Full List: Consequence Of Sound’s Top 100 Albums Of All-Time (2022)

We know you all love to hate when some media company/website decides to put out a definitive list of the best songs of all time or the greatest hip hop albums or alternative songs from the 1990s.

Love to hate because when we see a song or album that we love on their list, we can’t help but feel like we’ve been validated. More often than not, we see all the albums/songs that we don’t agree as the “best” or “greatest” and we can’t wait to tell anyone that will listen why the list got it wrong.

Consequence of Sound recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary and for that celebration they decided to have some fun by having their staff of editors. writers and contributors vote on their “The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Just like all the other lists of these types, Consequence of Sound lists out their top 100 albums in article form; meaning they name the 100th album at the top, wax poetic for 3-4 paragraphs on why it’s at that position then do the same for the 99th best album and so on and so forth.

Consequence Of Sound’s 100 Best Albums Of All-Time

The problem isn’t the context provided, we love that, but that format doesn’t allow an easy way for readers to view all of those albums in one giant list view. A simple chart so we can see what’s at #17 and #87 with minimum scrolling so we can complain that there’s absolutely no way that Slayer’s Reign in Blood should be above Green Day’s Dookie.

Not to brag, but we’re getting really good at taking these bloated 57,000 word articles and boiling it down to the actual list that people really want to see. Take a look (spoilers ahead):

Consequence Of Sound's Top 100 Albums
Rank Artist Album
1 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain
2 Fleetwood Mac Rumours
3 The Beatles Abbey Road
4 The Clash London Calling
5 Joni Mitchell Blue
6 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
7 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
8 Radiohead OK Computer
9 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
10 Nirvana Nevermind
11 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn
12 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
13 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Under
14 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
15 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy
16 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
17 Patti Smith Horses
18 Beyoncé Lemonade
19 Talking Heads Remain in Light
20 Kate Bush Hounds of Love
21 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
22 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
23 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
24 Black Sabbath Paranoid
25 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Million
26 The Ramones Ramones
27 Michael Jackson Thriller
28 Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly
29 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
30 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
31 Metallica Master of Puppets
32 The Beatles The Beatles
33 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
34 Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
35 Neil Young After the Goldrush
36 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser
37 OutKast Stankonia
38 Paul Simon Graceland
39 Taylor Swift 1989
40 Pixies Doolittle
41 JAY-Z Reasonable Doubt
42 AC/DC Back in Black
43 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
44 Miles Davis Kind of Blue
45 Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
46 Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
47 Van Morrison Astral Weeks
48 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
49 Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction
50 Iggy & The Stooges Raw Power
51 Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison
52 The Strokes Is This It
53 Dr. Dre 2001
54 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
55 Sly and the Family Stone There’s a Riot
56 David Bowie Hunky Dory
57 The Band Music from Big Pink
58 Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You
59 Nas Illmatic
60 Amy Winehouse Back to Black
61 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
62 Madvillain Madvillainy
63 Tom Waits Rain Dogs
64 The Cure Disintegration
65 Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
66 Madonna Like a Prayer
67 Radiohead In Rainbows
68 Frank Ocean Channel Orange
69 Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique
70 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
71 U2 The Joshua Tree
72 My Bloody Valentine Loveless
73 Parliament The Mothership Connection
74 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
75 Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer
76 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
77 JAY-Z The Black Album
78 Billy Joel The Stranger
79 The Police Synchronicity
80 Erykah Badu Baduizm
81 Adele 21
82 Peter Gabriel So
83 Pretenders Pretenders
84 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
85 Tupac All Eyez on Me
86 Pearl Jam Ten
87 Slayer Reign in Blood
88 Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidananda
89 Green Day Dookie
90 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
91 The Who Who’s Next?
92 The Replacements Let It Be
93 TLC CrazySexyCool
94 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
95 System of a Down Toxicity
96 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
97 Fugazi Repeater
98 Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel
99 Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth
100 Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking

Is it a good list or bad list? I don’t know. Scanning it, COS’ list clearly factors in general popularity and album sales – factors that other lists of this type don’t weight heavily (or at all).

Listen I like Pearl Jam and TLC as much as the next person. Are these two groups personally my favorites? Absolutely. However I’ll be the first to admit that Ten and CrazySexyCool didn’t break any artistic ground or push boundaries, and objectively don’t belong as one of the best hundred albums in the history of music. It doesn’t stop me from really loving on Why Go, Black, Red Light Special and Creep.

Even Consequence mentions how they came to this list allowing joy to be one of the many criterion:

This is a list compiled through hours of debate, frustration, laughter, acquiescence, and epiphany. It’s one that assessed the mercurial value attached to art, from perceptions at the moment of creation, to retrospective consideration, to the impact on ever-evolving fashions. It’s also one that allowed joy to be a factor of greatness.

You get what I’m saying. Anything having to do with music, any list-of-one-hundred anything is going to cause a stir. Even though there’s no argument that Alanis Morrisette had an impact on culture and music in the 1990’s, I’m just not sure her album is the 90th best album of all-time.

Still I 100% support Consequence of Sound’s freedom of opinion.

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The 5 NBA Pretenders: They’ll Win In Regular Season But Have Zero Chance At NBA Title

Every season there are only a couple of teams that are in serious contention for the NBA championship. As the season progresses, certain teams will go on winning streaks and show their ability to win games even on off nights and for a couple weeks or a month will enter the conversation as potential NBA championship contenders and the pretenders.

Seasoned NBA fans that have paid attention to the league over the years know that even though the Vegas odds, the betting chances, the casino ohne deutsche lizenz, and the sports books may fluctuate based on how a team performs over the season, that there are only a handful of teams that have a real chance at winning the NBA title.

Going into this next season those teams are, in alphabetical order, the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks. and Phoenix Suns. Why? Because they’ve proven they can win over the last several seasons, have players that have won championships or experience in the NBA Finals, and just as important: continuity.

That’s not to say that another team might not sneak their way into the Finals, but as far as who is going to end up with the title, it’s very very very likely that it’ll be one of those five teams above.

Who Are The Pretenders?

Whenever preseason predictions come out, we talk about the contenders and the pretenders. How I define pretenders are those teams that play well during the regular season; have a great record, but just don’t have the personnel, the experience, the shot selection, the know-how, the coaching, etc. to actually compete deep into the NBA Playoffs. Pretenders have approximately ZERO chance of winning an NBA championship – no matter how much they won in the regular season.These five teams are the biggest pretenders going into the 2022-23 NBA season.

Chicago Bulls: Another team that played well during the season – well enough for DeMar DeRozan to sneak into the conversation for league MVP, but the simple fact here is that the Bulls aren’t tough enough. They have no problem putting the ball in the basket, but the toughness of their two leaders DeRozan and Zach LaVine aren’t going to be enough to really grind it out deep into the playoffs. We just can’t see a team midrange and “step back jumper” their way into the NBA Finals, must less win it.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Even with their acquisition of Rudy Gobert, Minnesota won’t win an NBA championship this year. As much as they showed they could make some noise in the post season, we learned more about their GLARING faults they we took note of the positives. It was Karl Anthony-Towns continued boneheaded fouling, D’Angelo Russell’s non-existent defense, and Anthony Edwards’ inconsistency. Until they tighten all that up, they’re going nowhere fast. Odds are last year was fool’s good.

Dallas Mavericks No doubt Luka Doncic is a force to be reckon with, but the one word here is experience. Even Luka said it himself in last season’s playoff series against the Warriors when he flat out told the media “I’m still learning.”

“I think the first two quarters, I played very bad. That’s on me. But I’m still learning. I think after this season is done, whatever we are, I think we’re going to look back and learn a lot of things.”

Enough said. The Mavs have a bright future, they just have to go through the process and continue building up their roster.

Los Angeles Lakers Any team with LeBron James can make the NBA Finals right? That’s been proven not to be true in the majority of the four years that LeBron James has been in Los Angeles. As the roster is currently constructed, with Russell Westbrook, there are just way too many question marks on the team. Even if Westbrook accepts a smaller role and decides to use his abilities to fill in the major gaps the Lakers have; it’s going to be another season before we actually see the Purple and Gold actually compete. That’s a big IF.

If we had a little more room, we would have written the Memphis Grizzlies into this piece. They’re a young brash team that don’t know what they don’t know — and even then pushed the Warriors to the brink. All that said, an immature Timberwolves team, a pretender if we’ve ever seen one, was able to push the Grizzlies to the brink. That about says it all. Can Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr. take a step back in terms of their confidence to see the bigger picture.

So if you and your co-workers or friends are betting people and must put down money on a team – stay with the Bucks, Warriors, Clippers, Celtics or Suns.

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Wait a minute… who is “Headphones Dino Bones”? Where did the nickname originate?

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From introducing new methods of communication to how much time we spend on our phones to virtual currency. The internet and social media has changed so much of our societal landscape. It’s certainly influenced how we communicate via emojis, hashtags, and even created amalgams of existing words such as telehealth, photobombs, Bitcoin Casino, Bluetooth, and the subject of this post: Headphones Dino Bones.

Where Did Headphones Dino Bones come from?

The phrase “Headphones Dino Bones” originated on Instagram in particular a user-generated, celebrity sighting and gossip account called DeuxMoi. The account became insanely popular in 2019 before catching fire during the pandemic. The account now has over 1.6 million followers and sells merchandise.

Headphones Dino Bones Defined

So if you follow the DeuxMoi, you know that the anonymous admin re-posts sightings of celebrities all over the United States and beyond. As part of the draw, DeuxMoi also post mostly-unchecked rumors and gossip about celebrities and that’s where Headphones Dino Bones came about.

So who is Headphones Dino Bones? It’s the site’s nickname for Leonardo DiCaprio as the former child star and current A-Lister has been rumored to have an affinity for wearing headphones when getting down to business as well as having a unique hobby that only the wealthy could afford. To be more clear, we’ll quote this 2020 DeuxMoi interview with Elle Magazine:

Some celebs have their own nicknames: “Headphone Dino Bones” is DiCaprio, because, well, in addition to the aforementioned sex headphones, he apparently also collects dinosaur bones. “Cries a Lot” is Anne Hathaway, who readers claim is often sobbing in the street.

Why do they call Leonardo DiCaprio by Headphones Dino Bones if actually calling him by his actual name take a lot less effort? It’s definitely not the efficiency. Best we can tell it’s equal parts insult and DeuxMoi inside joke. Consider yourself in the know now.

For more DeuxMoi inside jokes, you can check out this Reddit thread.


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University of Michigan Football Preview for the 2022-23 NCAA Season

In a college football season that featured several conference champions who ended significant droughts, the Michigan Wolverines may have headlined that group.

Coach Jim Harbaugh had sat upon one of the hottest seats in the FBS after failing to make an appearance in the Big Ten championship game during the first six seasons of his tenure in Ann Arbor. That is certainly not expected from a Michigan organization that is often at the top of the Big Ten.

Was 2021 The Turnaround Season?

In 2021, they took a 10-1 record into their rivalry game against Ohio State on home turf and emerged victorious over the Buckeyes for the first time since 2011, and only the third time in the last 20 years. The Wolverines then blasted Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten title game to win their first undisputed conference championship since 2003, and earned a date with the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff. Their dream season came to an end against the eventual national champions, but Michigan fans will long remember this season as the time Harbaugh delivered on expectations that have been increasingly building since he was hired in 2015.

Interested in seeing how the Wolverines matchup against their opponents on a week to week basis this season? If you are, be sure to check out PicksforTonight’s free ATS college football picks where their computer model simulates every game 10,000 times before it even kicks off. 

Winning Begets Winning

Many good things accompany winning, but the downside is the amount of talent it takes to get to that point does not go unnoticed. The Wolverines have been forced to replace both offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, who assumed that same position at the University of Miami, and defensive coordinator Mike McDonald, after he joined Harbaugh’s brother John’s staff as defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. In terms of on the field talent, Michigan lost All-Big Ten selections Hassan Haskins at running back and Andrew Steuber at right tackle who ended up being high NFL picks in this years’ draft. 

On the defensive side of the ball, losses were even greater. Three Wolverines were selected in the first two rounds in April, led by first rounders Aiden Hutchinson and Dax Hill. The third player was also a first team All-Big Ten selection in David Ojabo, who was surely on track for first round selection if not for an Achilles tear at Michigan’s Pro Day workout.

The remaining members of last year’s conference championship team have some reinforcements entering the program in their quest to defend that title. Michigan boasted the nation’s 12th best recruiting class when combined with their transfer portal additions, and 13 of those signees were enrolled at the university for the spring semester to begin their college careers early.

Via the portal, the Wolverines added Rimington Trophy finalist Olusegun Oluwatimi from Virginia. He will start at center and act as the leader of what should be another very strong offensive line in Ann Arbor. That line will protect returning quarterbacks Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy, depending on which player wins the starting job heading into the season, as well as block for All-Big Ten second team running back, Blake Corum. Leading receiver Cornelius Johnson returns alongside Ronnie Bell, who missed all of last season after a first half injury against Western Michigan in the 2021 season opener.

Jesse Minter joins the Wolverines staff as defensive coordinator after a season in that role for Vanderbilt. The front seven will be anchored by some experienced linebackers in Nikhai Hill-Green and Junior Colson, who will need to make up for some big losses on the line and in the secondary. A program like Michigan does not have a problem in replacing talent, but it remains to be seen how effective this group will be after several pro-level departures, including the Heisman runner-up, Hutchinson.

How Does Michigan Look for 2022?

Michigan is a distant second favorite to win the Big Ten in 2022 behind Ohio State. Their schedule this season includes the usual Big Ten East heavy hitters in the Buckeyes, their in-state rival Michigan State Spartans, a home game against Penn State, and a road trip to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes.

The schedule is set up so that none of those games are back to back, and favors Michigan faring well if their roster is performing. Their three out of conference games should all be extremely manageable, and as usual the season will conclude with a potential high stakes matchup with Ohio State. 

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That game will mark one year since Michigan won at home to secure a bid to face Iowa in Indianapolis for the conference title. If they repeat that feat on the road in their 2022 matchup against the Buckeyes, it will be the first time since 1999-2000 that the Wolverines won back to back games against their bitter rivals to the south.

According to FanDuel’s early lookahead lines for this season, the Wolverines will be favorites in every game this season except for their season-ending clash in Columbus. FanDuel posted the game’s spread at Ohio State -13.5, which is more aligned with previous years after Michigan was less than a touchdown underdog last season in their successful upset bid. Vegas expects a double-digit win season for the Wolverines, who will open play on September 3 against the Colorado State Rams.

To see Michigan’s full season schedule, go to https://mgoblue.com/sports/football/schedule/2022.


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The 3 Shortest NBA Players Of All-Time

When you participate in a sport, you know there are certain physical attributes that inherently put you at an advantage. For example, if we were choosing to place money on an American football team based on the way they looked; our NFL picks would go to the team that looked like they had both size and speed.

The NBA is even more reliant on genetics. It’s no surprise that middle school basketball coaches often pluck out students that are unusually tall-for-their-age to try out for the school’s basketball team. The rationale is simple. The height of the basketball hoop is exactly 10 feet high and players that are closer to the rim have an easier time with scoring around the basket, rebounding the ball and intimidating opponents..

1. Muggsy Bogues 5-3

At 5-foot-3-inch (1.60 m) Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for four teams during his 14-season career in the NBA mainly with the the Charlotte Hornets,

Despite his height, Bogues was a highly coveted playmaking prospect coming out of college. He was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 1987 NBA draft with the 12th overall pick. He became one of only two players shorter than 6 feet (1.83 m) tall to play over 900 games in an NBA career. Calvin Murphy being the other one.

Even though he is the shortest player to ever play in the NBA, Bogues could still get above the 10-foot rim and put one down. We don’t think many would have taken the bet that Muggsy being able to dunk the ball, but according to Interbasket, the diminutive point guard was capable of dunking.

2. Earl Boykins 5-5

Earl Boykins retired from the NBA after fourteen seasons. Standing at only five feet, five inches tall, he is second shortest player in the history of the league. Though Boykins looked small, he was reportedly one of the teams strongest players when he played for the Washington Wizards.

“That’s amazing for a guy that little in stature, but he’s got a big heart,” Randy Foye said to the Washington Post, whose all-time max was about 290. “It’s just amazing to think about It like that, a guy that small can bench that much.”

Boykins played college ball for the Eastern Michigan Eagles then went undrafted.. He went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, and Golden State Warriors.

3. Mel Hirsch (5-6)

Standing one inch taller than Boykins is the third shortest players to ever play in the NBA is Mel Hirsch. This wonderful player born in 1921 and passing away from Leukemia in 1968, Hirsch played for the Boston Celtics of the Basketball Association of America, which would later become the National Basketball Association, for 13 games in the 1946–47 season. Though he wasn’t a great player when he arrived to the NBA, he’ll always be remembered as being one of the league’s shortest players in a professional sport that prioritizes players a foot taller.

Bogues, Boykins and Hirsch are the shortest players ever in the NBA and we wanted to pay tribute to those players that never got a second glance because of their height – probably because people couldn’t see them. These unusually short players broke all the rules and succeeded at the highest levels of professional basketball; all the while fighting uphill against their NBA odds and the idea that one had to be tall to play the game at its… highest levels

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How You Can Mix Foreign Travel and Your Career

If you already know you’re one of those people who will never be content with two weeks of vacation each year, it’s time to figure out how to make travel your lifestyle. Fortunately, there are more opportunities than ever to do this.

Getting Your Degree

In order to get most of the types of jobs that allow you to travel and live abroad, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree at minimum. You might think that you should be saving every penny for travel, but college will pay off with a lifetime of opportunities to live and work overseas. If money is an issue, consider taking out a student loan. Student loans tend to be easy to apply for and can supplement or replace federal funding, scholarships, grants, savings and any other sources of funding for school. While you are in school, doing a study or work abroad program and learning another language can better prepare you for an international lifestyle.

Choosing Your Travel Lifestyle

There are many different choices for your travel lifestyle, and of course, you may find that you want to change it up throughout your life. But you have to start somewhere, so here are some questions you need to ask yourself. Do you want to be based in the United States and work at a job that has you traveling often? Do you want to move to another country and put down roots there? Do you want to have the opportunity to live in many different countries for short or medium periods of time? How much control do you want to have over where you go next? Do you want to be self-employed? The answers to these questions will help you determine what type of career to pursue.

Your Career Options

One in five workers will look for a new job in the next six months. That’s because career options are many and varied. Looking for a job that allows you to be US-based but offers a lot of foreign travel is fairly straightforward as this is usually in the job description, but you still may want to consider what type of job you want. Would you like an office job that involves business trips, or would you prefer to work as a flight attendant? Another fairly straightforward option is if you have a parent or, sometimes, a grandparent from a country you’d like to live and work in. It is often possible to gain citizenship even if you are not one presently.

Beyond these situations, there are many other options. You could take a position at a company that has overseas branches and try to get an internal transfer. You could find out what skills are in demand and will get you a visa in the country of your choice, and study that in college. You won’t get rich travel nursing or English teaching, but you will just about have your pick of countries and opportunities. You could also join the foreign service, which, if you pass their stringent hiring requirements, will transfer you somewhere different every few years. Finally, you could start your own business, one that allows you to work in any location, as long as you don’t come into conflict with local visa regulations.

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Bring Along These 5 Essential Travel Gadgets for Your Trip

The right travel gadgets can make your vacation more enjoyable, whether on a business trip or simply taking a break.

There are several gadgets that can make your travels more convenient. If you’re planning a trip, you’ll want to ensure you have all the right equipment. It can be essential if you’re traveling abroad, as some countries don’t have advanced technology. Here’s 5 handy travel gadgets that will help you get more out of your trip.

A Portable Charger Traveling means you will be using your phone more than usual. And you probably don’t want to rely on public wi-fi for all your data needs. Portable chargers are great for those who want to charge their devices while away from home and don’t want to worry about finding electrical outlets.

They come in different sizes and shapes so you can find one that fits your needs. Some even have multiple USB ports so that you can charge multiple devices simultaneously. This lightweight gadget can charge your phone up to 3 times on a single charge, and it’s small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.

An iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD These tablets make great companions for travel because they offer a huge amount of entertainment in one compact package. If you don’t already have one, an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD can be an excellent tool for enjoying your favorite books while traveling. These devices are also great for playing games, listening to music, and watching movies and TV shows.

If you opt to play games, you can never go wrong with puzzles or online casino games. What’s more, you can play these games wherever your location. If you are in New Zealand, for instance, there are various online casinos that let you play and win with the best no-deposit casino bonuses. All you need to do is select your preferred bonus, click on it, and fill in your details to open an account. In addition, you can read reviews on 35+ operators, and learn all about the wagering requirements.

A Travel-Friendly Water Bottle If you’re going on a long flight or traveling somewhere where drinking water isn’t safe, a BPA-free water bottle with a filter is an essential item for any traveler! It’s more affordable than buying bottled water everywhere and will save space in your luggage and money because filtered bottles last forever!

Plus, there’s no worry about using them on airplanes because they’re made from plastic rather than aluminum (which isn’t allowed).

A good travel bottle with a built-in filter will allow you to fill up clean drinking water from any faucet or water fountain before heading out. It is always essential to research and prepare before visiting a new city or country to be on the safe side.

An unlocked smartphone If you’re traveling to another country, it’s important that your smartphone is unlocked so you can buy a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination. It lets you access maps, guides, and other information from anywhere.

If all you’re going to do is use your smartphone for calls and texts while traveling, it doesn’t matter what kind of phone you have — just ensure it’s unlocked! That way, you can use local SIM cards instead of paying high international roaming fees.

A Smartphone Tripod  A smartphone tripod is a must-have for any traveler, not just photographers. You can use it to get better shots when the lighting is terrible or to ensure everyone in your group gets in the frame. The tripod helps stabilize your phone when taking pictures or recording videos, giving you greater image quality control.

It is also suitable for group selfies since it lets the camera focus on just one person rather than everyone. A tripod also makes it easier to take long-range shots without moving closer to whatever you are trying to capture.

Make the Most of Your Trip

The best way to take a trip is in your style. Traveling is one of the best ways to get out of a rut and explore new places, but it can also be expensive and stressful. But the right gadgets can help make your trip more enjoyable.

Sabrina Ionescu, Han Xu lead New York Liberty over Las Vegas Aces

Going into last night’s game, the Las Vegas Aces sat on top of the WNBA standings whereas the New York Liberty were closer to the bottom. If the season ended yesterday, the Aces would have been the #1 seed going into the WNBA Playoffs and the Liberty would have been on the outside looking in.

So even though the Aces have struggled as of late, they were playing at home. I would have used my ice casino promo code to bet on Las Vegas coming out with the win. And honestly, the Aces would have won had New York not gotten career nights from both Sabrina Ionescu and Han Xu.

Ionescu, the #1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, balled out by recording the league’s first 30 point triple double. The 5-10 point guard was all over the floor; rebounding the ball, setting up teammates and launching three point bombs from every angle. She ended up with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Ionescu’s tenth assist came with less than two minutes in the game and the pass went to another Liberty player that had a career night. Doubled near the sideline, she passed the ball to 6-10 Chinese center Han Xu who nailed a mid-range jumper. Not only did that give Ionescu her triple double, but that was Xu’s 10 made field goal in as many attempts.

The 22-year old Han Xu would end up 11 for 12 from the field with a career high of 24 points off the bench including two three pointers. Han also collected a career-high eight rebounds.

Postgame, Ionescu was asked about her performance and on Xu’s impact on the game, she was clearly impressed.

“She’s incredible. What was she from the floor?” Ionescu asked as she glanced at the stat sheet in front of her. “It says right here that she was 11-12. Her ability to score at three levels whether it’s mid range, in the paint or three at her height. Her poise at her age. It’s incredible to watch.”

For the WNBA history buffs out there, Han Xu’s near-perfect 11-12 shooting is reminiscent of fellow countrywoman Haixia Zheng’s performance back in 1997 when the 6-8 Chinese center shot 10-11 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds; leading the Los Angeles Sparks over the Sacramento Monarchs.

The Liberty needed all of Sabrina’s and Han’s points as they defeated the Aces 116-107 in an absolute shootout that set several franchise records for the Liberty. Ionescu’s triple double gave her three for her career; tying Candance Parker for the most triple doubles. Natasha Howard contributed 18 points for New York while A’ja Wilson led the Las Vegas Aces with 29 points and nine rebounds.

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With Malcolm Brogdon, Do Boston Celtics Have Enough To Be 2023 NBA Champs?

The 2021-22 NBA season came to a close with the Golden State Warriors being crowned the NBA Champions. Golden State’s run wasn’t a given with many talking heads believing there were too many open questions for the Warriors to seriously challenge. It didn’t help that the Warriors went through a second half slump where they finished the season 14-16 in their last 30 games.

On the other side of the conference, the Boston Celtics finished their last thirty games with league best 24-6 record rolling into the postseason on fire. They swept the Kevin Durant-led Brooklyn Nets 4-0, beat the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and then took down the #1 seed Miami Heat in seven games.

It wasn’t a perfect run, but they had enough fire power led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with a strong rotation that included exceptional play from Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, Al Horford, Grant Williams and Derrick White.

The two teams met in the Finals and despite stealing the first game from the Warriors and blowing out Golden State in game three, the Warriors will and experience eventually overtook the younger Celtics teams.

So what did the C’s learn from their NBA Finals trip? Do they remain potential title contenders for going into next season? 

NBA Finals Performance Left A Lot To Be Desired

There is no denying that the Celtics NBA Finals performance left many unimpressed especially games 4, 5, and 6. Indeed, if you had used a Betway sign up bonus or something similar and looked at the odds of them winning after Game 2, you would certainly have not placed that bet! Indeed, from that point on, betting odds were firmly in GSW’s favor.

There were many problems, including Jayson Tatum’s so-called collapse and offensive struggles, and their lack of a consistent defensive to stop eventual Finals MVP Steph Curry.

Lack of Playmaking

After their incredible shooting performance in Game one, the Celtics looked burnt out and were unable to recreate that same magic. Though Smart was a capable playmaker, the Celtics inability to generate good looks as they got deeper into the series highlighted the need for a playmaker.

The good news? The Celtics got one of the best playmakers on the market — one of the rare players that’s pulled off a rare 50-40-90 season — when they signed Malcolm Brogdon. They traded for the 29-year old point guard without having to give up any of their core rotation players.

Brogdon averaged over 20 points in the last couple seasons and is a very good defensive player. The 6-5 guard is a very good answer for the offensive areas that the Celtics are struggling with and a perfect fit for the defensive identity that propelled the Celtics into the best team in the second half of the season.

Did 2022 Playoffs Give Celtics The Required Experience?

Although their finals performance was not what Boston wanted, there can be positives taken from the season and playoffs. Firstly, the team continues to have an excellent defensive presence, and some may say that no one could have stopped Steph Curry’s brilliance in that Finals series.

Secondly, this relatively young hoops team (except seemingly immortal Al Horford) has now broken their Finals virginity. They know what the atmosphere, tension and excitement feel like. This experience is vital, and the reality is that very few teams triumph in their first-ever Finals experience. Celtics fans hope that the team can grow from this loss and use it to strengthen their resolve for the new season.

The 2022-2023 NBA season looks to be amazing with free agencies and crazy trades looking to completely shake up rosters and bring in a wave of new contenders.

That being said, even though Golden State should be stronger this season, there is no reason why the Boston Celtics cannot make a deep playoff run again and potentially win. Their star players should continue to grow and mature this season, and their experience from the 2021-2022 playoffs and finals should help further boost their mental fortitude and toughness.


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The 6 obvious reasons why the Golden State Warriors will be much better in 2023

As you all know the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA Championship. Even without Klay Thompson for the first half of the 2021-22 season, the Dubs started out really strong before Draymond Green got injured, Steph had an very un-Steph five week stretch where he wasn’t hitting the shots we came to expect, and the eventual return of Klay messed with the team’s chemistry.

With all those late-season struggles, there were a lot of open questions about Golden State going into the 2022 NBA playoffs. In many ways, the Warriors had favorable match-ups during the postseason and that allowed the team to get healthy, back into shape, build chemistry and for Steve Kerr to find the right combinations. 

Whatever excuses some may come up with, Golden State worked out the kinks a defeated the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics for their fourth NBA championship in the last eight seasons. 

The Warriors 2022 Weaknesses Will Be Their 2023 Strengths 

The scary thing is that with all the things that were working against the Warriors this season are strengths going into the 2023 season. Here’s five reasons why the Golden State Warriors will be better next season and are regarded as the favorites by the best basketball betting site to not only be one of the best teams next season, but win the 2023 NBA championship.

1. Improved Health: Due to two major injuries, Klay Thompson missed more than two full NBA season. Curry missed nearly a full season in 2019 after injuring his hand, and Draymond Green was in and out of the lineup this season. Barring any other injury going into the 2022-23 season, the Warriors big three will be healthy for the first time since mid-2019 and when those three are playing with one another, the Warriors are always formidable.

2. Together: Not only will they not be injured, they will be health together. Up until the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs, the trio of Curry, Thompson and Draymond had only played 11 minutes together in the last three seasons.

That won’t be the case for the upcoming season.

3. Locked Up: Continuity is important on any team and that’s looking like a hge plus for the Warriors next season. Save for Otto Porter Jr., the core of the Golden State team that played the most minutes in the playoff run will be back. Every indication is that the Warriors will do their best to bring back Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II. Those two along with the Klay, Steph and Draymond, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole, you have seven of their main rotation players returning. 

4. Greedy Just because you win a championship, doesn’t mean you’re satisfied. There’s an excitement that continues onto the next season after a successful title run. At least that’s what Steve Kerr’s experience has been:

“Yeah, my experience is when you win a championship you get better the next year,” Kerr said. “If you keep going after that, it starts to wear you out. That third year for us, trying to get a three-peat in ’19 was brutally difficult.

“But whether I was a player or now as a coach, you win that first one, there’s a freedom that comes with it. There’s an excitement, and that carries over into the second year.”

And Kerr should know, he’s experienced the ups-and-downs of having won nine NBA championships as a player (5) and coach (4).

5. Getting Younger: Yes Curry, Thompson and Green are all 32 years or older, but that doesn’t mean the rotation will be older overall. We will expect the 23-year old Jordan Poole, the 19-year old Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, we well as former #2 overall pick James Wiseman (21) to log significant minutes come 2023. And the Warriors will have a full season to integrate these younger, talented players into their system of ball movement.

The Warriors have the luxury to allow Wiseman, Kuminga and Poole to make mistakes while still winning games. 

5. More Experienced: At times, Warriors fans were frustrated with Andrew Wiggins, Looney 6nd Poole as they learned the Warriors system and figure when to do their thing. All that frustration with ill-timed shots (Poole), missed layups (Looney), and lack of aggressiveness (Wiggins) paid off as they, for the most part, finally solved how best to leverage their strengths within the Warriors system. 

Not everything will be full-on rosy for the Warriors. As we mentioned their trio are all on the older side and the younger guys are still very inexperienced.. However I don’t think anyone would argue — based off what the team went through the last couple seasons — there are certainly more positives for Golden State to look forward to.


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With Finnerty’s closed, Plug Uglies is now THE Golden State Warriors bar in New York City

Pre-pandemic, Finnerty’s was the unofficial Golden State Warriors Bar in New York City — at least in Manhattan. The bar definitely had a local vibe and would begin to fill up an hour or two before big games. It wasn’t just for the Warriors, but would bring Bay Area sports fans for 49ers and Giants games, too.

Unfortunately Finnerty’s bar has permanently closed, so where do Golden State Warriors fans that live in NYC go to watch Dubs games with other fans? That’s a question that’s been asked several times over on Reddit without many solid answers.

Plug Uglies is the GSW Bar in NYC?

One name that does pop up a couple times is Plug Uglies located in Gramercy. Owned by the same people that ran Finnerty’s, it seems like this bar is the way to go. The bar’s website is pretty bare bones and doesn’t give any hints that it’s a Warriors bar. They do link off to their social media and going by their Instagram and Twitter, there’s definitely a Golden State presence. Here’s their Instagram:

Looking good, but maybe the social media person favors the Warriors? I’d like some more proof that Plug Uglies is the GSW NYC bar of choice. So we went to their Twitter and their most recent tweet on Plug Uglies’ Twitter account shows a bunch of Golden State fans celebrating a Steph Curry three pointer during the 2022 NBA Finals:

That all but confirms that at least Plug Uglies’ social media person is a Golden State Warriors fan and that’s good enough for me. Though reviews say that Plug Uglies doesn’t have the same vibe – according to redditors at least — it looks like Plug Uglies brings in Golden State fans for the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals. We’ll see you there. Go DUBS!

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These 5 Easy Low-Cost Techniques Will Increase Your Home’s Value Fast

Every house might benefit from a little freshening up. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by a to-do list, this is your chance to take on a few simple DIY projects like a master.

These home renovations are achievable even if you think you’re the least handy person in the neighborhood. You can not only save money by undertaking home renovations on your own, but you can also learn valuable skills in the process. Building these abilities may improve your well-being, and you may discover new passions and gain confidence in the process.

DIY projects at home may also be a fun way to express yourself. Use these 5 tips to quickly increase the value of your home.

1. Fresh Paint

Painting is a long-term investment that, in the case of a sale, can raise interest in your property. Starting with a neutral hue for the exterior siding is a good idea. This is due to the fact that brighter paint colors make a home appear larger, whilst darker paint colors make a home appear smaller. As a result, many realtors believe that a light exterior paint might boost a home’s value. To get a sense on how much a fresh coat of paint may cost, use this checklist.

2. Clean and Declutter

Yes, when you declutter your home, the size of your home does not change objectively. However, as many real estate gurus will tell you, objectivity isn’t always the case. The property appears lived-in thanks to numerous furniture pieces and collectibles strewn about. They do, however, make it appear smaller.

Decluttering your property before selling it is an excellent technique to make it appear larger. You want to entice potential buyers into a clean home, since many people seem to forget or remember too late. When there are a lot of objects to move around, cleaning becomes considerably more difficult. This is especially true when it comes to furnishings. When you move a lot of furniture around, it can take a long time to clean something. 

3. Curb Appeal

Your front door should be repainted or replaced. Wash your siding using a high-pressure washer. Paint your siding, trim, and window shutters if necessary. Trim your bushes, mow your lawn, clean your gutters, and put flowers in your front yard. You don’t need to engage a landscaping professional to create a masterpiece in your front yard; all you need to do is keep it clean and neat.

4. Energy Efficient

Prospective home buyers are drawn to energy-efficient equipment because they mean decreased monthly energy expenses. Energy savings increase the value of your home by 20 times the annual savings. All light bulbs should be replaced with ones that have a consistent wattage level. Try compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs, which consume 75% less energy than standard lights.

5. Roof

This one may not be as affordable as the above tips. but taking care of this can really relieve potential buyers. The process of replacing a roof entails removing all of the old shingles, felt paper, and moisture barrier and replacing them with new materials. It may also entail repairing or replacing the deck, as well as any other damage discovered during the removal of the previous roof. When you don’t have the financial means to replace your roof, one option is to consider a grant for roof replacement. Several government initiatives aimed at low-income families may be able to assist financially.


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The Full List: Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Hip Hop Rap Albums of All-Time

Another day another Rolling Stone list. As much as we get triggered by these type of lists or do our best to disregard the validity of the opinions expressed in the numbered list, we can’t stop ourselves from clicking on them  This is confirmed by how popular this Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs of All-Time post has been since we first published it nine months ago.

If that one article where we posted the full list is so popular, we can only imagine how much traffic, eyeballs and clicks that Rolling Stone’s actual article has yielded. These lists most-definitely generates a lot of emotions and conversations. So Rolling Stone knew what they were doing and getting themselves into when they released The 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time a few days ago.

We looked for the full list of all 200 albums in an easy readable table, but couldn’t find one (not even on Reddit), so we decided to do the work so you can see all the albums in one place. You can sort by any of the columns (album, artist, year) — it’s already sorted by descending rank.

List: Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums of All Time
Rank Album Artist Year
1 Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. 1994
2 Stankonia Outkast 2000
3 The Blueprint Jay-Z 2001
4 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy 1988
5 To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar 2015
6 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 2010
7 Miss E… So Addictive Missy Elliott 2001
8 Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan 1993
9 The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest 1991
10 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 1998
11 Take Care Drake 2011
12 Lord Willin Clipse 2002
13 2001 Dr. Dre 1999
14 Supreme Clientele Ghostface Killah 2000
15 Paid in Full Eric B. and Rakim 1987
16 Invasion of Privacy Cardi B 2018
17 Yeezus Kanye West 2013
18 Madvillainy Madvillain 2004
19 Hard Core Lil Kim 1996
20 DS2 Future 2015
21 Da Drought 3 Lil Wayne 2007
22 It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX 1998
23 Ridin Dirty UGK 1996
24 Illmatic Nas 1994
25 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 2000
26 Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z 1996
27 Aquemini Outkast 1998
28 The Infamous Mobb Deep 1995
29 All Eyez on Me 2Pac 1996
30 Paul’s Boutique Beastie Boys 1989
31 Pink Friday Nicki Minaj 2010
32 Finally Rich Chief Keef 2012
33 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul 1989
34 The Sugar Hill Records Story Various Artists 1997
35 Doggystyle Snoop Doggy Dogg 1993
36 Acid Rap Chance the Rapper 2013
37 Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Raekwon 1995
38 good kid m.A.A.d city Kendrick Lamar 2012
39 The Carter III Lil Wayne 2008
40 The Chronic Dr. Dre 1992
41 Late Registration Kanye West 2005
42 Long Live the Kane Big Daddy Kane 1988
43 Run D.M.C. Run D.M.C. 1984
44 Liquid Swords Genius/GZA 1995
45 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J 1990
46 Call Me If You Get Lost Tyler the Creator 2021
47 Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott 1997
48 Donuts J Dilla 2006
49 Straight Outta Compton N.W.A 1988
50 Strictly Business EPMD 1988
51 Things Fall Apart The Roots 1999
52 The College Dropout Kanye West 2004
53 Hot Cool & Vicious Salt-N-Pepa 1986
54 Culture Migos 2017
55 Midnight Marauders A Tribe Called Quest 1993
56 Room 25 Noname 2018
57 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys 1986
58 AmeriKKKas Most Wanted Ice Cube 1990
59 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G. 1997
60 Damn. Kendrick Lamar 2017
61 The Diary Scarface 1994
62 Operation: Doomsday MF Doom 1999
63 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Black Star 1998
64 Get Rich or Die Tryin 50 Cent 2003
65 Buhloone Mindstate De La Soul 1993
66 Mystic Stylez Three 6 Mafia 1995
67 'We Can't Be Stopped' Geto Boys 1991
68 400 Degreez Juvenile 1998
69 Ironman Ghostface Killah 1996
70 The Score The Fugees 1996
71 All Hail the Queen Queen Latifah 1989
72 Dr. Octagonecologyst Dr. Octagon 1996
73 Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde The Pharcyde 1992
74 Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
75 Fever Megan Thee Stallion 2019
76 Hard to Earn Gang Starr 1994
77 Watch the Throne Jay-Z and Kanye West 2011
78 Broke With Expensive Taste Azealia Banks 2014
79 Follow the Leader Eric B. & Rakim 1988
80 Some Rap Songs Earl Sweatshirt 2018
81 Blowout Comb Digable Planets 1994
82 The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Slick Rick 1988
83 Kala M.I.A. 2007
84 Summertime 06 Vince Staples 2015
85 The Slim Shady LP Eminem 1999
86 Like Water for Chocolate Common 2000
87 Critical Beatdown Ultramagnetic MCs 1988
88 Cypress Hill Cypress Hill 1991
89 One for All Brand Nubian 1990
90 Man on the Moon: The End of the Day Kid Cudi 2009
91 Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions 1987
92 Endtroducing….. DJ Shadow 1996
93 Death Certificate Ice Cube 1991
94 De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul 1991
95 Trap Muzik T.I. 2003
96 Power Ice-T 1988
97 Hell Hath No Fury Clipse 2006
98 Funcrusher Plus Company Flow 1997
99 Tha Carter II Lil Wayne 2005
100 Raising Hell Run-D.M.C. 1986
101 Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 Young Jeezy 2005
102 Birdman Young Thug 2014
103 Black on Both Sides Mos Def 1999
104 Scorpion Eve 2001
105 Coloring Book Chance the Rapper 2016
106 Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Ol' Dirty Bastard 1995
107 Wanted: Dead or Alive Kool G Rap & DJ Polo 1990
108 Daytona Pusha T 2018
109 Breaking Atoms Main Source 1991
110 Goin Off Biz Markie 1988
111 By All Means Necessary Boogie Down Productions 1988
112 Laila’s Wisdom Rapsody 2017
113 The Black Album Jay-Z 2003
114 Sex Packets Digital Underground 1990
115 Looking for the Perfect Beat 1980-1985 Afrika Bambaataa 2001
116 Straight Out the Jungle Jungle Brothers 1988
117 Under Construction Missy Elliott 2002
118 Bastard Tyler The Creator 2009
119 Party Music The Coup 2001
120 Barter 6 Young Thug 2015
121 Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest 1990
122 In Search Of… N.E.R.D. 2002
123 93 til Infinity Souls of Mischief 1993
124 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Outkast 2003
125 If Youre Reading This Its Too Late Drake 2015
126 Savage Mode 21 Savage and Metro Boomin 2016
127 E. 1999 Eternal Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 1995
128 Capital Punishment Big Pun 1998
129 Whole Lotta Red Playboi Carti 2020
130 Mecca and the Soul Brother Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth 1992
131 Fishscale Ghostface Killah 2006
132 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole 2014
133 R.A.P. Music Killer Mike 2012
134 Me Against the World 2Pac 1995
135 Teflon Don Rick Ross 2010
136 Planet Her Doja Cat 2021
137 Fantastic Vol. 2 Slum Village 2000
138 Period City Girls 2018
139 Original Pirate Material The Streets 2002
140 It Was Written Nas 1996
141 Enta da Stage Black Moon 1993
142 The Listening Little Brother 2003
143 Eternal Atake Lil Uzi Vert 2020
144 Reloaded Roc Marciano 2012
145 Be Common 2005
146 A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing Black Sheep 1991
147 Radio LL Cool J 1985
148 Run the Jewels 2 Run the Jewels 2014
149 3 ’N the Mornin' (Part Two) DJ Screw 1996
150 How I Got Over The Roots 2010
151 Montero Lil Nas X 2021
152 SremmLife Rae Sremmurd 2015
153 Eazy-Duz-It Eazy E 1988
154 What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective Steinski 2008
155 The Sun Rises in the East Jeru the Damaja 1994
156 Quik Is the Name DJ Quik 1991
157 XXX Danny Brown 2011
158 Just Tryin ta Live Devin the Dude 2002
159 So…Hows Your Girl? Handsome Boy Modeling School 1999
160 Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous Big L 1995
161 Die a Legend Polo G 2019
162 Whack World Tierra Whack 2018
163 Super Tight… UGK 1994
164 Blank Face Schoolboy Q 2016
165 The Cold Vein Cannibal Ox 2001
166 Because the Internet Childish Gambino 2013
167 Black Mafia Life Above the Law 1993
168 Pray for Haiti Mach-Hommy 2021
169 Soul Food Goodie Mob 1995
170 Krit Wuz Here Big K.R.I.T. 2010
171 In Control Volume 1 Marley Marl 1988
172 Ho Why Is You Here? Flo Milli 2020
173 The Divine Feminine Mac Miller 2016
174 Purple Haze Cam'ron 2004
175 Bad Sister Roxanne Shanté 1989
176 Flygod Westside Gunn 2016
177 6 Feet Deep Gravediggaz 1994
178 In a Major Way E-40 1995
179 To Whom It May Concern… Freestyle Fellowship 1991
180 Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Little Simz 2021
181 Soundbombing II Various Artists 1999
182 Chicken Talk Gucci Mane 2006
183 Uptown Saturday Night Camp Lo 1997
184 Care for Me Saba 2018
185 Lyte as a Rock MC Lyte 1988
186 Life Is … Too $hort Too $hort 1988
187 The War Report Capone-N-Noreaga 1997
188 Wild Style: Original Soundtrack Various Artists 1983
189 Crenshaw Nipsey Hussle 2013
190 Cold Devil Drakeo the Ruler 2018
191 Later That Day Lyrics Born 2003
192 Meet the Woo Pop Smoke 2019
193 Live. Love. A$AP A$AP Rocky 2011
194 The Dusty Foot Philosopher K'Naan 2005
195 Ephorize Cupcakke 2018
196 Tear Gas The Jacka 2009
197 Bandana Freddie Gibbs & Madlib 2019
198 Mr. Hood KMD 1991
199 Goodbye & Good Riddance Juice WRLD 2018
200 Astroworld Travis Scott 2018

Of course when you make a list that is supposed to be comprehensive of every album in a specific genre, you’re going to have a lot of disagreements to put it lightly. Some of the snubbed artists have already spoken up — including The Game and Meek Mill. Not to mention that Nas’ Illmatic was ranked at a relatively low #24 and many took issue that the fact the list left ‘Illmatic’ out of the top ten shows the disconnect.

Well, at least Rolling Stone didn’t have Macklemore in the list. Shows they’re a little more connected to hop hop than the Grammys.

What Makes Some Movie Sequels Better Than the Original?

In the world of film, the sequel is often derided as a lazy attempt to generate new revenues from an existing piece of art. This is perhaps why there are endless think-pieces decrying the current state of Hollywood as oversaturated with sequels, remakes, and reboots. While a sequel can sometimes be a pale imitation of an original, this is not always the case.

Every once in a while, a sequel comes along that is so much better than its predecessor that it becomes the standout film that defines an entire franchise. Much like Thor: Ragnarok and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, the third and fourth installments are much better than the original. If you‘re wondering what the secret sauce is that makes a sequel outshine the original, let’s take a look at some of the best sequels ever made to see if we can uncover the answer.

The Dark Knight

The second installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise is still considered to be one of the best Batman films ever made, one that catapulted Health Ledger’s joker to the status of legend and set the bar for every subsequent film in the canon. Today, almost any cultural representation or reference to Batman will nod to this film, be it in subsequent franchises or through video games such as the Arkham series. While the ultra-gritty film offers stellar performances all around, this sequel tells us that, sometimes, all you need to keep the momentum going is one flawless, original performance from a true master of the craft.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

The Captain America films, starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers himself, all rank among the more critically acclaimed releases within the sprawling Marvel ecosystem. However, it is the second releaseWinter Soldierthat continues to stand head and shoulders above the rest. What directors Anthony and Joe Russo did here added a more serious, darker twist to the original happy-go-lucky story, without descending into overly gritty kitsch. The film’s inspired plot, which pits the Cap against a Cold War-style surveillance state, is a brave departure from the usual Marvel fare, one that shows how taking narrative risks in a sequel can really pay off.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Ask anyone to quote a line from the iconic Terminator films, and they are likely to give you a few words from Judgement Day. James Cameron’s second installment, which came a full seven years after the original, continues to be the enduring cultural touchstone for this now-massive franchise. The characters from T2, including Robert Patrick’s haunting T-1000, continue to be reproduced to this day. For example, fans of the film can now play an official branded Terminator 2 slot, in which the stellar cast all appear as icons on the reels, dispensing cash prizes to online players. Few other sequels have this kind of staying power.

Silence of the Lambs

Very few people are even aware of the fact that Silence of the Lambs is a sequel. However, it is a direct continuation of the 1986 film Manhunter, itself a critical darling (albeit one that fared poorly at the box office). In this sequel, Anthony Hopkins replaces Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter, an inspired decision that transformed a sinister villain into an unforgettable and terrifying character that continues to haunt audiences more than 30 years on. What makes this example so noteworthy is the fact that Silence of the Lambs feels like a completely different film to Manhunter in terms of style, content, and themes. Sometimes, the original film is little more than a launchpad for a truly great work of art.


The bloated X-Men franchise is littered with films we would rather forget, including the two Wolverine installments that came before 2017’s Logan, which sees Hugh Jackman return as the steel-clawed, sideburn-touting antihero. Again, this is a sequel that manages to feel like a completely different film from anything that came before it. Logan is arguably the first film in the entire franchise that takes some of the burning political themes of the day head-on, grappling with authoritarianism, refugees, and the military-industrial complex with a raw panache that none of the other films attempted. For us, the real winner from Logan is Hugh Jackman, who came to the table prepared to perform a completely different type of Wolverine, one that represents a stark departure from his previous turns.

Before Midnight

Sometimes, you don’t need to make a dramatic departure from previous installments. This is aptly demonstrated by the 2013 film Before Midnight, the final release in the Before Trilogy which masters the art of continuity. The dreamy travelogue film follows Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, our star-crossed lovers from the original films, as a married couple on a family vacation on the Greek islands. The film grapples intimately with the ideas and themes explored in the previous films, reflecting on youth, ambition, and the manner in which our fantasies crumble in the face of reality. Despite being filmed a decade after the previous film, Before Midnight feels like it picks up right where we left off.

These stellar sequels tell us a lot about the art of one-upping your previous work. With the right combination of bravery, boldness, respect for the source content, and, of course, the help of incredibly talented actors, a sequel can outshine even the best original film.

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When does Thor: Love and Thunder’s review embargo lift?

The new Thor movie Thor: Love and Thunder will be the 29th movie in the MCU and after the critically-acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok film from 2019, Marvel fans are excited for the follow up comedy adventure from Director Taika Waititi.

A couple trailers have been released, advanced tickets for Thor: Love and Thunder will become available on Monday June 13th, 2022 a few weeks before the official release date of Friday July 8th, 2022.

The highly-anticipated fourth installment of the Thor franchise reportedly got an early screening and the “internal” audience LOVED IT. With all this excitement, the only couple things left for the film is to know when the review embargos will be lifted so we can get some social media and critic reviews of the film.

When is the review embargo lift for Thor: Love and Thunder?

Unlike Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, we don’t have to wonder or estimate when the embargo for Thor: Love and Thunder will be lifted as it was recently confirmed in tweets from a couple industry experts in the know.

This embargo date was first leaked by Collider’s Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub on the morning of June 6th, and that information was followed and confirmed later that same day by Erik Davis who writes for both Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.

Okay so there’s a bit of a gap between when social media review embargo lifts and when full critical reviews can be published out. From June 23rd to July 5th, that’s 12 days between them. With Thor’s embargo date seemingly confirmed, let’s look at the embargo dates from the last few MCU movies

Marvel Movie Review Embargo Dates
Year Movie Social Media Review Release
2022 Thor: Love and Thunder Jun 23 Jul 05 Jul 08
2022 Doctor Strange 2 May 03 May 03 May 06
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Dec 13 Dec 13 Dec 17
2021 The Eternals Oct 19 Oct 24 Nov 5
2021 Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings Aug 17 Aug 23 Sept 3

Thor: Love and Thunder’s nearly two weeks is by far the longest wait for the last five Marvel movies. It seems like Marvel is testing out what works best in building excitement and momentum for a film. No doubt the short three days between the full review embargo and the actual wide release of the film is the studio’s continued attempts to avoid spoilers.

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Attachment: What Does Relationship Permanence Mean?

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

We all want to be in loving, secure, and committed relationships. But maintaining such a relationship can be elusive to many. So how do healthy, committed relationships stay that way? This question is at the forefront when discussing the topic of relationship permanence.

But, what is relationship permanence, and how can it be achieved? Read on to learn everything you need to know about the importance of committed relationships and how to succeed at creating them.

What Is Relationship Permanence?

Relationship permanence measures how much a couple is committed to each other. For example, if a couple has been together for years or decades, then there is strong relationship permanence. It means that the relationship is likely to last a lifetime as the commitment and bond between the couple are strong.

Relationship permanence is often the goal for many people looking for love. But why is it so important, and how can it be achieved? The next couple of sections will address these questions.

Why Is Relationship Permanence Important?

Relationship permanence is important because it affects so much more than the duration of a relationship. Strong, healthy, committed relationships are good for mental health and the well-being of everyone involved in the relationship (including children). Read on to learn why.

The Relationship Tends To Be More Satisfying

Good relationship permanence is often due to the relationship being healthy and both partners being committed to one another. To make this happen, the partners are not just lovers but also best friends. They enjoy being with each other and are not just together to avoid loneliness or because they are sexually attracted to each other. This means that the couple is more likely to experience satisfaction with their relationship.

However, it is important to note that relationship permanence does not just mean a relationship lasts a long time. It must be stable and healthy, with both partners but in effort into the commitment. Unfortunately, there are many relationships that stay together out of convenience and, therefore, do not experience great satisfaction.

Better Mental Health

Those who are satisfied with their relationship are more likely to experience good mental health. This is critical for their overall happiness and the satisfaction and stability of other areas of their life.

Also, relationship permanence is critical for the stability and good mental health of any children involved. Children are more likely to be mentally healthy and happy if they come from a happy home. Healthy marriages and relationships provide the stability that is so crucial for a child’s well-being. Conversely, children who grow up surrounded by unhealthy relationships may experience more mental health concerns and other problems down the line.

Affects Attachment Styles

Furthermore, good relationship permanence can help the development of secure attachment styles. Through commitment and lots of work, a couple can learn to be securely attached to one another, which is a huge factor for success in relationships. Even if one or both people in the relationship started with an insecure attachment, they might be able to heal or work through their insecurities or flaws and develop a healthier attachment and connection to their partner.

Furthermore, good relationship permanence also encourages secure attachments in children. Children who witness their parents having a healthy love and relationship with each other are more likely to mimic those healthy habits and behaviors in their relationships in adulthood.

To learn more about attachment styles and how they affect relationships, check out these resources provided by BetterHelp.

Tips For Good Relationship Permanence

Relationship permanence does not come by accident or fate. Though two people can feel like soulmates, they still need to put in the effort to solidify the commitment. But how do they do this? Here are a few tips that committed couples follow to achieve relationship permanence.

Open Communication

All good relationships include good communication. If either partner is holding secrets or deceiving their loved ones, the relationship is bound to be rocky and not last long. Open communication fosters trust and deeper bonding, which are essential for commitment.

Make Time For Each Other

As the years go on, partners get busy with kids, careers, and other responsibilities. This can all make it much more difficult to take time for each other as they did at the beginning of the relationship.

Therefore, as time goes on, you will need to put in effort to schedule activities together. Maybe you can go to the gym or run every morning together. Or perhaps, you can schedule weekly date nights. Find ways to spend time together, and your bond will deepen with time.

Be Best Friends With Each Other

When people envision the perfect relationship, they focus on the romance and physical attraction involved. However, lifelong commitments are not romantic 100% of the time. When the passion begins to fade, you will need other reasons to stick together.

That’s why it’s important to find a partner that you’re friends with in addition to being lovers. This is where a lot of the effort comes in. Take time to do activities together and talk often to learn about each other’s likes, wants, and dreams. Doing so will create a much deeper bond than sexual or physical attraction can achieve.

Don’t Force Yourself To Be With The Wrong Person

Though there are numerous benefits to being in a long-term relationship, that doesn’t mean you should force yourself to be with someone that isn’t a good fit. Many people have volatile or unhappy relationships because they feel that commitment is more important than happiness. Relationship permanence is about the well-being of the couple, not just the length of the relationship.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, relationship permanence is critical for the mental health and happiness of the couple and anyone else involved with the relationship (such as children). However, it takes hard work and effort to create such a commitment. Hopefully, this article helped you understand the importance of relationship permanence and what it takes to achieve it.

10 Borderline Personality Disorder Books We Recommend And Why

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a challenging and exhausting condition to live with. Those who are diagnosed, as well as their loved ones, could always use a bit more help and advice when navigating the treatment and coping journey. Though therapy and self-care are always important, books about BPD can provide added insight, compassion, and empathy that are necessary for healing.

So if you are looking for some great resources to help recover and maintain your mental health, then why not pick up some books about the condition? Below are some great books about borderline personality disorder that we highly recommend.

“I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me” by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus

This is one of the most popular books about BPD, and it’s not hard to see why. The book is full of great research and insights on the disorder that other books struggle to compete with. It also provides helpful tips for coping and a great discussion on treatment options. Anyone with BPD (or their loved ones) will gain insightful knowledge and advice when reading this book. You can get the book at Amazon.

“The Buddha and The Borderline” by Kiera Van Gelder

This book is an essential memoir to read if you are looking to get a window into the life of someone with BPD. The author notates her struggles throughout childhood and young adulthood that came before her diagnosis. Furthermore, she details her journey to recovery through Buddhism and therapy, leaving an inspirational story for all who have this diagnosis. The Buddha and The Borderline is available at Second Sale.

“The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures & Pieces” by Courtney Cook

This author not only tells the story of her ups and downs with her diagnosis, she wonderfully puts these stories all together into a graphic memoir. Her illustrations perfectly capture the volatility, rawness, and even the humor of having BPD. Though reading about the condition is interesting enough, the author’s illustrations bring out the emotions that are common throughout this journey. Get the book for cheap at bookoutlet.

“Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder” by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus

The authors that brought you “I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me” come back with another guide to help people cope with this condition. While their previous book focused more on the science and psychology of BPD, this book provides more advice, coping tips, and hope for people with this condition and their loved ones. Get Sometimes I Act Crazy at Abe Books online.

“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy” by Blaise A. Aguirre

This is a great book for anyone looking to incorporate mindfulness into their coping or treatment strategy. The book centers around the practices of mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help people with BPD manage their symptoms. The book also serves as a good introduction to mindfulness and has plenty of exercises that perfectly incorporate mindfulness into the recovery journey. You can get this Mindfulness for BPD book for under $8 at Discover Books.

“Millie the Cat Has Borderline Personality Disorder” by Jessie Shepherd and Ty Shepherd

Though this is a picture book for children, it is still a great read about BPD. This book is essential for any children who have family members with BPD and are confused about their behavior. It displays BPD in a compassionate light and breaks down the condition so children can understand and sympathize. Buy Millie the Cat Has BPD at Better World Books.

“Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz

If you were recently diagnosed with BPD, then this is your ultimate guide. This book provides a great introduction to the disorder and the common challenges experienced by people diagnosed with it. It also discusses the most effective treatment options available and coping strategies.

“Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder” by Rachel Reiland

“Get Me Out Of Here” is another great memoir about living with BPD. This book details the author’s journey from diagnosis to healing and recovery. It’s a perfect read for those wanting to understand this condition more, as well as those who also live with it.

“Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen

This is by far the most popular book about BPD around. It not only serves as an important memoir and perspective on the issue but also gives a great glimpse into mental health stigmas and care of the 1960s. The stories and thoughts of this incredible author will have you question your own understanding and stereotypes of who should be considered “sane” or “insane.” Get the book version at Alibris.

“The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living With BPD” by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz

This is another great guide to BPD brought to you by the authors of “Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.” The authors have provided their readers with another great roadmap to treatment and recovery, toning down the technical jargon to help further your understanding. If you or someone you love is struggling with this disorder, then this book will be a great help for all of your challenges. Get this great book on BPD at Thrift Books.

Whether you are newly diagnosed, have known about your BPD diagnosis for a while, or are a loved one with BPD, you are sure to find a book on this list that can educate you further and help you on this journey. If you are interested in learning more about borderline personality disorder or similar conditions, you can find more information and resources over at BetterHelp.

Cyclothymia Vs. Dysthymia Symptoms: The Differences Between The Two Personality Disorders

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

When researching mental health symptoms online, you are bound to find that many conditions overlap. This is fairly common and the main factor that makes it so hard for someone to receive an accurate diagnosis. Even psychologists who work with their clients for a long time may have difficulty determining their exact condition.

This is the case with cyclothymia and dysthymia. Both have very similar symptoms despite being very different conditions. This article will give you a brief description of each disorder and highlight the differences for your understanding.

What Is Cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia is a rare and mild form of bipolar disorder. People with this condition live with frequent ups and downs in their mood, but not to the same extremes as other forms of bipolar disorder.

As with other types of bipolar disorder, the symptoms come in two categories: hypomania and depression. Therefore an accurate diagnosis comes from meeting the criteria in both categories.

Common symptoms of a hypomanic episode of cyclothymia include:

  • An exaggerated sense of happiness or euphoria
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Extreme optimism
  • Racing thoughts
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Increased physical activity
  • Talkativeness
  • More physically active than usual
  • Partaking in risky behavior
  • Significant increase in motivation and drive
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating

Common symptoms of a depressive episode of cyclothymia include:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Apathy and boredom
  • Weight changes
  • Problems sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of suicide**

**If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out for help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24/7.

What Is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is another term for persistent depressive disorder. It is a continuous and chronic form of depression that significantly interferes with one’s daily life for years. People with this condition often feel hopeless, have low self-esteem, and struggle to remain productive. They may also struggle to feel good or happy even on the best occasions and are described as having a gloomy personality.

The symptoms of dysthymia are very similar to those of other forms of depression. These symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Apathy
  • Low self-esteem or confidence
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or excessive anger
  • Sleeping problems or disorders
  • Appetite changes
  • Social isolation

The Differences Between Dysthymia and Cyclothymia

The primary difference between the two conditions is that cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder and dysthymia is a form of depression. Though cyclothymia involves depressive episodes, this condition also involves hypomanic periods, which are absent in dysthymia.

However, because cyclothymia is far milder than other forms of bipolar disorder, it can be hard to discern when a hypomanic period occurs. Therefore, people with this condition often believe they have depression as they aren’t aware of their hypomanic states.

Furthermore, the depression experienced in dysthymia is often more chronic and severe than the depressive episodes of cyclothymia. Someone with the latter does experience depression, but these episodes are not chronic or continuous, such as with dysthymia.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, it is easy to confuse the two conditions. However, one disorder leads to a constant flux of emotions while the other results in persistent depression. Hopefully, this article cleared up any confusion you may have had about these disorders. If you think you may have one of these conditions, then please consider talking to a therapist about your symptoms and concerns. If you want to learn more about these disorders or similar conditions, you can find more information and resources over at BetterHelp.

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How To Send An Anonymous Love Letter (5 Things To Keep In Mind)

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Falling in and staying in love is an exciting feeling. But it’s not always easy to express your feelings to the one you care about. It puts you in a vulnerable position, and it is not always clear if your crush will reciprocate those feelings.

However, one way to start this conversation is by sending an anonymous love letter. Doing so will make your feelings and intentions known without the awkwardness of an in-person conversation. Furthermore, knowing how they react to an anonymous admirer will make it easier to determine if they are likely to reciprocate those feelings once they know you wrote the letter.

But if you are considering this option, there are a few tips and cautions to consider. Read on for some advice on sending your crush an anonymous love letter.

Be Discreet

Since you want to keep it anonymous, it’s essential to be discreet. This will avoid any public embarrassment or having an in-person conversation about your feelings before you’re ready. Make sure to place the note at a time when you won’t be spotted by your crush or a random passerby.

You also want to choose a location for the letter that will be discreet but not stalkerish. For example, sending a letter in the mail might seem creepy if your crush never told you their address. Instead, you may want to try sending an anonymous message through a social media platform (preferably one where they won’t know your identity right away). Or, you can try slipping the note into their locker or hire someone to deliver it for you.

Don’t Go Overboard

Though you may be eager to express your feelings and connect with your crush, make sure to take it slow. Just start with one letter and see how it is received. You don’t want to overwhelm them with too many letters or gifts as it can scare them away.

Don’t Use The “L” Word

Though you may have intense feelings for your beloved, it’s important to take things slow. Therefore, it is wise not to mention the word “love.” This could be a bit overwhelming for them, especially since they don’t know who you are.

So make sure to write about your feelings in a way that is not overwhelming. Tell them how you feel and what you like about them. But don’t pressure them to be in love with you or to make a commitment yet. Take it slow and give them time to find out who you are and reciprocate those feelings.

Avoid Creepy Behavior

You don’t want to come off as a creep or a stalker. Therefore, avoid following your beloved around or saying anything in your letter that can come off as creepy. Likewise, don’t follow them around or use shady tactics to find out more information about them.

Furthermore, though you are undoubtedly attracted to them, keep this information brief in your letter. After all, there is no easier way to freak someone out than discussing your physical attraction with too much detail. Instead, focus on the person’s qualities, hobbies, accomplishments, and anything else you admire about them.

Be Respectful Of The Outcome

Writing and sending an anonymous love letter is both romantic and vulnerable. However, that doesn’t mean that your love will be receptive to your words and advances. Perhaps they already have a partner, or they just aren’t interested in a relationship.

However they respond, it is important to respect their wishes. If they are interested in meeting you and talking further, then that’s wonderful. But if they aren’t interested, then don’t retaliate or do anything harmful to them. Don’t push them into anything. Just respect their feelings and move on.

For more love advice as well as information about other relationship and mental health topics, check out the resources provided by BetterHelp.

22 Inspirational Quotes About Living With Bipolar Disorder

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Let’s face it: living with bipolar disorder is difficult. The constant emotional fluxes can make life unpredictable, exhausting, and challenging. Even those who take medication and go to therapy may still struggle to cope at times.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for hope. With continuous effort, support, and self-care, you can have the satisfying and stable life you crave. But sometimes, we just need a bit of inspiration to keep going.

Inspiring Quotes About Living With Bipolar Disorder

Check out these inspiring quotes about bipolar disorder that will make your day a bit brighter. And if you’re interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, you can find more information and resources at BetterHelp.

“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital… I outlasted my problems. I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.” ― Carrie Fisher


“When under the strain of bipolar’s strongest symptoms, we certainly can make selfish decisions, but that doesn’t make us selfish people. In fact, because we have struggled and known such depths of darkness, our compassion runs deeper.”― Lyss Trayers


“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”― Vincent van Gogh

“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me.”― Vincent van Gogh


“See, you have a gift. People with bipolar disorder are very, very sensitive. Much more than ordinary people. They are able to experience emotions in a very deep and intense way. It gives them a very different perspective of the world. It is not that they lose touch with reality. But the feelings of extreme intensity are manifested in creative things. They pour their emotions into either writing or whatever field they have chosen” ― Preeti Shenoy


“The light you are searching for can be found in your reflection.”― Hannah Blum


“Before I die I’d love to see my name on the Famous Bipolar list. I’m not ashamed of my illness. I believe most of my talent comes from it.”― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“Some days I could fly and feel very happy. I record those days in my journal for I know that I will feel very sad again. And I need proof that I will be very happy again. Thankfully, I feel very happy tonight. Goodnight.”― Juansen Dizon


“I haven’t beat my mental illness. I’ve quit letting it beat me”― Stanley Victor Paskavich


“I’m bipolar, but I’m not crazy, and I never was. I’m stark raving sane.”― Emilie Autumn

“Bipolar Disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything in life” ― Carrie Fisher 


“Having bipolar disorder does not mean you are broken; it means you are strong and brave for battling your mind every single day” ―HealthPlace.com



“Beautiful soul, do not give up. What we believe to be the end is usually just the beginning.”― Hannah Blum


“Time will pass; these moods will pass; and I will, eventually, be myself again.”— Kay Redfield Jamison

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”―Seneca


“I realized that bipolar disorder may be a part of my life, but it isn’t who I am.” —Demi Lovato



“When she was down, she was very, very down. But when she was high, she could fly.”—Unknown


“Please don’t confuse me with my illness. I am not bipolar; I have bipolar.” — G.E Laine

“Bipolar can make you unstable, but you are still able. Never give up, never give in, you will find your peace again.” — G.E Laine


“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” —Aristotle


“Compared to bipolar’s magic, reality seems a raw deal.”—David Lovelace


“If you want to see the stars, you must be willing to travel through the dark.”― Hannah Blum



Approximately 1% of the population develops bipolar disorder. Formerly known as manic depression due to the mood shifts that go from manic to depressive episodes – it is definitely a roller coaster of emotions for everyone involved so keeping grounded is one of the many important methods to keep things in perspective.

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Here’s 5 things we begrudgingly like about PayPal

We’re not a big fan of PayPal. The finance tech firm that provides a platform for processing payments online has often taken advantage of their early start in the online payment processing game.

Founded back in the late 1990s, when it was known as Confinity, but it has since become the biggest company of its type in the world.

It effectively acts as an intermediary service between the buyer and his or her bank, enabling them to withdraw or add money online when buying or selling. However, people can also keep money in their PayPal accounts to use for transactions, rather than their bank accounts.

Over the past 20 years, PayPal has become one of the top sites for financial transactions across much of the world. Here we will look at some of the fantastic things it can help you to do.

Buy and Bid on eBay

Conducting financial transactions on any site using PayPal is safe as it heavily encrypts all user data and employs multi-stage authentication. It is particularly secure to use eBay though, as this e-commerce giant owns PayPal.

That means that people using PayPal to bid for items listed on eBay, or just purchase them directly, can benefit from far greater buyer protection than the average user. Plus, in the unlikely event that there is a problem, they can access eBay’s clear complaint resolution procedures.

Anyone buying on eBay will come across the PayPal payment option along the way and it is not even necessary to have a PayPal account to exploit it.

Play at Online Casinos

Online casino is a very exciting form of gaming that lets you play fast spinning slots or tense, tactical games of poker for real money. However the fact that cash is part of the game means that you need to be able to deposit money in your casino account and be able to withdraw any you happen to win.

PayPal lets you do both of these things very easily and quickly. It is such a recognized name that almost all casinos have it as one of their deposit and withdrawal choices.

That ranges from new ones with enticing welcome bonuses to no deposit bonus ones and mobile casinos. The sheer number can make it hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but a site like Time2play ranks the best PayPal online casinos to help you steer clear of the bad ones.

Carry Out Transactions Internationally

As the largest online payment processor in the world, PayPal is available in almost every country around the globe. The full directory of nations that accept it is too long to possibly list here, as it comes to over 200.

Those that do not tend to be located in heavily restricted places like the Middle East or North Korea. These are unlikely to be used for many online transactions, so PayPal lets you buy and sell internationally or send money to family or friends in other parts of the world.

Take Advantage of Discounts

Many major retail brands partner with PayPal to provide discounts for people who buy from them using it. They include Nike, Walmart and Barnes & Noble and the shopping.paypal.com page lists the current discounts that are available.

Being able to buy things you want for less money is definitely one of the top reasons for choosing PayPal.

Complete Transactions on the go

PayPal is available as a mobile phone app, via the iTunes Store. That means that it can be added to your mobile if you have an iPhone.

Therefore, if you are out of the house browsing online on your phone and you see something you want to buy, you can carry out the transaction right away. Equally, bills can be paid during breaks at work using the PayPal iPhone app.

The Benefits of Using PayPal

So there are lots of things that you can do using PayPal, but what are the specific benefits of this payment processor?


We all know that putting our bank details online when buying can be a risky business; but PayPal eliminates most of that risk. It is heavily centralized and deploys cutting edge data encryption making it almost impossible for cyber criminals to get at your information.

Low cost

Paypal has been known to charge and raise their already ridiculous fees on international payments. but one argument that fans argue in favor of PayPal is that their fees for transactions can be lower than many rival payment processors. Account creation is entirely free and US customers pay very little in transaction costs. E-commerce business users pay 2.7% for each sale, which again is pretty reasonable.

Payment flexibility

If you are using a credit card to pay for something, there is always the chance that you will not have enough credit left and the card gets declined. PayPal will allow a customer to link more than one credit or debit card to their account, as well as multiple bank accounts.

That means you will have several payment options easy to hand when you need to complete a purchase out in the real world. This will potentially save you a whole lot of embarrassment and annoyance.

This combination of benefits is why PayPal has remained the top e-wallet payment processor for such a long time.

Setting up a PayPal account is simple and free, after which sending and receiving payments will be quick and easy. If you have several debit or credit cards, these can all be added to your account so you will never be caught without cash.

Did Trader Joe’s discontinue their Elote Corn Chip Dippers?

If there’s one item that we’ve consistently been addicted to / love from Trader Joe’s; it’s without a doubt their Elote Chips.

A couple weeks ago, we could no longer locate the in the aisle they are usually stocked. We were concerned but not overly concerned as we know sometimes certain items are out-of-stock at Trader Joe’s for a few days. Especially our location in New York City. It’s not uncommon to not be able to find your favorite snack, yogurt or ingredient that day.

Known by their full name Organic Elote Corn Chip Dippers – I don’t think I’ve met anyone that dislikes these chips, so anecdotally, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be discontinued.

But Trader Joe’s doesn’t make business decisions based on whether a handful of my friends like their items. They got a business to run.

Did Trader Joe’s discontinue their Elote Corn Chip Dippers?

This happens a lot with Trader Joe’s items so when I don’t see the item for a couple weeks, depending on how much I love the item, I may try to confirm it with more official and unofficial channels.

First move is to check other nearby stores — which I didn’t do.

Instead I went to this Trader Joe’s reddit forum which is filled with comments soaked with tears at the loss of potential TJ favorites. If the Elote corn chips have been discontinued, we’ll definitely shed a tear for them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as the latest Reddit thread is from nearly 10 months ago in August of 2021.

We also like to cross reference this dedicated Instagram account to forever gone TJ’s items. Thankfully, nothing has been reported on the Elote Corn Chip front.

The good news is as of this post, the Elote Corn Chip Dippers are still alive and well and their disappearance is probably an inventory issue. If TJs is out of stock of them and you want to settle your craving by re-creating them. You can use the same Trader Joe’s corn chips (sans elote seasoning) and then shake in some (alot) of the Everything But The Elote seasoning.

The 10 best places to eat and drink when visiting Sydney in 2022


Are you planning to visit Sydney this 2022? If you are, you’re in for a real treat because the city has some of Australia’s best food and drink options. Sydney is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, cafes, and bars. https://nicelocal.com/ can help you get some of the best places to eat and drink. Some of these places include:

1. Quay

According to https://nicelocal.com/, Quay is one of Sydney’s best places to drink. The place has an extensive wine list and serves Australian and New Zealand wines. The bar also offers a wide range of cocktails, beer, and spirits. This means that you can find the perfect drink to suit your taste.

2. The Rocks

If you’re currently searching for a place to eat, you can’t go wrong with The Rocks. The area is home to some of the best restaurants in Sydney. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. If you’re interested in a place to eat, The Rocks is an excellent starting point.

3. Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney. The beach is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual eateries. Coogee Beach is the perfect place to start your search for those looking for restaurants near me.

4. Paddington

Paddington is another excellent place to eat and drink in Sydney. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Visitors searching for restaurants near me, Paddington is the perfect place to start your search.

5. Marlborough Hotel

The Marlborough Hotel is another great place to drink in Sydney. The hotel has a large selection of cocktails, beer, and wine. This facility also offers a range of spirits. You can also find a wide range of food options at the Marlborough Hotel.

6. The Opera House

The Opera House is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. The Opera building is home to a range of bars and restaurants. You’ll be able to find the perfect place to eat and drink while you’re visiting Sydney. As it stands, the Opera House is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney.

7. Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach stands out as one of the most popular beaches in Sydney, and it’s also home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Bondi Beach is an excellent place to start your search for restaurants near me.

8. Darling Harbour

This has always been one of the most popular places to eat and drink in Sydney. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Darling Harbour is an excellent place to start your search for restaurants in Sydney.

9. Surry Hills

For those looking for the best places to eat and drink in Sydney, you can’t go wrong with Surry Hills. The area is home to a range of cafes and restaurants. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes. Surry Hills offers an excellent starting point for your search for restaurants in Sydney.

10. Loulou Bistro

Loulou Bistro is one of the best places to eat and drink in Sydney. The bistro has a large selection of French wines and serves Australian and New Zealand wines. You’ll be able to find the perfect drink to suit your taste. You won’t want to miss this when you’re visiting Sydney.

Visiting Sydney is a great way to experience the best that Australia has to offer. There are a range of things to do and see in the city. If you’re looking for the best places to eat and drink, you can’t go wrong with any of the places we’ve mentioned. You’ll be able to find everything from fine dining to casual cafes.


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The way too early 2022-23 NBA MVP predictions – who’s in the running?

With Nikola Jokić having recently claimed the title for 2021-22’s NBA MVP, fans are already clamoring over who’s going to be next to claim the gong. The 2022-23 season is, of course, just around the corner but it doesn’t hurt to get into some healthy speculation to prepare for the court excitement to come.

Fervent fans of NBA stars up and down the league are already putting their opinions forward for who the next big superstar’s likely to be. If you’re a sportsbook fan, you may already be deep into NJ sports betting over at Resorts Casino where NBA markets are quickly lining up. But, before taking any kind of punt, who are some of the bigger names in contention for next season’s top prize?

Jayson Tatum

While Tatum may be a little overshadowed on the MVP wish list by the likes of Giannis and Luka Dončić, the Celts’ underrated superstar is certainly due some recognition. Especially the maturity and leadership he’s shown in the 202s season and playoffs. However, he’s still very much emerging in terms of being an asset on the court.

That said, oddsmakers are looking closely at Tatum thanks to his all-around talent. On the wing and in defense, he’s proven to be a boon for the Celts when it comes to regular assists. Tatum is quickly emerging as one of the must-watch players in the league, which puts him in prime position for the next MVP accolades.

Luka Dončić

Whatever happens to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, one thing is for sure — Luka Doncic will come out a much better, more well-rounded player. Going into the last two regular seasons as a favorite for MVP and having made a name for himself in the NBA playoffs the two last seasons, Luka has never moved past the first round. This season, Doncic and his Mavs advanced all the way to the Western Conference Finals. At just 23 years old, Doncic’s understanding of the game, confidence and intelligence belies his age. With a new and improved diet, a taste of the Western Finals, look for Doncic to lead the league in scoring next season AND be a front runner for the MVP discussions.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Across the board, Giannis’ name is the one that keeps coming up for next season’s MVP. He’s got form after all, having claimed the prize twice (and having been beaten to the punch by Jokić this time around), he’s a name that many shrewd fans would put at the top of the must-pick list.

The Bucks have weathered a fairly rocky season thanks to injury time and it’s in large thanks to Giannis that they’ve continued to rack up the wins. Giannis is a household name all on his own will he be the next MVP?

Nikola Jokić

Yes, after a barnstorming 2021-22, it makes logical sense to have Jokić’s name firmly on the board for another year of MVP glory. However, if he claims a third MVP title in a row, Jokić stands to become only the fourth NBA player to do so. That puts him in league with legends such as Russell, Chamberlain, and Bird is he ready to join such a pantheon?

It’ll remain to be seen if voters feel this way. Jokić is certainly one of the most formidable of his craft right now (and the MVP award proves this). But will voters be looking to crown someone completely different by the end of the 2022-23 season?

It may seem a little too early to place any definites behind players yet to grasp the next MVP award. However, if you know your players and voting patterns you might just be able to pick out the next big name. Will it be a three-time for Jokić? Keep your eyes on the court.

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