Sick - An Audible Masterpiece
“Copying” Art on Social Media
Mechanics Rejoice O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
The Vanishing Point Dr. Mike McEvoy Date: 10 / 1 / 2019 By: Amber McEvoy
“I have three jobs, at least,” says the jack of all trades, Dr. Mike McEvoy. Mike is a registered nurse in the cardiac surgery ICU in Albany Med, an EMS coordinator for Saratoga, and an executive editor at JEMS. He originally became interested in the medical field in fifth grade, when he saw a dog get hit by a car while he was waiting for the train to school. He soon after started taking a first aid class for people. Mike got into college on a swimming scholarship and gave himself the choice of either studying English or psychology, he thought they were his best options. He went with psychology, getting a bacholers, masters, and a doctorate in psychology. He later went back to school and got his associates and bacholers in nursing, masters in physics, bio and chem. After listing all of his degrees, he pointed out “So, none of those really have a lot to do with the jobs I have, but they’re all very helpful degrees” Now, he’s constantly busy taking care of people who have gone through heart surgery, teaching nurses about ICU equipment, picking drugs for hospitals, regulating responders to emergencies, and generally being in charge of what JEMS puts out. He added that he has about 3-10 meetings a day. Mike works in Albany Med, an office in Ballston Spa for the county, at home and in an office in New Jersey for JEMS. Since he works in the medical field, I felt it necessary to ask him about the recent vape boom with teenagers. He said his theory on why kids are getting sick has to do with the vitamins in the oils, not the flavors as most are suspecting. He said that there are four different vitamins that can be turned to oils nicely: vitamins A, D, E, and K. An excess amount of vitamins A, D, and K tend to cause problems with people, but vitamin E hasn’t shown anything serious so far. He speculates that when the vitamins are super heated in the vapes, they become toxic to the lungs. He stated that that’s just his opinion and they’re not sure what causes the problems quite yet.
Sick - An Audible Masterpiece (5/5) Date: 11 / 18 / 2019 By: Amber McEvoy
“Sick” is an investigative podcast about wrongdoings in the medical field, “what goes wrong in places meant to keep us healthy” as they describe it. The first season so far has been about a fertility clinician, Dr. Donald Cline, who used his own sperm to impregnate a multitude of mothers without their consent. The podcast is run by the award-winning journalists Jake Harper and Lauren Bavis. They have interviewed people who know Dr. Cline and the children whose parents went to his fertility clinic. There are no ads during the podcast as of right now, which makes it easier to enjoy. Each episode is about a half an hour long, a good length for a lot of information to be explained in. The episodes start with a warning for listeners stating “This episode of Sick deals with sexual themes, and includes discussion of rape, and assault, just keep that in mind if you have kids around.” Then a “teaser” from the episode before the theme song and a short description of the season so far. I found this podcast to be extremely informative of what goes on when power goes to a doctor’s head. It’s very well developed so far. Harper and Bavis, being journalists themselves, seem to know exactly what they want to accomplish and how they want to go about it. They repeat what’s gone on in past episodes without it sounding too redundant. I had accidentally listened to the fourth episode first, not realising what order I had it set to be in, and I knew almost exactly what was going on from the start. Each interview they conduct is very well constructed. I’m not left with any questions about what’s gone on. They seem to treat them like normal conversations so they’re more relaxed and laid back than other interviews I’ve seen. In the most recent episode, as of writing this, titled “Sparingly”, Jacoba Ballard, a child from Cline’s fertility clinic who is now an adult, records a call from Cline for the podcast. Harper and Bavis let the audience know, through a voiceover, whenever Cline was lying to Jacoba, which eliminates confusion about what he tells her. Cline’s way of flipping and bending the truth had the possibility to be extremely confusing but they explain what’s going on quite gracefully. I would give “Sick” 5/5 stars. It’s very easy to understand despite the amount of information given and it’s very well thought out. I enjoy listening to the podcast because of how neat the information is laid out and how it’s constructed. I would definitely suggest this podcast to other people who enjoy hearing about ethical dilemmas in the workplace, especially in the medical field.
Review: Vampire Weekend’s Modern California Pop Masterpiece ‘Father of the Bride’ The first album in six years from Ezra Koenig and Co. is rich ear candy loaded with helplessness and crisis. Date: 4 / 30 / 2019 By: David Fricke, Rolling Stone
At 18 songs in under an hour, Vampire Weekend’s first album in six years sounds at first like a manic effort to make up lost time. Singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig, the band’s composer-lyricist and a co-producer on virtually every track, has stuffed his hooks and bridges with so many change-ups in rhythm, guitar tone and dramatic instrumental flourish that, by the finish, you feel like you’ve been whipped through a modern-pop homage to the Beatles’ Abbey Road medley – twice over. Father of the Bride is so zealously detailed and meticulously contoured that you easily sink into its inventions: the whirl of country picking, surf-guitar twang and classical interlude in “Harmony Hall”; the loopy hip-hop of “Sunflower” with its creeping-vocal riff; the Soweto-like bounce and AutoTuned-Beach Boys-style chorale in “Flower Moon.” But this is ear candy loaded with trouble. Frustration, helplessness and romantic crisis come just like the songs, in grenade-like bursts, as Koenig delivers bad news like the “wicked snakes” in “Harmony Hall” (“Inside a place/You thought was dignified”) with disarmingly clean-cut vocal brio. “Unbearably White” could easily be read as Koenig’s self-deprecating twist on his singing and his band: Vampire Weekend’s Ivy League origins, the breezy Afro-Caribbean cadence of their early records. In fact, the title comes from images of chilly, suffocating emptiness (heavy snow on the verge of an avalanche; a blank diary page awaiting confession), served with slinky guitar, fluid jazz-fusion bass and fluttering orchestration. In “How Long,” Koenig undercuts the comic flair – funky-Seventies guitar, foghorn synth – with snarky bitterness. And in his trilogy of duets with Danielle Haim (of the Los Angeles trio Haim), spread across the album like a serial, the two joust from breakup to happy-ever-after like an indie-rock version of Johnny and June Cash. “Hallelujah you’re still mine/All I did was waste your time,” Koenig croons in the campy finale “We Belong Together,” which evokes Kanye West producing Wings’ “Mull of Kintyre.” Much has changed for Vampire Weekend between this album and their last, 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. The New York-born group is now a trio: Koenig, drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio. Multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij left in early 2016, insisting he would still work with Koenig. But Batmanglij appears once on this album as a producer and co-writer, while Koenig – who is now based in L.A. and lent a writer-producer hand to Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Hold Up” – broadens his reach here, collaborating with pop and hip-hop outsiders Bloodpop and DJ Dahi. Aside from the New Order-style inferno “Sympathy” and the flashback to Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” in “This Life,” there is very little rock on Father of the Bride, at least of the kind that defined New York’s turn-of-the-millennium guitar-band boom. Vampire Weekend were late arrivals, lacking the Strokes’ switch-blade attitude and the art-punk edge of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But Vampire Weekend now look like the smartest guys in the room, marshalling a sumptuous, emotionally complex music perfect in this pop moment. “Sooner or later the story gets told,” Koenig sings in “Unbearably White.” “To tell it myself would be unbearably bold.” Then he tells it to extremes.
“Copying” Art on Social Media Date: 12 / 12 / 2019 By: Amber McEvoy
If I gave you a painting that I made, I’d be giving you permission to do whatever you want with it. Whether that be selling it on ebay, scratching off my signature and replacing it with your own, or even painting something different over it. Why isn’t the same thought applied when I post that painting on social media? There was a post circulating around the art community on Instagram about letting people reference your art. This post was made by an artist who goes by the name “Roadkille”, who states, “Growing up, you probably knew an artist that you admired a lot. Admit it, you probably tried to recreate some of their drawings. Imagine your idol yelling at you, a ten year old, for being inspired by them.” This post brings up the fact that all artists start by admiring others art. Studying and recreating art and styles are critical for perfecting your own art. In my third grade art class, after reading the story Rainbow Fish, we had to recreate a page from the book. If the illustrator of that book, Marcus Pfister, came storming into that third grade classroom claiming we were all art thieves, we would have been horrified. On another note, no art is purely original. Picasso once said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” So, when someone gets inspired by another's work, the artist who did the work originally shouldn’t claim that the other stole their idea. If all artists got angry at others for being another artists inspiration, everyone would be extremely paranoid and would stop in their tracks in fear of copying someone else. If artists are always scared of copying one another, everyone would stop creating, they’d stop expressing themselves. Inspiration would crumble. One artist might have a monopoly above all smaller artists who are supposedly “copying” their ideas or style. This is why art should be a freedom, as it’s intended to be. To go back to my point in the beginning: if I post something on social media, everyone should be able to use it however they want to. People should be able to repost it and make tshirts with it. Just like what was happening on Twitter recently, bots have been “stealing” art from artists and putting them on tshirts. I get that some artists may argue that they need to make money off of their art and if others reclaim it as their own they’d go broke. There should be a separate application or maybe even a separate section within instagram or vsco or whatever people are using that is designated for art sellers and buyers. If there were a separate application for art buyers and sellers, they wouldn’t have to deal with the money issue that arises when others reclaim their art on other popular apps.
Art Should Not Be Reclaimed Without Credit Date: 1 / 13 / 2020 By: Amber McEvoy
If you were to take candy from a child, would you feel good about yourself? Would you reduce a teenagers allowance for doing a good job? What about lowering a person’s pay for increasing their workload? That’s exactly what you’re doing when you copy art from an artist online. Recently on Twitter, “bots” were stealing artwork from artists and putting it on t-shirts without credit or acknowledgement to the original artist. Eventually, the artists fired back posting things that would look back for the bots. Such as an artist named Nana (@Hannahdouken on Twitter) who wrote, “This site sells STOLEN artwork, do not buy from them!” This caused t-shirts to be made with that phrase. Though this instance is funny, it still raises awareness to the original point: art is being stolen from artists. On Instagram, when an artist’s work gets onto the “explore” page, they get more eyes on their page. Because of this, more people will be commissioning them and buying their work or items with their designs on them. This also opens more doors for people who steal artwork, whether that be copying, tracing, reposting with their name, plagiarizing in general. Then, if the stolen artwork gets more attention, the original artist gets less revenue, because people turn to the copy-cat. The artist can try to put the word out to their followers that someone is copying them, but they can’t catch all of them. Some will steal push through the surface and get onto the explore page. I get it that new or inexperienced artists need to practice, and one way is to copy or trace art, but when that’s done without credit or acknowledgement to the original artist, it can take the light away from them.
Mechanics Rejoice At New O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Date: 9 / 16 / 2019 By: Amber McEvoy
Auto mechanics can now rejoice at the new O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in Burnt Hills. The store opened on August 23rd, 2019 in the heart of Burnt Hills near Stewarts, CVS, and Mama’s. The location is perfect for high school drivers who need to take care of their new and preowned cars. It’s within walking distance to the school, so if you need something quick, you can walk over, buy it, and go. I spoke with the assistant manager who said he was extremely happy about the location, and they’ve been getting around 40-50 customers a day. They’re planning on hiring about 7 employees to control the traffic they’ve been dealing with. The only other auto parts store in Burnt Hills is United Auto Supply which is further down the road to O’Reilly’s. Since O’Reilly’s is in a smaller building, it might be easier to find your way around and get what you need when you need it. The building looks new and clean now that they’ve moved in, the parking lot even seems newly painted so it’s easier to find spots.
Stolen car crashes in area of Troy's Hoosick Street Bridge Date: 1 / 13 / 2020 By: WNYT Staff
TROY - The area of the Hoosick Street Bridge is cleared, after a high-speed crash involving a stolen sedan and a pickup truck. Police say the sedan was reported stolen from Central and Lexington avenues in Albany around 6:15 Monday morning. They found it at Henry followed it onto 787.
When they tried to stop it, it sped off and eventually caused a pickup truck to crash at 8th and Hoosick. Police are now looking for two people involved who ran off.
What’s up on ‘50? Date: 11 / 6 / 2019 By: Amber McEvoy, Luke Willett, Erich Brucker, Colin Bachert