Let me start by saying I’m not sure how many people will read this post. I’ve been gone for a long time and I can’t imagine people are still regularly checking in here to see if I’ve written anything new.
Anyways, I’m going to be moving this domain (patrickriggs.net) over to another hosting service and use it as more of a portfolio site. I’ll probably have some sort of blog there too but it likely won’t be the same as here and I don’t think I’m going to move all my posts over. Maybe some of them, but not all of them.
So that’s that. Here’s to the future, I guess. Thanks all of you for reading, it’s been a blast.
Hello, friends. I think its high time for a new post, since I’ve been almost non-existant on here for months now. This is going to be an actual post, actual writing, and no cheap jokes or music cop-outs (okay, maybe a few. I am what I am, after all). I’m pretty excited. It feels good to be back in the saddle.
As anyone who knows me in real life could tell you, my little bro (hereafter called “Little Riggs”) is coming to the University of Michigan next year, specifically the College of Engineering. First of all, let me just say that I’m incredibly proud of him. I’d lean down and ruffle his hair, but he’s taller than me.
I figured I’d take this opportunity to explore a couple things that I’ve learned so far. Some of these are lessons I’ve personally learned and some of them are lessons that I’ve learned by watching my friends, learning from their mistakes so I don’t repeat them.
Anyways, here we go. This one’s for you, Little Riggs! Read the rest of this entry
If you took 3OH!3 and added real talent and then planted them in British soil you’d get something like Hadouken. Electronic plus young male vocals singing about partying and such. I mean, I’m going to be honest, I have a hard time taking groups like this seriously if I listen to the lyrics. At least that was true for the first song I’m sharing here, Get Smashed Gate Crash.
Catchy, but room for improvement. With that I’d like to present Mecha Love
I’m not sure what’s up with the anime, but hey. Good song, music video that works well with it, and incontrovertible proof that everything is better coming from Britain.
Good news, everyone!
Cloudkicker, everyone’s favorite post-rock band, came out with another album! Keeping with their M.O., this album is another ‘name your own price’ one (naturally I chose $0). I swear, one of these days I will pay for a Cloudkicker album. Just not today.
Anyways, this new album, Let Yourself Be Huge, is fantastic. Probably my favorite one so far, and that’s saying something, given how amazing Beacons was. Here’s the link to their Bandcamp page, go download their music, and if you feel like kicking Cloudkicker a few bucks (see what I did there? I’m hilarious.), go for it, it’s certainly quite deserved.
The past week or so I’ve been bingeing on all the music I’ve acquired during the holiday season, and one artist in particular has been standing out far beyond the rest. Florence + The Machine is probably the best new artist I’ve heard in a long time, even if she isn’t exactly new. Regardless, here’s my favorite song by her, a little tune called No Light, No Light. I get chills whenever I hear this song.
Everyone who reads this blog, thank you all! May your 2012 be full of cool stuff, attractive members of the opposite sex, and true happiness. I write for fun, but it’s still awesome that people like reading what I write. You guys all rock.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.
This post is coming straight at ya from the middle of finals week here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yesterday I demolished 2 exams spaced 12 hours apart (whoever thought that was a good idea is obviously stupid) and today it’s all review sessions and studying.
I’m at hour 48ish of my self-imposed quarantine in my room. The first 20 hours I was teaching myself a semester’s worth of calculus, the next 12 was statistics, and now here we are with programming and French. Strangely I’m getting a lot of work done, with the obvious exception of this blog post.
The point of this post is twofold: first of all, serious shout-outs and mad props go to my two new best friends, Spotify and caffeine pills. Together we can do anything. We’re basically like the Three Musketeers.
Secondly I wanted to share a video that’s been helping me get through this week/semester. Watch it whenever you feel down and just need to smile a little bit. Or a lot. It’s of a puppy. Dawwwww.
First of all, I wanted to say that I love everyone who reads my blog. I haven’t posted in God knows how long, yet people keep coming to my blog every day. I wuv woo!
Now that that babytalk is out of the way, let’s get down to business. Its been a while since I posted some life rules, and I figured I’d share a couple that I’ve learned this past semester, which I’m going to fondly dub “Probably the most hellish couple months of my life.”
Honestly, it’s been my own fault for taking so many classes and shifts at work, but hey: I like complaining. Moving on, here are some rules.
7. If you think you’ve bitten off more than you can chew then you’ve already given up. If you accept failure as a possible outcome then you’ve already failed. But…
8. Sometimes you need to fail, because the act of succeeding would be even worse.
9. You only have a specific amount you can care about things. Care too much about the small things and you lose passion for what’s really important.
10. If you’re willing to lie about your phone number, name, and email address then the amount of free things you can get are virtually limitless.
11. Unconditional love and acceptance can fix any problem, even if it’s just from your dog.
I threw in a couple more than the usual three, partly because I had more to say and partly because you all are my favorite people ever. Thanks for reading, yo.