DJ E-Z Rock, whose real name is Rodney Bryce, was part of the Harlem duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. The tandem produced the classic 1988 single, ‘It Takes Two,’ which can still get a party started just right no matter the occasion.The song became a nationwide hit and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart. Their follow-up single, ‘Joy and Pain,’ which samples Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s song of the same name, was another club hit. The duo’s ‘Get on the Dance Floor,’ which samples the Jacksons’ ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs chart. Those three singles alone help the album achieved seven-times platinum status. A sad day for the hip hop community.
On this day…April 21st in the year 1989 Tokyo (AFP) released its 8-bit Game Boy. Yes, Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary today with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.
Billed as a “handy game machine”, few knew it would start a revolution that did for portable gaming what Sony’s Walkman had done for mobile music. It also helped turn Super Mario and Donkey Kong into global franchises, allowing users to change their favorite games on the go just by inserting small cartridges into the device.
Although they did not invent portable gaming…Game Boy’s discount price and popular software blew away the competition at the time and pushed mobile gaming into the mainstream. It laid the foundation for what we call portable gaming today, regardless of whether it is console or smartphone games, because the basic concept is the same… That’s the legacy of Game Boy. “The device also allowed users to connect with another gamer through a link cable, setting off the beginnings of online gaming networks that now numbers millions of users.
“It made gaming portable, but what’s great was it was built on the concept of networking, enabling users to connect and battle each other- ‘It was a revolution’!
The unfortunate part of this story is that a quarter century later, the company’s financial fortunes have suffered. The Game Boy was discontinued years ago. But in its heyday, Nintendo sold almost 119 million original Game Boy consoles and shifted another 81.5 million units of the next-generation Game Boy Advance series, which was launched in 2001.
Although we can all acknowledge that the small screen and games seems outdated…in the past, it seemed to be enough. For one 21 year old student…today’s games have so many possibilities. However, it’s not necessarily a good thing as the struggles with today’s hyper-fast world of 3d offerings where movement is limitless…is usually tricky to master. “Recent games have become so complicated that you can be totally lost on what you’re supposed to be doing,” he said, admitting he sometimes feels “nostalgic” for simple games with black dots and horizontal scrolls. Happy Birthday Gameboy!
After nearly six full months and 82 games for each of the NBA’s 30 teams, the regular season now gives way to the postseason. With no clear favorite, a massively competitive Western Conference, and two big rivals atop the Eastern Conference, this year’s playoffs figure to be worth the wait.
The effective Spurs bounced back from last June’s heartbreaking NBA Finals loss to finish with the league’s best record, due in large part to the strengths of head coach Gregg Popovich and the mainstay trio of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. The Mavericks return to the playoffs after a one-year absence and boast Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis as offensive leaders. San Antonio swept the season series 4-0 and looks like the favorite this year, as well.
With All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden, plus a strong supporting cast that includes the multi-talented Chandler Parsons, the Rockets have a solid chance at representing the West in the NBA Finals. The Blazers cooled down after a scintillating start to the season, but All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard present a formidable challenge for any opponent. Expect a high-scoring series from two of the NBA’s most efficient offenses.
New head coach Doc Rivers guided the Clippers to their second-consecutive division title as Chris Paul provided his usual peerless point guard play and Blake Griffin elevated from All-Star to genuine MVP candidate. Known for their offensive firepower and the outside shooting of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors struggled to score efficiently at times this season and now face the absence of center Andrew Bogut, out indefinitely with a serious broken rib injury. These teams do not like each other, having engaged in several scuffles this regular season, and figure to get into a few more regardless of the series result.
The Thunder have been without star point guard Russell Westbrook for several long stretches of the season due to knee trouble, but Kevin Durant has made up for his teammate’s absence with performances that should earn him his first MVP award. After early injuries, including a serious one to linchpin Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies returned to their typical grit-n-grind ways to get back into the playoff picture. This series represents a rematch of last spring’s conference semifinals, in which the Grizzlies pushed around the Westbrook-less Thunder.
The Pacers tailed off considerably with a 10-13 record since March 2, but this team, led by All-Stars Roy Hibbert and Paul George, remains dangerous and stands very good odds of supplanting the Miami Heat as conference champions. Meanwhile, the Hawks made the playoffs largely by default in a top-heavy East and didn’t consider the accomplishment especially relevant to their long-term goals. Despite Indiana’s recent struggles, it would be downright shocking for this series to go Atlanta’s way.
Despite losing star point guard Derrick Rose to yet another season-ending knee injury, the Bulls bounced back with their trademark tenacity and an MVP-type season from center Joakim Noah. The Wizards have rebounded from several years of franchise-wide malaise, primarily due to the emergence of star point guard John Wall. The battle-tested Bulls and upstart Wizards provide an interesting contrast.
The Raptors went from lottery participants to one of the East’s best teams after a December trade of highly paid forward Rudy Gay, with All-Star DeMar DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry having breakout seasons. The Nets were one of the league’s biggest disappointments until the calendar turned to 2014, when their considerable talent meshed and first-year head coach Jason Kidd began to get more of a handle on his squad. This series could be one of the most competitive of the first round.
The two-time defending champion Heat will attempt to become the first team to win three titles in a row since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000 through 2002. The Bobcats were one of the league’s surprise teams after two historically bad seasons, with offseason pickup Al Jefferson playing well enough to earn All-NBA consideration and the defense improving considerably. Nevertheless, the Heat are an overwhelming favorite to make this a short series.
Who’s your pick?
There comes a time when you can’t help but laugh hysterically while watching a Vine video. I thought I would share this particular one as I am a wimp for horror films and would probably pee my pants if this happened to me in real life. I think Josh Darnit & fellow viner David Lopez handled it way better than I would have in today’s funny video(play with volume for the best experience):
Willpower functions similar to a muscle — it can be exhausted, and it can be strengthened depending on our actions. If you’ve done a poor job exercising willpower to work towards your goals for a long time, getting started can be an incredibly challenging task. Also, if you work at a job that you hate, chances are you’re depleting your willpower almost daily, leaving little to do the things you really want to do. So…if we were to apply that to our work out goals, the best way to start regaining your willpower is to start with small chunks of ego-affirming activities that help build willpower over time. If you try to tackle huge goals all at once, you run the risk of fatiguing your willpower.
A lot of us are left scratching our heads asking ourselves why the hell we keep failing at these goals that we want to achieve so bad. Ego depletion does a lot to help explain why it can be so difficult to get into shape, why we fall out of the habit of going to the gym or cheat on our diets The good news is that the best way to overcome these issues is to start with a lot of very small steps, properly timed. You’re going to achieve your fitness goals in two very predictable very well-known ways: by taking control of what you eat and by getting exercise.
Diet plays overwhelmingly the largest role in this entire process, and it will inform everything else. The very first step you need to take is to start getting into the habit of knowing how many calories are in the food you eat. Also, discard most of the dietary rumors you’ve been told. Scientific evidence suggests that when it comes to weight gain, it doesn’t matter when you eat, how long you go between eating or the carbs or fat or sugar or any other content that is in the food. There are exceptions here and there, but “How many” calories you consume is, for all intents and purposes, the bottom line.
The next step is to find out what your baseline is. Go online and do a quick assessment to gauge how many calories you burn in a given day just by being alive. This will vary based on your height, current weight, and how active you are. Once you know that number, you can start to make decisions based on it. For those of you who don’t know, there are approximately 3,500 calories in a pound of fat. So… if you want to lose a pound per week, you would have to create a 500 calorie deficit each day.
Your goal now is going to be to establish dietary habits based on when you’re most likely to be able to make good decisions. So for instance, for me personally, I’m often less likely to keep my dietary commitments for dinner. This is probably going to be true for a lot of you out there, especially all you nine-to-fivers. If it is, what you’re going to want to do is try to make the best possible food decisions for breakfast and for lunch each day, knowing that when you get home, you’re free to eat pretty much whatever you would like. Aim to hit less than 50% of your caloric budget for the day during what you have assessed to be your high-willpower times of the day, knowing that you still have plenty of room for the times of the day when you know you’re more likely to cheat.
Exercise isn’t as huge of a calorie-burner as a lot of us might think. Many of us like to kid ourselves by assuming that we can atone for our dietary sins of the day by planning to work out extra hard to make up for it. This is a mistake for two reasons. For example… to make up for a really savory meal of a cheeseburger, fries and a soda, which could easily add up to 1,600 calories, you would have to run for two hours and after such a huge meal your body will be in a food coma and not be very willing to run at all. So aim to eat as light as you can during the day and work out in small, manageable chunks throughout the day. Your goal should be to do enough to get out of breath each time. Elevating your heart rate in this way will do a few really amazing things. Eventually… you’ll notice that you’ll have far more energy throughout the day. You’ll stop hitting that terrible wall at around 3 p.m. You’ll also be a lot sharper mentally. I’m not making that up — studies have shown that even moderate intensity exercise increases working memory and self-reported mood. Best of all, though? By peaking your physical activity in small chunks throughout the day, you’ll receive the benefits of the effects all day long. The calories you burn doing this activity might be relatively low at first, but the most important part is that you are flexing your willpower muscle in small chunks and building a positive habit.
If you find yourself slipping, don’t beat yourself up over it, and don’t be afraid to move the goalposts a little closer if you’re having trouble working up the willpower to keep with it. The most important part is that you do it at all. Once you start developing your willpower, everything will become a lot easier.