Try BTV SOLO

I am not musically gifted by any stretch of the imagination, but I still have always had a desire to make music. I don’t have all the time necessary at this point in my life to learn a new instrument, so finding the computer program BTV Solo was a huge plus! When looking at music making software, price was a factor as well as simplicity and neither is an issue with BTV. It is extremely affordable and easy to use.

Using this program for the first time, I was unfamiliar with the interface but was able to get the hang of it after only a short while. Making verses using drums can be easily done by creating layers to your song. You can have nearly every instrument at your fingertips. Each layer can be added one by one, making the finished product as unique as desired. I have attached a photo of what the screen displays as you use this program. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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No More Super-Teams!

In the world of professional sports, one mark of a truly great athlete is achieving the glory of a championship. For many players in the MBA, this goal is more out of reach than ever before. Chances are, if you play for any team besides the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavilers, a trip to the finals is not in the cards for you this year. Future hall of fame forward Kevin Durant set in motion what could be the demise of the former competitive MBA with his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors.

Last season former MVP Durant, along with his costar Russel Westbrook, took the Thunder all the way to the Western Conference finals and played a thrilling series against the Warriors. They only barely fell short of victory and a chance for a championship, but instead of staying with OKC and maintaining a more competitive league, he decided to join the already star-studded roster of Golden State. When superstar talent is concentrated to one or two teams, I believe it could very well cause the demise of competition in the MBA.

Durant was not the first player to leave a loyal fan base and teammates in pursuit of a title.  Lebron James left Cleveland in 2010 to join Dwyane Wade in Miami and won 2 championships. This was different than what Durant did because the Heat was not a championship caliber team until James arrived. The Warriors, with a starting lineup consisting of Steph Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green, was already one of the best teams in the MBA fresh off back to back Finals appearances.

This move creates an unbalance of talent in the league, and could cause more superstars to take the easy road to a championship instead of striving to beat the best. What is to stop Carmelo Anthony from Joining Cleveland? or Russel Westbrook from doing the same as his former teammate? Spread out the talent!

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Polling Problems

I don’t know about you, but on election night of 2016 I was shocked to say the least. I think the election result left the majority of the country in a bit shock. One reason that Donald Trump’s victory was such a surprise was because none of the national polls, or any “expert” gave him any realistic chance of winning the election. The only reliable source that gave Trump even a slight chance of victory was the probability and statistics website fivethirtyeight.com, saying he had just a 28% chance of winning just days before the election. The majority of the population does not participate in national polls, but to understand more about this topic I talked to a friend of a friend Bryce Ellis, who worked at a national polling station.

Why was every single national poll so off? How could a system that has been reliable in the past fail so drastically this time? Bryce was able to weigh in on these questions and more. After this interview I concluded that a cause for this political upset could be credited to false confidence of a clinton victory portrayed by the news media. People might have stayed home instead of making the trip to the ballet box believing that the race was already won. Attached is the full interview. What are your thoughts?

The Underdog Dirty Birds

As nearly every NFL fan across the United States is probably aware, Super Bowl 51 will be featuring the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. It has seemed to be commonplace in recent years for the Patriots to still be playing well into January, and often into February at the “big dance.” The combination of Tom Brady at quarterback, and head coach Bill Belichick has produced a grand total of 7 Super Bowl appearances in the past 17 seasons, 4 of which resulting in rings.

The Atlanta Falcons on the other hand have only had one Super Bowl appearance in franchise history in 1999, losing to John Elway and the Denver Broncos. The fact that the Dirty Birds from the ATL made it all the way for the first time since Bill Clinton was still in office shocked many sports fans, including myself. According to patriots.com, the New England Patriots played in 5 prime-time, nationaly televised games during the 2016 regular season, while the Atlanta Falcons were featured in only 2 prime-time games. The first of which was on the evening of September 26th, the same night as the first presidential debate.

It seems that when no one was watching, the Falcons quietly won a division title, an NFC Championship, and maybe a Lombardi trophy. With MVP caliber quarterback Matt Ryan, and superstar wide receiver Julio Jones leading the way, the Dirty Birds will not simply show up, but I believe they will dominate. Many sports casters and pregame predictions still heavily favor New England, but as for me, I am done underestimating the Atlanta Falcons.

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