Thursday, 18 July 2013

Sexist Ads for Video Games

Sexist Ads for Video Games


While browsing the Internet recently, I have come across a series of advertisements for a video game that in my view can most accurately be described as sexist. Here are two examples, although I have come across others:


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Is Somebody Singing?

Is Somebody Singing?


Author's Note: In light of the resuscitation of this blog, I have made significant edits to correct unusual lack of spacing that appeared when it was first published, and that initial efforts to amend had somehow failed to accomplish. (July 18 2015)

I have recently become enamoured with a project undertaken this past winter by CBC Music, the Coalition for Music Education, and the Canadian Space Agency: a song, sponsored/commissioned by these groups, crafted and performed by the Canadian pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies and (now-retired) Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. (1)

The treat for nerds, such as myself, is that this song, I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?), was recorded while Hadfield was serving a tour of duty on the International Space Station, making it the first piece of music consisting of a collaboration of people on Earth and in space simultaneously.

(Parenthetically, I would be remiss in failing to note the play on words in the abbreviated form of the song's title, matching the abbreviation for the space station itself. To boot, Hadfield himself was the first person to record both a piece of music in space, Jewel in the Night, and a music video, a revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, making him unique in the annals of performing musicians.)

But beyond the nerd appeal, I enjoy Is Somebody Singing as a song, that is to say, in my estimation it is a very good song in and of itself. Let's have a watch & listen and then break things down a bit.


Is Somebody Singing?