March Thoughts

Bitcoin: It’s up, it’s down but what most retail investors don’t know is you are supporting the most-evil **** on Earth. I know dollars and real money is involved with evil sick stuff, but Bitcoin is worse, in my opinion. The sickest things you could ever imagine are done with, drum roll, Bitcoin. I have owned it, mined it, and got over the FOMO. That is ‘Fear of missing out’, and I don’t fear of missing out. I have watched the thing grow from 2013 when I heard about it on Boxden but didn’t think much of it. Then in 2015, I learned how to mine it from someone at the Des Moines, Iowa VA Hospital. It ruined my crappy laptop but at that time, a whole coin was only $264, when I debated going from miner to miner/investor. I didn’t then, I didn’t have the type of money to just invest in random internet money no one at that time talked about at that time. It’s gone mainstream now and just hit $50k a coin. Not much else to say, but just yeah, I lost out. Why am I saying it’s the criminal's currency though? Because a company in Dubai hired me way back before I was going to the University I started at here. It was a remote job, and everything was going smooth, I was doing what they said, odd stuff but still if they are paying, I just did it. They asked me to take the money they paid me and send it to another person. Wait for it, drum roll, for Bitcoin! It was so shady I cannot explain anything further than that but just me knowing how Bitcoin works, I knew that job was a fake job, and I was being scammed into something illegal. The FBI Twitter told me it was happening to others but rare. But yeah, I won. Which scares me somewhat, because I left that job $1047 by not sending the money to the dude in Indiana for “Bitcoin”. Like what criminal puts “for Bitcoin” on it. I feel sorry for all the others who fell further deep into their scams. So I kept the money and told the boss I was completely done. The idea of blockchain is amazing and bitcoin is cool again, and maybe crypto will take over real dollars in some form, but it’s just not cool to me. I feel I missed the train and it’s not coming back for a while. I own some and earn some with cash app but not lots at all. I am interested in selling digital art on NFTs, Gary Vee and others online been talking about NFT’s. I think it’s just like blockchain for jpegs and internet photo files.

I have 4 graded cards for sale at Another Man’s Treasure, plus probably 6 or 7 cards for just $5. They have a Christmas room going all year now also, right as you walk into the left. They have lots of paintings on the walls, signs for garages too. I get framed art pictures from there and do my art on the back and then have been trying to sell it. The store is in Salem, Connecticut, a small town but really awesome town. The store has clothes, books, and just other random stuff. I run Facebook Ads for Shhon’s Stuff and Another Man’s Treasure. It started as an idea and thought from my stepfather John and then he transformed it into more of a real store. I remember for a while I was wondering if he would start the store or not, but he finally did and it’s a pretty cool store. Stuff changes as things get moved around. There are more books now also if you have already been there once. I just bought 8 new graded cards for the website and store. So it’ll be a full page on my website of 8 new cards. Two Tom Bradys, two Derek Jeters, two Michael Jordans, then plus one Larry Bird and one Arron Judge card. 

Rainbow Kitten Surprise was a fun review, owning the vinyl is cool. I don’t have a huge collection and I dream of a day where I can listen to records as loud as I want from, the record player. My sister got me the album for Christmas, and it was awesome having a new band to like. I need to make the Official Musicbanter Thread of the band but haven’t got that deep into the history of the band.

The switch from energy drinks to just black cold coffee has been, rough. Those Monster Ultras, so good I could drink 4-5 a day if they had only 75-95mg caffeine. The coffee and energy drink industry has been going towards a higher amount of caffeine content. I think if the drinks are so good and addictive, have less caffeine and charge the same amount. 

Gave my mother my car for the week or until she gets her car back. The store & Dollar General is within walking distance. Well when I got back into my car after being away, the mile reader was at 111,111 miles driven. I just see the time numbers all day and seeing this is just interesting. Just add another typing this, 2:22 pm. It's something when I take a minute to be mindful and aware of what I am doing. I pray sometimes, but just I see them, without alarms or preparation. I just happen to look and be aware then I am staring at a clock at an angel number. Here’s how we go even way deep. The first song that popped up to add to my 111,111 photos on Instagram, the algorithm gave a song they knew I’d like because it’s Mike Shinoda, but it’s called “Passenger”. Just his remix and I was the passenger of my car driving home that day.

 

Rock Album Highlight

Portugal The Man - Evil Friends

Album Review: Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends | Consequence of Sound

“Creep In A T-shirt” on this album is top-level rock n roll. Piano, fast tempo, and just overall amazing rock n roll music. The piano with the rock n roll sounds is amazing. “Atomic Man” another above-average type of rock n roll song, with groovy tempo, and cool bass. This was the band's best album I felt, that is why I am reviewing it, in case someone reads and wants to listen to it. I’ll have the Spotify playlist embedded into the HTML like always so people can listen to 30-second samples. “Hip-hop kids” probably one of the most creative rock songs on this song. Slightly harder compares to the band Oasis but just the American version. Alaskan to be exact, which I knew, but forgot and had to wiki search that. The band is currently based out of Portland, Oregon now though. This album is titled “Evil Friends”, but I don’t understand what is so evil? Because lots of the lyrics are the opposite. I wouldn’t jam to a crazy-ass album titled “Evils Friends” if it were truly evil and didn’t give off awesome positive rock vibes.

“Holy Roller (Hallelujah)” also an awesome, strong song to point out because this songs hook is catchy. “Evil Friends” is a song I am now listening to carefully because the song rocks a lot, it speeds up as the song goes on. The drums on “Evil Friends” and how it has the women singing the background on the hook, that was great. Give off a feel of a different generation of music, not sure if 1970s or 1960s. When the slow part gets finished on “Evil Friends”, the tempo changes faster, and is a great song.

The album does have songs that are great but just not as great at others. The album is a five out of five stars on my scale because I wouldn’t type about an album that didn’t mean so much to me in my life. “Modern Jesus”, lyrics are pretty deep, and I often wonder what they mean by them but it’s a catchy rock song. I think it was a single because the video is out on YouTube and is cool. Just read on the wiki page that Danger Mouse the producer was involved with this album and his production is awesome. If you like the 1960s and 1970s rock, this album does give off that type of vibe too. How this band started with me was when my cousin Justin, said he liked the band, then I saw them online and watched. After a couple of years, they won a grammy. The song that won a grammy isn’t on this album but it’s still a great song. This band has had many members for many years but it’s a groovy album and they make good music.

This album was released in 2013, I didn’t catch a vibe to this until around 2014-and then just going further many times listening to it more.  I noticed that the first song is the longest and not the best, but the rest of the album is normal time amount for each song. The piano on “Waves” is also, the guitar playing as the song starts with the piano, just gives it rock n roll vibes.  

7 Song Album:

  • Creep In a T-Shirt
  • Modern Jesus
  • HipHop Kids
  • Atomic Man
  • Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  • Evil Friends
  • Waves

     

    Dubstep/House Album Highlight

    Linkin Park - Recharged

    LINKIN PARK - Recharged - Amazon.com Music

    This Linkin Park album is one of their best, it’s a remix album but has fast tempo tracks. I don’t really know how to explain it, but I would call it “Trance-rock”. Rick Rubin is on the freaking album also with a second version of “A light that never comes”. I just to the album when I have something to do, like need to get things done and finished fast. This has never been an album to lay down and jam to, just more fast pace songs that blend dubstep, rock, pop, and hip-hop. How can this album ever lose with that many things going for it? It came out in 2013, so I was living over at west 9th street in Davenport, and then in Saint-Cloud in that year. Some of the songs they chose for this album are okay, not good, just okay. I would have done more positive titles to start the vibe of the song. Maybe it’s me but I pay attention to the name of the song I am about to listen to. Ultra-max picky about what goes in the years, and recently, thanks to Rhode Island I guess, I have had more vibes than normal.

    Ryu, one of my favorite rappers is a guest appearance on the album, same with Pusha T and Bun B. They put hip-hop into a dance/trance album that is a remix album but of many types of music. Plus Ryu has Hiram Abiff lyrics on a techno/rap song “Skin to Bone”, with Mike Shinoda also rapping on that song. It’s my productive album, the album I go to in earphones when I need to clean up something or do a big file project on the computer and try to focus. This is Linkin Park’s second remix album, and much better and more modern. This album was released in the fall of 2013, I was living in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. I remember jamming to this album in the large bedroom I lived in there. “Victimized” the Mike Shinoda remix is amazing, the tempo is fast, and the drum pattern is way different. This album is a blend of genres also. I think Mike Shinoda, of Linkin Park, should do a whole album of remixes of popular and new songs. I feel if he can drop instrumental albums and it is cool music, his remixes would be amazing probably. The remix he did to that Deftones song was great too. His new single “Happy Endings” is really catchy.

    Dubstep, it’s on this album also. “Lost in the Echo (Killsonik Remix), Track number 3, is great how the remix sounds so much different than the original song. When the beat switches at around 1:15 on “Until It Breaks” Money Mark Remix, it has that guitar that makes the remix interesting. The cover artwork for this album is cool, it’s like a dude going up or something.

    "After Reanimation, I told many people I would never put together another album of remixes...but as I began to hear all the amazing reinterpretations of LIVING THINGS, I had to change my mind. The result, RECHARGED, is definitely worth it. I can't wait for you guys to hear this amazing project, with contributions by Pusha T, Datsik, KillSonik, Bun B, Money Mark, and others. Our new song with Steve Aoki, A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES is on the album as well, plus a special remix of the new song by the inimitable Rick Rubin."; that quote is from Mike Shinoda’s Facebook back in 2013.

    “I’ll Be Gone” The Schoolboy Remix, has a fast tempo also that seems slightly different than other dubstep or techno beats. Bun-B verse on “Roads Untraveled” remix by Rad Omen, is awesome. It is sort of a blend of techno and hip-hop, in a non-corny way I feel. I am looking at the credits on Spotify for these songs and Rick Rubin was on more than I thought also, it’s always been interesting to me that the albums I like; he produced. Rick Rubin is a great producer but, on this album, I think the Steve Aoki version of “A Light That Never Comes” is better and Rick Rubin Reboot could have been left off the album. But with the two “I’ll be Gone” remixes, those both should stay because they both sound different but it’s the same lyrics and stuff. If I had to cut one, I’d cut the Schoolboy remix and if I had to cut one of the two “Until It Breaks”, say goodbye to the Datsik remix.

    7 Song Album:

    • A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)
    • Castle Of Glass (M. Shinoda Remix)
    • Skin To Bone (Ft. Cody B. Ware & Ryu) (Nick Catchdubs Remix)
    • I’ll Be Gone (Ft. Pusha T) (Vice Remix)
    • Victimized (M. Shinoda Remix)
    • Roads Untraveled (ft Bun B) (Rad Omen Remix)
    • Lost In The Echo (Killsonik Remix)

     

    Songs of the Weeks:

    • Nova Rockafeller – Gang Gang (Ft. Tom MacDonald)
    • KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Cudi Montage
    • Kid Cudi – She Knows This
    • Apathy – Rhode Island (Ft. Emilio Lopez)
    • Linkin Park – SKIN TO BONE (Ft. Cody B. Ware & Ryu) (Nick Catchdubs Remix)
    • Glass Animals – Heat Waves (Oliver Heldens Remix)
    • Jon Bellion – Kingdom Come
    • MS MR – Fantasy
    • SAINt JHN – High School Reunion
    • Mike Shinoda – Happy Endings (Ft. iann dior & UPSAHL)
    • Deftones – Passenger (Mike Shinoda Remix)
    • Yoke Lore – Truly Madly Deeply
    • Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends

    Podcasts:

    The 4th Dimension Podcast

    The Joe Rogan Podcast

    Heros For Sale Podcast: Sports Card News & Info

    The GaryVee Audio Experience

     Lupe Fiasco & Royce Da 5'9 Podcast

     The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co

    Whitney Cummings Good For You Podcast

    The Joe Budden Podcast

    Zero Blog Thirty Podcast

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