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Whatever January 23, 2012

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You know, I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy Hot Chelle Rae’s newest album (Whatever). I listened to their last album, and, like a lot of bands I casually listen to, I liked one or two songs off the whole album, and the rest of the album didn’t catch my ear and was definitely not iPod-worthy. In fact, most of my favorite bands and singers released new albums last year (2011), and to be fair, almost all were sub-par. We the Kings’ “Sunshine State of Mind,” All Time Low’s “Dirty Work,” and surprisingly even Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” only yielded 3-4 songs per album at most. It was quite disappointing. The only exception to the 2011 albums was, not surprisingly for me, Avril Lavigne’s “Goodbye Lullaby.” I loved that album and I keep a copy in my car, along with a copy of her other three albums. But back to what I was saying, when I checked out “Whatever” from the library last week, I was really expecting it to be like Yellowcard, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Nickelback, or Simple Plan (pre-“Jet Lag”), where I only found 1 or 2 good songs per album.  I played all of “Whatever,” and I found a more down-to-earth, quieter, emotional, upbeat, casual sound, reminiscent of Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go” back in 2003 when I first heard it. In fact, every song from Hot Chelle Rae’s “Whatever” that does not have rap (3 did) is now on my iPod. Yeah, it was THAT good.  So, in total, 8 songs are now on my iPod. I particularly like “Honestly,” “Forever Unstoppable,” and “Keep You With Me.” If you like a softer, casual, down-to-earth sound and don’t mind occasional swearing or partying references, I’d check this out.


1-15 article update January 16, 2012

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So I last updated everyone with my articles on Nov. 26. It’s almost 2 months later, and I think I have more than this (though I’m not sure since I lost count), but here’s everything that’s available on the website!





And these last 2 made the front page in the same week:



…and UIndy fixed things. January 4, 2012

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Well, people may remember my earlier post, “…and UIndy FAILs again!” But I just wanted to update everyone and let them know they fixed things. I took the unenthusiastic ushers’ comment to take it up with the box office, and so I did. After numerous phone calls and e-mails to two different people, I got an apology e-mail from the head of the box office and an apology call from the ticket manager. He offered to either refund me for the Dec. 4 play or give me two free tickets for the Dec. 10 play. Since I really wanted to see how the Student-Directed Productions ended, and to account for the cost of gas and lost time, I chose the latter. I brought my dad with the extra ticket since it was finals week for all my poor friends at school. And as an additional thing that impressed me, the ushers made a verbal announcement before the play about how the intermission length had been changed to 10 minutes. I proudly told my dad that they said that because of me. It was funny how, out of 7 mini-plays, the last 3 were the funniest and those were the ones I got screwed out of the first time around! I’m glad my complaints were heard and that the staff were nice enough to try and fixed things, and I’m glad I chose the tickets over the refund. The plays there almost never disappoint me.

One year of blogging (2011) January 1, 2012

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.