A Shout Out To Spotify's "Discover Weekly"

A Shout Out To Spotify's "Discover Weekly"

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain" -Bob Marley

If you know me at all, you know I am constantly and actively searching for new music. I am the type of person that needs new music on a weekly basis to avoid getting stuck in a musical rut. Spotify, with their “Discover Weekly” playlist, has not only been my saving grace but has completely figured out my taste in music. Every week I look forward to my “Discover Weekly” playlist because I know I am guaranteed new music that I will fall in love with.

Anything from ABRA’s “Roses” to Frank Ocean’s “Pink + White” Spotify has provided. Spotify offers ample opportunities for us to be active music absorbers. They give us an abundance of new ways to find music, making it more accessible than ever before.

They offer other playlists as well, like “Daily Mix”, which groups together like-minded artists and songs to present listeners with an array of vibes at the click of a button (or in the world of Apple products, the touch of a screen). With today’s technology and the consistent release of new music, Spotify gives listeners a platform to, not only absorb music but actively seek it out as well. Spotify, as well as other musical platforms, makes for a unique and personalized listening experience.

We human beings are lazy. If you refer to one of my latest articles, I am so lazy that I often Uber distances of 6 blocks. Spotify lets us be lazy, even welcomes our laziness, by giving us multiple predetermined playlists that are easily accessible. I figured it was about time to let Spotify know the impact that it has on my life. So, thank you Spotify. Thank you for exposing me to new material, thank you for letting my music intake be personalized and thank you for not making me do the work.

If you need me, I will be drowning myself in the tunes of Lewis Watson, a new artist handed to me via my “Discover Weekly”. And if you need me tomorrow, I will be finding the next new artist to obsess over. I advise you to do the same.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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Whether you post frequently or not, these are some steps to take!

Our generation is very active on social media. Some of us post every day while others post every two days, three days etc. Whether you post frequently or not, these are some steps to take in order to snap and post a nice picture to get a satisfying amount of 'likes'.

1. Use different poses

This includes different arm and leg placement and different smiles and head turns.

2. Take Multiple

Taking multiple pictures is good because when you sit down, ready to post, you don't want to be disappointed when the only picture you took was a lame one.

3. Find your light

Sometimes you can take a nice picture and when you go to edit it, you can't do much because the natural light was horrible. Start with finding the light, then proceed to step 4.

4. Edit it

If need be, up the brightness, saturation, contrast, and exposure. Of course, don't go overboard, the point of this is to basically improve the lighting if you can't find any naturally "good" light.

5. Post it

My studies have shown that if you post during mid-afternoon or between 1am-2am, you will end up with a nice bit of 'likes'. ESPECIALLY if it's a nice picture.

**When applicable and convenient, get someone to take a photo of you. That's the moneymaker!**

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