ASTRO PROJECT: Asia – Episode 1

13 Nov

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On 12th November ASTRO released episode 1 of their new project, appropriately titled ‘ASTRO PROJECT: Asia’. This hybrid documentary/reality program, released on the groups V Live channel, follows ASTRO’s 30 day Asia showcase, and includes behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with all the members.

Episode 1 began with the boys talking about their comeback mini album ‘Autumn Story’, followed by clips of ASTRO rehearsing and filming their latest single, ‘Confession’.

Sanha, the maknae of the group, asked that their fans give them love and support for their comeback.

“We worked hard to live up to expectations.”

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The boys were given cameras for the project, with 1 camera between 2 people. In true ASTRO fashion each team of 2 named their camera.

Moon Bin and Rocky – Happy Cam (to show that they are happy to see the camera)

Jin Jin and Eun Woo – JinCha Chemi/Chemi Cam (to show their chemistry as a team)

MJ and Sanha – Hi Cam (H for Sanha and I from MJ/also a way to say hello)

It was revealed in this episode that the group were worried about their Asia showcase saying, “we worried whether we could show all that we worked on.” Rocky, the main dancer and lead rapper, went on further to add, “I’m not sure if we did a good job.”

Despite Rocky’s worries, ASTRO’s leader Jin Jin said he’s happy with how well the group worked together during the showcase.

“On this overseas showcase, we had a clear mission. We worked great together towards that. So I’m happy with that.”

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The last half of the episode focused on Eun Woo and how he felt about having the busiest schedule in the group. He voiced his worries to his friend Kang Jun about his ‘personal work’ (individual promotions), and how it may make the other members feel.

“I feel apologetic to my members and I start to regard how that might make them feel…. I feel apologetic and I get sensitive about it alone.”

Kang Jun comforted his friend saying, “you’re getting more spotlight now, but it might be someone else next time. So it’s a matter of time, not how much talent. So don’t be apologetic.”

Kang Jun also reminded Eun Woo that no matter how much attention he receives, he should always be grateful for both his members and his fans.

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At the end of the episode the boys talked about their showcase in Japan and how happy it made them. Eun Woo was particularly moved saying, “their cheer almost made my heart stop.”

 

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ASTRO’s Comeback Stage

12 Nov

The boys of ASTRO are serving up some Harry Potter realness in their outfits for their comeback stage on Show! Music Core.

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Despite a few hairstyle changes (I miss Sanha’s lighter hair), ASTRO are still the same energetic, sweet boys we all love. I’m excited to see the rest of their ‘Confession’ performances, and can’t wait to see what single they release next.

ASTRO’s Confession

12 Nov

 

This month boy group ASTRO made a comeback with their 3rd mini-album ‘Autumn Story’. This album continues their seasonal concept, having debuted with ‘Spring Up’ in February this year, and ‘Summer Vibes’ in July.

The lead single for this comeback is titled, ‘Confession’. Check it out below.

BIGBANG’s T.O.P One Step Closer

12 Nov

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On 11th November, BIGBANG’s T.O.P passed the conscripted policeman enlistment screening exam. During the exam on 25th October, T.O.P applied to become a military specialist. However, he will need to take an additional practical exam to be selected for this position.

It is expected that he will enlist next year. If he gets selected after his practical exam on 14th November, it is likely that he will start serving at the beginning of next year.

 

Darrell

1 Nov

Tell me about your first phone.

“We didn’t have a phone until I was about 16 or 17. The first telephone that I had had a windable handle that you had to wind really fast and then an operator would pick up. We would have to state or suburb and area; so my number was Blayney34, and to call my friend I would have to say Blayney121.”

“You had to be careful if you were calling a girl you liked because it was a small town, and you would usually get their mum as the operator. The operator can hear the whole call; I would kinda forget about the operator and hope for the best. Because it was a small town the operator knew everyone, and they would know to change where the call was going if they knew the person was not at home.”

“I worked as an operator in an underground bunker for a small time; mostly to keep another mate company. His mum and my parents were good friends. You had to stay awake all night in case a call came in, so I would keep him company and we would take shifts.”

“When the phone rang in the exchange you would ask where they wanted their call to go. Local and STD (long distance) calls would go through different channels. Long distance would only be allowed to go for 3 minutes. You had to interrupt their conversation and tell them they needed to pay to keep talking. I never listened in on calls because I wasn’t interested.”

“My first mobile phone experience was when a pest inspector came by. He had a handset attached to a massive battery on his tool belt. The only mobile phone I got was through work because they said I needed to have one.”

Tell me about your first computer.

“My first computer was a big, green machine and I think the model was a 286. We got it from Harvey Norman at Erina. When my wife stopped working to have children, we cashed in her super and that went to the computer. Buggered if I know why we got it…I think we must have thought it would be useful. It just had a few games on it. Pong was the most exciting thing about it. There was no need for rules because there was no internet back then. The only rule was to make sure you turned it off when you were done, otherwise the power bill would go up.”

“When I was living in Blayney we had no power points in our room. For our lights we had a string that we would pull to turn then on and off. There was power in the kitchen. Because there was no power in my bedroom, my first record player had to be battery powered. However, the batteries were so expensive that I never used my record player. It took eight D-Cell batteries and I couldn’t afford that many batteries. I had 4 records and a record machine, but I couldn’t afford to play them.”

Tell me about your first TV.

“I was way into high school before I had a TV; it was probably when I was in year 10. We had a little black and white TV. Mum would go up the street once a week to a mates place to watch ‘The Fugitive’. Our first TV was kept in our little lounge room for the family to use. I can remember watching black and white Doctor Who on it. I can also remember an old show called ‘Why Is It So?’. It was an old science show we all watched. It was a family thing, to watch the TV. The house was so small that you couldn’t watch anything without someone else there.”

“Technology wasn’t big, so we spent all our time outside.”

Sharon

1 Nov

Tell me about your first phone.

“We got our first family phone when I was about 11 or 12, and we got the phone connected at St Marys. It was a funny shaped phone that sort of sat up on its end and it turned off when you put it down. Before this one, we had never had a phone at all; there was no way of keeping in contact with anyone. This would have been about 1969. The phone was basically for mum and dad to use when they wanted to, but a lot of people didn’t have phones. It was really there for emergencies.”

“For my mobile phone, the first one I got was a Motorola…I think…and I got it when I went back to work. My children had just started school and I got it so that I could be contacted as soon as possible. It was just a big, black phone that only made calls. It didn’t even send messages. They (mobile phones) were very expensive. A $10 plan wouldn’t get long at all because the costs of calls were so high. The mobile was only for emergencies and was used for taking calls more so than making them.”

“The next phone I got was the phone that my kids would use to divert the home phone so that they could use the home internet. My first smart phone was an iPhone 4S, and I still have it. I got it from my son when he didn’t want it anymore because he had a newer one. The only issue with it now is that the apps don’t update because it is considered old.”

“Going from a cordless phone to a mobile was a big thing for us. Other than that I have no big memories with my phones. I do remember that if you ever went to a public phone, you would put your money in the slot. Otherwise you would ring an operator and they would tell you who was on the line. Every 3 minutes the operator would interrupt the call and tell you that you need to insert more money or they would disconnect the call.”

Tell me about your first television.

“The first TV I got was in 1972 when we moved to the Central Coast. I was around 13 and it was black and white. We never had anything before that. Before that was a battery powered radio; we only used it to listen to the ABC. We only had the one radio because you used to have to pay for a licence to own your own radio. You used to have to pay the government for you licence and they would come by and check. If you couldn’t show a licence you would be fined. Because the licence cost was so high, we could only ever afford one. This licence was the same for the TV. So to have the radio and TV we needed two licences.”

“I can remember them coming around to check our licences every so often. People used to hide their radios, if they could, so that they didn’t have to pay their licences. Wages were low and licence costs were high, so people would hide their second and third radios.”

Tell me about your first computer.

“When I left work to have my daughter, my superannuation was paid out because I left. I got a measly $3000 and we bought a computer. It was a big, green thing and my son used to use it all the time to play games later on. However, my husband and I used it for work and account related things. It wasn’t Apple or Windows or anything like that. It was a DOS machine, so everything was command based. If anything went wrong we had to go back to C:\ and start again. This was about 28 years ago. There was no internet or networks; it was just a flashing cursor on a black screen. We didn’t get internet until several years later when my son was about 2 years old. That was when we got dial up connected and the modem would make an awful noise!”

Attention.

25 Sep

This week we were asked to come up with an exercise that would measure our attention capacity against that of a friends attention capacity. I decided to try this with my partner.

We sat down in the lounge room to come up with a way to measure our attention. We had the tv on in the background, and I found myself drifting towards the screen whenever we hit a wall in our planning.

We discovered that the tv served as a distraction. It wasn’t that our attention spans were short, or that talking to each other wasn’t interesting. It was the content the tv offered that caught our attention, and directed it away from each other.

Theresa Cramer (2014, p. 3) argues that the shrinking of attention spans is a myth. She believes the issue lies in the content being offered; it needs to be ‘good’ (Cramer 2014, p.3).

This is what kept drawing our attention away from each other.

There have been studies into attention capacity, with many focusing on students. One such study conducted by Wilson and Korn (2007) found that a student’s attention during a lecture varies. They make special mention of being aware of an individuals own attention capacity, and to not believe previous studies that claim a student’s attention declines after 10-15 mins (Wilson & Korn 2007, p. 88).

I believe an individuals attention capacity is directly linked with what they deem ‘good’ content. If they are in a lecture they found interesting, they will most likely pay more attention than if they thought it was boring.


Cramer, T 2014, ‘The Myth of the Shrinking Attention Span’, EContent, vol. 37, no. 10, p. 3.

Wilson, K, & Korn, JH 2007, ‘Topical Articles: Attention During Lectures: Beyond Ten Minutes’, Teaching of Psychology, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 85-89.