ARM Reflection

For this module I reviewed copyright law and made my own mashup. For both of these, I just googled the heck out of things. I remembered the basics of the copyright stuff from high school and DS106 and just found sources that proved my point or proved some outdated ideas I had wrong. For the mashup, I went to Reddit and mashup guides to see how to do things. I used Audacity since that’s what I was familiar with, and unfortunately it didn’t turn out that great. It’s okay though, it’s expected to have your first mashup sound like noise.

I spent a lot of my time listening to other mashups and trying to see what those creators did to make the songs match. Though this, I learned that Pop Punk and Alt Rock are not the easiest genres to mix because they’re particularly varied in mood, instruments, and style between and within songs. I ended up finding two videos- one of a mashup I wanted to do but had already been done, and one other (better) version of the songs that I mixed.

It’s a bit difficult for me to not be good at things, but I think it’s important. I didn’t make a particularly good mashup, but that means I can only improve. My mashed up album cover was pretty good, but it was more of an afterthought for Youtube than something I had planned. Black box videos are very dull to watch, after all. If I need to do another mashup in the future (say, for LipSync or something) I’ll be able to pull on the things I learned in this module and move forward instead of having to relearn basic skills.

SO I’M REALLY NOT CREATIVE APPARENTLY

Here’s someone else’s mashup of the same songs I did and it’s way better and also more legal

The major differences I’ve noticed is that this person sped up Girls/Girls/Boys to match LA Devotee and messed with the pitch a little bit, so I’ll log that for the next time I ever do a mashup. If that ever happens.

I Am Not A Creative Man

I didn’t like how my first mashup turned out so I thought I would do a quick one of two songs that are 100% the same I remember from middle school. But, literally the exact video I wanted to make was made four years ago so I’ll just link to it here.

 

SO I mixed some music

First things first here’s my mashup

I even mashed up the two album covers. I would dare to call this

Interestingly enough, I ran into some trouble getting this online. I first tried to upload this on SoundCloud

copyright

I really appreciated having the option to dispute the claim, but in this case I used more than 15 seconds per song so it was better to take it. However, (clearly), Youtube saw no issues with it. Which is exciting considering I thought I would have to pitch it up/down in order to bypass the copyright blocks. But then that begs the questions- is working to get around copyright filters ethical? I think so, since this isn’t a straight rip. I did technically pirate the MP3 files, but I owned the CDs anyway so I didn’t see an issue.

The mashing up of songs itself wasn’t too difficult since I’ve done it before. The most difficult part was definitely choosing songs to mix. In the end, I decided on two similar-sounding Panic! songs. This is actually a more difficult kind of mix to do because it’s a call and response rather than vocals over instrumental. I did the remixed album cover in Gimp pretty easily, just three layers and some messing with the hue and saturation of the background. It exported a bit wonkily so there are jpeg artifacts, but let’s pretend that that’s new aesthetic.

 

Let’s play the game of how emo can I get (also copyright 101)

The answer is a Fall Out Boy/Panic! at the Disco/My Chemical Romance mashup. That emo.

And that’s my goal- mix a mashup that shows my inner 8th grader and my existential nihilism.

But apparently I have to learn stuff along the way, so let’s play a game of Internet Literacy Jeopardy. If you ask me, this is all pretty basic stuff but if there’s something you don’t know I’ve included links. The categories are: Fair Use, Copyright, YouTube, and But… Why? If there are no questions it means I got bored.  (more…)

PaNOsonic

Because I didn’t like the device, get it?

ANYWAY let’s get cracking. Which incidentally was the main way to get inside this thing. PS I don’t have pictures because this nonsense didn’t deserve to be photographed. We did most of the disassembly in class when we were mostly together, and that was the best part. We ended up with a sacrificial screw bag for the screw god. All hail the screw god.

What we couldn’t take apart by unscrewing things, sheer man muscle was able to rip apart. That’s how we got into the deepest parts of the device, in fact. Panasonic really didn’t want people snooping around their zoom motors. We separated the palmcorder into 5 main pieces- the lens, the screen, the tape, and the two sides of the inside. I’m sure that Max will put photos on his blog post- he was photographing the process.

I got the lens. I found a sears parts catalogue for replacement parts, which was nice because it told me what was what. That’s where most of the trails stopped, though. As I said in our presentation on Friday, this particular palmcorder was nonsense. There was a dearth of information available due to this product’s place in a time of media transition and its short manufacturing lifespan. What was fairly interesting is that there were three separate lenses working in conjunction to zoom and focus- two convex and one flat blue lens that I assume was for color correction. I think that the zoom motors moved these lenses as needed.

I also found the imprint “PC-G30” which I talked about. This means Polycarbonate Glass 30%, which I went over in the presentation as well. And then there’s ye olde flex cable. I found info on this guy by googling the text I found on it. YoungShin, sweet. Found the now-defunct US distributor’s address and office, along with several manufacturing plants scattered across the world (but mostly in East Asia). I found the information on the batteries and minerals used by searching for what Panasonic was using in 2002 and stumbled across the file classifying their batteries as hazardous material. Everything was educated guesswork, since I can’t exactly look with my Elf eyes to see something’s mineral composition.

All in all, sometimes obsolete tech should remain e-waste and get scrapped for parts without bothering the decent people of the world.

Ghost Debates

It figures that the ONE TIME I miss class and have no internet access is the day we do an activity. Oh well.

I spent this weekend in NYC for family business and got back to campus at 10:45 Monday morning before heading right to my classes, then was out working with YMCA SACC for a STEM program until I came back, ate dinner, showered, and went to bed. This weekend, I listened to about 7 hours of podcasts in the car on my slave labor iPhone. Nice transition, go me.

I can’t speak for what I contributed in the debate, since I was absent. Too bad, because I love debates and definitely would have been vocal. However, all I can write about it my opinion. Technology is taking the same cycle as clothing did in the Edwardian period, with the advent of shirtwaists and ready-to-wear clothing. Before, you would have a handful of outfits tailor-made to you, handed down, and you would recycle the fabric when you could no longer wear the garment or it fell out of fashion. Museums are filled with antique furniture that has been reupholstered with brocades from the Lady of the house’s gowns. Today, we no longer have this relationship with our clothing because of its mass-production. Why take care of something you paid $5 for when it is so easily replaceable?

The technology industry is taking the same turn. Recently I went to the Apple store to try and upgrade my phone, but my carrier had changed their policies so that you can only either buy the phone outright or pay  for their yearly upgrade program (neither of which I wanted to do) so I walked out with my same, old, perfectly functioning phone. I believe that in time, the same thing that happened to fashion will happen to technology. Already, tech is incredibly cheap thanks to essentially slave labor in Colombia, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. As time goes on, people will learn more about where their products come from and either the humanitarian outrage or environmental concerns will win out over fast tech, and it will be fashionable again to invest in timeless pieces that will last a long time.

The regulations surrounding this will have to be sorted out politically, of course. It will probably take decades before today’s technological zeitgeist will fall out of mode. As individual consumers, all we can do is try to resist the pull of trends and buy ethically. Hell, if we have fair-trade coffee and organic local honey, why not sustainable tech?

Selfie Reflection

This week or so, I’ve achieved my goals of looking at my own selfies and their composition. I consider myself fairly cognizant of my image, so it was more a matter of confirmation and analysis than knowledge. I read several articles shared in Slack and on the suggested readings list, watched a TedX talk, and did my own (not very scientific) experiment. My group had a succinct and organized presentation, which I see as a great accomplishment considering presentations have run over each time.

As far as discovery goes, I was fairly surprised at how few references were available on the module page. Once we can edit the pages, I’ll add my own sources in. I would have liked to talk more about selfies and gender, but that’s something that the next crop can look at. I’ve kept an involved written record this module, and I’ll leave the links here as an archive:

Prelude to a Selfie

When Facebook Faces You

When the Heart Guides the Hand

When the Heart Guides the Hand

(casual marilyn manson bc i am secretly 12)

I’ve spent the last two posts looking at my own selfies and trying to determine what makes them “good” or not, but that doesn’t factor in the fact that my most popular pictures were conventionally attractive. In general, I present myself as highly feminine and everything else is secondary. I wear makeup nearly every day and dress well for college in that I don’t wear sweats with a topknot. I do these things in order to feel the most confident about myself and be ready for nearly any event at any time. My style is not very alternative, though if I had my way I would dress more intensely. Like, little-bo-peep feminine and spooky scary goth intensely.

#aesthetic (I wore that costume for like 5 years)

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When Facebook Faces You

It’s funny how looking at Selfies makes you look at yourself. Unfortunately, I had to block several people on Facebook before writing this due to non-selfie related reasons. Today, I learned that social media can be an effective cardio workout, really gets the heart rate up. The things that you put out there represent who you are as a person, always be mindful of that.

In order to explore selfies more in depth, I put up an album called “Battle of the Selfies” and invited my friends to discuss them and vote for their favorites. For convenience, I’ll refer to them as the titles I gave them here, based on what platform I would share them. All of these are natural selfies, meaning that I didn’t take them for this module. Simply photos that I had already put out in some way. (more…)