Compassion February 8, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Moods, Personally John, You're Welcome.
Tags: Albert Einstein, Compassion, inspiration, quote, spirituality
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A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
My January Mood February 3, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Moods, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Apple, Avatar, Bess Rogers, Beyonce, D.C., Haiti, iPhone, Lady Gaga, Madonna, New York, Rosie O'Donnell, Sherlock Holmes, The Lovely Bones
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I keep forgetting about my “Moods” but thankfully I have Julien to thank for keeping me in check with them.
Here it is!
Movies: In January I saw a lot of movies. I saw The Lovely Bones, which was absolutely fascinating. It kept me thinking and had an affect on me for days after I saw it. I also saw Sherlock Holmes, which was a lot of fun, but not really a classic by any means. I ventured out and saw Avatar in 3D, which if you read this blog, know my thoughts on it. Overall, a lot of great movies in January!
DVD: I bought Madonna’s “Confessions Tour” after spending 2 straight weeks with Courtney, and watched it 10 times in 1 week. I couldn’t stop! It’s such a fascinating show. Please buy this DVD, it’s the best home-concert experience that you’ll ever see!
Top 5 Songs of January:
1. Bess Rogers – Travel Back
2. Bess Rogers – Yellow Bird
3. Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga – Video Phone
4. Madonna – Lucky Star
5. Bess Rogers – I Don’t Worry
TV Shows: I haven’t watched much TV in January, at all. Nothing really kept my interest, other than the Hope For Haiti relief telethon and the Australian Open. However, now that it’s February you know I’m going to be all over Lost!
Purchase: This might be my most favorite purchase in a very long time. I bought a new stereo system for my car! It’s a Kenwood something or other, and I can now play my iPhone directly in to the stereo instead of with crappy radio antenna transfers! It’s really pretty and the sound quality is gorgeous!
Travel: I went just about everywhere in January. I started 2010 in NYC and expect to end it there as well! I visited Brittney in Altoona for a night. I went to DC to visit C’Anna before we traveled to NYC for my birthday. Just went last weekend again. A lot of traveling and a lot of exciting memories that I’ll never forget!
Something I’ve Discovered: It’s no secret that I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Rosie O’Donnell. No, not the Rosie O’Donnell that we all see on television being loud and obnoxious, but the Rosie that is compassionate, intelligent, smart and opinionated. There’s nothing I love more than a confident woman. Well, good news folks, she now has a radio show on Sirius! I got Sirius this summer, and can’t imagine a better way to spend my money! I’ve listened every day, and you should too! Check her out here!
Autumn Love September 29, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Moods, Personally John.
Tags: autumn, colors, leaves, New England, the fall
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The Fall always reminds me of love for some reason.
My July Mood July 31, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in App Talk, Geek Talk, iPhone, Moods, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: Beyonce, Chester French, Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter, Ingrid Michaelson, iPhone, Kathy Griffin My Life on the D-List, Mariah Carey, New York City, Order of the Phoenix, Passion Pit, Whitney Houston
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I gave up on Moods for a while because I wasn’t interesting enough, to be quite frank. I wasn’t filling them with interesting, worth-while information that I thought anyone would care about. However, after looking back at previous Moods from last year, there are already things I would have forgotten if I didn’t write about them — yet another reason for you to start a blog!
So I’m bringing Moods back starting with July!
Movies: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! I wrote a review of the movie, and my overall thoughts, but have kept it as a draft. I might publish it later, but overall I couldn’t write everything I wanted to in a short enough blog that anyone would find interesting. In short: amazing movie, but sad about some of the important scenes from the book that were left out.
DVD: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! – I watched the ending of this movie about 10 times before I went to see Half-Blood Prince. It’s the only DVD I have even had time to think about this month.
Music: Music is now changing to Top 5 Songs of the month due to the fact that I can never just pick one song or artist to represent an entire month. I was originally going to report my Top 5 songs according to my Last.fm, but now that I drive to and from work, I don’t scrobble all of my music. I’ve added a 6th song, which is the one that probably could have been No.5, but didn’t make the cut this month (See below).
Top 5 Songs of July:
1. Whitney Houston – “I Look To You”
2. Ingrid Michaelson – “Maybe”
3. Mariah Carey – “Obsessed”
4. Passion Pit – “Little Secrets”
5. Chester French – “She Loves Everybody”
6. Beyonce – “Halo”
TV Shows: Just recently bought a season pass for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, because it was only $15 on iTunes! Wowsers!
Game: I wish I had more time to play games, but probably my Wild Wild West pinball game on the iPhone. A lot of fun!
Book/Magazine: Is it bad that I am an English major and don’t read as much as I would like. This section of my blog is going to be the sole purpose in my reading a lot more. No books or magazines in July. (I work too much!)
Purchase: I’ve made a lot of awesome purchases lately. Most importantly: my iPhone 3Gs! So much faster, and the video quality is so much better than I expected. Last month I bought Sirius radio which has been amazing. Also, spent $2 on a laser pointer that has been a source of amusement and laughter for my family because Mick, our dog, just chases it around until he can’t stand up on his own 2 legs anymore.
Travel: Since I spent 5 days in New York City last month, and I work full time, I didn’t travel that much this month. I went to Brittney’s in Altoona 2 weekends ago, and that was about it. It was a lot of fun, but I expect a return to New York City in August when the U.S. Open starts!
Mother Nature Needs To Simma May 24, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Moods, Personally John, Travel.
Tags: apocalypse, hurricane katrina, ridiculous, weather
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This Just In: 598,000 Jobs Lost in January 2009 February 6, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Moods, Personally John, Political, Television, Travel.
Tags: Anderson Cooper, CNN, fired, job loss, recession, unemployment, World War II
According to numbers just released today, the United States lost 598,000 jobs in the month of January alone. The national unemployment rate is 7.6%.
January 2009 became the third biggest loss of employment in the history of our country. That’s just behind 1944 after World War II, and worst since 1974.
598,000 people lost their jobs, but think about how many families that is. For every 1 person that lost their job there are probably at least 2 other people being affected directly.
It’s a sad day in America. How did we get here? Is it the war in Iraq? What major event is the reason behind our country being in the worst position since WORLD WAR II!?! I don’t get it. Thoughts?
50 Questions To Answer… December 12, 2008Posted by johnthrasher in Moods, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, tennis, Travel.
Tags: France, Serena Williams, tennis, Venus Williams
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I don’t typically do these surveys because they kind of annoy me, but for some reason I am in the mood for them right now. Also, it’s a neat thing to add to a blog. A lot less interesting on MySpace/Facebook/e-mail. Thanks Julien!
1) Favorite object in your room?
My MacBook Pro, iPhone, or pictures of my family. Can’t name one.
2) Have you ever smoked?
Never smoked a cigarette or anything else for that matter, in my life.
3) Do you own guns?
Just when I wear a sleeveless shirt. BAMMMM
4) What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic?
Usually get a fruit smoothie, and that fills the void.
5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
I whimper in corners and have nervous break downs! Sorry WVU Med Express!
6) What do you think of when you hear hot dogs?
Puking because I hate them.
7) Favorite song?
Currently “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.
8) What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Milk with my cereal.
9) Can you do push ups?
Yes, but hate them a lot…as you can probably physically see.
10) Can you do a chin up?
I always keep my chin up in hard situations.
11) What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
The two bracelets on my left wrist that symbolize very important times in my life.
12) Your pet peeves…
When someone tries to tell me I wouldn’t understand something, when in reality they don’t understand it.
13) Ever been in a car wreck?
Yes, but it was not my fault. It was scary but I immediately helped the woman and her daughter. They were and are fine.
14) Do you like to work on your Birthday?
What the hell? No. That’s like saying, “Do you like getting your eyes cut out of your face with broken glass?”
15) What’s one trait that you hate about yourself?
I don’t hate anything about myself. I create my life and situations around me, and there is nothing to hate about it at all.
16) What’s your middle name?
Nelson. Stop laughing.
17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
Why am I awake?
I love that I told Michael not to go outside in the snow because he would hurt himself. He goes outside, falls, and hurts his arm. Complains about it all night.
WHO THE HELL STOLE OUR BEAUTIFUL WREATH!?
18) Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
Malaysian Laksa, Peppermint Mocha Twist Frappaccino, that’s all I bought.
19) Name 3 drinks you drink regularly?
Mixed Berry Lipton Diet Green Tea, milk, smoothies
20) What’s your job?
Being awesome. Tutoring students. Looking fierce. Barista at Starbucks.
21) Current hate right now?
I don’t hate things. Stop being so rude.
22) Do your friends love you?
I guess we’ll see this Christmas, huh gang? JUST KIDDING. I don’t know, actually. I think I annoy them.
23) How will you bring in the New Year?
Probably sitting in my room watching Sex and the City reruns because 2 of my best friends with be in southern France. I keep trying to make plans but not sure what’s gonna happen.
24) Where would you like to be right now?
25) Name three people who will complete this.
Whoever wants to. I don’t know who reads my website.
26) Are you one of those teenagers that thinks and talks about their life being unfair and miserable while the rest of us are left thinking how stupid you are?
I’m not a teenager, and was never like that when I was.
27) What shirt are you wearing?
A black longsleeved shirt with a hoodie, but not a sweat shirt.
28) Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
I don’t know, probably.
29) Can you whistle?
Yes, especially while I work.
30) What will you be doing in a year from now?
Working in NYC, making money to pay back my loans. Oh, this will be fun to look back on.
31) Would you be a pirate?
32) What songs do you sing in the shower?
OMG perfect question for me. Anything by Adele or David Archuleta usually. I sang Hairspray a lot last year but not so much this year.
33) Favorite girl’s name?
34) Favorite boy’s name?
Bronson, Jack, Kennedy
35) What’s in your pocket?
36) Last person that made you laugh?
Michael when he fell on his ass on the road in front of my apartment being a drunken fool.
37) Best toy as a child?
I was obsessed with Mighty Max. I didn’t play with toys much, I read.
38) Worst injury you’ve ever had?
I twisted my ankle mid-point during a tennis match. Still not 100%
39) Do you love where you live?
Yes, I really do. I will be sad to move from here.
40) Do you give good advice?
I don’t know. I think I make sense, but doesn’t everyone?
41) Who is your loudest friend?
Tonight, it was Michael. But, I love him for that!
42) How many cats do you have?
None, I wish I had one or two though.
43) Does someone have a crush on you?
I think so.
44) Favorite part about your weekend?
My favorite part about this weekend will be celebrating my best friends birthday with her lover and seeing all of the people I love!
45) What are you gonna do for your next birthday?
All I am going to say is, “There are two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain. And the ones that observe.” John’s Circus on Jan. 24. Get ready!
46) Favorite Sports Team?
Venus and Serena when they are playing doubles.
47) Who are your closest friends?
My very closest friends are Brittney, Johnny, Julien and C’Anna. I have so many close friends, but they know me the best.
48) Where is the next place you want to travel to?
For the love of God, take me to France!
49) What were you doing 12 AM this morning?
Enjoying being snowed in with my closest friends here at school.
50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Why the hell would my landlord be showing my apartment without letting me know. I’ll just lay here and cover my head. Ugh.
My November Mood December 5, 2008Posted by johnthrasher in iPhone, Moods, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Political, Television, Travel.
Tags: Barack Obama, Beyonce, Brandy, Canada, Cumberland, David Archuleta, Ingrid Michaelson, iPhone, MD, Moods, Role Models, the Jungle Book, The Office, The Price is Right
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I’m a little late with this, I know. But at least I am getting it out there!
Movies: Role Models – Pretty funny but probably not a movie that I will ever see again, at my own will.
DVD: Not technically a DVD, it was VHS, but The Jungle Book! Watched it in Canada with my loves. Favorite moment of November.
Music: Where do I begin? David Archuleta, Ingrid Michaelson (concert!), Beyonce, Brandy. I’m in music overload.
TV Shows: The Office is still taking the cake on this one.
Game: Downloaded The Price is Right on my iPhone but it has a lot of bugs, and keeps crashing. Fun nonetheless, and considering buying it for my DS.
Book/Magazine: GQ still my favorite magazine. Just started The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama at the end of November.
Purchase: UPDATE: I almost forgot: My black 16GB iPhone 3G! Awesome clothes during Black Friday sales! My $1 grab bag at The Emporium in downtown Cumberland, which included a chips and salsa dish, and a Barbie.
Travel: Went to Canada again! Had a blast for the weekend. Got to see Niagara Falls. Went to Pittsburgh for an Ingrid Michaelson concert. Went home for Thanksgiving. Wow, when I type it all out like that, November was a kick ass month.
Let’s not forget that November was the month that changed the course of history. Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. Definietly a day and month that I am sure I will never forget.
My October Mood November 5, 2008Posted by johnthrasher in Moods.
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October took forever, but I loved it so much. It’s officially fall and it’s so beautiful.
Movies: W – A shitty movie about a shitty person. See it so you can complain about it later.
DVD: I don’t think that I have watched a single DVD this month!
Music: Lady Gaga, Adele, Ingrid Michaelson – Listened to them all a LOT in October! Love them!
TV Shows: SNL – Best ratings in 14 years, though not nearly as funny. Big names doesn’t always mean big laughs.
Game: Topple – Kevin Rose proclaimed his love about this on Twitter and it turns out I love it!
Book/Magazine – Started Twilight!
Purchase: Some fantastic clothes and my mint scented body wash! LOVE IT!
Travel: No big traveling in October other than back to Pittsburgh. Love Pittsburgh.
Maybe October was boring! I promise November will be much more awesome.
My September Mood October 4, 2008Posted by johnthrasher in Moods.
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September was a fun month for me. I got adjusted to school, the weather was great, and I am happy.
Movies: Burn After Reading – Hilarious movie that not everyone would get.
DVD: Definitely The Office seasons 1-4 – This is all I watched all month long
Music: Lady Gaga’s “Fame” – One of the best dance albums in a while. “Just Dance” is too good!
TV Shows: Again, The Office – The season premiere was hilarious!
Game: Super Ball 2 – For the iPhone, the only games I will play. Very addictive, a lot like Pong but better!
Book/Magazine – Didn’t read much in September, but word on the street is that the Twilight series is good
Purchase: This awesome print of a gondola in Venice that is hanging in my room now.
Travel: Sadly, I didn’t go anywhere in September but back to Cumberland. That will change in October.