Basketball season is back and LeBron James is gone from my hometown Miami Heat. Along with his departure go all the other fair weather fans. I couldn't be more excited for this season, possibly more so than any other season. This time around we are the underdog. With James gone, any Heat victories will be undeniably attributed to a good team - not LeBron. I don't mean so sound bitter. I am grateful to LeBron for the 2 championships and his commitment to the team. However, each win, each triumph, will be all the more glorious knowing that the rest of the country counted us out as soon as LeBron took his talents to Cleveland (doesn't have the same ring to it does it?). #HeatNation
Video games are the fastest growing form of entertainment. According to an article on Economist.com published in December 2011:
"...the global video-game market was worth around $56 billion last year. That is more than twice the size of the recorded-music industry, nearly a quarter more than the magazine business and about three-fifths the size of the film industry, counting DVD sales as well as box-office receipts"
With the huge growth of the video games industry, it has opened up the door to all new possibilities. For example Twitch.tv, a video game streaming website where players can broadcast their game live, while chatting with their audience. This company was recently acquired by Amazon for $970 million. Not to mention there are plenty of international video game competitive leagues filled with sponsored teams and players who make a living playing video games.
Out of all these new possibilities, one has caught my eye as being the most noble. Extra-Life is a website that helps players raise funds by playing video games. The proceeds go to your choice of any children's hospital that is part of the Children's Miracle Network. In 2012 this organization brought together 17,000 gamers and raised over $2,100,000 for the cause. Take the time to check out the story about how this unique idea came into existence:
Politics is a touchy subject that people generally avoid because it tends to divide people. Others simply don't bother with politics at all because they have a cynical view of it. Many believe that regardless of who you vote for or what you support - 1 person cannot make a difference and all politicians are liars. As a 27 year old guy, I have mixed feelings between all these perspectives.
I am the son of Cuban immigrants who had to leave their home, their culture, their family and friends in the search for freedom. Cuba, like many other countries in the world, is a place where you are dictated what you can say, what you can eat, where you can go (within your own country). Voting and politics? Non-existent.
Whether you believe 1 person can make a difference or not, I believe it is our duty, and our privilege, to vote. However, voting can do more harm than good when this responsibility is taken lightly and the masses vote in ignorance. In a democratic country such as ours, the government is a reflection of our population. We voted for them. Or many cases, refrained from voting for something better.
There are basics that everyone should be aware of. It is your responsibility as a citizen of a civilized and free country to be aware of the issues. The article below details the differences between the Democratic (liberal) and Republican (conservative) political parties. This article is written in an objective, factual, and unbiased manner. You form your own opinion. But please form an EDUCATED OPINION.
Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs
"Ideals are peaceful, history is violent"
I went to the drive-in movie theater last night and was presented with the choice of watching Fury (starring Brad Pitt) or John Wick (starring Keanu Reeves). I chose Fury, and couldn't have been happier with my choice. I can easily say it was one of the best movies I have seen in a long while.
The movie was written and directed by David Ayer, who is responsible for also writing and directing Training Day and the first Fast & The Furious movie. It stars Brad Pitt along with Shia LeBeouf, Michael Peña, and the Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal.
The story follows a tank crew as they fight through war-torn Germany at the peak of the 2nd World War. The action is intense, the theme is realistic, and the characters are complex.
The action stops only long enough to give you interesting insight into how the characters think, and why they behave the way they do. The majority of the movie consists on heart-pounding action and thrilling fire fights.
I cannot remember the last time that I saw a war movie where I felt so involved in the conflicts. The entire theme of the movie gave me a sense like anyone could die, at any moment. I grew attached to the characters, and interested in getting to know them better. The fear that they could be removed from the cast by a stray bullet at anytime made it all more realistic. A genuine war experience.
I can't recommend this movie enough. It is loaded with drama, action, and humorous banter between scenes. I will warn you however, the movie is pretty gory - so if you intend to take a lady with you make sure she can keep down her dinner.
When someone asks me what my favorite food is I stare at them like they asked me the square root of 982,204.26 (it's 991.06, I googled it). However, for music this indecisiveness is out of the question. Using Google Play I have created a playlist and limited myself to 10 songs. I constantly remove and add songs to this playlist, but at any given time I try to keep it at my 10 favorite songs. These are songs that I can listen to over, and over, and over again and not get tired of them. My music preference is hip-hop and R&B as you can tell by the list, but I encourage everyone to do some research and experimenting in order to compile a list of their own.
I use Google Play as my source of music because for a measly $10 a month you can listen to all the albums, stand up comedy, and motivational speakers you like as well as upload your own music. It lets you create music stations based on artists or existing playlists as well as explore new music and playlists based on genres and your known preferences.
Below are my 10 songs as of today in no particular order along with a short description of why I like each song, and a link to YouTube so you can check it out. Please feel free to share your list in the comments below, I am always excited to find new music.
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