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Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 11:26 am
 

MM's Album Has Been Released!

You can listen to the full album online and/or download at:

http://riversoflight.bandcamp.com/

The album is entitled "Stargazing," and my artist name is "Rivers of Light."

You can reply here with any questions or comments - I'm always open to constructive criticism (and hey, compliments are nice too!Wink)

Thanks everyone!

MM
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:43 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 12:05 pm
 

MM's Upcoming Album

Greetings to all my friends here on CBSSports,

I'm proud to announce that within the next few weeks I will be releasing an album of original electronic music I wrote. It will be available online for download. When I release the album, I will write another blog entry with the link and directions for downloading.

*Sample from the album here*: http://riversoflight.bandcamp.com/

Thanks for reading and supporting my musical endeavors! If you have any questions or comments, reply here or shoot me a PM on the Infinity thread. Have a great week!

MM

PS - If you remember my "Lifeline" group, that music is still available for free listening and downloading at lifeline.bandcamp.com. You can also hear all of the tracks on Youtube by visiting http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6AACCFE29A89BF2F. More Lifeline works are in progress as well.
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: June 15, 2010 11:30 am
 

Second single is out!

For those of you who enjoyed "Pamplemousse," we have completed another single!  Click the link below to enjoy Lifeline's "Summit!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgSXx-Gi9So
As before, if you have any questions or comments, please share below!  Thanks for your support!
MM
Posted on: October 24, 2009 1:46 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2009 1:50 pm
 

There Is a Time to Stop Chasing Your Dreams

Last night, the biggest game of the year took place.  Biggest for my local high schools that is.  The infamous cross-town rivalry.  Picture Michigan versus Ohio State, only without the national following and publicity.  Always the last game of both team's regular seasons.  Always played at the same field, which both teams call home.

Flashback to last year.  My team (hereafter referred to as "Good guys") were playoff-bound.  The bad guys were not.  However, we were outplayed in the first half of the game.  I think we were maybe two or three touchdowns down at halftime.  In the second half, we played much better.  Eventually, the last two minutes of the game rolled around, and we were one touchdown down with the ball on our own 20, and no timeouts.  The good guys marched down the field, hitting precise passes and getting out of bounds as per the "two minute drill."  We looked like an NFL team.  With 2 seconds left, the ball was spiked on the opposing team's 5 yard line.  We line up in a spread formation, and I (along with most everyone else) was ready for another pass.  Instead, it was a QB sneak.  He was tackled at the 1.

Crap.


So this year, we wanted revenge.  Only this year, we weren't as good to begin with.  4-4 heading into the game.  And we had a slight problem.  A large percentage of our team was fighting the dreaded swine flu (H1N1).  While the strain that is sweeping my school is not really deadly, it still undoubtedly sucks to have.  Yesterday I think 25% of the 1500+ students called in sick with it.  See, the flu had not really spread to the bad guys side of town yet, it was mostly just here.

But here's what this blog entry is about.  About halfway through the school day yesterday, a meeting of the football players was called.  At the meeting, the coach offered to postpone the game until the following week due to the flu and weather (40ish and it had been raining since Wednesday).  By next week, the players would probably be over the flu and the weather might be better.  The players were then asked whether they liked this idea.  Sounds like an easy decision, right?  Nope.  See, the problem was that there was about a 1% chance of us making the playoffs.  I'm not sure of the exact necessary circumstances, but it was one of those "if we WIN by this many points and several other teams win or lose by exactly THIS score, then we win the tiebreaker" type things.  This in itself wouldn't seem like a problem, except that the playoffs start next week.  So if the game would have been postponed, we would have not been in the playoffs automatically.  For me, this is still an easy decision to make.  The only thing you are losing by postponing is a very small chance at a playoff spot (especially since half your team has the swine flu anyways and would not be on their game).  By postponing you get a better chance at revenge, and you aren't as likely to spread swine flu.  But apparently my views would be in the minority on the football team, because they voted unanimously to play the game yesterday.

The field was in terrible condition.  It was so muddy that it was hard to stand on, much less play football on.  The game started with a 3 and out for the bad guys.  Not bad, I thought.  Well, by halftime it was 18-0 bad guys, and that wasn't even the worst part.  We had a grand total of 8 offensive plays in the first half, plus a fumble and 2 kickoff return turnovers.  And that's not even counting the plethora of offsides, illegal procedure, and illegal motion penalties.  See, it's hard to concentrate when you have the swine flu.  In the second half, the domination continued.  Like the first half, it was characterized for us by no offense, stupid penalties, and miscues such as dropped passes.  About halfway through the 4th quarter, the bad guys, up 25-0, put in their third string guys.  You knew they were third string because the mud hadn't covered up the numbers on their uniforms.  Finally, with a minute left, we scored a touchdown against their third string.  Missed the extra point.  That ended up being the final score.  25-6.  Revenge will have to wait another year, at least on the football field.

Was it really worth spreading the swine flu for that?



Your thoughts, please.
Posted on: March 24, 2009 4:34 pm
 

Are you serious CBS

Did you really delete the "Let's Count to Infinity" thread?  I hope that my computer is just having a bad day and the error I get - "The board which you are trying to post to has been removed" - is an error itself.  If not, wow.  Just wow.  If you want me and the other people you call off topic to leave this site, just ban us!  Don't pull crap like this.

If this is an error, I'm sorry for ranting.

:P

Posted on: December 28, 2008 5:10 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2008 5:12 pm
 

Lions Make History. BUT...

Detroit Lions logo

With their loss to my Packers today, the Lions became the first team to go 0-16 in NFL history.

As a graphic showed near the end of the game, a lot has happened in the world since the Lions' last regular season victory over the Chiefs on December 23, 2007.  Over a year has passed on the Earth, other NFL teams have won a combined total of 262 games, Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in the Olympics, and Brett Favre retired, unretired, became a Jet, and could easily retire again before the Lions' next win.  After such a poor season, it is obvious that change is needed within the organization - and lots of it.  However, the Lions franchise is in possession of a few "building blocks" - people who, in my opinion, could help the team turn things around in 2009.

1. Kevin Smith - In his first year as a pro out of Central Florida, Kevin Smith became the starting running back for the Lions.  Despite the team's lack of success, Smith did his part, rushing for almost 1000 yards.

^(Calvin Johson and Kevin Smith)

2. Calvin Johnson - Whenever the Lions needed a big play (and whoever was playing quarterback threw to him) Johnson delivered, catching 78 passes for 1331 yards and a dozen TD's.  If Johnson was on any other team, I feel sure that he would have been a Pro Bowl starter.

3. Rod Marinelli - Despite losing every week, the Lions coach did everything he could until the end.  Even today, he was "getting into it" with the refs, challenging calls, and cheering his team on.  In my opinion, the failure of the team is not his fault.  Firing him would be a huge mistake.  In the last few years, I've seen several coaches try to turn things around in Detroit, and the franchise needs to build with the coach they have, not keep hiring new ones who don't know what's going on.

^(Rod Marinelli)

4. Jason Hanson - The kickers of a team are usually ignored, but Hanson is something special.  The 17-year veteran hit 21-for-22 field goals on the season, including 8-for-8 from 50+ yards.

^(Jason Hanson)

5. Nick Harris - The Lions' punter had a busy season, but was mostly consistent - consistently good.  Although he obviously was getting a lot of game experience, he got the job done, not getting a punt blocked all season (I think).

Last but not least:

6. Ernie Sims - Sims is the buried treasure in the pile of dirt that is the Lions defense.  While the rest of the team continued to give up big plays (such as the 70 yard TD reception that sealed their fate today) Sims did his job well, making 111 tackles on the season.

^(Ernie Sims)

Another key to the Lions' future is making good picks at the draft.  They have the first pick plus the Cowboys' pick in the first round (acquired in the Roy Williams trade).  High draft picks have mostly been duds for the Lions in recent years.  Good draft picks, as well as action in the free agency market, will be required for the Lions to turn it around in 2009.

Good luck Rod.  You're gonna need it!

-M.M.

PS: Happy New Year to my blog readers!

Posted on: December 22, 2008 7:25 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2008 8:27 pm
 

Christmas Thoughts from the Bakery

In case I forget to mention this at the end, I wish everyone who was brave enough to open and read this blog entry a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I am not writing about the Lions this evening (although there's certainly plenty to say on the topic of yesterday's atrocious loss to the Saints).  I am not writing about the Packers or Red Wings or any sports team.  I am not writing about homecoming dances or virtuoso keyboardists.

Instead, I am writing about a book.  Specifically, Mitch Album's Tuesdays With Morrie.  I was assigned it to read over the two-week-long break, and (because I am an overachiever) I have already finished it.  When I was told that we would be reading a two-hundred-page book over break, I was depressed, sad, maybe even a little angry.  But now I understand that this is, far and away, the best Christmas present that I have ever received from a teacher.  And that's only partly due to the fact that I could count all the Christmas presents I got from teachers on one hand.

For those of you who haven't read the book, I will provide a brief summary.  In the book (a true story by the way), Mitch Album tells of his last encounters with his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz.  Morrie has been afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has only months to live.  His certain and imminent death has changed his outlook on the world and the humans who inhabit it.  During the book, Morrie teaches Mitch a plethora of valuable life lessons that change his own views, attitudes, and actions.  A few key ideas expressed in the book are:

  1. People should not be afraid of death.  Like birth, it is natural and inevitable.
  2. Love is the only rational act.
  3. Mourn for the death of loved ones, but do not let their passing on ruin your own life.
  4. Love each other or perish.
  5. Only when you learn how to die do you learn how to live.
  6. Experience life to the fullest - live every day as if it were your last.  After all, life is short.  Why waste it?
  7. For any marraige to work, you must respect, compromise with, and talk openly with your spouse.
  8. People think they are more different from each other than they actually are.
  9. Forgive yourself before you die, then forgive others.
  10. Be the best person that you can be.

I truly believe that Tuesdays With Morrie changed millions of lives (as stated on the cover).  Now that I have finished the book, add one to that tally!

Anyways, if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend you pick up a copy or rent it from the library.  It took me about two and a half hours to read, and was obviously more than worth the time for me.  I hope that you experience the same feeling of enlightenment that I did while reading it.  I hope that you agree with me that it should be a highly treasured book that every human should read!

Finally, I hope that you have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and wonderful holiday season!

-The Muffin Man

Posted on: November 15, 2008 11:27 am
Edited on: November 28, 2008 11:29 am
 

Lions vs. Titans - Thanksgiving Day

Earlier this week, I had this crazy thought...kind of like a premonition of something!  Since it has to do with sports, I decided to share it.

 


 

Everyone is saying: "This is the year the Lions go 0-16."  I disagree.  Here is my prediction:

  • The Lions will lose the next two weeks (@Carolina and vs. Tampa Bay)
  • The Tennessee Titans will win the next two weeks (@Jacksonville and vs. NY Jets)
  • Therefore, the Titans will be 11-0 and the Lions 0-11 going into their Thanksgiving Day matchup.
  • The Lions will beat the Titans on Thanksgiving Day.
  • This will furthermore be the Titans only loss and the Lions only win of the regular season.

Detroit Lions logoTennessee Titans logo

I'm not too sure about most of what I said.  For instance, I can't root against the Lions the next two weeks.  Also, I can't root for the Titans against the Jets, now that the Jets have Brett Favre...it's just wrong.  Therefore, only hold me accountable for the bold, underlined part of my prediction.

You may think I'm crazy, but the NFL has been full of surprises this year.  I mean, the Titans 9-0 so far?  I would like to know how many NFL writers/analysts predicted THAT!

 
 
 
 
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