The Impact and Development of the “Music Video” Over Time

August 25, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  4 Comments
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The music business and media design have experienced a very lucrative, mutually beneficial relationship over the course of the last 50 years. Since the mainstream outbreak of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s, graphic and video media development has been tied at the hip to music business professionals seeking the newest, most innovative ways to market musicians. In 1964, the Beatles set the stage for what was to become the ‘music video’ as we know it today with their “A Hard Day’s Night” motion picture, documenting their performances and escapades for a brief period of time touring the world. This gave way to even further collaborations between musicians and videographers throughout the 60′s and into the 70′s, highlighted by live concert video footage.

As videographers and media artists began to expand their horizons, more conceptual, idea-based videos came to fruition, starting in the early 80′s. Before music videos like the Buggles 1981 hit “Video Killed the Radio Star,” it was not common for videographers to sync up pre-recorded studio versions of songs with conceptual ideas. This paved the way for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1983, widely considered one of the most impactful music videos ever, which flipped the music industry upside down.

After the immense popularity of early 80′s music videos such as these, MTV and VH1 jumped at the chance to create TV stations centered around airing conceptual and live music videos. Since then, media development has continued to be an instrumental tool for anyone involved in the music business, and can be seen today in modern bands’ utilization of SnapChat, Instagram Video, and YouTube to advertise themselves. For more info, check out today’s infographic.

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Mac vs. PC: Who’s Really Winning?

August 24, 2014 |  by  |  Tech  |  13 Comments
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Last week, I finally took the plunge and bought a Mac. After my ancient 10 lb. Toshiba laptop finally died after a long five year run, I felt like I deserved a nice, lightweight laptop. I started doing research about a month ago on the best laptop to get, but I finally bought it on impulse last week after a reassuring call to a friend with the same laptop. All it took was a quick credit check and a three minute wait before I had my laptop in my hands and happily sauntered out of Best Buy.

I still have my hesitations about this Macbook Air. You see, I’ve always been a PC girl. Sure, the Mac is sleek, light, and pretty… and has so many apps I’m sure I haven’t discovered yet. But that’s just the thing. I have no idea what I am doing with this machine or what it is even capable of. My fear is that I won’t utilize it to it’s $1000 worth of potential. OR heaven forbid, it breaks!? So naturally, I consulted an infographic to try and organize the pros and cons between a Macbook and PC to try and rationalize my fears. So far, I feel okay. We’ll see how the next few days go with this trendy machine, and how it treats me. Hopefully I’ll still write my next post with the same Macbook Air! [via]

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World Octopus Day [infographic]

August 23, 2014 |  by  |  Animals, Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Before we begin, World Octopus Day is actually October 8th, but I’m just preparing you all so that you may celebrate these amazing creatures when the time comes.

Octopuses (contrary to popular belief, “Octopuses” is the correct plural, not “Octopi”)  are my favorite animals. They’re intelligent, they change colors, they can change shape, they have eight legs, and they can kill you. Not really. I just wanted to scare you. Unless we’re talking about the venomous blue-ringed octopus, which has been responsible for at least two human deaths. In fact, all octopuses are venomous. They inject their prey with venom through a beak, which is made up of the same stuff as a lobster shell.

These aggressive creatures are all muscle. Ninety percent of their body mass is muscle. They also have three hearts. I guess you’d need three hearts if you laid 100,000 eggs. The average litter is actually only about 80 eggs, but still, momma’s gotta have enough heart to distribute equal love.

There are 300 recognized species of octopuses. The giant pacific octopus can weigh up to 60 pounds.

I guess the only drawback to being an octopus is that each of their suckers on their tentacles are sensitive to both touch and taste. So whether they like it or not, they have to taste what their grabbing on to.

I hope you’ve learned a lot today. I’ll see you on October 8th. Party at my place. Bring your own octopus. [via]

 

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SWEEPSTAKES: Life Hacks Infographic Poster Giveaway

August 22, 2014 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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We are giving away this infographic poster (pictured below) from Kickstarter: Life Hacks & Guides by Alexander Croft! Simply Like or Share our Facebook post to win this awesome poster!

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Celebrity Engagement Ring Rip Off: What They’re Really Worth [infographic]

August 21, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Retail  |  2 Comments
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My brother Jay, founder of Daily Infographic, is getting married just next week. Although it will be the greatest day of his life, the price tag for such an event isn’t cheap. Venues, catering, staffing, photography, and many more elements go into a modern wedding. These costs pile up, and without a good wedding planner, there is a chance you’ll get burned by the price.

The costs of a wedding start way before the big event. The first day you start to research engagement rings brings the reality of the sheer financial cost of a marriage. Spending thousands of dollars on a engagement ring is the norm nowadays. Getting the right price for the ring is another story. Today’s infographic takes a look at the ridiculous amount of money A-listers spend on engagement rings for their significant others.

Two of entertainment’s best each spent five million dollars on an engagement ring. Holy cow. Why not buy your spouse their own freaking island instead of a rock for their finger? I would much rather have 23 acres in the Pacific than an accessory.

I know there is a lot of meaning behind wedding bands, and finding the right one takes a lot of time and money. Do your research and make sure to get the most bling for your buck. [Brilliance]

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