Monday, December 31, 2012

Q&A with Daddy Lion

First I want to get into a slightly digressive note and say hopefully everyone enjoyed the holidays and has a great year this 2013. On to the good stuff now! I managed to do a Q&A interview with music artist 'Daddy Lion'. One thing I got from this guy is he seems to truly be into making music because he loves it and not to fit into what is popular or be famous. He's on a small label and doesn't have to be worried about making music to sell, he just makes all around good music to me and I hope you take a listen.

Q: How did you come about the artist name 'Daddy Lion'? What is the story behind it?
A: My wife, then girlfriend, was working at a preschool, and she was telling me about how one of the little two year olds would always sit there, reading a book, and whispering to herself 'baby jaguar'. I thought that was kind of funny and somehow decided I would make that the name of my project.  We thought it was something the preschooler had made up, until we realized that she was reading 'Go, Diego, Go!' books, which I think is a spin off of 'Dora the Explorer', and one of the characters had that name. Well, I thought on the unlikely chance that Nickelodeon ever found out and was upset, I would change it. So after a couple of twists and turns 'baby jaguar' morphed into 'Daddy Lion'.  I found out recently, however, that Daddy Lion is also a character on 'Go, Diego, Go!' Oh well.  

Q: Do you have any aspirations to sign to a major label if you were given the offer? Are you more of the type who prefers the artistic freedom that comes with a small label?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Q&A with Paul Cook of Paul Cook and the Chronicles

If you haven't noticed by now by my many posts about 'Paul Cook and the Chronicles' (ex. #4 on my list of my top 10 favorite songs of 2012) I'm a big fan of his, borderline obsession probably. I was able to do a Q&A interview with Paul Cook and here is a look into his musical world. Be sure to show him support by buying his music.

Q: What made you want to be a musician as a career?
A: I heard The Beatles as an infant and never wanted to be anything else.

Q: Who are your musical inspirations and what song or artist would you say is your biggest influence?
A: I don't have a single biggest influence as my musical mood changes a lot. People like Evan Dando, Elliot Smith, Paul Simon, Gram Parsons are the songwriters I return to again and again

Q: What the process you go through when you’re making music?
A: I wait until I'm miserable about something then get the guitar! Sometimes a whole song comes out, but I also have hundreds of verses or choruses sitting around waiting to be finished off.

Q: I have a huge obsession with the song ‘Candlelight’ from your album ‘Paul Cook & The Chronicles - Volume One’. What inspired that song?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

4 TV Shows In 2013 I'm Excited To See

1) Family Tools premiers May 1st at 8:30pm(ET). The reason I want to watch it mainly is because of Leah Remini to be honest. I do however feel like it is one of those shoes that can either be really good or really bad but I'm definitely going to give it a chance. I'm not even sure fully what the plot of the show it about but I'll roll with it.

2) The Following premiers January 21st at 9:00pm. This is the show I'm most excited to see.The IMDb storyline given is this "A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. "Every bit of it sounds interesting, I also have a special place in my heart for Kevin Bacon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gun Laws or Mental Health? What Is The Problem?

In recent times it can be said that gun control has turned into a hot button political issue. I've always said this has been an issue for years, yet little gets done about it, which is another rant for another day. However another issue that is appearing along with gun control is mental health in order to prevent events such as Sandy Hook, or the Dark Knight movie theater events from happening again. Before I get into everything I will be the first to say I don't deeply know all the gun laws or anything but this just me rattling off solutions.

First things first, I personally feel that there is no needs for guns in the U.S. unless you are in the military or under extreme circumstances and special cases. However, the entire United States doesn't revolve around me and my ideas so I do believe if people feel that passionately about keeping their guns, go ahead but I do feel it should be a compromise.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2012

Let me let this be known now, I'm just not into a lot of newer music, I rather listen some classic rock, or old school R&B or something. Of course the year hasn't ended yet but here are the songs so far. However, inevitably I always end up liking a few songs every year and here are ten songs from 2012 that have managed to get past my metaphorical musical wall that says "No New Music Allowed". In no particular order:

1) Children by V.V. Brown. From the very day I heard this song I've been obsessed. With a sample of "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" this definitely gives you a nostalgic feel. Its one of those songs where its catchy but you don't feel too ashamed of listening to it. To top off the already amazing song, rapper Chiddy of Chiddy Bang.
He just makes the song that much better with his lines "Watching the TV, man, kids just want to be famous and be a big star, rather be known than be nameless If I had my away, I'd draw it all up again Can't take a loss, we must stood up and win Momma was hurting and she couldn't spend a penny more But why nobody have real dreams anymore Forget the issues and worries this is something about Supporting optimistic dreams when it's crumbling down".

2) Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Stars is one of those songs to me that you can just close your eyes and listen to the song and you feel as though you're outside in the night with fireflies flickering and you're just wanting to be with that one you love. Her voice is just absolutely perfect for the song as well the instrumental arrangement.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors" Album Review

I won't claim to be some music critic or be the king of all things music but I like an eclectic taste in music, a little of everything, so I try to give non genre biased opinions of music. Anyway,I was doing my usual weekly iTunes listening where I go through a bunch of the newly released songs and albums and I cam across Big Boi's album 'Vivacious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' and I just had to write about it.

This album is good from start to finish and this is coming from a guy who RARELY buys a full album and only likes a song or two. It has this cool funk-hip-hop-rap-indie-ambient-electronic feel to it that combines this older music meets modern music feel to it. Some of the highlights, in my opinion are 'The Thickets' 'Mama Told Me' and 'Tremendous Damage'.

'The Thickets' is pretty much your everyday rap song about pretty much money, how he's better than other rappers and how he is the best thing since sliced bread. Usually I would say to myself "Here we go with another rapper who thinks he's that true sh!t" but in this sense I'll cater to the ego portrayed in this song because he definitely impresses.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Online VS Traditional Schooling

In a continuously technological world we find ourselves reevaluating what we believe to be the best or in some cases easier method of doing things. One thing that technology has given us the option to do is online schooling; teachings and courses taught mostly or entirely online.

Lets face it, we're in the computer era, so why not take advantage of and push for online schooling as the new normal instead of traditional brick and mortar schooling? There are numerous ways one can benefit from such an education.

According to US News in a 2011 article: (Full Article Here )
"Sixty-seven percent of academic professionals rated online education courses as the same or superior to face-to-face instruction."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Haven't Been Posting

It has been awhile since I've posted anything new, been busy. New content coming soon!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

8 Random Ways To Pay For School

I'm personally going through the struggle myself of paying for school and I've searched near and far for ways and here are some ways I've come across, some are obvious and some are unconventional.

1. Scholarships & Grants
The obvious idea is to look for scholarships and grants. They got scholarships for everything. You may not get everyone you apply for but it is totally worth it same with grants although I'm assuming most people will only try to get federal grants only.

2. Blogs
This one may not be thought of but blogging and videos. Some people make more money blogging than they do any kind of 9 to 5 job. So if you're a great writer or have something you think an audience would want to read about go for it. Don't give up however if you don't see immediate results of income it may take a while but if you can find a great niche to write about you can easily make a hefty income.

3. Youtube
Similar with blogs if you got something interesting to share with people video blog about it. You can potentially make 1000s of dollars a year by monetizing Youtube videos. Make sure the stuff you post on Youtube is 100% your content in order to make money of it.

4. Sex Sells
This is for those in desperate financial need or just have no issues with showing a little skin. If you got the body stripping can be an option. If you're REALLY comfortable you can go straight into the porn industry they have places for people of all bodies, sizes and age. If you're comfortable enough to strip but not comfortable enough to go into porn you can make money doing adult web cam shows. Pretty much anything sexual can be turned into a quick way to make money, you can make 100s sometimes even 1000s of dollars a week and do relatively short hours to get it.

5. Tutor
If you're good at a subject, especially math and science try tutoring either at your school or even through online tutoring websites. Not much you can make off of it but money is money.

6. Be An Extra In A Movie
If you're in a state that shoots movies or tv shows a lot or they happen to be shooting one near you, sign up to be an extra, they usually get around $50 a day for their work.

7. Sell Sperm/Plasma
Helps others and at the same time get paid for it. Be aware if you sell sperm you have to be ok with the idea of there being someone who is your child that you don't know running around in the world

8. McDonalds
You can get a job at McDonalds or some other fast food place. Yes, most people think working in fast food is the worst place to be (I would agree), when you need to pay for school, you sometimes got to swallow your pride and just live out the nightmare!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

An Artist You Might Not Know: Paul Cook & The Chronicles

A few weeks I discovered the life changing artist Paul Cook & The Chronicles. He's from London and he's an Indie/Alternative/Folk/Spacey-Sound/Ambient kind of artist. His song Candelight (You can buy it on iTunes here) touches my soul. It has this "middle of the night, lost my love but still want her and I'm at a motel wishing she'd come back to me" kind of feel. Highly suggest you look into him if you ever get the chance. The name of his album out now is Paul Cook & The Chronicles - Volume One.
Link to his Facebook page here
Link to his album on iTunes here
Link to his album on Amazon here
Link to his official website here

Pitch Perfect Movie

Lately I've been going to the movies like every week, sometimes twice a week. Last night I saw Pitch Perfect. If you liked Bridesmaids, it is like a college edition of that, just switch out the wedding concept with a glee club kind of concept. I thought the movie was hilarious, the standout was ironically Rebel Wilson, who was in Bridesmaids. I think she was given the lines that people will always be quoting in the future similar to how people always quote lines in Mean Girls.

My big concern with the movie was that since its a Gleeish kind of singing movie they'll do lame cover songs but it was some pretty legit singing in their. My two favorites were when they went all 90s hip-hop and did Blackstreet's No Diggity and they did a mashup of Price Tag by Jessie J.

I'll just keep it short and not reveal too much of what happens but good movie, definitely worth the watch and they even have a sweet, and I'm not a romantic kind of guy, romance that progresses through the film.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Q&A with Existence Games -- Creators of Exodus, The Trading Card Game

Q: How old are you now? When did you first create the trading card game and what was the inspiration for it?

A: There are only two of us here at Existence Games: a boy and a girl; a brother and sister team. We are currently ages 18 and 13, but we were only ages 17 and 12 when we seriously started working on the game. We first came up with the idea for this trading card game in September of 2011, and here we are, roughly a year later, promoting and selling our polished product.

We were inspired to create this game because of a number of things. The main reason was because we grew up (and are still growing up) playing trading card games that had too many complicated, unnecessary rules, and themes that were too dark to reconcile with our Christian faith. Additionally, it has been a dream of ours to create a real trading card game since we were about 4 years old!

Q: I personally love the designs of the cards, how did the inspiration for their design come about? Who designed them?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sinister Movie

So the other day I saw Sinister at the movies and here is what I think of it. First I've seen a million scary movies and I knew what was going to happen in the end based on my scary movie experiences (I won't spoil it though for people who haven't seen it). Of course though when I go the movie I make funny side comments and the whole time as people were getting murdered and weird stuff was happening in the movie I was just stuck on the fact that Ethan Hawke was in the movie and much of a douche bag he was for cheating on Uma Thurman. However, I digress so the movie did admittedly have some scary moments and I'm not one to jump up at a movie but some of that stuff admittedly made my heart race. Overall it was a good movie but yet again like every scary movie if people would stop being so curious and trying to explore mysterious boxes or mysterious homes or something, then bad things wouldn't happen to them.

Friday, October 12, 2012

My College Journey

I love what I'm going to school for which is Web Development and I'm getting good grades in the classes but I can't help but have this nagging feeling like I'm not good enough for it or I won't be able to find a job. My boyfriend is going to school for hair and it is something he is so passionate about and he's always known he has wanted to do that. Me on the other hand, I always second guess myself in everything I do. I either don't choose a major because I worry about job outlooks for it ex. History and Film Studies. Its something that has too much math involved for my personal preference ex. Marketing, Business Administration. or think I don't have what it takes ex. Plastic Surgeon, Dentist I'm a future thinker and I just want to feel inside that I'll be happy with whatever decision I'll make and can afford two goals which is a decent home and to have kids. This may sound like  a depressive post and I don't mean for it to but it is just something I think about sometimes. We shall see and even if I am making mistake I plan to hustle my best to do something that is right for or turn lemons into lemonade.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy National Coming Out Day

Hopefully one day it will get to the point where coming out won't be celebrated and instead everyone is open and have no reason to hide who they are and there is something like a "National Open and Proud Day". Yeah I know, not the best wording lol

I Love The Show "What Would You Do?"

Oct 10th Reality Show Roundup

Well it is Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 and like usual Wednesday is my reality show tv round up. Tonight I saw a new episode of Survivor: Philippines and Mtv's The Challenge (guilty pleasure). I would also have watch my HUGE guilty pleasure ANTM but they moved it to Friday nights.

 So on Survivor: Philippines it was highly disappointing. Not a good episode whatsoever. Last weeks preview for this episode made it seem like the ever losing Matsing may win or if not that at least get second place on the challenge. However, of course they just had to lose yet again and yet again they tried to add some dramatic clips to the episode to fill the hour time slot. I wish some tribe would lose already other than Matsing. However I will say the most exciting part of the episode was the challenge itself to which I always find myself way too involved with competitive reality TV shows and yelling at the TV more than I do if watching sports.

 On The Challenge it was pretty good. Big fan of show but still wish they'd bring back more MUSIC on MTV and I definitely wouldn't be offended if they brought TRL back, with caution of course. Anyway I digress, so back to the episode. It had of course the dramatic "douche bag trying to start stuff" episode of the season and everything. With the challenge itself, yet again I acted with way too much excitement. To me my favorite highlight was the romance between Eric (Big Easy) and Devyn. If you were looking at them at first glance you'd never think they would go together but I'm happy they did and I hope they work out.

Overall my reality show experience tonight was average. Survivor was just blah and the Challenge was pretty decent so they cancel each other out to make just an average night. Ready for next Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Updating My Blog

Making my own custom blog and header so you'll see some changes very soon so bare with anything that looks different or may not be working!

Just An Inspiring Song For The Day

If anyone knows how to emit motion through their voice its Mary J Blige. This song is an inspiring song from the movie "The Help". Something good if you feel you've reached the bottom.

How To: Make It Through College

As a college student I know from first hand experience how it is living in the college world I've done time at a 4 year college and I've done time at a 2 year college. So I can tell some tips, some are more obvious than others, on how to make it through college as stress free as possible.

1. Community College VS 4 Year University
While I don't suggest everyone do this, some people are meant to go to community college instead of a 4 year university. They're not beneath anyone with a 4 year education it just makes more sense for them to do so. So a big one is, don't waist your time if you don't feel the whole 4 year vibe. For some people, financially they're content with less or in some cases, no loans from a 2 year college.

2.  Organization
Be organized. Nothing is worse than having a huge paper due and you realize you didn't do it because you forgot. Luckily in my case I had two classes where I had similar topics to write about so I just took the paper I did for one class changed a couple things and turned it in to another one, not recommended though. So even if it is just a dollar store planner, or in some cases the school will give students free planners, utilize it, it makes your life 10x easier when you plan out things.

3. Find What You Want To Do
Talk to your counselor or advisor and do research on different careers you want. I know many many people who go to school, some who are in their final semester and realize they're doing something they don't want to do and change their major. Try to pin down after the first year of college what you're going to do so you don't end up racking up debt and loans.

4. Financial Aid
This one is a given but of course financial aid. Never give up on trying to find scholarships they're always out there. I know it may take a lot of work but in the end would you rather spend hours applying for scholarships or years paying off debt? Try to get federal work study. I got it both at a four year university although at community college I got more hours and higher pay from it. Side note, you can look into Obama's Student Loan Forgiveness and what that is. If you're not good with essays and the scholarships require them, use your campus writing center, many have them and that is what they're there for is to help you.

5. Fun Is Good
It is perfectly normal for you to want to have fun while in college, that is one of the things that comes with the experience. Of course make sure you get your work done but doing nothing but homework and things pertaining to school can be monotonous, go join a club or group, volunteer, workout; something to get your mind off of the stress you may be having. Even if you wanted, in a lot of colleges they have stress management classes, I know one where they actually make the students go out and get a massage.

6. Your Professor Is Your Best Friend
One thing that is highly helpful in not only making i through college but post college is being on your professors good side and making yourself known to them. Not only do you form a positive relationships, you can find yourself networking with them to help find you a job in your major. Most likely if someone is taking a business class, that professor knows people in business and they can help you get a job or internship. Same with advisors, they're sometimes miracle workers in what they do to help students.

Those are just six of several ways you can survive college!

Monday, October 8, 2012

I Like Him He Doesn't Like Me

Question from Valerie of Dallas, Texas:
I really really like this guy and I thought he liked me but one day I had made fun of his current girlfriend out of jealousy and ever since he's stopped talking to me. He deleted me off facebook, skype, twitter and won't respond to my texts, what should I do?

My Advice: I think you're better of letting him go. Yes I know it is one of those "easier said than done" kind of things bu it is for your better well being. I tell this to people all the time "Never cry over someone who wouldn't do the same for you". If he even felt the slightest bit the same way you feel about him he would've responded to you some how some way and not let something that tiny bother him or, for the matter, hurt you. So if he wants to talk to you then he can do it but you don't need to beg him to talk to you. There are plenty of other people who can make you happy and are meant for you to be with. I'm not fully in your business but it seems even if he did come around I hope you don't go any further than friends because whose to say, if you get in a relationship in the future, history won't repeat itself and he won't ignore you over something trivial like this again? Just my opinion.

Changing My Blog Purpose

I've always wanted to write a blog but never knew what truly interested me then it dawned on me as I was giving advice to my friend again. Why not give advice on things? As of now I'm taking questions on anything you want pertaining to relationships and life, finance anything that can help other human beings and I'll write the advice I would give. I'll do this probably until I can narrow my blog to what I think I'd be best at writing about.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How To: Find A (Legitimate) Work From Home Job

There are plenty of work from home jobs out in the world, believe it or not and there are definitely plenty of phonies as well. Here are ways to find some if your truly interested. Many work from home jobs require a PC (rare to find one that accepts MAC or laptops of any kind but they are out there) and for you to get a separate phone line dedicated to work. Never give away private information and while there are some legitimate WFH jobs that make you a background check fee if your not 100% sure just move one and don't even bother with the job.

Craigslist: BEWARE, indeed you can find some work from home jobs here but there are also tons of phonies so be aware.

WAHM(Work From Home Moms): Yes the title suggests its just for mom's but they offer weekly updates of different work from home jobs. Most of them are pretty legitimate but in the same, always check to be sure.

Convergys: A proven legitimate website. Convergy's hires well qualified work from home agents. Must do the job from a PC.

Asurion: Like Convergys hires well qualified work from agents to handle customer insurance claims.

How To: Make A Stereotypical Scary Movie

Step 1: Above all, make sure the black, or closest to a minority character dies first.

Step 2: Have a dumb blonde or brunette white girl who is responsible for the deaths of many of the characters in the movie.

Step 3:  Include a clueless person or group of people who insist that despite the fact everyone around them is dying, that nothing is going to happen to them.

Step 4: Have a scene where a character is running through some seedy looking forest and despite there being no branches on the ground or anything the magically fall or they decide to run while looking back instead of making sure the killer won't pop out in front of them while they're running.

Step 5: Put in a dark and mysterious or strange and abandoned place where nobody has any business going to unless they are a construction crew told to tear the place down. Be sure to have a group of young naive student who just insist that its fun breaking and entering into the dark abandoned place. Another one is opening boxes that looks freaky,

Step 6: Have that one bad actor that you just wonder what the purpose of having them in the movie to begin with. *Cough* Brandy in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Paris Hilton in House of Wax.

Step 7: Make sure the movie is like the 10th sequel to an originally good movie but 10 sequels later its just a time to build off a dead franchise by including a bunch of special effects and cliches.

Step 8: Have some attention seeking loser who decides to just kill a bunch of people instead of just getting a puppy as a friend.

Step 9: Have a person or group of people that are stupid enough to do things like say "Is anybody there?" as if the killer will pop out and say "whoops you found me, now its your turn to hide" or something like "lets all split up", that crap only works in Scooby Doo.

Step 10: Include a soundtrack with some intense violins and deep and creepy bass and overly dark visuals to the point you can't tell whats happening on the screen.

Follow those 10 steps and you'll have a stereotypical scary movie in no time.