Tuesday, July 29, 2014
New Weird Al Videos
Word Crimes has Weird Al commenting on the current state of writing in the Western World. We make a lot of mistakes as we text, blog and chat with each other! Like "I could care less!" Which means you DO care. At least a little!
The video starts off as a breeze blows pages of a dictionary. At 4 seconds we see the word "accordion" with an accompanying picture of Weird Al playing an accordion. This is an allusion to his earliest videos. He played the accordion to his first song, "My Bologna" which was his version of "My Sharona" by The Knack; both songs are from 1979.
Since this is a parody of Blurred Lines, a video with nudity and sexual innuendo, it's no surprise that Weird Al has several sex references in here. Did you see them? Watch the video and see if you spot the sex jokes!
The Blurred Lines innuendo, "What rhymes with 'Hug Me'" becomes "What's a contraction?" which could be considered a sex allusion in a stretch. After all, the act that rhymes with Hug Me could result in Contractions 9 months later. :P Also, "Your particliple's dangling" is portrayed in a certain way in the video; might be a stretch again. But the 2 clear sex references I saw were #SomeCunningLinguist at 2:20 - referring to the word play on an oral sex act. Just a little sex pun! The other sex reference is blatant and is straight from any Middle School lunch room or playground. "Weird Al" has a big dic-tionary, at 3:32. Did you catch these? See any others?
Word Crimes currently has over 12 Million views. The other viral video from Weird Al's latest offering is "Tacky". It features some fairly well known celebrities dressing tacky and dancing tacky. More goofy than funny or clever, in my opinion, but really not bad! What do you think?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY - Official Trailer (2015) [HD]
If you have not read at least the first book, then grab a copy from Amazon and see what everyone has been talking about the last few years, and see why the upcoming movie is already causing a lot of buzz even though it isn't due out until Valentine's Day 2015. There are a few related books below, so if you've read the 50 Shades series already, you will most likely enjoy these other books!
So if you don't know, then you may ask, What is Fifty Shades of Grey about? Well it is about SEX! Actually, it is about an adult couple in love with each other, who are very sexually attracted to each other. The man is named Christian Grey. He is a very wealthy business man who has been through some sexual ordeals as a boy. He has a need to be a dominant sexual partner and therefore needs a submissive sexual partner to complete this consensual partnership. Ana Steele happens to walk into his life, and she is his "type" so there is an immediate attraction. He is a powerful and good looking man, and she is attracted to him as well. While he is fully into this BDSM lifestyle, she is very sexually innocent. She wants to keep some control over their relationship but he longs for her to submit to his every command.
While this is indeed a sex book, it isn't the sole focus, and readers report that they enjoyed the dynamics in Christian and Ana's relationship. Since this book does contain a lot of sex scenes, it is not for children and probably not for some young adults. However, this book started out as a Fan Fiction story written using the characters from the popular Young Adult book and movie series, Twilight! Yes, that's right, Christian = Edward and Ana = Bella! Both male characters are strong and controlling, and have a life that very few others ever experience. Both females are innocent and somewhat awkward and less than perfect, although they are eventually equals in the relationship.
So who has been cast to play Christian and who has been cast to play Ana? Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia "Ana" Steele. Jamie Dornan will play Christian Grey. There was some talk at one point about casting Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, the Twilight stars! You can read more about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie on wikipedia.
Now, enjoy the trailer for the upcoming February 2015 movie, Fifty Shades of Grey!
Feels like Seventeen (Original Song) by Matt Roy
In this, his latest video, we hear a great example of New Country. Matt's original song, Feels Like Seventeen, has lyrics that anyone can relate to. Matt plays rhythm guitar and also a few lead guitar breaks. I like how New Country is keeping the guitar solo alive, something ubiquitous in Classic Rock. Have a look at this well made video and listen to this cool Country tune, written, sung and played by Matt Roy! Subscribe if you like him!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Is FaceBook a Scam?
Is FaceBook a Scam? Is FaceBook a Fraud? Watch these two videos and see what you think about the way FaceBook presents information to you. See what you think about the Ads on FaceBook. See what you think about who is seeing your FaceBook posts.
Here is the definition of Scam: a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scam) Here is the definition of Fraud: deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. (dictionary.reference.com/browse/fraud) Do you have confidence that when you "Friend" someone on FaceBook you will see everything they post? Do you have confidence that when you post something on FaceBook that all of your Friends would see it when they visit FaceBook.com even if they have to scroll quite a while to get to it?
Maybe your FaceBook experience would be horrible if you had to wade through every single thing that every single friend shared. Maybe FaceBook is doing you a service by trying to organize your news feed. Maybe you should be happy to be receiving the services of FaceBook free of charge! Of course, often when you get something free, you are subjected to Advertising. That seems fair. But doesn't it seem like the number of ads on FaceBook is increasing?
How does FaceBook work? How can you get more Likes? How can you get more Friends? What happens to engagement when you get more Friends? What do you have to do to get your FaceBook posts noticed? Watch these two videos and perhaps you will discover the answers to these questions.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Emma's Back! "Perfection Does Not Exist"
Guest Blogger Emma Samuelson is back with an inspiring post that claims Perfection does not exist!
Emma is a singer-songwriter from California who writes her own songs, sings and plays guitar. Check out the excellent music and ASL videos on her YouTube channel! In Emma's own words, "I am a spiritual person and I love music, listening to it, creating it, and everything about it." Her love of music is obvious in her videos!
Please use this link to see a list of ALL guest blog posts by Emma Samuelson.
Now, Emma tells us about three popular videos that show how some individuals deal with being less than perfect in the eyes of much of society. Read Emma's excellent article, watch the great videos and remember the dream of Martin Luther King Jr - there will come a time when we do not simply look at someone's exterior features, but we will look inside and see "the content of their character."
Everyone has their own idea of what is “normal” or “beautiful” in the world. However, when it comes to physical appearance, society has a large impact on how we view people’s bodies and what constitutes a “perfect” one. We are constantly seeing images of models and celebrities that have rock hard abs, acne-free skin, and a size 2 waistline… but the truth of the matter is, every single human body that resides on this planet is unique in a certain way. Despite the fact that acceptance of others is a trend on the rise, people are still very quick to judge, assume and mock others for what they look like, their style, or even a disorder or disability they may have. Not only can disorders and disabilities make daily life more challenging, but with the dramatic attention received by others, whether it be mean-spirited or not, can cause low self-esteem in those living with that difference.
Cheri, who lives with Vitiligo, a skin pigment disorder, opens up and speaks out about her disorder and how she has moved past the “abnormality” of her appearance. Instead, Cheri challenges us to be confident and embrace our appearance as is in order to fully occupy a life worth living.
Looking further into how we categorize normalcy, a Swiss charity organization entitled Pro Infirmis has helped to raise more awareness around people living with disabilities, challenging the stereotypes that are often more crippling than the disabilities themselves. One project they conducted has received much global attention with the title: “Because Who is Perfect? Get Closer.” Five people living with disabilities were measured, and mannequins were then sculpted using those measurements. The results are very telling in regards to people’s reactions as well as reframing our idea of perfection.
Cassandra, another Dermablend Camo Confession subject, opens up about her acne and really shows how much others intolerance has affected how she saw herself. Just like Cheri, Cassandra emphasizes the importance of self-love and self-worth. One thing she does point out in particular is that she no longer uses make up to hide herself, but instead uses it as a tool of self expression, a perspective that is much more beneficial to one’s confidence.
Ultimately, physical appearance standards need to be challenged; just like a wild horse, stereotypes must be broken. Regardless of what you have said, done or thought in the past, the next time you see someone who looks different than you, send them love and give them a smile. Also, the next time you look at yourself in the mirror and find something you do not like or judge, send that area love to support and affirm your unique beauty. If you take one thing away from these videos, remember what Cassandra said: “A huge misconception in the world is that we think that perfection exists.”
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