Adele’s Unusual Gesture at the 2012 Brit Awards

Click on this lovely songbird to see her flip the bird.

After winning six Grammys, Brit singing sensation Adele continued her streak as she bagged two major awards in the recent Brit Awards – British Female Solo Artist and Best Album of the Year for 21. It would have been a perfect celebration for the multi-awarded singer but created a big headline when it ended in a sour note as she was cut off by show host James Corden during her acceptance speech onstage. She then made a gesture with her middle finger in frustration and later said the insult was aimed at the suits at the Brit Awards and not to her fans.

 

 

 

After 5 Grammys, Dave Grohl Now Making Films

After taking home 5 Grammys, one of which is for Best Rock Album of the Year, AND another at the Brit Awards for Best International Act, Dave Grohl is now working on his first produced film entitled Sound City. That’s right, rock fans, Dave isn’t just a musician anymore but also a film producer/director as well. Man, this guy never seizes to amaze me!

Click on Grohl to watch the 30-second teaser of his new film. NOW.

Sound City appears to be a documentary-type film, but your guess is as good as mine. I’m pretty sure that with all the artists and names featured in this clip, it’s sure to spark the passion among all aspiring rock bands.

To get more news about Dave and the rest of the Foo Fighters, click here. As always, rock on! \m/

Is Unfriending Now Trending?

 

Adding more and more friends on Facebook is rapidly becoming passe, as unfriending becomes the new social move of the times. Apparently, many Facebook users have begun to experience the ill effects of flimsy privacy-related practices and are retreating into their comfort zones. Unfriending, after all, is still a preferable option for those who can’t bear to part with their Facebook accounts.

Check out SourceFed‘s video on the growing unfriend trend.

Of course this would eventually happen! How many people can an average human trust, really? You might want to start pruning your friends list yourself (and stop posting those drunken party photos, LOL). And as much as it sucks to be unfriended, it does free one up to cultivate a circle of real friends — the kind who won’t unfriend you, online and in real life.

 

 

 

Robertson Training Systems: In the Trenches with Dean Somerset

Learn the correct way to exercise with Robertson Training Systems, where you can find high-octane corrective workouts and performance enhancement methods with featured blogs and available podcasts for download. Mike Robertson, one of the premier performance coaches in the world who helps clients and athletes achieve performance goals and great physique, hosts the podcasts with guest interviews of different fitness coaches.

Check out Episode 37 with Dean Somerset as they discuss about why thoracic spine is important, breathing, how to improve quality of your soft-tissue work, post rehab essentials, and more. Or click on the image below to listen to all of Mike’s free podcasts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improve Your Grammar Skills

If you hate grammar Nazis then today’s featured podcast might be able to help minimize your chances of having to deal with one. Grammar Girl‘s  Mignon Fogarty talks about common mistakes committed by even the most eloquent speakers and writers like the usage of words like ‘than’ and ‘then’, ‘especially’ and ‘specially’, ‘your’ and ‘you’re’, and a lot of other things.

Someone once said, “A man who can communicate in such a fashion as to express intellect will always be accepted as an intellectual, whereas the man who communicates with an uneducated tongue will always be viewed as an uneducated fool.” That said, you want your listeners to feel like they’re listening to a well-educated individual. After all, you know what they say, ‘Smart is sexy!’ ;)

Whether you’re a [blog] writer or a podcaster, and whether English is your first language or not, you’ll find a myriad of helpful tips that will help you hone your English communication skills over at Grammar Girl.

Listen to her free iTunes podcasts now!

 

AudioShell Tag Editor

 

 

                                                                                                                      

Need a tag editor for managing your music archive, as well as editing its information and inserting cover art? Then Audioshell is what you need.

AudioShell is a freeware MS Windows Explorer shell plugin that allows you to view and edit music file tags directly in Windows Explorer. It supports all major audio file formats: MP3 (all ID3v2 tag versions), WMA, AAC (M4A and M4P), MP4, OGG, FLAC, WAV, MPC, MP+, ASF and many more.

It supports full Unicode and adds a tag editor to the music file properties menu so you can easily edit tags by groups or file by file. Because it integrates with Windows shell, it is not a standalone application. You will need to open file properties and under the AudioShell Tag Editor tab, you can add other information like Title, Album name, Artist name, Genre, Track number and even insert a cover art image.

To insert a cover art image:

Simply click Add Cover to indicate the image file. It supports JPG and BMP formats. After inserting the cover art, click Apply to save the tag information.

Other added features:

  1. More language translations (Polish, English, French, Czech, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)
  2. Fixed bug in m4a tags reading
  3. .m4v files extension support
  4. Support for cover art in flac files
  5. Wav files support
  6. Redesigned music properties tab

AudioShell is a useful tool for mp3 player owners, music aficionados and Windows-based podcasters because it lets you edit tags and makes all your music file collections organized before uploading them to your mp3 players like iPod.

Note: It works on Windows 2000/XP 32 bit systems.

Download it now!

Major Nelson Radio

If you’re an Xbox lover, then today’s featured podcast is definitely right up your alley! Listen in on Larry Hryb a.k.a Major Nelson as various guests from Xbox HQ join him to discuss anything and everything related to your favorite console, from new game releases to latest DLC updates.

Of course, they also discuss what’s going on with other game consoles as well. The bottom line is, if you want insider information when it comes to Xbox then this is the place to get it. Major Nelson Radio: The only official unofficial podcast direct from Xbox. You can also check out his iTunes podcast.

 

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Album, Pretentious?

After music mag NME billed Lady Gaga’s Born This Way as the ‘most pretentious album ever’ in a blog post, the colorful star struck back on Twitter, saying “Oh the irony of winning “Most Pretentious Album Ever” from none other than NME. *eyeroll* I might laugh forever + then return to narcissism.” And that doesn’t even include the flaming backlash from her supporters.

Whether her album is pretentious or not is up to you. Personally, I think she’s very talented and expressive, and the title should be reserved for talentless yet overly marketed hacks.

Click on Lady Gaga (yes, that really IS her!) to view her VEVO videos.

Also, the songstress is going to hold her second Born This Way ball at the Indoor Stadium, Singapore, on 29 May. If you happen to be near the area or just want to catch a glimpse of Her Highness, better get your tickets HERE, NOW. I heard it’s hell getting decent seats for the show. ;)

 

 

Podcast Answer Man

 

Want to take your podcast to the next level? Let Cliff Ravenscraft help you in Podcast Answer Man, a podcast show he created to give solutions, advice and tutorials for you to get successful in podcasting. This is a very helpful site that will save you lots of time on research.

Check out the episodes by clicking on the image above.

 

 

 

 

Choosing A Portable Digital Recorder For Podcasting

As with all tech gadgets and devices, deciding on what brand or model of portable digital recorder to get can be quite a task. I’m hoping to make things a bit easier for you by giving you a few suggestions. ;)

Zoom H4n (BHPhoto, Amazon) – The H4n is probably the most popular digital audio recorder out of the bunch. This handheld can record up to 4 channels of audio, and has features that one would find from professional recording devices like onboard true X/Y stereo microphones, which by the way can be rotated to a select 90 or 120-degree recording pattern.

 Zoom H1 (BHPhoto, Amazon) – The H1’s most noticeable selling point is its small size, and although few pundits criticize it for its built, one thing about the H1 that keeps getting praises is the amount of features that Zoom managed to cramp in. The size-versus- sound quality and the price leave you no excuse to not bring it with you anywhere.

 Tascam DR-40 (BHPhoto, Amazon) – What most users love most about the DR-40 is its long battery life, its capability to record on 4 channels at once, and its combination of XLR and ¼ inputs, which is why quite a number of DSLR owners use this particular audio digital recorder when they’re making films.

 Sony PCM-M10 (BHPhoto, Amazon) – Also deemed as one of the favorite audio recorder amongst podcasters, the PCM-M10 is said to be great for field or outdoor recording. One thing worth noting about the PCM-M10 though is the internal mic’s sensitivity; it can be a double-edged sword. Some found it as a plus while others found it to be just way too sensitive. If you find yourself to be on the latter’s side, then it might just be a good idea to also get a windshield.

 Tascam DR-07mkII (BHPhoto, Amazon) – One of the best things about the DR-07mkII is that it has built-in auto-leveling which is great for removing unnecessary noise like the sound of wind. It also has a Reverb effect that makes recording or playback most suitable for any event.

Now I try not to say anything about a product’s sound or recording quality since it is something that I believe to be subjective. What I might claim to have 9/10 rating might only be a 7/10 to you, and that is even already assuming that you’re an audiophile. Plus, a lot of listeners could hardly even notice the difference.

Oh, and never compare products solely based on the price tag. Just because one product costs more than the other doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s already the best. For all you know, the only reason why it costs much more is because it has more features, features that you might not even have any need or use for. So before heading out to buy one, take some time to think about what features you really need from your digital recorder.

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