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Thursday, April 9, 2015

King Kunta

The new Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly, album is probably the most realest album released in hip hop in a very long time. Could compare him to 2Pac with no hesitation. Check out his latest single King Kunta.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Blue Monday

The conscious mind meeting the subconscious is something of a dream
Locked down or content with the current climate in a grey prison
Tapped phone calls and texts being trapped in a prism
A current reflection is that of a man confused and seeking high ground
Child of an immigrant lost at sea and being far from found
Walk with me down this form of memory lane
Young,wild, and free singing in microphones hoping for lights and fame.
Told we could be whoever we want to be
What if all I want now is to be happy and free
I stand as a man not yet broken but far from complete
The fight far from over, rising from the ground far from defeat.



Friday, March 13, 2015

Impending Popped College Debt Bubble

People dream of receiving an American education to further their job prospects, gain some well needed wisdom, or to continue in the footsteps of a family member. We continue to hear about the rising cost of higher education and the disconnect this tends to bring the middle class American household. College costs are fucking outrageous.

Living in East Lansing, Michigan, the home of Michigan State University, the cost of higher education is around $450 per credit hour. Multiply that by the average 12-16 credit hours taken by a full time students. You're looking at over $11,000 for a Fall/Spring semesters worth of classes. Most American families have a hard time sending one child to college, imagine 3 or 4. But there's hope with community college and saving a lot of money. Lansing Community College is only $85 per credit hour and you might even see the same professors there. These are the numbers and they grow every year. So, how does the average student pay for classes.

Loans.

In 2015, college debt has already surpassed 1 trillion dollars. The inevitable pop is bound to happen in my lifetime and that's a scary thought. 2008's downward spiral of the world economy is still having ramifications to this day. The news may tell you consistent growth month over month is happening and that unemployment is lower than ever before. Sure, with low paying jobs, the highest incarceration rate in the world, and the least skilled millennials waiting to take charge. Even with a degree, I know people still at home making less than most who work in retail. This all sounds like the end is coming, but a tide of changes to policies and regulations would have to happen on Capitol Hill. 

I'm not holding my breath on that one.

The impending fuckstorm could kill the institution that is supposed to train the workforce to live the "American Dream". Colleges are already receiving minimal government assistance while Nike & Adidas cut checks to your local colleges Athletic Department. What we might be witnessing is the full privatization of all colleges once the loans stop since no one is even making minimum payments. Unable to clear student loans with bankruptcy will have paychecks being held until the debt is paid off. Loans will become hard to come by like in the housing crisis, millions will be unable to attend a school of their choice, and colleges will certainly lose on enrollments. This could bring vocational schooling into the spotlight or hell who knows, colleges might lower their tuition to sustain enrollments. There's a future of uncertainty is a country that's dealing with so much change in the social, economic, and political climate. 

This conversation is far from being over, but why don't we start talking about. At least to prepare for what is bound to come. Sweeping things under the rug or kicking the can is what America loves to do. The same thing we've done with racism and see where that's gotten us. 

Can't really stop thinking about this as I go to school, but at least I know to do it sans loans. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

1st 2015 Posts

So to those who still give a fuck what I'm posting on here, thanks for reading. Have debated getting rid of this site, but in the meantime, I'll be transforming the blog into more than just my ideal world and what makes me tick. 

Getting more pictures out there from my past European adventures and making the site look less 1995 HTML will be the first step. Almost becoming a caricature of myself lately has just given me a chance to take a step back and put things in perspective before going off the deep end. (Not suicide just deep depression - mental illness is real!). But instead of wallowing, going to just keep this upbeat mood I've been having and give a nice fuck you to those attempting to bring me down. 

This posts is just more of an update to those reading. I know I still have friends in different parts of the world that wonder "what the fuck is Curtis Chude up to". Simple answer - nothing new at all. New job came my way at the end of December, but currently don't know how long that may last. So, I'm continuing to look for a job that I enjoy and appreciates what I have to offer. At 28, I've just started to think of what purpose do I have in the world. I'm going to put my best foot forward. Working 9-5 at a job that barely pays the bills is not my style. 

So here's to 2015. Continuing to crack at the German language, more traveling, and save up to buy a home somewhere in the US. The Midwest may finally see the last of my black ass.

Fuck the haters and be true to yourself.

#gayisthenewblack 
Twitter: @cr8zofbombs 
IG: curtis_chude_

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grinding and Tindering Through Social Dating Apps

Tinder, Grindr, And There's More Of These Apps Just Waiting For Your Facebook or Email Address.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Music: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 1



When I first heard the queen named Lorde would be curating the original soundtrack, I thought this could be interesting. Songs that you can have weird hand dance moves to and haunted by noises you didn't know your ears could hear. After listening to the soundtrack, it's a mix of everything. The opening track (Meltdown) features Stromae, Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM. When you read that line up for a single track it's easy to go WTF! But it works, especially when you think of it in terms of The Hunger Games. If you scrapped the original score, you could get a little hyped while Katniss is blowing the shit out of things. Lorde might have been around Kanye a bit from the influences of tracks and it's arrangement, but he's a genius right?

Kanye makes an appearance by Yeezus-ifying Flicker. Even though he has no vocals, you can feel the presence of post-Graduation Kanye in collaboration with Lorde.

Major Lazer aka Diplo aka Bubble Butt even makes an appearance on the soundtrack with Ariana Grande. Sounds like the drum machine and samples were recorded in a African safari, but Diplo can do no wrong. The track is a getaway and could set off your next house paint party.

When's the last time you heard a Chemical Brothers song? If you enjoyed Push The Button with Q-Tip, you'll love This Is Not A Game featuring Miguel. Lorde even haunts the track with "There It Is" and the drops are the chilling sound of a charge of an industrialized army invading your town.

Most of these tracks may not get radio play, but who gives a fuck. Go to your local record store, buy, and hear Tove Lo, Charli XCX, CHURCHES, and many more with brand new tracks for your enjoyment.

iTunes

Check out the theme song by Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Being Healthy And Your Happiness

Asking the why's about your fitness level can uncover the answer to your weight problems as well as your happiness level. By taking most of this year to figure out how my body interacts with certain foods, with or without alcohol, and gym activity, I have come closer than ever to unlocking the answer to achieving optimal health.  Unlocking what works also will translate to how you feel day to day and can help reduce depression, stress, and also your waistline.