Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Been Tagged

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.

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Granny said...

Dave - you haven't taken a look at granny lately have you?

I picked it up from Tina (fuzzy and blue) and Julian B. and posted it a couple of days ago.

Good answers.

We almost all seem to agree on the butterfly effect and you and I both mentioned Psycho. Hitchcock had thought about filming the movie in black and white except for the shower scene (or so I've heard). I'm glad he didn't. Not because of the special effect though; I just think his use of black and white was more frightening because it was low key.

Granny said...

P. S.

I never tag people specifically but if you ever see a meme on granny, feel free to chime in. I put them out there for one and all.

Anvilcloud said...

When you were expounding on tapes, I wondered about 8-track which weren't mentioned. I don't think I ever had more than one or two, but the continuous loop was probably a good idea.

Re. vinyl: I remember thinking, when CDs first came out, that vinyl would be with us always. About two months later, they seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. I now hear rumblings about CDs being gone in five years.

Granny said...

I liked the 8 tracks except for the bulk. Forerunner of the cd in a way. We didn't have to run the cassette all the way through to find one song.

Turtle Guy said...

Wow, thoughts on 8-tracks... well, my first criticism was always that annoying occurence of my favourite song being "split" between 2 tracks! Bulky they were, however robust!

When I took Radio Broadcasting in the early 90s, we used to put all of our commercials on "carts" which were glorified 8-tracks. The neat thing about them was that they would always reset to the beginning - ready to go for the next play.

Sarah Elaine said...

Dave, you're hilarious!

I am NOT a famous authour, you goofball! But thanks for thinking of me!

As for being tagged... see my blog post of Nov. 15, 2005. ;-)

Andrea said...

oohh this will need some thinking. hmm. I will get this done and tell you when I do. This is a tag I have actually not done yet.

wthenrest said...

Wow! These are some heavy duty questions. I have never really had a God complex so I think I better give this some thought. lol I agree Sarah is the most famous author I know. Oh! that reminds me I better get her to John Henry my book before she gets too famous!!

Tiffany said...

This is a great tag! The ones I usually get (on Xanga) are a bit more mundane, although fun nevertheless. You just never know what someone's childhood favorites were or what weird habits they have!

Misty said...

Your blog, however late my reading of it, kept me in stiches and paying attention.

Very thoughtful answers to some simple, but broad-ranging topics that are revealing about true character.

I have a passion for Musica and Movies, so your answer regarding preference on Music Formats, will spark a longer response...

I too thought about the 8 Track, remembering the "Road Trips" each summer with my father, since he ordinarily chose older vehicles. They were pretty cool, like I was part of an era.

I do not believe in replacing the old with the new (with respect to "Formats").

Similiar to music, I find myself kind of an old soul now with the threat of the VHS Movies.

Although I own far too many VHS Movies to "replace" them with DVDs - the practical side of it is not what is holding me back.

Although I appreciate the "no rewind" feature of both CDs and DVDs, specific to DVDs, my trouble is that they are generally Widescreen.

I prefer watching a larger picture on my 24" Flat Screen TV, that comes with the Full Screen feature of VHS.

Although similiar to cassettes, the VHS's over time do become riddled with static, I have to admit for new movies that come out that I'm likely to watch several times - my classics, I prefer DVD for the quality over time.

A little modern too then, I guess.

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