Saturday, May 31, 2014

Busy Signal "Here & Now" [Turf Music Ent] - Official Audio

Busy Signal "Never Gonna Give You Up" [Turf Music Ent] - Official Audio

PhDs That Don't Want to be Poor Forever, Listen Up

I'm going to give some advice.  Some free advice.  Some free advice that no one in academia either has, has any clue where to find it, or just doesn't give a shit.

This advice in particular is for those PhDs (especially those that have just started) in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Those ones that finally woke up after comps and realized they won't become a tenured prof unless they plan on killing their supervisor and taking their job.

Here goes:

Wake up and get your head out of academia.

Plain and simple.  Straight to the point.  No need for formulas or seminars on how to convert your ass-kissing skills (ahem - writing, researching, and communication skills) to the "real world."

Shit.  You guys are more than qualified to do XYZ.  You just need to get your head out of academia (literally and figuratively) and see what the world has to offer. 

Forget your theories, or your history, or whatever that defined you as a grad student/academic.  Go pick up a newspaper, see what's going on in the world, something that interests you, and find an industry where you think you would like to work in.  That pays real money bi-weekly and where you don't need to apply for it every fall.

Once you've done that, go and do some information interviews.

What is an information interview? 

It is you picking up the phone (yes, speaking to a human being that doesn't have the "Dr." prefix), and saying "Hi, I'm a hungry PhD student, I like your business.  When can I come in to ask you some questions about what you do.  Meanwhile I'll be selling the shit out of myself so you (or someone you know) can offer me one of those 'hidden jobs' you only tell your nieces and nephews about."

No, you won't be able to wear socks and sandals to work.  Or drink beer on a Thursday at 1pm.  But, you will be able to eat.  And pay rent.  Maybe get yourself an RRSP and start saving for retirement.

Am I saying give up on academia?

Hell no. 

There's something funny about life.  You need to work hard to get what you want.  And you also need to eat.  And once you eat and your belly is full, your brain works better and you can work harder.  So once your 9-5 is paying the bills, from 5-11 get on that grind and publish publish publish.  Get your book out.  Go to conferences on the weekend.

There's no guarantee that you'll be a tenured prof, but if all else fails, you've built yourself a career outside of academia. 

It's called hedging your bets. 

The shit works, so get on it.

Busy Signal - Hello - May 2014

All those John Legend wannabes, please sit down.  This is the love song for the "every man" out there.  The dude that can hold a note, but wouldn't get past episode 1 of American idol.

For the real singers out there:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Soca Music" Skinny Fabulous Feat. Kerwin Du Bois - Light Up Reloaed "20...

Skinny Fabulous Feat. Diplo - Party Hardcore "2014" (Prod. By Kubiyashi ...

Problem Child - Stiff Drink [Soca 2014]

We Are One (Ole Ola) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song] (Olodum Mix)

Major Lazer - Come On To Me ft. Sean Paul (wow)

This song must be played hard (or "with the volume up" especially at 2:40).

Kes The Band - Endless Summer "2014 Release" (Produced By Ricky Blaze)

Red Plastic Bag: That is Why (Crop Over 2014)

Marzville & Mikey - Do Bad - #AzontoSoca Riddim (Crop Over 2014)

2014 CROP OVER - Scorpion Pepper Riddim Juggle by Dj Perkz(@POPAPERKZ)

That time of year again, folks.

Lil Rick - Cant Kill My Vibe "2014 Crop Over Release" (Scorpion Pepper R...

"Soca Music" Lil Rick - Last Man To Leave "2014 Barbados Crop Over" (All...

[Official Video] Love Again - Pentatonix

Big Red: Twerkie Twerkie Like Rihanna (Master Blaster Riddim)

"Soca Music" Biggie Irie - Pankatang "2014 Barbados Crop Over"

Friday, May 23, 2014

#DangerousLove #AfrobeatsVsDancehall Competition

This is big.  Check it out.  Upload your videos.  Spread the word.  Need a #AfrobeatsVsSoca competition too.

Friday, May 9, 2014

IPL Update

I'm here watching the RCB play King's XI, and I will say Maxwell and the Punjabi team are ligit.

I still have RCB getting their act together, especially because I don't see Gayle making single digits and Kohli getting ducks in every match.

And I have to tip my hat to Bajan batsmen Smith who is lighting up the IPL. Well done.