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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.

© 2013 Yogi/VintageNewscast.com

 

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.

© 2013 VintageNewscast.com / Updated April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com

 

 

 

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Do you remember when guys used to wear feather earrings? I do. In fact, I remember an old hip-hop movie that helped made feather earrings so popular. It was called ear cuff links too. Ear cuff links were more like ornaments than earrings. They only sold them as singles in stead of pairs. I was not fond of those ear cuff links, mostly because they hurt like bloody murder 🙂 . They always felt like there were coming off my ear, and I would continue to squeeze and the edges of the earring wind up digging my skin, causing bruises. At that point, I realize it was just best to pierce my ears. The last really popular earrings I remember was the “T-spoon” earrings. Many High schools band these earrings because a lot of people used them to snort coke. So the earrings made you an easy target whether you were on drugs or not.

© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com

jim-kelly_3Yes sexy *ss 70’s martial arts actor James Milton Kelly, also known as Jim Kelly has died a few days ago at the age of  67. Yup, it’s true. Many of you who are hardcore martial arts, and or blaxploitation fans should be familiar with Jim Kelly already. I didn’t even realize he died until a friend told me. Sigh. Not only did I think he was really handsome growing up; I also admired him because he was the only person of color (that I’ve seen/can remember) doing serious martial arts on film as part of his career. Well, at least as close to martial arts as he’d get. His style of fighting on film was more like, “trying not to get bruised for the ladies” type of fighting. However, I heard he used to like to do his own stunts, and film directors would normally cringe at the thought of a lead actor doing his or her stunts. I guess at the suggestions of most directors, the result of avoiding these stunts, gave Jim the appearance that he didn’t want to really fight in many of the films he made.  Unfortunately, this was especially true for blaxploitation film makers at the time. Although blaxploitation was huge in the 70’s, it wasn’t big enough to cover all the liability costs that can incur. Because Kelly performed most of his martial arts in blaxploitation movies, it kinda left many fans to interpret some of his acting as, pretty boy; yet masculine; karate/street fighter mixed; don’t want to injure himself type of fight.

Many of you also may remember him from his VERY short appearance in “Enter The Dragon (1973)”. I gotta say, I was disappointed when they killed him off so quickly in the movie, but then again, Bruce Lee was the star of the movie 🙂 . Then again, even Angela Mao had such a small part in the movie too, I didn’t even know she was in it, until one day I saw the cast names, and I had to watch the movie again. Now, you guys know how much I love Angela Mao, tumblr_m04mt9HYg61qcqtduo1_500she had to have had a REALLY small part for me to watch the movie again. LOL. John Saxon was also a big name in the movie, you may remember him from a couple of appearances on “The Bionic Woman”. “Enter The Dragon” is one of THE classic movies of all times, I think. But I do think it would have been an even bigger hit, if Bruce would have let Jim, Angela, and John fight just as hard as he did in the movie. In retrospect, I now think Bruce was only using their names to draw people to see the movie, just thought he made a big mistake by not capitalizing on their martial arts skills. Granted, Jim Kelly was no were near as good as Bruce, in terms of martial arts ability, but it would have made the movie all the more exciting 🙂 .

From what I’ve  read, Jim Kelly’s wife said that the cause of his death was cancer, however, she did not get in to more detail than that. Although Jim did not have a long filmography, he did make big contributions (along with many others) to the martial arts film community, and helped make martial arts the popular art form it is today. Jim Kelly is also best known for “The Tattoo Connection (1978)”, “Black Belt Jones (1974)”, and “Black Samurai(1977)”. He will be missed.

© 2013 Yogi / Vintagenewscast.com

AfroGrowing up in the mid seventies, I remember hair being one of the most important topics in black community. As a young kid, I was consistently told “boy, you got good hair; where your family from?” It was funny because another big thing I remember growing up was that, if you were considered to have “good hair”, it was then immediately assumed you had “Cherokee Indian” in your family (especially if you had naturally curly or wavy hair) ROTF! I remember being in grandma’s kitchen, and seeing for the first time, my aunt sporting a full on afro. I was such in awe, because I couldn’t believe how it was possible that one human being could get her hair so perfect! I mean, there was absolutely no imperfection with my aunt’s afro. No swerves, no dents, no loose strands, no nothing! It was just amazing to see. I realized then just how important having good hair really was to black folk in the 70’s. As I got older I also recognized something else, that the good hair/bad hair mentality further perpetuated the light skin/dark skin social issues we had at the time, which continued to about the mid 80’s I think. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve always had  these issues, but the good hair/bad hair seemed to have added a more complex level, the the already complex issue of light and dark skin. At one time, light skin and dark skin people were damn near segregated amongst each other. Everybody wanted a light skinned person, because there were seen as most likely to be educated and better looking. The only exception to that rule, is if you were a dark skinned person with good hair. I am not making this stuff up. All of my young readers, ask your parents, and grand parents, they will tell you.

I really hated this strong emphasis on hair a lot because, I guess ’cause I was a young kid, women in particular always had this thing where they MUST touch your hair to see how good it was! It was like women had this unofficial “good hair/bad hair test mechanism” using their four fingers. I’m not sure if it was different for girls, but speaking as a young boy, women (often times without even permission; it was like a calling) would proceed to dip their middle finger in my scalp, and work their way from the back to the front of my head. If their fingers could glide through my hair without finding any knots in my hair, I was deemed as having good hair LOL. Hair was so important back then that, you could party all night, go directly to work, smell funky as hell from all the dancing (Right Guard spray was huge in the seventies, and it made sweaty arms smell worse when an extra layer was applied.. LOL), but most did not care, so long as they’re hair and the rest of your appearance looked good, they were good.

I remember grandma’s house would to stay smelling of hot curling iron’s, hot combs, and Hot pics. I guess even today hair is still just as important. However, I think the difference today is, when a person sees someone with nice hair, they usually look at the whole package now, rather then using the hair to predict or prejudge someone’s intellectual, genetic, or even how successful they may be, solely on the basis of hair.

© 2013 Yogi / VintageNewscast.com