Mabel Oliver

Music

The Music Experience

These music moments have defined me and the time in my life in which I heard them; the way I felt during each one will stay with me forever.

Listening to The Doors on the 4th of July at Castaways in Angola, NY

Listening to The Beatle’s “Rubber Soul” on my headphones on the school bus

Hearing “Don’t You Forget About Me” in the movie “The Breakfast Club”, and never being able to separate the song from the movie thereafter

Driving to the Finger Lakes with my brother in the winter, with Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros’ “Global A Go-Go” as the soundtrack

Driving extra fast to The Toadies’ “Heel” in my old 1995 Corsica

Laying in my room in the humid summer, windows open, with Moby’s “Play” lulling me to sleep

Seeing Nirvana: Unplugged on MTV for the first time, and loving “The Man Who Sold The World”

Discovering the music of Tom Waits while watching a documentary about train jumpers

Listening to my parent’s old records in our living room: Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Led Zeppelin….the list goes on and on

Listening to Sublime’s “Badfish” to calm me down before my driver’s test

Hanging laundry to dry in my dorm room while blasting Buena Vista Social Club

Engaging in sorry college behavior and singing to “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” at college bars

Singing along to OAR’s “Revolution” at a bonfire in Medina the first weekend of freshman year in college

Having The Shins and Esthero as a constant soundtrack in mine and my husband’s first apartment on Linwood Ave in Buffalo

Sitting in my car in the parking lot outside mine and my husband’s Whitney Pl. apartment in the winter; the stars out, listening to Regina Spektor’s “Apres Moi”

Listening to The Pogues and The Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up to Boston” on St. Patricks Day in Buffalo, NY

Listening to The Decemberist’s “The Crane Wife 3” in the limo on the way to the church my brother was getting married in

Listening to Coldplay’s “Fix You” in our Whitney Pl. loft with my husband, trying to get the timing for my walk down the aisle for our wedding just so

Our memories can sometimes play tricks on us; but when music becomes the soundtrack to your life, you don’t have to rely on memory….all you have to do is press play.

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Mabel Oliver
Music

How Is The MP3 Player Changing the Church?

There are two very different populations in the Christian world today. The first is represented by people of the older generations maybe in their 40’s and up. And then there are the much younger people – they both go to church, for mostly the same reasons.

The older Christians in the world are accustomed to listening and watching TV, buying CD’s and cassette tapes, they may even listen to the radio. But the younger Christians do things differently. Technology is allowing the younger Christians (and anyone who can keep up with the technology) to download their messages and music, so that their listening ears can receive the information through the white earphones of their MP3 or iPod.

This will change the face of most Churches today. Moving toward Mp3 access for Christian media may be something unconsidered by many, but anyone who has become aware of services, like Tivo or DVR receivers can see where this is going. A step up from the VCR, these services allow you to access your TV programs on demand. A prime example is my wife, who when I suggested we get ours, thought I was hoping to just get another toy so I could watch more TV. Now, she especially finds it to be the best time-saver and argument stopper between the kids. It can be set to automatically record every episode of your favorite shows and watch them when you want.

Most Churches are still doing thing status quo. They want you to attend church and hear the messages there. This, of course, is optimal for fellowship and the group dynamics for touching and agreeing with others. And when the message really touches, there are usually CD’s you can buy on the spot. However, the quality of these messages on CD’s may not stand the test of time. Not to mention audio cassette tapes, which are even more fragile. This is the only media that most churches have to offer.

To get the word of God out and win souls for the Lord, the churches today will need to wake up quickly. Consider the cell phones with Mp3s. Not to mention, most 2008 cars will be manufactured with just Mp3s built in and downloads obtainable while driving down the road.

For some in the church, the Mp3s are a dream come true, for others the worst nightmare. The challenge for most is to how to forge ahead in this technological revolution when technology is not the focus of your life. Churches and pastors have a powerful message. Thankfully, there are companies that can help move our churches safely through this technological transition so our younger generation is not missed. Ironically these services are being offered at a very reasonable price to get you moving in the right direction.

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Mabel Oliver
Technology

Stop-Start Technology Saves Fuel

The American Automobile Association predicts that by 2020, 8 million new cars will have stop-start technology. Vehicles with this feature automatically shut off when at a standstill and restart when either the brake is released or the clutch is reengaged. With estimated fuel consumption being reduced by as much as 12 percent, the obvious advantage of this technology is fuel conservation. Since all of us want to reduce our costs at the pumps, what's not to like — right?

Driving with Stop-Start Engine Technology

My first encounter with the new Stop-start technology was when I made my first stop during a test drive of a BMW 2013 X1. A red light in the center of dashboard came on, indicating that the system had been activated. Since the engine doesn't actually shut off until it reaches normal operating temperature, I didn't notice anything unusual until later in my test drive, while I was waiting to turn across traffic. When I took my foot of the brake and pressed on the accelerator, the engine restarted immediately, but the car seemed to hesitate, almost as though the engine was going to die. Although I now understand this sensation is not an indication of mechanical problems, it was unnerving. The idea that I might not have engine power when I need it will definitely have an impact on my confidence, particularly in high-risk circumstances.

Stop-Start Technology Drawbacks

  • Although you can deactivate the Stop-start feature on BMW vehicles, to do so, you must turn it off every time you start the engine.
  • In order for the vehicle's electrical systems, including air conditioning, to continue operating when the engine is shut down, a larger, more expensive battery will be needed.
  • The sense that the car is not going to accelerate quickly enough, makes starting after stopping an unpleasant experience.

My Recommendation

Undoubtedly, the Stop-start system will be instrumental in decreasing fuel consumption, particularly when your engine is idling for an extended period of time. It would be a great option to employ while in a traffic jam, but in normal driving situations, I see less of an advantage. Perhaps, in time, the cumulative fuel savings will convince me otherwise, but for now, I recommend that the consumer always have the option to deactivate the system.

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Mabel Oliver
Technology

How To Choose The Best Hosting Service

It is one of the most common questions that has so many answers. Maybe you decided to blog about your passions, and you need a website. Or perhaps you are looking to build your first online shop. In any situation like these, you will need a domain and a hosting service.

You will definitely find many services of this kind, so which is the best method for you? It is not the most expensive or cheapest one, but the most useful for your needs.

What Kind of Website Do I Need?

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars a month for an advanced hosting solution, as long as you are only starting a new website that would probably not get too much traffic for a start. Perhaps the best solution for you is shared hosting, but make sure you can upgrade your package later.

Check the hosting panel as well. You need a simple interface to install WordPress or any other CMS, and to monitor all the aspects of the website.

Web hosting packages are different depending on the specifics of the website. A simple blog can be hosted with a cheap solution, but if you want to start a movie streaming platform, you will need more space on the server, thus a more advanced hosting solution.

Another option is VPS or Virtual Private Server, which is the ideal solution for a website with constant traffic.

Unlimited bandwidth

Most of the hosting packages today have unlimited bandwidth, but make sure to check this aspect as well before deciding for a package. Unlimited bandwidth guarantees that your website has resources even when accessed by many visitors at the same time, but still, it is limited by the capacities of the server.

The term ‘unlimited bandwidth’ is not totally correct, as the capacities of the VPS limit the band. However, it is almost impossible for a small website to use all the server’s resources at a given time.

Customer Service

One of the most neglected by users but also essential aspects of choosing a hosting service is customer support. There are always problems with a website, and they are not necessarily your fault. Make sure you have 24/7 support and that the agents on the other side are helpful. If the errors with your website are complicated and the hosting company does not offer support, you will spend a lot of money with maintenance and repairs.

Uptime warranty

Any reliable hosting company can guarantee uptime for a website. Uptime means that your site is online and visible. Downtimes happen all the time in the online world, but the hosting company needs to have the capacity to move your website on another server instantly to ensure continuity.

It is impossible to get 100% uptime warranty as upgrades and maintenance are required. However, 99.9% means your website will be online all the time, with the rare exceptions when it will need an upgrade or update.

The traps of small price

Most hosting companies will give you an introductory offer, but make sure it’s advantageous once the promotion is over. You don’t want to spend $1/month for the first year of hosting and $100/month after, so look for the companies that can give you best-hosting prices for the long term.…

Mabel Oliver
Technology

New Technology Helps Roger Ebert Speak Again

In 2002, acclaimed movie critic Roger Ebert was diagnosed with throat cancer, and surgical complications caused him to lose his voice as well as his ability to eat and drink. After spending so many years voicing his highly respected opinions on “At The Movies,” Ebert was forced to resort to pen and paper to communicate. Even after multiple corrective surgeries, doctors were unable to restore the Roger Ebert voice that we had all grown to know.

Now, hope has been restored due to a new technology developed by a Scottish company, CereProc. CereProc was able to develop a computer program that mimicked Ebert’s natural voice nearly exactly. Through watching hours of “At The Movies” commentary, CereProc programmed Ebert’s voice into a computer model that now allows Ebert to speak and sound exactly like himself again. All Ebert has to do is type what he wants to say into a computer, and the voice will speak his words with intonation and the natural nuances we all expect.

While the new voice isn’t perfect, it’s much better than the previous voices Ebert has been forced to live with. Originally, Ebert had to settle for a program he had found on his Mac that read off the words he typed. Since he lost his voice, Ebert has been using a voice named “Alex” through this Apple software he found. He liked this technology because he argued that this was the only program that had understood his punctuation and infused any emotion and inflection into his sentences.

Ebert still wasn’t happy with this voice, however, and as any person would, he wanted to hear the sounds he had become heard his whole life coming out of his mouth. He contacted CereProc, and they immediately began to develop a program that could imitate his old voice. On March 2, Ebert appeared on Oprah to premiere his voice developed by CereProc. Matthew Aylett, the chief technical officer at CereProc, has stated that Ebert is the first person to receive his old voice back in this way.

On their website, CereProc argues that their voice programs fight the common yet obvious problem with computerized voices: they sound mechanical. CereProc’s technology replaces current voices available on Macs and PCs in order to reduce the mechanical sound of the computerized voices and allow you to customize your voice as much as possible.

If interested, you can visit the CereProc website to listen to demos of other voices that have been developed: http://www.cereproc.com/products/Mac_OSX_voices. Through these demos, you can make your own sentence and see how the punctuation affects the way that the computer says your sentence. It is interesting to experiment with the different accents available including Irish English, Black Country, and American.

 

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Mabel Oliver
Music

Movie Musicals: Hip Hop Videos

Krush Groove– the Most underrated Movie Musical of All Time

Krush Groove has to be the most under rated musical in the history of movie making. Released in the fall of 1985 this movie is based on the early days of hip hop giant Def Jam Records

The movie starred rap pioneers Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys, The Beastie Boys, producer Rick Rubin and finally the man himself who is the original hip hop mogul Russell Simmons who plays a character named Crocket. Prince protégé Sheila E. plays the female lead and little known actor back then Blair Underwood played Russell Walker- the characters based on Simmons.

Cameos in the film include New Edition- you would get a thrill seeing a young Bobby Brown years before his marriage to Whitney Houston. A dimpled faced skinny young guy wearing a Kangol named LL Cool J whose few moments on the screen were the most memorable in the film. If you blink during the movie, you will probably miss a very young Chris Rock standing against the wall during one of the many scenes filmed at the legendary Bronx club The Fever.

Beat Street– The world was introduced to break dancing

This movie tells the story of two brothers from the Bronx whose lives revolve around becoming a successful dj and break dancing. This movie stars the beautiful Rae Dawn Chong as a choreographer from New York College who inspires the older brother Kenny played by actor Guy Davis. Also in the movie is stage and screen actress Tonya Pinkins best known for her character Olivia Frye on the daytime drama All My Children.

After this movie graffiti had become accepted as a true art thanks to portrayal of a character named Ramon who sadly is killed on the tracks of a NYC subway.

Newly inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, The Furious Five close out the movie in a great scene filmed at the famed Roxy. Hip hop pioneers, the Treacherous Three,

Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force perform, as well as the very talented New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew.

Both movies show hip hop culture in its infantancy. In the early 1980's, New York City birth a sensation that would take the world by storm. It's only right that remember and honor the films that introduced the world to rap music and the hip hop culture.

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Mabel Oliver
Technology

How to Add a Walkman Style Mp3 Player to MySpace

I find so many unique things that you can add to MySpace. Just recently I found an mp3 player that looks like an old style tape walkman. I use to love my tape walkman. That was before the CD Walkman, MP3 Players, and all that good stuff came out. But I know some who still use the tape walkman. In this tutorial I will show you how to add an old style tape walkman to your MySpace profile. This tape walkman is a MP3 player. The buttons even work on it.

First, you will need to load the generator page to create this tape walkman. To load the generator page, click this link. Give the page a minute to load. If you are on a dial up connection, it may take a minute or two. When the page loads, you will see what the tape walkman will look like on your profile.

Below the walkman, you will see the color fields. You can select the colors for the walkman. Click the two color fields and select the colors that you want by clicking the color in the box and clicking the OK button on the box.

The next option is putting the MP3 player on Shuffle. Drop the box down and select the option of your choice. The next option is where you select if you want the walkman to automatically start. Drop the box down and make your selection. The next option is if you want to allow the public to hear your player. Drop that box down and make your selection.

Now you can start adding your songs to the playlist. You must upload these songs to add them because you need the url for the MP3s. In the playlist field, enter the url for the song in the fields on the left and enter your title in the fields on the right. Once you have filled in these fields, click the Add to Playlist button. You will see your songs below that button. Once you have created your playlist, click the Take Me To Next Step button.

The next page is where you sign in. If you do not have an account, you can quickly create one on this page. You can also skip the sign up part and just get the code. But if you do not sign up, your playlist will not be saved. That option is up to you. If you want to skip the sign up, click the Skip button.

On the next page you will see the code in the yellow box. Copy that code and go to your MySpace profile. Login to your account and go to the edit profile page. On the edit profile page, you will need to paste the code in one of the boxes on that page. Click the Save All Changes button to add the tape walkman to your profile.

To play the walkman, click the play button on the walkman. To skip through tracks, click the fast forward button. To go back, click the rewind button. To pause it, click the pause button.

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Mabel Oliver
Radio

Radio Daze

It's funny how an ordinary object from your past can cause you to reminisce and conjure up memories long thought forgotten. Imagine the stories coming out of a silenced radio….

A simple black plastic box about the size of an average paperback book, the gold paint highlights the upraised letters across the bottom- ADMIRAL Super 7. Next to the name sits a familiar crown logo. A simple brass carrying handle bends backward, allowing it to set at a 45 degree angle for easy access. The AM station numbers array themselves in a half-starburst pattern, emanating from the large gold tuning knob. That this radio was a product of the Cold War era is revealed by the "CD" markings at the top and bottom of the frequency spectrum. Remember CONELRAD, the Civil Defense network we were instructed to turn to if the "big one" came? The knurled gold on-off/volume knob hovers on the left side, equidistant from the station sunburst, as if the Earth were orbiting the Sun. Dad's radio, despite its Spartan elegance was an entrée into another world when I was a boy.

The Super 7 seemed to always be in use- from Dad's listening to the Milwaukee Braves' baseball games on the back stoop to the morning news on WHBY as he prepared his coffee before work.

When I couldn't sleep, Dad would sometimes let me listen to his radio. I'd tweak the tuning knob and be whisked away to exotic places (at least for a 13 year old boy in northeastern Wisconsin.) Late at night, the powerful signals of the country's megawatt AM stations would be captured by the Super 7's tuner- KMOX in St. Louis; WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana; WLS in Chicago; KOMA in Oklahoma City; and my favorite, WABC in New York. I would delight in catching the opening of disc jockey Jay Reynolds' shift from midnight to five. WABC had a distinctive sound, but nothing to me was as memorable as hearing Jay's "drop," one of those short sound bites they play now and then on any radio station with the DJ's name and call letters. WABC was big on reverb, a sound trick that made everything sound as stereophonic as possible in the days before FM Stereo was the norm. And they used that electronic synthesizer sounding voice, you know, the way robots used to sound in old sci-fi movies? I thought that was so cool. To this day, each time I hear the intro to Three Dog Night's "Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song," I wait to hear the drop of "Jay Reynolds, WABC."

After Dad died, I was sorry for years that I hadn't talked Mom out of his radio to keep as a memento. Somewhere along the way, the old Admiral bit the dust; Mom's not sure any more if she sold it off in a rummage sale or junked it when it quit working. And when I finally asked about it, it was too late.

The last few years, I've been on a quest to find an Admiral Super 7 and with the advent of the internet, I was able to renew my acquaintance with the old warhorse. It took a while, but through a popular auction site, I scored a nifty little copy for the exorbitant sum of $9.99 plus shipping. I was even able to get it in Dad's color- basic black. This was a rather important detail as I'd seen photos of the same model in white, gray, and even a day-glo orange. Imposters!

On my bookshelf today is my very own Admiral Super 7, looking …

Mabel Oliver
Radio

Radio Static

Static in the radio announcement,
music cutting over the words, she tries to hear in the broadcast,
as she fumbles with the button to fine tune,
slight bits of words on relationships, finding love, making it last.

Frustrated at the fuzz and sound,
falling in between, music, she struggles to listen, to take in more clear.
The sounds of guitars and the piano,
still echoing in her ear.

She sighs in dismay,
guessing today is not her day,
and maybe the broadcast, would not be enough to find love, make it last.
She picks up a book and walks away.

The pages wet, blurred text,
clouding the visions of love before her eyes.
A romance novel, that was mistakenly left out in the rain,
she tried to retrieve,
yet this seemed to just be the way, her life would play,
caught beneath rain and cloudy skies.

She picks up her pad of paper, the tools to draw and write.
Today the day at least shines for her, she walks along, alone outside,
stopping to watch the ducklings along the water,
one falling far behind the others, seemed it couldn't keep up,
no matter how hard it tried.

She sits upon a park bench, starts to see clouds swirling above,
covering up the blue sky,
sighs, "what is love?"

Taking shelter from a heavy downpour, she stands beneath a large oak tree,
someone else found his way there today.
He smiles pleasantly at her,
"turned out to be a beautiful day"

The clouds separate, the sun showing slightly in between,
a rainbow reflecting above the lake, the cloudy vision, beauty before her eyes.
He continues on, strumming his guitar,
the music, making the day seem so clear, it echoes in her ear,
caught beneath the rain and cloudy skies.
Just static in the radio broadcast, she smiles, and sighs.

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Mabel Oliver
Technology

Super Bowl Commercials are Waste of Money: But There are Exceptions, Such as Tim Tebow Spot

For years, many companies have paid millions of dollars to advertise for 30 seconds during the televised broadcasts of the NFL Super Bowl. One quick commercial with huge creative and airtime costs, though, is similar to forgetting the game plan since it goes against the fundamental principle of advertising—frequency.

Dr. John Tantillo, a behavioral research psychologist and brand expert known as the Marketing Doctor, has been against Super Bowl advertising plans for many years. This year, he said, companies are beginning to heed his advice. They are using other kinds of marketing and branding strategies that are more economical and could be very successful, or even more successful, in reaching football fans along with many other consumers who do not watch the game.

Among the corporate no-shows this year are Pepsi, FedEx, General Motors and GE. Pepsi decided to focus on a social media driven cause communications program that will solidify grass roots appreciation for the brand and the company.

Exceptions to Super Bowl Commercials

However, according to Tantillo during an interview, on occasion a commercial during the big game does makes sense, because there are always exceptions to the rule.

This year’s exception is college football star and NFL prospect Tim Tebow. He will be featured in a commercial that indirectly addresses the issue of abortion. The spot is sponsored by Focus on the Family, a Christian organization, and it showcases pro-life values and tells the story about his mother’s decision to disregard medical advice to terminate her pregnancy. The commercial has generated considerable discussion and a growing wave of controversy even before it has been seen by the public.

“This kind of ad works with a large television audience,” said Tantillo, “because it is not trying to brand a product. Instead, it addresses an issue with a specific viewpoint that makes people think, discuss and debate before and after the commercial has been seen.”

The Marketing Doctor has just published People Buy Brands—Not Companies, and in his book he cites several examples that explain the misnomer about the power of Super Bowl advertising.

TV Advertising Frequency

Tantillo said that not every person watches the game. If money is spent wisely to reach audiences that are watching other programs during game time, Tantillo concludes that the important 18-49 demographic could be doubled. He also indicated that a $3 million campaign can generate higher sales if it is used more effectively to purchase 600 30-second television commercials in the New York market or 800 30-second spots in Los Angeles rather than one commercial during the Super Bowl. This, he said, takes advantage of the marketing and advertising rule of frequency of message.

As president of the Marketing Department of America, Dr. Tantillo also knows a lot about personal branding. He has more than 5,000 Facebook friends and many others who follow his blogs.…

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