Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Keeping Occupied

OK, so I know I said I was going to try and keep blogging to this website, but I haven't done such a good job of it. *Hold me back a grade! All things considered, I have been relatively busy for the past month and a half since I have moved into my new home--mainly working outside in the yard. Who would have known that I have a green thumb? The last time I remember working in a yard was when I was 17 or 18 and I had to mow my neighbor's lawn for 20 bucks.

I have also realized in the time that I haven't written that I have failed to do a few of things that I have always enjoyed doing over the course of my early 30s: read and write. Who does that, right?

I remember a time nearly 4 years ago when I was consumed with reading books and writing journal entries to a MySpace blog site. Sometimes those thoughts revealed a deeper side to who I am while at other times I posted pictures or blogs about the "fun" side of me. It wasn't until yesterday when I was speaking with my dad on the phone and he mentioned how much he had been enjoying a new book that he had been reading on his Nook Reader. Seriously, I had to reexamine some things about myself in the past 24 hours and I know the answer about the things I used to do will have to be put back into practice. Sometimes it takes a riveting essay or book in order to get me back to the point where I once was.

Where do I go from here?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Back to the Basics

It's no question that absence from this blog site is evidence that I haven't had a moment to sit down and pen my words to screen. I certainly do apologize for this and promise to do my best to continue with this blog. I find it important to have my friends read what is on my mind at the moment minus the filter that I have to transmit through a microphone.

As mentioned in previous posts, the past year has quite the roller coaster for me. I managed to go through a number of challenges that tested my character as a professional and an individual. Professionally, I recently admitted to my Program Director that last year's personal events consumed my professional life and I wasn't proud of not putting forth the 100% of effort in my tasks at work. Could I have been more succinct in on-air breaks? Could I have done more research on bands? Could I have attempted to be more humorous in my bits as opposed to being "cheesy"? The band of questions could go on and on, but as I sit here and think about the last year, I KNOW that my efforts (or lack thereof) fell short of anything but educational.

Prior to 2007, I had found myself very content with myself after a tumultuous relationship of nearly two years. I had been the happiest I had ever been in my life! By the Fall of 2007, I had earned my Masters degree, taught high school, became a full-time disc jockey, and had the freedom in the world to do anything that I wanted. I didn't have someone on my ass trying to pull at my sleeve telling me how to run my life--granted that I am now good friends with that person and we have both agreed that we are much better as friends.

So, here I am nearly two and a half years later in a position again where I feel more comfortable with my life than ever before--back to the basics before I was told how unworthy I was in someone else's eyes. Words and conceptions of how someone else thought I was this TERRIBLE person still resonate in my mind, yet I had known all along that what they thought was only their opinion and nothing else.

I have reached a new set of milestones in my life and feel accomplished for what I have achieved personally and emotionally. New goals in my life have been presented to me and I couldn't be more excited to jump to the task at hand. Perhaps it has been because I have been honest with myself? I wouldn't say I have been completely honest, but I have been honest enough to understand the value of my happiness--it doesn't lie in someone else for emotional support.

Perhaps I'll elaborate more in a future post, but for the time being, think about WHO you are and HOW you want to be treated as a person. Don't let anyone tell you HOW you should act because it will never be fair to you (OR THEM). Whether it's a buddy, a girlfriend, wife, parent, son, cousin--the roots of worthiness lie in the loyalty of yourself.

Good night,


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Listening to 98 KUPD on your Android Phone

I'm going to be straight with you guys, this isn't an "OFFICIAL" thing that has come out of the 98 KUPD studios, but I was playing with my iTouch and found the website that streams 98 KUPD for both iPhone/Touch and Android.


1. Make this address a favorite in your Android Web Browser:

2. Once you've made the page a favorite, save the favorite to your desktop (or for those who really want to start listening, you can click on the link and you'll be directed to listen). Once saved to your desktop, you can tap the shortcut to start the music player.

3. Once the music player is open, you'll want to swipe your finger down to bring up the NOTIFICATION page that shows you when you have text messages. You'll see that you are streaming the station--touch the link again and you'll be directed back to the player (I have found that when you do this you are able to have the station streaming in the background while you work with your applications).

4. From this point, you can push the HOME (the little house) BUTTON and you can see your desktop and 98 KUPD will run in the background.

5. To stop listening, you must go back to the player and press the PAUSE button. Once your stream is paused, you can click the HOME BUTTON and you are back to your desktop.

Be aware that the stream does run down your battery, so have it plugged in or a full charge if you want to listen for a while.

If you have any questions, hit me up on Twitter, Facebook or email:

Twitter: @shanman98

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Shan Man's Music News Update -- January 4, 2009

  • If you were still marinating from all of your holiday meals and failed to catch this little tidbit of foodstuff on the table, Chris Cornell and the rest of the band from Soundgarden are whipping up a tasty reunion tour.
  • Rock's last RIP for 2009: James “The Rev” Sullivan from Avenged Sevenfold. He was found dead in his Huntington Beach home on December 28th—evidently it was from natural causes, but the coroner's report hasn't come back for the full review.
Shan Man's Updated Ultimate Heavenly Band:
Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) – Guitars
Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) – Lead Vocals
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) – Drums
Cliff Burton (Metallica) – Bass
James “The Rev” Sullivan (A7X) –Strange High-Pitched Squealing Backing Vocals

  • Well, since Guns n Roses (Axl) released that pile-of-fuck album he claims is a GnR album, we haven't had a whole lot to make fun of. In fact, the last album was so bad that it wasn't worth making fun of, but I think it's still worthy to make fun of Axl knowing he's still performing 40 song sets in Japan. Proof? People are still YouTubing that shit thinking GnR is still great. Those crazy little fuckers...Trix on you!

  • I really can't wait for Airbourne's new album to come out (No Guts, No Glory). Sure, the music is cheesy and it's all about getting drunk, puking, fucking, sucking, getting drunk and puking while fucking—it's the ultimate party album to have in your collection on March 8, 2010! With songs like “Blonde, Bad, and Beautiful” and “No Way But the Hard Way”, you're for sure to have an STD within the first listening!

Watch Maynard dip his hand into the wine for a customized Tool taste:

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