Worst Generation Ever

This intrigued me... The thing that messed me up about the video is that I can't tell if I want to accept their sarcastic statements as good excuses or if I want to continue to be hard on us... I read not long ago that the American dream had changed... No longer is our generation looking to get married and buy a house; our American dream is to "be debt free". As pathetic as that sounds, its true. Student loans, low paying, part-time/seasonal/temp jobs, and a freeze on all cost of living pay increases is making "debt free" look like a vanishing vapor. Not impossible, but definitely not as easy as the way things appeared to be when the millennials were kids. Back when our parents were young, a person could get a high school diploma, go get a job and then just stay there. All the while getting promoted every few years with pay increases. It was the example put in front of us - you go to school to get a good job and once you get a good job, work there until you retire. Never would anyone have imagined the amount of low down stuff these millionaires on top would start doing to ensure that their pay stayed the same even if they had to give what use to be 8 different jobs to one person. No one would have anticipated all the "restructuring" that made staying at the same job while continuing to make less and less money an act of lunacy instead of a showing of loyalty. At this point you have to make your own way. Baking cookies, playing instruments for a band, trying to create art... ANYTHING that can almost be made into a business... because working a an un-guaranteed, part-time, seasonal job in a warehouse with no benefits for $8.50 an hour might be enough to eat, pay a cellphone bill and one student loan payment but, excluding a miracle, you aren't going to be able to pay a mortgage... At any rate, watch the video.

What if my friends selected my mate?

You know what I was thinking about this morning?  What if the law was that your friends had to select your significant other? Would you have someone good, someone bad, or no one at all?   The reason I asked is because I was thinking about two separate situations in the past: one where my homeboy told me that I "could do better" concerning (what I thought) was a good female friend of mine at the time and another where I offered that same homeboy, who was deciding between two women, some advice on how he should handle the situation.  The crazy thing is that the advice was spot on and neither one of us listened.

I don't want to talk about those specific instances though; I want to talk in general.  Would you trust your friend to pick out a good mate for you? Close friends typically have a lot of say in the development of the type person you select when you're coming up through grade school and, for many, this continues into adulthood. Now, that sentence may not be true for everyone but, I know many people who seek out their friends for advice/counsel when it comes to selecting a mate and that advice does hold a little weight.  Don't get me wrong, there is a bass line for attractiveness but when you start going into "they gotta have this type of hair/clothes/shoes/money, etc..." a lot of that is influenced by the people you let influence you over the years - your close peers - your friends.  They either do this by what they say, what they do, or by their reactions to what YOU do.

Truthfully, if you really look at the question "What if the law was that your friends had to select your significant other?" you would see that it is more of a self examining question.  While a ridiculous notion for it to be "law", in a sense, your friends are a part of your selection process when choosing your mate simply because of the influence they have on your thoughts from being around so much... Considering that, the question that really needs to be asked is "Are the people around me smart when it comes to selecting a mate?" Depending on the health of your relationship (or lack thereof) the answer to this question might be worth thinking about...



Gilles: Thank God (Official Video)

So here it is...

Thank God.

This is what happens when you mix Gilles Walters with a hook and beat created by The GM (aka Clyde Moonshine). Watch. Enjoy. Laugh. Smile.

Encouragement

You know what's amazing? What's amazing is how people will try to discourage you from attaining greatness because of their OWN lack of faith. This young lady I know who started her blog not long ago told the wrong person her dream. She has an ambitious goal set for the amount of views she wants for her blog and the amount of money she intends to generate from it. She shared her goal with someone who immediately told her that she was aiming too high. So I asked myself a question...

I said: "self?"

Myself said: "huh?"

I said: "You ever notice how devious doubt is?"

Doubt destroys greatness by convincing the try-er never to try. It is the enemy. It seeks only to steal, kill, and destroy dreams before the dreamer can even wake up. And, once it has infected the mind of one person, it will attack everyone in its vicinity until it is accepted as the only truth.  People will sit down and try to infuse you with their thought process any time you try to do something that THEY may not think is possible.

The Next Generation Xbox Reveal

For the few of you that care, and I imagine that there are quite a few of you, the next Xbox will be announced today. You  can watch the entire reveal event live at 1pm EST your Xbox 360 or Xbox.com on May 21st... That's today.  In fact, if you log in on Xbox, you can see a countdown occurring like the one below.


And then there's all the speculation and rumors...

Welcome to Detroit

So I'm reading this article about the new wave of entrepreneurs coming into Detroit, a few scrolls in, a statement about race relations peaked my interest....

According to the article, Detroit is about 83% African American; Most of the entrepreneurs moving in the city are white.  I don't have a gripe about those two statements at all but, the problem with this particular situation is that, when you combine a majority black city with the fact that, due the city's education track record - only 12% of the city's occupants over the age of 25 have a bachelors degree according to that article - many aren't qualified for most of the higher tech positions coming in, unemployed minorities may stay unemployed while transplants move in and take the new jobs.

On one hand, from the outside looking in, this is a "rebirth" of sorts; new business coming into a city and revitalizing what may be considered by many to be dead is a good thing. BUT... If I put myself in the shoes of a minority, who has been working at a car manufacturer since graduating high school, living just a little better than check to check with the inability to save and only a moderate to low education level, I would be in serious trouble.  This "renaissance" would most DEFINITELY feel like a "take-over".  I mean.... How can you have a rebirth and tell the "backbone", if you will, to "sit this one out"?

And so now the question becomes: How can you help people who want to keep their roots in Detroit (or don't have the money to leave), may have the will to work or start their own company but are currently underemployed, undereducated and don't have the wherewithal - including, but not limited to, money/credit - to start their own company?  I wish I had more answers than questions.

Dress'd Up - Some Video Footage

In case you missed it... We have been provided with some snippets from "Dress'd Up" - the album release party for Gilles and his Successfully Lost project.  It is below. Enjoy.

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