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Long Time Without Blogging With Lots on My Mind

With it being years since my last blog entry, I figured now would be the perfect time to post something. There’s been a lot on my mind, mostly in relation to the online money-making activities I’m doing. However, I will talk about that another time. I have also been searching for a new job, since I just got my Bachelors’ Degree on Aug 12th. So far, I’ve applied for 3 jobs, but no contact had been made just yet. Every night, right before I go to bed, I’ve been searching for hawk videos on YouTube. That’s right! I search for “hawks”, or anything else hawk related, whether its “Red Tailed hawks”, “Cooper’s hawks”, “Red Shouldered hawks”, “falconry” or “birds of prey”. I do this every night without fail. Lately, though, I have been so preoccupied with my online business that I usually don’t go to bed until 3 am sometimes. That would explain why I post comments so late at night. There have been a few times where I’d save the links on notepad and watch them a different night. However, sometimes users do delete their videos shortly after uploading them. This is a big problem because sometimes even videos with valuable content even get deleted. For instance, there was one video of a hawk eating either a frog or rat, and it scooped it all in one bite. The video was deleted a couple days later. I made a comment on the video stating “0:29 was the best part! It scooped that thing into its beak like it was nothing. I think it was either a frog or a rat. By the way, they don’t eat anything old or rotten. They only eat what they catch. However, it does happen that they find dead animals on the ground, but that’s rare.” The owner then replied “thank you for the insight sir. It’s was so cool to be so close. I’ve always had an odd fascination with giant predatory birds.” After seeing that reply, I have no idea why he deleted it, but it really bothers me. If I had waited to watch that video, I would be all out of luck! That was one of the best videos I’ve ever seen! Why in hell’s blazes would that user delete it? Seriously! Maybe the owner thought it would be offensive to show hawks consuming prey like that, or maybe other viewers would be creeped out or something. That’s my only guess. Well, the only thing I can hope for is to one day find another video as cool as that one. My hawk searches will never end, in fact, it is just beginning!

Another thing I’ve recently been thinking about for a few months is going into falconry. So far, no-one in my family knows, and they NEVER will! They will only find out when they see a Red Tailed hawk on my shoulders, and yes, I have already decided it will be a Red Tailed hawk! However, that is a sheer fantasy, because I am way to busy to care for one at the moment with my Sears job and my online business. Not only that, but my grandparents’ have 2 dogs and 4 cats (I think) running around the house, and its way too chaotic to have a wild bird flying around. I got no patience, because every minute is consumed by something. I haven’t even had time to go hiking lately, that gives you an idea how busy I’ve been. Usually I go hiking at least a couple times each month, but I have gone anywhere since June.

YouTube is one other thing I wanted to get off my mind. I haven’t done a lot on YouTube, only because I find it pointless to upload videos because I am probably the only person that watches them. Yet, even though I got 12,000 subscribers, I’m pretty much treated like dirt! So, THANKS FOR NOTHING! Seriously though, those subscribers were mostly gained through sub4sub websites. Its just like doing sub4sub on YouTube, although you don’t have to repeatedly go to YouTube channels asked, “I subbed, can you sub back”. I typically only made such comments on users that actually mentioned that they are a sub4sub channel on their channel page. Obviously I am not a spammer, nor do I EVER want to be considered one. I hate spammers as much as anyone else. I stopped using sub4sub websites because A: My subs get deleted by YouTube because they obviously aren’t watching my videos, and B: I don’t get paid for any of this stuff, and its just a hobby for me anyways. However, one of the reasons why I wanted to use sub4sub websites, because a lot of other people were doing it and were successful to promoting their videos. However, these people probably spend hours or even days making their videos. I spend only a few minutes to add a title and credits on my videos, which is only a few slides of text. Also, I do admit, I’m no content creator, I just post videos that look appealing.

Once again, it has been years since my last blog entry where I talked about a conure I got to chance to meet at Sears. So, here we are, I finally got most of my issues off my mind. However, my money might be in danger, and its going to be a long one! It’ll be on my next post for sure.

I do want to give big shoutout goes to Nora. Check out her blog at http://islandrambles.blogspot.ca/. She’s got lots of hawk-related stuff on there. She’s also the one person who encouraged me to make this blog post. I might as well continue to use this wordpress site, since I AM paying for it.
I upgraded to a Premium account, which came with my very own domain name! So instead of jeremytheplayer88.wordpress.com, you can type in jeremytheplayer.com and you’ll get the same homepage. It’ll also appear like that on search engines as well. I’m currently in the process of monetizing this blog, but I’ve had no success because apparently these advertising companies say I don’t have enough views on my blog. I could use traffic exchange websites to boost my views, but that would totally violate the TOS of these advertising sites. So, now I’m back to square one again. Maybe I’ll just not monetize my blog, because its not really worth the effort.

A Customer With a Conure

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I was working my shift, and with it being the busiest day before Christmas, many shoppers were at Sears buying their last minute gifts. At around 4:15, my co-worker’s shift ended and I was alone until the next associate came at 6:00. Luckily I survived among grabbing shoes and ringing up countless amounts of sales. At 5:45, the busy rush stopped and I had just enough time to put away all the rejected items and organize the shelves. At around 6:15, I took my 15-minute break, then upon coming back, I arrived right on time to handle another small line of 4 customers. Then, about 10 minutes later, while organizing the woman’s boots, I had a customer approach me and ask about how to convert her shoe size on abercrombie.com. I know it’s totally irrelevant to my job, but I was willing to help. She had her i-phone out and was showing me these letters “m” “p” and “l” on the numerical values which ranged from 5 to 24. Some numbers did not show up, which is presumed that the website was sold out of. After gazing at the screen for about 10 seconds, I saw a green-cheeked conure on her arm. I was so surprised at seeing that. I didn’t say anything yet, but I suddenly lost my train of thought. I blurted out “let me think, ummm” and other lost-thought type of words. Then I said to the woman, “You have a nice bird there”. She replied, “Thanks, some people feel sort of afraid. I bring him with me because it gives me comfort. I just feel happy with him with me”. I think she is very dedicated to show love and compassion for such amazing creatures. I never got the conure’s name because I forgot to ask. While I was walking with the woman through the store to compare sizes of jeans, I tried to guess what kind of bird she had. I couldn’t figure it out, but then I said “it’s a quaker parrot, no, wait”, then the woman said, “look at the heart on its back.” I then said “it’s a lovebird”, but wouldn’t you know I was wrong anyways. I thought it would be obvious, but not in this case. I feel stupid to realize it was actually a conure, since I used to watch videos of birds dancing to songs on YouTube, most of which were conures. I looked at the long tail, and thought to myself, “oh, that actually makes sense.” She told me that this bird is very smart. “Yes”, I told her. “I did a lot of research on birds, so I have always liked to learn about them. I want to get a pet raven one of these days”. I picked a raven for a different reason, and although their intellegence is part of the reason, there is a more important reason which I’m not ready to mention. It does have something to do with videos I’ve done in the past, just to give you a hint. I am always interested in how intelligent birds actually are. Did you know that most birds have the intelligence of a 4-year old child? It’s true! I learned that on a tv infomercial from Bird Paradise, which does do their own tv show on WMCN, channel 44. After speaking to her about her size and doing the conversions, I tried to pet her conure, but it pecked at me before I could reach its head. I knew this conure took me as a complete stranger, and was afraid I may harm it, which is why it defended itself. That conure didn’t peck hard. As a matter of fact, not even larger birds such as macaws can cause pain from their beak, mostly due to the fact that they swallow their food whole instead of chewing it. I saw a man walk into Sears once with a macaw, and I didn’t experience any pain when it pecked at me. That’s why they got gizzards inside their body instead of teeth. The defensive strategy is also used to protect itself from being handled by anyone EXCEPT for its true mate, which is the owner. Most birds only have one mate, and they mate for life by the way. I learned it is better if I end up getting my own pet bird, that I buy a young bird rather than adopting an older one, since one or many owners have owned it. Once I said my good-byes, and she recommended that I take a picture of her bird after saying “It’s a shame I have to leave so soon”. I never really thought of having pictures of her conure, but because this is something I may never experience again, I should have a memory of it somehow. I had 8 pictures taken of this woman’s conure taking many different poses on my arm and on my head. I had this great experience that gave me hope in such a busy day at work. The last words the woman said was “Make sure you enjoy dinner with your family.” Wouldn’t you know I went over to my mom’s house and had some salad and pasta with my brothers. I also decided to spend some time watching my other brother play “Watch Dogs” on the PS3 before I went back home.

Well, to conclude what I experienced, take every moment in, because it’s the only way to make them last. Here’s an awesome picture I recorded of this conure on my head. It seems like it was getting used to me, although I’m just an object to it when I’m just standing there.

My YouTube username is jeremytheplayer88 if you want to see some videos of me rescuing a baby starling. Take care!

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Time for a close-up

Close-up conure

Someone is 1-starring my blogs!

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I’ve been checking all my blogs for the first time in a LONG time, and I noticed there’s a lot of 1 stars on my blogs. Actually, I can also see other ratings that state “2 ratings” 3-stars, which had a 5-star rating before, so it’s pretty obvious if I put 2 and 2 together, only a 5-star and a 1-star would average to be a 3-star, likewise if there are blogs with 2 5-star ratings and 1 1-star would equate to be an overall 4-star rating. A couple of my blogs, actually have a 5-star rating where I was depressed. Does someone want me to kill myself? That seems to what I am thinking. Well, just so that you all know, I would never do that. I have a job making a steady income, plus school, plus spending time with my younger brother playing video games, so I am rarely alone, and I’m always communicating with other people who are far more intelligent than I am. Plus, I am learning things every time, which is good for my sense of well-being, so haha to all that person for thinking I’d commit suicide! I can be 90% sure the person who is 1-starring my blogs is someone who just plain hates me if he’s taking the time to hate all my blog entries! I mean, it’s pretty obvious that’s the case. Whoever it is, he’s not making himself known, so I don’t really care what he is, whetever he’s my YouTube hacker or possibly someone on VStreamers that hates me for saying what I said about VStreamers. I state my blogs personally with my own opinions, so if someone hates me for that, then fine! If someone else has different opinions than I do, then that’s more fine for me!

A solution which pretty much everyone would recommend is to disable the ratings, then nobody will be able to rate my entries. So why don’t I want to do that? Well, I do have my fans, so I feel that I’m also taking away something that’s good by taking away something that’s bad. I’d say the best solution is to ignore that person and move on. So that’s what I’ll do. Anybody’s got a problem with that can go ahead and 1-star this entry. OH, and if you 1-star it, that only proves how weak you really are.

Note: My jhirzel88.wordpress.com account, which recently got hacked, is the blog that is receiving these repetitive 1-star comments. So far, this new account is in the clear. I will disable ratings if I feel that its necessary to do so.

VStreamers.com is a terrible website!

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About 6 months ago I joined a website called VStreamers.com, and boy did I make a mistake. Everything was all fine and dandy, until I got banned yesterday. For those that don’t know, I have a third job, along with the other two being working at Sears and the second with working at my mom’s cupcake shop. I click on ads for profit. I saw view4view and sub4sub YouTube related websites as useless, since YouTube pretty much caught on with the view botting out there. I decided to take it to the next level, but how far is too far? I already knew that the admin of this site told me not to use another particular website that I don’t want to mention. I got one warning from this guy to stop using the auto surf website stating it was his LAST warning! Well, he warned me, but like I said, this was from a different website. I was using a manual surf website after I had received the warning. Therefore, since the admin was not clear about using manual surf websites as well as auto-surf ones, it proves he is a stupid admin. Now, that 50 of my videos got deleted, that’s 50 hours of work down the drain, all for just $20 fucking dollars! For those that know, I had over 100 videos deleted from a hacker on my old YouTube accounts. This makes this admin no different than this hacker. He gives me only one single warning, then pulls the plug without giving me another chance. He established that those 50 measly views may get him removed from his advertising company, so I decided to say to him that I’ll be willing to use that website to give views to ZippCast or my own blog instead of VStreamers, but the admin won’t give in and thinks that I’ll continue doing the things I’m doing. He also thinks I may find loopholes. As IF! I could still add views to that website whether I’m banned or not. I don’t care, I will still support that site anyways because I’m sure there’s other people out there who will learn to love it as much as I still do. Even though I’m banned, though, I still want to treat the admin with respect and just don’t do what he told me NOT to do. Maybe it’s about time some of the lower viewed channels deserve a chance. I mean, as the old saying goes, “cheaters never win”, because they DON”T, and don’t deserve to. That’s why as of now, I vowed to only add views to ZippCast’s sign-up page and to my blog. Nah, only kidding, I’m going to be joining a website that will make me thousands of dollars, and I’m not donating to any websites, because I’m sick of helping people when I can help myself instead!:)

I could end up going back to ZippCast, but ZippCast has its flaws, and it’ll shut down in a year. VStreamers will suffer the same fate. There’s no difference between the two! They are all Media Share script sites, so there you go! If you wish to still use YouTube regardless, I don’t blame you. At least on there, there’s no admins that are complete assholes. Also, on YouTube, I’ve never been harrassed or spammed by any trolls, which is amazing of someone that’s got over 30,000 subscribers on one of my channels! Just be aware that unless you are in the top 20 most viewed channels, nobody gives a damn who you are. You are just a common video uploader who shares videos with just your friends. Also, numbers are numbers, and they don’t mean crap as far as making money unless you got millions of views or subscribers.

All my videos will always either be deleted by a hacker, or by some jerk who has complete dictatorship over another website and steps all over me because I’m just a stupid-minded autistic dickhead. That’s why as of now, I shall make a sailor’s oath. “I hereby shall NEVER upload any videos on any Social Networking site! That includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ZippCast, UploadSociety, and any other useless website.”

There you go, now I’ll never change my mind. I’m moving on with my life now. Good-bye!

A new way to make money – BITCOIN MINER!

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Hey, this is Jeremy here with an awesome contest where you can enter to win a bitcoin miner. A bitcoin miner is a tool where you can mine bitcoins. You just use the miner, wait, and then there appears your free bitcoins. This miner has a $98 value, and it can be your absolutely free if you win. Just enter in your email address, and then you will get a message that states your entry has been confirmed. It’s that easy! If you find this website useful, you should check out all their tips so that you can find out all the great benefits of using bitcoins just like I did. I wish you the best of luck!

It’s been quite a long time since I have posted any blogs since I have been clicking on ads for profit during my spare time and prior to that, I’ve been uploading some of my old jhirzel88 videos on vstream. After you enter the contest, you will receive a link to share with your friends. If you share that link with everyone you know, and you’ll get 3 additional entries for every person you share it with. If you get a lot of entries, you’ll be on your way to win that bitcoin miner.

A New Year with Great Possibilities

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It’s been ages and ages since I’ve posted my last blog, so here it is finally. I’ve been spending a lot of time boosting my subscribers and helping a YouTube friend as well. As you know, I have suffered a lot of headache last year with the fact that I got hacked 3 times by the same hacker. It seems that some people do not realize how much effort I put into all of my channels. I made a dozen accounts every month, just so that I can catch up with all the 51,000 subscribers I lost on my jhirzel88 channel. So far, I have around 50 channels, but 10 of them have gotten suspended. I use the i-macros, a firefox addon, which can continuously click on channels via YouLikeHits and AddMeFast.com. I also use enhanceviews.com, which I can re-authenticate my accounts so that I can continue using it while I am asleep.

I am a person who wants to reach the absolute limits. I ask myself these questions. How many subscribers can I possibly get until there is no-one left to subscribe to me? Also, how much money can I make from ads if I get enough views to reach popularity status? Since I love math and science, I take everything into consideration when it comes to numbers. You may think to yourself, “Oh, it’s only numbers”, but numbers mean data, and data is the thing that keeps every website in tact. Who knows, YouTube might not be around in another 10 years if people don’t see any results in their numbers. YouTube only seems to care about the big corporations and never about the small users. Back in 2007, which is 2 years after Google bought YouTube, there were tons of people applying for partnership, because they had a small fanbase of only 1,000 subscribers. That’s all it took for people to get millions of views on their videos. Now all of that is in the past now. I have over 30,000 subscribers on my jviewer029 channel, and I don’t get shit! All I get is comments and messages from other users persuading me to watch their videos. Like I’d ever do that! I don’t care, these peoples’ videos will just go down the toilet anyways. I use wenoo more often than YouTube anyways since there is a real fanbase of potential users to watch your videos. YouTube has crappy channel designs anyways, and it’s no wonder why YouTube got rid of “friend adding” 2 years ago. Nobody will use such a website that looks just plain ugly. Plus, with Google Plus, don’t even get me started. Google is forcing every user to merge their YouTube account with Google Plus, otherwise they will no longer be able to comment on any videos. Google doesn’t need to force me to do anything. I’ll just stick with messaging people from now on. At least I’m still allowed to do that. I rarely ever use YouTube except for checking messages anyways, so I don’t really care if I can’t comment anymore.

On the bright side, I have never been hacked in 2014 yet, since I made sure I used fake phone numbers with my usernames. I also made every password on every new account different, plus I made the Google email different than the username. No hacker will ever be crack my every single one of my passwords, ever! I only have 1,000 subscribers on each channel so I don’t my hackers will be interested in that few of subscribers. I use phone verification on my high subscriber channels so unless my hackers got a hold of my phone, they’re not logging in.

I’ll spend more time helping my friend achieve more views and subscribers, since I am afraid I may still get hacked even with all the extra precautions. I am not interested in views, only subscribers, but I am more interested in giving more of my subscribers to her.

I’ve also been listening to the radio with my new outdoor antenna, which is hooked up in the bathroom for now. I plan to move it to the roof soon, but since I got the space, I’ll just keep it in there for now. I’m listening to WSOU at a precise antenna position. It was not easy to setup my antenna, especially when the antenna has to be positioned and directionally rotated. Plus, I use a bunch of headphones wires for extra reception and that alone took quite a long time to get to the right spot. I do this constantly whenever I change radio stations.

I have also been working and going to school on top of all this, so I do get quite busy.

My YouTube accounts keep getting HACKED!

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Sorry for such a late post. I have been consistently trying to catch up with all my YouTube subscribers, only to find out that all that effort is all put to waste when my accounts got hacked. On February 28, 2013, my jhirzel88 channel was the first channel to get hacked, and unfortunately that got closed down when I tried to recover it. The hacker had access to my computer screen and could even open and close tabs. He keylogged my password as I typed it in. I downloaded malicious software, which was supposed to be a program that would give me subscribers, but I got nothing except a Trojan attack.

The next month, I got hacked by someone else, who is the same person who just hacked a 4th YouTube channel of mine several days ago. He is targeting me as a victim and there’s nothing I can do. I tried making my password 100 characters and Google retrieved my account for him when he selected “My account may have been compromised” option. Google thought that I was the hacker all because I changed my password. All he needed was an email and a phone number, then BANG, Google gave him my account. That proves how much Google’s security SUCKS! Never join YouTube. They have the worst security in the world. I already read on about this. They will give anyone’s accounts to ANYONE, because they have a crappy automated system and there’s no human beings running it. Now I have to create a fake phone number and email so that I don’t get hacked again. Plus, I can’t even use my real name anywhere anymore, which REALLY SUCKS!

My hacker has all my personal information now because the account that he recently hacked has all my monetization details on it, including my Social Security number and my address. I am ruined because of him.

I know the hacker’s name, but I wish to not disclose that information to better protect myself and anyone else who wishes to not get hacked by him.

This is fucking shit, it really is!

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Finding More Answers to Bird Feeding

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It’s coming to 9 straight months now that I’ve set table scraps out to the birds, and I just want to say, that I have seen a lot of changes in some of their eating habits, which have varied from season to season. First off, the starlings seem to eat every morsel of food that I have in the pile. Sometimes, they will come in the dozens when there is a lot of food out. In that case, it’ll just take an hour for the food to disappear. I do not think I am doing any harm by putting these food items out. On the contrary, the starlings find similar items in the wild. The popcorn resembles corn, and since there are lots of corn fields here in New Jersey, that is a common item for them to eat. I also put chicken out, which resembles insects. It’s kind of a weird fact that bugs taste just like chicken. I think that might be true, haha! Another food item that I put out is pasta, and although that is the last item to disappear, it is similar to something, but I just can’t name it right now. I do put soda out as well, but keep in mind, that I do watch every recording to observe how much they are drinking. I only saw a few starlings that drank more than a few sips. Even at that, by the time that bird drinks it, the soda has been out for an hour and is pretty much depleted of carbonation. In the wild, I am sure that all birds have the instinct to know if that soda is going to do any damage to them. Then again, I only saw one or two House Sparrows drinking a measly sip of soda in the summer, so I can’t be too sure on that. I won’t worry about that, I’ll just continue on and if I see any exploding birds, I’ll have it posted. How’s that sound? I’ll tell you one thing, that’s not going to happen, that’s all I can say.

The crows, on the other hand, are only collecting meat items and they don’t seem to eat anything. There was one crow that took a chicken thigh and flew down to the center of the road as if it was too heavy to fly away with. I’m not entirely sure if it was too heavy or if it just hungry and wanted to set it on a hard surface to eat a few pieces. Then, once another crow came to try to snatch the chicken, the crow flew off-camera and I couldn’t see how far the crow went after that. I am pretty sure these crows are determined to hide any food items that they collect. I’m sure if the other crow that was about to steal the chicken from that crow was watching the chicken beforehand, they knew what they would be getting themselves into if the weight of it would be too much to handle.

A few days ago, I did observe a crow taking a few pieces of popcorn, after it ate the first piece. That was one example that maybe they are eating more than just meat. I will tell you this, I know they can’t be eating meat all the time. They aren’t even eating reeses anymore either like they were in the past. That’s considered nuts to them, which is a protein-rich product just like meat is, but it may be possible that these are different crows that have never eaten them, and perhaps they don’t realize that there is peanut butter inside of the shells. The weather is getting colder, so the shells aren’t melting for the crows to smell the peanut butter either.  I did lots of research on crows, and crows eat about 1/3 animal matter and the rest is plant matter. Therefore, it is probably obvious that wherever the crows are roosting at is where they keep their food. It is quite interesting that they cache and store food items for a long time. I read that they can store perishable food items for as long as 6 months. I wonder if the crows are trying to save that meat for the Spring? They have carried away meat items in the Spring too, but I know that all that meat couldn’t be eaten right now since the crows don’t have any babies to take care of since they grew up. The babies probably ate that meat before and right now they are just managing for themselves. My gosh, back then, I remembered one crow that was sitting on a telephone wire and a few Vultures were eating all the food, then after the vultures left, only a couple of gummy worms were left and some popcorn. That crow immediately came and ate both gummy worms right on that spot. No other bird I’ve seen has eaten something like that, so I can tell you that their ability to survive on any food source is incredible! They do eat from garbage dumpsters so they have no reason to be picky when they need the food the most.

I haven’t seen any House Sparrows around. The last time I saw them was about a month ago. When they were around at the time, they were just eating popcorn from the food pile and bird seed from my grandma’s feeder. I saw one that would keep taking reeses away. That is quite strange because it’s only this one sparrow that was doing it. I’m sure that starling had a liking to them because of the shell’s sweet taste. They aren’t interested so much in eating peanut butter, but I’m sure they ate it anyways, since it’s soft enough to eat. They do eat 4% insects during the non-breeding months, so I’m sure that accounts to something when it comes to them eating the correct protein they need. In the Spring time, there were some House Sparrows that were eating nothing but chicken, but once that disappeared, they started to eat almost everything else too just like the starlings always are. That’s a drastic change compared to what I’ve recently seen.

I noticed that the reeses are eaten by the squirrels now. Also, I notice them eating the shells are well. They used to trim around those and leave the shells behind in the summer. Perhaps now, the sugar that is in the shells is crucial for them to store fat to keep warm through the winter. I am not exactly sure, but I think that is what’s going on with that. One thing that makes me wonder, if I am putting 20 reeses out and the crows observe the squirrels eating them just like they were eating nuts and taking the hidden caches, then how come they don’t do the same thing for the reeses. I’m sure the crows know that the squirrels are eating them, so why can’t they do the same thing? It seems that the crows already have enough nuts, and maybe they are stashed out on them. That’s my guess. What do you think about that one?

Well, I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last blog. I decided to make this entry because I feel more confident of what I am feeding these birds based on what they need to eat. Over these months, it didn’t click on me until now. If you got any bird feeding stories to share, I’m always open for those. Thanks for checking this post out.

Updates From Hurricane Sandy

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I know that it’s been ages since my last blog, but I just want to let everyone know that I’m alive after the hurricane that we had. It wasn’t quite as bad in my area though since I live about 5 miles from the PA border. There was lots of wind and rain, but only a few large tree branches fell. I had the power out for about 7 hours and needless to say, I was extremely lucky that I made out as well as I did, because some people won’t get their power back until Thursday. Only about half of the millions of people that lost power have their power back as of right now. Well, I took advantage of the power outage by playing UNO with my grandma, which is one thing I haven’t done in over a year. I did that while listening to B985 on my Grundig radio. The sole DJ that was in the studio at the time was stuck for 36 hours, since the radio station is on the shore where millions of people had to evacuate. Anyways, the girl that was running the station at the time already knew how bad the hurricane was since she was watching the news. There were reported winds in excess of 70 mph in some local places, and power lines were shaking back and forth until they snapped. Sparks were flying from the transformers, and the situation with flooding was so bad, that there was a shark on a boulevard at a shore area also. People were urged to stay inside, and even being 3 feet from their doors and windows might stir trouble too. There was much more danger than expected. There is more than that which was going on, but I’m lost on words at this point.

I played cards with my grandma for a few hours. All of a sudden, during the commercial break at midnight, everything got cut off and there was dead silence. The studio probably lost power, rather than their transmitter, since that is in a different town. Either that, or it was turned off on purpose because the DJ was going to sleep and didn’t want to risk any fire from electric problems that might occur from the hurricane. My UNO game was almost over so that didn’t matter to me.

The next morning, I woke up, and B985 was static. There was no signal at all. Then, at around 10 am, the radio station got turned back on after the morning show was supposed to end. All of the morning people were doing news and bulletins when they started late. There was a huge sound quality boost when I listened to it at first. I found it hard to believe I was listening to the radio it sounded so good. It was broadcasting in full CD quality. You can find more detail about this on my radio section right here.

You can even download a 15-hour recording right here as well.

Well, I’m going to end it here, and if you have anything to say about the hurricane that you experienced, I’d like to know about it.

Music Appreciation Song Analysis

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I decided to share a paper that I just typed up. If you recall seeing my blog about the European Starling that was dead on the side of the road, where I flapped its wing, this is where I last mentioned this song. If you can see a connection here, there is only a small connection, because this story is completely imaginative.

Annagrace – Song Analysis

       The song “Don’t Let Go” is by far my favorite song by Annagrace and probably any other dance artist. Whetever what kind of mood the person is in, sad or happy, depressed or anxious, can certainly still feel calm when hearing it. It is a song with a repeated chorus, with a few versus. This song is vivid enough to describe Annagrace, or whoever is in my imagination, to be walking on the sidewalk. All of a sudden, a lot of birds, and hundreds of them, swoop down behind her. Within just a few seconds upon them approaching, she is fastened with dozens of ropes and is dragged away 1,000 feet up into the distance. There is a parrot who leads the flock, equipped with headphones, cameras, and other equipment. He turns around briefly every now and then to make sure everything is in check. He is constantly rotating his head, and looking out for any danger that may be lurking into the dark clouds. That parrot obviously commands where the birds are taking her. The other birds seem to have no sense of real direction except for what the parrot is doing. The whole song talks about Annagrace not letting go of these birds, no matter what! Even if there’s a thunderstorm, or downpouring rain, she’s still hanging on. She’s determined to do anything she can to get away from her lover, as illustrated in her other songs. She may be doing this out of either love or hate, or she may be leaving humanity altogether. Perhaps she was meant to be alone, unexposed by the terrible world that she has to live in. As there was no information about the songs in detail other than the links to i-tunes to download the songs, the song can only be stated by whatever the listener feels that it may resemble. Annagrace has the following according to her Facebook page, “She writes her own songs, which cannot be taken for granted in the dance scene. And of course, with Ready To Dare, there is link to the world of fashion, one of AnnaGrace’s long time passions.” She never had an intention to explaining the meaning to her words. Usually, if only one person writes the song, rather than going through 2 or more people, the artist may feel secretive and could be judged incorrectly by someone who is not willing to accept her thoughts. The instrumental parts of the song fit the lyrics perfectly. There is much harmony present where Annagrace uses a trance to engage the listener to the chorus of the song. For the most part, there are two instruments being combined into those areas of the song, without the use of drums or any other percussion instruments. That would more than likely take away the power that the song brings. There should be a sense of a go-far feeling, where everything is continuous. There are instances of word panting whenever she sings the word “go”. She adds an emphasis on the “o” for another second. She is explaining that she needs to hold on to these birds, as tight as she can, to prevent from falling to her death. Hopefully, wherever she is going or moving to is far away, and far enough away that she doesn’t have to deal with the issues that she is facing. If she does eventually go back home, perhaps she might want to try to survive at the very least and prevent herself from dying. That way, things can go back to the way it was. Nothing can stop her, and certainly nobody can attack her since she is high up in the sky. Who knows, she may not ever want to come back down, and may even be stuck up there forever. If she does land on the ground, it’s going to be hard to hold on to anything after that point. The lyrics never explain about finally letting go. Even at final second of the song, rather than using a traditional fade-out, the song cuts off where she sings “Don’t Let Go”. Then an instrument resembling a “whoosh” resembles that constant motion of everything still in progress.

Lyrics

If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
Don’t let go
Don’t let go
Sometimes life can drive you crazy
I know how hard that it can be
When the problems come together
You’ve got real hard to feel at ease
Someday somewhere somehow I know
The love you want it will be there
Someday somehow
I’ll will to come
If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
No I don’t have all the answers
To the questions in your mind
All I know is that I love you
And your tears they will run dry
Someday somewhere somehow I know
The love you want it will be there
Someday somehow
I’ll will for come
If you’re feeling down
Call on me
Hold on tight and baby don’t let go
This too will pass
You’ve gotta believe in the power of love
So don’t let go
Don’t let go
So don’t let go
Don’t let go

Works Cited

Coenen, Annemie. “Annagrace.” Annagrace’s Official Homepage. Annagrace music, June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.annagrace.eu/‌#/‌biography&gt;.

– – -. “Annagrace.” Facebook. Annagrace music, June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.facebook.com/‌AnnaGrace.Official&gt;.

– – -. “Annagrace.” Wikipedia. Various publishers, 5 June 2012. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/‌wiki/‌Annagrace&gt;.

– – -. “Don’t Let Go.” Sweetlyrics. Sweetlyrics, Nov. 2010. Web. 19 June 2012. <http://www.sweetslyrics.com/‌806221.Annagrace%20-%20Don’t%20Let%20Go.html&gt;.