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It's hard to believe that we're already six months into 2017. Music-wise, this has been an interesting time, with so many good albums and singles to rave about. And at this halfway point in the year, I want to talk about my favorite songs of the year so far. I decided not to limit myself to songs that are currently on the Billboard Hot 100 so I could have a bit more variety in my picks. This isn't a ranked list, just a collection of 10 songs I'm into.
"Perfect Places" - Lorde
Lorde's second album, Melodrama, is a delightful slice of pop music. It has a different instrumental sound due to her working with a different producer (Joel Little worked on debut album Pure Heroine, while Jack Antonoff, of fun. and Bleachers, who co-wrote and co-produced songs on Taylor Swift's 1989, co-produced and co-wrote all the songs on Melodrama) but the lyrics still undeniably sound like Lorde. I adore a lot of songs on the album but Perfect Places, the final track, is possibly my favorite (at least until I listen to Melodrama a million more times ). It's a catchy, anthemic ode to being young and trying to find a "perfect place" of happiness by drinking and partying, only to feel more lost. Lorde has said that the concept of Melodrama takes place during a house party and this song evokes feelings of the rager winding down, as you come off the high of the party and wonder what to do next. It's a beautiful song.
"It Ain't Me" - Kygo feat. Selena Gomez
Tropical house may feel like a tired genre at this point thanks to all the pop songs that jumped on the trend, but I still think it's a pretty cool genre of music. And Norwegian DJ Kygo is pretty good at it if some of his earlier projects are to go by. His production on this track is excellent. I love the acoustic guitar in the beginning, I love the bass and synthesizers, I love the finger snaps, and I especially love the way the syllables of Selena Gomez's lyrics are layered over the chorus. I've said it before but Selena Gomez has never sounded better on this track. It sounds beautifully nostalgic.
"Slide" - Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos
Who would've thought that Calvin Harris knew how to bring the funk? The songs he's released lately have a totally different feel to them than his typical EDM fare. Slide is a groovy, modern take on disco that's buoyed by the beautiful vocal stylings of Frank Ocean and decent bars from Quavo and Offset of Migos. When I first heard of this collab, I was wondering how this was going to work, but the different elements somehow slide (heh, puns) together well.
"Sign of the Times" - Harry Styles
If there was a contest judging the One Direction guys' solo attempts, I think Harry Styles is winning this race so far. His self-titled album is pretty solid. It's soft rock, psychedelic, folksy--a wild mishmash of different influences that he pulls together to make his own. I still think this track is fantastic. It's a bombastic, arena rock-style track that pulls me in so much that I don't mind the length.
"DNA." - Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar goes IN on this song. His delivery packs a punch and the bars themselves are incredible. Not to mention it's backed by an awesome beat from producer Mike WiLL Made-It. One of the best rap songs of the year and one of my favorites from DAMN.
"The Man" - The Killers
Nearly 5 years after their last album, Battle Born, the Killers are back with new music! And what a way to come back. The Man is a funky track with bragging lyrics, though you get a sense that Brandon Flowers is being a bit tongue-in-cheek. The addition of a backup choir makes this track even cooler than it has a right to be. Consider me hyped for the new album, boys.
"I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
I'm a fan of The Weeknd's dark, atmospheric brand of R&B, but this sunny, fun track is a nice change of pace. It's a beautiful love song that's the marriage between the Weeknd's soulful crooning and Daft Punk's sweet disco production.
"Drew Barrymore" - SZA
I hadn't heard of SZA before listening to "Consideration", her collaboration with Rihanna on Riri's album Anti last year. Now I'm kicking myself for not listening sooner. This is such a raw, real, wonderful song about feeling insecure and having low self-esteem. I definitely want to check out more from her and I recommend her to y'all as well.
"Hard Times" - Paramore
After Laughter is Paramore's poppiest-sounding album yet, not that that's necessarily a bad thing, and Hard Times embraces an 80s pop style wholeheartedly. It's catchy and fun with some profound lyrics hiding underneath the beautiful synthpop goodness.
"Love" - Lana Del Rey
Lana's upcoming album is called Lust for Life, and I can definitely hear a newer, more vibrant Lana on this track. The lyrics are unabashedly happy in their celebration of love without becoming too sappy and the track has such a cosmic, enchantic feel to it. I'm in love.
A few honorable mentions:
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
I love Bruno Mars. His reworking of 70s/80s funk and soul hasn't gotten tiring to me yet. The man is gifted at making a sexy, fun R&B jam and this is no exception.
"Castle on the Hill" - Ed Sheeran
While I don't dislike Shape of You as much as some, I will say that it's not even close to being the best single on Divide. That honor would go to Castle on the Hill, a charming folk-pop song that's an ode to his hometown. It paints a beautifully nostalgic picture of Ed Sheeran's life through the lyrics and that chorus has an epic sound to it.
"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar
Of course, I couldn't forget about this #1 smash. Kendrick is good at "conscious rap" but he can definitely create a straight up banger too. Humble is full of swagger and confidence, and thanks to Kendrick you believe that he's as great as he says.
"Bad Liar" - Selena Gomez
When I first heard this song, I wasn't feeling it. Then I listened to it again...and again...and it actually grew on me. I especially dig the sampling of the bassline from Talking Heads' song "Psycho Killer". This is definitely a weird song that doesn't sound like a lot of songs on mainstream radio right now and while I am a sucker for typical pop, that's what makes Bad Liar so appealing to me.
What are your favorite songs of the year so far? Let me know.
Let's do something new! Ah yessir!! -cocks fist-, it's time for the first ever Extreme Championship Wednesdays, EEEEEEEEVER. I'll be reviewing and talking about every ECW PPV from Hardcore Heaven '95 all the way to December to Dismember; every Wednesday! So, without further ado, let's get EXTREME!
Our first match of the night is showcasing some tag teams. The current title holders, as Joey Styles calls, "dastardly, and unbelievable", Stevie Richards and Raven, accompany The Pitbulls to their match. They are facing the Dudley's, that is Dudley Dudley and Snot Dudley. look at that little goober. The match was pretty straightforward, a simple tag match. The Pitbulls were dominating the match early, beating the snot out of Snot. The crowd was its usual hot self, but were hot for Richards, Raven, and Beulah. Beulah and some plant get into a cat fight, KITTIES, OH MY GOD. So Raven escorts them out of the ringside area, leaving the Pitbulls all by themselves. Dudley Dudley finally gets himself in the match, lays some beat downs on the Bulls. But Snot again gets his ass beat by chairs and then a super powerbomb. As one of the Pitbulls were covering Snot, Dudley hit him with a flying axe handle and layed Snot on top of him, getting the victory for the new tag team. Pitbulls cut a loud promo about some jargon after the match.
Second match is another tag match between Chad Austin and the Broadstreet Bully vs. Dino Sendoff and Don E. Allen. Sloppy as fuck match with nothing to report, since the fucking police got called, AH YESSIR IT'S 911. HE COMES OUT AND MURDERS THESE JABRONIS. Paul E. comes out with him, and the crowd start to erupt with cheers and chants for him. He tells the jabronis, "Welcome to the E C FUCKING W ARENA!" Luckily, Scott Steiner was not in ECW at the time.
wait, what. So the next match on the card is the human thumb, Val Puccio, or as he goes by, Big Malley. He went into singles action against Hack Meyers, (this will not be the first time my dudes). good lord. The "Shah of ECW" Hack Meyers comes out looking like Mr. Slave, oh Jesus Christ... Joey Styles absolutely roasts Big Malley through introductions, funny shit. this shit ain't real. I can't even start the match without stopping to grab these ridiculous screenshots. Don't get me started on Meyers's hair either, shit is hideous. The match for about 3 minutes is the crowd shitting on Malley. Every time he goes for a strike, the crowd chants "Shit!", but every time Meyers hits, they chant "Shah!" Fun stuff. Malley has control most of the match, until Malley misses an elbow drop and Meyers pins him for the 3. My guy is memeing out here.
Next match I have a feeling will be a banger. We've got 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Taz with Paul E in his corner. Taz dominates the match early, but Scorpio tries getting into Taz's head through psychology, taunting him and wearing the same colors as him. Great mat wrestling, Taz showing why he is the king of the headlocks. Sorry Kev. Taz hits some huge suplexes and forces Scorpio to run out the ring. Scorpio wins a test of strength and gets the upperhand with a few good power moves. The ECW fans then begin to chant "Virgil" at Scorpio, Taz finally gets in another Tazplex, controlling the match again, but not for long as Scorpio hits a piledriver and sets up that fucking Tumbleweed BOY Taz then no sells it like an actual tumbleweed. Taz hits a nasty Tazplex and gets the pinfall. BUT WAIT, Scorpio's foot was on the rope. Bill Alfonso runs down and restarts the match, woah dude. He then threatens to shut down ECW. Paul E. ain't having it. Scorpio comes in and blindsides both Taz and Paul with a chair, drops the leg brother on Taz and gets the victory. Solid match right there.
A little interlude with Joey Styles plugging the show, and then mentions Shane Douglas. Shane comes down and gets in Style's face. Douglas is wearing a WWF shirt, fucking gold. The crowd get pissed at him and start chanting "We Want Flair", McLols. Crowd start Wooing, making this promo gold. Douglas starts looking for more journalists to eat, calling out all journalist. Look out big Metlz. Douglas starts talking about conspiracies like he's Alex Jones, and then insults Styles more. Crowd gets more pissed, telling him to shut the fuck up. Douglas then says he's gone from ECW. Lol. Then "Woman" comes into the ring, (Nancy Benoit) and tells him he's a pretty smart dude. He then calls her a slutbag. Douglas puts her in an arm lock and Sandman comes to the rescue. But then Cactus Jack comes in and runs Sandman out. Douglas then threatens Sandman later in the night. Good promo for the middle of the show.
Next it's tag title match time with Raven and Richards, accompanied by Beulah, going up against Tommy Dreamer and Luna Vachon. Dreamer sporting a cast after Raven broke his fingers. Raven and Dreamer start brawling on the outside, which leaves Luna and Richards in the ring to fight. Dreamer hits Raven with a DDT and comes in to help Luna. Luna grabs Richards by the balls and flips him across the ring, awesome. Dreamer goes back outside to beat Raven up more, with the help from audience members of course. Raven gets busted open with two frying pans to the face. They weren't drying pans, I checked. Dreamer leaves and comes back with this object in his hands, . E C Fucking W. It's apparently a TV antenna, whatever that is. In the ring, Luna is mopping the floor with Stevie, lols. Dreamer continues to search for signal using Raven. Not sure a bird is going to help you Tommy. Did Dreamer just vandalize South Swanson St. or does Paul just leisurely have newspaper stands laying around. Dreams throws Raven into the stand to which Styles remarks, "Raven won't soon forget that headline!" Luna keeps getting near falls in the ring, still beating the shit out of Stevie. Dreamer comes back to help Luna out, Women. Raven gets back up and kicks the shit out of both Tommy and Luna. Raven drags Tommy back to the newspaper stand and works on the broken fingers, damn son. Dreamer is incapacitated, while Raven and Richards take care of Luna. Hitting a double DDT, but she kicks out! Dreamer evens it up by tying Raven up in the ropes. Luna hits a superplex, but Beulah comes in and throws powder in her face, the X factor. This allows Richards to roll up Luna for the victory. Good match, fun stuff.
Bill Alfonso is summoned to the ring and is ordered to referee the Taipei Deathmatch between Axl Rotten and Ian Rotten. Broken glass glued to the fist of each opponent, boy you know this gon be bloody. Axl lands the first punch and cuts Ian. Alfonso checks Ian and confers that that was enough, and stops the match. As the announcement is made, Public Enemy and The Gangstas start brawling at the entrance. Alfonso demands they be evacuated out of the building. The Deathmatch is restarted after Alfonso leaves, and the two brothers just wail on each other. Ian has control, landing big blows on Axl. Ian starts cutting him with little shards. Axl finally gets offense in with a kick, and starts digging away. Fucking brutal. Ian then hits a low-blow, yikes. Axel drops Ian down on some thumbtacks and does a splash for the victory. Hmm, violence, very ECW.
So, we some how end up with Raven, Richards, Luna, and Dreamer all brawling for what seems like an eternity, then the Pitbulls come out. They start fucking throwing each other through walls and tables. Well, that sure was 10 minutes of the show. Paul you crazy son of a bitch.
Next is the ECW World Heavyweight Championship match between the champ, Sandman with Nancy and Cactus Jack. Sandman of course looks like he just woke up from a 16 hour nap and then drank a 12 pack. He then takes a million years to enter the ring, classic Sandman. Foley comes out with barbed wire wrapped around his fist. Sandman is wielding two kendo-sticks, one more than Bayley was afraid to use. This was like a real anime battle. At least he gave Nancy one to hold for later, she might need it. Nancy starts the match by throwing beer in Foley's face, that's rasslin. ....dive. Foley finally gets control after hitting a huge DDT that Roberts would be proud of. Cactus starts giving Sandman some more concussions with kendo stick shots. Sandman gets a chair, and halts Foley's offence. Of course, Foley cuts himself with his own barbed wire. Sandman hits the laziest DDT that would not make Roberts proud. Nancy leaves and returns with some more barbed wire. Sandman wraps it around himself like a Christmas tree. maybe later. Foley gets hit by some splashes with the barbed wire, but Foley isn't having that shit. One Sandman botch later, he gets the upper-hand again. brother - HH. Foley starts hitting Sandman with barbed wire punches and cuts open the champion. Nancy comes into the ring and hits Foley, but he ain't having that shit and shoves her ass down. Could've been worse. The ref then takes a bump, you know what that means. The franchise comes into to try and help out Foley and hits a piledriver on Sandman. Damn it, he isn't supposed to be here! Then, swerve! He attacks Cactus! No longer friends. Sandman gets laid on top of Foley and gets the victory.
Finally it's the main event, Public Enemy vs. The Gangstas. You know anything with New Jack is bound to be a barnstormer, and absolute technical masterpiece. I wonder if they got that from Dreamer? He does eat weird things. Shit breaks down real fast. Mustafa and Rocco brawl to the back of the arena and we got our selfs a table spot boys. Hell yeah. Meanwhile, New Jack is beating the shit out of Johnny with ironically a billy club. How very thug. But Grunge fires back with the shitbox. Rocco then gets thrown into a big fan, but unfortunately does not get comically diced up. This gif perhaps sums up the match in whole. Of course, New Jack no sells it, like the story teller he is. The original gangster New Jack. Someone hands Mustafa a keyboard, to which Styles remarks, "Must have been handed to him by one of our internet ECW fans!" Fucking smarks. Grunge eventually gets a croquet mallet. Rocco eventually gets the mallet and does a top rope dive with it to pin Mustafa. What a shitfest, but hey, New Jack was in it.
Overall, show was good. Main Event was rather boring and bad, but the title matches were fun so this show gets 2.5 broken tables out of 5 from me bubba. Tune in next time for November to Remember, in June!
OK...this is your first time doing this, Lettuce...don't freak out..deeep breaths...
So, now that's outta the way, hi there! My name is Retthi Manchot, but you can call me Lettuce. You're probably wondering how I accessed this site if it doesn't exist on Core Earth. Well, Omnus and Alpha had a malfunction with the Morphing Grid, it crossed over into the Warp...listen, it'll just sound weird if I explain it all, OK? Point is, this little mishap allows me, at least for a while, to access the internets of other universes! Isn't that cool?! Anyways, I'll use this little blog here to talk about whatever's on my mind.
Don't be shy introducing yourselves! I'm sure we can get along great! See ya soon!
(So, as I announced before, I'm creating this special character blog for the duration of SOF 7. Here, you can interact with Lettuce directly, asking him all kinds of questions, talking, etc. Hope you enjoy this as much as I will.)
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLOG
Greetings all, Renegade here. As you guys may recall, I used to have a blog that was dedicated to reviewing the entire Power Rangers series one episode at a time. It failed, mainly because a: it was so ambitious, and b: I just plain forgot about it. So, I've decided to revisit the concept, this time using the first (or, the earliest I can recall) anime I remember seeing as a kid: Sailor Moon, created by Naoko Takeuchi. This blog, much like Renegade the Unicorn Reviews Power Rangers, will cover the series in its entirety (although Sailor Moon has only 5 seasons, thankfully) and will have the same format, which I will once again inform of, for those who didn't read my previous blog:
INTRODUCTION - The introduction to the episode, usually containing tongue-in-cheek snarking.
THE EPISODE - The blog's main "meat", if you can call it that. I summarize the episode, and talk about any lessons that it tries to teach.
MY OPINION - Wherein I give my thoughts on an episode, its plot, and usually the moral if it has one.
SCORE - I give the episode a rating, using the X/10 format, along with reasons why.
INTRODUCTION TO SAILOR MOON SEASON 1
The first season of Sailor Moon, as to be expected, sets up the premise for the series: A lazy schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino, while running late for class one day, encounters a mysterious cat named Luna, whom informs her that she is tied to a long-ago civilization known as the Moon Kingdom, and she is recruited to help search for the kingdom's princess, as well as an artifact known as the Legendary Silver Crystal. However, an organization known as the Dark Kingdom is doing the same, as well as trying to gather energy for a being known as "the Great Ruler". Recruiting four others to her cause, Usagi goes into battle as the warrior Sailor Moon.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I will. Renegade, out.
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"So is that what you call a getaway?
Tell me what you got away with
Because I've seen more spine in jellyfish
I've seen more guts in 11 year old kids."
-Brand New, "Seventy Times Seven"
"You're running after something
That you'll never kill
And if this is you want
Then fire at will."
-My Chemical Romance, "Thank You For The Venom"
This is a blog entry I have tried to make several times, as it is a hard thing to discuss, but it's god damn important, and it'll almost be three years since it happened, which I can't believe, but it makes me really happy knowing this is over. It's probably one of the most... significant parts of my life, sadly, and it's an awful event. The worst time of my life. Sigh.... yeah, here we go. It's something important to know when you really get to know me for a person. I've probably skimmed about this subject a few times before... but here we go. I just want to put a trigger warning for mentions of suicide and depression. So yeah, here we go. And I need to mention one thing: I'm a very mentally stable person right now. Anyway, I've probably mentioned a bit of this in that long MLP post I did, but yeah, I plan for this to be a bit more in detail and the real meat of what happened 3 years ago won't happen until a bit later.
Anyway, this story all started in fifth grade. What do I need to say about that year? It was one of the best of my life. In fourth grade, I began to drift off from other kids and they started... they started to kind of respect me again. I remember going home every day that year and watching shows like Shugo Chara, MLP, Regular Show, and Adventure Time and it was then, it was because of MLP and Shugo Chara that my interest in cartoons really started. Good teachers, friends, and good events, I really had it all. Anyway, around Spring that year, about 5 years ago, I started to get bullied by some students again because I liked MLP, and the staff even got involved. And it was all fixed and I had a very good year. In June 2012, I graduated 5th grade. I really thought things would continue to be great...
Then middle school happened.
My best friend from 3rd-5th grade went to another school and I entered 6th grade with one friend I made at camp that was going into my grade. Anyway, that year... Yeah, I started off with one friend and I had an immense struggle trying to get used to the customs of middle school. Then I met another kid who was the friend of my other friend... and well, I thought I had my friends for middle school. Anyway, around that time I began to be horribly bullied for liking MLP. I had personal threats and such, and some of the teachers... couldn't give a rats ass this was happening to me, although some did support me. It was such a goddamn awful time for me. And before I knew it, later in the year around April and May those friends began to turn my back on me, and I was holding on to their friendship by something small and almost non existent- interests, and the fact they were too inept and pathetic to ditch me as a friend. So that teetered on for a bit until I got out of school, and entered the worst fucking summer of my entire life (summer 2013).
I began to fight a lot with one of my friends, and on sight said pretty much "fuck off" to the other, because I couldn't take it anymore. Back then, I got... I got into Homestuck, something I loathe now. My friends... that was pretty much what ruined my friendship with the both of them. For some reason they could not handle the fact i liked Homestuck at all. And yeah, I began to make a good friend because of that interest, who I really thought would bring the end to this... to this dark age, but he was a friend who cared about me, and a friend that I haven't talked to in a DAMN long time, but one I am still on really good terms with.
But yeah, than, August that year my 7th grade year started. I was left in middle school with a ton of bullies, but with no friends of my own. The month I stayed at that school... Probably one of the hardest months in my entire life, my goodness. I was still bullied a lot, but one instance when some kids tried to steal my backpack really stuck a nerve with my mom, who requested a transfer in September of that year.
It... well, I do think it was better to transfer in the long run, god knows what would have happened if I stayed at the other school, but things still were fucking awful right off the bat at this new school. I had a really hard time conversing with a lot of people, and I was so.... on edge from everything happening around me prior that I was irritable and had a lot of strong outbursts of anger during class. Nothing really changed at all for that point, although a good amount of good kids at that school did not judge me, and I appreciated that so much. Overall, calling it a tough time was a fucking understatement by a mile.
And here's where the meat of all this comes in.
I...... I met someone. To put it quite simply, I met a girl. Umm, well, I guess calling her something like "that girl" would be dumb, so I'll have to choose a name similar to that.... How about Amanda? Yeah, Amanda sounds fine for the job. Anyway, I met this girl named Amanda. She was this girl who was in my Science, Computers (shit like typing and some other computer programs, EXTREMELY low key and fun class.), and History classes. Right of the bat, she was someone who was very kind to me. We weren't friends or anything, but we were incredibly civil and kind to each other. She was nice as hell, and just generally was a sweet person. And she wasn't a prep or anything, she was this kind of.... well, she was super into all the generic Hot Topic kind of bands (I could call them emo but that would be an insult to bands like The Get Up Kids and The Promise Ring) and had this super laid back personality. Seemed like the person who was always fun loving, always able to vent with, and was just really fucking fun to be around.
And well, after a while..... I realized I liked her. And no, I am not fucking talking like. I'm talking adored. You know how in elementary school you think you have crushes on people but like you're too naive to realize it? I did, and this was my first full blown fucking crush. I was OBSESSED with this girl. Like, not to a stalker level, but like someone experiencing their first love, which I was. I thought Amanda would be the light at the end of the tunnel, the light that would escape me from all of this shit going on. Depression, loneliness, still getting over my problems, and the fact I was getting harshly bullied by some assholes I know an another forum, which luckily does not exist anymore. Don't even want to think about that shit.
But yeah, fucking Amanda. I was just..... god. Fantasy after fantasy I had, of a visionary me asking her out and her gladly saying yes and the two of us going to the mall or some shit and just being a couple, and being the light at the end of the tunnel. This went on for so goddamn long, and one thing. She had a boyfriend. Ha ha this kid is actually in my graphic design class this year, ha ha funny shit. He's one of the douchey (I have not spoken a word to him and I'm glad I haven't, seems like a douche but I don't know him) "bro" lacrosse players here, and even though she had a boyfriend, I fucking LONGED for the day the two split apart and I'd come in. I now, fucking delusional, but I was a 12 year old with my first crush, so you can give me a pass, right?
Shit went on for a while.... until late January. I remember this day vividly. Well, that friend I mentioned having in the summer? I saw him almost every weekend during, well, with this event... most of 7th grade. I even told him about Amanda and how much I loved her and everything... I remember going into detail the time I saw him right before this event. Anyway, due to a complication... we couldn't see each other anymore. And this.... this fucking teared me up. I remember getting the news and just trying with all the emotional might and my entire body not to just break out into so many tears. However, one thing I did, was I pressed on knowing that.... knowing that Amanda was there.
February 17th, 2014.
Sounds like a normal day, right? And you know what, it was. It really was, until 8th period that day. 8th period was my final class of the day. History. Which as I've stated before, I shared with Amanda. Anyway, on the very edge of it all, I told her how I felt. I really did. I had to come clean about everything. I told her I loved her and I've had a large crush on her. Despite me coming in at a bad time because I was a 12 year old with raging hormones, she took it extremely well. She thought it was cute and all, and that fucking made my day. I remember blushing so hard. It was such a happy day for me.
Well, here we are. As I've said many times, dark journal entry. Here's where it's gonna get extremely dark. So, well, the big point of this part is that this is your chance to get out. Because as I've said, it's getting fucking dark here.
A while later, about 10 or more days past. Early March 2014 sounds right. I can't pinpoint the exact thing that happened, but it was something. There was probably not a single point where it was lost, but oh boy, it was fuckin' lost. Amanda... started isolating herself from me. And I have no idea why. It got to the point where she constantly flashed certain angry faces at me, glaring in anger, even when I was near.
Never before have I had my heart crushed as hard as when that fucking happened. It literally felt like iron thorns pierced my heart, it got stomped on about 100 times with the spurs on a pair of cowboy boots, and then it was spit on. I know it's overly poetic, and probably dumb sounding, but that was how I felt. I basically lost all reason, I lost all motivation inside of me to keep on going. I wanted to leave school and all. I remember telling my mom, without not mentioning Amanda, that I just needed the get the fuck away from school. I grew irritable around almost anyone. I really, well...... I completely lost all motivation in me to live. To keep going. And well, i........ I made plans to take my own life.
One of the big things igniting my anger was the fact that no one saw her the way I did. Everyone loved her, everyone thought she was this great girl, which.... well, luckily we go to different schools, but it seems like things haven't changed a bit, sadly. I have close friends who know what happened, and well, they seem to shun her about it, I'm not positive, but I think it's the way. But yeah, that was one of the greatest things igniting my anger.
I turned 13 on April 17th, 2014. It was a good birthday for what it was, I guess. Well, if you took my major depression out of the equation, it would be. Now I can only look back on that birthday and just feel so fucking sad.
April 18th, 2014. I remember all these days so well, leading up to the event. I was taken out of school early that day because my mom was willing to because I had guests over, and yeah, I really remember going home and really using a lot of my birthday presents.
April 19th, 2014. Very rainy day. The day before Easter. My guest, my now deceased aunt, took me and my sister to this one big arcade place with go karts and stuff near our house. It was really our thing; she would take us and we would have fun at that.
April 20th, 2014. Easter. Depressing day. Had a fight with my dad that day, who I was having troubles with my relationship with him during that time (We are fine now), and just grew even deeper.
April 21st, 2014.... pretty normal day, honestly. Don't remember much at all.
Here comes the dreaded day.
April 22nd, 2014. This is a day that will live in infamy for me, and well, a lot happened that day. I can remember the day to the most minute details.
I woke up that morning. I think I ate biscuits for breakfast? Probably. Watched JonTron (this was years before all that white nationalist shit happened) before school. Went to school. It was a pretty normal day, that is until my 3rd period class, which I had Gym, that the main..... the main events of the day occurred.
That day was the day where the elementary schoolers going into middle school toured the school. Obviously, students were chosen to be tour guides for the elementary schoolers and guess who was chosen? Yeah, fucking Amanda was chosen. I remember I was in my 3rd period gym class and Amanda and her group came down. This pissed me off so goddamn much. I remember seeing that and just getting so angry. And a few others were complimenting her and stuff like that, and it just seemed like those fifth graders were really enjoying her presence.
That was when I fucking LOST it. I can't think of a single moment in my entire life where I was that angry, and so... so not myself.
I began to scream. I began to just let out all of my inner anger, that anger I've channeled in myself for over a month, out. I ran, I was in hysterics. I frantically ran to the gym's exercise room and found like the end of a dumbbell or something like that and in anger, for some reason, I only lightly hit it on my head a couple of times. Than after a little bit of further raging, the bell rang and I went to my next period-Art. Well, after entering, before the teacher was in I knocked over like two or three chairs on accident and then I think someone heard me? Something like that, that part is a big foggy. Anyway, i was just...... at that point, I was bawling. Honestly, I don't think I've cried as hard as I did on that day. I remember that my eyes were pretty foggy for like 30 minutes straight I cried so hard. Anyway, I was sent to counseling and well, when a social worker came and asked me what was going on.... I..... I came clean.
I remember telling that worker I just... i didn't know what to do anymore. And yeah, I remember that's when I broke it to her and said I was feeling suicidal. Anyway, after that, I went on with my day for a bit when I got called to the office during lunch time. I enter the office, get sent to the counseling room and I see my dad there, who proceeds to take me home. I couldn't go back to school until I saw a psychiatric doctor. Anyway, my mom who was like an hour away had to stop everything she was doing and come back home to comfort me. Anyway, it's just.... I remember after going home we went to a few doctors and my psychiatrist at the time. After that, I just remember my mom crying to me later in the day, asking why I wanted to take my life. I just came clean about everything, my position in life, and everything. And well, yeah, I missed school the next day.
From that point, I got the help I absolutely needed. And well, i'm so glad I did. I got medicine I still take to this day for anxiety and it's just, well nothing was perfect right away (I was pretty fucked up after the whole incident but as time went on my mental health really improved), and yeah.
I guess that's really it. I can't say much else. I hate Amanda a lot and rank her as the worst person I've had the misfortune of meeting. When I'm typing this, it's, well, it's April 22.
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Let's do this.
These lists were a long time coming. I started making my rankings in February and I've been meaning to finish them by, like the end of that month. Unfortunately, senioritis kicked my ass. I was enrolled in an Economics class that assigned me like something-teen assignments each week. There were other classes I had to do too but Economics is a graduation requirement. Finishing these assignments required restless nights. So many restless nights. Now here I am, in mid-April, about to finish this shit up.
Okay, in the last list, we discussed how 1991 was a pretty bad year for music. But this time, we're gonna talk about all the classic hits 1991 brought us as well. The songs that people defend 1991 for. It's.....
FRED'S TOP 10 HIT SONGS OF 1991Spoiler
I'm so relieved to learn that even though he wrote "Justify My Love", I still found a way to like Lenny Kravitz in 1991.
10. "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" - Lenny Kravitz
Aw yeah, I love me some '70s R&B. And Lenny does his darnedest to make it sound so damn funky. It feels like Lenny went back in time, stole a song by Barry White, and went back to the present to make it his own. That's how timeless this song is. It's a '90s song that feels like it belongs in the '70s as well.
When it comes to writing this year, Lenny was kinda messed up. But when it comes to writing AND performing his own stuff this year, I eat it up like candy. Talk about a great way to justify your career.Spoiler
Summer is an interesting season to write songs about. Whether it be about boys of summer or a cruel cruel summer, it's so interesting to see other people's views on the season. But sometimes, we all need a summertime jam about relaxing, sitting back, and just unwinding. Take it away, Fresh Prince!
9. "Summertime" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Sometimes, we all need a little break from the humdrum boring life you get from other seasons (depending) and just have some summertime fun. Even though I'm not a big fan of summer and prefer other seasons, this song always puts me in a good summertime mood. I should just take a break and just have fun! Not right now because I'm in my room right now typing up this best list when right now, I should be CATCHING UP ON MY GODDAMN ECONOMICS WORK BECAUSE MY TEACHER ASSIGNS ME SO MUCH--*listens to song again*
Ah, much better. It may not be summertime right now, but this song makes me feel like it is.Spoiler
Sorry, guys. But when there's a Prince song and it's pretty damn good, I can't not put it on here.
8. "Cream" - Prince and The New Power Generation
For those who want to skip all the video shit, go to the 2 minute mark. Not me, though, because I do like the video and I love the song that goes with it.
It is fact that Prince's '80s career is superior to his later career, but this song is evidence enough that he can still funk his way into the '90s. It's so completely sexy and made it possible to make whipped cream sexy. What else do you expect from the Prince of Pop?
It makes me sad that this guy died at middle age. At least we'll still have his songs to remember him by.Spoiler
Color Me Badd at #2?! Timmy T at #5?! And this song was one spot away from the Top 10?! Blasphemy! We all know that this song is Top 10 worthy.
7. "Motownphilly" - Boyz II Men
If there's one way you should represent your state, just do it with new jack swing. Or with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia too, either way is fine. That's what these boys to men did and they succeeded at doing it. It's also pretty autobiographical too, as it basically tells how the group formed in the first place.
Back in school we used to dream about this everyday
Could it really happen?
Or do dreams fade away?
Then we started singing them
They said it sounded smooth
So we started a group and here we are
Kickin' it just for you
And like "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over", I also like how they got influenced from older music. This is just one of the best ways to make good new jack swing music in 1991. (Lookin' at you, Another Bad Creation.)Spoiler
The hair metal ballads this year.......didn't impress me much.
Yeah, I think it's all agreed that the early '90s was when hair metal basically died out, at the point where Bon Jovi or Def Leppard just said "Stop already".
At this point, I'd rather take, I don't know, a rock band performing stripped-down acoustic guitar ballads more than I would hair ballads. Was there ever a song like that in 1991?
6. "More Than Words" - Extreme
What can I say? I'm a sap when it comes to music like this. I guess it has something to do with the onslaught of hair ballads I've heard this year. When wading through a year of Wingers and Warrants, I guess you start to appreciate love songs like this one that aren't overblown and "epic".
They had another great hit this year as well but I like this one better because it's more stripped down and has a simple message. "Do more for love than just saying 'I love you'". And I think I just did that here.Spoiler
I have to prelude this song by saying.....this song used to irritate me.
I mean, I do like it now, that's for sure, but there were kinda reasons for me to hate this song. I mean, this song is weird, yo.
5. "Groove Is in the Heart" - Deee-lite
Now the question begs, why did I hate this song? Was it the name of the group? Was it because of the random Dr. Seuss reference? Was it because of.....this?
Yeah, not gonna lie. That beginning still kind of irritates me today so that might be it.
But that's only the beginning of the song so I can't even judge the song based off of that. Why would I hate on a song that has funky bass lines from Bootsy Collins and a rap breakdown by Q-Tip? I'd be a pretty grooveless and heartless man if I did.
I honestly appreciate the song in its wackiness now. Horton Hears a Who, whatever. Even if it is a weird song, there's no doubt that I love it. Groove is in my heart.Spoiler
4. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - C+C Music Factory
You'd be crazy if you think I'm gonna give this song an introduction paragraph. It doesn't even need one when it begins with one of the most iconic lines in music history.
Yeah, that one.
This is definitely one of the most iconic dance tunes of all time as well. You can't even resist dancing to this song. It's practically impossible.
See, the reason why "Everybody Dance Now" works and "Get Up and Boogie" doesn't is because the song actually hypes you up and makes you want to get up and dance. "Get Up and Boogie" is more like "Yeah, get up and boogie if you want to but some of you guys can sit down and listen to us as well." No, if you want to get up and dance, listen to this song instead.
C+C Music Factory had two other songs this year (the former contending for the best list) but no matter how they tried, they will never match the success of this song. Out of all of the songs in the Top 5, I honest to god love this one the most.
Also, why aren't you guys dancing? Dance! C+C Music Factory commands you to!Spoiler
(I should warn you guys. My Top 3 contains 3 of the most perfect songs ever in the '90s.)
The story of this next song begins with New Kids on the Block. Stay with me, people.
Yeah, I've never really cared for these guys. I did like the song above when it appeared on Regular Show, but now? Yeah, it pretty much sucks. But I'm not here to talk about those guys. I'm here to talk about the frontman, Donny Wahlberg's brother, Mark.
Yeah, believe it or not, actor Mark Wahlberg is the brother of Donnie Wahlberg from NKOTB (though I'm sure that a lot of you guys knew that). He started out as a rapper, and now he's an actor who's worked on TV shows and movies like Entourage and Boogie Nights. Meanwhile, what the hell has Donnie done that isn't New Kids on the Block related? It's clear to me which brother became popular.
But getting back to the point, Mark started out as a rapper who went under the alias "Marky Mark" and had a group named "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch". They had a hit song as well and just like "Everybody Dance Now", it's one of the most iconic songs of the '90s.
3. "Good Vibrations" - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
I guess, in a way, this song and "Everybody Dance Now" are alike. They do both have a female singer that shouts the title of the song.
If there's any way to perfect the art of douchiness with your music, don't be Vanilla Ice. Just do what Marky Mark does with this song and you've got yourself a great douchy song right here.
This is definitely one of the songs the '90s needed. Not to mention that it wraps up with an awesome piano solo. It's a song that literally gives me good vibrations.
Oops, I meant GOOD VIBRATIONS!Spoiler
I still won't get over the fact that not only "One More Try" is in the Top 5 but it's higher than much better songs of 1991. It's a sin! A sacrilege! It's........
2. "Unbelievable" - EMF
I bet you saw that set-up coming.
Yeah, this was the song that Timmy T cockblocked from being in the Top 5. But in my mind, this song is miles better than that borefest. It's so in-your-face and awesome that it just begs for you to like it. It begs for you to put the song higher. And higher, I did put it because this song is so. Damn. Good.
As a kid, I used to hear this song play before on my '80s and '90s station and it was ingrained into my brain. Years later, I'm so glad it holds up today. "Unbelievable" may not be in the Top 5, but it's in my Top 5, and I can believe that.Spoiler
There was really one song I was going to assign to be my favorite hit of 1991. The song comes from a band I really love and admire and I know some of you do too. They had two hits this year so naturally, I had to put one or both of them somewhere on my Top 10, if not, my #1. And here it is.
1. "Losing My Religion" - R.E.M.
R.E.M. is one of those musical acts that weren't really appreciated in the late '80s. I mean, they did have their fans but two of their songs from Document somehow didn't qualify for the year-end of 1987, when they probably could've. I guess they were too good for a year that had Cutting Crew and Gregory Abbott. But thankfully, they've had two hits this year and I'm thankful for it.
Their other hit this year was "Shiny Happy People" and while I like that one, I like this better because it's more matured and darkish. I absolutely love it.
This song became their biggest hit. It was nominated for and won some Grammys. It was acclaimed by many people, and for good reason. I like it mostly because of Peter Buck's mandolin solo in the middle and Michael Stipe's godsend of a voice always shaping the song together to make this awesome song. An awesome song that definitely deserves to be my numero uno of 1991.
Alright, I think I've said too much here. I hope you've enjoyed these lists and feel free to hear my thoughts on the songs that didn't make either list.
1. “Losing My Religion” – R.E.M.
2. “Unbelievable” – EMF
3. “Good Vibrations” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
4. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” – C+C Music Factory
5. “Groove Is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite
6. “More Than Words” – Extreme
7. “Motownphilly” – Boyz II Men
8. “Cream” – Prince and The New Power Generation
9. “Summertime” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
10. “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over” – Lenny Kravitz
11. “Crazy” – Seal
12. “Around the Way Girl” – LL Cool J
13. “Emotions” – Mariah Carey
14. “Round and Round” – Tevin Campbell
15. “Here We Go” – C+C Music Factory
16. “Someday” – Mariah Carey
17. “Hole Hearted” – Extreme
18. “Now That We Found Love” – Heavy D & the Boyz
19. “Right Here, Right Now” – Jesus Jones
20. “Wicked Game” – Chris Issak
21. “O.P.P.” – Naughty by Nature
22. “I Touch Myself” – Divinyls
23. “I Don’t Wanna Cry” – Mariah Carey
24. “Shiny Happy People” – R.E.M.
25. “Something to Talk About” – Bonnie Raitt
26. “Strike It Up” – Black Box
27. “Freedom 90” – George Michael
28. “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” – Janet Jackson
29. “Power of Love/Love Power” – Luther Vandross
30. “Joyride” – Roxette
31. “Real Real Real” – Jesus Jones
32. “P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” – Rythm Syndicate
33. “This House” – Tracie Spencer
34. “3 a.m. Eternal” – KLF
35. “Disappear” – INXS
36. “All the Man That I Need” – Whitney Houston
37. “Love Takes Time” – Mariah Carey
38. “Touch Me (All Night Long)” – Cathy Dennis
39. “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” – Bryan Adams
40. “Something to Believe In” – Poison
41. “Just Another Dream” – Cathy Dennis
42. “All This Time” – Sting
43. “Do You Want Me” – Salt-n-Pepa
44. “Tom’s Diner” – DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
45. “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams
46. “Fading Like a Flower” – Roxette
47. “The Motown Song” – Rod Stewart
48. “Too Many Walls” – Cathy Dennis
49. “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” – Celine Dion
50. “Temptation” – Corina
51. “Love is a Wonderful Thing” – Michael Bolton
52. “The One and Only” – Chesney Hawkes
53. “Place in This World” – Michael W. Smith
54. “I’ve Been Thinking About You” – Londonbeat
55. “The Promise of a New Day” – Paula Abdul
56. “Rhythm of My Heart” – Rod Stewart
57. “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)” – Hi-Five
58. “Wind of Change” – Scorpions
59. “I Can’t Wait Another Minute” – Hi-Five
60. “Romantic” – Karyn White
61. “Rush, Rush” – Paula Abdul
62. “Piece of My Heart” – Tara Kemp
63. “Hold You Tight” – Tara Kemp
64. “Everybody Plays the Fool” – Aaron Neville
65. “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” – C+C Music Factory
66. “Coming Out of the Dark” – Gloria Estefan
67. “High Enough” – Damn Yankees
68. “I’ll Be There” – The Escape Club
69. “I Saw Red” – Warrant
70. “Every Heartbeat” – Amy Grant
71. “The First Time” – Surface
72. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” – Whitney Houston
73. “Get Here” – Oleta Adams
74. “Signs” – Tesla
75. “After the Rain” – Nelson
76. “Sensitivity” – Ralph Tresvant
77. “Cry for Help” – Rick Astley
78. “I Adore Mi Amor” – Color Me Badd
79. “Impulsive” – Wilson Phillips
80. “Silent Lucidity” – Queensrÿche
81. “Miles Away” – Winger
82. “I Wanna Sex You Up” – Color Me Badd
83. “Baby, Baby” – Amy Grant
84. “You’re In Love” – Wilson Phillips
85. “Love of a Lifetime” – Firehouse
86. “Show Me the Way” – Styx
87. “Time, Love and Tenderness” – Michael Bolton
88. “Rico Suave” - Gerardo
89. “Do Anything” – Natural Selection
90. “I’m Not in Love” – Will to Power
91. “I’ll Give All My Love to You” – Keith Sweat
92. “Iesha” – Another Bad Creation
93. “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” – UB40
94. “Justify My Love” – Madonna
95. “From a Distance” – Bette Midler
96. “One More Try” – Timmy T
97. “Play That Funky Music” – Vanilla Ice
98. “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” – Stevie B
99. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” – UB40
100. “Sadeness (Part I)” – Enigma
OMJ: Well, here's the double header I was talking bout yesterday. Today, I hopefully get to shed some new light on one of Deathmatch's fairly newest, more enigmatic heels.
Considering other recent events as of late, I figured that I may as well be honest with y'all too. I've been holding this back for years, it's getting out of control for me. It's time that I tell you guys the truth.
OMJ: Yeah, so if it wasn't obvi enough from the get-go, this is making fun of Homie's whole reveal thread from earlier this week. I figured that it would make great material for Deathmatch so like the vampire that I am, I decided to bleed it dry for everything. Plus, like I said before, I like to keep things relevant, and this most certainly was relevant at the time. Let's dive in!
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OMJ: Just had to use the spoiler tags for even more added dramatic effect to go with such a melodramatic title.
OMJ: Yeah, I just looked up "mirror" on google and I just went with the first good enough one that I found.
To be honest, I want you all to take a good, long, honest look at yourselves in the mirror and I want you to finally muster up all that courage and shame to admit to yourselves that you are all addicts!
OMJ: I sure hope somebody catches that bomb BECAUSE IT JUST GOT DROPPED!
FeelMyFeel: The word here today, you weak minded lifeless drones, is "honesty". They say that you should pass it on.
OMJ: You know, like in those cheesy PSA commercials like the one where the cops give this kid donuts for returning a lost purse instead of stealing it.
Well, perhaps in real life, but honesty isn't something to be handed out like goddamn sexual favors, especially in an "online environment".
OMJ: Hell of a code to live by.
Now, I'm not saying that people online shouldn't be honest. I condone it! But honestly, there is such a thing as being too honest. That is where I draw the proverbial line in the sand and say, "enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking addicts on this motherfucking forum!"
OMJ: In the SBM version, it's "these monkey flyin addicts on this Monday to Friday forum!"
You know, I bet you all were fucking salivating, ovulating even, at the thought that this blog post would be some sort of sick, twisted, dramatic reveal to satiate your endless hunger for unnecessary drama like the lustful glutton for punishments
OMJ: *gluttons for punishment, thank you.
that you all truly are! You make me so ill, it's barely even amusing enough to have an honest laugh at anymore. But, and this may come as a surprise to all of you, there is one thing that I absolutely loathe more than too much honesty, and that is flat out lies. There is just nothing more worse than a pathetic Internet addict who spills out their guts for everybody from hell to high water to see, but those aren't even their guts that they're carelessly, mindlessly spilling out!
OMJ: Haha! I should know! I'm an expert!
That, my wastes of oxygen, is the absolute ultimate form of denial. To just completely deny who you really are like that, and to actually somehow convince yourself that its the truth! That makes you the lowest of the low and you deserve no pandering, no attention, no friends, nobody worth anything in this life both online and off should even consider coming within ten feet of you.
OMJ: If I had the choice between the two of you, I'd pick the SEASICK CROCODIIIIILE!
When it's your own guts, it's already disgusting enough! But to spill another's...I can't even begin to construct a word that could begin to accurately describe my absolute distaste for such a self-destructive practice!
And worst of all, you all eat that shit up like it was fucking candy! That. Is. Not. Fucking. CANDY.
OMJ: Ah, a nice reference and wraparound to FeelMyFeel's second promo that I posted in the main Community Deathmatch.
You actually have to get off your asses, whip out the anxiety medications just to go out of your house
OMJ: That's probably what I'd need.
and then you head to the nearest store or machine in order to get some REAL fucking candy! Oh and the reactions!
"FeelMyFeel's rendition of his fellow members":
OMJ: Now, I know some of you may be wondering ever since I first introduced this glorious bastard, "just who this fuck? I don't recall ever seeing a member with such a melodramatic name and with such a vendetta against people who frequents a SpongeBob forum." Well, FeelMyFeel was never really a member on SBC. Actually, FeelMyFeel was created by another member entirely for a lit that he was writing all the way back during the much fabled Summer of 2011, when CM Punk was all the rage (oh my fucking god, I can't believe it's been that fucking long since then already). I won't say who and for what for storyline purposes, but if you're that curious, you can always find out for yourself in Davy Jones Locker! But yeah, the gist of the lit was to make fun of people for bringing their real life drama onto the forum at the time and dramatizing it up to 11. Now, I've always had plans for this certain member who wrote this lit, plans that goes all the way back to 2014/2015, so I've been brainstorming this character for a long ass time. Originally, I wanted to save FeelMyFeel for after the whole storyline with ACS blew, make him take over the reigns as Deathmatch's top heel, but with the whole ACS thing going on for two years already and still counting, I felt I may never get to that point so I just hot shotted FeelMyFeel's debut to this past February's "I <3 SBC Love Festival" (which I also need to wrap up lel) because I feel, much like actual pro wrestling, Deathmatch could make do with more than just one top heel acts, just taking the fundamentals of the FeelMyFeel story and upping it to fucking 12. It would've been a freakin travesty if I were to let Deathmatch wrap up without ever letting this character grace the show. One of my main aims for Community Deathmatch is to able to create a wide range of memorable characters, since most SBC Lits of this magnitude usually consists of many one-note, underdeveloped ones. I try to give everybody their own niche, something that makes them each unique, their own gimmick to run with and have them do their own thing and hope that they click. And hopefully, I may be able to do that with everybody in time if I'm allowed it.
OH GOLLY GEE OH MY GOLLY GEE OH MY GOLLY GEE OH MY! This is quite. The startling. Development. I do. Not know just. What to. Say right. Now. But I will say thank you. Thank you, for finally having the least amount of decency to drop the charade years past the expiration. Thank you for lying to me to my face, wanna slap me silly next because you may as well have. Thank you for leading me on and taking me for a ride on the highway to hell for months on end. Thank you for three years of friendship based on lies and deceit that it'd be better off being based on nothing. Thank you from the bottom of the black hole that is my heart, thank you.
OMJ: your heart's an empty HOOOOLE! Your brain is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk!
Now please, sir, may I have some more?
OMJ: Haha. The cherry on top of the icing on top of the seven layered cake of verbal annihilation.
FeelMyFeel: And do not get me started on the whole social justice war that broke out smack dab in the middle.
OMJ: Not so much a war, but it was still funny to see in the middle of such a srsly liberating thread.
How's about before any of you decides to check each other's privileges and try to dish out what you believe to be justice, how's about you check just how long you waste away behind a computer screen and do yourself a real justice and take a step out into the real world for once!
The real minorities here are the honest, decent folk making a modest living for themselves all while willfully choosing to refrain from online activity, like me! You are all addicts and enablers. You all need to be honest with yourselves before you ultimate "rek" yourselves,
OMJ: Or before you rek them, honestly.
as some of you stupidly put it. I implore all of you, FEEL MY FEEL, give your lives over to straight edgy and let's make that minority become the majority by simply choosing to be another person that's better than everyone of you.
FeelMyFeel's theme: ALL I EVER WANTED WAS DESTINYYY TO BE FULFIIIILLED!
The preceding you just witnessed was a work of total fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the products of the creator's imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to any actual events or locales is not entirely coincidental. This program doesn't reflect the views or opinions of any person portrayed herein... Anyway, just go to sleep
OMJ: And lastly, I just had to put the disclaimer on last. It would've ruined the mood and swerve if it were up there!
[ /spoiler ]
OMJ: So there we have it, hopefully a closer look behind the veil of one of Community Deathmatch's newest rising stars (and who I hope is voted Best Antagonist/Protagonist, either/or, at the next round of awards) From all of us here at Deathmatch, I'm Old Man Jenkins, saying good fight, good night! Or morning where I'm at.
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the last time i did one of these it felt pretty incomplete/outdated so i decided to re-do it
keep reading for hot pix of kpop girls
#1. Choi Sooyoung - Girls' Generation
Despite being as inactive as ever in 2017, Sooyoung's spot as my number one bias in all of K-POP has never been in serious danger and I doubt it ever will be until she leaves the genre entirely. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the strawberry blonde bob she's had for about two years now but I can let it slide because 1) her face is pretty and 2) her supermodel proportions will never be rivaled by anybody else in the industry. Sooyoung may be inactive musically, her Instagram is still a consistent source of gems-
She manages to look good in horrid duckface selfies like this one. Take notes, everyone else who takes pictures like this. Sooyoung of course has lots of time to master the art of duck face pictures because SM refuses to give her a proper solo debut. This is a heinous oversight, as this video proves-
she clearly has the presence/vocals/dancing ability, but SM pays her dust and lets the same boring bitches thrive. Sooyoung also has the advantage of still looking like herself in 2017, something many other idols and their constantly-shifting facial features cannot say for themselves. Queen of staying natural and true to herself.
#2. Raina - After School/Orange Caramel
Speaking of inactive- both of Raina's groups have failed to see any major comeback since around 2015 and it's hard to imagine they'll ever be coming back. It's a shame, because Orange Caramel made some of K-POP's best-ever music, and Raina herself also features on one of my favorite tracks of all time. Despite the groups general lack of activity, Raina keeps busy (and keeps herself on this list) on random singing-related gameshows that I don't understand but she looks pretty participating in which is enough to make me watch.
Why anyone would make Raina put a mask over her face is uncertain. A gameshow legend in the making?
#3. Sulli - (former) f(x)
Full-time Instagram user and part-time drunken mess Choi Sulli probably shouldn't qualify for this list, but I'm putting her here anyway for two reasons-
1. She's the embodiment of not giving a fuck. The world of K-POP is heavily controlled by fan opinion- so much so that you're basically exiled if your Korean fans accuse you of any wrongdoing- so seeing somebody like Sulli continue to not care about fan opinions and be as crazy as she wants is truly inspiring. One day, I hope all K-POP stars can take her initiative. This lack of fucks was evident even when she was in her group, proving once again how little fucks she gives- a message to inspire a new generation of K-POP stars. (im serious.)
2. Sulli is exceptionally attractive.
I mean, duh. It's all-too-rare to find somebody in the K-POP industry who actually gets styled decently in all of their public appearances, but Sulli manages to fit this description perfectly. It's also no coincidence that f(x) started making trash songs the minute their best member left the group. I don't know how they expect Luna to carry everyone else in the group. Nobody should have to carry that much of a burden.
#4. Jessica Jung - (former) Girls' Generation
There are many things about Jessica I could list here but the most important reason to bias her is that nobody in the K-POP world has managed to steal her crown as the shadiest idol of all time. From her "just because" sale on the anniversary of her departure from SNSD, her iconic interview where she delivered the "maybe you're jealous" line, or the barrage of shady gifs of her I have saved-
but of course this isn't her only talent. Jessica is also one of the best vocalists in the industry. She consistently delivered vocals when she was in her group and continues to do so in her iconic solo songs, and though she is kept down by her oppressive former management and the shady woman who forced her out of her own group, Jessica continues to spread her wings and Fly (ft Fabolous.)
#5. Eunjung - T-ARA
In an industry full of girls trying to make themselves look as doll-like as possible, a little bit of variety can go a long way. Many different idols have tried for a more "edgy" look, but none have reached Eunjung's level, and likely never will because the woman simply pulls it off and is more convincing than any of them. A lot of Korean "tomboy" concepts come across as trying-too-hard but Eunjung manages to balance a more masculine frame with a fresh and feminine face- resulting in her being infinitely photogenic.
#6. Bora - SISTAR
Picking only one member of SISTAR for this list was a pretty big challenge in itself (I'm still not sure I've made the right decision) but I'm going with Bora for now because in a group that prides itself on having the best bodies in all of K-POP, Bora at least has the face to match it.
Bora's use in SISTAR is pretty questionable these days- it's had to remember, but if you think hard enough, you may remember a time where she was actually relevant to be included in the SISTAR sub-unit, whose only real hit proved to be a bigger deal than anything else SISTAR have ever produced. It seems the only thing that's important for her now is to look consistently great in their videos, something which she excels at.
Considering their latest feature I Like That is better than anything else they've done before, it seems it's better off this way.
#7. Minkyung - DAVICHI
Minkyung's inclusion on this list is evidence enough that an artist doesn't have to make good music to make it onto this list, but instead only has to look consistently good in all of their public appearances. This is certainly true of Minkyung, who makes roughly 2 public appearances per year but manages to make the most out of them each time.
Even when singing some random song for a bunch of old people at an event that nobody cares about, Minkyung looks as adorable as ever. It's no wonder she's exceptionally popular for random endorsements throughout Korea. Like Sooyoung, her Instagram is also a constant source of iconic photos-
Perhaps the most legendary photo you will see today?
#8. Nayeon - TWICE
Sana was my original pick for my TWICE bias, but as time went on, it's Nayeon who managed to be the most consistently stunning of all of the girls. The problem with TWICE (for me at least) is not their singing, but the fact that, in essence, none of them seem to possess a very distinctive look. Learning to tell them apart legit took me weeks because their faces all seem to blend. This, however, is not the case for Nayeon who I tend to recognize immediately.
Maybe it's the fact that Nayeon actually has a few distinctive traits (lol those teeth) but at the very least it makes her unique from the other girls. Let's be real, though- my real TWICE bias is JYP.
IU has always made great K-POP songs and is one of the only solo artists who I think manages to carry themselves without the aid of a group. The Modern Times album is easily the best single album in all of K-POP, and IU looked better than ever promoting it-
one of the best eras for any K-POP star. IU also earns cool points and essentially made it onto this list because of her CHAT-SHIRE album, a full seven tracks of angst in which IU writes about her management making her do creepy Lolita concepts and make shitty music in the process. This also culminated with a great video full of clear-as-day symbolism-
As discussed in the Sulli entry, any star who doesn't give a fuck about the opinion of KNetz gains my approval immediately. IU also looks great in the video but that's just a bonus, really.
#10. Nana - After School/Orange Caramel
I could've put anybody in Orange Caramel on this list, but ultimately Raina and Nana managed to make it on over Lizzy because in the year 2017 they still look gorgeous and aren't wasting away. Nana is typically the one who everyone thinks of when it comes to gorgeous idols in K-POP, and it really is no wonder why-
I've expressed that I don't consider her the most attractive member of the group, but with her supermodel face and strong features it was hard to keep her off the list. Admittedly the ridiculousness of Orange Caramel's styling tends to not work as well for her, which is why my go-to for Nana tends to be the darker After School videos.
After School may be dwindling down to nothing by now, but I wouldn't be surprised if Nana keeps getting modeling jobs well into her 30s.
Now, some honorable mentions:
Tiffany Hwang - Girls' Generation
I find myself defending Tiffany a lot more often these days. So many people act like she's the anti-Christ because she dared to use a snapchat geotag filter and use the wrong country flag like one time. I think they're mad that her solo is one of the best in girlgroup history.
Solar - MAMAMOO
My MAMAMOO bias seriously changes like every other week, but I think I've definitively decided on Solar because she's the only one who looks good in every single one of their music videos, even when they're styled like this.
Sojin - Girls' Day
Another case of "I could've picked anyone" here but Sojin has an advantage over the other girls because she has a cuter face than the others.
Way - Crayon Pop
Do not let looks deceive you. Way will kick your fucking ass.
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Since...maybe the past year, people, including I, have been very argumentative about the state of Cartoon Network. Just recently, Cartoon Network Russia has announced a LEGO Movie spin-off for its lineup, and it is a spin-off based on Unikitty. Based on the first impressions that I've seen, people were skeptical about the series, because the style was very reminiscent towards Teen Titans Go, and some others saw it as an immediate cash grab. I feel this kind of skepticism was expected because we all had to live through the overexposure of Teen Titans Go, as well as the whole aftermath of the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 reboots. This spin-off will soon be broadcasted in Russia as well as across Cartoon Network Europe, without any possible indication that it could also be brought to the States....so why are we worrying about this now?
I guess the best way to start is to acknowledge the month of March in 2017, that in which was a serious drought for Cartoon Network in America, prominently because of its scheduling tactic. The network's schedule was grandiose in Teen Titans Go, Gumball, and the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs animated series of all things. As you can see, I have a lot in my mind about the current state of Cartoon Network, and this argument will detail all the topics that I'm meaning to discuss just now. The first thing I'm addressing Cartoon Network's emphasis on comedic cartoons, and unsurprisingly, this is the type of content that gets such fair treatment. However, let me point out that CN is not the only victim to this, as Nickelodeon's recent animated output have been infamous for its attempts in creating comedic content. Breadwinners, Sanjay & Craig, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, etc., they've all been derided for its lack of comedic appeal, and it's easier to determine that Nicktoon shows such as those have been brought out by the highers up of Nickelodeon Animation, so they could see if any one could try and match the success of SpongeBob. I can understand why some folks would complain about CN's emphasis on comedy, as it can be seen as a pitfall for the Network for not taking risks and balancing out more serious content, like when they did some time ago when they were branching out and giving us series like Regular Show, Adventure Time, Young Justice, Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, Thundercats, and Lego Ninjago in a two year time-frame. Of course, CN was also delivering shoddy animated comedies at the time, which almost led me to just stop watching CN. And I'll admit, I was too harsh on the state of CN over the course of 2010/2011. However, I was very annoyed with CN's...strategy, which included live-action shows, Problem Solverz, Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, and some no-name Canadian cartoons at that time. Thankfully enough by 2012, the executives and CEO Stuart Snyder actually managed to prove that they cared about the integrity of the network. It was at the time CN was having a milestone celebration, but that was the point CN started to win me over. That wasn't even limited to the return of Toonami as an Adult Swim block, or the Cartoon Planet block, and at that point was CN improving spectacularly.
....Then came that point in time when Teen Titans Go was dominating the CN schedule. People all over the internet hated it, but when it came to the silent majority, or otherwise the target audience, the show was a success in the ratings and it was a matter of time until it started filling up slots outside of the DC Nation block. THEN by 2014, Stuart abandoned his CEO position before Christina Miller would take his place while Vishnu Athreya would be put in-charge of CN's scheduling in the same year, and now we're here with 150+ episodes of Teen Titans Go being aired in a weekly basis. To make my point across, CN's current schedule really sucks...but that's not the same for me to say that the network itself sucks right now.
We still have Adventure Time for as long as it may last, we have Steven Universe, we have We Bare Bears, we have Gumball spite getting almost as much overplay as Teen Titans Go, we're getting that new OK K.O.! cartoon, we have Adult Swim and Toonami, so it should all certainly compensate for all the problems people are having with the network. And as some of you guys may beg to point out, yes I'm also aware of CN's treatment of their other animated shows. As some examples show that CN's problems are beyond the overexposure of Teen Titans Go, CN gave up on the broadcasting rights for Pokemon and gave them to Disney XD (If that's weird, remember that in the days of Toon Disney, Jetix has been airing anime, and I think DXD broadcasting Pokemon makes more sense since DXD is becoming a bit of a network for nerds, such as myself.), and there's also the complete, ongoing radio silence for the Total Drama series, Bunnicula, Wabbit, and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo. I could only imagine that this was all for giving TTG, a.k.a. Vishnu's supreme overlord of new favorite shows, more slots on the schedule, but I'm being delusional.
Before some of you guys point out that I've gotten off-topic for a moment, I haven't forgotten about the main argument on whether or not Cartoon Network is being heavily reliant on comedic shows, and what it means for aspiring ideas for series like Infinity Train. I'll get to that in a moment, but I think I can say it for just about anyone that CN has really brought their focus towards comedic animated shows. This is included but not limited to We Bare Bears, Clarence, Mighty Magiswords, and the Powerpuff Girls reboot, which were all under the time-frame of Christina Miller currently being CEO. One series that manages to click is We Bare Bears. It has a strong comedic approach, but it also leans towards serious slice of life storylines. What I'm saying is that an animated comedy can be done right if they don't have a complete emphasis on the comedy.
And ever since Cartoon Network introduced us to Infinity Train, a lot of people were just begging to see it become a full-fledged series 4 months after it was released to YouTube. Now, let me make some things perfectly clear, I am very supportive of hopeful showrunners getting their work noticed by big companies like CN, and even I would seriously love to see Infinity Train become a full-fledged series. Here's the deal though....after all the news circulating that CN is greenlighting new original shows that aren't Infinity Train, let me point out that it takes quite a lot of time for something to be realized as a full-fledged series, and I mean it takes A LOT OF TIME. Don't believe me? Ian Jones-Quartey has been working to get his pitch for an animated show greenlit since he started animating the pilot for it in 2012. That show, in question, just so happens to be Lakewood Turbo Plaza, now known as OK K.O.! Alternatively speaking, it took 4-5 years for CN to realize full potential in Ian's pitch, and it'll probably take 4 years as well for CN to officially greenlight Infinity Train, or perhaps not depending on those who fear that CN will ignore it, and really...if we're going to expect any new information on the possibility of CN greenlighting Infinity Train, it'll be a long while before we see its fate. All animators in general work hard, but understand that Ian Jones-Quartey has also been working hard for his pitch and we could've pressured CN into greenlighting OK K.O.! some time ago in a similar vein to Infinity Train (IJQ is also a prominent man in animation, having previously worked on The Venture Bros and Adventure Time, as well as working on Steven Universe. He also debunked the myth that you have to be a CalArts graduate to succeed in animation.), but we didn't.
Anyways, the only reasons for me to watch Cartoon Network at the moment is for Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, Toonami, and soon enough, OK K.O.! The network is not in a pleasant state at the moment, but I'm not saying that I feel that Cartoon Network sucks at the moment. My point is that I think we should all calm down right now about the state of the network (The reactions for the Ben 10 reboot would've also otherwise prompted for me to make this rant, as the disgruntled 2.1 rating on IMDB should be a given.) The first half of 2017 is going to be very stationery for CN, but I believe CN can do better than what people say that they aren't. Case in point, all big TV animation companies have made bad decisions. Furthermore, I don't think that means it's not worth the risk of working for Nick, Disney XD, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, etc., and just bail to Netflix for making an animated series. I mean, if you're an aspiring animated series showrunner and you want to work for Netflix, I'm perfectly fine with that, but you know, I would honestly rather take the "risk" of working for either one of these big name television animation companies before I give Netflix a chance. The animation industry itself is filled with risks. Heck, I've been brainstorming my idea for an animated series since 2011 and I still feel that my story hasn't come full circle, so I'll be willing to wait 10+ years for my idea to become a full-fledged series. So yeah, these all represent my thoughts on Cartoon Network as of now, and what I can say really is that the current quality of CN is the least of my worries, but I do have my doubts. Also, if you want Cartoon Network to be fixed, there's no need to complain and just hope it gets better. If you desire to, try and see if you could ever get accepted for a job at Cartoon Network and express your ideas of improving the network, that is my idea.
tl;dr version: I don't think CN is at its worst at this point. I also think some people need to chill out about Cartoon Network for a moment. I have my doubts towards CN too, but I don't think that also indicates that the network is not worth working for, same as any other TV companies. While CN also has a large emphasis on comedy and is still heavily reliant on Teen Titans Go, the Unikitty spin-off should be the least of anyone's worries.
So yeah, feel free to tell me what you think about my argument. Did I make some unclear points? Is there anything you disagree with? Do I have any good ideas, bad ideas? Tell me anything, and I'll be willing to read any responses that I can get.
Day 5, also known as THE DAY SBL GOT SWITCHED UP and THE (GOOD) DAY.
*cue switch noise*
- Wake up, at my actual alarm time (7:15 am)
- morning stuff yadda yadda
- The Switch is in the mail facility
- I get ready to go
- My mom and dad tell me before I go they might not be here for the Switch
- Well I hope they are
- Go to school early (8:20, school begins at 9:00)
- Wait and keep checking Amazon
- Went to class
- Gym first yay badminton
- Went to lunch, ate
- Went outside
- Checked phone randomly again for tracking
- OUT FOR DELIVERY BITCHES
- Tell my mom
- My dad will wait for it while she goes somewhere else
- Go back inside (also for some reason one of my friends bought a container of Milo for lunch and was eating it by the spoon)
- Had some
- Left school
- The bus smells like SWEAT AND SWEARS EVERYWHERE HOLY FUCK
- Come home
- Switch hasn't came
- Mom is getting food
- Mom comes home
- I check Canada Post/Amazon
- Package has been delive-
- The fuck? Wrong apartment?
- -red to parcel locker
- Ugh that's in the lobby
- wait how do we open it
- Run to find mailman
- He gives us a key
- We open it
- BOOM BITCH IT'S IN MY HANDS
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS BEGIN IN NON POINT FORM -
I opened it and first saw the Joy-Con controllers, pretty nice feel in the hand. They lock in to the grip and console securely but those fucking wrist straps almost broke the controller. Plugged everything in, setup was nice and quick. Oh wait, I need a game. I went to get Zelda and come back, also, I HAD TO TASTE THE CARTRIDGE. It tastes very bitter. You can still taste a teeny tiny bit in your mouth like 4 hours later. Anyways, Zelda is a very nice game. Although, it's confusing on the Switch and was sometimes dropping frames. The left Joy-Con controller was desynced. I had to resync it. Pretty annoying. Although, this wasn't what I expected from Nintendo. I feel like this console would've sold even more with more AAA titles and 3rd party games (if they're trying to be modern). There are a lot of problems too and I don't wanna jinx it though, so far my Switch was good except for dropped frames and the left Joy-Con controller desyncing problem.
Overall rating so far: 7/10
- will possibly return by April 6th, review coming next Saturday possibly
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Here's my totally biased review of...
First, let's talk about the funky beats that are in this song.
I love everything about the music: with its G major key, 80s feel, and a guitar riffs carrying the chorus, oh my gosh: it's wonderful!
And can we talk about that keytar in the background?!?!?!?! I love it!!!!!
ok ok, enough about the music. Let's get to the Umji gifs!!!!
For those who don't know, Umji is my favorite member of Gfriend. She is also my avatar right now.
And of course, her SLAYING rap part:
Honestly, this is Umji's best era ever. She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Ok, it's time for the music video portion.
The MV is very retro looking but also cosmic themed. It's a pretty unique concept.
It appears that Eunha and SinB are both one in the same in this video.
SinB is a part of Eunha, but we're not told on how they're connected.
Anyways, Yuju and Sowon are out to get SinB.
Both Sowon and Yuju get into a car and chase after SinB.
But uh oh - spotted by SinB!
After a bit of dancing, apparently Yerin and SinB are best buddies.
We all knew we couldn't trust Yerin. Her name sounds like Urine.
Note that SinB and Yerin are dancing together in the above gif. Great attention to detail.
But uh oh - busted again by Sowon and Yuju!
And just when SinB finally gets to her goal of killing Eunha...
She kills Yerin, her only friend. How tragic.
And Eunha commits suicide for some reason.
But it's ok! She wakes up.
Yay! We're all friends again!
Anyways, I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
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If you wondered where I was this time last week, I was in the Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee! I spent the weekend in Nashville to film my school's club ice hockey team in their conference tournament. I wasn't originally supposed to do it, but a position opened up, and the hockey players' parents were paying for everything, so I figured "why not".
Our trip didn't get off to the best start. The bus I was riding in with the hockey team and fellow media members broke down in the middle of the trip, and our bus driver seemed to have no idea how to fix it for the longest time. After half an hour of us sitting in the bus bewildered and afraid, the driver told us in his very thick Italian accent that "it's time to Mickey Mouse" this. Nobody on the bus knew what that meant, but whatever it was, it worked, and we got a brand new meme out of it.
The coach bought a bunch of DVDs to watch on the bus after lunch, and the team chose to watch Superbad. I had never watched Superbad before, so it was a pretty fun experience seeing it for the first time with a bunch of college guys. I could barely hear the movie above all the hooting and hollering, but I could still appreciate it for the penis jokes and the reminders that MySpace and cell phones that only called people were still popular in 2007.
Shortly after Superbad ended, the bus reached the hotel, and I was put in a room with two other media members. We watched Futurama until it was time to leave for the hockey stadium. I had never filmed hockey before, so following that little puck around the skating rink with my camera was a nightmare. Whenever you watch hockey, don't forget the work that these camera people do, because it is without a doubt the worst sport to film.
Thankfully, we won the game, so it wasn't a totally miserable experience, even if it meant I had to film another game the next day. After going back to the hotel, my roommates and I got together with some female media members, and we all got dinner together. Since I was the only person in the group who was 21 or older, I had to buy us liquor after we finished dinner, my first time visiting a liquor store and hopefully my last.
I didn't actually drink any of the liquor because I was all business, but I still hung out with the girls and my roommates in the girls' room, where we watched Friends and everybody else got drunk. The girls kicked us out right before midnight, and my roommates passed out pretty much as soon as we got back to our room. I didn't really mind, as I didn't feel like staying up late that night, anyway.
I woke up at 6 a.m. the next day and trashed central time in the shoutbox because I can't go a week without angrily posting something in the shoutbox. About an hour later, I went down to the lobby to eat breakfast, and the coach and bus driver were the only other people up that early. I learned that the coach was from Canada and came down here to play hockey, but he fell in love (with a woman, not America (well maybe America too (it was an American woman, after all (I'm using way too many parentheses here)))) and decided to stay.
My roommates, their female friends, and I spent most of the day visiting the hot spots at Nashville. First of all, every stereotype you hear about Nashville is true. People wear cowboy hats and ride horses down the street, and all the bars play live country music 24/7. After eating at one of the bars, we went back to the hockey stadium and covered our team's next game, where we lost to Georgia because we lose to them in every sport.
Our team was devastated after the loss, though I wasn't as sad about it because it meant we would be leaving at 2 the next day instead of 5, when the championship game probably would have ended. Going home from Nashville was going to take us eight hours, and I still had school on Monday, so the sooner we left Sunday, the better. I did feel bad for the hockey players, though, even though they were all from the North and reminded me of my own inadequacies.
That night I did stay up late eating pizza and watching Central Intelligence with my roommates. Central Intelligence had Kevin Hart and The Rock, so it was amazing, of course, and took the bad taste of that night's loss right out of our mouths. That and the pizza. The bad taste returned the next morning, though, when our hockey team lost the third place game, which I filmed with less than five hours of sleep. We went straight to the bus after that and spent eight hours riding home, though we got there at 11 PM instead of 10 PM because of crazy timezone magic.
Despite the time there being objectively wrong, I had a lot of fun in Nashville and would go there again. Plus, I watched three great comedy movies for the first time. (The other being Horrible Bosses on the ride home, which like Central Intelligence and Superbad was a 10/10). I also watched Grown Ups for the first time on the bus, which was definitely a movie, but not what I would call "great" or "comedy". Still, it was a decent way to kill time.
Anyway, if you actually managed to sit through all of my rambling and bad attempts at humor, you deserve a prize, so I'll give you one. Behold: Your very own country guitar!
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I've been debating on whether or not if this was something cool to really share here, and I finally said why not.
I tried "reorchestrating" this from the GBA version of CFTKK by ear as a practice thing, though I'm sure it's not perfect.
And then out of boredom I ended up making a music box version of it, because I remembered I had a music box soundfont.
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Well 2016 was over, and I felt i haven't done anything for my personal list I had seen like watching favorite shows and/or movies, so why not sharing of my faves of that year? Keep in mind this list is based on new season/episodes.
SOF'S TOP 5 BEST SHOWS OF 2016
5. The Amazing World of Gumball
This show was good as i began to watch more often during Season 3, and then season 4 finally started which i continue to catch up. I must admit. this show has really funny as seeing Rob gets a major role during that season that interested me what has done to him being an villain in "The Bus", "The Disaster" and "The Rerun". At least it has been resolved with Gumball helping him back to being good (well sorta ). Season 5 will continue next month. In my opinion I think this show gets a lot better than s3, and I will keep tuning in to it.
Favorite Episode from this season: The Bus
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 series).
I actually enjoyed this season a lot, the first half featured in space is interesting to see, and I loved how interesting the concept it was while the 2nd half saw the return to Earth with April is finally being part of the team with the gang. I'm glad Karai has been changed to good side of her, she was like amazing too. as the team put the shredder to the end well I guess it's the way the show might be last season but idk how s5 is gonna work if s4 is last season but eh i get it due to fandom. Overall, season 4 (so far) is decent. Can't wait the show to return this February.
Favorite Episode: Earth's Last Stand.
3. Star vs. Force of Evil
I actually liked this show a lot when I first heard of this, and I didn't get a chance to watch since Gravity Falls was my favorite show at the time. However, I decided to give a shot by binge-watching season 1, and I'm all caught up on 2nd season, and DAMN, does this show looks amazing. the characters are wonderful, and I especially liked they improved Janna's character to give more focus in 2nd season. Ludo is interesting villain that he wanted Star's wand, but i do wonder he wanted it so badily when Season 2 build his character development. Guess we'll see how this plays out when new episodes resturns this month.
Favorite Episode: tie between Bon Bon the Birthday Clown & Starsitting
2. Gravity Falls
As i already mentioned on GF topic, it has good run, and I enjoy how this show put proper ending with Dipper & Mabel saves from Bill Cipher taking weirdness to the universe by defeating him was intense battle. The show means a lot to me, and I still enjoyed it even the show's over.
Favorite Episode: Northwest Mysteries.
1. Regular Show
This show is just more than just being regular show, and it has some great moments in these episodes. I remember It didn't get me interested until like maybe 2013 when I decide to watch it again over the summer, but i ended up liking it a lot. the characters are awesome, the animation was decent, and the season 8 has actual story arc focusing on Pops whuch makes sense since no other main characters (Modercal & Rigby) were always got into trouble or getting (almost) fired by Benson. In the end of the day, i hate to see the show go. It has good run, and it will be proper ending to epic battle series finale. My persinal favorite character are Elleen, Rigby, and Benson. All in all, I'm going to miss it a lot
Favorite Episode of this series: Pull Up & Rigby's Graduation.
Will do top 5 favorite movies of 2016 probably this weekend or next weekend, so what do tou think? what's your fave shows of 2016. I would love to hear yours thoughts.
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the feeling has kicked in. i can feel the boby coming in. my only solitude in these trying hours of the 84th trimester is sobbing into a lean cuisine at 3:36am, pondering the fragility of life. i suddenly have a craving for FAT FREE Fladooldes
OMG NEED THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^
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Disclaimer: the writing in this may be wonky since I did 150-141 first by accident.
160. U2 - "Moment of Surrender" (2009)
A U2 song from 2009? What the fuck? Jesus, this is pretty bad. That production does not fit a U2 song in any way whatsoever. This is probably the Rolling Stone's fault this is so high, because there is no way this should be acceptable.
159. Bill Haley and his Comets - "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (1954)
Good old 50s rock 'n roll. It's catchy, it feels incredibly 50s-y, and its justifiably one of the most well-known of its kind. The opening in particular is great.
158. The Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You" (1959)
Pretty good early pop soul, even if it's sort of unremarkable. Very unremarkable, honestly. It's too cloudy and puffy to be notable.
157. Simon and Garfunkel - "The Sounds of Silence" (1965)
It's a shame that this is the version of the song I have to cover, because the original non-electrified version from a year before is a lot better. This song kinda kills the buzz with the extra guitar and percussion, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's still incredibly good, but compared to the original's AMAAAAAZING factor, it limps. I feel like the song being turned into a meme kinda killed my love for it the slightest bit. The Disturbed cover, too.
156. Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Proud Mary" (1969)
This is alright. Yeah, I wish I could say more, but it's just standard background-music-esque classic rock. These guys have better songs, much better songs. This is pretty good, but it's not worth talking about.
155. Buddy Holly and the Crickets - "Rave On" (1958)
My new rule of thumb is that if it's a Buddy Holly song, it's gonna be mediocre. It's one thing if it's one of his softer songs, but if it's something that's supposed to be sorta hard, I can't handle it. There is so much better early rock 'n roll than this lump and nothing.
154. The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
This song is pretty good. They had better songs, and while this song is certainly catchy, it's nothing spectacular or anything. It's just good ol' early Beatles just how we like them. The only problem, though, is that I don't like early Beatles all that much.
153. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Foxey Lady" (1965)
I couldn't find the right version on YouTube, so I headed straight to good ol' Spotify for this one. This is probably my favorite Hendrix song, honestly. It's so catchy, it kicks loads of ass that most early psych bands couldn't match, and his guitar work? Oh man, that is the spot. Just a great song all around.
152. The Penguins - "Earth Angel" (1954)
Apparently, this song is so high solely for importance in its development of rock 'n roll, according to Rolling Stone. Yeah, I can see why that's the justification, because sonically, this song is really lame. It's just incredibly boring, and it doesn't surprise me that it was recorded by a few teenagers in a garage (before that was considered a good thing about a decade later.)
151. The Byrds - "Eight Miles High" (1966)
This a very good song and I love the vocal work and all, and it sounds sorta swampy in a good Vietnam-ish way. One of the better entries in the mid-60s development of rock music as something extremely important. Husker Du did it better though, they put a lot more flames into it that probably wouldn't have been possible in 1964. Listen to the Husker Du cover, guys.
150. The Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown" (1960)
Now this is the first time I did an edition of this in a really long time, so don't be surprised if this is sorta rusty as I'm stumbling back in. This song doesn't help matters either, since it never really goes beyond being merely alright. It has those pretty harmonies 'n such, but limp production and annoying voices stop me from enjoying the song very much. Whatever.
149. Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" (1977)
Iggy Pop, along with David Bowie, is one of my biggest musical heroes. For the entire 70s, he was one of the most badass musicians on the planet whether it was his absolutely off-the-rails stuff in The Stooges or his more subtle yet still kickass artsy solo stuff in the late 70s, it only makes sense that he would make a song this good. Everything about this song is grade-A perfection. The hypnotizing and unique drums, the bizarre backing vocals, the wonderful lyrics, the fact that it doesn't get even remotely tiring by the end despite it being relatively long, it doesn't matter because few songs provoke a more "I feel awesome" reaction from me.
148. Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee" (1971)
I am still nowhere near a Joplin fan, and while that may be bullshit since I've only heard a handful of her songs, the fact is that I just don't like the kind of aesthetic she has, and her singing voice doesn't help. This song is really good, though. It sounds like 70s schmaltz, but considering I really enjoy 70s schmaltz, this song only gets better. I really like the general prettiness of it all, and I guess the only complaint I have is... yeah, it could have a better singer. I can stand the kind of drawl she has on most other people, but for some reason, I just don't like it on here. Otherwise, yeah, a great song.
147. The B-52's - "Rock Lobster" (1979)
This is a song that I love in the right mood, and absolutely despise in the wrong mood. I feel like that's the entire point of intentional camp that these guys worship the Hell out of for very obvious reasons, but yeah, I can really just not like this song if I'm not in the same mood as it. It's all new wave and fun, yeah, so I can't say the song is bad, even when I hate it. Luckily, I'm in a neutral mood today, so all I have to say is that this song is okay.
146. Sly and the Family Stone - "Everyday People" (1968)
This song starts off lukewarm for about 30 seconds, but once the chorus kicks in, it turns into something fantastic. It's too perfectly well-done for words, but I just really like the general theme and how positive it sounds, and it apparently is the song that popularized the phrase "Different strokes for different folks." You learn something new everyday.
145. Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated" (1978)
If no other Ramones song is gonna convince you that these guys are just an amazing 60s pop group in disguise as a hard-edge punk band, then this song will do the trick. This is purified bubblegum melodies, but if you don't have much a sweet tooth, that jagged buzzsaw guitar is always there for you. Always. The fact that the Ramones kicked off such hardcore music later on but did their own thing in sugar-pop fashion instead goes to show that Ramones are objectively probably the best band on the planet. Music to be sedated to.
144. Prince and the Revolution - "Purple Rain" (1984)
I straight-up have no clue if this is the right version of the song I should be reviewing, but fuck it. Assuming this is the right one, this is AMAZING. It has just about every single thing I want out of a sappy ballad. Wonderful production, great voice, and some damn good guitar work from the guy too. I don't know what to say, it's just a heck of a tearjerker of a song. Wonderfully overblown.
143. James Brown and his Famous Flames - "Please, Please, Please" (1956)
This is... interesting. When I see "James Brown", I expect something less late 50s pop and more James Brown. I guess I shouldn't say that, since I'm not a massive fan of the guy's really funky stuff, and this actually really good for the era. It's so sweet and simple, but there's no sense of boredom and annoyance that some songs like it manage to achieve. All about the good stuff. I don't know.
142. The Everly Brothers - "All I Have to Do is Dream" (1958)
Just take everything I said about Cathy's Clown and put it here, honestly. They sound like the same song to me, but this one is marginally better because I like the melody more. Otherwise, this is lullaby music, and not the kind where you can cry yourself to sleep either.
141. Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (1975)
Probably the best Led Zeppelin song that isn't Stairway to Heaven. People can make fun of dinosaur rock all they want, but when it's on, it is ON! This song is one of the most massive-sounding songs on this entire list, with the unique instrumentation and length making it sound like a meteor about to crash into Earth. The fact that Led Zeppelin didn't make music this amazing throughout their whole career is a depressing travesty, because I could use more than one Kashmir in my life.
10. The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
9. The Everly Brothers - All I Have to Do is Dream
8. The B-52's - Rock Lobster
7. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
6. James Brown and his Famous Flames - Please, Please, Please
5. Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
4. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
3. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
2. Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
1. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
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Last night, I had the best dream ever.
Anyway, I was in the SBM hub (it was a trampoline with a small hole in it) rooting for OBAB to get unbanned. He was on the trampoline hub with a determined look on his face, and he was marching straight toward an edge of the trampoline (saying "ADMINS"). He fell down. Me and a few other SBM members had a conversation until a few minutes later, when I looked at the shoutbox. Everyone was saying "MAKE OBAB ADMIN AND UNBAN" except for the most recent shout, where @Grubby Grouper (in the dream called "Gruppy Goober") said "Okay...I guess it's worth a shot."There was also a pink border around said shout. A few seconds later, my eye caught the hole in the trampoline lobby, where OBAB squeezed out of the tiny hole while saying "Yes!" with a happy smile. We all group hugged him, and that was where I woke up sleeping in my mom's bed in my clothes.
Welcome to ClapBook. Now to figure out what to do with this belated addition into SBC blogging. Might decide to do some future projects on here that I've lowkey been working on with some of my free time. We shall see. But for now? Sit back. Relax. And enjoy some free samples:
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Sorry for being incredibly late @Dr. WhoBob but here's your
53 (because I'm a busy/lazy no good doer) reasons Gravity Falls is one of the best shows ever!
1. Every Character was great... : Everyone from Dipper and Mabel to Bill Cipher and Blendin Blandin to Ford and Stan to Tobacious T and so forth... All of them were well written and developed to the point where they rarely were annoying background characters or soullessly boring. Rare to have a show with nary a bad character, but this came as close as any this side of Parks and Rec or the Office.
2. ... But Wendy Freaking Corduroy was the best though: I mean she's lit af and classy af. Rather then list for the 89th time the billion reasons she is so, I'll just splash a few of my favorite gifs of her instead xP:
(Probably too many but you all knew what you were getting into)
3. It ended at the right time, and yet it's never over: It didn't become the Simpsons/Family Guy of Disney channel cartoons and it ended. Definitively and decisively, it reached it's conclusion at it's fortieth episode and the show won't continue. And yet for all it's definitive, it's left open ended enough to prosper. For communities based around the show to imagine the future and not be hamsturng by canon. For people to write stories about them going to Sea World (shameless plug, I apologize) or any other sort of scenario. In other words, yeah it's over but it's not really over for those who truly care and that is something special.
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