Good morning all! First I wanted to start off apologizing for not having a post yesterday. My goal was the post every day when I started this back up and I have let myself and my one to two readers down. In my defense I will say I spent an enjoyable Sunday between video games and napping, so it wasn’t a total waste of time!
So we all made it to another Monday. Back to the drudgery and soul sucking that is the work week. So to try and avoid this same feeling of dread, I decided to post on the company’s time this morning. (Plus I have to work 5 hours Saturday for training, so if they take 5 hours of my time, I am taking 5 hours of their time). I find as I get older, time is just as much of a commodity that has value as anything else. You do not realize that when you are younger, I certainly didn’t. As I have gotten older and hopefully a little wiser, I have realized that my free time is valuable. It has much more worth to me than money. This overtime for Saturday, doesn’t mean squat compared to my time away from work. That’s not saying I can’t use the money, I can, but eventually life becomes more about money and what you can earn. It is about what you can leave behind, what you can create and leave out there for other generations to see. Always remember, your time is worth more than anything else. You can’t get it back.
On to something a little less depressing. Did not get to see End Game this weekend. My wife and I are going this week. I want to see it before I get slammed with Spoilers on Reddit and Twitter. I will probably add my review to the millions that will be out there. Hopefully the crowds will be a little small er during the week. Mini rant here. Is it me or are people just the worst in theaters these days? Between cell phones and screaming kids, any enjoyment is usually drained out by the time the trailers end. Can’t you stay off your phone for the 2 hours it takes to watch a movie? How important is your life that you just have to reply to a text or tweet as soon as you receive it? Keep the phones put up people. It is not much to ask. I am not even going into the whole child issue. I will just say, parents keep your kids on a leash and shut them up. That is not asking much for two hours either.
Well i guess I better get on with my day. I will probably post again later. Everyone have a good one!
Good evening all! I thought I would try a little album review tonight. Music being one of my passions, I thought I would add some insight and maybe shed a little light on some albums that no one has heard of or have given little to no thought to in many years. I am not really into the technical side as far as sonics, mastering and other such items. I am more into what moves me, what makes me feel emotions and makes me think.
There is nothing quite like a well crafted pop album. Something you can sing along with, enjoy, escape and have some level of emotional connection. I am using the term album in the sense of that is a collection of songs that go well together and explore various ideas and emotions. 99% of my music collection is on CD. I do have a few albums, but I am not a real audiophile. I appreciate vinyl, but for convenience and being able to blast my music, give me the CD any day.
So my first album I would like to review is Tumbleweed Connection by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Released on October 30, 1970, It is one of the best examples of the chemistry between John and Taupin. The music is heavily influenced by the American West and South. The vocal performance is beautiful. John really finds confidence with his voice on this album. The lyrics are straight forward, nothing really complicated. They all tell stories of different characters from a long ago time. The music perfectly intertwines with the vocals. All of the songs inspire images of flowing down some lazy river. Picture riverboat gamblers, steamboats and a simpler time in life. Even the cover, shown above, reflects the out of time nature of the album. It is a beautiful piece of music. No real “traditional” singles are on it, but that is just fine. This is an experience. It is a little slice of Heaven that you can just put on and enjoy. It’s not trying to say anything, it just invites you to listen and enjoy. Some outstanding tracks, in my opinion, “Amoreena”, “Country Comfort” and “Where to Now St. Peter?”
Try it out sometime if you can!
Thanks for reading!
Happy Friday all! Today I am going to just ramble on a bit. I am just getting back into the swing on posting after a very long hiatus. There is so much out there to write about. So much good and bad. Today let’s start out with some positive thoughts to get the weekend off to a great start.
I am excited to go see “End Game” this weekend. I generally tend to like the Marvel Movies, although the whole super-hero genre is starting to wear a bit. I am sure it will be a solid movie, although 3 hours is a bit of a run time. No large sodas for this one. I am curious to see what direction they decide to take the Avengers after this. The whole Marvel Universe is pretty well crafted and there have been some really decent story lines, but I believe some of the actors are going to be done playing these parts after this? Time will tell.
Well as mentioned yesterday, I love video games, music and movies. Not necessarily in that order, but it really depends on my mood. Right now I am focusing more on games and movies. I am not on the cutting edge of gaming by any means, I just have an XBOX One and a PS4. I rarely buy brand new games. $60.00 is a bit steep, especially with the way games are not creeping towards “the online service” model. I personally like single player games and have no desire to play a game online with a bunch of strangers. This is probably because of my age. I always loved “escaping” into a video game, into a world I could discover and explore. I didn’t want or need to socialize. (Yes I do see the irony of me at 48 putting myself out there to a social platform). I think in later posts I will go into more detail about “online services” in reference to video games. it’s very interesting and something I have really started paying attention to. A shout out to Jim Sterling and his YouTube channel (The Jimquisition) for doing to some awesome reporting on this. Check it and his sight out.
I think I will expend on movies and music on a separate post. Still trying to feel this out and see where it goes. I don’t want to babble on too long until I really find my voice.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Hello all! Looks like I am jumping in headfirst again into the world of blogging. Granted everything has moved more towards YouTube, Vine, Twitter and the various social media outlets that are out there these days. I however, have decided to start over at a slower pace and hopefully build myself up into this giant media platform where I can add my inane opinions to the others that are out there in this murky void.
I want to talk about various subjects. Fun things like video games, music, movies. Also I will sometimes go down the darker path of politics and the world around us. I know I will be setting myself up for a barrage of comments from trolls, if anyone ends up actually reading any of this, but I figured might as well go all the way!
A little about me. I am 48, married and find myself in a unique situation where I still enjoy all the distractions I did as a younger man, but I am looking at them with a different viewpoint. No longer am I this giant fanboy of the things I love, but see them now with a more cynical eye. I am not expert on anything. I just have my opinions and ideas I just want to share. I will obviously back serious ideas with facts and not go off half-cocked, but there will be quite a lot of rants of things that bother me that I see in everything around me.
The plan is to post something everyday. I am trying to create a schedule of topics and try to bring a unique perspective to them. Eventually, I would like to have a podcast and more outlets to spread the love. I do have a Twitter handle (@MLCTaskforce) that I will be posting on as well.
That is all for now! There will be more to come!