Top Ten Comic Book Heroes

Proceeding with the countdown of the Top ten Comic Book Heroes that I admired, whose powers I wish was granted to me. I really wish for one day I could have the abilities of the heroes and try to save us from the bad guys, need to watch more T.V. Following at number nine.

Number Nine

“Flash” real name Barry Allen, the second incarnation from DC Comics. The comic relief of the Justice League, I always like the suit, reminiscent of that of Mercury or Hermes if I’m not mistaken, which justifies his abilities, Super Human Speed, able to travel in the speed of light, no, not that, it’s able to run faster than the speed of light, just imagine if you had that power, no more time wasted, all chores done in a jiffy, I’m not gonna be stuck in traffic listening to terrible music. He also has the power to think fast in situations, every fiber of his being moving like a Flash, if you had that then do I really need to explain to you what’s the benefits? or did you figure that out yourself? And lastly, he can fucking travel through time, yes Marty, Time travel, he can time travel, the most coveted ability of all time, of course by running faster than the speed of light he can rip through the time fabric, the space time continuum, wormholes call it whatever you want, he just travel back in time, went to the future, went back to the present, holy cuntnuggets those abilities are top-notch and The Flash will forever remain one of my favorite Super Heroes of all time.

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Top Ten Comic Book Heroes

In the 90’s it was the cartoons, In the 2000’s it was the movies, now we jot down the Top Ten Comic Book Heroes that I wish I was, the men that motivates me in trying to be a better person, as I always say, “I’m still trying to be the man I want to be by watching lots and lots of T.V.” I used to collect all action figures when I was a kid, play all day and get tired of playing them, and then play them again at night, reliving all scenarios from the cartoons and trying to apply it in real life, but apparently I don’t have superpowers, I don’t have adamantium claws, I don’t have telekinesis, I cant fly, I don’t have spider powers, I cant punch and break walls, and the thing I’m most envious and furious about is that I don’t have a batmobile. Now proceed to listing down the Top Ten Comic Book Heroes and at number ten.

Number Ten

“The Human Torch” real name Johnny Storm, from one of the greatest team made by Marvel Comics “The Fantastic Four” he has a great arsenal set of tools at his hands, flight who doesn’t wan to fly? Pyrokinesis the ability to control fire at will, he can even envelop his whole body in flames without harming himself, fire has been an element in many fictional stories and literature but no one displays it like the Human Torch does, plus the fact that he is rash, always in conclusion never really completely understanding the situation before making judgement makes he and I alike, thanks to Reed Richards he always end up saving the mess Johnny Storm does, and out of the Fantastic Four his power is what I like the most, Flame On! Johnny Storm.

Social Media for Social Change

Rappler the mastermind of the talk had the right idea to influence young and active audiences of social media and social network websites to part take in responsible feeding of social and political information via the use of technology and the internet. It is no secret that todays society has been improving in terms of technology and it’s uses, and it’s only right to use it to make the world a proper place, say for example using it as a medium to share vital information about important topics and discussions in todays society, and this has an advantage to all of us, for all we know the information that the News we hear are filtered and not all information are stated, or worse we are being manipulated by the press and we are being fed with ill, untruthful and malicious information by the use of their media. It’s also no secret that traditional media is slowly dying, seldom do we read newspapers for news, hell we’re lucky to even smell fresh newspapers, that’s because we use the internet for news and information and this way we could also share our views, what we see in our society and in that way we can start and help each other in enlightening the bleak and vague situation of our country, of course and I quote from my favorite comics, cartoon and franchise “Spider-Man”; “With great power comes great responsibility” (also attributed to Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee), hence with the powerful tool such as the internet users should be mature and responsible enough to grasp it, thinking before clicking, avoid spamming and flaming, but only sharing truthful facts, opinions and intellectual conversations. No one is safe, no one can play safe, although some might just take a backseat and watch things as they happen, well that’s their choice and I for one cannot discard that option, I have also done that in the past, still not sure whether it was the right decision though, everyone can voice out their opinions for it is a democratic country we live in, although we could not help but think that there are eyes lurking around us watching what we do, hearing what we say, but despite of this we need to tell the truth, and as cliche as it may sound the truth shall set us free, free from the shackles of the you know who and you know what. Rappler gave us the Pros and Cons of the new social media, the Pros is we are engaged as users, we are one although might not be the same, we are well informed, we are updated, we are highly advanced in technology, the Cons are addiction, loss of a well versed reality if internet use is not exercised properly, but these few repercussions could be easily avoided by time management and self discipline and I admire Rappler by giving us social media users a heads up on how top be a responsible user. We are all responsible for our actions so we need to think critically as mature users of social media.

Top Ten Songs of The 90’s

Here it is folks, the Finale, down to our last two songs in the list. Worth the wait, and I’m not going to keep you waiting because at number two is..

Number Two

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, released September 1991 from the album “Nevermind” the perfect song that would describe 90’s music, grunge, and would later define the sound of stereos and cassettes, the song that is considered as a classic by many, and the legacy that Kurt Cobain has left behind. A mix of highs and lows, soft and loud, very dynamic composition, and lyrical virtuoso. The pattern of the songs highs lows and mid would later be and inspiration to other artists in composing a song, as stated by the former drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl was inspired by Kurt Cobains’ style in music that he would later try to incorporate his works sound to it. The song is of F minor key that composes of four power chords strummed in a syncopated time signature, the notable intro is the songs riff played twice until the distortion kicks in and the rest of the band joins altogether, the verses would be soft and quiet until the build up in the pre-choruses and then the choruses would be big and loud. Despite the song having such great lines on lyrics this was actually hard to hear due to the fact that Kurt Cobains’ voice is gutterly and slurred being the reason for it not be be heard properly but that was actually what fans like the most about it, the singing style. If I were to put my favorite lines from the song I’d site the whole song honestly, lyrical genius Cobain was, but to site a line; “I’m worst at what I do best, and for this gift I feel blessed” I was mind blown after learning that, and of course the infamous chorus “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us” I feel that this line represents teenage perception or idealism that needs no further explanation that I feel if you’ve been through or are going through teenage years you know that somewhere in you the song remains it’s meaning, and it’s known for a fact that the song is one of the most greatest rock songs of all time. One of the most admired and missed artist who joined the “27 Club” Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and their music will always remain an institute of the 90’s.

Number One

“Champagne Supernova” by Oasis, released May of 1996, a seven minute anthem and closing track from their album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” often played in their concerts with a 2 minute outro instrumental. The song is of A Major key that descends in pattern, not to mention the two note earworm after the first chorus and the infamous guitar lick that I might say would rival that of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. This song definitely will be my most memorable song of the 90’s for its mood and tune not to mention the words speak clearly about my childhood, how much of a good time I had back then. Although in all honesty the most vivid of all songs that I remember from 1995-96 was “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” by Oasis as well, I just saw it’s music video very often and poof! that’s how it came to be, but “Champagne Supernova” I would say is an anthem for us, for the 90’s populace who lived in the time of “Michael Jordan”, “The Lion King” and many other memories that goes with it. Critics and fans alike would dare say that this song is Oasis’ “Magnun Opus”, their “Bohemian Rhapsody”, their “Stairway to Heaven”, or in other words my child, their ultimate work of art. I recommend you listen to this song if you still haven’t, better listen to it’s live version in Earl’s Court 1995 undoubtedly their best performance of the song, you should go listen, it’s cheaper than LSD, and legal. Psychedelic Rock man, starts out with the brothers Liam and Noel calling names at each other and then Noel Gallagher calling the song “Champange Super-Ugly-Cunt” priceless man, then he plays the A major riff, 9 minutes of bliss. Noel Gallagher, the author of the song was once asked in an interview about the undecipherable lyrics “Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball ” from the song and he replied,‘I don’t fucking know. But are you telling me, when you’ve got 60,000 people singing it, they don’t know what it means? It means something different to every one of them.’ Kind of like how it means to me, reminds me of childhood were me and my friends would run across the hall of school, and quite frankly if I was a teenager in the 90’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” would have been the Top One on this list, but I was a child, and that’s how it was, that’s how it’s going to be. My topmost favorite epic lines from the song; “How many special people change? How many lives are living strange?” these words never meant anything to me until I grew up and missed the people whom I’ve met before and left behind. “Wake up the dawn and ask her why, a dreamer dreams she never dies, wipe that tear away now from your eyes” I still don’t know what it means to me but it does magical things. “You and I, we live and die, the world still spinning round we don’t know why, why, why, why ,why” very bold statement made me think deep even when I was a child. “Where were you while we were getting high” son of a bitch I have never been in awe of such nifty word play, arguably my most favorite line in a song and this phrase I dedicate to those who missed the 90’s, where were you? Ever wonder why there isn’t any 2000’s tribute? And last but definitely not the least, the lines from the chorus, “Someday you will find me, caught beneath the landslide, in a Champagne Supernova in the sky” it doesn’t get any better than that folks, 

Top Ten Songs of The 90’s

Endless, this post just won’t stop and give up, it’s just endless, and I wish it was, I wish the 90’s was endless or spanned for like 60 years but sadly it all had to halt at 1999, are you still with me, can you follow? I wish you read the posts in reverse so that you’ll be able to get the meaning of these lists, bear with me we are almost there, halfway through the list and now at number four.

Number Four

“Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead, released in May of 1995 from the album “The Bends” a very simple but nifty studio album name in my opinion. The songs structure is very plain and very complex at the same time, it uses the very basics of guitar chords, you would not even move your fingers out of the first to third fret if you’d play the song, what makes it so complex is the timing of sustains that it requires to get the little musical details of the song, and mind you these small things mean a lot in music, even pauses and breaks, that’s where you’ll realize that it was magical. Few favorite lines from the song; “He used to do surgery, for girls of the eighties, but gravity always wins” well, gravity always wins girls, and one of the most endearing phrase ever written in a song, “She looks like the real thing, She tastes like the real thing, my fake plastic love” never have I heard of such heartbreak in three phrases perfectly put up together. Love will always hurt, may it be real or fake but we are just there to take it as it is “If I could just turn, and run, but it wears me out, it wears her out”.

Number Three

“Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August of 1993 a b-side to two other RCHP hits namely “Give it Away” and “Under the Bridge”. The songs musical structure composes of a F Major key, a staple to a lot of RHCP songs and most definitely the most suitable key for their frontman Anthony Kiedis. The song is just a lyrical and musical masterpiece that everytime I listen to it, it takes away my worries. “Your so polite indeed, well I got everything I need, Oh make my days a breeze, and take away my self destruction” the lines meaning differs from person to person but for me, it reminds me of vacation, free of all worries and away from self destruction, and of course the lines from the chorus “Where I go I just don’t know, I got to got to gotta take it slow, and If I find my peace of mind, I’m gonna keep it ’til the end of time” very uplifting words, free spirited lines about life, truly that is how I see life, there is no certainty, you just have to live it, the way you want it.

Top Ten Songs of The 90’s

Moving along, here we have the second part of the Top Ten Songs that was aired and played during the 90’s era, foreign acts to be precise, I wish you are reading this backwards because we are now on;

Number Seven

“Everlong” by Foo Fighters, released in August of 1997 the song was written by the former drummer of Nirvana Dave Grohl, very amazing track that uses D Major and Drop D guitar tuning, songs starts as a mild palm mute and then comes the bass and drum fills, another amazing fact is that Dave Grohl also did the drum track for the song which explains the sound absolutely perfect, the song opens with the phrases “Hello, I’ve waited here for you, Everlong”, the most familiar and sweetest sentiments will be found in the choruses “If everything could ever feel this real forever” kind of like a dream, the finest lullaby you can ever play loud, oh the irony “She sang”.

Number Six

“Ironic” by Alanis Morissette, released on February of 1996 from my all-time favorite album “Jagged Little Pill”, wow was that grand, very detailed album every song was a diamond. The song is basically a lyrical collection of an irony of events, “Traffic jam when you’re already late” doesn’t get any better than that does it, well it does, “A death row pardon, two minutes two late”, “A free ride, when you’ve already paid” whoa son of a.. thanks anyway, “A good advice that you just didn’t take” now this dwells a lot on regret, this was really a genius work of art, who would have known that all I needed to learn I learned from a four minute song? Who’s to say? The song means life, that life is ironic, a collection of awkward fragments put up together that you’ll have to go through, “Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you. When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right” and also “Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out, helping you out”.

Number Five

“Good Riddance” by Green Day, released on October of 1997, in its recording Billie Joe Armstrong made a mistake on the intro in plucking the G chord, he tries to start again and repeats the mistake now he would cuss in a low volume and all of that was recorded and kept in the track, those little things are the difference makers as said in the film “Almost Famous and even when I try to play this song I would actually do it as it is on the track including the “bonus” extra mistake. The lines personify “Times grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go”, the song is all about life, it’s good times and hardships, “For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while” whatever happened you take it as it is and try to learn from it and move on, “It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right, I hope you had the time of your life” these words will always mean a lot to me, more than you could ever think of, a guidance to life.

Top Ten Songs of The 90’s

Starting off the Top Ten List, today I list down my Top Ten most favorite songs from the golden years, the smell of honey in the ray of sunshines, the decade that would later define who I am, who I’m not, and who I’d like to become. The days when I was still a perfect child, a happy person, a happy boy, waking up early in the morning is the key to happiness, those people who know of the 6 o’clock sunbeam will never know sadness, often I exercised this and then afterwards taking a nap after lunch to gather energy for the afternoon activities such as “Langit Lupa”, “Agawan Base”, “Teks”, “Pog”, “Trumpo” and a whole lot of stuff that we would play but that’s all I’m going to say about that, don’t want to spoil the story, I want to save my yearning and love for the best 10 years of my life in another post. This list is about that era, specifically about it’s music, strictly foreign music, this is the first part of the Top Ten Songs of the 90’s. Now I picked these songs because of it’s meaning, structure, lyrical composition, guitar riffs, bass lines, drum beats and patterns and all in all it’s musical tune.

Number Ten

“Closing Time” by Semisonic, okay I’m not going to be bitter and say “I don’t need a stupid movie to know a beautiful song”, and with that I thank “Friends With Benefits” for making other people know of this wonderful song, at the very least they were aware of music. Released on March of 1998 the song just uses a chemistry of post-grunge and alternative rock if you’ll listen to it’s structure G D Am C chord progression, the piano intro, the outro guitar riff and lyrics is a definite staple to an 90’s song, my favorite lines from this song are; “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” very compelling, “Gather up your jackets, move it to the exits, I hope you have found a friend” makes the song sound like it’s about hanging out in bars really but the composition was inspired by a child to be born in the world, and lastly “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end” and I do not even want to touch those words, perfectly put up together.

Number Nine

“My Name Is Jonas” by Weezer, released in May of 1994 a very heartwarming song of kinship, with the musical structure of finger picking and then sudden burst of distortion in verses, the very staple sound of the alternative music that was popularized in the 90’s. Lines from the song that are meaningful are; “Come sit next to me, pour yourself some tea”, “Got a box full of your toys, fresh out of batteries, but they’re still making noise”, these phrases are a give away that the song is about childhood, “Choo-choo train left right on time, a ticket cost only your mind” the vast imagination of children, “Things were better then, once but never again” as they grew up they realized the beauty of the past, of childhood.

Number Eight

“1979” by Smashing Pumpkins, from the album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”, nice play of words, play the song, hear the first few bars, the intro drum fill, the guitar riff and bass progression of E♭ fifth to E Major accompanied by the melody line all through out the song, plus the lines; “On a live wire right up off the street,
You and I should meet” addressing a friend, “We were sure we’d never see an end to it all” about their youth and not really caring or thinking about the future, just enjoying the moment, “And we don’t know, just where our bones will rest, to dust I guess, forgotten and absorbed to the earth below” one of the crew of the youths must have bee thinking for a split moment were their lives will go, but they’ll never know until they get there.