Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miss USA Olivia Culpo wins Miss Universe 2012



Olivia edges out Philippines to capture the 2012 Miss Universe crown.


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Abe's Top Moments of 2012

Barack Obama gets elected for a second term as President of the United States of America



The New York Giants win the Super Bowl

New York Giants Fan Shop


Fierce Five wins Olympic Gold


The Fab Five: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, and the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team: GymnStars Volume 3



Marijuana and Gay marriage become legal in a few more states


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Abe's Favorite Things 2012

Okay, this is really more of a wishlist as I don't own any of these things.

3D Printer

Printing come to life. Who wouldn't want this?

http://www.makerbot.com/

Smart TV



Although I probably won't use it to browse the internet. It's nice to watch tv shows and movies on a television than a computer screen for some reason.







Apple Ipad
I want to see what all the fuss is about?

Apple - iPad with Retina display Wi-Fi - 16GB - White




Lost Blu Ray Complete Series Box Set



I missed out on getting this.



Dyson Pedestal Fan

Looks cool. Doesn't look like it needs to be cleaned much.


Dyson AM03 Pedestal Fan, Silver




WWE Replica Belt


For the champion in all of us.




WWE Championship Spinner Title Belt Engraved



He-Man Masters of the Universe - 30th Anniversary Limited Edition or the action figure

This story will explain http://www.abrahamesparza.com/2011/01/story-of-trust-my-he-man-story.html





Pearl Jam Twenty (3-Disc Deluxe Edition Blu-ray) 

I actually own this on regular dvd.








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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Turns 18


Pearl Jam's third album Vitalogy is now legally able to vote. Released on December 6th 1994 (Technically it was released on vinyl on Nov 22, 1994), Vitalogy, originally titled "Life" included the radio hits Better Man, Corduroy, Tremor Christ, and Not For You.  In it's first week of cd sales, Vitalogy sold 877,000 copies according to Soundscan. It is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Spin the Black Circle the first single released from the album won the 1996 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, the band's first and only Grammy win. Vitalogy was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album


Not For You


Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

Corduroy



Vs / Vitalogy



Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

Better Man


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55th Annual Grammy Nominations




Mumford and Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Dan Auerbach along with his band The Black Keys lead with six nominations each.

Album Of The Year:
"El Camino" - The Black Keys
"Some Nights" - FUN.
"Babel" - Mumford & Sons
"Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean
"Blunderbuss" - Jack White

Record Of The Year:
"Lonely Boy" - The Black Keys
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
"We Are Young" - FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe
"Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye Featuring Kimbra
"Thinkin Bout You" - Frank Ocean
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
FUN.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Song Of The Year:
"The A Team" - Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
"Adorn" - Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
"Call Me Maybe" - Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
"We Are Young" - Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe)

POP FIELD
Best Pop Solo Performance:
"Set Fire To The Rain (Live)" - Adele
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson
"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
"Wide Awake" - Katy Perry
"Where Have You Been" - Rihanna

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Shake It Out" - Florence & The Machine
"We Are Young" - FUN. featuring Janelle Monáe
"Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye Featuring Kimbra
"Sexy And I Know It" - LMFAO
"Payphone" - Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa

DANCE FIELD
Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Wonderland - Steve Aoki
Don't Think - The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here < - Deadmau5
Fire & Ice - Kaskade
Bangarang - Skrillex

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
"Hold On" - Alabama Shakes
"Lonely Boy" - The Black Keys
"Charlie Brown" - Coldplay
"I Will Wait" - Mumford & Sons
"We Take Care Of Our Own" - Bruce Springsteen 

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
"I'm Alive" - Anthrax
"Love Bites (So Do I)" - Halestorm
"Blood Brothers" - Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" - Lamb Of God
"No Reflection" - Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" - Megadeth

Best Rock Album:
El Camino - The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
The 2nd Law - Muse
Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss - Jack White

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple
Biophilia - Björk
Making Mirrors - Gotye
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - M83
Bad As Me - Tom Waits

R&B FIELD
Best R&B Performance:
"Thank You" - Estelle
"Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" - Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Ledisi
"I Want You" - Luke James
"Adorn" - Miguel
"Climax" - Usher

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Fortune - Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean






Best R&B Album:
Black Radio - Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love - Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back - R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise - Tamia
Open Invitation - Tyrese

RAP FIELD
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"Wild Ones" - Flo Rida Featuring Sia
"No Church In The Wild" - Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
"Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" - John Legend Featuring Ludacris
"Cherry Wine" - Nas Featuring Amy Winehouse
"Talk That Talk" - Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance:
"HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)" - Drake Featuring Lil Wayne
"N****s In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West
"Daughters" - Nas
"Mercy" - Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
"I Do" - Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z & André 3000

Best Rap Album:
Take Care - Drake
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1 - Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good - Nas
Undun - The Roots
God Forgives, I Don't - Rick Ross
Based On A T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Solo Performance:
"Home" - Dierks Bentley
"Springsteen" - Eric Church
"Cost Of Livin'" - Ronnie Dunn
"Wanted" - Hunter Hayes
"Over" - Blake Shelton
"Blown Away" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album:
Uncaged - Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran - Jamey Johnson
Four The Record - Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers - The Time Jumpers

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
The Carpenter - The Avett Brothers
From The Ground Up - John Fullbright
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
Babel - Mumford & Sons
Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt

Best Blues Album:
33 1/3 - Shemekia Copeland
Locked Down - Dr. John
Let It Burn - Ruthie Foster
And Still I Rise - Heritage Blues Orchestra
Bring It On Home - Joan Osborne

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album:
American Grown (Michelle Obama) - Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers (Various Artists)
Back To Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy - Bill Clinton
Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power - Rachel Maddow
Seriously...I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres
Society's Child: My Autobiography - Janis Ian

COMEDY FIELD
Best Comedy Album:
Blow Your Pants Off - Jimmy Fallon
Cho Dependent (Live In Concert) - Margaret Cho
In God We Rust - Lewis Black
Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class - Kathy Griffin
Mr. Universe - Jim Gaffigan
Rize Of The Fenix - Tenacious D


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