handwritting or typing? silence or music? at night or day? pens or pencils? short stories or novels? poetry or prose? dialogue or description? fiction or nonfiction? original or fanfic? journals or letters?
What If BTS Had A Rap Battle With An AI? SK Telecom CF Filming Site Surprise Interview!
We were able to meet BTS, the idols who were noticed by Billboard, New York Times, Times, Rolling Stone, and other overseas media. In the past 5 months, they’ve once more proved to be the hottest boy group after being the first K-Pop group to win “Top Social Artist Award” at the Billboard Music Awards. Meeting them at the commercial filming site for SK Telecom, we were able to ask them some questions we were curious about.
[BTS’ Update Talk!]
Q: This is your 2nd year being active as the models for SK Telecom. How does it feel?
V: Even in the past, I would always go to SK Telecom whenever I bought a cellphone. Being active as a model like this makes me very happy.
Jin: I feel proud to be working with the most popular telecommunications company. My family has also been using SK Telecom for over 10 years. It’s always good.
Jungkook: I’ve also been using SK Telecom for a long time. Now that it’s our 2nd year being active as a model for them, it practically feels like we’ve become the face of SK Telecom.
Jin: To hear that the New York Times selected BTS under the “Music That Americans Love The Most” is an honor.
J-Hope: I still can’t believe it. I’m happy to think that we’re receiving so much love!
Suga: It’s all thanks to all the ARMY that love us!
Q: We heard that recently BTS was the only group among Asian singers chosen by the New York Times for “Music That Americans Love The Most”. Congratulations!
Jin: It really is an honor. I’d like to think that it’s not just thanks to Americans, but also to fans all around the world in order to get this result. I love you ARMY!
J-Hope: I still can’t believe it. I have the thought that we’re receiving a lot of love from America. I’m always very thankful to the fans.
Suga: It’s still puzzling and fascinating. I think it’s thanks to all the ARMY that give us love.
Q: Is there a foreign artist that you enjoy listening to recently?
Rap Monster: I listen to Vic Mensa, Mura Masa, and Lianne La Havas a lot.
Jin: Julia Michaels for me!
V: Lately, I’ve been listening to Bruno Mars.
J-Hope: Vince Staples!
Jungkook: Rather than listening to one particular artist’s music, I’ve been looking for a variety of music and listening to them a lot.
Suga: I’m always enjoying Vic Mensa’s music.
Jimin: I’m listening to Zayn’s music.
[Learning About BTS’ Mobile Life]
Q: You must have a lot of schedules overseas. How do you use your roaming?
Jin: We do have a lot of overseas schedules, but I usually just request automatic roaming and use it that way. Not too long ago, we had to go overseas for a schedule. But I forgot that I already put in a request for automatic roaming and contacted the advisor again to place a request. I remember being embarrassed because they told me that I was already using automatic roaming. Haha.
Q: Do you usually use your smartphone often? We’re primarily curious on how you use it.
V: I do a lot of things on my smartphone. Calling, texting, taking pictures, listening to music, SNS, and the Internet. I call a lot, I text a lot, I take pictures of the scenery, I listen to music daily, and I use SNS so I can’t be without my smartphone.
Jimin: I use my smartphone to monitor videos or listen to music. Also, I use it when I’m contacting another person.
[What Does BTS Think Is Happiness?]
Rap Monster: My happiest moment was our concert at the Gymnastics Stadium!
V: Me too, it was our first solo concert so I was proud.
Jungkook: After our debut, I’ve had so many happy moments that it’s hard to just choose one moment!
Jimin: As expected, every moment I spent together with the fans was happy~
Q: Until now, when was your happiest moment while being active as an artist?
Rap Monster: Our first concert at the Gymnastics Stadium. I can still remember it clearly.
V: I agree. It was a stage just for us, and I was proud that it was our first solo concert!
J-Hope: I think I feel the most joy when we’re having a concert and I’m singing while I look at all the audience members.
Jungkook: Um… I’ve had so many happy moments after debuting that I can’t pick a particular moment, but I think I was about to feel a lot of happiness due to the fans.
Jin: Every moment that I perform where there are fans. I get so filled with emotions that I feel like I’m going to cry. It makes me really happy.
Suga: I also feel alive when I do concerts, so I like it.
Jimin: Every moment that we meet the fans that cheer us on at a concert arena!
Q: What do the BTS members think is happiness? And what could the members put effort in doing together to become even happier?
Rap Monster: I think that happiness isn’t something grandiose, but something that begins from a small habit. Like a habit where you don’t compare yourself to others. Also, if you continue to devote yourself to what you like a little more and continue to believe that you’re right a little more, wouldn’t everyone be happy?
J-Hope: Oh, I feel similar to you. Loving yourself and slowly becoming satisfied is a big happiness. Let’s all have hope and passion in order to fulfill our dreams!
[What If An AI Had A Rap Battle With BTS?]
Q: Recently, an AI that was created using techniques from the 4th Industrial Revolution has been gaining attention. Overseas, the AI has already progressed to possessing the same skill level as humans in terms of writing novels and composing music. If by chance the AI came to challenge BTS to a rap battle, what would you do?
Rap Monster: I will do my best to fight it!
Jungkook: I’d like to carefully think that Rap Monster would completely defeat it…
Suga: I would not accept [the challenge]. How could I beat an AI! Haha.
Q: Finally, please say something to the SK Telecom insight readers.
Rap Monster: Insight readers of SK Telecom! It’s autumn. I’d like it if the heat passed by quickly. Please always be healthy!
Jin: Everyone, SK Telecom has a lot of benefits! Search well and use it in a variety of ways.
V: Please gives lots of interest to SK Telecom from now on! We’ll also show you an even better image. Please anticipate it a lot.
J-Hope: Please give lots of love to BTS and SK Telecom~
Jungkook: Thank you for loving SK Telecom and BTS. We’ll show an even more fun and diverse image from now on.
Suga: If it’s a telecommunications company, it has to be SK Telecom. I’m always thankful.
Jimin: I hope to see even more interest in both BTS and SK Telecom. Thank you.
Hey there! I’m Meg and I’m an 18 year old girl from Australia. While I struggle to connect with people face to face, I love to chat and have deep conversations about anything and everything.
I love any genre of books and writing, but I am particularly partial to historical novels and classics. I adore history and I am going to study it in University along with education so that I can become a history teacher. I love learning about different cultures and their belief systems and i adore mythology. I am constantly surrounded by music, whether I’m constantly listening to music or playing it myself, it never stops. I love photography but I’m not that skilled or anything, I just love nature and beautiful things. I also love space and stars because it is so calming and beautiful. I want to travel in the future and experience new things, and I’m hoping to get the chance to teach in a country less fortunate than mine later on in life. I also love acting and musical theatre. And have worked and performed in many different shows.
Honestly, I have a pretty broad range of interests that can range from show tunes to rock and span sci-fi and action movies to classic films. I’m really open to trying new things so if we don’t share interests don’t be put off, I’d love to chat.
Preferences: I would prefer to start out via online and then maybe progress to mail when we know each other better. I’d prefer someone around my age, so 17-23 would be the age range.
Today we’re joined by Brandon. Brandon is a fantastic author who is a prolific writer who has written a novel and is currently working on the sequel. Aside from writing novels, he’s also working on short stories. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys singing and has begun to dabble in visual artist. It’s very apparent he’s an incredibly passionate artist. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
My main artistic interest is in writing, specifically
narrative work. At the moment I’ve got a 250,000 word novel waiting in the
wings, I’m starting up on the sequel and I’m bouncing around ideas for a new
(shorter) story which I’d like to get published as my debut to help get my foot
in the door of the novel-writing world. I’ve dedicated the past three years to
two writing-related major goals – completing my novel and earning my Bachelor’s
degree in English and Writing. Like I said, I’ve completed the former (sort of,
bar the publishing thing) and I completed the latter last year – I’ll be
graduating in May and hopefully moving on to do a Master’s degree in 2018,
focusing on narrative features of video games.
Besides that, I also love to sing. One of my major projects
for a paper in my final year of my degree allowed me to write a creative
non-fiction piece on a topic of my choice, so I decided to write a piece on
barbershop after reminiscing about the several years I spent singing bass in a
chorus during high school. I also recently joined the internationally ranking
chorus, Vocal FX, which has rekindled my love of performance.
I’ve found that I enjoy visual art but I’m not particularly
good at it since I only recently got into it. My favourite part is always
coming up with the ideas for a scene rather than drawing it. I suppose given my
writing habits that wouldn’t be surprising.
What inspires you?
A friend of mine has been with me every step of the way
since I started working on my novel and she’s been the one who encouraged me at
all times. She’s one of the few people in the world who’s read my novel (I sent
it to her chapter by chapter or sometimes scene by scene whenever I finished a
draft I was satisfied with) and she’s the only person other than me who knows
the upcoming plot as well as I do. I can never thank her enough for her help
and for putting up with me constantly needling her with sad plot points, and
for her willingness to bounce ideas back and forth which often gives me better
ideas than I started with. She is without a doubt one of my biggest
inspirations simply because her genuine enthusiasm helps spark that creative
flow that I need to get going better than anything else.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I think the first piece of creative writing I can remember
doing was when I was only six or seven years old. I remember it quite vividly
because it was basically a butchered plagiarized fanfic that smashed together Lilo and Stitch and a video game called Impossible Creatures, where the
protagonist was one of Jumba’s experiments which was basically this horrific
monstrosity of numerous combined animals. It landed on earth and ended up being
worshipped as a god and had to defend its people from other creatures that came
to harm them. I’m surprised my parents didn’t put me into therapy for that. I
also labeled it as ‘a true story’ because I had no fear of being sued for false
advertising. I also remember having a dragon phase (didn’t everyone?) and
writing a series of short stories about dragons which I think I still have
lying around, as well as a phase after buying the game Spore in which I wrote a lot about aliens.
So, long story short (hah) I’ve always loved to write, but
when I got older I started worrying that it wouldn’t be a viable career. I
initially planned to study my second love (zoology) at university, but not long
after I finished high school, I started my novel, and I decided to hell with
practicality, I wanted to pursue my dream. Now I’m here with a completed novel,
a bunch of ideas, and my fingers crossed that I strike lucky with publishing.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
I think the biggest feature of my work is more in the
background, in the worldbuilding, particularly when it comes to fantasy
wildlife. I spent a very, very long time on the worldbuilding of my novel
before I started writing on it and by far enjoyed coming up with creatures,
their habitats, and their behaviours the most (I once had an hours-long chat
with a couple of my friends about the territorial and communal habits of trolls
in my novel despite them never having read it). I think this translated well to
the plot, given that one of my main characters has a troll for a companion and
their interactions with each other and those around them added a significant
and special dynamic to the story.
Can you tell trolls are a major thing in this book?
Commission by padalickingood
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Inspiration won’t always be there for you. Honestly, in my
experience, it’ll barely be there for you at all. But that shouldn’t stop you. If
you have it, seize it with both hands at every possible opportunity. If you
don’t, push forward regardless. Write something that you know you’ll just
rewrite later. Draw that sketch you don’t feel confident about. Practice that
song you hate. You never know when inspiration will rear its head, and if
you’re lucky, all the hard yards you put in without it will force it out of
hiding and allow you to make something incredible.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify most closely with demisexual but I’ve come to
feel pretty lax with the specifics. I’m not sex-repulsed but I definitely don’t
have any particular urge for it, and god knows where I am when it comes to
gender identities I’m attracted to. Throw a dart at the Kinsey triangle and I
might be somewhere near that.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve never dealt with any prejudice directed towards me for
being an ace writer specifically. I mean, every ace person has probably had to
put up with an acephobe at some point, but when it comes to writing I’ve never
had an issue. As a viewer/reader, though, I’ve noticed ace-spec characters
aren’t really that common – even just implied asexuality doesn’t show up often.
And even in the event that it does, a lot of the time it’s full of
misconceptions or just poor writing, including the good old ‘but sex is so
great / sex brought you into the world why don’t you like it’ talk that I’ve
come to hate with a burning passion.
As for how I deal with it, I just think the best thing to do
when confronted with lack of representation is to fix the problem. Be the
change you want to be and write your own ace characters. Headcanon characters
as ace. Nobody can stop you from seeing yourself in a character that already
exists, and remember that no matter what people may say, headcanoning a
character as ace is not ‘stealing’ them from another community – gender
attraction and level of sexual attraction are two different things, and you
aren’t harming anyone by headcanoning a character as ace or aro regardless of
their gender leanings. Just be considerate to others if they express concern
and keep their points in mind so long as they treat you with a similar respect.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
This is honestly hard to pick from because I’ve heard a lot
(nothing malicious but people have a habit of really not getting how asexuality
can work) but I think the biggest thing is people think I don’t like physical
intimacy or that I would never have sex. They could not be more wrong about the
first point and I’d probably say they’re wrong about the second.
I love physical intimacy. I’m a human teddy bear, I crave
contact from certain people. I love hugs, I love kisses, with the right people
I could be down for anything. All I ask from people is that they respect my
boundaries for each individual person, because they vary. This isn’t even a
uniquely ace thing – everyone has certain levels of comfort with physical
affection – but I’ve heard people cite my asexuality a lot when they express
uncertainty about it.
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
Finding a label or a category can be satisfying, but it’s
not a necessity. It’s fine to not know where exactly you fit in the spectrum,
and in fact sometimes it’s easier to be flexible with it. That being said, if
you do find something you identify closely with and it means a lot to you, take
pride in it. You are who you are and nobody has the right to question that or
take it away from you.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I do have a sideblog dedicated to stuff from my novel series
– the username is chroniclesofandrasfar – but I
haven’t used that very much lately. If any big news comes up, you’re sure to
find me raving about it on my main blog, mythicfictionist.
Thank you, Brandon, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.
Hello! As a girl who lives in the explore section on Instagram I always come across posts of people sending and receiving cute letters and I’ve always wanted to try it myself so here I am.
I love writing, journaling, traveling, art, literature (fiction, non-fiction, YA novels, poetry, fantasy, sci-fi, autobiographies, you name it), handwritten letters, cute stuff, listening to music (classical music, jazz, bands like All Time Low and The 1975, K-Pop, etc.), learning new things, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new people. I really want to expand my horizon and what better way to start than exchanging handwritten letters with people around the globe?
You could talk to me about literally anything. Mental health problems? Politics? The universe? Humanity? Sex? Your favorite and least favorite things? I got you.
I’m also an INFJ if that helps.
I’d be more comfortable with people around my age, probably 17-20 years old but I’d welcome with open arms anyone who’s willing to have deep conversations with me, share their favorite music with me (I have the feeling that I’m missing out on good music so please enlighten me), and recommend good books to me. Oh also, if you’re not an open-minded person I’m not the pen pal for you.
The perfect playlist is absolutely essential when going on a road trip. Great songs make the time go faster, and make being in the car for hours way more fun than it should be. Every one seems to think that the “perfect road trip playlist” has to consist of songs that have something to do with driving, going somewhere, etc. But if you’re looking for “punny road-trippy song titles about driving” songs, that’s not what you’ll get here. So sit back, relax, roll down your windows, and press play!
Taking My Uzi to the Gym was the first song I ever heard by The Front Bottoms. The subpar basement-recording quality mixed with Brian’s imperfect voice was so different than the other stuff I’d been listening to at the time, and it was honestly a breath of fresh air to come across this song (and band). I always blast this song so loud in my car with the windows down and sing it at the top of my lungs with my hair blowing in the wind. I understand that the quality and his voice take some getting used to for a lot of people, and it may be impossible for someone to enjoy this song as much as I do. But for me, it’s such a great, fun song which makes for the perfect first song on my road trip playlist.
Channel Orange is the most nostalgic album for me to this day. It brings back a flood of memories from the summer before my senior year of high school, hanging out and driving around with my friends every single night. Super Rich Kids specifically brings back memories of driving around after work with my friend Selina waiting for plans to be made. You have Frank Ocean’s amazing voice, then you have it broken up in such a perfect way by Earl Sweatshirt’s rapping. It’s such a chilled out, laid back song that you can easily sing along to in the car on a summer night.
There is absolutely no way for me to be in a bad mood while listening to this song. Whenever I drive to work, I put this song on to put me in a good mood and prepare me for the long day ahead. My sister actually introduced this song to me while we were driving in her car and I’ve loved it so much ever since. The part that officially got me hooked is when he says, “the dog ran out and said ‘you can’t turn nothing into nothingness with me no more!’ Well I’m no doctor, but that monkey might be right.” What the heck is he saying?! That’s what makes this song so fun for me. Songs that put you in a good mood are perfect for a road trip, and this is definitely one of them.
Ooooh, ooooh, OOOOH, honey I need you!!! A diverse playlist for a long car ride is a must. “The Spins” is different than what I usually listen to (mainly because of the lyrics) but it was my guilty pleasure throughout high school. This song samples “Half Mast” by Empire of the Sun, and the beat alone is enough to have you dancing in your seat. I can’t help but let this song play every time it comes up on my iPod. The catchy beat and lyrics of “The Spins” are sure to be stuck in your head for days after listening.
Oh, the memories this song brings back…sitting in the back of my mom’s car with my sister, screaming the lyrics and thinking the words “crystal baller” were so funny. It starts off so slow and mysterious, and then turns into such a fun, upbeat song. About 10 years have gone by since this song has come out and to this day my sister and I still sing it the same way every single time. This song always lands a spot on my road trip playlist because of the great memories it brings back.
This song is one of the very few that manages to give me the chills every single time I hear it. It’s so slow and sweet, and another great sing along. The title being a perfect road trip title is always a plus, too. There are so many great Led Zeppelin songs to listen to on a road trip, but this song has such a calming, gentle feeling. If I were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a road trip, this is the song that would make me feel at ease.
**unfortunately there are no videos made for the song yet because it’s so new, so the video in the link is just the preview video**
This song was just released a few days ago, and after a couple hours of my boyfriend telling me to listen to it, I did. It was more than worth it. “Love Me” is already at 37 plays on my iPod…it’s such a fun, upbeat song. The awesome guitar riff and beat, mixed Matty Healy’s screamy (amazing) voice makes for the perfect song to end your road trip. Ever since it came out, every time I’m in the car (or in the shower…or doing homework…or going to class…) I play this song AT LEAST twice. A lot of people were surprised that I like this song considering it’s not “emo or goth” as my friends say my music typically is (ha ha ha..), but how could anyone NOT like it? It’s such a catchy tune that’ll definitely be stuck in your head after you listen.
Whether you’re driving somewhere two hours away or across the entire country, a great playlist is essential in making that car ride bearable. No one enjoys being in a car for longer than ten minutes, but with the perfect playlist and good friends, it can be the best time of your life!
Il teatro alla moda - a TV series set in the first half of the 18 century following the lives
of artists from the musical period known as opera seria.
London, 1722, the German composer Georg Friedrich Händel sends his troublesome
assistant – harpsichordist Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni on a mission to Venice. Sandoni – a gambler
and a ladies’ man must convince a young soprano – Francesca Cuzzoni to sing for
Händel’s opera company in London.
When the musician arrives to Italy
he finds himself in the middle of the rivalry between Faustina Bordoni and the
sought-after Cuzzoni. The first one is as charming and beautiful, as the latter
nasty and homely. However, Francesca’s voice convinces Sandoni of the singer’s
merit, but the young soprano still refuses Händel’s offer. The composer is
determined to have her, so Sandoni decides to seduce the singer, despite his
hidden antipathy towards the girl. The temperamental, yet naïve Cuzzoni craves
for male’s admiration, so she very quickly submits to Sandoni’s gallant advances.
Under the harpsichordist’s influence she agrees finally to go to London. Faustina is
furious – not only her biggest rival has signed the very profitable contract
abroad, but also succeeded in her private life, despite being less attractive than
When Cuzzoni arrives to England
she clashes almost immediately with Händel, refusing to sing an aria written
for another, less talented singer. The composer is a matching rival for an
insolent soprano – he threatens the diva with throwing her out of the window.
Only when the older man really lifts Cuzzoni up and tries to push her outside,
she surrenders. Her London debut is splendid though, and the singer is overwhelmed
with her reception. That does not stop her from disliking Händel. She allies
with her co-star – an extravagant castrato Senesino – the London’s ladies heartthrob, who hates the
composer as much as she does. They both became insanely popular and well-paid
pair of singers. The trio – Francesca, Sandoni and Senesino goes to Bath where they are seen
together spending money on gambling, drinking or buying new clothes. Newspapers start
gossip about Francesca and her lover living openly together without the holy sacraments.
Cuzzoni wants Sandoni to marry her, but he still avoids the topic, because he
does not love the singer and prefers life without obligations. Only when Francesca
reveals that she’s pregnant he proposes to her, realizing that this marriage is his only chance
to grasp Francesca’s incomings, since after becoming a mother she may lose her stage appeal very quickly…
“To the Mothers of Female Singers – When the Girls have an audition with the Impresario, they (the mothers) will move the mouth with them, will prompt them the usual Ornaments and Trills and, asked about the age of the Virtuosa, will cut down at least ten years”. Benedetto Marcello, Il teatro alla moda (The Fashionable Theater)
Hello, my name is Sierra and I am 17 years old. I currently live in a
small town in the united states, but I am planning to study abroad in
Japan within this next year to attend university and teach English. I
can already write and speak a fair amount of Japanese and would really
like to practice it on someone. You do not have to be a native speaker,
and if interested, I am more than willing to teach you the Japanese I
currently know. Apart from learning foreign languages, I also enjoy
reading and writing in my spare time. My favorite two books are probably
“I am the Messenger” by Marcus Zusak and “The Night Circus” by Erin
Morgenstern. I usually stick to writing poetry and short horror stories,
but I am currently branching out and working on a novel series at the
moment. In music, I like to listen to the Neighborhood and anything
composed by Antonin Dvorak. I also love to play violin.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Preferences: No preferences toward age, gender, religion, et cetera, just be respectful of others and we will get along just fine.
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