Archives for March 19, 2017

The Game Boy for Adults – “Nintendo Switch”

Michael Cohen

WGMU Blogger

nintendo switchFriday, March 3 was the launch of Nintendo’s first console since 2011. The console is the Nintendo Switch. The Switch costs approximately $300. The console has a design that is comparable to no other on the market. The controllers slide on/off the sides of the screen allowing it to go from a living-room console to a mobile thingamajig. The screen size is 6.2”, which is easy enough to “throw” it in a bag to use while commuting to school or work or to “throw” in a tote bag to go play it in a park, just as people did when Pokémon Go was released. The Nintendo Switch is also known as the Game Boy for grown-ups. When you turn the Switch into a mobile thingamajig, the battery holds out for about three hours, which is exactly what Nintendo has predicted. Three hours is great for commutes or when taking road trips. The Switch comes with a 32GB memory card, which is not a lot if you download a good number of games. Therefore, if you want to download a good number of games you want to consider purchasing a larger memory card at your everyday electronics store. Yes, Nintendo has some more things to do to make the Switch more attractive for most people’s disposable income. However, if Nintendo does make it more attractive, then it will be a hit in the markets.

Mixtapes

Alyssa Casano

WGMU Blogger

mixtapeThere’s nothing like the gift of music. When you have a message you want to say but are unable to put it into words there is likely a song out there to express the message for you.

Want to tell someone that you love them? There are millions of songs for that. My suggestion would be Plain White T’s song 1,2,3,4. Want to say you don’t care about what others think? There’s another hundred thousand songs to choose from. My suggestion would be Lady Sovereign’s song Love Me Or Hate Me.

Want to get some motivation to study before midterms? Well admittedly this would take some more creativity to find a song but it can be done. The best suggestion I can give for motivation would be Eminem with Lose Yourself. Of course, my suggestions could be songs that you might not like but there are trillions of songs out there in the world.

There will be something that fits whatever category you are looking for. It may take some time, and it could be an unknown artist that produces what you are looking for, but music is there for your every need. Take the time to discover the amazing world of music.

Coachella 2017: Three Artists to Watch

Kaitlyn Koegler

WGMU Blogger

perform onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, California.

Under the beating sun of the California desert, famous annual music festival Coachella is just around the corner. And, like many years before, an impressive line-up of well-known superstars and rising underdogs will be taking the stage once again to perform at one pop culture’s most well-known festivals.

Sporting a huge line-up every year, Coachella spans two weekends in April. And for many that attend or simply track the play-by-play online, the sheer number of artists to check out can be miles long.

Luckily for most there are some artists that stand out just by name. But many others, while not recognizable by first glance, are artists you’re going to want to keep an eye on at this year’s festival.

Here are three artists to watch out for at this year’s Cochella festival:

1. Swet Shop Boys: Forming in 2014, Swet Shop Boys are a hip-hop group consisting of rappers Heems and Riz MC and producer Redinho. Just releasing their very first full-length album in 2016, Swet Shop Boys are new in the music scene. That certainly hasn’t stopped them from chasing success, however. Their album Cashmere scored high praise from music reviewers and critiques and with a gig at Cochella soon arriving, we may be witnessing the birth of a rising star.

2. Kiiara: Many that know Kiiara from her smash hit Gold have failed to dig deeper into this 21-year-old electropop princess’ insanely solid discography. Her music totes an almost dream-like quality with a certain air of darkness lacing her enchanting voice. Sure, she’ll probably perform Gold at Cochella; no doubt about it. But to not know her other tracks is denying oneself quite the musical treat.

3. Glass Animals: A frequent flyer when it comes to festivals, Glass Animals has made a rise to stardom within the alternative rock community. Their 2016 release, Life Itself did relatively well on alternative rock charts. And with appearances at other noteworthy festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, this little band from England might just be the next big thing.

Cochella runs from April 14 to 16 and from April 21 to 23.

Maintaining Your Zen While Maintaining Your GPA

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

stressed girlHomework. Quizzes. Exams. Finals. It’s a lot to take in, not only time management wise but mentally. College is a lot of work, which leads to stress not only on your brain but your body as well. Lucky for you, Mason has you covered! The Center for the Advancement of Well Being, which is run by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers a lot of programs to relieve you from that test you’ve been studying for.

All of the free services that are available for Mason students, faculty, and staff that they have on a weekly basis include Yoga for Well-Being, Silent Meditation and Mindfulness Practice. Using these services, which you can find out more detail about on http://wellbeing.gmu.edu/our-programs/weekly-well-being-practices, can help you establish a daily practice of mindfulness.

Establishing a daily or weekly practice has amazing effects for your mental and physical health. For example, meditating and yoga do not only reduce stress levels, but they reduce blood pressure, which is good for anyone looking to be healthier. Also, it helps with focusing before a big event such as a project, which is a main reason why I choose to do it myself. So, if you’re looking to maintain your Zen and maintain a great GPA, look to The Center for the Advancement of Well Being for some mindful inspiration.