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  1. You're that guy who I couldn't get a kill ONCE on Stronghold! Well....welcome back
  2. *Faze talking about Megasubbie* "My subblett's becoming a big boy!"
  3. "Cunt! She tried to flash me whilst I'm trying to protect her from the bootie bandit!" @Megasubbie
  4. Teach me your ways of surfing o' great one.
  5. Recent schematics of the Iphone 8 all seem to be pointing to a vertical camera with the flash in between both cameras... Great. I love traffic lights. Also rumors spreading around that Apple has only a few months to figure out how to implement their touch ID into the OLED display before manufacturing but it's not looking hopeful. They may just have to remove it completely and introduce facial recognition which is bullshit. Even some schematics have a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone which just adds to the goofy look tbh. Bottom line is I'm probably making the switch to Android in the near future if Apple can't pull this off.
  6. If you run into someone you know and they say "we should hang out sometime", say "I'm ready to hang out now" and watch them panic.

  7. *On call with Comcast* Woman: Please state, in a few words, the reason you have called us today Zero: I want BROADBAND :DD
  8. In light of the new song from Psy, it feels appropriate to discuss what it means to be “original” in music, seeing that “Gentleman” is causing polarizing responses due to its “Gangnam Style Part 2” nature. It’s not uncommon for K-Pop idols to be accused of having the same song as some other artist. It should be duly noted though that such claims lead to next to no fanfare beyond the bout of fan-war commonplace among internet denizens. When it comes to idols copying themselves, as in the case of Psy and more famously the group Super Junior, the reactions are much more mixed in intensity. This however, leads to the basis for more serious arguments against the validity of K-pop as a genre, whose platform rests on the idea that K-pop is just a form of borrowed and repetitious pop music, with bright lights, plastic doll visuals, and of course, understated sensuality. For this accusation to be true, it is one of deep dark insecurities that pretty much every K-pop fan has (myself included!). There are two general ways that (usually foreign) fans deal with this issue: one, they deny that they listen to the mainstream music and focus on the supposed 'true' artists (usually the examples are BTS, Big Bang, 2NE1, GOT7, Blackpink etc.) or two, they degrade the genre as a whole by asserting that they’re only there for the entertainment value and pretty faces and that they listen to real western music the rest of the time. Sure, you could live by that disposition and be absolutely fine, but why should we relegate something that earns billions of won a year and has dozens of people devoting their lives to it to nothing more than a distraction? This especially is disconcerting as there's lots of people who find the product meaningful enough that they would spend some of their time and/or money devoted to it. Why should any one artist, or any one genre, in this case, K-pop, be inferior to another if they all have followers? Why should we downplay someone else’s taste? Though we can review artists’s material in the context of musical theory, or critique them under a particular set of rules, assumptions, and personal preferences, music fundamentally cannot be given an arbitrary label of superiority or inferiority. Music, I would argue, has one and only one goal. Recognition. Often times, to gain that recognition songs actually have to sound nearly the same. To understand this, we first need to look at what musical recognition is on a technical level. For that, here’s a video that can explain the technicalities much better than I (TLDR skip to 6:21) Basically, what Michael is trying to say is that humans, in general, tend to gravitate towards the same kinds of songs and lyrics. The human ear recognizes a limited set of pleasing sounds, common cords, and melodic structures, and that is what people like as a whole. Too much “experimentation” loses audiences, who then promptly return to what is familiar. Take SNSD’s “I Got A Boy,” where we have a conglomeration of styles that completely sends the song formula out the window, and what do we get? We get people that don’t really like the song. I’m not insinuating that we should write the same song over and over, but there is definitely some sense of familiarity that we seek. If it’s not there, we don’t listen. On the flip-side, groups also seem to receive backlash for not sounding “original,” or “unique” enough, which is actually ironic given the above. First of all, no song is truly unique, but we’ll ignore that here. Admittedly, a lot of K-pop finds its roots in European styles, and it’s not surprising that well, K-pop sounds somewhat European. Is that necessarily wrong? I don’t think so. Korean Pop will always be Korean so long as it’s lyrics are in Korean, it’s sung by Koreans, and is sold as Korean. The roots are irrelevant, because the central audience is Korean, and what they appreciate is undoubtedly Korean when the three conditions are met. More often than not, there is some Korean stylistic element that makes a song Korean pop as opposed to a song for say, the Backstreet Boys. So the real inquiry should be, “Where is the line drawn between ‘boring’ and ‘familiar?’” Why does this occur? It really comes down to knowing how to succeed at using the formula — pop music in general is really all about maximizing it. Give people the familiarity they need, and then layer elements that will force people to take note of the song beyond the formulaic structure. If you produce a song that reminds them of something else through immediate association, the intended audience is not going to consume it to the same extent. This is all just my opinion, feel free to disagree with me -Alex
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