Great new music to check out!

The other night I had the privilege of seeing two artists, Joe Hertler and Kevin Thibodeau perform at Kaya Coffee House in Mount Pleasant, MI. For those of you who enjoy light, alternative music, I highly recommend these two. Employing the use of mostly guitar and some keyboard, Hertler goes a more subtle direction, creating tunes you would liken to a “coffee-house” vibe. Thibodeau also uses guitar and keyboard, but applies a variation to the normal piano sound, creating something more similar to synth. He also ups his amplitude and pitch, creating an ebb and flow that reminded me of Jason Mraz or Mika. He also has an all-electronic album available as well. I would definitely check these guys out, for some new music, as well as supporting two local artists!

Here are the websites, as well as iTunes information:

His album is available at :

Kaya Coffee House puts on events throughout the year, and has a great selection of coffees as well as soup and sandwiches! They can be found at:

Oh, and thanks to my friend Jessica for telling me about this event!


Top iPad 3 Rumors!

I will be getting my first iPad when the iPad 3 comes out, so I thought I would summarize some of the main rumors that are appearing. Of course with Apple, there is really no way to know exactly what their products will be until they officially announce them.

This is NOT the iPad 3, just a rendering that an artist made. Pretty cool though!

The all-important release date: Being cautious, we know the iPad will most likely get released sometime in late February through early April. Some are suggesting it may be released as early as Steve Jobs’ birthday, February 24th, in order to honor him in a way.

Appearance: It most likely will look largely the same as the iPad 2. Some manufacturers are saying it will be a slight bit thicker (give or take about 1 mm) to accommodate for the new hardware (which will be discussed in a bit). It is also highly anticipated that the screen will be updated to an HD or “retina” display, as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and current iPod Touches have. For me, this would be it’s biggest selling point.

Different Internal Hardware: In order for this new HD screen to work, Apple may have to put an extra light bar inside, in order to illuminate the thousands of pixels required for a high-definition screen. This would cause the iPad itself to perhaps be a slight bit thicker. For the average customer, however, this would be unnoticeable. Others are saying that Apple will utilize a new technology called IGZO that does not require a dual light bar system, therefore allowing the iPad to be even thinner. It also uses less energy, so the battery life could be longer. Also, the iPad 3 will most likely incorporate a quad-core A6 processor, an update from the current dual-core A5 processor. This would give the iPad 3 power similar to that of a desktop computer. Launching apps, playing games (graphics), using the camera, as well as other processes would be ridiculously fast. For me, other than the retina display, this is the other biggest selling point.

Cameras: The back camera will probably be updated to 8 MP, which the iPhone 4s currently has, and the front camera may be boosted to 5 MP to allow for HD video calling.

Network: Some are saying the iPad 3 will be 4G LTE compatible. I, myself, will just be getting the WiFi version.

Price: As Apple usually does, the iPad 3 should cost the same as the current iPad 2s do, with the price going up as the amount of memory increases. The iPad 2 may drop in price, and stay available in Apple’s line-up. This could be a way for Apple to compete with the very cheap and quickly-selling Kindle Fire.

And that’s about it! Good news is that manufacturing of the iPad 3 is reportedly in action now, which means Apple is preparing to release it in the very near future. Who’s to say if it will be as early as February 24th, as late as April, or a completely different date, but I am waiting very anxiously. When I do get it, whenever that may be, I will be sure to post a review on here! Check back then and thanks for reading!

Breaking Bad! Review of “The Fly” (Season 3, Episode 10)

For my first real post, I figured I would review one of my favorite current shows. Yes, I’m still on season 3, so I have some catching up to do.

Breaking Bad's Walter White and Jesse Pinkman

Breaking Bad, for me, has always been extremely real and visceral, never failing to really involve me, the viewer, and honestly get me very stressed out by the end of each episode. The Fly was a bit different, which is why I am choosing to review it. For those who watch Breaking Bad, you know that the show not only focuses on Walt and Jesse, but also on all of the other characters present in the show. The Fly was 99% Walt and Jesse only, which I thought was a nice change of pace, and allowed viewers to really get to know the two leads even better.

In a nutshell, Walt sees a fly in the lab, and obsesses over killing it so that it does not contaminate the meth. While this may seem like a trivial storyline, it evolves into conversations between Walt and Jesse that transcend the typical banter between the two. It even harkens back to story-lines from previous seasons, thereby rewarding long-time viewers.

This episode is most definitely one of my favorite from the series, however every single episode is extraordinary. For non-viewers, I extremely recommending trying Breaking Bad out!

Information seekers, Hello!

Well, I’m new to this. I’ve always been a big reader, as well as an extensive watcher of TV shows (both network and cable), as well as good movies, but I have not had much experience with writing reviews, so let’s see how this goes. I also have interests in technology (Apple for the win!) as well as music, photography, and health, so I’ll probably post things pertaining to those topics as well. With my busy college life, I, unfortunately, won’t be able to post as much as I would like to, but I will do my best! Thanks for reading, and welcome to The Medialogue!