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So my friend wanted me to write a cute little jingle about crocheting.  I was concurrently listening to a lot of N.W.A.  So this is what I came up with. I resourced the lovely AbigailLake because the second verse is inspired by a conversation we had at Sundance.  Thanks Abigail! <3

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Doing some body rhythm experiments.  

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I grew up in Northern California. I've always been used to saying "hella" to mean a lot or very. This food is hella good. There are hella people here. HitRECord is hella cool.


When I went down to Southern California for college, all the people I met from LA and San Diego would make fun of me for using the word. Then the No Doubt song "Hella Good" came out and everyone started using the word.


I really like learning about the origins of slang and how it differs from region to region, and country to country.

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- I originally wrote this as a text RECord, but decided to film myself too. The original text is written below.


- After I finished editing the video, I noticed mrfelixding had the same idea! Check out his text too (resourced below).


- This is my 300th RECord ^_^


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I'm about to sound like a crazy person so bear with me.


"Hella" is a Bay Area slang term that is used to replace


- "a lot of" (ex: There are hella cameras in the audience right now.)


- "totally, really" (ex: He hella likes her.)


- "very" (ex: That short film was hella good.) 


          "Hella" is flexible, but it's usually used to modify another word. I grew up using the word. In elementary school, I'd use the word "hecka" instead of "hella" so I wouldn't get in trouble. "Mrs. Wilson gave us hecka homework." If "hecka" is the training wheels to "hella."  My brother used the word, my cousins, my friends, and all my peers at school or at church ("Man, that homily was hella long, but it was hella meaningful though")."Hella" was used in local Bay Area rap music. It was part of my everyday vocabulary growing up and it still is.


          Since moving to college, two things have happened: 1) People would kind of look at me funny if I used the word. They'd think it was stupid. 2) They would use the word incorrectly. The latter pissed me off more. Recently noticed that people on social media, mainly tumblr, would use the word incorrectly. For example, let's say there was a photo of a cute guy. Someone would caption it, "Oh my god, he's hella." I would respond, "Hella what? Hella cute? Hella smart? Hella fine? Hella WHAT?" But no. They just left it dangling there and I got so mad. Instead of ripping them a new one on their blog, I did what a normal and calm person did: I ranted about it on facebook.  I wrote, "If you're going to use "hella," use it correctly. You can't just look at a guy and say, "OMG he's hella." HELLA WHAT? HELLA WHAAAAAT????? #icant" Over thirty people liked that status and you know who those people were? Old childhood friends and former classmates.  I think I got so mad about the misuse of the word because it was a word that I grew up with. I know how it functions. I know how to use it properly in a sentence. If you're going to use it, then I expect you to use it properly too. If not, then...you just come off as ignorant to me.


         This can be said about a lot of words in today's culture and vocabulary.  Misappropriation of certain words have the potential to piss a lot of people off. With language in general, you have to be careful. With slang pertaining to a certain culture or lifestyle, you have to be careful like hella careful. 


 

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Our next potential theme for Season 2 of HITRECORD ON TV is RE: Language - RECord your thoughts, write a story, draw a picture, or make a song regarding this theme.


CONTRIBUTE HERE


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EVERYONE: Contribute a Text Record with your Ideas for segments for this potential TV Episode.


EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: RECord a testimonial regarding this theme.


Q&A: RECord yourself on video answering these questions:



  • "Is Language unique to us humans? Or do other animals have their own Language? Be specific."

  • "Is Language instinctual? Or is it learned and influenced by culture? And how does it affect our culture - does it change the way we think?"

  • "What do you think is so special about standard American English? Do you think it is superior to other dialects? Please give examples."

  • "What are your thoughts on Profanity and its uses? Be specific."

  • "Do you speak any Foreign Languages? How have Language Barriers affected you with regards to communication? Tell us a story."


WRITERS: Write a story regarding this theme.


ANIMATORS: Contribute an Animation regarding this theme.


ILLUSTRATORS: Contribute an Illustration regarding this theme.


GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Contribute some Graphic Design regarding this theme.


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Thanks!

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As for my first time working for the chosen theme: an animated school bus

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Big thanks to gweninterrupted for the awesome drum loop that starts the song off. After hearing it I felt compelled to add to it, and this is what I came up with. 

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this is what i have so far. I still need to do a few more hands and the back view of the body as well as the head. I was inspired by Dotunfolded's "falling" piece. And I used beautifulfool's pincecone photography for the final skirt example on the far right to sort of give a preview of what the pieces of my dancer look like when attatched to photography. I will be uploading a transparent tiff version of the pieces as soon as possible to make the job easier on animators if they choose to use my piece.  Edit: here's a link to the PSD file so far: dancer-psd . I will revise it and add one more file with a few more body parts, mainly hands and the back view. I'm thinking of doing two more characters for a bit of variety.


PS. I'm glad everyone likes it so much. :) Thanks I'll try and finish the rest of this ASAP. <3


edit 2: this is the second, complete, PSD FILE

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Taken with an iPhone..

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There's no rest as refreshing as sleeping in class. 

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