The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 2/1/16: Helion Prime rock out to Science

Welcome to yet another Spectrum. The highlight of this evening was the Album Spotlight, which showcases Helion Prime’s debut effort. Also, Rachel Brooke due out with a new album in 2017; how awesome is this news?

Playlist:

  • Modern Mal – Wild Heart
  • Whitney Rose – My Boots
  • Whitney Rose – Analog
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things (Extended)
  • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Hopper Sneaks In
  • Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time
  • Nancy Cassidy – Chicken
  • Rodrigo Amarante – Tuyo
  • Nathan Barr – Hemlock Grove
  • Jeff Beal – House of Cards Main Title Season 2
  • Jeff Beal – She Fell
  • Jim and Lynna Woolsey – Back to Tennessee
  • Lonesome River Band – Holding To the Right Hand
  • Willie Nelson – On the Road Again
  • Brandy Clark – Since You’ve Gone to Heaven
  • Within Temptation – The Cross
  • Album Spotlight: Helion Prime (Self-title Debut)
  • Sum 41 – No Brains
  • blink-182 – San Diego
  • Disturbed – Open Your Eyes
  • Starscream – Future, And It Doesn’t Work
  • The Black Lillies – Desire
  • Elvis Presley – The Wonder of You
  • Weldon Henson – Everywhere I Go
  • Foxboro Hottubs – Sally

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 1/18/17: An Astonishing Comeback

Welcome to The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum for January 18, where the Album Spotlight makes a delightful return!

Playlist:

  • Luke Bell – Working Man’s Dream
  • Professor Elemental – Inn at the End of Time (Remix)
  • William Michael Morgan – Lonesomeville
  • Alter Bridge – Show Me a Leader
  • Kay Hanley – I Guess I Get It
  • Confederate Railroad – Lucky to Be Alive
  • That Poppy – Altar
  • blink-182 – The Only Thing That Matters
  • Hot Club of Cowtown – I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
  • Those Poor Bastards – Black God Forest
  • Jim Lauderdale – Drive
  • Kate Voegele – Crooked Road
  • With Confidence – Dinner Bell
  • Robbie Fulks – Sarah Jane
  • HANA – White
  • Sister Hazel – Fall off the Map
  • Album Spotlight: Dream Theater – The Astonishing
  • Professor Elemental – All in Together (GnT Remix)

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: IFR Flight from Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a Boeing 737-800

This is the first quickstart flight that all IYP users are advised to fly. It’s short, and you get used to checklists and ATC. Next up? VFR approaches… and non-towered airports… Take that, EuroFly. That is not a diss on EuroFly, understand this.

The Whole Dang Musical Spectrum (WDMS) 12/21/16: The First Christmas Show

This is the first Whole Dang musical Spectrum Christmas show, and there will be more to follow! Stay tuned!

Playlist:

  • Professor Shyguy – We Three Kings
  • Doctor Octoroc – Super Jingle Bros.
  • I Fight Dragons – Alien for Christmas (Fountains of Wayne cover)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – The Night Santa Went Crazy
  • Go Home Productions – High Tides And Blocked Peace Pipes
  • Voicedude – It’s The Little Things
  • Aly & AJ – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Bill Engvall – Here’s Your Sign Christmas
  • Batfoot! – All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Reel Big Fish – Little Drummer Boy
  • Gash – Santa Claus Is Cummin’ (To Town)
  • Psychostick – Jolly Old Sadist
  • Psychostick – Happy Fucking New Year
  • Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
  • Elvis Presley – Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
  • Kirby Krackle – Baby It’s Cold Outside (Hoth Version) Feat. The Doubleclicks
  • The Moaning Myrtles – Wrocking Around the Bathroom Stall
  • Bob Rivers – Be Claus I Got High
  • Bob Rivers – Christmas Money (That’s What I Want)
  • Bob Rivers – Foreigners (Incomplete)
  • Bob Rivers – Hey You! Get Off Of My House
  • Bob Rivers – Its The Most Fattening Time Of The Year
  • Bob Rivers – Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow! Yellow Snow!
  • Roy Wood’s Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (From Black Mirror)
  • Pentatonix – O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Straight No Chaser – Text Me Merry Christmas (feat. Kristen Bell)
  • Brett Eldredge – The Christmas Song
  • The Len Price 3 – It’s Christmas Time Ebenezer
  • Power Salad – Santa’s Gonna Telecommute This Christmas
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run
  • Tim “Ripper” Owens, Steve Morse, Juan Garcia, Marco Mendoza & Vinny Appice – Santa Claus Is Back In Town
  • Straight No Chaser – The Greatest Gift of All
  • Camilli String Quartet – Silent Night
  • Palette-Swap Ninja – Wii Christmastime
  • Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
  • Kacey Musgraves – Christmas Makes Me Cry
  • Kenny Rogers – Children, Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Home Free)
  • The Count Basie Orchestra – Jingle Bells
  • Midnight Syndicate – Christmas Overture

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.