Nomak’s an artist who is very similar to Nujabes. This song has such a moving beat, as does a lot of Nomak’s work. If you’re looking for a jazzy hip-hop song, Nomak is an artist you should check out. Enjoy!
I’ve mentioned MaHi before, but the credit for that song usually goes towards MitiS. Here’s MaHi’s latest work, a progressive house/trance track that is oh so soothing. I don’t like to repeat artists on this blog, but I’ve been in a musical rut lately, haven’t found anything new (for me) in a while. While I try to do so, enjoy this song, and be sure to check out MaHi if you haven’t already!
I’m starting a new “type” of posts within my book reviews, where instead of reviewing specific books, I review authors and try to tell you everything I know about them. I’ll still review books I like (or dislike), but I think it may be faster for me to get you up to date with the books I love by instead discussing the authors. I’ll start with an author whose works I’ve grown quite accustomed to: John Grisham.
John Grisham is an American author who writes legal thrillers. Most, if not all, of his books utilize his extensive knowledge of the American legal system, and focuses on the corruption and flaws of the system. Grisham has studied law, and at one time was a lawyer, so his novels are usually quite realistic. However, not all his books are worth reading.
Grisham is a prototypical example of what I like to call a “hit-or-miss” author. His books are either amazingly good…or amazingly bad. There seems to be little to no middle ground with his writing. When he writes well, his novels are simply a joy to read. He uses sub-plots extremely well, and using his knowledge of the legal system of America, he is able to create higly realistic scenarios while constantly raising the tempo and tension in the story to an explosive climax. The books that are worth reading of his are among my favorite books, by any author.
However, his books that aren’t so great are, in a word, terrible. It’s not that the writing itself is poor; the structure and grace of storytelling is still evident. The books that I dislike of his are just so, so boring. I feel that sometimes, in an attempt to make the novels as realistic as possible, the excitement in the plot is lost, and the book becomes far too mundane for my liking. I haven’t been able to finish a boring book of Grisham’s, and not for lack of trying. I’ve sincerely tried very hard to finish one of these books, but I just can’t. The plot becomes too boring, so much so that reading the story becomes unbearable. Usually, if you find that by the fifth chapter of a Grisham book you aren’t hooked into it, the book will turn out to be a dud. It’s not a great way to judge books, but for Grisham, I’ve found that the tactic works.
To sum up John Grisham in a couple lines, he’s a hit-or-miss author who writes legal thrillers. His books are always quite realisitc, and his writing style is enjoyable. His books are of decent length, although he should try to come up with more inventive titles (in my opinion, anyway). If you enjoy novels on law, Grisham is an author who’s worth reading.
Strengths: Realistic stories, uses multiple plot-lines exceedingly well, controls pace and tension of book well, and does not depend on a go-to template of a novel.
Weaknesses: When he doesn’t write well, you’ll die of boredom reading his books.
Must Reads: The Firm, The Brethren, The Runaway Jury
Be careful with his other books, as they may turn out to be unbelivably boring. I haven’t read all of his books, so I only speak from my experiences; a lot of his other books may just as well be excellent. If you haven’t heard of John Grisham (or you have, but haven’t already done so), try his books! Begin with the must reads previously mentioned; if you’re into thrillers, those ones you’ll certainly enjoy.
Today I’m blogging about something that’s been bothering me for a while. Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite hockey player is Jarome Iginla. He’s an amazing man both on and off the ice; I won’t pile on his accomplishments now, a simple Google search validates his certain spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame when the time comes. Despite his achievements, however, he was left off of Team Canada’s Sochi 2014 Olympic Training Camp Roster. I’ve thought about this decision, and have but one question: what???
There is absolutely no reason for Iggy being left of the roster. Simply put, he’s a legend. He’s a power forward who does everything on the ice; there are very few players who have the ability to fit into almost any role on a team as Iginla does. He’s a veteran; on a relatively young Team Canada, his experience in high-stakes hockey would not go amiss. To the haters who claim that Iginla can’t play anymore, let his statistics speak for me. He scored 12 points in 15 games for the Pens in the playoffs this past season, and was almost at point per game production once he joined the Pens, where he had good players playing aside him. How many players in the league have put up, or do put up, numbers like Iggy consistently? His playing level warrants that he at least be invited to the training camp roster.
Some people say that Iginla is too slow a player now. He is slower now, he doesn’t have the speed he once did. That being said however, it’s not so bad that it should be used to justify not inviting him to the training camp. He still does everything on the ice, and lately he’s even learned several of the finer aspects of stick-handling. If his speed is such an issue, I can still see him being utilized as a fourth-liner or a power-play pivot on a stacked Team Canada.
So if his lack of speed and age are not responsible for this snub of epic proportions, what is? I’m simply at a loss why Steve Yzerman, a class act in himself and Hall of Famer, did not invite Iggy to the training camp. Even if you’ve decided from the beginning that he won’t make the team, it’s disrespectful to deny a player like him the permission to try out. Without Iginla setting up Crosby for the Golden Goal in the 2010 Olympics, Team Canada may not have even won that game! It is outrageous to leave Iginla off the training camp roster. To add insult to injury, look at some of the players who were invited over Iggy: Milan Lucic, Mike Richards, and Andrew Ladd were invited, and Iginla was not??? To suggest that those players are better than Iginla is completely ridiculous.
Jarome Iginla deserves to not only be on the training camp roster, but on Team Canada’s Mens Hockey Team itself for Sochi 2014. I’m still shaking my team over how such a snub could even occur. He wasn’t the only man overlooked; leading the list of overlooked players for Team Canada are Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn. Iginla was, however, most definitely the biggest snub. He may still wind up on the team somehow, these things are never certain. I’m still cheering for Team Canada, but it’s certainly bittersweet after this snub.
B-Complex is another great DnB artist you should check out. This song may be a little dubsteppy, but it has a really catchy tune that doesn’t get old for a while. Check him out when you can. As far as the title goes, ignorance really is bliss, wouldn’t you agree?
I don’t like most of SHM’s music, but I think this song is great. I know SHM doesn’t need any help getting publicity or anything, but as I’ve been listening to it for a while I thought I’d share it anyway. On an unrelated note, due to Physics IB, when I think SHM I first think simple harmonic motion. Well, I do suppose some of their music could be described as swing, and they do have nice hookes (heh heh). I hope you guys like it!
I found this song yesterday while going through Youtube. It’s amazingly chill, I really want to find more songs like this. I plan to look into the artist’s work as soon as possible. Subscribe to Bob42jh, he has a lot of great songs like this one!