Tag Archives: Summer

Roger Waters & CKY Album Drops!


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How’s it going folks?  Hope you’re enjoying the first few days of summer so far!  Summer’s been shining hard for me with ice-cold Sam Adams Summer Ale, an amazing strain named Fruity Pebbles (which actually tastes like Fruity Pebbles!), and warm weather.  It’s cloudy out in MA now, but the summer is just beginning.

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It’s been so damn great so far that I forgot to mention about two INCREDIBLE albums that came out this month.  Music hasn’t gotten the cream of the crop here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar and it’s about time I showcase some musical GOLD.  Two artists, CKY and Roger Waters, released their newest albums.  Here’s the personal PR scoop on these two magnificent pieces:

Roger Waters, Is This the Life We Really Want?

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Pink Floyd was one of those incredible bands I started getting into in high school.  The Wall was what really did it for me and soon discovered the distinct sounds between Roger and David.  I listened to all of the albums by the time I got through high school and still got them locked within my music library.  Roger’s tone followed through with his solo albums (I’m re-listening to The Pros Cons of Hitch-Hiking as I’m writing this out) and his newest one hits home 25 years later.

Recorded between 2010-2017, Is This the Life We Really Want? hit the digital shelves on June 2nd with hot tracks like Smell the Roses and The Last Refugee.  It’s got the progressive aspect from the Pink Floyd days with the mix of some art rock.  Pink Floyd fanatics should definitely pick out Is This the Life We Really Want? this summer!

CKY, The Phoenix

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Before I jumped into being part of the Pink Floyd Animals (band pun intended!), CKY was one of my favorite rock bands of all time.  CKY featured Chad I. Ginsburg, Deron Miller, Matty J, and Jess Margera (older brother of infamous Bam Margera!) playing some gnarly rock tunes.  Released in June 16th, The Phoenix is their latest album in 8 years.  Some classic CKY tunes include Days of Self Destruction and Replaceable.  While it’s been a while since their golden years in the early ‘00s, the CKY guitar tone is still heard from the sweet sounds of CKY!  It’s definitely a great album to check out if you’re a true CKY fan.

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And there you have it, two amazing albums from two incredible artists that are making more musical gold.  It’s not every day I come across exciting new tunes from some of my favorite artists and I’m grateful for discovering them both.  If there’s ever any other new albums that hit the digital shelves, I’ll be sure to spread the news for MakeSandcastlesNotWar!

Until then, check out these fantastic new albums Is This the Life We Really Want? and The Phoenix.

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Performing Oliver’s Salmon Ladder From Arrow


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Lately there’s been so many great content releasing on Netflix this month that it’s hard to find the time to binge-watch them all.  I am currently in the middle of season five on Arrow and it’s been amazing so far.  Arrow is one of those better superhero series, unlike some of the other programs (I’m talking to you, Iron Fist!).  The plot is easy to follow, dialogue is great to read into, and the overall violence is kickass for being rated TV-14.  Watching the Arrow beat up the bad guys is awesome, but what’s even better is watching him do the salmon ladder.

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Oliver Queen, the main character that becomes the Green Arrow at night, exercises with the salmon ladder as part of his training.  This intense exercise involves him pushing himself up to the top with the bar.  Seeing this superhero push himself to do this each season is incredible to watch (let’s be honest, what America needs right now is a whole episode of Oliver Queen performing the salmon ladder shirtless!).

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As hard as the exercise looks, there is a way to complete it.  The exercise a multitude of body parts including your core, upper body, ribs, intercostals, back muscles, shoulders, triceps, and lats.  You’ll mostly have to work on your upper body strength and perform some core exercise to get into the right shape.

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To start the exercise, you’ll want to warm-up with some pull-ups first.  Doing some pull-ups will get you into the movement of lifting up into the next rung.  As you are pulling up, quickly push your body up higher and move the bar out and up the next level.  Continue with this movement until you reach the very top.

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If these directions sound easier than done, you should practice with some more pull-ups first.  Again, performing pull-ups will help you get used to the movement you use to do the salmon ladder.  Watching clips of Oliver Queen doing it a few times will help as well (watching someone is part of practicing too!).

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This something I really want to try out!  I have been going back to the gym lately and would really like to start attempting this challenge.  While I haven’t been able to perform the salmon ladder yet, I thought it was an awesome part of the Green Arrow’s training.  It’s definitely a cool exercise that will help me bulk up.

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Working out doesn’t have to be so monotonous.  Watching Oliver Queen perform the salmon ladder made me want to try out new exercise moves as well.  You should check out other unique exercise programs if you want to stay in better shape.

Until then, keep working hard on the salmon ladder and don’t give up until you reach the top!

Come Out, Fat Old Sun!


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It has been a dreary few days here in Massachusetts.  Clouds covering the whole skyline, with rainwater flying onto the streets.  The cool, misty breeze wafts into the building.  We’re into the first full week of June and the sun is not shining at the moment.

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Where are you, oh beautiful sun?  Why are you entangled above the clouds and not shining down on this beautiful earth?  How is it that you are not shining brighter than usual?  It’s only two weeks before summer solstice starts, so why aren’t you doing your job?

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To be honest guys, I really didn’t have a special idea brainstormed for a post today.  I was too busy staring off outside, pondering about when this gloomy and grey day will go away soon.  There seems to be no color outside, only grey and shades of grey on objects.  It’s as if all of the colors have blended into various grey tones.

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My solution to eradicating this gloomy feeling?  Pulling the damn sun from underneath the sky!  Forget the moon imagery from It’s A Wonderful Life, cause this time it’s about getting the sunshine out.  David Gilmour of Pink Floyd sang, “When that fat old sun in the sky is falling, Summer evenin’ birds are calling”.  That fat old sun isn’t falling, so those summer evening birds haven’t been calling yet.

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You know, it’s a funny thing about the sun –you never knew how much you appreciate it until you haven’t seen it in a while.  It amazes me what weather can do to human beings at sometimes.  Some people lose it when the weather is too hot outside (they probably can’t handle the heat!) while others go stir-crazy when being inside during a snowstorm.  Whatever the case may be, weather can certainly make us go crazy sometimes.

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The silver lining in this?  Warmer weather is expecting to come in by Saturday.  Alas, we will FINALLY see that fat old sun shining brightly this weekend!  It may be peeking out from under the clouds the next few days, but we will see it in all of its glory soon.  Other than the warmer weather, I’ll get to see some bright colors outside.

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Today’s post isn’t meant to discuss so much on the gloomy weather, but rather a yearning for sunnier days.  Where are you, fat old sun?  It’s the beginning of June and we should be seeing some bright sun here in Massachusetts!  This is should be the time where all colors pop out from the human eye.  I’ve already seen enough rain during the Spring season and this weather mix-up is just getting silly now.

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In the end, the sun really needs to come out right now.  Not just show up for a few days and leave, but actually stay OUT for days on end.  Seeing the grey skies in June really isn’t making June any more fun.

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So I ask of you, fat old sun…please come out!  Summer is just two weeks away and I’m eager to see you shining brightly.  The gloomy weather is really getting old and would love for you to come out soon.

Come on out, fat old sun.  I would love to hear the summer evenin’ birds calling!

Super Mario Brothers: Rio Olympics


  The Rio Olympics came to a close a few days ago and it has been an incredible ride.  United States competitors took home more gold medals, Usain Bolt proved himself once again to be the fastest runner in the world, and Michael Phelps gave the ultimate glare that broke the internet in just 24 hours.  With all of this excitement this summer, the Rio Olympics came to an end with the traditional closing ceremony.

After all of the Olympics event, the hosting country puts on their closing ceremony show for their audience.  All of the competitors are tired out from their performance, so a good show is in order to celebrate their hard work!  Rio put on a colorful display of dancers, performers, and singers that was accompanied by music and lighting effects.  Once Rio completed their ceremony, they passed the torch over to Tokyo for hosting the summer Olympics in 2020.  Tokyo put on a dazzling show with anime characters appearing around the city, but the real star that stole the show was Mario.

Mario, the superstar of the Super Mario Brothers series, appeared at the closing ceremony!  The beloved mascot of Nintendo jumped into a warp pipe from Tokyo to enter another pipe leading into the Olympics in Rio.  A man climbed up the pipe dressed as Mario, only to reveal that he was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Mario…no words could describe how EPIC that performance was!

This colorful reference spread through social media like wildfire, with viewers freaking out about Japan’s Prime Minister dressing up as Mario.  Rio put on a colorful theatrical performance, but Shinzo Abe stole the show when he appeared from the pipe.  Audiences can definitely look forward to more animated theatrics when Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020.  In the meantime, Olympic athletes will take this time to train harder for the next summer games.

Mario has become the quintessential brand for Tokyo.  Mario was one of many Nintendo characters created by Shigeru Miyamoto, releasing him for the home consoles with Super Mario Brothers for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.  It sold millions of copies worldwide and aided in resurrecting the American video game market when it crashed during the 80s.  Both in reality and in the virtual world, Mario is considered a hero for gamers worldwide.  While he is busy saving Princess Peach from the castle, Mario is saving millions of people suffering from boredom on a daily basis!

I watched the closing ceremony for Rio and was amazed to see Mario making an appearance!  Japan is widely famous for their video games, so it was great to see a video game superstar like Mario pop up the warp pipe for the Olympics closing ceremony.  Choosing Mario as part of the ceremony was a brilliant strategy for marketing Nintendo.  While Nintendo won’t be sponsoring the 2020 games, it was a great move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to appear as Mario.  Not only did the publicity stunt raise awareness of Mario, but it showed Abe’s comical side to the audience.  Kudos to Japan for their strategic business move to announce the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.  With a colorful and animated display like that, we can only expect more exciting performances in the next Olympic opening ceremony!

 

Summer is the BEST Season


Happy summer!  Today marks the 1st day of summer 2016.  The days get longer, the sun shines a lot brighter, and ice cold beers taste great on a hot day!  Summer is the time to head down to your favorite beach to unwind after a long week of work.

Schools are out and restaurants are opening up their patios to provide outdoor seating for their customers.  Summer is my all-time favorite season of the year.  There are many reasons for why I look forward to the summer solstice starting.  Here are a few good reasons for why summer is the BEST season of all time:

Days Get Longer:  During the summer solstice, days get a lot longer than usual and the nights get shorter.  Longer days means more excuse to stay outside longer.  It’s always cool to watch the sun about to go down at 7:30 at night.  Nowadays the sun sets around 8:30ish or so, providing you with a reason to stay up later!

Wearing Less Clothes:  Hot days are the perfect excuse to wear less clothes outside.  After being stuffed up in your house while wearing those long-sleeve shirts, it is so relieving to finally give your body the light of day.  Soaking up your body with the sunshine feels good and is healthy for your mental/emotional health.  One of my favorite past times is to sit outside in my underwear while sipping hot tea.  Your body is a temple, not a prison!  Take the time let that beautiful sunshine touch every part of your body.

Staying Outdoors More:  Now that the weather is warmed up, you can find more reasons to get outside with your friends and family.  You will start to feel guilty about staying indoors for your job, but most companies allow their employees to leave early to get outside more.  Make the most of your summer by planning as much outdoor events as you can.

School’s Out:  Alice Cooper sang it best: school’s out for summer, school’s out forever!  Summer means millions of students are finally out of school for vacation.  After all of that hard work you completed, you finally get out of those classrooms to hang out with your friends.  No more pencils, no more books, no more dirty looks!

Camping:  Ah, camping in the great outdoors!  What better way to get back in touch with nature than pitching that tent and roasting marshmallows on an open fire?  There are thousands of campgrounds for you and your family/friends to go for a camping trip.  Camping is that quintessential vacation that you help you get closer to nature.

Beach/Oceans/Lakes/Other Bodies of Water:  If you live close to any body of water, you should definitely spend time there during the summer.  Lucky for me I live close to a few beaches near my apartments and it is always a blessing to lay out after an exhausting day.  Spending some time out on the beach with your friends is a great activity if you just want to loaf around.  Laying out on the beach is also a great time to get that tan you have been working on!

Outdoor Music Festivals:  What do Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Electric Forest all have in common?  They ALL take place outdoors!  Summer is the perfect season to attend that music festival you and your buddies have been planning for months.  Concerts are always fun, but attending a music festival outdoors is an experience like no other!

The Movies:  Some days will be too hot to even go outside, so going to the movies is a PERFECT indoor activity.  You and your friends can finally see that Captain America vs. Thor film you have been dying to see (or whatever superhero blockbuster Marvel is releasing these days!).  There’s nothing like heading into that air-conditioned theater to see that awesome blockbuster movie on a hot or rainy day.  Use up those rainy days to find the perfect movie to watch in theaters.

Traveling/Vacationing:  Most people plan their vacations around the summer time since there are very few holidays to prepare for.  Summer is the time to plan that cross-country road trip idea with your friends or that week-long trip to someplace you have never been to before.  Whatever your destination is, summer is the perfect season to do some vacationing with your family/friends.