“The growth of free illegal music is a
fact, and it will seemingly never stop.” — Camacho Murillo, A. (2013)

This quote pretty much sums up my view on the whole piracy issue. Camacho, in his essay “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?” states that illegal download do not actually affect artists, because they compensate those losses through other means like concerts and merchandise. I believe this to be true, because the Internet serves as a way to advertise their music for FREE. The more exposure an artist gets, the more they will revenue in the long run through concerts, merchandise, event tickets, etc. In fact, artists can now manage their own music, instead of relying on big record companies. At the same time, loyal fans will always want to buy their artists music as a way of offering support. On the other hand, when it comes to downloading music or copying it for your friend, I believe it is okay. Apparently, it is not according to law, but once I pay for something I can only expect to do with it anything I want. After all, it’s mine. I don’t know what your opinion is on this, classmates, but this has been my two cents. Let me know what you guys think. 



Camacho Murillo, Andrés. 2013. “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?.” Revista Criterio Libre 11, no. 18: 113-124. Fuente Académica Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed November 29, 2013).


3 Is The Magic Number

For class we were asked to share with everyone 3 things: our favorite TEDx talk, book and video. My favorites are these:

1. TEDxUSagradoCorazón talk:

This talk was titled CienciaPR & Social Networking. As I explain in my first post about this TED talk, Daniel Colón (speaker) explained what social networking means to the scientific world, and how it could help create even better ideas by collecting ideas from different scientists, students, professors, etcetera, and binding them through social media in order to create better ones. Why did I love this talk? Easy. Science is a very important factor for us. It teaches us about the past, how we can improve our present, and how we can put this knowledge to good use for our future. If social media, which is a growing and ultimately deciding factor for many people nowadays, can help conglomerate knowledge and help improve it across state lines, rivers, mountains, oceans, whatever the obstacle, then it is definitely something to get excited about and love.

2. Favorite book:

My favorite book has to be Dove by Robin Lee Graham. Why do I love it so much? Well, my father gave me this book when I was about 10 years old and told me to read it because he had read it when he was just a little boy and loved the adventures it tells. For this, it has a lot of sentimental value for me and I treasure it dearly. As well, I am a sailor and have always dreamt of sailing around the world just like in the book. Moreover, Dove is a book about a 16-year-old boy (Robin Lee Graham) who decides to sail around the world in a 24-foot sailboat. He sets sail from San Pedro, California. Five years and 33,000 miles later, Robin finishes his journey and comes home with many many experiences and adventures to tell.

Cover of book Dove by author Robin Lee Graham


3. Favorite video:

This may be a little cliché considering it’s an extremely popular video, but the first time I saw it, it brought tears to my eyes. I was amazed at how easily we have the world at our fingertips with the Internet and, of course, searching about everything through Google. My favorite video is Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review. Hopefully, 2013’s video is as impressive or even better. Anyways, I love this video because it shows that not everything we search for is negative, the world searches for positive things, things that interest them, things that are important social/historical events, and most importantly, people search because they have the need to always want to know more. That is impressive, always having an itch to find out and learn about something. It’s even more interesting to see what most people searched for compiled into a short video. Google definitely won my vote with this one.

Tired of the same old lonely routine…

Recently my school’s workload has been off the record. Considering we are closing up the semester pretty soon, things are really starting to pile up. It’s my third year in college and my stress levels are on record high. As that Pure Michigan commercial says “The to-do list is longer than the I want to-do list.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOXUaLFLajY) It seems as if my studies are clouding my life. I am tired of everything that has to do with work, projects, groups, essays, tests, among the many tormenting things an education requires. There hasn’t been a time in my life where I’ve wanted to just snap my fingers and disappear, go far away on vacation. At least, until my mind clears up. I don’t know about you travelers, but some of you may feel the same way about school as well, or work, or even the pace of life you live. What’s the point in following a system? Why am I required to gain a high education level? I’ll just spend the rest of my life stuck with a 9-5 schedule working for someone who will not even care about my ambitions, dreams, or plans. It’s overwhelming to think about all of this and, certainly, it gives me an even greater desire to just explore the world and forget about everything else. After all, I got one life to live. The downside to this freedom speech is that money runs the world, and without it I can’t take the first plane out towards Berlin. It’s a hard-knock life indeed, Annie. I guess my whole rant could be an inspiration to some of you to get out there and do what you want, travel the world. I’m starting to think about it more and more everyday. Hopefully, I’ll have the courage someday to act upon it. Time is the only one that can tell. I’ll leave you with that thought and a few pictures of amazing travel destinations. Adieu for now, wanderers!

The Great Wall, China
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Fiji Some rights reserved by Drumsara

Ireland Rock of Cashel Some rights reserved by Wyld Ginger





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December 31st, 2012 was the last day Newsweek magazine released its last print issue. As we all know, technology is growing faster and more popular by the second. Because of this, many people have lost interest in print magazines, newspapers, and books. As a consequence, many of these “print” companies have ceased production. Such was the case with Newsweek magazine. On the front cover of this December 2012 issue it “hashtagged” #LastPrintIssue. The controversial/ironic part of this hashtag was that it kind of pointed out whose fault it was that the magazine ceased print, but gave way to their new form of publication, which was through the web version of the magazine. What does this mean for the print world? Well, I believe that print is print and will always be print. No matter how much technology becomes a greater part of our lives, there are always going to be people who prefer print over digital media. It is important to acknowledge, that with the rising interest in the technological world, many of us are attracted to the idea of having every-bit of information out there, in the palm of our hands. However, there is nothing like the feel of paper on your hands, or the smell of an old book. There are certain emotions that print media evokes in us that digital media will never replace. It is safe to say that we move with the new, technological world, but we keep much of the old. I guess that Newsweek’s cease of print came tied to other factors, like not good-enough advertising, or insufficient marketing strategies, but not to people preferring digital media. Yes, it’s growing, fast and popular, but not so much as to become the #1 source for people’s news. Remember that information through the Internet could hold many fallacious arguments and many folks know that. As well, the majority of the population is not “connected” to the digital world. Therefore, print is their reliable source.

Visit California “Out There”

On the same note as my last California post, I will say that this state intrigues me effortlessly. I find that there are so many different things one can do there. There’s something that peaks anyone’s interest, and it peaks a lot of mine. From stargazing, to sightseeing, surfing to white-water rafting, it could easily interest any traveler with an adventurous side. I’ve only been to California once, and I was there for two weeks, not nearly enough. I wish to visit this place many times in my life. However, what I want you guys to take from the commercial is not the advertisement for the city, but the title of the commercial “Out there.” Get out there traveler, and explore the world. After all, it’s at your fingertips, you just have to fall for it .