Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Soundtrack to My Life

So the soundtrack to my life isn't necessarily songs that are similar lyrically to my life, it's songs that I either like or remind me of something. Anyway....

1. The first song, oddly enough, is "Soundtrack to My Life" by Kid Cudi because it is the most played song in my itunes.

2. The second song is "Yesterday" by Atmosphere because it's probably the best song to just sit back and chill to.

3. Similar to the second song, the third is "Feel Good" by Chip Tha Ripper because it is another one of my favorite songs to relax to.

4. The fourth song on my list is on my soundtrack because of the situations I find myself in while listening to it. "Shots" by LMFAO ft. Lil Jon almost always seems to come on when I'm drunk-dancing in a strobe light with a lot of people around. Basically, it's the best club song of all time.

5. The fifth song, I hate to admit, is "Bye, Bye, Bye" by NSYNC. We all know this song. And guys, whether you like to admit it or not, this probably was your favorite song at one during your elementary school years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-KmOd3i7s  (Bye, Bye, Bye music video)

6. The sixth song is "Friday" by Rebecca Black simply because it's always nice to have an artist to make fun of :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Library Trip

I wanted to find a book on a famous murder/crime. My first thought was of a book I read a few years ago titled In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, a book which chronicles the murder, investigation, and sentencing of the Clutter family from Holcomb, Kansas. I searched the title of the book and found that it was located in college library on the first floor, room 1191. I found the book by its call number and looked at the books around it. I found various titles that seemed to match the topic I was looking for: Murder City, Who Killed Karen Silkwood, and LAbyrinth. The third one caught my attention right away. LAbyrinth is a book like In Cold Blood, however, it follows the case(s) of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. I remember hearing about their deaths as a child, and remember how much controversy surrounded the issue. Needless to say, this was the book I checked out.

Call Number:       HV6534 L7 S848 2002b
Citation:       Sullivan, Randall. LAbyrinth. New York : Grove Press, c2002

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


So here is a link to the commercial/ad that I chose, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woOu_4l3lio

The commercial is advertising Michael Jordan's clothing line, and not surprisingly is narrated by Michael. The commercial goes through a series of important aspects of Michael's career: an old YMCA, a weight room, his uniforms, is accolades, diagrams, his high school gym, as so on. In the end of the commercial, there is a transition to a group of kids (likely at a basketball camp/clinic) who are being lectured by Michael. The dialogue throughout mostly deals with him saying, in a nutshell, that he is where he is because of hard work. The message he is trying to send (besides "buy my ridiculously overpriced clothes") is that you should work hard, no excuses.

I would say that this commercial falls under the category of "need to achieve". It is very motivational, and praises hard work, but proposes that Michael's apparel may help you get where you want to be. There is no doubt that this commercial would be ignored if any ordinary Joe were promoting the clothing line. Like Murray said, people have a desire "to accomplish something difficult. To overcome obstacles and attain a high standard." Seeing this commercial motivates people (most likely athletes) to work hard, but hopes that in the process they might pick up a 150$ pair of shoes, or a 40$ pair of Jordan shorts on the way.