Real Life Mario Brothers?

•September 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Parkour is a method of navigation in which the practitioners use only their bodies and surroundings to propel themselves around while maintaining momentum. There have been a number of street parkour artists who have been using their amazing free-running skills to bring a number of video games to life! I have been watching some of the real life adaptations of Mario Brothers, Assassin’s Creed, and Star Wars being performed in such acrobatic ways that it is imperative that I share them! These are just a few examples, there are many others out there waiting to be watched. Explore them as well!

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Indie Junkie Part Deux

•September 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m just going to go ahead and start off by saying that Youtube is awesome. And Google is awesome. This is due to the fact that the majority of the music I have been finding lately has  mostly been discovered through botched attempts at typing into the search bar.

So, a few months ago I decided I wanted Indian food. This, as most of my friends can tell you, is a regular occurence. Chicken tikka masala and I go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s sad how much I like it, really. Anyway, I decided to type in “indian food,” and I kept on seeing these links to Bombay Bicycle Club Indian Restaurant. Much to my disappointment, I discovered that this chain of fast-as-you-can-get-it Indian food was only available in the UK. Hungry, and slightly defeated, I was about to give up my search when suddenly near the bottom of the page I saw a link to a Youtube video titled “Bombay Bicycle Club-Autumn.” Ignoring my growling stomach, I clicked on it and pressed play. My reaction to this was how I normally react when hearing something great that I haven’t heard before: I freaked out (in a good way, no worries). When the song was finished, I did my normal routine of Youtubing a boat-load of other songs by the band, then checking their mySpace, Wikipedia, etc.

What a fantastic group. I mean, really. I could go on for days about how wonderful they are. From their debut album “I Had the Blues but I Shook Them Loose” to their acoustic EP “Flaws,” Bombay Bicycle Club is probably one of the more impressive bands musically I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Oh, and they’re British. So that automatically gets them brownie points.

And you get to enjoy them too! Here’s a link to one of their more popular songs, Shuffle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBRL-y3NRZ8

Seriously. Go listen to them now.

-Cassady Clinkscale

The Amazing World of Tosh

•August 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tosh Mihesuah

I’m not really sure how or what to say for a blog so I figured I would try and find something I would want to try and blog about.

Hello everyone welcome to my new blog called “The Amazing World of Tosh” (Title will change once I have a better idea of what I want to blog about.) This is my first blog even and I would like to pick something I like to do or WANT to do in the near future and then update is as I go and figure out what I want to do and focus on. I think the direction I want to try and go with is try to establish a successful a YouTube channel with various commentaries and montages of different video games old recent and to come out. I have little experience with video editing and working with any programs as such but I think it would make for an interesting blog to update my progress and timeline as I establish a channel make more videos and such. I might be way ahead of myself but we will see how this goes.

So this is blogging…

•August 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Tyler Douglass

I never considered self a blogger. Never! I thought that it was possibly the dumbest thing ever. Then, I realized all the fun, exciting, and incredibly stupid stuff I do. I knew Twitter’s 140 character limit would not be enough and I knew Facebook wouldn’t hack it either. So I took to the net. A website would be dumb, just too many features to. So I started a Tumblr, mainly because the mobile app was easy to use.

I have been blogging on Tumblr awhile now. I started with a Baler sports blog. It’s already been done. Then I went for a Royalsthere’d blog. Too cliche, there are thousands. Finally, I realized that I have plenty of fun stories that I could share. So I started Musings of an Overly Intelligent Undergrad. Follow it you’ll love it, but don’t quote me on that.

Final Thoughts.

•August 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been at Baker for a while. Once I graduate in December, I will have spent four and a half years on Baker University’s campus as a student. Along the way, I’ve picked up a couple of minor (or not so minor, depending on you look at them) pieces of wisdom that I feel could be helpful to many current and future students.

First, I’ve learned that living off-campus is SOOOOO much cheaper. Don’t let the daunting prospects of rent, bills, and buying your own groceries scare you off. You will save an incredible amount of money if you live in an apartment off-campus. No meal plan and no dorm payments equal a much larger refund check. So once you feel you’re ready to take that step, I’d recommend you waste no time and dive in.

Second, I’ve learned that if you don’t want every single person who ever graces the grounds of Baker’s campus to know your business, become a hermit. Because, while Baker’s intimacy does allow for much stronger relationships with professors and students alike, it also enables gossip to spread faster than wildfire. I’ve had mere acquaintances come up to me and apologize that my relationship didn’t work out. A little erie. 

Third, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you can find two or three true friends that last you beyond this place, you’ve done really well. I’m not talking about your group of gals that go with you to the lodge for margarita night, or you bros who shoot hoops with you on the weekends. I’m talking about the type of friend who knows you as well as you do. Who knows each secret of your life and how each of them has and does affect you. If you can hang on to just a handful of truly close friends of that sort, you’ll be in good shape. 

Lastly, I’ve come to the conclusion that the rough times are inevitable. They will happen (if they already haven’t). It will be hard, especially at Baker, where everyone will know about it. You may lose friends in bitterness, have your heart broken, or even, God forbid, fail a class. In these seemingly never-ending moments, do your best to remember one thing: Those moments are just that. Moments. Nothing more. And they will pass. It will sting for quite a while, and your group of friends may look very different after it’s all over, but they will end. 

So as I (hopefully) ride off into the sunset, remember three thing: Have fun during your time here, cherish the people around you while you have them, and remember to keep your head up during the tough moments. You can do it, I promise. I know.

Because I did. 

-Shawn Deegan

High School Senior or College Freshman?

•August 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

They say there is no one older than a high school senior, and no one younger than a college freshman. That saying really has nothing to do with the rest of my blog, but I heard it at a high school graduation once and thought it would be a good way to get my column started.

Anyway, hey everybody, my name is Jeff and I’m a senior at Ottawa High School, taking some classes at Baker including digital media, which is what this blog is for. As I was driving back to high school from Baker on Tuesday, I was wondering what to write about. I’m really into music (I’ve been playing piano since I was 4 and trumpet since I was 9) so I thought I might write about that, but it wouldn’t be very original. I also like sports (I like basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf) and I thought I could write about golf. It’s not the most common sport in the world, especially for high-schoolers, but it still wouldn’t be very inspiring. So, keep in mind that I was physically between the two schools I attend, I thought I could write about metaphorically being “between” two schools. Perfect! That’s not something everyone can say, right? It’s basically the perfect plan. So I ended up driving with goofy grin on my face for the next couple minutes. Anyway, here goes.

I have been debating with myself about whether I am a high school senior or a college freshman. Occasionally, someone will ask me what grade I’m in, and maybe I’m easily annoyed, but it seems tedious to say “I’m a senior, but I’m taking some college classes.” I’m essentially having an identity crisis! I need to resolve this issue. Let’s look at some quick facts:

-I’m enrolled in 3 high school classes, and 3 college classes. That’s no help.
-I spend 1101 minutes per week in high school classes, compared to 540 minutes in college classes. (I have no idea why I actually spent the time to do this math.) Anyway, maybe we have something! But,
-I spend about 8 hours a week doing homework for high school, and about 12 doing college homework.
-I have enough college credits that by next year, when I would definitely be considered a college student, I would have sophomore status. So…that would make this year my freshman year, right? However,
-I’m still eligible for high school activities, and am not technically a full-time college student.

Hmm. I can’t decide. I’m not much of a soccer fan, but we might have to end this one in a tie. Yep, I am decidedly both.

*Disclaimer: I am not actually having an identity crisis. In fact, I don’t really dwell on this matter very much at all; I  have no problems with my scheduling or anything. If anyone in my digital media class reads this, next time you see me, don’t think that I’m secretly in the midst of emotional turmoil and on the verge of a mental breakdown. I kind of just needed an original topic to write about.

That’s about it. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this, I genuinely appreciate it.

-Jeffrey Doolittle

Indie Junkie

•August 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I begin this blog with the hope that there are students out there like myself, who in the chaos of school and work, still find time to stumble upon new music while randomly roaming the interweb. Thus begins my story; a few years ago–back when Youtube was filled more with cat videos and less with Webstars–I was wasting time, yet again, searching for the “hot video” of the week–I believe at the time it was the “Evolution of Dance.” Deciding upon the word “elephant” to type into my search bar, I beligerantly pressed the enter key as I always had done. The result of this search began my trek to discover new, great music (mostly of the indie genre), and share it with the wonderful citizens of planet earth. So, as the results of my search began to pop onto the screen, I noticed that one video wasn’t like the others. Most of the time when you type “elephant” into Youtube you get what you’d expect: cute baby elephants, safari type documentaries, etc., but when I scrolled down the page I noticed a video titled, “Elephant Parade: Thirteen Things.” Clicking on the link, I knew that I was either going to get either a video of a group of elephants smashing stuff, or I was going to hear some half-witted “musician” sing about the sun and the grass and other hippy-dippy things. Nevertheless, I clicked on the video, and what I heard surprised me. I actually enjoyed this stuff. The song was very simple, acoustic, with a male singer serenely telling his story. It was absolutely fantastic, and I haven’t gone back to the Top 40 since.

Now, if this type of music really isn’t your thing, don’t fret! I assure you that there will be at least one indie artist that you will discover that will absolutely blow your mind, and I hope to show you at least one that will be to your fancy.

So, without further ado, I present to you, Elephant Parade:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDAg3YVLXmU

-Cassady Clinkscale