Mr. Robot Review (Episode 2) Ones & Zeroes – Why aren’t you watching this show?

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Mr. Robot Review – Episode 1: Ones and Zeroes

Why aren’t you watching this show?

Hey BLW fans, there’s only been a couple of shows that connect with me on a spiritual and philosophical level that Mr. Robot does. After finding out that producer of True Detective was part of the show, I started to notice some the in depth philosophical ideas that I loved from TD transferred to Mr. Robot. Ideas of control, power, and security are wonderful examined and dissected. I know how I raved about the show last review and there are tons of options on tv you can watch but check out Mr. Robot because it stays with you creating great conversation topics. 

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In the 2nd episode called Ones and Zeroes, our anti-hero Elliot is faced with a dilemma of taking an offer from Evil Corp or staying with All Safe, which the newly appointed head of security tells Elliot that All Safe will be fired as soon they figure out who hacked into their system. The genius of show begins with the first five minutes of the show with a perfect analogy of what power means to a man.

“Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank but give a man, a bank he’ll rob the world. The power belongs to the people who take it – the will to take is the only thing necessary.”

Rami Malek is perfect as the lead character for the show but his counterpart Mr. Robot played by Christian Slater is absolutely diabolically fun as the leader of the hacker group of F Society. He has major beef with Evil Corp because he wants to bring them down. Slater is a man of action as we can see with his speech about binary codes with Elliot.

“Are you a 1 or a 0? Life is not that binary. Life is either a 1 or 0. You either do something or you don’t. Are you a 1 or a 0?”

This show doesn’t shy from other controversial issues like suicide, drugs or sex. As Elliot takes a drug-dealing rapist of the street before he gives a speech to Elliot about the power of hating yourself.

“People walk around think they know what hate is but they don’t know until you know you hate yourself more. That is true power.”

I also love the fact he talks to a therapist about his problems, but he doesn’t divulge his high functioning morphine addiction or his part time vigilante hobby of blackmailing wrong doers on the internet. I loved Elliot’s speech about the illusion of choice. Do we all get options of a shitty choice or a shittier choice? Are we in control? Or our choices already decided for us? What’s the point?

The point is that Mr. Robot is a great show with great writing and acting. Also, the ideas of the shows stay with you well after the show is over. I also love the idea of Elliot is sorta like Dexter with his digital trophies of CDs of evil people who he put away. If you’re still not impressed by the show, then do yourself a favor and check out the show.

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Happy National Chocolate with Almonds Day!!! (July 8th)

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National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th.  What a great combination to enjoy and it is also filled with added health benefits!

Perhaps you want to grab a chocolate bar filled with almonds or a bag of chocolate covered almonds or possibly you would like to bake some chocolate brownies filled with chopped almonds or any of the many other recipes that are available.  Whichever option (or options) you choose, it is sure to be a delicious and enjoyable treat !

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:

  • reduce the risk of heart attack
  • lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
  • protects artery walls from damage
  • help build strong bones and teeth
  • provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
  • lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
  • help provide goodbrain function
  • nourish the nervous system alkalize the body

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The Truth Hurts – Can’t Buy me Love (RIP Amanda Peterson aka Cindy Mancini)

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Can’t Buy Me Love character Amanda Peterson has died at her home in Greeley, Colorado yesterday afternoon.

As for cause of death, Peterson’s father says they don’t know the official cause of death but says, “She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.” 

Peterson became a superstar playing Cindy Mancini opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 romantic comedy, but she left the entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and had been living in Colorado for years. 

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I must have seen Can’t Buy Me Love like a hundred times. I loved this movie because of Amanda Peterson because I wanted a girlfriend just like her. I super fun and cute chick to hang out with but the movie also had Patrick Dempsey before he was McDreamy as an everyday guy that had a genius idea that he could just buy popularity and love.

But as we all know, you Can’t Buy me Love.

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RIP Amanda Peterson aka Cindy Mancini thanks for the memories

Happy International Kissing Day!!! – Who do you want to kiss?

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International Kissing Day takes place on 6 July in the UK.   However, the day has now been adopted worldwide and is also known as National Kissing Day or Kissing Day.

When I think about it, the concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings.  A first kiss.   A formal kiss.  A passionate kiss.  A kiss goodbye.

Who do you want to kiss?

Kissing Day aims to make us appreciate a kiss in its own right.   No conventions, no social norms, just a kiss.  Across the globe we embrace the kiss by embracing someone else.

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!!! – Southern Fried Chicken Recipe by Paula Deen

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Ingredients

3 eggs

1/3 cup water

About 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (recommended: Texas Pete)

2 cups self-rising flour

1 teaspoon pepper

House seasoning, recipe follows

1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces

Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Directions

In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the house seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer then white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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True Detective – Episode 3 (Maybe Tomorrow) – Tomorrow is not Promised

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

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(Spoiler Alert)Tomorrow is not Promised

First off, congrats to the Unites States Women’s soccer team winning their third World Cup over Japan, showing us how important it is to strike first and often because it puts your opponent in a more of a defense stance, making them hesitate to strike back. This principle is the same with True Detective as the mysterious killer or killers sends a message to Frank Semyon by almost killing his crooked cop, Ray Velcoro. Fortunately, Ray survived which Frank now knows that someone is out to get him, jeopardizing his business and family. But Frank is not a man, who gets easily intimidated because he usually is the one bullying and pushing other people as we finally see the real Frank in this episode.

In the first couple of episodes of TD, we saw the controlled version of Frank Semyon, a former gangster trying walk the righteous path. He didn’t swear, didn’t drink, and defiantly didn’t do anything that would show him lose his composure. But people are killing his friends, destroying his business, putting his family at risk and sending a message that his life is being threatened, no wonder he can’t his dick hard for his wife. His life in unraveling before his eyes and he doesn’t know what to do, except to do what he knows best. He reverts back to the old drinking, swearing gansta Frank Semyon as he gathers the band back together. He takes the crew to visit old friends trying to gather more information on who gave the tip that nearly killed Ray. At the basement of the club he questions the people who run the business now trying to get help from them but those dudes don’t respect Frank anymore because they believe he just another guy in a expensive suit. But Frank is not a bitch, so he had to show everyone by fucking up Danny Santos played by Pedro Miguel Arce and ripping his “Fuck You” grille. Putting everyone on notice that Frank is fucking back and I cannot wait for the following episodes because I love this version of Vince Vaughn’s character unlike the new Colin’s character Ray Velcoro.

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After his near death experience he wakes up from his dream state that had his dad, a former police officer played by Fred Ward in same bar where he usually drinks with a Las Vegas singer playing in the background. He tells Rachel McAdams character Ani that he found the same clues that he found in Casper’s first house but didn’t have any other leads to go on accept for a video camera that was taken on the scene. He then goes to the hospital to be cleared for duty, which that doctors tell him to take it easy before clearing him back to duty but asks him a really important question:

“Do you want to live?”

That question really shook up Ray more that the buckshot to the chest because until now he was quietly fading into oblivion. He was more dead than alive. Now I think he wants to live more than ever by drinking less and trying to show his wife that he can be a good influence to their son. He is also trying to show Ani that he can be trusted as a partner. I’m glad that he’s alive and has new found hope in life but I hope this doesn’t kill the character I loved seeing for the last couple of episodes. I mean I hope he’s still bat shit crazy but in a positive way.

But the biggest lesson we learned from this episode and with the United States Women soccer team winning the World Cup is that in a battle, you need to strike first and often because you want to show your opponent that you mean fucking business. Plus, just like the title of this episode “Maybe Tomorrow,” you have to take chances and try to win the game or accomplish your goals now because tomorrow doesn’t exist, there is only today.

“Tomorrow is promised to no one.” – Clint Eastwood

Fu’s Observations

  • I kinda knew that Ray was still alive but it would have been dope if he was dead
  • Ray’s pot smoking dad is wonderfully played by Fred Ward, which you might know him from Escape from Alcatraz or the underrated movie called Tremors. You know you loved that movie.
  • In that Vince Vaughn scene did it look like he was getting a blowjob because it kinda looked like he was taking a shit, which throughout this whole season he looked constipated.
  • I knew I wasn’t the only one that wanted that “Fuck you” grille. “How can you greet the world like that?”
  • “Like I got a gun at my head. When I take a shit, hey make it a good one.” I know that feeling.
  • Taylor Kitsch’s character Paul Wooddrugh background is so boring. It’s like we get it bro, you’re fucked up veteran, who might be gay. Move on and have sex with Rachel McAdams already. (A bit of gossip, they might be dating in real life.) “Is that a fucking E-Cig?” 
  • Congrats once again to the Women of the United States Soccer Team for winning the World Cup. We can finally stop pretending that we like soccer until the next World Cup or Olympics. Real Talk. When is football back? Seriously, real football I mean.

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Venus and Jupiter are hooking up tonight!!! (Science is Awesome)

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According to NPR, Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth’s sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be “a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart.”

That distance is smaller than the width of a full moon, as seen from Earth’s surface.

“You’ll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger,” NASA says.

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And unlike some other astronomical phenomena, this convergence should be easily visible: Just look to the west around sunset. That’s where you’ll find Venus and Jupiter, if the sky is relatively clear.

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are far from rare events,” notes Space.com. But the site adds that tonight’s “unusually close” conjunction is worth seeing — and it adds that this is both the closest and the last pairing between the two planets in the current 24-year cycle.

Also, Venus and Jupiter were my favorite characters on Sailor Moon.

Happy National Almond Buttercrunch Day!!!

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National Almond Buttercrunch Day is observed annually on June 29th.  This unofficial national food holiday celebrates this toffee candy. Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Variations on the recipe include toasted almond sprinkles.

Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome. Buttercrunch can be served on top of ice cream or on it’s own. Buttercrunch flavored cookies or cakes are other ways to enjoy the sweet treat.

The beginning of National Buttercrunch day is not well documented. However, a related food holiday, National Almond Butter Crunch Day is celebrated on June 29th. The crunchy candy, sometimes called just buttercrunch but other times referred to as almond buttercrunch, was made famous in World War II. A buttercrunch candy called Almond Roca, made by Brown and Haley was shipped in tins to U.S. troops overseas.

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True Detective – Episode 2 (Night Finds You) – Now is His Watch is Ended

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True Detective – Night Finds You

(Spoiler Alert) Jon Snow is still DEAD

First off, wow!!! Un-fucking believable!

This is probably the first time I’ll ever say this on a review but if you haven’t seen the episode, then don’t read this article because it will ruin your night or at the very least blow your fucking mind.

In the last episode of Three’s Company they find Mr. Roper’s body aka Casper on a bench, which he is dead as a ghost. Back at the office each law enforcement agency wants a piece of this investigation because each side has something riding on it. So, they have Ani (Rachel McAdams) be on point while Ray (Colin Farrell) is second on the case. I was very fascinated on the pairing between Rachel and Colin because both of them are equally good at what they do but both are equally fucked up. The dynamic duo lived up to my expectations as they were in the car having a contest on who was more “fucked up,” which believe it was a tie because Ray wasn’t going to get “Father of Year” as his wife is trying to get sole custody of his kid because of the tiny incident with kid, who bullied his son and Ani wasn’t going to get nominated at all for “Daughter of the Year” because of her hatred of her father and her porn obsession. I seriously thought this was the beginning of yet another beautifully fucked up relationship but as we get to the end, it’s more fucked up then Taylor Kitsch’s character.

In the jurisdiction nonsense for Casper’s investigation, Taylor’s character Paul Woodrugh gets an opportunity to prove himself once again trying to desperately get back to the CHP because without his job, his life is miserable. As we see with his unemployed white trash mom and his unempathetic whiny girlfriend, who wants to be in a normal relationship because she doesn’t get that he’s been in through some tough shit when he was in the service. Paul is not ready to share that part of himself with her because it’s too dark and evil, which he might just hate that part of himself even though it was one of the the reasons why it helped him get through those tough situations. But Paul doesn’t want to think about that and just wants to focus on his job because without it his life begins to unravel as we can see with Vince Vaughn character Frank Semyon.

In the beginning of the episode, Frank is having a midlife crisis in the early morning with his wife, Kissed by Fire played by the beautiful Kelly Reilly. We see how Frank became the man he is now with his papier-mâché story about his alcoholic father locking him down in the basement for a week as the rats try to eat him.

“It’s all papier-mâché.”

Or is it about all about the money? As we find out that with Casper’s death left Frank a very sizeable debt, which puts him in jeopardy with his bigger plan. But Frank is a man of will and he didn’t get to where he is in life by sitting on the sidelines as he puts it so eloquently,

“I’ll get it back. Every time.”

He gathers his troops to find out who took his money, making his thugs beat up suspects and meeting up old associates to find out more of Casper’s particular proclivities. Frank manages to find out that Casper had a “Fuck House,” which he makes Ray to check it out as they meet at up the bar because he’s a detective. But Ray seems to have a change of heart maybe because of the talk with his ex wife about how he used to be a decent man or the fact he might lose the only thing he loves in his life, his son. Or he’s just plain tired of leading a double life as he says he’s tired of it all. So, he doesn’t know why this relationship with Frank should exist anymore. But Frank doesn’t want to hear that shit. He wants fucking results because metaphorically he doesn’t want to be that kid back in the basement anymore with the rats chewing his hands. He can’t fail. He won’t let himself fail as he would go back to square one, to nothing.

This is the part of the article I would strongly suggest to turn back if you haven’t seen the show but if you’re a sucker for punishment, which you probably are if you read any of my shit, stop reading the rest of this.

Ray decides to go on Frank’s lead to Casper’s 2nd house where we can see in the foreground the same car that Casper’s body was transported in to the park bench. So, I immediately thought this can’t be good. As Ray starts to investigate Casper’s house, he sees evidence that something happen at this house with blood on the floor but before he could add anything up in his head, he gets blasted with presumably the same shotgun that Casper died from. Then the killer makes sure he doesn’t come back from the dead like White Walkers on Game of Thrones as he double taps Ray.

There were a lot of comparisons with Ray’s character and Jon Snow’s character in Game of Thrones, which if you didn’t watch the Season Finale a couple weeks ago, you should probably just stop read this article because you’re not going to like it either. Jon’s character died just like his father because they thought they were going the “right thing”, which usually leads to your death if your own a show where everyone is looking out for themselves. Another comparison is that both characters had all the opportunity in the world to walk away from their lives. A chance to live and go on a different path, but both characters had a sense of duty, which they had to fulfill because this is who they are down to the bone. Also, he was fucking killed by a guy with a Crow Mask!!!

Now both of their Watch Has is Ended. Which, I not sure if Colin’s character is really dead or not, but it’s still pretty ballsy writing to kill off your lead character. It’s definitely going to affect the story and how the show proceeds now but that’s the mark of a good show or any kind of good writing. The writers are willing to kill off favorite characters in order for the story to live. I can’t wait for the next episode of TD, which I’m hoping Ray is still alive as the Night King of the City of Vinci.

Fu’s Observations:

  • Did Vince have morning wood during that really depressing story about eating rats? He did eat rats you know, you can’t survive for a week without food.
  • I loved how they talked about the SPRAWL. Last season of TD, they used as a term to talk about the vast network of families and land in Louisiana, which this season I believe they’re going a great job showing us how fucking BIG Los Angeles is because it is a SPRAWL.
  • If you’re torturing a dude, just go for his penis. He’ll tell you anything you want.
  • The car scene with Ray and Ani was fucking hilarious as we get deeper with Ani’s character on why she has to protect herself with all her knives. In the first episode, when we first see Ani’s character, there were a bunch of Eastern Philosophy books about being a warrior and self defense books. One of these books was the Hagakure, the Way of the Warrior.
  • Colin’s best lines:

“E Cig is like sucking a robot’s dick.”

“I’m not tight with anybody.”

“A good beating promotes personal growth.”

“I support feminism,” after learning the Ani can kill any men in a minute or less.

“We get the world we deserve”

  • I almost turned off the tv because of the TMZ shot of Paul’s scandal with the Hollywood actress.
  • I personally think getting a blowjob from patron should not be grounds for employee punishment.
  • But Taylor’s character won that argument with his girlfriend by using that great method of turning the argument into the another person’s problem: “You’re doing this, I’m not doing this.”   Winning the conversation by taking out all the responsibility from your side. Choose your battles guys.
  • Two great characters we got to see this episode is the Asian guy from Dexter played C.S. Lee and Pedro Miguel Arce from the underrated show The Strain, which I highly recommend.
  • I want Pedro’s “Fuck You” grille
  • Does Rachel McAdam’s character into all kinds of porn? Would she be down for Nugget Porn? (Let the Goggling begin)
  • Once again the bar singer, who could have been a cast member of The Girl, Interrupted, Lera Lynn sets the mood every time with her hauntingly beautiful songs at the bar. Check out the interview she did with Vulture on how her songs got on TD: http://www.vulture.com/2015/06/lera-lynn-true-detective-singer.html
  • “I’ll comeback and butt fuck your father with your mom’s headless corpse …”  RIP (Maybe) Ray Velcoro

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Happy Ceviche & Tapioca Day – How to Make Great Ceviche

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Tapioca Day is dedicated the starch that is extracted from Manioc, otherwise known as ‘Cassava’. This plant is most commonly known as the source of the translucent beads in Tapioca pudding. But while this is the most commonly known use of this substance, it has cultural significance around the world. It’s origins can be found in Brazil, where the cassava plant is called the mandioca, and it’s extracted starch is called Tapioca.

One little known fact about the Tapioca starch, is that when it’s extracted from the green branched variety of the plant, it is the source of a potent cyanide based poison, and must be processed to remove this before it becomes edible. Once this process is completed it is processed in different ways, which produces the spheres, flakes, or sticks.

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Ceviche, also written as cebiche or seviche, has long been a source of pride and even national identity in Peru. The cultural importance of the dish, which at its simplest consists of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juice (typically lime), prompted the Peruvian government to recognize ceviche as part of Peru’s national heritage.

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