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Hear, hear …

… or something like that.

As some of you may have already discovered, last week I began to add some audio to my weekly output.  Specifically (so far), a couple of short podcasts have been uploaded to my page at Anchor (and reposted to both iTunes and Pocket Casts).  The podcasts are also converted into video format (audio-only) and can be found in their own playlist on YouTube as well.

The first couple of installments include my take on the season finale of The Walking Dead and my thoughts on last week’s Active Rock Chart.

While I’m still working on both content ideas and scheduling, the general idea is for me to both expand my content offerings and to try to do a better job of coordinating my content across multiple platforms, the latter being something that I’ve probably done a pretty lousy job of over the past few years.

In addition this blog, I’m also located in a number of the usual suspect locations.

JonsThreeCents can be found
… on Facebook  
… on Twitter
… on YouTube

So Like, Follow, Subscribe, tag me with a homing beacon, whatever the proper action is, and get my three cents across multiple social media platforms.

 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Four debuts and a pair of re-entry freshen the sound with the latest update of my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.    Like always, you’ll find the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
The Void – Parkway Drive, Dirty – Sevendust, Breaking OutNine Lashes (re-entry), BoomerangTexas King (re-entry), Calm Before The Storm – Light The Torch, Bad Habit – Black Stone Cherry

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:

Roots – In This Moment, Meadow – Stone Temple Pilots, Automatic – Deadset Society, Area – Zero Theorem, Silence – Scarlet White, Running – Random Hero

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen new adds including the aforementioned Sevendust, new Underoath, The Wild, Skarlett Riot, Otherwise, and more.    You can find it at this link

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week ten)

Will everyone who doesn’t want to get embarrassed in the final four playoff please take a giant step backwards?  Okay, thanks.

Some of you others still in line may want to think about doing the same, we’ll give you another opportunity soon.

It was that kind of weekend for college football pretenders.  Let’s be honest though, you might have gotten better odds on Iowa not scoring 55 points in their remaining games than on them hanging that number on tOSU … Penn State was already in the 2nd row, they decided to step back even farther … Here’s a curiosity to consider:  Georgia and Alabama both won by identical scores, and in similar fashion.  Bama played the presumably better of the two opponents, so why do I feel like UGA narrowed the gap between the two teams instead of having it grow? … Similarly, Clemson & Wisconsin both did what they needed to do, yet I feel a little better about Clemson and a little worse about Wisky … Bedlam was certainly exciting, so why do I think there’s an extremely good chance TCU knocks off OU next weekend? … Georgia Tech did Georgia Tech things … Tennessee did something or other … Ole Miss earned an exciting, if honestly meaningless win, at least they won’t be winless for the conference season.

And, with that, time to give you a look at the latest JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25.     (last week’s J3C ranking follows their name)

  1. Alabama (1)
  2. Georgia (2)
  3. Notre Dame (4)
  4. Clemson (6)
  5. Wisconsin (5)
  6. Oklahoma (8)
  7. TCU (9)
  8. Miami (11)
  9. Washington (12)
  10. USC (16)
  11. UCF (15)
  12. Auburn (18)
  13. Ohio State (3)
  14. Oklahoma State (10)
  15. Michigan State (23)
  16. Penn State (7)
  17. Washington State (24)
  18. Virginia Tech (13)
  19. Mississippi State (19)
  20. Memphis (21)
  21. West Virginia (Un)
  22. South Florida (25)
  23. Iowa (Un)
  24. Iowa State (14)
  25. NC State (20)

Dropped: Stanford (17), Arizona (23)

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

A busy week, with five new songs debuting in my weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Like always, it’s the best of today’s rock hits with all the non-rockin’, pseudo-rock alternacrap removed, replaced with more deserving songs.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
Satellite – Starset, Remember The Enemy – Ded, The Resistance – Skillet, Exist – Separations, Angry Heart – Otherwise

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Silence Speak – While She Sleeps, Nocturnal – Vyces, Raining Down – Demon Hunter, Sorry Not Sorry – Gemini Syndrome, Downfall – Kirra

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s nearly a dozen adds including new (and quite different) music from Theory Of A Deadman, another single from Crazy Lixx, the latest from Manafest, and more.    You can find it at this link 

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Another week, another four enter/re-enter my Weekly Top 40 on Spotify.  Surprisingly busy this close to the end of the year, but I’m not going to complain about that one bit.

Missing songs this week:
None

New to the Spotify list this week:
A Little To Obvious – The Motorleague,  You Don’t Get Me High Anymore – Three Days Grace,  Wash Away – As We Ascend, This Light I Hold – Memphis May Fire (re-entry)

Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Show Me A Leader – Alter Bridge, The Enforcer — Monster Truck, Stuck In Your Head – I Prevail, Stay With Me – Boiling Point

For the larger (nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a dozen additions including the aforementioned Motorleague, the latest from Papa Roach and Black Stone Cherry, the rockin’ return of Ron Keel, album cuts from Thousand Foot Krutch and Parkway Drive,  and more.    You can find it at this link 

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Walking Dead premiere reaction

My intention here is to be spoiler-free, I’ll do my very best.

Maybe now some of my comments around social media in the past few days make a little more sense. I honestly don’t know that an American TV audience will prove willing to deal with this level of … brutality.  

 
For those that don’t watch The Walking Dead, consider everything you’ve seen on television — fiction, reality, any & all — and then consider that what just aired has me sincerely wondering whether it’s maybe just … too much.
 
I don’t mean from a should they/shouldn’t they aspect. The creative team was well within their rights & then some. This IS what the source material is. This is what always had to happen.
 
But will that have an audience on television?  I have my doubts to be honest.

The Walking Dead isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  I don’t mean that the audience suddenly goes away overnight.  But I do expect as much as 30% – 40% of the audience to be gone a year from now.  In my heart of hearts, I just don’t believe the level of cruelty on display is something that we en masse are looking for.  We get enough of that in our every day lives, one way or another.

It’s often brilliantly done television, hell, writing & acting period never mind the medium.
It’s a tribute to all those involved that we have such strong reactions.

But is this … entertainment?  And if we aren’t being entertained, what motive to watch do we have?

I’m really having some doubts about that in recent days, tonight did nothing to change those.

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J3C College Football Top 25 (after week seven)

The midway point of the season for many teams and with it comes increased understanding for the programs and observers alike.

Alabama is pretty darned good, though I can’t say that comes as a surprise … Ohio State can take a punch, which we probably suspected but couldn’t be sure of … Clemson isn’t what they were last year, uncertain why that’s the case but it’s becoming increasingly obvious … This time next week we’ll know a lot more about Texas A&M … West Virginia might be considerably better than expected, especially compared to the rest of the country … Wisconsin still ain’t bad … Florida is looking better by default … North Carolina can’t really figure out what level they are …  Ole Miss just can’t quite get over the hump this year … Tennessee illustrates the gap between the SEC West and the SEC Least as well as anyone in the conference … Vanderbilt revealed Georgia’s true situation … Georgia Tech managed to beat Georgia Southern and the masses yawned.

We’re gaining more and more clarity as the season progresses, the growing question may be whether there’s four teams that are truly playoff worthy.  It’s looking more & more like there may be One, followed by 24 dwarves of various sizes.  With that chilling notion, time for the JonsThreeCents College Football Top 25 after week seven. (previous week J3C ranking follows their name)

1. Alabama (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Michigan (3)
4. Clemson (4)
5. Washington (5)
6. Texas A&M (6)
7. Nebraska (7)
8. Louisville (8)
9. Baylor (9)
10. West Virginia (19)
11. Wisconsin (11)
12. Florida (16)
13. Houston (12)
14. Oklahoma (15)
15. Boise State (14)
16. Arkansas (21)
17. Florida State (17)
18. Western Michigan (23)
19. North Carolina (Un)
20. Ole Miss (10)
21. Tennessee (13)
22. Utah (22)
23. Colorado (Un)
24. Navy (24)
25. South Florida (25)

Dropped:  Miami (18), Virginia Tech (20)

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