also i like to rock 2011


Against the Current (often abbreviated as ATC) is an American pop rock band based in Poughkeepsie, New York and formed in 2011. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Chrissy Costanza, guitarist Dan Gow, and drummer Will Ferri. The group gained a sizable YouTube following after posting their covers of popular songs from a variety of different artists. In Our Bones is their debut studio album. The album was released on May 20, 2016.

Happy One Year Anniversary In Our Bones!  

Why I Fucking Love Noel Gallagher Masterpost

Okay so this is a post mostly for myself but for all Noel lovers as well and hopefully also for the Noel haters out there who made me create this list in the first place *cough* Lydia and Tris *cough* to convince them to rethink their view on this genius. It’s all my personal and subjective opinions so don’t feel offended if you don’t agree with it. If the links don’t work/the videos got taken down then tell me, I have them all saved.

First of aaaalll Noel gives the funniest interviews, he is quick-witted and you can see that he doesn’t have to try to be funny, it just comes natural and that is something I really appreciate; he can entertain people without showing that he tries to be funny – he just is. Because of that he also got this award from the Rolling Stone:

Noel Gallagher Accepts Rolling Stone Award for ‘Best Rock Interview’

And I added some of the interviews I like the most here:

Oasis, Noel Interview on French TV, 1994

Noel Gallagher on TFI FRIDAY part 1

Noel Gallagher on TFI FRIDAY part 2

Noel Gallagher (Interview on The Jonathan Ross Show - 2011-10-21)

“That jacket’s life has been ruined” Noel Gallagher’s Interview in Seoul, Korea

Noel Gallagher Interview + 'Riverman’ (Alan Carr: Chatty Man) 1st May 2015

A special video that is probably my favourite Noel video ever is this one cause Noel is a grumpy man, yes, but in this vid you can see that he is super relaxed and comfortable and jokes around and laughs a lot and just overall has lots of fun and a happy Noel means a happy me so yeah, this one is a gem:

Noel Gallagher & Matt Morgan Fan Q&A Webcast

And he has the absolute talent of a radio host; I would listen to the Noel Gallagher show all day if it was a regular show:

The Downside Of Smoking Pot

The Noel Gallagher & Matt Morgan Show | Radio 2

The Noel Gallagher Show on Absolute Radio (Ft. Matt Morgan) - Feb 15th 2016

Then this is a must to watch as well cause it is hilarious; Noel commenting on all the Oasis music videos (it also made me check out Pete Doherty cause he mentioned his name in it somewhere during the video of All Around The World and yeah now I’m a huge Pete fan so I kind of owe him):

Noel Gallagher’s Oasis DVD commentary highlights

So and now let’s get to the music for…obvious reasons so first of all Noel did so much for Oasis; I don’t mean only as the main songwriter but also because of his commitment to the music and the band and you can see this well in this interview here, where he argues with Liam and it shows the difference between those two:

Oasis - Wibbling Rivalry (with transcript ½)

Oasis - Wibbling Rivalry (with transcript 2/2)

There are some amazing gigs he did without Liam there and did them brilliantly:

MTV Unplugged (1996) Oasis

OASIS: Noel Gets To The Point Dublin (05/12/1997)
Oasis - Live Noel Gallager and Gem Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, Full Concert

Focusing on some songs from the set at the Cabaret Sauvage, I want to say that Noel nailed these songs normally sung by Liam and in my opinion gave them more heart and soul than Liam ever did:

Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall (Acoustic) [Sitting Here in Silence] HD

Noel Gallagher - Slide Away (Live)

He gave them a whole new feeling that, honestly, fits their lyrics better this way than how Liam sang them. His voice carries much more feeling and this applies to other songs normally sung by Liam as well:

Noel Gallagher - Live Forever Acoustic (BEST VER.)

Oasis - Hey Now Demo version

He also always surprises with changing the whole atmosphere of the song by some simple changes (which also applies to Slide Away at the Cabaret Sauvage), my favourite example being this:

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds Supersonic International Magic Live At The O2 2012 1080p

Noel just is a musical genius and has been for such a long time, I’m also absolutely in love with his early demos and would love to hear them recorded properly nowadays:

COMPLETE Noel Gallagher Solo Demo Tape 1989

Noel may not always smile on pics with his fans or talk much to them (come on, he is 50 now and probably tired of this hustle and bustle and it just isn’t his world to interact with strangers) but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love and appreciate them and he actually did this:

Luckiest Oasis Fan Ever?

And then there are some versions/demos of songs I absolutely adore and choose over the album versions and those are it:

Oasis - Sunday Morning Call (lyrics)

+ the demo version of The Dying Of The Light and I don’t mean this sound check version that has been on Youtube for years, I mean the official demo but that got taken down apparently, I’m so glad I saved it before that happened though I can’t add an audio here so I’ll do that seperately

Noel also definitely doesn’t need Liam or Oasis to make amazing music, just listen to his solo albums that I won’t add links of here, go search for them yourself and better buy them as well, he’ll be thankful for that.

And then there are some absolutely hilarious quotes by the chief (sorry if any of them aren’t actually by him? I saved those years ago and didn’t copy the source so I don’t guarantee for the correctness):

About Liam:
-„He’s rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”
-“Sure I love Liam, but not as much as I love Pot Noodles.”
-“Deep down inside even he is a nice guy. Both of him.”
-“If Liam doesn’t like a song, he doesn’t sing it, it’s as simple as that. Or if something’s more interesting going on, like a pub crawl, then he won’t do it. Bless him. Lager before music.“
-“If I lived in America, I would have blown his head off by now and completely regretted it. Since I live in England, though, I just give him a black eye or something every now and again. I don’t hate him, but fuck me, he pisses me off sometimes.”
-“If I was a teenage girl, I’d think, Fuck me, he’s really good looking. If I was a teenage boy, I’d think, If that cunt can do it, then there’s hope for us all. But I don’t understand why he appeals to me. Because he pisses me off.”
-“I love the geezer. I love him. And I don’t say that just because he’s my brother. He makes me laugh. He’s so surreal.”
-“Liam only has two problems – everything he fucking says and everything he fucking does.”
-„Falls ich vor ihm sterben sollte, werde ich an der Himmelspforte auf ihn warten und dafür sorgen, dass sie ihn nicht reinlassen.“ (if I die before him, I’ll wait outside of heaven for him and make sure he doesn’t get in)
-“I owe my whole career to this guy.”
-“Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry ’cause they are better than mine.”
-“My whole world came crashing down on me then. If it hadn’t have been for Liam’s support I don’t know what I’d have done. This is my little brother, who I look after, putting his arm around me, saying ‘It’ll be all right man.’ But I don’t think people will ever forgive me for it.”(Noel concerning his comment on Blur and Aids)

About anything else:
-“It’s a human playing a tree. Three chords on a guitar: now write a song. I only know 11! But I tell you what, God help you when I find the 12th!” (on playing guitar)
-“Who wants to be anonymous anyway? I was anonymous for 24 fucking years anyway.”
-“You’re asking if I’m happy? I’ve got 87 million in the bank, I’ve got a Rolls Royce, I’ve got 3 stalkers, I’m about to go on the board at Manchester City, I’m part of the greatest band in the world. Am I happy with that? No, I’m not! I want more!”
-“You pick up your guitar, rip a few people’s tunes off, swap them around a bit, get your brother in the band, punch his head in every now and again, and it sells.”
-„We’re not arrogant, we just think we’re the best band in the world.“
“Americans are crazy. They have this fascination with throwing their shoes on stage. I’ve been to a lot shows in my life, some good and some bad. But I was never moved to take off my shoes and throw it at the lead singer.”
-“Someone was playing a joke when they made me, you know, 'Let’s make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let’s make him write with his left hand but play with his right, and let’s have him born in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like Noel, and let’s make him a dodgy, schizophrenic, two-faced Gemini.’ Cheers!”
-“I can run around naked with a toothbrush stuck up my arse - it’s my house”.
-“Don’t lay a finger on my eyebrows or I’ll sue you fuckers.”
-“Shit’ll happen when shit happens, and if shit don’t happen, there’ll be no shit happening.”
-“I’d ban all state laws and just have one law: smoke where you want, drink where you want, whenever you want. Get the age of consent right down, legalize all drugs. Kill all the people who like Grunge music, Kill all the surfboarders. Generally have a good time and anybody who wears a cowboy hat should go to the electric chair.” (if he reigned the USA)
-“I came up with the greatest excuse one day. It was actually my crowning moment as a liar. I used to spend a lot of time in my bedroom, playing guitar. I went to the shops for my mum, and I come back and she’s found a bag of hash in my sock drawer, a big block of draw. So she says, 'I’ve just found this upstairs.’ And right off the top of my head I went, 'Ah, well, you see, what that’s for is wiping the strings on my guitar.’ I said, 'Violin players use them.’ And she said, 'Oh really?’ And I went, 'Yeah, look,’ and I got my guitar and rubbed all my strings with pot: 'It makes them sound better.’ And she says, ’ It does sound right an’ all; it does sound better.’ And I went upstairs and thought, 'You’re a fucking genius.’”
-“Taking drugs is like getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning.”
-Noel: “Ich habe 107 Gitarren, 200 Paar Schuhe, 4 Autos…” Spiegel: “…aber sie haben doch nicht einmal den Führerschein, oder?” Noel: “Na und? Ich habe auch einen Super-Pool und kann nicht schwimmen.” (I have 107 guitars, 200 pairs of shoes, 4 cars… - but you don’t have a license, do you? – no but I also have a super pool and can’t swim)
-“Why would I join facebook? I only have six friends and I’m trying to get rid of one of them.”
-“I don’t want people watching me and thinking “I could do that”. I want them thinking they could never do that.”
-“I do all the work so it’s only right that I should get the most money. Plus I am the most handsome.”
-“Next year I hope to get a stalker or two because I don’t believe you’ve arrived until you get a stalker.”
-“I’m not like John Lennon, who thought he was the great Almighty. I just think I’m John Lennon.”
-“I’m a songwriter because I’m no good at anything else and it pays well”
-“I can’t walk straight, let alone drive a car.”
-“You can’t get bored of 15,000 people shouting for 'Wonderwall’. That’s better than drugs. You get a hard-on when you hear that.”
-"I wasn’t put on this earth to amass money or personal wealth. I was put on this earth to play guitar and write songs.”
-“We like annoying people. It’s a Manchester thing. It’s a trait. We just like pissing people off.”

And now have some cute Noel gifs/pics to end this:

Of course there is much more I could add to that list but I couldn’t find everything on the Internet again so feel free to add something if you can and tell me where I can find certain videos if you have them (for example the video of Noel at some party and he finds everything “rubbish” and at the end of the video he calls the party “mega” and the interviewer concludes “we got from rubbish to mega in the sip of a drink”; I think that got taken down?? Tell me, guys)

INFINITE: Vocal Analysis (Part II)

Infinite 5 Years on! 

With 5 years in this competitive industry (and thriving) it can be said that Infinite has indeed grown plenty since their debut days and can now be considered veterans. I decided to do a follow up of the Part I Vocal Analysis I did back in mid-2012 as a sort of catalog of their growth.

Music-wise, INFINITE sound has retained its sound. I still hear their characteristic 80s-blended indie-pop sound that has followed them since debut days, but with greater diversity in recent years. They’ve had a few less successful releases in the past years, but every song is nevertheless musical gold. Every piece is meticulously crafted, with interspersed melody and harmony lines that not only fit together, but also play to each members individual strengths.

In my post before, I had mentioned that while Sweetune has never missed their mark with Infinite’s releases, too much Sweetune had allowed Infinite’s musicality to somewhat stagnate. Hence, it was a refreshing change when Woollim brought Rphabet under their roster to change things up for Infinite in 2013. I really do like Rphabet’s works with Infinite, perhaps even more so that Sweetune. I feel like Rphabet tends to experiment more with their sound, and songs like Back and Destiny, which essential moved away from Infinite’s retro sound, modernized it a tad, remodelled and represented what essential makes Infinite who they are, while not at all losing the group’s identity. I also really like how Infinite has moved away from the normal uptempo peppy dance music. Back, my undeniable favorite release to date, meshed ballad with synthesizers and guitar riffs, and strayed away from the rapping bits (Hoya and Dongwoo certainly pulled off the vocals). Their newer music is also a lot more rock and a lot less mainstream I feel? It’s more evident in their Japanese official and unofficial releases  (Dilemma, Telemonster) and I do see the viability in Woollim pushing Infinite into this new direction in future.  

In terms of the members’ individual vocal abilities, Infinite too has made much improvement. It is nice to see them all working just as hard on their weak points 5 years into debut, and the marked development in each and everyone of them, I feel, stand testament to their work ethic and mindsets in the industry. As mentioned before, we do see more of the members’ strengths being displayed, and every member now has a sort of niché style in their music. It’s no longer just about the group as a collective, but also about each and every member when it comes to their releases. Of course, in many ways, I still cannot say that they stand on par with the vocal capabilities of many K-Pop vocal legends as any of the TVXQ members, stylistically not as developed as the likes of Big Bang, and even the vocals of certain select members of their hoobae group EXO. Note that I am not trying to put down Infinite here or compare them with other groups (No fanwars please!). I do think they hold their own against the other groups, but what does indeed make them a strong group certainly does not lie in sole vocal poweress. One of the greatest strengths of the group is how each and every member adds something to their sound – and this ‘Infinite’ sound, I’ve come to realize, cannot exist without the members themselves. I’ve watched rookie group Alphabat cover one of Infinite’s easier songs, Nothing’s Over. Perhaps vocally the rookies are not as strong as Infinite, but nevertheless, with a different set of voices, the song no longer worked for me. There was no Infinite sound despite the song being exactly the same. Another great improvement I feel is in the overall stability of their voices while dancing. While Infinite has always been good live performers, I do see that their world tour and the constant schedule of performing live certainly helped to build stamina and stability in all the members.

There has been a much more even spread in lines for their recent releases so we do get to see a lot more of their individual vocal abilities. Without further ado, let’s move into discussing the members (in no particular order):

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My top 9 favorite costumes (It really should be a top 20 + !)

Notice the trend ! ( V and Deep V necklines )

1. Carmen - 2013 Worlds

I really really really love the design of this dress. The mesh is perfect and the cuts are well done. I also like the one shoulder design, it looks like a dress made by a designer. The little sequins are a nice addition to the dress and I love the cut in pointe of the left side of the dres.

2. Schenkst Du Beim Tango
Mir Dein Herz & Night and Days - 2011 Worlds

When I saw this dress for the first time, I was in awe. I had never seen a dress like this one before. It is a D R E A M, the light blue/grey color is amazing and I love the contrast between the top and the skirt. The sequins and added details are unique. It reminds me of a bohemian style. So gorgeous. 

3. Carmen - Most of the season 

Another one of my favorites is this deep v neckline Carmen dress. I love that she used black instead of the traditionnal red for the Carmen free dance. I adore the contrast between the dark color and the grey on the skirt. Also the superposition of textiles is 10/10. 

4. Mahler - Olympics & Worlds

If I ever get married someday, this dress is an inspiration for me. It’s iconic, classic, delicate and I am in love with it. I am sure this dress means a lot to Tessa. I am curious to know the inspiration behind it.

5. Seasons - Trophée Eric Bompard 2013

As many of you, I love this dark green dress worn by Tessa. It’s also unique and you can see that there’s a lot of work put into the making of this dress.The color instantly captivates my eyes and I can’t look at nothing else. It’s really another iconic dress worn by Tessa.

6. Hallelujah - 2013 Worlds

This one looks like the 2011 Worlds and 4CC short dance dress, but in white and with different details. I love the lines on top and under the dress on the front area. It’s another inspiration for me. It suits her very well.

7. Prince - 2016 Skate Canada International

This jumpsuit is amazing ! Fire, fire, fire. It gets all the prizes ! Prince would be proud. The cuts on the legs and in the back are a nice surprise and this shade of purple / lilac is beautiful on the ice. 

8. Hip Hip Chin Chin & Temptation - 2011 Worlds

This dress in movement is on fire. Really it’s amazing. I love the color, the added pink sequins or details. Oh my! She was rocking the ice like a Queen of Lating in this. Her hairstyle and makeup also added fierceness to the free dance. 

9. Latch - 2016 Grand Prix Final

Wow, wow, wow ! This dress is so artistic, I love the different shades of pink in this one. The cuts on the front are nice too and the superposition of textiles is nicely designed !

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Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides performing at Warped Tour 2013.
This guy, no doubt is one of the biggest style icons we currently have in the rock scene. I have been influenced myself by him, he made me want to buy a leather jacket and the open singlet (AKA side boob tank tops) and rip up my jeans.I also like the short hair he had in 2013 but then again I do really love the “Set the World on Fire” look from 2011. Mostly, I like how their style changes over time and with each album, it’s true because personal style will consistently evolve. Although I don’t listen to the band much anymore, I still love Biersack’s style and I think he’s a unique person and artist. 
Image sourced from Revolver Mag. 

Poetry Is Not A Luxury: Poetry As Resistance

by Yena Sharma Purmasir

A few months ago, I was a featured panelist at the Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival. The panel focused on poetry specifically and I was the youngest author of the group. I was also the only American author. Everyone else defined themselves as South Asian writers who had migrated to the United States, but continued to return home. At one point, the facilitator asked us how we felt as South Asian writers and how we shaped our work in a place outside our motherland. For me, it was a strange question. I don’t see myself as a South Asian writer, even though I largely define myself in relation to my Indian and South African upbringing.   

When I tell people I’m an American, I know I have said the wrong thing. It’s uncomfortable, their reactions and my need to defend my right to my home. I feel profoundly connected to India. My relationship to South Africa is just as special, though I experience it in smaller ways. But neither of these nations feel like home. When I think about my mother’s country, I feel like I’m wearing her clothes, pulling at things that don’t quite fit. My father’s country has become less mine after his death. I’m an American writer. This is my American life. This is what America looks like to me, people who look like me and unlike me.

This sounds like childish American idealism, but this idealism has fueled my family for years. Those laughable diversity advertisements don’t seem so laughable to me, not when I grew up in Queens, New York, a place where more than 50% of the population is foreign born and where more languages are spoken than anywhere else in the country. I grew up with parents who spoke different languages, only one of which perfectly overlapped. It didn’t seem strange to me that a young American woman of Indian and South African descent could be a writer - at least not until I started writing, not until I started looking for names that sounded like mine in libraries, or even on blogs.

The first poem I ever wrote was about my father. I wrote it on the day of his funeral. I was eight years old. When I think about that poem, I think of my all-consuming grief, my powerful love. This is difficult to explain to White America, where death is something people get over with time and counseling. In Brown America, we have a yearly ritual for my father. We continue to pray for the peace of his soul and the peace of our family. My writing stemmed from this little, careful place.

Some poets on Tumblr, literally sign their name to all their work. I do not. My decision not to attach my name to my poems was initially based on a formatting aesthetic. Now, it seems like an easy way for people to forget who I am. At first glance, my love poems could be just like the love poems a white poet would write. Once, I wrote a poem and ended it with the line “I believe the epic is true. One day Odysseus and Penelope will kiss again.” I didn’t want to end it that way. I wanted to write “One day Ram and Sita will kiss again.” But I didn’t want to be so different, and besides, did it really matter?

It does matter. I know the story of Ram and Sita as well as I know the story of how my parents met. For me, they aren’t props to be used when a poem needs another push. I could write about karma and samsara without checking anything on Google. For me, this is real: there have been thousands of Rams and Sitas. On one hand, they are always kissing again. On the other, they are always waiting to be reunited. When my father died, I kept thinking about when, if ever, I would see him again. I used to have this dream of running into him on the street and not recognizing him. If I wrote a poem about that, it would turn into something else. A cliché. A cheap culture poem.

For a long time, it was easier to write about the pain of being brown. My mother reads everything I write and a few weeks ago, she sat me down because I wrote something about wanting to peel off my brown skin and reveal white, white bones. This is a sentence I first said when I was eleven years old. “I am scared for you,” she said, “I don’t want you to feel this way.” I rolled my eyes and read the poem aloud to her, the whole thing. In the middle of the poem, I wrote this verse: “I am going to spend the rest of my life in a body that is a source of boundless joy and endless pain.” I looked at my mother purposefully- it felt like the strangest thing to write that, even stranger to believe it.

I realized a few years ago, I don’t hate my skin anymore. When someone mispronounces my name, I don’t flinch, I don’t apologize for them. I am tired of saying sorry. I am tired of writing for people who want me to be different, but hope I don’t make a big deal about it. It turns out, I am always making a big deal about things. The reason I started writing was because I was making a big deal about my father dying. No one wanted to listen then. Even now, I suspect, it is too much.

Poetry has been the biggest microphone of my life. When I first started blogging, back in 2009, it felt like I was waving my thoughts all over the place. By the time people started trickling in, started listening to me, I had learned to write about easy things. Even my pain was easy, how it felt like I was rubbing the same wounds raw. I have lived most of my life within the margins of safety: the way I dress when I’m going to be out late, how politely I speak English, what I say to a TSA officer at the airport.

The thing is, though, I don’t just want to be safe. There is no life in safety. There is no growth. There is no love. There was no safety for my parents when they got married, when they moved across the world to be together, when they started a family. There was no safety when my father died. There was no safety when I wrote my first poem, when I started reading my work aloud, from one elementary classroom to the next., when I started my blog, when I published my book. There was no safety when I started writing this essay. My safety is important, but it is not enough. The fact that I have had to give up safety, even momentarily, to pursue a fuller life is a profound injustice. I imagine brown folks everywhere know what I mean. I imagine white folks will have to grapple a bit to understand our truth.

Resistance sounds like work, like stretching a rubber band just before it snaps. If I write thousands poems about being brown, I will not become less brown and I will also not become more brown. This is true of my love poems and my family poems and my time poems. Every poem I write is a brown poem, even if the reader forgets a brown woman wrote it, even if the reader never knew a brown woman wrote it. I have a home in all of my poems. No matter who else sees their footsteps there, these poems are always, first, mine.

Yena Sharma Purmasir a 22 year old poet and author from New York City. Her first book of poetry, Until I Learned What It Meant, was published by Where Are You Press in 2013. A recent graduate from Swarthmore College, Yena has spent her first year of “real adulthood” doing a year’s worth of service at Hour Children, a non-profit supporting formerly incarcerated women and their children. Yena was the Queens Teen Poet Laureate for 2010-2011 academic year. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Chuck James Literary Prize from the Black Cultural Center at Swarthmore College. Most recently, she learned that she is one of Coffee Meets Bagel’s “top 10% most LIKED members.” She owes all of her success to her family and friends, who not only read her poems, but also continue to help her choose the perfect profile picture.

if i had to give my own take on gay idol anime tiers it would be

not very: Wake Up, Girls!, Perfect Blue

Gay: The iDOLM@STER (2011), The iDOLM@STER Million Live, Tokyo 7th Sisters, AKB0048

Rampant Lesbian Activity: The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Love Live!, Show By Rock!!

Unstoppable Keter Class Gay Action: Aikatsu, Locodol,

Gino, 5'9’’. I went through my couch a week ago while cleaning and found my old school ID! It expired last year so I need a new one but I was looking at the picture and was like “Damn I was that big?”

Left I was 350lbs in 2010 and right is a pic taken a few weeks ago at 250lbs.

What I did first was in 2009 just start walking around my neighborhood and eating less. I didnt eat healthy real, I just controlled my portion sizes. But me becoming sick with my illnesses I have now, made me postpone my weight loss. I had to quite school for awhile and also quit my job at Target where I was working 40+ hours a week. 

I got back in school in 2010 (when the ID was taken) but I also spent the whole year in depression. From being overweight and being very very sick. 

In 2011 one of my all time heroes, Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock came back to WWE and I saw how much mass he put on from the last time he was in the WWE (2003 or 2004 I believe) I thought to myself “Holy fucking shit!” and was like “Thats it, I need to get me ass in gear”

So in February of 2011 I decided to start again with my weight loss. In a span of 8 months just about, I dropped 40lbs by walking, going to the gym for the treadmill, doing 15 minute exercises each night at home, and counting calories. I ate no more than 1800 calories a day but made sure to eat at least 1600. 

Then in late 2011 I wanted to get more into fitness so I started to do P90X. I bought the whole program and did 2 and ½ rounds. By the summer of 2012 I lost another 40lbs making it a total of 80lbs I lost. Then in laste 2012 I bought Insanity. I still did P90X here or there, but I did 1 and ½ rounds of Insanity. Then by summer 2013 I also did a P90X and Insanity hybrid. By late 2013, I say around October, I finally reached 100lbs lost, being at 250lbs. 

Since October I have started a new regimen called Intermittent Fasting. I fast every day from 8pm till the next day at noon (12pm). From noon till 8pm I eat and make sure to reach at least 2000 calories a day. I have all my meals, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. I also incorporate Fasted Strength Training at the Gym 3-4 times a week with a little cardio. Not much at all. Then I also do Macro-nutrient Cycling. Macro-nutrient Cycling is when you take your macros (fats, carbs, proteins) and cycle them each day. I eat an equation of Fats < Carbs <Protein on Gym days and Carbs < Fats < Protein on rest days. What that means is on gym days I make sure my fats are really low (really no more than 50g) and my carbs are moderate (around 100 to 150g) and my protein is high (around 200g). On rest days I make sure my carbs are low (no more than 100g), my fats are moderate (around 100-120g) and my protein is high (still around 200g). 

Its been working for me and I have lost inches, am now in a XL shirt and hoodie. But of course the scale plays with my mind…saying I have gained weight. So dont listen to the scale lol. I have gained mass and at the same time my fat is burning. 

I lost all this weight…while battling illnesses. Just in 2013 alone I was hospitalized FIVE times. Its a record for me. lol. Just dont give up. I still have a ways to go till I am comfortable with who I am. I still have my body hate days, but I never give up. I am so much better than I was 4 years ago. 

Keep fighting. 

If you want to follow me, please do! I love new followers and answering any questions about my weight loss and illnesses. I have other photos of myself on my blog taking a look back over the years at my progress :)

Take care!

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anonymous asked:

hello! i've recently decided to check out BVB and fell in love with them and their music instantly! but i have no knowledge about the band members and their past or their personalities etc. im new to this fandom. mind telling me a bit about them so i can stop feeling like an idiot? THANK YOU!

Hey!! Welcome to the fandom! c: (or as we commonly call it,the “BVB Army”) I’m so sorry I took so long to answer this T^T it was a really long response and I wrote this in between classes, so it took a bit longer than I had hoped.

BVB 101! (..sorta?)

Andy Biersack

So, this is the lead singer. Pretty much the “favorite” of the band. He’s got a uniquely deep voice as you’ve probably noticed so it’s hard not to recognize him.

Personality: I would say that Andy’s a very blunt straight-to-the-point kind of character with a side of sarcasm (which actually makes interviews very amusing to watch sometimes). He can say very odd and silly things from time to time because of this. He’s also insanely talkative, even with fans, so if you haven’t got much to say then that’s probably not a problem. Also super insanely obsessed with Batman.

Background: He was born in Ohio in 1990, making him the youngest in the band. He was greatly influenced by bands like Motley Crue and Kiss, and wanted to start a band at a very young age. His father was also in a band in his youth so that’s also more than likely to have contributed to his passion. He started a band called Biersack and later on that evolved into Black Veil Brides, I believe in 2009. High school was really rough for him. He was the odd one out because he dressed like your typical “emo” kid and listened to what the majority label as “emo music.” So he was harassed and beat up at school. The video for Knives and Pens actually details that part of his life. He dropped out of high school his senior year as soon as he turned 18 and moved to California to pursue his dreams. He made his way around by taking up small acting gigs in commercials and such. He met Demi Lovato through this and the two became good friends. I believe this is also how he met actress Scout Taylor-Compton, whom he ended up living with while he was in L.A. Scout is rarely ever mentioned nowadays because the two of them broke up years ago, but I still believe that she was very important in his life for pushing him in the right direction with his band; like his “rock”, in a sense (for the time). Buuut it didn’t work out and the two of them split in 2011. He then started dating Juliet Simms, whom he’s currently with. In 2012, he made brief cameo appearances on The Voice when Juliet was on it (she was runner up for Season 2), and in 2013 he was involved in a few charity projects with her as well as collabing with her on her jewelry line, Never Take It Off. And now currently, Black Veil Brides has been soaring to new heights c:

Ashley Purdy

Ash is the bassist of the band. He’s usually described as the most feminine because of his brows and mannerisms but is also the band’s playboy (he often plays shows shirtless and is the fittest out of the band). I think to newcomers this concept is a little confusing but trust me, it works XD

Personality: Ash has an image in the band to be the “bad boy” or the playboy, if you will. Because of that, people tend to frame him in a negative image. On the contrary, though he’s outgoing, he’s actually quite shy in interviews sometimes. He has a thing for blondes but loves all women regardless. He’s also the “girliest” of the group; he really likes Hello Kitty merch and is almost always playing with/fixing his hair. But overall, a big giant teddy bear. Yup.

Background: His birthday is a bit controversial at the moment but he’s more than likely the oldest in the band. According to him, he was raised by his grandparents in Missouri until around the age of 18. He was always really ambitious and had his heart set on either pursuing music, fashion or graphic design. So he ended up in L.A. He formed a few bands and dated Vegas show girl, Kina Tavarozi. I believe it was in 2009 when he found Andy’s listing on Craigslist looking for a bassist for Black Veil Brides, which is basically how they met. Having had experience with prior bands, experience in marketing, and a clear vision for what he wanted, he really helped transform Black Veil Brides into what it is today. I would say he’s Andy’s other rock, in that sense. He and Kina officially split in 2011 and has sort of been on-and-off with a woman he met on the set of the Fallen Angels music video. He has never confirmed the validity of this relationship himself so I think he’s pretty much just a single pringle who’s chillin like a villain. Career-wise, even as busy as he is with BVB, he still pursued his other passion in fashion and started his own line called AP Fashion Inc in 2013.


 So this guy’s the rhythm guitarist and violinist of the band. The violin debuted in their third album, Wretched & Divine. Fun fact: he was named “garbage can man” by the band because he’s the worst smelling of the bunch hahaha

Personality: So I’m not really sure what to say about this guy. I know the least about him as far as personality goes. He’s friendly but is generally pretty quiet in interviews, not in a shy way, but just not a big talker in general. He’s really into classical music so he picked up violin when he was younger along with guitar. He also hates to be called Jeremy for some reason so just stick to Jinxx!

Background: I know he was involved in a few bands before Black Veil Brides, but I don’t know much about his past other than that. He joined BVB in late 2009 I believe. Or maybe 2010. Sometime around then. Now that I think about it, none of the current members were in the Knives and Pens video (except for Andy of course), but he was there (along with Ashley and Jake) by the time the music video for Perfect Weapon came out. He dated photographer and musician Sammi Doll for a couple of years before marrying her in October 2012. Unfortunately, it was a rough road for both of them; things didn’t quite work out and the two split up less than a year later. He’s currently dating someone but I haven’t kept up much with them recently so I’m not sure of her name.

Jake Pitts 

Ok, so Jake is the lead guitarist of the band and when I say he’s a boss, I mean HE IS A BOSS. Those magical fancy-sounding orgasm-inducing guitar riffs you hear in their songs are produced from Jake’s talented hands. He’s greatly influenced by bands like Metallica, Motley Crue and Van Halen, just to name a few. Basically, the late 80s-90s metal bands.

Personality: I don’t know too much about Jake either, but he’s very sweet and genuine. I’m not sure how to describe him other than that. I think as you delve deeper into the fandom and watch a couple of interviews, you’ll get the jist of what each of their personalities are like and decide for yourself.

Background: He went to a recording school in LA as well as played guitar for bands he was in at the time. I don’t know exactly when he joined Black Veil Brides, but just like Jinxx and Ash, he was there for the Perfect Weapon video (which was the second music video the band released by the way. Back in 2010 I believe). He has an active Youtube channel dedicated to guitar lessons, fitness, and other random stuff he likes to post. He was engaged to British-born model, Ella Cole but the two have broken it off in 2015.


We all call him CC for short, but it’s actually short for Christian Coma. In case you’re wondering, that’s not actually his real name. He legally changed his last name to Coma for personal reasons, and he does get a bit offended when people pull up his real last name. Anyway! Last but not least, he’s the drummer of the band c:

Personality: CC’s basically all types of crazy in a box (the good kind of crazy). He’s super outgoing and is really close buddies with Ashley, so the two of them chill a lot. He’s really sweet and just has an overall really good energy about him.

Background: I really don’t know anything about his past at all; don’t know if he went to college, or what bands he was involved in. I just know that he was the last (current) member to join Black Veil Brides. If you watch some of their older videos (again, like Knives and Pens and Perfect Weapon), you’ll notice the drummer was different; Sandra Alva was their former drummer and she left the band before their album Set the World on Fire (in 2011). CC was officially settled in for the music video Fallen Angels (and the band was complete with all its current members at that point). He was involved with a woman named Lauren whom he met at a bar one night and instantly fell in love. The two of them are believed to have been soul mates, even amongst themselves and not just in the fandom. But in 2013, they broke up right before he left for tour. Their break up was mutual. He is currently dating a woman named Liz.

And that’s really the guys in a nutshell. I know this isn’t the most complete compilation, but I hope it helped clear some things up. If you have any other questions or confusion, just shoot me a message. I’ll be happy to explain anything else! Have a great day/night! ♥ c:

I just noticed something..

The Flandus ends each year with an especially great convention. In 2011 we got ZombCon with stuff like this:

In 2012 we got one of the best Flandus cons ever aka FACTS with stuff like this:

and in 2013 we got all the Japan feels.

and years later Norm still says the same things about his Sean:

Flandus, rocking a beautiful friendship forever and ever man

Q. Any plans to star in a new drama?
A. Actually, I had received a request to star in a drama recently.  It was a teacher role and I really wanted to do it (I really want to act as a teacher), but since it coincided with my study abroad, I declined.  If I get another chance, I want to star in another drama.

Credit: PaboDW for Kim Dongwan Tumblr

This is a question from a page in the Mokkan special that we haven’t posted yet, but we wanted to share this part first because it’s exciting.  Even though he declined it, like a netizen said in the article about his short film, Dongwan is not getting these offers and cool projects with the backing of a huge agency, but through his talent and hard work.  Hopefully he’ll find a great agency soon that he feels comfortable with and will help nurture his acting career.

But still…can’t help but wonder what Teacher!Kim would’ve been like.  Oppayam really likes working with kids doesn’t he?  Had he taken the role, he probably would’ve had everyone crushing on him again like with Mr. Kim because a teacher is considered one of those occupations that is ideal in a mate in Korea (don’t know about other countries, but they’re also paid and respected more than in the U.S.) Oppayam’s close sunbae, singer Yoon Jongshin, once mentioned  in Dongwan’s appearance on the first season of Beatles’ Code in 2011 that Dongwan is perfect for an educational program, and with how smart and well-spoken he is, he would’ve rocked this role.  I don’t recall any male teachers in drama land this year, but maybe if this role is destined for him, it’ll make its way back to him.  Either way, we’re excited for Actor!Kim’s bright future. :D