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LOL I could not resist! So What does the 90’s cartoon X-Men and Lady GaGa have in common with this photo? Well, first of all, I can totally see Lady GaGa replacing actress Angelique Pettyjohn. You can’t tell me that the green hair isn’t totally GaGa. She would fit this part like a glove. Although, the dress Angelique does seem like it would be a little bit too “low key,” or too plain for GaGa. Don’t you think? LOL. Any way As far as the X-Men, you see those things around their necks? Doesn’t it remind you of when bad mutant named “Apocalypse” (I think it was him, actually he had someone else do the dirty work for him (I believe it was Mr. Sinister, look him up.)) tried to make them slaves, and put something around the X-Men’s necks, similar to what William and Angelique have on. When the-X-men wore that thing around their necks, the enemy was able to send some kind of shock (or something like that), to give them unbelievable pain. Also, it took their powers away, and they could not take them off. Almost the same thing with Star Trek.

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You know, I can’t be the only one to think about this? Have you ever thought what it would be like if mutants were real? Like, outside of the fictitious definition of what a mutant is, or what we’ve seen on TV so far? What if Iron Man was real? If Tony Stark really existed in real life, he would need 24 hour security outside of his iron suit. Why? I think he would be constantly in danger of being kidnapped by our foreign enemies, and force him to build an army of weaponized suits against America. What do you think?

I think if given the opportunity, if Wonder Woman should ever get severely hurt by a powerful being, or terrestrial, the CIA would do every single kind of testing imaginable to discover the secret of her enormous strength. I think the government would confiscate her bracelets to discover the material it’s made out of. I think with that knowledge, instead of reproducing copies of these bracelets, they would create indestructible body armor and use it to empower our military. As far as her magic lasso, I’m not sure. Sometimes I imagine the government wouldn’t think it has any scientific value, if they view it as the “lasso of truth.” But if they knew that her lasso was also unbreakable, they would have the same amount of interest with her lasso as with her bracelets.  What do you think?

Last but not least, my very favorite mutant of all times. Ororo Munroe, also known by her code name “Storm.” She is one of the original X-Men. Although I think she is too powerful to be vulnerable, but technically, she doesn’t need her mutant powers really, because she is damn near a martial artist. She can kick-ass with or without weapons. However, like most mutants, she does have a weakness. Storm is extremely claustrophobic. Anytime she is “closed in” or encased inside anything, she goes completely buzzerk. I really wouldn’t be surprised if the government would go to the extreme of starving her to death boxed in a sound proof room. As there are people who hate mutants the fictional world, surely you wouldn’t think that none of us wouldn’t be scared shitless (especially after seeing what Magneto can do)? Therefore it is completely possible that the government would do such a thing. After storms death, they would perform decades worth of autopsy(s) on her body. I would imagine her brain would be the central focus, to figure out what part of her brain would control the weather. Her body would never be laid to rest. Every bit of her essence would be used for science. There would be nothing left. What do you think?

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Hello my classic blog fans! I just wanted to inform my small group of followers that care, that I’m making some slight changes to my blog to make it more mobile friendly. I avoided it for a very, very long time, since 99% of the time I blog/tweet/facebook I’m using my PC. Without getting to technical, WordPress is a huge monster of an open source program, where programmers from all over the world volunteer their time to work on literally hundreds of different modules for this amazing CMS program. Then there is the other issue of my theme itself, and how WP responds to it and vise-versa. It would be more of a hassle than what it’s worth, to try and make my current theme more “navigable” to mobile devices the way it is designed now. After considerable thought, the best way for me to handle this is to get rid of most of my side panel. However, please note that I’m merely going to move the contents in a different place, so that mobile devices, e-readers etc. aren’t forever scrolling down to see my current posts. I really didn’t realize just how much people prefer their mobiles over PC. So, in response to that, I felt obligated to make some changes. Staying relevant just doesn’t mean content necessarily, sometimes it’s also how our sites are put together as well.

I’ll also continue to try and be mindful in making my regular posts as short and sweet as possible, and any downloadable media smaller (including streaming video). Once I’ve did the cleanup, I hope you’ve noticed how much my site is faster on your devices? Unfortunately to play along with the “Mystery Movie” challenge, and any Spotify scans, you’ll have to visit my site. I think it’ll be more fun that way anyway in the long run.  So, I’m doing noting major, I just prefer making minor changes, instead of performing plastic surgery, that could land me in a very aggravating situation LOLOL 😜

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Since (technically), this is my personal blog, I felt that it would be very appropriate to share this piece of myself. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight, I’ve never been the type of person to share a bunch of “before and after photos.” Not that I was embarrassed or anything, it’s just that sometimes that can get so obsessive it can distract you, or even worse, obsess over how little I’ve lost, or how much I’ve gained. Anybody who has ever tried to lose weight knows that that will literally drive you nuts.

So, I needed to renew my passport and I needed to get new photos. I didn’t realize it until I compared my old passport with my new photos how much weight I lost. My jaw dropped. It was a great feeling though, because I never obsessed in the mirror over my weight, it became a big surprised when I saw it in a photo. It has taken me a loooooooooooooong time. But the important thing is I did it MY WAY. I didn’t need surgery. And you know something else? I eat bread! LOLOLOL. Sometimes it is necessary to tell people to mind their F** business so that you can clearly think for yourself. Literally thousands of people will descend upon you (unasked) to give you nine billion personal advice to things they don’t know anything about, or have first hand experience. Sometimes that includes “professionals who are not abreast with new findings/understandings of various conditions, and or health. Other peoples beliefs and assumptions will kill you.

I lost a total of 50+ pounds. My highest was 276, and I’ve reduced myself to 220 ponds. But when I was temporarily unemployed, I gained back 8 🙁 😡 America is so oblivious to stress that we almost never equate that with our health, unless a doctor mentions it. Let’s not forget the stress that other people causes, especially when they don’t mind their own business! It is so important that you invest in medical magazines, and frequent credible medical websites such as MAYO clinic. Continue to research, on top of your research, don’t just accept the first thing that someone tells you, because health is not a game. Because when your laying in the hospital because a huge complication as a result of what someone told you, the only thing he or she can say is, “but I thought?!?!?” People can see with their own two eyeballs over and over and still don’t get it.

I was going to do this photo in sepia, but I changed my mind. See the RAW Me. So I’m sharing this so that people who are trying don’t give up! Continue learning, and continue QUESTIONING YOUR OWN DOCTOR, not your cousin Bruno who lives up the street. Find YOUR OWN TRUTH. Peace….

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You know, we know about Blacks being sold in to slavery, but we never actually see the actual business of slavery. Because it wasn’t really talked about much, as a child I always assumed that slaves were sold via direct hand exchange of money. In other words, I’ve always envisioned boats coming to land with a bunch of slaves, and potential slave masters all patiently waiting to see which slaves they’d like to buy, as if our ancestors were produce. Each slave valued differently based on the slave’s physical strength, and perceived health. It never occurred to me as a child that there were actually physical business, buildings that stood, like Price, Birch & Co., one of many actual dealers in slaves trade/Black human trafficking.

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Now, the reason why I decided to write about this, is because this reminded me of the movie “12 Years As A Slave (2013),” starring the very handsome Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie tells the story about Solomon, who was kidnapped in to slavery. In real life, Solomon kept journals of his experience. He had written that a man named “Burch,” stole him; but actually, it was a man named  “James H. Birch,” who happened to part own this slave trade building pictured above. Lately, there are a lot more Black films being made about slavery, I know that many are hard to watch, but it’s important to watch at least one as a family, so that we as a people can appreciate where we came. These movies are important, because they remind us the need to respect each other. Do you now see why photography is so important?

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What’s surprising is that the trend that boomed in the UK has now become a global phenomenon. The vinyl resurgence has already reached various parts of Europe (Sweden, Italy, France, the Netherlands), as well as the Asia-Pacific region (Japan, South Korea) and Australia.  In fact, global vinyl sales increased by 51 percent in 2014, a year when the US vinyl sales surpassed those of the UK by almost $151 million.

This is a really interesting article, more news about the increase in sales for vinyl. Well, I guess what it really boils down to is the fact that people realize it IS inevitable that one day record labels will seize all vinyl manufacturing permanently; therefore vinyl is quickly becoming treasured collector items before our eyes. I’m also wondering the possibility if this can create new business sector? I must admit, I am very well informed of music technology, and even I was pretty taken back with this new “rebirth” of vinyl interest. My only question now is, could collecting albums become so expensive, that collecting albums will become exclusively for the “elite” group of people who can afford it? Will collecting albums be like Barbie doll collectors; just by the album without opening it only to resell it again at a higher cost? The number of sales shown in the charts I’ve seen are outrageous! To read more of this article click here.

Photographer: Bjarne Henning Kvaale. Used under CC license.

Photographer: Bjarne Henning Kvaale. Used under CC license.

According to Nielsen, sales of vinyl have grown an astonishing 260% since 2009. In 2010, only 2.8 million records were sold in the US—just a tiny fraction of total physical product moved. Last year, that figure had more than tripled, and 9.2 million units were moved.

I never could imagine that vinyl sales would skyrocket like that! You know, personally I haven’t met anyone who are die hard fans of vinyl (other than online); it was difficult for me to fathom that that many records were sold. Now this could only be that music subscriptions could possibly make CD’s and albums obsolete one day. It’s had to think about that but it is really possible that that could happen. Do you now see why we have to share our memories on social media and blogs? I think the mere fact that albums are being sold exponentially is a HUGE sign that albums are going bye bye. Then again, I’ve also thought of the possibility that this can grow in to a nitch business; to capitalize on the people that still value vinyls. In fact, I still see new music being produced in vinyl. I’ve always thought that was because of DJ’s still buying them. Maybe this can turn in to “limited time offers” or something. This will be interesting to see what happens in the future. If you would like to read the article click here.

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This has been a long time debate since CD technology began. This debate is not that different from hearing MAC and IBM platform users go at each others throats. Growing up, I remember a time when people were arguing which tapes sounded the best! Was it Chrome, Metal, or Normal? Personally, I thought Chrome sounded superior over the other two. However, in terms of the vinyl vs. digital debate, I will not give a long winded speech ’cause it’s just not worth it 🙂 . I will simply say that in my personal opinion, digital hands down is superior. However, before my readers start contorting all over the place, please consider a few things. Not all digital sound is created equal! Not every sound recording on a CD has been remastered; and if that’s the case, someone maybe more inclined to say that vinyl is superior. However, I also think that fans of vinyl are just bias to the fullest. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love vinyl too; but lets look at things in perspective here. First, the average person’s record collection may not be in mint condition, as apposed to an actual vinyl collector. A lot of people may not share the same sentiments about vinyl, as someone who may have barely got their records back (in whatever condition) from their family members. Also, not all recording studios are the same either. But you know what? Bottom line it doesn’t really matter anymore, because nothing beats a 2 second download time, to get 320k quality, and listen anytime and anywhere. Effortlessly. -VintageNewscast.com

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A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an old school CD mix (used) from Amazon. The CD/album is basically out of print. I finally gotten around to ripping it in to my iTunes. Wow, I’d never thought I would feel this way but, when I popped my CD in to my computer, it felt like the equivalent of putting a record on my turntable. I’ve been downloading my music for so long, that ripping my CD felt so damn strange! Ripping music feels so ancient now it’s not even funny. LOL. But you know what? I got the music I was looking for and that’s all that matters really.

The nice part is, as a collector of rare and classic music, it was really a joy to be able to purchase the CD from a vendor, when none of the internet music giants have it. This is one of the big problems we have with music licensing.

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floppyHi guys, I hope all my members and visitors are doing well. You know, I was thinking just a couple of days ago; how come no one is talking about the tons of left-over technology we’re not using anymore? I guess in a way, for those of us who are lovers of technology, it is inevitable that we will not only accumulate old technology, but if we try to donate our left-overs, we can’t seem to give it away! I would like to call to your attention a situation I’ve experienced, that I know there has got to be a few people out in cybersphere that can relate.  Back in the day, almost everybody you can think of was always asking me to make a copy of something, usually a music album or a movie. People used to ask me so frequently, that I always had a ton of blank 80min/700MB data disks, and 4.7 blank DVD’s always handy. CD technology was awesome, because I didn’t have to lend all my stuff away, and keep track of who had what; I could simply make someone’s own copy. The other great thing about CD’s is that they were all, and still is for the most part, CHEAP!!

Now, family and friends are now finally becoming very hip with technology. When iPods and iTunes came on the scene, it appeared that very few people had the need for hand-me-down copies of music. I suppose streaming music services also play a major role too, why ask for copies if you can just download it yourself? Although streaming services doesn’t have every music, it seems as though people who are on Rhapsody, Spotify, etc, etc, are usually also savvy enough to find and download the music they what from some where else. [Side Note: I find it interesting because, even the street bootleggers have been effected financially by the growth of internet technology.  Well, at least in terms of music anyway.] So needless to say, I have a bunch of unused blank CD collecting a lot of dust.

IMG_0783When I purchased my blu-ray burner, it was great, because I could now consolidate my backups with less disks. Unfortunately the BD-50 disks are still too damn expensive, but even the BD-25 I could still fit about 5 DVD’s worth of data to one blu-ray BD-25 blank. My Blu-ray burner became such an awesome space saver for me. My Blu-ray player can play Divx files, so I used to burn about 5 movies to a DVD If I had guests over, or if I just want to watch something on a bigger screen. Now, I don’t have to do this anymore, all I have to do is simply put all of my desired movies on a flash drive. Sigh… Unfortunately, all the old DVD blanks I had put on the side specially for backing up my iTunes, I realized I didn’t need anymore since my blu-ray purchase. I can’t even donate the CDs because most community centers either have their own heavy duty backup systems, or they are too concerned with computer viruses (understandably so). So, I wind up throwing out a lot of blanks. I guess, this is the downside of using bigger and better technology.

What about Business such as Kodak, Fuji, and Polaroid? These companies has been hit big financially ever since the development of memory cards. With the exception of very high end professional photographers, and very low budget instant disposable 35mm cameras, no one is has a need for developing film anymore. I think the only thing that somewhat saved these two 3 business, was photo printers and photo gloss paper. To be honest, my opinion is that photo paper will eventually be faded out too, as more and more people use their cell phones to share their memories with friends and family, with their 5inch Galaxy Phones/Note screens. Unfortunately, these old disks and paper really will one day become truly junk, never to become a collectors item. One think I hope technology has taught us is that, the value is not the storage device themselves per-say, but the ability to transfer our memories, from one place to another.

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suplerflyI was contemplating talking about this for quite some time. I wasn’t to sure how to present this topic; actually I wasn’t even sure if my blog was the correct forum to even write about it. We have become such a “politically correct society,” I was really concerned of the possible backlash email responses I may or may not get. In the end, I realized it’s my blog and I can write what I want! I should not be afraid to exercise MY right to free speech.

The lack of Black blogger presence in the blogosphere, has been a long time problem. It is my humble opinion that we should make a greater effort to continue discussions concerning the absence of bloggers of color as a whole.  In the past several months, I have tried really hard to find more people of color blogging (about anything). When we compare the sheer vastness of the internet, there seems to be only a “pinky” sized amount of our people writing journals or blogs. How could this be? When Facebook has almost 850 million faithful active users each and every month and growing, a significant amount of those users are people of color. This really does disturb me a lot; simply because there is a common consensus within the various Black communities (regardless of where you come from); that schools are NOT teaching Black history; yet, how ironic that there is no real push to tell our stories. How can a parent scold a child for possibly not having the desire to read about history; if the Black community also isn’t encouraging our people of color to also write new books you want your to read? I asked myself what are some of the things that could contribute to the lack of Black folk writing:

  • We still can’t grasp the power the Internet has, for expressing our voice?
  • In general, we still have that old belief that the “Internet” can’t be trusted?
  • We worry that everything we write about could be illegal, therefor stifling our own voice?
  • There is still a digital divide among people of color (despite high volume of Facebook usage)?
  • Possible link between not reading enough, with no interest in expressing ourselves through writing?
  • Not thinking we have the ability to blog, believe our voices would be heard?
  • Dismiss the therapeutic power of writing?
  • The list goes on, and on.

I’ve been involved with computers for a long time, both in professionally and personal. When it comes to our people (generally speaking), we’ve gone from the AOL chat rooms to Facebook and Twitter. Very few people of color I’ve personally met (to my awareness) actually doing something constructive with computer technology beyond the heavy use of social media, and or a few simple work related entry. There is such a vast knowledge at our finger tips, yet, there’s a large segment of our community that absolutely have no interest in being a part of any technology beyond using it to simply “hookup and socialize.” Please keep in mind, this article is NOT to be interpreted as me trying to say “I am better than than the reader, because I’m a blogger and you may not be.” This article is not one of judgement, just an observation of our people; my reflection of what I personally perceived, in terms of “our community”.  Mind you when I say “our community/people of color” I also mean across all cultures within the Black spectrum, not just American Blacks; this includes Hispanics, Dominicans, Haitians, or any non-European decent.

blackcaesarI was talking to another blogger of color recently, and he confirmed what I was thinking. Even the so called, or self-proclaimed “Black youtube personalities,” most are not doing movie reviews. In fact, a lot of them aren’t doing anything constructive at all (again comparing the sheer vastness of youtube). However, I do see an abundance of trolls (more than I’d like to admit); a lot of “airing out their dirty laundry,” and what they hate about the opposite sex, and lots and lots of hair and makeup tutorials, people doing anything on video in hopes that it becomes viral.  There aren’t too many of us talking about vintage classics, and when you do find one or two it’s more likely to be a genre closer to hip hop, or blaxploitation (even that is a dime a dozen if your lucky). Then again, so many of us have no one positive to really talk to, maybe youtube is that “person” that we can go to and air out our dirty laundry? One thing is for sure, trolls will always have something negative and stupid to say, but your camera will never discriminate against you for having your feelings.

I thought about the fact that maybe it’s the digital divide? But it can’t be, because we are using more social media than ever before, in fact too much. Maybe it’s those insecurities creeping in, making us think no one would want to listen to us? Well, I think since day one, our own people in so many ways has taught us not to express our emotions, and that had an immeasurable lasting effect on our community. Maybe we’re worrying too much about how we look our sound on video? Honey, I got over that along time ago; it’s not about how you look or sound, it’s the message your delivering; I am not on her to look good, or be someone’s eye candy, my job is to make people aware of whatever topic I need to share. We should never feel that no one would listen to us. The internet has allowed billions of people to connect to each other around the world, surely you can’t believe you’re the only one that is going through something, or have a particular interest? This way of thinking is not logical, and proves that in some way, that many of us don’t understand the Internet’s scope and reach around the world. To some extent therapeutic qualities even; because blogging or youtubing is still very much a personal journal. Writing actually helps you to think clearer than doing videos; you can then share that writing on social media, rather than sharing and liking videos of our people being less than respectful.

I could go on and on about this subject. However, I just want to end by saying, I am not looking to be a role model or anything, but, I do hope that in the future more people of color decide to come out and blog, and invest more time in reading them. Invest about a month or two in computer basics and start writing. Each and every one of us has something valuable we can learn from each other, regardless of how we look, talk, democrat, republican, spiritual, or atheist, all our thoughts matter.

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I was thinking about how we’ve come a long way in terms of radio. Everything about radio has dramatically changed since it’s inception. Since about the early 1910-1920’s ’till now, we have started from one radio broadcast, to literally millions around the world today.  OTR (Old Time Radio) back then consisted of mostly news, and “made for radio” variety shows & television shows that were specifically redesigned for radio; this was important, because they had to account for sounds and gestures that could not be seen via radio.

In my opinion, this probably was one of the best time in our history, because before television, radio allowed us to use our imagination. Talented actors and actresses were now getting work to “act” on radio. It also brought families closer together, the entire family would all come together at a specific time to listen to their favorite radio show. Radio was that one important element used as an excuse to create good quality with their family (unfortunately this doesn’t really happen anymore, it’s as though quality time, teaching your kids morals and respect is now a legend).

radio2Today, we have all kinds of content available on mainstream radio, from celebrity interviews, stations dedicated to specific genres of music, College radio, and stations solely dedicated to sports. We then emerged out of the “dark age” of traditional radio to Satellite radio. Satellite radio blew my mind, because first off, I never could understand the concept of “paying for radio” when I could easily get it for free somewhere else. However, as advertisements grew and became more and more prevalent amongst all radio stations, suddenly the thought of paying for the privilege of not having to be bombarded with heavy unwanted ads every 10-15 minutes was very attractive to me. Many years back, I was with a friend in his car, and I was playing around with his Sirius Radio device. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loved the fact that companies such as XM and Sirius Radio had great commercial free stations with great selections of music, however, it also gave me a headache, because it appeared that there was too much of a selection. I found myself flipping through channels even more, just to hear what the other stations were playing.

pioneerNow, we are in the age of “Internet Radio” (not to be confused with music on demand). As a person that comes form the older generation, I find it very interesting how “skips” are a big concern in terms of Internet radio. Because traditionally speaking, “real radio” didn’t allow you to skip or choose songs, we had to just listen to what was offered. Today, if a radio Internet provider states “unlimited skips”, that could be a huge motivating factor as to whether someone signs up with them or not.

The other interesting thing is, even when you look at traditional radio from the past I’d say 20 years, they’ve been using computerized playlists just like Internet radio. However, the one true benefit that Internet radio can provide that traditional local radio doesn’t, is international access to many other stations around the world. Another great benefit with Internet radio is that, it truly allows us to not only discover new music, but you can view the full name of the artist and album cover, and or easily purchase the song from your computer or phone. As a music lover, I can definitely say that both computer and Internet technology has changed the way we view and receive our entertainment for the better.

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