T-Pain Singing Without Auto-Tune Is the Most Confusing Thing You’ll Hear Today


Remember T-Pain? In the mid-2000s, he was one of the biggest names in popular culture. His hit songs included the use of auto-tune, which synthesized and distorted his voice for a futuristic sound that led him to the top of the charts. But some time around 2010, he fell off. Looking back, he blames the exact thing that made him popular for the masses souring on his music—“People felt like I was using it to sound good,” he says in an upcoming interview on All Things Considered. “But I was just using it to sound different.”

Yet to the average listener, a “different” T-Pain would be more like his recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. In the 13-minute video, the now 30-year-old singer performs some of his greatest and latest hits—get this—without auto-tune. His actual voice will surprise you. Before starting up, the singer says, “this is…

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Smell of Summer (part 2)

It was  the last Friday of June and Maryanne was tired of eating at the office or near the office in midtown. One of her coworkers, Anthony, who had been out of law school for about six months suggested that he show her the best spots to eat. He had been trying to get Maryanne to go to eat with him since she had started. Anthony stands about six feet five inches tall with thick brown hair and bright green eyes. He was built like a basketball player but better looking. Maryanne had gotten to work at the same time as Anthony today and they road the elevator together. While they were waiting to get to the seventh floor Maryanne asks ” So what are you doing for lunch today?” He looks at her with a surprised smile on his face and says ” Not sure yet why do you ask?” “Well I wanna take you up on your offer for lunch since you have been asking since the day I started.” “I knew you’d cave in. I hope you’re in the mood to have fun later because this is gonna something exciting.”  Maryanne looks at him with curiosity as they get out of the elevator and just laughs.  Hopefully she wasn’t getting into something she’d regret even though he was so much fun to daydream about.  She sat down at her desk and opened up there task manager to see what she needed to get done before her lunch time adventure with Anthony.  As she started on a new excel spreadsheets for the quarterly expenses for a few clients she got a office instant message. It was from Anthony, who was in his private non-cubicle office on the opposite side of the office.  The message read:

 you excited for lunch today?

of course I am. why wouldn’t I be? & where you gonna take me?

She went back to filling out the spreadsheets and making notes for each individual clients reports to send to them. Maryanne was very immersed in her work when at about 11:45 am she got another message from Anthony. She saved her work and sent the three emails that she had just finished editing before she even went to look at it. Maryanne brought the message up and it read:

have you saved your documents that you’ve been working on?

actually I did that before i opened your message.

look at you being productive before attempting to get distracted.

so you think your a distraction now don’t you?

sassy aren’t you? and yes  I think I am a distraction for you.

Sassy that is my middle name and you think you’re funny but I am definitely a distraction for you cus clearly you messaged me first.

Sassy and cocky I approve and maybe you are a little distracting. it’s not my fault that you’re so beautiful and i can’t stop looking at you.

so when we going to lunch and where you taking me?

meet me by the elevator at 11:55 and it’s a surprise where i am taking you

why you so mysterious with where you’re taking me. by the way i don’t eat lobster

neither do i because i am allergic to shellfish

okay but where you taking me

you’ll see and why can’t it be a romantic surprise?

romantic? you trying to swoon me aren’t you.

you know it’s 11:50 i think you should go to the bathroom before we leave cus you did have a large coffee and two waters already.

He was right she did have a large coffee and two waters and she definitely needed to go to the bathroom. She clocked out and got up grabbed her purse and went to the bathroom. By the time she came out Anthony was waiting for her by the elevator. ” You’re late.” Maryanne looked at her watch and said “No I’m not it’s 11:55 now” and walked into the elevator. The entire elevator ride down they kept elbow nudging each other. When they finally got out of the building he grabbed Maryanne’s hand and said “you’re gonna love this place.”  She was shocked that he was holding her hand and that she was trusting him to take her somewhere without telling her.  There was a town car parked in front of their office building and Anthony took her over to it opened the door and Maryanne got in. Anthony walked around and got in the other side. She was so excited for this but really wanted to know where they were going. “So why the town car?” “Well that’s all the part of going to lunch with me. Plus if you like the experience of this you’ll get more exciting adventures.” He was really trying to swoon her and it was working but how many other girls has he tried this on.

About 15 minutes later the car pulls over to the side of the street and Anthony opens the door gets out and reaches out for Maryanne’s hand to help her. She slides over and grabs his hand for help. When she gets out she is shocked to see that they were in front of Carmine’s. Maryanne had always wanted to eat here but no one wanted to go with here. She thought as a smile appeared on her face ‘how did he know that I’ve wanted to go here?’

“So you look surprised that we are here”

“Well I am Anthony. I’ve always wanted to eat here but never have.”

“Really!?! A beautiful woman like you deserves the best. Whom ever had you before was not feeding you right.”

Maryanne blushes as Anthony leads her inside. He had made reservations so they had been seated right away.

to be continued.

Proper Tattoo After Care

Choosing a reputable tattoo artist is only the first step towards having a tattoo you can be truly proud of. How you care for your tattoo afterwards is equally, if not more, important. Even the best tattoo work can be ruined by poor aftercare. Guidelines vary from artist to artist, but here’s an overview of what you need to do to keep your tattoo clean, bold and clear.

Method 1 of 2: Initial Cleaning and Care

Listen to your tattoo artist. If you’ve done your homework and chosen a good tattoo artist, he or she will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your new tattoo, which you should follow carefully. Every tattoo artist will have a slightly different opinion on the best way to care for a new tattoo, but don’t worry, most reputable artists have had years of experience in caring for new tattoos, so their methods have been tried and tested.[1]
  • Think of your tattoo as having a warranty; if you don’t follow the artist’s instructions, you might void the warranty and he or she won’t give you free touch-ups.
  • Remember: tattoo artists want your tattoo to heal perfectly and look good just as much as you do, so they shouldn’t give you any poor advice.
  • The following instructions may vary slightly from what your tattoo artist tell you, but should serve as a good guideline.

Leave the bandage on for 2 to 24 hours. Once the tattoo is complete, your tattoo artist will clean the area, apply an anti-bacterial ointment and cover the tattoo with a bandage or some dressing. Once you have left the tattoo parlor, try to resist the temptation to open the bandage to take a peak or show off your new tattoo to your friends. The bandage is there to protect your tattoo from airborne bacteria, which can penetrate through your broken skin. The bandage should be left on for a minimum of two hours before you remove it.

  • Thick, absorbent, non-stick ABD wound dressings are the most common type of bandage used by tattoo artists. These are very effective as they allow the tattoo to breathe, while also being thick enough to protect the skin from bacteria and bumps. They are also extremely absorbent, which allows them to be left on the tattoo for up to 24 hours, before needing to be removed.[2]
  • There are many tattoo artists out there who are firm believers in wrapping new tattoos in plastic wrap, while there are many more who believe that this is the worst possible thing you could do for your tattoo.
  • Proponents of plastic wrap believe that it is the best way to wrap a new tattoo as it is easy to apply and remove without sticking to the skin. It also forms an effective shield which blocks any bacteria from getting near the tattoo.
  • Those who oppose plastic wrap do so on the grounds that it prevents oxygen from getting to the tattoo, and oxygen is essential for healing. It also seals in moisture and raises the temperature of the skin, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Whichever type of covering your tattoo artist uses, be sure to follow his/her advice carefully. Both types of bandages have been used successfully before. Just remember that plastic wrap will need to be changed and the tattoo cleaned much more frequently than with other bandaging, to prevent the build-up of bacteria.

Carefully remove the bandage. The jury is still out on how long a bandage should be left on before it is removed. Most artists agree that you should keep your tattoo covered for a minimum of two hours before removing, but the recommended maximum amount of time varies between 4 and 24 hours. Tattoos covered in plastic wrap are the exception, plastic wrap should never be left on a new tattoo for longer than two hours.[3]

  • In reality, the amount of time will vary according to the size and placement of the tattoo, along with the level of tattoo seepage and the type of bandage used. In most cases, it is best to follow the advice of your tattoo artist, but you should also use your own judgement and common sense.
  • To remove the bandage, soak it with warm water to prevent it from sticking to your skin. It should come off easily once wet. Discard the used bandage.

Gently wash the tattoo. Most artists recommend lukewarm water and mild, unscented liquid antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Use your hands to gently rub the tattoo, removing all traces of blood, plasma, or leaked ink. This will help to prevent the tattoo from scabbing too soon. Do not use a wash cloth, loofah or any type of sponge to clean the tattoo, as these may harbor bacteria.[1]

  • Do not hold the tattoo directly under the water. Wash it indirectly by splashing the water over the tattoo with your hands. The stream of water from the faucet may be too harsh on your new tattoo.
  • If your new tattoo is covering a large area of skin, it may be easiest to wash the tattoo in the shower.

Let the tattoo air dry. Once you have thoroughly washed the tattoo, you should gently pat it dry with a little paper towel. Do not rub the tattoo, as this may cause irritation. Once the excess moisture has been removed, you should leave the tattoo uncovered for 20 minutes to an hour. This will allow the tattoo to breath and any excess moisture to evaporate.

  • You should allow your tattoo to breathe like this after each time you wash it or get it wet.

Apply ointment. Once your tattoo is fully dry and the skin begins to feel tight you can apply a little ointment, such as Bacitracin or A&D, to the tattoo. Make sure to apply only a very thin layer that’s just enough to make the tattoo shine and rub it in gently until it’s absorbed by the skin. It’s very important that you don’t apply too much ointment or else you’ll suffocate the tattoo and encourage the growth of bacteria.

  • You should continue applying the ointment after each time you wash the tattoo for about 3 to 5 days, or until the tattoo starts to peel. At that point, you can switch to a regular, fragrance-free lotion.
  • Don’t use petroleum based products, such as Vaseline, as these are too heavy and may clog the pores, causing breakouts on the tattoo. They also draw the ink from the tattoo to the surface of the skin, causing the tattoo to fade before it’s even fully healed.
  • There are some great specialist products on the market that are a little pricey, but work wonders for healing tattoos. Once such product is called “Tattoo Goo” which is non-greasy and is made from natural ingredients. Another great product is “H2Ocean”, which is a foam rather than an ointment, that uses a salt concentration to prevent infection. “After Inked” is also a great product as it’s non-petroleum based and mainly uses grapeseed oil which is known to have more anti-oxidant value than vitamin E. Helps the healing process and has great moisturizing properties.

Continue to wash and moisturize your tattoo 3 to 5 times a day. You should continue to wash your tattoo with anti-bacterial soap and warm water until it is fully healed. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 six weeks, depending on the size and location of the tattoo. You should wash the tattoo approximately three times a day, though you should wash more often if the tattoo is on your hand, wrist, foot, or any other area which is more exposed to germs.

  • After applying special anti-bacterial ointment for the first 3 to 5 days, you can switch to regular lotion after each wash. Most tattoo artists will recommend that you avoid using lotions that are scented, colored or contain glitter. Remember to only apply a light layer of lotion, as over-moisturizing can negatively affect the tattoo.
  • The initial healing of the tattoo will take up to two weeks. During this time, you can expect the tattoo to start peeling or flaking, in a similar way to sunburn. Some colored skin may come away as the tattoo peels, but this is completely normal.
  • After the skin peels, your tattoo will look glassy and feel tight. It may also have cloudy or white patches of skin that you will be tempted to peel off, but try to resist. This is referred to as “onion skin” and will fall off by itself within a couple of weeks.
  • If you have taken proper care of your new tattoo, you can expect your tattoo to be healed and your skin to have fully regenerated in about 4 to 6 weeks.
 Method 2 of 2: What to Avoid

Avoid soaking the tattoo. Until your tattoo is fully healed, you should avoid swimming in a pool, in the sea, or even soaking in the bathtub. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, exposing your tattoo to too much water may draw ink out of your skin and damage the tattoos appearance. Secondly, the water in swimming pools, the sea and the bathtub may be carrying dirt, bacteria, chemicals and other impurities that could cause your tattoo to become infected.

  • It will be completely safe to resume these activities once your tattoo is healed, but for now you should stick to rinsing your tattoo in the sink or shower.

Do not expose your new tattoo to direct sunlight. Sunlight is the worst enemy of new tattoos. The harsh rays of the sun may cause your skin to blister and bleach some of the color from your tattoo. For this reason, it is best to keep your tattoo covered and away from the sun for at least 3 to 4 weeks, until the initial healing is complete.

  • After that, you will still need to protect your tattoo by wearing a minimum of SPF 30. This will prevent your tattoo from fading in the sun, keeping the colors true for longer.

Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo. As it heals, your tattoo will begin to scab. This is normal, and the scabs should be allowed to dry out and fall off by themselves. Do not try to help the process along by picking at the scabs. This may cause the scabs to fall off prematurely, leaving holes or light spots on your tattoo.

  • If your hands or nails are unclean, you may also cause the tattoo to become infected. You should always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap before touching your tattoo and you should never allow anyone else to touch it while it heals.
  • Dry, scabbing or peeling skin can become very itchy, but scratching at your tattoo may also cause scabs to fall off. You can relive itching by slapping the tattoo with the flat of your hand, or by rubbing in a little lotion.

Avoid tight-fitting clothes. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing on the area with your new tattoo, especially at first. As your tattoo heals, it will seep plasma and excess ink, which may cause the clothing to stick to the tattoo. The clothing will then be painful to remove and may rip off any freshly formed scabs.

  • If your clothing does stick to your tattoo, do not pull! First wet the area with water, which should loosen the clothing to where it can be removed without damaging your tattoo.
  • In addition, tight clothing will prevent enough oxygen from getting to your tattoo, and oxygen is essential for the healing process.
  • Aim to wear clean, loose-fitting clothing, day and night, while your tattoo is healing.

Avoid working out. Tattoos covering large surface areas, or those that are near joints (such as elbows and knees), may take longer to heal if the skin is forced to move around too much during intense workouts or other physical activity. The movement will cause the skin to crack and become irritated, prolonging the tattoos healing process. For this reason, you should avoid unnecessary workouts for at least a few days after getting a new tattoo.

  • If you’re involved in a self-defense class like karate or kickboxing, you may want to warn your classmates so they can avoid hitting you in the wrong place.
  • If you work in a job that involves physical activity, such as construction or dance, you may want to consider having your new tattoo done on a Friday, so it will have the whole weekend to heal before your go back to work.

Avoid swelling. Swelling may occur with new tattoos on your feet, ankles or calves, especially if you have been standing for long periods of time. If this happens, you can reduce swelling by taking on Ibuprofen, applying an ice pack to the swollen area, and elevating your feet and legs.


  • Don’t shave the tattoo until it’s fully healed. If you shave around it, don’t let the shaving cream or hair irritate or infect the tattoo.
  • Cold can help get rid of the itch. Gently rest an ice pack on the tattoo.
  • Avoid using saunas and steam rooms while your tattoo is healing, as the moisture may draw pigment from the skin.
  • Avoid fluffy clothing as the fluff can get into your scabs and cause infection.
  • Do not cover the tattoo after the initial cover the artist applied after you had the tattoo done. Tattoos need air to heal, and plastic wrap or gauze will only suffocate the tattoo and prolong healing. When sleeping at night, simply avoid laying on the tattoo, and if you are worried about ink coming off lay a towel down underneath you to prevent the tat from becoming stuck to your bedsheets.

(found on wikihow)

Creative Writing Block

for the past couple of weeks i have been having trouble coming up with things to write about. even working on current posts has become difficult to work on. knowing that it is october which is the month for breast cancer awareness, anti-bullying, football, columbus day, and my favorite Halloween, i’ve been trying to come up with something that incorporate all  of them but i’ve got nothing.

Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays do to the excessive amount of sugar and the horrible children’s costumes. But it is  a day where you can be who ever you want for the night and just have fun with it. While i was in college halloween was literally a week long holiday. there were multiple parties every night of the week and attendance in 8 am classes showed it. Some times i feel like Halloween is like Disney World and Christmas for those who love scary movies, dressing up in costume, and eating a ton of food that could potentially give you diabetes or kill you. But for those people it is the happiest day of the year because it’s a way they can express who they are.