Favorite Mashup

So last night I was sitting at my computer working on some oceanography homework, when my roommate Lara decided it was time for a singalong.  And by singalong, I mean, she decided it was time for her to sing a whole scene from Moulin Rouge directly into my ear.  Thissss actually turned out to be a very good thing, because it made me realize, this is a mashup, from one of my favorite movies, and it’s my favorite scene in the movie! BINGO. 

I love this movie because they incorporate SO many good songs together, and they mix them up a bit to make them something new. I really love this scene from the movie because I like the way that they made the two characters seem like they were having a conversation through the lyrics of different love songs.

So here you are folks, thanks to my lovely roommate Lara, this is “The Elephant Love Medley” from Moulin Rouge.  Enjoy 🙂


FINALLY My Videoessay

I finally have it up and working thanks to Ivania! She recommended using Vimeo to upload my video and it worked!


Inglourious Basterds from Kaitlin Smart on Vimeo.

TDC Day 2!

Please don’t judge my appearance and lack of enthusiasm.

Day One of TDC

I don’t think I’ve blogged about it yet, buttttt I’m participating in Challenge Week! Wondering why I am not doing a videojournal about this? Mainly because it’s suppose to downpour tonight, and I decided I didn’t want to risk the life of my computer, so I am in the library. Anyway, I decided together with my friends Annie and Mina to try out Challenge Week and see how we did–plus Annie and I get extra credit in our econ class.  Extra credit isn’t the only reason that we decided to do try out the Two Dollar Challenge–we definitely want to see what it’s like for most of the world who actually DO have to live on only two dollars a day (if that!).  I really think it will be a great experience, and it will definitely be something that I won’t forget.  I’m really excited about it!

So, today was our first day of Challenge Week.  The day event started at seven in the morning, so I woke up at 6 AM to have my final hot shower for the week (and probably my last real shower for the week), in which I shaved it up and lathered down.  I’m pretty worried about how hairy my pits are going to be by the end of the week BUT if you really think about it, a lot of lady Europeans don’t shave.  And we all know Europeans are classy. So I will still be classy even if I have hairy pits. Anyway, I showered and shoveled down some Captain Crunch.  After which, I went back to bed.  I knew it was going to be a longggg day. 

I did not get a chance to help build the shelter this morning, because I had to go into work, but after work and my first class I went with a few people to Bottom Dollar (where they have really weird signs to describe JUST how cheap their stuff is: “Super Savings!”, “Unthinkable Savings!”, and my personal favorite, “Sav-a-licious!”), and we pooled our money together and bought two-12 packs of ramen, bananas, peanut butter, two loaves of bread, shampoo, and toothbrushes ALL for just over $11.  Which was perfect because there were five of us, and it was just a little bit over our $2 for the day (we’ll just have a few cents less to spend tomorrow–we start out with ten dollars and use it during the week as we please).  I had to race to class after our shopping, so I only got to eat a piece of bread for lunch, and then had to go back to work, so I did not get to shovel down any more food before practice.  I cheated on the drinking water rule, which is that we have to boil any water that we drink, even if it comes from a water fountain, because I had zero time to do so before practice.  I knew it was NOT going to be a good idea to go to practice without having had any water, considering it was 80 degrees.  If Dr. Humphrey wants to fight me on this one, I’ll be ready to put up the fists.

This post is getting long and boring, and if you’ve made it through all this, congratulations.  I’ll finish it up fast! After practice we made some ramen for dinner, I ate a banana, played some IM soccer, and here I sit, in the library before I head back to Ball Circle to sleep.  Hopefully the rain won’t be cold.  Because I know we’ll be wet.

Come visit all of us out on Ball Circle!! And donate any change, or dollar bills you have! All the funds go to the microfinance institution, La Ceiba.


My Inglourious Basterds video was removed from YouTube because it is “too long”.  I will get back at this problem tomorrow.  It is too late tonight.


Inglourious Basterds VideoEssay

After two nights of working on the videoessay, I have finally finished it!  Hooray!  JimGroom was right, this assignment did take a long time, and most of the time was spent sitting and waiting as the video had to be ripped, or changed into the right format, or uploaded to YouTube. All of that janx took a veryyyy long time, but making the actual video didn’t take too long.

I decided to continue my Inglourious Basterds run after the Twitter webstory.  I just really love the movie, and figured I’d use it again to do the next project on.  It was a lot of fun picking the scenes to talk about, but I had a hard time narrowing it down, because THE WHOLE MOVIE IS AWESOME. That was the most difficult part of the whole project for me.

Also, HUGE GIGANTIC SHOUTOUT TO SUZANNE. I wasn’t able to use my computer to do any of this assignment, because the programs wouldn’t work correctly, but Suzanne offered to let me use hers.  She was SO patient the whole time, considering I basically had her computer for two straight days, and she had to literally walk me through the whole process of working with the programs.  She is da bomb.

Remixes and Mashups

I’m not going to lie.  After reading the first article by Melanie McBride, I felt pretty dumb.  She just sounds so smart, and holy crap, I don’t understand half of what she’s trying to say.  I guess the gist of it, is that remixing and mashups are ways of teaching that aren’t always well-liked among school administrations.  Some think that using “original” work from audio and videos to make something new, isn’t actually making anything new at all, but just using someone else’s work without actually using any creativity.  McBride obviously doesn’t feel this is the case, and I agree with her.  Using someone else’s work to create something completely new and different can actually turn out to be much more creative than the original work (as long as you give credit to those who’s work you used in the first place).

The second article by Brian Lamb was much easier to understand and get through.  I definitely do not think that mashups and remixes are any kind of “assault on originality”.  It’s just a completely new type of art, and just like any other type of art, some people don’t understand it.  And that’s totally ok.  Art and originality are in the eye of the beholder.  In my opinion, mashups and remixes are awesome ways to completely transform something old into something new.  It’s not necessarily better, it’s not necessarily more or less original, it’s just something new.   And as everyone has experienced, many people do not like “new”.  I think mashups and remixes are really original and really cool.  I don’t have a lot of experience with mashups, but I have come across a few recently.  Suzanne talked about the band GirlTalk, which takes songs from other bands, and mashes them up into really cool remixes.  Glee has also done a few mashups on the show, which have always been really awesome.  I haven’t really worked with any mashups or remixes with audio or video myself, but our “Five Card Stories” seem to have been a type of mashup.  We used pictures taken by different people, and changed the idea and content of them into something completely new.

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming assignments dealing with remixes and mashups.  I have a feeling some people will come up with really cool stuff, and I think it’ll be fun to play around with!

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