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Support for Dundee’s City of Culture Bid

April 12th, 2016

A few nice Government images I found:

Support for Dundee’s City of Culture Bid
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Dundee city can showcase Scottish and UK Culture in 2017. For any photograph queries (inc copyright) please contact : Alan Richardson Tel 07831413094.

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Hip Hop Community in Washington Dc

April 14th, 2015

Hip- Hop music the most popular music worldwide that ruled the music industry inside 20th and twenty very first century. Its unique in style and diverse in its kinds. The youngsters all over the world take in the vitality it renders and rap and party along with its beat. Michael Jackson is one of the biggest names of rap music industry who is honored and recognized for their great work.  Rap had been the merchandise regarding the DJs associated with the 20th century whom produced such energetic beats that everyone else around started dancing within the vicinity additionally the hip hop dance and music both became part and parcel.

There are four social pillars of this hip hop music; DJing, MCing, Graffiting, and breaking.
DJing is the most popular type. The word DJ represents disk jockey. Cool DJ Herc is considered as the pioneer for the DJ music, whose work was later modified by the development of scratching. DJ’s perform various tricks to make the music. They will have some gear like mixer, amplifier and speakers that help them create the music of popular designs. With the aid of mixers they mix both different tracks to make just one song that’s different into the style from others. Numerous DJ’s have actually gained huge popularity and fan following in modern times as they are still increasing day by day. The most famous DJ more recently is Grandmaster Flash. Some DJ’s make use of the tracks of different artists and mix them on a single disc. This sort of music is named blended kind.

MCing may be the kind in which the rhyming terms into the poetry are spoken with the beat of the rhythm. This type of the hiphop music is also referred to as rapping. Rapping began up within the native America but since it is now remarkably popular inside several years numerous performers have produced rap tracks in their own personal languages. The rap has spread so much that today numerous South Asian vocalists are exercising it and earning huge popularity.

Grafitting could be the artistic expression of the hiphop music. Many poets worldwide compose graffiti to fit the beats of DJ’s. Breaking could be the 4th as well as the vital social pillar associated with hip hop. You should have never heard of the hip hop music with no reference to break party. There are many theatres in la and Seattle where individuals arrive at learn this popular form of dancing. The dancers perform exquisite motions while standing and leaning downward. They halt their bodies in unique poses then all of a sudden proceed to take rocking lifts and jumps. This make – break- move type of function never ever goes unappreciated. 

Hip hop culture the most essential cultures of the world which includes gained much recognition inside the last few years. It is the utmost duty of government to guard the tradition and also make further investment involved with it because it can generate huge revenues for the country.

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Lean heritage & The Role of Leadership

September 13th, 2014

Lean Culture & The part of Leadership
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Agencies across Washington – at state, county, and town amounts – are using The Five Practices of excellent Leadership® (in line with the best selling guide The Leadership Challenge) to develop the next generation of federal government leaders who are able to build Lean Culture and drive effective, effective and accountable government.

Building and sustaining a Lean customs will not come merely from teaching people utilizing lean tools like Value Stream Maps and Kaizen occasions. While those are definitely critical tasks, do not require will deliver meaningful gains to customer care, worker engagement or monetary stewardship unless individuals in leadership jobs – from front line supervisors completely as much as agency directors – frequently practice the leadership behaviors that enable a Lean heritage to thrive.

Lean Tradition and also the Role of Leadership develops skills and knowledge needed for any frontrunner at any degree who wants to donate to reinventing government and providing greater value to any or all Washingtonians.

Join us to learn just how to use these ideas to yourself, your group, and your organization.

 

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The workers of my organization would reap the benefits of learning these concepts – 4.5

 

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Q&A: washington, d.c. Tourist spots , transportation and culture?

June 19th, 2014
Hotel in Washington
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Question by Ashish: washington, d.c. Tourist spots , transportation and culture?
what are the main tourist attractions in washington, dc? What is the culture and cuisine of washington? And lastly, how is the transportation system of washington?

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Answer by nickdc1960
Plan on getting a hotel in the suburban areas of Wash DC, either Northern Virginia or Suburban Maryland. Get yourself a hotel that is close to the local Metro (DC subway) stop.

The absolute best way to travel around Washington DC is by using the Metro (DC’s subway system). You can park your car at SOME Metro stations and then buy some fare cards and use the Metro to get around town. Why do I recommend the Metro? Because while traveling by car, you will have a hard time finding available parking in Wash DC. Most parking garages are filled-up with commuters and so forth. Plus, you never know when the police are going to be closing an entire street and diverting traffic to who knows where, just to accomodate one of the many parades they like to have in DC.

You can either get a shuttle from your hotel to the local Metro station (many hotels offer this), or you can drive your car to some of the Metro stations, that have parking lots. Those Metro stations with parking lots are usually FREE on weekend.

The best thing to do is check-out the Metro map and get off at what they call the Smithsonian Metro stop. When you go above ground…it’s all right there…like the Emerald City in Wizard of Oz. The Smithsonian stop is right in the heart of the National Mall that extends from the Capitol to the Potomac River. All the major monuments are right there.

Be sure to do the obligatory tours of the Capitol and Washington Monuments. Tickets for entry are FREE…but you have to get them in advance of the time you wish to take the tours. Best bet is to get your tickets in the morning for an afternoon tour, and then spend the morning exploring.

Security is tight at the Capitol. No food. No liquids. No nail clippers. Yadda yadda. But the tour is pretty cool.

Ok, but the real treasures of DC are the Smithsonian Museums..and they are also located right on the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and Capitol. Again, entrance is FREE and there are no tickets to bother with. Modest security to get in…then you can enjoy them. Natural History Museum. American History Museum. Some other art galleries (which are also super cool). But, my favorite is the Air & Space Museum. I’ve taken friends there from out of town that said they were not interested in that “stuff”. But once they stepped through the doors and saw the Gemini and Apollo space capsules, their eyes lit-up. They also have an inexpensive food court in the Air & Space museum with stuff like McDonald’s and Pizza and sandwiches. (Probably the cheapest place to eat on the Mall.)

Some final pointers here. Be sure to dress comfortable. Be sure to have some really comfortable walking shoes. The National Mall is a BIG area to cover…and so are the museums. You probably know this, but have a game plan in case your family-group becomes seperated.

Getting a tour of the White House is not easy. You have to have a group of 10 people to do it and you have to get prior permission through your Congressman. Back in the days when they had fewer restrictions, I went on a White House tour. I found it to be – boring. The US Capitol tour is a much better tour. And frankly, that’s where all the action is taking place in DC.

Oh, and others on here will recommend stuff like Georgetown and DuPoint Circle areas and stuff like that. Fine…if you have the time. But there’s not much to see. Those are more “trendy areas” where artists and coffee shop types like to hang-out and sip lattes, wear Birkenstock shoes and discuss ancient Zorastian poetry. The kids will get bored very fast. (Even I get bored very fast.)

Most hotels will have free touristy type maps of the area to promote the local sites and sounds of DC. Plan on eating lunch at the Air & Space Museum and then saving your appetites for when you go back to your hotel (where it will be cheaper to eat and you have some reasonable choices that won’t break the bank).

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Culture in China – Lauren Lowe – AsiaLearn Video Blogger Spring 2010

May 23rd, 2014

Here is the next addition to my video blog collection! Once again, I’m Lauren Lowe from University of South Carolina and I’m here at Sichuan University for t…


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The White Mandingos …item 2a.. – My First White Girl (Official Video) …item 3.. Is Kanye West a genius or a lunatic? (Sep. 29, 2013 6:29 PM) — “Where is the culture at?” …

January 29th, 2014

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Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.
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The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Last year Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained resurrected a word with a lot of ugly associations. Mandingo is the word we use for a group of people from West Africa who call themselves Mandinka, several hundred thousand of whom were sold into slavery. This year three black musicians have claimed the word for themselves, and they’re dropping their debut album under the name The White Mandingos.

The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Jenkins makes his living as a journalist — over the past 20 years he co-founded ego trip magazine, wrote for Vibe and Rolling Stone, has been the editorial director of Mass Appeal and produced TV series for MTV and VH1. He’s a rookie to the music-making game, but his partners in The White Mandingos are industry veterans. Darryl Jenifer has played bass with D.C. punk band Bad Brains for 30 years and worked with musicians as varied as Jonathan Richman, Lauryn Hill, Ric Ocasek and Lil Jon. LA rapper Nick Carter, who goes by the name Murs, has built his career on the independent hip-hop circuit over the past 15 years.

The album The White Mandingos have made is titled The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me. And it could be called rap rock. For some people, that, too, is a disparaging term. "Some people" includes Jenkins.

"I don’t like rap rock at all. Like I hate it. I think it’s — it’s terrible!" But, he says, he knew a collaboration with Jenifer and Murs would be interesting. "It’s really cemented in rock ‘n roll. My passion for rock, his pedigree in rock ‘n roll, but also our love and respect for hip-hop. It’s very rare that you have this kind of combination of a guy who’s really, really a rapper. He’s not some dude who wanted to be a singer, who raps a little bit. Like, this is a dude who has rapped for millions of people and is good at what he does."

Jenkins thinks the group’s album sounds like all of its members’ influences: the hip-hop Jenkins grew up with, the rock he found later and the Caribbean records his mom used to play; the West coast style of storytelling rap Murs knows all about; The Isley Brothers, Led Zeppelin, punk and reggae Jenifer was into.

"We came together without a lot of pretense, and trippin on this and that," says Jenifer. "We just look at each other and do what we do. Which is the beauty of it all."

The White Mandingos came together at Jenifer’s house in Woodstock, where he and Jenkins would hang out and jam. But what they were laying down didn’t really add up to anything until Jenkins thought to call Murs.
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"Once he hit it with the lyrics," says Jenifer, "it opened up. What you thought was an inconsistency, or a mistake, turned out to be the best thing there."

Murs has been performing hip-hop, wearing Basquiat dreads, at punk and rock festivals since the ’90s. He says all three of the musicians have never quite fit in.

"A term I’ve used before is ‘the only’ — when you go to certain things and you’re the only black person there," he says. "When we started talking over the phone, I was like, ‘Well, why don’t we just tell a story about this kid who is from the hood, gets a record deal as a rock artist and — still trying to maintain his roots in his neighborhood, whilst trying to excel in this new world — and the struggles that might came about.’ And that night I just came up with the 10-song outline."

The narrator is named Tyrone White, born 1988 in New York City. And while that makes him much younger than the White Mandingos, Jenkins says his struggles echo their own.

"Darryl has me by a few years. Like, he was a pioneer, in terms of being a black person who was doing things that weren’t traditional. And when I got into all this stuff in the, you know, mid to late-’80s, it was still kind of weird. If you’re a black kid, you’re only supposed to fit in a box. You’re only supposed to like hip-hop. You’re only supposed to like R&B."
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And Murs wanted to talk about interracial relationships.

"Interracial relationships are modern, I think, love songs. And I wanted to tell that story, because that story of black and white people being together is only ‘Ebony and Ivory.’ It’s OK to love someone of another race, but no one actually talks about how weird it is to go to your white girl’s parents house and meet her parents for the first time. And then, how weird it must be for them! And they’re trying to be cool but then they say something awkward, and you don’t want to say anything, cause you’re still a guy trying to impress your girlfriends’ parents — before race."

He says that the music that’s supposed to be talking about what’s happening in his generation is rap — but rap isn’t keeping up.

"A lot of people claim to be progressive," says Murs. "And they make progress — there’s lots of progress being made in mainstream rap, I won’t doubt it — but they still stick to a pop formula. They still make sure it’s mixed by the right person. They still contain a lot of contemporary ideas."

The ideas of the future are facilitated by something no one in The White Mandingos had when they were kids: the Internet. All three of them talk about how much money it used to cost them to venture out, to buy albums by groups they’d never heard of. Today, says Murs, up-and-coming musicians know his music and Jay-Z’s music, and they didn’t have to spend a dime to find it. "They just — YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. So their influences are vast."

Not only is access to culture cheaper and more convenient than it was in the ’70s and ’80s, many of the next generation of musicians, especially those knocking down the cubicles of genre like Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt and Chance the Rapper, are on a more equal playing field than Murs, Jenkins and Jenifer were.

"You’re dealing with the economic development of the black community," says Murs. "Tyler’s mom is not in the projects. Earl’s mom is very — they come from very intelligent, well-educated families, and now we’re getting very intelligent, well-educated kids with foul mouths. They grew up on No Limit, Cash Money, but they went to private schools and they read a lot." Murs says he was similar, listening to Ice Cube and reading Thomas Pynchon, but he was alone in it.
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Jenifer says what the kids are into always sounds strange to the grownups. "One time my aunt told me she thought I made vulgar music. She thought I almost was making evil music. But I had to tell her that’s almost compared to when the thunder and lightning is clapping, like a little kid will cry, but it’s a glorious event. It’s not a negative event."

Jenkins has been getting clowned for boundary defiance since he was a kid: "When I was riding a skateboard in the ’80s people in my neighborhood threw 40-ounces at me." It still happens: "Daryl, he says that I play like a quote-unquote white boy," says Jenkins. "You talk like one, too," says Murs. "Yeah, OK, I talk like one too." "That shirt’s kinda doing it too," adds Jenifer. "My shirt? My shirt’s making more like a white boy too. Anyway — I’m sorry I don’t have FUBU on." But now everybody’s laughing and nobody’s throwing anything.

The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me tells the life story of a fictional character, but it sounds like the life story of three real people. "If it can connect with a kid," says Jenkins, "and it’s not just black kids — I think kids in general are looking for identity. And they’re always looking for people to look to who are confident in who they are. If you listen to the entire record you see the evolution of a person who makes mistakes, who comes from mistakes, who wants to do the right thing — and sometimes does and he doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are. That doesn’t mean you can’t go against the grain."
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"My First White Girl" from The White Mandingos’ (Murs, Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains and Sacha Jenkins SHR) debut album, The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me. in stores 06/11/2013.

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Here’s the video for "Mandingo Rally" from the White Mandingos, the band had this to say:

"’Mandingo Rally’ is a sonic rally organized by The White Mandingos (AKA Murs, Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR). Inside of this rally, Cali rap killer Murs (AKA Tyrone White) drops Jewels for you to find. But once you find them, he snatches them right back. Because you have to earn these jewels. Murs rocks like a flamethrower atop a beat sicker than Leather Face. Breezy, Weezy, Jeezy, Cheezy–all of y’all best protect ya neck."

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Directed by: Kellen Dengler
2nd DP: Jason Shaltz
Produced by: Ingrid Campos
Wardrobe: Jean Chong
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"Mandingo Rally" will appear on the White Mandingos’ debut album, ‘The Ghetto’s Tryna Kill Me’ out June 11th on Fat Beats. Check out the track list below and head over to www.noisey.com/music-video-pre...

1. The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me
2. Black-N-White
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7. I Don’t Understand
8. My Weapon
9. My First White Girl
10. Guilty Of Being White
11. What You Waitin’ On?
12. I Like You
13. Wesley Snipes
14. Mandingo Rally
15. Too Late

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The White Mandingos (Murs, Bad Brains’ Daryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR) present"The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me"; LP of the same name drops June 11th on Fat Beats records and tapes. Directed by Jason Goldwatch.

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Question: If a man stood in the center of a crowd, yelling absolute truths about the world, and everyone in the crowd pointed and laughed at this man, should he be considered genius? Or is everyone around him apathetic and dumb?

Following what seems like a real feud between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel, which resulted in Kanye’s stan army yet again defending the man against the rest of America, that question feels more appropriate than ever. It all started with BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe interviewing Kanye West, an act that seems more and more like a cultural event with each new interview. Kanye is great as he’s ever been in the interview, speaking on music’s downward trend and its place within the art community; the making of and cultural and critical reception to his new album Yeezus; the inherent problems with capitalism and corporate America; but then Kanye West begins speaking on fashion and his rhetoric turns to rant.

“Where is the culture at?” West starts, later adding, “ me and Virgil are in Rome giving designs to Fendi over and over and gettin’ our designs knocked down. Brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many mother****ers you done seen with a leather jogging pants?”

React how you will, but Jimmy Kimmel, in his continuation as America’s greatest troll-master, perverts West’s interview and recreates the interview with children reciting quotes from the transcript. It’s a brilliant bit as there’s no better way to mock someone acting like a child than to have an actual child act like that person. Predictably, West retorted and ranted on Twitter about how his interview was the “first piece of honest media in years,” posting about how Sarah Silverman, Kimmel’s ex, is funnier than him and posting about how Kimmel has never received good…we’ll say sex for PG purposes. (Interestingly enough, these Tweets have since been deleted.)

Kimmel responded on air, by simply reading these Tweets to his audience, which is predisposed to believe Kanye is crazy, and signing the bit off saying, “Thank you, Kanye. I appreciate it.” Let’s break this down to who’s right and wrong, because nothing is ever simple when it comes to Kanye West.

The biggest problem with this “feud” is that Kanye West broke the No. 1 celebrity rule when dealing with comedians: Never enter a public fight with them because they will always win. A comedian’s job is to make fun of someone, to mock them in a public sphere, and if you have anything negative to say about them, they will probably say it first and funnier. This is why Kimmel literally thanks Kanye on-air, he knows he will win and gain attention in the process.

The other problem is that most of America will never like Kanye for what he said about George Bush, for the Taylor Swift incident, for throwing the double-bird to white America on Watch the Throne. Hell, even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, called him a “jackass.” My parents (and probably most parents) hate Kanye West because of all of that and the fact that most mainstream media only covers him when he does something reactionary or incendiary.

So Kanye West is fighting a battle he’s not supposed to or going to win, but is fighting based on his rather large ego, which is what got him in trouble in the first place. Most of what West says in the BBC interview is genius, but whenever he talks about fashion, he sounds like the kid complaining to his mom because his brother won’t let him play too. West believes because he’s as famous and successful as he is that the fashion world should simply accept, listen and praise his ideas.

Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.

This is what Kimmel is mocking, because most celebrities (including West) inherently understand the insidious nature of mainstream capitalism in America: Anything that attempts to subvert culture will temporarily work, but the tentacles of capitalism will eventually grab hold and make a profit from it. Look at rap, or better yet, read what West says: “Rap the new rock n’ roll! We culture! Rap is the new rock n’ roll! We the rock stars!” later claiming he’s the biggest rock star.

He’s right. With the exception of generic pop music, no other genre in America is more popular than rap music. It used to be something white, middle-class kids like myself weren’t supposed to listen to, it was something we should fear in the days of N.W.A. and Public Enemy, back in the days most rap had something to say. Now it’s on the radio, in the clubs, at sporting events, Jay Z is touring with Justin Timberlake, an event unbelievable 15 years ago. Capitalism and the willingness of other rappers to sell out did all of that.

West alludes to all of that throughout the interview, calling trap music “commercialized,” which it is, and that “rappers is the new R&B n****s” (e.g. Drake, Future, Wale, J. Cole). Where we run into trouble as a culture is because West said one—okay, a lot of ridiculous things, we dismiss everything else he says. We want to paint him black and white, he’s either a lunatic or a genius for many, and nobody wants to classify him in all of his wonderful shades of gray.

Kanye West asks in the BBC interview, “It’s funny, you drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, ‘who’s more free?’ You can be trapped to your possessions.” It’s one of the more provocative, illuminating questions asked in years on a national stage, but we want to castigate him because West acts like a child for 10 minutes of an hour-long interview. However, West makes his own bed, because, although he has something important to say, he continues to allow people to paint him in that light with these stupid public feuds he will never win. Jimmy Kimmel is slightly to blame for feeding it, but then again, Kimmel is the best public figure at pointing to America’s absurdity and the idiocy of American Exceptionalism. (See Kimmel trolling the Internet when he planted the fake twerking fail video.)

In the end, Kanye West wants to be a visionary without the costs that such a reputation entails. He still wants everyone to like him, but that’s not how it works. As frustrated as he might be, he needs to learn how to play the game if he wants his vision to succeed.

After all, what good are the words of a genius if nobody’s listening?
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Internet Killed the Video Store?
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What are your opinions on pop culture music?

July 16th, 2013

Question by Daniel: What are your opinions on pop culture music?
I understand that some people hate the music on the radio. But what is it about mainstream music that people hate? Is it that today’s music isn’t as great as older music? That anyone could be on the radio? I’m just wondering because the Beatles are a great band in the history of music and they had to be mainstream to get famous. If they weren’t on the radio, they wouldn’t be so popular. So what is your opinion of pop culture music?

Best answer:

Answer by angela
It’s all pop and very little culture.

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Q&A: What is a good a myth from any culture for Animation? (final year)?

June 27th, 2013

Question by Chris: What is a good a myth from any culture for Animation? (final year)?
I’m doing my final year animation project this year and want to base it on some kind of myth for a solid interesting story and animation, one that involves an animal or creature of some sort.. something that could be portrayed well in a 3 minute animation

any suggestions really appreciated, thanks

Best answer:

Answer by Jim Maryland
You might want to look up some Native American folklore if you want to stick with animals in your animation project.

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Culture Kids – Saturday Morning at the National – Brian Curry: Magic and Mischief

April 13th, 2013

Culture Kids – Saturday Morning at the National – Brian Curry: Magic and Mischief
Event on 2013-05-04 09:30:00

Water vanishes in midair moments before drenching a hapless volunteer, bottles appear out of nowhere, and the world's most difficult card trick happens in a flash!  Magician Brian Curry keeps even the most skeptical of audiences laughing with befuddlement in a morning filled with mystery!

FREE tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to performance on a first-come, first-served basis – one ticket per person in line.  Tickets will not be distributed for individuals who are not in line.

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at The National Theatre – Helen Hayes Gallery
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, United States

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SXSW: Poetry in Motion: Sound Culture & Data Mining

February 21st, 2013

SXSW: Poetry in Motion: Sound Culture & Data Mining
Event on 2013-03-10 11:00:00

Poetry, stories, and speeches arenâ??t just what we read or what we hear – they're how we make meaning and celebrate history. Hundreds of thousands of spoken text audio files – including poetry readings, American Indian stories, and presidential speeches – remain untapped in archives throughout the world. These digital artifacts hold our oral traditions, and projects like High Performance Sound Technologies for Analysis and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) out of the University of Texasâ??s School of Information feature original high performance data mining tools that help us visualize sound culture in ways we never imagined. How will these new audio technologies reshape the way we understand our words and ourselves? Location: Austin

at Washington D.C. Convention Center
Washington Blvd
Washington, United States

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