Updates From Hurricane Sandy

I know that it’s been ages since my last blog, but I just want to let everyone know that I’m alive after the hurricane that we had. It wasn’t quite as bad in my area though since I live about 5 miles from the PA border. There was lots of wind and rain, but only a few large tree branches fell. I had the power out for about 7 hours and needless to say, I was extremely lucky that I made out as well as I did, because some people won’t get their power back until Thursday. Only about half of the millions of people that lost power have their power back as of right now. Well, I took advantage of the power outage by playing UNO with my grandma, which is one thing I haven’t done in over a year. I did that while listening to B985 on my Grundig radio. The sole DJ that was in the studio at the time was stuck for 36 hours, since the radio station is on the shore where millions of people had to evacuate. Anyways, the girl that was running the station at the time already knew how bad the hurricane was since she was watching the news. There were reported winds in excess of 70 mph in some local places, and power lines were shaking back and forth until they snapped. Sparks were flying from the transformers, and the situation with flooding was so bad, that there was a shark on a boulevard at a shore area also. People were urged to stay inside, and even being 3 feet from their doors and windows might stir trouble too. There was much more danger than expected. There is more than that which was going on, but I’m lost on words at this point.

I played cards with my grandma for a few hours. All of a sudden, during the commercial break at midnight, everything got cut off and there was dead silence. The studio probably lost power, rather than their transmitter, since that is in a different town. Either that, or it was turned off on purpose because the DJ was going to sleep and didn’t want to risk any fire from electric problems that might occur from the hurricane. My UNO game was almost over so that didn’t matter to me.

The next morning, I woke up, and B985 was static. There was no signal at all. Then, at around 10 am, the radio station got turned back on after the morning show was supposed to end. All of the morning people were doing news and bulletins when they started late. There was a huge sound quality boost when I listened to it at first. I found it hard to believe I was listening to the radio it sounded so good. It was broadcasting in full CD quality. You can find more detail about this on my radio section right here.

You can even download a 15-hour recording right here as well.

Well, I’m going to end it here, and if you have anything to say about the hurricane that you experienced, I’d like to know about it.

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Music Appreciation Song Analysis

I decided to share a paper that I just typed up. If you recall seeing my blog about the European Starling that was dead on the side of the road, where I flapped its wing, this is where I last mentioned this song. If you can see a connection here, there is only a small connection, because this story is completely imaginative.

Annagrace – Song Analysis

       The song “Don’t Let Go” is by far my favorite song by Annagrace and probably any other dance artist. Whetever what kind of mood the person is in, sad or happy, depressed or anxious, can certainly still feel calm when hearing it. It is a song with a repeated chorus, with a few versus. This song is vivid enough to describe Annagrace, or whoever is in my imagination, to be walking on the sidewalk. All of a sudden, a lot of birds, and hundreds of them, swoop down behind her. Within just a few seconds upon them approaching, she is fastened with dozens of ropes and is dragged away 1,000 feet up into the distance. There is a parrot who leads the flock, equipped with headphones, cameras, and other equipment. He turns around briefly every now and then to make sure everything is in check. He is constantly rotating his head, and looking out for any danger that may be lurking into the dark clouds. That parrot obviously commands where the birds are taking her. The other birds seem to have no sense of real direction except for what the parrot is doing. The whole song talks about Annagrace not letting go of these birds, no matter what! Even if there’s a thunderstorm, or downpouring rain, she’s still hanging on. She’s determined to do anything she can to get away from her lover, as illustrated in her other songs. She may be doing this out of either love or hate, or she may be leaving humanity altogether. Perhaps she was meant to be alone, unexposed by the terrible world that she has to live in. As there was no information about the songs in detail other than the links to i-tunes to download the songs, the song can only be stated by whatever the listener feels that it may resemble. Annagrace has the following according to her Facebook page, “She writes her own songs, which cannot be taken for granted in the dance scene. And of course, with Ready To Dare, there is link to the world of fashion, one of AnnaGrace’s long time passions.” She never had an intention to explaining the meaning to her words. Usually, if only one person writes the song, rather than going through 2 or more people, the artist may feel secretive and could be judged incorrectly by someone who is not willing to accept her thoughts. The instrumental parts of the song fit the lyrics perfectly. There is much harmony present where Annagrace uses a trance to engage the listener to the chorus of the song. For the most part, there are two instruments being combined into those areas of the song, without the use of drums or any other percussion instruments. That would more than likely take away the power that the song brings. There should be a sense of a go-far feeling, where everything is continuous. There are instances of word panting whenever she sings the word “go”. She adds an emphasis on the “o” for another second. She is explaining that she needs to hold on to these birds, as tight as she can, to prevent from falling to her death. Hopefully, wherever she is going or moving to is far away, and far enough away that she doesn’t have to deal with the issues that she is facing. If she does eventually go back home, perhaps she might want to try to survive at the very least and prevent herself from dying. That way, things can go back to the way it was. Nothing can stop her, and certainly nobody can attack her since she is high up in the sky. Who knows, she may not ever want to come back down, and may even be stuck up there forever. If she does land on the ground, it’s going to be hard to hold on to anything after that point. The lyrics never explain about finally letting go. Even at final second of the song, rather than using a traditional fade-out, the song cuts off where she sings “Don’t Let Go”. Then an instrument resembling a “whoosh” resembles that constant motion of everything still in progress.

Lyrics

If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
Don’t let go
Don’t let go
Sometimes life can drive you crazy
I know how hard that it can be
When the problems come together
You’ve got real hard to feel at ease
Someday somewhere somehow I know
The love you want it will be there
Someday somehow
I’ll will to come
If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
No I don’t have all the answers
To the questions in your mind
All I know is that I love you
And your tears they will run dry
Someday somewhere somehow I know
The love you want it will be there
Someday somehow
I’ll will for come
If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
So don’t let go
Don’t let go

Works Cited

Coenen, Annemie. “Annagrace.” Annagrace’s Official Homepage. Annagrace music, June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.annagrace.eu/‌#/‌biography&gt;.

– – -. “Annagrace.” Facebook. Annagrace music, June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.facebook.com/‌AnnaGrace.Official&gt;.

– – -. “Annagrace.” Wikipedia. Various publishers, 5 June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/‌wiki/‌Annagrace&gt;.

– – -. “Don’t Let Go.” Sweetlyrics. Sweetlyrics, Nov. 2010. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.sweetslyrics.com/‌806221.Annagrace%20-%20Don’t%20Let%20Go.html&gt;.

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Great Movie Worth Checking Out

I just got back from watching “Snow White and the Huntsman” and oh my gosh, the movie was so cool. Well, it all starts with Snow White, which as you know had very white skin and lips as red as rose. I would like to do a comparison to the Disney version. It’s a pretty significant difference. Well, if I were to compare anything, the beginning starts when she takes care of a baby bird, but not just any bird. This was a European Magpie. That’s a very social bird in real life, and they usually do approach people more easily than other birds. That is probably why the magpie was suited for that scene. Not only that, but they are native to England, since that’s the most common bird you’ll find there. Well, back to the story. In the Disney version of this movie, there are many types of birds that randomly come onto her hand, and she is singing to them in the beginning. In the movie, she takes care of one bird and brings it inside to show to her dad. Later on, about 5 years later when Snow White got older, that same bird is shown leading the way to safety as the guards were chasing her to bring her to the evil queen. There was another bird later on that it mated with, so there were two birds leading the way. It all stops at a forbidden forest, which the evil queen cannot enter. That is the exact place where in the disney version, she finds a cabin and meets the seven dwarfs. In both versions, the queen seeks a huntsman to kill her, which he refuses too once he sees her beauty. However, in the real version, the huntsman travels with her, rather then letting her run away in the Disney version. There is also dwarfs in both versions, although the dwarfs in the real movie hang Snow White and the Huntsman by a rope before joining forces. Lastly, they come to the middle of a forest, where she finds a deer that allows Snow White to come close and pet it. All of a sudden, an arrow strikes it and it transforms into hundreds of magpies. The guards continue to chase everyone down. These scenes never happened in the Disney version. The last, and most important scene is the fact that the queen had a few ravens as her pets. Once she is striked with a sword by the Huntsman, who survives the first blow, she transforms into a hundred ravens and attacks him. She, in her raven form, returns to the castle, where she transforms back into herself.

I seem to be talking about birds a lot, because guess what, that’s why I enjoyed this movie so much. It’s certainly worth watching. There’s a lot more I could say that doesn’t have to do with birds, but I don’t want to give too much away. If you want a movie with a good twist, this movie’s got it.

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Physics I Update

Today, I had my first Physics class. I got a chance to introduce myself. I was asked for my name, what I am majoring in, my career goals, and my hobbies and interests. I talked about the fact that my dad is in the Air Force, and I’ve lived overseas in Germany for six years. That’s longer than the 4 years we were expected to live there, in comparison to the other places I lived. My mom decided to start up her own business after she got divorced. I helped along side her as she got it all started. Although I am no longer working at the shop, as I have decided to stay with my grandparents’, I feel that whenever I am needed, I will always be there for her.

I then mentioned that I like to go on bike rides, and most recently, during my spare time, I like to feed the birds and record them eating. For my goals, I said that I was thinking about getting an Amazon Parrot but I want a raven as a pet instead. The teacher then asked me what my academic goals were, which is where I slipped up. I said that I wanted to work for Microsoft one of these days, since I am majoring in Computer Science. That pretty much ended my intro. I’d say that it could have turned out better, but that was the best I could do without any kind of script.

After the class introduced themselves, we went into the first Chapter. It was a very easy chapter, since I have already covered this in Physics II. As I was not able to have the dean except me from the credits, I was stuck taking it. I decided to ask the teacher at the end of class if there is any tests I can take to pass me out of the class. Unfortunately, there is nothing she can do, unless the dean states so otherwise. She has to do what the curriculum expects. I was told that if I attend every single class, I will surely get an A, rather than a B or C, as there may be material that may come unexpected during a test that I had to have examples covered in class. The fact that I am at school from 9 am to 10 pm is really terrible for me, plus I get a 2 hour break before my afternoon class. The teacher told me that she is also there teaching all the way through the evening too. I didn’t feel too bad after hearing that.

I’ll deal with not having to study extra hard. Why in the heck did I study so hard for that A in Physics II then? I was incredibly lucky to get that grade. I made stupid mistakes which racked my mind so much that it is impossible to not think that I contributed all that effort for nothing.

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AdSense banned again

I kind of forgot to mention this, but I feel that it is necessary now that I have been banned from my Google AdSense account yet again. I was banned back in January when someone hacked into my YouTube account and made all my videos “private”. I thought that the hacker deleted them, but I guess I got lucky. I was stuck realizing that he deleted them because I couldn’t access my account for 2 weeks. In the meantime, I sent in a form to Google to close my AdSense account but it had been logged into recently, so they weren’t able to. I tried 2 more times the following week. I got an email saying that my account was disabled. I later found out that all I had to do to get my account back was to go to the verification screen and use my old phone number, which I was allowed to use for 30 days. I got into my Google account, sure enough, my AdSense was gone. My hacker was clever to generate invalid clicks on my ads to mess me up. That put extra money into my account, and now, all my advertisers see me as a risk.

As of May 15th, a boatload of people got their AdSense accounts banned for no reason. I was one of the unfortunate fools that those AdSense nerds targeted, just because I may have so happened to have multiple views on my videos from the same people. These ads were counted in the views, but I had no clicks from anyone. Big whopping 15 cents for 1,000 views, and most of my videos had 3,000 views, plus the true-view ads, which are worth 6 cents for just 1 view. I had about 200 views from that. In total, I lost out on $17, which isn’t a lot, but I lost a lot more than just money. I lost out on a SocialBlade partnership, which, if I were accepted, they would generate a much, much higher payout for my videos. I just needed 1,400 views per day to get that partnership. The partnership is designed for people that have valuable videos that mean more to the advertisers. That is why when you consider the 15 cents that Google gives you, that’s just dirt compared to what I could get from a network. Well, I made a new AdSense account, and I had to change my name and information, for the THIRD time! I hate doing this, and I’m sick of changing my identity just to prevent being caught by Google. If I get banned again, I have learned a good lesson. Google simply doesn’t want to pay anyone except for the 10 most viewed users on YouTube. I’m just a nobody to them, and so is anybody else that monetizes their videos.

Do you think I deserve this partnership opportunity? I will have to start all over on a whole new YouTube account to do so, so is it truly worth it? Even if my videos do get featured lots of websites, I can’t possibly say this will help my future in any way. Unless I made videos that talked about building computers or making reliable software, I am just doing this for my own leisure.

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Realizing I have goals

I would like to finally state that I am sick and tired of living in some sort of a fantasy world. I have had it up to here with this. I have continued to set goals for myself, even though they were never written. One of those was to get an Amazon Parrot in a few years. I made that statement back in 2009. Here it is, in 2012, and guess what? I don’t have one yet. Isn’t that astonishing? The one drawback which may have forced me to delay that is the fact that I am still in college. I still haven’t gotten my Associates’ yet, which I plan to complete this summer. On top of that, I haven’t gotten a job in over a year. I worked at my mom’s cupcake shop for the past year, but that is not a paying job. I was only paid in cupcakes, if that’s what you’d consider being paid. After I get a job, that is only the first step. I still need to learn how to drive. That’s one other goal I wish to accomplish. Once I get into a 4-year college, I want to consider an internship at Microsoft. That will complete my long-term goal of working at Microsoft. I feel that I can achieve enough just by taking that big step. I need to be able to complete all my goals, but each goal relies on several factors. One factor is me being proactive. I need to be able to do things for myself, instead of relying on others to do them for me. Doing more chores would help, as would buying school supplies for myself, and spending less time on this laptop and more time getting out and doing stuff. That is the key to me turning into a more responsible adult.

Let’s be serious though. I’m not a fully mature adult mentally. I have a mild case of autism, which does affect my judgement to that of a 15-year old. I have a good idea on how to survive in life. After all, I am satisfied with the goals I made.

There is one problem though. One of my goals has changed. As of tonight, I have decided to make this official. Here it goes. I don’t want an Amazon Parrot when I get older. I made that decision based upon the fact that I have been closely watching the crows that I have been feeding at my grandma’s front yard. I thought they were ravens at first. Nonetheless, I did a lot of research on ravens, and I really want a pet raven instead. They are the among the most intelligent animals in the world, behind dolphins and us. Their brain-to-body mass is the same as that in apes and chimpanzees. They have succeeded in finding ways to hide their food sources that is impossible to believe. Also, they have solved complex problems that not even parrots could solve. That is just a couple of things that are great about them, plus they can learn human speech.

The next thing I have to say, might be disgusting when I mention it. A few nights ago, I have been wondering about this. I came across this video that I edited and I could barely sleep. I woke up three times the night after I saw it. This crow appeared to be eating some chicken, but it seemed to be taking its time eating it. I did some research the next morning, and even though they appeared to be swallowing it, but in actuality, they are really storing these chicken pieces inside a gland in their throat. This was so cool when I found out, that I made a slowed-down version of this video to see it for myself. Once I watched that version, I then continued to keep thinking, and I still couldn’t understand. How much is it really eating? Is it grabbing just a couple of pieces or is it grabbing more than that?

Don’t you see? I’ll never know what’s going on in the crow’s beak, no matter how many times I leave that camera on the grass. I decided to create yet another goal for myself. Are you ready for the truth? Even though I really don’t feel comfortable saying this, I’m sick of hiding this. Ravens have this capability too and I just want to realize that my pet raven truly loves me, and it could take care of me the same way. I’ve got to see it…..first hand! I’ve just got to! I need to taste it, and feel the same way, as if I were just another bird. That is why I am going to ask my raven to do this. Think about it, I won’t ever have to get off my chair when my raven gets my food for me. I mean, I am afraid that I will never get this out of my head unless I have it done, just once. Maybe it’ll do it to me forever, or perhaps, it’ll refuse to regurgitate its food to me at all. I don’t know. Typically, the only time it takes the effort to do this task is when its taking care of a member of its flock. Perhaps this fact will change.

This is one thing that triggered this idea. In my imagination, I witnessed a wizard who had to be abandoned when the king and queen were killed. Their forefathers were killed as well. They knew there was no hope in there being another heir in the kingdom, so right before the king died, he dropped his baby out in the forest. It was a dark forest with thorns and a dirt path. It was a sanctuary of hundreds of ravens, and nobody that has set into this forest has survived, as these ravens are very territorial. Well, he was found by two ravens. He was raised and ravens, but he learned to talk normally because the ravens managed to pick up human speech from overhearing the people in the castle. They also collected food for the wizard all his life. He had no choice but to accept whatever the ravens fed to him. He mostly ate the meat that the ravens snuck out of the castle of the two neighboring kingdoms, and rarely anything else. He never left the raven place, because he felt most at home where he was. He built a castle where he stayed to do his spells, and made his ravens his bodyguards. He created a task where whoever survives a test will gain access to his spells and can have any magic spell that person desires. These abilities are tested, strength, agility, and intelligence. The ravens created this task, and the wizard approved it. Within the duration of this test, anyone who walks into this forest shall begin by carrying a raven on its back. For the first mile, the person cannot stop for any reason. The wizard can see everything through his crystal ball and he will teleport the person back to the beginning if that happens. He gets three strikes, the third strike is death, in which the raven will begin to peck his head off. If that person succeeds the first mile, there is a cliff that appears. There are two options. He could turn around, climb the nearest tree and jump off the highest branch which is right at the top of the cliff. Either that, or he could use his raven to tie a rope at the top and he could climb up. That’s the easiest option. At the end, there is a raven that asks a question about his/her kingdom, and if its answered correctly, access will be granted. Once the castle is reached, the two ravens will do a search on the person, then will be allowed to be seen by the wizard. Whichever spell the wizard will award is based on the person’s status. If the challenger of the test was a knight, far less effort has been achieved, so he/she won’t get any complex spells. A peasant could transform into an animal, but a knight could only get a new sword. If the knight was sent in by the king to capture the wizard, he might as well have nothing to look forward to. The wizard isn’t going anywhere, as he’s being guarded by his ravens. They will not allow him to leave the vicinity of his castle. Now, the wizard does have evil intentions. A few times, he has called hundreds of ravens over to escape him from the castle. They have achieved to take him anywhere he wishes to go, but because he is guarded, he can’t be seen by any people at all, otherwise, they must leave. He has caused himself to be treated as a bad guy, because of the fact that he was from a bad kingdom. He used his magic spells to destroy entire cites, including generating fires and giant tsunamis. He has done everything that a warlock would do, although he uses his hands to do all his spells. As of right now, he is no longer at his castle, but is still protected by his parent ravens.

Does that explain my situation better? Well, that’s just an imagination, but anything that’s anything helps I suppose. That’s just part of the story. The rest of it is kind of complicated. I have an imaginations story on my YouTube channel, JeremyTheViewHacker, but I’ll just leave it to you if you want to watch it.

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A Really Cool Dream I Had

I would just like to share a dream that I had last night. It felt so real, that it didn’t feel like a dream when I was dreaming it. I know that you probably think that all the time from your dreams, but this is more unique than that. I foresaw this dream coming, and that’s why I thought this had to be real.

Let me begin. It all started when I was at the college. I was leaving class, and heading for the bus. I then walked onto the bus, and sat down on the third to last seat on the left. I remembered that scene perfectly. I was sitting by myself, and there was a nerd with glasses and pimples on his face sitting behind me alone with a black guy. There were also one other guy on the right side. Well, there we were, all on the bus, and we were at a complete stand still. I looked out the window far into the distance to see the main building of the campus straight ahead with the Tech Building at a 45 degree angle. It had a bunch of grass and sidewalk in front of it. At a 160 degree angle, I saw the Enterprise Building of the campus. I decided to stare into the distance one last time before we left. I then saw a raven land on the grass in front of the Tech Building about 50 feet away from me. Once it proceeded closer, another raven then came about, and it landed just a foot away from where I was sitting. The bus didn’t have windows, and it was very low to the ground. I couldn’t believe how close it was. I was wondering why it was looking at me, without being afraid? Guess what I did? I reached over and I grabbed it. Yes, I actually grabbed it with my hands. There I was, on the bus sitting there, holding onto this raven. I was holding it from its back onto my chest so that it couldn’t escape. It flapped its wings just once, then gave up. It continued to struggle, and then it spoke to me. The raven said, ”Lemme go! Lemme go! Cawwww, get your hands off of me!”. I still held on tight, but a person who was sitting behind me said, “Um, maybe you should let him go, LOOK!” Then I turned it around and its face was all red. It looked very nervous. I then let it go and it flew away. A moment later, a few other ravens showed up, they all flew right behind me and right beside me. They were wearing clothes. They talked like they were black. I mean negro black. Ravens can mimic, just in case you didn’t know. It said something like “Oh, I got to see what all those humans are doing.” There was another raven just sitting next to someone on the other side of the bus without a care in the world. I wanted to pet it, but I decided not to.

I woke up when the bus started leaving, so I don’t know how this story would end. This dream just proves how much I’m really into ravens, and that I actually want a own a raven as a pet. I’ve been making a lot of videos of myself feeding the ravens. I’ve researched about them too. They are really intelligent, and their brain to body mass is the same as in apes and chimpanzees. I feel confident that I know more about them than any other bird-watcher would know.

I set my camera on the grass so that I could record these two ravens eat some buffalo wings. Usually it’s difficult to get these birds on camera because they get scared so easily. Just having a lot of food laying in one place can scare them, let alone seeing that camera sticking up on the grass. Here is the video, right here. Enjoy!

And here’s a raven eating red velvet cupcakes, which is milk chocolate. I’ve usually put out chocolate or vanilla, but the ravens seem to only like the red-velvet ones. I am guessing that its because the recipe calls for more eggs than the other ones. I don’t think the raven shows up until the middle of the clip. There were starlings eating meat at the beginning.

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