Michael Ford
Arts and Entertainment Editor

“Blog” declared word of the year

   Merriam-Webster declared “blog” as word of the year in their annual pronouncement of the Top 10 words of 2004. More people searched the dictionary for “blog” than any other word, breaking all previous records in history. Webster defines a blog as “a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.” We covered the meaning of “blog” here at The Voice in issue two of this semester, which can be read by clicking here, or you can go directly to UAM’s blog by clicking here.

'Tis the season for greatest hits

   Consumers will be flooded with greatest hit albums to choose from this holiday season. An abundance of artists found Christmas time to be the best time for releasing compilations of their best work. In November alone, the following artists released greatest hits: Creed, Elton John, Toby Keith, Live, Pearl Jam, Seal, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Neil Young. However, due to the ability to create your own greatest hits package at anytime by downloading the songs online, sales of greatest hits show it to be the least-liked format.

Play video games with brain

   Scientist found a way to enable severely disabled people to control a computer or play a video game just by thinking about it – by implanting electrodes directly on the patient’s brain. Scientist believe the amazing achievement that makes use of a brilliant new technology may one day provide disabled patients with the ability to regain movement by connecting directly to the brain and training it to bypass damaged nerve cells. Wow. Now, if only I could finish homework by just thinking about it.

Lame McCain

   Sen. John McCain, the politician who will do anything for media attention, recently criticized the Pentagon’s handling of the Iraq war. McCain also refused to endorse President Bush’s decision to keep Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in his post. Furthermore, Sen. John Kerry even considered McCain as a possible running mate in last November’s election. After rumors McCain will once again make a run for the presidency in 2008, I cannot help but wonder which party he will be affiliated with by then. And you thought Kerry flip-flopped.

This week's rent:

   “It's A Wonderful Life” (1946), directed by Frank Capra. James Stewart gives the performance of a lifetime in this heartwarming Christmas tale that will leave a lasting impression on all. Stewart stars as George Bailey, a depressed man whose life becomes so worthless he considers suicide. However, a guardian angel prevents Bailey from jumping to his death and shows him how dreadful his hometown would be without him. Bailey then realizes the meaningfulness of his life and learns to appreciate everything around him.

Grade: A +

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