Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Music | Posted on 24-07-2012
A 12″ record, a 7″ record, and a CD-ROM. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have been meaning to post about this for a month or two. I have a decent sized mp3 collection. And I have subscribed to services such as Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, and current favorite: Spotify. But the subscription model leaves me owning nothing. This is especially true of newer music or music I didn’t explore back when I bought CD’s and used more nefarious methods to get my music. Now, I fully recommend a subscription service. Nothing beats using them for discovering music. Heck, Spotify can be as cheap as free if you don’t mind forgoing mobile access and having a few advertisements.
With all that said, the state of actually buying music couldn’t be better. The competition between iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Google’s Play store is a heated battle. This has led to each marketplace having some pretty great sales. In my opinion, Amazon takes the cake in this part of the marketplace. They have done 100 $5.00 albums which change each month for a long time. But they also do a weekly themed sale of $2.99 albums. These sales are amazing. Don’t let the price fool you. Amazon has done a great job using social media, including Twitter, to get the buyers voice to curate the artists and albums on sale each week. This leads to a smaller but more focused sale that looks like a best of collection set around the theme for the week. Due to my diverse tastes I am usually buying 1-3 albums each sale and it is costing me less that one full price album. Add into the fact that the opportunity to earn $ credit on Amazon is very easy. If you follow them on Twitter @amazonmp3 you will get opportunities galore to add a dollar or two with no real effort. Which doesn’t sound like much unless you can buy an entire album for $2.99.
This weeks theme is “Turned Up to 11″ which does in fact include Spinal Tap and a bunch of great rock albums. What to buy?..What to buy?
Check out the sale here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000803791
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in TV & Movies | Posted on 04-07-2012
For me, July 4th defines the true heart of Summer. Great weather and barbecues with family and friends. Sometimes though the weather doesn’t cooperate and a rainy day ruins all of our plans. Or, things like allergies and an aversion to sunshine due to huddling in our caves playing video games keep us indoors. At these times you can always enjoy the summer through these great summer comedies. We aren’t saying any of these movies are great Films, just great Fun.
Our Top 5 Summer Comedies
5. Wet Hot American Summer (2001): This movie was way funnier than I thought it would be. Written by Michael Showalter and David Wain. This movie masterfully makes fun of all of the summer-camp movies of the 80′s. Starring Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofolo, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Bradly Cooper, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler and Christopher Meloni. Just watch the preview for some of the chaotic plot. Stream on Netflix or Rent or Buy on Amazon or iTunes.
Wet Hot American Summer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted by Michael P. | Posted in TV & Movies | Posted on 12-06-2012
Ayrton senna capacete (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sometimes I like to sit back, use one of my connected devices, and find a documentary on a subject I know next to nothing about. That way If I am not entertained I have at least learned something. I watched the documentary Senna a few weeks ago and was thoroughly impressed. Ayrton Senna was easily one of the top sports figures in his era until his tragic death in 1994 left his fans throughout the world stunned. Unfortunately, living in America, he was unknown to me. As we virtually ignored the sport of Formula One racing during the height of his career.
Some sports documentaries fall short as they pay so much attention to a specific person. They can lose touch with the other things occurring around that figure outside of his personal life. Director Asif Kapadia and writer Manish Pandey avoid this by using what Senna accomplished as a way to contrast both the changing political and technological changes in the sport of Formula One as well as the strife in his home country of Brazil. The race footage and soundtrack get your adrenaline up quick to often remind you what we are missing here in the US. Thankfully, this is changing soon with the 2012 United States Grand Prix in Austin TX this November. This film leaves no doubt that Ayrton Senna was an amazing person as well as one of if not the most amazing Formula One drivers ever. Oh and just in case you think it’s just another sports documentary; it did win the World Cinima Documentary Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival . The film is available right now on Netflix streaming and for rent on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu. And try not to speed on your way to work the next day.