The Daily Show Entended Interview: Elon Musk

The extended interview I chose to do from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart was with Elon Musk. He is the co-founder of Paypal, founder and chief designer of Tesla Motors and Space X. The reason I Chose this interview was honestly, to make it interesting for myself. I have never heard of Elon Musk, however I have heard of Paypal, which I actually use on a daily basis. I was always curious to know who the founders of that business were, and here we go. As soon as I saw “co-founder of Paypal” in the list of interviews while browsing, I automatically clicked on it from curiosity.

Now who is Elon Musk? He is a freaking genius in my opinion. It all started when Musk was a little boy. He purchased his very first computer at only 10 years old and taught himself how to program by the age of 12. I am pretty sure at 10 years old, I was busy having tea with my stuffed animals, definitely not inventing software. But soon enough, Musk sold his space game he invented called Blasta to a computer magazine for $500! That was the start of his inventions, interest in space as well as the internet. Musk founded Tesla Motors, in which he designed the Tesla Roadster, the first reliable electric car. Now, at only 40 years old, Elon Musk is known to have invented a space program, which will soon launch a space craft into orbit. Usually countries tend to launch space crafts, not a SINGLE individual (even Jon Stewart pointed that out), which I find completely amazing. Launching a spacecraft is quite the pretty penny, and Musk got that money from the capital made by Paypal. The question I would have liked to know was also asked by Jon Stewart which was how did he go from Paypal to space? Elon Musk thought the internet, sustainable energy, and space exploration could make human life even better by making it multi-planetary and that is how he came to invent what he invented. As stated by Elon Musk, the goal of Space X is to ensure that the lives of humans continue not just by solving problems on earth but by adventure, discovering new things and aspiration. As a matter of fact, Space X is the first non-governmental program that used a liquid fueled rocket to be launched into orbit! Eventually, the goal will be to make civilization on mars. Jon Stewart responds to that “Really? New York City…that shitty. Why not the moon…a little closer?”. Musk intellectually responds that the moon has no atmosphere, thus no resources could be provided by it. We technically won’t be abandoning earth, but sort of “starting over” and making human life multi-planetary. If Elon Musk’s mission is successful in however many years, I don’t think I can even comprehend how rich he will be, he will be an absolute MEGA billionaire.

Aside from his inventions, Robert Downey Jr.’s role of Tony Stark in the movie “Iron Man” was actually based on Elon Musk because “he is so intelligent and makes no sense when he talks”, as said by Robert Downey Jr. The producers wanted the character in the movie to seem realistic so that is why they based it on Musk.

Elon Musk is a determined and motivated individual. He certainly makes me want to go out and invent something, although I am not going to of course. After doing some research, I actually came up to find that Time Magazine named Elon Musk one of the “World’s Most Influential People” in 2010. I completely agree with that! Just like Jon Stewart said, Elon Musk really does seem like some type of X-Man.

 

 Sources:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/extended-interviews/412304/playlist_tds_extended_elon_musk/412114

 http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/08/robert-downey-jr-modeled-his-portrayal-of-tony-stark-after-elon-musk-one-of-the-founders-of-zip2-paypal-tesla-motors-and-spacex/

 http://www.crunchbase.com/person/elon-musk

 

 

 

#3: Song I Would Listen To In The Spaceship After My Abduction

The most weirdest and disliked song: Kid A. The song starts off with a sweet space lullaby. Listening to it, I felt like I was drugged by aliens and was flying around in outer space in their spaceship. The beats are very sweet up until the robotic voice comes in. Of course, the numerous times I listened to this song, most of the lyrics were really hard to comprehend. Since my computer makes these weird transformer noises when I control the volume, I literally thought the robotic voice was just a problem with my computer.

As I tried to interpret the song before looking up the lyrics, I just could not understand what the significance of this song was. Basically, the only clear vocals I understood throughout the song were “shadows at the end of my bed”. I already knew the motivation for writing this album so I could only come to think that Thom Yorke was referring to his feelings of being drained and scared of the fast pace of his fame. The shadows at the end of his bed could be a simple metaphor to the fame and it is just haunting him as he is trying to go to sleep. Another interpretation could be that the shadows are a metaphor for the people who do not support Radiohead, despite the amount of passion they put into writing their music. More specifically, it could refer to Kid A because it was such an experimental album and a huge modification for the band. Perhaps, that is the reason why the lyric “shadows at the end of my bed” is so clear unlike the other ones…it is the overall message of this song.

I could not figure out what the song was about, so it made me think I am definitely not the only one. But maybe that is what the song is about, a metaphor to life and the world in general, trying to figure out what it is all about…the journey called life. However, I surely do not know what the context behind the crying baby and the robot has to do with anything.

At the end of the song, it says “the rats and children follow me out of town. Come on kids”. Now this sounded familiar, it made me think of the childhood tale, The Pied Piper of Hamelin perhaps. Hm? The story had many versions but the most known one is when a town is infested with rats so the Pied Piper comes to get rid of them for a small reward. As he plays his instrument, the rats slowly begin to follow him. He goes towards the river, causing all the rats to drown. My last interpretation, I think the Pied Piper is obviously compared to Thom Yorke and the rats are possibly compared to the bands’ “haters”. Just like rats, they continue to judge and gnaw on Thom, not leaving him alone (not accepting his fame).

For giggles I made this image:

 

According to Yorke, this song is his vision of the first cloned baby. The song is about our current and future technological advancements, as well as the dangers of them. As stated by a fan, “It questions what it means to be a human being in the context in which every relationship is mediated by technology and technical rationality”. In my opinion, I think there is a subliminal message throughout the song. This song is though to be a bit controversial because supposedly the lyric “I slipped on a little white lie” played backwards is “Andrew Little must be shot”. After listening, I just think people are over thinking it and trying to create something new out of it song, I did not hear the Andrew Little part. However, I did notice that the song played backwards literally sounds the same as played regularly. Weird….

The song is clever and is definitely something Yorke would write about. The song is different, but in a good way (sort of). However, after listening to this album for two weeks, majority of the time alone in my room, the robot voice and crying baby kind of scared me off. The song was just way to creepy for me.

 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5!

 

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/11945/

http://www.helium.com/items/1689559-poetry-analysis-the-pied-piper-of-hamelin-by-robert-browning?page=3

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3759

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2: Favorite Song…Everything in its Right Place

The first song that played on my iPod was “Everything In It’s Right Place”, which is my favorite song. Although I listen to mainly all types of music, my personal favorite is post-hardcore/screamo with a little pinch of electronica/trance. The electronic sounds, weird voice effects, and synthesizers in this song drew me in right away because that is the music I enjoy listening to.

The song starts off with an effect of what sounds like bits of Thom Yorke’s voice playing in reverse. The maybe hundred times I listened to this song, I could never make out what exactly he was saying. The first thing that jumped into my head, was this some time of subliminal message? (It is actually thought that Thom Yorke is saying “Kid A” repeatedly). The song then continues with “Everything in its right place”. My interpretation of this is that Thom Yorke just experienced something horrible and is trying to recover.

Later on in the song, it says “Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon”. I had no idea what the importance was of that lyric; but after thinking about a lemon, I thought…it is sour. Perhaps Thom Yorke compared the aftermath of whatever happened in his life and his emotions to a lemon simply because he was upset and it was clearly showing that he had a “sour face”.

My interpretation of the song was close, but quite wrong. After further research, I found that this song was written in response to how Yorke felt after a concert of his, absolutely drained and “burnt out”. The band was getting famous so fast that Thom could not take it anymore, he just did not know how to deal with it and did not know how to keep up with that accelerated pace.

The same lyrics re-occur in the song. Despite the repetition, I loved it! A lot of the time, for some reason this song would go on when I was studying or doing homework, the soft music was so relaxing and actually made me focus more. Surely, Radiohead cannot be compared to Owl City but the similar mellow background beats made me fall in love. The lyrics of the song are not very challenging, however, the message and motivation behind it is very emotional and powerful. This song actually reminds me of myself a lot because I get stressed out too much. Having to balance school, friends, family, working and many other things, I get overwhelmed very easy. Despite my phases of pessimism, after a while I am always determined that everything will fall right into place after I work hard enough. My life certainly does not compare to a rock star like Thom Yorke, but I can definitely connect to him and see how exhausted he feels.

Rating: 5 out of 5!

 

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/11944/

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1537

 

 

 

#1: First Impression of Radiohead’s Kid A

The professor’s pick album I chose to review was Kid A by Radiohead. Kid A was recorded in Paris and parts of England and Denmark by a producer named Nigel Godrich. Kid A was the fourth album released by the band on October 2, 2000 in England and on October 3rd, 2000 in the United States and Canada. The album was a big change-up for the band; being greatly influenced by jazz and twentieth century classical music, the earlier rock style was replaced with more of electronic-like sounds and very abstract lyrics. How did people react to this album? In its first week of release the album went platinum thanks to the unique advertisement of it as well as the anticipation for it because of Radiohead’s previous album in 1997, Ok Computer. As stated on the assignment sheet, Kid A was written in a response to the bands’ rejection of their quick success. In 1998, Radiohead was followed by Grant Gee in a “rockumentary”. The quote on the cover art could not explain what the band felt any better:

“If you have been rejected many times in your life, then one more rejection isn’t going to make much difference. If you’re rejected, don’t automatically assume its your fault. The other person may have several reasons for not doing what you are asking her to do: none of it may have anything to do with you. Perhaps the person is busy or not feeling well or genuinely not interested in spending time with you. Rejections are part of everyday life. Don’t let them bother you. Keep reaching out to others. When you begin to receive positive responses then you are on the right track. It’s all a matter of numbers. Count the positive responses and forget about the rejections.” -Thom Yorke

The reason I chose to do this album was because I wanted to choose an album that was modern, as well as not too old (in the middle). Since I have never really listened to Radiohead, other than “The Daily Mail” on the first day of class, I really did not know anything about Radiohead other than always hearing that Ok Computer was supposedly one of their best albums. Before even listening to the album, I expected this album to be pretty good from all the high ratings I have seen. However, just quickly glancing at the song titles, majority of them were a little bit negative other than “Optimistic” (duh). For two weeks my iPod followed me, with the album being the only thing I listened to. The first song that went on, “Everything In It’s Right Place” gave me a little taste of the album and what to expect. The weird voice effects, cool beats, Thom Yorke’s soft voice and the combination of different musical instruments made me know I was already going to enjoy this album very much. After listening to the album fully for the first time, I came to realize that each and every song had its own personality and was different in some way. My thoughts were that it had a sad, negative, and just overall pessimistic tone because of the slow music and vocals. Although there were a couple of weird songs, I was very impressed with the album. I liked it a lot!

Rating 4 out of 5

Sources:

http://medinamag.com/2011/09/meeting-people-is-easy-the-full-movie-about-radiohead-for-free/

http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead/Kid+A

#7: Why You Should Listen To This Album!

Although when I first discovered this album at the age of eight I did not exactly understand everything that Avril was singing about, obviously, as I went from the transition from child to teenager to now, I have learned many things and have experienced a lot. As I grew older and continued to listen to this album, I started to connect to “Let Go” more and more…that is the reason why I chose to write about this album; twelve years later and I still love this album!

Now to get to the reasons for my love of this album, every single song throughout this album tells a story, you can actually picture in your head what is going on, like a music video. I also find it amazing how much darkness and emotion could go into the songs without a single curse word. It is popular now to use a curse word every other word in songs just to “connect” with the audience, but Avril manages to get her point and message across without having to do that. Avril Lavigne does not sing about the shiny rims in her car, the diamonds on her neck, or the amount of shoes she has. She sings about personal problems, experiences, and connects to her audiences emotionally. Avril distinguishes herself from the great amount of other artists out there throughout this album which is why it is one of my favorites. Of course the subject of the album is typical; girl troubles, difficulties in life, and boys but it just grabs you in after you listen to it, with her soft voice, yet hard guitars and beats playing in the background Avril takes another approach on it, which makes her different, yet intriguing.

It does not even matter how many years ago this album came out, still great (other than the one sad song) and it will never get old. For Avril Lavigne’s first ever released album, it is outstanding! This was my very first CD I have ever bought, and growing up with it, it still gets the same rating as it did twelve years ago, and from the initial period from when I listened to it, two weeks ago, which is 4.5 out 5!

#6: Where This Album Belongs. Kidz Bop…TRL…?

People do not seem to like Avril Lavigne too much now-a-days. As one person said “This album is for children that still watch Spongebob”. I disagree (I mean c’mon, I STILL watch Spongebob) but definitely think that the popularity of this album has subsided (perhaps because it is so old). Likewise, there are so many other artists out there to suit everyone’s liking of genres now and of course Avril has released many other albums since this one.

 

She doesn’t really play an instrument (she’s clearly faking it on stage and in her videos). She doesn’t even write her own music. All she does, as far as I can tell, is write some of the lyrics. Big deal. I’ll admit that some of the songs on this album are fun and catchy, but Avril has very little to do with that. Don’t believe me? Listen to Avril live in concert: Her voice is screechy, puny, and consistently out of tune.”

As for that review, I completely disagree. I have previously seen Avril Lavigne three times live in concert, she does NOT lip sing and certainly plays the instruments herself. I know because when she played piano and guitar, she messed up and even announced “oh well”. IT HAPPENS. And for her “consistently out of tune voice”, okay so she had a few times where she could not hit the extremely high note, but not very many people can master that. IT ALSO HAPPENS! Nobody is perfect.

Here is actually a video from when Avril makes a MINOR mistake while playing piano, she just laughs it off!

I mostly disagree with these reviews, but I do have to say that I also fairly agree with them as well. In this modern age with so many critical people, this album is perfect for teenagers specifically. If the show still existed, the album songs and most definitely the singles deserve to be played on TRL/MTV. Hearing her stuff once in a while can’t be THAT bad for adults and other critical people…this album is a throw back, a good one! Not only that, but also blasted on some rock radio station or just playing the CD while you’re driving on a highway, somewhere far, just singing along as loud as you can! I have to admit, I love this album, but since it has aged so much, it could also very well fit in on a “Kidz Bop” or a “NOW 345” (whatever number they are at now) CD being played by a young rebellious girl playing dress up and singing into a hairbrush.

Sources:

http://www.amazon.com/Let-Go-Avril-Lavigne/product-reviews/B000066NW0/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar

#5: Song That Makes Me Want To Cry

Although I have to admit that I haven’t listened to all the songs on the album (I skipped them when I was little), after listening to the songs now, I understood why I skipped specific songs when I was younger. Some of them just make me truly sad. This leads to the song that makes me want to cry, which is “I’m With You”.

The song starts off with “I’m standing on a bridge”. In my opinion, Avril is not standing on a literal bridge, it is a metaphor. The metaphor compares the bridge to her future. She feels like she is in the “dark” and cannot move on with her life without the support of that certain someone who she expects to be there, but just isn’t there yet. “It’s a damn cold night”. From my interpretation, this means Avril is so lonely and feels almost “cold” because of the emptiness of being alone. She just cannot figure our her life and wants that someone to “take her somewhere new” perhaps she is sick of the same stuff occurring in her life and how much she keeps getting pushed by others to become famous and “fit in” with the image of her record label. She just wants to go somewhere new, maybe not location wise but life wise or take a different approach on her new career. The lyric “Nothing’s going right, everything’s a mess” also fits very well with that. As for location wise, at this age and time, Avril Lavigne has just recently moved to New York City to pursue her music career. At sixteen, she was most likely homesick; away from friends, home, school, etc.

I think we can all connect to this song, we have all felt “alone” at times. The feeling of loneliness is so powerful and just takes over. I know I myself, at sixteen was single, although young, all my other close friends had boyfriends and I was the only one without a boyfriend for a very long period of time. Of course, I can’t say I’m lonely now because of my friends, family, and boyfriend supporting me, but sometimes the stress from school and other things overpower me and I just want to escape, just want to try something new or go somewhere new. The message in this song about Avril not finding her special someone yet is great however, no doubt about it, thinking about being alone scares me to death. Hence, this song just wanting to make me cry. Great song, but certainly not my favorite on the album. Rating of 3 out of 5!

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/89313/

http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-with-you-lyrics-avril-lavigne.html

#4: Sk8ter Boi!

Another favorite song of mine is “Sk8er Boi”. The upbeat and fast instrumentals make this song great. Not only that, but the cute little love story behind it contributes to its greatness. The song is about a girl and a boy who liked each other, but never admitted to it. The boy was not good enough for her, and unfortunately was rejected. As years past, the girl was sitting at home and saw the boy on MTV. Regretting it, she finally decided to be with him. In my opinion, the song deserves to be a movie. It was actually announced by Avril that this song will be made into a movie. Producers of a film decided to use the plot of the song in 2003, but the production stalled for some reason and never happened. I believe this song PERFECTLY sums up Avril Lavigne’s style, which at the time was “Punk rock chick”.

The song starts off talking about a boy and a girl, who’s appearances were completely opposite of each other, the girl was a ballerina and the boy was a skater. Despite the differences, the boy and girl liked each other very much but would never admit to it. Of course, the girl’s friends did not approve of him due to his appearance and “baggy clothes”.

He was a boy. She was a girl

Can I make it anymore obvious?

He was a punk. She did ballet.

What more can I say? He wanted her.

She’d never tell. Secretly she wanted him as well.

And all of her friends. Stuck up their nose.

And they had a problem with his baggy clothes.”

As the song goes on, the lyrics and story shift gradually. Instead of using second person such as “she”, she begins to use first person and refers to her own self by using “I”. The shifts used in this song show Avril’s creativity as she tries to tell the change in time. The time period changes from past tense to present tense, as Avril describes that she is currently with the boy. Not only that, but the tone and mood of the song changes greatly. The last line of the song says “Singing the song we wrote about the girl you use to know”. I think that refers to Avril and her old style, over the years she turned from a ballerina girl to a punk rock girl. The song that is being referenced, in my opinion is this exact song, Sk8ter Boi. The girl and boy wrote about their past.

He’s just a boy and I’m just a girl

Can I make it anymore obvious

We are in love. Haven’t you heard?

How we rock each others world

I’m with the Skater Boy. I said see ya later boy

I’ll be backstage after the show. I’ll be at the studio

Singing the song we wrote. About the girl you use to know”.

The mood goes from sad and lonely to happy and together. Her originality and personality peak out so heavily throughout this song! I think the overall message throughout this song is simpyl…do not judge a book by its cover. As well as, if you want to tell someone something, do it, because later on it might be too late and you might regret it. This song gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5!

Sources:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/avrillavigne/sk8erboi.html

#3: Most Calming Song! “Tomorrow”

Another song on this album I enjoy is “Tomorrow”. Although it sounds very depressing because of the acoustic guitars in the background and the slow beats, it makes me very relaxed and calm. Unlike the rest of the songs on this album, this song is very different. It is a slow song featuring Avril’s great soft vocals. Which in my opinion, makes the song even better because it just “fits”. It is very general, and not about a specific event, but in my opinion, just about the difficulties or hard decisions in life, keeping in mind the positive outcomes that the future or “tomorrow” holds. The chorus of the song basically sums up the entire message of the song and says:

 “I don’t know how I’ll feel

Tomorrow, tomorrow,

I don’t know what to say

Tomorrow, tomorrow

Is a different day”.

 To me these are very familiar and meaningful words. Whenever something goes wrong or not the way I would like it to, in my eyes, everything will be alright the next day. At those times, I just do not know what to say or even how to react, which is understanding why Avril would say she doesn’t know how she will feel or what to say. Just like what one of my tattoos says, and like my grand mother says “Sleep it off, tomorrow is a new day. Everything will be okay”. That is what I get from this chorus and it is very significant to me.

Looking through Avril’s point of view, her life at that age was very difficult. She had to earn everything she got, she didn’t just get to where she is now without any effort. It is amazing to me that Avril had a recording contract locked in when she was at the age of sixteen! That, of course had it’s downfalls such as Avril having to drop out of school after the eleventh grade. After having to make very difficult decisions in her teenage years, Avril always thought about “tomorrow” and what the future has in store for her because of her amazing talents and efforts, with constant motivation and determination. There are always situations and experiences in everyone’s lives that are not so great, but what personally gets me through my days, is thinking about my future and that I still have so many years left to live and learn. This song gets a high rating of 4 out of 5!

 

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/89437/

#2: Favorite Song. “Complicated”

One of my favorite songs on this album is “Complicated” because of how much this songs reflects on my life and I. I discovered it after hearing it on the radio. Whenever I listened to this song, I always thought and still think of my best friend. This was probably not the meaning of the song through Avril’s eyes, but that is why this is my favorite song I connected to it in a different way. When I was younger, and even to this day, me and my best friend would have little quarrels because I thought she was always someone else in front me and then in front of her friends and vice versa. It all makes sense now because of the age we were at at that time, but like the song said “You’re tryin’ to be cool you look like a fool to me”…exactly what I felt, it frustrated me so much. More generally, this song could also very well connect to many other people, especially in high school, who were two-faced. “I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated”. That line could not explain my feelings at the time (and still to this day) any more accurately.

Another reason why I like this song is because of the beats and Avril’s range of vocals. Despite the fast playing guitar in the background, Avril still manages to sing slowly but at the same time include such a great message behind the song. Another thing that I absolutely love is the tiny bit of auto tune put in to make her voice almost a little bit raspy…great combination!

After doing some research, Avril’s definition of the song was about previous boyfriends or just in general, how fake people could be. While recording this song she actually said “People sometimes bother me how they’re not real and how they’re just, like, putting on a face and being two-faced”. Being that Avril dropped out of high school only 1-2 years ago to pursue her music career, she was definitely not a stranger to the cliques, “fakeness”, and drama throughout high school, which was a strong motivating factor for this song to be written. Looking through the internet, this song received a huge amount of awards. Not only that, but it was used in various movie soundtracks, video games, parodies and covers. Looks like everyone in some way made a connection to this song! No surprise that this song was one of her singles. Complicated definitely sums up the entire album.

Despite my connection and reaction to this song being pretty negative, it just makes me think of how far I have come with my friend. We have both known each other since we were crawling around in diapers, not being able to talk. The song just makes me see how much good and bad we have went through, but no matter what we’ll always be friends. And for the people in this world, there is always going to be fake and two-faced people. In the words of Avril,“Life’s like this”. ;P

Song gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5!

Sources:

http://searchwithstoryoftheyear.swagbucks.com/p/prize/27385/Avril-Lavigne-Complicated-MP3-Single

http://www.radaronline.com/photos/image/121978/2011/03/stars-who-never-graduate-high-school

http://www.metrolyrics.com/complicated-lyrics-avril-lavigne.html