In this day and age, it seems that almost everybody is out for themselves. It’s a dog eat dog world right? Battle of the fittest?
Sometimes in life, a video is all we need to remind us that there are people who are genuinely great human beings, that truly care about others and as the old adage goes “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This clip is from “On the Road” with Steve Hartman, and I am not ashamed to say that it brought tears to my eyes. I hope that it will do for you what it has done for me, and restore a bit of your faith in humanity. Games are not always about winning, sometimes they are about things that are far more profound. Things that touch the heart, inspire us to do better, to be better, to love more, to laugh, and to not be afraid to cry happy tears. Watch, enjoy, and if this story has touched your heart as it has mine, share.
When I was a little girl, I was bullied.
I was called ugly, and made fun of because my body developed much faster than the other girls. I was told I stuffed my bra, and if you can believe it my pants, because my butt was bigger. I was teased relentlessly, I was a freak, unnatural, different. I was an outcast.
Sticks and stones, the rhyme we all hear as children, is a lie. The fact is that words can, and do hurt, far more than a broken bone, the bone will heal, but the scars from being bullied still remain in our hearts. Even as a grown woman, I often found myself thinking about these words, am I good enough, am I strong enough, am I worthy of being loved?
The answer is YES, a resounding Yes.
There comes a time in all of our lives when we realize that the bullies are WRONG. You must know that they are wrong. Believe it with all of your heart and soul. They are WRONG.
You are who you were meant to be, you are perfect in your imperfection. You are beautiful, you are unique. There is not, has not, nor will there ever be another soul on this earth exactly like you. That is not only special, but worthy of being celebrated. The words that bullies use against you, they hurt, but you must realize that the words that others throw at you, do NOT define you. You define yourself. Judging others speaks far more about the character of the person judging, than the person being judged.
Define yourself, be who you are, do not let anyone take that away from you. Realize that there is no such thing as normal. For there to be a normal, there has to be some sort of status quo. We are all different, even identical twins only share the looks of the other. We are all individuals, with the right to express who we are. Do not allow anyone to make you feel less than you are.
Define yourself, and do not apologize if your definition of who you are does not meet the expectations of who someone else thinks you should be. You are the one who decides who you are, and whatever you choose, it is the right choice for you. Who you are is exactly who you were meant to be.
In the To This Day Project, Shane Koyczan tackles the tough subject of bullying, in a beautiful way.
He let’s you in on the most painful parts of his childhood, but in the end, he realizes as we all should; that we can and will overcome bullying, with truth, beauty, and love.
If you do not like what you see in the mirror, get a better mirror, for you are beautiful, regardless of what anyone else says.
Sean Forbes is a musician on a mission. An accomplished and passionate drummer, rhythm pours out of him, when he breathes, walks, types at his keyboard or hits his drums. Music is in his blood, his cells; it’s just the way he is.
He’s also deaf – and out to build a badly needed bridge between the music industry and deaf people everywhere.Sean grew up in Detroit where his parents, both musicians, filled their home with the sounds of the Motor City: Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, the Funk Brothers and more. Despite losing his hearing as a baby, Sean soaked up the beats and the vibrations, experiencing great music in his own way.
Diligent work in and out of the studio over the last several months, along with multiple live shows and appearances has generated two singles to be released consecutively and a renewed band spirit for female fronted rock band Oblivious Signal.
The release of Push Me Away on December 11th marks the first of several upcoming releases, leading ultimately to an album release in 2013.
Push Me Away initially may sound like a relationship break up song, but this one is about the band and their relationship with each other. “The song really signifies us coming together as a band to persevere through all good and the bad.
The video is going to be about the band and how it broke up and came back together stronger and with a vengeance…” Cristina T Feliciano says, giving detail about the songs origins and why it is such an important one to the band as a whole. “We lost ourselves as a band in our individual thoughts of what people wanted, it caused us to forget about we all wanted…our common goals… and we ended up pushing each other away because of it.”
This was the band’s first recording experience with Beiler’s Brothers studio, known for their work with Nonpoint, Look Right Penny, and Smile Empty Soul. “I think Beiler Bros captured Nicks guitar sound really well made them sound great. Along with the drums and bass …it all came out better than I expected.” – Jason Talley, Oblivious Signal Drummer
Front-woman and producer CTF re-mastered the song in her private studio to personalize it to the band’s specifications. “It’s so hard with your own music to ever stop working on it and say ‘This. This is it. It’s perfect.’ You always hear just one more thing you want to make better. But finally I was able to to let it go say it’s complete, because we love this song and really want people to hear it.”
“We all had a great time, and our strong collaboration really proved that this is where we needed to be the whole time – writing for the love of music…all else will fall into place if we continue to strive for our common goals without letting anyone interfere,” she added.
Strategizing g with new managers Jason and Alison Theriot of Silvercat Entertainment brings a new spirit to the table. Feliciano says “Jason Theriot has been a consistent endorser of us doing what we are good at – writing music and focusing on our fans. It is awesome to have a strong foundational support behind us that believes in our talent and is willing to work with us as we are to take us to the next place in our lives.”
“Getting in the studio was a long time coming for us. We were excited to put all the pieces together and record such a great song. There was a ton of energy through each recording session and we can not wait to get “Push Me Away” to fans that are craving new music from us.” – Bassist Greg Andrews
Oblivious Signal is planning regional shows to support the online release of Push Me Away available on iTunes and via their website:
Help some amazingly cute kids get Christmas presents this year!!!!
All you have to do is watch this 1:12 long video, the contest ends today and they are only 200 views away from winning!!! Come on guys!!! I know you can do it! Do it for the babies!!!!!! Please watch and share! ♥
To Portray Hackers More Realistically
I caught word of this one via Boing! Boing! A movie about hackers that would more accurately depict them. I was enticed enough to surf to the movie’s Kickstarter Page. I thought well enough of the trailer to embed it below. The Root Kit does look to be a movie I would want to see. I also think I like the short description:
“Rogue computer hackers discover a plot to monitor everyone on the Internet. They fight back.”
They don’t have much time left and a good way to go. Please, if you can, give this one a thought, a tweet or a few dollars.
Funny Editorial on “Text Book” Copyright Case
I rather liked “I don’t buy this first sale argument” but I will leave the punch line for you to see.
While the video is funny, the current state of copyright is dismal.
- Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Explanation Of High Frequency Trading (businessinsider.com)
- The Colbert Report: ‘Israel Israel Israel’ (mondoweiss.net)
- Colbert shows what one can do with leftover SuperPac money (shh!). (elephantjournal.com)
New Zombie Film Describes as Mad Max plus Zombies!
I must warn you I am extremely biased on this one. First, I love Boing! Boing! Second, I love Cory Doctorow who pointed this one out in a post at Boing! Boing! I love independent film. I also loved Mad Max and I love zombie movies… Admit it, even if they are bad, they are still good.
So how could an independent-indie-go-go-funded-zombies-meets-Mad-Max movie ever go wrong? Well, when I first got wind of this, they still needed some kick starter cash and, by the time of this draft, they reached their goal. I guess that means at least a few others feel the same way.
Lumpy’s Favorite Pod Safe Tune
Bill Mecca is one heck of a saxophone player. This has been, for a long time, my very favorite pod safe tune. Bill’s current passion is video and voice over work. Excellent Adventure is no more. (To the best of my knowledge he is still playing.) I will have links for Bill Mecca after the video but for now, enjoy this 7 minute jazzy piece of interplay between Bill on sax and Manzana on electric guitar.