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My favorite band of all time

So my favorite band of all time since 2001 when I was handed a burned copy of "We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes" has been Death Cab for Cutie.  There isn't a single song they have ever written that I don't love.  I am sure a lot of other people agree with me on this one.

My absolute most favorite song by this band is "What Sara Said"  I think there is just so much emotion and vivid imagery in the lyrics.  Every time I listen to it still to this day I get teary eyed.

"Love is watching someone die."  That's the most beautiful lyric i've ever heard.

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My favorite song of all time

Just wanted to share with you all my absolutely most favorite song ever written... enjoy...

Finally by The Frames

The reason why it's my favorite song of all time is because of the raw power and emotion he puts into the chorus.  He's not holding back in the least.  Anything you do in life you should do with all your heart.  I think Glen Hansard is an absolutely amazing songwriter and musician.  Ever since the movie Once he's become one of my top musical idols.

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Be My Fan Part Duex

I've added some changes to the be my fan contest thingy-ma-bob.  Again head over to to check it out.  Here's the basics of the changes:

I will, in addition to giving away  B and N gift card for 50 dollars, also be donating 50 dollars to one of five charities.  The winner will be able to pick which of the five charities they want me to donate the money to.

The charities to choose from are:
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research -
Invisible Children -
Best for Babes -
Hope Line -
Gift of Life Transplant Foundation -

The other change I have made is that I have lowered the number from 500 to 250.  This will make the goal a lot more attainable!

So please refer your friends, all they have to do is like my fan page on facebook!

Thanks everyone.


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Be My Fan!!!

I'm giving away a 50 dollar gift card to Barnes and Noble in order to help me reach a fan goal of 500 people on facebook.  You can help, and potentially win!

For details visit

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Videos for your mind… online.

I work at a college.  So yes, I'm commonly referred to as "The IT Guy".   So it would make sense that two things I would enjoy as much as writing and recording music are Computer related things (working in the IT field) and educational content (working at a College).  I also enjoy watching things, but i'm pretty sure that's a universal enjoyment or TV and movies wouldn't be so popular around the world!  As Dane Cook asks "Who doesn't love a cinematic adventure?"  So i've decided to make a post about the combination of those 3 things.  Video sites online that feed the mind.

The following are some video sites I enjoy checking out and browsing from time to time.  You won't be granted a degree from any of these sites, but you can learn pretty much nearly the same information that you could by sitting in a class room and it's completely free!  That's kinda the opposite of college... college is not so free... in fact, it's really quite expensive!  Well at least in america it is.  From what I understand in some other countries around the world education at the university level is not nearly as much as it is here, or it's entirely supported by other means such as the state.  I suppose that could be Good, or Bad, or just different.  Anywho, so if you don't have the beans to pay for a degree and don't live in a country with state supported educational systems but you still have the thirst and hunger to learn stuffs and things then this is your lucky day!!!

1. Academic Earth -

Free online video lectures from universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale in the subjects of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.

This site has entire lectures for entire courses.  I've watched a few entire classes so far... electricity and magnetism, and building dynamic websites were two of my favs.

2. Big Think -

Interviews, presentations, and discussions with major intellectuals from a wide range of fields.

3. Youtube EDU -

Good old fashioned youtube... but this page displays only videos posted from universities.

4. FORA TV -

Unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates at universities, think tanks and conferences.

5. TED Ideas worth spreading -

A global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading".
iTunes U is another one I enjoy.  It's not a site per say but it's built into iTunes.  Any PC or Mac with iTunes on it can access all of the iTunes U content for free.

I am sure there are many other sites that I currently don't know about but these are my 5 favorite ones.  I am glad to be able to share them with everyone who reads my blog and I hope you can "get your learn on" too!

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