Pure Entertainment

•April 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“They used the name Lindsay,” Ovadia said. “They’re using her name as a parody of her life. Why didn’t they use the name Susan? This is a subliminal message. Everybody’s talking about it and saying it’s Lindsay Lohan.” Stephanie Ovadia is Lindsey Lohan’s lawyer.

If you have never heard this story before Lindsey Lohan is suing E-Trade for a commercial that was aired during the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympic finals. The commercial is about a baby girl named ‘Lindsey’ being called a “milkaholic’. Now is that ridiculous or what!?! Why would Lindsey even relate this particular commercial to herself? Many celebrities get slack about being on drugs and having the title of being alcoholics and much worse, but no one is guilty until proven. And I think she has proved to the world that she just may be all thee above. The press has put plenty of allegations against Lindsey but I guess because she has a particular target now, she feels the need to take her aggravation out on someone. She is suing E-Trade for $100 million for ‘pain and suffering’.

She filed the lawsuit March 8th and yet as anything happened in her favor but I will be tuned in to see the turn out. Her lawyer states that Lohan is owed $50 million in exemplary damages, plus another $50 million in compensatory damages. Her lawyer can’t possibly use the evidence of ‘subliminal message’ to get this case won for Lindsey’s sake… I say GIVE IT UP!! She’s such a baby….

Milkaholic or Alcoholic!?!

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/lohan_such_baby_jVdQWABj9z0MgXzCv1Nh1O#ixzz0lvQ0ZC5B

Art Appreciation

•December 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There are many aspects of art; Drawing, sculpturing as well as painting. Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other mediums to a surface. Painting is a mode of expression, and the forms are numerous. Applying an artistic theme can be naturalistic and representational; as in still life or landscape painting, photographic, abstract, symbolism, emotions or be political in nature.

With my final project my overall view of painting as definitely grew from knowing nothing to actually realizing that it means more than just paint on a wall, canvas or paper. The project taught me the use of capturing real life art, no matter if it a perfect portrait or painting what you see or feel. Painting is not about being perfect it’s all in the passion you put in behind it. The dramatic question for the professor I interviewed, Mark Swain, was what is the philosophy of painting for him? With being a part of many art classes painting had never been my nitch. But after talking with Mark even after the interview was complete he was really down to earth about the whole aspect of art. The main phrase that really stuck out to me about painting is patience. It’s an understanding with one’s self that is expressed through art.

The struggle I could say with the recording was the amount of students that was in class and wanted to participate. Some were extremely shy and some looked real focus on getting the work done before the 50 minute class over. The enjoyment I had was being able to see other’s work. To see the different artistic value in each painting was amazing. None of the painting was bad, they looked as if each student was going to school to get there Fine Arts degree; but majority of the students take the course for an elective. If I could recommend this class I would, and definitely recommend Mark Swain as a very interesting teacher.

Mona Lisa .... One of the well known paintings.

Dance Off!

•December 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

        Dancing has always been known as a form of art but now it’s becoming more of a sport. It’s competitions left and right involving dance groups as well as celebrities. In the media, performing seems to be more important than pure talent. There have been recent shows, “Americas Best Dance Crew,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing With the Stars”, that has been the top shows watched on prime television. Before these shows dancing was never viewed as competitive or even as interesting as it has become. We are introduced to all types of form of dance and surprised that is has been more than accepted. These shows have had over 3 seasons of viewing each. Not only are the shows influencing individuals to dance but as well as the music that is being produced. R&B, contemporary, rap, and even gospel as become so upbeat that is considered dancing music.

Dance Off!

 

        On “Dancing With the Stars”, celebrities are the spot light of the show as well as their dancing.  They are chosen to be a part of this dance reality show and each couple performs a number of their choice, that it be hip hop, line dance, or waltz. Whatever they decide to do they have to wow the audience and the judges. The last season Donnie Osmond won.  Even though he shines with his singing, he made more than impression on the show. In a last minute surprise, he nabbed the night’s top score in the three finalists’ last dances, for a steamy tango with partner Kym Johnson that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “artistry in motion.” Osmond’s victorious turn on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was Thanksgiving week’s most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS’ “NCIS.” The “Dancing” results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said. For the week of Nov. 24-30, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, brought in 20.41 million viewers. So with dancing becoming the “newest” trend, celebrities are pitching in as well as the video game industry. Dancing is becoming worldwide….. So let’s DANCE!

It’s Worldwide!

•December 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

 As insane as it maybe… social networking is WORLDWIDE!

Facebook in China

 Now I don’t know if I am just naive but I did not know I could reach people outside of this country; but only on certain days!

 In China the government has the right to block certain sites when every they feel the need. Now I don’t know how well that will fly in US, but on Tuesday June 7 of 2009 an article in the Washington Post  was written about the western region of Xinjiang, China. Apparently the prior weekend a deadly riot broke out and to prevent any blogging or gossip about the incident the central government took all the usual steps to block citizens from accessing foreign web services. The authorities blocked Twitter, removed unapproved references to the violence form search engines and had apparently move to bar its citizens from accessing Facebook form most parts of China Mainland.  The Chinese government is not shy about censoring the internet.  As tension rose over Tibet before the 2008 Olympics, sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and even Wikipedia found themselves blocked.  After the Olympic frenzy, the government seemed to relax and many sites become accessible again.  Youtube and most major blog sites, however, were re-blocked this spring when a video of a Buddhist monk being beaten surfaced. Even sites that have not been blocked have been closely monitored.   Any content made by either government supporters or Uighur sympathizers that is deemed controversial is immediately taken down by officials. Now if that isn’t strict I don’t know what is. If the government can see what is being done your computer, I wonder what else is being monitored! That is kind of creepy when you think about it.

YouTube’n

•November 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

                Lately YouTube seems to be THE most popular and growing site around.  Student, parents, teachers, faculty is using YouTube for EVERYTHING. You can type anything you want on YouTube and you are bound to find it….

                 But there is always the negative that seems to squeeze its self on through. Not only is YouTube used for entertainment and learning purposes but it also used to wreck the image of some schools as well as people. It may not be on purpose but when students are carelessly sending videos to share with the world it becomes a problem. You can find all type of ugly things that relate to college life when watching one of these videos. For instance, one of the first things that pops up if you search on YouTube about a public school in Western Maryland is a video that starts:  FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY. ITS GREAT!  An edgy new-wavy punkish Electric Six song cranks in, and the camera lurches as people down shots, chug beer and do keg stands. One guy climbs unsteadily out a window, grins at the camera, then drops through the dark to the ground far below. The video is not available now because of the new image that the University doesn’t want to portray but not only is that ruining the image of the school, but the students as well. Some may look at it and think its funny, but I wonder how hilarious it is to parents.  

                With knowing that YouTube is one of the largest visited sites people are taking advantage of the usage and turning it into a marketing and advertising method as well. To attract more advertising, YouTube is striving to add more professionally produced video.  You can take URL’s and post it right on a site as well as make videos to distribute the “good” of your school or product. “Marketing in higher education is really at a crossroads,” said Nora Ganim Barnes, director of the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. “Those that don’t engage and manage social media are going to be left behind.”  Something more parent friendly!

 

Tag… You’re It!

•November 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment
     We all may or may not be familiar with the social networking site Tagged.com but before Facebook and Twitter came along, teens were tagging each other left from right. From Tagged.com statistics they are the 3rd largest social networking site out. I doubt it, but Tagged.com at one point was very popular. When I was in high school, 3 years ago, Tagged.com was the place to be. Everyone knew all your business and anyone could snoop on each other. Of course now there is more security that goes along with it.

     Just like our Facebook now and or Twitter, Tagged allows users to send messages, leave comments, browse photos and watch videos. But what makes this site different from the rest? Well one, when you are “tagging” someone you are sending a friend request so it’s a little different from viewing a profile and deciding to befriend them or not; you both have to decide if you want to be each other’s “tagging” buddies. Another difference is they just got sued out of the kazoo. They were accused of tricking users into providing access to their address books.

tagged

Watch Out!

     While proper social networking sites like Facebook and yes, even MySpace, don’t access your address book without your permission, up-and-coming sites like to steal your contacts and trick them into joining so that they can increase their user base and appeal to advertisers. And this is why I state that I doubt that Tagg.com is the 3rd largest networking site. I have not heard of anyone being a part of this site in years. As stated in the news report, and I too can agree, just the other day my grandmother was sent an email that bamboozled her in away to sign up for something that ended up leading her to join a social networking site, and as well send out emails to people in her contacts inviting them to join as if it was her. I received the email and was stunned that my grandmother had even opened an email as well as sent one out to over 120 people.

     Tagged.com had to pay a lump sum of $250,000 over something that seems so small. Be careful who you “trick.”

bigmoney

Pay up!

What About the Kids!

•October 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

I wonder how rational it is to have social networking sites for children under 13?

Not sensible at all in my opinion.
There are many sites out there that allow children to participate in being part of the social networking world; MySpace and Facebook being two of them. With Facebook they have a site called FBFkids.com “strictly for kids 13 and up.” But the problem I have with that is what is stopping a 9-year-old from joining. What law is there that stops them immediately and say “oh son your too young.” There isn’t any. Only thing they have to do is change the year they were born and there a member.  Majority of the children in our day in age is more technology savvy then the adults. According to Answers.com there four sites that are made just for children; other than FBFkids.com (Facebookforkids) there are Yunti, Imbee, and KidsWorl.

One view about FBFkids.com is “I believe FBFKids is the best for your children as they are fully monitored and moderated without any outside linking. You have to be aware that the site you let your children onto may be good, but if they allow outside linking, you’ll never know where your children will end up clicking to. Most of the above sites are riddled with outside linking to questionable material for children. FBFKids has a strict no linking policy; it is non commercial, privately funded and non profit. This may be so but what is keeping a predator from joining? It doesn’t take a genius to change their age to make their selves suitable to become a member as well. I know because I’m a member and I am well over being a preteen or teenager. With this site you have the ability to chat, join groups and even blog.

Watch out he is out there!

Watch out he is out there!

 

Reading more into children sites, I came across CNET.com, where Larry Magid, an expert in social networking sites and blogging, that authored “MySpace Unraveled: What It Is and How to Use It Safely,” was interviewed. According to Magid parents cannot force any social networking sites from banning children from the network. Reading some of his answers, and going over this interview constantly in my head I’ve come to realize that these people must do not have children. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a report called Highlights of the Youth Internet Safety Survey, has estimated that one in five children between the ages of 10 and 17 years old receives unwanted sexual advances online. Breaking that down, at least half of those solicitations originate from other teens and are not aggressive, meaning they aren’t urging the child to meet in person. Magid said those added details can put the risk in perspective: The vast majority of kids online will go about their business unharmed. I would guess because the “vast majority” go unharmed that makes it ok for those children that are harmed. That does not add up.

Everything is not for kids. Children can be sneaky but there should be limitations and boundaries on computer use when you are such a young child, and that responsibility lands in the hands of the parents.

Lets Keep Our Kids Safe

Lets Keep Our Kids Safe