Remix Assignment

My class assignment for this week is to do a remix. That is it. No details. Nothing.

This is a challenge. I accept it.

I thought it would be helpful to see what my classmates are doing and I found this great post. You really have to love Saturday Night Live! My classmate did a really great job of finding what she defines as a remix. The video she shares is both a remix of the “happily ever after” of our favourite Disney Princesses and a remix of the “Housewives of…” reality TV trope. Talk about a great idea.

Inspired by my classmate, my initial idea was to share a link to this video. However, it seemed like I was stealing her idea so I thought I’d do something a little less Disney.

These are some of my favourite remixes (read mash-ups) from the internet community:

**Note: I apologize if any of the following pictures ruin your childhood.

1. Harry Potter and Mean Girls:

Dumbledore Voldemort Mean Girls

from favim.com

Malfoy Mean Girls Hoop Earings

from sushiandsamba.tumblr.com

2. Go home internet fandoms, you’re drunk:

Sherlock internet mash up

from zrhbzeds.homeip.net

3. Nicholas Cage’s face in places where it shouldn’t be:

nicholas cage miley cyrus mashup

from joe.ie

from increadiblethings.com

4. Cats:

cat as queen elizabeth

from incrediblethings.com

5. These father-son pictures:

father son switch heads 1

from dailymail.co.uk

royal baby father head switch

from flickrhivemind.net

I literally laughed out loud at the creativity and insanity of some internet users. I guess that some men just want to watch the world burn. But seriously, I don’t think that I can top any of these and, besides, I had way too much fun finding all of them.

Thanks for reading,

Kathryn

Works Cited:

This week, I decided to make it easy so each picture is its own link to its source.

“Please”

“Which way did they go, Peeves?” Filch was saying. “Quick, tell me.”
“Say ‘please.'”
“Don’t mess with me, Peeves, now where did they go?”
“Shan’t say nothing if you don’t say please,” said Peeves in his annoying singsong voice.
“All right- PLEASE.”
“NOTHING! Ha haaa! Told you I wouldn’t say nothing if you didn’t say please! Ha ha! Haaaaaa!” And they heard the sound of Peeves whooshing away and Filch cursing in rage.”  (JK Rowling, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone)

“Please”

I’d like to keep this short because it should be just a refresher for everybody.

When you ask somebody to do something for you (whether he or she is paid to do that thing or not), you say “please”.

End of story.

That’s all, folks.

Image

But really, this is supposed to be a natural inclination. I was raised to say please when I asked for things or ordered food or needed something done for me. In fact, if I didn’t say it, my family (including my older brothers) would tell me I needed to say “the magic words” or they just wouldn’t do it until I remembered to say please. It wasn’t a matter of only doing this in public. I had to do it at home, too. Saying please, for me, is a natural part of asking a question or ordering foods or services. I’m not suggesting that I’m perfect, but I certainly know that you say please!

I find it incredibly rude when I am out with a few friends who don’t say please and thank you to their servers in restaurants or even the person from whom they are buying pants!

To me, not saying please suggests that it is your right to expect something to be done; that you believe you are better than the person serving you. And that is never true. Every single person is equal, from the Queen of England to your server at McDonalds. And each person deserves the same level of respect. That level of respect includes saying please.

You’ll notice that I didn’t include much about “thank you” in this post, but that is because I reblogged this post by Greg Morton in the last month and I think that he does a good job of explaining its use.

Stay tuned for more!

Stay classy,

Kassieboo

Work Cited

The image is 100% my own (shotty) work.

The Harry Potter quotation was taken from this site because I didn’t think to look for it in my own copy of the novel. The passage belongs to JK Rowling, I am just quoting it.

Journal 6

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. (Walt Disney)

Trying Some New Things

Over the last two weeks or so, I’ve been trying some new types of things with my blog and I think that they are a success. I think that by doing them continuously that there will be an increase to my blog’s traffic as well as more readers who choose to follow.

Linking to Social Media

While I’ve had my Twitter account attached to my blog for a few weeks now, it hasn’t really made a difference in blog traffic. I think this is because I don’t use my Twitter as religiously as some people and my followers are mostly friends from high school and the like–they are not necessarily the people who will be most interested in manners and etiquette.

This past week, I tried putting a link to this blog in my Facebook status and saw a small increase in followers and visits. This is great! And I think it will be even greater when I link to larger and more interesting post. Part of this experiment was working up the courage to share my personal (non-academic) writing with my friends and family. Even though I’m an English major and do A LOT of writing, it is still hard to allow people whose opinions matter to me to read my writing. I do think that it will benefit both me and my blog to do this more often, though. For personal blogs, social media seems to be a very good way to advertise.

Including a Larger Variety of Media

Over the past week, I have tried playing around with the types of posts that I include in my blog. Previously, I focused mostly on writing funny, smart posts with lots of information. After reading a few critiques of my classmates’ blogs, however, I have found that many bloggers and readers prefer a mix of media where possible so as to break up large chunks of content. Personally, I don’t mind reading a large block of text as long as the writing is high-quality, but, at this point, I also need to value the ability to drive a lot of traffic to my blog. If pictures and videos help, then I will try to include these popular media.

I included a comic from The Oatmeal as well as a video called “The Science of Happiness” to which I was referred by a friend. My hits didn’t rise much from these posts, but I think that I should still work with these ideas. I plan to focus on learning how to incorporate more media smoothly and with a point rather than for the sake of including videos and pictures.

Adding More Tags to Each Post

This is really a “no-brainer”. The more tags a post has, the higher chance of it being found by people using search engines. I’ve been trying to use tags that refer to specific sections of my post as well as general ideas and themes.

I tried tagging more on posts in my new personal blog, Life is What You Doand saw higher traffic per post. I then tried this with Classy and True and saw the same thing so it is clearly a useful method of bringing in more and more traffic. The next step is to work on ways to keep those readers interested and coming back.

Linking Back and Forth to Another Blog

I also tried linking this blog to my personal one and vice versa. I did this with the idea that if a reader liked one, the he or she would hopefully like the other, too. Also, I usually do posts for both blogs in one sitting so it is very easy to include links back and forth. This is probably why my posts on each blog tend to relate to one another–I’m writing with a specific idea in mind.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to try to work on the above things and see how well they work with my blog. I don’t want to become inconsistent in my style so I don’t think that I’ll be doing too many new things for a while.

I’ll keep updating my journal on the progress of my blog.

Thanks,

Kassieboo (Kathryn)

Legalities:

“The Science of Happiness” does not belong to me. It belongs to Soul Pancake. I claim no ownership over any part of its material.

The Oatmeal does not belong to me, either. I just think that it is awesome!

The Science of Happiness

I encourage you to take eight minutes out of your busy life and watch this video. Giving thanks for the people in your life will make you happy and happy people are usually more polite than people who are unhappy (at least in my experience).

Yesterday, on my personal blog, I made a list of twenty things for which I am thankful. I found that choosing just twenty things was actually really hard to do because I have so many things to be thankful for. I’ve decided that I’m not going to save this practice for Thanksgiving; I’m going to try doing it the next time that I have a bad day and see if it makes me feel as it good yesterday.

Take a couple minutes and be thankful for the important people and things in your life. You’ll feel better and, in turn, be more patient, understanding, and maybe a little more generous.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Kassieboo

Work Cited:

This video is the property of Soul Pancake; I’m just sharing it with you because I think it’s so wonderful!

Movie Theaters

A Short Post About Movie Theaters

I will start off by saying that I worked in movie theater for about eight months. I worked in the concession stand, box office, fancy popcorn place, and this VIP section of the theater for guests who are older than nineteen and who pay for a little extra service. In my short time, I saw a lot of ridiculously rude behaviors. I could go on at length about how rude people can be to those who work in the service industry, how people try to skip lines ALL THE TIME, how impatient people can be, how lazy people can be, and a plethora of other things. Long story short: there are too many things for me to write about in a single blog post and I know for a fact that there are other blogs out there which are written by current employees of movie theaters.

So instead of repeating information which is already out there, I thought that I would provide you with a link to a nifty little comic from The Oatmeal (which I love) about the actual theater part of movie theaters. Here it is:

Oatmeal Movie Theater Comic for Pub101 Blog

I know that this isn’t my usual style, but I’m trying to add a little more multi-media to this blog. This seems to me to be the best way!

I hope you enjoy the humour of this comic. Let me know what you think of it. Do you agree with the theater manners which it alludes to?

 

Stay Classy,

Kassieboo

 

(The comic in this post is the property of theoatmeal.com. I am just sharing it. I recognize that it is not mine.)