Artsy Fartsy – Banksy does Gaza (The Power of Art)

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Banksy revealed the locations of the pieces in Gaza in Palestine. Inspired by a sculpture of Niobe, a Greek mythological figure, the first piece is entitled “Bomb Damage” and obviously with Banksy, the placement is just on point. Niobe’s children were killed out of spite and then in her mourning she turned into a stone that was constantly weeping.

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Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:

Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.  – Banksy

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A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens. — Banksy

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Today you were far away and I didn’t ask you why. What could I say, I was far away…

Cat’s Tongue by Ryan Fu from his Upcoming Book The Hated Ones

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I stand across from you


in our tiny studio apartment

letting the silence fill up the space

as I wonder what happened to us.

We used to be inseparable,

but now we’re ghost, haunting each other

waiting on faith like Jack and Rose

onboard the Titanic.

I wonder if one our cats could talk,

what they would say?


They probably would say what we were

too scared to say.

That this is over.

There’s no going back.

You can’t put a Band Aid


in a gaping hole. 

So, I stand across from you


in our tiny studio apartment.

Between us an ocean of unhappiness


waiting for a life raft.

As you wish… – Romantic films of All-Time (Tell us your faovorite Romantic Movie & Why)

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“As you Wish..”

Romantic Films of All-Time

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Valentine’s Day is less then a week away and whether or not you like celebrating the day for lovers or haters, we have a list of romantic movies that you can enjoy or cry by yourself or with your significant other. You might consider these films more then romantic flicks because each film captures a moment of time when we were in a different place or mind frame about our relationships. Back in high school watching Gone with the Wind in class, I thought this was the most boring and dull movie I have ever seen. But now in my thirties watching Gone with the Wind is a joy because it’s a classic. We have comprised a list in no particular order, the most romantic films of all-time. Some films on the list you might have seen more then once and some films you have never seen before because you thought it was too cheesy. So, grab that box of Kleenex and that gallon of ice cream and cuddle up with him or her or Fido.

Check out our Fun Facts and Trivia about Valentine’s Day

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ROMANTIC FILMS OF ALL-TIME

Gone with the Wind

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The epic tale of a woman’s life during one of the most tumultuous periods in America’s history. From her young, innocent days on a feudalistic plantation to the war-torn streets of Atlanta; from her first love whom she has always desired to three husbands; from the utmost luxury to absolute starvation and poverty; from her innocence to her understanding and comprehension of life.

Say Anything

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An improbable couple meets after high school graduation and must deal with their friends, family, and other pressures just to stay together. Lloyd Dobler is an average kickboxer with a good heart but limited ambition. Diane Court is an aloof genius that is very closely protected by her father. When Diane gets a scholarship to study in England, she has a weighty decision to make.

Casablanca

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In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.

When Harry Met Sally…

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Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?”

Dirty Dancing

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“Nobody puts Baby in the Corner.”

A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama.

Pretty Woman

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Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she’ll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the “rich and famous” scene (since it doesn’t do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensues.

Brokeback Mountain

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A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond–by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted.

Sleepless in Seattle

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When Sam Baldwin’s wife dies, he decides to move to Seattle with his son, Jonah. When Jonah sees how sad his father is, he calls a radio psychiatrist, who dubs him Sleepless in Seattle cause Jonah says he can’t sleep. He starts to talk about his wife and women over the country hear his tale and one woman Annie who lives in Baltimore can’t help but fascinated by his tale. Annie despite being engaged can’t stop thinking of Sam and soon tries to find all she can about she even goes to Seattle to see him. And once she gets off the plane, Sam who was in the airport to see someone off sees her and can’t keep his eyes off her and tries to follow her but couldn’t catch her. Jonah, who has been going through the mail that his father has gotten ever since he was on the radio, sees the letter Annie wrote on a whim but didn’t send it but her friend did. He tells his father this could be it. But Sam doesn’t think he could have a relationship with someone who lives so far away.

The Notebook

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The movie focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival. But Allie’s parents who disapprove of Noah’s unwealthy family, and move Allie away separate them. After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, then, with her love for Noah still alive, stops by Noah’s 200-year-old home that he restored for her, “to see if he’s okay”. It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love.

The Princess Bride

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“As you wish.”

When a young boy falls ill, his grandfather pops round to visit him. To cheer his grandson up, Grandpa has brought a storybook; The Princess Bride, a tale of the love between the beautiful Buttercup and the besotted Westley, a love cruelly interrupted by Westley’s tragic apparent death at sea when seeking his fortune. Heartbroken, Buttercup has sworn never to love again, but accepts the marriage proposal of the rich and handsome Prince Humperdinck, heir to the throne of Florin; but death is no barrier to true love, and in a story filled with exotically-accented swordsmen, big-hearted giants, genius kidnappers, sadistic torturers, vile swamps, Rodents of Unusual Size, the Dread Pirate Roberts and a somewhat embittered miracle worker, the love between Westley and Buttercup twists and turns on a path filled with adventure. Will the True Love of Westley and Buttercup win the day? Will Inigo Montaya find the six-fingered man who murdered his father? Will Humperdinck’s evil plans come to fruition? And, more importantly, will Grandpa be able to tell the story without any of the yucky kissing?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless

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What if you could erase your most painful memories? Would you?

On a Valentine Day, Joel Barish feels the impulse of going to Montauk instead of working. After spending the cold day on the beach, he meets Clementine Kruczynski on the train station and they have a crush on each other. Joel and Clementine do not know that they were mates in the past. Joel has just erased Clementine from his memories when he found that Clementine did exactly the same, when their relationship ended. However, along his erasing process, Joel becomes astonished when he finds that he still loves Clementine and he does not want to lose her, fighting for keeping the memories of their moments together instead.

Titanic

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Titanic, the ship of dreams. Is also known as unsinkable, and it was unsinkable on its departure on April 10th, 1912. And on its epic journey, a poor artist named Jack Dawson and a rich girl Rose DeWitt Bukater fall in love, until one night, their fairy tale love for one another turns into a struggle for survival on a ship about to founder to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Rose leaves her fiancé Caledon Hockley for this poor artist, but when the Titanic collides with the iceberg on April 14th, 1912, and then when the ship sinks on April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning, Jack dies and Rose survives and 84 years later Rose tells the story about her life on Titanic to her granddaughter and friends on the Keldysh and explains the first sight of Jack that falls into love, then into a fight for survival. When Rose gets saved by one lifeboat that comes back, they take her to the Carpathia with the six saved with Rose and the 700 people saved in the lifeboats. The Carpathia immigration officer asks Rose what her name is and she loved Jack so much she says her name is not Rose DeWitt Bukater, but her name is Rose Dawson. She seen Cal looking for her, but he does not see her, and they never ended up together, her mother, Cal and friends of the family has no choice but to think that she died on the Titanic. But in the crash of 1929, Cal is married, but then he put a pistol in his mouth and committed suicide. So Rose is an actress in the 1920s, and now 84 years later Rose Calvert is 100 years old and tells her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage, and then to Rose all Titanic and the real love of her life Jack Dawson is all an existence inside of her memory, and Titanic is to rest in peace at the bottom of the North Atlantic from 1912 until the end of time.

Credits: imdb.com

Valentine’s Day – Hate or Love it!!! – Here are the Facts

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Valentines’s Day

Hate it or Love it (Here are the facts)

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

I know for me and many other dudes, February 14th is not the happiest day of the year. I’ve been in several relationships where I had to plan out and think about the perfect gift for her. Usually, I waitied until the day of to find that not so special gift, like your typical red flowers, a box of chocolates in a heart shaped box and your standard “Dick in a Box” gift. (My own dick if your wondering)  I have to admit it, I was a lazy and uncaring boyfriend. Shocker, maybe not. Maybe this is the reason why I have been in several relationships because I didn’t care all the time. Trust me, there have been many of nights on the side of the road, trying to convince my girlfriend I had at that time to stop crying and get back in the car.

But fortunately, this article is not about “how fucked up I am?” Or how not to act in a relationship. This is an article about the facts and history about the day that many people actually love, Valentine’s Day. So get all the facts before you decide if you like Valentine’s Day or not.

History

There are various theories on the origin of Valentine’s Day, but the most popular dates back to the time of the Roman Empire during the reign of Claudius II, 270 A.D. Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime because he believed single men made better soldiers. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. For this, Valentine was jailed and then executed by order of the Emperor on Feb. 14. While in jail, he wrote a love note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” Sound familiar?

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The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia on Feb. 14 in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.

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Many believe the X symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an X. The X was then kissed to show their sincerity.

Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”

In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

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Greeting Cards

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Approximately 145 million valentines are sent in the U.S. each year according to estimates by the U.S. Greeting Card Association. That’s second only to Christmas with 1.6 billion units, and is followed by Mother’s Day with 133 million units.

Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.

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Flowers

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73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Roses

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The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

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Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.

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189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the greater number sold on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported, mostly from South America.

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Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine’s Day time period.

Chocolate

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Casanova, well known as “The World’s Greatest Lover,” ate chocolate to make him virile.

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Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.

Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.

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More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

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Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the U.S.

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Other Facts

In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife.

In the 1800s doctors commonly advised their heartbroken patients to eat chocolate, claiming it would sooth their pain. To this day, many women find comfort in a box of chocolates when dealing with heartbreak.

A love knot is a symbol of undying love, as its twisting loops have no beginning and no end. In the past, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove one’s eternal love.

Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

In the U.S., 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.

NOTE: If you’re going to get me a Valentine’s Day gift, please get me Amber Heard…(naked if possible)

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