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Brainfreeze: Finding Your Break In Life

Posted in Helpful Stuff, music, Records with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by blogstoryshort

There I was, watching my beloved Pacers finally finish off the pesky Chicago Bulls in game four of the first round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, when I heard IT.   Yes, IT, the song that makes you stop and say, who is THAT?

I’ve been associated with music for the past twelve years from record store owner, distribution, record labels, etc, I still keep up with what is going on through blogs, (MOKB, Perfectly Chilled Funk and Soul) record store shopping, (Indy CD & Vinyl, Luna Music, Dusty Groove, Amoeba), what my friends are listening to, the whole gambit.  There is still something to be said when a commercial makes me stop what I am doing, hit my Shazam app and find out who did the song! (It took three apps to find out, as SoundHound and Soundtracking couldn’t identify the song.)

I’ve been a beneficiary of having a song on the television, my group, Mystikos Quintet was featured on Lip Stick Jungle, Family Jewels and others so I know what it feels like. When commercials that make me go and to find artists/songs, it leaves my head spinning like my favorite 45″.  Wait, it gets better……

I find out that the song is from the ‘album’ called Brainfreeze, a compilation of vinyl 45’s mixed together by two of my favorite DJs, Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow.  Great right? There’s more……I OWN that limited edition vinyl LP.  And the cherry for this sundae?  The record was sitting in my pile of hip-hop LPs that I was about to list on Ebay!!

DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Brainfreeze, DJ mix, vinyl

Brainfreeze LP

So there I was, laughing at myself for a hot minute of craziness, only to find that what I was looking for was right in front of me the whole time.  It got me thinking of what other things I am missing out on that are also right in front of my face.  I’m going to make sure that I take the time to open my eyes and ‘discover’ what I have been missing and I know the perfect song to play while I do it.

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Sh*t it’s Cold! (Six cold weather tips for your car)

Posted in Helpful Stuff on December 27, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I thought I might pass along some great, economical tips that everyone can use to help keep their cars running good and more importantly, help stay out of the cold weather more!

Thankfully I have not tried all of these.  Let me know if there are more to be added and if they worked for you.  Good luck out there!

1.  Keep your headlights clear with car wax. Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights – lasts 6 weeks.

2.  Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol.  Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity.

3.  Ice-proof your windows with vinegar. Frost on it’s way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they’ll be clear of icy mess. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water—preventing water from freezing!

4.  Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray. Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber

5.  Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream. Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

6.  De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer.   Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved.

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