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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Solidarité; #PrayForParis; Terror; Tragedy; Optimism

The Eiffel Tower goes dark the night of Friday, November 13th
Friday, November 13, 2015
9:20 PM Central European Time, Stade de France. One of two suicide bombers explode their belts
outside the stadium, killing 4 people.

This was the first of 7 attacks made at 6 Paris locations by 8 terrorists claiming to be part of the terror group ISIS. These acts of terrorism killed near 130 people.

France after the attacks of September 11, 2001
The world is not unfamiliar to acts of violence, whenever a tragedy like these Paris attacks, or 9/11 or even natural disasters like earthquakes, the world takes these as opportunities to be peaceful, to come together, to put aside our differences and have solidarité. (French: Solidarity)  Throughout these posts I will have many pictures that show examples of solidarité.

The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia shows their
support in the French colors following the attack
If you know me, you know that I am very much so an optimist, I look on the bright side of things, of everything. When looking at these attacks I have a hard time being the cheerful optimist I usually am. Maybe it's because I couldn't imagine someone being so evil to do that, maybe I'm saddened by the loss of the 130+ innocent lives. In fact, it is even hard for me to write about such tragedy, I will carry on.

One World Trade Center in New York displays the French colors
Looking at this from the point of an optimist, I do think of solidarity. Solidarity happens AFTER every attack, and we ask for the attacks not to happen in the first place. If we pray for world peace, does God give us world peace? I doubt it. When we pray for world peace, God 'gives us' something like this, an opportunity for the world to be at peace. Many nations have sent their condolences to the nation of France, many nations want to stop ISIS and other attacks. Maybe these nations; US, France, Russia, should agree to stop these attacks by ending this group, then, stop attacking each other and other nations. If we have solidarity ALL the time, there will be no reason to have to have solidarity AFTER attacks.

Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro displays the French Colors
This Terror group used the name of God in justifying their attacks, anybody that uses God to cause violence and end lives has got it wrong. I find God very useful after the attacks, praying for the victims and the families of the victims, praying for our world and for peace. Even praying for the attackers and their group, that they may stop this realize their wrong doings and have a conversion of heart.

Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals, displays the French flag
next to the American flag at an NFL game Monday. The NFL
took a league-wide moment of silence for the victims of the
attacks this weekend.
I know that I am pretty much preaching to the choir, me writing this won't have that much affect in the world. Two things, if I affect one person, get them thinking about a way to make things better, get them thinking more positively or, just get them thinking, I feel like I have changed the world. Another thing is, I don't think or express this part of me to except through writing this, writing this blog. So if I have affected you or made you think I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so.

Dieu vous bénisse,

Votre frère dans le Christ,
Robert

Friday, October 09, 2015

Spotify Premium; Worth The Price? My experience; Taylor Swift

If you have not heard of this music streaming program/app/website then you probably should look into it, it's amazing. https://www.spotify.com/us/ or you could just skip this post... I prefer the first option though.
So first thing is first, I love everything about Spotify except one thing, Taylor Swift took all of her music off of it. I will not say anything else about that the rest of this review because I will bias everything from that because Taylor Swift is the best. So lets get started...
Now Spotify is on the computer as well as an app for your mobile device, I have not used Spotify Mobile that much, but I will still try to explain. Spotify Free is the basic program/app there will be ads about every 7 songs because it's free. On mobile it is Shuffle play only, you cannot pick the specific track, with limited skips. On the computer you can pick any song you want, you don't need skips and there are ads. You can connect Spotify to Facebook and connect with your friends, you have a feed in Spotify where you can share what you're listening to, as well as sending Playlists and songs to people.
Now that the basic explanation of Spotify is over I can review and explain Premium. Spotify Premium is the paid version of Spotify. With Premium you have Unlimited skips, it is not only Shuffle Play, and there are no Ads. You can download the songs to your device so you don't have to constantly stream it. When you do this it is encrypted, this is not a music downloading service. So with those features the two that were most important to me, a PC user, are No Ads (the ads don't bother you until you don't have any) and the offline option. With the 2 of these features you can use Spotify to DJ which I did a couple times. When I went Premium I paid the special offer of 99 cents for 3 months. My 3rd month just ended and I cancelled, because it would have been full price. Spotify Premium is $9.99 (+tax) per month or $119.88 (+tax) per year. For $10 it's worth it if you use it a lot, like me. They have a special offer for students at $4,99 (+tax) per month, for 12 months. This discount for college students with a .edu email address only. Sorry high school students.
Spotify also has discounts for families. Two people can go Premium for $14.99, 4 for $24.99 etc.

Spotify Premium is worth the price if you use it a lot like me or if you can use one of these discounts. If you use Spotify on mobile it is even more worth the price because of all the features you get on mobile. I plan on upgrading again sometime. Let me know what you all think about Premium,
Your Brother in Christ,
Robert