“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.
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.
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.
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…
After the great episode “Fire in the Hole” a few weeks ago, True Blood has gone back to its mediocre ways, showing why the show decided to make this season the final one for True Blood. Basically, they have run out of fucking ideas. They even went the sleazy way for shock and awe this episode with Lafayette having sex with Jessica’s bi-curious boyfriend. I literally do not give a fuck about Sookie or the rest of the assholes in Renard Parish. The only “saving grace” of this final season of True Blood is Pamela and Lafayette because they seem they are the only ones that get it.
In the midst of the whole world falling to pieces, Pamela decides to find her one true love, Eric Northman, in which last season he abandoned her but she is willing to forgive him because she sees the whole picture. She gives him hope to live again. That hope was to get sweet and delicious revenge on Sarah Newlin, who that caused so much pain to her and everyone else this season. After, Eric releases Willa she gives them vital information of where Sarah could be, which is in Dallas along with fascinating details of her vampire sister. They go to Dallas to find her sister in which Sarah’s sister tells them, where Sarah will show up, which is their parent’s Republican party in Dallas. They play dress up as “Republican Assholes” as Pam tells Eric,
“Do I look like a Republi-cunt?”
How do you not fall in love with her? Even Eric got a chuckle after that remark. Besides, Lafayette I think Pam has the best one liners this season in which she delivers it in such a confident and bitchy way, which is so sexy. At the party they spot Sarah’s father but they can’t find her mom, so Eric tells Pam to find Sarah’s mom to which Pam responds,
“How am I supposed to do that? All these bitches look the same.”
Just like Pam, Lafayette like he’s done all season delivers the brutal truth to everyone this episode. When pouty face/ everything revolves around me Sookie tells Lafayette she feels depressed and alone, he decides to throw a party to celebrate people’s death instead of being sad. Of course, Debbie Downer, Sookie tries to spoil everyone’s fun but Lafayette tells her death should be celebrated and not to thought as being dark and sad, which I couldn’t agree with him more. Just like life, death should be a joyous occasion for everyone.
You can see in this episode how Lafayette is the emotional glue to many of characters in True Blood. Even though, he’s not perfect by any means, he recognizes his shortcomings and he is alright with them. He is also fine with other people’s shortcomings. In aforementioned sleazy bag scene where the writers and producers had nothing else to bring to the table, they decide to have Jessica’s boyfriend cheating on Lafayette. Jessica is pissed which her bi-curious BF tries to explain but she wasn’t having it.
Jason tries to comfort her in scene which I found totally gross where they talked about if they were gay or not, which I thought, does that even fucking matter in world filled with monsters? I would think people in this universe would be more used to same-sex relations because you’re totally cool with vampires and people shifting into rats. Who the fuck cares if Lafayette is gay or not? The only thing that matters is that he is trying to find love like everyone else. As he tells Jessica in a great speech, that she should leave her boyfriend if you don’t really love him and that he also deserves to find someone to love him.
The best scenes in this episode totally belonged to Pam and Lafayette because they are just themselves, which we love them for it. They don’t try to be someone else because it’s not in their nature. I think they are the only characters on the show with a level head on their shoulders. Of course, there were other things that happen in this episode but really? Who the fuck cares? I mean even the devout True Blood fan can see this show is going further into Hell. Seriously, the only reason once again to watch the final season of True Blood is for Lafayette and Pamela.
- I loved Lafayette’s bedazzled sleeveless jean jacket with his name on the back. He’s totally keeping 💯
- Who knew the Lafayette was a “Top.”
- Bill is dying, thank Satan! I always thought he was boring, he’s always so sad of being sorta still living.
- Sarah’s sister is kinda hot! I’d hit her infected Ass.
- Poor, poor Ginger. Not even a blowjob 😭
- Eric went Kamikaze on the Yakuza!
- Sam Merlotte’s baby mama is a bitch. It’s like they saved her life and no she’s talking shit even though she’s carrying a Shifter’s baby. Go back home to Los Angeles where the real weirdos live!
- Beck’s Lost Cause is a great closing song for this WHOLE show because it’s a Lost Cause…💔
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You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.
This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us, myself included, “get it” and “remember it” once and for all…
We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know. It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step. You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment, before your mind shifts back to the present moment and how the world really is.
LIVE your life TODAY! Don’t ignore death, but don’t be afraid of it either. Be afraid of a life you never lived because you were too afraid to take action. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you’re still alive. Be bold. Be courageous. Be scared to death, and then take the next step anyway.
Your life is yours alone. Others can try to persuade you, but they can’t decide for you. They can walk with you, but not in your shoes. So make sure the path you decide to walk aligns with your own intuition and desires, and don’t be scared to switch paths or pave a new one when it makes sense.
Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t. Be productive and patient. And realize that patience is not about waiting, but the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in. This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices. May your actions speak louder than your words. May your life preach louder than your lips. May your success be your noise in the end.
And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it. Even if you have no idea where you’re going to land, be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Passion and Growth” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect. Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy ALL the time. We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.
Being busy rarely equates to productivity these days. Just take a quick look around. Busy people outnumber productive people by a wide margin. Busy people are rushing all over the place, and running late half of the time. They’re heading to work, conferences, meetings, social engagements, etc. They barely have enough free time for family get-togethers and they rarely get enough sleep. Yet, emails are shooting out of their smart phones like machine gun bullets, and their day planners are jammed to the brim with obligations. Their busy schedule gives them an elevated sense of importance. But it’s all an illusion. They’re like hamsters running on a wheel.
Though being busy can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term. We will inevitably, whether tomorrow or on our deathbed, come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life.
Most mistakes are unavoidable. Learn to forgive yourself. It’s not a problem to make them. It’s only a problem if you never learn from them.
If you’re too afraid of failure, you can’t possibly do what needs to be done to be successful. The solution to this problem is making friends with failure. You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us.
Bottom line: Just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it never will. Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. (Read The Success Principles.)
Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it.
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Knowledge is basically useless without action. Good things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who work on meaningful goals. Ask yourself what’s really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.
And remember, if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life.
Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got. The key is to be thankful for every experience – positive or negative. It’s taking a step back and saying, “Thank you for the lesson.” It’s realizing that grudges from the past are a perfect waste of today’s happiness, and that holding one is like letting unwanted company live rent free in your head.
Forgiveness is a promise – one you want to keep. When you forgive someone you are making a promise not to hold the unchangeable past against your present self. It has nothing to do with freeing a criminal of his or her crime, and everything to do with freeing yourself of the burden of being an eternal victim.
You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down. You shouldn’t force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.
If someone makes you feel uncomfortable and insecure every time you’re with them, for whatever reason, they’re probably not close friend material. If they make you feel like you can’t be yourself, or if they make you “less than” in any way, don’t pursue a connection with them. If you feel emotionally drained after hanging out with them or get a small hit of anxiety when you are reminded of them, listen to your intuition. There are so many “right people” for you, who energize you and inspire you to be your best self. It makes no sense to force it with people who are the wrong match for you.
It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. So make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth, even if they don’t.
Today, let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as incomplete as you think you are. Yes, let someone love you despite all of this, and let that someone be YOU. (Read Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.)
Stuff really is just stuff, and it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person. Most of us can make do with much less than we think we need. That’s a valuable reminder, especially in a hugely consumer-driven culture that focuses more on material things than meaningful connections and experiences.
You have to create your own culture. Don’t watch TV, don’t read every fashion magazine, and don’t consume too much of the evening news. Find the strength to fill your time with meaningful experiences. The space and time you are occupying at this very moment is LIFE, and if you’re worrying about Kim Kardashian or Lebron James or some other famous face, then you are disempowered. You’re giving your life away to marketing and media trickery, which is created by big companies to ultimately motivate you to want to dress a certain way, look a certain way, and be a certain way. This is tragic, this kind of thinking. It’s all just Hollywood brainwashing. What is real is YOU and your friends and your family, your loves, your highs, your hopes, your plans, your fears, etc.
Too often we’re told that we’re not important, we’re just peripheral to what is. “Get a degree, get a job, get a car, get a house, and keep on getting.” And it’s sad, because someday you’ll wake up and realize you’ve been tricked. And all you’ll want then is to reclaim your mind by getting it out of the hands of the brainwashers who want to turn you into a drone that buys everything that isn’t needed to impress everyone that isn’t important.
Embrace change and realize it happens for a reason. It won’t always be obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow. You never know. Things change, often spontaneously. People and circumstances come and go. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. It moves rapidly and rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds, and happens like this to people every day. It’s likely happening to someone nearby right now.
Sometimes the shortest split second in time changes the direction of our lives. A seemingly innocuous decision rattles our whole world like a meteorite striking Earth. Entire lives have been swiveled and flipped upside down, for better or worse, on the strength of an unpredictable event. And these events are always happening.
However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. That’s the one thing you can count on. So when life is good, enjoy it. Don’t go looking for something better every second. Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have while they have it.
What else would you add to this list? What important life lessons do you often forget? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
Credit: MARC CHERNOFF
I’ve been regularly watching the show Halt and Catch Fire ever since it premiered a while ago but I didn’t want to do a review because I thought it was just an O.K. show. I loved the premise of young up and comers trying to make a difference in the world, which is dominated by the old guard. They want to revolutionize the idea of the computer making it more accessible for everyone not just for the wealthy or for corporations. They see the beauty and vision behind their idea. But do they have the fortitude and courage to accomplish their goals? This is the reason why I decided to write a review about the series because of this great episode coincidentally entitled “Giant” because what they are trying to accomplish is enormous. In this episode as well in real life when people face a huge adversity they either rise to the challenge or fall to the wayside.
Joe MacMillan meets with a former male flame, Simon, to design his computer layout. As Simon tries to explain how the designs have to be much more bolder because they have to be different from it’s competitors. But Gordon, the computer engineer for their invention, thinks it is too much and can’t be done. Which makes Simon subsequently leave the meeting as we can see there is much more at stake than a mobile computer between Joe and Simon. As Simon still has feelings for Joe as he asks about Joe’s new love interest Cameron, a brilliant computer programmer. Joe has to find a new designer in a hurry and meets another one a strip club. They come to terms to a deal then the designer makes derogatory remark about Joe’s sexually, which leads Mr. Bosworth, Joe’s boss, to punch the designer in the face.
Mr. Bosworth is also feeling the pressure in trying to make this invention happen because he realizes that they are starting to run out of money for their projection. He tries to talk to his own boss for own money but gets turned down. Bosworth tries to explain to his boss that innovation takes risk because he is starting to see the project’s vision. He his willing to put up his own house and leave his own wife to make this dream into a reality. In the beginning I thought Mr. Bosworth didn’t really care for the future, but now I think he doesn’t want to be left behind.
Cameron goes to a photo gallery trying to smooth things over with Simon trying to make him come back to do the designs but Simon gives Cameron a rude awakening that Joe will eventually leave her because he gets bored easy. This leads Cameron to get drunk as Joe shows up as well trying to get back Simon’s designs. Joe tries to hard sell him but Simon is too smart for that telling Joe,
“When I met you, you know what I longed for? The day when we would get to work together, when we finally had something that would be worthy.”
“And that thing is an IBM clone?”
But in the end it wasn’t Joe’s smooth tactics or salesmanship that leads to Simon to give up his designs. It was because that Simon is sick and he doesn’t have much time. He wants to give Joe his designs to build something great because he wants to be remembered for creating and being a part of something great.
Meanwhile, Gordon is starting to feel the pressures from this huge task at hand, which his whole family is starting to feel his pressure as well. His own wife doesn’t believe that he has the courage to finish the job causing her to doubt him and their relationship, leading her to make a pass on her own boss at work. Gordon on the other hand is falling apart mentally and physically, cutting himself on his hand and telling tall tales to his kids while he’s drunk, telling a story about a farmer that created a “Giant” then the idea was stolen by P.T. Barnum. Gordon feels like the farmer in the story and he doesn’t want his idea to be ripped off by anyone. This leads him in a crazy dig for the actual “Giant” in his own backyard as his wife unexpectedly showed up after she kinda cheated on him asking what the hell he was doing? Gordon calmly but insanely responds,
“I’m looking for the Giant.”
I’ve read the reviews for Halt and Catch Fire saying the characters are not likeable and there seems to be a feeling like there is not going to be a happy ending for the series, which I totally agree with but how can you say you don’t like the characters now because they are so open and fragile. You want them to succeed because they’ve gone thru horrible shit. Of course, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a happy ending right now but that’s why you continue to watch it because you are pulling for the characters to succeed especially crazy ass Gordon. I love watching and reading about people who are willing to do anything different and creative in order to make something new in the world. But the vision is not enough as the great Bruce Lee eloquently puts it,
‘Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.’
- Cameron is a bit of a kleptomaniac.
- I totally forgot about how being Gay and AIDS were still taboo in the 80s
- Gordon’s wife, Donna, I’m loving her stripper name Susan Fairchild. I can see her in Strokers.
- If Gordon actually found the “Giant” what then?
- I agree with Simon about how the pictures were really boring.
- How can you possibly get bored with crazy-ass Cameron? She is either raising hell every chance she gets or scaring little children.
- Does Joe like Cameron because of her boyish looks aka “Dude, looks like a lady.” (See that 80s remark, I try.)
PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN LINDENSMITH/ ALL ACCESS PHOTOS
Well this episode wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but it was still entertaining, which is the point am I right? You don’t watch a vampire show to have a philosophical debate about life the following day with your friends. But tonight’s episode tried to do both as the title of the episode suggests that both human and vampires are starting to realize there is much more after death in which it is more than the act itself. It is a transition to one place to another, if you believe in that of course. But Eric and Pam aren’t thinking about that as they try to search for Sarah Newlin for revenge.
In Eric’s cool private plane he informs the crew and Pam that they are going to Shreveport, Louisiana instead because he has unfinished business there and he needs to talk to his progeny, Willa before he dies to set things straight, telling Pam,
“Let’s take a trip back down memory lane.”
In a flashback we see Eric and Pam get forced by the Magister to run a small video business in Shreveport. Upon entering the establishment, both of them had a look of melancholy and disdain at their new work environment. But the fun kept rolling as the Magister showed them the basement where apparently they had the largest adult video section in Louisiana, as the Magister says,
“Humans love their porn.”
The Magister also tells them a fun fact about the basement, which has a secret Underground Railroad used by African slaves. That fact will be useful information for Eric and Pam in the future. Before the Magister leaves he tells both of them that they are being watched day and night, so they have to run the business. In another flashback we see how Ginger came into the picture with Eric and Pam, which she was vampire geek. She eventually gets a job working at the video store, which she has a great idea of making the video store into a night club calling it “Fangtasia” but unfortunately Pam glammered Ginger into thinking that Pam had the original idea for the nightclub. Other characters in the episode might have to also be glammered in forgetting about their horrible pain due to the deaths in last week’s episode.
As Jason and Sookie have to inform their love ones that one of their family members passed away. Jason calling Hoyt Fortenberry in Anchorage, Alaska informing his momma got killed by vampires which he still doesn’t remember his friendship with Jason. Sookie had to call Alcide’s dad telling him that he died in which Alcide’s dad tells Sookie that Alcide “fucking loved her.” Another person in the episode that has to be comforted is Jessica because we find out the reason why she hasn’t eaten in months. She feels guilty for killing people because that’s her nature which Sookie and Lafayette have to help her out because they need her help tonight against the infected vampires to safe the rest of the humans.
Jason tries to amp up the troops with his speech but it’s falling on well experienced dead ears as Bill tells Jason he was there in the Battle of Normandy, where the beaches we were stained for decades from the blood of the battle. Eric and Pam show up to the party to help Sookie out which Pam is not too excited about. Everyone finds out that Eric is infected but Sookie is still relieved that he is still alive. Everyone gears up and heads into the battle.
This is where that fun fact about the Underground Railroad comes into play as Sam Merlotte uses his “shifter” powers and becomes a rat to check out if the humans are still alive. The non-infected vampires position themselves to strike as once again Sookie tries to be the hero again using her “Ferry Milkshake” distracting the infected vampires but it didn’t matter as the Town Mob crashed the party and caused totally havoc. In the end all the infected vampires died along with the Townies and none of the good guys died with the exception of Arlene almost dying. Arlene almost joined her former lover in the next life but with the help of vampire blood, she lived.
Once again this episode didn’t top last week’s episode but it was still fucking entertaining. I believe that’s the point when you watch a show because there are so many choices nowadays, it is amazing with our short attention span that we would actually sit down and watch a hour long episode. But True Blood did its job, entertaining all of us in which tonight’s episode might lead to a discussion about life after death with your friends. I wasn’t going to write reviews for True Blood until I saw that great episode last week. It reminded me why I love this show and I hoping in the final episodes it will show me again why so many people love this show.
- I fucking love Pam’s eye roll. She’s like that bitchy/ hot high school chick that didn’t give you the time of day
- I really miss Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. I mean it’s cool that we don’t have to leave our house to rent a movie but I miss going to the video store and just perusing down the aisles, touching and looking at the titles.
- We Humans really love our Porn. Look up Nugget Porn in your own discretion
- Poor Ginger. Can she least get credit for that ugly chair/Throne?
- Arlene’s kids are brats. I would have gone to the other side just not to deal with these demons.
- I thought Jason Stackhouse’s speech was EPIC. Bill is still an ASSHOLE!
- Of course, I would be traveling around the world in my G-5 vampire plane.
- I always wondered if Sam Merlotte could change into mythical creatures like a dragon or is he just cursed to change into house pets?
- Can we please have Hoyt come back! I miss mascara wearing vampire-loving ass. Also, why Alaska again? Because the vampire hate the cold?
- The Underground Railroad passage has many uses such as an exit or entrance for slaves, vampires and embarrassed adults.