Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year

Just a quick Happy New Year wish for all the blog regulars, and a note to say the my annual Top Albums list will be posted in the next few days.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The final week of 2015 sees three songs join/rejoin my Spotify Weekly Top 40 as we wrap up a year filled with music.  May 2016 see even more and even better.   Happy New Year to one & all.

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys, The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Victorious -Wolfmother, Anything You Say– The Cringe (re-entry), The Calling – Audiotopsy

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Become The Enemy- Like A Storm  Let’s Go – Def Leppard, Guardian – Queensryche

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs including the next single from Papa Roach, brand new Killswitch Engage, new Three Pill Morning, and more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Three songs join/rejoin my Spotify Weekly Top 40 in the penultimate week of 2015 .

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys, The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Happy Song -Bring Me The Horizon (re-entry), Nothing More– Decyfer Down, Ghost In My Head – Andrew Watt

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Right To Rise- Wilson, Stop- First Decree,  Anything You Say – The Cringe

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a half dozen new songs including the latest from Sleepwave, brand new Adelita’s Way, the next single from always reliable Trucker Diablo, and more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

An unexpectedly busy week as five songs enter/re-enter my Spotify Weekly Top 40 .  That’s downright hectic for this time of year but it’s hard to begrudge fresh hard rock.

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys, The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Bloody Sunrise -Wayland, Sayanora – Disciple, Say It Again– XXI (re-entry), Anything You Say – The Cringe, Venom – Bullet For My Valentine (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Thank You- Sevendust, I Won’t Give In – Asking Alexandria, Everything – Art Of Dying, Everything- Bridge To Grace, Nails – Pillar

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s over a dozen new songs including new Thousand Foot Krutch, more new Megadeth, brand new Veer Union, the latest from Leslie West new Wolfmother, and a lot more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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Learning To Learn

A bit of random parental thinking out loud, prompted mostly by this quote from our upper school director in the final newsletter before the break. (He’s talking about his thoughts while proctoring during exam week)

“While some of them may forget some of the content, all of them have learned the process, and it is the “learning how to learn” that is the greatest gift we will ever give our children. “

I could maybe argue any number of things about the education my child has received but on this point I’m pretty much in agreement. By far the most valuable thing Will is going to take away from his middle & high school years is “the process”. Or more specifically, HIS process. He’s learned what works for him, he’s learned how to study, how to manage his time, how to allocate his energy & attention. Sure, there are bumps in the road sometimes but that’s part of learning. What works for him isn’t what I’d have bet on as the most effective strategy but he’s proven to be pretty solid at figuring it out AND (eventually) at knowing when to make changes.

I knew this was the case when, while getting him to update me on the schedule for this week & his plans for being prepared, I ended the conversation with “I trust you”. That’s the bottom line truth of it: I do trust him. Maybe not to ace everything every single time but to give himself the opportunity to do so.

If I had to offer a parent any advice about their child’s academics, it might just be to make sure that they aren’t just learning things they can regurgitate as needed but to make sure that they are developing an understanding of the process that allows them to do so. Find that process, understand what you’re doing & why, the chances of succeeding seem to go up considerably.

While writing this I’m also reminded of perhaps the OTHER most valuable thing he’ll take from his years at Acad, the oft-repeated words of wisdom from the former headmaster:

“Be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, on time”

That may not be a foolproof plan — the introduction of fools into the equation can wreck it pretty quickly — but as a general rule of thumb it’s pretty good advice for avoiding trouble.

Note:  This actually began as a Facebook post but I kept rambling long enough that it probably should have been a blog entry all along, so I’ll repurpose it here as well.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The year continues to wind down but two songs manage to join (or rejoin) my latest Spotify Weekly Top 40 .    I’m not complaining about the slight slowdown frankly, as I’m more than a little intimidated to think about how much work needs to be done to wrap up the various year-end traditions here.

 

Missing songs this week:
Black Rebel – The Lazys, The Boards – The Motorleague

New to the Spotify list this week
Crossroads -I Prevail (re-entry), By The Blood – Drowning Pool

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Dream Eater- Separations, Live That Lie– Rubikon

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a half dozen new songs including the latest from Decyfer Down and Primal Fear, and more. You can find it at this link

Also, if you’re wondering exactly how all of this gets put together – the hows & whys of it – this recent blog entry probably explains more than you ever wanted to know.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (end regular season )

 

After a long journey, we’ve finally reached the end … which is also a new beginning.

The handful of games played on conference championship week didn’t provide much in the way of surprises, instead they mostly confirmed what we already knew or at least strongly suspected. Alabama made Florida look downright silly … Clemson put up nearly double the yards of UNC, and won the turnover battle, yet kept Clemson’ing on the table as an option right to the very end … Michigan State popped Iowa’s bubble but that was hardly a surprise … I’m not even sure Texas over Baylor is actually a “surprise” if you tell me Baylor is using their fourth string quarterback, who hasn’t been a QB since high school … Honestly, the biggest surprise of the weekend and possibly the entire season was Georgia State not only upsetting Georgia Southern but largely having their way with the Eagles.  The last time I saw a score that surprised me more had to be Appy State over Michigan.  Who knows, maybe the Panthers would have beaten UGA outright in that overtime.  Bet that would have changed a lot of the handwringing that has ensued … When all was wrapped up the committee in charge of such things probably needed less then five minutes to pick their final four.  As is usually the case.  Not sure that there’s really a lot of point to the weeks of meetings, things tend to reveal themselves pretty clearly by the time the regular season is truly over & done … Meanwhile, congrats to Tennessee on making it to a New Year’s Day bowl.  I’m still not entirely sure what that means long term but time will handle answering that question … And for perspective this holiday season for us Georgia Tech fans, here’s a simple fact:  there are three teams in the state preparing for bowl games.  The Jackets aren’t one of them.

And with that sobering thought I give you the final J3C College Football Top 25 of 2015.  We’ll reconvene after the holidays and after the bowl dust settles,  see how it all played out, and rank ’em all one more time.

Happy football post-season to you one & all.
JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25
(last week’s ranking follows their name)

1. Clemson (1)
2. Alabama (2)
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. Michigan State (5)
5. Stanford (8)
6. Ohio State (6)
7. Iowa (4)
8. Florida State (9)
9. Notre Dame (10)
10. North Carolina (7)
11. TCU (11)
12. Oklahoma State (13)
13. Northwestern (14)
14. Houston (16)
15. Oregon (15)
16. Ole Miss (18)
17. Michigan (19)
18. Utah (22)
19. Baylor (12)
20. Navy (23)
21. Florida (17)
22. Wisconsin (24)
23. Western Kentucky (25)
24. Temple (20)
25. Tennessee (Un)

Dropped out: USC (21)

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