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A greyscale illustration of a chimpanzee wearing a dress shirt, pants, and sunglasses. The animal is seen reclining, with his or her feet outstretched and in the foreground. In black, the words "The Lazy Song" appear in minuscule below the words "Bruno Mars" in majuscule font.

Single cover for Bruno Mars' The Lazy Song (Image via Wikipedia)

After he told you he loved you just the way you are, after he vowed to catch a grenade for you, after he jumped into a spur-of-the-moment-wedding with you, Bruno Mars now just wants to leave everything behind him, and have a long day at home doing, you guessed it, nothing.

Peter Hernandez, better known as Bruno Mars,  originally started off as a songwriter/producer in the Smeezingtons team, but has been flooding the airwaves since he collaborated with Travie McCoy on Billionaire in 2010. Though he’s vocally talented, I really can’t stand him because he’s pioneered “fiction-pop,” meaning that all of his songs have to do with something that won’t ever or very rarely come true. His latest single, now playing on all radio stations,  is no different.

Just like the title “The Lazy Song” suggests, the song is very laid back, mainly because its draws its elements from reggae music. It’s also heavily influenced by the general feel of Hawaii, where Mars hails from.

The guitar cords may seem very familiar because they’re very close to the ones he used on Billionaire and sounds very easy to play. Regardless of that, it’s still classified as a pop song because of it happens to be very catchy.

Unlike his past singles, Bruno makes no effort to hit any screechy high notes and just sticks to his simplistic approach towards things. This is a definite welcome change and keeps the song at its lovable state.

Lyrically, its fun and upbeat, and tackles on our everyday desire of just not being disturbed. As a college student, I can completely relate and there have been many, many days that I have felt this way or have stayed at home and not combed by hair.

He goes through all of the motions of a perfect lazy day like lying in bed, not picking up the phone, defying everyone, chilling, and being the king of his own castle- and that’s where his fiction pop kicks in. He’d rather blow off getting a college degree to be lazy- wow, that does not resonate well with me at all.

Though thew single has been released on February 15, the video is still not out yet, as is the case for Marry You, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted when it does. It’ll be very interesting to see how the approach he takes here is going to translate into visuals.

My final verdict? I really want to hate this song because it’s a Bruno Mars one and I really don’t like his style but it’s so catchy and spot-on that I’m very sure I’m going to keep replaying it over and over again as the summer approaches.

Here’s a clip of the song being performed acoustically via Billboard.com

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Tom and I started TnT in June 2010 to find a mutual space to vent out everything we were feeling and experiencing as two 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut.

Vista de la ciudad de Beirut, Líbano.

Beirut, We love you. But our blog was not doing you any justice. (Image via Wikipedia)

We loved posting almost everyday, especially because there’s so much going on and so much space to talk. We also brought our passions into the picture and ended up with TnT: A Blog About Life and Everything in Between.

Our initial approach to the blog sometimes felt off, especially that the Lebanese blogosphere has so many incredible people putting their thoughts together, so eloquently if I must add. To be honest, we felt that we could’t compete with the attention that all the others could get because maybe our approach wasn’t as authentic as it should be.

There was one thing, however, that seemed to be working perfectly for us: talking about the things we love. For me, that love has always been music, and for Tom, it’s always been basketball.

We stopped blogging for a while because we got so caught up in finishing our undergraduate studies. What happened during that hiatus really surprised us. Though we had stopped publishing anything new, we were still averaging a lot of views per day, and most of those views were coming to the articles we had written about music and sports.

So Tom and I sat and discussed everything. Initially, I resisted because I was trying to establish a separate blog with more flexibility than WordPress. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that even if we got zero visitors, I’d still be happy because I was getting my opinion there and sharing a blog with someone I deeply respect and admire. Tom agreed and we set upon reviving the blog, shortening the name to TnT: Tom and Tal and adding a whole new tag line.  We also changed the design and add bios-(Mine can be found here)

We’re still 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut, but this time around, we’re focusing on the things we know and love-and we’re sure others do too.

And even if we don’t end up being a nationally renowned blog, all that matters is that we’re having fun writing and sharing.


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 102 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 469kb.

The busiest day of the year was August 31st with 338 views. The most popular post that day was FIBA World Championships 2010: Day 3: USA Survives Clash, Serbia Bounces Back, Germany Hammered.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, stumbleupon.com, twitter.com, and kadmous.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lebanon basketball, lebanese basketball, fiba asia stankovic cup 2010, you’ve got a friend in me, and nkotbsb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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FIBA World Championships 2010: Day 3: USA Survives Clash, Serbia Bounces Back, Germany Hammered August 2010

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Lebanese National Basketball Team : Our Pride in Sports July 2010

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[SBC] Eminem, Rihanna and Megan Fox Fire up “Love the Way You Lie” August 2010
11 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

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3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup: Lebanon on the Rise August 2010
4 comments

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Baby, Let Me Love You Down: Usher Goes O.M.G August 2010
3 comments


American University of Beirut

That They May Have Life and Have It More Abundantly

After spending the best two years of my life at the American Univeristy of Beirut, majoring in Environmental Health and being involved in so many extracirculars, I will be graduating in June- something I’m having a lot of mixed feelings about. I recently wrote an Op-Ed for Outlook, AUB‘s Official Student Newspaper about my experiences and this post is based on that piece. I’m certain that in the coming months, I’ll have more to add as my undergraduate years come to a close. Here they are in no particular order.

You will:

  • Overnight on projects that will only count for 10% of your final grade
  • study at Jafet, no matter how much you try to resist the idea.
  • Take some classes that are going to very interesting. Others will just make you wonder what the hell you’re doing there.
  • Drink coffee, chew gum, text, BBM, and fall asleep sitting up in class.
  • Pronounce Bathish in the most American accent only to find out its Lebanese.
  • Join some clubs even if they don’t appeal to your interests.
  • Go to events just because there’s a reception afterwards.
  • Run from upper to lower campus under the pouring rain, carrying two bags, an ineffective umbrella, and wearing the wrong shoes for the season.
  • Take advice from random strangers and dispense it on others.
  • Make friends that you will never see anymore.
  • Meet people in the weirdest of ways.
  • Have trouble with registration. (more…)

In an industry where success is a fleeting notion, a career spanning over forty years is a marvelous and incredulous feat, something that Germany’s own hard-rock band Scorpions can show off with much pride. Through the highs, lows, and changing times, the band has always managed to produce wisely crafted songs that are instantly classified as theme songs for generations. The group, who are best known for anthems such as “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Wind of Change,” and “Still Loving You,” return to the scene after a three year absence to deliver their final effort before retirement.

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Cover of Sting in the Tail

Entitled “Sting in the Tail,” the 17th studio album is an obvious return to what the band has come to be known for over the span of their careers and clearly honors the legacy and fan-base that Scorpions have established.

The album begins with the reflective and appropriately titled “Raised on Rock.” From the opening note, the lead guitarist hits every rock note known in history, to give off the 80s feel that fans of the genre are all too familiar with. The opening lyric “I was born in a hurricane” seemingly alludes to the band’s signature song “Rock You like a Hurricane.” With the addition of the talk-box and consecutive drum beats, the song becomes instantly catchy and starts off the farewell party with a bang.

The title track, though not as attractive as its predecessor, is given credit for the hard-rock musical arrangement that almost all rock bands of today seem to lack. The guitar solo is the best of the whole album. Thematically, the song is about a budding rock star on the road, chasing after his dream.

“Slave Me,” yet another rock song, deals with lust and the overall effect is established due to lead singer Klaus Meine’s distinct vocal and heavy accent. “Let’s Rock,” follows a similar effect.

The first power ballad is track number four, “The Good Die Young,” featuring Finnish singer Tarja Turunen on background vocals. Beginning as a slow ballad, the music slowly ascends to become a powerful rock melody that catches on immediately. The lyrics are reminiscent of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” as they deal with making the most out of life.

“No Limit” is perhaps the best hard-hitting song, musically, lyrically, and vocally. On this track, listeners are given the sense of accomplishing anything while the music is bound to make anyone get up and play air-guitar. (more…)


Day 3 of the second round of the FIBA World Cup in Turkey was somewhat similar to the day before it, with the winners somewhat to be known before even the games began, and the question to be asked was: “By how much?”

Team USA started off Day 10 in style, by disrupting the Angolan offense and scoring 3-pointers in return, creating a 20 point lead by the end of the first quarter thanks to Chauncey Billups and Kevin Durant. All 12 players on Team USA scored, and the deficit just kept on getting bigger and bigger for the Americans, who won the game by a large 55 points, 121-66, bringing back memories of not the 2008 Olympics team that beat Angola by 21, but the 1992 Dream Team that defeated the Angolans by 68 points.  Team USA knocked down an amazing EIGHTEEN 3-pointers, including Billups going 5 for 7, Eric Gordon 5 for 6, and Derrick Rose 3 for 4 and won the last quarter 30-10. Chauncey Billups had 19 points, while Durant, Rudy Gay and Gordon had 17 points apiece. Joaquim Gomez had a game high 21 points for Angola.

Not as one sided as the game preceding it, Russia took on New Zealand to determine who will face Team USA on Thursday. After a slow start by the Russians ( 9-2 New Zealand’s way), they managed to end the first quarter close and went on a 13-0 run, breaking the game wide open with Kirk Penney picking up 3 fouls in the first half and his fourth mid third quarter, for the Russians to set up a rematch of the infamous 1972 Olympics with a 78-56 win. Russia was led by Andrey Vorontsevich’s 18 points and 11 rebounds and got help from NBA rookie  Timofey Mozgov (16 points, 7 rebounds). Despite the horrible foul trouble he got held in, Penney managed to score 21 points for New Zealand.


In the first bye day for Groups C and D, teams from the first 2 groups played their third consecutive game in as many days, with USA and Argentina remaining perfect despite the former being pushed to the brink by oversized Brazil, while Angola was easy for the Argentinians. Serbia bounced back from that double overtime loss while Germany couldn’t continue its winning ways by falling to Australia. Iran found its first win, keeping Tunisia winless and Slovenia held off Croatia at the end for its second win.

The Americans started the game expecting a tough challenge from the Brazilian side, and as they expected, the Brazilians were firing on all cylinders and managed to stay on top for the first quarter making 12 of their first 16 shots with the help of NBA star Leandro Barbosa. The Americans never really got into the game until the third quarter, where they finished up by 2 points. The 4th quarter was easily the worst scoring quarter in this World Cup, with both teams being unable to exceed the 9 point limit and each commited several turnovers and made crucial defensive stops. In the end, the score was 70-68 USA’s way, and Brazil’s Marcelo Huertas got fouled with 3 seconds left. He didn’t make the first and missed the second on purpose, catching his own rebound and passed it to Barbosa, who missed the last shot, keeping the Americans perfect while ensuring that if their big man Anderson Varejao is back, Brazil will be tougher than ever on the American team. Kevin Durant had 27 points in 39 1/2 minutes for the U.S. with Chauncey Billups’ 15 points while Leandro Barbosa had 14 points for Brazil.

Serbia took note of what went wrong in their double overtime loss to Germany and came out strong on the Jordanians, handing them their third straight loss 112 – 69 with Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj having 21 points eachand Kosta Perovic’s 20 points while Jordanian Omar Daghles had 19 points as his team yet has to win a game.

Germany couldn’t form a winning streak as Australia manhandled them with a lack of focus displayed by the Germans, losing their game 78-43, with the Aussies dominating the game from start to end, never trailing after a German 2-0. Patrick Mills led the Australians with 16 points and 7 asssists, while  Robin Benzing had 11 points for Germany.

Other Results:

Angola 70 – 91 Argentina

Slovenia 91 – Croatia 84

Tunisia 58 – Iran 71