Headphones: Fad or Functional

Over the past year I have really been wanting to get a new pair of headphones. While I don’t mind earbuds, they can be tedious to wear after a while and always seem to get tangled together. While I had never owned a pair of really good headphones before, I was excited to get a nice pair that I can wear while travelling that muffles the noise of planes and people and allows me to enjoy the wonderful sound of whatever I’m listening to. My first thought was that I would get a pair of Beats solo headphones. Everyone seemed to have them and if that many people are buying them they must be good right? This train of thought got me a well earned lesson from my brother-in-law.

Since he knows way more about sound quality and music than I do, I let him teach me the ways of finding really good headphones. The one major thing I learned was you should go to a music store. We went to a Long and McQuade where we pretty much spent an hour trying on their different headphones and listening to music. Though it seems like a really simple thing to do, I never thought about actually going to a store and trying out the headphones before buying them. While the headphones weren’t the most stylish out there (most of them just being plain black) I got to really hear the difference in quality between the different brands and models. I could also pick a pair of headphones that sat well and didn’t force my piercings in my ears into my head. I ended up picking a pair of white audio-technica headphones that looked great and just had this really amazing sound quality. And the kicker: they ended up being cheaper than the Beats headphones I was looking at!

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A day or two later we were in the Apple Store and I decided to try out the Beats solo headphones since they were out on display with the iPods. I was honestly surprised when I put them on. Not only did they not fit as well as some of the headphones I had tried on at the music store, but the sound quality wasn’t very impressive. I’m not saying they were horrible, but the sound quality was equivalent to what I could get out of my earbuds. I just really didn’t feel like they were worth their high price. While my headphones didn’t come in a large variety of colours, I really am happy my brother-in-law stopped me from following the fad and showed me that good quality functional headphones are just better (and cheaper).

New Book-Based TV Shows

Today I thought I’d talk about two new TV shows I’ve been loving that are based on books I have read. Now I’m usually not that into TV shows. I’ll usually watch a few episodes then completely give up on them. However, these two shows have kept me hooked and I’m really excited to see how they go. Now just a warning to all you book lovers: these TV shows are BASED on books. Though they have done a good job with all the characters, the storylines of the TV shows and the books are not completely the same.

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The first TV show I wanted to talk about is Shadowhunters. This show is based off the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The show follows Clary Fray as she tries to figure out the world around her after finding out she is a shadow hunter. There are demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves galore in this show. While this show likes to deviate from the plot line of the book, they made sure to include some of the key plot points that were ignored when they originally tried to make a movie out of this book series. The characters themselves are very well done and they’ve already renewed this show for a second season. For any of you who want to check out this show it is playing on Netflix and a new episode is released every Wednesday.

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The second show I’ve been loving is called The Magicians. This show is based off The Magicians series by Lev Grossman. This show follows Quintin Coldwater as he discovers his affinity for magic and attends a college for magic. It’s like an adult version of Harry Potter meets Narnia. This show is a bit dark, twisted, and definitely for older viewers as it can get gory and disturbing. While this show completely does not follow the book whatsoever, the characters are really interesting and the show definitely keeps true to the dark and twisted theme found throughout the books. Since the show doesn’t follow the plot of the book it really keeps me guessing what they’ll do next each week. The show has also been renewed for a second season. If you want to check this show out it plays Monday nights on Syfy

 

 

The Joys of Writer’s Block

Ahh the age-old problem for writers. I haven’t really been updating my blog for the past two weeks because I came down with a bad case of writer’s block. Nothing like staring at a blank page for hours with no luck whatsoever. It’s not that I didn’t have topics I wanted to write about, it just wasn’t flowing properly and I just became a giant squid of anger with every failed attempt.

So this past week I’ve been focusing my energy on other creative projects to try and get the juices flowing again. I finished loom knitting a hat, I did a little painting, and I did a little stress-free writing. What I mean by stress-free writing is I could just write whatever came to mind and it could be complete and utter crap. Since I don’t publicly post these pieces they are a lot less stress than writing a blog post. Sometimes just writing random bits of prose no one is going to read can really help push me through my writer’s block. I really like using the book 642 Things To Write About when I’m stuck for topics or ideas.

Luckily for all of you I have my inspiration back and I’ll be making-up the posts I missed in the next two weeks.

Getting Crafty: Finally Finishing

I have a tendency to flit around between different crafts and never quite seem to finish any of my works-in-progress. At the beginning of this year I decided I would finally finish all those craft projects I had started but hadn’t gotten around to finishing and wouldn’t be able to start any new projects until they’re all finished. I thought I’d show you two of my finished projects and one of my in-progress projects.

Cross Stitch

This cross stitch I actually started early this year for a friend’s birthday.  It didn’t take too long to do, but it turned out beautifully. I got this pattern from ThuHaDesign on Etsy.

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Knitting

This is actually the first knitting project I’ve ever finished. There was quite a learning curve to this project considering I had no idea what I was doing. However, I think the scarf turned out very nicely. I still need to block the scarf to stop it from rolling over itself so much, but all-in-all I think it was a great first project. Though it took me a month an a half longer to finish than I originally planned, I learned some lessons about proper yarn weight and needle size that I will carry forward onto my next projects.

 

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Work-In-Progress

My current work-in-progress is actually quite a fun project, but it got a little out of hand. I’ve been working on a Dragon’s Egg. It takes a bit of time to paint all the scales and properly place them, but it looks super awesome. This project got a little out of hand because the example I looked at didn’t specify a size for the egg, so I went to the craft store and got what I thought was the correct size. Boy was I wrong. The egg I got was basically twice the size of the sample project in the picture, so technically I would have been already finished this project if I had gotten the correct size. Alas, I am still prepping more scales for the project, but it shouldn’t be too long before this project is completed as well.

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