I’ve been listening to this song for a week now, so I thought I’d share it. I’m not a fan of Pryda’s major works, but his less-known material is awesome. He’s definitely put out a lot of great electronice music these past few years. I hope to find more like this soon; until then, enjoy!
I visited India in the summer of 2012 with my family, and I got to experience the beauty of Agra for the first time in my life. This is a picture of the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, affectionately known as “Baby Taj.” It was a magnificient structure, I hope you like the photo!
(Click to enlarge, it looks a lot better!)
A post in this category is long overdue. I’m very sorry. Truly. I haven’t had a lot of time lately, and don’t right now either, so instead of doing a review, I’ll just briefly outline the stuff I like.
My favorite book genre is the thriller. These are action filled stories with multiple plotlines and are always fast paced. There are several subsets in this genre, and I really don’t have a favorite in them. My favorite authors in this genre are Preston and Child, Dan Brown, James Rollins, John Grisham, Stephen King, and Clive Cussler.
I also love reading autobiographies. I read a quote along the lines that the best autobiographies are the ones that are completely honest. There’s just something about these books that grip me; maybe it’s the fact that I get to learn a lot about the author, or that you get insight and knowledge into a lot of unexpected stuff – there’s never a shortage of surprises. I hope to do a review on some of the following authors who’ve written my favorite autobiographies: Barack Obama, Steve Jobs (biography, but still excellent), Abdul Kalam, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Vinod Mehta.
Those are my two favorite genres. I also like a wide variety of other books: comics (Calvin and Hobbes, Cyanide and Happiness, Tintin), short stories (The Most Dangerous Game, The Interloper), classics (1984, Sherlock Holmes, Robinson Crusoe, Around the World in 80 Days), and some fantasy (Harry Potter will forever be amazing, and I’m working on A Song of Ice and Fire).
In short, I like to read anything that, for me, is a fun read. Personally, this means a lot of surprises, a lot of action, and a lot of comedy. Hopefully I can find the time to do a review soon for this category; until then, I hope you enjoy this post, and look into some of the authors and books that I cherish the most.
I’m not what you’d call an avid photographer, but I enjoy doing it all the same. I’m hoping to learn from a friend who’s really good at it soon. Otherwise, for lack of time to blog longer meaningful posts, I’ll just share a favorite photo or two that I’ve taken from time to time.
I took this photo in Cave and Basin, Banff, when I went there with my family this summer. I hope you like it! (Click on it to enlarge it, it’ll look a lot better!)
Avicii dropped his first studio album, True, on Tuesday this week. I’ve listened to the tracks quite a bit since then, and thought I’d review the album here, as he is one of my favorite artists. I’ll keep the review short, and give you a couple links where you can find reviews in greater depth than what I’m about to do. Check the bottom of the post for links to the album and reviews.
I’ll be frank in my review; I was disappointed. Nearly every song on the album was very different from what Avicii normally does. In this respect, this is a truly genre-changing album for the EDM world. The album isn’t bad; the production is of top quality, and there’s clearly been a lot of hard work behind it. That being said, the music wasn’t to my taste. A lot of the music felt more like pop music to me, and I’m just not into that kind of stuff. Because of this, the album left me disappointed.
On the album itself: this album is different in that it features a lot of soul and reggae in the music, really bending the parameters of the electronic music it normally is. Almost every track features a reggae star, so the album definitely has a soul feeling to it. The production is great as usual, and the work is certainly unique. However, if you’re expecting Avicii’s normal work, with exhilerating beats and drops, you’ll be in for a surprise. There is very little of what Avicii is known for in this album; it doesn’t have a huge EDM feel.
Despite being disappointed, the songs may still grow on me later, as a lot of his work does. Avicii’s in for a lot of success with this album; given the pop feeling, I think it’ll attract a wider fan base. I still like Avicii, but I’ll pass on this album…at least for the time being.
On a final note, here are my favorite tracks from the album: Wake Me Up and Hey Brother are both feel good songs, heavily influenced by country; You Make Me has some great piano chord progression, and Edom is the only song where only Avicii is on the track, making it a throwback to his normal style; finally, Dear Boy is growing on me, as I hope a lot more of his work soon will.
Try this link for streaming the album (I can’t guarantee that it’ll be up for much longer, given copyright issues): http://www.youredm.com/2013/08/07/stream-aviciis-upcoming-album-true/
And this link has a bit more detailed of a review of the album than I have, check it out: http://soundisstyle.com/2013/09/avicii-true-album-stream.html
And one more, greater analysis here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/aviciis-true-what-critics-are-631740
The 12th anniversary of 9/11 passed by last week. Rather than posting this on that day, I thought I’d post it a little later, to give myself to reflect on a couple things.
9/11 was a terrible, terrible event that will go down in history as one of the most sinister acts against mankind. I can feel absolutely no empathy for the men who stooped to such lows, nor will I ever pretend to be able to understand what they were trying to achieve. The events of that day completely changed the world we live in; not only that, it has completely destroyed the idea of attaining world peace anytime in the forseeable future. No amount of writing can quantify the horrors of that day, so I’ll keep it short: 9/11 was a vicious attack carried out by cruel, heartless men, and the damage which it did can never be rectified.
I have a couple thoughts on the passing of this unfortunate anniversary. Firstly, 9/11 was an attack that was spurned on by amongst other things, religious intolerance. I am not a religious person, for several reasons. I hope to one day further discuss my beliefs, but for now all I’ll say is that one reason I lean away from religion is because of the intolerance it breeds. I know that radicalists of all religions are to blame for this, but in a world without religion, such intolerance would not be found. This world holds no place for such intolerance.
A friend posed a question to me the other day, and I’d like to just briefly touch on it. He stated that the anniversary of 9/11 touches many, and people everywhere take time to reflect on the tragedies of that day; however, why don’t people also, or instead, focus on world issues that are current? World hunger and poverty everywhere comes to mind. It’s an interesting question, as it sheds a lot of light onto our mindsets. In a couple lines, I think people are concerned more with 9/11 because it was preventable in the sense that if saner minds existed, it would not have occured. World hunger, on the other hand, is not preventable in a reasonable way. There are simply too many people on the planet to properly feed everyone. The same argument is made for poverty. It sounds terrible, and I really hope I’m wrong when I say this, but I don’t know if world hunger and poverty can ever be solved, simply because of the massive population on Earth today. Another reason I think 9/11 causes more of a stir in our society than these international issues does is because of our lifestyles. The vast majority of us who can thoughtfully debate such topics live very comfortable lives. We cannot imagine the horrors of famine, because we have never been exposed to it firsthand. We cannot relate with these issues on a deep level; the opposite goes for 9/11, with it’s deep-reaching implications of everyday life. The distance between the rich and the poor is so great that a certain indifference is felt towards very important issues that do not affect us. Both 9/11 and poverty are terrible, but there are reasons why one affects us more than the other, regrettable though it may be.
9/11 marks a significant change in the course of mankind. It would take too long to list or discuss them; instead, I’d like to emphasize my belief that if we tried, everyone can get along with each other. We consider ourselves to be an intelligent life form; we should then not need to resort to violence in an ideal world. As 9/11 passes each year, reflect on the atrocities committed, and please take a moment to think how you can make the world a better place, rather than inflicting damage for everyone. Strive towards achieving peace on all levels of life, because no one wants a world of hatred and intolerance. Above all, hold those near and dear close to you, because you never know what life will throw at you next, or how it may do so.
The Calgary Flames made headlines in the NHL (it usually never happens) twice this past week. First of all, Brian Burke was hired as the “President of Hockey Operations,” and longtime goaltender Miikka Kipprusoff called it a career and retired.
If you don’t know, Burke is quite a notorious figure in the hockey world. His media interviews are quite hilarious, due to the fact that he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind, and doesn’t sugarcoat it either. His notoriety is also due to the fact that he’s been on several teams serving various positions before, most notably as the General Manager. His moves always attract a lot of attention, and are among the most heavily critically analyzed by the hockey world. All in all, he’s a pretty big guy in the hockey community. How do I feel about the addition of him to the Flames? I’m not quite sure. Going through forums, the hockey world seems to be evenly divided into those who love Burke, and those who hate him. On my part, I can only recall good things he’s done for teams (really, really good things – Vancouver’s dominance for the past decade are due to the fact he managed to draft both Sedins; a large portion of the Anaheim team that won the Cup in ’07 were because of moves by him; and thanks to his many criticized moves, the Leafs made the Playoffs for the first time in a decade), and I hope that trend continues in Calgary. I will say this: I think it’s good that GM Jay Feaster will report to Burke, because it means that Feaster now has incredible pressure placed on him to perform well, and also a seasoned man to refer to for the management of a rebuilding team.
In other news for the Flames, goaltender Miikka Kipprusoff officially announced his retirement. It was a quiet ordeal, as it had been expected for a few months. My thoughts? Kipper was a great goalie for the Flames. Ever since he came in ’03-04, he’s been a major cornerstone of the franchise. The cup run in the year he came was due largely to him. A HUGE percentage of games won by the Flames with Kipprusoff in net was because he stood on his head each game, and kept us in there. He was an absolute workhorse, too; he played more than 70 games in all but one season with us. He didn’t have exceptional numbers all the time, but average numbers; those are misguiding, as the team around him was usually horrendous when it came to helping him out. The Unflappable Finn was a fan favorite, and he will be sorely missed by all Flames fans. Rare was the loss that could be pinned solely on Kipprusoff. However, in his last year with the Flames, he was terrible; it was better to have him out of the net than in it. He won’t be remembered for that though; his legacy in Calgary won’t be forgotten for a long time. I feel really bad that he couldn’t win a Stanley Cup in his career; if ever there was a deserving goaltender, it was him.
Quite honestly speaking, the short-term future of the team looks bleak. I’m hoping the addition of an experienced man like Burke will speed up the rebuiliding process. He’s said that he’ll be serving behind-the-scene roles, but we’ll see how that pans out. As for Kipper, the man will be missed; he leaves a definite gap not only in the team roster, but in the very face of the franchise.