Spontaneity can be harder to work into life as we become older and more set in our ways. Honestly I can’t remember the last time I gave into an impulse to venture out of my routine and wander into some place new. Fortunately I wasn’t alone when my next adventure came knocking and before I knew it my friend and I found ourselves at Keys on Main in Seattle.
If it’s too early in the evening this dueling piano bar might seem sparse and not altogether inviting but after a fabulous dinner in the Queen Anne neighborhood and a few cocktails the energy picks up and so do the tips. It doesn’t take long to figure out that these musicians are not shy about asking for money for their talent. Much like karaoke, you request a song but the more you want it played the bigger the tip will need to be. The dueling alternates between the musicians as well as the audience. Did I mention that you are part of the act too? Yes this is music, theatre, and comedy all rolled into a good time and it’s a great way to support musicians as well as enjoy live music with your friends.
Not being a musician I’m always curious about how they seem to play so many different requests with such fluidity. The musical genres can run from AC/DC and Led Zeppelin to Rick Springfield and Michael Jackson. I’ve always admired musicians because there is so much amazing music to learn, how could one ever decide? Well if I was ever endowed with overnight magical piano playing skills this would be my top 10 list of Best Songs to Learn Piano to countdown.
10. Imagine by John Lennon
Who hasn’t felt the twinge of limitless possibility when they hear this song? My father loved the Beatles and John Lennon so to hear this live is always a treat. Plus I imagine John Lennon would enjoy the many variations this song has been through just like the song says.
9. Summer of ’69 by Brian Adams
This classic tune reminds me of my parent’s generation. I imagine young adults basking in the sun with their hair blowing in the wind of their convertibles probably heading somewhere to do things that I might have done if I was a flower child of the 60’s.
8. Rendezvous by Eve 6
If you have ever had your heart pulled around in many directions then this song might make sense to you. If not it sounds like someone who has a dark side for blenders and is not really sure which way is up. This pretty much sounds like heartbreak to me.
7. Any Way You Want It by Journey
Ah the blissful state of a newly budding romance. Or maybe it’s just about a lusty romp. Either way Journey gets straight to the point and lots of people like it that way.
6. Come Together by the Beatles
Another song that reminds me of the hippie lifestyle that went on in the 60’s. Maybe it’s about finding peace wherever you are. Or maybe it’s about having a good time no matter where you are at in life.
5. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
This song is aptly named for our times as you could feel the energy this impersonation took to pull off. A dueling piano bar brings out the theatrical in everyone as it allows people to just let it all hang out.
4. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Ok I grew up in the south with rednecks so I’ve listened to more than my fair share of AC/DC. I truly got a kick out of this song when the pianist played it in all its glory with a fabulous impersonation. I’m not sure I would have the energy or nerve to tackle such a role.
3. Purple Rain by Prince
So I should preface this with that I heart Prince more than MJ but it really depends on my mood. I am a child of the 80’s and 90’s so it seems only normal that I developed a crush that has followed me into adulthood.
2. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Hearing this live made me want to moonwalk around on a lighted floor. MJ’s songs are sometimes sensual but always moving, literally. I love Michael Jackson so much that you can sometimes find me at Nectar Lounge in Fremont dancing to the dueling DJ’s as they throw down between MJ and Prince.
1. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
This classic will never be the same after learning that my friend grew up thinking this was an ode to Tony Danza. This was confirmed by one of the pianist as I attempted to stay upright on the bar stool. I too had a crush on him back in the day so the absurdity made sense.
10 Reasons To Hate About Highly Processed Food
Is losing weight one of the challenges you are facing now? Did you try different kinds of diet or exercise, and nothing seems to help. Are you a busy person who likes to eat at fast foods? Or, maybe, you don’t know how to cook yet, and you love to eat preserved and refined food available at the grocery? Well, my friend, this article may somehow help you.
According to a recent study at the National Institutes of Health, eating highly processed food causes overeating and unwanted weight gain. Twenty adults participated in the research conducted by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and prove the latter can be destructive to your health.
Here’s how the nitty gritty goes: For the duration of the study, ten males and ten females are admitted at the NIH Clinical Center for one month and in random order for two weeks on specific diets of highly processed food or minimally processed food.
For reference, a highly processed meal may include a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon, on the other hand, a minimally processed meal may consist of oatmeal with walnuts, bananas, and skim milk. Both of the diet types had similar amounts of calories, sugars, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates, and participants can eat whatever they wanted.
As a result, when it comes to a highly processed diet, individuals ate almost five hundred calories more daily compared to unprocessed food. In average, they gained 0.9 kilograms or two pounds while on a highly processed diet and lost the equivalent amount with unprocessed diet.
The study supports the idea that unprocessed foods have a lot of benefits, but researchers take into account that highly processed food is challenging to avoid since it takes more time and money is to prepare. Eating a healthier diet may pose challenges, especially to people who are financially challenged.
As stated in Eatright.org, highly processed foods include ready to eat food (such as crackers, granola, deli-meat) and pre-made meals (such as frozen pizza and microwaveable dinners).
According to Active.com’s Jennifer Fox, these are the reasons why you should hate and ditch highly processed food as much as you can:
First, they are mostly composed of sugars. Having too much sugar can lead to a list of health problems and harmful effects on metabolism. Second, they lacked fiber (which slows down carbohydrate absorption and helps us feel full with lesser calories). When eating highly processed food, we need to eat more of it, so that we will feel complete.
Third, they are designed to be addictive. The primary reason why it’s challenging to stop eating unhealthy and processed food is that it’s chemically modified to be addictive. When eaten, dopamine or the feel-good hormone is released. That’s why we sometimes feel good after eating a ton of processed food.
Fourth, they can cause mood swings. A study conducted by the UC San Diego team found out that trans fats (found in processed food) can make people more irritable and more aggressive. Fifth, their labels seem like contents from a chemistry book. Most ingredients listed on the Ingredients section of processed food are not only hard to pronounce, but they are added to improve its taste and texture and to make its shelf life longer.
Sixth, they increase your sodium levels higher than the recommended levels. Too much salt can lead to higher risks of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Seven, they can cause sleeping problems. When we intake a high dose of processed carbohydrates, our body struggles to adjust with the unanticipated spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. That’s why you can have a difficult time trying to fall asleep if you ate processed food before bedtime.
Eight, they are low in nutrients. Nine, They can lead to overeating. As discussed earlier, we need to eat more processed food to feel full, compared when eating whole and unprocessed food. Ten, they are composed of processed oils and trans fats, which are harmful to the body.
All of us have different types of food that we love to eat, but then again, we need to keep in mind, that to achieve more things in life, one should make healthy choices on what food she/he should eat.
Life is too short to worry about carbohydrates and what other people think. But then again my friend, I would like to leave you with straightforward advice. Just like what they say, remember that too much love can kill you and so does too much highly processed food.
‘Tinder’ Launches Lighter And More Accessible Version
Once Tinder launches the lighter version of the famous online match-making application, there could be more people on the platform swiping left and right, but you might not get as affected.
In the modern age of 2019, it’s uncommon to find people you know relying on the internet to find their soul mates. Truly, the Internet has offered a whole new path towards looking for ‘the one,’ which quite honestly has been widely accepted. In retrospect, it increases your scope, opens more possibilities to getting introduced to a more diverse set of people, and getting to avoid the anxiety that comes with getting to know people face-to-face, all the while having the convenience of doing it from the comfort of your home.
Tinder was a revolutionary dating application because it introduced the idea of imposing a mutual understanding between two people before they can start interacting with each other. In simple words, people need to like each other, by swiping right, before a conversation on the application can be made. That idea boosted their popularity among younger consumers, rapidly overtaking all other dating applications in the market.
From a perspective, people from the United States are Tinder’s most active users in the planet with an estimate of over 22.8 million users, a pretty large number of people who’s actively out looking for the love of their life. Globally, the BBC estimates that the online dating application has over 57 million active monthly users and 4.7 million of which are paid subscribers in Q1 of 2017.
What Tinder’s numbers tell us is that the dating application is doing extremely well even with it coming late into the competition and it is predicted that Tinder revenue for 2018 will reach $800 million. However, with more and more dating applications emerge such as Bumble, Match.com, and Happn, which also adapts Tinder’s like-first system, the company’s next step is to obviously adapt more innovations to keep up with the competition.
One solution that Tinder parent company, Match Group thought of was developing the idea that Tinder should be accessed by more people Earlier this week, they announced that they will be launching Tinder Lite.
The idea of Tinder Lite follows other numerous applications like Google’s -Go applications: Google Go, Gmail Go, Files Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go and Google Assistant Go. There’s also Facebook Lite, Instagram Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite, Uber Lite, Spotify Lite, and even TikTok Lite, to name a few others.
The idea behind ‘Lite’ applications is to mainly offer a version of the application that takes up much less of your phone’s memory space and, in effect, less consume less data. If you haven’t noticed Google’s applications range from hundreds of megabytes, which is why a -Go version would be more reasonable to download if you’re not really on the application as much.
However, Tinder Lite isn’t meant for U.S. consumption, although it might benefit some. Particularly, memory space isn’t much of a problem for first world countries where its citizens jump on a brand new model every few months offering more memory space. The Apple iPhone, the country’s most popular smartphone offers their latest model with at least 64GB up to 256GB.
More significantly, Tinder Lite is addressed to target other markets such as the South East Asian region as TechCrunch reports. Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg said that internet penetration had grown by nearly 15% in the region over the past five years, which Tinder Lite could come in beneficial because the Lite version would require much fewer internet data.
“This area has more than a dozen high-density cities with over a million people, and more young people are moving to large cities. These are really important factors that make the need for our app high,” she explained. “…We are excited about the Tinder Lite app that will be coming soon. It’s a big step forward addressing the needs of consumers there. Tinder Lite will be a smaller app to download. It will take less space on your phone, making Tinder more effective, even in more remote areas or regions. And keep in mind, these are regions where data usage still comes at a premium.” Ginsberg said.
So overall, Tinder may have a lot more users in the years to come with penetrating Asian countries but it wouldn’t affect the United States as much, after all, it’s a location-specific application, too. But one thing’s for sure, Tinder is making a great investment and will certainly make a good buck.
Tinder Lite doesn’t have a specific date yet but Ginsberg says that it will be available soon.
You May Have Been Playing UNO The Wrong Way And Here’s Why
Admit it or not, you have forged so many friendships, created so many enemies, and made so many memories while playing the game of UNO. However, the company that built the game and officially sells the trademarked UNO cards recently said that players have been playing the game wrong.
In a post from the company’s official Twitter account, the world famous card game manufacturer said that players have been making an illegal move in the game sneakily and clarified the ambiguous rules of the game. According to the official post, a player cannot stack a +4 or +2 card after another.
“We know you’ve tried it,” teased UNO’s tweet. Stacking a +4 or a +2 card has become a common strategy for UNO players around the world to get around the consequence of being thrown with a +4 or a +2 card. In the most common rule, when the player before you put down a +4 or a +2 card, you have to pick four or two more cards from the deck and skip a turn unless you have a +4 or a +2 car to transfer the consequence to the player after you.
But UNO clarified that this is the wrong way to play the game and to use the said special cards. “If someone puts down a +4 card, you must draw 4, and your turn is skipped. You can’t put down a +2 to make the next person Draw 6,” they explained in the tweet. This means that when the player before you put down a +4 or +2 card, you have no choice but to draw four or two cards from the deck and skip your turn, even if you have in your hand a +4 or +2 card.
The game, UNO, was initially developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati and has become part of the Mattel brand since 1992. In the unpopular buy official rules of the game, the player will only win the entire game by being the first to come up with 500 points, usually earned throughout different rounds of the game. The total score can be achieved by being the first to play all of one’s cards and scoring points for the cards still held by the other players.
According to the game’s website, the deck consists of 108 cards with “four each of “Wild” and “Wild Draw Four,” and 25 each of four different colors (red, yellow, green, blue). Each color consists of one zero, two each of 1 through 9, and two each of “Skip,” “Draw Two,” and “Reverse.” These last three types are known as “action cards.”
The game becomes so popular that the brand has sold billions of decks worldwide and has remained to be one of the best selling card games of all time. There are also videos, movies, and shows that feature the game as well as a game show based on playing UNO. A slot machine has also been based on the game.
While there is no clear rationale behind the sudden clarification of the rules made by the brand, the tweet which was posted two days ago and has already garnered thousands of reactions and comments, have solicited violent and shocking opinions from fans around the world.
“My deck, my rules…someone’s eating this +24,” asserted by one Twitter user who seems to be shocked and angered by the clarification made by UNO. Another Twitter user said that the rule cleanup ‘completely ruins the game.
Following the downpour of reactions from players on Twitter, UNO decided to post another tweet saying that the rule can also be used as a strategy.
“This is a completely valid move and the only sure way to assert your dominance at the table. See Also: House Rules, “ UNO wrote.
But players seem to be unfazed by the assertion of the dominance of the brand to the rules of their own game. As a response, a Twitter user bluntly exclaimed “your (UNO) rule sucks! “
Many responses to the tweet saying that no matter what UNO says, it’s the house rule that applies and that they will be playing the way that they want. Besides, “it’s not an Olympic sports.”
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