Monthly Archives: February 2016

There is an Art to Asking

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The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

A few years back, I saw a brilliant TED talk by Amanda Palmer.

It resonated with me and struck a chord with viewers all over the world. I don’t think she even realized how big the movement would become. It even spawned this book of the same title. It was a great read and I recommend you picking it up.

I can identify with what Palmer writes about the Fraud Police. She keeps expecting them to come and call her out. I have felt the same way in my life. It’s so easy for people to doubt your art. There will always be people who feel that what you create isn’t art, or even worse, that you are not an artist.

Palmer’s advice, “You’re an artist when you say you are. And you are a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.”

Believe it or not, the TED talk came before the book. Palmer mentions the process a lot here. It was cool to read all of the behind the scene stuff leading up to the talk and what happened afterwards.

I also like how Palmer believes that a gift must always move. She tells the origin of this belief and some great stories about how that can work.

She believes music should be free. She encourages sharing, burning, torrenting, and downloading. But she leaves her hat out and asks. She doesn’t want to force people to pay but simply asks for help.

I also love her idea of Ninja-gigs, spur of the moment free concerts that encourage collaboration and participation. I am going to try and do a few of those this year. Be ready!

Amanda Palmer closes off the book with a playlist of songs mentioned in the book.

I made a lot more notes while reading this. I already posted once or twice about this concept as well. It’s such a great idea!

Happy Reading and Creating!

My List of 2016 Reads – a detailed reading log continually updated

Women Heroes in the Comics

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Star Wars – Princess Leia

This comic takes place just after the events in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

Princess Leia’s homeworld has been destroyed. But there are all sorts of survivors of Alderaan that need guidance and leadership. Unfortunately, The Empire wants to see them all destroyed, especially Princess Leia.

This was a great mini-series spanning 5 comic book issues.

Ms Marvel Vol 1 No Normal

Ms. Marvel Volume 1 – No Normal

Kamala Khan is a Muslim who struggles with her family’s faith and the demands of being a teenager in this day and age. She sneaks out of the house to go to a party, but everything backfires on her. She gets teased for her heritage and didn’t win the points she thought she would with her friends and peers.

Several blocks get covered in a strange fog. perhaps it was the Terrigen Mist. Whatever it was, Khan is transformed. She looks like Ms. Marvel has has miraculous new abilities. She is still able to transform back to her normal self as well.

Ms Marvel Vol 2

Ms. Marvel Volume 2 – Generation Why

Wolverine teams up with the new Ms. Marvel in this issue. They are similar in a number of ways and make a perfect tag-team. She likes to fight her own battles and has a healing power too.

She’s begun to figure exactly how it works too. It turns out that she can heal only when she refrains from using her morphing abilities. It also requires her to eat a lot to capture the energy needed to do so.

She thought she was a mutant, but Wolverine suspects that she is an Inhuman. After their successful mission, he contacts some of his Inhuman friends. Medusa then sends Lockjaw to be her companion. Who wouldn’t love an over-sized super-hero dog?

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Ms. Marvel Volume 3 – Crushed

Being Muslim means that there are strict protocols in place when it comes to companionship. Kamala disregards them and lets herself be swept up in her first crush.

Things don’t end so well in the relationship department for her, however. But it is a great tale of first romance, the difficulties of maintaining faith despite romantic feelings, and the trouble of balancing a secret super-hero life with regular family life.

I have really enjoyed the first three trade paperbacks of Ms. Marvel. It’s always nice to see great female super-hero characters. The stories are great and the art compliments the feel of the book perfectly.

It is a great read and one that I highly recommend.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual and continually updated reading log

 

Campus Radio is a Jewel for the Community

CHRW is a JewelAs you know, I have a radio show on 94.9 CHRW. I just celebrated the 200th episode of the show and I couldn’t have done it with the support of Western University and the airwaves on which to broadcast.

My show has given me access to all sorts of musicians and celebrities. I have interviewed some of my favourite artists and even talked to Olympic Champions on the air.

The station gives back to the diverse community by offering programming in a variety of different languages.

There are close to 170 students who freely give their time to host programs, do the news, cover the university sporting events,  and work behind the scenes in the technical realm. There are nearly as many community volunteers or alumni still donating their time and expertise to the station as well.

Some of our volunteers have moved on to prominent positions in the media as well. Kevin Newman now works for CTV. Daniel Shulman moved on to TSN and ESPN directly from CHRW. Stephen Brunt writes for the Globe and Mail. Adrienne Arsenault is a familiar face on CBC. And that it just the tip of the iceberg.

Our hosts regularly give their time to fundraising efforts in the community. We champion for the students of Western University and deliver relevant and timely content to everyone within listening range, and the entire world through online streaming and archived shows.

We play a lot of local artists and support Canadian talent every single week. The music landscape in London, Ontario is rich and diverse, and we celebrate that wholeheartedly.

The radio station relies on donations during its annual pledge week to maintain its costs of operation. However, the main source of funds comes from a student levy that sees every student contributing $13 to CHRW. 94% of our funding comes from this fee.

In my humble opinion, this is a very small price to pay for such a jewel. We need local programming on the radio and on television. Local TV is facing a crisis right now when it comes to original and news programming. We don’t want to see our voice on the radio dial shrink or, even worse, be silenced.

What you can do!

    • Take to Social Media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other sites you use to tell people how important CHRW is to you.
    • Go to the Budget Presentation and USC Motion on Wednesday February 24th at 6:00 p.m. (Room 269C, UCC, Western University Campus)
    • Contact the Student Council and let them know how you feel.
    • Listen to the station and share online that you do!

Thank you for being on this musical journey with me for the past four years. Let’s fight to keep our station viable and broadcasting for the good of the students, the community, and the university at large.

Much appreciated!

Give It Away–Pass the Hat

Pass the HatI have been blogging for eight years now. I freely give away all of my content, and have never thought about placing an ad on the site.

My radio show is on a university campus and although I put tons of work into it, I never see a dime.

Give It Away

I do what I love and am happy to share it with all of you.

If you see a value in what I do, you can throw a few dollars my way. It’s time I passed the hat around to my listeners and readers. Don’t feel obliged to either. Let’s both work out of a place of gratitude.

Pay What You Want

Amanda Palmer works pretty much the same way with her music. Here is her story.

I uploaded the song, for free download, along with my jubilant blog, and, for the first time, I put out my virtual hat. I asked the fans to pay whatever they wanted for the song. Some took it for free, some paid a dollar, some paid a hundred dollars in a gesture of symbolic congratulations It worked. 

I decided at that moment . . . that I would try to make things as freely available as I could. I would encourage sharing, burning, torrenting, and downloading. But I would leave my hat out, I would ask, and I would work from a place of gratitude if people stepped up to help. . .

I didn’t want to force people to help me. I wanted to let them. 

Ninja Gigging

As soon as the weather gets nicer and we welcome the spring, I will be bringing the show on the road. I plan to bring my DJ gear out and encourage rappers, fellow DJs, and musicians to create spur-of-the-moment public concerts with me.

Ninja gigs as always free, always all-ages, and never announced more than a day in advance. There is no advertising: only Internet posts and word of mouth. People are encouraged to bring instruments, cameras, children, pets, or whatever else they can think of, and there’s no official end time or shape to the event. 

My Hat is Out!

Here’s my hat, please consider making a donation if you appreciate the words I write, the community radio that I do, and if you’d like to help a starving artist out.

I spent a lot of time putting together the radio show and mixtapes I freely share with you. Every minute of my time is volunteer. if you like what you hear, please pay what you can for downloading or streaming it.

Donate via PayPal or click the banner below.

Thanks!

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Scratching with The Champ

Last month, I had the honour of spinning with some amazing DJs at a private scratch session.

Chase March, T-Jr, Gamma Krush

Here I am with DJ T-jr, and Gamma Krush.

DJ Scratch Session

And the man in the blue shirt, our gracious host, was non other than the DMC World Champion, DJ Vekked.

DJ Team-work

We all rocked vinyl battle records and scratched for hours.

DMC Champ DJ Vekked

Gotta love the champ’s shirt, “Real DJs talk with their hands.”

Multiple DJ rigs

There are DJ communities that regularly hold these type of scratch sessions. It was the first one I ever attended, but it definitely won’t be the last.

Here is DJ Vekked’s award winning routine from last year!

I am still in awe of what he did in this video and the fact that I got to kick it with him live for an afternoon and see him work his turntable magic in person.

Why You Should Always Ask for Advice

This is a great video to share with your students.

I know many students who are afraid to ask questions in class. They stay quiet and struggle with their work, or worse yet, they don’t do the work at all.

It’s always best to build a culture of learning in the classroom that allows our students to feel comfortable not knowing something. It’s okay to ask questions, of your peers, and of your teacher.

I do my best to admit, publicly, in class when I don’t know something or when I have made a mistake. I hope this role-modelling will teach my students that it is okay not to know. It’s okay to ask for help. We all need it some time.

I just discovered this animated YouTube series and there are lots of great videos with educational material in them. Well worth checking out.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – now coming at you on the 3rd Tuesday of each month

Happy Valentine’s Day, My Love!

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This is the second Valentine’s Day that I have had with my beautiful, amazing, and thoughtful girlfriend. I mixed this collection of songs with love just for her.

Diana, you make my life so much better. Thank you for your friendship and your love.

I hope you enjoy this mix!

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You can download this mixtape for your listening pleasure,

or stream it with the player below.

Would you like a customized mixtape just for you or your loved one? I promise you that it will be completely one of a kind. Music makes a great gift and you can cherish the mix forever. Order yours now.

If you enjoy this mix, please show your support by clicking on the banner below.

Thank you!

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Know Your History 39 – Women in Hip-Hop (Radio Special)

WIHH 2013This episode of Know Your History, your monthly dose of hip-hop knowledge focuses on some notable Women in Hip-Hop.

We look at the history of the women in hip-hop and feature tracks from Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott, Eve, Rah Digga, Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj, and Angel Haze.

This was part of Women in Hip-Hop 3, our annual special celebrating International Women’s Day.

Our 6th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular is happening in just a few weeks. It will air on DOPEfm March 6th and on Word is Bond Rap Radio on March 8th.

Don’t miss it!

The Amazing Spider-Man is Back!

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 1. The Parker Luck

Doc Ock had control of Peter Parker’s life for nearly two years, but Parker is back now and has a new lease on life. He isn;t taken anything for granted. A lot of things have changed in his absence. He now has a doctorate, his own company, and a girl-friend he doesn’t know about. But perhaps, just perhaps, he is the luckiest guy on the planet.

Spider-Verse

The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 2-3. Spider-Verse

I already wrote about this mega-event here. 

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol 4. Graveyard Shift

A villain has invaded Parker Industries and he is intent on not only destroying the building but also the company. But with all the Spider-Man tech in the building, he is sure to have a fight on his hands.

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Vol. 5 Spiral

This graphic novel collects the special side story that ran in Amazing Spider-Man 16.1 – 20.1. It is a sequel to the Shadowland arc that started in Daredevil and had huge repercussions in the Marvel Universe.

Everyone is trying to establish a strong-hold in the world of crime due to Kingpin’s absence. Black Cat is really angry at Spider-Man for how he treated her when Doc Ock was in control of his body. Peter is still trying to see the good in her and in his super-hero friend, Wraith. But maybe his vision is a little blinded here.

My List of 2016 Reads – my detailed annual reading log

Doctor Who Mixtape 2

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Doctor Who – Mixtape 2 by Chase March

This mixtape is a love letter to one of the best shows on television.

It is the second tape in the series. You can find the first edition here.

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All of the songs fit the theme of the show perfectly, are blended and mixed together so you have 80 minutes of non-stop music and action, and audio clips from show.

You can download the album version that will allow you to skip tracks. You can also burn it to a CD (just remember to select “No Gap” between songs when burning your disc)

Download the album version

Download the mixtape as one MP3 file

Pay What You Can

I spent a lot of time putting this mix together, if you like what you hear, please pay what you can for downloading or streaming it.

Donate via PayPal

Enjoy the Music

I hope you enjoy the mix. Please share this will all of your Whovian Fans!

Allons y!

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Know Your History – The Huge Influence of Rakim

WIB RakimRakim is one of hip-hop’s finest talents. He revolutionized the game with his unique wordplay and multi-syllabic style.

His influence expands well beyond hip-hop as well.

You can hear his voice sampled on dozens and dozens of hip-hop classics. He inspired musicians in pop music and beyond.

I wish I had the time to transcribe this episode like I used to do on the regular. Once again, I am sorry. You’ll just have to press play to hear all the knowledge dropped in this episode.

Press play to be educated and entertained. That’s the goal of this series. And this episode hits hard!

Download KYH Episode 33 – The Huge Influence of Rakim for free or stream it with the player below.

Spider-Verse – The Ultimate Spider-Man Battle

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Spider-Verse 

The Inheritors are an evil family that prey on the essence of Spider-totems. It turns out that there are hundred of Spider-powered super-heroes in different dimensions and realities.

Everyone knows the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker. We also know Miles Morales who took up the mantle when he died. And of course, The Superior Spider-Man who is really Doc Ock trapped inside Peter’s body.

Fortunately for everyone involved, The Superior Spider-Man was drawn into this conflict. They really needed his perspective and leadership to have a fair chance against such a dire threat.

All of the Spider-Men, Spider-Women, and spider-powered animals come together to fight this ultimate battle.

Apparently, the story covers every Spider-Man character that has ever appeared in any media. It was hilarious to see the 1960s animated version of the character make an appearance and really cool to see dozens of the heroes fighting side by side,.

This hardcover edition collects Amazing Spider-Man 7-15, Superior Spider-Man 32-33, Spider-Verse 1-2, Spider-Verse Team-Up 1-3, Scarlet Spiders 1-3, Spider-Woman 1-4, and Spider-Man 2099 6-8.

That is not the complete story, however.

Edge of Spider-Verse

Edge of Spider-Verse

This trade paperback collects five issues of the limited run series. Each story focuses on one of the alternate reality Spider-totems. The highlight of this collection is the one-off Spider-Gwen story.

Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen turned out to be a fan favourite in the Spider-Verse. The public pretty much demanded this series.

In the original story, Peter Parker is surprised to see that Gwen Stacy is still alive in an alternate universe. She died tragically in the original comic years and years ago. As such Peter is very reluctant to put her in danger again.

In her universe, Peter Parker tried to follow her lead and be a hero even though he was never endowed with super-powers. He ended up dying tragically and it has haunted her since she began her quest as a super-hero.

Gwen is a regular teenager in this story and is a drummer for an all girl band. But she is targeted by a few different bad guys and her family gets caught in between.

It was a great read and one that I wish would have continued. Unfortunately, her solo title only spanned five issues.

it was interesting seeing all the different Spider-powered super-heroes. Some were male, some were female, a few were animals, and one was a cartoon.

This was a pretty good event. You can get the main story from the run in Amazing Spider-Man but the companion books really help draw it out and tie up some loose ends.

My List of 2016 Reads – updated all year long with each new title I read

Need the Perfect Gift? My Valentine’s Day Mixtape Service is the Answer!

Valentine's Day Mixtape ServiceDo you need the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone?

Have you been racking your brains trying to find a gift that is meaningful and personal?

Here is the perfect solution.

Give your Valentine a professional mixtape.

I can craft the perfect mix to celebrate your love. All you need to do is give me a few songs that you know your loved one enjoys, a few songs that have meaning to you both, and I will do the rest.

You can fit about 20 songs on a mix CD. If you don’t have 20 songs you’d like to include, give me an idea of the type of music or artists that you want included.

Here is an example of what I did for my girlfriend last year.

Valentine's Day Mix for My Love

Here is another one I did for a past girlfriend for a third anniversary present

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You will get an album version of the mix, with tracks that you can skip and that can be easily burned to CD or uploaded to your phone, MP3 player, or computer.

You can have a professional mix for your loved one this Valentine’s Day or for any special anniversary.

I am offering this service for $70 right now. That’s an amazing price for a gift that is forever. A great mix never gets old and becomes a time capsule of sorts.

Book Your Mixtape Now!

You will get a non-stop mix, full colour CD art, and a digital copy of the project. If you order by Friday, I guarantee that it will be delivered to you via email the day before Valentine’s Day.

Contact Me and let me do all the work!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Chasing Content – The Best of Last February

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back to see what was happening last year at this time on Silent Cacophony.

Read all of the posts from last February, 

or just these favs!

Rap Radio Shines Worldwide

Great hip-hop radio happens every week in places such as Hamilton, Guelph, and Toronto. The shows span from London, Ontario all the way to London, England, and even dip down to Winterpark, Florida. Click through and find out how you can listen to them no matter where you are.

Let’s Influence and Empower Our Students

I finally got around to reading a book by education expert Barbara Coloroso. I like her ideas and uses some of them in my teaching practice. Click through to read what I took away from her work.

How We Can Edit Our Lives

This was another interesting read. Here is a quote from Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life.

“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn’t matter and that humanity has no great purpose. It’s a calling, then, to speak a better story.”

I know that I am determined to live a better story in 2016.

How about you?

Teach Like a Pirate – The 2nd Day of School

I love the ideas that Dave Burgess presents in his book, Teach Like a Pirate. His ideas are far from the traditional, and that is why they work, why they connect with students, and why he is such a successful teacher. I highly recommend trying his techniques in your classroom.

Thank you for Chasing Content with me!

Let’s see what this month has in store. Come back often or subscribe to the feed so you never miss a post.