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Winter 2012 | Issue 2

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MODERN VIDEOGAMES

What works and what shamefully fails in modern virtual entertainment

PICK-UP LINES

The absolute best way to pick up chicks is corny phrases, apparently

IN THE NIGHT

Girl falls in love at first sight with a boy running away

THE GUARDIAN

Elven warrior tasked with protecting his princess finds out how he truly feels before battle

VACATION ON THE MOON What your summer vacation might look like 30 years down the road

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WOMEN’S SPORTS

Why women athletes struggle for recognition in the world of professional sports

ROCK N’ ROLL

Exclusive interview with Robert M. Knight, famed photographer

MONEY BUYS YOU LOVE Guide to the holiday season for that special someone

OBSCURE MUSIC

Bands that you don’t know, would like

FLOPPED TECHNOLOGY

Sometimes innovation lands products square on their heads

SPLATTER

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ariety: Due to the variety of choices in different games, there’s multiple ways to do things. It breaks the monotony of some games and allows the player to have some control over what is happening within the story. Characters: NPCs contain the variety of personalities that you experience in real life. The ways in which people react to you can change dramatically based on what actions you’ve made. This is a great addition to the replayability and to the overall immersion in the game. Visuals: Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, and Borderlands (one and two) are great examples of art in video games done right. It’s like a painting made real, beautiful, interesting, and interactive. The variety of settings is great. Fallout and Skyrim do this extremely well; the land changes around you.

Tundras, oceans, and postapocalyptic wastelands can all be in the same game. Open-World: The amount of discoverable backstory and items present in open world games like Skyrim make you really feel like you’re part of the world. The objective is decided by your decisions, affecting everything, and there’s no punishment for just exploring and having fun, getting into street brawls, or just being an idiot. Story: Stories should have the ability to suck you in, making you always want to know more. Some games actually have storylines throughout multiple games now, but you can still jump in at any point of the story and understand exactly what’s going on. It just gives an incentive to know more, as well as allowing you to really connect with the characters involved.

Replay Value: Epic boss battles make you want to instantly go back and fight again, trying to find new ways to defeat them. Powering up your character helps later because you can play through the game again, but keep your insane, god-like powers. This means that enemies that once crushed you, you can now destroy with a flick of your finger. Lego Star Wars, and games of the same genre, also give the incentive to play through again because of the secret levels and portions of the maps that can only be accessed by a certain character. You want to explore all of the world that’s presented to you. Collectables actually add to gameplay value, drawing you in. New costumes, power-ups, secret characters and levels will have you exploring for hours after beating the campaign.

what’s wrong Staleness: Shooters are the same thing every time without adding new elements at all. Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare

3 are the same game with slightly different guns in slightly different settings. Honestly, they could all be DLCs of each other.

Games like Assassins Creed have cool premises and interesting gameplay, but the sequels don’t change anything except setting.


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They have a formula that worked initially, but they don’t want to risk anything by trying something new, so they stick with the same thing. Because of this, there is no replay value. It seems like their main rule is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Online: Every match has the same people: the noise maker, the youngin’, the n00b, and the 1337 guy are all present. Even the game play types that are supposed to be different, like demolition and free for all, are almost the same, just run and gun with camping. The problems with online play go beyond shooters, however. In Diablo 3, you have to be connected to the internet to play a single-

revi ew player game with no one else. Tutorials: Tutorial levels hold your hand through the game to teach you how to play and don’t let you experience or discover anything on your own. Game changing button combos should be things that you discover, because that is what gives the player a huge sense of accomplishment. Story: Story in modern gaming has the ability to be great, as was mentioned earlier, but in some games storylines are shoved in last minute to get you from gameplay element to gameplay element. The story should be the main focus, while gameplay delivers it in a unique, interesting, memorable, and fun way. The gameplay should

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be determined by the story line, not the other way around. Cutscenes: Long cinematics that don’t add to the game in any way distract from the game and are boring. This is why Heavy Rain is not fun. It’s a movie with a button push once in awhile; the only way you can possibly fail is by pressing start. DLC: DLCs have become: “How can we get more money out of this,” rather than “Let’s add interesting things and hopefully make some money because people enjoy it.” It’s content that should have been included in the first place, but have been extracted for profit. Many games ship with preloaded DLC on the game disk.

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Hey, babe! pick-up lines that are sure to woo any lovely lady

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t turns out the best way to start a meaningful relationship with the opposite sex is pick-up lines. They totally work, dude! Ever since the dawn of time, men have developed increasingly “creative” ways of courting the objects of their affection. Even today, men endure such dangerous trials. We present to you the cutting edge in picking up girls!

“Hey, I lost my phone number. Can I have yours?” “Oh... I lost mine too.” *awkward stare-down*


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If you were a burger at McDonalds, you’d be a McGorgeous.” “Did you just call me fat?”

“You remind me of Pokemon. I want to Pikachu.” Also I wanna keep you in a plastic ball in my basement. Screams “Nerd!!” and puts on hand sanitizer.

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“Your eyes are a blue as the water in my toilet.” *Thinks* “Oh! I get it! Creepy.”

“Babe, do you have a map? Cause I’m getting lost in your eyes.” “Sorry, I use iOS6.”


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“If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one.” “That joke was pretty obtuse.” “Hi! I’m new in town. Can I have directions to your house?” “You’ve been in my English class for the past two years.”

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In the Night a love story

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he sky began its descent into night. Dark clouds hung on the horizon. He had ran and ran and ran, and someone had chased him. Without knowing why, she had chased him. Without knowing him, she gave pursuit. A figure had zipped by her in the twilight, and she had raced after it. His long, strong legs carried him far, and her thin ones followed his tracks. Thud, thud, thud, footsteps could be heard in the dust. Darkness swallowed the pair, and the night did not slow the heat. Waves of humidity came upon them, thick and heavy. He could feel a cool drop of sweat roll down his neck. Damp hair clung to hers. Neither paused to brush it away. After miles of running, her legs finally gave up. She fell in a heap, gasping to fill her lungs. He kept running, his feet pounding the ground. Thud. Thud. Thud. A few steps later, his mind registered the silence behind him. Dark, wide eyes followed his form as it continued on. What

would happen now, with no one for her to follow? His feet slowed, and he turned around. Curled on the ground behind him was the girl. Who was she? Why had she come? Unconsciously, she held her breath. He took a step toward her. Struggling to get up and failing, she watched his silhouette approach. When he was close enough, he reached a hand out to her. She grabbed it, faltering as she stood. Her hand lay heavily on his shoulder for a moment and she fell down again. He stood there for a moment, unsure of what to do. Then he sat down on the ground beside her. The ground was hard and dusty. Shaking his head, he clenched a handful of dirt in his hand and thought. He thought of fields, of lush green grass reaching forever. The dirt in his hand transformed into grass. Together they were sitting on a rectangle of grass in the middle of a barren land. He looked at the girl, who gave a weak, lopsided smile in return.

“Why’d you follow me?” he asked, his voice hoarse from the run. She was silent for a moment, her eyes searching his dirtsmeared face. “I had to know,” she replied. “Know what?” Her lips parted, about to answer, but then she closed them again. He stared at her lips, taking in the curve of her cheek and the flutter of her lashes. Her eyes were lost in thought, focused on an unseen point behind him. “I had to know…” Her eyes focused back on his. “Do…would you…do you love me?” He looked at her, his eyes wild and confused, “Are you sure you want to know the answer?” She nodded. “Why do you want to know?” “Because…I need to know. I need to know so I can hope, or so I can move on. I want to know so I will understand better. Will you tell me?” A hot breeze blasted dirt into their faces, and she frowned with displeasure. Lifting her face to the sky, she blew out gently. The clouds clung to the horizon for a second more,


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and then they glided toward the patch of grass. When they were above the pair, a steady rain began to fall, quenching the earth, and cooling the boy and girl. The boy nodded, “Yes. I will tell you.” She looked at him expectantly, searching his face. Clear blue eyes held her gaze, taking her in.He didn’t know her, or why she had followed him, but there was a tug inside his chest. He listened to that tug, and gave his answer. “Yes. I do love

shor t stories you.” A grin broke across her face, and a vigor appeared in her eyes that had not been there previously. He smiled back at her, and stood up. He held out his hand again, and she grasped it firmly. He pulled her up, and placed her arms around his neck. His hands wrapped around her waist. Raindrops poured from the sky above them. “Dance with me,” he whispered in her ear. She nodded, murmuring a yes. They started slowly, their feet

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brushing the ground, hesitant. Gaining confidence, they danced and danced. He pulled her in for a kiss during the dance, and they kissed. And then they flew. They flew high into the night, and they disappeared. With them, the clouds and rain and grass faded as well, and the heat came back. The night was almost over, and pale pinks and oranges began to creep over the horizon. The sky began its ascent into day, and the sun rose to its perch in the heavens.

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The Guardian calm before the storm

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aydreams came to life tonight. This night was their only serenity. The blood left behind was forgotten. The pain to come was no longer in sight. The light of the sun was but a whimper to the fire in their hearts. The moment they lived in made them feel content. They both wanted this. Each passing moment brought their relationship closer. Did they know what would come of this action? Did they know what would happen? None of it mattered as their lips touched. Their first meeting was now a distant past: A young Elfish knight, swearing an oath to protect her: a young Elfish princess. She cared little for the affection of whom she perceived to be

little more than a peasant. Four hundred years passed, yet very little changed from that point. The young knight had become a guardian. The princess wasn’t far from becoming the new queen, but their feelings toward each other remained the same. It wasn’t until the attacks during a visit to the far reaches of The North that they found themselves growing closer. Was it fear of death alone that brought them together, Or had these feelings always been there? Either way, they formed a bond stronger than blood. It was a bond that could’ve changed the kingdom. The reasons as to

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why are unclear, but the events are set in stone. The deeds were done. The actions set. The humans had invaded the Elfish lands. There was no more hope. The chaos they left in their wake was indescribable. They pursued the Princess, for they wanted her head. Then they would proceed with taking the entire kingdom. That mattered little to the Princess tonight. She was in the arms of the only elf to ever love her. Her only thoughts were in the moment. Tomorrow, she would die.


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he first time you saw a full moon, it was pretty sweet. You saw that bright grey disk in the sky and probably thought something like, “Bro that’s totally rad.” But what exactly was “rad” about it? You liked shiny things. There wasn’t much else to it. Your grandson will have a totally different thought altogether. He’ll look up at the full moon and think, “Maybe I can go this weekend.” He’ll know a totally different version of spaceflight that you’ve known. He’ll see it as a form of private transportation to one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world (or rather, out of

the world). You might remember reading about a moon landing in the sixties, or some rover landing on some cold planet somewhere. You’ve never really lived through a big “space moment,” unless you take joy in a 2.5 billion dollar two-ton Hummer landing uncrushed on a planet 300 million miles away after traveling 17,000 miles per hour for 253

days. Oh, that actually happened. It was NASA’s Curiousity rover. But, only weirdoes would think that’s cool, right? No, your space moment would only be complete when you land on the surface of the moon. Your boots will be just like Neil Armstrong’s, except they’ll come in a variety of four colors. Ninety years after the first small step for man, you’ll take the 2,000th, and maybe even win a free smoothie. Ninety years after the first astronauts, not just the best and brightest will step foot on the moon, but the first two income brackets. You won’t mind the 100 trillion dollars of international debt that your federation


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cation on the Moon back home might be in, because you’re in freaking space. Low gravity will be sweet. You won’t have to wear a spacesuit in buildings or domes, so walking and running will be just as fast as you’re used to. Jumping, however, will be a novelty, because you might be able to jump ten times as high as you would on Earth. Sun bathing might be problematic, though, as the rays and particles jettisoned from the sun don’t have much to stop them from hitting you (potentially causing skin cancer). Make sure to lather up that SPF 2k, because you’re going to need it. What your hotel will look like is up for speculation. Buildings on Earth like to use browns and reds to mirror natural rock. On the moon, natural rock is black and grey. Tourists might get sick of the dark basalt-based architecture, so expect lots of neon lights and glass. The sky is always black on the moon, so having open spaces might not have the same appeal, unless to look at the giant blue marble on the horizon.

No frontier has ever taken off without the wonders of private interest. The New World wasn’t found by the Royal Navy; it was found by some entrepreneur who wanted a better trade route. The Wild West was settled by gold diggers, not the Bureau of Taking Land. Space won’t be your playground at NASA’s hands. The only thing that’s been missing to businesses is a potential profit. Maybe you wouldn’t mind jumping twenty feet in the air. Maybe you’d pay money to see Earth outside your bedroom window, and so would a few hundred millionaires today. Potential profit? Sounds like it. Now, space tourism doesn’t seem like science fiction. Your future vacation on the moon will be possible because people are already paying to spend an afternoon in space. If you’ve heard of Virgin Mobile and Virgin America, you might have also heard of Virgin Galactic, “the world’s first spaceline.” Yeah, they’re serious. Legally, no nation can claim land on the moon, according to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Maybe that’s why no one has settled it yet: they can’t own it. In

the year 2040, though, who will care what some Cold War treaty said seventy years ago? Also, when we’re on the moon, who will care what some old-world countries had to say anyway? Hopefully you’re getting the idea that the whole space thing isn’t going away. We’ve just happened to grow up in a time when space exploration has taken a back seat to counter-terrorism and oil prices. It’s still there, though, waiting for the right opportunity to break out. Those stories of kids encircling the tube television to watch the moon landing in black and white were real. Everyone wondered about space. Every school had an aerospace club, solely for the purpose of launching model rockets. Every neighborhood had the kid with wayfarer sunglasses who wrote to NASA on the weekends. In the future, space won’t just be for television, nor will it be for nerds. Space will mean something more than theory when your best friend invites you to go Alpine sliding down the side of a crater. The future is awesome.

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Women’s Sports more than a punch line

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hy are women’s sports such a joke? As a female athlete, I’m a bit offended. But mostly, I’m just curious. What makes us so laughable? The “women’s sports” line is almost as bad as “get back in the kitchen”, or the ever wonderful “make me a sandwich.” After a bit of thought, I realized that the answer was in three categories: history, media, and us. Us being women. The female gender. I know that for some of you boys this is uncharted territory, but stay with me. You’ll talk to a girl soon enough. In 1972, Title IX made it possible for women to play sports in school. This was a huge breakthrough following the housewife mentality of the 1950’s. However, when you consider that men technically have been playing sports since their origin, (I totally count spearing mammoths as a sport. I also believe it should be a high school co-ed) we are about 249,970 years behind. I’m not great with numbers, but I feel that the proper term to describe this is “dream on.” As evolution has progressed, we haven’t been conditioned to run for hours or jump out of the gym; according to history, we should be fantastic at sewing skins together and painting with berries. I can readily admit that I am below aver-

age at both of these skills. It’s honestly not our fault that we got such a late start, so blame our ancestors for ignoring equality and choosing something stupid, like survival. Have you ever looked closely at the women in athletic advertisements? More often than not, the weight the model is holding appears to have more body mass than she does. Also, were she to actually lift the weight, her arm would break in half because it’s got the bone density of a toothpick. The media is what the public sees, and the praying mantis women, although beautiful, painfully misrepresent the culture of female athletes.My volleyball team likes to complain about the size of their legs, myself included, yet there isn’t a single one of us who would sacrifice our muscle. We’ve worked hard for it. It defines us. If you’re still confused, a good example is Athleta Magazine, which sells women’s athletic apparel. The models in there look like real women, not bones in spandex. This could be a bit of a stretch for some, but a girl’s biggest obstacle is herself. We constantly battle with our desire for success, and our desire to be attractive. Might I reference lingerie football? It’s a sport designed to make girls look hot and throw

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each other to the ground. As my inner feminist would say, it’s truly demeaning. Another instance would be the recent London Olympics, which I had the good fortune to attend. Rather than focusing on the talent or diligence of the female athletes, the papers blared headlines about who has a tiny bikini or who is married to whoever or what’s her face that’s hooking up with Ryan Lochte (insert jealous sigh here). The journey of their triumph was completely lost in the clamour. Women have to perpetually battle their public persona to receive any respect. But the truth is, women are a force to be reckoned with in sports. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, all countries sent both men and women for the first time. More women competed for the United States than men, and they won more medals as well. I’m hopeful that in the future, women can play a more major role in sports, and not be objectified but rather respected. And they can’t do that in the kitchen, can they?

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How did you get introduced to photography? My dad was a keen photographer when he was in WWII. He shot all these amazing photos of Japan. I would look at all these albums and wish one day to go to all these strange and wonderful places. In the early 60s, I started to see album covers with photos of rock bands and wanted somehow to enter into that world, even though I did not play the guitar and I needed a Visa to get into the room! How do you form personal relationships with rock legends? Again, in the 60s there was not the hype there is today. If you took interest, they would open the door to you. There were not many rock-and-roll photographers, so at many major concerts I would be the only one shooting. In terms of developing the relationships, [it’s all about] giving them some of your work, not being more important than the people you are shooting, and helping them connect with promoters they did not know, that sort of stuff. What is a memorable moment with a famous artist you’ve had? When I was a teenager I was sent down to LA to shoot a new band at the Whiskey A Go Go restaurant, but upon arriving discovered that I was not old enough to get in.

“It’s sad as we are no longer really photographers, we are post production people.” They called over to the hotel and got the band on the phone; they had them send me over. It was Led Zeppelin and I spent the day hanging with them, coming in as road crew, and going up to San Francisco a few days later with them. I called a promoter in Hawaii that I knew, Hawaii being where I grew up, and told him to book the band. He did, and a few months later I went out to the airport to pick them up. We had 10 days of crazy stuff running around Hawaii together!

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How do you track down artists before they make it big? This seems to be something you are always actively pursuing. As much as I liked the music of my youth, I can’t listen to it. I got very bored with it. I always liked music that was on the fringe or new, which is why I liked Hendrix and Zeppelin. Now I am excited to find the next Zep or Hendrix, or some really far out style of music. How did your upbringing, which you described in your documentary not being particularly focused on art, affect your work and career? Being the son of a minister, and not being able to go to movies, I would listen to rock and roll, grow my hair long, and wear weird clothes. I became a travel agent at 16 and was able to fly around the world for next to nothing. I got on a plane and flew back and forth to London and hung out in the 1965-1970 period. ‘Swinging London’ they called it, and I would go to the offices of the band managers and try and get them to let me shoot their artists, and in the end they did. I loved the British bands and did not like the hip-

pie California stuff. I lived next to Joplin in 1968 but would never photograph her. The [Grateful] Dead to me were the most boring band ever. To this day, I have never done drugs or smoked pot, so perhaps this could be why I never shot those bands, yet got all the major British bands! How did you step into the music scene and remain as a full-time photographer? Did you have a job before your full-time photography? The secret was I became a major advertising photographer and travelled the world for most major airlines, hotels, and cruise ship companies. I had huge amounts of money that allowed me to follow bands around or fly across the world to hang at Jeff Beck’s house. My travel archive is of equal size to my rock and roll archive, which is massive, over 200,000 images and growing. Where do you normally take photos from during a live concert? How often are you allowed on stage? 99% of the time I am shooting in the pit, but as I got more famous, my friends like Jeff Beck, Elton John, and all the


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young bands let me shoot on the stage. I just got off some dates on the Aerosmith tour where they wanted me to shoot all over the stage and in front of them while 15,000 watched. It’s amazing to actually be standing next to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, hearing the band behind you ripping it up! Do you have a preference between studio work or concert photo shoots? I am trained in classic studio photography. About 40% of my archive is off stage or in the studio. I love getting a oneon-one with a major artist. Who has been the most photogenic band or artist to shoot in action? Jeff Beck was the king for me; I have shot him for over 45 years! Steven Tyler would be a close second. Who have been your favorite bands to photograph and spend time with?

Jeff Beck, Slash, Aerosmith, Tyler Bryant, Sick Puppies and the first artist I managed, the red hot guitar player Josh Gooch.

“Jeff Beck was the king for me; I have shot him for over 45 years! Do you mentor other photographers or have an apprentice? There have been a few over the years; some have gone on to be amazing photographers. I have spent almost a year working with one of my guitar player friends that is interested in photography, Josh Nordlund. He is getting very good!


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How do you feel about bootlegged versions of your photography? I understand people mean well, but it’s a constant pain in the ass to fight the bootleggers. It takes money out of your pocket and the artists get pissed and often call me to let me know someone is doing it on eBay! What do you believe to be some of your most iconic photos? I had the most amazing day of shooting with Stevie Ray Vaughan, alone, on stage and with Eric Clapton, only to have him die that night in the helicopter crash. Very sad, but the images are becoming rather iconic. Also, my early photos of Zeppelin in Honolulu on their first tour. Many of my Jeff Beck photos have become iconic. What do you find in bands or an artist that gives you hint that they might achieve success? Take the Sick Puppies, for example. You brought them to America and they achieved massive fame and popularity. I could see what the Puppies were doing Down Under would for sure be popular in America with their heavy, almost punk sound on a pop record. But off stage they were normal. When I was shooting the hair bands of the 80s, which almost made me quit the business, they were so twisted off stage that it became the badge of honor. I saw all of that stuff in the 70s with Led Zep in Seattle at the Edgewater Inn or Riot House on Sunset. What are your thoughts on the Sick Puppies?

What was your relationship like with Stevie Ray Vaughan?

I have loved to watch them grow as a band. They get what needs to be to make a great record. Paul, their manager, just played me their new stuff and the next album will be even more amazing, as Emma is now singing more and more. She is so wonderful off stage... very shy and Japanese. On stage she becomes Flea! Shim is the greatest as he is so funny, and Mark seems to have the all girls follow him back to the hotel! Ha!

I saw SRV in concert many times before I actually was introduced to him in person when Jeff Beck invited me on tour in 1989. I only knew Stevie sober, and since I had never done drugs he would talk to me for hours about stuff. He came into LA once and we spent the afternoon just talking about life, and how I managed to hang with Zep and Hendrix and stay sober. He invited me to come and shoot the now famous shot of him with Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. Stevie was such a wonderful, warm person with me.


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Most debate Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of, if not the, best guitarist of all time. His skills and passion for the blues were unmatched. What was it like to photograph him, interact with him, and see him perform? What are your personal thoughts towards his legacy? He had a fire that I had never seen in a guitar player. He would so go into the zone and tap in to another universe some nights. It’s funny, at Alpine Valley at his last show, I asked him where he went when he played, as he seemed that night to be channeling something strange. He said, “I know what you mean; lighting hits you and it’s coming through.” I asked where he was the night Jimi died, as I felt I was watching Jimi on stage that night. Do you have a favorite artist and/or song when you listen to music recreationally? I don’t listen to any music from my era at all. At the moment, I can’t get ‘Madness’ by Muse out of my head. I

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love to listen to Death Cab when I drive back and forth from Las Vegas to LA. The last Jeff Beck record is always on too! Who are you currently photographing that we can expect to see in the future? I am working on amazing project called ‘The Brotherhood of the Guitar.’ I have gone around the world and still am looking for super amazing young guitar players, male and female. The next wave of mega guitar players is on the way. Josh Gooch, Harrison Whitford, Josh Nordlund and Daniel Donato just to name a few. Noah Benardout, the young singer and songwriter, will launch very quickly over the next 12 months. New Hollow could, if they do the right songs, blow up very big. Dead Sara just blew me away when I shot them live the other night! Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers and students who want to try to make it in the business? Digital has killed off a lot of the money in music photography, as so many will do shoots for free or for little money. So the challenge is to do something very different, but everyone seems to be using the same postweird-software stuff, and it’s all looking a bit the same at the moment. Big bands are making it harder and harder for young photographers to get at them, and the rules and paperwork now are crazy. I would say amazing lighting is the key, both on stage and in the studio. My wife, Maryanne Bilham, is the most amazing lighting person. Her work with Santana and others in the studio is just amazing. I would say young photographers should look at her work.


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he holidays are near, and the area is full of snow, holiday lights and frightened boyfriends and girlfriends rushing to find that one perfect gift for that special person. Since everyone knows they can’t afford a Galaxy S III for

The Fine Gentlemen Knockaround sunglasses are a very popular new trend. They can be customized online with a variety of colors for the frame and lenses of the glasses. These customized glasses cost less than $40. Polarized lenses cost an extra $5. Lids is essentially the hat database of the world, and a haven for all sports fans. Unless you want to spend $40 in the store, I would recommend using the online shop. The hats online can be as cheap as $10 and can be shipped to a Lids store at the Park Meadows and Cherry Creek mall for free.

their muse, there are other gifts out there that can give him/her that sense of joy that tells you one thing: you survived another year. Fret not, dear children. Here is the ultimate guide to heartfelt last-minute gifts.

The Lovely Ladies Custom jewelry is a great way to show that you care and know her interests. Custom charm bracelets are a superb gift idea. They can be found at Forever 21 or Claire’s, and they bring a smile to any lucky lady’s face. Also, Bead-It is a store where you can create custom beaded bracelets at very affordable prices.

Fine Foods To Go Everyone else It doesn’t matter what you like, whether it be a band, sports team, or movie, there’s always a t-shirt for it. Obviously, anything and everything you’ll ever want is on the internet, but Hot Topic is the prime location to find tee shirts without needing to give a chunk of your wallet to the postal service. For those of you with the ability to be a bit more frivolous, concert tickets go a long way. On the cheap, you can burn a CD of your favorite songs.

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he following are, as the title implies, bands that are hovering in that dreaded zone between indie and well known. The purpose of this article is to both expand your musical horizons and (hopefully) give these bands some much needed buzz. Disclaimer: The difference between me and a hipster is that I actually want these bands to make it in the music industry instead of remaining indie so that I can brag about it. Also, I don’t own a scarf. Heavens

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Album that you’ll love: Patent Pending How can you describe the sound of Heavens? It’s like a dark cathedral whose only specks of light filter through a single stained-glass window, a black and white photo

Album that you’ll love: You May Already Be Dreaming Coming from the heart of Nebraska with the rock mentality of the New York music scene, You May Already Be Dreaming provides a very unique twist on folk-rock music. Their small town sound and country influence shines through on the soulful ‘Love From Below’ and the fifties slow-twang styled ‘Will The Ladies Send You Flowers?’ You May Already Be Dreaming takes an abrupt turn when the first guitar note of Clouds stabs out of the silence and takes you on a guitar driven trip to a dilapidated porch where you watch the slowly approaching storm with a sad anticipation. The album only gets better from there, with Supercomputer continuing the electric direction, but with the dripping molasses vocals taking center stage. The blues tinged slow rock culminates with my personal favorite: What You Want, whose minimalist sound will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next note with starry eyes and eager hands. From there, the album returns to its earlier mood of low key, small town pacing, the kind for people who have time to

of a murder scene, the graceful smile on the face of one you love, a study of the beauty of madness. It’s more a collection of memories than it is a sound. It’s dark art-rock at its best, with layers of guitar, masterful bass, deep, sometimes creepy lyrics, and energetic drums driving this 45-minute powerhouse of an album. Everyone is guaranteed to find at least one song from Patent Pending that they love, and the more you listen, the more you realize that you liked all of from the moment you heard it. You just didn’t know yet. It has restless, impatient rock in the form of ‘Counting’, elegant, slow longing with ‘Heather,’ and explosive disillusionment channelled through a guitar in ‘Another Night.’ You’ll need to free up a whole afternoon if you truly want to experience this album, but it is absolutely worth it. Album rating:

stop and take in the life around them. Neva Dinova is a terrific fusion of folk, country, rock, and even some blues. So if you are a fan of any of those genres, check them out. Album rating: Neva Dinova

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China isn’t just making our cheap toys anymore. Now, they’ve started making some badass rock. The band at the forefront of this new generation of Chinese rock is the Beijing group, Carsick Cars. Their lineup consists of a talented bassist, a generic drummer, and a blisteringly

Album that you’ll love: You Can Listen, You Can Talk powerful guitarist. In their sophomore effort, You Can Listen, You Can Talk, they prove that they can stand on equal ground with their American and British counterparts. The album doesn’t hit you in the back of the knee with a guitar, but rather eases you in, like walking into the sea inch by inch, letting the waves gently lap over your skin with ‘One Of Them.’ However, the album quickly picks up with the screeching solos of ‘Pan’ and the feedback filled heaven presented in the strange instrumental, ‘Neu.’ For every fast paced, air guitar inducing, thriller comes a mellow, calm, and melodic tune. It flows from song to song like a river, each one perfectly placed. In short, Carsick Cars is everything that much of indie rock tries (and fails) to be, only much, much better because these Chinese rockers actually have skills. Album rating:

Album that you’ll love: What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? These London chaps exploded onto the scene with their debut album and swiftly gained popularity in England, but for some reason, failed to do so in the US. This is a tragedy, and I’ll tell you why: “One, two, three, four! PRETTY GIRL! WRECKING BAR! RA! RA! RA! RA! YEAH YOU ARE!” Military drums, pounding bass, explosive chords, and a sprinting solo all accompany the edgeof-madness vocals in the energetic start to the album, ‘Wreckin’ Bar.’ Just listening to that crazy melody can wear you out. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines could very easily be the soundtrack to your craziest nights: hooliginishly tearing through the city with your friends, causing mayhem and sporadic parties wherever you go with ‘Wreckin’ Bar,’ hitting on that hot person way above your station and having a blast doing it in ‘Norgaard,’ meeting someone better that you actually like on the dance floor to ‘Wolf Pack,’ slow dancing to Album rating:

‘Wetsuit,’ and finally walking home in triumph with that guy or girl on your arm while ‘All In White’ blares in your mind. The reason The Vaccines deserve this spot is the raw, ridiculously entertaining energy they portray in their music. You can instantly tell that the artists aren’t in it for the money; they The Vaccines @wikipedia Man Alive! love what they do, and that makes you love it too. That’s why they created so much buzz in England, and why I hope they can find a way to replicate that success here as well.

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#5 1986 New Yorker In the mid 80s several car companies saw the show Nightrider. This resulted in digital space age interiors in their cars. Chrysler wasn’t afraid to hop onto the whimsical, auto-tuned band-wagon of carrying out a conversation with your car while you’re drunk. Thus, the ePlatform was born. This beautifully articulate futuristic machinery revolutionized the way your car beeps at you when your door is “aaa..jarrr.” The only way this vehicle could have possibly been worse is if Gary Busey informed you that your keys were in the ignition and Bob Dylan gave you directions.

Speak & Spell changed the way we degrade our children when they spell a word incorrectly. This long, drawn out, monotonous voice allows children to have fun with words and face the harsh real world reality of rejection. Every single time you would face miserable failure, “INCORRECT” would flash up on the revolutionary green LED display, telling you something you knew in your heart was true all along anyway. Oddly enough, the Speak & Spell has an uncanny resemblance to the 1986 New Yorker. Coincidence? We think not...

#1 AOL You may or may not have realized that there was once a dark age for the internet. We’re not talking about ‘dark’ as in the plethora of internet porn and memes that we see nowadays. We’re talking about a dark age filled with 28k dial-up modems, Windows 3.1, a million flashing Java script images against a solid coloured background, and finally, the biggest fail-bus of them all: AOL. Imagine being part of the middle class in the 90s, a group of people that can’t afford fancy “always on” internet. Instead, those upstanding individuals could only afford the “people’s internet” AOL. Let us paint a picture of what life with AOL was like. Every five minutes, the AOL voice would notify you that “You’ve Got Mail.” Attempting to connect to AOL’s service without their complimentary modem busting into flames was unheard of. AOL made damn sure to provide you with everything you may need for your modem, though. A fire extinguisher, because you would want to have one near your modem at all times due to its insatiable need to burst into fiery destruction. Second, all of the necessary tools from your 10th grade geometry class needed to triangulate your position: a compass, a routing number booklet, and AOL complimentary pencils.

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#3 E-World Welcome to eWorld! A visit to the Arts & Leisure Pavilion will keep you up-to-date with information on everything from health matters to entertainment! eWorld was Apple’s attempt to “think different” about the way we use the internet. It was basically a web browser with a virtual metropolis where you could click on different buildings to visit corresponding content. For example, clicking on the post office could bring you to your emails. This is the only Wikipedia item where when you scroll down the page, they have a specific category for “Demise.” The eWorld platform required a monthly subscription that included two free-night time or weekend hours... a month. Subsequent hours were $4.95 with weekday hours (6 am- 6 pm) costing $7.95.

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There are few things in life that everyone is fortunate enough to experience. The first day of high school, getting your driver’s license, your wedding, and Internet Explorer not responding. That’s really all that needs to be said.

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ince its birth, Strike has been under constant scrutiny by sceptics who strongly believe that print is dead. I’m under the firm belief that print, on the contrary, is very much alive and will be for years to come. We can make the argument that newspapers and news periodicals are being buried in an ever growing pile-up of Internet and instantly accessible content; there’s no doubt about that. However, a literary/pop culture magazine such as Strike doesn’t fall subject to the internet argument, because it has one thing the internet doesn’t have: you can sit down, hold it in your

hands, and flip through it to find whatever interests you. Strike, like it’s inspiration from publications like Rolling Stone, has stories and pieces that you won’t find on the internet. It has interesting and timeless stories that can be picked up today or a year from now and be equally relevant and interesting, unlike the mass of internet rhetoric we’re all subjected to on a daily basis. Above all, Strike is by you. Strike is a free publication that you can take to read from the best of your generation. There is no other publication by teenagers for teenagers that highlights content like we do. In internet form, that

wouldn’t be near as beautiful. Yes, everything you see in Strike is by students your age, but take a closer look. The rainbow the headers make if you flip through the pages quickly, the paint behind the Splatter pages, and the grid on the contents page. All of that is pure teenage talent, as much so as the rest of the publication. Every element of the magazine highlights talent, and I think it’s fair to say that that level of dedication and talent in design and beauty can’t be said for a blog post. Print isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

by Brett Stewart Publisher Far too often, I hear, “Why are you making a magazine? Everyone knows that print is dead.” Is it? Why should Strike survive but cultural landmarks like the Rocky Mountain News go under? Why would people take the time to read something tangible, when they have the entire world’s information at their fingertips? Why are we doing this? Well, to that I would ask you, why are you reading this now? My own father came to me when we were first trying to get this shindig off the ground and told me not to waste my time with something so immense. He asked me why I wanted to make a

physical publication, when I spend my whole life on the Internet. As a correction, I told him I only spend 75% of my life on the Internet. He didn’t see what I saw. I saw the halls erupt in dissonance and picket signs as one story sparked a state-wide grinding ban at school dances. I saw my sister’s intrigue and agitation when she read a centre spread about teen pregnancy and “girl players.” I’ve personally been swept up in a spread from an Ohio school magazine about the pressure of performance turning kids to Adderall and other ADHD drugs. These stories would not be the same on an LCD screen. The deepest stories take time

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to read. The ones that mean something cannot be outsourced to the Internet. The gloss of the page and the luxury of the graphic serve to complement the content, but at the end of the day, it’s the physical weight in hand that keeps the reader reading. Some magazines are becoming shallow in response to the digital age, lead by businessmen from before the digital age. They don’t quite get it in the same way that a student-run magazine does. We grew up on computers, albeit boxy ones. We know the place for funsized candy entertainment. Consequently, we also know the place for king-sized content: here.



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