Yondr: Better concert experience or going a bit overboard?

Yondr is a San Francisco-based startup that offers a solution to annoying mobile phone addicts at concerts, comedy shows, and even schools. You can even use their system for your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah to keep people from posting unflattering candid pictures online or browsing the internet when they should be paying attention.

They created this pouch that you lock your phone in for the duration of the event. You keep the pouch with you at all times. It can be unlocked with a special device, kind of like the ones shops use to remove anti-shoplifting tags, and used in a designated area, like the lobby.

While it has been around for a few years, I just recently heard about it because a musician on my Facebook newsfeed shared a post mentioning that Jack White is banning phones at his shows with the help of this system.

This got me thinking…

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My Response: Everyday Feminism article says that rapists/abusers shouldn’t be locked up plus my #MeToo story

Once upon a time, I used to make videos on YouTube. I quit for many reasons, but I want to get back into expressing my views. Here’s the video plus my #MeToo story.

The original Everyday Feminism article that I am responding to was awful, the worst article I’ve ever seen on that website, and there are a lot of contenders for that top spot.

I’m thinking of moving more of my social/political commentary to YouTube. It’s doubtful that I’ll be noticed.

Appy polly loggies for the shite sound in the beginning, I was experimenting with two different microphones.

Why disabled people shouldn’t have to out themselves

“Hide in your shell”

I am disabled. I have Aspergers and social anxiety, which is probably connected to having Aspergers. Fun fact: David Byrne of the Talking Heads said he likely had Aspergers! My disability is not one that you can’t immediately or obviously see.

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How to not handle a crowd: Thoughts on Lido Pimienta’s comments

Earlier this month, Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta invited brown girls to the front of her show at the Halifax Pop Explosion music festival. She won the Polaris Music Prize this year for her album La Papessa, being the first musician who does not perform in English or French to win the honour.

A volunteer photographer working for the festival who happened to be white stood at the front and refused to move. Lido Pimienta told the photographer to move, and then singled out the photographer and said “You’re cutting into my set time and you’re disrespecting these women, and I don’t have time for this”. The photographer was eventually kicked out, and last week, the music festival announced that they will not allow the photographer to work at the festival again. After the show, she called the photographer violent and wanted the festival to release her name.

As a brown girl, I’m not okay with this for many reasons.

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Despacito: Topping the charts everywhere, but is it really that impressive?

I’ve been busy working on other writing projects and my thesis, so I am a bit late to the party, but this song is still played widely on the radio. It’s still #1 in America. I heard it on the bus and it got me thinking: is it really that impressive that a Spanish language song made it to the top worldwide in 2017? It is impressive because most songs on the charts are in English and English is often deemed the official language of rock and pop, no doubt. There are still barriers to non-English language music appearing on the charts: the need to appeal to American audiences.

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Music Education: Should rock and roll be in the curriculum?

I come from a family full of teachers (although none of them were music teachers). I wanted to be a history teacher at one point, but in second year of university I realised it just isn’t my thing and I’d be better off writing and doing radio. I wanted to write this post for a while and I want to share my opinions on music education.

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