The Evolution of Elipalooza

Before I begin, let me just say that this post is really just an extension of my previous post. It goes into further detail about the new direction of this blog. With that said…

This blog has grown and evolved as I have grown and evolved – which is a given since this is my personal blog, after all. Recently, I decided to re-brand this blog after I realized that I needed a platform to put out my grievances about stuff, but the branding I had before just wasn’t cutting it. I dabbled with doing it on YouTube, but after trying it, I realized that it was becoming a big hassle for that purpose (since I don’t have the proper resources and its a whole lotta work – its much easier for me to run a music YouTube channel). I’m highly opinionated and right now, I seem to have several opinions on various things and I need a place for me to broadcast those opinions, hence the re-brand.

When I first started this blog, I did it purely for fun and as a form of therapy. I wanted to see how it was like to blog. Since I started this blog in 2010, I’ve done a lot of experimentation with it, because that’s what it originally was: an experiment. I had no intention of taking it seriously. This was just something I did on the side to rant about stuff or goof around (depending on what mood I was in). Earlier this year, I made a commitment to write more stuff (both in the form of regular writing and music), since writing is something I’ve always enjoyed and – just like music – has always been a form of therapy for me. Like I said in my last post, I seem to be doing some of my best writing right now and I want to build upon that. I’m also hoping that this (just like with my artwork) will aid me in my music journey by helping me to write better music and make me more productive.

I’ve dabbled with the idea of taking blogging more seriously in the past, but I’ve never felt ready to do so or knew exactly what I wanted to do. It seems like I have finally figured it all out (see my previous post). I’m probably not going to take blogging fully seriously (since I’m already considering doing that for my music project right now) but I’m going to play around with taking it semi-seriously, to the least (since this is more of a side-project). Perhaps I’ll open up a Patreon for this blog in the near future, depending on how things turn out (that way, I can earn some extra money on the side and keep doing this on a more regular basis).

I would have to say that my biggest influences for this re-branding would have to be The Amazing Atheist, the Drunken Peasants, MrRepzion, Secular Talk, and MundaneMatt. (If you look closely, you’ll see that this blog and this re-branding is pretty reminiscent of that of MrRepzion.) This re-branding is very much influenced by YouTube commentators, like the ones I mentioned above. I’ve become an avid YouTube viewer in recent years (where I view mainly news, commentaries on news, politics, culture, & entertainment, educational content mostly relating to music, business, and marketing, and listen to music) and this re-branding reflects that. In actuality, the re-brand of this blog has been in the works for about a year or two and I’m very excited to finally roll it out. During this period, I had found a new vision for the blog but was puzzled as to what direction to take it in, until now of course.

The bulk of the content that I’ll be posting from now on will consist mostly of opinion pieces (you know, commentaries) on news, politics, and culture, as well as technology and maybe music on occasion (I kind of want to save the music one for the PROJEKT61 blog, but might try to dabble with it on this blog initially). This blog has always been about posting about whatever interests me at the time, and right now, this is the type of stuff that interest me (outside of music, of course). I’ll also post the occasional life update and some random stuff every now and then. In addition, there will also be a video commentary or some other thing on my personal (2nd) YouTube channel every now and then.

I’m playing around with the idea of maybe re-naming the URL of this blog from “thepcxp” to “elipalooza”, if the free version of WordPress allows me to. I’m also thinking about renaming my personal YouTube channel from “Eli Turner” to “Elipalooza”, since its really just a supplement to this blog and it’ll be much more consistent. I took the time to clean up the categories a bit and have now been re-organized, in order to reflect the changes to this blog. You’ll also see a few other updates, including on the “About” page.

Here’s to the new chapter and continued evolution of Elipalooza!

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Blog Update For 2/27/2017

Hey everyone, I’m back!

If you’ve been a long-time subscriber/follower of this blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting very much as of late. I’ve posted some stuff last year, but last year (and the year before that) was probably my least (or at least one of my least) active year(s) on this blog. The reason for this is simple and straight-forward: I’ve been busy with my music project/career and I’ve been struggling with what direction to go with this blog…until now, that is.

Lately, I’ve been really feeling in the mood to write some more. Writing has always been one of my favorite hobbies and something that I keep getting better and better at with time. I feel like I’m writing some of my best work in recent times and I’m really enjoying it. I really, really enjoy giving my opinion on stuff on the side. One of the things I want to do this year is to write more (and yes, that also includes more music, lol).

I was planning on becoming a little more active on my personal YouTube channel and do my opinion pieces there but the lack of resources (a proper mic, space, etc.) is keeping me down, plus I’m focusing more on my music channel right now since that needs my attention more and I’m having more fun working on my music channel. Additionally, making the type of videos I want for my personal channel takes up a lot of my time since they take a lot of work to make – I spend way more time editing and recording those videos than I do with the videos for my music channel. Not to mention that YouTube seems to want to censor certain opinions on the grounds that its not “advertiser friendly” (which in my opinion is bullshit because these same advertisers place their ads on sites that report about murders, bombings, etc., for example), and then there’s the whole “YouTube Heroes” nonsense, their broken flagging system, and a few other things. With all this in mind, I figured that blogging about that stuff would be a much better idea instead, since it gives me more freedom and allows me to publish stuff much quicker.

With that said, I’m planning on starting to write more commentaries on politics & society/culture as well as technology, along with occasional life/personal updates, and a few random things every now and then. For the commentaries, I plan on doing responses, op:eds, and the like. My main motivation for the commentaries is to debunk stupidity. This stuff right here is what’s interesting me the most at the moment (besides music, obviously) and this blog has always been about writing about what’s interesting me the most at the moment, since its my personal blog – and a sort of experimental blog as well.

So this is the direction I’m planning on taking this blog on. I’m not sure where this is all going to take me. All I know is this is something I want to do to blow off steam and keep myself level-headed (especially with this shitty Trump Administration in power), but regardless of all this, I’m really excited to do this! I’m not sure how often I’m going to be doing this but I’ll try update this blog as much as I can!

A Computer’s Life: The Adventure Begins

This is the first story in the “A Computer’s Life” series. This one’s about how Ethan met Ian and Ivan. (Or in other words, how a ThinkPad T60 met a pair of identical twin T61’s.)

It was a pleasant, summer afternoon in East Hampton, New York. Ethan Turner was in town – having flown all the way from Southern California to stay in his Hamptons vacation home – and decided to spend some time at the beach. Later, he decided to check out some of the places in town.

Ethan was just walking around when he encountered Ian Garten and his mom, Ina. They were having dinner together while at the same time making some finishing touches on Ina’s webpage – which contained one of her recipes. Ian diverted his attention away from his mom when he spotted Ethan. Curious to know him more, he went over to him and introduced himself to Ethan.

“Hi there,” He said. “I’m Ian, what’s your name?” “Hey there Ian,” Ethan said. “I’m Ethan. Nice to meet you.” “It’s nice to meet you too, Ethan.” Ian said. “Come over here and hang out with us.” “Okay.” Ethan said.

So Ethan went over to hang out with Ian and his mom. Ian introduced him to his mom, who seemed very happy to meet him. As they were talking, Ian asked “So, are you from around here?” “Well, I’m not exactly from around here. By that, I mean that I didn’t grow up around here. But I do have vacation home here.” Ethan answered. “That’s cool.” Ian responded. “I, myself, are from around here. Was born and raised here, as was my twin brother Ivan and older sister Debbie.” “You have a twin brother?” Ethan asked. “Yes.” Ian answered. “I have a twin brother. In fact, there he is.”

Ivan came over to where Ian, Ethan, and Ina were. He then asked, “Hey Ian, who’s your friend?” “Hey Ivan,” Ian said. “Meet Ethan.” “Hi Ethan” Ivan said. “It’s very nice to meet you.” “Hi Ivan” Ethan said. “It’s very nice to meet you too.” “So where are you from, Ethan?” Ivan asked. “I’m from Southern California,” Ethan answered. “But I have a vacation home here.” “That’s nice.” Ivan said. “I would like to have a second home in California, as would Ian and my sister Debbie.”

“So what do you do for a living, Ethan?” Ivan asked. “I’m a music producer, lyricist, DJ, and rapper.” Ethan answered. “I also do graphic design.” “That’s nice.” Ivan responded. “I’m a chef. I’m working on a cookbook and I’m planning on starting a TV show and specialty food store, just like my mom. My sister Debbie is doing the same thing.” “I’m a video/film producer and director.” Ian said. “I’m planning on opening my own production company soon.”

Ethan seemed to be very comfortable with his new friends, and his new friends seemed to like him very well. They were quickly becoming good friends. Soon, it was getting late and everyone had to go home. Ian and Ivan decided to invite Ethan to come to their parents home the next day, so he could meet the rest of their family and hangout some more.

“Well, we have to go now.” Ian said. “Do you want to come over tomorrow to our parents house and meet the rest of our family…and hangout some more?” “I would love to!” Ethan enthusiastically said. “Great!” Ian said. He then gave Ethan the directions to his parents house, otherwise known as ‘the family home’.

“We’ll see you tomorrow Ethan!” Ivan said. “I’ll see you guys tomorrow as well!” Ethan said.

…And they all took off.

“ThinkPad W530” lyrics

Lenovo ThinkPad W530

Before getting into the subject of this post, I would like to say something: As of late, I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I wanted. The reason is because I been very busy taking care of some personal stuff, along with career-related stuff (in fact, it took me a while to finish the material that I made for this post). There have been a lot of things going on in my personal life since the beginning of the year that have made a huge impact – and for the better. This has been a big year for me so far and lets just say that what has happened to me as of late marks the beginning of something new. Something that has been missing my whole life, which took me until this year to find, and that has profoundly affected me. (I might just have to post something at the end of the year about this.) Things are starting to calm down but there is still some work to be done.

So with that out of the way, and before getting to the material that’s at the center of this post, I’m gong to talk about the lyrics a bit. First of all, this song will be on my Lenovo-related, mixtape project called “The Lenovo Album“. The song is about/for – you guessed it – the ThinkPad W530. What inspired me to write the material that’s in the song was the issue/controversy over the new layout of the ThinkPad keyboards. I personified (by using the anthropomorphism technique) the W530 to let everyone know how it would feel about the (senseless) criticism its been getting over the new keyboard layout, if it were a human being. This is also a reflection of me and how I feel about this issue (you’re going to see that I feel quite strongly about the rejection of the new keyboard layout by some ThinkPad fans – mostly “old-school” ThinkPadders).

I realize that this song may be a bit controversial to some, just because of the controversy surrounding the new keyboard layout, and I accept that. I know that there some people that are going to have mixed feelings about it, but it needs to be said. This song is also something that I’ve never done before: In the past, when I would write songs about ThinkPads/Lenovo PCs, it would talk about the specs (most notably on “ThinkPad W510” and “ThinkPad L Series“, the latter which I’m going to re-make for “The Lenovo Album”) or the stuff they can do (most notably on “ThinkPad W520“). But for this song, I decided to use anthropomorphism to bring the W530 to ‘life’ and let it do the talking. So as a result, this is more like a personal (rap) song, with me using an alter-ego to tell my story (and this song definitely felt more personal).

Lastly, I attempted to use a more complex rhyme-scheme than in my previous lyric, “ThinkPad W520“. I have really been attempting to improve my rap skills as of late and I am making good progress, but I still have some way to go before I truly master the skill, as I am still new to this – so don’t expect ‘perfection’ (but I can guarantee you that I’m working on it and am fully committed to further improving).  All I can say is, I tried my best, and I’ll keep writing to improve.

Overall, this song tells the story of a young man who’s on the rise and as a result of this he now has greater opportunities, which he is using to do bigger and better things. He is really enjoying these new opportunities and worked hard for them. But along the way, he has to deal rejection and (senseless) criticism from some people that he’s known for a long time, who think that his newfound fame and fortune are going to his head, just because of the ‘bigger and better’ things that he’s doing (i.e. the new keyboard layout). In reality, this isn’t true and doesn’t tell the whole story (it doesn’t even tell the real story!) – those folks are either jealous or slow to accept change, but the thing they all have in common is that they’re all being ignorant. He makes it loud and clear that he’s not going to get bogged down by their dogma, pessimism, ignorance, and jealousy – he’s going to do what he feels is right for him, since only he knows what’s best for him. He’s going to use his haters to keep doing what he’s doing.

So now that I have gotten that over with, here are the lyrics to my song, “ThinkPad W530”:

ThinkPad W530
by Eli Turner

[Verse 1]
The W series is back with a bang
It’s the W530 all up in this track
The People’s champ, aiming for the cup, never having a doubt
Just cruisin’ along, movin’ and groovin’, but never slacking off
It’s all been good lately, been livin’ the high life
Been getting’ attention that I’d never thought I would get but deserved
I’ve been feelin’ grateful and thankful for what I have
But lately I”ve been feelin’ some resentment towards some people
Ever since I got this big, I’ve been able to go out and about
Upgraded to some new swag, namely a new keyboard with a new layout
But not everyone gets what I’m doing and they seem to be stuck in a box
So lately I been gettin’ some lame hate mail in my inbox
I’ve must’ve had really messed up this time
‘Cause people keep tellin’ me that I’ve destroyed my heritage
They’re tellin’ me that I”ve changed, that I’m not the same guy from last year
But despite this I feel alright, they’ve got nothin’ on me, I’ll make them dissapear

[Verse 2]
I’m the undisputed king of my kingdom, there’s no doubt about it
Just ask my acquaintances, they’ll tell you the same, so don’t fool with me
Your hatred and senseless words have nothing on me
So think twice before you say something and say it right
Recently, some knucklehead had the decency to to diss on me
Accuin’ me of abandoning my heritage
They be sayin’ that I’m killing everything I’ve earned and worked for
That the fame and the power are changin’ me for the worse
Look, I’m a visionary, I don’t need to listen to your nonsense
I’m all about my business, so mind your own, nosey
Your jealousy will get you nowhere and your ignorance makes you dumb
So if I were you I would back off before bitting my thumb
Just sit back and witness a superstar in the making
I’m about to leave you in the dust, baking and aching
So if you ain’t gonna be a part of this then just disapear
‘Cause I’m about to vanish you into the clear

A Computer’s Life: Brian

Brian, the Lenovo ThinkPad R500

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I am personifying a ThinkPad R500 named Brian. The picture above is a stock image from Lenovo, and I’m using it to represent him. This is how Brian would be like if he were human (in other words, here’s a short biography of him):

This is Brian Gallagher. He’s 31 years old. He is the stepfather of Ethan, whom he adopted when Ethan was 12. He has a fiance named Meredith Stewart. His father is Matthew Gallagher, a psychologist in North Carolina. His mother is Sharon Gallagher, a psychiatrist in North Carolina. Brian is an only child from Greenville, North Carolina.

Brian is a coach specializing in training people in creative fields to become better at what they’re doing by helping them work with the techniques related to their profession and with motivation, as well as helping them improve their lives in order for them to work more effectively. His approach is very radical and has been praised by many – including clients – for helping them become more focused on what they’re doing and being more consistent with their work. It has a fun a relaxing nature, which feels almost second-nature. He is running his own business along with his fiance, Meredith. He is considered one of the top coaches in his field.

Brian has a fun, charismatic, and friendly personality. Everyone loves being around him, and clients love working with him – he makes everybody feel great. People can always count on him to cheer them up and make them feel better when they’re feeling down. He and Ethan really get along and Ethan just loves him – he can count on Brian to give him great advice when he needs it, and he can always come to Brian for anything.

A Computer’s Life: Ethan

Ethan, the Lenovo ThinkPad T60

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I am personifying a ThinkPad T60 (with a 14.1” screen) named Ethan. This is how Ethan would be like if he were human (in other words, here’s a short biography of him, as well as a short semi-autobiography of me – that’s right, that T60 would be me if I were a computer):

This is Ethan Turner. He is 22 years old. He has two siblings, a twin brother and a younger brother. He has a step-father named Brian Gallagher, a coach specializing in training people in creative fields to become better at what they’re doing by helping them with techniques to related to their profession and with motivation, as well as helping them improve their lives in order for them to work more effectively. His step-mother is Meredith Stewart, who does the same thing as Brian. Ethan’s biological parents gave him and his brothers up for adoption, when Ethan was 12, because they were just too dysfunctional to raise them. He was born in Fountain Valley, California and was raised in Santa Ana, California.

Ethan is a new and emerging artist (in music and design), entertainer, entrepreneur, and brand. His genre in music is hip-hop – he raps, writes, and produces – but he wants to work in other genres as well a bit later. His specialty in design is graphic design. He’s been entertaining since he was little and seems to be a natural at it. He plans on starting an arts and entertainment business named ThinkLab, which is going to function as a record/entertainment company and design firm. In addition, he advocates for Lenovo because he loves the company and really believes in them. He may not have a lot of work out there (he is just starting out) but he has big plans and has the creativity, drive, and motivation to succeed on a big scale.

Ethan can be just like his friend Ryan – quiet a lot of the time and a little shy sometimes, but likes to socialize as long as he’s engaged. Like Ryan, he generally prefers to let his talents and actions do the talking. But don’t be fooled by his silence, Ethan loves to get loose and go wild – especially when it comes to entertaining people (he loves this and has been doing it since he was little) and when hanging out with friends and family. He loves to have fun and seems to have a love for life – you can almost always see him with a smile on his face. In addition, he is always being nice and respectful towards other people, which is something that they really love and appreciate.

A Computer’s Life: Debbie

Debbie, the MacBook Pro

In this installment of “A Computer’s Life”, I’m personifying a MacBook Pro (with a 15.4” screen), whom I named Debbie. You can see her on the cooking show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, seasons 1, 2, and 3 on the Food Network. The picture above is a snapshot taken from Barefoot Contessa: Back To Basics: Season 3, episode: “Cooking for Beginners”. This is how she would be like if she were human (or in other words, here’s a short biography about her):

This is Debbie Garten. She is 24 years old. She is the older sister of Ivan and Ian, and just like them, she has an older brother. In addition, her mother is Ina Garten and her father is Jeffrey Garten, as well. She was born and raised in East Hampton, New York.

Just like Ivan, Debbie is an up and coming chef and author and people are seeing potential in her. She is planning on launching a series of cookbooks, a TV show, and a specialty food store like him. She has not yet revealed what she likes to call herself because she is still unsure whether she likes it or not, or whether or not its a good fit for her. She decided to take the same career route like her mom and Ivan because she got to see how much fun her mom was having and how fun cooking was that she was instantly hooked. She really enjoys cooking alongside her mom and Ivan, as well as having Ian film her/their cooking.

Debbie can relate to both of her parents and seems to have things in common with both of them in equal amounts. She’s into the same stuff as the rest of her family and has the same kind of personality that her mother and Ivan have. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and very sociable. She is very fun to be around with and always seems to say the right thing to people. Overall, Debbie has an infectious personality that attracts people to her – she gets along with just about everyone.