Vlogging: Long Term Affects (Opinion)

“A video blog or video log, usually shortened to vlog /ˈvlɒɡ/, is a form of blog for which the medium is video, and is a form of web television. Vlog entries often combine embedded video (or a video link) with supporting text, images, and other metadata.” – Video blog – Wikipedia

I watch a few YouTube vloggers and one of them vlogs daily. They are a family vlogger and I love watching them as they do all different things from day to day. I love watching their family grow and just hearing their story. I feel like I know them even though I really don’t. But it has got me thinking. What kind of affect does it have on them long term?

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Crimson Cord First Impression

A full review of “Crimson Cord” by Propaganda will come next week, when I have more time to listen to it. Until then, here are my initial thoughts.

The CD is definitely solid. It really makes you think, as Propaganda did with his 2012 album “Excellent.” I found myself mulling over “Bored Of Education” from the new album, and I also find myself relating to it and understanding. Parents will find understanding in some tracks, impoverished people will find understanding in some tracks, and teens find understanding in others. Propaganda has a unique way of showing that he gets it, and if he doesn’t get it, he’ll say so and move on.

Propaganda also knows how to cleverly bend words and rhymes to create Spoken Word that defies imagination. “Crimson Cord” serves up some great beats, rhymes, and lyrics. Mixed with Propaganda’s wonderful logic and theology, it’s a great combination.

I’m really into the tracks “Crimson Cord,” “Daywalkers,” and “Bored Of Education” at the moment, but that’s likely to change. I haven’t really had time to contemplate the deep meanings behind some of the other tracks, so I can’t truly comment on them (which is why this isn’t a full review).

But hey, if you want to hear the songs for yourselves and form your own opinions, the album is free to download here. Alternatively, you can support Propaganda by buying it on iTunes or Amazon. But for free, you really have no excuse not to give it a shot, so go ahead.

Thanks For Reading
Matt

Album Review of G I R L by Pharrell Williams

“Happy” has taken over the world. I turn on the radio, and I’ll hear it on 2 or 3 different stations in the short time it takes me to get to work. The super-famous a capella group Pentatonix just released a cover of it a couple days ago. A children’s choir in Detroit just did the same. Not to mention, the song is featured in the movie Despicable Me 2, which is one of the most popular movies of 2013. Yes, “Happy” has taken over, and I’ve fallen a victim. When I heard that Pharrell Williams had released an entire album and “Happy” was on it, I listened to it on Spotify immediately and proceeded to buy it the next week. G I R L was a great buy, and although the album isn’t for everyone, I find it very enjoyable.

Pharrell’s album has a sort of throwback vibe to it; I’m getting the sounds of the 1970’s and ’80’s that are blended with the sounds of the modern era. I’m hearing the same tone of electric guitar on Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae” as I hear in the Bee Gee’s “Jive Talking.” Hand claps, stomps, and trumpets mix with bass beats and computer generated sounds. The blend is refreshing, much like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was for me last year.

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Divergent Book Review

I spend nearly all of my free time doing one of two things: gaming or reading. Although I’ve been doing more gaming than reading lately, I decided it was time to get back to reading a bit more than I currently do. Last month, I went to see A Madea Christmas with my girlfriend (great movie, by the way) and we saw a trailer for the new movie that will be coming out soon, Divergent. We both thought the movie looked interesting, and we decided we’ll go see it when it comes out. I’m one of the people who has to read the book before the movie to see how the two compare, so I checked out Divergent from the library. I had high hopes and expectations for this book, and although it didn’t quite reach those expectations, I did enjoy the book, and I have already requested the next book in the trilogy from the library.

Divergent starts out a bit confusing, and it didn’t grab my attention initially; I had a few questions that were never really answered throughout the narrative, rather they were simply forgotten. In this setting, America is no more; the main character, Beatrice, lives in The Hub, formerly known as Chicago. The Hub is split into 5 different factions: Abnegation, who value selflessness, Amity, who value peace, Dauntless, who value bravery, Candor, who value trustworthiness, and Erudite, who value knowledge. Although each child is raised by their parents in the ways of their birth faction, they have the choice of officially choosing their faction in a public ceremony when they turn 16. Most children stay with their birth faction, but a few switch to others based on their calling, which is shown to them in a sort of aptitude test.

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Top 7 Albums of 2013 (Yes, I’m Aware This Is A Strange Number)

Hi everyone! Welcome to 2014! My name is Matthew, and I’m a friend of John’s. We’ve known each other for over a half dozen years now; we met playing basketball, actually. Anyhow, he’s invited me to be a part of this blog in 2014, so I said yes! I’ll be covering a lot of different topics this year, and I want to use this opportunity to branch out in my writing. I run a blog of my own that’s devoted entirely to gaming, and you can check it out at myopinionasagamer.wordpress.com. Naturally, I’ll be spewing out some gamer-gab on The Ramble, but I’ll also be posting book reviews, album reviews, and I’d like to contemplate a little religion on here. Fear not, I’m not going to look at you from an “I know more than you because I go to church, etc.” standpoint; I’m as messed up and lost as you are; I’ll probably be asking more questions than I answer.

In any case, I’ve decided to make my first post about music! I wanted to do a top 10 list of my favorite albums, but I noticed there was a little clutter in the list. There were a couple albums that I liked, but they haven’t really stuck with me or impacted me greatly. Conversely, if I chopped the list down to 5, I would have lost a couple meaningful, amazing albums, and I couldn’t afford to do that. 7 was the happy number where all the necessary albums were there, and I was OK making the 3 cuts I needed to from my top 10. Without further ado, here are my top 10 albums of 2013 in no particular order!

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#Hashtag

So i wanted to post this post a few weeks ago but my plan didn’t play out right so here i am now doing it. So whats the point of hashtags? Well ill tell you what I think and maybe it ll change your look about hashtags, maybe better or worse.

Hashtags to me are a way to spread the word about something, like your opinion on Taco Bell or something so that if someone has never been to Taco Bell (which i don’t know anyone who hasn’t) they can look on Twitter and now Facebook the hashtag #TacoBell and look whats new and what people think of it. But i think people over use hashtags like on Instagram like they will post a selfie of themselves and put hashtags like #hot #swag #newshoes #snapback #goodhairday and that is over using hashtags. I use hashtags sometimes but not all the time, oh another way people use them is like if something new has come out like #PS4 or #Xbox1 and i think that’s okay as long as you don’t use that in every post, which i know some one who at the end of every post there is #muhahahahaha and that can get really annoying.

So that’s my opinion or view on hashtags, tell me what you think in the comments and make sure to like and follow this blog and tell your friends!

Just Rambling,

John Stuart

Ford, Chevy or Toyota…or Dodge

I asked my friends on Facebook the past couple days the questions “Ford or Chevy” and “Chevy or Toyota” and most people said Chevy. Everyone has their own opinion, i kinda expected there to be an argument in the comments but everyone seemed to respect others choices. Honestly I just posted that to see what people thought but that might help me when i choose my first car, who knows. There were a few people in each post that chose Dodge which wasn’t even a choice, but that’s okay. And there was at least one person who said Either. So what do you choose? Ford, Chevy or Toyota or even Dodge? Let me know in the comments and please respect others opinions!

Thats all i have for you today, please Follow this blog and share it with your friends, give me feedback and like this post! Thanks for listening!

Just Rambling,

John Stuart