2012 in Music

If you’re a stranger to this blog or myself, you may not realize that I love mashups — that is songs that when mashed together create a new and interesting production.

Here are two of the best mashups that incorporate the popular songs of 2012…

First up is the dude who as been producing the premier year-end-mashups for a few years now. DJ Earworm brings us United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter):

Second is (a recent find by myself) Dan Kim’s Pop Danthology 2012 – Mashup of 50+ Pop Songs

And if you want to catch up, here’s my Year-End-Mashup playlist from YouTube…

Goals of 2013

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions/Revolutions/Reservations.

I set goals.

Here are a few of my goals for 2013 (in no particular order)…

  • Be more healthy
  • Blog more
  • Obtain my American Sign Language Certificate
  • Obtain my Associates of Arts Degree in Deaf Studies to complement my Bachelors of Science Degree in Management/Marketing
  • Obtain a new career
  • Get my online presence more congruent
  • Love my wife better
  • Love my family better
  • Love my God better
  • Adopt a dog
  • Become more knowledgeable in science, religion, history, and language

Although goals are supposed to be specific, achievable, and time-restricted, my goals for 2013 have a little more breadth to their completion. And I’m okay with that.


12 Proposed States That Didn’t Make It.

I lived in Johnson City, TN for a brief stint. It was there that I drove on a major road named “State of Franklin Blvd”. I always thought it was a strange name for a road. Later I finally understood that the State of Franklin was a proposed name for part of East Tennessee.

Recently I’ve learned that the State of Franklin is not the only proposed state that was denied. In fact, here’s a dozen proposed US States!

  1. Franklin (Northeastern Tennessee) – 2 votes short of becoming an US State
  2. Jefferson (at different times Kansas, Texas, and Northern California/Southern Oregon)
  3. Superior (Northern Michigan) – you know that part of MI that is displaced by Lake Superior?
  4. Delmarva (parts of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia) – a peninsula made up of 3 states
  5.  Absaroka (parts of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota)
  6. Scott (a county in Tennessee)  – was officially/unofficially a state for 125 years)
  7. Transylvania (parts of Tennessee and Kentucky) – bought illegally from the Cherokee and later rendered void
  8. Desert (parts of Utah and other surrounding states) – petitioned by the Mormons for their own state
  9. Westsylvania (most of West Virginia, parts of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), and Kentucky)
  10. Nickajack (parts of Alabama and Tennessee)
  11. Sequoya (part of Oklahoma) – counties given to different Native American tribes
  12. Lincoln (part of Texas, later the panhandle of Idaho


Critics of A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a staple among Christmas TV specials…but it almost was never seen.

From an interesting read from Neatorama, I learned about how much the CBS execs hated the show. Among their criticism:

  • They didn’t like using children to do the voices of the kids
  • They didn’t like that there would be no laugh track added
  • They didn’t like Linus quoting Scripture
  • They didn’t like composer Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack
  • They didn’t like the final edited version

But in December of 1965, the Special aired and and half of the American TV-owning population watched it.

Since then the Special has received some of the following praise:

  • The children’s voices makes the show sound more authentic
  • The laugh track version has never aired
  • Linus quoting scripture is considered a highlight
  • Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack is one of the most popular Christmas music collections of all-time
  • The final edited version is now the second longest running animated Christmas special

So if you know what you’re doing makes sense and you think your critics are out of touch, don’t listen to them. You might just have a blockbuster idea on your hands.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Starbucks

caffinated sunrise

Several years ago I opened up a blog on Tumblr that aggregated several Starbucks-related websites into one place. However, it died.

So today I’ve resurrected the idea on a new platform: Soup.io!

If you are a current or former Barista for the ‘Bux, or if you are just a fan of the ‘Bux, I invite you to check out this site:

SBUX SOUP: Adding individual SBUX websites into one delicious SBUX Soup!

Currently the main resources that power this site include:

Perhaps the list will grow — if you know of other great resources please let me know.

In the meantime, lean back and enjoy sipping from the new SBUX SOUP!

The 12-21-12 Mayan Hoax

You’ve probably heard that the world is going to end on Dec 21, 2012 (this Friday). Except that it won’t — at least not for the reasons of the Mayan calendar.

You see, the Maya are known for being very intelligent, incredibly accurate about predicting/maintaining time, and quite advanced in writing. Despite all this, they didn’t predict the end of the world.

NASA has gone on record with their reasons why this is all a hoax.

And would you believe that there are at least three myths commonly believed about the Maya?

Here’s how the Maya calendar works and why 12-21-12 became such an important day.

Enjoy 12-12-12

This won’t happen again in our lifetime. It’ll take a millenium for the date to be the same (see 1-1-01 as in Jan 1, 2101). Our next best fun date will be next November 12th (11-12-13)…and that will be the last until Jan 2, 2103 (1-2-2103).