What Kind Of Super Hero Would You Be?

Whatever happened that made me lose that sense of adventure in life? As a kid playing with my favorite action figures allowed me to experience all the wonder of life. Challenges were quickly defined and plans made to overcome all obstacles placed in my way.

The other day I was thinking about what kind of Superhero have I become? My daughter sometimes thinks of me as Superdaddy. But in reality what was always exciting about Superheroes was that in spite of whatever circumstances and evil they were presented with they always fought back. Through persistence and maintaining a high moral code they would win their battles. This theme is what continues to intrigue me today.

As a kid I identified very strongly with the Superheroes that I admired. I could relate to their upbringing, values and the battles they would fight. As I would read their stories I would place myself in their place. I would feel their pain at the upsets they would experience. I would experience their sense of pride at the battles they would win.

A Superhero sometimes has extraordinary abilities like x-ray vision or the ability to fly. But more often than not, they have a keen sense of justice and a deep desire to support good in its fight against evil.

One of the things that I have realized from all of my years of reading comic books and pulp fiction is that this form of literature reminds us all of our incredible possibilities.

Common people would often do super human things when energized with a powerful purpose.

While more sophisticated forms of novels eloquently depict the struggle of everyday life, the pulp fiction genre clearly delineates ideas and battles that need to be fought.

Imagine for a second that you could be a Superhero. What would you be? What would be your purpose? What battles would you fight? Would you need extra ordinary abilities? What would your purpose and mission be? Who would be your arch enemy?

More importantly, there really is no escape from these basic questions. Like it or not, you are acting out your purpose and mission every day.

As I write these questions I can’t help but realize that these are the questions that ultimately determine our fate and destiny. While Henry David Thoreau believed that “men lead lives of quiet desperation,” anyone who has read a great pulp fiction adventure or superhero story will emphatically agree that desperation like anything else in life is a choice.

I choose to be Captain Adventure, capable of fending off boredom with a simple glance, more fun that a speeding roller coaster, and willing to experience the joy that mere mortals will never comprehend.

Think about what kind of Superhero you would be? Like it or not, you are a Superhero and with everyday that passes you are adding prose to the canvas of your life.

Why Stand-Up Comedians Are So Popular On Audiobooks

People are talking about audiobooks more and more these days, but many aren’t aware of what material you can get on them. In fact there’s a very interesting and varied range of topics covered, and audiobooks showcasing stand-up comedians are one of the biggest sellers right now.

There are many reasons why this type of audio book is so popular. This is because comedy has such a profound effect on human emotions.

Comedy audiobooks are excellent for alleviating boredom when travelling, waiting for someone, exercising, cooking, doing office work, washing clothes, cleaning and tidying, the list is endless. Having a chuckle will make the time fly by, keep you motivated and productively on track.

There are many situations where we can get stressed, nervous, and unhappy. You may have missed your train, be sitting in a waiting room for a doctor or dentist, recovering from illness, injury, disappointment, shock or bereavement.

Having a laugh will help you through sad, difficult, depressing times. A comedy audiobook will lift your spirits and help you keep the blues at bay.

There are other situations which are stressful, but you really need to ‘perform’ with your usual confidence in order to get the outcome you want.

You could be going on a first date, appearing on stage, going to an interview, an appraisal, a tricky meeting, or asking your boss for a rise. Having a laugh will remove your feelings of unease and calm your nerves so you sparkle and shine like the star you really are, and get the result you really want.

Audio books enable you to walk around listening to some of the world’s top stand-up comedians on stage at the height of their powers. Imagine the effect that will have on your mood.

The mighty Billy Connolly in all his full-on, manic, hilarious glory will have you in stitches. Billy’s full-flight school of delivery is unrelenting and comes at you like a Highland warrior in the heat of battle. Much of his material is autobiographical, dealing especially with his childhood in Glasgow, Scotland. Big Slipper and Incontinence Pants are a couple of his best sketches.

The surreal humour of Bill Bailey will really put a smile on your face. With his thin goatee beard, Bill calls himself “half troll”, and “confused hippy”. He appeared on the British comedy TV show Black Books, and entertains brilliantly as a personality on British TV panel games and chat-shows. Bill makes regular appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, and Have I Got News for You.

If you enjoy wry observation, listen to the Irish stand-up comedy genius Dylan Moran. Dylan is known for his effortless comedy brilliance, and his hilarious world-weary attitude. His often apparent drunkenness and his somewhat grumpy but warm and engaging delivery make him very similar to Dave Allen from the 1970s and Eighties. With a rich vocabulary, Moran has a surreal way of expressing things, accompanied by a wonderful lyrical Irish Whimsy. He just speaks his mind, whatever his mind may be saying at the time.

With audio books like these, you’ll be able to banish feelings of boredom, stress and unhappiness, and enjoy a happier, more confident and productive mental state.

iPod Video: The Evolution Continues

It’s finally here! What you’ve been waiting for. First, the iPod played songs, then it displayed photos and then podcasts. And now it will even play videos! Wondering what I’m talking about?? The iPod Video, of course!

The iPod has forever changed the way people listen to music and the iPod Video is the evolution of the revolution. The iPod video has raised the bar higher, further enhancing the way you experience music. Packed with a host of amazing never-before-seen-or-heard features that will blow you away, the new iPod Video is slimmer, lighter and cooler!

It is available in 30 GB and 60 GB models starting at $299. The iPod Video can hold up to 15000 songs, full-color album art and up to 25000 pictures. So you have heard that song before; well now, you can see it as well. With the new iPod you can have your cake and eat it too! It supports up to 150 hours of video and has a 2.5-inch color display that lets you take your music videos wherever you go. So, trust me when I say this one is music not only to the ears, but to your eyes as well!

This iPod is under half an inch thick and the new 30 GB model is 45% more compact than the original iPod. Even the 60 GB iPod video is over 10% slimmer than the last 30 GB iPod. What’s even more amazing is that you now get up to 20 hours of battery life, (for the record, that is 5 hours more than before), a bigger display and another iPod color option, and that is sleek black! So many features in such a compact package! Well, as usual, with the iPod, less is more…

But, that isn’t all. You can also read audiobooks and keep memories fresh with photo slideshows, complete with music. You can watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows. You can even consult your calendar or look up an e-mail address. You can even find the time in another city, state or country. Heck, I wonder if it does the dishes, too??

The Apple click wheel lets you access everything with the touch of a finger. You can also control the volume and browse options using the touch sensitive screen. The ease of operating it just gives you one more reason to buy the iPod Video.

There’s also a neat list of accessories that you can use with your iPod Video. For instance you can get a wired remote to listen to FM radio, In-ear headphones, USB power adapter, leather case, AV connection kit, Universal dock, Apple remote, Camera connector etc.

So, if you are a music freak, don’t wait any longer, go buy an iPod Video. You won’t regret it. Happy humming!