[Poll] Listening to Music


As a matter of personal curiosity…

I would appreciate your participation in a pair of polls about how you listen to music (if, indeed, you do listen to music fairly regularly). This is about the devices and services that you use, rather than the genres you listen to.

My first poll is about the devices you use.

You may select up to three choices. Comment below if you use something that doesn’t fit one of the choices.

What kind of devices do you listen to music on?

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My second poll is about the music services you use.

You may select up to three choices. Comment below if you use something that doesn’t fit one of the choices.

What kind of services do you get your music from?

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This is entirely for my own curiosity. I recently switched from Pandora to Spotify (about 2 minutes ago), and I think I’m going to be happy. Spotify offers a 30 day free trial (payment method required to start trial), so I’ll spend that time building up my playlists and transitioning from Pandora.

Pandora did quite well for me, but I just need more control over the music. The ability to: skip more songs, play specific tracks, build playlists and save music offline – makes the extra few dollars/month well worth it.


Spose On Tour in St. Louis Had Tour Van Robbed – HOW TO HELP!


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I’m going to be seeing Spose (a rapper from Maine) this weekend here in Portland, OR, but he just posted some terrible news on Facebook. While Spose & Co. were inside Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO, their tour van was robbed of all of its contents. Which, for these struggling artists, is everything (with the exception of their lives & loved ones, which you always have to be grateful for).

Spose is going to keep his head up and keep going with the tour, but is (understandably) disgusted with the situation.

Here’s what he posted on Facebook a couple hours ago:


So, our tour van was just robbed around 12:30 pm today in St. Louis in broad daylight outside of Pappy’s Smokehouse. We lost everything. Multiple laptops, all our musical equipment, my canon 5d mark ii camera and lenses, everything I use to record my music, my mic, my apogee duet, my ipad, clothes, phones, my friend GodDamnChan lost every beat he’s ever made, all my external hard drives containing all the music I had made for my next album(s). We filed a police report and changed passwords and called State Farm but nothing can replace what we lost. We were in the restaurant for 30 minutes. And they essentially took my job, all the work I had done for the past two years building up to 2015. Gone. There’s no amount of likes or comments that’ll bring anything back, I just wanted to let the people who robbed us know FUCK YOU and let our fans know I’ll be performing the next few shows with limited resources on this tour (and I will be a little late to the show tonight). So please know I normally would have a more organized set than whatever I’ll have to scrounge together here on my way to Kansas. I’m done with St Louis, if you wanna see me perform in the future come to Chicago or something cuz St Louis is dead to me. Just took all the work I had to done to support and feed my family in 2015 away from me.

If you know me, however, you know I’m not all doom and gloom and pessimistic. So, I would be remiss to not point out that my family is safe, nobody got hurt, I am healthy, I’ve lived a good, relatively painful, peaceful life and the sun is still shining. BUT SERIOUSLY FUCK WHOEVER STOLE MY SHIT!!!

Lawrence, Kansas tonight at the Grenada with MC Chris and MC Lars.

– Ryan / Spose

A pretty messed up situation all ways around.

I don’t know how much it would help to open up any sort of crowd-funding page for this but there are a lot of ways that Spose fans (and anybody else!) can help make this not such a loss. Though, honestly, the electronics and things can be bought again, but they can’t replace things like lyrics and music, for upcoming albums. I suppose there’s something to be said for having a backup service in place (and Spose I hope you look into syncing with some kind of secure cloud storage when you get into towns and find WiFi, or something), but it’s still frustrating that it should be necessary to begin with.

Here’s How to Help!

I’m sure there will be donation pages, and if I find any that look legitimate, I’ll add them here. For now, here are some things you can do outside of just donating cash.

If you have any suggestions for this list, please feel free to post in the comments. 

This kind of behavior out of civilization can definitely make somebody really not care about the public anymore. Make sure Spose knows it’s just the rare pieces of shit that do this and not people in general.

Extra Life – Gaming Benefit for Children, by Thomas DuBois

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This is a guest-post by my brother, Thomas DuBois. He’s participating in the Extra Life fundraising campaign, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Basically, it’s campaign to turn gaming time into donation dollars. That’s video games, board games, table-tops – you name it! This benefit is happening on October 25, 2014, so you still have some time to get a donation in!

Read on for more information, from Thomas.

Donation link found at the bottom, or just click on the rhino!

Help Thomas raise money to fight cancer, cystic fibrosis and more!

Help Thomas raise money to fight cancer, cystic fibrosis and more!

Below this is the official message, with a lot of good information, but I wanted to also let you know a couple things on my own.

  • First thing, thank you for taking the time to check this out.
  • Second, even if you can’t donate tell a friend and make sure to share my page here. :-)

I would like to do something good, toss some positive Karma out there and see what happens, and why not do it gaming! I would love and appreciate any support you can give, thank you again.

Thomas DuBois


Dear Friends and Family,

I’m on a mission to save kids and I need your help! My local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

On October 25, 2014, I’ll be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG’s! It’s my sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital.

Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

I need your help to reach my goal For The Kids. Please make a safe, easy donation online today. Click the button at the bottom to visit my donation page, or just CLICK HERE.

Thank you so much for supporting my efforts!

Some Extra Details

You can make a one-time donation or a monthly pledge. You can also make an hourly pledge, as Thomas DuBois will be participating in the October 25th fundraising event by playing video games for 24 hours. However you decide to do it, we appreciate it, but not nearly as much as the children who benefit.


Thank You!

Support ACMA with the Shoparoo Mobile App!


ACMA + Shoparoo = Fundraising!

The Arts & Communication Magnet Academy could benefit from your support!

ACMA is a, combination, middle school and high school, in the Beaverton, Oregon School District (which is just outside Portland, Oregon – if you’re unfamiliar), with a strong focus on the Arts. Indeed, ACMA is the only stand-alone Arts magnet school in all of Oregon. It’s a fantastic school that, not only helps invigorate art culture, but also provides a quality core education. The students are definitely not missing out on a good education by focusing on the Arts, quite the opposite. ACMA scores higher than a great number of traditional high schools, in many areas of education.

This is an excellent school to get behind, and I’m not just saying that because my household has a student in attendance there. To that end, I want to introduce to you a simple way that you can help support this.

Enter, Shoparoo – a mobile app that lets you participate in fund-raising for the school of your choice, simply by scanning purchase receipts.

Recommended: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence – Novels


The Gentleman Bastard Sequence is, without a doubt, one of my new favorite series. Author Scott Lynch has certainly put together a winning combination of ingredients in these engaging novels and I’m currently chomping at the bit for the fourth installment. I’m going to try to tell you a bit about each of the three that are out now, (with a few excerpts, I’ll do my best to avoid any major spoilers) and I’ll come back to update this when the next one releases.

This is a fantasy series, so expect some swords, horses, magic and sailing ships. This isn’t your parents’ Hobbit though. There is a decent amount of profanity (and other colorful language) and violence, though not an overwhelming amount of excruciatingly-detailed sex scenes (which can be refreshing). Now, to the Bastards!