Monday, February 28, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 11

Just because you'll be able to relate to this song at least once in your life.

I give you, Neon Trees - Our War, enjoy!



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 10

I really like this band, especially this song, it's been in my head all day long. It recently got covered by the winner of the X-Factor 2010, but that hasn't discouraged me.

I give you, Biffy Clyro - Many Of Horror, enjoy!



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Slight Turning Point

I had a slight breakthrough with my course at university. I know this may not interest some of you but for those of you who are interested, my course is basically based around diagnostics. Being a doctor without the patient contact time or the money. It's the behind the scenes aspects. We tell the doctor what your body is telling us is wrong, and they create a treatment plan with some guidance from us.

Today, instead of the learning, and trying to remember endless facts we were given case studies. Case studies, based around Microbiology (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.), of patients presenting with symptoms and possible causes. We had to identify the culprit (organism) causing the problems as well as discussing the methods we would use to diagnose the patient.

I know it sounds pretty boring, but it was fun. It was wonderful being able to interact and think for ourselves more than we would normally do in a lecture or tutorial. I felt like I was on Gregory House's team and needed to engage and come up with the correct answer as well as reasons why other people's answers were incorrect. Of course the lecturer running the session wasn't as rude and discouraging as House, but he was witty and that made it more enjoyable. And of course I'm grateful there wasn't a real patient in need of urgent attention, as we'd probably hinder their health before we helped it, but that'll get quicker with time!

I just needed to write this to remind myself in the future, when I'm feeling down about my course or the reasons why I'm doing it, to recall this day. I need to remember that at the end of the next year and a half, I could be doing this, all over again, but for real, and at the moment that excites me more than anything!

I could happily do this for a living.

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 9

I thought about this song today and simply had to post it. I was lucky enough to see this band live a couple of years ago. One of the best performances I've seen. They've brought out more recent tracks but I'm stuck in the past.

I give you, Brand New - Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 8

My fellow blogger, Jesscah, knew what she was talking about when she posted about Neon Trees. She mentioned this song but she didn't post up the video, which I think is a shame, as she's right, it is such a fun song, I mean, I'm sitting here bopping away!

I give you, Neon Trees - Animal, enjoy!



Monday, February 21, 2011

Stuck

I've not written anything substantial lately and for that I am sorry. Of course the same excuses will spew out from my mouth, but I genuinely have been busy. That's not to say that things haven't been going through my mind though.

I'm at that stage where I feel like I'm in a coffee shop, sipping away at my drink, and simply watching the world work, without me. I'd like to say a lot of changes are happening in my life, but it's not directly my life. It's that things are changing in the lives of the people around me, and that's having a slight effect on me. The effect it's having isn't anything I should worry about or anything ground breaking. If I'm being honest with you, the changes around me have no direct impact on my life. The problem is, I think that the fact that all these changes are happening without me, is what's bothering me the most.

I bet you're wondering what I'm rambling about, I'm wondering the exact same thing as my fingers just seem to be typing all these thoughts I've kept locked away, without me realising they even existed. I'm being a brat, aren't I? After all change is a good thing and I should be happy that the people around me are progressing for the better. So why am I envious of them?

I suppose it comes down to the fact that I feel stuck. I've not been able to explain this properly to the people who normally understand my mumbo-jumbo and innermost thoughts, it's probably because I don't know why I feel stuck.

Everyone is discussing the changes in their lives and including me in issues that have nothing to do with me, no relation to me and no impact on me and asking my opinion, which, in the end, they ignore. They're happy to talk to me about all their problems and issues, happy to ask me how I am, but when I decide to tell them how I am, they cut me off, I want to say mid-sentence but about two words in. I'm not being self-centred, I assure you. In fact I feel so out of the centre because I'm caring for people and having people unload on me, when I'm so far into the back of their minds that I'm a tiny speck of dust.

I almost wish I was talking about friends when I say people, that's bareable, but when it's family, it becomes a lot harder. I have no problems. I'm not in need of help, at least nothing they can help me with. I'd never ask or tell them, but it'd be nice if they could show some courtesy. They put the weight of their worlds on my shoulders and expect me to do nothing about it. I wonder if they realise there's enough weight on my shoulders without their excess baggage? Once again, the word stuck comes to mind.

The one person who makes me feel unstuck is thousands of miles away and that bothers me the most. There's only so much reassurance you can give when you're so far away, and while I'm sitting alone in that coffee shop, I need more than a text or internet access. I need a real person sitting opposite me with his hand on mine, reassuring me, without words, that everything will be alright, and everyone will work out their issues and keep changing for the better and I won't always be stuck - stuck in the middle of a situation, stuck in the same place, stuck having the same conversations, with the same beginning, middle and end.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 7

I simply have six words for you..

BABY, I WAS BORN THIS WAY!

I give you, Lady Gaga - Born This Way, enjoy!



Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 6

I'm quite lucky in the way that I've not had many "northern stars" but I think I've been pointed in the right direction, and I hope that those of you who haven't found their one yet, will get there soon. You might think I'm talking babble, but once you've heard this song you'll understand what I mean.

So to my northern stars, thank you for all being so wrong for me, because I'm happy with who I'm with at the moment, he is beyond wonderful.

I give you, Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road, enjoy!


Why The Brandon Banks Situation May Be Bad...

Redskins fans may have reason to worry; not about the state of the team and where a draft pick ends up or where the Redskins find their needs in Free Agency. We don’t have to worry about what Albert Haynesworth is doing and why it’s bad for the organization. There’s no pressing need to write about Clinton Portis and what he’s doing with his gimmicky costumes and how he’s not a team leader. We don’t need to worry about yet another quarterback who has a decent year in a brand new system and is being run out of town for another option which will probably end up on the same exact short leash as the last.

No, Redskins fans find themselves in a very familiar situation; a young, up-and-coming, exciting, fan-favorite talent is in the hospital after being injured in a violent attack. Only this time, it doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as serious as the last time we went through this.

4 years ago; the Washington Redskins organization, and fans, and fans of football in general, found themselves clinging to whatever news they could get in hopes that star safety Sean Taylor would recover from a gunshot wound suffered during a home invasion. All day reports were released until we were given news that he may have been somewhat responsive and that while his career may have been in jeopardy, his life may have been in good hands. Redskins fans went to sleep knowing there was a possibility he wouldn’t make it, but with the hope he could.

The next morning, fans woke up to hear the news that Taylor had passed away at 26 years of age, leaving behind a fiancée, and daughter. For many, it took this incident for people to learn of how truly amazing a man Sean Taylor was; and for many, it seemed all too late to learn this information. But fans connected with the man on a much different level, as Taylor was one of the few players a fan could be sure would show up to make a play when it mattered most, and it would usually be worthy of highlight material.

We’re on somewhat familiar grounds, with entirely different circumstance. The Redskins young WR/Return man Brandon Banks, is in a hospital recovering from a stab-wound he suffered early Saturday morning when leaving a club in Washington, D.C. The reports we initially received that an argument led to an unprovoked stabbing, now reveals that Banks’ friend may have been the first to attack, and Banks was caught in the middle of a very horrible situation.

Regardless of how you feel towards Banks’ friend in relation to instigating or starting the fight, a weapon is never an answer to an argument or a fist. I’ve read former player’s opinion pieces on this matter saying that Banks should have been more responsible and left sooner, or forced his friend to leave, or gone about dragging his friend away from the situation. LaVar Arrington suggested that Banks should have known the situation could escalate, because it happens all the time. Well LaVar, it also happens all the time that an argument starts, and no punches are thrown. Or an argument occurs, and punches are thrown, and it never escalates beyond a fist-fight. There’s no blame on Banks for the way in which the situation escalated.

However, I do agree with Arrington that getting out of there would have been the most logical decision to be made, and Banks should not have allowed himself or his friend to get into this situation; he’s got to assert himself and make his friend walk away, or remind his friend that his career is to huge to allow something so petty to potentially ruin it, so meet outside in a few if you’re not going to walk out with me.

However, Banks’ friend was injured seriously, and was brought to the hospital initially listed in critical condition, and while it feels natural to want to blame someone (even if blame is deserved) for the situation, we need to have the self-respect to condone ourselves as concerned human beings and address that the real issue is that a man felt the need to use a knife to defend himself in an argument and fist-fight, and it severely injured two men, one of whom happen to be one of the most electrifying young men the NFL and Washington Redskins have seen in quite some time.

What concerns me about this situation is not the request that information not be leaked, rather that the information that was leaked every single day up until yesterday, has been the same. Every day, Banks was rumored to be released from the hospital “within the next 24 hours as he recovers from a superficial wound to his side” and we never saw that happen. Instead, yesterday we receive news via Banks’ agent that Brandon has a tube inserted in his chest to prevent his lung from collapsing. So from going from a “superficial wound to his side” which is no more than a slice, we find out Banks actually suffered a stab wound which punctured his lung.

I’m not suggesting this matter was handled badly or even that it could have been handled better; I’m simply stating that Redskins fans, so soon after the passing of Sean Taylor, may be responding to this with disbelief, and horror. There’s no reason to believe Banks will not make a full and speedy recovery, however, there’s plenty of reason for fans to worry and be upset. The revelation that the situation may be worse than reported and finding out that the family has asked for information to not be released, can lead anyone to believing it’s a worst-case scenario.

So here’s to Brandon Banks and his friend; may you get well soon and fast!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!


I want to wish anyone who is celebrating today an amazing day, and also to those of you who aren't celebrating. I just hope that whether you believe in the occasion or not you are able to spend the day with the people you love the most.

I'm also including in this post one of my favourite songs, not just for today, but in general, because, in spite of it's name, it's been playing for me during some special moments in my life, and it's got positive connotations for me.

I hope you love it as much as I do, I give you, Kina Grannis - Valentine, enjoy!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just a quick update.

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged anything substantial, and it feels as though my past few “substantial” posts, I’ve issued that sentiment with intent to call to halt this pattern. I know better than anyone not to make many promises regarding future, especially of things which I know I clearly can’t control self-interest over… but I’ve had my fill (ironically enough it’s more a starvation than filling) of not keeping up with the blog.

I still seek to expand my horizons here in the coming months, I know plenty needs to be taken care of in order to even think to begin this expansion, but I feel as though I know this will happen. Luckily for me, this wasn’t anything I could have just jumped into doing. After long thought and reconsideration, I’ve determined the focus and direction I’d like to take in this venture, and realize that (like I’ll be expanding my horizons) I’ll be expanding what I wanted to do in the first place.

It’s only fair to allow my focus to not limit itself to just one area, much like the blog itself, I am determined to leave my options open so I don’t ever have to break off course to discuss something outside of the path I set. Instead, I want this direction to be like the first explorers standing on flat land looking in every direction and starting those first roads in each direction with the ability to come back and start on a new road in another direction. Basically, I want to have every angle covered.

I still hate leaving you all in the dark, I don’t feel as though I’ve even outlined for you what I plan on doing, but I think that’s for the best. When I’ve got everything set up to be mine and nobody else’s I’ll be able to sit back comfortably informing you all of the plan, schedule, etc. All I can comfortably tell you now is that the wheels are already in motion, and when I pull up to the show in this ride, you’ll all want to be passengers headed into the future.

In other [boring] news, life has been okay recently. I’m recovering from a horrible cold, and feel better with each passing day. It was pretty debilitating to be quite honest, but I’m good to go.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV Predictions

Enigma's Picks:

Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay



Sean's Picks:

Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 5


I was going to post up a mash-up from this artist but then I thought I should post up his latest original, which I heard today and really like. I think a lot of people can relate to the lyrics. It's all about trying to help someone out of the rut they're stuck in because you love them and you want them to move on, with you, and you want them to learn to trust again.

I give you, Start Again - Sam Tsui, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 4


It's a known fact that I'm awfully fond of YouTube artists. I think it takes a lot of courage to post videos of yourself singing for all the world to see in the hopes of being discovered and having to deal with critics who don't appreciate what you do. A friend recently linked me to this pair, and it's a cover of a song I really love. I think they did it brilliantly.

I give you, Just A Dream - Christina Grimmie & Sam Tsui, enjoy!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 3


I simply can't get enough of him, really love this song, it's really cute! I give you, Bruno Mars - Marry You, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 2


An original from one of my favourite "up and coming" Youtube artists, I give you, Alyssa Bernal - Let Me Know, enjoy!


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of February - Track 1


This is a song I used to listen to many years ago, I just rediscovered it today, it's a little bit sad sounding but I think it's beautiful, almost makes me want to serenade the Beau.. shame I can't sing, really.

I give you, Secondhand Serenade - Your Call, enjoy!