The Queen of What?

The last few weeks have given us lots of new rap albums, so here’s a slew of albums to play instead of Nicki Minaj.  Continue reading “The Queen of What?”

Weekly Waves Vol. 44: Scottish Rock N Roll

Curated by @mburnsoh this week’s playlist has the theme of Scottish rock bands, enjoy.

Ulysses by Tennyson

Good morning everyone, today I’m gonna share another of my favorite poems with you. It’s Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809 and his writing is considered to he at the very heart of the Victorian Age. He was the forth of twelve children. He would become the Poet Laurette of England and Ireland for most of Queen Victoria’s reign. Even after his death in 1892 he remains one of Britain’s most famous poets.

Ulysses concerns the old age of Homer’s Odysseus or Ulysses as the Roman’s would call him. In Homer’s original works Ulysses was the brilliant mind who concocted the Trojan horse. After the Trojan War Ulysses and his men would be forced to sail the seas for a number of years as a result of angering the gods. However many years after Troy they would find their way home. This sequel of sorts deal with the heroes in old age longing for the sea and adventure one last time. Hope you enjoy and keep checking in with Mid-American Culture for fresh content daily.

Ulysses

BY LORD Alfred TENNYSON

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
As tho’ to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle,—
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro’ soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.
There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

5 Safe Picks for Fantasy Football

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Football season is back and is time to talk tons of shit to your buddies and draft your fantasy team. This article is mainly for beginners who have no idea of who to pick with their coveted pick.

#1: Antonio Brown

Easily my favorite pick to make. I normally go wide receiver in the first round due to there not being many consistent wideouts in the league. Brown is proven receiver who, typically, be a point leader for your team.

#2: Ezekiel Elliot

Former Ohio State great is still eating defenses in the league. Elliot is almost guaranteed 100+ yards a game and a touchdown. He is backed by one of the best lines in the league; therefore, Zeke is a great pick.

#3: Tom Brady

Dude is an asshole, but he is only the greatest QB to ever play the game. Brady’s age does concern me, but he proves me wrong every year and still slings the ball around like he’s in his prime.

#4: Todd Gurley

Another running back that is great to have on your roster. Gurley put up crazy numbers last year, and will only improve due to the Rams offensive attack improving and spreading the ball around.

#5: Rob Gronkowski

When this guy is healthy, there isn’t a defense in the world who can stop him. This monster human being is one of Tom Brady’s biggest targets and goes for major points any given Sunday.

What do you think? Who is your favorite pick? Let us know in the comments! As always thank you for spending a part of your Friday with me and the rest of the Mid-American crew. Stay tuned for more fresh daily content!

Hot Wheels Will Always Be Awesome

Hot Wheels are a line of toy cars by Mattel that are small and pretty to look at. Growing up a big fan of them, it made me love paint jobs on cars. That paint job love might be why the first Fast and Furious movie, with its colorful cars, is my favorite of the series. Hot Wheels are awesome, and I cannot state that enough. Since they’ve been on my mind lately, I decided to share some of my experiences with the brand. Maybe some of you might remember some of this stuff, or maybe not. Let’s see. Continue reading “Hot Wheels Will Always Be Awesome”

The Art of the Wrestling Promo

Promos are a dying art in the world of professional wrestling. Gone are the days of countless charismatic wrestlers taking the time to simultaneously build themselves up as superheroes and belittle their opponents with nothing but their own oratory abilities. Frankly speaking, there are so few wrestlers in the current wrestling scene who possess the skills to even touch the promos of old. Microphone work, in my opinion, is one of the things that is beyond lacking in today’s wrestling product. So, today, as I yearn for the days of old when jacked-up dudes could be seen on any wrestling program eviscerating each other on the microphone, I will be discussing some of the greatest promos in the history of professional wrestling.

We’ll start with what I consider to be the greatest heel promo of all time. Shawn Michaels cut this masterpiece in Montreal, Canada in 2005. Capitalizing on the immense hatred Canada has for him due to his role in the infamous Montreal Screwjob, The Heartbreak Kid absolutely destroys Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, and the entire Canadian population. I am skeptical that anyone in the modern era of professional wrestling has ever had as much heat as Shawn Michaels had during this promo. It is truly a masterful example of one of the all-time great talents delivering an all-time great promo. I love it.

I would have to be delusional to not include the most charismatic man in the history of professional wrestling, and perhaps the world, Ric Flair. There are so many classic examples of the Nature Boy cutting world class promos to choose from. Ultimately, I had to go with the classic. This promo is an embodiment of everything Ric Flair is about. From the hilarious “spilt liquor” line, to the legendary rolex-wearing, diamond ring-wearing bit, to everything else in this relatively short promo, Ric Flair is at his very best here. You really cant argue when anyone says that Flair is the best promo of all time.

For my last example of classic wrestling promos, I turn to the greatest talker in the history of wrestling, Mr. James E. Cornette. Not only is Cornette the greatest manager in the history of wrestling, he also possesses one of the greatest minds for the wrestling business that has ever existed. It is no wonder he is such a good promo. Nobody has ever mastered the art of getting heat via a promo quite like Cornette. In this very short promo, Cornette absolutely buries the state of West Virginia, as well as rival tag team The Rock’ n’ Roll Express. This is just one of countless examples of a masterful Cornette promo. On a final note, look at interviewer Brian Matthews’ epic mullet. That is the stuff of legends.

This is exactly what the world of professional wrestling needs. Charismatic figures have driven wrestling for as long as it has been popular. If half of the current WWE roster had a quarter of the charisma and mic skills of these men, wrestling would be in an infinitely better place than it is now.

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