Monthly Archives: August 2014

Last Hope

I don’t even know myself at all
I thought I would be happy by now
The more I try to push it
I realize – gotta let go of controlGotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
So let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

Every night I try my best to dream
Tomorrow makes it better
Then I wake up to the cold reality
And not a thing is changed

But it will happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

And the salt in my wounds isn’t burning anymore than it used to
It’s not that I don’t feel the pain, it’s just I’m not afraid of hurting anymore
And the blood in these veins isn’t pumping any less than it ever has
And that’s the hope I have, the only thing I know that’s keeping me alive

Alive

Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen
Gotta let it happen

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
(So if I let go of control now, I can be strong)
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

It’s just a spark
But it’s enough to keep me going
(So if I keep my eyes closed, with the blind hope)
And when it’s dark out, no one’s around
It keeps glowing

-Hayley Williams, Paramore

 

iTunes Festival

Every year, since 2007, iTunes has held a month long music festival that is free to watch Live via iTunes, Apple TV, or the app available on iOS, and can even be watched for a few days after they air live.

The Festival takes place throughout the month of September (originally in July) with multiple concerts a day.

This year, it will be held again in the Roundhouse, an abandoned railway turntable turned performance center located in London.

For the first time this year, they held a one-week Festival here in the United States, in Texas, during the timing of South by Southwest.

Previous years I’ve enjoyed watching concerts from Snow Patrol (2009), Ellie Goulding (2010, 2012, 2013), Linkin Park (2011), Coldplay (2011), P!nk (2012) and Katy Perry (2013), among others.

Last year also featured Justin Timberlake in the final week of the Festival debuting his new album a day before release.

For more information you can check out http://www.itunesfestival.com/

Here is a list of this years announced artists (so far…hopefully I’ll update throughout the month…no promises though!):
September 1 –

September 2 – Beck/Jenny Lewis

September 3 – David Guetta/Clean Bandit/Robin Schulz

September 4 – 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS)/Charlie Simpson

September 5 – Kasabian

September 6 –

September 7 – Calvin Harris/Kiesza

September 8 – Robert Plant

September 9 – Sam Smith/SOHN

September 10 – Pharrell Williams/Jungle

September 11 – Maroon 5/Matthew Koma

September 12 – Elbow

September 13 – Paolo Nutini

September 14 – David Gray

September 15 – The Script/Foxes

September 16 – Blondie/Chrissie Hynde

September 17 – Gregory Porter/Eric Whitacre

September 18 – Jessie Ware

September 19 –

September 20 – Rudimental/Jess Glynne

September 21 – Ryan Adams/First Aid Kit

September 22 –

September 23 –

September 24 –

September 25 –

September 26 – Lenny Kravitz

September 27 – Kylie Minogue/MNEK

September 28 –

September 29 –

September 30 –

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Song Of The Day – Playlist

Song of the Day is a song that I post every morning on Twitter.

I’ve talked about it before on here and decided to make a playlist of all the songs I’ve done since I first started.

While the number is only in the mid 100s, and it’s been happening for a lot longer than that, the reasoning is that I took breaks at times, and I’ve also repeated songs (although not frequently).

One last thing about this playlist, is that it comes with a SPOILER ALERT as some of the songs on there are scheduled to be the #SongOfTheDay in the near future, but haven’t been yet.

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Madden 15 – Review

Over the last couple of days I got a chance at some early access looks at Madden 15, playing it on the Xbox One, and overall I would give the game a 6.5 out of 10.

 

PRESENTATION

May as well start off with the best part of this game. The presentation is superb, from the opening package straight through the final snap, with halftime reports, on-field reporting, showing Phil and Jim in the booth, and the statistics presented on screen as the game progresses, just an outstanding job.

 

GAME PLAY

*Yawn*. Boring. Madden 13 was the last Madden game that I bought and played more than once, and the reasoning is simple. The gameplay has just gotten stale. Sure, they’ve added in a few new things, such as telling you which players have better probabilities for receptions based on ratings and defensive pairings (on both sides of the ball), and making it easier (using overhead commands) to break through the offensive line…But overall, it’s unexciting, from when you actually snap the ball until you finish the play, it just doesn’t feel as exciting as Madden used to.

Maybe it’s because I used to play on All-Madden, and the computer just doesn’t live up to it anymore…but I’ve never felt NHL get stale from EA…

 

COIN TOSS

Sure, I may sound like I am getting picky…but why did Madden GET RID OF THE COIN TOSS?!?! It seems so minuscule, but personally, I like to start off on defense when I play, and they’ve taken that option out of my hands. Whilst I am uncertain if my team won or lost the coin toss in each game I played, I was always the receiving team off the top, which is an option that should be simple enough for me to make myself.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m saving my money for NHL 15, and not putting a dime into the Madden Universe until they liven up the actual gameplay, and not just the frosting on top (presentation).

Thankfully, EA has provided me with Madden 25 for free…so if I have any football urges, I’ll be more than content with that.

And on the plus side, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the new presentation in NHL 15 (after working together with the NHL on NBC)…and if it’s anything like Madden’s, that game is going to be incredible.

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Red Band Society – Review

Over the last few weeks I have been seeing a lot of ads for Red Band Society, and with each passing ad it made me want to watch less and less. They seemed to be pushing for the Glee crowd, and whilst the show may have similar age range of the characters, the similarities in this dramedy, at least to me, end there.

This past weekend I watched the Pilot for the show, and was very surprised to enjoy it, quickly adding it to my queue.

The show revolves around a group of teens that are all in a hospital for an extended stay, be it for numerous reasons, including cancer and eating disorders.

It is narrated by Charlie, otherwise known as “Coma Boy”, and has other memorable characters, such as Leo (“The Rebel”), who is short a leg, but not short on character; Kara (“Mean Girl”), a high-school ‘popular’ cheerleader who is found to have an enlarged heart; and Jordi (“The New Guy”) who refers himself to the leading Dr. at the hospital, for cancer treatment.

Amongst these are also some notable stars…Octavia Spencer, of The Help fame, who plays Nurse Jackson (“Scary Bitch”), the ‘warden’ of this particular hospital wing…and Astro, who made his rise on the X-Factor, playing Dash (“The Player”), the trusty sidekick of Leo.

The show also does a nice take on the “Send Pizza Room 4112” story that flashed across the internet a few years ago (STORY HERE), as it is one of the things that Charlie really wants, the smell of pizza.

I would rank the pilot as an 8 out of 10, and will definitely give the next few episodes a fighting chance to stay in my rotation of shows.

Luck isn’t getting what you want, it’ surviving what you don’t want. – Charlie

Life is full of black holes and the only person that can pull you out of it, is you. – Nurse Jackson

Your body isn’t you. Your soul is you. And they can never cut into your soul. – Leo

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“Yolo” – Dash…And these kids are making the most of that once.

The Inevitable Return To Facebook

We all knew it will happen at some point, the only question is…when?

Being off of it for 3+ months (110 days to be exact) has been one of the best things I have done, but at the same time, I miss out on some of the things it has to offer that other sites don’t…such as Events.

The obvious time for me to have gone back on two weeks ago, with my birthday, but that seemed like it would have been a call for attention, which wasn’t my goal.

With my return, there will be a lot more transparency in my life, being that I now have a blog, in my name, on which I’ll say (and have said) whatever I feel like.

On the same note, anything posted on my wall, or commented on of mine, are fair game to be posted on my blog (with a disclaimer on my page of course…don’t want to violate those “Facebook Rights and Responsibilities” agreements 😉 ).

Oh, and posting links to this blog on Facebook couldn’t hurt either, being that I average about one view per post 🙂

Charitable Decisions

I like to think of myself as a pretty charitable person, and set aside weekly from my paycheck for that purpose.

The biggest issue I think is of who to give the money to.

I try to give to places that have an impact on things surrounding me, such as:

  • Organizations that have had an impact on my life
  • Donating to support someone else’s goals (like running a marathon)
  • Organizations that truly need it

With some of these, I frequently come across them again, and wonder how often I should give to them.

Because of this I tend to make a few days a year when I focus on giving charity, such as my Birthday, right before New Years (Rosh Hashana) and right around Purim. Of course, if things come up in between, the door is always open.

As for how much I give, this depends on how often I think I will be giving to an organization…If I think I will be giving often, I make an approximate number for the year and divide it up throughout. Another factor could be how much a connection I have to what the organization stands for vs. why I am giving to them.

While it is none of my business, I think everyone should set aside a portion of their paycheck, a set %, that they take out weekly, immediately upon receiving their money. Personally, I have a separate checking account (as well as a spreadsheet) in which I keep track of the money and know how much I have to give when requested.