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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Short women; big beauty! You don't have to be average-size or tall to be beautiful. This blog post is all about the ladies who are short in stature, but big on beauty. These can range from celebrities to bloggers to YouTubers. This is a world tour with myself as your tour guide. :) You almost know what to expect if you've followed a lot of my past blog posts regarding Beauties. I'll be the one to put certain unlikely personalities among famous ones. Most of all, they are persons that I think are lovely. So are you ready for this world tour of petite lovelies? I knew you would be. So let's begin!

Before I begin, let me just say that I enjoy doing posts like these. I appreciate the amount of support I've received for my work in talking about these Beauties-themed posts.


A Special Hello...

I would like to send a special hello to all petites who may be reading this blog post. I hope I can do you all proud here. Are you a petite yourself and maybe think you are lovely enough to be included in my blog post here? Feel free to contact me online!


Important Note/Special Request

I try to respect privacy. I don't want to just haphazardly post someone in these posts all because someone admitted their actual height online. I will edit information on certain personalities if I feel I have violated their privacy or made them uncomfortable by disclosing height information. Please contact me via E-Mail if I did violate any sort of privacy. I will apologize in advance and edit the information to respect the privacy of certain people. Thank you for your cooperation.

This post also contains a bunch of YouTube videos, which may downgrade your browser's performance. Take note of this as you view this blog post.






--- Petite Beauties at a Glance ---

Little ladies; big beauty. That is the premise behind this blog post. There are some people who think that being short-statured doesn't equate to being beautiful. Sure, we are all attracted to women whose legs go for miles. We adore and admire those with elongated proportions of the waist or certain other parts of the body. We are all attracted to tall, average-size, average-height women. Some people, though, think certain short women aren't attractive, perhaps saying they are short and stumpy. Or maybe some feel certain women are attractive... until you find out how short they are.

A misconception about petites is that petite means being petite in height and size. Petite means petite in height. If you are shorter than the average-sized person, you're a petite regardless of your size. A five-foot tall woman who wears XL-size clothing is as much of a petite as a five-foot tall woman who wears XS-size clothing. So these are petites in the sense of being short. You can even be curvy and petite. Most of the petites I've made mention to are those who admit to being short.

I wanted to create this blog post to show that you can be short and still be beautiful. Some people often think that short women aren't as beautiful as average height, average build women. I wanted to post this blog entry to show even short women can be as beautiful as their taller and more lanky counterparts.



--- How This Post Works ---

What you will see are posts featuring several females below 5'6". All personalities featured here admit being shorter than 5'6" or at least admit being short/petite.


CRITERIA FOR BEING FEATURED:
• 5'5" in. (165cm) or shorter


Post example:

FirstName LastName (Country/Nationality)

height: Feet'Inches" (or ###cm)
(description)

What you will see in this blog post are females as tall as 5'5" (or 165cm) or shorter. So in other words, you will not see names like (for example) 5'11" Taylor Swift or 5'10" Candice Swanepoel.

Listed sizes for each featured personality are in Imperial measurements. I will make an attempt to offer both Imperial and Metric measurements for each featured personality. All centimeter measurements are rounded to the nearest whole number.





--- Petite Beauties: The World Tour! ---

With all of this said, allow me to showcase petites whom I think are beautiful or worthy of mention. Let's go!

NOTE: Not all featured persons have height info disclosed. All are, however, are shorter than 5'5" (or 165cm) or shorter in height.


Madonna (USA).

height: 5'4" (or 163cm)
Who honestly has NEVER heard of Madonna? She's one of the single biggest influences in music and culture of all time. This "Material Girl" has had an extensive career in music as well as in acting. While she remains popular to this day, carrying on the generation of Madonna these days is her daughter Lourdes Leon.

It almost seems like I should feature this as part of "Wayback Wednesday." Anyhow... here is some vintage Madonna for your viewing and listening pleasure:


^ "Madonna - Vogue (video)"

I could have featured something fairly recent, but I chose this to showcase Madonna.


Danica Patrick (5'2" or 157cm; USA).

height: 5'2" (or 157cm)
Being 5'2" doesn't stop Beloit, Wisconsin, USA-born Danica Sue Patrick from being one competitive racer. She first turned heads in the racing world with her amazing performance at the 2005 Indy 500. Danica became the first woman to ever lead at the Indy 500 at any time. Unfortunately, she would finish 4th in that race. Danica would finally enjoy victory when she won at Twin Ring Motegi in 2009 in the IndyCar Series. That would unfortunately be her only victory in the series. Today, Danica is in NASCAR Cup. Her biggest accomplishment thus far in her Cup career has been winning pole at the Daytona 500. She has yet to win, but I think Danica will eventually win in Cup. I'm actually giving her a chance while most other people think she is an utter disappointment. You can play as Danica Patrick if you play the game "SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed."


Eva Longoria (USA - links to iMDB profile).

height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
Texas' own Eva Longoria hails from Corpus Christi, TX, USA. She is best known for her role in the hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives." This is a video sample of the lovely Texas girl:


^ "Eva Longoria's Health Crusade, Pt 1 The Dr. Oz Show"


Nikki Blonsky (USA).

height: 4'10" (or 147cm)
Many people know of Nikki Blonsky in the modern rendition of "Hairspray." This curvy petite is known by most people for her dating Zac Efron. Nikki Blonsky has taken on the roles of actress as well as singer. Most of all, she is fairly sweet and down-to-earth. How down to earth? Check out this video:


^ "Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky on the Pressure to Succeed | Where Are They Now? | Oprah Winfrey Network"

I listed Nikki Blonsky among my "American Beauties: Northeastern" post.


Hayden Panettiere (USA).

Height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
I know very little of Hayden Panettiere- except (obviously) she is a petite. She is an actress who has lent her voice and personality to a variety of movies, TV shows, and even video games. Hayden has also done her share of music videos and songs. On the philanthropic side, Hayden is an activist who strongly supports The Whaleman Foundation- a non-profit organization to project sealife such as dolphins, sharks, and the like.


Nicole Polizzi (Snooki) (USA - links to Celebuzz).

height: 4'8" (or 142cm)
Perhaps one of the most famous Jersey Shore personalities is one Snooki. Whether you see her as lovely or ugly, Snooki is an absolute shortie. She is also the only other famous Jersey Shore personality that isn't J-WOWW. Researching this topic, I didn't know she was born in Chile.


Lady Gaga (USA).

height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
The Madonna of the 21st Century is Lady Gaga. Hardly anyone comes close to Lady Gaga in being one of the most unique, artistic, polarizing personalities in media today. The native New Yorker is anything but average. Despite being just over five feet tall, Lady Gaga's personality and charisma far overwhelm her petite dimensions. Besides music, Lady Gaga is never afraid to speak her mind. She is also a huge figure in the LGBT community. Haters of Lady Gaga once questioned whether or not she is a real woman after a certain video surfaced online with Lady Gaga at one of her concerts with... some questionable genitalia. Even still, she is one of the most unique figures in culture today.


America Ferrera (USA).

height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
America the beautiful. America Ferrera is best known for being Betty Suarez in the hit comedic drama "Ugly Betty." As an Ugly Betty fan, she (and this is my own opinion) is not really as "ugly" in Ugly Betty as she's made out to be in the series. The Honduran-American is only "ugly" to what most people would consider ugly (or at least unattractive. When not as Ugly Betty Suarez, America Ferrera is very beautiful.


^ "America Ferrera: 'People Laughed At My Sex Scene!'"

That was your look at the sweet petite known as America Ferrera. She became rather infamous for an incident at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival when a man dove under her dress.


Sydney, of "Sydney's Fashion Diary" (USA).

height: 5'2" (or 157cm)
One of the first petite fashion blogs I followed was that of Sydney's Fashion Diary. When I first started to follow this blog, it was then known as "PetiteLittleGirl." Sydney's blog is really one of my favorites since she's a keep-it-real kind of girl. She is very honest and truthful and doesn't give in to any sort of hot trends. The Ohio native/resident(?)


Jean, of "Extra Petite" (USA).

height: 5'0" (or 153cm)
Hailing from the Boston area, Jean of "Extra Petite" is a petite fashion blog mostly concerning classy and work-appropriate fashions for petites. Though I don't visit her blog often, I do respect the Chinese-American blogger for her highly for her style.


Annie, of "Stylish Petite" (USA/Vietnam).

height: 5'0" (or 153cm)
Annie hails from the Los Angeles area, but was born in Vietnam. I first visited "Stylish Petite" when it used to be known as "Really Petite." This blog is personally the petite fashion blog I visit the most. Annie demonstrates her style across her various blog posts. Most of her outfits are classy workplace-appropriate. However, she also incorporates some casual outfits into her posts. The beautiful Annie has a keep-it-real style all of her own with her various outfits. She smiles sweetly. Her chocolate brown hairstyle is as sweet as her style. She brings a certain je ne sais quoi to demonstrate her loveliness. I am personally a fan of Annie and her style.


Khatu, of "I am Khatu" (USA).

height: 4'11" (or 150cm)
"Beauty comes in small packages." So says one Khatu (pronounced: "kah-toh") from the Boston, MA, USA area. She is one of the shortest bloggers I follow here on Blogger/Blogspot, as she is 4'11". Most of her posts are straightforward- just mainly pictures of herself and details on some of the items she's wearing. Khatu is really a lovely lady who smiles very well and usually puts together some great outfits.


Kileen, of "cute and little" (USA).

height: 5'0" (or 153cm)
Kileen (pronounced: "kai-leen") is a Taiwanese petite who hails from the Dallas, TX, USA area. She has become a regular blogger even since giving birth to a baby boy earlier this year. Her blog posts are mostly about fashion. But in addition to fashion, she also shares certain insights on parenting and even some insight into her life as a mother. All the while, Kileen mostly shares a lot of chic and classy outfits. In addition to such classy outfits, she also has a good amount of casual outfits.


Ivonne, of "Ivonne Stacy Style" (USA).

Born in the United States and of Salvadoran descent, Ivonne Stacy is a fashion blogger hailing from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most of her outfits are rather colorful. A lot of her outfits mostly are trendy outfits of the cropped top + skirt variety. She does, however, mix things up very much. Take a look at her blog and savor her style.


Yi-Chia, of "Always Maylee" (USA).

height: 5"2" (or 157cm)
"Always Maylee" is a blog created by Yi-Chia. "Maylee" is Mandarin for "beautiful," and Yi-Chia is very much a beautiful petite. Cuteness is what you can expect to see with many of her outfits. You'll easily win her heart with polka dot garments. The blog is a positive space with so many cute outfits as well as so many chic outfits as well. She used to blog regularly, but she hasn't blogged too much in recent times as she recently became a mother to an adorable baby girl. In her Friday posts back in her more active times, Yi-Chia presents her "Love-It Notes," a collection of about three things she loves and loves to share each week. Once, she presented "Hate-It Notes" to vent about a few things. Anyhow, a visit to "Always Maylee" might just make your day. So visit already! :P


Adriana, of "Little Petite" (USA).

California-born, Arizona-based Adriana is the blogger behind "Little Petite." This petite Latina features some great style whether casual or chic. She has a sweet smile and some lovely hair. I'd say she's one of the most beautiful ladies anywhere online.


Haylee, of "dolledupdaily" (USA).

One blogger whose beauty has captivated me is Haylee of "dolledupdaily." Besides Taylor Swift, Haylee has some of the loveliest curly hair of any lady. I don't think she's disclosed her height.


Lily, of "Imperfect Idealist" (USA).

Formerly known as "A Burst of Color" and "Burst of Color," Lily Fang of "Imperfect Idealist" has been a blog and a blogger whom I've followed for a long time. This lighthearted and positive blog features the Ohio girl and her style. She defines her style as a fresh take on Bohemian fashion style. Lily provides both fashion insight and personal insight. You can learn from her life experiences by reading her posts. Visiting her blog is a great experience, whether just to gaze into her fashion insight or to take in some life lessons from this blogger. I salute her as an avid supporter of my work.


Jamie, of "the fancy teacup" (USA).

What makes Jamie's blog different from a lot of other fashion blogs is her editorial-style pictures. You almost swear you're reading a magazine rather than another average blog. She has very ladylike fashion style in her posts. Most of what you will see are mostly various skirt and dress outfits complimented with chic pumps, sandals, and/or boots.


Natalie, of "NALIELI|NATALIE LIAO" (USA).

Natalie Liao is a Chinese fashion blogger from a city as beautiful as she is- San Francisco, CA, USA. Natalie's style is both casual and vintage. She's long been the owner of a blog long known as "La Vagabond Dame."


Cassandra, of "Style Cassentials" (USA).

Height: 4'9" (or 145cm)
Earlier, I said that Khatu was the shortest blogger I've ever followed. That distinction of "shortest blogger" goes to the Midwestern beauty Cassandra, who is 4'9". In addition to being a short petite, she is also a curvy petite. So that means that in addition to being short-statured, there are also issues of looking stylish for your body type. Just like any other petite I've featured so far, Cassandra's beauty is much greater than her height. I first learned of Cassandra when I blogged about recording artist Bruno Mars. She was kind enough to comment, and when I visited her blog, I admired her for her style. I have long valued her cooperation and her involvement with my work and still do to this day.


Venessia, of "Style 4 Curves" (USA).

height: 5'2" (or 157cm)
Venessia is a plus-size blogger from Mississippi. She also admitted being 5'2". Her beauty goes beyond her short stature. Venessia has a cute curly hairstyle along with a sweet smile. A lot of her outfits consist either of wild prints or bold, bright colors. Venessia is quite the fierce fashionists. She'll let you know it for sure when you check out her many wonderful outfits!


Kimberly, of "Sensible Stylista" (USA).

Kimberly Kong is a fashion blogger based in the Baltimore, MD, USA area. This Korean-American blogger delivers big style despite being a petite. Many of her outfits are of the classy and chic variety. However, she does feature some more casual pieces. Besides fashion, she is also very big on classical piano music.


Clariza, of "Bowties and Caviar" (USA).

height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
"Bowties and Caviar" is the blog of a Washington, D.C. fashion blogger named Clariza. This Filipino-American blogger admitted her height in a post in her blog. She is a sweet-faced lady with a nice sense of mostly casual style. There are a number of cute outfits she's posted online. Feel free to visit "Bowties and Caviar" to check out this petite beauty's style.


Alina, of "Style by Alina" (USA).

Though she didn't disclose her height, Alina of "Style by Alina" is a beautiful petite Vietnamese fashion blogger from Los Angeles, CA, USA.


Bonnie, of "Glam Kitten's Litter Box" (USA - Honorable Mention!).

height: 5'1" (or 155cm)
Bonnie is a Midwestern girl from Illinois. Though she is 5'1", her beauty and her swagger far exceed her short stature. Bonnie no longer discusses fashion. Really, she hasn't blogged much in a while. But out of respect for Bonnie and her work, I'm including her blog here.





I guess I've had a habit of breaking up these Beauties posts between American beauties with other international ones. So this is a little break in the Beauties post. Beyond this break are more petite beauties from around the world.
My #WaybackWednesday contribution is back with retrospective you'll enjoy. What old songs (and other things) have I selected for you all this week? You're about to find out! Going back in time with material at least five years old. I hope you get to enjoy this post as much as you've hopefully enjoyed my other material. Time to go to work again!





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

(song arist - song title, or title) (year)
(description)
(link to video)

I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: October 29, 2014

Selena Gomez - "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" (2008)
Texas' own Selena Gomez is featured with this song. So go ahead... tell her something she DOESN'T know. This one will take you back to 2008.


Breaking Benjamin - Unknown Soldier (2007(?))
This video I found only has the song and its lyrics. It is very much a great rock song. "Unknown Soldier" comes from their Phobia album.


Fedde Le Grande - Put Your Hands Up for Detroit (2006)
If you're from Detroit, I'm sure you'll appreciate this song. Fedde Le Grande wants you to do just one thing- put your hands up for Detroit. Detroit has played a huge role in the history and evolution of electronic dance music. That... and groove to this song. :) MoTown lovin' of a different kind for you electronic dance music fans.


Narcotic Thrust - When the Dawn Breaks (Radio Edit) (2005)
Electronic dance music fans, here's a mellow song with a nice little flow to it. I'm sure you'll dig this one.


Ludacris - Southern Hospitality (2000)
Love you some Ludacris? Here's a song from Ludacris. Illinois boy Ludacris reps Atlanta in this super-cool song from 2000. Come and get your Southern Hospitality!


Dr. Dre feat. Eminem - Forgot About Dre (1999)
Don't forget about Dr. Dre! Actually, I thought this song was based on a level of the PC game "Raptor: Call of the Shadows." This was actually what I first thought of when I first heard of this song. Then again, how many superstars would follow even video games and computer games for inspiration on making songs? Anyhow, enjoy this one folks. This is 1999!


ATB - 9 PM (Till I Come) (1998)
An all-time trance classic coming up. Leave it to Germany's ATB to provide this classic. This link goes to the official video of this 1998 song.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Carol of the Bells (1995)
Christmas in October? Sure! Why not? Here is one of my personal favorite Christmas songs performed beautifully (if you can call rock guitar riffs beautiful) by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Here's your 1995 loving!


Enya - Orinoco Flow (1988)
Sometimes, I post songs I'm not real crazy about, but often mention to my audience since I don't want my posts to exclusively be about songs I like or love. So one of those "I don't mind" songs was released in 1988. I only know it for the "sail away" lyric. This is "Orinoco Flow" from the Irish singer Enya. This link goes to the official video. And I must admit- this song can be quite soothing. I was probably starting pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten around the time this song was released.


Smokey Robinson - Just to See Her (1987)
Another personal favorite love song of mine is coming up. Welcome to 1987 with the smooth vocals of Smokey Robinson.


Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt Kickers - Monster Mash (1962)
I'm including this song primarily in advance of Halloween. It's the Monster Mash! I know this is an old song... but HOW old? Welcome to 1962! This link is only featured for the song.


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine. Were there any past songs here you enjoyed?





I hope you enjoyed this little look back. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#WaybackWednesday is back in vogue on JBS! This is the just-for-fun deal where I post material mostly about old (at least 5 years old) songs. I do mix things up sometimes with other stuff, but it's all about that interesting way back experience. How far can I take you back this week? Get ready- it's Wayback Wednesday!

I am somewhat leaning towards doing Wayback Wednesday posts as part of a regular segment of my blog. Nothing official, though.





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

• (song arist - song title, or title) (year) {linked}
(description)


I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

So what did I select for this Wednesday? Find out by checking out the various links I've provided. I can't guarantee in future installments that the links will still be available should you start seeing posts like this weeks and months down the road, but you can still check out each song I selected. I hope you enjoy my selections. Remember that each featured song/video is at least five years old. So nothing 2010 or after will be featured as of the date of this post.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: October 22, 2014

Let's do it!


T.I. - Whatever You Like (2008)
At one point during the economic recession of the late 2000s, something like what T.I. mentioned in this song would be vastly frowned upon in terms of not having enough money to actually afford all kinds of things mentioned in this song.


EmyLi - Tekito Lover (2007)
Japanese loving coming up next. Meet EmyLi and one of her fine songs- Tekito Lover. Fabulous vocals and a pretty cool beat make this one hot.


Killswitch Engage - This Fire Burns (2006)
Normally, I am not one into loud and raging rock music. However, this one is a great exception. You wrestling fans may recall this as one of the themes to wrestler C.M. Punk. Want to rock? Try this one out for size!


T.I. - Bring 'em Out (2003)
I bring out my best in all of my blog posts. You already heard T.I. earlier. Here's another dose of the King of the South. Enjoy and welcome to 2003!


Lexos - The Key (2001)
Let me entertain you trance fans out there. Some songs are considered classics for their genre, especially long-standing ones. You can say this is one of those long-standing classics. Lexos provides this one. No- not the car company; you're thinking of Lexus. I'm talking about Lexos. If you're looking for the key, use this song to motivate you.


Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (1999)
Nothing says '90s quite like boy bands, and one of the premier boy bands was the Backstreet Boys. I'm sure you girls reading this post will swoon to this song. Don't be swooned too much, though... I still got other songs to feature here!


Brian McKnight - Anytime (1997)
Get ready for a wonderful tune from one Mr. Brian McKnight. Do I ever cross your mind anytime? This is 1997. Welcome!


Adam Sandler - Ode to My Car (1996)
WARNING: Very bad language! Lots of cursing in this old song, but it's crazy funny! Dedicate this song to any crappy automobile- even if you own a crappy automobile yourself! This song was from Adam Sandler's "What the Hell Happened to Me?" album.


Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason (1995)
Smooth vocals, smooth guitar play, smooth song. These should be more than enough reasons I'm featuring this song. Now go listen to this one already!


Boyz II Men feat. Mariah Carey - One Sweet Day (1995)
This past Saturday was a holiday called Sweetest Day. Sweetest Day is celebrated mostly by Midwestern and New England States and is basically a money grab for candy. You hear the term "eye candy" a lot. Well, here's some ear candy courtesy of one of my all-time favorite groups- Boyz II Men, and Mariah Carey.


Purple Motion - Satellite One (1993)
One of the kings of the chiptune scene is Purple Motion of the Future Crew. Purple Motion put together this masterpiece here called "Satellite One" from 1993. Come get your fix of electronic dance music here with this fabulous tune.


Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (1992)
So many have sung this song. It has withstood the test of time, and while she didn't create this song (Dolly Parton did back in 1974), it is what many consider Whitney Houston's greatest masterpiece. Hear this song for yourself if you have never heard it before. It's "I Will Always Love You." Welcome to 1992!


Monsters of the Midway (1985)
If you're a fan of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, you may know of the Bears as the Monsters of the Midway. Curiously once, I found this song. I'm taking you back to 1985 with this one.


Alexander O'Neal - A Broken Heart Can Mend (1985)
Love hurts, but a broken heart can mend. Here is the hit song from Alexander O'Neal. I was still a baby when this song was released. Who knows? Maybe I heard this song from my mother's crappy Dodge St. Regis while in my car seat. Go ahead and enjoy this 1985 track.


Toto - Africa (1982)
I bless the rains down in Africa. You may remember this song if you've played "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City." This song is a lovely one with a smooth flow.


Quincy Jones feat. Patti Austin - Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me (1980 or 1981)
You may note that I talk about smooth vocals and smooth instrumentals a lot. I often like these kinds of songs. One more smooth song wouldn't hurt. So to that end, here is another one from that musical mad scientist known as Quincy Jones sung by Patti Austin.


Stevie Wonder - As (1976)
The reason why I selected this song because I was looking for a Stevie Wonder song whose lyrics mentioned the seasons knowing exactly when to change. And apparently, I found it! Welcome to 1976 and this fabulous Stevie Wonder song. I picked this video because it is a better-sounding version of this song.


(an Oscar de la Renta interview) (BONUS VIDEO!)
This was a fun deal, right? Well, let me end on a sad note. We lost one of the greatest fashion designers of all time recently- Oscar de la Renta. He was the first fashion designers I admired and respected. One of the all-time greats in the fashion industry. He could make almost any woman fabulous. He had that magical touch and that gentleman charisma.

Too good to leave as a regular link, here is the embedded video:


Rest in peace, Oscar de la Renta. Your legacy will live on for generations to come.


Thank you for checking out my latest "Wayback Wednesday" post!





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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Making voxels with MagicaVoxel and watching unique animations on YouTube have inspired me to want to make animations in the future. So for this edition of "John's Corner," I want to tell you about my animation ambitions. I will even introduce some of the voxel models I've been developing in recent times. If you want to keep up with my creative work, please visit John's Creative Space.

Welcome to the category that is simply about me talking with all of my readers one-on-one! Welcome to...

Johns Corner
JOHN'S CORNER!





--- John's Corner: Creativity ---

I had the creative bug and decided to take advantage of it. Previously, I was never able to develop anything really interesting, nor did I have the drive to continue making material. I have now created a lot of different assets to hopefully one day utilize my assets in art and video. If not making assets, I am developing them. The end goal is just to make material for you to [hopefully] enjoy. I've been using Qubicle Constructor a lot. These days, I am using MagicaVoxel.

There is a sad story in all of this. It was back in the mid-1990s when I aspired to get into computer animation after seeing one cartoon series long ago. Never have I made a proper 3D model of any kind for going on 20 years. Or at least, never made a 3D model of any kind I wasn't proud of. I am now going on making voxel models, which are easy to make once you get the hang of it and once you master making models despite the limitations of voxel models.

To give you somewhat of an idea of my progress in developing my models, let me share with you this picture:

MagicaVoxel sample
^ from: (my Facebook profile page) - One model, four ways. The base model is on the far left, and the other three models were made using the first model as a base. One animation I may plan to make is based on this school setting I created.

You can see from the picture that I created assets resembling a scene at a secondary school. Note the lockers in the background. I created this scene to somewhat resemble a possible scene or a possible project. So you now have an idea of some of the material I've created and may utilize in creative work.



--- Creative Works Plans ---

You read in the previous section about my ambitions to make animations and other material. This sounds like stuff I should be announcing on "John's Creative Space" and not here on "John's Blog Space," but I feel I am communicating to a broader audience with this blog. That's why I link to my "StyleSpace by JBM" blog here on "John's Blog Space." It's all about trying to reach as much of my audience as possible.

Rambling aside, let me share with you material I am working on with the use of my voxel artwork:

• I plan to do some animations. I know how to animate models in Blender using bones and such, but I am not as confident in making models to be animated properly. What I may do is mostly make slideshows with subtitles. I had an interesting plan to try making animations using text-to-speech (TTS) voices. But unless you have some of the more professional-type TTS voices, forget about it. I often try to be cheap. I am not usually wanting proper voice-over talent for my work. Just want to be unique.

• Among the animation ideas, I have mostly thought about various short stories I've created and want to bring to life. In fact, I thought of a story just last night. It was a story of two High School students who have endured depression recently, and all because of one man. I even thought of a bunch of comical animations, but don't know how to express them.

• I have planned to release conceptual voxel models of a game idea. The models created primarily offer a look at a series of posts I plan on releasing to "John's Creative Space" in a unique set of blog posts for that blog. Some posts here on "John's Blog Space" will be deleted and replaced with new versions on "John's Creative Space."

• I want to be careful with the plans for this talking point. I planned on making some animations inspired by various personalities. Some stories and animations I thought of are inspired by people whom I've come across in person and online. There are even certain parodies I've planned. I thought of a project that would tie in more with "StyleSpace by JBM" than with my other blogs because one project involves a fantasy story featuring a set of fictitious fashion bloggers and certain challenges they face. Maybe with some experience and skill, I may go ahead with that project. Besides that project, I even simply had plans to make voxel art of certain bloggers I like and/or respect.


All this and more are in the pipeline for my creative works. Stay tuned to my blogging work to see what I come up with!



--- What I Want My Readers to Know ---

I blog. I prepare art. I may do videos. As much as I love blogging, I try to keep busy in many different ways. So when it seems I am not active in one department, I am either just living life or trying to make something special in the future. You will certainly be in the know when I do create something for you to enjoy. I am certainly happy and hopeful to create something that culminates all of the creative energy and all of the creativity that I have to express. If you've supported my blogging work, I also would appreciate your support with my other works.

LAST CALL! If you want to follow my creative works, please visit my creative works blog:
John's Creative Space





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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hump Day! Welcome to #WaybackWednesday! It's time again I share videos of old stuff among my wonderful people worldwide. Get ready for another batch of classic songs (and other material?) for this Wednesday. I'm taking a lot of you back while some of you may be checking out some material for the first time ever. Either way, you're going back in time.






--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

• (song arist - song title, or title) (year) {linked}
(description)


I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: October 15, 2014

Jordin Sparks - One Step at a Time (2008)
Some time after Hurricane Ike hit the Houston area back in 2008, I wanted to get a music CD for when power would be restored to my house. What I did was pick up Jordin Sparks' debut album- a self-titled one. My favorite song of hers is this one- "One Step at a Time." Why do I love it? Listen for yourself.


Kings of Leon - Use Somebody (2008)
Here is a very cool song for you rock fans. I once heard this song as a fabulous trance remix. You, however, can listen to this as a great rock track from the previous decade.


Gym Class Heroes - Clothes Off! (2007)
Not sure what MTV award show I was watching, but when I heard this song by these guys, I was sold on how awesome the Gym Class Heroes are. They have a unique blend of hip-hop with a little bit of rock thrown in. These guys are from New York... but upstate New York. These guys are Fueled by Ramen and are all kinds of awesome. Have a listen to this one!


Lucas Prata - And She Said... (2006)
That's what she said! :) I'm giving you a double shot of Mr. Lucas Prata. This first song is a classic of his. It is surely a catchy number from him. What did she say? Enjoy this song here.


Lucas Prata - Never Be Alone (2004)
The other Lucas Prata song I selected is this one which was released two years before the classic "And She Said..." I am not sure if I could have found this song in any better quality, but I ended up picking this video to showcase this song.


X-Ecutioners and Linkin Park - It's Goin' Down (2002)
The X-Ecutioners are responsible for taking certain rock-type songs and giving them a nice electronic dance music remixes. Are you a Linkin Park fan? They are not your average rockers. They are very diverse in their styles. I personally respect Linkin Park. Listen to this fine joint.


M2M - Don't Say You Love Me (1999)
If classic '90s pop-rock is what you want, meet M2M. This song was featured in the soundtrack to "Pokémon: The First Movie" in 1999. You can enjoy this one even if you aren't a Pokémon fan. When looking for this song, I tried to find the best-quality version of this song. Here is a YouTube tip- the most-viewed version of some song doesn't always mean it's the best version. So enjoy listening to this version I found for you. Sweet vocals and fun music make this a total joy to listen to.


S Club 7 - S Club Party (1999)
Here is a feel-good song for you all. Why feel good? Because there's no party quite like an S Club Party. If you're feeling down, maybe this song will get you feeling good.


A*Teens - Dancing Queen (1999)
Ready for some more fun? I got it courtesy of the A*Teens. This is a modern (at its time) version of ABBA's classic "Dancing Queen" song from the 1970s performed by this Swedish group.


Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses and Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses (Country Version) (1997)
Let me be honest. I first heard of this song from a MIDI file I listened to long ago. It was one of the most beautifully-done songs I've heard. There was a time I heard the actual song. I included the original version and the country version. You know what? If you listen to this song and start to cry, it's natural because this song is just beautiful with beautiful lyrics. Anyhow... please enjoy this one! You have either no soul or no appreciation of music if you don't love this song in any way.


Crush - Jellyhead (1996)
I remember this dance piece back around 1997 or 1998 or so. It was one of many dance-type songs I've heard on 104.1 KRBE here in Houston back then. This song is a '90s dance classic to me. Never heard this song before? If not, get to know Crush by checking this song out.


D' Angelo - Brown Sugar (1994)
Let's delve into the realm of R&B with a hot joint from D' Angelo. Smooth vocals and sweet beats are what you can expect in this one. Go ahead- groove to this one.


Jeffrey Osborne - On the Wings of Love (1982)
This song is beautiful to listen to as it is sung handsomely by Jeffrey Osborne. I wasn't born when this song was released in 1982. Trust me- this song is beautiful. Listen to it and enjoy.


Abba - Dancing Queen (1976)
You probably didn't think I'd leave this post without mentioning the classic "Dancing Queen" now, did you? This is the original before the A*Teens rendition. It's still a fun song performed greatly. Old school loving coming your way!


"First NES Commercial" (BONUS VIDEO!)
Did you know that on October 15, 1985; the Nintendo Entertainment System was first sold in the United States? Happy birthday, NES! This is a bonus video for you NES lovers.


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine.





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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(UPDATED: October 15, 2014)

Welcome to #WaybackWednesday! Usually in social media, we have "Throwback Thursday" where we share memories of the past. There is also "Wayback Wednesday." As I share videos of old stuff among my Facebook friends and family on Wednesdays, I will experiment with making my selection of songs for "Wayback Wednesday" in my blog. I may try this again another Wednesday; I may not. Either way, I am always looking for new ways to engage my audience and bring traffic to my blog. So thank you for taking part in this experiment.


About the Label: Wayback Wednesday

Currently, it is an experiment. "Wayback Wednesday" is something I do on Wednesdays in my Facebook profile where I share old material to my friends, mostly in the form of YouTube videos, and mostly music videos. I try to feature different material every Wednesday to interest my friends. It was only recently I experimented featuring these "Wayback Wednesday" posts in my blog as opposed to just my Facebook profile page.

Depending on traffic and attention, this may become a regular feature to my blog that I will try to contribute to every Wednesday. If unsuccessful, I'll just go back to doing this for fun in my Facebook profile page. This is just an experiment as of this post.


LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):

OCT 15 2014 - edited some text, added graphic





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

(song arist - song title, or title) (year)
(description)
(link to video)

I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

For this post, allow me to pick out some material for you all to enjoy. Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: October 8, 2014

Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (2007)
This has always been a fun song with a nice vibe to it. Feel free to have a listen to this song and enjoy the cool vibes offered by this song.


Crystal Kay - Hard to Say (2002)
Crystal Kay is what some would call "Blackanese" or "Blasian." These are terms given to Afro-Asian people. She is Black but with some Korean blood. Anyhow, Crystal Kay is a great Japanese pop star. This was about the first song of hers I heard. This is Crystal Kay with "Hard to Say."


MISIA - Everything (2001)
This is my all-time favorite song from JPOP song from the amazing Misaki Ito, better known as MISIA. This song lasts almost seven minutes, and just about each minute is wonderful. So go ahead- enjoy this beautiful song! :)


Utada Hikaru - Can You Keep a Secret? (2001)
Utada Hikaru- also nicknamed "Hikki"- was one of the first JPOP stars I enjoyed listening music to. She was born in New York City and is actually four days younger than me. There were very few songs of hers I disliked. This is the first real song of hers I heard and liked. Can you keep a secret?


PPK - Resurrection (2001)
Time to please you trance fans now. This is a classic from PPK called Resurrection. Enjoy, mates!


BT - Never Gonna Come Back Down (1999)
For a song simply to be called as "Never Gonna Come Back Down" is surely a song to infuse some motivation. BT made it. This one is a classic tune from 1999. Enjoy this one!


Mariah Carey ft. Ol Dirty Bastard (1995)
Me and Mariah. We go back like babies and pacifiers. Ol' Dirty Dog no liar. Keep your fantasy hot like fire. JUMP JUMP! Here is a tune from Mariah Carey called "Fantasy." While the song itself is good, it was better with Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan. Ol' Dirty Bastard- which is not one of my nicknames or any accurate description of me- was perhaps the most charismatic and most engaging member of one of hip-hop's all-time greatest groups. So with this song, enjoy the combination of Mariah and ODB.


Jumpin Jack Boy - WANDS (1993)
A rock song called "Jumpin Jack Boy" obviously will not stir any excitement among most circles. This song is actually quite cool. WANDS is one of the coolest J-ROCK bands ever. Enjoy the melodic coolness of this song.


Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing (1992)
The late Whitney Houston has had a number of great songs. Some of which, I've focused in Wayback Wednesday posts on Facebook. This song is a lovely and powerful song. If you haven't heard of "I Have Nothing," go ahead and give this one a listen.


Bobby Brown - Humpin' Around (1992)
It's Wednesday. It's Hump Day. Some people call Wednesday "Hump Day." So to that cause, why I don't offer you some Bobby Brown? 'Cause ain't nobody humpin' around!


Lionel Richie - All Night Long (1983)
Get ready for this jungle-style song released in 1983. It is a wonderful song with a nice sort of vibe to it. This song was used in a Mountain Dew commercial years ago. Lionel Richie is ready to go all night long. Are you?


Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (1982)
My mother told me about the dark fate Marvin Gaye suffered. Can you imagine your own father disliking you? So much so... to the point of a father killing his son? It's terrible. When it comes to Marvin Gaye, this is one of Marvin Gaye's finer songs. Come get some sexual healing from the great Marvin Gaye himself with "Sexual Healing."


Roupa Nova - Tema da Vitoria (1981)
The winner of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix is played "Tema da Vitoria." This song was first released in 1981. This is a wonderful tune to listen to. Enjoy this one.


Bee Gees - How Deep is Your Love (1977)
The Bee Gees are up next. Smooth vocals and lovely instrumentals are what you can enjoy with this song. This is a fabulous song. Enjoy it to the fullest.


Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (1977)
Finally, more Bee Gees. This time, get ready for a positive piece of music here, because it's all about stayin' alive, man! 1977 love coming your way. Where were you back then?


That concludes the first time I did a "Wayback Wednesday" post outside of Facebook.





Again, depending on a number of factors, I may continue make this a regular piece of my blogging work, or I may abandon doing a blog post altogether on this. Let me know what you think about these old songs. Thank you for reading!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Nobody ever wants to feel like just another entity. No one wants to ever feel replaceable. Feeling like just another [whatever] makes some people feel unloved and disrespected. I always try to tell people personally online how much I appreciate knowing and following them. If there are people whom I love and respect in any capacity, I want to show I am not just another random soul. That's why I sometimes want to tell certain people in blogging and elsewhere in social media how much I am appreciative of others. I don't want to feel like just another person. I prefer feeling like I (hopefully) have provided some kind of positive impact on someone's life. Some people- like celebrities- are used to getting so much support from fans, and they usually don't try to individually show their appreciation to fans. Then sometimes, there are famous online personalities that either do or don't individually respond to others right away. Regardless, the feeling of knowing your presence means something to someone is always assuring and admired.

Here is another blog post which hopefully will help you feel better about yourself if you feel like just another useless or random soul to others.





--- Just Another... ---

Let's set the mood.

just another
^ Do you ever feel like you are just someone inferior, rather than being someone important or special? Feeling like just another nobody can make anyone feel disrespected and not appreciated.


Here are some nuances of feeling like just another...

Just Another... Among Peers.

Feeling like just another person among peers makes you simply seem like you offer no value or incentive with your presence or your work. You are basically someone who feels shoved to the side rather than someone even moderately appreciated.


Just Another... Among Classmates and the Workplace.

Every student in a class is important. At least... for teachers and places who seriously care about everyone getting a quality education and treated with respect. A workplace will have its hodgepodge of people who'll get along and those who can't get along. No student or employee wants to feel like he/she is just another expendable and replaceable entity. Some may not be special or wanted, but the opportunity for someone to take a school or business to the next level obviously wants to feel special and not feel like another worthless soul.


Just Another... Among Sports Teams.

Team chemistry in sports is crucial to success. Nobody wants to feel divided in a sports environment. A team that doesn't feel like each individual player isn't any real contributor to a team's success ends up feeling like just another athlete that could be better utilized.


Just Another... in Relationships.

Feeling like just another person rather than someone special can be damaging and demoralizing. If one feels someone can do better than the person he/she is with, that person should devote his/her entire energy towards someone he/she can love with his/her heart rather than be with someone who doesn't suit that person.

An even more worthless feeling is dating someone or being with someone simply for romantic or sexual pleasure, then letting them go. You think being with someone who doesn't appreciate you is bad enough? Try simply being someone's temporary love toy. Or as we say, "wham, bam, thank you ma'am." I've heard in countless daytime talk shows of women being one night stands. You know- be with someone and move on. Being loved by someone makes one feel like just another


Just Another... in Families.

How would you like to feel like you're just another person... among your own family? This can lead to absolute worthlessness if your own family treats you like you're just another insignificant person. Either you have to have done something completely unforgivable or have family members who simply hate you to ever feel like you are just another member of the family rather than someone very special. Your family should be a voice of support and love. If you feel like just another family member within your family, you feel worthless and unimportant. And among families, this can be seriously depressing.


Just Another... Among Fans.

I don't have a lot of people who actively comment to my material online. But for the loyal ones who do read and post comments, I am thankful. I am thankful for the fans I do have and those who do admire my work. I may not respond to everyone, but I feel great knowing my work does mean something to others. Maybe I'll have superstar status and have all kinds of fans on Facebook and Twitter and elsewhere. I still want to assure my loyal and respectful audience that their support is very much appreciated.


Just Another... When Trying to Impress Someone.

When I interact with some people I respect online, I sometimes feel like I am disregarded or disrespected. Sort of like when I blogged about unrequited love, there are times when I feel like I am not appreciated or that my attempts to show kindness don't mean anything. Sometimes you may try to be kind to someone and maybe not even realize if someone honestly dislikes you. The feeling of being just another person who likes someone or something in some way is the feeling expressed here. At least it feels good knowing someone honest and loyal cares.


Through the feeling of being just another person in others' lives, it makes you wonder two things: (1) what exactly do I mean to someone? (2) Are there things I could change about myself to where I feel a bit more important or a bit more respected to someone?



--- Just Another: Feeling Better About Yourself ---

If you feel like you are just another insignificant soul, either you can do more to feel more important, or you need to surround yourself with people who care more about you than the ones you are around at present. Feeling like just another person with no charm or appeal just makes you feel worthless in the eyes of others. Don't forget to believe in yourself regardless of what anyone may think about you. How can others believe in you if you don't believe in yourself?

The most important thing in all of this is in being able to remain strong and to feel loved. Any sort of thought that makes you feel less than you really are just cheapens your worth to others. Maybe you can change to where you may be better respected among others. If that doesn't work, then you just don't have too many other alternatives.



--- Just Another: To All of my Loyal Readers and Fans... ---

I just want you to know that you all are NEVER just another bunch of people who randomly visit my blog. Your cooperation and involvement with me and my work are appreciated every day, all year. You are NEVER just another soul that visits my work- especially if you are a loyal and honest visitor to my blogs and my other online work. So don't ever feel bad, unloved, or not appreciated.





Time for discussion. Here goes...

Have you ever felt like just another insignificant or unimportant entity? If so, how do you deal with such conditions and being around people who don't care as much? How would you help someone who may be dealing with a situation like this?

These life issue topics can really be tough to blog about. However, I feel I must discuss these matters so I can help people feel better about themselves. I care more about helping people than getting views with topics such as this. Anyhow, I hope you found some use for this blog post. I hope you Subscribe and Follow to keep up with my work. Thank you for reading!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rainy days can either be relaxing or depressing. Some people just want to stay home and be lazy when its wet. Some find rain to be relaxing. Any way you take rainy days, everyone has a different sort of take on days that get anywhere from misty to total washout. Rainy days depress some people because such days are so dull and bring down peoples' productivity. To counteract this, some people even devote certain rainy days to fun in-home entertainment, like watching movies or playing board games. On the other hand, some people embrace rainy weather by doing things ranging from playing in the rain to even (among the fashion community) do fashion pictures and posts while it is raining.

The certain mood to rainy days can range from days where there are sprinkles or drizzle to flooding rain days. Some days are just rainy, and some others can be rainy with storms. These sorts of things can screw with your mind if rainy days really affect your thinking. I personally admit that I do tend to be less productive and less like staying awake on rainy days. Everyone takes rainy days differently and in different ways. Weather does play a psychological edge often times.

Whether a day is a dry one or a wet one, it's still a day of the week and still a day of your life. Try to make the most of each day regardless of what the weather is like. Creative types will find ways to make rainy days more productive and more interesting. If that means staying home and reading your favorite book(s) or watching your favorite movie(s), so be it. You still try and make the most of each day even if you loathe rainy days. So remain strong if rainy days bring you down.





This was a mostly casual blog post- no research or anything to try to make something high-quality and detailed. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and maybe found something to discuss in regards to this. Speaking of discussion, here is my question to you all who want to discuss this topic a bit more...

How do you handle rainy days?

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This world can be a sad world to live in. A lot of things in life and society make it seem as if you can't do anything anymore. Or at least... do without fear of the unknown. These feelings help make life unenjoyable to some people. Negative influences are overexposed, often leaving us forget or neglect the positive life has to offer. This leaves us feeling like life can't be enjoyed as much as it could be. I am not going to solve all of the world's problems with just one blog post or a video. What I CAN do, however, is offer this blog post to hopefully share some thoughts and offer something that I think will be of help and of positivity. That is what I hope to do with this blog post.

As someone who has experienced moments of weakness, I am not providing this information as any sort of of professional at handling depression. The reason why I am providing this post and this advice is to help others who may not be as happy or content help feel better. I especially have put full effort in trying to provide something very useful and positive. The thoughts expressed stem from personal thoughts and even personal experiences.

Having said all of this, I hope you enjoy this post. Now let's begin.





--- A Happier World? ---

Ever wish there was something you wish you could change? What about something you could either change or influence change? Everyone has at least something they wish they could change about the world or how we live in life and society. For me, this relates to trying to have control over lots of things that lead us to feeling down. You won't have full control of your life. You are even going to worry over things you have no control over. However, there are a number of things that can help you feel happier and more in control than with a lot of other things.


Effects of Negativity.

What happens when it seems as if all you are truly exposed to is negativity? Among other things, you give into such negativity to where it takes over your life. You begin to lose interest in doing things you love. Some things that make you happy sometimes don't work as effectively when you're down. You sometimes may try to find anything to help bring happiness and harmony into your life, and those measures may not even work often times.

Negativity can lead to many disparaging things. Among others- depression, hopelessness, low self-esteem, anti-social behavior, health ailments, etc. So many different negative influences bring us down. Some of these negative influences can even be self-inflicted. These can involve things within our control or outside of our control. The important thing to remember from the latter part of the last sentence is that you have to be ready to deal with and accept certain things even if you can't control them. Regardless, a lot of things really rack our brains in trying to maintain happiness.


What would a happier world be like? Visit the next section.



--- What a Happier World Entails ---

Here are elements to help produce some positivity...


Appreciation.

Another element of social media is in being appreciated by others. Often when I visit blogs or comment, I usually wonder if I am appreciated or welcomed. I sometimes don't want to feel like I am just another anonymous figure posting comments to blog posts and other things. It feels good knowing you are appreciated by others. I know a lot of people will say in their blogs that they appreciate comments and views, but I want to personally let certain entities know I personally enjoy their work. If I feel like I am not appreciated when I visit someone's material, I almost seem like just another talking head or (even worse)... a stalker, at least, according to the party(-ies) in question. Doesn't it feel good knowing you are appreciated for your work rather than be disrespected or feel like you are unwelcome?


Encouragement.

When someone praises you for what you do, it helps you to do better and be better. As someone who mostly follows fashion blogs, you can imagine what it is like when someone praises one for their looks rather than make all sorts of insults and destructive criticism. Being encouraged allows you to remain positive and helps you stay focused and confident. When I offered compliments to certain individuals on how they look, some people even tell me that they feel encouraged or motivated to keep posting outfits and pictures. It was my honest kindness helping others feel better and feel encouraged.


Uplifting Spirits.

People sometimes just need a lift. It is tough to do tasks or live life if you feel down all the time. So people need their spirits uplifted in weak times. Sometimes, people have already had such high spirits, all to have their spirits broken because of some incident or series of incidents. For example, think of a sports team that loses a game on a last minute score by the other team. If we can uplift other peoples' spirits, they can feel better about themselves and feel loved even when things go wrong. I certainly feel great knowing I've positively impacted someone's life.


Knowing People Care.

There ARE people out there who care about others. There ARE still people with great hearts doing great things for people. Chivalry isn't dead. I think what gets a lot of people is that we don't really care about other people caring (or attempting to care) about us because of a certain lack of trust. It is true that you can't trust everybody. Likewise, it is at least nice to know someone cares about you and has your best interests in mind. I don't think you should rely on people, but it does feel wonderful knowing somebody cares about you. Be thankful if someone does care about you and for you.


These are among many different things to help people feel better and happier. When people feel better and when there is lots of positive to look to, people live better and feel better. Surroundings and other factors sometimes allow us to not feel as confident or as happy as we could be.



--- Inspiration for this Post ---

Really, I've been thinking about a lot of things in my life and in the lives of others. A terrible thing is that we all have certain aspects of life that really just bring us to shame and make us feel sad. Some things just really make us feel like we live in a sad world with no possible way to improve our positive mood. I certainly can't help make the world a better place, nor am I able to work miracles. However, I can still make some sort of contributions either to myself or to others to help make life happier for myself and others.

Some people basically need certain things to be happy about. Not everyone is willing to share a laugh or truly feel positive each day. What CAN be done is maybe find ways we can make our society and our world a happier place. It is tough to feel happy when things in your life bring you down so much. Some people sort of wait for something positive to come along to draw happiness into one's life. Some others attempt certain things just to try to make something happy happen.

Whatever the case, I think there are too many things that break us down rather than keep us up. I am not making excuses or anything- it's the truth. Some people just have certain tough times or certain feelings which make us feel depressed and unable to enjoy what good there is in the world.



--- A Happier World: Final Thoughts ---

The world we live in can be a hodgepodge of things that bring us down and make us unable to enjoy life. Whether self-inflicted or brought on by countless influences within and outside of our control, life isn't enjoyable when we are surrounded by so many negative things. We sometimes bring unhappiness on ourselves in having certain feelings that prevent us from feeling our best and feeling happy. Whatever the case, there are too many negative influences that bring us to unhappiness. It is really unfortunate that there aren't enough influences to help us fell happier about ourselves, the lives we live, the people we are around, our own health conditions, and countless other things. If we can find ways to help bring happiness into the world and have it outweigh the negative burdens we life with, this world can be a happier place. Feeling happy inside and out even with countless negative influences within and outside is the key here.

Having a more positive life and having more positive influences can help us live and feel better. Too much negative leads to many poor things- depression, low self-esteem, health ailments, pessimism, hopelessness, and the like. Even people who seem normal and happy may have lingering issues that help prevent them from completely feeling happy.

If even to make yourself a better person, do whatever you can to try to work with people to help them feel better. I feel being able to help one person feel better is enough to spark a movement of helping people feel better about themselves and offer happiness. If we can help some people feel happier about themselves or do things to help make life better for others, it will help make the world a happier place regardless of the various issues that plague our world. We can make the world a happier place and live happier lives if we work to make things happen rather than pile on more doom and gloom. Take it from someone whom has had multiple episodes of depression- we need to do whatever it takes to help others feel happy. Sometimes, making others feel happy makes yourself feel happy- you certainly want this if you yourself are experiencing some sort of unhappiness or feel like times can be much better.

Negative influences can be internal or external. They can stem from things within our control or outside out of our control. They can be things we can prevent or things forced onto us. No matter what negative influences there are, we still need to remain as happy and as hopeful as possible to prevent lives spiraling out of control to where there is no chance of recovery. So go ahead- let's try to make life and times happier for others, and let's try to reduce the many negative elements that bring down our society and our world.


A Music Video Influence.

All I got to say is... it may be tough, not every day is a great one. At least from one person, here is a message to take to heart- don't worry, be happy!


^ "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy"


Best wishes to all of you with all of your various situations.





Get ready to sound off. Here's the discussion:

Do we live in a negative world? Is it possible to reverse the negatives that impact our lives and our world? Of what importance is being and feeling happy to you? Is it possible we can make the world a happier place and our society a happier society?

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Bowling can be quite fun to partake in. You never know what will happen as you try to knock down 10 pins in a frame of bowling. It can be fun no matter what. So for this casual blog post, I'll share thoughts on the sport of bowling. I am no ace in the sport or anything, but I have done some bowling before and want to share this with my wonderful worldwide audience.

NOTE: When I did my research for this blog post, Wikipedia made mention of two different kinds of bowling- pin bowling and target bowling. This post refers to pin bowling, and especially the traditional ten-pin bowling.





--- Bowling at a Glance ---

Let's set the mood! Here is a little bowling video to get you excited about this topic:


^ "Crazy Bowling Shot"

Now for some commentary on bowling.


Brief History.

(Information in this section was taken from Wikipedia)

The sport of Ten-Pin bowling dates back to more than 3,000 or 5,000 years ago; and more modern bowling dates back to about 1840 with the first ten-pin bowling alley built in New York City. Bowling equipment was proudly served by the Brunswick Corporation starting in 1914 to help enhance the sport. Just like golf, this was a sport brought over to the United States from Europe, and it stemmed from the German nine-pin game of Kegeln.


Who Bowls?

Bowling today happens in a number of different bowling alleys and is enjoyed by people ranging from casual bowlers up to professional bowlers. You have families and circles of friends playing bowling at bowling alleys, and you even have the professionals- like in the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) who are among the very best in the profession. I have even seen TV highlights of collegiate bowling at times. The sport is played by males and females, and they range from individual bowlers to bowling teams.


Technique.

Though the sport is enjoyed by a range of people with a range of abilities, there is actual technique involved in being a great bowler. You don't just roll the ball down the lane and hope to knock down all of the pins. The strategy begins as you try to line up your shot. Much like a race car driver has to envision the next turn of a race track when running laps around the track (I had to get a racing reference in!), a bowler has to envision how he/she is going to knock down all the pins in one frame of bowling. The bowler has to give a good amount of force swinging the ball and rolling the ball down the lane. The ball can go straight ahead or even have a curved trajectory to try to knock down all the pins. And of course, you want to make sure to knock down the pins while making sure not to let the ball fall into the out of bounds area- the good old gutter balls.


(Some) Terminology.

A traditional game of bowling is done in ten frames. Frames in bowling are like innings in baseball. You get two chances to knock down all ten pins in a frame. In the tenth frame, you can get three attempts to knock down all ten pins. If one is successful at knocking down all ten pins in one bowl, you get a strike. Bowling three or more strikes in succession earns you a turkey. If unsuccessful in knocking down all ten pins in one bowl but take out the missed pins in the bottom half of the frame, you earn a spare. The greatest feat any bowler can accomplish is the Perfect Game- a score of 300. How do you do that? Knock down all ten pins... in all ten frames. It has been done before, but it is rare. Bowling a perfect game is as great of an accomplishment in bowling as pitching a perfect game (or even a no-hitter) in baseball.


Bowling Style.

Show some style when at the bowling lanes. Here are a few things to note:

bowling ball
^ from: www.amazon.com - If you really want to be unique, why not have your own special bowling balls?

Most bowling balls are very smooth and shiny. Some others are more rubberized. Not all bowling balls are created equal. Find a type that best suits you and your skill level if you want your own custom bowling balls.


bowling shoes
^ from: www.amazon.com - Bowling shoes. Men's bowling shoes, in this case.

For those of you who read my fashion blog "StyleSpace by JBM," I may discuss bowling fashion in that blog to compliment this discussion here.

The most important bit of fashion regarding bowling is in bowling shoes. You need sufficient traction on the wood floors as you try to line up your shot. Bowling shoes are low-heel oxfords that give you the needed traction as you bowl. They are available for males and females in various styles. You rent a pair of bowling shoes to go bowling in (or you can bring your own, of course). Just find a pair that suits the shoe size you normally wear.

Some people wear bowling gloves or wrist supports to get a better grip of the ball. Consider getting yourself these items if you want better grip of the ball as you're preparing to bowl frames.

There isn't really much else to discuss regarding bowling fashion except for those who wear special shirts and jackets to look stylish while bowling. You probably want to look at such items if you just want to look cool at the bowling alley or when you're trying to buy items to form your own bowling team.


That's about it in discussing bowling.



--- Bowling: Final Thoughts ---

Bowling is very fun, whether doing going to a bowling alley or even in playing virtual bowling. I still remember playing bowling with Wii Sports or Wii Sports Resort. I usually score in the 170-190 range in my Wii bowling. Bowling is still great fun either playing solo or with others. Go out and enjoy playing this fun sport. Or if you're watching on TV, marvel at the technique and skill bowlers of various skill levels provide. There's just nothing like it.


In Case You're Interested...

I shown off a little of material online for you all who want to get some bowling merchandise. If you want more, click on the link below and help support my blogging work. Your participation is voluntary, but would be greatly appreciated if you enjoy this post:

all things Bowling on Amazon


Look around for stuff that will interest you bowlers. Happy shopping! :)





It is now your turn to speak up.

Do you enjoy bowling? What do you think about bowling?

I hope you have enjoyed this post and my efforts to discuss the sport of ten-pin bowling. That concludes another post of "John's Blog Space." Subscribe and Follow if you want to keep up with my latest posts. Thank you for reading!

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