Expand your Vocabulary- /A nice compiled list of words for reference/

How big is your vocabulary? Most native speakers of English only have a limited vocabulary of a meager 20,000 words- and most of the time we use less than half of that. Learning new words not only benefits you in general, it adds spice to any paper you might have to type up, you can actually sound smart insulting some one using your expanded vocabulary.

So how big is the English Language? According to the Language Monitor the English language has as many as 1,025,109.8 words (http://www.languagemonitor.com/number-of-words/number-of-words-in-the-english-language-1008879/)

So how can you learn new words? How do you attain this proficiency, or even come close to that number?

I have a bona fide method myself that has passed the test of time. I really just read any book (those old Philosophy books are perfect) I’ll underline any obscure or strange word, look them up and write them down- eventually I use them on a daily  basis. Knowing allot of words is more than just recognizing, its the application of these words that put you into real perspective as a writer.

Try using some of these words for next paper, blog post, etc. you have to write- You would be surprised just how powerful these words can be.

  • Flaccid- soft, hanging loosely
  • Disseminating- to spread or disperse
  • Generative-relating to or capable of producing or reproducing
  • Effervescent- giving off bubbles, fizzy
  • Unequivocally- leaving no doubt
  • Resplendent-Attractive and impressive
  • Befitting- gerund or present participle
  • Supplementally- added to something else to make it complete
  • Primogenitory- First born or eldest child of the same parents
  • Procure- obtain, especially with care
  • Hanker- to feel a strong desire to do something
  • Ignominious- deserving or causing public disgrace
  • Brooded- to think deeply about something that makes one unhappy
  • Multitudinous- very numerous
  • Toil- to work extremely hard
  • Abscond- to leave hurriedly
  • Accouterments- articles of clothing
  • Affable- Easy and Pleasant to talk to, approachable
  • Agrestic- rural, rustic
  • Aplomb- self confident
  • Apolaustic- devoted to enjoyment
  • Bereft- deprived of something
  • Boeotian- stupid, dull
  • Chauvinistic- aggressively or fanatically patriotic
  • Chthonic- of or related to the underworld
  • Concatenate- to connect or link in chain
  • Dearth- a scarce supply
  • Defenestrate- to throw out the window
  • Dollop- a shapeless mass or blob
  • Euphony- agreeable sound
  • Exiguous- meager
  • Facetious- playfully Jocular, Humorous

Other Resources

http://www.thesaurus.com/ – The best Online Thesarus

http://www.vocabula.com/vrbestwords.asp – A fine collection of  rarely used words

Closing

Learning new words requires devotion, and above all improves your capability to create readable works- it adds more description, it lights the path and guides the reader. So never stop, in fact- learn a new word every day.

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Steak n’ Shake is Coming to Russellville- The Anticipation is Gripping

Russellville is a growing community and since I have attended Tech I have witnessed the expansion of this quaint college town.

Most of the changes I have noticed were on Parkway- first they put in a Buffalo Wild Wings, then this Hibachi grill called Sumo- and now they are putting in my favorite burger joint! (As well as a Chili’s.)

RussVegas is becoming a very prominent town food-wise and it is worth mentioning how annoying it is that there are two Burger Kings, or Mcdonalds, and Wendy’s. There is not much Variety in RussellVille burger wise- just a Noah’s Ark of eaterys, where every thing comes 2 at a time- but if that is how it is here Then BRING ON ANOTHER STEAK’N’STEAK!

Steak’n’Shake is pretty much the only chain restaurant that I can stand- all others I despise (except taco bell, unless it abandons the sriracha quesarito).

Learn how to Play An Instrument- A No Nonsense Guide To practical Jamming

For some people, learning how to play an instrument is all too intimidating. We like to over complicate the process of music making and get discouraged right when we can’t get sound like what we’d imagine we would sound like in our heads.

I started playing the bass in 2008, I sounded terrible those first couple of months, and only through the long drawn out process of trial and error did I even attain at least some play ability. I eventually took lessons from a blind man named Dawson (https://www.facebook.com/dawsonmusic) and that was when I got my steady foundation of my bass skills.

Over my 6 year span of bass playing, I have learned some tips that can be universally applied to virtually any instrument of your choice.

Some Things to THINK about

1) Stop Over-complicating it- Give yourself a little credit, learning an instrument isn’t easy; but it also isn’t hard either- it is possible.

2) You will not be the best, but you should still practice- You may not be the best, but you will never get close if you don’t put the time in.

3) Find the Instrument that is right for you- Everyone has their own instrument that fits them, mine is the bass- yours might be a Guitar, a Banjo, the Drums, a mandolin, maybe even a violin. When you do find the instrument right for you, Never buy the most expensive one at first- you need to ease in to it-

4) Play around with it- You don’t have to delve right into a structured and well planned syllabus, get comfortable with your instrument. Find your style as well as your confidence, you can’t possibly learn something successfully if you don’t get to have fun with it.

5) Chords- The Most fundamental aspect of music is all found in the chords. So your proficiency in chords could make you compatible with other musicians.

6)  Tabs- I never learned how to read music, nor did I ever want to, I feel like for the most part some people want to trick you into believing that you must be able to read music before you can advance your playing. I do believe that is something worth learning, and useful, but some people just don’t have the time to learn this skill, in fact it is a whole ‘nother skill in its own. Tabs- are much easier to read, and are easy to find on the web. Sites like Ultimate guitar ( http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/) give you a fast and easy way of reading music- and therefore are a very important tool for the musician.

7) YouTube- Tabs aren’t always up for grabs- and may not even be your style, if you prefer someone explain how to do something, and show you than YouTube is always an option (and sometimes it is your only option). YouTube has metronomes, Gutair fills, drum loops.

8) Make your own songs- Why just learn other people songs? Put your creative skills to work for once and orchestrate your own rhythm.

9) Collaborate!- Find some friends or other people in your nearby area that play instruments- some experienced players can shoot you some tips, and correct some mistakes. Jamming is a form of art among some circles, and creates a truly original sound in its self. Jamming brings people together, and overall improves over time.

Learning to play an Instrument is much more than some noise that’s about to be made. It is a form of self expression, and self determination- and anyone can do it.

Coltergeist-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Vq8z83357HUENJMHRNVzZJRjAwTzdkeUlsQzF6OXFIdkdF/view?usp=sharing

Walking was never our first option,and what drove us to walk was out of pure boredom- It was My friend, My girlfriend and myself on that night, walking in my gf’s neighborhood to this cemetery where an alleged geocaching site was. I decided to record the whole thing on voice memo with my iphone just to see if I could pick up any thing that was, you know “un-human”.

After almost a mile of walking, we had just got to the cemetery- My friend and I were discussing on what the proper pronunciation for the German philosopher Immanuel Kant was, and before we could step foot into the cemetery  I turn around and notice my girlfriend in full sprint the opposite way towards her house.

When we got back to her house, I saw that she was in a state of shock. She had witnessed some thing of super natural nature. Her eyes were big- her face was pale and the hairs on the back of her neck were standing up. The question appeared right before ourselves: What Happened, say I wanna know? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTmDJ1Q4Fdk&list=PLaBC9XIcyhoFD-KDXkvv5tue7uOnCVVUn&index=5)

That was when I referred to my voice memo in my phone(my fancy Iphone 3gs) after skipping through all of the long drawn out recording, I found something that had taken all of our attentions hostage. It stroke a little fear in me at first i’m not going to lie, Click on the link above- after I say “I feel a presence” (which I have no idea why I said that) you hear this sinister nightmarish breathing. The sound of it was revolting and appalling, enough to make us want nothing to do with that cemetery, let alone any cemetery.

Finally- Finals

The end of the Spring 2015 semester, finals is on the way. Some students are pulling out their hair in stress, and others could care less- and the worst part is, the library is crowded; there are no open vacant and empty floors during finals. Finding a spot at a computer is as much of a menial task as parking here. All around the crowded library you hear the silent murmurs and intelligible babbling of everyone in the room. Throughout this mass congregation of students, are papers being written, material getting studied, and group projects getting straightened out- all while I am churning out blogs to meet the requirements for my mass media class.

Minecraft City- “Two Rivers”

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I never even intended on making this city it all sort of just happened. I made a random map on mine-craft on creative mode and found that the rivers did not connect, so I spent a good couple of hours connecting the rivers on the map together. There next to one of the rivers was an npc village, so I decided to make a giant building to add to the town. It didn’t take long before I started adding on the village, the whole town became one giant construction project ever since.

I call the city Two Rivers, based on it’s location. It is in between two rivers and mostly in a desert biome. I estimate that there are over 1000(don’t want to be overgenerous here) buildings that are within the city. This project wasn’t built in one night either, I would do little by little each day- so after many month’s of building and connecting two little npc villages together and I have these pictures to show from it.

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The only regret from building this city, was that i didn’t make the roads wide enough in most parts of the city. So if you do build cities on mine-craft(assuming that you even play mine-craft) make sure to have wide roads. I sort of just condensed my city but still I always stick to a structured network of streets( which I also recommend). Never make your mine-cart systems too late, In fact make them in the very early stages of development.

The Best of Today’s Psychedelic Music-

I was first Introduced into the world of Psychedelic Music after I had encountered Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We only go backwards” one night on Pandora- and since then I have acquired the love for the genre. I don’t always listen to psychedelic but it is my favorite genre, I love the overall strangeness and mellow vibes of this type of music.

Through my years of jamming out to this genre I have come across 5 bands that I think are the staples of this music, and have included a links to several Music Videos on youtube-

1) The Growlers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i-56z57rZ4&list=RD0i-56z57rZ4

Coming straight out of Cali, the growlers was formed in 2006 and have quite a track record, On a side note They are playing at Wakarusa(http://www.wakarusa.com/artist-lineup/2015/growlers/) this year, they are a truly remarkable band-

Notable Tracks- Burden of the captain(link above), Old Cold River

2) Allah Las

Allah Las is an extraordinary line-up that is from the California sun as well as the growlers- They are a mystical and  apprehensible band and have patented their own style. Most importantly, they are a band that even sound good live!

Notable Songs- No Voodoo(link below), Sacred Sands, Follow you down, Artifact,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaeP-7VWFHY (No Voodoo)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiJYecS0vU0 (Tell me whats on your mind)

3) Tame Impala

This Legendary Australian band has defined today’s psychedelia, Tame impala has an arresting sound, and is relatable – (Their best Album to Date(opinion)) is Lonerism,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRNurJDRmIo

4) Mac Demarco

Mac can lay down some truly remarkable tracks- the Canada born musician is the most unique and strange character on the sound-waves and He Is definitely worth Listening to- His song writing is Gilt-edged, a topflight act that is out of this world and bound to be world famous-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bfTTeZOrs4 (ode to Viceroy)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGh97zsBfWk (cooking up something good)

5) Blackfeet Braves

The opening riff to this song will make you instantly hooked to the song- Blackfeet Braves have an incredible instrumentation and collaboration–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbVV0fR0q-Y (oh so fine)

Psychedelia is worth the exploration and these Band’s make it a worthy adversary among st the all others, and make this genre relevant.