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dog blog: school

hello, it is Felix, the intelligent blogging dog.

My sister is involved in a community called Cool Dog Group on Facebook. She says that this is where fellow dog lovers, like herself, can post pictures of their dogs. She says I have been a hit, and I now have the confidence to blog.

My brother and sister are now back at their respective schools, so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss my schooling experiences.

I started school 1 year ago. My sister took me to a very strange looking female with a monotonal voice. She assumed I was unintelligent, which is utterly untrue, so I sat in the water bowl until it was over.

Then mother decided to take me to a new puppy school. Nobody likes moving schools, dogs included. Whilst this school, which they called Puppy School (oh please, I am not a Puppy I am a Dog), was a lot better than the other school, they put be in the Beginners class. Just because I refused to sit, didn’t mean I CAN’T sit, I just didn’t want to. For gods sake, we were on a MUDDY OVAL and I have WHITE FUR! So I just ate the mud, peed in the water bowl and took on buff looking dogs instead.

As you could assume, my favourite part of this ‘Puppy School’ was home time. I would help my mother steer us home (she didn’t enjoy that, but I did) and then jump into my sisters arms and get cuddles.

I eventually learnt how to sit, down and go. My Aunty taught me that, and I listened because I actually liked her.

I guess you could use my schooling experiences as an example of the homeschool vs school school debate (I am just going to drop the Puppy bit). It may depend on the individual as to who is best. I preffered to learn in a more relaxed, clean and loving environment, but the other dogs I met prefered the public and intense schooling environment.

If my sister ever gets a dog, I will tell him of my life and experiences. I am sure that she would home school him too, as she knows how well it worked for me.
Please enjoy a photo of me in a school themed tie. At the time of this photo, I thought it was humorous that I looked like my brother. He resembles a rat too…

Good afternoon,

Felix x

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Media 1 Lecture 6

Project Brief 3 is coming along really well- I have knuckled down and I am on my way to exporting something that I am happy with.

Amongst things, this weeks Lectorial was based around Media as a form of research. We were lucky enough to have Aimee Saunders come and speak to us about all things research-y and media-y. I did in fact use the skills she taught us straight after the lecture to find some articles for my Pop Culture group presentation.
Which leads me to the other element of Lectorial 6- collaboration…
Rachel talked to us about collaboration; the pros, the cons and everything inbetween. I never used to be a fan of collaboration at school; I always ended up in a group with the kids who didn’t want a bar of the whole education thing. But I have been quite blessed so far at Uni- I have met some amazing people who are just as passionate about Media as I am and I KNOW that we will be a legendary collaborative team. In the past 6 weeks, we have brainstormed and developed ideas, as well as establishing life-long friendships and networks.

The word collaboration seems to linger in my head, and after a while, becomes part of a phrase from Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby... I probably get way too excited hearing the world collaboration now but I’ll just leave the link hear and let your brain make the associations anyway!

SONG OF THE WEEK

Monday was a stressful day…
It was 11.50am and I was just about to go and do a practical exercise for media 1…But alas, the pre-sale tickets were just about to go on sale!
I followed my group outside; camera bag in one hand and my iPhone with the Ticketek mobile page up in the other… 11:51, 11:52, 11:53, 11:54…getting shaky now…11:55, 11:56, 11:57…nerves really kick in…11:58, 11:59…REFRESH… no tickets.
Damn.
I patiently waited 10 minutes- the length of the expiry time on the Ticketek online shopping carts. I then tried again…BANG- all of a sudden, I AM GOING TO FLEETWOOD MAC!

I was bought up on Gold 104.3. My parents took my brother and I to see B52s at ‘A Day on the Green’ and then to Spandau Ballet in 2010. Whilst it took me a few years to realise how awesome the music from my parents generation actually is, I appreciate it now and that is all that matters!
This weeks ‘Song of the Week’ is a Gold 104.3 classic and makes a notable appearance on my “Most Favourite Songs Ever” playlist (which is like the Triple J Hottest 100, but a hell of a lot better).
It combines strange noises, animals and marching bands with catchy and meaningful lyrics- so it is pretty much like the musical version of a happy meal and is the one song that I am looking the most forward to hearing live

But there is something about this song that just keeps me coming back for more- this song must be listened to for a minimum of 3 times in a row.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.
This weeks ‘Song of the Week’ is ‘Tusk’ by Fleetwood Mac… ENJOY!!! (3+ times in a row)

Also stay tuned for my Saturday Spotlight on Fleetwood Mac in the coming months!

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: THE BLACK KEYS

The Black Keys, to me, are like tea to an old lady- one serve a day is never enough.
The duo have been around for over a decade, producing insanely catchy songs like “Lonely Boy” and most recently “Fever”.
Last year, just after the announcement of the BluesFest lineup, I secured front row seats to see them live at Margaret Court Arena in April. But on Monday, I was distraught to discover that they needed to cancel their Australian tour due to injury.
Man I was NOT a happy girl, but despite the cancellation, my love for The Black Keys will continue to grow and grow and grow and grow. Their music, a combination of soul, blues and alternative rock is sure to satisfy you this saturday, and every other day of the week, month, year, decade, century and beyond.

Here are 5 songs that I absolutely adore and recommend you downloading as soon as you possibly can- but lets be honest you will just end up buying all their albums anyways…

1. Too Afraid to Love You– Brothers (2010)

This song is so so beautiful. The subtle howl of the wind in conjunction with the harpsichord creates haunting undertones, emphasising the emotions communicated through the lyrics. I love this song, it has so much depth and the mood is perfect for those grey-skied days.
Skip forward to 1:00 on video for the beginning of the song

2. Little Black Submarines– El Camino (2011)

This song is one of my favourite songs of all time. It starts off as this beautiful guitar/vocal number and builds up to a killer ending.
I can’t even put into words how much I love this song, you sing along and delve deep into the lyrics and then to an amazing drum solo- all in 4 minutes and 11 seconds- brilliant

3. Fever– Turn Blue (2013)

LOVE LOVE LOVE- this song is just ahhh. Dan’s voice is my weakness, and this song makes me so weak I have to wait a few minutes to regain control over my body. The song starts to get really incredible in the last minute and a half, when the emotions of the song really start to seep through- the smooth vocals, killer drum/guitar instrumental break and then ending the song with a wallowing bass line that somehow always gives me goosebumps.
It is also one of my favourite music videos- clever, entertaining and uncomfortable all in one!

4. Weight of Love– Turn Blue (2013)

I have a newfound love for listening to records in their chronological song order- start to finish, over and over again. ‘Weight of Love’ is the first track on the album, Turn Blue, and it is one of my favourite album-opening songs. It starts as an instrumental piece and morphs into a classic-Black Keys drum-guitar-killer vocals spectacular. Oh and there is an awesome guitar solo and little bass bits in addition to the already smooth bass line This song is sure to get you feeling feels.
AND it goes for 6.50- have I lured you in yet?
ALSO music video link from one hit song to the next- yesssss

5. Lonely Boy– El Camino (2011)

A song that is known to all- and has even been performed on the spoons by a lovely country lady
Its an all time fave and deserves to be linked to you 🙂

ALL TIME FAVOURITE
I remember listening to The Black Keys for the first time, falling fast in love with the knee-weakening voice of Dan Auerbach. Tighten Up was the first track to make its way onto my iPod and the play-count grew quickly. The music video is adorable, the track is spectacular and it will forever be one of my all-time favourite songs.

The Black Keys may have broken my heart with the cancellation of their show, but all it took was the opening note of one of their songs and I instantly forgave them.
Hopefully they reschedule their shows, but in the meantime, I’ll continue to watch their live performances and sing my heart out to Lonely Boy in the shower.

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Dear Future Me…

Dear Future Me,

Here are 5 things I hope you are good at, are, can do or have done now you have completed your Bachelor of Communications (Media) degree

1. Blogging– I hope you now know how to include your strange humour, awkward metaphors and musical taste into a post that audiences actually want to read
2. Work Placement– and a cool one. I hope you have used those superb nagging skills to your advantage! (you know, the ones that drive mum and dad crazy)
3. Have found your media niche– I know that when you were 18 and barely even a uni student, you dreamt of being in radio and/or doing something music related. Whether you are still eager to continue down that path or not, I hope you have found where you belong in the media industry
4. Feel confident and proud– of the work you produce, have produce and plan to produce
5. Become a media practitioner– and an all rounded one. I hope your film and screen production background has some other little media friends to play with on your skills list

Until we meet, future Me, I shall strive to seize every opportunity that this degree, and my networks developed through his degree, throws at me and I shall seek to take risks in an attempt to develop new skills and discover hidden talents (not juggling, we both know I cant juggle)

Catch you on the flip side,

India

The first of many…

Post number 1, more to come… in time

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