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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cats have surely gained popularity in recent times. Especially on the Internet scene, a variety of cats have made themselves quite the stars. Cats have been my favorite animals for most of my life. I've been fond of cats since childhood. There's just something about them that just really makes me like them. Maybe I liken cats as being intelligent creatures, always curious and ambitious, able to stand their own ground, are very agile and adaptive... there is just something to love about cats. Much as I've done with rabbits and horses previously... it is time I blog about cats.

Hello to all the cat lovers out there reading John's Blog Space!


BEFORE I BEGIN...

This blog post is a reborn version of a past blog post. It was first released on October 10, 2011; and the last update to it was in January 25, 2012. It has been very poor in getting views- some 36 views were accumulated in its time since. Being disappointed with its performance, I deleted the old post and brought it back with a new makeover. So this blog post has been made over and reborn.





--- Cats in Pictures and Videos ---

I understand the importance of establishing a positive atmosphere, so I want to do nothing more than offer a positive and fun place for which to discuss a topic like this. Do you love cats? I hope this blog post will warm your heart. This is dedicated to all of you who love cats. I hope you will be able to enjoy all that I have to provide for all of you.

I know there are people who would rather prefer dogs over cats. Often times, I get jaded about always hearing about vicious dogs being involved attacking people as well as other dogs. How often do you hear of violent cats (except for the ferocious cats, like panthers, tigers, lions, etc.)? It's almost as if people tend to dislike cats so much that they usually have them neglected. Again- there are lots more people who'd rather have dogs than cats, but as a cat lover, cats need the own time in the spotlight.


What Do Cats Signify to/for People?

I don't know my cat breeds too well and what makes them different. You have cat types like Scottish Folds, tabbies, and cats like that. Many nations have such felines in their coat of arms, on their flag, or even as icons of a city or nation. Having such fierce felines (especially lions) usually signify power and wisdom. For example, Singapore's mascot is the Merlion- a mermaid lion. The use of such felines mean many things to many people in many applications.

If you're a sports fan, you've heard of lots of feline-nicknamed teams.

For example... here are some pro examples of feline mascots: the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Tigers, Florida Panthers, and the Arizona Sabrecats.

Now for MANY college examples about feline mascots: University of Houston Cougars, Louisiana State University Tigers, Auburn University Tigers, University of Kentucky Wildcats, University of Pittsburgh Panthers, Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions, Brigham Young University Cougars, Arizona Wildcats, Western Carolina Catamounts, Lafayette Leopards, Northern Iowa Panthers, College of Charleston Cougars, Chicago State Cougars, IUPUI Jaguars, Tuskegee University Golden Tigers, and teams like that. Even sports teams can appreciate the ferocity and character felines have. Even here in Houston, we are sometimes called the Wildcat City, and us Houstonians are sometimes called Wildcatters. Wildcatters was one of the nicknames that was considered to name the team eventually called... the Houston Texans of the NFL. So even sports teams can appreciate feline mascots and nicknames and what each represents.


This blog post is my virtual salute to cats. So be proud to be here for this post on John's Blog Space, especially if you love cats! What you will see mostly is of videos dedicated to all of you cat lovers out there. This post contains everything from cute kittens to some more fierce felines. Cats of all kinds? I gots 'em, yo! :)



--- Cat Pictures ---

Pictures will be replaced if there are certain copyright issues I can't use certain pictures. Anyhow, this is your first bit of cat loving:

cute cat
^ from: scisoc.org.au - Here's a cute cat to start things off. Isn't this kitty cute?

cat and yarn
^ from: www.buzzfeed.com - Cats can be quite fascinated with yarn. This kitty is having fun with this ball of yarn.

Nyan Cat
^ from: www.ebog.net - This is the ever-famous Nyan Cat. For more information on it, learn more about this Internet meme at this knowyourmeme.com entry on Nyan Cat.


I hope you enjoyed these pictures! I may add more in future edits.





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The #WaybackWednesday media selections for this week are coming up! Welcome to another Hump Day where I spoil you with all kinds of old school goodness. Stuff at least 5 years old will be featured in this post. You don't mind me taking you back in time, don't you? Time to go to work again... it's Wayback Wednesday!

I announced that I will now start doing my "Wayback Wednesday" posts in my blog since I reach out to more people. So if you enjoy me posting stuff about old songs and other old things, you've come to the right place. If it means a better chance to gain more views, so be it.

Before you read this post, you can look at past installments of posts in the "Wayback Wednesday" category, by clicking this link: Wayback Wednesday.






--- 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. Some songs may be age-restricted. The availability of each link may vary.

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


Wayback Wednesday: November 19, 2014

Time for this week's selections. Here are my selections for "Wayback Wednesday" this week:


The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go (2008)
Catchy songs will surely get my attention and make lists like these. This one surely is catchy in its own right.


Vince Young and Next Level Freestyle - Knocking Doors Down (2007)
In the 2006 Rose Bowl, the University of Texas beat the University of Southern California in one of the greatest college football games of all time (and my personal favorite college football game of all time). The UT-Austin quarterback and Houston native, Vince Young did a freestyle rap session along with Kiotti, AP, and Lil' Keith. If you want to hear the former NFL quarterback- who played for teams like the Tennessee Titans- drop some freestyle raps, have a listen to this song along with the likes of some other personalities, check this piece out uploaded to YouTube in 2007.


Lola - I Can't Take It (Nevins Remix) (2007)
The original song is good, but the Nevins remix of this 2007 is even better. This post takes you to 2007 with the hot vocals of Lola. Enjoy this bit of electronic pop.


P!nk - U + Ur Hand (2006)
On Wednesdays, we wear pink... at least in the world of Mean Girls. On Wayback Wednesdays, we listen to Pink. So here is some P!nk for you all. It's you and your hand tonight with this 2006 song. Welcome to 2006!


Amerie - 1 Thing (2005)
Amerie Rogers is someone whom I've featured before in my Beauties-themed posts. She is what some of us call "Blasian"- Black and Asian. Amerie is in fact Black-Korean. Amid her songs, one of my personal favorite songs of hers can be heard in "Saints Row 2" called "1 Thing." Click on the link to hear and see the video. Welcome to 2005! By the way, I didn't know Amerie is a Capricorn (I'm one myself!). Born on January 12. My birthday is January 15.


Public Announcement - John Doe (1999)
I am a popular John (or at least I think I am), but John Doe is more popular. There's even a song about him! Public Announcement sung of John Doe. What sets us apart? I run blogs more popular than John Doe. Anyhow, I'll give John Doe his due and feature this 1999 song. Enjoy, but remember- John Doe ain't no John Marine!!!


Ol' Dirty Bastard feat. Kelis - Got Your Money (1999)
Hey, dirty... baby, I got your money! Get ready for some ODB from the Wu-Tang Clan. Welcome to 1999 and this cool song from the charismatic OBD. LONG LIVE OL' DIRTY BASTARD! WARNING: Bad language!


Faith Evans - Love Like This (1998)
There was a time when Bad Boy Entertainment was one of the hottest labels in the realm of hip-hop. One such part of Bad Boy was... a girl. Her name? Faith Evans. Here is a hot song that I've heard a number of times remixed. Welcome to 1998 and this great song.


Erykah Badu - Tyrone (1997)
Call Tyrone. Just don't use my phone... okay? Oh, and welcome to 1997! (WARNING: Bad language!)


TLC - Red Light Special (1994)
Here is a personal favorite song of mine of three ladies: T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli- better known as TLC. They'll give you the Red Light Special in this song. Sexy vocals and smooth instruments complimented by a sweet set of beats make this one hot to listen to. If you're ready to go back to 1994, click on the link above!

And if you want to see my old blog post on TLC here on JBS, check this out: TLC (John's Blog Space).


SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Mix) (1992)
Sisters With Voices. From one of the hottest '90s R&B girl groups to one of the other great '90s R&B groups, I give you one of my favorite SWV songs. This is 1993 loving coming your way. Where were you in 1993 when this song came along?

Here is my old post on SWV, in case you're interested: SWV (John's Blog Space)


Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (1981)
The year is 1981. I was not yet born. One guy named Carl Carlton sung about a woman who's one bad mama jama. Whomever Carl Carlton was referring to, I wouldn't want to mess with her. You probably wouldn't either. However, she makes for a good song- as you can tell if you listen to this 1981 song. :)


James Brown - Papa Don't Take No Mess (1974)
Get ready for some James Brown. Papa don't take no mess! Here is some 1974 loving for you. It's perfectly fine if you groove to this one in your chair, on your bed, or wherever you may be hearing this song. Even better, this video is also some old school Soul Train action. So this is a win-win for you. Boogie down and enjoy this one!


The O'Jays - For The Love of Money (1973)
I've heard it as a song in a very old Nissan commercial I somehow remember, and I often hear it as the theme usually played on FOX 26 Morning News Extra here in Houston for Checking Your Money. All most other people know is that this song is all about the money. Lord knows I don't make much through blogging or other affiliate marketing. Still, there's nothing like making that paper. Getting 'dat money. Folks- this is a funky trip back to 1973. Enjoy the ride!


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine. To check out the latest posts in the "Wayback Wednesday" category, including the post you just read, click this link: Wayback Wednesday.





Let me know if there are any songs you liked in this set. I do what I can to take you back. Hope you enjoyed this week's collection. Appreciate and honor the past. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's #WaybackWednesday again! Hump Day loving coming your way courtesy of yours truly. How about a musical (and other media?) trip back in time? As long as material is at least five years old, you'll see it here. Can I take you back in time? Good! I know you'll cooperate. So let's do this!





--- 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: November 12, 2014

Enjoy these selections! :)


Mynt feat. Kim Sozzi - "Back in Love" (2005)
Actually, I had this song planned for last week's "Wayback Wednesday." I now put this post here for you to enjoy. This is a light dance song by Mynt featuring Kim Sozzi. Enjoy this 2005 song.


OutKast - Hey Ya! (2003)
Hey, ya! A double shot of OutKast is coming your way. First off is this classic. OutKast is one of the all-time greats in hip-hop. Big Boi and Andre 3000 are (to quote Kevin Harlan) all dressed up and ready to go. Classic OutKast coming your way in this 2003 song. Enjoy!


OutKast - I Like the Way You Move (2003)
From the same album as "Hey Ya!" is this smooth piece. For about the same reasons I am a Linkin Park fan in regards to rock, I am a fan of OutKast in regards to hip-hop. OutKast isn't afraid to try out different avenues of music. For this song, this is a great dance-type song with some smooth vocals and smooth instruments. If you've never heard this song, I think you'll enjoy it. So have a listen to this 2003 song.


The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (1998)
Welcome to 1998! The Offspring are ready to rock. They'll tell you they're pretty fly... for a white guy. '90s rock coming your way!


Hanson - Mmmbop (1996)
I "went there" with Brittney Spears last week for "Wayback Wednesday." Now with this 1996 song, I "went there" with Hanson. Enjoy these three guys and their music. Quintessential 1990s pop-rock is what you're going to get here. Enjoy! You're welcome.


Blackstreet - No Diggity feat. Dr. Dre, Queen Pen (1996)
Let's stay in 1996 and change the genre of music. Hip-Hop and R&B come together like peanut butter and jelly with this hot song. "No Diggity" is the song, and the group is Blackstreet. Enjoy this one!


Boyz II Men - MoTown Philly (1991)
Anyone who knows me knows that one of my all-time favorite groups is Boyz II Men. This 1991 song is one of my favorites of Boyz II Men, not to mention this being on the "Legacy" album of Boyz II Men. Here is a super-cool 1991 track for you all.


Bell Biv Devoe - Poison (1990)
You probably heard this song if you've played "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Welcome to the year 1990! Bell Biv Devoe is ready to get you movin'. I hope you enjoy this one!


Van Halen - Panama (1984)
Let's continue the theme of old songs heard in video games. My only memory of this song is this being part of the intro to Gran Turismo 4. This is just a wicked cool song to begin with. This, speaking as someone who is absolutely not any kind of rock afficionado.


- Movin' on Up (1978)
Are you a fan of the sitcom "The Jeffersons?" If so, then I'm presenting you "Movin' on Up," which is the theme song to "The Jeffersons." It was written by Ja'net Dubois (who also sung this song) and Jeff Barry. Come and get your 1978 loving, folks!


The Emotions - Best of My Love (1977)
The Eagles and The Emotions both made songs called "Best of My Love." The one you're getting here is "Best of My Love" from The Emotions. This has the right combination of groovy and smooth. You can't argue with the smoothness of this song. This version was the best one I could find of this song. Welcome to 1977! I'm sure you'll have no problem enjoying this song. Believe me.


Kool and the Gang - Jungle Boogie (1973)
Ready to groove? If not, you're going to groove once you hear this joint. Kool and the Gang are all about the Jungle Boogie here. Well... what are you waiting for? Groove to this 1973 song and be happy!


Thank you for checking out this "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine.





What material did you enjoy? Did I even bring back some memories for you? :) Feel free to comment at will. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This "John's Corner" is on #WaybackWednesday. Wayback Wednesday on JBS is what this edition of "John's Corner" is on and my WW blog posts. If you ever wonder where I got the inspiration to make these posts, this edition of "John's Corner" will fill you in. You'll get to know about why I do this and how I consider which songs to feature in my posts. Before going any further...

Johns Corner
Welcome to John's Corner!

The deal these days is on Throwback Thursday. Even though Throwback Thursday is popular, some devote Wednesday as a day of looking back. There are some radio stations- mostly hip-hop radio stations- that devote Wednesday to old songs. That is how I began to get into posting links of YouTube videos of old songs. I did it mostly among Facebook friends. These days, I'm trying to feature more of these to more than just my Facebook profile friends. One of the real bonuses of doing these "Wayback Wednesday" posts is that I get a chance to share music with others. It also helps to share my nearly unconditional love of music. There are some classic songs that are old, but not terribly old. That's why I set the threshold of music at songs that are at least five years old. Since it is 2014 as of this post, that means I will not feature anything 2010 or after in my "Wayback Wednesday" posts.

Each week I've done these posts on Facebook, I always try to find at least one song in each of the following genres:

• Hip-Hop, R&B, and adult contemporary
• electronic dance music
• rock
• (optional) certain other genres including video/computer game music

Sometimes, the material I post for "Wayback Wednesday" has nothing to do with music. I simply just provide some material like sports events, news events, motorsports, and more. I just do what I can to provide classic material for my audience. At times, I even surprise myself just how I am able to recall such things.

I almost randomly pick songs and other material based on stuff I remember. I have a love of music to where I just think about what kind of songs and what kind of variety I want to offer in my weekly look backs at music. Posting certain songs makes me wonder just where the music industry has gone and how much music has changed between now and then. I get nostalgic and sometimes even just feel sad at what music has become today as opposed to certain past times. I may even offer certain songs that I think others would like even if I don't necessarily like some of the songs I select. Everything is based on a random sort of songs I feel like featuring. It's rare I get support from viewers or visitors, so I keep to myself on picking certain songs and such. It may also be possible I feature certain songs again in future installments of "Wayback Wednesday" if they've already been featured in other posts of mine. My job isn't to find and feature every single song once and never return to them. For example, I may pick out a song one week, then put that same song in another "Wayback Wednesday" post three weeks later.


If you enjoy my "Wayback Wednesday" posts, thank you. I may start doing these regularly here on John's Blog Space. I think I reach out to more people with blog posts than just simply doing this among Facebook friends.





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Another #WaybackWednesday post is on the way with more old stuff. I usually feature old songs (at least 5 years old) in these posts. Besides music, other material may be featured. Want to take a little trip back in time? You're in luck! Welcome to "Wayback Wednesday" here on John's Blog Space!





--- 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: November 5, 2014

Enjoy these selections! :)


Edun - Put 'em Up (2007)
How about some good old dance music? I know I featured Edun in one of my Beauties-themed posts... I think my African Beauties post. Edun is of Nigerian-Russian descent. So I'm sure she's somewhere among the African Beauties and the Eastern European Beauties. Go ahead and groove to this one. Just do one thing- put 'em up! Class of 2007, represent!


Enur - Calabria (2007)
A number of times on local radio, I've heard the hip-hop style remix of this song. Well, you're getting the dance version of this song here. Enjoy this 2007 song, everyone!


Mike Jones - Back Then (2004)
Some Houston hip-hop is coming up for my next two selections. I'm sure my own Houston/Galveston area folks can appreciate me posting this material to continue this week's Wayback Wednesday post. "Back then, they didn't want me. Now I'm hot, they all on me." That's the clean version of this song's chorus. Want to hear this song in its raw form? Check this song out. WARNING: Bad language!


Mike Jones Feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall - Still Tippin' (HQ / Dirty) (2004)
Slim Thug. Mike Jones. Paul Wall. Enjoy some of the big names in Houston hip-hop here. That even includes the legendary Swishahouse label here in Houston. WARNING: Bad language!


Janet Jackson - All For You (2001)
Want something groovy and fun? Janet Jackson may have the song for you. In fact, it's all for you. Feel free to enjoy this 2001 track!


Mandy Moore - I Want to be With You (1999)
Mandy Moore provides this beautiful song from 1999. Nothing "hardcore," nothing "epic," nothing "bad ass," this is just sweet and melodic. Listen and enjoy.


Brittney Spears - Baby One More Time (1999)
Yes. I went there. Some girl was born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana. This girl is named Brittney Spears- who would become a real icon of the mid-late 1990s along with her (I guess) rival Christina Aguilera. Girls wanted to be her, all the way to belly-baring tops and low-rise bottoms. This is a must-play song if you're planning some '90s party. Yes- I went "there" by picking this 1999 song as part of this week's Wayback Wednesday. You're welcome.


The Prodigy - Serial Thrilla (1997)
Many people know Prodigy for one of the all-time hit songs of the 1990s- "Firestarter." While yours truly also enjoy that song, The Prodigy does have some other great songs. This is one of them- Serial Thrilla.


Monica - Before You Walk Out of My Life (1995)
I was never crazy about Monica. However, I always thought she was such a fine singer. One of my favorites of hers is this song called "Before You Walk Out of my Life." Beautiful singing, great vocals... classic '90s R&B is what I'm giving you here. Enjoy it. By the way... from YouTube comments I read about this song, did you know that Monica was barely age 14 when she came up with this song?


Lionel Richie - You Are (1983)
When you don't know what a song is and who sings it, you sometimes try to remember a song by its lyrics. Enter this one. I knew the chorus had "You are the sun..." in its chorus. That led me to find this song for you all. Ladies and gentlemen worldwide, I give you Lionel Richie. "You Are" was released the same year and month I was born- January 1983. So folks, welcome to 1983!


Michael Jackson - Rock With You (1979)
Your parents probably grooved to this song at the disco clubs. One of my personal favorite Michael Jackson songs is "Rock With You." Listen to this one to hear why. This is 1979!


The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone (1972)
Finally, it's time I tempt you with some Temptations. This song has always been such a catchy tune to me. This final song in this week's Wayback Wednesday is a throwback to 1972. Neither me nor my brother were born when this song was released. I'm presenting you the long version of this song- the almost 12-minute version of it!


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine.





What material did you enjoy? Did I even bring back some memories for you? :) Feel free to comment at will. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(UPDATED: November 12, 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.



LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):

NOV 12 2014 - edited look of post; added another personality (hint: Vatican City)





--- 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 (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:
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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 ---

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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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