February 27, 2011

What do you think it is?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:36 AM by psycheshanicole

Here is a picture I took last night, what do you think it symbolizes or what story does it tell?


February 20, 2011

The Journey To Podcasting

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:10 PM by psycheshanicole

I hope you all listened to my podcast in the last blog I wrote, it was a heart warming story presented by the pastor and an interesting experience. Audio is actually a hard concept to learn. The program Garage band does make things seem a lot simpler, but it is still pretty intricate, While doing the podcast I learned so many things. I learned you should record all the audio you are going to use in the same place and probably time, because the background noise, echo level, and other things sound very different and have to be adjusted to sound as similar as possible. I also learned how to cut and edit tracks, I think is the word, as well as add background music somewhat.

It can also be difficult to make the story on a podcast come across as interesting and relevant.  It is more fun thinking of what topic to do then actually putting it all together making it sound good. But that may be because I’m not very good at it yet. I would probably be willing to do another podcast. I like the story telling podcast about unusual lives or experiences, I originally wanted to interview a Holocaust victim for the podcast, but that was pretty unrealistic considering I don’t think I even know any Jewish people; well I probably do and just don’t know it.

Next time if I get to do another podcast I’d like to do a group commentary on a popular topics, such as  fashion, world news, music, movies, etc.

February 16, 2011

Podcast: Cowboys Going Above & Beyond

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:52 AM by psycheshanicole

Here is a link to the podcast me and my classmates just created.

It is about the sad story of a man who recently died in Stillwater bringing a local pastor to want to start a new alternative homeless shelter to the Mission of Hope in Stillwater. Check it Out!

February 13, 2011

A Journey Through Food…

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:07 PM by psycheshanicole

I used to write a weekly restaurant review for the O’Colly and it actually was an interesting and fun experience. I would go to a different restaurant in Stillwater every week, sometimes with my friends and sometimes without, but each visit was worthwhile. Worthwhile, because I usually enjoyed some great food with some good friends or some horrible food and I know not to return to or recommend that restaurant.

 One bad experience I had in Stillwater was at Curly’s old fashioned hamburgers. My friend recommended that I go there and that it had the best curly fries in town, but I had the opposite reaction when I went there. I felt the service was unsatisfactory and there was a lack of enthusiasm. The food was mediocre at best, which is how I described it in the article. The curly fries were unseasoned and limp.Aand the rest of the food was nothing special. Maybe they didn’t like me because I had green hair. Or maybe I came at a bad time. Oh well, I will never return to know.

One of the best experiences I had was at Palomino’s Mexican restaurant. The owner Francisco, who I still have a cordial, casual platonic relationship with was extremely nice, giving, and helpful. I tried shark tacos for the first time while there. The food was excellent and in huge portions. I wish him, his family and his businesses good luck. One of the most disappointing experiences I had was at Eskimo Joe’s. The waiter was extremely nice and helpful, and I like the set up of the restaurant, but the food was just okay. Don’t get me wrong the cheese fries with the sweet peppered bacon was AMAZING, but that was about it. The original Fowl Thing is just a plain grilled chicken sandwich, which needs everything to be added on it to be a tasty meal; everything meaning mayo, cheese, lettuce, pickle, bacon, something. I would think with how famous and popular Eskimo Joe’s is the food would be the reason why, but I don’t think so. I think it is more famous because of its t-shirts and history. Because I had mixed feelings about Joe’s the article I wrote was not published due to monetary reasons. 

I am a food enthusiast. I love food. I have a large appetite I love to cook food, eat it, and go to restaurants to try new, amazing things. I am also a waitress, so I am always around food and understand how the business works and what should be expected and what should not.  I recommend to anyone that has the opportunity to become a restaurant reviewer because it is a really cool job and a good way to network with successful business owners.

February 6, 2011

Podcasting, the next big thing

Posted in advertising, papa john's, podcasting, radio, Uncategorized at 3:50 PM by psycheshanicole

Honestly, I hadn’t heard much about podcasting before taking the Electronics Communication course I’m enrolled in right now. But I guess it’s a growing trend of audio and video recordings or live segments of particular subjects posted on the internet or iTunes. I see podcasting as a new form of radio, where you can pick out specifically what you want to listen to. I think they are kind of cool, would be an alternative to listening to music while cleaning or getting ready for the day or browsing the Internet. I haven’t heard very many podcasts, but I think I like the entertainment newscasts type. I listened to a CNN podcast about celebrities and entertainment shows, it was interesting probably because I’m a reality TV and celebrity drama junkie.

I think podcasting is a good way for companies to be able to advertise and reach their consumers in a new way. They could place banners on the bottom of the video podcasts, have an ad play at the beginning while a podcast loads, or have the speaker of the podcast incorporate the company or advertisement some time during the podcast. Stores, especially local businesses could send out or have people subscribe to a podcast of their weekly sales or events. A lot of businesses want people to view their websites and start ordering and paying online, for example Papa John’s sends many e-mails to the people who subscribe or order on its website its daily specials; it may be a lot easier and more effective if they sent out a podcast of their owner Papa John (or whatever his name is) being charismatic as usual breaking down the weekly deals and how they are giving out free pizzas on Superbowl Sunday in a two-minute podcast.

I think I would start podcasting if I could figure out an interesting topic to talk about. I think it would be fun and probably in my future. I thought I was pretty technologically savvy, but I’m not. I need to step my game up and incorporate more technology, especially computer-based, into my everyday life, and podcasting might be the way to start.