The 2014 Christmas Drone; 1,500 ft. @ 20 mph of Privacy Lost

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Among all of the technological gifts to purchase this year for Christmas, “The Christmas Drone” as I have dubbed it, is the most outrageous. Shown on ShopHQ, World Tech Toys is giving the everyday consumer a chance to spy on their neighbors.

I realize privacy is a thing of the past. iPhones, micro mini cameras and social media capture us in what we do throughout the day and night.

But look out! Now we have an eye in the sky with a standard SD card that can climb to 1,500 feet and move at 20 mph with a camera that can position itself in four different directions!

Don’t worry if your neighbor has a fence, or if that pesky tree is blocking your view. Fly your drone over and film away!

Had I owned a drone in the 1970’s and lived adjacent to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, I believe Elvis himselvis would have been leaning out of one of the windows with his 9 mm Smith and Wesson pistol, treating my drone as skeet!

I pose this question to you… How many ways do we need to be recorded? Is this necessary?

We are recorded in the toilet from someone in the next stall with an iPhone. We are recorded on the telephone for “quality purposes”; we are recorded driving our cars on Highways and some neighborhoods as well. Now for 5 flex pays of $19.99 we can be recorded by air.

I can see the invention of the drone being useful in times of war, or when my daughter goes on her first date,  but enough is enough with this type of privacy invasion.

© Brian Anthony Del Piano / ItalianBrian  and Opinions and Rants, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Brian A. Del Piano and Opinions and Rants with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

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Alison Moyet 2014 “Minutes and Seconds Live” Release

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Alison Moyet’s “Minutes and Seconds Live” album, released November 11, 2011, is a collection of material from Alison’s “The Minutes” live tour. The tracks are taken from various venues.

Having experienced this concert in New York City on November 14, 2013 at the Manhattan Center, I can tell you firsthand that this album, because of time constraints, cannot capture the sheer excitement of Moyet’s audiences.

As with Alison’s 2013 release “The Minutes”, this live album contains the Synth/Pop sounds that were her very roots.

Alison’s band members on tour were John Garden ( Alison Moyet’s musical director) and Sean McGhee, with McGhee providing backing vocals as well. McGhee and Garden produced the final mix on this live project with outstanding results!

This album contains surprises along the way with re-worked versions of Alison’s popular hits “All Cried Out” (ALF 1984), “Is This Love?”, “Ordinary Girl”(Raindancing 1987) and “Only You” (Yaz: “Upstairs At Eric’s” 1982).

Moyet prefers to stay engaged in her songs to present the lyrics with believability.After performing these same tunes for over 30 years, re-working the arrangements breathes a new life into them. This album captures the very newness these familiar songs now have.

* “Horizon Flame”, “When I Was Your Girl”, “Changeling”, “Remind Yourself”, “All Signs Of Life” and “Filigree” are cuts from her 2013 “The Minutes” album.

The Yaz hit “Situation” is the album’s finale which is a perfect energy to this live experience.

As I recall the New York City experience, we were on the seventh floor of the Manhattan Ballroom. When Alison belted out this classic, the crowd went wild and the floor trembled under my feet with such power that I truly believed we would all wind up in the basement!

* “This House” is from Alison’s 1991 “Hoodoo” album.

* The New York concert I attended contained “Love Resurrection” and “Don’t Go”. These two songs are missing from this live album. I would like to share my footage of these two songs with you here. Enjoy! -Brian.

© Brian Anthony Del Piano / ItalianBrian  and Opinions and Rants, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Brian A. Del Piano and Opinions and Rants with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.