Let’s Get Excited

It’s hard to get me very emotional but that doesn’t mean that there are not things that I don’t like. They just happen to be very specific, hard to guess, simplistic points of life. This blog tends to spill the guts on mostly everything I do and think, so I’ll clue you in to my inner workings.

Long Drives By Myself
Desert Highway
A few months ago one of my buddies was getting married in Pittsburgh and I attended the wedding. Pittsburgh is about 5 hours from Philadelphia and I awoke at 5:30 am to make it there early because I was only going to be there for 2 days. The sun was starting to rise and the turnpike was completely open. I cruised at 90 miles per hour and listened to my Led Zeppelin greatest hits and couldn’t have been happier. I probably had 20 oz cup of Wawa coffee and a breakfast sandwich along the way.

After Gym Showers
Creepy Gym Guy
After working out, I’m usually at the peak of my enjoyment level. I may be completely spent, but there is an obvious high after completing a work out at max effort. I’m a major sweater (I like to think because I work out as hard as I can) and that generally leaves me a dripping mess after finishing. Removing my soaked clothes and stepping into a steaming shower is a wonderful feeling. I should note that I never shower at the gym because I find that incredibly creepy. I’d actually put getting my body into better shape as the #1 reason I work out but a hot shower to clean away all toxins that your body releases from working out is great as well.

Spotify

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Anytime I tell people about Spotify and they don’t use it, I know that they aren’t in tune with how to listen to music. The Spotify software actually makes me excited because they are constantly updating their music library, it’s easy to use, and it works. If a new album comes out, they have it on Spotify the same day. This means that I’m constantly up to date on all new music as well as old music that falls through the cracks. There are still no Beatles or Led Zeppelin but that day will come. The customizable playlists is not a revolutionary idea but the simplicity of sharing the playlists makes listening to music fun with other people. It not only brings better music to your desktop AND mobile, but it gives you a better social aspect than everything else. I’ve found friends who I would never talk to in real life and follow their music and may even enjoy their musical tastes. I suggest paying the 5 dollars a month for no commercials on the radio.

HBO, AMC, and Showtime Series
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At brunch, Bill asked me why I get HBO and Showtime and to me it’s a no-brainer. There are many people who don’t get the premium networks and it’s obviously because they don’t want to pay extra for something they feel they won’t watch. What they don’t know is that the content is the best produced television available. You don’t get the premiums for the movies which are really just an added bonus in my mind. You pay for the series which are about 10x better than network TV. GoT, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire are rocked hard in 2013 and you can even watch the past fantastic series on HBOGo (the Wire, Sopranos, Early Dexter). AMC struck gold with Breaking Bad and I’ve been following Walking Dead even if it is falling off. Not too sure on Mad Men but I wasn’t hooked after one episode. These networks are “where it’s at”, says Beck.

New Emails

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Click to see my spam.

I have two email addresses. The first is what I use for my generic mail and whenever I sign up for something. I’ll sign up for anything with the bad email address because I’m happy to receive any type of spam people want to send me. My other email address is what I’d call my work/important email address. If I give you that address, it means I want what you are sending. So whenever I receive something to that address, I want it. These new emails get me more excited than text messages because they have the potential of being a new store order. New store orders are wonderful because it means that the company is making money and whatever we are doing is being done right. This makes me happy because it shows the fruits of labor. I could probably sum up this post by saying that the things that make me the most excited are the end results of my work.

By |2013-12-03T08:10:29-05:00December 2nd, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

TV and the Act of Doing

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This is a simple concept that smart/experienced TV watchers understand that flies over the heads of unintelligent/no concept of efficiency people. I don’t like having to wait or be forced to do something when I watch TV. This is why the number 1 way to watch TV is to DVR your show and 5x through the commercials. HBO and Showtime give a mini preview in the beginning (which 2xing through isn’t that bad) and then you can watch the rest uninterrupted. Completely acceptable. The major culprits of this thought are FX, AMC, and other cable channels that don’t individually collect for service. What happens? They have introduced a fast forward block on their programs in OnDemand. This ruins the viewing experience and I actually stopped watching The Walking Dead because it was unbearable to sit through commercials. Allow me to explain.

Sam and I both agree that we don’t like watching DVD’s or BluRay because it commits you to that program. We’d rather watch 15 minutes of a movie we already have seen on TV than go through the trouble of DVD. The process of getting up, grabbing the DVD, inputting it into the player, and then waiting is overbearing. This was the same with The Walking Dead that I described earlier. I started it up and it’s 1 hour long. When the 1st commercial break was on I couldn’t fast forward or change the channel. The not changing the channel is the key here because when I watch it live I don’t have to watch commercials and can skip through other programs. Being forced to sit through AMC commercials, any commercials really, isn’t right. It’s unfair. Unfortunately it’s how out world works and the populations smartest minds are being put to work on how to make people watch commercials.

Morons watch commercials. It’s the epitome of being brain washed and not doing anything but allowing yourself to fall under corporate s(p)ell. Avoiding commercials at all costs is the sign of someone who watches too much TV and understands this reasoning. It’s fairly simple to pick up on how well versed someone is when they watch TV. Just off on the tangent, when people don’t fly through channels with the guide, I feel it’s my place to point it out and take over remote control duties. Not watching in HD is another sure sign of a rookie. Back on topic, I ended up turning off the Walking Dead (a program I really wanted to watch nonetheless) and put on Eastbound and Down, Season 4 Episode 1, and it was phenomenal. 30 minutes of uninterrupted watching was exactly what I was looking for and I ended up DVR’ing Walking Dead on a later time slot so I wouldn’t have to put up with the commercial nonsense.

This brings me to what should be concluded from the whole experience? Most people watching TV won’t reason like me and do what I did. They’ll sit through the hour long OnDemand version of the Walking Dead and watch the 20+ minutes of commercials. In that time, they could be watching an entire episode of something else. People don’t hold this time as valuable though because in their minds they are relaxing even when they are watching commercials. We all know advertising works and it works because people are too stupid to not notice it. I understand this won’t relate to many people, hardly any people most likely, but to someone who watches a lot of TV, these cable networks and the OnDemand are blowing it. Let the consumer watch your show. We’ll like you more for it. It reminded me of the article Brookes showed me on David Byrne of Talking Heads and how he was complaining the musicians aren’t making their fair share off of Spotify and it was killing creativity. My answer to him and the networks would be that they’re not creative enough in problem solving. The consumer wants to be treated fairly and will pay for products they want/need. Making us watch 20 minutes of commercials isn’t one of those answers. Create something that I want to pay for. I read some guy wanted to release 6 minutes segments of new Breaking Bad’s (before it concluded) that you had to pay a buck for. I would do this because I want to. I don’t like watching commercials because they want me to. MONUMENTAL DIFFERENCE.

By |2013-10-16T00:07:21-04:00October 16th, 2013|My Brain|1 Comment

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