Archive for March 2012
Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stones, Vanity Fair, Esquire - they all started somewhere.
And on Friday, March 30, at the Red River College Exchange campus, approximately 15-20 original magazines will be presented to the world in the Creative Communications Magazine Fair.
The magazine I've been working on for the last three months along with Mitch Kruse, Mike Cuma, and Emily Bourgani, is called BenchBoss. It's a Manitoba hockey coaching magazine that even features an interview with a certain Manitoba hockey celebrity (cough, Mark Chipman, cough). So I say you should come on down to Red River College on Princess for March 30 between 12-4 and check out BenchBoss and the many other beautiful magazines that will be on display.
Hope to see you there!
When it was announced that the best rapper alive, Jay-Z, was going to be performing a set at the SXSW festival, there was a lot of excitement from those lucky enough to attend the event.
But like most music festivals, those who don't have the time or finances to get there are left to day dream about what it would be like to see it live - a thought that is likely to end in disappointment.
American Express found a way around this.
Being the sponsors of the concert, American Express began to advertise an interactive concert where not only would you be able to tweet the songs you wanted to hear, but the people watching at home would be able to stream the concert live on Youtube. They even had it set up where you could choose the high-definition camera angle you wanted to watch the concert in.
What an amazing concept, and needless to say the hashtag for the event #JAYZsyncshow was trending world-wide.
The only problem is, it was only available in the United States.
I had a big problem with this because they did such a good job getting Jay-Z fans like myself pumped up for the online event, but nowhere in the instructions did it mention anything about a regional restriction. It wasn't until the event had started and I began to get frustrated with my lack of Jay-Z that I noticed American Express sent out a tweet saying that it was only available to people in the United States, apologizing to the many frustrated Canadian fans.
Living in Canada, we are starting to really get used to these restrictions, but when my anticipation is as high as it was for this event, disappointment is inevitable.
I am sick and tired of every video I want to watch online being restricted to viewers in the United States. Why is it so hard for our two countries who share a boarder and are in no way foreign to each other culturally or technologically, to put their heads together, lock themselves in a room, and figure out a way to just share media with each other.
I'm looking at you, Hulu, Netflix, MTV, CTV, Pandora, and apparently even American Express. Smarten up and let people watch what they want to watch.
That being said, the event was posted online the next day by a blogger, and I will admit I watched all 80 minutes of the footage.
Let it be stated on this blog that Jay-Z is the best rapper alive. And as far as live performances go, he may not have the glitz and the glamour, but find me another rapper whose delivery is as clean and on point as Hov's, and I'll call you a liar.
You can check out the footage below.
Also, apparently the stream went pretty well in the States, which lead to one newspaper thinking of my favorite headline of all time "Jay-Z's YouTube live stream at SXSW had 99 problems but a glitch ain't one"
On November 19, 2004, the Pacers and the Pistons faced off in a regular season game that everyone knew would be heated, but in reality nobody really had a clue.
The game took place at The Palace of Auburn Hills, and the game would later be known as the Malice at the Palace.
In this game, a brawl broke out between the players, and eventually it moved into the stands and it was no longer about two teams, it was simply an all out brawl.
This week, Grantland released an oral history of the events, including quotes from almost everyone involved. It's probably the most interesting piece of sports journalism I've read this year, about one of the craziest events to happen in professional sports. Along with the link, I've also posted the ESPN broadcast of the events. When I was younger, I didn't full realize how crazy this was, and if you're like me, after watching the clip and reading the history, you will definitely be intrigued.