Forget Me Not – Vincent Van Gogh (March 1853 – 29 July 1890)

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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. He drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.

Van Gogh was born to upper middle class parents and spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers. He traveled between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England at Isleworth and Ramsgate. He was deeply religious as a younger man and aspired to be a pastor. From 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium, where he began to sketch people from the local community. In 1885 he painted The Potato Eaters, considered his first major work. His palette then consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later paintings. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France and was influenced by the strong sunlight he found there. His paintings grew brighter in color, and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.

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After years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been widely debated by art historians. Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence wrought through illness. His late paintings show an artist at the height of his abilities, completely in control, and according to art critic Robert Hughes, “longing for concision and grace”

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Weekend Inspiration – Success is no accident… (Beauty in Strength – Crossfit Women)

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CrossFit can change how a woman both defines beauty and feels about her body, as Rita Benavidez, Jackie Perez, Erin Cianciolo and Andrea Ager discuss in this video.
Once thinking beauty was a picture of a waify woman on a magazine, Benavidez feels differently now. “My perception of beauty has changed over the past few years,” Benavidez says. “True beauty … is strength and fitness, and confidence in yourself.”

Perez was originally motivated by trying to be skinny. “That wasn’t getting me anywhere,” she says. “With CrossFit, I set goals. I want to deadlift 225, I’m going to hit that faster than I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see.” Ager says putting in the work is key to getting what you want. “I think that hard work and the way that your body looks go so hand-in-hand,” she says. “Once you do get a body that you want, you’re very proud of it … you’re proud of what your body can do.”

Through CrossFit, these women are confident, stronger and fitter. They are mothers, tomboys, coaches. They are CrossFit athletes.

Living One Second at Time – Man Hikes from Mexico to Canada (Inspiration of the Week)

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Andy Davidhazy did the Pacific Crest Trail which travels 2660 miles through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington, starting at the Mexico border fence near the small town of Campo, CA, and finishing just across the Canadian border in Manning Park, British Columbia. It took about 5 months to complete and I lost 50 pounds in process. Total elevation change was about 450,000 feet, with the high point being 13,200 feet at Forester Pass in the High Sierras. I documented the physical transformation of the environment and myself by taking a selfie on trail every single mile of the hike.

WHY DID I DO IT?

Simply put, I did the hike for the challenge, and this was the hardest simple thing I could think of. In life I get rewarded for finding short cuts to things, being creative in the face of a challenge, problem solving, etc. But there’s a lot of things I want to achieve in life, and as I’ve grown older I have begun to worry that they may not happen. So I wanted to test my limitations, fears and commitment by doing something that had no short cuts. You either hike every foot of the trail (from Mexico to Canada) or you don’t.

Taking a photo of myself every mile wasn’t about vanity, but rather a way for me to fully commit to the whole hike. If I were to quit or skip ahead at any point, myself and everyone else would know it. Apart from that, I simply wanted to document my transformation in a memorable way. Unlike a meandering walk in the woods, the PCT is a fairly well defined path that is in part quantified by it’s length, which is why I chose every mile as the framework for my pictures and video.

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Check out Andy’s three minute video of his hike, using one second of film from each day. This is what he saw:

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Ant Man in 4DX Review – Are $50 movie tickets worth it?

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WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Spoiler Alert: Nobody got hurt during the 4DX experience

One of my favorite cartoons back in the day was Ant Man because he was not your typical super hero, even though he did have all the super powers of an Ant, but I liked how the cartoon did not take itself seriously because essentially it was a guy in an ant costume solving and preventing crimes. So, when I heard they were doing an Ant Man movie, I was super excited but then I saw the trailer for the movie, which I felt a bit disappointed that they didn’t go with the animated version of it with the goofy costume. But the nerd in me was going to see the movie regardless if wasn’t as true as the original, which I was pleasantly surprised on how fun the movie was, in which the 4DX experience probably helped with the overall experience. 

4DX allows a motion picture presentation to be augmented with environmental effects such as seat motion, wind, rain, fog, lights, and scents along with the standard video and audio. My mom was raving about it when she traveled a year ago telling me the seats moved. So, I figured Ant Man was a great film to try out in 4DX. The movie itself was fun and exciting. 

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The Ant Man costume wasn’t that bad at all, which I actually thought it was pretty cool on how effective and multi-functioning his suit was during the film. Paul Rudd did an amazing job as the wise cracking cat burglar turned super hero, who loves his adorable daughter. He is willing to do anything to be with her, so he was to help out Michael Douglas character by stealing another version of the Ant Man costume because it would do more harm than good. Evangeline Lilly plays Michael Douglas’s daughter, which I have been a big fan of hers ever since Lost and lately for The Hobbit. She is so hot and she’s an amazing actress, which she was the one of the reasons why like the movie, but of course the 4DX experience totally put me over the top. 

The prices for a 4DX movie is more expensive than your regular movie tickets. Two adults tickets for 4DX came out to close to $50 dollars, along with parking and concession snacks, it comes out to a very taxing day at the movies. But it was worth every dime because it felt like was watching a movie on a rollercoaster. The seats moved along with the action of the movie as water sprinkled on you anytime it was involved, plus you get a light and smoke show on top of the movie. 

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I thought the 4DX was amazing but is too expensive for any regular movie watching experience. It’s great if you have the money to splurge on expensive movie tickets but I think the 4DX is worth the money for special occasions. I would recommend watching Ant Man because it’s a fun family oriented movie and if you have the dough check it out in 4DX because it’s totally worth the expensive prices. 

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Motivation Monday – Chasing your Dreams (Greatness)

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“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us.”

Leader of the Pack – So live. Live. Fight like hell (Stuart Scott)

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“When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live,” he said. “So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”

The Truth Hurts – The Loudest Man in the Room is the Weakest Man in the Room

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