Hurricane Season

The full project that came to fruition recently unexpectedly. Was fun to get back into this aspect of creativity. Thanks for your time in listening if you so choose, hope all is well! God Bless!

#HuntTheTruth

Live Action: Breakdown

Let’s get creative

The following is going to be some miniscule things that stick out within the most recent Live action ads that were released for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians game. Their campaign is to #HuntTheTruth with two perspectives in regards to the events that took place. I am going to shed some light on a few things that are so minor they have been overlooked in all the comments that I have read thus far. These are only just opinions and ways to look at the marketing in a slightly different way.

Spartan Locke Ad

Master Chief Ad

History

When you look at the Halo franchise it is well documented that the Master Chief is the bread and butter, the main character that we all fell in love with… the one that the universe/media is built around. So to us we have come to know this character and much like in real life when you know someone for a long time there is a sense of history that develops with them. In this recent ad campaign the company 343 seems to be tempting our hand to look at Chief differently. Almost as if they are questioning our loyalty to the hero we’ve all come to know over the last 14 years. They are slowly trying to influence us in a way that is far different from the past. When you develop friendships in real life, who is it you believe when it comes to terms of hearing the truth? The person you just got introduced to not long ago or the person you’ve been through countless experiences with?

Order

If you recently saw the two ads were released in a particular order. First, was the point of view of Spartan Locke the new main character that was introduced to us in the past Live action series Nightfall. Within his recollection it was a bit more theatric and played out. With the looming presence of the “truth” and what is the “truth” in your mind it comes as a bit of a shock to see the Chief in the situation he is in during this particular version. Then the second ad showcases our familiar Hero and his point of view of a similar event mirroring what it was we saw previously. The correlation to an outside the box view here is when finding the truth in our lives we often times experience lies, deceit, and distraction FIRST and later discover the actual truth. So to see the first version play out, could we have saw lies to later then see the actual truth second from the Chief?

Details

As you may have heard the saying before the “devil” is in the details. When having two sides to a story not only is it based on perspective, but also right and wrong or true and false in most cases. In the picture of the Halo 5: Guardians cover it shows Locke on top with Chief reflected below him. In the trailers it has Locke first and then Chief. In the pictures since, it shows Locke on the left and Chief on the right. When taking into consideration right and wrong often times you draw the parallels to Heaven and Hell the ultimate view of good and evil. Heaven obviously being above and Hell below. If you noticed in the social media postings they stated with Locke’s video “There are 2 sides to every story.” and with the Chief’s video though it was upside down you saw “There are two sides to every story.” When considering literature and ways of writing it is commonly known that the grammatically correct way to write that phrase is in the second form. Another example of one being correct and another incorrect. Besides if you think outside the box once more to consider familiar sayings there is the term “an upside down truth” and “a downright lie”… could that be what is happening here? Could the above or Heaven be indicative of the “good” view Locke is trying to put on things and the clarity of his video in comparison to the Hell Chief has been through and is in during his perspective?

Another way of saying it is not to judge a book by its cover, which again brings me to the details. Within the videos there were two errors in my mind of the “recollections”. Firstly, the most common one that was pointed out was the fact that Locke was carrying a DMR… but within his HUD it showed a Battle Rifle. The other aspect though I appreciate the symbolism of it all, the statue of the chief was essentially unblemished in Locke’s rendition compared to the second video or even the surrounding environment of the first video. I find this to be another form of “error”. Not to mention where Locke started from being within some form of cover that wasn’t in the line of sight to the Chief statue nor Chief himself. So was the fact that his view starts with him basically hiding indicate that he is hiding the actual truth or being that his view is obscured of the Chief and statue make his view is skewed? Could these details be errors because they are fabricated rather than the actual occurrence?

When meeting people in real life it is all about impressions, being Locke is a newer character to us as stated earlier we don’t have much history with him. As people do in life often to try and improve their image to others… they lie. Could 343 have Locke trying to impress us as fans by sprucing up what actually happened to make him look better than he actually is?

When asking if something is True or False it is commonly known that with that statement or aspect of wonder True is always put before False. When reading it True is left and False is right. However, they keep harping on how the truth isn’t always what it appears as well as perspective playing a role in how things are portrayed. When Chief is laying down at the foot of the statue he is leaning to his right and Locke’s left. When Locke is laying down at the foot of the statue he is leaning to his left and Chief’s right. Is this just a similar occurrence again to how it has been set up with them being placed within pictures? Could that just be the simple explanation for the difference or could Locke leaning to our views right indicate that this is the “right” view, since favoring his left would be toward “true”? Looking closer at the damage to Locke being on his right side and our views left, may that indicate a lean toward making it true with the opposite being portrayed on the Chief having damage on his left and our views right to lean toward false? Remember, not everything is what it appears on the surface.

Perspective

This is a huge indicator in how someone views things and it always varies depending on the people involved. When you want to tell a story, often times it is human nature to add things to spice it up or make it a little more impressive. It ties in to my saying about people wanting to maintain a certain image with people and often lying to improve the view. If you compare movies to real life, there are inconsistencies in how things actually operate from one to another. Something adapted to a movie can take on a whole different tone and be altered in a way that looks more glorified than the actual grimy experience that may have happened. When Locke speaks within his perspective it is more theatric and a show with his body language as well as speech. The statue is more pristine and the view around him is brighter and more pleasant to the eye. When you go to the Chief’s perspective it is more of a fitting atmosphere for the carnage that took place surrounding them and his vocal delivery is more fluent with the scene or event that just occurred.

The other simpler explanation for the color tones have been discussed to just be the color variant of their visors. It is blatantly obvious that Locke’s is a blue tint with the Chief’s being more of an amber, so is that a good enough reason for their surroundings having the same color tone in our view? Perhaps, because the shadows were eerily similar despite everything else potentially indicating a different time of day.

Conclusions

I believe that they are doing an incredible job with this particular marketing endeavor. I hope that they can translate the high quality of this to the game itself. I remember how great Forward Unto Dawn was only to be semi letdown by the actual game. Halo 4’s campaign did work for me in the sense that it got back to a Halo:CE style, but at the same time was just missing something. 343 has shown that they are incredible at generating a buzz and making content to draw people in. The same professionalism has been lacking within their games so far though by doing a lot of things people weren’t pleased with, not to mention just the shear amount of problems they have had so far on the next gen system. These ads were pretty awesome though and provide me with more hope than I had before in regards to Halo 5. I was pretty set on not buying the game, but depending on what is seen from here on out after these trailers it would seem they are starting to sway my opinion back to being interested.

Thanks for your time in reading, always analyze every aspect of the actual content provided and the intent behind it. As I said these are all just opinions I found interesting that mostly weren’t yet talked about. Feel free to add any of your own opinions or views. I have read through a lot of the youtube comments so far and there are some interesting theories for sure. I could go on more and more, but figure this is quite lengthy enough and showcases things in a simpler fashion.

Dear Feminists,

I hope you all are well at the time of reading this! I wanted to write this to further grasp understanding to what it is exactly that encompasses the feminist movement. I am well aware that like many large “groupings” there are different sectors that have differing opinions and define their priorities a bit different than others. For instance, it is to my understanding that there are some who are strictly in the realm of women being completely independent commonly labeled “man-haters” due to believing they do not need a man’s help at all. There are those who are solely focused on the continued fight of equal rights for women amongst men within careers and other everyday situations. Then there are those who are pushing for a higher standard of woman so to speak. I’m sure there are more sects that can be delved into, but those three make a fine example given those are the most talked about from what I’ve experienced. It is completely fair to say that if you yourself define yourself as a feminist that you may fall into all three or any form of mixture. Given the broadness of the term “feminist”, I know that each individual can define it completely different from the next. So, what is it that you hold most dear in regards to being a feminist?

I myself am a man, so hopefully those who hold disdain towards us can tolerate the questions to possibly shed more knowledge on what it is exactly you would consider feminism to be. Why is it you choose to label yourself with that term? What has getting involved in such a movement done for you in your life? Have you seen a positive change personally and around you since partaking in it? There are many questions that can be asked as I am a curious person who likes to learn more about the cultures around him. However, there are a few points that I would like to go into further where I have found some controversy as is usually the case with any form of societal group.

It seems that when you bring up pornography there is a pretty substantial divide within your community. What side of the fence do you find yourself on? There seems to be a favor for it by some, claiming that it is something that provides empowerment, freedom, or expression. There is also the side that claims it is completely degrading, disrespectful, and treacherous to the imagery of women. What is it that you feel? Are you one of those who stand up for that industry with which some women are making quite a bit of money or are you one who believes it is a type of slavery in a man’s world?

It is hard for me to believe that any woman could call themselves a protector of the gender, while many women are forced to do things against their will within that particular industry. The other factors of looking at differing statistics of lifestyles resulting from such involvements stem to drug addiction, countless surgical alterations, diseases, abortions, etc. I am not one to argue that there are women who blatantly choose that lifestyle as it is everyone’s right to have a choice having free will and everything. My question is what about those who don’t have a choice because of said industry influencing certain types of behavior or underground “industries” that actually enslave women for financial gain? Human trafficking is a huge problem as is rape, if you support pornography do you not draw correlations? What is your counter argument for claiming one is acceptable and not the other? Does it lie just within the realm of “choice” or is it something deeper? Some of the women making lots of money in that industry have said they feel trapped or felt they had no other choice but to dive into that type of career. Does it not bother you that harassment is still so prevalent these days within or outside of said industry? What about the fact that it seems more women are being encouraged to participate in a lifestyle where their body is the focus instead of their mental capabilities?

I see the inner turmoil of the group and continue to wonder how something so prominent can result in such a divide. Is it simply just a case of being so vast like many other groups that there are just so many differing opinions or is it something a bit different since there are no set beliefs to follow or abide by? If someone labels themselves as one of your own, a feminist, are they a hypocrite or falsely labeling themselves if they support something that can be in essence a detriment to women? What exactly is the consensus in regards to how support is given to those identifying as a feminist? How many different options are there out there for women to get involved in the movement in regards to organizations or awareness opportunities? One could simply tell me to “google it”, but as mentioned prior I know each individual defines things a bit differently… so it is my hopes that a response can be given to further learn from a more diverse crowd.

I, personally, am in full support of women’s rights, but prefer those that are in line with a quality moral code. Things like earning wages, job opportunities, work environments, education, etc. are all things with which I can get behind and support. Then there are others avenues that try to portray hatred, when all they want in return is acceptance. Sometimes it can get a bit silly in my opinion, for instance, when I try to hold the door for a woman and they refuse to go through it by either opening a different door or just standing there. I can understand independence and the like, but is it really necessary for those types of extremes? As I said, I would never culminate a singular opinion on such a diverse group. I again, am moreso curious as to the thoughts of those who label themselves as such. Like many other large groupings, what is it that makes your cause different?

I thank you for your time in reading and hope that you will take the time to respond to some of the questions. I apologize for the limited options of talking points and the minimum focus on a particular topic, but still hope that something can come out of it. As stated, I am always looking to learn and what better way that to ask questions that could potentially lead to more discussion. Have a great day!

Eyes Open

I am frankly quite tired of seeing the negative ways that women are being treated today in our world. Every country has their faults; then again many of those faults are similar to a certain degree. When we as males are looking at the opposite gender for the sole purpose of personal pleasure, there has to be a line drawn. There are far too many women out there dealing with harassment, abuse, and sexual assault. The fact that there are so many different forms of those three descriptions is becoming quite alarming. I can’t tell you how many different women I’ve met in passing that can tell a story of experiencing at least one severe form of negative behavior from a male. In this day and age it seems the characteristics considered as “being a man” are far from what they actually should be.

I am at a point where each day I can’t help but consciously think about all the negative acts that are occurring somewhere that have negative effects on a woman. I see creative campaign after campaign trying to stress the importance of stopping things such as sexual assault, abuse, and harassment only to quickly fade away. To raise awareness on these types of societal problems is always great, but persistence is what should really take place when conducting such an operation. The other issues I see with these types of endeavors are that the people being used to push them don’t utilize the status they have to address more of the underlying problems. There are blatant roots to the development of the mindsets and actions that are being taken, which are being left alone allowing this trend of horrific behaviors to continue.

Many males out there today try to call themselves “men” when in fact they are nothing but cowards. Story after story of domestic violence is being portrayed over various media outlets. There isn’t a day that goes by where someone isn’t being trafficked against their will for means of sexual exploitation, which operations such as those are primarily ran by males. You see time after time marriages and relationships ending due to cheating, dishonesty, or lack of effort all of which are stemming from immoral acts such as lust or addiction. I’m not saying that women aren’t guilty of similar antics when it comes to cheating, dishonesty, violence, harassment, abuse, or lack of effort. What I am saying though is that we as men need to correct our values and treatment of women so they can once again feel comfortable and protected as a whole. Seeing men point the finger at women trying to pass blame rather than take responsibility is another variable where cowardice truly shows. As time has passed it is almost as if women have been forced into replicating certain negative behaviors at times just to survive. As stated prior, the view of women falling primarily in relation to forms of objectivity is out of control.

If you have yet to notice there is a great deal of surprise when an act of kindness is shown these days, no matter what the relationship is with the other person… known or stranger. Much the same the acts of being a gentleman and viewing forms of chivalry or courtship are almost long gone. These days there isn’t much of a distinction between the two genders with which is seeking sexual interaction more within a normal social situation. However, it wasn’t all that long ago where men were widely considered the aggressor when it came to that form of pursuit. With the growing problems that propose sex being of utmost importance there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for things like harassment, abuse, and sexual assault especially with the rapid growth of more and more social media outlets. The voices much like mine that are tired of seeing these mistreatments prosper within societies are being overshadowed by the masses who are simply ignoring the origins of such issues and allowing them to grow. There are many that would rather continue to overlook the problems and allow certain lifestyles to remain under the guise of wrongful definitions rather than spark the necessary change. Not truly knowing the extent to which some of these things are happening I believe is another hindrance for the proper change to take place. Without there being much done to end some of these methods that stem such behavior… it would sadly appear that there will be plenty more lives affected for the worse.

With that said I am continually sorry to those who have gone through or are enduring these terrible experiences within their lives. I am also sorry for those who feel conducting these horrific acts somehow makes them a stronger or more powerful person rather than a scumbag. We as men are meant to protect, love, and respect women NOT harm, disown, and mistreat them.

Celebration

Listen while you read here

Thank you God… Thank you Jesus

It’s a celebration… life indeed is a celebration
Here we are again the end of another album
Thank you to all who took the time to listen
Thanks to all who have supported me over time
I appreciate all of the comments and likes amongst my creations

I hope you enjoyed this most recent project
There was once a time I thought I was finished
Lo’ and behold here I am still goin’
There will be more music in the future as time permits
But as this album was titled, I hope you to are lifted

There is a lot to celebrate despite all the drama
Keep your head up and push through the dilemma
Thank you to all the producers who helped inspire this end result
There are a lot of talented people out there that are incredibly gifted

Never be afraid to be yourself and showcase your creativity
Speak your mind and ask questions… learn while you can
Life is a wonderful thing and achievements bring quality satisfaction
I get the pleasure of making music for anyone who will hear
It’s been an awesome journey to continue to meet more and more people… it’s fascinating

I hope that the times ahead will provide as many memories as the past
It is always worthwhile to try and improve the lives of others
To hear that you’ve been an inspiration or have brought comfort to someone else
The feeling it’s truly indescribable
I do this because it brings me joy and it is something that I love to do

It is my hopes others will find what helps them improve and pursue it
There is never a moment that is wasted when you let yourself live
Don’t wallow in guilt or doubt, reach the celebration that is your success
It doesn’t matter what others say or do, if you know it’s right… seize it
Respect others and keep them in mind, but don’t let them control your life

The only limitations that can restrict someone are themselves
There are plenty of opportunities to develop and progress
Some more difficult than others, but determination is a great attribute
Find your motivation and proceed to accomplish the goals you set
Whatever it is you feel preventing you from doing so are just excuses
Again, the only real thing that can hold you back is you

I’ve been around some great people in my life
All of whom have taught me a lesson in some form or fashion
I have seen some great examples of endurance and strength
People overcoming odds that seemed rather daunting
But nonetheless they pulled through the circumstances and were better for it

I try to soak in as much as I can to help myself better understand all different aspects
There are many differences of opinion over various topics
However, there is a common ground that can be found with everyone you meet

There really is no reason to be hateful
Everyone has had difficulties and struggles
Each day we come out of a sleep is a celebration
We get the opportunity to live and impact this world around us
Not everyone has equal resources, but they have equal opportunity to succeed

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how much money you have
Utilize what it is you do have around you and build
Quitting before ever getting started is far too common
There is always a way to help someone even if it is just yourself
But the more lives you touch, the more support you’ll have

So the next time you are asking yourself if it is worth it
As the saying goes, with great risk comes great reward
Believe in yourself and trust your passion
The time is now to uplift others
The time is now to uplift yourself

It’s a celebration, so don’t sit on the sidelines
Become an integral part of it

Thank you again for your time in listening
I truly appreciate every second of it
I hope all is well for you and yours
Have a great day and until next time God Bless you!

Real Men

Real men don’t hate
Real men won’t belittle
Real men will commit to
Real men refuse to objectify
… women

Real men don’t berate
Real men give grace to
Real men are loyal to
Real men won’t cheat on
… women

Real men forgive
Real men embrace
Real men acknowledge
Real men applaud
… women

Real men appreciate
Real men help
Real men laugh with
Real men cry with
… women

Real men compliment
Real men care for
Real men support
Real men can share with
… women

Real men never hit
Real men always protect
Real men respect
Real men truly love
… women

Chart Success

The recently released “My All” is now within the Top Five at #5 within the same Christian Rap chart that “In the Rain” had its success. If you would like to help support the song in the charting system you have to listen to it through this link “My All”, rather than the post below because it is upon a different website. Feel free to share it, rate it, or download it for free all within that link if you’d like. I realize it is a particular style in which some may not prefer, but if you do so decide to take a listen… just know that I am very grateful for your time.

The success of these songs helps further expand my audience and keeps me motivated to continue writing. I appreciate each and every single one of you who have supported me along the way, I truly enjoy creating new works to further express the matter of my mind as well as just allowing myself a creative release. As long as I impact atleast one person with each new piece that is all that matters, even if at times it may just be myself. If they happen to resonate with more, than that is a true blessing. I hope that all of you are doing well and are continuing to move forward with your own creative endeavors as I look forward to reading, watching, or listening to them. Thanks again! Have a great day!

Music Charts

Hello to everyone who will read this,

I am not one to speak upon my personal successes normally. Through great support and help from many, one of the recent songs I released “In the Rain” is doing very well on a large music website that contains ranking charts. Today (3/28/14) it lies at #2 on the Christian Rap chart and #55 in all of Hip Hop. My own music has been a fun hobby of mine for quite some time and it is nice to see God blessing it in this way.

I always thought it would be cool for a song of mine to be near the top of a chart someday and now it has happened. I know some of you here may have already listened to it or at the very least read the lyrics. Even if it isn’t necessarily your music style, if you do decide to listen just know that your time doing so is very much appreciated. If you would indeed like to support it on the charts go to this link represented by the title ( “In the Rain” ) to give it a listen. It is also free to download if that is of any interest to you. It may sound familiar to some as it is a remix of sorts. Thank you again for your time in reading and listening, it is as always greatly appreciated!

God Bless!

A Thank You

When I got into writing it was for fun
It still is, something I’ll enjoy until my life is done
I never imagined meeting all these kind souls
Intertwining with others across the globe was never the goal
But something that has been given as I step into this role

I highly appreciate everyone who has read
My work or even listened to my music instead
It means a lot to see others enjoy my creations
I aim to touch atleast one person in every situation

I don’t feel as if I should be “followed”
That isn’t a term I deem necessarily fitting
Unfortunately it is what most sites us as the terminology
I am grateful for those who do continue to support me
My thanks is greater than you’ll ever know

All the time you could’ve spent elsewhere
Or the millions of other things you could’ve done
It is still amazing to know you’ve been here
That you’ve joined me in this run

I’d like to think of myself as someone who is caring
So I hope you don’t mind me sharing
Your success is something that I wish to see
So below you will find your creativity

Some of the links appear to no longer be active, however these are still people that are tagged keeping track of my site here. Thank you all again, here’s to many more creations going forward!

Virtual People

When you go about your daily business for many of you it involves the use of a communicative technology, for most you can just observe others being attached to their respective devices. Almost everyone is familiar with texting, facebook, twitter, vine, instagram, youtube, etc. All of these programs and utilities entrench the time of many users being involved in their everyday lives. What is of concern is how much time is invested within such realms of usage. There are those that spend countless hours upon things like facebook and twitter trying to find out the latest trends as well as focusing on sharing every detail of their life. The new fad of taking your own picture to display it for the masses has arisen via sites like instagram. The new generations of cell phones encourage you to invest a crazy amount of time interacting with others through digital means. It almost seems like a lost art for interpersonal communication anymore. Youtube somewhat bridges that gap because a lot of people are finding ways to interact differently within a public setting in regards to social experiments and the like. These forms of people who are primarily focused on getting likes, retweets, subscribers, etc. are what I would like to call “virtual people”.

Whichever platform you prefer to use there is that certain allure drawing you to continue using it. I know of situations where people will be within the same room of a household for example, but instead of carrying on a normal conversation they result to texting with their phones to conduct their conversation. Many people who wouldn’t dare say certain remarks to someone’s face are often displayed for millions to see via 140 characters or whatever it is upon twitter. Not to mention the plethora of people who normally don’t share much with their closest friends, but find it appropriate to air dirty laundry on facebook for everyone to see who they may or may not actually interact with… yet still have as “friends”. This creates many problems and seems to have hindered the actual element of communication more than it has helped. Many people are using these platforms to be an escape and excuse for mistreating people or pulling unsuspecting pranks that could cause harm as you see most often times on youtube.

Lots of people do utilize these programs for good reasons; these platforms aren’t all bad by any means. However, they have given us as people excuses to ignore others or propel abnormal expression. If anything there are plenty more virtual people walking the streets today than ever expected. Many of these things just flared up over the past few years, but have overtaken our society like a wildfire. There seems to be a sense of normalcy now in sharing every little detail about yourself in a widespread fashion. This wasn’t only uncommon as recent as 10 years ago, but almost unheard of because of the value in privacy for instance. There was also a lot of paranoia that came with information being provided for a lot of people to see in regards to identity theft or potential unwanted attention. The majority of that seems to have gone out the window and now more than ever anyone who wants access to a particular person’s background seems to have it. Not much digging is needed these days to delve into the life of a complete stranger and they are the ones providing all of the information willingly.

These virtual people seem to be a new breed in a sense, because again in the most severe cases there are many that view the most important things to be the attention they get through the platforms of their choice. Many purposefully induce controversial content to acquire a more widespread reaction. This tends to create conflict and situations that were unnecessary. Some take the time to try and deal with what it was they released taking a form of responsibility whereas others just use it as ammunition to continue acting in a way that may not be completely themselves, but gets them attention. There appears to be a sense of addiction tied to many of these platforms that appeals to the ego driven and fame seeking personalities out there. The problem I view is that there are many times where there isn’t an actual message behind the majority of the content, but rather a selfish net to see how many people it can snatch up. No sense of meaning or purpose, just the hope of getting personal attention in a way that can be easily utilized.

Do you know people who have completely changed in relation to these newer technologies? They seem more distant and out of touch as a person, but highly invest time into these realms of communication? It is hard not to atleast witness these sorts of people when you venture out into the public anymore. Many people even let it take attention away from their driving, work, and other personal responsibilities. How is it that your relationship with these “virtual people” has changed? Do you consider yourself tied into the “virtual people”? I’ll admit I’ve taken advantage of what facebook had to offer initially and watch youtube videos every so often. I will also state that I do not invest a vast amount of hours actively participating in their tools nor do I even text message. I can honestly appreciate the new technologies and programs for some of their quality efficient uses, but the drones I see result from over indulging gives me pause as to what is really being accomplished.

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