Be Careful on Social Media.

When I was in HS, my social media presence was on a sports website, Nets 24/7. Thankfully, you needed to be registered and approved by an admin or member to use the site. There was also nothing on there that was embarrassing. Also, by applying to 8 CUNYs, I did not have to worry as much about how I would be perceived by an admissions counselor.
I feel that people who post photos of themselves doing drugs, drinking at a party, dressing provocatively, extending their middle fingers to the camera, or making sexual gestures are very likely to have a hard time being taken seriously. Employers, admissions counselors, professors, potential relations, and others could view you as someone they do not want to associate with.
This past week, a kid who appeared to be a pre-teen ranting over the New York Rangers being eliminated from the NHL Playoffs. In this video, he drops multiple obscenities about the Rangers being unable to advance to the following rounds. A few weeks ago, he had a curse filled rant following a 23-5 Mets loss to the Nationals. For a kid to do a rant like that, which ended up going viral both times, could hurt him in the future. If an employer sees him lose his temper over a team losing a playoff series, he might have a hard time finding a job in 8 years. It also makes his parents look bad, as if they curse non-stop over minor things.
I have learned over the years that one should think very hard before posting something, especially with people getting offended so easily nowadays.

Whole Lotta Time Looking at Screens

Audio

I can remember listening to cassette tapes in the 1990s, listening on a dual cassette player that my parents still have in their kitchen. I got my own boom box in 1999 that had radio, cassette & CD players, which was really cool. It was a birthday gift from a relative. I would listen to the Mets & Radio Disney as a kid.

I had a Sony Walkman that belonged to my older siblings at one point. It did the trick, and lasted a few years. The coolest cassette player I had was the Talkboy, which was used in the movie Home Alone 2.

Around 2002, I got a portable CD player, which I used until 2005. In 2006, I bought a cheap MP3 player from Sandisk to store my music. In 2008, I got a Sandisk Sansa that also held videos, but I never stored videos on it. After one more Sandisk MP3 player, I saved up for an iPod Touch, which I used from about 2010 until I got an iPhone in 2014.

I was never into signing up for CD clubs or streaming services. As a teen, I would download songs from Limewire, but after it got shut down, I used websites that converts YouTube videos into songs.

Right now, I use my iPad & iPhones for music. I still use a radio to listen to New York Mets games, and the occasional Cyclones game I can pick up on WKRB, which is a terribly weak station.


Visual

Like many kids in the 1990s, my parents had a VCR and we had quite a collection of VHS tapes. I did not get into DVDs until 2002, when my brother got a portable DVD player. For my Bar Mitzvah, one of the gifts I got was a portable DVD player. I have since had to replace it with a new one every few years, but I still watch DVDs, as they are good to watch on long bus rides or on the subway. I find it better than running out my cell phone’s battery & data using Netflix.

My parents did not get cable until 2003, so I did not grow up with all the Nickelodeon shows, but we did get Cartoon Network. I used to love watching some of the free on-demand movies, generally classic films.

In 2010, I had to get Netflix for a college class and kept it. Once they went to streaming, I did away with the DVD plan. This past year, I learned that many of the TV Networks offer On-Demand streaming to their customers. I suspended Netflix for a few months to binge on The Simpsons from the FXNow App. I got through 26 seasons of the Simpsons before going back to Netflix.

While I have a DVR, I don’t record many shows on it. I have recorded a handful of shows, watched what I feel like, then delete it. I am not one of those who record a ton of shows not to watch.

The only gaming system I ever owned outside of computer games is a GameBoy Advanced SP, which I play on occasion to this day. I was never into GameCube, PlayStation or xBox. I was turned off by the high prices of games. Most video games I play are on my computer or tablets.

Architecture at Brooklyn College

During the past week, I learned quite a bit about the unique Architecture at Brooklyn College.

A number of years ago, I did some research on the internet into the history of the campus. It all began when I was in the Boylan Cafeteria and I was intrigued by one of the murals near the pizza stand, which I was running at the time. I noticed stairs & archways I had never seen on campus before, as I came to Brooklyn in 2011, when the West Quad was being finished. Someone told me about how they led up a flight of stairs and to the “Upper Quad.”

That led me to research the Upper Quad on my iPad and I found out about the now demolished Plaza Building. That led me to becoming interested in the history of the Brooklyn College campus. During the ensuing weeks, I learned which buildings are the originals and which are the new ones. I learned when certain buildings were built, and which have since been torn down. I also found out when extensions were added to certain buildings, and what plans they have for this campus.

An interesting aspect I learned was one could tell where the entryways from the Upper Quad to James Hall & Roosevelt Hall once existed. A professor showed me a pattern of bricks to pay attention to, as they were slightly different.

Another interesting aspect I discovered in my own research was the rule that prohibits any building on campus from being taller than the clock tower on the Library, which was once referred to as La Guardia Hall, which I saw went through a mass renovation at one point.

I would sometimes go with my fellow members of the Residence Hall to the various buildings on weekends and explore. Ingersoll was interesting for its hidden courtyards, while Roosevelt was flat out creepy, given its many locked stairways, gated areas and converted rooms, all of which lack windows. Eventually, I explored every floor of the campus that I could without setting of alarms or trespassing in restricted areas.

The most interesting thing I learned in class about the campus of Brooklyn College was how James Hall was designed with the energy shortage in mind, leading to its double paned windows. Such a design is clearly not used anymore, as we do not use such designs for out modern buildings.

“I call architecture frozen music.”

“I call architecture frozen music.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I feel that this quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is something I can definitely agree with. Architecture is a form of art like music. It requires a lot of work, needs to be looked over many times before being presented, and it can stand the test of time, like music.

The main difference is, it cannot change. Music can easily be changed by using a different key, a different tempo, or a different instrument. Tunes can also be copied and the lyrics can be changed. Architecture can be changed, but it is not as easy. It would need some time, say, a thawing out period.

Music tells a story, and usually the time in which it is made tells us something about that time. The way something is built can tell us about that time. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, which made sense for the 1970s. In the 2010s, it would not be built like that, as we see how 1 World Trade Center is a more modern building that is not a tall box.

Cut Down on HW Reading

As a young kid, I was hooked on reading. I read so many book series, such as The Bailey School Kids, Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, Children of the Red King & Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Since joining college, I have a reluctance to pick up books and read from them. I believe the amount of reading college professors expect from their students is inordinate. We have so much to do outside of school, it is such a pain to have to read for school so much. Also, after 12 years of Education, some of us are burnt out and are just wishing we could finish college.

Some professors assign stacks of books to read, and after awhile, I realize that much of this is a total waste of time. I can remember stuff I read 5 years ago, but not the stuff I read for school. I feel that college textbooks are too detailed, considering we don’t even cover half the stuff in it.

I took a summer class about TV & Radio Advertising. The Professor gave out slides to reads, plus 7 pages of notes for each segment. The workload was light, I understood what I was learning and did well. I can remember what I learned because it was useful.

Other countries have education systems that are quicker and only require classes that have to do with the major, which cuts down on reading.

Early Printing

After reading what Poe wrote about last week, I have begun to appreciate the development of literature.

As someone born in the 1990s, mass media printing was in it’s peak. Books were being published left & right and book series was a common place item. Books were also affordable, given how cheap it was to make them.

As I grew up during the 2000s, book writing continued to grow, but it slowly thinned down with the advent of Tablet readers. Even though I still prefer to read from a physical book, I do like using electronic books.

The benefit to electronic books is impressive, as I can have numerous pieces of literature on a device that weighs less than a pound. I can also search for phrases, make the font nice & big, highlight and add notes, and so many other things.

There have been some downsides to this, such as libraries closing down due to less & less people attending them. I used to love going through the shelves each Friday to find new & interesting books to read for the weekend. I cannot even remember the last time I went into the NY Public Library and checked out a book (thought some of that can be attributed to me living so close to Brooklyn College’s library.)

Even 70 years ago, books were published and available for people, but the cost was much higher and not many could afford them. Now, new electronic books can cost as low as a dollar.

To what Poe wrote about hundreds of years ago, I have seen it recreated in film, yet I find it very hard to conceptualize growing up with so few books around. I hear about people owning the bible & maybe 10 other books. Just thinking about how a young Abe Lincoln found books to read in Indiana, where many people were poor.

Jesus & Socrates

During this week, I realized that both Jesus and Socrates had different opinions on communications.
Jesus believed that things can be perceived in different ways. How one feels affects how one reads something. Someone with a lot of personal luck is more likely to read it in a positive way. The setting can affect the reading of something. It is almost, in a way, nature vs nurture.
Socrates on the other hand, believes that those who write stuff down will be more likely to remember stuff at a later time by keeping a record of it. This has been proven true countless times, especially in court cases.
Socrates also feel those who are serious about remembering stuff would write it down to ensure accuracy.  Record keeping is a vital asset in his eyes.
It also enlightens us on how different things were. We take so much for granted, as we have been born into a world where detailed records are kept, and can even be kept without much effort.
Even with social media, we see how easy it is to record one’s life events, even the most minute of them. Writing an obituary can be easy if one can view somebody’s Facebook.