Category Archives: lifestyle

In a nutshell, this category pretty much allows our FreshMilk editors to talk about anything under, above, around, and beyond the sun. Wanna talk about the sun itself? We can work something out. Though its scope has no boundaries, What’s What in our Lifestyle category are mainly movies, music, pop culture, and Batman. All blogs should have something about Batman.

Is Social Media Killing Your Social Life? 12 Signs

Ironic isn’t it that something created for a purpose backfires and ruins everything instead. Social media was made to promote social ties and strengthen connections, but is it really doing a good job?

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Want to know if you’re on the edge of being forever alone due to your excessive patronage on your social media sites? Keep reading. Below are 12 hints that let you know if you’re on the radar of being guilty on the charge of killing your own social life.

1. You rarely go out on weekends with your family or friends. Afraid of missing out updates on your social media sites. Perhaps, virtually you are connected but it blurs the true essence of intimacy and physical contact of any human relationship.

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2. Passing up on dates because you’ve seen something you don’t like after stalking your potential date on their Facebook. First impressions last, or should I say “First profile impression”? Whatever happened to sharing conversations and spending a little time to know one another? 

3. Do you still know what a telephone is? Have you tried talking to your friends instead of chatting with them? You spend too much time online that you are starting to miss their voice.

4. When eating out, you take pictures of your food and post them on Instagram before consuming them. Not even considering how hungry your companions are. That sure is a friendship killer. Never stave off a pack of hungry wolves.

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5. The privilege of anonymity. Enjoying leaving anonymous messages? So tell me, how do you build friendships from that?

6. You had a spat with an acquaintance (a friend on a social media site you have never met and probably lives on the other side of the world from you, for example) just because you corrected their grammar on their previous comment.

7. When was the last time you personally announced big news to your peers or family? “I’m getting married!” Your folks and chums are among the last ones to know that you are about to get hitched because you’d rather post it as a status than tell them directly.

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8. You’re becoming a “Like-fiend,” stalking your crush on their pages or profiles and instantaneously liking every post, comment, and photos of them. When was the last time you actually told someone you like them instead of clicking?

9. You’d rather visit a sick friend’s profile than his house.

10. You have more game applications on your wall than the sports you actually played or the hobbies you have tried.

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11. You have tons of friends and followers (say a thousand), but there’s only a handful of them you personally know.

12. You remember birthdays based on your social media’s news feeds. Where is the sincerity in greeting them via post?

 

 

 

 

Should The Darker Realistic Approach In Today’s Superhero Movies Still Continue?

Darker reboots. Cinema in the naughties can be summed up by those two words, especially with comic book/superhero movies, thanks in part to Christopher Nolan’s and his re-imagining of DC Comics’ Dark Knight in Batman Begins (2005). The British director’s realistic re-interpretation of Batman was a critical and box office success, lauded for its grittiness and “humanity”, with the focus of Bruce Wayne’s emotional journey as the hero “…Gotham City deserves, but not the one it needs.”, according to Commissioner Gordon.

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Batman Begins birthed two sequels, The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Both also were box-office hits and well received by critics. Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy influenced several movies to re-imagine their character’s and stories in the same light. X-Men: First Class, The Amazing Spider-Man, Man Of Steel, and even Craig Daniel’s James Bond, said MTV Movie Blog Writer Shawn Adler. Directors such as Matthew Vaughn have openly state how Nolan’s filmmaking has influenced them to take a realistic approach in superhero movies.

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This method has become a trend in Hollywood. It worked quite well for Batman because, well, he IS dark. Even in the comics. The Dark Knight Trilogy deftly examined the deep emotional and psychological trauma of Bruce Wayne witnessing his parent’s death, which then led him to take on the mantle of the bat.

But does this “realism” work for other characters or movies? Let’s take a look:

CINEMA VERITE

To film buffs, this term comes up quite a lot. Cinema verite (veri-tey) translated from French means “truthful cinema”, meaning the activities recorded in front of the camera are not directed, scripted, or altered in any way. They are taken as is.

That is why early footage of cinema were shorts of real things happening such as a train passing by a station and people having tea at home. This can be summarized as “Reality”, or a capital “R”.

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The set of the movie, 300, before & after editing.

As cinema progressed, directors realized that they couldn’t just capture cinema verite, but could create their own stories and film them. Ergo, they built a “reality” where events were constructed or altered according to their creativity. This is called “reality”. It can be summarized with a small “r”.

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Today, most movies are made primarily for entertainment and spectacle. Very few documentaries can be counted as “cinema verite”. In a way, reality is altered. Most easily, you can count them as reality with a small r, not a big R.

What do comic movies fall into? Since these kinds of movies are based on these amazing larger-than-life personas who were all born from paper, these movies count as “r”. I think it’s safe to say that superheroes don’t exist in real life. Has anyone really seen the Avengers flying around NYC stopping the latest evil villain threat? Yeah, my point exactly.

Since we’ve discussed what cinema and superheroes are, how do these two coincide with the darker reboots? There are two sides to this coin, and we’ll take a look at these via pros and cons.

PROS

Rebooting a series with a “realistic” feel to it gives an old franchise a fresh approach. An example would be the Star Trek re-imagined by J.J. Abrams in 2009. While the old Star Trek films delved into philosophy and the Enterprise crew’s journey in space, the new films are character-centered, focused mainly on the relationship of Spock and James Kirk.

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It also gave new fans an appreciation of the franchise, which was healthy, since the last Star Trek film was Nemesis way back in 2002. This also worked for James Bond in Casino Royale. Instead of a debonair ladies’ man, here we’re treated to a Bond who’s wonderfully human: An agent bruised and battered, inside and out.

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Toying with the idea of these characters existing along with us in real life is also a plus. It gives us a peek into the quirks of the titular characters. For example: The pain and isolation of Batman/Bruce Wayne. The same goes for Marc Webb’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker, since Nolan influenced him. This also applies for Superman/Clark Kent. Majority of the screen time in Man Of Steel was apportioned to the search of his identity and purpose in the world in an attempt humanize an alien (Clark Kent is Kryptonian). Admittedly, that is something totally relatable to moviegoers.

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However, there are cons to having darker, gritty movie remakes. For one, the “Wow” factor is totally lost. Remember watching Superman: The Movie in 1978 or Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989? When they came out on screen for the first time, it took everyone’s breath away in amazement. No one could believe these iconic characters were popping right in front of their eyes. Even if Batman did have that dark quality about him, everyone was mesmerized by Keaton’s performance. Due to the realistic approach in movie remakes, characters are forced to be introspective and brooding. Seriously, can you imagine Superman being…emo? Exactly. Because he isn’t. It works for Batman, yes. But what works for Batman doesn’t go for Supes. They’re two completely different characters. That’s where MoS failed. In making it grim, Zack Snyder lost the amazement of bringing Superman to life. Instead of going “Wow!”, audiences reacted with a resounding “What?”

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Another downside is that movies take themselves too seriously. And not a lot of people watch to think. They watch to be entertained, not have their brain turned to mush by a cinematic blender. That’s the main difference between the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universe. DC tries too hard, maybe because they’re playing catch up. Marvel’s got the ball in their court. Have you seen The Avengers? It’s got everything blended perfectly: Action, humor, conflict, and a bit of that angst among some characters. Nothing goes overboard.

So to answer the question, no, this realistic approach should not continue any longer in comic book movies. The trend is getting pretty stale. Some new direction and perspective is due. As long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it is gladly welcomed. It is worth looking forward to a superhero movie that brings back all that awe and excitement; one that won’t make you go “What?” at the end, but “Wow!”…

How To Make Your Kid Smarter Than You

Gifted children. We’ve seen these extremely talented prodigies on TV in ads such as Promil or Sustagen. They usually are super smart or can play a classical instrument like the piano or violin. It’s the dream of every parent to have a child whose IQ is a bit higher than everyone else around them. While we won’t suggest drinking a particular brand of milk to do so (if we did, we all should’ve invented a cure for cancer way back then), here are some ways you can help your kid tap into their intelligence.

#1. Flash cards

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Read these to your kids to teach them certain words depending on their language level. You, the parent, are the one who can gauge this. If you’re only starting out, go with easier words like “Hi”, “Bye”, or “Go”. When they’ve got a grasp of those you can move on to more complex words like “monocle or “hippopotamus”. Just kidding. But hey, if your kid is really smart, that should be a synch. “Coccyx”. Come on. Try it!

#2. Books

Once they’ve graduated from flash cards, you might want to up it a notch with a book! From words, they move to full sentences and paragraphs.

For a story your kid can read, we’d recommend “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss, just because he’s that awesome.

#3. Diet

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Nope, we’re not telling you to do this so your kid sheds a few pounds. Though if you think about it, it’s best to start them young. Kidding.

ANYWAYS. They say that “garbage in, garbage out”. So does that mean “treasure in, treasure out”? OKAY SERIOUSLY, if you feed your kid the good stuff, chances are your kid will get the good stuff too! Give him fruits, veggies, and meat instead of that donut from Krispy Kreme or that bag of Clover Chips. Meat is essential because it contains iron, which is good for brain development.

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NO PATRICK, NOOO!!!

Also, it is important for kids to have a good breakfast. Studies show that it contributes to good memory and longer attention spans. A kid’s brain needs glucose after the fast the night before so it can function properly. Adults, you might want to consider this advise too.

#4. Sleep early

Getting the right amount of sleep improves brain function because your kid’s noggin is well rested. According to a group called SRI International, children who sleep early excel better in language, math, and reading.

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If you can’t read this properly, then you need to catch a few extra z’s.

#5. Video games

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Yes, that’s right. Video. Games! Although we’re not recommending GTA V, God Of War, Counter-Strike or Call Of Duty. Those are violent. Stay away from those. We suggest games that encourage camaraderie, leadership, and critical thinking. Video games aren’t all that bad, parents. You just have to pick the right ones for your kids.

 

10 Most Majestic Songs Of Queen

British rock band Queen is arguably the best rock band, and one of the most influential, in the world. Theirs is a musical style labeled distinctly as the “Queen sound”, with drummer Roger Taylor’s steady drumming, Paul Deacon’s thumping distinct bass lines, Brian May’s thrashing guitar riffs, and Freddie Mercury’s utterly amazing vocal style. Together, they’ve come up with a slew of hits that many people have come to know and love. We’ll count down the top 10 most grandiose songs this group of gentlemen:

#10: Fat Bottomed Girls | Album: Jazz (1978)

Long before Sir Mix-a-lot was singing “I like big butts…” in 1992, Queen beat him to it with a hard rock ditty about women with, uh, large posteriors in 1978. Brian May signature heavy guitar licks included.

#9: I Want To Break Free | Album: The Works (1984)

This song could have two meanings: It either reflected singer Freddie Mercury’s desire to leave his heterosexual relationship to pursue his homosexuality or women empowerment in the 80s. We’ve got to break free from all this analyzing and just enjoy the song for what it is.

#8: We Are The Champions | Album: News Of The World (1977)

Initially, this was a song to get the crowd involved in performances because of its “positive and uplifting message” according to May in an online edition of the Daily Mail. It eventually evolved into a victory anthem usable in virtually any sport today.

#7: We Will Rock You | Album: News Of The World (1977)

With the group known for primarily rock songs, this song diverges from that by being mostly acapella, with a unique percussion composed of stomps, claps, and pauses, repeated all throughout. Though the last part does have an intense guitar solo by May, We Will Rock You is a break from the band’s traditional sound, proving their musical versatility.

#6: Radio Gaga | Album: The Works (1984)

Radio Gaga is another composition that showcases Queen’s sound experimentation. They successfully blend electronica and rock together, with the warm synths pervading the song, while still making it their own. Fun fact: This song is what inspired Stefanie Germannota to call herself Lady GaGa.

#5: Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Album: The Game (1980)

Interestingly enough, this song is Freddie Mercury’s tribute to Elvis Presley. It was written in 10 minutes while the Queen frontman was in the bath in Bayerische Hof Hotel, Munich. If you listen to the song, it deceives you into thinking that Queen simply covered an Elvis hit, with his vocals mimicking The King’s southern twang and the instrumentation sounding like a rockabilly band. This is just another wonderful example of Queen’s genius and adaptability as a group.

#4: Under Pressure | Album: Hot Space (1982)

This is a prime example of the band’s musical quirkiness, with Mercury’s onomatopeiac, spontaneous adlibs, vocal support by drummer Taylor and guest artist David Bowie. This song also features Deacon’s hypnotic bass playing (which will be noted in another song in this list). This was sampled in Vanilla Ice’s familiar hit, Ice, Ice, Baby.

#3: Another One Bites The Dust | Album: The Game (1980)

This song is iconic on so many levels and can be considered the quintessential song of the band: Deacon’s highly infectious bass line, Taylor’s consistent drum playing, May’s minimalist and atmospheric guitar skills, and Mercury’s wide range of singing. Check out his vocal chops – he goes from subdued to wild – especially in his solo. According to band mate Brian May in an issue of Mojo, Mercury loved the song so much he sang “until his throat bled”, hence his intensity on the vocal parts. According to discussions on songfact.com, rumor has it the song was supposedly about cowboys who died from gunfights in the desert (“Bite the dust” was a cowboy slang term for “death”).

#2: Flash | Album: Flash Gordon, 1980

Also known as Flash’s Theme, the piece is complex in structure, involving not just rock, but also an orchestra-style sound done magnificently as only Queen could.

#1: Bohemian Rhapsody | Album: A Night At The Opera (1975)

Perhaps their most complex recording, Queen’s magnum opus is a rock opera all its own. The interpretations of this composition are diverse: Is it a window into singer Freddie Mercury’s personal struggles? Is it Faustian by nature? Or is it about an accidental murder, with the suspect tormented by his inner demons prior to execution? We’ll never know. As a lyric in the song goes, it “…doesn’t really matter…”

6 Actors Who Are Typecast In Similar Roles

When watching films, sometimes there’s a sense of déjà vu, especially when you get used to the same actor play the same character model again and again. It’s undeniably true. Some actors have become so good that hey shine in that particular role. Others have become typecast because they’ve played archetype over, and over, and over again. Here are 6 actors in today’s cinema that are typecast in certain molds.

#1: Liam Neeson | Archetype: The Father Figure

One look at Neeson’s recent film roles and you’ll agree to this. He plays a father figure-cum-Messianic figure to the Pevensie siblings as Aslan in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; to Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace; to Burce Wayne as Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins and Talia as revealed in The Dark Knight Rises; ex-CIA agent Brian Mills and kick-ass father who scours the world for his daughter, and later, his family in Taken and Taken 2, respectively; and Admiral Shane in the recent Battleship.

Admittedly, though, the typecast suits him. Especially with the Taken film series. Who wouldn’t want a dad who’d beat up terrorists and take down criminal organizations halfway across the globe just to save your life?

#2: Reggie Lee | Archetype: The Asian Sidekick/Henchman

He played Tai Huang, second fiddle to Chow Yun Fat’s Captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Sergeant Wu on Grimm, and Quan Chang in Safe to name a few.

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His characters are always in the sidelines, with minimal lines, instead of the forefront. It’d be interesting to see him play a crime lord or gang leader. As to when, only time will tell.

 #3: Eddie Murphy and #4: Chris Tucker | Archetype: The Talkative Black Guy

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Never mind if he’s in a fat suit (The Nutty Professor films) or the voice behind an animated creature (Mulan and the Shrek series), Eddie Murphy is always the character with the hyperactive mouth. Even as Jack McCall in 2012’s A Thousand Words was jinxed not to speak, it was a bit off-putting. Really, Eddie Murphy’s character NOT talking? That’s a first.

In Chris Tucker’s short body of work, even he can’t be dismissed from this mold. From The Fifth Element all the way to Rush Hour’s 1, 2, and 3, he’s running his mouth, with a high-pitched voice to match his talkativeness to boot.

#5: Samuel L. Jackson | Archetype: Himself

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In nearly all his movies, you can tell the moment he opens his mouth that he’s playing himself. It’s like the guy brings the same attitude with him in all his roles. It’s getting pretty stale, Sam. Even as a Jedi in the Star Wars prequels we were waiting for you to go all Jules Winnfield on Yoda Anakin the Emperor* ANYBODY!

#6: Michelle Rodriguez | Archetype: The Macho Girl

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Have you seen any of her films? Right off the bat: The Fast & The Furious movie series, S.W.A.T. (where she co-starred with actor #5), and Avatar, she’s always the tough girl/tomboy, or quite simply: a girl doing a man’s job. And she’s totally fine with it .

8 Reasons Why You Should Stop Posting Excessively On Facebook

Statuses, comments, photos, audio, video – these are just some of the updates we share with our friends on Facebook. It’s become part of our culture to make social media our repository for your life’s happenings. But have we actually taken the time to mull over what we post or not post, or more importantly, why? Sure, sharing ideas with friends or spending time online to communicate is great, but you have to be prudent about it. Here are 8 reasons why you should stop posting excessively on FB:

#1: You’ve forgotten your real social life.

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Hello? Do you still know how to carry an actual conversation? Or are you restricted to LOL, AFK, and BRB? Remember what it was like to socialize with real, living, breathing, carbon-based life forms (i.e., your friends)? You know, your real life friends who actually care about what’s happening in your life. Friends who want to bond with you over dinner or just want to hang out? Yeah, you’ve got to stop posting on FB and chill with your friends in person. Stop typing and start talking.

#2: Nobody cares about your game/app updates.

Seriously, I’ve seen a few of these on my news feed. Nobody cares if your Knight Warrior on Dragoon Killers leveled up from 27 to 28 after slaying a level 30 Dark Dragoon. Take that off everyone’s news feed.

#3: Game/app invites are annoying.

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Personally, these are just annoying. Not everyone on FB plays Candy Crush Saga (and I’ve encountered a few FB friends who’ve posted the same sentiment on a few occasions) so stop inviting us.

#4: Vanity shots are just… bleh!

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Seriously, do you have to take a photo before you eat, before you drink, before you sleep?

These are much more irritating than game updates or invites. Nothing says, “I’m desperate for attention. Notice me, OMG PLEASE NOTICE ME!” better than excessive selfies of a girl (or guy) in a duck face and/or a very awkward fashion pose (bet twerking’s the latest selfie craze after Miley’s VMA incident).These photos might even include a wise quote just to make the photo look clever, but they end up looking senseless anyways. Ladies, if you’ve got self-esteem or daddy issues (sometimes, they go hand-in-hand), settle them outside Facebook. Don’t involve the rest of us with your vanity poses.

#5: Indirect hinting

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well, in this case, not really indirect…

This is a very popular tactic. If you just want to pick on someone for no reason, find him/her annoying, or you really have a case against him/her because they offended you, you post a blind item status without mentioning who is/are involved. Apparently, that solves everything.

Personally, this makes my blood boil because it’s so immature to the very core. It’s akin to throwing your very own pity party on social media and having your “friends” comfort you. If you have issues with someone, grow a pair and deal with it in person. Hiding behind Facebook and getting likes from so many of your “friends” doesn’t make you right. It just makes you a coward.

#6: You’re dwelling in fantasy.

Let’s take a tally.

Virtual Life: FB friends – over 9000; Social activity – buzzing with life

Real Life: Friends – 0; Social skills – 0.

Yeah, your virtual life wins. Go out of your house and get a life, a real one, at that.

#7: Too much posting destroys privacy – yours.

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Nobody needs up-to-the-minute feeds of where you are or what you’re doing. We don’t need to know that, at 12:46 pm, you had too much for lunch and puked in the office toilet. How do we know? Well, you took a picture and posted it for everyone to see.

Oversharing does not paint a very good picture about you. Nobody wants to read your life as an open book.

#8: We get ahead of ourselves.

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Ever looked at your previous posts and thought, “Man, why did I have to post that?” Exactly. Our emotions and fingertips get the better of us. Pretty soon, we’re posting things that shouldn’t have been in the first place. This dangerous combination doesn’t make us think anymore. We just go ahead with how we feel without any regard for the appropriateness of the post. Before clicking the ‘Post’ button, think about it. “Is it really necessary to share this to all my FB friends?” There’s a wise proverb that goes, “Think before you speak.” In this case, “Think before you post.

10 Indie Songs That Be On Your Playlist

Mainstream music is hip. There’s nothing like listening to what’s on the Billboard Top 20 or 100 to keep one’s self in-the-know with the music industry. But listening to all that Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and the like can get pretty tiring pretty quick.

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If you find yourself in that musical crossroad, it might be time to take a break from what’s popular and check out independent (indie) rock. For a brief overview, indie rock is an umbrella term for bands that aren’t signed to any major labels, but independent ones. They often have an eclectic mix of genres like traditional rock, dance, pop, blues, electronica, and many more. These groups gained a following on their own with hard work, musicality, and a little help from GarageBand and/or YouTube.

It might be time for you to listen to something new and fresh, and indie music can give you just that. Here are 10 songs (in no particular order) you should consider putting in your playlist. Who knows, you might even like these songs so much you’ll get into this new genre of indie music.

10. All The People | Artist: Circle | Album: The Middle

This track from the band’s debut album is enchantingly nostalgic and poignant about the human condition. A perfect listening for rainy days. Feels included.

9. When They Fight, They Fight | Artist: Generationals | Album: Con Law

There’s nothing like a bit of old school sound to add variety in your iPod. Play this song with your parents and listen to them reminisce about their younger years. Trivia: This song was featured in season 1 of popular legal dramedy Suits.

8. Wish You Were Here | Artist: Lee Fields & the Expressions | Album: Faithful Man

This is a wonderfully painful cry of someone pining after a loved one long gone from this world. Soulful and full of blues, lead singer Lee Field’s wailing gives it breadth and depth. Tissue not included.

7. All I Want | Artist: Kodaline | Album: In A Perfect World

This single is a wistful recollection of a relationship that once was. If you give it a double take, All I Want reminds you of an acoustic Coldplay.

6. Long Distance Call | Artist: Phoenix | Album: It’s Never Been Like That

It’s a song from Phoenix. What’s not to like?

5. Unbelievers | Artist: Vampire Weekend | Album: Modern Vampires of the City

Pure ear candy, especially with the warm organ and piano parts interspersed on the track.

4. Wanderlust (Pharrell Remix) | Artist: The Weeknd | Album: Kiss Land

Perfect track for a small house party or driving around the neighborhood.

3. Anna Sun | Artist: Walk The Moon | Album: Walk The Moon

You’ll definitely get hooked on the electric rock vibe of this song.

2. VCR | Artist: The xx | Album: The xx

The fourth single of the Brit band can be aptly described as a hypnotic pop lullaby.

1. Electric Feel | Artist: MGMT | Album: Oracular Spectacular

Considering that MGMT tap into a breadth of different genres in their music, this song sounds weird, but the good kind.

Can You Actually Die Of Boredom?

This has been a question thrown around in the scientific community, and an interesting one at that. “Can one actually be bored to death?” By that, I mean literally pass on from this world to the next because one had nothing more interesting to do but just cease to exist?

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Can we get to the answer part a little faster? I’m getting bored…

The answer is both yes and no. No, you can’t die from boredom in the literal sense. It isn’t one of those infamous diseases like cancer or influenza. That and I haven’t seen any news headline declaring “Man/Woman dies from excessive boredom”. I haven’t seen prescriptions from medical profession for drugs or tips on how to alleviate being disinterested at life in general.

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You can, however die from boredom, but indirectly. There are causes and effects to this seemingly unimportant medical case. In this article, we’ll do a light observation of the reasons one may indirectly cease living because of this ailment. Let’s first define what it is.

Boredom is a state of inactivity or general disinterest at things happening around him/her. According to John Eastwood, a clinical psychologist at the University of York in Toronto, it is a condition where one is unable to engage one’s self in a satisfying activity.

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Soul searching???

What are the causes? According to the previous paragraph, it could be a genuine lack of interest in life or activities that can satisfy a person. Another is clinical depression, where a person shuts himself down emotionally and focuses on him/herself, instead of others, according to an online article of the Daily Mail.

Traumatic brain injuries are also a major cause of increased boredom. James Danckert, a neuroscientist from the University of Waterloo in Ontario hypothesizes:

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Accidents such as this….

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and this… can lead to…

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can lead to this!

…the massive flux of endorphins or pain medication necessary for recovery from a brain injury may have literally raised these patients’ threshold for psychological pleasure and reward. ‘Now instead of a coffee doing it for you, you need a triple espresso…Anything that used to give you pleasure now has to be ramped up in order to succeed.

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oh, and this… O.o

The effects of boredom lead to those suffering it to feel unfulfilled, sad, and demoralized, based on research done by scientists in the University College of London in the UK.

This is almost always a cause for clinically bored people to tend towards addictive habits such as smoking, drinking, drugs, and gambling, for them to get their “fix”. They can die from the effects of these activities such as heart conditions and lung cancer (smoking), liver problems (drinking) and overdose (drugs), to name a few. Based on the same study, people who are frequently bored are 37% more likely to die after it was over.

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So whenever you feel like this…

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and this…

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Trying watching this… and LOL!

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or else you might end up looking like… this… O.o

So in conclusion, can one die of boredom? Yes, but indirectly. The effects caused by boredom lead to a downward spiral. It would best to surround ones’ self with friends and family instead of withdrawing and fighting it alone to be totally victorious from this medical condition.

10 Sacrifices You Have To Make To Be Happy

 

Happiness Is A Choice

Abraham Lincoln said once, “Happiness is a choice. Most folk are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” The wisdom of Mr. Abe is true. Happiness is a personal choice. No one else but you can make it. Sometimes that means making sacrifices to break the current status quo in your life. If you’re feeling a bit blue right now, here are a few sacrifices you might consider making in order to turn that frown upside-down.

#10: Career-wise, do what you love

In my work life, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of meeting two kinds of people. The first was a group of people who left their jobs they were comfortable with just because they were blinded by the fact they could make a truckload of money in another. They’ve turned out miserable; caught up in the circumstance they put themselves in.

you go girl.

On the other hand, I’ve met people who did struggle with their career early on, but found their true calling even if it didn’t offer them the same salary or benefits of a corporate job. Theirs is a content, fulfilled, and happy life.

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I was jumping from job-to-job until I figured out what I really wanted to do: writing. Now, I’m able to share my experience with you guys here. Take it from me. Money is the answer to a lot of problems, but not lack of happiness. Go and find that thing that makes you tick. It’ll be worth it, you’ll see.

#9: Stop pleasing others

Having everyone’s friendship and approval never happens.

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You can’t befriend and please everybody. Find out who are worth creating friendships and delighting. I’ll admit this often “trial and error”, but it’ll pay off once you find out who they are.

#8: Exercise

Bumming is fun. Who hasn’t enjoyed with the idea of just being a couch potato at home watching movie and having a beer with a bag of chips? But if you really want to be happy, get off your couch and get some blood pumping.

Drop and give me zen: drop regrets, drop limited beliefs, drop resentments, drop doubts, drop worries. #zen #happiness

According to an article at fitday.com, exercising releases endorphins making you…well…happy! What’s even better is you can spread the happiness by exercising with your friends.

#7: Save up

We live in a “acquire more” generation. It’s all about having the newest Apple product or the latest Android gadget. Stop buying what you don’t need.

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Personal finance is 80% behavior and only 20% knowledge.

Save your cash. It might hurt now, but it’ll be beneficial for you and your family (if ever) later on.

#6: Be debt-free

In conjunction with #5, don’t borrow money to buy stuff you don’t need or can’t even afford. Remember, it’s better to have cash on hand than liquid assets that depreciate over time like a cellphone, computer, or car.

#5: Break it off with your girlfriend/boyfriend

Stop being caged in a relationship. Give yourself a chance to breathe again. Free yourself to meet new people, focus on career, or maintain your present relationships with friends and family members you probably neglected while you were in a relationship.

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Find God, find yourself – that’s what will make you complete.

#4: Get off social media

Don’t spend too much time on social media. Your Facebook friends don’t count. Most of them are just acquaintances, anyway. Spend time with your real friends. Watch a movie or hang out with them.

#3: Stop wallowing

Whether if it was a break-up with your significant other or a really bad divorce, let yourself grieve and move on.

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The only member of a pity party is you, and that’s just sad. Get some help from family and close friends.

#2: Cry

Releasing your emotions once in a while is healthy. Men, this special shout out goes out to all of you. Stop pretending to be okay when you’re not.

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Keep in mind that it’s okay not to be okay. If you’re in a relationship, showing emotions like depression or frustration is good, but don’t wallow. That’s never beneficial for any party.

#1: Stop procrastinating

What are you doing still reading this article? Find what makes you happy and do it now! Go!

Why We Should Give Ben Affleck A Chance As The New Batman

 

When news struck about Ben Affleck becoming the new Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, comic book fans and geeks alike were enraged. Honestly, it did feel like a sucker punch that left us all in a doozy. I mean, who can ever forget the horrible superhero movie that was Marvel’s Daredevil, where he starred as the titular character back in 2003? It was horrible. Somehow, that image of Ben never left, making that the main basis for the criticism. When I heard about this, I was also shocked. But after a moment, I suspended my disbelief and said on Facebook that I was looking forward to Ben’s interpretation Batman, hoping he doesn’t pull a Daredevil with this one.

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Take that haters!

Most of the comments have been negative. Understandable, since we’re still fresh from Christian Bale’s memorable portrayal of Gotham’s Dark Knight. But let’s look at the bright side for a moment and see why the ex-Daredevil star, now affectionately called Bat Affleck, should be given a chance.

Reason #1: Surprise!

Affleck joins an exclusive group of actors who were first heavily disapproved, but later on lauded, for their casting as movie characters. Remember Heath Ledger? He was terribly amazing as Batman’s antithesis The Joker in Nolan’s Dark Knight (2008), even posthumously winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 81st Academy Awards a year later.

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Welcome to the club, Ben!

But prior to nabbing his movie role magnum opus, Ledger was negatively criticized as not being “fit” to play The Joker because of his past movies like A Knight’s Tale and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Another actor who was also criticized for being cast as Batman was Michael Keaton! Widely regarded as a comedic actor, he was also deemed unfit to play the Dark Knight. It was only until the release of Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) where the naysayers shut their mouths. His performance was well received. Keaton’s Batman arguably remains one of the best portrayals ever seen.

Reason #2: It’s time for a re-invention.

Let’s face it, after Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, a reboot for the character was inevitable. Affleck has the opportunity to re-interpret one of DC’s most beloved characters. It’ll be interesting to see which aspects of the character he’ll embody onscreen. Bale was realistic and brooding in and out of the cowl, while Keaton was dark and twisted, with gravitas, owing to the direction of Tim Burton.

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Batman has other traits that have yet to be brought to life, such as his detective skills, physicality and strength as a fighter (he is considered an Olympian-level athlete in the comics), and the highly intellectual, calculating, and ever-ready tactician (he is ready for possibly any threat). It will be exciting to see which of these, or others unmentioned, Bat Affleck will bring.

Reason #3: He could be a good creative influence.

Aside from being an actor, Ben Affleck is also a commended director. He directed the critically acclaimed The Town and Argo, which won 3 Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing).

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What does this mean? Aside from acting chops, he brings with him movie-making experience. He could give Snyder tips on how to balance and further characterize Superman and Batman.

Reason #4: He’s got the blessings of previous Batmen and then some.

Val Kilmer, Adam West, and even Michael Keaton have given him their approval. It seems they’ve passed on the cowl to a worthy successor.

Can’t believe it? Here’s Michael Keaton’s approval of Bat Affleck recorded by TMZ:

Others who have voiced their support for Ben are BFF Matt Damon who said,

“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the Internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set…”

And Kevin Smith, who is one of the actor’s good friends and has frequently worked with him rose to Ben’s defense on Twitter during the height of the criticisms.

Here’s one last word…from none other than Batman himself:

There was this online petition created last month saying Warner Bros. should take out Affleck as the new Batman. They’ve said that that the number of signatures could possibly have reached more than a hundred thousand by now. Only time will tell how Ben will do as Gotham City’s protector. Personally, I can’t wait for all these haters to be proven wrong when he blows them away with his depiction of the Dark Knight.