On Tuesday I received an email from Anvilcloud
saying I've been tagged here.
Having never been tagged, it took me a second to discover just what a fellow's supposed to do! (Only been blogging since November here, I'm kinda new!!) So once I figued it out, it was like... "Wow, I'm involved!! Woo hoo!!"
So, here are my answers to the following questions. At the end is a list of subsequent tags - just to keep things interesting!
From Anvilcloud's "A Good Tag"
1: Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?
That all depends. I firmly believe that shows like Psycho just wouldn't have the same effect in colour. In fact, with respect to that show in particular, a colourized version would give something away. We'd all realize that the "blood" in the shower scene was simply... can you guess?? Yup, chocolate pudding! Somehow it just wouldn't be the same...
I remember watching the wizard of Oz in my wee years. Even then, the black and white scenes had far more effect on me than the colour ones.
Black and white is an excellent "effect" in modern film because it allows for the impression of "back then", or "nostalgia".
Anything filmed with the intention of depicting "current" times, I would enjoy far more in colour.
2: What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?
That's a toughie... anyone who knows me knows I can, and do chat... about almost anything!
3: MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?
Now THAT'S a question I can answer in multiple parts! Excellent.... here we go...
MP3s - Although small, convenient and modern, the "convenience" factor is the only one I can think of off hand. Most MP3 files I've listened to don't even come close to the fidelity of a high-quality CD recording, or Vinyl for that matter.
CDs - Pretty much a standard across the board - everyone has them, knows what they are and for the most part anywhere you go , you can accommodate the format. An all-round excellent format, I'd say.
TAPES - Cassettes have a special place in my heart only because I grew up with them. When I first started DJing, it was very common to buy the records and transfer them to cassette because it was a far more convenient format for "on the road" production. It also kept us DJ types from getting lazy... CDs and digital formats do that. One of the greatest challenges as a DJ was to do a show of 50s and 60s music (generally 2 and 3 minute songs) on 90 minute cassettes. The REWIND time alone was the challenge factor. I knew fellows who would sport up to four or five tape decks just so they could have a few songs ready to go while they cued up successive tracks! Inconvenient, but they allow me to play MY music in the van!
RECORDS - By far, nothing I've heard matches the sound quality of GOOD vinyl on a decent sound system. If the record is clean, free from scratches and such, you are hard-pressed to match the "warm" tones and extremely high fidelity. When CDs first came on the market and everyone was google-eyed over a DDD recording, I was thinking the whole process made the recording sound false somehow... almost too "clean" I mean, what's Stairway to Heaven without crackle and pop overtones??
4: You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?
Absolutely not. There are things in this world that money can't buy. This includes, but is not limited to "family, friends, everyone".
5: Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?
Just one? That's tough. One that happens to be close to my heart right now is food. The quality of our food is poor. Just this summer I had the opportunity to speak with a farmer friend of mine. He's in his 80s and is so very excited about the newly developed "pesticide-ready canola". The poison is IN the plant's gene. No need for spraying. It's made true the saying "food is for selling, not eating."
6: How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?
It's idealistic at this point, and probably too little, too late. If given the power, I would enforce "organic only" food production.
7: You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?
The question then becomes: "If I change this one thing, will I end up in the same place?" I dunno... life's pretty good, I'd say. I suppose, given the choice, I would choose, earlier in life, to strive for more... to "go for gold", as it were.
8: You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?
I wonder what would be the result of sidestepping the great wars?
9: A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole Opry: which do you choose?
The Opera, I expect. No. The Opry. No, wait... the Opera... *sigh*
10: What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?
Hmm... a crime of passion, I expect. I'd like to know who made women more intelligent than men. (I'm sure this comment will strike a match somewhere!)
11: One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?
No contest. Sarah Eaton, and I would serve... meat.
12: You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky - what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?
Celebrate immorality? The first thing I would do? Write a song that expresses the fact that we don't need such a revelation to celebrate immorality.
Seeing as AC tagged Gina, PBS, Me, and EC., I figure it's only fitting that I pass it on. (This is Soooo "chain letter"!) Of course, as tradition holds, you need not reply, I'm simply curious what these folks might come up with.