18, Cars, School, Games, & 80s Music – Reflections [April, 17]


I’ve done several things in the past where I reflected on past events in my life, but I was unable to maintain any sort of regularity simply because I did not have time. So, I decided to do something where I reflect on the past month. I think I can manage one reflection a month. 😛

What do I have to say about April? Well, firstly, I turned 18. Yay! I know it’s supposed to be a huge milestone and all, but honestly, I don’t think it has changed very much for me. I guess my license isn’t provisional anymore, which means it doesn’t get suspended the instant I get pulled over. But I’m a safe driver anyway, so who says I’m going to get pulled over?

Ironically, (and this is off-topic, but hey. It’s my post) I did get pulled over a few months ago, which absolutely freaked me out, just saying. Fortunately, it wasn’t for speeding or any misdemeanor like that. Apparently my tail lights were out. Turned out I had accidentally switched the modes on one of those ridiculous handles with their nondescript symbols and turned them off. Who would have thought?

Anyway, another big thing that happened in April is I actually got accepted into quite a few of the universities I applied to transfer into: DePaul, UCSD, UCSC, etc. This is good news for me, since I planned to transfer out at the end of this semester anyway.

On the topic of school, I don’t have a particularly heavy course load this semester, which has been great, but Calculus III could be going better. It’s not that I don’t understand the material, but I think I’ve gotten lazy, and I’ve been making careless mistakes. Which obviously aren’t good. It’s one of those situations where my A at the end of the semester is right on the line, and I really don’t want to lose my 4.0. 😛

But, school is quite boring, so let’s talk about some of the fun things I’ve been doing. I recently purchased the game Fallout 4, and I have to say, it’s been quite amazing. I really wish I’d gotten into it sooner, when I had more time. As it is, I have about 20 hours into it, but I would really love to play it some more. For those who don’t play video games, Fallout 4 is a very popular post-apocalyptic open world rpg by Bethesda. Definitely recommended.

Interestingly, because I started playing this game, I’ve actually found a new appreciation for retro music (Is retro even the right term?). There’s a little radio thing in the game that allows you to play a number of pre-apocalyptic songs, and since the game basically reinvented the 80s and 90s, turning them into a time of nuclear abundance, it has some interesting songs. One that I particularly like talks about a guy going prospecting not for gold, but for uranium.

Fun stuff aside, let’s talk a little about my blog. I have not been able to keep as much with my blog as I would like to, but I have been active on it, and for me, that’s what counts. I want to keep this going, even though I have so many other things on my plate. I did start a 200 words challenge for myself, and if you have been keeping track, you’ll see that the counter has been at 0 for the past few days. I blame that on Calculus. Starting this new month, though, I plan to be more consistent with that as well, and hopefully that means more consistent blogging.

I don’t think I should make this too much longer. There’s obviously more I could say, but I’d be surprised if anybody even made it this far in the post, since I’m really just talking about my life, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about it. XP If you did get to the end of this, then congratulations. Leave a note, and maybe I’ll do more of these.

Tours yruly


Tuesday’s Song [Week 15]

This would make the first Tuesday’s Song post in forever. So, seeing as how it has been forever, I may as well re-explain what it’s about in case some of you have forgotten. Basically, every week, you guys vote on what genre of song you’d like to see me feature, and when Tuesday comes around, so does the song. You can listen to these for enjoyment or for inspiration. For me personally, I like to listen while I write. Last week (I say last week when it’s really ages ago XD) you guys voted for “mysterious,” so here it is. Enjoy🙂

Week: 15
Song name: False Dawn
Artist: Direct
Song theme: Mysterious, chill, relaxing, soothing

Sometimes you just need to sit back and chill, and here’s a song to do it to. It’s very ambient and relaxing, with an undercurrent of something extra. I think it’s pretty neat. =P


Poll (What sort of song theme would you like next week?)

If you guys put something in the “other” section, tell me what it is in the comments, and if I like it, I’ll add it to next week’s poll.

Tours yruly

A Strange Day

It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a short film to the blog, and I just made one today, so yeah. I filmed, edited, and uploaded the entire thing in three hours, so pardon any faults. Enjoy.

A short film by Michael Hollingworth.

Follow Michael at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/M3L6H
YouTube: https://youtube.com/user/m3l6hmusic
Blog: https://mhollingworth.wordpress.com

Song: “Hocus Pocus”
Artist: Alex Sin
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/alexsinofficial
Facebook: http://facebook.com/alexsinofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/alexsinofficial

Hope you liked it!

Tours yruly

Tuesday’s Song [Week 5]

Sorry for the lateness of this post. For those of you who noticed, yes I did miss the Journal, the Sunday Scriptural analysis, and the normal time for this post. I’ve been having some trouble recently, won’t go into detail, but suffice to say, I have a bunch of catch up work to do. I’m going to pretend that I didn’t miss the journal and scriptural analysis and continue like normal, with extra posts to catch up.

Anyway, this week we were going with nostalgic. I chose a single, not released by a label this time (at least not to my knowledge). I personally really like this song, and while, yes, it does have lyrics, they are in the description of the actual video, and are perfectly fine. 

Week: 5
Song name: Whispers in the Mist
Artist: Varien
Song theme: Ambient, nostalgic, thought-provoking, chilled.

A cool song no? I love the ambient soundscape. Very nice. And of course, that ethereal, chilled, nostalgic feel is great. Hopefully you guys enjoyed it. I certainly like this song.


Poll (What sort of song theme would you like next week?)

Tuesday’s Song [Week 2]

And Tuesday’s Song has returned for its second week! Thank you guys for all the feedback in the poll last week. You will notice that the option that won out is not on this week’s poll, and that is because I do not wish to feature the same theme twice in a row. Also, a few new options have been added. The results were a 2:1 vote for Epic, so, here I bring you this week’s epic song. A great song for listening to while you’re writing your grand battle scene or the climatic final fight between good and evil. 😀

Week: 2
Song name: Guardians at the Gate
Artist: Audiomachine (Access Denied dubstep edit)
Song theme: Epic. Driving. Orchestral. Need I say more? Oh, alright, fine. Orchestral. Driving. Epic. There.

Basically most orchestral dubstep will be epic, grand, whatever. There’s just no avoiding that blood-pumping half-step heavy kick and snare. It’s simply epic, and when you layer on orchestral elements from choirs, strings, and other instruments, you end up with something irresistible.

Also, I realize it’s looking suspiciously like I’m only going to feature songs from Vital EDM, but that’s not the case. So if you don’t like the material they’ve released, wait around for a few more weeks. I might get to something you actually like.


Poll (What sort of song theme would you like next week?)

If you guys put something in the “other” section, tell me what it is in the comments, and if I like it, I’ll add it to next week’s poll.

Tours yruly