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Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Somebody That I Used To Know is a song by Belgian-Australian singer and songwriter Gotye. It’s part of his third studio album Making Mirrors, and features New Zealand singer Kimbra. The song, written by Gotye, talks about his experiences with relationships.

Then, Canadian indie band Walk off the Earth made this cover of Gotye’s song:

Update: Ellen found out they all had only one guitar and gave each of them their very own.

 

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O Sarcasm Font, Where Art Thou?

Watch your words. Once you give them life, they can only be forgiven, never forgotten.

I think it’s so funny how people often forget the power words have. A simple word can damage someone’s self-esteem. It can harm someone more than any punch you can throw. The right word, can make or break us.

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Dorothy Nevill

Words are sticks and stones.

But not only words have power, they can also be delivered in a variety of ways, and the inflection used can be the difference between good and evil. You can say the same sentence in different ways and obtain different results every time. You can be funny, sarcastic, evil, honest. It’s all in the way you deliver what you’re thinking.

Now, how about the written word? As of now, at least to extent of my knowledge, there’s no such thing as a font for sarcasm. I’m pretty sure someone will create one sooner or later. And that someone will get rich. But for now, there’s no such thing. Therefore, the written word demands a certain special attention the spoken word doesn’t. And that’s because it comes with no facial expression or the inflection on your voice to aid the recipient in identifying its true meaning.

People think, “Of course they know what I mean. They know me. Of course that’s dripping with sarcasm.” But is it that obvious? I’ve seen so many arguments start with a misinterpreted text or email, I can’t even count. People think they are so clever, but they are just being hurtful. Then they use the excuse that they are only responsible for what they say, not for what others understand. I can see that, to a certain extent, but I think the more correct thought process would be to say I’m responsible for what I say and the way in which I say it. And I’m responsible for giving it the meaning it should carry.

“We may have the right to free speech, but speech is not entirely free. There are always consequences for what we say, whether or not we realize our impact.” Amy Jane

Recently I received an email that hurt me. It contained hurtful words and it was quite disturbing, since it came from someone really close to me. So I replied to it. And this person told me, “Oh, that was not my intention.” Well, to this person, the only thing I have to say is, it doesn’t matter what you intended, but the end result of what you said. It’s easy to say things and then just say, “Sorry, I didn’t mean to.” No, you didn’t mean to. But that was what you accomplished. And apologizing for your words won’t make them go away.

To all those people, I’m sorry that I heard what you said, not what you meant. Next time be more clear about what your real intentions are.

P.S.: I surely believe the world needs a sarcasm font. As soon as possible.

 

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Zombie apocalypse. Because you can never be too prepared for it.

First of all, if you’re thinking the zombie apocalypse won’t come, that’s actually pretty great. You’ll be unprepared and I won’t have to feel bad for tripping you. Hey, it’s a matter of survival. I need to buy me some time, after all. But I do apologize in advance for having to shoot you in the head. I will have to. For your own good.

Anyway, after seeing The Bloggess talking about the zombie apocalypse on CNN, I just had to write about it. Because, come on, everyone can see there’s a great need to be prepared for the it. Only the news lady could laugh at such an important matter. The CDC has already talked about how to prepare for it, and even Fox News and The Washington Post talked about it. Because, they know it’s coming.

There are even scientific reasons for the zombie apocalypse, such as brain parasites or neurotoxins, and not even the most skeptical person can argue with science. In fact, there’s probably a scientist out there, mixing rabies with an old meatloaf and feeding it to a gorilla right now as you read this. But whatever the cause is, we’ll still need to be prepared.

So learn how to put together a survival kit and a few other tricks that could be useful. Don’t forget to always wear seatbelts and always check the back seat. Be sure to practice using your weapon of choice beforehand. And document everything. Because one day people will want to know where were you during the zombie apocalypse. You wouldn’t want to forget the details to that. Trust me.

Because if you're ready for the zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.

I really think schools should start doing zombie apocalypse drills. Until then, we can certainly do our own.

P.S.: Although it’s not the zombie apocalypse yet, I’m currently getting ready for a tornado. I’ll be pretending I’m hiding from zombies. It will be way more fun that way. Just not so bloody, I hope.

 

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How to be unprofessional. Because we should always learn from the mistakes others make.

Today I received some news that did not make me happy.

If you know the band 100 Monkeys, chances are you also know two out of the five members of the band announced, not too long ago, that they were not going to perform with the band for time being due to other projects in their lives.

Not too long ago we found out the two new members who would join the remaining three in their shows, in order to continue to perform the song their fans adored and even create new ones. I have not had a chance to meet the new members yet, so I can’t really comment on this subject.

But the news I received today was a bit more complex. Today all fans following the band’s twitter account received a tweet to check some news on their website. The news, written by the band’s manager, was saying that due to demands made by Jackson (Rathbone) and his lawyers, the band will no longer be named 100 Monkeys. They will, however, continue to play the songs the band used to play and which the fans grew so familiar with.

I’m sorry, but this piece of information did piss me off. And why? Because I do believe their manager was unbelievably unprofessional when delivering the information in such way. The post should have only stated that, due to reasons beyond their control (or simply unfortunately) the band would no longer use the name 100 Monkeys. That’s it! Naming the one “to blame” for it is not something any respectable professional should ever do.

That only came to reinforce my opinion of said manager. I never understood why they got her in the first place, and from talking to other people I know I was not the only one who disliked her. But still, I never expected her to disrespect any of the band member, whether or not he’s no longer a part of the band.

A note to the band’s manager: dirty laundry should not be washed in public. No one needs to know the behind-the-scene problems. Keep it professional. And respect others. Always.

A message to the musicians: Keep up with the good work. Your fans will keep supporting you. We truly appreciate your dedication and cannot thank you enough for all the good times. Thank you for all the shows, the laughter, the dancing, and the inspiration. We admire every single one of you for your talent and dedication. And we can’t wait to get more songs from you, guys.

P.S.: Tried to go to their website to check the news again and put a direct link to it here in my blog, and the site is “temporarily unavailable.” I wonder if they are rectifying her indiscretion.

Update: The links in this post are currently not working, since the website is undergoing some issues. However, if you do not know the band, you can check their wikipedia page to learn a bit more about them. I’ll soon make another post with songs, lyrics, videos, and all of that. And thanks to @BenevoLI, here’s a picture of the “news”:

Because some people need to learn to be more professional.

Update #2: Lani tweeted yesterday that she was not the one responsible for the information, that it was written by the band and she just posted. However, the post contained information that should not be released to the fans in such a way, and the position of the manager is to identify the possible implications of words written on the internet. Something you put on the internet will always be there. People have copies of it, whether you take it down later or not.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Music Time with Kate Micucci

Maybe to you she’s Sabrina’s cousin, Shelly. Maybe she’s Stephanie Gooch. Or maybe she’s Oates. But now I want to talk about Kate Micucci and her music.

Micucci not only plays the ukulele, but also builds sand castles. Not kidding, they pay her to do that. Who’d have guessed you can make money building sand castles? Not me. But her comedic vein, apparent in her lyrics, is what draws me to her. She lives in L.A., so I haven’t had a chance to see her perform live, but thanks to technology, and YouTube, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to enjoy her shows.

Some of the songs I enjoy the most are Dear Deer (a letter to the deer in Pennsylvania to stay away from the woods or her dad will kill them), Walking in Los Angeles, Only Begun, and Out the door. They are the kind of songs that can put a smile on your face. Unless you’re picturing the dead deer, then you better not be smiling. That’d be wrong. Anyway, so here’s one of my favorites, Taking Chances:

People are weird,
They’re getting weirder
Look in the mirror-
It’s not much clearer.
Try to be good in the end.
Find your reflection, my friend,
And soon you will see it’s a good day for you

‘Cause it’s time for taking chances,
Whatever may be.
Find out what romance is,
And in the end you’ll see…

The video is from her show, Playing with Micucci. Amit Itelman is the guy playing with her.

P.S.: Okay, I just read that last line and I can see where I went wrong, but it’s a comedy show. Seriously. As serious as you can be when talking about a comedy show called Playing with Micucci anyway.

 

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Caine’s Arcade

I saw this post on Mike’s blog and it was just a title that didn’t say much and a video to click on. I couldn’t click on it right away so I just dismissed it, telling myself I’d watch it, eventually, but knowing that chances were I would never get a chance to. I’d forget, I’d get caught up on whatever it was that was important at the moment, you know, all the excuses we like to use on a daily basis.

However, for some unknown reason, I remembered and went back to check the video. I’m glad I did. It’s about a 9 year old boy, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store, about to have the best day of his life.

 

Help Caine’s Scholarship Fund:
cainesarcade.com

Caine’s Arcade Online:
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Credits:
Directed by Nirvan
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What do you do when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you?

I’m trying to write this new story that’s forming in my head. But I’m also writing a different one, one that started months ago and I couldn’t progress with for quite some time. For months I was lost, writing whatever came to mind, just faking it, not able to write even one story I liked. Now I have two. Two different worlds, fighting against each other, trying to be the victor, the one to become alive in the pages of a book.

However, when I give voice to one, it’s only to find it silenced by the other. It’s like my imaginary friends are boycotting me.

Writer's block: when your imaginary friends all decide to boycott you and refuse to cooperate.

That’s the only time they stop fighting, when they join forces against me.

 

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