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Music Video of the Week- Kevin Devine

This week’s video comes from Kevin Devine who is a songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York. I first listened to Kevin Devine’s songs when I was sitting at work. I was searching on the site Eventful, and came across his name and thought I’d give it a chance. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Kevin Devine performing

If you’ve never heard any of his music, I recommend you listen to his songs, “Another Bag of Bones,” “Ballgame,” “The Longer that I’m Out Here,” and the video that I’m about to show you.

This guy is an amazing guitarist and an all around great musician. His last album came out in 2010 and was entitled, “Between the Concrete and Clouds.” I’m definitely looking forward to his next release.

Here’s his song called, “I Could Be with Anyone.” This video shows relationships and the complicated messes that they can turn into. I think some of it is pretty funny. It sort of pulls the curtain back on relationships and lets you see the dirty little secrets. I thought it was a cool concept, so check it out.

Photo via Kay B

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3 Sports I Want Added to the Olympics

Every four years, when the Olympics comes around, I have to pretend like I care about sports such as diving, gymnastics and field hockey. Let’s face it, not all sports in the Olympic games are created equally. If you think badminton draws a huge crowd like basketball, then you are sorely mistaken.

A shuttlecock

This shuttlecock is laying on the floor because no one plays the awful sport.

I’ve come up with a few sports, that take little to no talent, that I think should be added to the Olympic games. Yes they are ridiculous, but you better believe that I would watch them.

3. Paper Football What’s less exciting than American football, but more exciting that women’s gymnastics? You got it, Paper Football!

I can see it now; America taking on all the other countries in a show down of finger control and luck. Back in high school, we use to play this game a lot. Sure the teachers would get annoyed when our kickoffs and field goal attempts would fly across the room, but we didn’t care. Practice makes perfect.

Plus, this sport would allow regular joes the opportunity to get into the Olympic games and compete for gold. Finally a sport for the people who were told that they weren’t smart enough, strong enough or fast enough to compete. And if you take steroids or other performance enhancing drugs, they won’t be able to help you. Sure you’ll have huge muscles, but they won’t make you flick a folded piece of paper any farther. Finally, a level playing field!

2. Flip cup If you’re an alchoholic or really good at flipping cups over, then congratulations you just made the team. All this sport requires is a high tolerance, a strong liver and team work.

synchronized swimming

Just like synchronized swimming.

I think watching flip cup on live television would be pretty amazing.  Just imagine a bunch of dudes getting really drunk and starting fights with the other teams. Then you get to watch them stumble up to the stage to receive their medal. Most likely one or all of them will fall off and everyone gets a laugh. Congrats, you got the gold medal, but you also got alcohol poisoning. Enjoy rehab.

This is also another sport where performance enhancing drugs won’t help you. If you’re on the juice, chances are you’re going to be slinging cups everywhere. Good job flipping your cup 20 feet in the air, but you just lost the us the game.

1. Sting Pong– If you are unfamiliar with the game of sting pong, please let me explain it to you. You basically play a normal game of ping pong. However, when you lose a point, you have to pull your shirt over your head and let your opponent smack a ping pong ball into your chest.

If you’ve never played, you’re probably thinking that it doesn’t sound too bad, but  you are dead wrong. It stings. It’s unbelievable how a small plastic ball can cause so much pain. What’s even worse is that your body will be covered in welts for at least 2 days. This sport will definitely separate the men from the boys.

old woman playing ping pong

Can you think of any sports you would like to add to the Olympics? If so, tell me about them in the comments section.

Video of the Week- Say Anything

This week’s video comes from the band, Say Anything. These guys are my pick for the week because they played an amazing show last night and I’m still deaf from it. If you ever get the chance to go see these guys, I highly recommend you take it.

This band has an odd and unique style. It’s really hard for me to say it belongs to any specific genre. It just kind of exists. It is what it is.

I really enjoyed their first album entitled, “Is a Real Boy,”  and I’ve also liked the albums that followed, but their first album will always mean the most to me.

They just released a new album last month entitled, “Anarchy, My Dear.” This is the first track off the album and it’s called “Burn a Miracle.” Enjoy this creative video of explosion and fire that they made for it, and be sure to check them out when they come to your city.

Advice for Graduating Students

It’s an odd feeling. From the age of 6 to 22, all I knew was school. That was it. My biggest responsibilities were to go to class, get good grades and not to get anyone pregnant. And since I haven’t received any DNA tests or angry letters, I’m pretty certain I succeeded at all of those.

This time last year I was freaking out. I was days away from graduating college, and not a freaking clue where I was headed or how I was going to get there. It was a feeling of not having direction. Being uncertain. But it was exciting to think that there were possibilities.

people graduating

Nice hats, losers.

My biggest fear upon graduating college was getting a job. That’s all anyone ever talked about. I can’t tell you how many times I was asked the all important question: “What do you want to do with your life?”

The truth is, I still don’t have an answer for that question and I’m completely okay with that. It’s okay to not know what the future holds.

If you did know what was going to happen in the future, you wouldn’t have to worry about working because you could win the lottery or gamble yourself into prosperity and everyone would hate you.

Since it’s been a year since my graduation, I figured I would share some words of wisdom and things that I have learned about the real world. Enjoy.

3. Internships– The first thing I did out of college was tear up websites like Indeed.com and Careerbuilder.com in order to find a job. After I realized that everyone and their grandmother wanted 6-10 years of experience, I knew I was pretty much screwed. Unfortunately, the only way to get experience is to work for free or for very little. Enter the internships.

After the job hunt wasn’t going so well, I began looking for internships just to get my foot in the door. Two months after graduation, I was working an internship for minimum wage, which is better than an internship where you work for nothing.

In high school, my teachers always said, “Once you get a college degree, the world is your oyster! You’ll make more money and have a better job!” I guess they didn’t see the economy going in the crapper either. You would think guidance counselors would be on top of things like that.

Sure the job market is rough these days, which is why internships are even more important. If you’re willing to work hard and do well for little or no pay, then maybe, just maybe you’ll get a job out of it. I interned for about 7 or 8 months before I was offered a job. I would recommend patience and persistence.

In my opinion, it’s better to be getting experience and making very little than to be sitting around looking for a job that requires tons of experience that you don’t have. You may just have to bite the bullet and work for nothing, but at least you’re getting your foot in the door, right?

2. Expect Changes A lot of things changed for me when I graduated. People changed, situations changed, and life changed. I think the hardest thing for me to accept was that people changed.

It was so weird to me when I began getting wedding announcements or seeing people change their relationship status to “engaged” on Facebook. I guess the problem was that in college, I sort of lost track of my age. I felt 18 for 4 years, and when I graduated it was hard to believe I was 22. Sure I could grow an awesome beard, but I guess I never really felt like an adult. I felt like an adolescent with stubble.

The biggest lesson I learned is that when college is over, people move on. Everyone kind of goes their separate ways and does their own things.

Relationships end, people change, people grow and people move on. Changes are unavoidable, so just go with the flow and accept that there are things you have no control over. Eventually, you’ll find your place in this crazy mixed up world. Just do what you can so your place isn’t being a stripper or a homeless person.

1. Be thankful that it’s overYou did it! Way to go big guy, or big girl. Wait.

What I’m trying to say is that you should feel accomplished. You went to school and got yourself an education. Good for you! You powered through those 4 years(or 12 years) and finally got that piece of paper. Now you just have to get out there and compete with the other millions of people with the same degree.

But seriously, be glad it’s over. No more projects, no more papers, no more tests. It’s actually a pretty nice feeling knowing you accomplished something you worked so hard for. Now get out there and make the world a better place to live in!

And if you’re going to grad school, I have no advice for you. Good luck with the debt, I suppose? That’s all I got.

Video of the Week

This week’s music video comes from a band that has been entertaining the masses for over 3 decades. Even if you don’t like their music, you have to respect them for what they do. I’m of course talking about the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

They’ve satisfied our ear drums with hits such as “Give it Away,” “Scar Tissue,” “Under the Bridge” and more. They’ve just released their 10th studio album,”I’m With You” which has been nominated for a Grammy.

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite song off the new record, so sit back and enjoy.

My Netflix Guilty Pleasures

I’m always a little behind the curve when it comes to technology. I usually try to fight it, but eventually just give into the hype and upgrade. Whether it’s cellphones, computers or whatever else, people always put just enough pressure for me to give in. I think it’s because I get sick of hearing people brag about how awesome their iPhone is or how much memory their iPad has.

a guy using a macbook pro

I get it, you're better than me.

Recently, I finally decided to jump on the Netflix bandwagon. Only a few years behind, I know. But I figured I’d share a little bit about what I’ve been watching, so you can judge me and mock me behind my back for having poor taste or not being cool enough. I went to public school so I think I can take your ridicule.

3) Friday Night Lights– If you haven’t watched an episode from this amazing show then you are truly missing out. Even if you’re not a football fan, and trust me I’m not, this show is one of the best I’ve ever seen. 5 seasons was definitely not enough. If there was some type of petition to bring this underrated gem of a show back, you best believe that I would be signing it!

If you haven’t seen the show, it basically follows a high school football coach, his wife and the players through their journey of high school and football season. It’s got ups and downs and really draws you in. I highly recommend you check it out, if you have failed to do so.

It has this strange away of pulling you into the lives of each character. At one point, I just wanted to pack up, move to Texas and join the Dillon Panthers….as the water boy.

2) Breaking Bad- So far, I’ve only watched two episodes of this show, but I’m so excited to see where it goes. First off, I think the plot of the whole show is pretty much brilliant.

A chemistry teacher gets diagnosed with lung cancer and he decides to start cooking meth in order to get more money for his family. It’s like one of those shows that I wish I had come up with. I mean it’s so obvious! A teacher using his degree in order to do something illegal but ultimately doing it for the good of his family. How did no one come up with this sooner?

Honestly, I’m learning more about chemistry from this show than I ever did in high school. Which I admit is both sad and quite pathetic. And if my 10th grade chemistry teacher is reading this, then I am pointing the figure of blame at you right now.

1) X-Men– I’m not talking about the X-Men movies, or X-Men: First Class, or that horrible piece of garbage called X-Men: Origins.

Wolverine

I'll never forgive you.

I’m referring to the old X-Men cartoon that I use to watch whenever it came on. Growing up, I absolutely loved X-Men and tried to collect every toy that I could.

I got a strange feeling of nostalgia when I woke up last Sunday and discovered that this cartoon was on Netflix. I sat down in my pajamas, checked to make sure no one was spying on me, dimmed the lights, turned on the first episode and was immediately taken back in time. It was like I was a little kid again.

Yes, I am ashamed that I’m 23 years old and still get excited about cartoons. You know what? No! I’m not ashamed. I’m proud to say that the cartoon version of X-Men is absolutely amazing. What could be better than watching Wolverine and Gambit team up to fight against Magneto and the Sentinels? Nothing.

Now if only I could get Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series, I would probably whip out my action figures and turn into an 8 year old again. No shame. No regrets.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!!! (Watch Friday Night Lights)

What are you watching on Netflix these days? Share your comments in the comments section and leave some feedback.

Cheers.

Video of the Week

I’ve decided to add a new part to my blog called Video of the Week. When I was younger, I use to love watching music videos, but nowadays there really isn’t an outlet for that. Mtv has turned it’s back on musicians and has become a breeding ground for reality TV.

So I’ve decided that every week, I’m going to post a music video that I really enjoy. Feel free to give me your suggestions in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out. I love checking out new music and hearing from new bands.

Anyways, this week’s video comes from a band called Fight the Fear. They covered a song from one of my favorite bands, Envy on the Coast. If you’ve never heard Envy’s music before, you need to do yourself a favor and check it out. They did recently break-up, but their albums Lucy Gray and Lowcountry are still amazing.

I think these guys did an amazing cover of this song. I love the girls voice and the instruments are pretty much spot on. Let me know your thoughts and opinions!

Easter: A Holiday for Violence

This week I was trying to brainstorm ideas for this blog entry. I was trying to think of a clever Easter post that would be both insightful and humorous. However, I failed to construct such an entry mostly because of my laziness and lack of time.

Then it came to me. Just like a chocolate bunny delivered from the hands of heaven, I stumbled upon an amazing story of both stupidity and a constant reminder that the human race is slowly, but surely, evolving back into Neanderthals.

a neanderthal

My apologies to the Neanderthals who read this blog.

I’m actually deeply upset because I was shocked that such an awful news story took place in my home state of Georgia. Way to make me proud… Here it is:

An annual Easter egg hunt in central Georgia was canceled because, in past years, the parents grew increasingly violent when trying to collect eggs for themselves and their children. Now the article doesn’t mention anything about the children being violent. Just the parents.

So now because of the “parents” acting like a bunch of asshats, the children don’t get to celebrate and enjoy a wonderful holiday celebration.

This Easter event is actually one of the largest in the state of Georgia, which means a lot of children will be missing out.

Perhaps, the parents shouldn’t be allowed to attend or take part in Easter anymore. Or perhaps they should be locked up for the benefit of all mankind. I vote for the latter. Just read one the quotes!

Allen said he canceled this year’s hunt because parents caused children to be hurt. He said that in past years, one woman was injured and several children were “trampled on.”

Children were trampled on? I don’t recall that being one of the traditions of Easter. Let’s see, we color eggs, buy chocolate bunnies, take pictures with the Easter bunny, and…what else? Oh yeah! Trample small, helpless children! That’s what we’ve been forgetting.

What I really don’t get is why anyone would become violent over Easter eggs? It’s just plastic filled with candy. You know you can just go to any store the day after and get candy for like 10 cents. It’s not worth going to jail over.

a woman being arrested

"I was just trying to help my baby get some Easter eggs, yall!" If you read it in a southern accent, it's more effective.

What’s your reaction to this story? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section and have a Happy Easter. Just don’t trample any small children.

You can read the full article here.

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