Archive for February 2012
Let me begin this week by saying I really enjoy writing these non-business blogs. It gives me an opportunity to be creative which I can’t do as an accountant. No one likes an overly creative accountant – they usually end up in jail.
Today’s topic: Songwriters and their contradictory song titles. Perhaps the songs in their full context aren’t contradictory but their titles sure are. The idea for this came as I was sitting at my computer trying to figure out what to write and Carole King’s song It’s Too Late came on and for some reason Will You Love Me Tomorrow? came to mind and it is struck me that it was a bit contradictory.
From her early career she wrote: Will you love me tomorrow? Then had a hit mid-career with It’s too late. I guess she answered her question.
Crosby Stills and Nash
Dark Star from about 1977 then Daylight Again from the early 80’s. What happened to the Dark Star? Did it become bright and hence it was Daylight Again?
They wrote Happiness is a Warm Gun and All You Need is Love there is a contradiction in those titles in my opinion.
He wrote: I Want You and It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue That certainly sends a mixed signal.
They wrote: If You Leave Me Now and Wishing You Were Here and also Call On Me Something tells me that relationship was bound to fail and they saw it coming but still longed for their old companion and then they were getting desperate asking for a phone call.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
They wrote Who’ll Stop The Rain? and Have you Ever Seen The Rain? How can they go from wanting to stop the rain to asking if you have ever seen it?
Take It Easy seems the opposite of Take It To The Limit
So Lonely and Don’t Stand So Close To Me Which one is it, do you want to be left alone or are you so lonely?
One thing I learned by writing this is I really have nothing new in my music collection. Have a great week and take advantage of leap day.
Last May I wrote a blog about this topic and it has been very popular - getting “hits” quite often. In the spirit of all movie sequels out there, this week I figured why not try a sequel myself. I run out of ideas too, just like Hollywood did in about 1982.
Streaming – usually used in the following context: “The use of mobile devices to watch streaming content increased 55% in 2011”. This means to download and watch movies, television programs or live events on a cell phone, tablet or similar type device instead of watching it on a 55 inch flat panel hi-definition television with Dolby surround sound. Sometimes this “streaming” occurs within a few feet of the aforementioned television.
Content – See above for use in a sentence. Until recently, this was generically called entertainment. For some reason it is now called content.
Mobile device - See above for use in a sentence. This is what used to be called a cell phone, but can also be anything that has cellular phone or internet connectivity. These new items have been grouped together but I don’t understand why my old car with a bag phone wasn’t called a mobile device. Actually, a Winnebago is a mobile device as far as I am concerned.
Tablet - See above for use in a sentence. This is also a new invention but my definition would be: a computer that does nothing productive. I believe, when invented, it was designed for how most people use computers and stripped away things that were not used. After these tablets were in circulation, people realized they could be useful in doing tasks at work so “apps” were created so they could use them for spreadsheets and for letters and other written correspondence. This phenomenon reminds me of the days when personal computers were first “networked” and it was hailed as a brilliant idea. IBM kind of thought it was just like the mainframe-”green screen” terminal concept they invented decades earlier.
I hope you enjoyed me poking fun at the world of technology. I enjoy technology but also find some of the jargon and fads very funny surrounding the latest gadgets.
Have a great week and don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Maybe you can buy your sweetie a mobile device so she can stream content on her new tablet.