogs up and forcing my cats to seek shelter underneath tables and within cabinets.  The rain starts swiftly and heavily, flowing for about five minutes, and then it stops to make way for tiny rays of sunshine.  The ground could use a good rinse, so I don't mind it too much.  I was really hoping for a good game of basketball with my younger brother today.  Eh, it can wait.

The mood is just right for me to take some time to think about what I see most often:  commercials.  I am, as you probably are, an avid television viewer.  If I'm not on television, the oven is going off as I read one of my old books or my Netflix queue is on pause so that I can go to the restroom.

It's such a problem.

I have given a lot of thought to television programming over the last few weeks, months, years.  Commercials are still the one thing that I truly cannot understand.  Who regulates these short stories?  How do they interact with the network that is airing them?  What is the designated age group that companies are trying to target?!

I think that I've got a few commercials understood.

Car commercials:

Most of them discuss their multiple awards and safety features that their products have to offer.  Many like to take the route where if we blacken the video out, it sounds like the voice-over is talking about a woman's body.  Some like to take the route to focus on something that has nothing to do with automobiles at all and somehow tie their name in right at the end.  I love when editing errors happen in these commercials and skin colors change (I wonder how the editors missed that).

You can click here to look at some adverts where cars have been put in the position of objectified women.

Axe commercials:

Deserving their own category, these are the most unsavory of commercials.  I don't know if I'm at an age where I get bored very easily by something that I think is thoroughly attempting to grab as much attention by highlighting sex, but every one of these commercials that I see bores me.  Depressingly, there are so many media outlets that still ask for us to find these atypical people attractive.  I understand that in order for a business to do well, you should appeal to the biggest market out there.  I focus on my being a minority because there is so little representation of anything John Ortega out there in any of these shorts.  This one is somewhat promising (in a sick, socio-normative way): giving the woman a small taste of power and suggesting that she attack the one place that every straight man fears women tread.

Of course, we are made clear who this is made for by the end of this 15 second clip.

It's fine. I found out how to make my own cologne.  My queer, Hispanic body has no place in this hetero-normative environment, but that doesn't mean that I have to smell foul. 

Food commercials (specifically for animal food):

It could just be that my dog has had to go to the vet's office lately, but I have issues with companies that advertise their dog food as being a combination of flavors that are premium and natural ingredients.  I would be more mad if they were wrong; most of the dog food that is out there today is primarily made from corn.

I've been feeding this dog food to my dogs for a couple of months, not thinking anything of it.  Now, my dog does have an allergy to corn (which I accept is not the same for every dog), but the main ingredient in this is ground yellow corn.  False (or at least faulty) advertising, thy name is Beneful Healthy Radiance.

A teeny note:  I understand that trying to see yourself in commercials is problematic (I could even make an argument about racial implications made by different animals, but we'll save that for later).  But if I am going to have to suffer through them for almost 1/3 of my daily programming, I expect to see something a little more creative, a little more representative and a little more progressive.  Need I remind anyone that it is the second half of 2010?  

Enough about commercials, I'm off to make some dinner for my brother and I.  Colorado is a nice state; I suggest that everyone visit sometime.  Just not on days like this.   And if you do get stuck here on days like this, write a blog.  It turned my afternoon to evening very quickly.

- OW :)

Another Year For Another John

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Tega Vedas Dec 31, 2009

There is always a period of optimism that the world breathes in at the end of each year. It is always encouraging to think that, even for a little more than a handful of days, people can take themselves out of their situations and look to the upcoming year with a hopeful attitude. To be frank, there is something sick about this behaviour. Should the end of a year a period of celebration? I find mourning the end of a year much more fashionable, seeing as how it really is a death of sorts. Even if it wasn’t a particularly good year for you, the experiences that you had in that one year will never be exactly the same as they were the year before and in years to come. That period of time has come and gone, lost.

*****

Because I see fit to do so, I am going to mourn the death of some of my favorite memories that occurred in 2009 (among other things).

My Mourned Memories:

Oh, I turned from the supple of age of 18 to the dreadful 19 this year! I was dreading that this would ever happen, but I am forced to realize that I am at the end of my days as the whiny, angst-driven teenager that I know I am underneath my flawed logic and uncommon theories. It had to come sometime, I suppose. Either way, friends of mine in Chicago purchased a bunch of donuts and a sort of a cake/donut contraption with a gigantic cookie on the top; my friends justified their decision with this type of dessert by saying that it suited what they knew of my personality. How lovely it is to be surrounded by friends on a birthday that you insist you do not celebrate; if you’ve never tried it before, it simply must be something that you do before you die!

(It was really yummy!)

I went to Comic-Con 2009 this year, and I met up with Yashi, Faye and Misery once again in delight. This year was much different; I was much more excited to be going back, but it wasn’t really for the convention so much as it was to go to hang out with some dear friends of mine that I spent time with the year before. I also didn’t freak out when we ended up meeting Mark for the fleeting moment that we could manage, but I couldn’t get over meeting Amy. That was super UH-MAISING. The trip was a success and save for losing a phone that I have wanted to get rid of for quite some time, I also managed to develop some quick, deep obsessions. It is strange to think that I wasn’t watching Doctor Who six months ago or that I even knew of John Barrowman’s existence. A quick little memory that I remember with laughter is when a man tweeted Misery saying he was sitting behind her when we were sitting for the Masquerade. We will never experience that exact moment again, though, maybe that is for the best. Hmm…

Russell T. Davies and John Barrowman
Russell T. Davies and John Barrowman

(I love how he looks like he's paying attention to everything that Russell says; I bet he isn't listening one bit. ;D)

Yashi
Yashi

(Legendary looking photo, right?! I always go 8D when I see it too!)

Faye
Faye

(She is such a great artist; I'm so glad we're friends. ^_^)

(AMY IS SO ADORBZ, DONTCHAKNO?!)

(<*_____*>)

I started my second year of school at DePaul University! Hoo-hah! I remember the first day that I showed up back in Chicago. The same wave of nausea and excitement filled my body to my neck, my fear of drowning ever present in that moment. My brain wasn’t anywhere to be found, until I managed to stand in front of a vine-covered wall that I fell in love with during the first day I showed up to attend DePaul University a year before. I looked up, and with bitter disappointment, I heaved a large sigh. The vines had not changed; the wall was still the same shade it was the year before. What was different? I was different. I was comfortable where I was, and it was the first time that I realized it. That affected my first quarter back to school, and I’m attempting to shake that feeling as soon as possible.

(I couldn't stop eating peaches when I got back to school. Which leads me to my next memory...)

I saw an artist by the name of Peaches with Jane Bush, and it was sick as hell. My favorite part: the diner dinner afterwards. I still owe you, Jane! The next time we see one another, though it will not be under the exact same circumstances, remind me of such!

(We're doing this again soon, even though we haven't talked about it yet.)

Friendship
Friendship

(It was such a rushed photo, but one of my favorite that I've ever had the privilege of taking with another person.)

Taste of Chaos 2009 almost broke me. The day was so trying: I had two finals to complete (a written test and a performance art piece); I had to get to a place to meet up with the bands downtown 20 minutes after one of my finals; I had a broken camera memory card, and I needed to come up with cash to get a new one; my computer was running out of power so quickly and no internet access; I was locked out of my dorm room; and I had the actual concert to get to after the meet-up. Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems like it is just not going to happen, and you are at your wits end with options and lack of time to do anything? This was one of those days for me, and funnily enough, it turned out to be my favorite in March. Everything, I mean everything, worked out. I even got A’s on my Finals, on top of being able to meet our sweet Bree that evening. This is surely another case where I am kind of glad it isn’t going to happen exactly the way that it happened the first time. It was such a grayed day, and my hair in the weeks afterwards reflected those very sentiments.

(That was such a great time! It was literally two quarts of coffee and the adrenaline of meeting Bree that kept me awake!)

Most fun this year was a performance that I was a part with friends from school; it was called FunFunFun. The group that we became was perfect for it. It is something that I will be attempting put together again this year, but there is nothing like the original. A completely student-crafted performance with the theme of America is what our task was last year; we haven’t picked out a theme for this year yet, but it is sure to be better than ever. Oh, it is an odd sort of life when you just get wrapped up in whatever is at your fingertips…

(This was the very first day that we met up to plan the performance. So long ago it seems...)

What a drag
What a drag

(I do look quite good in pearls.)

O HAI THUR, SARA! We had an excursion through part of the city, which lead to some tasty ice cream at Navy Pier. Still, the winding roads in Chicago can get you lost so quickly, and if you don’t know where Millennium Park is, please look it up on Google maps. Hell, write down the directions on your hand if you have to! What a time this was; it is an introduction to a friend that I will miss forever! At least I’ve got this photo that makes me laugh every time I see it:

Fun Day
Fun Day

(Brilliant. And I wish that I had decided to wear something red that day.)

In November, Mark was in Chicago! Tara and I decided that we must see Mark while he is here, so on his way to the airport, we worked our schedules out and took a tiny stroll through the Chicago. While there is no photographic proof of this encounter, I will not soon lose that in my thoughts. Tara and I also managed to meet up a week later to take a trip getting coffee and walking to the beach. The good days of life have all been had! WHY!?!? WHYYYYY!!?!?!?!!1?

Final 2009 Self-Reflections:

I don’t like music too much (or at least that is what I tell myself so that I don’t get involved in thinking that I want to pursue it as an art). I love going to concerts, and I adore meeting people at the concerts, but I have noticed that I do not seem to have the initiative to listen to music much anymore. I actually forgot that I had an iPod after a few months of not using it.

My brief stint of sanguine insanity is to be halted; of that, I am sure. Call it a self-fulfilling fallacy, but if this is really what I have got to look forward to for the rest of my life, I am sure to scratch my eyes out before I am 25.

I have never been able to justify my wanting to become a psychiatrist more in my life in the last couple of months this year. There are some people that are just born to do things, and I am wholeheartedly committed to taking the necessary steps for this career. Hear that, Ikky? I am still going to be a doctor! When you are done with law school and I am done with medical school, we will start getting working on the plan where we take over the universe. Or we could just settle for the one where we go hunting in Italy (or was it the Welsh we were planning on hunting…?).

I will be done with school when I am 30 (and that is just finishing the school part; I've still got so much more to go after that). Gulp, as I’ve done all too often when this thought crosses my mind, and then remain hopeful for me.

I still have disdain for Lady Gaga, but I can at least accredit her for helping me to think in a more educated way about what I want to be involved in and the intentionality behind my actions/projects/thoughts/creations. It’s weird how someone you’ve never met (or never ever want to meet) sort of opens your eyes. Thanks, and if you can help it, please stop spamming my television every two seconds.

My Nerdiest Moment of 2009:

(No, I really am like this. All. The. Time. I tire myself out endlessly too.)

Future Thoughts/Ideas/Projects/Mind-Sex-Vomit:

Contrary to my not wanting to do it because I will have an adequate record of my life, I am going to be doing a 365 Project. Yes, yes. You don’t have to come see my pictures, but I do think that the upcoming days are to bring something that you just might find interesting/fun/boring. Enjoy?

I’ve mentioned it already, but there is supposed to be a new version of FunFunFun that will be brought to the public this year. If you are in Chicago and would like to come see it when we get it together, I would love for you to come and see it. It’s totally free, except your mind might leave with a little more value that what it had when you came in.

Along with FunFunFun, I am also working on doing something called Future Suits & Foreskins. I’ve got writings scribbled out, drawings erased and rewritten, directions that are highlighted with red ink; it should be fun when I can put it all together, but I am not sure if that is going to happen this year. I might just want to sit on it until I am a little more mature.

I am on a quest to become a Resident Advisor for my university this year. Yeah, I have a need to be surrounded by students that I can constantly help with anything and everything that they would like help with; I feel that I function better when I am put in a big brother/mentor position. It’s what I’ve known my whole life. That and apple butter is awesome.

I always think of what ties me to this place, and I remember with fondness: you.  It's the wonderful people that I've met that I want to keep hanging out with and keep meeting just as well.  If ever you are in Chicago and can find some time for a sip of cocoa or a yummy sandwich, let me know!  To all of those that I got the pleasure of spending time with this year: stay beautiful; I can't wait to see you again!

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And there we are. 2009 in words that I can look back to in 10 years and think, “Wow, I was kind of a boring millennial child.” As always, enjoy yourselves. I won’t be celebrating the holidays doing anything special, but I will have my brother and my sister around and there is never a dull moment with those two.

Let’s have an explosive 2010; we can make it better than any other year before it!

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About Me:

My parents met in August of 1989. They fell for each other, hard, but there were complications. They were both just teens. My mother was a senior in high school, and my dad had just graduated and enlisted in the U.S. Army. My parents had a rendezvous embrace before my dad had a chance to go to basic training, and almost 9 months later, I was born! Despite the fact that my mother was never able to finish high school, she has never regretted her decision to become a teenage mother. My parents were wed on January 18th, 1990.

The year was 1990: rap had just begun to spring into action, synth pop and hair bands were at their worst and grunge started a revolutionary new chapter in the world of popular culture. I had no idea that I would even care about music at all, but fate does what it wants with us. After living two years with just me to take care of, my parents had another child, the best sister in the world, Kelli Rai. In 1994, my parents packed up their stuff and headed towards Kentucky, the state where my dad was stationed. We lived there happily for about a year or so until my father was transfered to Texas. We packed up and moved again.

While in Texas, I met people that have changed the course of my life. Just to name a few: Brittany Gile, Joshua Smith, Jessica Allison, Nancy Allison, Miss Esqueda. I even got a new sibling out of the move: my awesome little brother, Jim Troy! The nights were hot, and the spirit of my youth roamed freely. After living there for a good 4 years, we were then stationed to somewhere unthinkable: Germany. I was depressed to leave at first, but my family found out that the Allison household, our closest family friends, would be stationed not far from where we were for the 3 years we were supposed to be set there. Just knowing that we would know someone there helped me greatly.

Germany was the place where I really grew. Being exposed to such a wonderfully off-beat culture than the one that I had been used to up until then was such a shock. I like to think that it was a shock for the best, though. Some of the people that I'll always remember from there are Jake Purdy, Shabron Dorsey, Marina Ledesma and the dear town of Schweinfurt! I have had the best of memories there that I wouldn't dare trade for anything in the world! The good times have never stopped rolling while I was there. It was honestly like magic. I learned how to be magical, to be alive, in Germany. I owe a lot of my life to the years that I spent there.

Once we lived out our days in Germany, we moved back to the United States and chose Alamosa, Colorado as our hometown. We've lived here for the last 6 years or so, and I have grown a bit tired of seeing the same old place, day after day. So, I have packed up and moved to Chicago. I figure that a change of pace is what is best for me; it's what I've known my whole life. I am a student at DePaul University as off Fall 2008.

If you are ever in Chicago while I am here, hit me up and I'll totally set up dinner plans for us or something! I can promise to show you a fun time! You know you want to have dinner with a total stranger (not that I am; honestly, what you see is what you get). I am not too creepy, but I am neurotic a little bit. Buzznet has a wonderful way of weeding out the creepies. Anywho, the offer is out there for whenever; all you have to do is ask.

In closing, I have developed a mindset of pure happiness and optimism. If you are ever down or need someone to talk to, I am just about always here. Drop me a note, shoot me a message, hit me up with a comment: I am a listener. Through and through, I want to make things more cheerful. Give me a chance, and I can make you smile like you never have before. :*)

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Anything and everything!

Favorite Music:

*Cole Porter*, 20 Mark Helga, 3OH!3, 8 Inch Betsy, AFI, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Athens Boys Choir, Bananas in Pyjamas, Beck, Bella Ruse, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Big Splashes, Breaking Out Into Song From Words Someone Said In Normal Conversation, Brian Slade and Curt Wild, Bright Like Japan, Britney Spears, Buddy Nielsen, Chaise Marcel, Chiodos WILL suck without Craig Owens, Chris Lowe, Cobra Starship, Colin Healy and the Jetskis, DJ Fierce Tease, Diamanda Galas, Dirty Diamonds, EVERYTHING IS RUINED, Early November, Enrique Iglesias, Erasure, Fall Out Boy, FoFoQUEIRAS (Official), Fox Elipsus, Gabe Saporta, Head Automatica, Hey Champ, John Goldman's QUADRANGLE, Kid Color, Kings Of Leon, La Dolce Vita, Liar vs Lawyer, Lilith Fair, Lionlimb, Lollapalooza, Lucky Dragons, MIA, MIKA, Madonna, Makeshift Prodigy, Marat 14k, Mark Hoppus, Mary and the Boy, Michael Jackson, Moneypenny, Muse, Nancy FullForce, Neil Tennant, New Kids On The Block, Nobody's Stranger, O CHILDREN, Panic! At The Disco, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Plain White T's, Putter Sanford and the Gang, Queen, Queer Control Records, Radiohead, Reckless Place, Schoolyard Heroes, Shakespeare's Dead, Sixteen Candles Band, Space Cowboy, Sum 41, THE BIGGER LIGHTS, Taking Back Sunday, The, The Audition, The Cab, The Clash, The Frantic, The Gay Blades, The Hood Internet, The Names That Spell, The Rapture, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Wombats, Trigger Fish, Twin Atlantic, Tyson Ritter, Unmade Beds Original Soundtrack, What Is Life For?, Yann Tiersen (official), You Me At Six, Your Secret Identity, Zebo, becoming a fan of things, katastrophe

Favorite Movies:

American Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, DAVID LYNCH INTERVIEW PROJECT, Dr, Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, MOON, New Moon: The story of a girls choice between Beastiality and Necrophilia., OUTVIEW FILM FESTIVAL, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, Squirt, Taking Woodstock, The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz, The Boat That Rocked, The Last Airbender, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wintress, Toy Story, Turning your beds into bunk beds so that there is more room for activities, Unmade Beds, Velvet Goldmine, Watchmen, against a trans narrative, illegale scheisse

Favorite TV Shows:

BlahGirls, Caprica, Dexter, Doctor Who, Doctor Who News Page, Doug, Drawn Together, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, Family Guy, Glee, I Love Lucy, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Just Shoot Me!, LABOR BEAT, My Boys, Neighborhood Watch @theHollywood Web Series, Official CHUCK Page, Original Pokémon, Rick and Steve, Rocko's Modern Life, Saying, Scrubs, Showtime the Show, Smallville, South Park, Spongebob's face when he figured out Squidward likes Krabby Patties., Squidbillies, The Nanny, True Blood, Unsolved Mysteries, queer as folk

Favorite Books:

A Tale Of Two Cities, Catch 22, Great Expectations, Hearts In Atlantis, Jack The Ripper: Portrait of a Killer, Night, Number The Stars, Papa, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray