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Mermaids Go All Out for Train Concert!

Train is sharing the spotlight with Gavin DeGraw and The Script this summer on their “Mermaids of Alcatraz” tour. The chart-topping performers of “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter” are no stranger to sharing the stage, touring with Mat Kearney & Andy Grammar in 2012 and Maroon 5 & Gavin DeGraw in 2011.

Train performing at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Charlotte, NC on July 30, 2013.

The tour stopped in Charlotte, NC at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater on July 30th, greeting a crowd of new and longtime fans, with the most hardcore Train enthusiasts dressed as Mermaids!

Gavin DeGraw opened up the show for his second tour with Train, but first with them as the headliner. He thrilled the crowd, performing songs that made him popular like “I Don’t Wanna Be,” and newer releases like “Best I Ever Had.” He even covered Justin Timberlake’s smash hit of the summer, “Mirrors,” doing an excellent job taking the smooth R&B and matching it to his signature slow rock style. Here’s the full setlist from DeGraw’s portion of the show:

 

Dublin-based band The Script took the stage next, pumping up the crowd with their most popular songs like “Breakeven” and “Hall of Fame.” They also performed a beautiful rendition of “If You Could See Me Now,” a song Danny O’Donoghue wrote about the coping with the passing of his father1. Here is the full setlist from The Script’s portion of the show:

 

Headlining band Train took the stage next, opening with 2003 smash hit “Calling All Angels.” They performed songs from their new album “California 37” and their 2009 hit album “Save Me, Sanfrancisco,” as well as some covers, including “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. One of the biggest hits of the night, however, came from the second encore song. Released 12 years ago, “Drops of Jupiter” continues to be a crowd favorite.

Fans were in for a big surprise when Ashley Monroe took the stage. Monroe is a country singer and Nashville native, touring with the band to perform their duet song “Bruises.” Another big surprise happened at the Charlotte show: when Pat Monahan, lead vocalist, walked through the crowd of cheering fans while singing sentimental wedding dance favorite “Marry Me,” he stopped at one particular fan and announced, “My man here has a big surprise.” The fan turned to his girlfriend and popped the question while Monahan continued his serenade. Don’t worry…she said yes!

Here is the full setlist from Train’s portion of the show:

 

If the Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour is coming to a venue near you, check it out! In the mean time, download your favorites from their setlists to get ready for the show.

Sources:

  1. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183834/The-man-moved-tears-Danny-O-Donoghue-pours-heart-The-Script-s-tragic-losses-went-The-Voice-s-ex.html]

No Playing Around: Trends in the Computer and Video Game Industry

Today’s blog post was written by our summer intern, Wassa Suttiwiriya. Wassa is an Economics and Math student at the University of Southern California. 


With the growth of the computer and video game industry, it is no surprise that the sector’s consumer base has diversified and expanded to a great extent. Who are the key players of computer and video games? What types of games do they want? The 2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry, authored by the Entertainment Software Association, reveals statistics on consumer demographics and trends.

 

Gamer demographics:

  • Almost 60% of Americans play video games
  • The average age of game players is 30
  • More than half (55%) of game players are female, and women 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (31%) than boys age 17 or younger (19%).

 

The best- selling video games are action, shooter, and sport games, and the best-selling computer games are role-playing, casual, and strategy games. Gamers say the top reasons they purchase a game are the quality of the graphics, an interesting storyline, a sequel to a favourite game, and word of mouth.

 

Digital trends:

  • The average U.S. household owns at least one dedicated game console, PC, or smartphone
  • Gamers are increasingly playing on-the-go with 36% playing on their smartphone and 25% playing on their wireless device
  • Sales in the digital format have increased from 20% to 40% since 2009, while those in physical format have declined respectively

 

The 2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry is the most in-depth and targeted survey of its kind, gathering data from more than 2,000 nationally representative households.

 

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Book Review: “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan

As a huge fan of comedian Jim Gaffigan, I was really looking forward to the release of his first book, Dad is Fat. Gaffigan details the joys and perils of raising his five (yes, FIVE) children, or as he describes them: beautiful, pale creatures.

Gaffigan’s children at the time of book print range in age from infant to 8-years-old. The title for his book, Dad is Fat, originated from a sentence scrawled in messy, childish handwriting on a miniature whiteboard by one of his sons: “Dad is fat.” A keen observation from one of the pale creatures. Anyone who has had the distinct pleasure of listening to or watching Gaffigan’s standup routine is probably familiar with his affinity for Cinnabon, cake, pie, bacon, and food in general.

One of Gaffigan’s trademarks as a comedian is the ability to laugh at himself, breaking the fourth wall by using a higher-pitched voice to simulate an audience member’s thoughts. “He’s a pale fella!” Gaffigan opens his book using italicized text to emulate that tactic, increasing his likability by poking fun at himself. “He doesn’t even seem like he’s read a book before! Well, maybe a cookbook.”

The book goes on to detail the trials and triumphs of raising 5 small children in a 2-bedroom New York City apartment with his wife, Jeanie. While Gaffigan makes fun of his parenting ability – “He has virtually no training, skills or instincts on how to play this role,” he says of himself – the stories shared make it clear that Gaffigan is indeed an excellent father, and Jeanie is a phenomenal mother. Their children, Marre (8), Jack (6), Katie (3), Michael (1), and Patrick (newborn), keep mom and dad on their toes. As Gaffigan puts it, “failing and laughing at your own shortcomings are the hallmarks of a sane parent.”

If you’re interested in a funny, light read, I highly recommend Dad is Fat. Fans of Gaffigan’s standup will be interested to read backstories behind some of his popular bits, such as his explanation of why he and Jeanie chose home birth – “just to make you uncomfortable.” Readers new to Gaffigan’s work will likely catch the bug – check out his standup too! Follow Jim (@jimgaffigan) and Jeannie (@jeanniegaffigan) on Twitter. Follow us too (@thefirstclubcom) and let us know what you think of the book!

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The Benefits and Advantages of eBooks

by Remez Sasson

An ebook is a book in electronic format. It is downloaded to a computer, PC, Mac, laptop, PDA, tablet, smartphone or any other kind of reading device, and is read on the screen. It can have numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics, exactly like a printed book.

Ebooks present many benefits and advantages, and this article shows some of them.

It is very simple and easy to purchase and download ebooks through the Internet. It is exactly like purchasing any other product. The only difference is that after payment you will either be directed to a download page or receive the download link in an email. All you have to do is click on the link and the ebook will automatically download to your computer, to a folder of your own choice.

After download you don’t have to be connected to the Internet in order to read the ebook. You can stay offline. If you wish to have it printed, it is very easy. Just click on the print button in the ebook, to print it with your home printer.

What are the benefits and advantages of ebooks?

  1. Ebooks are delivered almost instantaneously. You can purchase, download and start reading them within minutes, without leaving your chair. You don’t have to go to a bookstore to buy them, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail.
  2. No trees are required to manufacture paper for the pages of ebooks.
  3. When you need certain information, you can get it immediately, by downloading an ebook.
  4. Many ebooks are sold nowadays with bonuses, which you usually do not get with a printed book. This adds value to your purchase.
  5. Ebooks take up less space. You practically don’t need any space to store them. You don’t need a library or a room for them. You can store hundreds and thousands of ebooks on your computer or reading device.
  6. Ebooks are portable. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, on CD, in a laptop, notebook or any ebook reader, without worrying about their weight.
  7. With today’s technology you can read ebooks everywhere, on the bus, train, airplane, and while standing in line.
  8. Ebooks are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books. They also withstand time more than books.
  9. Ebooks can show links, for easy access to more information and related websites.
  10. Ebooks are searchable. You can easily search for any information in an ebook, instead of turning page after page.
  11. Ebooks can be interactive and contain audio, video and animations, which can enhance the message that the author is trying to convey.
  12. Since ebooks are delivered through the Internet, there are no packing and shipping expenses.
  13. Ebooks can be printable, so that if you wish to read an ebook in the traditional way, you can very inexpensively print it with your home printer or at any printing shop.
  14. Fonts in ebooks can be resized, making it easier to read for people with disabilities. With an additional software it is possible to turn some of the ebooks into audio books.
  15. Ebooks are very easy to to sell and distribute.
  16. It is very simple and easy to purchase and download an ebook. People living in big modernized cities, in a remote village in a far away country or on a small island, can equally access an ebook. It takes them the same amount of time to purchase and download an ebook, provided they have an Internet connection.
  17. It is possible to purchase an ebook 24 hours a day, every day of the year, from the comfort of your own house or office. You can purchase and download an ebook, even if you are on a vacation. All you need is a laptop, tablet. smartphone, or a reading device, and wireless Internet connection.
  18. People are already spending a lot of time in front of their computers, so why not read and ebook, instead of doing something else?

 
Nowadays, one can find ebooks about every possible subject, fiction and nonfiction, free and not free.

Considering non-fiction ebooks, such ebooks disseminate knowledge not pages, which means that it is not correct to evaluate the price of an ebook according to the number of its pages. The price should be determined by the information offered, its usefulness and its relevance, and also by the amount of practical knowledge, inspiration, motivation, tips and advice, and by the uniqueness of the information.

Original document from Success Consciousness.

© Copyright Remez Sasson

Remez Sasson teaches and writes on self-improvement, positive thinking, motivation, peace of mind, spirituality and meditation. He is the author of several books, among which are “Peace of mind in Daily Life”, “Emotional Detachment For a Better Life”, “Will Power and Self Discipline”, “Visualize and Achieve” and “Affirmations – Words with Power”.

Visit his website and find articles and books filled with inspiration, motivation and practical advice and guidance.
Website: www.SuccessConsciousness.com
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