We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

We Literally Gotta Catch Them All

Pokémon Go is already taking over our lives.

In 1995, Pocket Monsters, or Pokémon, was created, and we have been growing up with the franchise ever since. Growing up, I was quite infatuated with this game and I wanted to be the very best like millions of other people. Like many of my peers, I didn't keep up with the new handheld game systems that Nintendo kept creating for the new Pokémon games and so I haven't been able to play a new Pokémon game in years. Until now that it's available on my phone with Pokémon Go.

In this era, there are very few people without smart phones and that's where they got me. As soon as I heard about it, I downloaded the application and began to play. Well, once the servers stopped crashing. Once you can play, you catch them all again and again. Unlike the actual Pokémon games, in order to evolve your Pokémon you need a certain amount of candy. How do you get said candy? Simple. Catch that Pokémon a lot. Before you know it, you are walking around with your head in your phone trying to find another Eevee so you can evolve the Eevee with the highest experience at random.

On Friday, my friend who also plays Pokémon Go and I went out to dinner. The restaurant that we were staying at happened to be a Poke Stop and we spent our dinner with our phones on the table and our conversation consisted of what Pokémons we saw and what level they happened to be. It was a nightmare for anyone who argues that technology is putting a wedge into being in the moment. The more you play, the more experience you can have, and the more you are walking around with your head in your phone. But while you are playing the game, it is like you are a kid again, playing Pokémon for the very first time. Except this time, you feel like you are a real live Pokémon trainer. The app uses your camera so it's like there is an actual Pokémon in front of you. You become addicted very quickly because it is so gosh darn fun and you just need to catch them all.

The thing about Pokémon Go is that it steals your phone battery and your data, and it gets you to walk a lot. It gets you to get out of your room and walk to find Pokémon, Poke stops, and gyms. Every day that I have played Pokémon Go, I have beat my walking goal for the day. I have also loitered quite a bit in order to catch a lot more Pokémons and to beat gyms.

The game has been available for less than a week and people are already getting hurt playing Pokémon Go, despite the warning page that shows up every time you play the game. Tennessee's Department of Safety and Homeland Security has already made a poster about it.

It's an amazing game, and that's the problem. We are already getting wrapped up in our phones trying to catch them all even when we are driving, dining, or discussing. As fun and real as it seems, we need to remember that it is just a game. The Pokémon really aren't going anywhere, but your summer is.

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.

If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

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3 Things I Wish I Was Told When Starting My Record Collection

Starting a record collection can be tough, but there are a few ways to make it way easier.

Vinyl records aren’t just for your parents anymore. Yes, there is something nostalgic in the outdated technology and yes, a solid collection makes for a good statement piece in your home, but the bottom line is they just sound better. Through digital compression on a CD or MP3 you lose many little sounds that remain on their vinyl counterparts. Imagine taking a photo on your phone and trying to blow it up to the size of a billboard. It won’t look as it was intended to.

Buying vinyl is NOT the most cost-effective way to listen to music, but it is so much more rewarding. Vinyl plays the music how the artist intended, and each record you own comes with its own story of how you found it and what the album means to you. Owning a collection of vinyl records is also the only way any of your music will hold any potential monetary value in the future. It can be a gruesome start when you’re on a budget, but there are ways to make starting your record collection easier.

1. Your can't enjoy the sound quality without a quality record player.

Not all record players are created equally. If you want to experience the quality of a vinyl record, you need to play it on a quality machine. It’s best to avoid record players with the speakers built into them. This is where companies will cut corners first. Those suitcase Crosley players from Urban Outfitters may be cute, but they produce garbage sound. Plenty of record shops will have starter kits that produce a quality sound at a price that won’t break your bank account.

Another cheap option is to buy used. You would be surprised what you can find at thrift shops and vintage stores. Make sure to test them before you buy though. Needles and belts are the first things to go, so before you walk out the door throw on a record and hear if everything sounds right.

2. There are plenty of ways to start your collection with any budget.

When it comes to buying records, thrift shops are your friends. Even the most seasoned collectors will still pop into their local Goodwill and see what’s there. You’d be surprised at how many people no longer want their Beatles records and would rather just donate them.

This method can take a lot of resilience. Many times, you will flip through 100s of albums and leave with nothing, but it is all worth it for that time that you strike gold. If you are looking for a particular artist but not a specific album, many record shops will have a bargain-bin area. Craigslist and eBay are great places to buy used collections if you want to jumpstart your library. If you are looking for a specific album by an artist, going to your local record store is your best bet. It will cost more, but it will cut down on your time hunting.

3. Always make sure that any used record you buy isn't damaged.

Once you have found that album you have been hunting for, there are two things you will want to avoid: scratches and warping. A scratched record will skip around or play a thud every time it hits the needle and a warped record will distort the sound entirely. If you find a record with only fine scratches it usually isn’t a problem. Look out for big scratches that run parallel with the grooves. To ensure a record isn’t warped, hold it to your line of sight and make sure it’s flat. Avoid anything with any warping at all. Chances are the sound will be distorted.

When inspecting vinyl in a record shop it is important not to open any sealed records. Even if it is in a resealable sleeve DO NOT open it yourself. Take it to the front desk and ask them if you can inspect it under their supervision. They will understand. They will usually be willing to play it for you if anything on the record looks questionable.

Records have withstood the test of time and even with modern technology are still the superior way to listen to music. As humans, we have recorded some of the most important speeches and music on vinyl. We have sent them in outer space on satellites in hopes they will be fond by extraterrestrials and they have been enjoyed on Earth for almost 150 years. Trends may come and go, but records are a constant. Happy hunting!

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