Wonder WOAHman!

Hey guys, it’s me–your main man W! I’m back today with a movie review! I kinda staved off making this review because I didn’t want to put out any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie. So now that it’s been a couple of months, if you still haven’t seen the movie, beware of spoilers ahead!

Today, I’ll be talking about the incredible Wonder Woman film! It enjoyed its world premiere last May 15 and has pretty much taken over the world. The Wonder Woman film has grossed $389 million in the United States and Canada and $390.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $779.4 million, against a production budget of $149 million. So you know we’re getting a second movie! I’ll be discussing my opinion in chunks, much like the previous reviews.

Casting

I think the casting was just incredible! Let’s start with the Amazons:

Queen Hippolyta has always been one of my favorite characters in the comic book universe. When they first announced that they were making a live-action Wonder Woman film I only had one actress in mind: Connie Nielsen. So imagine my delight when I hear that she was cast for the role. I adored her in Devil’s Advocate and in Gladiator. It was particularly in Gladiator that I felt she could carry a role that required a sense of quiet authority and regency that just poured out from her skin. Nielsen was a delight as Queen Hippolyta and I wish she had more screen time. If the new trailers of Justice League is to be believed, Queen Hippolyta will be gracing our screens again.

General Antiope was, honestly, a really good surprise. It was great seeing a female general (something we should expect from the Amazons) and to have it be Robin Wright was just incredible! Princess Buttercup becoming a badass general? It’s a gift I didn’t realize that I always needed. She was a nice fit and I’m incredibly sad that her character had a short life.

Sir Patrick Morgan/Ares was honestly meh. In every comic book incarnation, Ares was charming, handsome, and swole AF. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some David Thewlis. He’s Moony after all. But having him as Ares? I feel shortchanged and stuck with someone’s weird uncle claiming to be bros with me. I would have been fine if Thewlis was a mask that Ares wore but to be Ares himself? That’s stretching it a bit. It also made it look like Gal Gadot was beating up on an old man.

Doctor Poison was interesting. There wasn’t much discussed about her other than being the brains behind the death machine. She seemed like an mysterious character that they didn’t really know what to do with in the long-term. So she was pretty much a plot device and they didn’t really elaborate on her poisons. Like, what was the deal with the steroid type gas she gave the General?

As for the General, it was fairly obvious he was a red herring. I mean, if I was Ares, I wouldn’t need steroid gas to get my fight on.

Steve Trevor was a delight. He was equal parts charming, manly, and funny. It was a good blend to bring levity to most serious situations. Chris Pine put those big blue eyes of his to good use and I appreciated how he tried to balance his spy gig with his hero ideal and having to deal with a princess from a mysterious island out of nowhere who’s convinced some God is responsible for World War I. It brought a very real “what would you do in his place” sort of feeling.

Of course, the best for last: Wonder Woman herself. I already sang her praises when I first saw her in Batman vs Superman and she was absolute perfection in Wonder Woman. She was the perfect mix of curiosity, frankness, kindness, in-credulousness , and no none sense in one bombshell package. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in Justice League. Plus, they just announced that Wonder Woman 2 is a definite go!

All in all the movie was beautiful. The cinematography was refreshing. The acting was spot-on (yes, even Ares even if I still didn’t like who they cast). I can truly understand why women all over the world burst into tears as Diana shed her coat and climbed up that ladder to claim no man’s land and liberate Veld. I cried too, no shame about that.

It was a thoroughly well thought scene that really showed the heart and soul of a female superhero that finally got her time in the sun.

W Rating: 4/5

Why I Still Watch Thir13en Ghosts

Hi, everyone! It’s your man, W!

I’m back with more of my views and whatnot! Today, let’s talk about horror movies! Not everyone likes them, sadly. I, on the other hand, cannot get enough of the stuff. I have to admit, there have been some pretty bad examples out there. But for me, one I keep going back to is Thirteen Ghosts from year 2001.

It’s not your average straight-forward horror movie. It’s got ghost catchers, several manipulative people, a psychic, a family caught in the middle, and of course the 13 ghosts.

If you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to spoil anything for you. It’s definitely something that you need to see. So what do I like about it?

The cast

I loved how they got Tony Shalhoub, who at the time, only usually had comedic roles. So seeing him as a somber, mourning character was refreshing and really gave him more depth. Seeing him as a simple math teacher who was down on this luck who has to live with the reality of the loss of his wife.

It was quite a treat to see Matthew Lillard as a semi-serious character. I suppose his character was supposed to be serious but his delivery and his expressions really were quite humorous. However, was a good device to drive the plot forward and to develop a great sense of urgency to it all. He was already a pretty good exposition device.

Shannon Elizabeth was a nice balance of annoying and sensitive. You could see that she was trying hard to help her dad out all the while coming to grips with her own struggles. The younger kid was doing well as a “hey come find me” plot device.

Embeth Davidtz was a good add to the mix. She delivers a convincing act to sincerely wanting to aid the family and whatever it is that the house wants to throw at them.

If there was anyone who really had to business being there other than being annoying af, that’s Rah Digga.

The story

For it’s time, it was very unique. It was fairly common to have a haunted house type of movie. Having the “people died here” cliche was over and done with. Thirteen ghosts delivered something new in terms of why the ghosts would be in that area or house.

Rituals, carved spelled, a grasp for power, and a family who’s had better days. It was a pretty good premise for a horror film.

The set

The house was where the story is set is beautiful. A glass home with walls made of material that was shatterproof and soundproof would be pretty awesome, in my opinion.

The machine at the heart of the plot is pretty mesmerizing. I have a fondness for machines that show off its gears.

Of course, there’s no such thing as a perfect horror movie. There are inconsistencies but I can happily overlook them because the movie just makes me so damn happy. So it’s they year 2017 and I’m still watching this movie today.

Of Trolls And Men

With the birth of the internet, it became significantly easier for people to reach out or to get their thoughts across. Message boards, forums, e-mail, chat rooms–these were only some of the ways people got in touch to express their ideas. As technology improved, it was inevitable that the way people conversed with each other online changed as well.

Social media allowed people to build profiles online that they could use to whatever manner they wanted–provided that they weren’t breaking any laws. It was pretty great, at first. Friends and strangers could get their ideas out and find like-minded individuals. When conversation occurs, it is expected that disagreements would happen.

However, as of the past few years, this has morphed into something quite horrible indeed. Rather than expressing ideas in a healthy and productive manner, people have devolved into creating argument merely for argument’s sake. No actual thought or reasoning–simply a mesh of words designed to illicit a response out of the reader.

The trolls have truly evolved through they years. If anything, they’ve gotten worse. You can’t scroll through a news report on Facebook without coming across one of them.

Trolls live off of the negative emotions they illicit. If you’ve ever watched the 20th season of South Park, you’d see a true blue example of an internet troll. It’s a person who thinks that being negative is just fun and games.

The horrid thing about the trolls of this sort is that they aren’t a coincidence. A lot of them are actually fake profiles that are paid for. Yes, you heard that right. Some people have turned being a toxic waste of space into a career. These people are paid to create rude or divisive comments on posts (especially political ones) in order to draw people into a pointless argument.

True argument only occurs when ideas are exchanged and there is growth in both parties.

When all you do is throw hateful speech at one another, that isn’t an argument. That’s two monkeys hurling feces at each other while believing the crap hurled at their face doesn’t affect them in the least. This is one of the main reasons why I don’t really have an active online profile in any of the large social media websites. I used to but I got sick of all the armchair activists and the holier-than-thou personas that I just decided to unplug.

You know, what? That’s honestly one of the best decisions I’ve made. I don’t have the addiction to affirmation as a lot of people I know do. Getting that like or heart or whatever it is that gives people that rush of dopamine isn’t in my life. I’m not saying that you should go do that as well.

You go do you, fam. I just found a way that works for me. Being away from all that online filth makes sure that I don’t encounter trolls on my feed on a constant basis.

If you do ever encounter a troll, don’t feed it. Don’t engage. Simply ignore or immediately block them. Save yourself the headache. Your mental health will thank you for it.

Why Jon Snow is a Better Leader Than Robb Stark

Hey crew, it’s your man W! One of my best buddies Jay dragged me over to his place when I told him this sentence: “I have never watched Game of Thrones”. The way he reacted you’d think I told him no one ever celebrated any of my birthdays. So he made it a point to apparently enlighten my heathen ass about the wonderful world of Westeros.

I’m not gonna lie, that stuff’s pretty depressing if you get attached to someone who ends up dead. Somehow, I managed to sit through all six seasons of it so far. Not exactly sure how y’all managed to sit through it and wait from one season to another. God, those cliffhangers! So my buddy Jay told me that it was unfortunate how Robb Stark bit the big one since he would have made a great king since he was a good leader. I simply had to disagree. I told him that his brother Jon was a way better leader.

Aside from all the offended sputtering, he listed some reasons why Robb Stark makes a great leader:

  • Has the proper last name
  • Has the respect of lords
  • He’s well-studied on the art of war
  • He was raised to be a leader

So I told him that other than the first reason, the others are false. Since I’m sure you guys wanna know why I think that way, lemme enlighten you on it.

Sure, he has the proper last name. He’s the firstborn Stark son and that’s pretty much all he had going for him. He was highborn so he has very little knowledge about how the world actually is. Wherever he goes people immediately start bowing and scraping when they find out who he is. Which is also why he seemed so affronted when other lords were giving him flak and didn’t immediately follow his orders.

The simple fact that Lork Karstark was giving him lip on a fairly regular basis meant that he did not have the respect of the lords who swore to serve him. As for the “fact” that he was well-studied on the art of war, that’s not something he has a personal claim to. The other lords were at his shoulder at the start of every battle–using their own practical experiences on the art of war. This is also why Robb won every battle but lost the war.

As for the fact that he was raised to be a leader translates more to “he was raised to give orders and expect those orders to be carried out NOW”. That doesn’t exactly speak of actual leadership, does it?

Robb never really got to serve under true leadership. People in general showed in deference simply because he was Ned Stark’s son. Jon Snow served as a steward to Jeor Mormont, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Jon got to experience true leadership and learned what it took to gain respect and maintain command. Jon also had the wise Maester Aemon give him crucial advice when it seemed too hard to keep to their vows.

My man Jon Snow did not have anything handed to him. Since he was a bastard, everyone pretty much scoffed and belittled him. All his life everyone reminded him that he was a bastard which is why he believed that taking The Black was a pretty good idea. When he was training to join the Night’s Watch, he came face to face with the cold hard reality of life. There were people who had it worse than him. He had no great name to hide behind to demand deference or respect. His own uncle Benjen told him that anything you get on the Wall you earn yourself.

Jon Snow came down from his entitled cloud pretty fast and directed his efforts into actually helping his future brothers. I would have paid good money to see how Robb would have taken all the crap Jon had to take from Alliser Thorne.

Jon earned the respect that people gave him. He’s proven that he’s not beyond doing what’s truly necessary to carry out his oath. He had to kill a brother in order to gain the trust of Wildlings. He found a woman who truly loved him and he loved her just as much and yet when it came down to it, he kept true to his oath. Unlike Robb who forgot his oath to marry one of the Frey girls and went for someone else and expected no consequences.

Robb’s actions were born from love, in a way–but mostly it came off as “I can do what I want. I’m King.”

Does that strike you as someone who’s a good leader? While leaders are expected to carry out tough decisions, the end goal is to better any situation for the people who follow them. Jon’s actions remained all about protecting the Wall–until he realized that the Wildlings they try so hard to keep out were just people. With the Night King out there, having the Wildlings on their side would have meant they would have more fighting forces. When his watch ended, his focus was securing the North in order to better the odds of fighting the White Walkers. Sure some sweet revenge came along the way but that was a bonus and not the primary goal.

So basically, Jon is the better leader. My buddy Jay was gracious enough to say that I had a rather good point. So what about you guys? Who do you think is the better leader: Jon Snow or Robb Stark?

Let’s Talk About Superpowers!

Not at all in the political sense, too–mind you.

Hey guys, it’s your main man, W! So I don’t know if you’ve seen it or not but yesterday Wonder Woman’s new trailer dropped and I gotta say–it looks pretty promising. Gal Gadot pretty much stole the show during Batman VS Superman. She embodies a more earthy Wonder Woman as opposed to Lynda Carter. Don’t get me wrong though! I love me some Lynda Carter, I mean she is probably one of the icons of my childhood. However, she always seemed so ethereal to me, like a fairy that we should be lucky to have seen.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman bring in the much needed modern twist to what we consider to be strong and beautiful. Her features are angular, she body structure just emanates raw strength, and she carries with her the mirth that Diana held for anything about our world. You can really tell how much I’m on board about her Wonder Woman movie.

So anyway, while I was on that little mind trail, it wasn’t at all surprising how I ended up thinking what superpower I’d like to have. Flight seems to always be a popular pick but then with radars all over the world, it’s pretty hard to travel low key. The idea of flight always appealed to many as it pretty much represented absolute freedom. A situation getting to hard? Do a little jump and up you go! To be honest though, I’m not too fond of the idea of dry eyes or running into bugs and birds.

On a different spectrum, I think I’d want the power of Teleportation. To be anywhere I want at a snap of a finger or a moment of thought is pretty amazing. Also, think about all the money I’d save from processing visas or the air fare or even getting a cab or something. It’s pretty ideal but I suppose the issue would be accidentally blinking into a busy street or somewhere restricted.

Moving on to mind powers! Would I want Telepathy or Telekinesis? Now, it’s been a source of frustration for me that a lot of people don’t realize that telepathy (TP) and telekinesis (TK) are separate from each other. A person with telepathy can read minds or influence the minds of others. A pretty solid example of this is Charles Xavier from the X-men. He often speaks to his kids through the mind channel he established between them.

Telekinesis is being able to move or affect the physical world with your mind. A good example of this is Jean Grey before Charles Xavier removed her mental blocks. I suppose a contributing factor to people confusion is that there are so many characters out there that possess both abilities. So, in the end, people often just lump the two together.

So while it would be great to be able to read minds and stuff, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want my thoughts to be read–so it would be kinda rude. As for TK, I think it’s a pretty ideal power for me. Imagine getting a nice cold beer from the fridge without having to get off of the couch. It would also make moving and heavy lifting a cinch! So yeah, definitely sign me up for some of that sweet TK pie.

What about you guys? What superpower would you want to have?

It’s a Spice-y World

Sup, world? W’s back and I’ve got some more little nuggets of wisdom to share. As you all know, we’ve got a new president and everything seems a bit wonkier than they should be. So instead of freaking out like the rest of humanity seems intent on doing, I decided to hunker down and focus on more grounded things–literally.

I’m talking about spices, of course. If you’ve been living in your little bubble and aren’t familiar with spices, they’re an aromatic or pungent substance used to flavor food. Yep, everything that we’ve ever added to our food to give it a little bit more flavor to it. Use pepper? That’s a spice. Love spicy food? The chili you put in your pot of Gumbo is a spice.

If you’re wondering what brought this all on, my good friend Lily was kind enough to sit down with me and talk me through the other useful ways we can use spice. Yeah, imagine that–other ways to use or benefit from spices. So Lily walked me through some of the basic easily accessible spices that do more than just smell good. Some of these spices have long starred in the traditional medicine scene! Lemme share with you some of the interesting things I’ve discovered.

Cinnamon can help lower our blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk, and lowers the risk of diabetes. And here I was thinking that Cinnamon was just a seriously delicious pastry roll. This particular spice is harvested from the inner bark of the tree species Cinnamomum. It smells great and adds a lot of flavor to any treat like your coffee or hot chocolate. Now, I know it even boosts my health. However, before you go crazy over cinnamon (like I almost did), Lily was quick to point out that too much of it can actually be toxic.  Too much of it can damage our liver and kidney. It’s pretty good then that it doesn’t take much for the flavor to really kick in and just a few teaspoons of the stuff can give you the health benefits that you’re after.

Turmeric helps fight indigestion, throat infections, and other inflammations. You might have seen this particular spice in your local grocery store but ignored it. It’s pretty bright yellow so it’s kinda hard to miss. It was primarily used in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking for its flavor and its color. Europeans came to label it as “Indian Saffron” since it was a more affordable alternative to actual saffron. Lily also said that turmeric paper is used for chemical analysis in order to determine the presence of alkalinity in water or solutions. So imagine that, not only does it enhance food, give health benefits, it’s also pretty useful for scientific purposes.

Ginger is pretty useful when you’re dealing with travel sickness or nausea. It’s also pretty effective against dyspepsia which is the lovely trio of bloating, heartburn, and flatulence. I’m sure that you’ve heard of someone who swears by the combination of ginger and honey to soothe upset stomachs–so apparently, it really works. Personally, I like how ginger tastes in Asian cuisine. If you’ve never had Tinola before, you’re seriously missing out. Also, teriyaki makes use of ginger. So I’m truly thankful for this one spice in particular.

So while these are just a few of the spices I learned about, there’s so much more out there that I’ve yet to really read about. What about you buds out there? Do you have any tried and tested spice experiences that you wanna share–don’t hesitate to send me an email! So s’cuse me while I take a trip to my local market and see what other spices are available for me.

Snowden’s Truth–The Stuff of Nightmares

Hey everyone, it’s W! How was your New Year’s Celebration? Did it go with a bang? Lemme tell you how I spent my New Year’s Celebration: riddled with fear, panic, and paranoia! NOT a pretty sight but allow me to elaborate on why what was supposed to be a pretty chill day turning into one of the most terrifying days of my life.

It all began when I picked up on a friend’s movie recommendation. My buddy, Kyle, has been kinda bending my ear about this film that’s supposed to be pretty good. Inspired by true events, he says. Now, I dunno about you but I know that the “inspired by true events” films always add a LOT of drama to it to make it more erm exciting I guess. Normally though, there’s either a lot of embellishments or cultural appropriation going on (calling you out 21!) so I wasn’t particularly dying to see it. But hey, new year new me that sort of thing so why not give it a go?

So I tell him that okay, I’ll watch it and he hands me his copy of Snowden. So this film only came out around September 2016 but it must have slipped my notice because if I was aware of it then, I probably would have lined up in the theaters for it. No, really.

Snowden is about Edward Snowden, a computer pro that used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a former contractor for the US government who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). The film follows his career from a kid who wanted to be in the army to someone who had to redirect his talents elsewhere because of physical injuries. The plot is pretty simple as it interjects the “current timeline” with the flashbacks of Snowden’s life and his progress in the intelligence field.

The reason why Snowden’s leaked information was so controversial was because it literally blew the hood off the covert mass surveillance the NSA and the US Government were perpetrating violating the inherent privacy of their citizens and basically anyone who pinged their interest.

What struck me the most was the information that apparently everything, and I mean literally everything, was being logged, recorded, and viewed by the NSA. A private and supposedly anonymous blog post? They know who you are. A private text? They’ve read it too. What terrified me the most was the fact that, if they wanted to, they could switch on your laptop’s webcam without you knowing about it. How’s that for terrifying?

Think your Facebook profile is safe? They literally only need to send a few sentences of their “justifications” as to why they need complete access to your profile and they’ve got it. Mind you, access isn’t limited to your wall information or your wall posts, or even your friend list–their access includes even your private messages. If you’ve ever geotagged your location or uploaded a selfie, they’ve got a clear file on you.

Ed Snowden knew all this while he worked for them, so you can say he has a big role to play in being complicit in the shady dealings and he suffered greatly for it. Going home and trying to live a normal life all the while wrestling with everything that he knew–things he couldn’t even talk to his girlfriend about without risking a felony.

So the film Snowden shook me off the “isn’t it nice how we’re all so connected” train and showed me the cold hard facts. The fact that we’re all connected made it so easy for an entity like the NSA to make use of national security as a justification to violate our privacy. Just how secure is our information? Why would they think it’s perfectly okay to read, log, and record our private correspondence and information?

Who are they protecting us from? These are the questions that wracked me after I watched Snowden. In a cinematic perspective, the cast was great–except maybe Shailene Woodley (but at least she’s kinda trying), the cinematography was excellent; it helped put the stress where it was needed and you really feel the weight that Snowden was carrying on his shoulders.

Currently, Ed Snowden is residing in Russia and it’s looking more likely that he’s never coming home. Think of him what you will but you can’t deny that he brought to light some facts that we really needed to know.

I highly recommend that you watch this movie, my friends.

W Rating: 8/10
Btw, there’s totally a sticker on my webcam right now. Thanks, Snowden!

An Unpopular Opinion About Movies

This has been rolling around my head for a while now so it’s time to let it out. They need to quit it with the live-action remakes of old animated movies and series.

It was great when they started with the 2007 Transformers movie–not going to lie about that. That first Transformers movie was done quite well. It gave movie goers a dash of something new in terms of the improvement in computer-generated imagery. It also tickled the nostalgia in the older people in the audience. While that was quite fantastic at the time, it inevitably broke the dam (so to speak) on the current flood of nostalgia and live-action remakes that we’re all swimming in right now.

When Bay raked in more than $700 Million for his Transformers movie, Hollywood took that as the undeniably solid gold signal that their audiences needed more nostalgia driven pieces in their lives and in the silver screen. Of course, Bay also took that as a go signal to dredge up even more of the favorites of the 90’s like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and even more Transformers movies. And let’s be honest, the subsequent giant robot movies he’s made have been one plot wreck after another. Don’t even get me started on the TMNT movies! Still oddly enough, it wasn’t just the likes of Michael Bay that got into the live-action remake bug.

Even the giant kid-focused Disney got into the swing of things with a live action remake of Cinderella. Emboldened by its critical success at the box office, Disney now plans on bringing most (if not all) of their animated films into a live action version. The likes of The Jungle Book were turned into CGI monsters that didn’t really bring anything new unto the table. If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably missed all the hype about the live action remake of The Beauty and The Beast. They even dragged Emma Watson in for this movie. Currently, Disney has been releasing teasers about Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. Those childhood darlings are going to have their turn at being processed, repackaged, and shoved in peoples faces as “a fresh spin on a much beloved tale”.

So instead of coming up with actual fresh and original material, it seems that screenwriters, directors, and their producers are more focused on coming up with the next big live-action remake that’s jam packed with nostalgia that will have the South Park Member Berries just shrivel up and head on to Nirvana.

It seems like it’s a wasted opportunity for original tales and the undiscovered talents since they’re more than likely looked over in favor of what old thing can be made new again. The Renaissance period wasn’t called that because of all the rehashing they did of old works. They were called that because the artists all collectively pursued the new and undiscovered. I feel that instead of getting old stories, we should be getting continuations. We deserve to get ‘next’ and not be directed to what we’ve already seen and experienced.

So I don’t know about you but I feel that we’re missing out and I want and expect more.

 

The Psychological Effects of Music

The Psychological Effects of Music

I’ve been doing so serious research on this, so here we go:

Music is a known motivator in exercise performance. How it affects the exercise and the exerciser, exactly, is a subject of different findings because of the many research methods used. Yet, the one thing that is constant is music can be viewed as “enhancement drug.” Its effects are psychological.

Workout music is a necessity for many professional athletes. It helps them be at a peak performance and have a satisfactory workout. Nothing in the field of exercising has been as productive of a pair as the pairing or music and exercise.

Research shows music tends to distract the mind and body from the fatigue and pain when exercising. It elevates moods and creates a perceived lower exertion while increasing endurance during workouts.

It Inhibits Physiological Feedback

The body will show signs of fatigue after a given period of exercise. The point at which fatigue sets in varies from person to person. The muscles start having high lactate levels, the heart races to stabilize blood flow, and sweat production increases. All these are signs showing the body will soon need a break.

The introduction of music often inhibits the physiological signs by having a psychological effect on the brain. The music starts changing a person’s perception of the level of exertion during the workout session. This, in turn, makes it easier to do a few more weight lifting reps or run those 15 miles.

Music inspires and motivates; it has the power to transform and enhance a person’s workout. Music has a positive effect on how the brain functions and this then trickles to the rest of the body. When exercising, a person needs a feel-good feeling as a motivator when starting exercising and music tends to provide that kind of feeling.

The Right Music Is Important

Music is diverse, and it is that diversity that makes a particular type of music suitable for a particular form of exercise. For instance, soothing sounds can be views as workout music suitable for yoga and meditation when quick-tempo music suited for high-impact workouts such as lifting weights or doing aerobics or dance exercises.

With workout music, everything boils down to personal preference. House music and Hip-Hop are genres with a high tempo and both suit high-impact exercises. However, some people feel that Hip-Hop music is what gets them going while others prefer house or techno music. It all depends on the psychological effect of the music.

The emotions that the different music types evoke in a person. In some cases, the emotional state of the singer and even the viewpoint tend to have some degree of influence on how motivated a person will be when working out. Nevertheless, the lyrics of a song may not have a high impact as the tempo and rhythm.

Exercising is often tiresome, arduous, and boring; music is the external element that relieves the mind and body of these negative feelings. It is a master of distraction, especially when doing low or moderate intensity exercises. It may, however, have a less impact when used during very high-intensity exercise; but, the response to the workout music will differ from person to person based on the type and tempo of the music.

Tree Company Research

This past weekend was a 3-day one for me, as work gave me Monday off.  I wish I could say I enjoyed this weekend, but in all honesty, I did not.  The storm late last week knocked down a tree in the side of my yard, which not only bumped the power-line, but also caved in part of my roof.  One of the tree limbs even went through the attic vent duct, which I didn’t even think was possible because the whole is so small.  The attic in my house is not finished, so that part was not a huge deal for me (not an emergency anyways).  But, I didn’t want to wait until Tuesday for businesses to open back up.

I hopped online and started to google tree service providers in the area.  What I found was interesting and not exactly what I expected.  The majority of the companies on the first 3 pages of google had cookie-cutter, boring sites that really didn’t explain anything their arborists do or how they do it.  Basically, the sites just listed things like tree removal, pruning, trimming, etc., but didn’t share anything about the staff, such as their level of experience.  It’s not enough to just say your business is the best.  I feel that it needs an explanation as to why.

Yes, I did in fact read through 23 different websites until I finally found a tree service provider that looked a lot different from the rest, Joe Stevens.  Joe owns Albany Tree & Property Service, which has been around for more than 15 years.  He employs an experienced team of arborists that can handle any job big or small.  In reading through his site, I got the feeling that tree care is more than just a job to him and his team.  They seemed to care, so that’s who I called.

Joe and his crew showed up Saturday to give me an estimate and it was reasonable, so I asked them to start right away.  They knocked out the whole job in a few hours and cleaned up the mess when it was complete.  My roof is still in dire need of repair, so I’ll be calling a roofing contractor to fix that soon.  However, I was very happy with Joe’s tree service, and I share this simply to remind you to do your research before choosing a business that’s a good fit for you.  The people that care about what they do are worth every penny.