Thursday, March 23, 2017

Marshall Amp Heads

As I have stated many times, I am not a guitarist. When I was a kid, I dabbled a bit - as most kids do, most kids do - but I found bringing thunder was more to my liking. I do know, of course, that a good amplifier is a must for any serious guitarist, and that means a good amp head is also a necessity. Luckily, you do not have to spend a fortune to find one. Check out this link:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/marshall-mg100hdfx-guitar-amp-head
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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Cultural Relevancy of Memes

The Cultural Relevance of Memes in the Digital Age
The Cultural Relevance of Memes
Recently slandered as a "memer," I wondered about the cultural relevancy of such a form - as meming is definitely a force for social change and expression in the Digital Age. I consider memes relevant enough to Cyberculture to post here, and many in Academia agree with my assessment. 

"Essentially a 'meme' is a unit of culturally transmissible information," according to one such scholar. Credited to Richard Dawkins, the word now represents the product of a significant portion of Netizens who caption and/or modify images for online distribution. These pictures are usually socially or culturally relevant because they reference current events, politics, and newsworthy elements - especially those concerning Cyberculture.

However, as further proof of their influence, some memes create their own social and cultural relevance: Their popularity gives rise to trends, pidgin languages, dialects, communities, and more. The majority of these communities, and people affected, appear to be the most coveted demographics: The youngest age groups (13-17 and 18-34).

Memes have become socially relevant to the point that institutions such as The Smithsonian have noticed their importance and influence. I include memes here for many reasons, but mostly to record trends in Cyberculture.


© Copyright 2017, The Cyberculturalist


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saxophones

It may just be me, but it seems a lot of people forget traditional instruments when music is discussed these days. The pervasive image of a four person band with electric guitars has replaced that of the orchestra and big band, which featured far more instruments. Instruments like saxophones, trombones, and flutes are still played of course, and variations of all grades can be found at http://www.wwbw.com/Saxophones.wwbw for competitive prices - from those used by students to those used in concerts. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Digital Geneva Convention and PewDiePie

Fascism as Political Correctness
Fascism as PC - a Tool of War
While Microsoft called for a "Digital Geneva Convention" in which they intend to urge websites and organizations to remain neutral in Cyberspace warfare, it comes a few years too late - to say nothing of the fact that existing legislation already criminalizes the behavior to which MS is referring.

Further legislation may be necessary, but let us not forget how that has worked-out in the past (it hasn't for Netizens - it generally never has in any field or regard, except for large organizations such as Microsoft). In fact, Precedent for prosecutions and Civil rulings
in cases involving Cybercrime already exist, and are based on current laws - The Cyberculturalist has covered many of these.

This call for a Digital Geneva Convention also comes hot on the heels of news that PewDiePie's show was canceled following a stunt in which paid detractors claim he targeted Jews in an "Anti-Semitic" prank. The timing cannot be discounted, as PewDiePie is unlikely to have faced such harsh retaliation had he "targeted" Muslims or white people, and a recently passed Congressional Bill seeks to outlaw any and all criticism of Israel on US campuses.

Targeting civilians, especially activists and activist organizations, and gangstalking them has been the defacto behavior of these paid cyberassassins for many years now, and calling for an end to this type of behavior is hardly a defensive measure. Calling for an end to legislation that allows such behavior, and protects the actors involved, is where Microsoft should start. Microsoft's request is just more politics in a world (and cyberspace) that is being increasingly politicized by companies such as Google and Microsoft.

If Microsoft is serious about deterrence, it is on the frontline of defense, as Windows remains the most-used OS on planet Earth - it certainly doesn't need users' permission to boost consumer protection, and protecting (or defending) consumers who depend on your product is not an offensive move (despite what Pro-Israeli lobbyists, Pro-Israeli organizations, and similar - if not like-minded - terrorists claim).

Digital Geneva Convention aside, responsibly providing safe software is Microsoft's job, and consumers have the right to certain expectations when it comes to using said product - such as the reasonable expectation that use of a product(s) will not invite such agents or attacks, nor compromise privacy and personal security.

Microsoft cannot deliver on such reasonable expectation, so this "Digital Geneva Convention" is really a call to organize a think tank to develop, then lobby for the passing of, US legislation which absolves corporations such as theirs of responsibility (retroactively).


© Copyright 2017, The Cyberculturalist


Monday, January 30, 2017

Fake News and the Technology of War

Silent Weaponry Used on Civilians
Silent Weaponry
Given the current political climate and state of society, it is time we discuss the many methods of war, and the technology used. Much of it can be traced back to the early 20th-Century, but a lot of the "silent weaponry" in use today (mostly on civilians) appears to have been developed in the 1960s-1970s.

The OddBlog is publishing a trove of information regarding this, as well as the methods used, as much of it is at the center of a massive counter-intelligence operation. The term "conspiracy theorist" was coined by the CIA in 1967 to discredit whistleblowers and investigators, so a lot of it better befits the theme of that blog.

We will also be discussing the connections to Project: Orion, Operation(s): Sunshine, Operation: Paperclip, and Project: Deep Sleep. We will eventually discuss Project: Mockingbird. All of this appears to be related to The Space Race.

The author of this post does not suffer from delusional or suicidal thoughts, nor does he engage in any habits or hobbies that would result in sudden death. He has no medical conditions which would result in death.


© Copyright 2017, The Cyberculturalist


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Guitar Center Ohio

As a former musician myself, I know first-hand how expensive musical equipment can be. In fact, I am always on the lookout for inexpensive drums and percussion -related gear. I do not purchase much of it due to financial constraints, but I keep an eye out for good deals. Unfortunately, there is no music shop close to me currently, so I must shop online.

The guitar center columbus ohio offers is a great place to shop for affordable instruments and gear. When shopping for items such as these, it is always better to be able to actually test them out before committing to a purchase.