Monday, November 18, 2013

Avenged Sevenfold - Making Self-Titled Album (full)

this is how they made #4top on the top 200 albums.

The logo

Music of the Week

So its week two for music of the week. And i really didnt change my music much at all since last week so i decided its time to bust out the A7X. Who's that? Well some might recognize my tattoo. Others might think its just some creepy looking skull with bat wings and a nice little saying on it. But its the logo to a band that truly does mean the world to me. Avenged Sevenfold. Avenged Sevenfold is a rock band that has been out since the early 2000's and well ive been listening to them daily since their first album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet. I have been with them through thick and thin, on both sides. The band has had their ups and downs over the past 15 years. But so have i. And were still here moving on. So with this band i cant just pick a certain album because seriously it would be all of them. So ill just name some of my favorite songs. Or atleast the ones that mean something to me.
1. Seize the day (yeah tattood.)
2. Strength of the World (ive had some ideas for my next but im not sure)
3. Radiant ecliple
4. second heartbeat.
okay as im starting to type out the songs im having problems because i love all of them...
5. almost easy
6. critical acclaim
7. afterlife
8. a little piece of heaven
okay well thats songs from their first 3 albums i believe. they have two others but i feel like im posting too many songs. so feel free to find some of your own. 
9. sorry i forgot about this one but it always puts me in nice little zone. Lost
 Avenged Sevenfold lost their drummer "The Rev" after these 4 albums. And in their 5th album nightmare you can really hear the sadness from the band in the music. Hail to the king was released earlier this year with a permanent replacement drummer for Jimmy. Please if you happen to read this, listen to them. Avenged Sevenfold has many different sounds, to hard metal, to full acoustic and piano songs. They are a jack of all trades in the music world and they deserve the respect of it

                                                                                                       -Avenged Sevenfold  foREVer.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


That's right its that time of the year again Formula 1 returns to the United States at Circuit of The Americas in Austin TX. Last year i actually had tickets for the first race at COTA, but due to some family problems i couldn't make it out to Texas. But nevertheless ill sit on my couch. Make some hot dogs, and cheer for my Favorite team, Scuderia Ferrari. Even though 4 time F1 champ Sebastian Vettel already took the championship. Id still like to see Fernando Alonso to make a podium.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Last years blog

This is a pic i just took from last years blog. I had 717 page views.
Right now with this blog i have 200. By the end of This school year i would like to break 1.5k Page views. If anyone knows how to traffic people to your sight (not just anyone I want actual feedback and such) Please help me (:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Well. New look

Im kind of upset. I made this blog look all nice and cool when I first made it. And i guess i either forgot to save all the changes when i did it. Or something messed up and it went back to the original state. But I've fixed it! Or improved it. Either way i think you will all agree it looks a lot better (:

Tuskegee, Connecting the Dots

So after thinking about how i can relate my project with what I want to do in life and what interests me. I had a brilliant idea. Tuskegee, i mean everyone has at least heard of them. Before or after the movie "Red Tails" which is a great movie just horrible acting. But the Tuskegee airmen were a fighter group in WWII who at first was tasked with well just flying patrol's and not seeing any action. But after months of debate finally got a job escorting American Bombers. And to the Surprise of everyone. Almost every bomber made it's way back home. And remained that way for the rest of the war. Where among the pilots the Tuskegee Airmen were among the Elite.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Music of the week.

Okay so im in the process of getting a new computer because this one has been dying on me the past couple of weeks. But i want to start something called music of the week. or music for the week I'm not exactly sure which one. But this is just mainly what i've been listening too this week. So this week is the band Hawthorne Heights. Now they are an older screamo/emo band but i just started listening to them again. If you want to explore some newer music. I'd try them out. There is a link somewhere to one of their full album's on YouTube. If you have 10 minutes to kill. Go for it :D

Hawthorne Heights - The Silence In Black and White (Full Album)

Sources is a good blog because it shows examples of racism today Shows what racism is, and also how to overcome it Is another great site which shows how we communicate and what each way is Racism and where it began.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

7 times

In 7 times Erica talks about a 13 year old boy who was shot 7 times by a police officer after he raised a fake rifle on the officer. It is a tragedy that this had to end with the death of a young boy. But i believe the police officer had every right to shoot the boy who was of Hispanic decent. The fake rifle looked exactly like a modern AK-47 or a similar Chinese assault rifle. Also the tip of the gun was not pointed red like it should have been to notify anyone if it was a fake rifle. The boy was asked several times to lower the weapon and then continued to raise and aim it at the officer. Who then opened fire.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tools that change the way we think

I think the use of technology changes the way people think very much. I mean when i do research papers rarely do i go out to a library (do those even exist anymore) i just fine multiple online resources and use all of those. I think it can both help people get something done. But also slow them down alot. I mean like right now im on tumblr and its taken 15 minutes to type this much  :o

Filter bubbles

So im pretty sure you showed us this video last year, so it more more of a refresher on what filterbubbles are. And also im a little upset about how they work,i think im going to start using duckduckgo more often especially when im researching something.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


cursory-looking over something rapidly without noticing details
ex: He looked over the essay with cursory,

 impetus-stimulus or a moving force
ex: Hitler was the impetus behind the third Reich.

 pinnacle-the peak or best time of something
ex: He was at the pinnacle of his career.

 contumely-insulting display of contempt in words or actions
ex: The argument escalated to a series of contumelies.

 bereavement-period of mourning after death of a loved one
ex: He was in a state of bereavement after his wife's death.

 cache-a hiding place in the ground for storage
ex: Its the best thing ever when you find your secret cache of candy in your room.

 consummation-the act of completion or fulfilled
ex: The exchange of rings consummates a marriage.

 calamity-great misfortune or disaster
ex: War causes calamity among the people.

 avarice-insatiable greed for wealth
ex: The king had an avarice that made his subjects hate him.

 fortify-to protect against attack
ex: The soldiers fortified their positions.

 erratic-deviating from usual course or thought
ex: Women have a habit of being erratic.

 ubiquitous-existing everywhere at the same time; always present
ex: There was an ubiquitous presence of ants at the picnic.

 fortitude-mental strength when faced with difficulty
ex: The man had a strong fortitude.

 nonchalant-casual; unexcited
ex: His nonchalant attitude was annoying.

 affect-to produce a change in something
ex: Weather affects plants.

 effect-something produced by a cause
ex: The medicine has many side effects.

 misappropriate-to put to wrong use
ex: Old people misappropriate sport cars.

 pragmatic-pertaining to a practical point of view
ex: The author writes with a pragmatic view of life.

 metacognition-higher order thinking that enables understanding
ex: Wisdom comes when a person achieves metacognition.

 devoutly-devoted to divine worship
ex: He was devoutly proud of his religion.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

To be or not to be

Is it better to suffer through your bad luck, or fight against your troubles and change?
Well thats hamlits problem if he suffers then well he goes through all that crap and has to deal with it. But if he fights back against his troubles (father dead, mother with his uncle) then hell have to kill his uncle, and change his views on life. To me, when Hamlit says death it has many meanings. yes he means truelly dead but also it meas to change his belifes because the old him would be no more. He's scared of what will come next and how life isnt fair.

Vocab 7

Cursory-fast. hastily done
impetus- a moving force
contumely- insulting
bereavement-mourning, a state of sorrow
cache-a collection of items, usually hidden
consummation-complete or final
calamity-an event causing great and sudden damage
avarice-extreme greed for wealth or material gain
fortify-to strengthen
 ubiquitous-present, to be found everywhere
fortitude-courage through pain
nonchalant-casual, calm
affect-produce a change in something
effect-the result of something
misappropiate-the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person for one's own use or other unauthorized purpose
pragmatic-dealing with something realistically
metacognition-awareness and understanding of ones own thought process
devoutly-showing deep religious feeling

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Value of Choice

By the end of the year i would like to be prepared to go off to college. So id like to focus on maybe some more college orientated stuff. Now because i havnt been to college. i dont know what i need. so I think that doing what you think will better prepare us is the best :P and as for skills. id like to become a better writer and to be able to think outside of the box. as well as extend my Open Source Learning networks and meet more people.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Freedom of Choice

Is it beter if you can make your own decision? Or if someone made them for you? Well to me, it all depends on the person. If that person is a type A personality where they get things done on time and can make good decisions then i think its better to make you own decision. But if it is someone who is lazy then definityly not, they would never get anything done, and if they did it would be only stuff that they wanted to do. Now for me, i think i belong somewhere inbetween. I think that i should be able to make my own choices, but still have a little guidence or help just because well i get lazy i have a very busy life and if it wasnt for someone saying "oh you have to get this done" then id prolly end up taking a couple hour nap and then slacking off a little bit.

Tech stuff, apple iOS7

So this has nothing to do with my class. But apple's iOS7 has just been released today and it is amazing. it has a whole new layout nothing is the same it makes everything look simple yet so modern and just futuristic with a new lock code layout. Messaging and facetime upgrades and also making updates 100 times easier in my opinion. It also has a new auto update for you apps. But one thing that really stands out to me is iTunes radio. now ive only been on for like 30 minutes. But its like pandora, except.. well its better the music is like only the stuff i like for the station that i chose. It just seems to seperate music genres better than Pandora. so that was my little ramble about my new phone update. Hopefully saturday morning i can get my iphone 5S

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vocab fall #5

Adroit: clever ir skillful in using the hands or mind
Amicable: having a spirit of friendliness
Averse: strong feeling of opposition. or dislike
Belligerent: hostile.
Benevolent: kindl
Cursory: hasty, rapid
Duplicity: deceitful
Extol: to praise highly
Feasible: capable of being done
Grimace: facial expression show disgust or pain
Holocaust: complete devistation or destruction
Impervious: not permitting penetration
Impetus: a moving force
Jeopardy: hazard or risk to exposure to loss
Meticulous: showing extreme attention to detail
Nostalgia: wistfull desire to return in thought
Quintessence: the most perfect. a pure example
Retrogress: go backward to earlier/worse conditions
Scrutinize: examine in detail
Tepid: moderately warm

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity. By Bill O'Reilley

In this book Bill O'Reilly does some self-searching of his experiences and how they  have formed him into the man that he is today. He talks his family, the schools he attended, his teaching career and his career as a news talk show host, relating all of this with humor, and a bold fresh view.
   I think Bill wrote this book so people can just see how he came to be the fiery Republican talk show host that he is today. From his upbrining and trublemaking teens he learned some great life lessons and also he wrote this book beacuase so many people just wanted to know more about his early life.
 Now ive skimmed through this book YEARS ago when it first came out and it just didnt intrest me but ive always had it in my room. So when i found out that we had to read a nonfiction book for English class i jumped on the book. Also now that im 18 and more into politics from 5 years ago i think its just really interesting, even though the book shys away from most political views. The first time i heard about the book was actually when i was watching Mr. O'Reilly's show on foxnews. My parents bought it and ive had it ever since.
 I find this book very realistic and i think that me and Bill have almost the same mindset of just questioning why things are done the way that theyve been done for so long. Although i wasnt a big trouble maker like Bill was when he was my age i still feel a connection.
 I think Bills ideas on some people are very subjected. Some people from their descriptions seem very nice and intelligent, but bill just doesnt like them. One person that really stands out in this book is Sister Mary Laurana who help bill captive in the third grade, as cruel and unusual punishment if there ever was one.
Sister Mary was very short on parience, and quick on the draw. She uttered the words that named this book one day when Bill made a quick remark she said "William, you are a bold fresh piece of humanity" and she was dead on. Some other friends were Joe Spencer, Jeff Cohen and Lou Spoto. They were bills three best guy friends, every couple of years they would go on trips to cut loose and spend time in places like hawii, na pali coast, or dive the waters of the british virgin islands.
One thing that stood out was his persistance and tenacity in journalism. Which fueled his talent and made him the famous news host that he is today. One of my favorite parts of the book is the very back outside cover from the book. I used a quote from it earlier but it just sets the tone for the entire book. it says.

"The year was 1957, the month September, and i had just turned eight years old. Dwight eisenhower was President but in my life it was the diminitive, intense Sister Mary Laurana who ruled, at least in the third-grade class where i was help captive. For reasons you will soon understand, my parents had remanded me to the penal institution of St. Brigid's School in Westbury, New York, a cruel and unusal punishment if there ever was one.
Already, i had barely survived my first two years at St Brigids because i was, well, a little nitwit. Not satisifed with memorizing the Baltimre Catechism's final prose, which featured passaged like "god made me to show his goodness abd to make me hapy with him in heaven" i was constantly annoying my classmates, and of course, the no-nonsense Sister Lurana. With over sixty active students in her class, she was understandably short on patience. For survival, she had also become quick on the draw.
Then it happened. One day i blurted out some dumb remart, and Sister Lurana was on me like a panther. Her black habit blocked out all distractions and she leaned down, looked me in the eye, and uttered words i have never forgotten: "william, you are a bold fresh piece of humanity" and she was dead-on."

I Really like this because it totally sets the mood to learn about the life of a trouble making news journalist, i highly reccomend this book.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vocab 4

Accede- agree to demand, assume an office or position
Brandish- Wave or flourish
Comprise- Consist of, be made up of
Deft- Neatly skillfil and quick in action
Destitute- Without the basic necessities of life, poor
Explicit- Stated clearly and in detail
Extripate- Root out and destroy completly
Inopportune- occuring at an inconvient or inappropiate time
Ironic- Signifies the opposite, typically for humorous effect
Musty- Stale, or damp smell
Officious- Proper, formal
Ominous-giving the impression something bad will happen
Pinnacle- at the top. most secessful
premeditated-think out or plan before, typically in a crime
Rampant- Something spreading unchecked
Solace- Comfort or consoltation in time of distress or sadness
Stately- having a dignified unhurried and grand manner
Supple- bending and moving easliy, flexible
Suppress- Forcibly put an end to
Venal- showing or motivated by susceptibility to bribery

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hey guys im Back!

So, if youre one of my followers on twitter (@mattrey17) or just followed my blog from last year ( you would know that im happily back and ready for more Open Source Learning with Dr. Preston! Last year i got the foundation all set, now its time to work on it! Glad to be in the class, lets kick some butt.