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MARCO BELTRAMI C M S HISTORY E 2016NFL P SiliconValley COMICCON COVERAGE JESSICAKEITH MeetOurCoverGirl MAY2016 FLiPfor 2 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 3 4 www.flipmagazine.netDecember2015 VALENTINES DAY Z VALENTINES DAY Ceit ... EDITOR IN CHIEF Alexis Nichols PUBLISHER Frank Monahan ART DIRECTOR Rebekkah Dreskin PHOTOGRAPHERS Alexis Monahan Kelly Schneider Shaun Yen ON THE COVER JESSICA KEITH PHOTOS BY Kelly Schneider 14 22 30 6 Eat This Not That 26 2 0 1 6 NFL SEASON PREVIEW 6 Jessica Keith www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 7 WHO I AM I am currently attending UMUC for my bachelors in Psychology and will be attending Trinity University in Fall 2017 for my Masters in Occupational Therapy. Right now I am working as a full time nannyABA Therapist fo r t wo Autistic childre n. MY FUTURE CAREER AMBITION IS TO OPEN MY OWN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE. My future life ambition is to travel to as many countries in the world and experience their cultures. www.flipmagazine.netDecember2015 JESSICA KEITHPhotographer Kelly Schneider Stylist Kalina Schneider 8 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 9 Jessica Keith 10 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 JESSICA INTERESTING FACTS I have zip-lined through fire in Mexico I am a proud dog-mom to my Black Lab Jackson. I have raised over 60000 for charity MY FAVORITE ACTIVITIES Any activity that will satisfy my adrenaline rush Crossing items off of my bucket list Shopping www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 11 KEITH 12 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 13 MUSIC I www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 M arch was the first annual Silicon Valley Comic Con co-hosted by the one-and-only Woz Steve Wozniak and comic book legend Stan Lee. With over 60000 attendees over the weekend the Con was a huge suc- cess and FLiP was there to cover it and bring it here for you. It all kicked off with Imperial Stormtroopers marching in Woz to the main stage and to the big reveal of Madame Tussauds San Franciscos Steve Wozniak wax figure. The Woz was chosen by public vote to be the next Silicon Valley innovator to be immortalized in wax. Tussauds artists spent two hours taking over 250 measurements of Steve and then went back to London and the team spent the next 4 months making his wax figure just right. The brand new 59 wax figure is valued at approximately 350000 After the welcome speech the Con was off and running. Our first visit was to the vendors hall chock-full of some truly talented artists and businesses. There were groups building a live life-size Iron Man suit made out of Legos. There were authors and artists and cosplay models doing signings and selling their goods. As the focus of the Silicon Valley Comic Con was FLIPMAGAZINE COVERS theSiliconValleyComicConWritten Photographed By Alexis Monahan Steve Wozniak Stan Lee and Christopher Llyod cut the opening ribbon Live assembly of Iron Man suit Steve Wozniak wax gure reveal 14 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 15 all about Virtual Reality VR where we are and where were going there was an entire row called Virtual Row. People lined up for hours to try the lat- est VR games and tech I personally got to try out a game called Follow the White Rabbit a scavenger hunt game that requires players to find clues and unlock more levels of the virtual world. And of course any Comic Con wouldnt be complete without copious celebrity sightings For the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future the cast Michael J Fox Christopher Llyod Lea Thompson reunited on stage for reminiscing and answering QA. Other celebrity sighting included signings of Stan Lee an appearance by Jeremy Renner Avengers William Shatner Star Trek Nathan Fillion Castle Firefly Alan Tudyk Con Man Firefly Karen Gillan Guardians of the Galaxy Doctor Who and so many more. Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk answer fan ques- tions at Con-Man panel Christopher Llyod poses in front of the Dalorean Cast of Back to the Future panel 16 www.flipmagazine.netFebrary2016 Cosplayers were abundant at the Con. And on Saturday night there was a Cosplay Fashion Show where fans cre- ativity and passions came to life. All costumes had to be original and hand-made. There were over 100 contestants to enter the competition. The Silicon Valley Comic Con was a great success for its first year and next year can only get bigger. If you are interested in attending next year be sure to check back at for details on the show Hall of comics www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 17 BUDGETINGACosplayBy Azayaka Cosplay Ithappenstoallofus.We wind up with an unfinished cosplay because we ran out of time andor money. Theres no shame. But there is a fix. Its wise to set a budget for your cosplay as in all aspects of life. Not only does it cause YOU great disappointment to have an unfinished cosplay it often ruins your friends plans too when a member from the group cosplay is missing. Peruse these cosplay specific time and money management tips for completing your quality cosplay on time. Set A Deadline The number one rule to time budgeting is set a deadline. Whether you aim to finish for a specific event or not a deadline pushes you to work consistently on a project and heightens its importance. A little pressure is good. If you dont have a specific event coming up for which you want to wear your cosplay con- sider creating one. It could be a photoshoot or just a gathering of friends whatever it may be it will provide healthy motivation. Your deadline however is not the day of the event or the day before. Place your deadline a full week before the event to ensure you dont pull any all-nighters. You wont be happy with how your cosplay turned out and you place undue stress on your body. Ive put an end to my last minute ways due to all my gray hairs ... So you have a deadline but when do you start Of course it depends on the complexity of your project but as a minimum allow yourself 3 months. That might sound like a lot of time. Realistically it usually takes at least that long to put together a cosplay even a simple one. You can never predict what other obligations might spring up. Especially if youre attempting something you havent done before you cant really know how long it will take you. Furthermore this allows time to make samples and mock-ups test runs for your cosplay to guarantee it looks and functions how you imagine it will. 18 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 Create a Breakdown With a start date and final deadline set you now need to set some mini deadlines. Break your cosplay down into parts shirt pants shoes gloves staff etc. Youll want to make a list so you dont forget anything not a mental list a hand- written or typed list. After youve broken your cosplay down into parts consider the compo- nents required to make each of those parts fabric thread zippers etc. Now you have a shopping list also not a mental list. With this you can estimate how long each part of your project will take to complete. Time estimation is a skill that relies on realism. Once again if youre attempting something you havent done before such as resin casting you dont know how long it will take. The tutorial might say it takes 6 hours but for your first attempt with something new you arent going to move as quickly as the pro who made the tutorial. It could take you two three or four times as long to figure things out and then reattempt the new technique before you get it right. You might even have to start over and pick up more supplies. This is the mindset you should have as you budget your time. Never assume the first attempt will produce the final product. So estimate realistically how long each part will take to complete and set mini goals for completing parts of the cosplay spaced evenly up until your deadline. The best place to start is with the most challenging parts of the cosplay like the things you need to research or havent tried before. Ideally you want to work on mul- tiple parts of the cosplay at once so that you dont exhaust yourself working on one thing and increase the likelihood of completing everything. Do the things you feel most comfortable doing towards the end of the project and the most challenging near the beginning. If youve made hundreds of bows before save that for last. Accountability One final time management tip accountability. You can set goals and deadlines for yourself but whos holding you to them If your friends arent already involved involve them or a family member to help keep tabs on your prog- ress. Give them a copy of your timeline so they can check if youre reaching your goals and provide encouragement. www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 19 Never assume the first attempt will produce the final product. Time and money management become closely linked when you break down the parts of your cosplay into components. After youve made up the list youll need to do some research on what methods youll be using to make your props your jewels your wig etc. Once youve decided how to make EVERY PART of your cosplay you can accurately estimate the cost of the cosplay. Using the component list you made which entails EVERY SINGLE ITEM you will need to complete your project create your budget. Look up the cost of items dont guess. When it comes to things like fabric where the price will vary you can still look at the average cost per yard of the type of fabric you need. The more research you do the more accurate your estimate will be. With your budget worksheet complete youre halfway done The research can be time consuming but its far more time consuming and costly to switch to a different plan in the middle of your project because something didnt work out how you guessed it would. Putting together a budget worksheet will allow you to determine whether the intended cosplay is something you can afford something you are capable of and something you have time for. Armed with these tips go forth and be successful in your endeavors If you have any questions feel free to contact me at the links provided below. I look forward to hearing from you Hi guys Im Azayaka Japanese for vivid or brilliant Cosplay. I graduated from FIDM with a degree in Fashion and Theater Costume in 2011 and after a brief stint of doing commission and freelance work have started making my own cosplays. Please visit me at any of the pages provid- ed in the links below but note that I primarily upload to Facebook. I upload fashion art and karaoke in addi- tion to cosplay as well as things that humor me. Id love to hear from you and thank you for reading my article To learn more about Azayaka check her out online at httpswww.facebook.comAzayaka- Cosplay-613195348720105 and 20 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 BUDGETINGACosplay www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 21 BATMAN V SUPERMAN was one of those movies that once I finished watching I was still trying to process it and decide whether I liked it or not. The reason is mostly due to the fact that the presence of supporting characters was so strong that they took the spotlight away from the main characters. In fact why is there not a movie with Lex Luthor as the main character That would be insanely twisted. He was by far the most intriguing and unpredictable character. I could go on and on about him but lets get back to the main characters. I must admit I was one of the people who whined a lot about Ben Aeck being cast as Batman. I thought that Christian Bale was it and there was no way anyone could live up to that let alone the one who played Daredevil. I was wrong. Ben Aeck did well really well actually. I wanted to dislike it but he proved me wrong for sure. Superman was probably the reason I was skeptical about seeing this movie. I love Henry Cavill and he is perfect for the role but I didnt care for what writers did to the character development and storyline on his rst movie as Superman. Anyway BATMAN V SUPERMAN was okay when it came to scenes with Batman and Superman alone but it was awesome when it came to Lex Luthor and his unpredictable twists. The ghts were great especially when Wonder Woman entered the scene. Her character was mysterious and interesting in every way. And she really kicked ass. If only we could have a Wonder Woman v Lex Luthor movie Daniele Lanzarotta is the author of paranormalfantasy novels including the Academy of the Fallen Series and A Mermaids Curse Trilogy. She is also a lm student with several projects under way. REVIEW WONDER WOMANAND LEX LUTHOR STEAL THE SPOTLIGHT 22 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 Ok show of hands ... how many of us want to eat healthier Eating correctly is a challenge for almost everyone however its never too early or too late to work towards becoming a healthier you. Good nutrition plays a key role in keeping your diet in good shape So lets take a look at how we can start replacing unhealthy meals with nutritionally responsible options. EAT NATURAL FOODS Packaged and processed foods are often full of sugar salt unhealthy fats artificial additives and calories. AVOID THE FAKE STUFF. Eat This Not ThatBy Jackie Learmond TERMINOLOGY IS MISLEADING Confused No worries Nearly 59 of consumers have a hard time understanding nutrition labels according to a Nielsen survey. Being a source of.... means that there is 10-17 of your daily requirement in 1 serving. CALORIE-FREE means less than 5 calories for a given reference amount. Reduced fat only means a 25 reduction usually adding sugar and salt in its place. Reduced sodium means a 25 reduction regardless of the initial level. Lightly sweetened has no set standard. No seriously the FDA has no clear definition so umm yeah lightly sweetened means what now A drop less A cup less There is as much sugar in 1 cup of Breyers Vanilla ice cream as there is in a serving of light Breyers Vanilla ice cream. Before you put it in your cart check how many grams of sugar per serving and sodium. Lets take a proactive approach with these simple steps ... BREAKFAST ANYONE NOT THAT plain bagel 245 calories NOT THAT 2 strips of bacon 86 calories EAT THIS whole grain English muffin 134 calories EAT THIS 2 pieces of turkey bacon 60 calories NOT THAT Tuna deli sandwich 530 calories NOT THAT 2 tablespoon mayonnaise 188 calories NOT THAT A hoagie roll 262 calories EAT THIS Turkey deli sandwich 280 calories EAT THIS 2 tablespoons mustard 21 calories EAT THIS 2 slices of whole wheat toast 138 calories WHO DOESNT LOVE A TASTY SANDWICH Whether youre making it at home or going to your favorite deli a great sandwich can be nutritious as well as scrumptious. www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 23 Responsible daily dietary habits in combination with physical activity can help in maintaining a healthy weight reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease type 2 diabetes blood pressure and certain types of cancers and promote overall health. So lets take a closer look so we can make a nutritious choice and live a healthier lifestyle. SWEETNESS DRINK THIS c mixed berries juiced w c coconut water 68 calories 10g sugar EAT THIS 1 c pineapples 82 calories 16g sugar EAT THIS 1 c Greek yogurt 120 calories 9 g sugars DRINK THIS 16oz coconut water 92 calories 12.6g sugar Added sugar is the single worst ingredient found in packaged food. It contributes to added calories with no added nutrients and can wreck your metabolism when its all said and done. It is imperative to understand and be able to make the distinction between added sugars and sugars that are naturally present in foods like fruits and vegetables. Your liver will thank you The recommended intake is 37.5 grams. NOT THAT 8 oz Berry Blend juice 70 calories 16g sugar artificial and natural NOT THAT 1c canned pineapples 100 juice 140 calories 32g sugar NOT THAT 1 c light ice cream 214 calories 28.8g sugar NOT THAT 16 oz GATORADE 104 calories 26.6g sugar SALTY EAT THIS 2oz popcorn 62 calories 2mg sodium EAT THIS oatmeal 1tbsp brown sugarraisins 166 calories 143 calories 9mg sodium The recommended 1500mg - 2400mgday. Increased sodium equals increased water retention and increased blood pressure which forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. This creates a tired heart. No one wants to do that. NOT THAT 2oz potato chips 320 calories 340mg sodium NOT THAT Raisin oatmeal bar 90 calories 80mg sodium Jackie Learmond is an actress in the upcoming web series New Yorkers Guide to LaLa Land set to premiere late spring. In addition as an herbalist Jackie has founded Dear Powder Room a natural and homemade soap and skincare line dedicated to providing honest and pronounceable ingredients available for purchase early April. PUSH-UP PLANK DUMBBELL ROW TO TRICEP KICKBACK TUTORIALTIMEWORKOUT By Fitness Trainer Ricardo Zarate Photography by Shaun Yen 1 2 3 4 5 1. Start off in a push-up position on the dumb- bells. 2. Pull the right dumbbell into your armpit while keeping the elbow close to your ribs. 3. While holding your weight up with your left arm push the right hand back towards the ceiling while maintaining your elbow next to you rib. 4. Bring the hand back down while still hold- ing your elbow in place. 5. Bring you right arm down to the push-up position. 6. Repeat steps 1-5 on the left arm and alter- nate every repetition. Basic at home workouts can keep you stag- nant with the common push-ups or lunges as staples to get you in shape. Not only do these workouts get extremely boring after a while but they also get your body in a state of pla- teauing sooner rather than later. In order to keep your body progressing and also to keep those results coming you have to get a little creative. The push-up plank dumbbell row to dumbbell tricep kickback is nothing short of that. This exercise introduces a series of move- ments that will work your core back arms chest legs and stabilizer muscles. Though this workout is a great exercise to get that overall body workout dont underestimate the conditioning you need to be in to perform this exercise. This workout is definitely for the more advanced exerciser and should always be performed focusing on form. With that being said dive in and feel the soreness even two to three days after youve taken it on to your new workout regimen. All you need for this movement is a set of dumbbells and a hard floor. 24 Struggling with jokes today So youll have to put up with this one liner. They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well no one is laughing now. My parents moved around a lot when I was a kid. I always found them. Never trust an atom. They make up everything. Ive decided to sell my vacuum cleaner on eBay. Its just collecting dust. A blonde walks into a bar. Ouch. I want a girl who wants me for my money. She also has to be bad at math. I went into a bar and ordered a double. They brought out a guy who looks like me. Time ies like an arrow. Fruit ies like a banana. I went to the store and bought a decaeinated coee table. You really cant tell the dierence. My teacher accused me of plagiarism. His words not mine. They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well no one is laughing now. Never trust an atom. They make up everything. A blonde walks into a bar. Ouch. I went into a bar and ordered a double. They brought out a guy who looks like me. I went to the store and bought a decaeinated coee table. You really cant tell the dierence. By Alexis Monahan Marco Beltrami The Man Behind the Music of Your Favorite Movies FLiP Magazine recently sat down for an interview with Academy Award nominated film composer Marco Beltrami. Marco first became a name in the industry after his work on the 1996 blockbuster hit Scream throwing away conventional horror music clichs and instead calling upon his concert music roots to explore a new sonic landscape. Nominated twice forAcademyAwards for Best Score first for 310 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and shortly after for his score to 2010s groundbreaking Best Picture The Hurt Locker. Marcos newest film score was for the actionadventure movieGodsofEgyptavailableonDVDstartingMay31st. Marco was always interested in music as long as he could remember. He started in music club at just six years old. And although he knew he loved music he didnt know it would lead to composing. My parents didnt want me to pursue music he said and so Marco decided to go to Brown University and earned a liberal arts degree. Marco decided he still wanted to pursue music and so he went to Yale School of Music on a scholarship. Shortly after graduating he moved out to Los Angeles and a few months later he landed his job on Scream. Marco was mentored by many Hollywood heavyweights and he was even able obtain a fellowship with Academy-Award winning composer Jerry Goldsmith. Jerry taught me to be as economical as possible in your writing and to keep things as simple as possible for the desired effect. Just playable and clear. And thats something I really carry with me and its probably the most influential thing piece of advice. So what is the process of film composing you ask Its not a linear progressionits not like working from the beginning and going to the end its more like a question of figuring out what the elements are and picking some scenes seeing how they fit together in the picture and then sort of expanding from that. He says hes worked from the scripts before but finds it difficult because they are just words on I view every movie almost like a puzzle and sort of cracking the puzzle getting to the root of everything from which the tree of a score will blossom. 26 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 the page and the directors vision hasnt been realized yet in order to set the music to. He prefers to wait until the editing room and start the process when the footage is in and the story is starting to come together. The most important and probably the most rewarding and fun part is I view every movie almost like a puzzle and sort of cracking the puzzle getting to the root of everything from which the tree of a score will blossom. The timing and those elements which are essential to the picture. That to me is a fun challenge but it can be anxiety filled as well cause sometimes it doesnt immediately show itselfsometimes you have to really workyou can be working for a couple of weeks and not have anything to show because you havent cracked the puzzle yet. But then after you do its just a question of filling in the blanks I think. For Marcos work on the new film Gods of Egypt he says working with director Alex Proyas was a bit more old school in that it was a very collaborative process and discussion of visions. After watching the rough edits of the film he envisioned Gods of Egypt as a very thematic film and so he worked on the themes firstlike a Horus theme a Set theme and a Beck and Zia theme. He then put these themes into the bigger picture. The part that I like the most is the beginning and obviously the end when you actually have musicians bring it to life Marco says. From actionadventure films like Gods of Egypt to horror films like Scream to dramas like The Hurt Locker and Westerns like 310 to Yuma Marco has composed for many movie genres. When it comes to choosing which films he wants to work on Marco says the genre is not the crucial thing. He focuses most on what speaks toinspires him the most. Its not that I prefer horror movies or anything in fact I dont really like horror moviesIve always been a cheap scare. I think the first horror movie I ever saw was Scream. And his best advice to aspiring composers I think there are a lot more opportunities now for people who want to become composers just because it is so much easier to make movies and there are so many little independent movies which is a great way to start honing your craft. Having a classic training or academic training I dont think is crucial to it. I think that having a dramatic sense a sense of picture is fundamental. And when those skills go hand-in-hand with musicianship skills then those are the key ingredients for having a great film composer. When you have just one or the other it becomes a little more challenging. www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 27 Q A B La Pi Q My girlfriend and I have about 5 weddings to go to this summer and I have no idea what Im supposed to wear. Whats the usual for a summer wedding A I wish I had a little more information from you to really give you a detailed answer. Your climate and the theme of the weddings come in to play. Since I dont know what those are the best advice to give you for such a special event is that overdressing is better than under-dressing. While planning your attire you should almost always consider a suit and also remember that lighter fabrics and colors are usually worn for summer weddings. Another thing to consider is what your girlfriend is wearing you dont necessarily need to color coordinate but you want to make sure that you look good together and dont clash. People take a lot of photos during weddings and you want to look good together. Regardless what you wear be sure to be respectful and enjoy your time in honoring the union of two people. Q Once and for all whats a normal penis size A There is no such thing as a normal penis size. But an average of several studies combined show that Average flaccid length is 2.6 to 3.9 inches. Average flaccid girth is from 3.6 to 3.9 inches. Average erect length is from 4.6 to 6.3 inches. Average erect girth is about 4.7. One other thing to take into consideration is heritage. According to the world map of penis sizes where individuals report in men in Congo have an average size of 7.1 inches and men in Nepal have an average of 3.7 and those in Russia report an average of 5.2. So while taking size into consideration think of where your ancestors came from. Approximately 50 of all men think their penis is too small. What some men dont know is that most women would prefer an average penis over a larger one. Map stats obtained from httpwww.targetmap.comviewer.aspxreportId3073 More than anything Laci Paige author of the Silken Edge Series enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband support their children on the soccer pitch and off. Laci enjoys the outdoors travel and of course reading and writing and chocolate. Their family lives in Hampton Roads Virginia where Lacis adult muse wakes up late at night. Follow Laci on facebook at httpwww.facebook.comauthorlacipaige and twitter at httpstwitter.comlaci_paige. 28 www.flipmagazine.netFebrary2016 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 29 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 2929 Why do we insist on erasing our history Erasing historydoesnotmagicallyerasehate.Ifanything it makes people forget about the dark chapters of human history. We should never forget those parts of our past. We remember so we can learn from these dark chapters of humanity. We must learn from our mistakes of the past or we will certainly repeat them The reason we have monuments statues etc. is not always to commemorate or honor something. Often times it is to remind us of the terrible parts of our history. I grew up in the South. Im not proud by any means of certain parts of our history. That does not mean we should pretend they do not exist. The Civil Rights Museum in downtown Birmingham depicts imagery and events from a horrible period of the South. Should we tear it down just because it is unpleasant Many people want to remove statues of Robert E. Lee. When I see a statue of him I think of a time when our nation was divided. When there was a conict of ideologies about what type of nation we would be. Yes slavery was part of that war too. The Civil War was a pivotal point of social moral and cultural evolution. Everything was not solved but it was a step in the right direction. In New Orleans there is a statue of Andrew Jackson on horseback. He forcefully removed thousands upon thousands of Native Americans--- --The Trail of Tears This was truly a dark page in a dark chapter of the near annihilation of a people. Are we going to tear his statue down Are we going to take his face o the twenty-dollar bill No we will not. We must remember these atrocities. Thomas Jeerson owned slaves and slept with slave women. I have not heard anything about removing his monument from Washington DC. Why He wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a Founding Father. Many people protested and disagreed with the Vietnam War. It was a terrible social trauma inicted on our national consciousness Should we remove it as well I am not saying we should remove either monument the point is we cannot just remember the good points in history and ignore the dark chapters. Statues monuments plaques are not always about honoring events and people. If we erase the pastit still happened Are we supposed to just collectively forget The answer is no. This idea of erasing dark andor unpleasant points in history in my mind sets a very very dangerous precedent. The rst time I heard read and saw anything about this notion of removing monuments and statues depicting dark pages of history all I could think of was the book 1984 by George Orwell. Now rst of all let us be clear I am not saying that is exactly what is occurring. However this book is worth mentioning briey. Anyone familiar with the book knows that the main character Winston Smith was a clerk at the Records Department at the Ministry of Truth. His job was to write and rewrite history to suit the state. Thus allowing the state Big Brother to manipulate public perception. If these monuments statues plaques etc. are taken down what would prevent someone from manipulating the past by twisting it around to suit their purposes We must remember the past or we are doomed to repeat it There are dark chapters stained with blood in humanitys past which occurred all over the world. Moments where our reason failed us where conicting ideologies fuelled by fear and hatred led to war and atrocities sometimes quite unfathomable. If we are to evolve further and be better as a species we must not erase history. We must study remember and most importantly understand these dark chapters. As should our children their children and so on. We must learn from it. Learning will never occur and never has by closing our eyes and pretending it never happened I have always believed you should write what you know My passions and fascinations include history philosophy mythology and psychology. I love to people watch. I get many ideas that way. I am an avid science ction fan. Science ction is based in our imagination our imagination propels humanity forward in all our endeavors. -Lewis Stockham Erasing HistoryBy Lewis Stockham WILD CARDS CINCINNATI BENGALS HOUSTON TEXANS 30 www.flipmagazine.netFebrary2016 Us football fans collectively hate the summer. Sure we can appreciate the nice weather barbeques by the pool and driving with the top down...but thats not the weather we crave. We like windbreaker cool during the day chilly at night leaves on the ground crisp fall weather. Ahhh can you smell the tailgating upon us Football season is almost here and by almost we mean three months away Its never too early to get into a debate about where teams are going to nish. Obviously even the geniuses on the FLiP sports sta cant predict injuries no we really cant so these are subject to change depending upon what conspires in training camp or the entire Patriots organization being suddenly suspended by the league. We absolutely do not see a repeat of last years Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers squaring o. In fact we dont even predict that either will make it to the Bowl this year. So without further ado FLiPs 2016 NFL Season Preview 2016 NFL SEASON PREVIEW By Jay Schuster EAST CHAMPIONS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Too much talent on this team especially with Brady still looking like Brady even at the advanced football age of 38 years old. Great offseason pickups at the skill positions on offense including Martellus Bennett and Nate Washington will only add to this teams firepower. Getting Dion Lewis back at RB should be a big boost as he was a terror before getting injured last season. The defense has loads of talent and should be able to match last years numbers. The Jets and Bills are still the top threats to New England but lack the elite QB play and weapons. A F C NORTH CHAMPIONS PITTSBURGH STEELERS Pittsburgh has loads of offensive talent on this roster. The core of Ben Roethlisberger LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown is as good as youll see in the NFL. With an improving offensive line and a defense that finally started to show signs of playing Steeler football this season should see Pittsburgh take control of the North from the Bengals who had a disastrous collapse in the playoffs last year. SOUTH CHAMPIONS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Here at FLiP we see a big bounce back season for the Colts. Andrew Luck had a below average year in 2016 and hes way too talented to string together two sub par seasons. With T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener the Colts should be explosive enough on offense this year to take some pressure off of their below average defense although one that did show improvement last season. The Texans will be a big threat to Indy with their addition of Brock Osweiler in the offseason to finally shore up the QB position for them but we like Indys roster enough to call them the South champs. WEST CHAMPIONS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS The Chiefs were the absolute hottest team heading into the playoffs last season. They had just won nine straight games to make it in as a wild card and after a blowout win against Houston they finally ran into a buzz saw known as the Patriots. They are returning their perennial MVP Jamaal Charles who is coming back from a devastating knee injury last year. Their defense is tough as nails and last years rookie CB Marcus Peters is a absolute shutdown corner. Even though DenveriscomingoffasSB champs last season and have a ferocious defense we dont believe that their QB situation Mark Sanchez is nearly good enough to take the divisionfromKansasCity. WILD CARDS ARIZONA CARDINALS NEW YORK GIANTS WEST CHAMPIONS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS I know a lot of people would like Arizona to take the title again this season but I just dont buy into Carson Palmers health being great for 3 seasons in a row. Hes had way too much of an injury past for me to be comfortable picking them here and as he goes so go the Cardinals. Seattle still has tons of talent on both sides of the ball and their defense played exceptionally well in the 2nd half of the season. I see a hungry Seahawks team not playing a first place schedule by the way coming out of the gates hot this year and expect them to take the West. SOUTH CHAMPIONS CAROLINA PANTHERS Carolina had a dream season last year. If any experts predicted a 15-1 record from them Id bow down and shake their hands. Cam Newton was easily MVP and the defense is as good as it gets. Although teams typically dont have that same follow-up season and defenses seem to run hot and cold from year-to-year Id expect Carolina to still take this division with ease. Atlanta and the others just arent good enough to give Carolina a push and getting a healthy Kelvin Benjamin back to add to Newtons offense will only add a big boost. NORTH CHAMPIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS Green Bay had a sub par year by their standards in 2016. They started off with an awful preseason injury to their all-pro WR Jordy Nelson that really hurt their offense. Follow that up with multiple injuries to their RBs TEs and OL and its amazing that they finished where they did and still managed to win a playoff game. Their defense played much better down the stretch and I dont think Minnesota will catch nearly as many breaks this season with a first place schedule. EAST CHAMPIONS DALLAS COWBOYS TheCowboyshaveagood chance to be the 2016 version of Washington. They are flying under the radar getting Tony Romo back healthy at QB this season and have a ton of weapons on offense. Picking up Alfred Morris from the Redskins free agent pile was also a genius move. Behind that ridiculously good offensive line in Big D Morris should take tons of pressure off of the passing game. The Cowboys defense played inspired last year but overall do not have much talent on that side of the ball. While we expect the Giants to have a nice bounce back season we dont feel the same way about the Redskins. A first place schedule unproven starting QB with way more pressure on him this season and a suspect defense should help elevate the Cowboys to the East title. A F C CHAMPIONS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS N F C CHAMPIONS S E A T T L E SEAHAWKS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS www.flipmagazine.netFebrary2016 An unabashed Celtics fan Jay Schuster is Boston bred and raised and currently resides just north of the city. He is a Proposal Manager for a large company in downtown Boston and graduated from Salem State College in Salem MA. In his free time Jay loves playing and watching sports surprise surprise weightlifting and getting clobbered in both Monopoly and Clue by his daughter. N F C 32 SONGSYOUMUSTHEAR BEFOREYOUDIE50BYFELICELAZAE S haring your favorite songs with others can be like opening a personal portal into ones life experiences and what shapes us as a person. A song can mean so much to one person and so little to another. And at the same time one song can unite huge groups of individuals from dierent backgrounds and regions around the world who know nothing about each other but are all moved in the same way by that one song. Sometimes its the lyrical content that hits us on a deep emotional level because it brings up memories that we can directly relate to. Sometimes its the music that can either instantly lift our spirits reinforce our feelings of sadness or comfort us in our time of need. Its hard to describe why a certain song hits us in a certain way. Its not always something that can be analyzed and put into words. A lot of the time its a certain spirit to the song its a feeling. And that feeling changes over time. The initial feeling comes when you rst hear the song. Its new and brilliant as it hits your ears. You try to soak in every note. You try to feel every beat deeply in those rst few minutes. You know something special is happening. As soon as it ends you want to hear it again. You know that this song will stay with you for years to come. You know that youve made a deep emotional connection with it. Sometimes that emotional connection is related to who is with you when you hear the song. I remember when I was little my mom my brother and I heard The Way by Fastball for the rst time and the groove the arrangement and the words just made us all so happy. We instantly loved it. We all broke out dancing together. And as we got to know the song better every time it came on the radio we all sang along with so much passion. It was OUR song. That song captured that moment in our lives and every time I hear that song that moment lives on in my heart and soul. Im transported back to being a little girl with my mom and brother and if I close my eyes Im there again and all of those amazing feelings of love and happiness ood in. Music is such a powerful time machine. There are many songs that have touched me over the years and I cant imagine living without hearing them. Friends and family have also introduced me to many songs with a phrase like You MUST hear this. I have friends who on a regular basis send me songs and new artists to listen to because it hit them in a particular way and they must spread that feeling the music gave them. That feeling is so important. For most of us as humans that feeling we get from listening to music that truly touches us is a big part of our experience while living on Earth. So here are my top 50 songs in no particular order and 50 is not nearly enough so I know Ive left some out you must hear before you die. Some of them are popular some of them are hidden gems. Some of them I discovered on my own some of them I was introduced to by a friend.All of them touched me and gave me that feeling. Grounds For Divorce Elbow Criminal Fiona Apple Dont Panic Coldplay Pink Moon Nick Drake Dashboard Modest Mouse The Waterboy Odetta Just Out Of Reach The Zombies Will You Be There Michael Jackson The Way Fastball Seven Nation Army The White Stripes www.flipmagazine.netMay2016 33 Felice LaZae is a singersongwriter living in Los Angeles CA. And shes also a huge fan of comics video games books and all things nerdy. Shes worked in many facets of the music industry from audio engineering to vocal coaching. Her lyric driven music is a mix of bluesy rock with a good dose of soul. To check out and download her new Give It Away EP go to her website at Hurt Johnny Cashs cover version Sympathy For The Devil The Rolling Stones I Used To Love H.E.R. Common One In A Million Aaliyah Im Designer Queens Of The Stone Age Purple Rain Prince Ms. Fat Booty Mos Def The Seed 2.0 The Roots Killing Me Softly with His Song Fugees cover version Dont Know Why Norah Jones Somebody That I Used To Know Gotye You Know Im No Good Amy Winehouse So Far From Your Weapon The Dead Weather Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman Kiss From A Rose Seal Thistle Weeds Mumford Sons Oh No Mos Def Pharoahe Monch Nate Dogg Fame David Bowie Not Gon Cry Mary J. Blige Da Mystery of Chessboxin Wu-Tang Clan Love Of My Life An Ode To Hip Hop Erykah Badu How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Al Green I Want You Shes So Heavy The Beatles Band On The Run Wings Say My Name Destinys Child Dont Speak No Doubt Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin Ojos Asi Shakira Girl Youll Be A Woman Soon Urge Overkill Cover Version Sinister Kid The Black Keys Royals Lorde When The Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin You Dont Know What Love Is Billie Holiday Doo Wop That Thing Lauryn Hill Waterfalls TLC Barton Hollow The Civil Wars Electric Relaxation A Tribe Called Quest En Mi Viejo San Juan Jose Feliciano or really any version this a standard Rolling In The Deep Adele The Last High The Dandy Warhols 34 www.flipmagazine.netMay2016