Monthly Archives: February 2012

“MAN LAWS”

Since this is an extra credit assignment, I figured I would have some fun with it.   I was browsing You Tube and accidently stumbled across this video.  These bring back many memories for me. Man Laws (Men of the Square Table) are a series of beer commercials for Miller Lite, inspired by the supposed unwritten codes by which men live. In the commercials, the panel discusses a given issue until it decides upon a “Man Law”. The “Men of the Square Table” are a parody of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, the “Square Table” So, for my favorite You Tube video I selected a compilation of the Miller Light “Man Law” commercials.  When I saw these commercials on You Tube I immediately thought of the name of the class “Strategic Presentation”.  The panel is composed of important, macho, and famous men.  These commercials were mainly shown during football games. Men were the obvious targets for the commercial.

The Members of the Square Table are as follows: Jerome Bettis (Mr. Bus), Oscar De La Hoya (Mr. De La Hoya), and WWE’s Triple H (Mr. H). Jim Kelley (Mr. Kelley), Jimmy Johnson (Mr. Johnson), Cary Hart (Mr. Hart) and Burt Reynolds (Mr. Reynolds) to name a few.  In the commercials, it is their job to judge what is manly and what not manly in common male situations are.  Among the topics discussed are the proper etiquette for courting a friend’s ex-girlfriend, and deciding who rightfully owns Miller Lite brought to parties.

I thought the use of the secret, conference like atmosphere inside of that “cage” was great.  The location of the “square table meetings” seemed to be in a top secret location. Also, some of the “Laws” themselves were genius. Here are some of my favorites.  When toasting with beer, should you clink with the top or the bottom of the bottle?  Man Law: The Bottom, because clinking the top would swap saliva and thus qualify as kissing.  Can a man ever get a manicure or a pedicure? Man Law: Um…Duh! Any man that does this, even if quilted by their women, has to surrender their man card immediately. So silly but yet so funny.

What make these “Man Laws” genius are not so much the laws, but who makes them. The “round table” consists of the men of all men (or who are by some circles perceived as such).  I guess it’s designed to make you feel manly if you drink Miller Light.  Just listening to the discussions at the table make me laugh so hard.

As far as the video/ commercials themselves go; the genius is how simple they are. You have a bunch of men sitting around a table, inside a “cage” with a completely dark background.  There is no flashy backdrop, no elaborate computer generated characters or backgrounds, just a simple video.  Also, there is no major musical score; this seems to me to be a very simple concept. I’m not saying the commercial was “simple” in terms of ease of production, but in terms of, well, let’s say use of props. The compilation that makes the You Tube video is not the greatest, but it’s not the worst either. I think the content in some ways excuses the very simple video editing.  While the editor could have used better transitioning, I still found the video to be very enjoyable.


My Blog Choice

http://screencast.com/t/gWzkWnC4tR9a

I have had experience with Jing in the past. For  A class, Computers and Education, we had to do several projects using Jing. I didn’t have a great deal of difficulty with this, although I tried to figure out how to embed the video right in the blog. However I gave up after a while do to time constraints.  Also, I apologize for the audio. I practically had the mic in my mouth and still couldn’t get great audio.  I even messed around with the settings and nothing.

I think Jing is a great tool and very useful for many different instances. For example, for my Computers and Education class we has to do a lesson using JIng. Similar to Aaron’s tutorials these were full on lessons.  In a scholastic future that most certainly is relying more and more on the internet  this will be an important skill for on-line educators.  Teachers can use this for conducting a complete lesson to tutorial examples for the whole class or an explanation to one student who is having difficulty.

Jing also has a more practical employment for non educators or ” the everyday person”. Fo example, I had to explain to a relative how to program a ver complicated television remote control. After spending hours on the phone with no success I took a shot and created a Jing video demonstrating each step. The videos now can be viewed at any point a question arises.     However, in my opinion those in the virtual education field would be the ones who get the most out of Jing.

For, me the hardest part of this assignment was first, deciding on which blog to use, and second the audio. Not that the audio problem is anything Jing related, because it is not. It is my VERY inadequate set up here.  I think the easiest solution is to go buy better equiptment !


Yoshi Goes Extream

Video Editing borrowed from blogspot.com


Sharing My First Podcast

1st Podcast

Well here it is , my podcast, and it took me a mere six hours to complete.  For this assignment I had many obstacles before me.  The biggest being I have a PC not a Mac.  I know, no sympathy for me because EVERYONE should have a Mac. I happen to agree, but until I come to the proverbial light side, I am stuck.  So, my biggest obstacle was finding an audio editing program that I could figure out. I tried three, they were: Mixcraft 5,  AVS audio editor, and Audacity.

Mixcraft 5 was the first one I downloaded because it was supposed to be the closest to Garageband. Ok, maybe it is, but I couldn’t tell ! I couldn’t even figure out how to upload music to it. So after hours of getting no where I decided to move on to the next victim. ironically I spent the most time with this program and got the least on  my investment.

AVS Audio Editor was number two.  I got a bit farther with this one. I managed to get music into it, but couldn’t figure out how to do anything with it !  I googled and searched  but to no avail. There wasn’t a good tutorial to be found. It was a t this point I seriously contemplated just going and buying a Mac ! However, my checkbook ( and my wife) quickly  put an end to that plan, so forward I trudged on !

Third times a charm, well kind of, Audacity was next.  It was the simplest interface of all three. I was just hoping it did all I needed it to.  I managed to get music uploaded, like Garageband it was drag and drop.  splicing was a bit more difficult. Unlike Garageband you weren’t able to just click on one spot and then a second to splice. ( or at least I don’t think you could) To splice you had to “eye” the two spots where you were going to splice and hope for the best. Well, it wasn’t THAT bad. It did allow you to slide either point and adjust the splice until you got what you wanted.  Also, Audacity had some really good tutorials and once I got into them everything else went fairly smooth.

I’m happy with my production, although I am not a big fan of listening to myself. ( Although with two young kids I feel like  I am always talking to myself.  Taking into account I had to start ground zero with a new program I am happy with the work.  I have a good friend who does a consumer podcast http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/pod/. I eventually want to teach at the college level, on-line courses in particular. I could see where this would be very useful in an online classroom setting.

Ok, now I am going to post this and hope everyone can access my podcast.  Fingers crossed !


Intro to Blogging

This is the second blog I have created. Last semester for my “Romantic Politics” seminar one of our assignments through the semester was a weekly blog. I thought I was fairly familiar with the process on WordPress, but it seems I was slightly mistaken.  It was not extremely hard, but I found myself getting a bit turned around. Eventually I found my way and seem to be catching on (I hope).

For this blog I followed the requirements set forth, so except for the images and descriptions for the pages everything was laid out. There are some things I am not 100% sure of. For example:

1.)    How do we link to the blogs of our classmates?

2.)    Is there a way to change the color of the font?

3.)    Is there a way to set smaller pictures in the header while not replacing the whole header?

4.)    How do we link pictures?

5.)    Is there a table that explains what all the widgets do?

These are just some of the issues I am trying to sort out. For my English seminar the requirements for the blog were not nearly as formal. It was just create a blog and go, so there really wasn’t much to figure out.  This is much different and there is more depth to it.  Like anything else, with time I am sure it will get easier.  For now I am just playing around with the different functions and seeing what they bring to the table.  Some I like and can see myself using and others not so much. But for now I will appreciate any help and suggestions thrown my way!


Getting Your Point Across

Borrowed from fakeposter.com