Let’s Play DreamyTrain part 1: In which we enter an invalid birthday and drive our first train. (Setup and tutorial stage)

I play this new fantasy arcade train simulator from Galaxy Laboratory. Just as with his other games, the music is amazing. Check it out!

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 11/30/16: Country, Rock and a little Christmas

Doing something a bit different this week. Therefore, if I did everything right, no playlist is needed.

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 11/16/16

Welcome to another Whole Dang Musical Spectrum. Tonight, I added a bunch of tracks to my library that were laying around on other drives. as a result, new music was heard. Rememver, the show is live every Wednesday from 8-11 PM Eastern, only on XTFM.

Playlist:

  • Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Salt of the Sea
  • Robbie Fulks – May the Best Man Win
  • Shinedown – State of My Head
  • Bif Naked – Choking On the Truth
  • Lonnie Spiker – It’s All Over Town
  • Rachel Chan – Ready and Waiting
  • The Barefoot Movement – Restless Heart
  • Will Hoge – The Highway’s Home
  • CHVRCHES – Get Away
  • Adam Young – Kennesaw Mountain
  • Charlie Thompson – I Miss You Already (feat. TK Smith, Jeremy JW Wakefield, Dave Stuckey & Wally Hersom)
  • Killswitch Engage – Quiet Distress
  • Dave Matthews Band – Time Bomb
  • LEN – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
  • Becky Buller – American Corner
  • The Infamous Stringdusters – I Believe (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
  • Bernard “Slim” Smith – Breadline Blues 1932
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott – Ave Maria
  • Rhonda Vincent – Jolene
  • Michael Patrick – Your Top Ten
  • Ancient Bards – Gates of Noland
  • Tape Five – City of Lights
  • Pistol Annies – Boys from the South
  • Vedera – We Sing
  • Fuel – Hemorrhage (In My Hands)
  • The Sounds – Dorchester Hotel
  • No Doubt – Spiderwebs
  • Katy Rose – Enchanted
  • Amberian Dawn – Wings Are My Eyes
  • Clique Girlz – How Do You Like Me So Far?
  • DJ Sequenza Meets Megastylez – Colour Of My Dreams (Jens O. Remix Edit)
  • Letters to Cleo – Lets Get High
  • PVRIS – Let Them In
  • beFour – Live Your Dream
  • Staind – Can’t Believe
  • Crossfade – Starless
  • Sleeping With Sirens – Go Go Go
  • Amberian Dawn – Lost Soul
  • Masterplan – Enlighten Me
  • Dunderpatrullen – Johnny Castaway
  • Armin Van Buuren Feat. Jacqueline Govaert – Never Say Never
  • Flyleaf – Traitor
  • Kaci Brown – Make You Love Me
  • Demi Lovato – Solo

Personal Narrative Essay: “Black Mirror”

Please note: I spoil the crap out of Season 3, episode 1. If you have not watched this episode and do not want spoilers, come back to this after you’ve watched it in full. I wrote this originally as a Creative Writing assignment, and intended to make a review, but it unfortunately turned out to be a heavy spoilerific review.
“Black Mirror” is one of those Netflix shows that strikes a chord with its audience on many levels. What is Black Mirror’s audience? People who love horror, technology, gritty stories and standalone stories that in many ways mirror reality will love Black Mirror. Jenna Wortham, in a New York Times article at the beginning of last year, sums up “Black Mirror” in one fluid sentence. “
Each episode of “Black Mirror”— named for the way our screens look while powered down— paints a different nightmarescape of a future gone technologically awry.” (Wortham, 2015) The first episode she cites for instance would probably not be my first choice to use if I were the one writing this article. I do, however, like her description of the episode entitled “Hotshot”. “Another imagines a post-peak-oil future, wherein people generate energy, and currency by pedaling on stationary bikes, and the only escape from the drudgery is reality-show fame.” (Wortham, 2015) “Hotshot” was the episode that really started to make me think about the reality of, say, App Store purchases on a smartphone or digital downloadable content in video games. In that society, the Exercise Bikes are like working. The characters peddle their ass off in the hopes to get these “Merits” that can be spent on mostly necessities. As with a good majority of in-app purchases on any app store, these purchases can often spend a day’s work of Merits. For example, some toothpaste dispensed from a dispenser for the Main Character to brush his teeth cost over 100,000 Merits. The biggest expense in this society is a ticket to be a Contestant on “Hotshot” a show within the episode making jabs at American Idol/The Ex Factor.

Another episode that just came out last month when “Black Mirror” became a hit for  Netflix exclusively is “Nose Dive.” In this future, people are rated on a scale of 1-5. Similar to rating a restaurant on Yelp , the rating determines everything, including criminal status. The 4.0-5.0s are the high, upper-class elites. They get the best housing, first-class flights and tend to have elitist friends. As we all know from our own society, people can be pretty nasty. When these characters are forced to show  their social profile  in this episode, where every action will cause a sore or dip in ratings, behavior is more about a number, not about love, feelings or anything else that drives us to behave. Society norms in this episode entirely rely on rating.

The main character learns this cruel system first hand, as her journey rating wise starts at a fine 5. When she gets to the wedding she was supposed to be a bridesmaid at, her rating drops to a 2. She just brushed by someone drinking a cup of coffee, spilling it. That person chose to give her one star. Her rating went down a bit, which made her unable to board a first-class flight since her rating was below the requirement for it. Then, she talked back to and cursed out the clerk at the airport. Security, as punishment, knocked her rating down by one whole point, making it a three or so. She was denied access to the wedding by her former friend, the bride, who’s still sitting at a 5.0 rating. When all was said and done and she made her speech; the others at the wedding scoffed at her rating. Everyone at the wedding gave her one star, essentially telling her that she was no longer welcomed there, and her rating plummeted to 1.0 which meant jail.

Lastly, “Black Mirror” is a dark, at times twisted show that really makes one think about the possible price of having access to technology in this digital age. With “Black Mirror,” it examines the technology we use and gives us a startling look at how bad it may become in the wrong hands, or even as it develops over time.

Works Cited

Wortham, Jenna. “‘Black Mirror’ and the Horrors and Delights of Technology.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 31 Jan. 2015. Web. 15 Nov. 2016.

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 11/9/16

Welcome to another week of The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum. It was a blast live, so be sure to tune in next time!

Everything goes tonight!

Playlist:

  • Bowling for Soup – America (Wake Up Amy) [feat. Scott Reynolds and Parry Gripp]
  • Gloryhammer – Universe On Fire
  • The Agonist – …And Their Euglogies Sang Me to Sleep
  • Otep – Confrontation
  • Trivium – Until the World Goes Cold
  • Genki Rockets – Star Line
  • DIABULUS IN MUSICA – Encounter at Chronos’ Maze
  • Ava Inferi – A Portal
  • Angelus Apatrida – Tug of War
  • Lunatic DJs – Baby Love (Stylez Meets Tonteufel Hardcore Remix Edit)
  • Huntress – Blood Sisters
  • Midnattsol – Dancing With The Midnight Sun
  • Christian Mistress – III
  • Judicator – Lucid Nightmare
  • Volbeat – Black Rose
  • Becky – I Wanna Be A Ninja (Speedisko Version)
  • Lucky Twice – Push
  • The Dollyrots – Get Weird
  • David Garrett – Carmen Fantasie
  • Corb Lund – Sadr City
  • Nonfinite – Alien Concepts
  • Tim Waurick – Higher and Higher (feat. The Gas House Gang, Vocal Spectrum & Micah Stull)
  • Veruca Salt – Save You
  • Richard Cheese – Freak On a Leash
  • The Pretty Reckless – Waiting for a Friend
  • Tegan and Sara – Hang on to the Night
  • LukHash – Winter Error
  • Nina Gordon – Hold On to Me
  • Elysion – Don’t Say A Word
  • Franz Tornado and the Akihabara Maids – Maid Attack
  • Brad Paisley – Those Crazy Christians
  • Dave Rawlings Machine – The Weekend
  • Voices of Ascension Chorus, Dennis Keene & Voices of Ascension Orchestra – Lion King: Circle of Life (in the style of Gregorian Chant)
  • Tonight Alive – Hell and Back
  • J.D. Malone & The Experts – Silver From (Live)
  • The Pretty Reckless – Heaven Knows
  • Big Country Bluegrass – The Hound Dog from Harlan
  • The Beach Boys – Heroes and Villains
  • The Cox Family – Too Far Gone

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 11/5/16: XTFM Anniversary Edition

 

 

Welcome to this special Whole Dang Musical Spectrum! It’s the Spectrum you’ve come to know and love for the past seven months, but this one celibrates the five year Anniversary of the show’s flagship and so far only station,

X Transmission FM

Playlist:

  • Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Higher
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Exist
  • Temperance – Unspoken Words
  • Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
  • Darkest Sins – Far Away
  • Little Mix – F.U.
  • Cover Comparison #1: The Beach Boys – In My Room/Aubrie Sellers – In My Room (Live Studio Version) [Bonus Track]
  • Mark Chesnutt – Neither Did I
  • Immediate – Serenata Immortale
  • Shania Twain – No One Needs to Know
  • The Agonist – Chlorpromazine
  • Jesse Dayton – One for the Dance Halls
  • Dinosaur Jr. – Start Choppin
  • Ellie Goulding – Devotion
  • Speedmaster – Burning Heart (Ferrari Mix)
  • The Bottle Rockets – Building Chryslers
  • Miss Leslie & Jason Allen – Let’s Start Over (feat. Jason Allen)
  • In This Moment – Into the Darkness
  • Epica – Burn to a Cinder
  • Nerf Herder – Doctor Who
  • The Rubyz – Ladies and Gentleman
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott – La Gitana
  • Power Salad – Plastic Thingy
  • Linear John – Plates
  • Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – I Took a Slip
  • Eminem – Guilty Conscience
  • Smosh – Netflix Conscience
  • Cover Comparison #2: Descendents – Nothing With You/The Dollyrots – Nothing With You (Acoustic)
  • Zane Williams – Bringin’ Country Back
  • Zane Williams – Church of Country Music
  • Smosh – IntergalacWhip
  • Smosh – Predicate Rap
  • Covox – A Billion Suns
  • OVERHEAD CHAMPION – Tension
  • OVERHEAD CHAMPION – Summer Beach
  • OVERHEAD CHAMPION – Forget-Me-Not
  • Cover Comparison #3: Blind Melon – No Rain/The Barefoot Movement – No Rain
  • Bryan Cox & DJ 19 – Tune in Tokyo (TKNO Remix)
  • Covox – Attack Vector
  • Covox – Adult Checksum Corrupt

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 11/2/16

Welcome to another week of The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum. Tonight the show had great listenership and great music as always! Feel free to join us all every Wednesday from 8-11 PM Eastern. I’m sure you already knew that.

Playlist:

  • Elvis Presley – Always On My Mind (The Wonder of You)
  • Elvis Presley – Don’t (The Wonder of You)
  • Bowling for Soup – Don’t Be a Dick
  • Bowling for Soup – As Happy as Happy Gets (feat. Kelly Ogden)
  • Hail Sagan – Loyalty Goes
  • JoJo – Reckless.
  • Little Mix – You Gotta Not
  • The Agonist – Gates of Horn and Ivory
  • Cover Comparison: Steve Winwood – While You See a Chance/Petula Clark – While You See a Chance
  • Hank Williams – Why Don’t You Love Me
  • Dwight Yoakam – The Big Time
  • Karen Jonas – Country Songs
  • Kacey Jones – It’s Gonna Take One Helluva Man (bonus Version)
  • Crystal Ball – Reaching Out
  • Fastball – Sooner or Later
  • Edith Frost, Sally Timms & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts – Long Black Veil
  • Sleigh Bells – Straight A’s
  • Olivia Lane – There’s a Guy
  • L7 – Wargasm
  • Best Coast – Each and Everyday
  • Killing Joke – Plague
  • Dr Awkward – It’s a Trap!
  • Dr Awkward – Now Hiring (feat. Schaffer the Darklord)
  • Joe Ely – Cold Black Hammer
  • Claire Lynch – Children of Abraham
  • Tycho – Epoch
  • Katra – Kuunpoika
  • Matchbox Twenty – 3AM
  • Tinsley Ellis – Leave Me
  • Kubbi – Ropes
  • Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss – I’ll Fly Away
  • Volbeat – The Gates of Babylon
  • The Chieftains & Ricky Skaggs – Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Claire Lynch – Empty Train (with Jerry Douglas)
  • Set It Off – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (feat. William Beckett)
  • Dubmood – Transregional Des Pyrenees (Goto80 Mix)
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Heart – Heaven
  • Rich Carle – Gotham City
  • Lonesome River Band – Little Birdie
  • Souleye – My Frank Soul
  • PureNRG – 360
  • Theory of a Deadman – Heavy
  • John Prine – Falling in Love Again (feat. Alison Krauss)
  • Super Power Club – Don’t You Want Me

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 10/26/16

Tonight’s Whole Dang Musical Spectrum is brought to you by X Transmission FM. Random mix of awesome plus Halloween themed tunes and funny parodies. You know the deal!

Playlist:

  • Elvis Presley – You’re a Heartbreaker
  • Meg Braun – Oh My Lorraine
  • Everlife – Go Figure
  • Willie Nelson – My Own Peculiar Way
  • Aaron Lewis – Sinner (feat. Willie Nelson)
  • Amaranthe – Invincible
  • Adelitas Way – Harbor the Fugitive
  • The Heebee-jeebees – Monster Mash
  • Holly Williams – Settle Down
  • Epica – Beyond Belief
  • Katra – The End of the Scene
  • Jason Roberts – Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach
  • Stephen Lynch – Halloween
  • Powerwolf – Dead Until Dark
  • Crystal Viper – Fire Be My Gates
  • J.D. Malone & The Experts – She Likes (Live)
  • Ookla the Mok – Tantric Yoda
  • Our Last Night – Mirrors (Rock Version)
  • Nice Peter – Cell Phones
  • Starscream & Orange Drink – Rise of Space (Campaign Promises)
  • The Dollyrots – Happy Together
  • Lacuna Coil – Devoted
  • Power Salad – Corned Beef and Cabbage (Flaccid Beats Dubstep Remix)
  • Alan Bibey & Grasstowne – Cry, Baby Cry
  • Darkwell – Im Lichte
  • Shania Twain – From This Moment On (Pop On Tour Version)
  • Jesse Dayton – Camden Town
  • Todd Snider – Eastside Bulldog
  • Savage Master – Death Rides the Highway
  • It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!!!
  • Katra – Kuunpoika
  • The Honeycutters – All You Ever
  • Lonesome River Band – Runnin’ From the Blues
  • Hogjaw – Where Have You Gone
  • Weldon Henson – Everywhere I Go
  • Ray Scott – Live Forever
  • Damone – Stabbed In the Heart
  • Kingfisher Sky – Liquid Clocks
  • Hound Brown & Kevin Sport – I Am the South
  • Edenbridge – Move Along Home
  • Dream Theater – Begin Again
  • Crystal Viper – Tyrani Piekiel

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) Electronic Experience Edition 10/22/16

Welcome to a special edition of The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum. Tonight, it was all about them Electrons.

 

Playlist:

  • 8-Bit Themes – Jolly Holiday (From Mary Poppins) [Computer Game Version]
  • Big Giant Circles – The Trials of Man
  • YMCK – Fanfare
  • C-jeff – High Speed Torture
  • DJ Zombie – While Tha Rekkid Spinz (Radio Track)
  • Aentitude – Chipstutte
  • Anamanaguchi – Power Supply
  • Disasterpeace – Neutral Morning
  • Yerzmyey – Chouyaku
  • Joe Jeremiah – A-Bit of Beethoven
  • 8-Bit Arcade – Tetris (Main Theme) [Technotris]
  • Sabrepulse – Famicom Selecta
  • Tycho – Field
  • Tape Five – Three Butterflies
  • Tycho – Horizon
  • Big Giant Circles – Peanut Butter Cupquakes
  • 8-Bit Themes – Winnie the Pooh (Main Theme) [Computer Game Version]
  • Crunk Witch – Start of It All
  • Slagsmålsklubben – Rakade Ogonbryn Ska Det Vara
  • Disasterpeace – Guards of the Gate
  • Zalza – Karatemuffins
  • Dubmood – Kootie Vart E Du
  • Grimes – Kill V. Maim
  • Kubbi – Restoration
  • Souleye – Positive Force Reversed
  • Algar – Vegetarianzzz
  • Dorothy’s Magic Bag – The Mystical Dream Express
  • Yerzmyey – Senshi
  • fsFreak – Prologue (Album Version)
  • Dubmood – Krutfotboll
  • 8-Bit Themes – Reflection (Theme From Mulan) [Computer Game Version]
  • Caravan Palace – Jolie coquine
  • Alma the Artist – Watcher
  • Club des Belugas – Hip Hip Chin Chin (Maxim Illion Mix)
  • Gaijin Games – Impetus
  • DJ Meat Boy – Retro Park
  • Sabrepulse – Tageri
  • Liquid Ham – Let’s Joe
  • Caravan Palace – Lay Down
  • 8-Bit Themes – Some Day My Prince Will Come (From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) [Computer Game Version]
  • 8-Bit Arcade – Killer Instinct (Main Theme)
  • Dual Core – Hostage Down (Remix)
  • Bossfight – Commando Steve
  • Ladyhawke – Magic
  • Crywolf – Stomach It
  • 8 Bit Universe – Asgore from Undertale (8 Bit Version)
  • Tape Five – Alcazar (feat. Dima from Kiev)
  • fsFreak – Ex Nihilo (Album Version)
  • 456 – Amyris
  • Joe Jeremiah – A-Bit of Nintendo
  • Dunderpatrullen – Ultima
  • Dubmood – Ym2149 (feat. Zabutom)
  • Yerzmyey – Jigoku No Sanba
  • 8-Bit Arcade – Kiwi Kraze (Main Theme)
  • YMCK – Sasetsushite Usetsushite