Is anyone on Youtube today? They're doing their April Fool's joke today and its both ridiculous and hilarious. Basically everyone woke up this morning with a notification that all their uploaded videos were automatically nominated for some sort of 'Best Video' award. Now, youtube is live streaming two presenters going through stacks and stacks of cards, "announcing" the nominees - which are basically every single video on youtube.
The gag is doubly hilarious because they're also using it as an excuse to read some of the most ridiculous youtube titles+descriptions available, completely pronouncing any misspellings, grammar/punctuation errors, smileys, run on sentences, or thoughts that simply stop before they're finished. They're reading everything in a totally deadpan/serious tone, which is making it even more enjoyable. [...]
Well you've probably already heard the news. I'm participating in an event called "The Contested" at my local Sony Store, in Costa Mesa. They'll be featuring my photo and my music for everyone to enjoy, and vote on, and stuff. It's going to be an all around fun experience.
But before I can start, I need your help! The contest calls for a reinvention of one of my original songs - but you guys have to choose! So everyone head over to my 'Listen' page: http://mikeperalta.com/listen and tell me your pick of the following songs: [...]
I try not to get too political on here, but alas, I'm up at 4:44am again, in between projects and waiting for a stupid backup job to complete. I guess I can either start working on another project and stay up to 7am, or write this blog and go to bed in a few minutes.
So anyway, if you know me, you know that my political side leans a little to the left. Sometimes very hard to the left. I try to take a step back and observe that both parties can be stupid and evil, and that all politicians have their own agenda. Still, its sometimes hard to stay neutral when a conservative says something agitating, like for instance "corporations are people", which is obviously just a ploy to use corporate money to skew our country away from what real people, really want. [...]
Well hello there you dudes! I had my interview at La La Land with Brett and Dorothy this weekend, and had a blast.
If you guys don't know what La La Land is, its an indie broadcast base in Los Angeles (LA). It's made by LA actors, for LA Actors. Both hosts are active actors in the community. It's also a play on words... stop for a second... wait for it... ah, there it is haha. Kind of cool, huh?
Anyway, I was lucky enough to get another interview with them this weekend. They usually book many guests with lots to say in a short amount of time, so last time I was on there I think I barely had enough time to play a song and then talk for a quick minute before I had to jet. This time however, they allowed me a larger opportunity to play the show in/out with one of my songs (they let me play music as segments were starting and ending). [...]
I just had the strangest dream. I had been working/thinking about music for awhile today, then took a quick catnap to recharge.
In the dream, I was at a get together at someone's house. I didn't know anyone, so I started to wander around, and decided to check out the front yard. There were several people sitting in lawn chairs on the driveway and the grass, talking over coolers and drinks and food. I made my way towards some of them and as I approached, I heard them talking about my music. [...]
The time has come! I've finally released another music video! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!
The past few months I've been working with my old buddy Alex Hamric of HamricStudios.com on a video for my original acoustic song "I Heard", and it came out great!
We had talked for a long time about doing a video together, but it never seemed to materialize until a few months ago when we had an email conversation about our dSLR cameras, which quickly turned into a phone call, and then we both sort of snapped and decided to cut all the bullshit and planning, and just do a video together. We literally brainstormed for a matter of minutes before setting a date to meet up and film, and on the day of filming we completely winged it, without any sort of plan in mind, and had a blast for about four hours in the beautiful city of Orange. [...]
A couple people have asked me how to go about copyrighting their music, so I've decided to share my knowledge on the subject. This information could easily be used to copy other forms of work, such as copyrighting your poetry, copyrighting your art, copyrighting your screen plays, etc.
Before we begin, here is a legal disclaimer: This blog, and pretty much everything I say, write, and do, comes with no warranty, and is at your own risk. If you follow my advice, you are solely responsible for anything that happens, even if I've given totally incorrect/idiotic/spiteful/etc information. Use at your own risk! You've been warned!
Third Party Verification
Okay for starters, a lot of people always think they can simply mail themselves a package via registered mail, and keep it in a safe. The reasoning is that this would be proof that you were in possession of your music at a certain date, thereby enforcing copyright. [...]
Yo dudes ... just a friendly tip from me to you, since I just went through this ish a few minutes ago.
If you've accidentally deleted a file from your hard drive, camera, SD memory card, etc, you might be able to recover it.
Basically when you delete a file, you're usually not actually deleting the file - you're just deleting the database entry that describes your file. When you hit that delete button, you're usually just removing that database entry, not writing over the whole file, so your operating system (Windows, Linux, etc) won't see the file anymore. However, the actual file data might still be sitting there, undetected. Think about it for a second. You can delete a 100 gigabyte file in a blink of an eye, but to make a copy of that same file takes minutes. [...]