The Return of Relient K

I have been a fan of Relient K since their formation in 1998.  I own all their cd’s (physical copies of the first 5 before mp3’s/iPod) and saw them in concert at least 3 times when I was younger.  They were my favorite band as a kid!  To prove it, here is an embarrassing picture of me from high school in my green Relient K shirt which was undoubtedly the first band t-shirt I ever owned.

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Now that we got that out of the way, I found out yesterday that Relient K is coming out with a new album called Collapsible Lung on July 2nd, 2013!  Here is the first single, Don’t Blink:

In the anticipation of the album coming out I have been listening to all their older stuff and getting back into the songs that I really loved by them.  Here is a list of my favorite song from each album.

Relient K (2000) – Hello McFly

The Anatomy of Tongue and Cheek (2001) – For the Moments I Feel Faint

Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right…but Three Do (2003) – Falling Out

Mmhmm (2004) – Be My Escape

Five Score and Seven Years Ago (2007) – Deathbed

Let It Snow Baby, Let It Reindeer (2007) – Sleigh Ride

Forget and Not Slow Down (2009) – Sahara

Is For Karaoke (2011) – Baby

There are many other great songs that you should check out to start getting prepared for their new album.  If you were already a fan you probably don’t need me to tell you to check out their new album but if you aren’t at least do it for your inner junior higher.

-Jacob

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I expect to pas…

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.

-Stephen Grellet

YouTube Comedy Week Fail

When I went and saw Iron Man 3 a while back this commercial played before the previews:

Needless to say, I was very excited!  It’s no secret that I LOVE YouTube.  I love the random viral uploads and I even subscribe to a select number of channels and “professional YouTubers”, a few of whom were in this promo (Epic Meal Time, Daily Grace The Gregory Brothers).

Each night was going to have a live show and feature comedy videos from YouTubers.  But from the very first night of YouTube’s Comedy Week I was severely disappointed.  The opening live show was painfully unfunny and the YouTubers were doing nothing more than introducing unknown comedians.  This was supposed to be YouTube comedy week.  If I wanted to watch unfunny comedians I’d never heard of and never hear of again I’d watch Comedy Central at 2:00 AM.  I also watched the live Improv Night with UCB Comedy on Tuesday night and once again was so disappointed I didn’t even watch more than 15 minutes.  It wasn’t funny at all and featured no YouTubers.

Why have a YouTube Comedy Week if you aren’t going to be doing anything special with the people who have a huge following and make a living off of making YouTube videos?  I was hoping for more content and collaboration videos from my favorite YouTubers, but instead they just released videos as normal with a special insignia on the thumbnail to let you know it was released during comedy week.  So, with that being said, here are a couple of videos from this week that were funny and featured YouTubers collaborations but that would have probably been released anyways without Comedy Week.

YouTube Challenge Challenge by Rhett and Link

I don’t normally watch their channel but I love challenge videos and this one featured some YouTubers that I watch regularly (Eliot Morgan, Joe Bereta and Miranda Sings)

DJ Play My Song (NO, LEAVE ME ALONE) by Schmoyoho

This was an original song by Schmoyoho that was a play at modern pop music and club anthem songs.  It featured many other YouTubers in cameo roles such as Destorm Powers, Kassem G and even PSY!

So I ask, what even was the point of YouTube Comedy Week?  I really have no idea.  I get that YouTube wanted to do something different to commemorate its 8th birthday but I don’t think this week really did anything special.  Better luck next time.

-Jacob

Help by Donating to the Oklahoma Tornado Victims

[Taken from Relevant Magazine’s website]

Yes, we live in a world where some want to do more than they want to help, but at the end of the day that is more selfish than helpful. Ministering to disaster victims should be about meeting their needs, not fulfilling our need to feel helpful. The Salvation Army is blogging regularly about their disaster relief efforts. In a recent post, they explain how you can give:

BE PREPARED, NOT JUST FOR THE DISASTER, BUT TO SERVE THE HURTING IN THESE CRITICAL TIMES.

  • $10: Will feed a disaster survivor for one day.
  • $30: Provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
  • $100: Provides snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • $250: Provides one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • $500: Keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

It’s perhaps not as personally fulfilling as delivering a warm meal in a storm shelter, but it is an effective way to help.

Donate here.

-Jacob

The Office finale

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The series finale of The Office was last night.  The show started back in 2005 when I was a freshman in high school.  8 years and 9 seasons later I can honestly say that it will probably be one of the best shows I will ever watch.

I was watching Modern Family (another show I like) today and was thinking to myself; “I just can’t see myself being as emotionally invested to this show and its characters, no matter how long it airs, like I was to The Office”.  And thats what I think The Office did so well.  Yes, it was a comedy with horribly funny and awkward situations but it also had heart.  Michael Scott, the bumbling idiot, was also a very caring man and somebody you loved despite how many stupid or inappropriate things he said.  Dwight and Jim pranked each other constantly and even fought, but deep down they cared for each other.

It also just ended at the right time in my life that I think made it a little more meaningful to me. Just last year I graduated from college and left a really amazing group of friends.  The past weekend I was back there to see my brother graduate and got to spend the weekend with all those friends.  It was an amazing time of catching up and laughing and creating new memories, even over a 5 day weekend.  I’ll always cherish those guys and those days.  Ed Helm’s character Andy Bernard summed it up quite nice in the finale by saying:

“I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days while you were actually in them”. 
-Andy Bernard

I knew that I was in the good old days when I was in college.  I didn’t take them for granted.  But that doesn’t it make it any easier to leave them or the people you love behind.  I know I’ll see them again throughout my life, just like I’ll watch re-runs of The Office, but its never quite the same as when you were currently in them.

-Jacob

The Darkest Broline

Anyone who knows me knows that I love NBC’s Community.  It is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows on television.  And thankfully, NBC has renewed the show for a 5th season and has lifted the fear of last night being the series finale to only being the season 4 finale.  Last nights episode saw the return of the darkest timeline, an idea from the episode Remedial Chaos Theory in season 3.  The episode dealt with the idea that different situations (like who leaves a party to get a pizza) will drastically change the outcome of reality.  The “darkest timeline” is the reality in which the worst possible outcome happens and the evil versions of the characters exist.  

Tonight, my bro Patric tweeted this:

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It got me thinking.  What would the hypothetical “darkest timeline” of me and my bros look like.  The following are my ideas of what we could be like.  (If you do not know me or my friends this will probably be pointless to you)

The Darkest Broline

Following the nuclear launch of 2013 from North Korea many things had changed for the bros.

Casey: With the collapse of the government and technology development coming to a halt, Casey has created his own version of the internet that he can regulate and controls.  He also only shows movies like “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” or “Princess Mononoke” on his version of Netflix.

Jacob (me): Jacob was about to get his final surgery on some of his Chinese throwing star wounds that Jeff had inflicted earlier that year.  Most will heal, but he will have a permeant scar on his face.  Having become a very good con artist he didn’t have to pay a dime for any of it.

Jeff: Went completely bald at age 22.  His tourette’s syndrome worsened over the years and he wasn’t able to do basic functions.  In a few years he will honor his pact with Patric and marry him so that Patric could help him.

Patric: Never married Paige.  Patric is now organizing a people’s revolution.  His groups symbol is a naked Obama riding a unicorn, which every member has branded on their arm.  In a few years he will honor his pact with Jeff and marry him.

Matt: Matt had lost all of his hair due to the radiation from the nuclear blast.  He became a carnie who specialized in giving out giant stuffed animals to people.

Ethan: After losing one of his hands in another of Jeff’s throwing star incidents, Ethan went to live with wolves in the wild.  He bonded with them and they accepted him as one of their own.  Patric will recruit Ethan and his pack of wolves to help in the revolution.

There you have it.  A quick and stupid take on what the darkest broline might look like.  And remember, we could actually be living in the darkest broline.  There is no way to know.

-Jacob

Iron Man 3 – The best one yet?

I saw Iron Man 3 yesterday mainly because my wife wanted to.  She loves the Iron Man movies and will frequently claim that Iron Man is her favorite.  I on the other hand have never really cared for him.  It may be because my only knowledge of him is from the recent movies and I thought that Iron Man 1 & 2 were just ok when it came to superhero movies.  I was content with waiting until it came out on DVD or the dollar theater but we had a gift card so what the hey!

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When I left I found myself really pleased with the movie.  Perhaps because my expectations were so low already it would be hard to be bad or the movie itself was just that good.  The 3rd installment did have a new director, but that doesn’t really mean a lot to me.  I can’t tell one directors work apart from another.

I really enjoyed the storyline of transition and becoming a better person.  Tony Stark was not really a likable character in the first two movies and he has a pretty drastic change in The Avengers.  Now, after the events of that movie, we see Tony wrestling with the idea of becoming a better person and being haunted by some decisions he had made in the past (this theme is also found in the most recent episode of NBC’s Community titled “Heroic Origins”).  

We’ve all made mistakes in the past.  We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of.  We not remember each and every little thing we did “wrong” or that we didn’t like and some of them may come back to haunt us.  But hopefully we are all continually striving the become the best versions of ourself that we can be.  I know I am.  One little step at a time.

I still say that Thor is my favorite Marvel superhero movie and I’m really excited for Thor 2: The Dark World, but Iron Man 3 was pretty top notch.

-Jacob