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Halt and Catch Fire – Up Helly Aa (Survival of the Fittest)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Another great episode of Halt and Catch Fire with its amazing acting and story lines leading to fantastic season ending finale next week. “Survival of the fittest” is a phrase that originated in evolutionary theory as an alternative way of describing the mechanism of natural selection. It is more commonly used today in other contexts, to refer to a supposed greater probability that “fit” as opposed to “unfit” individuals will survive some test. Charles Darwin thought survival of the fittest expressed in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called ‘natural selection’, or the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.” This is the case of tonight’s episode, as the characters have to make a decision if they want to compete with its competitors, in which they have to adapt or die.

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The Cardiff finally makes it to Las Vegas to Comdex after a long car ride, where Joe tells a weird story about how a bunch of Vikings would build a bunch of boats then have a festival to light them on fire, which will make perfect sense in the end of the episode. At Comdex they find out they don’t have a room to stay at or a booth to show their projection, but they’ve come to far to fail. They find a room and find a booth, which Cameron makes a cool marketing art projection to generate buzz for The Giant. Everything seems like its going Cardiff’s way but nothing is easy in this world, especially for the things you want the most.

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As Donna’s former boss, Hunt with their neighbor, Brain, unveils a faster and cheaper version of The Giant, calling it the Slingshot. A reference to the Greek mythology if David and Goliath. In his speech to the crowd as well as the Cardiff team that it doesn’t matter how big or fast it is, it only matters who strikes first. Donna goes Jerry Springer on Hunt, leading Gordon to believe that she had an affair with him.

One of the best scene of the episode with great acting on both sides with Gordon trying to figure out if Donna cheated on him but more importantly if she told him how to build The Giant. Donna fires right back with Gordon’s accusations telling him she should have have cheated on with Hunt because at least she would’ve felt alive because she has been feeling neglected because Gordon has spent so much time creating The Giant. A great scene about two people, who invested so much of their lives for a project that potentially can change their lives for the better. But the team has to decide if they want still want to compete or try to stand out with its competitors.

Adapt or Die.

Gordon re-configures The Giant taking out Cameron’s Operation System making if faster and cheaper than The Slingshot. Cameron desperately wants Joe to put back the OS because she feels like it’s just other machine without any uniqueness or soul but Joe knows that they are dead in the water if they don’t compete with The Slingshot. Gordon and Joe show up at their both with the “soulless Giant,” telling the crowd that its faster and cheaper than The Slingshot but more importantly it will do what you asks it to do because it’s just a machine, it’s not your friend, but your employee.

The speech wins the crowd over which leads them to potential buyers for The Giant but the Cardiff team minus Cameron, felt empty after their small victory at Comdex. You get the sense that they reached their goal by showing their invention to the world but did they really show everything they got? What I mean was their goal just to sell a portable computer or change the world?

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In Joe’s speech at Comdex he tells the crowd that the computer is just a machine, it’s just something you use and it’s not your friend. But at the end of the episode Joe goes into a crowded hotel room with a bunch of people watching the unveiling of the new Apple computer, which it looked like a scene from Frankenstein as we see the computer power up and amazingly talks to the crowd. Everyone is astonished including Joe, uttering to member of the crowd, “It talks?”

I feel like Joe made a mistake in taking out Cameron’s OS because it was they’re big chance to show people that computer’s could be so much more than machines but I also understand it was for the good of the team. Joe and Gordon had to adapt because their lives are on the line. Pablo Picasso once said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Maybe this is why the Vikings have a festival where they built their beautiful boats only to burn them down. Because they knew like every other artists knows that if you are going to build or create anything you must destroy the old version in order for your creation to blossom.

Fu’s Observations:

  • Old School Las Vegas is so much cooler looking
  • Cameron could have been a Performance Artists with her “Chained up Suit case.”
  • I called it; Comdex is a sex/porn convention for nerds!
  • Cardiff’s party reminded of Tom Hank’s Bachelor Party but they didn’t have a donkey.
  • Windows’ bugginess! Touch screens are a fad! High density floppy discs! They also forgot to mention Pogs.
  • Hunt is poor man version of Joe without the fashion sense.
  • Did I hear right that Cameron stole a piece of the Hoover Dam?!!

CHECK OUT OUR H & CF REVIEWS

Giant (Pressure makes Diamons and weeds out the Timid)

214s (Here’s to the Crazy Ones)

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)

Happy National Batman/ Hotdog Day!!! – July 23rd

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Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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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)

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

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

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,

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“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.

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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.

Fu’s Observations:

-       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…💔

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)

Fashion Winners for July 22nd – Nicole Richie, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian plus more)

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 Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

PHOTO CREDIT: ZODIAC/ SPLASHNEWS

Karrueche Tran looks great in a white top and custom Tom Ford Boots

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New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez looks comfortable in his down time this season.

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Nicole Richie looks fit showing off her toned legs in short shorts in Hollywood.

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Former UFC Champ, GSP – Georges St-Pierre looks better after his surgery but still rocking a knee brace but looks fit.

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Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian are two fashionable siblings making sure they are color coordinated while arriving at LAX.

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10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon

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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…

1.  The average human life is relatively short.

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.

2.  You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.

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.)

3.  Being busy does NOT mean being productive.

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.

4.  Some kind of failure always occurs before success.

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.)

5.  Thinking and doing are two very different things.

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.

6.  You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.

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.

7.  Some people are simply the wrong match for you.

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.

8.  It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours.

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.)

9.  What you own is not who YOU are.

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.

10.  Everything changes, every second.

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.

Your turn…

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

Halt and Catch Fire – Giant (Pressure makes Diamonds and it weeds out the Timid)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

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.

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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.

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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.’

Fu’s Observations –

-       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.)