Posts filed under ‘random musings’

A Change in Blog Direction!

In case you didn’t know, or couldn’t tell from this blog, I am a creative. What do I mean by that? I love to write. I love crafts. I love to create things. I attempt to express myself visually in ways I see fit whether it be black and white photography or bellydancing.

Why am I telling you this? Because so far I feel that this blog has been really disjointed and not very representative of myself. And that’s going to change.

I’ve been trying “force” travel as my theme of choice like some of classmates in the iMedia program revolve around their passions of cinema and food. Travel is just one of my interests, and probably more of a secondary one. So now this blog is going to showcase creativity that I find interesting/feel needs to be brought to attention.

More than likely there will be a good deal of attention to screenwriters, because screenwriting and writing in general is probably this biggest passion I have, and NO ONE pays attention to screenwriters. With all of these movies we watch, people comment of the cinematography or the editing or the special effects, but what do you need before you can produce? A GOOD SCRIPT. I will also be looking at commercials and/or music videos and cool authors.

So, I apologize if that’s not your thing, but I do hope you’ll stay! Things are about to get a lot more interesting.

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November 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

The New Luxury

What’s your definition of the word “luxury”? Dictionary.com says:

Luxury: n. a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity.

That’s probably some variation of what you said isn’t it? Well according to my research on travel in the future, you and Webster would be wrong.

Many of my sources say that in the future luxury is less about materialism, but more about self-enrichment and time. In a future where we’ll be working non-stop and barely have time for personal lives, time with friends and families will be a luxury. Relaxation even in a tent in the woods will be a luxury. Photographing birds on pier will be a luxury if photography is your passion.

In the future, the concern when it comes to vacations isn’t so much about what you are getting as what you are doing. We’re moving towards an “experience economy” where people want to be differentiated not by what they have but what they are doing. For example, hiking in the Galapagos with your significant other would be considered more luxurious than owning a Lamborghini in this experience economy.

The new definition of luxury and the experience economy are results of what author Oliver James has coined “affluenza.”

Affluenza is “a contagious middle class virus causing depression, anxiety, addiction and ennui, a global tour of infected minds by a renowned psychologist in search of being successful and staying sane.”

My idea of luxury? I would love to go glamping! The outdoors has never been my thing, but if I had all the comforts of home and then some, you best believe I’d brave it out there in the woods! I think it would be so neat to stay in one of these exotic locales in one of these amazing abodes. What do you think of glamping? What’s your idea of luxury at the moment?

October 22, 2009 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

Lurkerrrrrs, Come Out to Play-ay!

If you know what movie that reference is from, you get a cookie. Sorry, got a little hungry there. Anyways, I’m referencing this movie from the ’70s that is pretty badass and you should watch this clip to get the full effect of the title:

So just imagine me sitting here with glass bottles on my fingers inviting you to come out and play. But I digress.

In this post I wanted to address the concept of lurkers. For those not down with tech lingo, according to dictionary.com, a lurker is:

“One who reads or observes an ongoing discussion without participating in it, as in an Internet newsgroup.”

If this is the definition of what a lurker is in an online sense, where on earth and when did we attach a negative connotation? Is it because lurk is a really weird, ugly sounding word? (My bad if your name is Lurk or some variation thereof). And is lurking really such a bad thing? I’m not gonna lie, I “lurk” some communities and/or personal blogs and journals, but I’m not up to any nefarious activities. I know when I lurk, it’s because I’m interested in reading what other people have to say on a subject, so I’m just there to get information, but not to necessarily share my own opinion. If I feel strongly enough about something, I will, but not usually. According to one our texts in my Theory & Analysis class, other reasons people lurk are:

  • Thinking that they don’t have anything of value to contribute.
  • Wanting to learn more about a community before just diving in.
  • Not liking the dynamics that they’ve observed in the group.

So I ask, are any of these things negative? The last one is debatable, but overall, it seems to me like there’s no reason to categorize lurkers as bad people. Maybe there should be a new term for them? I think “spectator” is a good one. When I think of a spectator I think of someone sitting in a stadium watching some sports match or parked in front of the television watching some drama unfold.  Some of the shenanigans that go on in online communities are just as entertaining, so I think “spectator” is a pretty good fit!

September 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

New Meme Alert: The Interrupting Kanye Meme

We all know what went down on Sunday night at the VMAs, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s award speech to give Beyonce her props. Not only has this prompted President Obama to call out West as a jackass and garnered this video of a “Kanye remix” interrupting President Obama’s speech over one million hits on Youtube, but now, a Kanye meme.

For example, on Facebook, someone posted the following: “i hope kanye doesn’t show up to patrick swayze’s funeral. ‘ i’ll let you get back to your funeral in a minute…but michael jackson had the best death of the year. just sayinnn. ”

And there are plenty of images being made as we speak. Here are a few I’ve seen so far:

September 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm 1 comment

One Web Day Essay – Amusements on the Web

One of the things I really enjoy about the World Wide Web is that there are so many avenues in which we can express humor. I mean, I love to laugh—who doesn’t? And with the Internet, you have a choice of how you get your daily laugh.

You can go to YouTube and watch a video of a baby dancing and singing along to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, or watch three old ladies try to get out of a speeding ticket by booty dancing in front of a police officer. You can watch funny commercials, not just from the United States, but countries all over the world. My personal favorites are the somewhat inappropriate Ikea videos, banned here in the U.S., but with the wonderful invention of the World Wide Web, we still have access to them, and I can watch them anytime I want, as many times I want.

I also enjoy random sites such as AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com and PeopleofWalmart.com. These sites are more specialized, with a special brand of humor, often at the expense of the people featured in the photos.

Another type of Internet humor I find really funny is sites dedicated to certain memes. I don’t know why but I get a huge kick out of these things! I’m big fan of the Xzibit “Yo Dawg” meme and there are sites dedicated to the memes and filled with variations of them. What’s really funny about the Xzibit meme in particular is that it developed from a television show (Pimp My Ride), and gained a whole new shelf life via the Web. An example of the Xzibit meme, “Yo dawg, we heard you like exhibits so we put Xzibit in your exhibit so you can look at Xzibit while you exhibit Xzibit in your exhibit.” Or, “Yo Dawg, I heard you like functions so we put a function in your function so you can derive while you derive.” There are hundreds of hilarious memes, and I suggest you visit http://knowyourmeme.com in your free time because you’ll be sure to waste a lot of time looking and laughing. For your viewing pleasure:

Yo Dawg 1

Yo Dawg 2

All in all, I just think that the Web can be a great stress reliever and make any horrible day at least a teensy bit better with its vast array of amusements!

September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Is There Value in Actual Experience Over Virtual Experience?

One commonality that many Elon Interactive Media Graduate Students’ research proposals have is the question of, “Will there be a need to do actually so-and-so in the future?” For example, will there be books in the future? Will we actually need to learn anything in the future? Will there be a point in traveling in the future?

My answer to all of these questions is ABSOLUTELY.  There’s something to be said for being able to experience things with all five of our senses. At the moment there’s no “tastyvision” or “smell-o-vision” that allows you to taste or smell through a computer screen. And technology hasn’t developed a way you feel human touch through a screen either. I think these are things to consider for my topic (Travel 2.0) especially. What’s the value in actually hopping on a plane, flying over landmasses and arriving in Paris to have the Eiffel Tour loom over you? Personally, I think it’s great to be able to go to a website and take a 360 degree panoramic view of Paris, but I want to smell the exhaust of the Parisian taxis whizzing by me. I want to taste the baking bread from the boulangerie on the corner, and I want to kiss cheeks with a French stranger [not intended to be as creepy as it sounds].

At the same point, virtual experiences may be more beneficial and of more value for those populations who can’t experience the real thing. Perhaps you are confined to a wheelchair and the only way you can experience a dive through the Great Barrier Reef is through your computer. Or maybe you were laid off from works a few months ago and the only way you can go on vacation is through Second Life.

I don’t want readers to leave this post thinking that I have anything against virtual reality and virtual vacations, because I don’t. I see the merits in these things; I just think life wouldn’t be nearly as fulfilling experiencing everything through a computer! I like the 21-hour flights to Singapore with stopovers over in Frankfurt. I like getting the satisfaction of turning the page of a book after I’ve finished reading it. Will this all be eliminated in the future? Looks like we’ll have to wait it out and see.

September 8, 2009 at 2:29 am 3 comments


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