Motivation Monday – Man runs 7 marathons on 7 Continents for his wife who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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With minimal training, an unlikely athlete takes on the World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.  A devoted husband has completed seven of the world’s toughest marathons in seven days for his childhood sweetheart.

Ted Jackson, 42, from Surrey, has ran 182 miles through the icy blizzards and desert terrain for his wife, Sophie, 40, who suffers from multiple sclerosis – an incurable neurological disease.

The father-of-four, has raised more than £160,000 from running the marathons in seven continents, which took more than 45 hours to complete.

Poetry Mondays – Roll the Dice (Charles Bukowski)

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if you’re going to try, go all the

way.

otherwise, don’t even start. 

if you’re going to try, go all the

way.

this could mean losing girlfriends,

wives, relatives, jobs and

maybe your mind. 

go all the way.

it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.

it could mean freezing on a

park bench.

it could mean jail,

it could mean derision,

mockery,

isolation.

isolation is the gift,

all the others are a test of your

endurance, of

how much you really want to

do it.

and you’ll do it

despite rejection and the worst odds

and it will be better than

anything else

you can imagine. 

if you’re going to try,

go all the way.

there is no other feeling like

that.

you will be alone with the gods

and the nights will flame with

fire.

do it, do it, do it.

do it.

all the way

all the way.

you will ride life straight to

perfect laughter, its

the only good fight

there is.

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Artsy Fartsy – Washington Crossing the Delaware (Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze)

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This depiction of George Washington’s perilous Revolutionary War crossing before the Battle of Trenton might be the most famous American painting of all time. It is meant to be seen with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie playing in the background.

Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. That action was the first move in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey in the Battle of Trenton.

The original was part of the collection at the Kunsthalle in Bremen, Germany and was destroyed in a British air raid in 1942, during World War II. Leutze painted two more versions, one of which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The other was in the West Wing reception area of the White House, but is now in possession of The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – Be Legendary

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Poetry Mondays – 90210 by Ryan Fu (The Hated Ones)

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I fucking hate everyone here.

This whole city

can go to hell.

These old money,

trust fund fucks

with their lip injection

fake smiles.

More evil than

Jabba the Hut

with their botox shots,

treating everyone like cunts.

These men with their

power suits,

power lunches,

money is power types.

Guarded

&

protected by

high walls with racists pigs,

which even Mr. Orwell

would’ve been horrified with.

Keep hiding behind

your glass houses.

Cause I see through you,

I see all your cracks.

When the “Big One” hits

I hope it strikes here first,

swallowing this whole place

back down to hell.

If there is any justice left in the world,

it will happen.

If not, I’ll just keep

praying to Satan.

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Artsy Fartsy – Best Buddies & AIDS Art (Keith Haring)

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Keith Haring was well known as an internationally famed artist as well as a social activist during his 31 years of life. Keith Haring was a talented pop artist who dedicated his career to bringing gay art and AIDS awareness to the masses. While many in the art world criticized the shop’s commercialism, Haring remained committed to sharing his work affordably with a diverse audience. He received a great deal of support from his friend and mentor, fellow pop artist Andy Warhol. 

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After being diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, Haring established the Keith Haring Foundation to raise money and provide art to AIDS organizations and children’s programs. Haring dedicated his art and the two last years of his life to creating awareness and fostering understanding about AIDS. In 2008, two of his brightly colored sculptures were added to UNAIDS “Art for AIDS” collection. Haring’s brief but intense career was only the beginning of his growth as a gay icon. His colorful, provocative, and socially-conscious images form an important part of the history of gay symbolism.

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Weekend Inspiration – All you need is Love (Beatles)

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Fu’s Politically Incorrect Review – Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 (The ONLY reason why to watch this season)

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Halt and Catch Fire Season 2

The ONLY reason why to watch this season of Halt and Catch Fire

Ever since its debut last year, Halt and Catch Fire was one of my favorite shows to come out of AMC, who created shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. All these shows had the same thing in common with HCF, which was they were all unconventional, had good story telling and the characters were great. Halt and Catch Fire was about this group, mainly four characters that wanted to break from the norm creating something new and exciting. They saw something that was going to be a game changer but like all things that are worth it, they were going to have to face adversities along the way. At the end of season one of HCF, they accomplished their goal but it took a toll on all them causing them to break apart and separate paths. This new season of HCF, I’ve already watched four episodes of the show and this is the first review about it, which might be the last because I just feel it’s not a good enough show that it was last year to even watch anymore of it. For me at least, there’s only one reason why I’ll watch the rest of the season, which might be the saving grace of the show.

Halt and Catch Fire is set in the 1980s, when it was described at the time as the Wild West of computer design. As a nerd and geek like myself, any show about coding, computers and tech talk, I’m totally down with. But the difference between this show with another shows that are loosely based on computer designs, there was something cool and dangerous about it. Building computers back the day was like building rocketships. There was a feeling that you were making history. Plus, being born in the 80s, the show brings back fond memories, even though I was only a child, there’s a familiarity with the show. Like they play dope ass 80s music, which at the time I heard them, I thought they were dumb but now hearing a David Bowie song puts me in a great mood. What also puts me in a great mood, is good story telling which HCF had.

It’s essentially a group of outcasts trying to build a better version of a computer that would compete with the dominant IBM computer at the time. I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. The underdog taking on the giants even though they might not a chance to win, but they are still willing to try. This is why I liked the show because the characters know they are going up against a huge corporate monster but they just don’t give a fuck because they believe in themselves and their vision of a better computer. You feel for the characters and you want them to succeed even though they might fail miserably. But a story wouldn’t be great without the actors who play the characters.

HCF has an underrated cast lead by Lee Pace (The Elven King) who plays Joe Macmillan the boss’s son of IBM, which is now the leader of this rag tag team. I loved his character because he is willing to do anything or step on anyone to fullfill his goal and shit on his father. I loved his character like Cameron Howe played by Mackenzie Davis, who was punk before punk had a name. Together they are more of a destructive couple than Sid and Nancy. But we love that shit but to balance that craziness we have the normal husband and wife duo of Gordon and Donna Clark, which could have been neighbors on Leave to Beaver but at end of the season begin to unravel and turn into their bat shit crazy counterparts. Who wouldn’t love this show, but it all changed when they accomplished their goal.

Once they built the computer they always wanted, Joe ran away to get married and in the process became normal. While Cameron built her own shit, a company called Mutiny to create a never been done online gaming community, which is cool but she’s not that crazy anymore. She is trying to be a leader to a group of programmers at Mutiny, which she was to show she has her shit together with Gordon’s wife Donna. The Cameron and Donna duo is fun, but nowhere exciting as it was with Joe. Meanwhile, Gordon is just a stay at home, cokehead dad, which was fun for a second then he stopped. As you can see, I think we should get the band together even though they were dysfunctional as fuck and wanted to kill each other every single second. At least, it was watchable, which I can’t say the show is now. I would call a Mutiny if I were its showrunners. Which brings me back to the ONLY reason why to watch HCF? Joshua Hoover.

I know what you are thinking? Who the fuck? Joshua Hoover is a great up and coming actor, which you’ve probably seen him in those Mountain Dew commercials with the dancing Moose head in the background. I know right, you already love this dude. Granted, I am good friends with Hoover (probably not after this review), which doesn’t sway me from the fact he’s the only reason why to watch this season of Halt of Catch Fire. Joshua plays Bodie, one of the programmers of Mutiny, in which he basically steals every scene he’s in. I don’t know how times this season I was about to fall asleep during the show, then Bodie came out of nowhere with his underwear waking me up from my slumber. 

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Here’s further evidence he’s saving the show. There was a scene last episode with Cameron and Tom Rendon, a new programmer played by Mark O’Brien is in the closet together playing first version of Call of Duty, when they have a great idea and are about to make out, which at this point of it was dozing off, when Bodie came out of nowhere to figuratively shoot both of them dead with his toy gun, which I shouted to the tv, “thank god.”

The show is boring and maybe you can get those crazy kids back together to save the show but right now the ONLY reason to watch the show is Bodie aka Joshua Hoover. You may want to disagree with me but watch every episode this season and the one episode he wasn’t in, didn’t you wanted to kill yourself because it was so boring. After you re-watch those episodes, check out his Mountain Dew with the dancing Moose and tell me you don’t love this dude.

Check out our Season One Reviews for HCF

1984 (We are the Future)

Giant (Pressure makes Diamons and weeds out the Timid)

214s (Here’s to the Crazy Ones)

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Motivation Monday – Do what you love because Life is a Trap (Joe Rogan)

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QUESTION: ARE YOU ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY OR ARE YOU JUST PAYING THE BILLS?

Here, comedian Joe Rogan talks about work and meaning in his own unique style, asking some important (and sometimes uncomfortable) questions about what our purpose is as a society, and as an individual. Aren’t we supposed to be contributing? He asks. Is contributing the same as working? Rogan concludes that these two things are entirely separate, at least in most cases, and has some thought-provoking advice for anyone who is stuck in a job they hate…follow your dreams instead.

WEEKEND INSPIRATION – A FATHER’S LOVE, THE STORY OF DIC & RICK HOYT (FATHER & SON TRIATHLETE)

This is the story of Dick & Rick Hoyt, the most inspirational father and son team to race in an Ironman.

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