True Blood – Karma (Coming Full Circle)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

This week’s episode was a lot better than last week’s because it showed how people deal with death differently. Some people try to get their affairs in order so they can pass on it to the people they love while other people try to finish their goals before their time expires. This is the case with Bill Compton, finding out that he has an advance case of the virus, trying to figure a way to give everything he has to Jessica while Eric and Pam are to trying to get their revenge on Sarah Newlin. All the characters on the show are finding a way to deal with their own morality in a positive or negative way.

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Bill finding out last episode that he has an advanced version of the virus quickly realizes that he has to leave everything he has to his progeny, Jessica, but he encounters a shark for a lawyer that is trying to extort money from him from him which leads Bill to kill her. Bill is not the only person to know of his sickness as Jessica finds out and tells Sookie, which leads her to get checked at a clinic. Of course, she finds out she is carrying the virus that caused Bill to be sick. Sookie feels terrible that she caused this horrible situation for Jessica and Bill. Sarah Newlin also feels sorta responsible for her actions.

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After she causes her parents deaths, she comes crawling back to her “hot” vampire sister telling her that it was the “old me, this is the New-me.” Of course, her sister doesn’t believe her bullshit but tells her something that changes her tune. Turns out Sarah drank the antidote to the virus, making her the cure to the sickness, which I’m not sure that Eric and Pam with their new corporation partner, Mr. Gus knows that but I feel that’s the reason why the Yakuza are desperately trying to find her. Mr. Gus might be motivated to bring back “honor” to his family business before he dies while Eric is just trying to finish what he started.

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Lafayette is facing a similar situation with his “crazy” Auntie because she believes that Tara is trying to communicate with her. So, Lafayette gives it a shot by letting his new boyfriend give his blood to him and his Aunt. They get high on the blood, which let’s them find Tara but they can’t figure out what she is trying to communicate with them. But at least Lafayette knows now that his Auntie is just part-time crazy not full-time, which there is a difference.

Whether it’s vampires, werewolves or humans, we all have to face death one day but I always believe you live the most before you die because you know it’s the end. I really liked this episode tonight, which I hope they set the same standards on the final episodes coming up. I know I kinda shitted on a couple of episodes of TD this season, but when you love something that you know that it’s about to end, you want to remember why you loved it so much, you want to remember the best part of it. This is the same way with death because you want to remember best parts of your love ones life because they will be forever in your memories.

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Fu’s Observations:

  • Hell has NO fury like a woman scorned. Roses are red, Violet can be really VIOLENT.
  • Is that snake on Tara, the same snake that was used on the Britney Spears music video?
  • I really like the Asian cowboy look. I gotta buy me a 10-gallon hat ASAP!
  • Sarah’s sister is sooo smoking hot, thank goodness the producers thought she was too hot to kill.
  • This whole episode made me want to go to the clinic to check my own self out, especially after a week of debauchery at Comic Con.
  • Nobody felt bad when the lawyer died, I mean no one…

 CHECK OUT TB ARTICLES:

Fire in the Hole (You can’t run away from your past)

Death is not the End (A trip down memory lane)

Lost Cause (Lafayette & Pam are the only reasons to watch the show)

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What Happens To A 5-Year-Old Girl Who’s Already Consumed 1460 Sodas In Her Short Lifetime? (Cautionary Tale)

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I cried when I watched this video. A frightening reality planted itself in front of me as I remembered that my own grandmother had passed away from diabetes almost 20 years ago. She spent her last years injecting multiple daily insulin shots, in and out of a hospital bed 300 km away from her hometown. I remember my mother telling me that nana used to drink a lot of soda.

The implications of a disease are hard to fully grasp unless you or someone you love has suffered through it. But even more horrifying than my nan’s sole story, is the fact that diabetes is a reality for millions of people worldwide at this very moment. In America alone, over 29 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2012. It stands as the 7th leading cause of death in that country.

Think About The Sugar You Consume

According to these statistics, Americans consume close to 50 billion liters of soda per year, which equates to about 216 liters, or about 57 gallons per person. That is a colossal amount of sugar. And not just any sugar, but some of the worst we know of – fructose, in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Tragically, high fructose corn syrup, in the form of soda, has become the number one source of calories in the United States, and it is very clear that it is the primary cause of the obesity and diabetes epidemic.

Soda companies are masters at fooling customers and masking their products as fun, cool and delicious. Take this commercial for example:

The “Thin Line” spoken poem not only exposes the hard reality about diabetes, but it also raises attention around the specific socio-economic demographic who are commonly affected by this disease,

“Nearly 1 in 2 children of color born in the year 2000 will get diabetes in their lifetime.”

The truth is that most low-income families often end up spending what little they have on these junk food products because they don’t have access to healthier options. The consequences are heartbreaking and pretty terrifying. With the ever-increasing cost of living and declining wages, more and more families are being forced into poverty as the middle class is being eradicated.

It may seem like common sense for some to stray far away from high-fructose corn syrup sodas, but a large majority of the population are not properly educated on the implications of poor nutrition, a vast percentage of these people being low-income families.

If someone you know consumes soda on a regular basis, be the one to supply them with the facts they need to know. Soda is an empty, modified can of death.

Raise your voice today and join the conversation about diabetes.

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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 thought he was crazy to do things other people weren’t doing at the time but he knew that it was going to be 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 project. In this episode, we find Bosworth is “all in”, with the project 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 pressures 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 later 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 his help.

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 to 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 isn’t going know where and how the characters weren’t lovable. I had a feeling that the show was going to prove them wrong. 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

Giant (Pressure makes Diamons and weeds out the Timid)

Leader of the Pack – (Business Philosophy) You have to be a little crazy…

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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