Halt and Catch Fire- 214s (Here’s to the Crazy Ones)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

This was a quote from Apple’s Think Differently ad that was headed by Steve Jobs, one of the most influential and innovate person in the technology field. People taught he was crazy to do things other people weren’t doing at the time but he knew that it was the future. And in this episode of Halt and Catch Fire, we get the feeling that you can’t stop the future. You are either are a part of it or you get left behind in the past. What are you willing to do to be successful or be part of something great? The characters on the show want it so bad they are willing to embezzle, steal and lie in order to succeed, which you can’t blame them. Everyone wants to be seen as a winner one time in his or her lifetime.

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John Bosworth is an old-school businessman, who has built Cardiff Electric into regional power. He was happy in his place in the world until Joe came into his world and turned everything upside down. But what really messed him up was the thought of being part of something great like creating the first portable computer aka The Giant. At first, he could care less if the team actually created the machine but after seeing the potential of the project, he is absolutely on board now. He is willing to have his marriage crumble and he is willing to sell his own house to complete this projection. In this episode, we find Bosworth is “all in”, with the projection as we find out that he and Cameron hacked into a national bank to embezzle money to keep the company afloat while creating The Giant. Bosworth is willing to go to jail because he believes in the future, just like Gordon.

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Gordon looks like he’s back in a good place ever since last week’s episode, where he was falling apart because of the pressure he was dealing with to create this great invention. After listening to a couple of self help tapes, he is back to his confident self again even after learning he wasn’t going to Comdex, he is still resolute about going to Comdex especially when the FBI shows up to arrest John Bosworth for embezzling money and shuts down the office. Gordon goes back late that night to steal back his property because he’s is a man with a plan and he’s going to go through with it regardless if everyone thinks he’s crazy including his wife. He’s doing this for the best interest of his family, unlike Joe, who is only doing it to prove to his father that he can succeed without the help of his dad.

After hearing that Bosworth embezzled because the company ran out of money and learning that IBM is also creating a portable computer he decides to face his father for answers. This time his father tells him the truth about IBM’s computer along with the reasons why his father took his mom out of his life. Joe’s dad thought it was in his best interest that he shouldn’t be around his mom because she was lost. Joe’s dad even tells him that he’s more like him, which I totally agree with because they’re both assholes that are willing to step over body after body to complete their goals. I did love Joe’s dad speech about being a “dreamer” is all about hardwork. His dad’s pitch sold Joe in coming back to IBM to lead the portable computer program, turning his back to the people who made his dream into a reality. Joe is willing turn his back to his friends in order see this creation come to life which is kinda sleazy but I totally understand, it’s the future.

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Thankfully, Gordon was ballsy enough to stop Joe in his tracks giving him a motivating speech that they have to go to Comdex to prove people wrong and be a part of something great without the help of his father. They sell Joe’s Porsche and head to Comdex into the unknown future.

Fuck! Personally, I think this is exciting television. I didn’t care about what the naysayers said about this show that it is going know where and how the characters weren’t lovable. I had a feeling that the show was going to prove them wrong as well in the end. To which, how can you not fall in love with the characters now? They are willing to give up their live hoods to chase their dreams. Isn’t that the “American Dream?” I still have to believe if you believe in something and if you work hard enough, all your dreams with come through, but I guess you can call me crazy…

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Fu’s Observations:

  • I think Bosworth needs to “Call Saul.” (Sorry for the BB reference)
  • Isn’t office sex just the best? Also, Joe and Cameron are using protection right? Although, them being parents would be a great spin-off show.
  • I totally believe in self-help tapes. No joke, check out and listen to Tony Robbins, it’s a game and life changer.
  • I love the reference when Gordon entered Joe’s crib saying that he already left to only find out that this is how he lives.
  • Comdex sounds like a God damn sex convention for nerds!
  • Joe’s Porsche was cool but I would have loved to ride in Gordon’s orange, reddish Pinto.

Check out our H & CF Reviews

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Music gives a soul to the Universe – Seven Ways That Music Benefits Your Health

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“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain .” - Bob Marley

Lets see the effect music can have on a physical/ mental and psychological level :

1-   Improves your visual and verbal skills

Early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in verbal intelligence. This was suggested in a study among 4-to 6-year-olds who received only one month of musical training. It included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts, and this proved to have a “transfer effect,” enhancing their ability to understand words and explain their meaning.

Another study among 8 to 11-year-olds found that those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training.

2) Affects the heartbeat, pulse rate and blood pressure

As Nietzsche, said, ‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Studies have proved that music can not only strengthen the heart but also improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease.

No matter the genre of music, listening to one’s favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that improves the vascular health. (Opera, classical and other types of ‘joyful’ music were more likely to stimulate endorphins as opposed to heavy metal)

At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, men and women who listened to music soon after undergoing cardiac surgery were less anxious andreported having less pain than those who just rested quietly.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, a nurse-led team found that heart patients confined to bed who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.

The rhythm, the melody and harmony, all play a role in the emotional and cardiovascular response.

3) Improves sleep quality in students

Young or old, we all face sleep problems, in some cases, regularly, in other cases, when we’ve had an overactive day. Listening to soft music is indeed relaxing, hence improving the quality of your sleep.

Research shows that music can help reduce several factors known to interfere with sleep (including stress and anxiety), promote physical changes that support more restful sleep (such as lowered heart and respiratory rates), and aid in treatment of Insomnia.

4) Makes you Happier

Music affects our emotional state, making you feel happy, ecstatic or even sad. According to a study, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical, when you listen to tunes that move you. Sometimes you also experience feeling of shivers or chills while listening to a particular track, this shows that brain releases large amount of dopamine, that gives you happiness and pleasure. So listening to music gives us the same hit of happiness that we would get from a piece of chocolate, sex or drugs.

While another study shows that Music with a quick tempo in a major key, brought about all the physical changes associated with happiness in listeners. In contrast, a slow tempo and minor key led to sadness.

Even when we listen to happy music with the intention to feel happy, it always works as opposed to simply listening to music without attempting to alter our mood.

5) Boosts your immune system and reduce Pain

Music has been found to reduce the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, which can weaken the immune system and is responsible for many illnesses. If you like to dance to uplifting music, then you are definitely on a path to better health. Scientists found that after listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in participants’ bodies increased.

Different types of music might have different effect, but it also depends on your personal preference and what tunes resonate with your soul. What resonates with the spirit, does have a healing effect.

6) Reduces Depression and Anxiety

Listening to music has much more effect on the human mind and psyche. Researchers say that it can helpease anxiety among cancer patients, have positive effects on their mood, pain and improve quality of life. Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods.

7) Keeps an aging brain healthy

Having musical training could help keep the brain healthy as people grow older. Any kind of musical activity in life serves as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain sharper and more capable of dealing with challenges of aging.

Even someone with brain damage or dementia can recover memories through listening to music. It is ingrained in our deepest core of being, no matter the language, the sound and the rhythm resonates deep within. Like Kahlil Gibran puts it, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

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If you’re still not convinced just listen below to Radiohead‘s Codex

Happy Motivation Monday!!! – Beast Mode

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The Leftovers – B.J. & A.C. (Sweet Baby Jesus)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Personally, I thought tonight’s episode of The Leftovers wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but I feel it’s leading us into some explosive situations. The big difference with tonight’s episode was it dealt with multiple characters instead of one single character study with the Reverend. Tonight’s episode dealt with Kevin’s relationship with his estranged wife, which is now affecting their children. We also find out the extent of how far the Guilty Remnant are willing to go to push their nihilistic views with the world. The GRs believe nothing matters, especially possessions. So, when the baby Jesus doll went missing, I automatically thought it was those sick bastards.

It was a great opening scene with the baby Jesus being created in factory with the Black Keys playing in the background, which is finally placed in manger as part of the Nativity scene but then goes missing. Chief Garvey is placed into action to find the missing baby Jesus but he already has his suspicion that his daughter took it, which she did but tells his dad what kind of person would do that? Clearly, lying to her dad she parties with her friends and the stolen baby Jesus, thinking about destroying it but she decides not to maybe because she still not fully lost yet. Unlike her brother, Tom, he is clearly on a path of destruction.

Tom Garvey, Kevin’s step son, has decided to follow the new prophet Wayne Gilchrest, following his orders and protecting Christine because Wayne thinks she is very important to their plans. Tom is committed to see this through even though this might not end in a happy ending. I believe Tom is just looking for answers but in all the wrong places. Meanwhile, Justin Theroux character is trying to figure out why his wife wants to leave him.

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Laurie Garvey, a Guilty Remnant, showed up to her old house with Meg Abbott played by Liv Tyler trying to tell her husband why she has done the things she has done. Telling her husband that she is “broken,” which there might not be a possibility to fix her and he should be alright with it. She wants him to sign the divorce papers and let her go but Kevin is still fighting for her telling her if she wants it to end it then she should say it but their argument gets interrupted by their daughter. She calmly goes to their Christmas tree giving her estranged mother her Christmas present then walks away. Kevin politely tells them to leave because they’ve done enough damage today.

As Laurie and Meg walk back to the compound, Laurie decides to open her daughter’s gift, which was a lighter with the inscription, “Don’t Forget Me.” Meg tells her she should keep it and she won’t tell anyone but this goes against the values of a Guilty Remnant, so Laurie throws in a sewer gate showing Meg what is takes to be in the GRs. To be a Guilty Remnant, you have to let go of the things that mattered to you the most because it is meaningless now.

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This is GRs plan from start to show people there is no meaning in life and “there is no family.” In last the episode, we see the GRs cruelly buying the Reverend’s church, closing the place of refugee for people and tonight they take it a step further by breaking into people’s home, stealing their family photos which I think is totally fucked up. The GRs are trying to destroy the memory of what was and trying to replace it to what is or what they believe what reality is now. At first, I thought the GRs were just peacefully bunch, but now they’re just bunch of assholes trying to push they’re fucked up beliefs by any means necessary.

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But there was a Silver Lining in this really fucked up episode of the Leftovers in which after the memory thieves stole all those family photos, Laurie decided to walk back to the compound but her real intentions was to find her daughter’s lighter in that drain sewer. I guess some memories are too hard to let go because they mean so much and they should. To take away a person’s memory is like taking a piece of that person, so I really hoping the GRs get what they deserve in the following episodes. I also hope that Laurie has the strength to come to her senses and get back with her “hot” husband before her daughter’s BFF gets her claws or the other crazy woman with the gun in her purse gets a piece of the Chief.

Fu’s Observations:

-       The Black Key’s “I’m not the One” was a perfect song for Laurie in this episode.

-       Is Christine carrying the Anti-Christ?

-       The Loved Ones company was really creepy this episode, when an overturned truck that had a cargo container filled with body replicas – created for Loved Ones customers to look like their departed family members so they could have someone to bury and memorialize.

-       Does Justin Theroux’s character wearing eyeliner? Is he trying to be Gothic?

-       I think Nora was trying to get on board the Chief’s crazy train, if you know what I mean. Also, if I was Kevin, I would have totally cheated on my crazy wife.

-       The GR pamphlet was fucking funny. I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular Anti-Valentine’s Day card in February.

-       Poor, poor baby Jesus couldn’t get a break this episode. He got abducted, abused, almost burned and drowned then just to be thrown in the woods for the dogs “who aren’t our dogs anymore” to be torn apart. I bet the baby Devil is a hot Christmas item in this universe.

-       R.I.P James Garner

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Married Vs You’re the Worst Review (People are Hell)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

It’s summer time again, which you know what that means? Love is in the air or something to that affect when you mix horny people with tons of alcohol and no inhibitions. The summer TV line up is in full affect and I’m going to do a review on two of the shows that I think deserve your precious beach time: Married and You’re The Worst. One show is about people dealing with the drama of being married and the other is dealing with the drama of being not married all of which is what is in the heart of all relationships, can we stand to be with the one we are with? Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell,” which quite possibly these shows might prove him right.

The Men

Married star, Russ Bowman played Nat Faxon is a stay at home dad that has three cute girls and a hot wife. He seemingly has everything that a grown man wants but it seems he is a bit bored and a bit horny. He tries to use the “Hallpass” that his wife gives him but fails miserably at it causing more harm than good. He seems like a good guy, but he might be just stupid enough to ruin his life. We’ll see.

You’re the worst star; Jimmy played by Chris Geere is an unhappy writer that is not meeting his own potential, which I can totally understand. Because he is not happy in his work life he takes it out on people. You can feel that someone hurt him a long time ago, which this is why he puts his guard up with new people, even though he speaks his mind with everyone. Kinda of asshole but I always feel like assholes are misunderstood but we’ll see in the following episodes.

The Women

Married star, Lina Bowman played by Judy Greer is so sweet and loving. She fucking gives her husband a fucking “Hallpass!” I can’t hate on her for anything but I wish more women were open minded like her character. She loves her husband, she loves her family and she is willing to do anything to keep it together.

You’re the worst star, Gretchen played Aya Cash is so fabulous fucked up in a great way. She has a job in which I’m not sure she loves it or not. She is kinda just searching like the rest of us trying to make sense of it all. Occasionally, she might have a one-night stand or two or three then do copious amounts of drugs but hell, it’s called “life” people. We’re here to experience it not to watch it on the bench. She’s a good girl trapped in Rihanna’s body.

The Sex

Married:  Jerked off Twice under the sheets. Made out with a waxer and got to 2nd base but that’s about it. Mad frustrated.

You’re the Worst:  Fellatio, Cunnilingus, Missionary, Doggie, a bit of hair pulling and phone sex, but no anal because it’s the first episode. Crazy satisfied and thirsting for more.

The Problem

Married:  It’s totally husbands fault for being a man.

You’re the worst:  They’re both each other’s problems in which they might be each other’s answers.

The great French existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell.” It was metaphor from his play No Exit where Sartre postulated that when we think of ourselves, we use knowledge of us that other people have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and use to judge ourselves. And, others’ judgments about us are in whatever we say about ourselves. Thus, if relations with someone else are twisted or destructive then that other person can only be hell. I totally understand Sartre view about how we cause each other’s suffering but that’s how you grow as a person. Plus, I know the value of being alone to get know yourself but I know from experience it’s a lot better when experience a great moment in your life when you’re surround by people who love you.

These are two great summer shows that people should watch whether you are married or single because it shows the reality of what it means to be in a relationship in this day of age.

Fu’s Observations:

-       Does ear hair really bother women that much?

-       Hallpasses should be extended out to non married people.

-        Guys, what is our fascination with dick pics? I’m mean I know we love our own shit but do we always have to mass social media it all the time? 

-       I got a feeling that puppy is not going to last long. I know I’ve killed a few Betta fishes in my day. 

-       I’m not gay, I’m English line I thought was the best line until Gretchen said she started a fire to get out of math class.

-       I have never spit on anyone’s private parts and I think I would have been offended if you would have spitted on my junk!

Age is just a Number – The Deadlifting (Great, Great) Grandma

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Three years ago, Jean Stewart began to feel old. A proud woman, she realized she needed to make a change in her life to improve her long-term health.

“I see people who are stooped over and old, in their 60s and 70s,” Stewart says. “I don’t want to be that way. I was losing function for everyday living, stooped over and lifting things improperly. I just wanted to live my life (and be) healthy.”

As a retired physical education teacher, she’s always had a passion for fitness, but became bored in physical therapy-type exercise classes. Worst of all, she was tired of being treated like an old person who was incapable of physical activity. So, at the age of 83, Stewart decided to reinvent herself.

“She came walking into the gym with our newspaper ad folded under her arm and handed it to us,” remembers Cheryl Cohen, founder, owner and head trainer of Desert CrossFit in Palm Desert, Calif. “I asked her what she wanted from CrossFit and she said, ‘Well, I would like an easier time in the garden, getting down and getting back up again. I’d like to be able to move the 20-lb. bag of potting soil.’”

Unsure of the environment she’d entered, Stewart figured she had nothing to lose. Cohen assured her she could thrive at Desert CrossFit.

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Credit: Huntersville Crossfit

Leader of the Pack – (Business Philosophy) Barometer of Success

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Fitness Friday’s – Crossfit and Philosophy (Bruce Lee)

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Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go

Age is just a number – 40-year-old mom becomes New Orleans Saints’ newest cheerleader

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Introducing the New Orleans Saints’ newest cheerleader — a 40-year-old mother of two.

Mississippi’s Kriste Lewis fended off tough competition from women nearly than half her age to win a spot on the coveted Saintsations team for 2014/15.

The long-time dance instructor, who has 14- and 11-year-old sons, decided to try out for the NFL troop after celebrating her landmark birthday.

She was also inspired by her serious health issue to win one of 36 places.

Age is just a number