Monthly Archives: August 2011

Writing with music

We’ve all heard about writing or studying with baroque and the improvement it may have on your IQ for that short while. Some of us have even heard of the new craze which uses narration instead of music to improve retention, but does other genre’s have any use in study and writing?

In the past few years (pre to post high school) I’ve experimented with anything from ambience to baroque, I’ve even tried some instrumental metal and rave. The results differ, but in a way i didn’t expect it to. Instead of only one genre giving me improved focus or mental capabilities, every genre gave me improvements. The difference lies in the style and speed of writing and my mood at the time of studying. To illustrate this better here are a few examples: when playing rave I would speed read through study material, quickly get a general knowledge and would be able to ace a test or exam the next day. But when playing baroque I would read and focus much more, spend more time, yet the following day my understanding would be vague. Give me a week though and I would understand and retain the content longer.

The other genre’s also have their varying effects. Instrumental metal would let my mind race with writing possibilities but the content would be cryptic and punctual, where ambience otherwise would change my mood into a calmer state whereby I would write long and well explained but often repeating pieces.

I think a conclusion would be that music generally improves writing and studying effects, but sometimes acting more like a catalyst depending on genre. The best thing to do would be to analyze the purpose for the work you intend to do, be it writing or studying. if you understand  that it would be easier to choose the type of music which would best benefit you.

R

Music learning

Music and literature

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Can blogging be art?

When considering blogging as an art form I think there are some things we need to take into account. Firstly, blogs and their owners vary drastically in almost every way. from place, interests and motivations one blogger will never have the same background as another. Secondly, Entries differ. from philosophical reasoning to product reviews, any one blogger may have inspiration from any of a million sources effectively causing the topic’s to vary drastically. And thirdly, many bloggers pride themselves in a certain niche. Just browse around on wordpress and you’ll realize there are many themes. Many bloggers will choose one theme they feel confident at and would primarily blog about that for the rest of their blogging life.

When considering these things you start to see it’s not easy to classify blogging as art or anything else. In fact, blogging can vary to such a degree that it possibly can’t be classified at all. Examples include; Journals, reviews, inspiring thoughts, philosophical reason, fiction, opinions, feelings, autobiographies and fun pointless snippets. With all of these how can we classify blogging, or any writing for that matter under one constant term?

So while there certainly are some themes or niches in blogging that may be classified under art, many can not. I think it depends on the reader not the writer to decide the theme of the piece, and only then will someone be able to appreciate your work as art.

R

Blogging

Blogging

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Product Review: SONY Handycam HDR CX110

I’ve always liked¬†shooting videos and editing my shots into fun and informational pieces, yet few of my previously owned devices had the proper quality I yearned for. About three months ago I decided it was time for an upgrade, I was moving from basic to intermediate. It might not seem like a big improvement but compared to my previous model, this HD Handycam was more than enough.

Being one of SONY’s ‘cheaper’ versions they really didn’t spare on perks in technical cool things like ExmorR (sensitivity) or Carl Zeiss lenses. The one thing which definitely needs improvement is the outside plastic ‘hull’ or cover. Prone to finger marks and easily scratched or shaken loose I wasn’t very impressed by the physical durability of the device. In contrast when inspecting battery usage I was very impressed, I could shoot 3 8GB cards to the max with HD footage on one charge and then it still had a few minutes left, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it flat. The data usage is comparable to many other cameras on the market. when shooting in AVCHD mode a 8GB card only lasts 45 minutes on the minute, but on standard or a lower HD setting you easily get well over 2 hours of footage on a 8GB card.

Many video camera brands claim their models to be HD but on closer inspection turns out to be a mere 720p, with this camera it’s not the case. at a full 1080p resolution you get amazing shots and stability even when zooming to the full 25x optical zoom (try to have a tri-pod for that though).

Overall I’m impressed by my purchase, and good news to people interested: The price has already dropped twice from the time I bought mine. So get out there or wait for the next model, but don’t let that awesome movie idea you have get lost.

R

Video Camera

SONY HDR CX110

 

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