As a photographer I have to deal with many celebrities, which I occasionally wonder why some of them are famous. This great article asks why we care so much about celebrities. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of Justin Bieber.
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Alright, maybe I should rephrase that title with something that is more appropriate as to what I’m about to say.
Celebrities – Why Our Culture Around Them SUCKS
Yeah, that’s better. It doesn’t sound as catchy and controversial though, so I think I’ll keep the original title instead. If you have a problem with that, you can post an angry comment saying how much you hate me, then share this on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to tell your friends how much I suck.
Anyways, this post won’t just be me taking the piss out on celebrities and drill into which of them don’t deserve fame, which ones are shitty human beings, ETC, and while some of them certainly are those things, that’s not the main issue here. The real issue is not them, but us, why do treat them the way we do? Do they have any special qualities…
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The Olympics is able to capture the imaginations of countries around the world. Though sometimes due to, in no small part, how freaking buff these people are. Every historical trend in world record performances has been positive, meaning that we (a very subjective word) as Olympians have only been getting harder/better/faster/stronger every year! It boggles the mind to think that every year someone one-ups the past by just enough to progress the world record.
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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandi
These past four months of Crossfit have been great and I have learned a lot about myself. One of things I learned was to listen to my own body because I got sick last month but know I know now when to cut back when I’m not feeling well. Crossfit is a lifestyle and routines are a part of a successful life but I’ve grown kinda stale of the routines and the WODs. I’ve been going hard from Monday to Friday not missing a work out but I think I’m starting to plateau. I’ve read several studies that it happens in a training routine where your body gets used to the workouts and you stop gaining any positive gains. So, I decided to change up my workout routines but keep the basic Crossfit workouts.
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Part of the change up was to workout at night, then workout in the daytime, which I would alternate every two days. I’ve also added roadwork, running before Crossfit and do a little hill work every other day.
I’m also playing other sports to supplement my work out program like basketball, racquetball and jujitsu in order to keep things fresh for me. Also, it keeps my body adjusting and not plateauing, so I can still get those positive gains.
One of the best workout changes I’ve made was to add swimming to my cross training. I haven’t gone swimming since last summer so I wasn’t that good and my form was horrible.
But it’s the Crossfitter in me that loves the challenge. The first time in the pool, I got so tired in a matter of minutes because it’s such a total body workout. I love not being good at something because it makes me want to try hard to be better at it. I’ve added swimming two times a week in between my Crossfit workouts. My cardio hasn’t been this good since college because of Crossfit and swimming.
It was such a great idea to change up my workout routine because I don’t have the feeling of boredom and my body will keep progressing. I’ve lost 25 pounds because of Crossfit, my Paleo Diet and changing my workout routine. Crossfit is a lifestyle but sometimes you gotta change shit up because just like in life not everything is going to go according to plan, so you have to be prepared for everything. This is what Crossfit is, it makes you into a better person physically and mentally while making you prepared for everything in life.
“Amat Victoria Curam” translation “Victory Loves Preparation”
By John D. Aguon @lttlgnt
So much has happened.
SO much has happened since my last entry.
I’ve been on crazy whirlwind, riding up and down life’s proverbial roller coaster. I love it though. I owe a lot to the masses. Seeing all of your updates. Sally got a new job. Bob got married. There are People moving on up, even some of you to the east side. Seriously though, I owe a lot to the lives people broadcast online. For some reason I tune in. I see all of your success whether it is exaggerated or not. It fuels my gas guzzling fire! Well, I’ve been on the opposite side of the spectrum. John can’t afford rent. John needs a job. John could be a massive failure.
It was a dark place.
Very dark and I owe it to the Internet.
What are we doing? Sometimes I wonder what my life would be without the World Wide Web, constantly updating my every move. Trying to live up to the Facebook standard of living. Don’t get me wrong; I’m the first to admit that I LOVE broadcasting my whereabouts. The Burger joint I claimed to have found. The hike or if you’re going up Runyon, the gradual uphill walk I conquered. You can’t forget the infamous “ I took a picture with a celebrity, and we’re now best friends” Photo.
But, the other day I realized something. I was having just a normal bad day, with a normal headache with a side of normal laziness, when I pulled out my iPhone and started scrolling through my photos. I found a sick picture from a few weeks back, of an awesome time I had with some friends, and of course with a flattering angle (you know high angle make you look skinnier). I filtered the picture, typed in some positive caption and went on to live my normal bad day.
Blah blah blah, “likes your photo.”
So and so, “likes your photo.”
Finally, I realized. No one REALLY knew how I was living my life. No one knew that I lost my apartment, I lost my job, and I lost my dignity.
Once again, I owe that to the Internet.
But, it’s not all a shit storm. It propelled me to actually living the life I project for everyone to see. I hit the pavement. I got on my feet again and found an incredible apartment and I’m now working for a place where I can say my career can finally grow.
I have to say; there is a light that Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites shines. Seriously though, throughout my life I’ve met some interesting people and rather than drifting apart through the distance and the years, Its pretty awesome to know that there’s a place where I can see little glimpses of your daily lives, triumphs, and families.
I appreciate you all.
I owe it to the Internet.
Written By: Phoebe Price @Phoebedenise
Coachella music festival features the hottest musicians performing their latest hits but the festival is really known for is its fashion. From the hottest trends to the latest fashions Coachella is all about fringe, free floating dresses, tie dye, floral, feathers, patterns and anything hippy. Its time to break out your summer clothes and Coachella fashion is a good guide to putting your summer wardrobe together.
Some staple pieces you need in your wardrobe are cut off blue jeans shorts. Now they have cut offs come in all shapes and lengths some are short in the front and longer in the back to hide these’s problem areas. Cut off shorts can also be made from one of your favorite jeans and that way you can custom the length how you like. Your next staple piece should be fringe and fringe is on everything now. Go with shoes the have fringe details to fringe on shirts to vests and bags fringe is the limit. Fringe has been around for decades so invest in a cool piece and it will be worth your money in the end.
Next find a free-floating dress that fits your shape and this piece can go from day to night. Find a dress that is tight up top and loose down bottom. Go with a pattern, tie die or a floral dress during the daywear sandals or a wedge and at night a pair of heels. You can also add a blue jean jacket that is cropped to add a fun funky look. Next invest in a pair of ankle boots you can wear them all year long and they look good with shorts to dresses they can also be worn day to night and go with comfort. From ankle boots with heels to flats to cowboy boot to a more modern sleek ankle boot there are many to choose from so go with color and style that goes with your wardrobe.
For more cushion find shoe pads you can tape down in your shoes they add more comfort for all day wear and they’re also great in heels. If you buy your shoes from department stores always ask they are usually free. Another summer staple piece is a jumper or and jumpsuit either long or short jumpers always look good, sleek and sexy. During the day go with flats or wedges and at night add a pair of pumps red heels is always a way to spice an outfit up. Crop top have been in the trends for a while you can wear this look different ways. You can wear smaller tops with high waisted skirts, shorts or high wasted pants.
If you like this look but want more coverage and still want to keep it sexy add a see through lace short or long vest this look was a big hit at Coachella and I see it staying around. When your out in the sun you always need protection from the sun and at Coachella hats were a must. Adding hats always pull your outfit together and they protect you from all the harsh rays that make you age.
Hats make you stand out and make an outfit go from drab to fab. If you don’t think you look good in hats there are many shapes and sizes from floppy’s, fedora to trucker hats you need to find the shape that fits your face. Check out my line phoebepricedesigns.com to see what hat your favorite celebrity is wearing. From hats to accessories feathers are everywhere and this summer feathers are back bigger than ever but don’t over do it choose one piece to have that sleek boho look.
Coachella has come and gone but it’s fashion has created looks for us to talk about all year long and with these fashion tips you will be ready to create your own fashion looks. Until next year COACHELLA see you then.
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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
After my first 60 days of Crossfit, I was feeling confident about myself and I was losing weight but also getting stronger. Confident about my fitness I decided to run a marathon for charity out of the blue without any long distance training. I surprised myself in how well I did in the marathon. But that is not surprising because Crossfit gives you the confidence to go anything because it challenges you mentally and physically everyday in the gym.
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But after rigorous weeks of training, 5 days a week with no days off, my body was finally starting to breakdown. After the marathon, I felt great where I was physically and mentally. I had lost 20 plus pounds and got stronger at the same time. I continued to go hard in training but after a week I started to get a sore throat. The thing about Crossfit it makes you think that you are indestructible but you are not.
I got sick over the weekend, so I decided to take three days off, but I was starting to get “Crossfit Fever.” My mind and body was so used to the grind that if it didn’t get any physically exertion, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I tired to focus on my work and writing but there was something missing. I need to go back to the gym; I wanted to go back home which Crossfit is to me, a place of sanctuary.
So, I took three days off and decided to back to the gym. Naturally, I went hard the first day because I don’t know any other way to train. I trained hard as a usually do for the next two days but during the weekend my sore throat came back and it became a full-blown cold. I felt weak, I felt sore, and I was certainly not feeling like Superman.
I finally decided to listen to my body and took the whole week off. I worked but I didn’t exert myself too much and I continued to write. I was still jonesing to hit the weights, I had to tell myself to calm down and relax. The same mental focus it takes to perform WODs in Crossfit, I used in getting better from my cold. After a couple days from resting, I was starting to feel better. I told myself when I’m 100% I will start of slower when I come back.
That’s what I did when I first came back to the gym. I didn’t go balls to the wall and just went 50% to 60% in effort. In the second week, I felt like my old self again and began to go harder. In the end of the week, I was feeling like myself again. I felt even stronger probably because I took some time off so my body could rest. I also changed my routine and added swimming to my regime. I found out that I was a really horrible swimmer, which is great because I love to work on things I’m not good at.
That is what Crossfit is, to challenge yourself mentally and physically in elements you might not be great at. Crossfit makes you ready for all the challenges that life brings. I have learned to listen to my body and feel better about myself to take a day or two off if I need it and not punish myself for it. To date I have lost 22 pounds and gained so much respect for all Crossfitters who make Crossfit their lifestyle. People might say I am a fanatic but would you be as well if you knew I how I felt physically and mentally. I eat, breathe and sleep Crossfit, which I am fine with because it’s my lifestyle.
Running a Marathon
For those who can’t
The Smartest & Dumbest idea
Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
My name is Ryan Fu, you can call me a gym rat because I spend hours in the gym. Especially, when I just started my Crossfit program for the last two months. I’ve been in the weight room just pushing and throwing weights around like a Viking but I have done little cardio. Please keep this in mind.
My friend Katrina Martin is one of the writers for Be Like Water Production. She is a terrific person and good writer. But she is living with Peripheral Neuropathy.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
[ Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves—the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.]
Basically, your body doesn’t function as it should and most of the time you are bedside and can’t do anything about it.
Please check out her article on her having a terrible time with this disease down below…
When I read her article I was shocked that I have never heard about PN. I was very moved by her story. I couldn’t believe people have to deal with this everyday. I think my dad had some form of PN when he had diabetes, and he could barely move around.
The reason why I’m writing this article is because I decided I was going to run the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon this March. I have not trained for it at all and the longest I have ran the last three months was six miles and it sucked.
Runners say it takes a good five months to prepare for a marathon if you’re not an avid runner but if you are a runner it will probably only take you three months.
I just decided yesterday I was going to run the marathon. I’ll have two weeks to train.
What’s that? You’re fucking crazy and a dumbass!
You’re absolutely right.
This is a dumb idea.
But if you knew me, I’m all balls and some brains.
I have ran plenty of marathons before where I trained properly and not trained properly but at least I trained.
I know this is not going to be easy and I’m not sure I can even finish the marathon.
But in every marathon or contest I have ever done in my life, it was always for me. It was for my selfish needs. I have never done anything for anyone contest wise.
(Watch out for the Corny Line)
So, I’m going to run this marathon not for me, but for Katrina Martin and every person who can’t run whether they are disabled or not.
We are asking donations for Katrina Martin.
For every mile I complete, you have to match your initial donation. For example, I’m donating $10 and if I complete the 26 miles I’m going to donate $260 to Katrina.
So, click here on Paypal sign and use Katrina Martin’s email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and donate whatever you want, just remember you have to match that for every mile I complete.
This is a worthy cause and plus you can watch a fat Asian be in pain on a Sunday morning.