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Vine Updates App: Leveraging Instagram Competition?


I was just fiddling with my phone as usual at about 4:30 am in the morning, not unusual if you’re plagued with a combination of both insomnia and a debilitating Twitter habbit.

I couldn’t help but notice the prompt for a ‘Vine’ Update. Now, after Facebook announced Instagram’s new video capabilities, the buzz it generated on the internet and social networks was understandably raucous. Thunderously so. Especially with Instagram offering users 15 seconds of recording compared to Vine’s 6 second offering.

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No doubt, Instagram has been around for a lot longer and boasts a much bigger user base, it didn’t stop Vine, a tweeter owned company, from catching on like wild fire. Especially, since they’re both syndicated and it’s videos are playable right on the Twitter app itself.

Vine’s new update offers a ‘post to Facebook’ option, a feature I think it didn’t have before. Instagram’s new forey into the video business is a huge threat to Vine and the potential it has to continue attracting new users whilst keeping old ones.

 

Is this new update Vine’s way of leveraging the competition against Facebook’s Instagram? I would’ve thought developing a Vine app for the BB10 platform would’ve been a smart move. Let me know your thoughts.

At 51%


At 51%

I started out whole, 100% but that 100% was completely incomplete…
Before there were the “almost curtain’s” and the “never really sure’s”…
You know the ones that you have things in common with, but in your gut it’s never enough

Teacher I was to most, mother to some, friend to all, but completely whole lover to none…
Deep down I new something was missing…
I knew that my exceptional nature shouldn’t…or dare I say, couldn’t connect with those who had the limited vision of traveling to distance galaxies in search for home…
The ones who considered me crazy and unstable for even suggesting that they come along…
I knew it wasn’t there that I should settle…
So I resigned myself to the idea that never shall I find another creature capable of knowing just how I felt, saw what I saw, and felt what I feel.

So I remained whole, 100%, completely incomplete.

Then surfaced a prototype from the vortex of a distant parallel universe…
Familiar to my senses as if we were birthed here knowing we’d meet back at the place we vowed to in a time calculated down to the very nanosecond…
This gracious soul kept its promise and obliged in calling me forth when I was oblivious to it’s existence…

And as we tangled our minds together the inferno consumed our hearts…
Mentally stimulated, physically simulated untouched by flesh but penetrated in spirit…
We planted seeds that grew to love, lust, passion, and admiration…

But as the time moves forward, slowly but surely this collaboration reaches a plateau…testing the waters, boiling them as they sit in pots above flames…
And my tears erupt daily and overflow through injected data files of tested hope…

And though this connection has made me whole, 100%, completely complete…
The distance leaves me at 51% and I impatiently wait for the time until…

By @BornRZA

Deconstructing Lupe Fiasco: Politically Correct or Just Plain Opinionated? PART 1:


ImageEver since we heard the kid from Chi town featured on Kanye West’s ‘Touch the Sky”, his ‘buzz-fuzz’ fast paced delivery with blazing flip-flop monosyllabilic lyrical chops, the kind that get you hitting the rewind button until your flat mate flats out just hates whatever & whoever it is your’e trying to decipher, especially if its not rap as degenerate as “Everyday I’m Hustling”. No offense to Mr. Burger King. So yeah! You get the point: the kid is different. I thought he was. I still think he is one of the most brilliant lyricists out there. Did I say brilliant? No! I think he’s a frigging genius.

He’s also carved a niche for himself by infusing his lyrics with not-so-subtle political undertones, which I must admit, has endeared him to many, including myself. Over a few years, he’s acquired a harem of critics for the same reason, the very reason I’m writing this post. But, Hey! Screw the critics right? Including me. LOL!

I know I always hop on topics long after the buzz is gone, but this has been on my mind for a while.Lets get down to it.

What’s the problem with a hip-hop icon taking a stand based on his personal values and what he thinks is right and sticking to his guns? So I guess I’m writing this for two reasons:

  1. “Obama is a terrorist”
  2. “Bitch Bad, Woman Good, Lady Better”

 

Obama is a terrorist

So you’re already smiling or laughing by now. Now I’m laughing too. If you think Obama is a terrorist, you’re right, if you think he isn’t, you’re probably right too, or I’m slightly demented with something potent mixed with tobacco.

My opinion? Anyone or group who thinks they have the right to impose their own ideals on any society by way of brute force can be labelled as such. Go ask the people in Afghanistan who they think the terrorists are. You might be surprised you also fall into the category.

Bottom line, leave Lupe Fiasco to his opinions. He is entitled to them the last time I checked. Got it?

PART 2: Bitch Bad, Woman Good, Lady Better

You’d have to give my lazy self a couple of days. See you in a bit.

Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic: A Brilliant Theory


hellThe following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same , the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose 2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine Being, which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, “Oh, My God.” THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY “A” IN THE CLASS.


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Kanebi’s “Don’t Mess With”: A Desconstruct


Kanebi Ndekwu wrote his first verse at the age of 13, so he claims. The Play Records recording Artist came into the Nigerian hip hop scence in 2010 with a song called MONEY ft BUSH AND RILWAN on the PLAY RECORDS OUTSIDERS MIXTAPE . He’s been on tour with Nigerian artistes such as Lynxxx , Tiwa Savage, Davido, DJzeez , Sauce Kid , EjayBlackmagic etc on the Pepsi Lynxxx and friends tour. Since then, Kanebi has put out a couple of freestyle verses online that really set a platform for his unique style. “Don’t mess with” is his latest freestyle realease which has over 7000 plus downloads online and still counting.

Kanebi

With lyrical bites like “Word to the Government, you people never fight fair, never get the picture cos we never have life here” and “watching Joe Kony murder every single youth”, the former, a reference to the profound irreverence of the Nigerian leadership (Kanebi’s home country) and its devil-may-care attitude towards its polity, and the latter, a reference to the world acclaimed Ugandan war-monger/perpetrator, Kanebi’s edgy lyrical delivery has always appealed to me.

I first encountered this artiste popularly known as “Ikenga” on twitter (@kanebi247), Kanebi is a lyricst with a wry sense of humor, wit, and a spikey personality that has the appeal one would expect of an entertainer, and my curiosity wasn’t satisfied until I heard him ‘burst’, and hear him burst I did. Five tracks down the alley,  I thought I should write a review for this track especially because it belts out reality, line after line, rid of all unnecessary punchlines and ‘blingyness’ that plagues Nigerian pop/hip-hop today.

On the first verse, “Call 911, they never get here, people in my city trade Blackberries for welfare” highlights poverty and the hydra-headed symptoms it begets, the last part referring to the sleazy psyche adopted by the young lasses of Naija’s big cities, trading their bodies for meagre BIS(Blackberry Internet Service) packages. I laughed at that line. But as trivial as that might sound, I think these are social endemics that should not be ignored, especially by our artistes- an anti-thesis of what global hip-hop stands for today.

So while “Don’t Mess With..” is originally Lil’ Wayne’s soundtrack, its a track you’d probably listen to over and over again, the political undertones, both domestic and international do resonate with me.

On the first verse, “Ikenga is the King and Play Nation is the kingdom” states his assertion of his irreplaceable lyrical prowess, not just to his label, but I’m guessing to the industry as a whole. While most of us appreciate a lyricist with confidence, Kanebi is void of the fakeness I see with most naija lyricists today.

In his words: “Kanebi Ndekwu, you gotta love him”

Listen: Dont’ Mess With Me

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Dont’ Mess With Me


Nigerian History Channel

 

Chimamanda is introduced at around the 8 minute mark.

 

“To Instruct and Delight: a Case for Realist Literature”
Multiple prize winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks on Connecting Cultures at 2012 Commonwealth Lecture, organised by the Commonwealth Foundation.

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