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Robin Williams: Make God Laugh

Published August 12, 2014 - 3 Comments

Celebrity deaths are nothing new.  Hardly a week goes by where we aren’t shocked and saddened that someone has passed away.  To say that I’m getting used to it would be a little too cold, but most of these celebrities mean very little to me personally.  So when news began to spread yesterday that Robin Williams had died, my reaction was very different from similar announcements.  I felt a sense of loss.  Maybe it’s because Robin Williams was a part of my younger years. Maybe it’s because he made me laugh.  Maybe it’s because he apparently took his own life.  Whatever it was, the loss is real.

The world we live in can be a very dark place.  Sometimes people come along who make it better, but even those people battle their own demons.

I saw this on Twitter this morning, and I think it’s brilliant…

Genie, you're free.

Genie, you’re free.

Calgary’s 90.3 Amp Radio Cuts Songs to 2 Minutes

Published August 9, 2014 - 1 Comment

aXNga7o1_400x400I thought that this was a joke when I first saw it.  Sadly, it’s not.  There’s a music format called QuickHitz that has been used in the USA for about a year on some radio stations, and it’s now made its way across the border and into a mainstream radio market.

What is Quickhitz?  It’s a method of shrinking the typical 3-4 minute song down to 2 minutes in a way that apparently people don’t really notice.  This way they can squeeze more songs into a shorter amount of time.  The goal is 24 songs per hour.

Unbelievable.  I know that we live in a world of sound bites and short YouTube clips, but has our attention span really shrunk to the point where we can’t listen to a full song for 4 minutes?

I was listening to their online stream yesterday, and it was sad how quickly the music changed.  I’ll admit the song selection was great, but I want to hear the full songs, and not feel like I’m just listening to a mashup.  From the looks of Twitter, I’d say that I’m not alone.  If you’re curious, give it a listen here. (I think it gets a little congested at times, but you’ll get the idea)

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Guardians of the Galaxy… Meh

Published August 8, 2014 - 6 Comments

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy-300x444I know that my opinion isn’t shared by some of the people who will be reading this.  That’s ok, though.  It’s just my opinion.  You can have your own.  But remember, mine’s better!  😉

I didn’t grow up with comic books.  I had a couple that I acquired from yard sales but I was never serious about them.  So when movie studios started focusing more on super hero titles, some of them have been hit or miss for me.  (Check out my blog posts on Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 if you’re bored)  Guardians of the Galaxy is a miss for me.

I didn’t dislike the movie.  There is some really funny dialogue in there.  But aside from that… I found Guardians of the Galaxy to be quite lacking.  I think the best way to describe it is that it didn’t feel like a Marvel movie to me.  It felt like another movie franchise entirely, much like when you watch an animated movie that is good, but just not the same caliber as Disney or Pixar.  I suspect that part of this comes from the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about these characters going in. I don’t think that I’m alone, though.  This isn’t Iron Man.

I have no doubt that this movie will spawn sequels for the next few years.  It’s making gobs of money at the box office, and I seem to be one of the few people who wasn’t completely blown away.  So I’ll watch the next installment when it comes out… online.

If I had to rate it out of 10, I’d give Guardians of the Galaxy a 6.5.

Lift – Using Technology to Form Good Habits

Published August 7, 2014 - 3 Comments

Lift_Black_Logo1I have a lot of habits… most of them bad.  It’s so easy to fall into the trap of repeating bad habits.  Most of the time I don’t even think about it.  It’s just second nature.  That’s why they’re habits!

They say that it takes 21 days of repeating the same action before it becomes a habit.  Most of my bad habits are 42 years in the making and not going to be changed easily.  I’ve tried different things, but in the end, the habit is usually still there.  Stronger than ever!  But there might be help for me.

I recently downloaded an app for my phone called Lift.  Lift allows me to select goals from suggested categories or add my own.  Then I can set up my frequency, and my reminders.  As I go through my day and perform these activities I click them off.  Seems simple enough.  The idea being that if I do these enough that they will eventually become second nature.

There’s also a social aspect to the Lift app.  You can choose to have your accomplishments posted to the activity board of the Lift community where people will give you props or comment.  If that’s not something that interests you, simply turn it off on one (or all) of your goals.

I set my goals to be realistic, yet still challenging:

  • Eat fruit 5 times/week
  • Read 3 times/week
  • Sleep by midnight 5 times/week
  • Stop drinking pop 1 time/week  (still haven’t achieved this one)
  • Take blood pressure 2 times/week
  • De-clutter 2 times/week
  • Walk 5 times/week
  • Take medication in evening 7 times/week
  • Weigh myself 1 time/week
  • Write blog post 5 times/week
  • Eat breakfast 5 times/week
  • Pack lunch 4 times/week
  • Wake up by 6:30 5 times/week
  • Write three positive things about the day 7 times/week

After about a week I can see that some of my goals are not being reached.  I haven’t had a single day without Coke.  That’s sad.  I haven’t gotten out to walk.  Or read.  Even my blog posting has been weak.  (Yes, I will click off today after publishing this one!)  Then there are others that are doing quite well.  Writing three positive things about today?  I’m on a 7 day streak with that one!  I’m better taking my medication now!  I’ve even gotten better at having breakfast and packing a lunch.  So who knows, maybe this will end up being a good thing.  Ask me in 21 days!