I have a confession. I like Skrillex. I know this might be considered blasphemy to dubstep aficionados or people who appreciate intact eardrums and variance in music’s amplitude, as the Skrillex style is often referred to as “bro-step”. Which is a clever way of suggesting that the only people that can appreciate Skrillex are people who are “bros” or those not conscious of how removed his style is from the history of “real dubstep” (NSFW language). I understand dubstep to be a lot different, appreciate it accordingly and in a different way. Perhaps I am a “bro”? Maybe I don’t care? I am, however, a person who interprets music through with a personal bias. Which leads to “The Devil’s Den”.
It's that time of year again! Darwin Week 2012 is quickly approaching, and with it comes the best lineup of speakers that we've ever brought to UNI! Darwin Week will take place February 13th through the 16th in the Maucker Union CME. We will have three faculty talks every day, followed by a keynote speaker at 7:00 pm, and an after-party at Beck's for wings, burgers, and one-on-one with the keynotes.
If you've been on a desert island for the last few weeks, and haven't yet tried to access Google, Reddit, or other sites that are going black today (1/18/12), then you might not know about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). You should know what it is, and if you feel strongly about the consequences, you should let government officials know how you feel.
I have wanted to do interviews of my favorite CFI supporters, staff, and members of our speakers bureau in order to spread the word that these amazing people exist and are doing some phenomenal things in the movement. Luckily, Adam Isaak volunteered to help me with this endeavor since he is our digital media master, and the producer for the CFI podcast Point of Inquiry. This first interview turned out great!
I remember the first time I heard Josh Ritter. I was sitting in my car listening to World Cafe with David Dye on my way home from work, not paying attention to the artist he was interviewing for the day. As always, the artist was allowed to play one last song. Sitting in my car delaying the trip inside, something caught my ear. First it was just the mention of "god"--I seemed to have become acutely sensitive to these types of words in songs--then I listened more, noticing it appeared to be an uplifting song about embracing reality, acting with compassion, as well as a ballad critical of God.