Month: July 2012

Seventeen Mag Gives Photoshop The Boot: Real Photos for Real Girls

Anyone who knows me remotely well enough knows that I am in love with Seventeen Magazine. I have been subscribed to it since I was roughly 13-years-old… maybe even sooner! I’m getting too old, I can’t remember.

One reason I’ve always loved Seventeen was because of their vow to stay true. They provide girls with real advice, real options, real stories. They empower young girls to be true to who they are and not be afraid to take risks. And today, news has been surfacing that they’re going one step further in that real girl empowerment.


or something like that

I saw this image posted on HelloGiggles yesterday and could not have been more excited!

This is in their August issue (currently sitting on my night stand, featuring the fab. Shay Mitchell on the cover, actress in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.) Seventeen has always promoted embracing yourself, regardless of your body type. In every issue, their Body Peace Treaty is mentioned, as well as work outs and ways to stay healthy without the emphasis on being stick-thin. Now, they’ve gone a step further thanks to one 14-year-old reader who wanted to make a bigger change.


The iPad Mini: COMING SOON

Or so they say. And is it really necessary?

According to Mashable, an iPad mini will be released in time for the holidays. But wait, isn’t that an iPhone? Or even an iPod Touch? I know, I know… my thoughts exactly.

This article states that the supposed iPad mini would have a screen size of about 7-8 inches, versus the almost 10 inches on the iPad and 3.5 (diagonal) inches of the iPhone 4S. But, is it an iPad Mini really and truly worth it? Maybe, if Apple does it right.

The iPad Mini would be ground breaking (maybe that’s an exaggeration) and truly give Apple competitors (Kindle Fire, anyone?) something to be scared of if it meets several very important criteria…


Modifying Music for Genre Not So Catchy

If I were an artist I would not to give the impression that I would make my music to fit in to any certain category or to make play on any specific radio station. I’d just want to make music and let politics do with it what they wish.

Now, I know some people are going to not be so happy about this post, because they think artists could just have different expressions, different version for different reasons. They are allowed to experiment, there are things such as remixes, there’s plenty of reasons for this. I get it. But I also think it’s just pretty silly, and it’s usually dependent on exposure in different markets, and mainly making money.

Have you noticed lately how certain songs sound differently on different stations? Or, you find this song on the internet or some TV show and you fall in love with it, then hear it on the radio only to hear some strange beat track behind it?

I’ve noticed it. And I DO NOT like it. Some examples…

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Original)

vs Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Radio Version)

And Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All (Original)

vs Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All (Country Version)


These are only two examples, but I’ve heard it repeatedly by different artists over the last few months. And I think what gets me the most is the fact that wouldn’t Gotye’s song be considered a pop song without the unnecessary background track? Wouldn’t Kelly’s song work just fine on a country station without the strange banjo in the background?

Both versions of both songs sound fine, honestly, but it’s the fact that the original versions were released originally. Then these strange edits popped up on stations across the nation… Maybe so they would get more air play in different markets? Probably. But there’s honestly no point. If a listener doesn’t like your original track, but suddenly they do with that strange sounding background noise… You don’t deserve them as a fan.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who changes the station when the altered version comes on, as my ears cringe in disgust.