Category: Wire[d] Thoughts

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.

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The Power of a Domain

I kid you not, my second new years resolution (or was it third?) this year was to own my own domain. Well, it took me 6 months + 30 days BUT I DID IT. (Better late than never, right?)

After purchasing the oh-so-precious and highly coveted ValerieWire.com (Yes I just linked to the website you’re on solely because I CAN.) I came out to the kitchen to profess this glorious occasion to my mom and she just laughed and said I sounded like Salem the cat.

I’ll take it as a compliment.

 

But seriously, the domain is a powerful thing. Even though I’m more limited to what I can do than I thought (seriously, WordPress, no plug-ins unless you’re hosting by WordPress.ORG?!), I still feel like I claimed what was mine today.I suddenly feel the professionalism, the security and the creativity to do with it what I want (or, well, what I can…).

Professors have been repeatedly telling us for I don’t even know how long that we need to own our own domain. It gives us an identity, a presence and a personality that no other place on the web can. I can perfectly showcase who I am, my strengths, what I have done, and how to be contacted all in one place.  It serves as the perfect hub of all information about me in a nice little nutshell. I can post my resume, portfolio and other things to send to employers, prospective clients and everything between!

Now, I could create business cards that just said valeriewire.com (If I really wanted to) rather than a less than impressive valeriewire.wordpress.com address. And this site directs people to every other branch I have in the internet as well, including what I can do offline.

Point is, it’s affordable, it’s manageable, it’s easy. Now when professors harp on students saying there is no reason not to own your own domain this day in age, I don’t have to awkwardly avoid eye contact. Whatever the reason you’re holding back from purchasing that domain you’ve been thinking about — just do it. It’s only a few bucks a month for something that will leave a priceless lasting impression on all who visit.

ObamaCares (& so do young voters!)

Today was quite an exciting day in the world of politics, in case you didn’t notice…

This excitement lead to many creations of memes, a sudden USA > Canada immigration influx, and even a big uh-oh on the part of Fox News & CNN.

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Google Glasses Boggle My Mind

Seriously, though.

These glasses are going to change the world.

 

I first read about them back in February in a NYTimes article and I was baffled by the thought of it. When I read they were suppose to come out by the end of this year my thought was HAH! Yeah, okay.

But low and behold…

I just opened my browser this afternoon, which opened to my favorite news website (and homepage) Newser and THIS article was staring at me! I couldn’t believe it! There those puppies were.

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RIP: Privacy

  Privcacy is a thing of the past, and this is something we’re all just going to have to live with.

In our world of technology — Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google, and so much more — it is almost foolish to think that there is still a way to be private.

I know, you’re sitting there thinking, “But I can make my account private so only people I want to see can see it.” Right? WRONG.

Just because your account is private doesn’t mean that it necessarily always is.  What if someone who you trust sees something you post and re-posts it? What if someone else posts something about you elsewhere without tagging you in it or letting you know it’s there? These are just a couple of scenarios of many that can infringe upon what you believe to be your private information.

The true question is, though, why are you putting information online that you do not want to be available to the public?

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Help: A Blogging College Student

And I have no time for it!

Shocking, right?

I have this list of all these great topics I want to write about — like SOPA (well that one came and went.), Privacy, Wikipedia, the Kardashians (Seriously, though. I do!), Costa Concordia, the music industry, and so many more! But my little time to devote to myself and other things of importance (like, you know, eating, sleeping, etc.) kind of make it difficult.

This is my: WHAT?!-I'm-suppose-to-maintain-academics-work-keep-up-with-other-responsibilites-AND-find-time-to-blog?! Face

So here’s where you come in!

For experienced bloggers, how do you find the time to blog in the midst of crazy, hectic schedules? We all have lives, and most of them aren’t revolved around blogging. How do you do it?!

For not-so-experienced in the time management function, just tell me what you’re  interested in recently, what’s catching your eye, what are you talking about? What are you following? I want to know!

I really hope I get some feedback on this one. I could use it!

Thanks 😀

Googling Close & Personal

I know Google+ hasn’t been the most successful social media venture of our time.  But, it has been a learning experience and a new world to explore the way we interact, adopt and use social media in our lives.

Now, Google has come along to shape another part of the way we live — by our searching.

Of course, this is largely determined by your use on Google+… but, is that really the question at hand here? No.

Why?

Because anyone could have a Google+ at this point, and anyone could be Googling you, and you never know what they’re going to find unless you Google yourself in all the ways and formats that other people are able to.

The point: when signed in to a Google+ account and searching a person’s name, “personal search” results come up first.  What does this mean? Well, let’s take a look.

This is now what comes up when I Google myself.

The first thing that jumps out at me is the “personal results” … so I clicked it, and I found this.

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