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“Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices-just recognize them.”
Murrow was a journalist and broadcaster.  Do you think most journalist have prejudices?  If so do you think journalist profession give them a special obligation to examine themselves honestly?  Leave a comment with your response, 2-3 paragraphs for full credit.  Remember when there is a substitute teacher, each blog is doubled in value.

Dick Clark, an icon in the music industry, once said, “ I’ve always felt that music is visual. I’ve said for years that ‘Music is the soundtrack of your life.’ Listening to it spurs memories. That’s when you fell in love; that’s when you graduated from school; that’s when you got that job; and that’s when you lost that job.”

‘music is the soundtrack of your life.’ What does this quotation mean to you? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What songs immediately strike you as music that defines your life and experiences?  Leave a comment with 2-3 paragraphs for full credit.


1. A program that can copy itself and infect a computer without the permission or knowledge of the owner is called what?
a. Floppy
b. Virus
c. Java
d. Monitor

2. Which was the first web browser?
a. WorldWideWeb
b. Netscape Navigator
c. Internet Explorer
d. Safari

3. Which of these is a correct format of Email address?
d. contact@website@info

4. What does HTTP stands for?
a. Hypertext Transfer Protocol
b. Hypertext Transfer Plotter
c. Head Tail Transfer Plot
d. Head Tail Transfer Protocol

5. In computers, what is the smallest and basic unit of information storage?
a. Bit
b. Byte
c. Newton
d. Mega byte

6. Which company is nicknamed “Big Blue”?
a. Texas Instruments
b. IBM
c. Microsoft
d. Macintosh

7. What is Windows XP?
a. Operating System
b. Storage Device
c. Processor
d. Output Device

8. WAV file format is associated with what type of files?
a. Video
b. Sound
c. Image
d. Word Document

9. Machine language is also known as
a. Low level language
b. Assembly language
c. High level language
d. Source code

10. What does FTP stand for?
a. File Transfer Protocol
b. File Transfer Program
c. File Thread Protocol
d. File Thread Program

11. Which of these is the first web-based e-mail service?
a. GMail
b. Yahoo Mail
c. Hotmail
d. Rediff Mail

12. Which of the following is not a storage device?
a. DVD
b. Hard Disk
c. Floppy Disk
d. Mouse

13. In windows computers, MPEG extension refers to what kind of file?
a. Sytem file
b. MS Office document
c. Video file
d. Image file

14. Abbreviate ‘LAN’ in computer networks
1. Least Area Network
2. Large Area Network
3. Local Area Network
4. Length Area Network

15. What Does BIOS Stand For?
a. Better Integrated Operating System
b. Basic Input Output System
c. Battery Integrated Operating Setup
d. Backup Input Output System

16. In computers, ‘.TMP’ extension refers usually to what kind of file?
a. Temporary file
b. Image file
c. Video file
d. Text file

17. What is the shortcut key of printing a document for computer having windows?
a. Ctrl + P
b. Shift + P
c. Alt + P
d. Shift + P

18. Who Owns the Internet?
a. Internet Engineering Task Force
b. FBI
c. Internet Architecture Board
d. No one owns it

19. One kilobyte contains how many bytes?
a. 1000
b. 1001
c. 100
d. 1024

20. Which software application is used for accessing sites or information on a network (as the World Wide Web)?
a. Operating System
b. Web Browser
c. Microsoft Word
d. Microsoft Excel

21. Who is known as the father of the Java programming language?
a. Bill Board
b. James Gosling
c. Jame Smith
d. Erasmo Cisneros

22. What does BCC means in EMail?
a. Black Carbon Copy
b. Blind Carbon Copy
c. Business Computer Center
d. Business Computer Card

23. Which company acquired Sun Microsystems on January 27, 2010?
a. Apple Inc.
b. Microsoft
c. Oracle Corporation
d. IBM


Find an Article or Poem in El Placazo and leave a comment with your thoughts.  2 paragraphs minimum.  Also, answer the questions below.

1) Who is the Executive Director of El Placazo?

2) Who is the Program Manager/Editor of El Placazo?

3) What city is El Placazo based out of?

4) What is the purpose of El Placazo?

5) Is there a similar newspaper available in your area?  If yes what is it called? If not, would you like to see one?


1. How large, on average, is an MP3 file?

2. How many MP3’s, on average, can you store on a 4gb usb hard drive?

3. JPEG is an acronym for __________ and is a file format for _________

4. Which of the following is NOT a video file extension: MP4, AVI, QT, JPG, and MOV?

5. MP3 is an extension of a _________ file.

6. Which of the following two file formats has a smaller file size: WAV or MP3?

7. How does bit rate affect the sound quality of your MP3 file?

8. What program(s) can you use to convert a Wav file to MP3 (and vice versa)?

9. In what year was the MP3 introduced?

10. MP3’s can be used on both Macintosh and Windows computers, True or False?

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 49,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

January 2013

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RSS The Makeshift Musician

  • Producing Natural-Sounding MIDI Notes
    When making electronically-produced music, you’ll find yourself often programming notes rather than playing them. People who don’t understand the medium will say that this makes the music cold, mechanical and lifeless, but they simply don’t understand the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into manually arranging notes. A composer needs to take into […]
  • Weekly Music Writing – Like lifting weights made of creativity
    A while back I wrote about writing music constantly in order to build your skills and flex your creativity. I’ve been making music for several years now and my biggest project had been a 16 track score for a tragically unreleased computer game, which I finished in about 6 months. This was a great exercise, […]
  • Microphones, Cables and Everything Else in Your Studio
    This is the final part of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio So, you’ve got your room for your studio, you’ve set up your computer, hooked up your audio interface and installed your recording software. What’s next? Actually, a lot of stuff. Microphones Unless you’re an all-software kind of musician, you need […] […]
  • Audio Recording Software for Your Studio
    This is Part 4 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio We’re now down to the last big component of your beast of a studio. To add this last piece, we need to dive into the prickly, sometimes confusing realm of software. Luckily for you, though, there are a lot of easy […]
  • Audio Interface, or, How to Get Sound into Your Computer
    This is Part 3 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio Now that you’ve got a computer, it’s entirely possible that you’re now standing in front of it with your guitar or piano or whatever, your eyes slowly moving back and forth between the two objects in a confused manner, wondering how […]

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  • Just Blaze on Ghost Production, Musical Styles
    Just Blaze on the evolution of musical styles, the state of New York hip-hop, DJ’ing, and ghot production. “A lot of these guys employ people who do their music for them.” “Some of these DJ’s that are constantly on the road are also constantly putting out new music.  How… because they have guys under them […]
  • Battle Of The Americas Beat Battle f/ Young Guru
    The Beat Academy presents The Battle of The Americas Beat Battle featuring judges Young Guru, Symbolyc One (S1), and Jake One. On Saturday June 21st 24 producers from USA and Canada will go to war in the ultimate team beat battle! Grab tickets or visit Beat Academy for more info. Video of The Road to […]
  • DJ Premier Explains Iconic Gangstarr Logo
    DJ Premier explains how Guru and Big Shug designed the Gangstarr logo and how it’s been used throughout all of their albums.  Primo also talks about how Mass Appeal was created with the intention of being a radio hit.

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