FIFTY QUESTIONS THAT WILL FREE YOUR MIND
http://www.marcandangel.com/2009/07/13/50-questions-that-will-free-your-mind
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These questions have no right or wrong answers.

Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.


1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?

14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

22. Why are you, you?

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

25. What are you most grateful for?

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?

30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? (deleted)

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

32. If not now, then when?

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? (closed)

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?



So you see, a little bit of time ago in the past, a 50 day younger version of myself was perusing the internet. Probably looking up pointless crap but I did stumble upon this blog post: http://www.marcandangel.com/2009/07/13/50-questions-that-will-free-your-mind. I spent about ten minutes reading it over and thinking about and came to the conclusion that it was pretty cool. I then had the idea, which I thought at the time was genius, to start a project lasting fifty days. I would share these questions with the fellow people whom I have wasted far too much time of my life with online.

So that day I began a quest to hopefully bring one good discussion a day to the forum of Loungin' and who knows, maybe help a fella out or get someone to really think about their life.

As most people probably witnessed, it unfortunately degenerated into people complaining that I didn't provide my own sufficient answers to the questions I presented, or that I made too many philosophical threads, or that I just wanted answers for my psychology homework, or... something. Someone even created a thread about me and the whole "ordeal" which I actually thought was kinda neat. But hey, now you all know the real reason for it!

So yeah, this was my project. It seemed like a better idea when I started it but I have to say I'm at least satisfied with how it turned out. Hopefully, someone benefited from one of the fifty threads; that was my goal.

Cheers!

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It has been a long and grueling journey, both for players and us fans, but it is finally here; the Stanley Cup Finals! Emerging from the Eastern Conference is the #4 seed the Pittsburgh Penguins and from the Western Conference we have the Detroit Redwings, the #2 seed!


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Good luck to both teams as they fight for the most coveted trophy in all of sports! Here is to a good hard hitting, high scoring, intense Stanley Cup final!

I'll be cheering for Detroit, simply because I don't like Pittsburgh. I personally don't like the final this year because it is a rematch of last year. But, I guess everyone feels that way unless it is their team who is in the finals again. Hopefully though, both teams put on a show and Detroit pulls out in a heart wrenching, nerve racking Game Seven overtime!




GOGOGOGO!





So how are you guys pulling for?




June 15 EDIT: Penguins win... I had planned to make another post for the champs but I can't be arsed to do so for Pittsburgh.

And LOL @ Hossa


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It is that time of year, the best time of the year! Put that shaver away because the NHL Playoffs are starting!

For those of you unfamiliar with how the NHL Playoffs work: Eight teams from each conference make the playoffs. They then play their corresponding seed in a best of seven series. The higher ranked seed gets home ice advantage (throughout the playoffs) so they play the first two games, the fifth (if necessary), and seventh game (if necessary) in their home arena. After the first round there will be four teams left for each conference. The highest seed remaining from each conference will play the lowest seeded team remaining in their conference. The two middle seeds will play each other, as well. After that is the semi-finals where the two teams remaining in each conference play each other. And of course, the two victors from those series square off in the final best of seven series to fight for Lord Stanley's Cup.
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Here are the matchups for the 2008/2009 Postseason:


Sixteen teams. One trophy.




Whom I am personally cheering for:
In the East:
-Montreal over Boston
-Washington over New York
-New Jersey over Carolina
-Philadelphia over Pittsburgh


In the West:
-Anaheim over San Jose
-Columbus over Detroit
-St. Louis over Vancouver
-Chicago over Calgary



Good luck to all teams and here's to a fun and intense postseason!



**Logos of teams were taken from nhl.com and no copyright infringement is intended.

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In this blog I will be reviewing some applications that are available via the App Store for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Applications I review will be primarily games. So, lets get started:





Tangram Puzzle Pro

This is a wonderful app. This is the main version that costs $0.99 which contains four hundred and eighty puzzles with new ones being updated into it from time to time. There is also a Lite version that is free however it only contains 6 puzzles.

When starting up this app you pick a Puzzle Pack which contain sixty puzzles each. Upon loading up a puzzle you have to retrieve your seven shapes out of the drop down tray. The shapes include five triangles (two large, one medium, and two small) a square and a quadrilateral. You can select, move, and rotate each shape very easily. The object is to just fit all of them into the puzzle; once you've down that you move onto the next puzzle.


Picture of gameplay featuring the drop down tray.


Score: 4/5
Price: $0.99
Comments: This game is a great for those who like to solve puzzles. It is also playable while listening to music which only adds to its value.





Cube Runner

This app is one of my personal favorites. This game is extremely simple and its graphics are mediocre at best. However, it just has that addicting quality to it and its simplicity makes it great. Plus, it is free so you have nothing to lose by trying it!

When you open up the app there are two options, 'Select Level Pack' and 'Start Game.' Start game is pretty obvious and the 'Select Level Pack' just allows you to determine what difficulty you want play on (Easy, Medium, or Hard). Easy goes the slowest, Hard the fastest, and Medium is in the middle. The object of the game is guide your arrow in the middle of the screen to avoid the blocks by tilting your iPod/Phone. It uses the built in accelerometer to know which way your are steering. As you progress the blocks form obstacles instead of just being randomly staggered. One example is a series of zig-zags. On the top left of the screen is your score and the right side contains your high score for the difficulty.


Cube Runner's Gameplay


Score: 3.5/5
Price: Free
Comments: Great mindless game to play. Can play while listening to music. Kind of hard to play this game while in a vehicle because of the turns and whatnot effect the accelerometer.





Fuzzle


This game is currently on sale for $0.99 as opposed to its usual $1.99 so get it fast. There is also a Lite version that is free however the game always cuts short once you meet a certain amount of points.

When you start up the game you can play with the settings. Some settings include the ability to show future balls (which are shown by a small faint circle) and if you want each series to be timed. The gameplay is simple yet fun. The board is a grid with different color circles in each. The goal is to get five in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) of the same color. You do this by either dragging a circle to the part of the grid you want it to go to or by just tapping the circle and then the area you want it to go in (which way you do it can be determined in settings). Every move you make will spawn more circles into the grid, unless you completed a line in which case just that line will disappear. There are two special pieces. One is a rainbow that serves as all colors and the other is a "bomb" which serves as all colors and when it is used in a row it will destroy all other circles of the same color on the board. As you get to higher levels more and more circles spawn and the game ends when the board is completely full and no lines can be made.


Gameplay in Fuzzle. Shows the completion of a row.


Score: 4/5
Price: $1.99
Comments: Great game. At its normal price it is a bit on the expensive side however if you're into these types of puzzle games it is worth it. This game can be very challenging and it is a good time waster. You are also able to play it while listening to music.






These are probably my three favorite games. I hope the descriptions and review help you and that you check out these apps. Enjoy your iPod/Phone!

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I'm sure most people would rather be taller than shorter. I mean, people seem to get teased all the time for being short while no one really picks on tall kids. However being tall is not all it is cracked up to be.


Why short people get picked on :(



I'm a lanky kid: 16 years old and stand at about 6'3. I've always been off the charts in height when getting a physical or whatnot at the doctor. I have first hand experience in the misfortunes of tall people.

First things first, harder to fit in things. About a week and a half ago I got my drivers permit (whoo!) My dad has this huge van but he doesn't let me drive it. His reasoning is that he might get called out for work and need it but we all know he thinks I'll crash it or something. So instead, I'm stuck with my mom's 1990 Volvo. Don't get me wrong, that damn thing is a *bleep*ing tank seeing she has had it for almost twenty years. But, I don't fit in it. My lovely mother is a pretty tall woman as it is (5'11) and she has the seat pushed all the way back and her knees are hitting the bottom of the steering wheel. When I'm squeezed into the thing I have to recline the back of the seat and basically almost sit on that and my knees are squashed under the wheel. I'm a big guy in a small car.

The next dilemma of being tall is rather obvious, more prone to bumping your head on things. Now this usually isn't the biggest problem but it is a pain in the ass for me. My family got the basement done a while ago. It is really nice: leather couches, 40in TV, fridge, cabinets filled with snacks, etc. In the back corner is the bathroom. Above the bathroom is some ventilation thing that causes the ceiling to be 6 feet high. I'm sure you can imagine what big of a problem this is for me being 6'3. If you don't get it yet, I have to *bleep*ing duck when I need to take a piss..! wtfman

The final thing that grind my gears to no end is that you never hear the end of your height. If I had a nickel for every time I heard the words, "Wow you're really tall" I would be a rich, rich man. And when going to family functions I hear "You've grown so much since I last saw you" at least fifteen times. I mean, I don't hear people telling short people "Wow you are so small" or "You haven't grown since I last saw you!" And they don't because it would be the most awkward *bleep*ing thing in the world. However, somewhere along it was deemed acceptable to make tall people aware of their height 24/7.




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