Hey kiss listeners!!!! Yes, it’s almost the end of the semester. Some of you may be graduating and have a bad case of senioritis or some of you may have sunshine and lounging by the pool on your brain. At this time of year it is critical to stay focused, you’ve worked so hard to get this far why ruin a good thing. So for this post I wanted to give you some tips to get through these next few weeks.
Really Manage Your Time- If you’re like me, chances are you have procrastinated throughout the semester and are now frantically trying to get everything done at once, but this is NOT the time to procrastinate. Look at your due dates for your assignments and exams and plan accordingly. Your social life may have to be put on hold for a little while- but that’s ok, it’s almost summer vacation. Just think of the beach and sunshine and flip flops and fun you’ll have in a few weeks.
Sleep! I tend to tell myself “if I don’t sleep as much, I will have more time to finish all that I need to do”. Well, clearly I’m wrong. Not having enough sleep will make you feel exhausted throughout the day and not to mention you’ll be less productive and motivated. Also make sure you eat, you need to be alert and on top of things during these last few weeks. You’ll need at least 7 hours of sleep to function normally especially if you have to kick your body and mind into overdrive for a few days.
Ignore The Celebrating Students- I have always been one of those “lucky” ones to have my last final on the last day of final week at the last hour while everyone I know was done days ago. Yes, it sucks but you have to keep focuses- then you can reward yourself after getting through the stress and craziness. Just try to ignore the ones who are celebrating, don’t let them distract you (too much) and focus on your goals.
Good luck to everyone on your exams/finals/projects; whatever it may be. You can do it!!!!!!!!!
Hello Kiss listeners!!!
Ok, so I’m guessing most- if not all of you- know about Instagram. Take pictures of things happening in your life and make them look sweet. Pictures are great and all but don’t have the same effect as a video. Video sharing has been rejuvenated by the lovely folks at Twitter. I was introduced to this app by a friend who is all about the latest technology, and instantly fell in love with it. Like Viddy and Socialcam, Vine focuses on creating short clips- six seconds long- that can be more easily uploaded and viewed on mobile devices. Unlike Viddy and Socialcam, Vine has a simpler approach. Users must hold a finger to the screen to record and can pause a recording by taking their finger off the screen, this allows them to cut away to include something else in the six-second clip. It’s a fun way to share what you’re doing in your life; check it out (if you haven’t already!)
*The App is only available for IPhone and IPod touch as of now, but you can view the videos on Android supported devices.
Alex G is one of YouTube’s top female singers. Since she opened her channel in November 2010 she has uploaded 75 videos including 8 original songs. She currently holds just over 500,000 subscribers and her videos have been viewed 70 million times. She’s kind of a big deal.
What exactly can we call Alex, though? Well, she matter-of-factly refers to herself as “a singer/songwriter who posts covers and originals” and that could not be more true. She’s not some diva, though. When you watch an Alex G video you can tell that she’s just a regular girl with an incredible talent. She is in no way pretentious, arrogant, or boring.
Alex loves performing popular songs acoustically, so you’re going to see that a lot. She also is friends with many of YouTube’s top musicians, so expect a lot of collaborations. Some who collaborate often with her include Tyler Ward and Eppic, both of which are powerhouses in YouTube music.
On a side note: I am not sure who does her camerawork and editing (not every video, but if you watch a few you’ll know which), but whoever it is is extremely good at it.
She has also uploaded 6 to the “Beauty videos” playlist on her channel page. This seems to be a pattern with female YouTube singers. So girls: if you want to look like Alex G, she’ll teach you how.
My current favorite video by her is a cover/remix of “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift which she did with Eppic performing an added rap verse. I really enjoy this video because it conveys the feeling that I originally had when I first heard the song. Here, watch it and spread rumors about Alex and Eppic being together.
Alright, enough with the cover singers for now, let’s dive into some hip-hop.
DeStorm is arguably the top rapper on YouTube, boasting 1.3 million subscribers and almost 200 million video views. It’s near impossible to cover a rap song and make it interesting, so DeStorm had to find a different way to build up his audience on top of the occasional cover or remix. He decided to take challenges from the community to test his rapping and songwriting skills with. Hilarity followed.
Since the time he started, DeStorm has been challenged to do such things as rap a song using movie titles, the names of candies, and alphabetical order to name a few. Each and every time he’s been able to match these challenges, frequently exceeding them. He began starting every challenge video with the term “Another day, another challenge” which quickly became his slogan.
Power released his first mixtape “Be Careful” in May 2012, selling enough to mark his unofficial entry into the music industry as a performer. A while later, DeStorm released a song where he argues with his conscience over signing with a major label, coming to the conclusion that he can handle and thrive while being “in both worlds” as a kind of promise to his subscribers that while he is signing, he is not “selling out.” Since then, he has released another mixtape by the name of King Kong and has seen its single of the same name played on major media outlets like MTV. King Kong also includes the song Invincible which features singer Chester See and former YouTube #1 Ray William Johnson.
So, you’re stuck here on your break. Well it may not be California or The Bahamas; but Buffalo has a lot of things for you to do.
Take a tour- The Albright Knox Art Gallery has a lot of interesting exhibitions and installations to see. Admission to the gallery is free every first Friday of the month, thanks to M&T’s First Friday. There are special programs and events for the whole family, and the gallery extends its hours from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center- Built in the style of a European opera house in 1926 Shea’s is a national historic site. They continue to entertain the Buffalo community with numerous Broadway shows, concerts, and performances. They even offer a historical tour of the elegant theatre itself. More information is available on their website.
And let’s not forget, we have a natural wonder- Niagara Falls!!! And it’s only 20 minutes away.
If you’re more into shopping, why not check out the Elmwood Village. Locally owned and operated these trendy boutiques have something for everyone. Stop for a drink or a quick bite to eat at one of the many wonderful restaurants or coffee shops while you're out, or pop into a gallery. If you’re feeling adventurous you can wander down side streets for hidden gems. Many stores feature products created by local designers such as clothing, artwork, books, and jewelry. Elmwood Village offers a unique spin on the traditional shopping scene.
These are just a few ideas; there are plenty of other wonderful things to do in the Buffalo area. Don’t be afraid to explore!