Monday, May 9, 2011

The Format

Haven't updated in awhile so thought I would write up a recommendation of one of my favorite bands. The Format are an indie rock/pop group from my home state of Arizona. Now Arizona isn't really known for it's musical groups but I feel like The Format is the hands down best. They have two albums out, Interventions + Lullabies and Dog Problems. Both are incredible, but my personal favorite is Interventions + Lullabies. Unfortunately the band is currently on hiatus and hasn't been working on new music for a few years now. I've had my fingers crossed that they'll get back together but sadly there hasn't really been any news about anything. However some of the band members are still involved in music and are working with other groups on some great stuff. Give them a listen and see if you like it. Below I posted my favorite song of theirs "On Your Porch".

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Selling Back Textbooks

This is pretty just my personal rant about reselling my textbooks back to my school. To me it seems like such an unfair practice, but people still just accept it because of the convenience. To start with they charge you ridiculous prices for the books in the first place. And then they act as though allowing you to sell them back is some great favor, when they're just gonna take them and sell them next year to students for more outrageous prices. The profits they make off of these books must be high since they can keep on repeating this process year after year. I could make more money by selling them online to people for less than the school would sell them for, and then I make more money and the new students pay less. But I, and probably the majority of the students here won't do this. Allowing the school to buy them back is just so much easier. On my way to class I pass at least three tents that will buy my textbooks for a fraction of their worth, and since I'm lazy I know that I'll do it. It's an infuriating system to think about, but since all people like me do is complain about it but not actually do anything, I don't see it changing anytime soon.