Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2nd Labor Day Weekend party at Hudson Terrace in NYC


This was the 2nd Labor Day Party at Hudson Terrace Great tunes, great times, great people.    This was shot using my iPhone SE and an Osmo Mobile 2.

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This was the first Labor Day party I went to this weekend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Labor Day Weekend 2018-Dancehall Party-Vibes Friday in Brooklyn, NYC

This is one of two Labor Day (2018) parties I attended with friends.    This is the Vibes Friday party which takes place every Friday at the Five Spot in Brooklyn.    DJ Fyahrama is the best female Dancehall DJ, I’ve heard to date.

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Here was my last party video here.



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Time Lapse Artwork. Wrestling Announcer. One Fall.




New Artwork! This was inspired by MLW Wrestling(which you can watch here). Which you can watch on YouTube. When the match announcer says 'One Fall!', everyone in the audience repeats 😁 ...I have this for sale in my TeePublic store as a shirt, hoodie, mug, you name it! Check it out here https://bit.ly/2O9UmJF


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians REVIEW, Biggest Takeaways from Robert Cialdini's book INFLUENCE





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BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS-Robert Cialdini's 'Influence'



This book was tough to get through.   It felt like I was back in school and I was doing homework.    I did glean some useful information from here.    This material I feel is especially useful if you're in sales, a public figure working on attracting others to you(what I'm doing with this podcast), or being an everyday consumer and knowing when someone is trying to 'sell' you on something.   

These are some of my biggest takeaways from Robert Cialdini's 'Influence':

-'One favorite and profitable tactic of certain compliance professionals is to give something before asking for a return favor.' Page 49.   A great sales tactic!

-'Even though they had committed themselves under anonymous circumstances, the act of writing down their first judgments caused them to resist the influence of contradictory new data and to remain consistent with their preliminary choices.' Page 72.    This goes hand in hand with first impressions.

-'The general idea is to pave the way for a full-line distribution by starting with a small order...Look at it this way-when a person has signed an order for your merchandise even though the profit is so small it hardly compensates for the time and effort of making the call, he is no longer a prospect-he is a customer.'   Page 64.  

-'Oh, those 'harmless' concessions.   We've already seen how apparently trifling commitments can lead to further consistent behavior.   As a commitment device, a written declaration has some great advantages.'   Page 67.    I feel this also applies if you sign up online for an email list, a subscription as examples.    Signing up makes it real as opposed to committing superfluously.

-'No matter which variety of low-balling is used, the sequence is the same: An advantage is offered that includes favorable purchase decision.    Then sometime after the decision has been made, but before the bargain is sealed, the original purchase advantage is deftly removed.'   Page 85.    Sign up now at this discounted price for Verizon FIOS, it includes a year of Netflix.    But after a year you pay the full monthly, regular price.

-'What if physical appearance is not much at issue?    After all, most people possess average looks.    Are there other factors that can be used to produce liking?   As both researchers and compliance professionals know, there are several, and one of the most influential is similarity.   We like people who are similar to us.'   Page 148.    This is fascinating, it's from a chapter which also discusses how we are quicker to gravitate to someone selling to us, particularly if they are physically attractive.    But this gives credence to the fact that you don't have to have looks to make something happen.

-'A potentially effective strategy for reducing the unwanted influence of liking on compliance decisions requires a special sensitivity to the experience of undue liking for a requester.   Upon recognizing that we like a requester inordinately well under the circumstances, we should step back from the social interaction, mentally separate the requester from his or her offer, and make any compliance decision based solely on the merits of the offer.'   Page 172.    A great tip for everyday consumers.

-'According to the scarcity principle, people assign more value to opportunities when they are less available.     The use of this principle for profit can be seen in such compliance techniques as the 'limited number' and 'deadline' tactics, wherein practitioners try to convince us that access to what they are offering is restricted by amount of time.'   Page 225.

-'Although we all wish to make the most thoughtful, fully considered decision possible in any situation, the changing form and accelerating pace of modern life frequently deprive us of the proper conditions for such a careful analysis of all the relevant pros and cons.    More and more, we are forced to resort to another decision-making approach-a shortcut approach in which the decision to comply(or agree or believe or buy)is made on the basis of a single, usually reliable piece of information.'   Page 234.   I would say this being the case, especially in our present-day, short-attention-span society.

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Robert Cialdini's Influence https://amzn.to/2Q9pbiX

Going Where the Wind Blows

After a day's work, I enjoy coming home, eating dinner and watching YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime on my iPad.   I'm always looking for something to watch.   I finally committed to watching Orange is the New Black.   From the beginning.   I barreled through five episodes(of the first season)in the two days.   The show was funny, smart and very entertaining with some drama.

Once I started to notice that a few of the storylines run together and that several episodes were self-contained(like the chicken episode), I decided to go straight to the three final chapters of the season, and it didn't seem like I missed much.    But where I really started resonating with the show was in one of Piper's characteristics(she is the main character).    She seems to go where the wind blows. People she cares about end up suffering because of this.   This spoke to me because I've done this often.

On this very podcast, I've stated numerous times that 'I've discovered this new technique, approach, skill and I want my world to revolve around it because it will give me some edge or I had a dream about my mother and I should go and move back in with her.'    I tell anyone who will listen to me about this new thing.   I'll try it for a bit, then drop it and go back to my regular patterns.   Some of these new ideas have stuck.    Most haven't

Examples being; gaining inspiration from the Scavenger Life podcast and listing an item every day on eBay.   I'd begin that for a week then go back to listing 3-4 things a week.    Another instance was watching YouTuber Casey Nesitat.   I thought I want to start vlogging because it seemed like fun.   Maybe I can get millions of YouTube views, make some money I thought!   I purchased a ton of video equipment.   Quickly I realized my bookbag is heavy enough and  I don't want to travel with all this gear.   

There are pros and cons to trying new things.   The ONE Thing book says you should put your time and energy into what you enjoy and already have some proficiency in.    On the flipside on a recent day off I listened to a combination of MWF podcast (episode 472), Marie Forleo's podcast interview of Jaclyn Johnson, and Tim Ferriss interview of Drew Houston.   The alphabet soup message I got from listening to these podcasts is to try many things and fail because you don't know what you are good at and can potentially love until you discover it.    

Also, straight quitting on something is a waste of time.   Because if you failing, you're learning.   Apply what you've learned on the second go round and continue growing/failing/learning from there.   But if you quit, you have truly wasted your time if the lesson learned from the failure isn't used.   So is trying different things a waste of time?    Does this take away from working on your main goal?    

When I pay attention to my patterns, I don't regularly do much of the stuff I discovered in a book, podcast, a video.   But now I'm starting to notice my time spent other than on my creative endeavors and it makes me feel guilty.    I spend 3-4 hours at night watching TV.    At work when I'm not 'working' I'm on the internet looking at entertainment news.    

I believe there is a time to procrastinate.    If I spent all my time documenting and creating, I'd get sick of it.    Even if I do so for little bits at a time, I dance, draw, write a little bit every day or every other day.    Weekly I work on the podcast.   Small actions done consistently make big things happen.

Piper Chapman is free-spirited and determined, and I like that.   Thanks to this fictional character for showing me my own indecision and going where the wind blows.    9 times out of 10 I believe many answers to my own questions exist within me.   I just need a reflection of myself in others, in a movie, in a book, in a podcast, to find it.

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What is 'Orange is the New Black? https://bit.ly/1QNWvqg

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You are Born with Love

I was listening to the audiobook version of Marianne Williamson's 'Return to Love' for the 3rd time.   Presently I'm highlighting sections of interest in the ebook on the Kindle app.    Using this new method will help create more content for the podcast.   Reading and now listening(more often)I'm completing more books.   My brain is getting bigger!!  

In the early part of the book, Mrs. Williamson talks about how we are born with love, how it is our nature.   Fear is something we learn. 
This is the quote here from page 4: 'Love is what we were born with.   Fear is what we have learned here.   The spiritual journey is the relinquishment-or unlearning-of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.   Love is the essential existential fact.   It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth.   To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others is the meaning of life.'

These next quotes come from 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' by Dan Millman.   I will link the connection I've made to the previous quote right after.   This is on page 159.   'As a child, all this would appear before your eyes and ears and touch as if for the first time.   But now you've learned names and categories for everything:  'That's good that's bad, that's a table, that's a chair, that's a car, a house, a flower dog, cat, chicken, man, woman, sunset, ocean, star.'   You've become bored with things because they only exist as names to you.   the dry concepts of the mind obscure your direct perception."

"You now see everything through a veil of associations about things, projected over a direct, simple awareness.   You've 'seen it all before': it's like watching a movie for the twentieth time.   You see only memories of things, so you become bored, trapped in mind.   This is why you have to 'lose your mind' before you can come to your senses."

The mind is a powerful, multipurpose device.   According to these recent books I've read(including Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now'), it can be problematic when it starts going in all directions.    Unrelated thoughts to the task at hand, hang-ups from the past.   Worrying about the future.   
Jealousy, lack of focus, ego, envy.   This is my mind's wheelhouse when it starts running around the neighborhood like a dog off its leash.   Let's say a co-worker, I feel does not appreciate a small gesture of kindness which I've imparted.    My ego is hurt.   I start to think, 'next time I will let them earn my generosity, my love.'   This egoic sentiment is learned.   I wasn't born with this.   I, like so many of us, was born with passion, curiosity, no fear.   

There is a method to combat this(which I learned from the books mentioned above).   Basically to turn off your mind.   The times I notice when my mind is turned off; when I'm watching TV, listening to podcasts or when I'm drawing.   Now when my mind and emotions are all over the place, I gently tell myself 'Attention!   Be here now.   How's your breathing?    How's your body feeling, what's your posture like?'   It's not easy, it's tough.
In the past, I would knock myself for turning my brain off and going on auto-pilot.   I would talk down to myself, badly.    Listening particularly to Mrs. Williamson's book, it's reminded me how toxic this is.    When is it a good time to flip the switch and turn on my mind?    Solving issues, problems. Focusing.    At work, I've been making fundamental mistakes.    Like being late to work, or not crossing all the 'T's' or dotting the 'I's.'    I used my mind and came up with solutions. I started waking up 10-15 minutes earlier to prevent being late; I also started keeping a log of all my work, as a reference point to follow up on what I'd already done.

I'm happiest when I'm coming from a place of fearless love and generosity to my family, friends, co-workers.    I want to re-discover my childlike curiosity.    

Honestly, when my ego shows up, or out of fear I put up my defenses, I'm a lesser version of myself.   When I put someone down mentally or judge them, I'm putting myself down because how I see another human being, in essence, is how I look at myself.   This is a benefit of the negative emotions.    It shows me my capacity, where I need to show more love, forgiveness, patience, compassion or allow things to be.

I realize I've written these articles on all these beautiful lessons I learn through books, podcasts, and videos.   I want to try to incorporate many of these lessons.   Most don't stick unfortunately as I fall back into my patterns and behaviors.    But that doesn't control me.   I do.   I'm not perfect; I want to be better.   This lesson regarding the mind is one of the most impactful I've learned.   I want it to stay with me.

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Marianne Williamson's 'Return To Love' https://amzn.to/2oLRTd2 
Dan Millman's 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior' https://amzn.to/2wONaLz 
Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now' https://amzn.to/2NRMQCV 

Crazy Rich Asians REVIEW-SPOILERS




I saw this movie over Labor Day weekend.    To date, it has been the number one movie in the box office 3 weeks in a row.    On a budget of $30 million dollars, it has grossed over $110 domestically.    A sequel was already announced a few days after the film's release.    Several movie critics I trustingly follow praised this film.   The Rottentomatoes score is 93%.   I was curious and wanted to check this out.

This movie was only ok for me until it got to Colin and Araminta's wedding.    Up until this point, the movie was ho-hum, I felt the comedy was forced.    I wasn't really invested in the main characters.     But I now realize during that first half, seeds were being planted which would pay off by the film's end.

The movie takes place for the most part in Singapore.   What is shown of this country in this film is gorgeous.    The colors pop and are vibrant.   I started thinking, 'man I gotta go visit this country!'

As I mentioned above the movie really picks up for me after the wedding.   Nick's family acceptance angle with Rachel was great.   The romance kicked into the next gear with Nick and Rachel during the wedding scene.   This is first time(and not the last)where I got emotional.   When everyone was tearing up and Nick was mouthing 'I love you' to Rachel.   Colin is crying while Araminta is walking down the aisle.    Eleanor played by Michelle Yeoh watching all of this happen.   You know when you see her, she is not crazy about what's going down between her son and his girlfriend.    Good stuff.

The strongest performances in the movie were by Michelle Yeoh who plays Nick's mother.    She may come across wooden and emotionless but subtle things in the face or how she turns her head, or what she says delivers the point across nicely.   Showing how doing little can say so much.    Another great performance and familiar face was the beautiful Gemma Chan.   I remember her from the TV show Humans, where she plays a humanoid who has emotions.   I enjoyed her in that and binged two seasons of it on Amazon Prime.    

Ms. Chan's(who played Astrid)story, with her husband, the infidelity and accepting oneself as they are and not making excuses because of it I also thought was great.    I resonated with this especially when it comes to Nice Guy Syndrome.    You can found my articles on that and the related book here.

I started caring more about Rachel's character near the end section of the movie.   I thought the scenes with her mother and Eleanor at the mahjong game where fantastic.

This movie was labeled as a rom-com but I found it more drama/romance than comedy.   The comedy was fun but as I mentioned forced at times with Awkwafina and Ken Jeong(from the Hangover series).    I smiled and chuckled a bit but that's about it. 

A beautiful looking movie, nice romance.   I hope the sequel is even better.   

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What is Crazy Rich Asians? https://bit.ly/2JYWlhw 
Crazy Rich Asians book https://amzn.to/2wPyoVr 
My Biggest Takeaways 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' https://bit.ly/2oJynxT 


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Labor Day Mixtape 2018








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This is another compilation episode.   August 2018 has been mostly a podcast compilation month.   This collects three mixtapes I put together in 2016-2017.   The first is my Prince tribute.   Second is a John Legend mix.   Finally it's my first Dancehall mixtape.  Here is the track listing(the mix starts with Prince's - 'The Future'):

1. Prince - 'Shake'
2. Prince - 'When Doves Cry'
3. Sheila E. - 'Glamorous Life'
4. Prince - 'Breakfast Can Wait'
5. Prince - 'Sign of the Times'
6. Prince - '7'
7. Prince - 'Ballad of Dorothy Parker'
8. Prince - 'Sexy MF'
9. Prince - 'Gets Off' Flutestramental version
11. Sheila E. - 'Love Bizarre'
12. Prince - 'Partyman'
13. Prince - 'Soft and Wet'
14. Prince - 'Let's Go Crazy'
15. Prince - '1999'
16. Prince - 'Controversy'
17. Morris Day and the Time - 'Jungle Love'
18. Prince - 'Batdance'
19. Prince - 'Kiss'
20. Jay-Z - 'Do you Wanna Ride'
21. John Legend - 'Wanna Be Loved'
22. John Legend - 'Another Again'
23. John Legend - 'Don't Worry Bout A Thing'
24. John Legend - 'Made to Love'
25. Consequence - 'Feel This Way'
26. Common - 'They Say'
27. John Legend - 'Stay the Night'
28. John Legend - 'Let's Get Lifted'
29. John Legend - 'Green Light'
30. Snoop Dogg - 'Eyes Closed'
31. Flavour - 'Sawa Sawa Le'
32. DJ Bravo - 'Champion'
33. Mavado - 'Lowe Mi'
34. Mavado - 'Way We Roll'
35. Mavado - 'Goodby to me Haters'
36. Vybz Kartel - 'Western Union'
37. Vybz Kartel - 'Half Way Tree'
38. Vybz Kartel - 'Fever'
39. Konshens - 'Bruk off Yuh Back'
40. Charly Black - 'Party Animal'
41. Chi Ching - 'Roast or Fry'
42. Don Andre - 'Tom Cruise' Remix
43. Ding Dong - 'Wul Up'
44. Ding Dong - 'Yeng Yeng'
45. RDX - 'LOL'
46. Tanto Blacks - 'Real Rich'
47. Bracket - 'Agogo'


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dancing on a rooftop in New Jersey - V I D E O

somewhere in new jersey…I got stuck on this roof making this video!   I love to dance, dancehall is my weapon of choice.   With moves inspired by crews such as the Ground Zeroes, Sopreme Blazers, Rifical Team, the Pyrotechs and too many more to name.   Thanks to the young folk, inspiring the old dawgs such as myself.   The youth is the future. This mix is from DJ Kenny’s ‘Set An Example’ mixtape from Aug. 2018…the DO IT riddim #dance is #life

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

My Biggest Takeaways Vol 1



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This is my first compilation of ‘Biggest Takeaways’ episodes I've put together.    On these particular episodes I discuss several takeaways of books I’ve read.   The five books covered in this volume are:
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Weird Stories Buffet Vol 1

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This is my first compilation of older episodes.   These are older weird stories I've collected.   Enjoy!   Links to all stories below.
1.Demon Possessed Students at St. Elizabeth School https://bit.ly/2MpsumZ

2.98 Year Old Yogi Shares Her Mantra https://bit.ly/2iMGfdi 

3.Rat Hamburgers Served in Russia https://nyp.st/2wboQD0 

4.Cryogenics Pioneer says First Man Frozen will be Brought Back https://dailym.ai/2kato6n 

5.Save Money with the Poo Challenge https://bit.ly/2OGJmmX 

6.Jilted Woman Cuts Off Man’s Penis https://bit.ly/2Mj6J9o 

7.Miracle Twins Kept Alive by Holding Hands in Womb https://bit.ly/2vLaQ3t 

8.Tinder for Orangutans https://bit.ly/2kP0fRg 

9.Social Media Making People Anti Social and Jealous https://bit.ly/2jVm5OR 

10.Combining Drugs Can Eliminate HIV https://dailym.ai/2BaYsiI 

11.100 Best Places to Live in the USA (January 2017) https://bit.ly/2mDJ6Xy 

12.Britain’s Oldest DJ https://bit.ly/2KS7AYR 

13.Cockroach Found Inside Woman’s Head https://bit.ly/2MNWZzU 

14.Day Care Worker Breast Feeds Another Mother’s Son https://abc11.tv/2nGfoE9 

15.Rattlesnakes Invade Home https://bit.ly/2PcwaqJ 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bus Ride To Work-ARTWORK-TIME LAPSE



I asked a passenger on the bus ride to work to take a quick pic of me.   I traced the photo using the Procreate app on the iPad Pro 9.7.   Using the apple pencil.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mission Impossible Fallout-REVIEW-spOILErs


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Jason G. and I review Mission Impossible Fallout. There are spoilers.

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Our 'Mummy'(2017) movie review from last summer.  https://youtu.be/6dIYUslKawg

This is the initial theater we went to.   But something happened, there was an issue and we ended up going to 34th st.    Especially when we saw all these people in from of the theater.




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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Carribean Invasion at 5th and Mad in NYC. Music by Kevin Crown and Fuji Slim July 2018

Never been to this spot before. Kevin Crown and Fuji Slim with the tunes. Fun times had. Doing the 'Lebeh Lebeh' dance in the video created by Ding Dong the Ravas crew from JA. Thanks to @mysizebarbie (IG) and my boy LION for the additional footage.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Equalizer 2 Review SPOILERS, JULY Mixtape, 4 WEIRD stories


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Equalizer 2 Review SPOILERS

Denzel has made this type of movie before. That's what came to me while watching the Equalizer 2. That didn't happen when I was watching Equalizer 1 but I guess that was the same kind of movie he'd done as well. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just not a fresh thing. Mr. Washington playing the supercop/ ex-military/assassin who will go to any lengths to get the job done. He's done different things(Fences, Malcolm X, Remember the Titans a few examples)but many that fall in this box.

Seeing this film gave me intentions to come home and see some of the actor's previous work. 'Man on Fire' came to mind. I've seen many of Denzel's popular movies in theaters. This is an actor we(the movie-going audience)are lucky to have, who has a solid body of work. I'm just feeling a little more grateful these days with the recent and untimely death of Jon Schnepp. Here today and gone tomorrow. A regular on Collider Video who I'd been watching for the last 3 years. I felt a bond to his insights when it came to superhero, sci-fi, fantasy movies and comic books. He will be missed.

Robert McCall(the character played by Mr. Washington)was a badass in this movie. You know when he'd click the button on his wristwatch, you hear the beep, it's on. The action was fast and precise. He would put on this dead face and dispose of the bad guys in seconds. The Equalizer has many skills. He 's a hacker, investigator, he does disguises, he's an awesome driver. What can't he do?

I liked his chemistry with actor Ashton Sanders who played Myles.   The best speech in the movie(to me)happens when he rescues Myles from falling in with a bad crowd. '5 pounds of pressure!'

During the final act, when he's dispatching the film's main antagonists, it turns into a horror movie. He brutalizes them quickly and finishes them in deadly fashion.

Questions I didn't feel where not answered(or maybe I didn't catch it). What government agency is it that Melissa Leo(Susan Plummer)works for? How did his wife Vivian die? Pedro Paschal's character said McCall was at fault because she died. I have to watch both movies, preferably with subtitles to catch everything and tie all the story beats.

By the end the characters he has interactions with that are not connected to the overall story, their subplots are neatly tied up. At times I would ask 'why are we spending time here?' but it serves to reinforce the purpose of the main lead and that is helping people in trouble.

This movie could've been shorter. Less with the Denzel facials and investigative work. Fun movie, I found the first one more enjoyable.

Random thought. Who would win in a fight between the Equalizer or Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills in Taken. Maybe they can team up and do a movie together!

VIDEO VERSION-MOVIE REVIEW


Showing Up and Putting Out Content Regularly

I've thought of making content out of everything I consume, but it would just take up way too much time. Deciding to focus on what it is that I enjoy (at the time) and talking about that is the way to go.
One of the effects of being a content producer on a regular basis is people becoming endeared to you and your story. This has happened to me with podcasts I listen to, YouTubers that I follow. Residual effects are desiring to find out more about what that creator is up to by following them on social media or being open to any new projects they might be involved. Also buying merchandise, they might have for sale.

Personally, for me, pro wrestling is the perfect example. My dad used to watch pro wrestling(may he rest in peace). I wanted to watch what my dad watched, so I did the same. I've become a lifelong pro wrestling fan.

My favorite thing about pro wrestling these days are podcasts about wrestling or interviews with wrestlers. Podcasts by people like Jim Ross, Colt Cabana, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin. Episodes where these wrestlers tell their stories or interview other wrestlers are fascinating to me. I grew up with this generation, so these road stories often happened throughout my life.
pro-wrestling=regular content=i enjoy it and want more=I consume their videos, audio, documentaries=I buy their merchandise go to live events.

A micro-example, something we all do or can relate to. You show up for an activity which you enjoy. Your part of a soccer league or a bingo club. Your enthusiastic about being a part of this club. Your enthusiasm attracts others within the club/activity. You participate and start building relationships. You show up regularly meet like-minded people. Getting their feedback which says 'I like this, you like this, let's enjoy this together.'

Anything worthwhile takes time and showing up regularly reaps rewards, relationships, and possible financial opportunities in a win-win scenario. This is what I'm working on with producing content periodically and soliciting feedback. To start a conversation, build a community and grow from there.

JULY Mixtape 2018

Track listing

1. Chromeo - 'One Track Mind'
2. Chromeo - 'Slumming It'
3. Nas - 'White Label'
4. Nas - 'Adam and Eve'
5. Nas - 'Cops Shot The Kid'
6. Navino - 'Spare One'
7. Teejay - '100 Bricks'
8. Shellinz - 'Pryce is Right'
9. Laa Lee - 'Watz on Sale'
10. Shal Marshall - 'Splinters'

Weird Stories

1. Longest Blood Moon ever https://bit.ly/2LGDfOb
2. Tech Giant is Rolling out New Robots to Replace Workers in Hotels, Airports and Supermarkets http://cnb.cx/2CE8lVo
3. Witness Tells Police He Saw Restaurant Manager Shoot Cook In Case Related To Yelp Review http://cour.at/2CvEChr
4. Billion Year Old Piece of North America found in Australia https://usat.ly/2DCVN1g

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Big Bad BBQ ..How I spent my 4th of July 2018


This was how I spent my 4th of July 2018.   The venue was the Brooklyn Mirage.   Beautiful place with a great sound system.   Thanks to Jay Upscale for putting on this event.   Big shout out to DJs Kevin Crown and Young Chow for the opportunity on stage.    Wonderful pics included in this video by my people Lion and Visuals by Nate.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Day in the Life Audio Blog, Quotes from Eckhart Tolle, GLOW Season 2 Review and MORE

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 On this episode, I've put together an audio blog where you follow me around for a day.   I also have quick TV/Movie reviews of:

  • GLOW season 2
  • Incredibles 2
  • Luke Cage season 2
  • Another look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi
There are spoilers!

Finally I discuss two quotes from recent audiobooks/podcasts I've listened to which had an impact on me.   They come from Robin Sharma and Eckhart Tolle.

Quick Reviews

Incredibles 2 review-

This movie was wonderful. I felt there was too much focus on Jack-Jack. Not much on Dash. The action in the film was much more dynamic than I expected. Collider Video late last year had a top 50 superhero movies of all time. They ranked the first film movie 7th overall. When I saw this, I said 'What?!' But after viewing the sequel, I appreciate the first one a lot more. These films are fun and heartwarming. I want more with these characters and this world. I love how unique each character looks particularly Rick Dicker played by Jonathan Banks of Breaking Bad fame. Dicker even looks like Banks.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi-3rd viewing observations

The Last Jedi is now available on Netflix. You can find my original review (with friends) here https://bit.ly/2rxJkHg . This is my 3rd viewing of this movie. I'm still breaking it down and trying to figure out why it's so polarizing to fans. Here are some observations.

-Poe Dameron shows no sympathy for the troops which die because of his actions at the beginning of the film.

-Luke plays a crazy old master Jedi who will train a young apprentice, similar to Yoda and Luke in Empire Strikes Back

-Rey feels she can turn Kylo Ren towards the light side, comparable with Luke and Vader in Return of the Jedi

-Rey has a gun turret action sequence in the Millenium Falcon, similar to Han in the Star Wars: A New Hope.

This film series has light, fun entries, and dark ones. In the dark category I'd throw in Revenge of the Sith, Empire Strikes Back, and this one.

Luke Cage Season 2 review-Pros & Cons

Pros

-The show was well paced as opposed to the first season which ended(I felt)a few episodes early.
-Bushmaster. Great presence and fighting style. Great backstory. Look forward to seeing him again in future seasons
-Episode 10. Loved seeing Luke Cage & Iron Fist in an episode together. I'm ready for a six-episode season of Heroes for Hire. Throw in the Daughters of the Dragon in that mini-series too.
-I liked that this season acknowledged the events of the Defenders.
-The characters in the show were great. Alfre Woodard. This is her show. Theo Rossi is incredible as well. Sahr Ngaujah as Anansi always has a presence when he's on screen. I saw him in Fela on Broadway; he was tremendous there. Reg E. Cathey is always solid, may he r.i.p. Chaz Lamar Shephard as Piranha Jones was funny. Antonique Smith as Nandi was dislikeable. Superlative job by all mentioned.

Cons

-This show shouldn't be called 'Luke Cage. It should be called 'Mariah Stokes.' She has more screen time than the hero. It's like seeing a Transformers movie. The film series carries the name of the robot race in the title, but the majority of the films are humans running around.
-As I said earlier, this season had a better pace than the first, but I felt it was still too long.
-Tilda Dillard was beautiful, but I wasn't blown away by her performance.

Glow season 2 review

-This was Betty Gilpin's season. She presented several shades of this character; Debbie Eagan. Going through a divorce, becoming a producer on the show, being a mother, hashing out her issues with Ruth Wilder(Allison Brie). We go from rooting for her to sympathizing with her, and plain disliking her. Her smile is terrible as well. Wonderful work.
-We spent more time with characters which we didn't in the first season like Arthie and the new castmate Yolanda who was sexy and fun. I also like Marc Maron warming up to Allison Brie and building more of a relationship with his daughter Justine.
-Allison Brie is the heart of this show. I can't believe how much shit she takes from Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron at the beginning of the season. I enjoyed her taking more of a creative role in the show and finding a love interest.
-The runtime and number of episodes are palatable. It left me wanting more. The Netflix Marvel shows should take the similar format.
-My only complaint is that the comedy didn't always land with me. Whereas the first season I had more laughs, this season I didn't.

This is one of my favorite original Netflix shows. I want more. Bring on season 3.

Two Recent Audio Quotes which Impacted Me

 These are two recent pieces of audio that made me think. I want to apply these teachings in my own life. The first one is from Robin Sharma. On his Youtube channel, he has a video called 'How to Fearlessly Speak your Opinion.' Here is a link to the video https://bit.ly/2uuOnr2. The direct section which impacted me is this here:

'A lot of people ask me when I meet them at a live event, or maybe it's online, Robin, I want to speak my truth, but something prevents me from doing it. Maybe it's at the office. Maybe it's in your intimate relationship; maybe it's with your family. I don't know where it is for you, but I wanted to make sure I offered you some valuable insights to help you speak your truth even when your voice shakes.'

'Because ultimately, one of the ways that we can develop self-respect, and one of the ways that you can build self-worth, is speaking your opinion and sharing what's important to you and putting a voice to what you need to say, even if people don't understand you or also if people don't like it.'
'I think it was Dr. Seuss who said, speak authentically. Be real. Be yourself. Share your opinions. And here was his line: "Because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter."

'And there's a lot of wisdom if you wanted to deconstruct that idea of Dr. Seuss. It's pretty powerful because ultimately, I believe you can say whatever you need to say, so long as you say it with respect. And so if it's with your intimate partner, and there's something that's bothering you, but you want to say it ... First of all, when you say it, it's like you release a pressure valve. You know what most people do in any relationship, they swallow what they need to say, even though it's incredibly important to them. And here's what that does in your professional associations and your relationships.'

'Every time you swallow something you know you needed to say so that you're clear, it builds up. It builds up emotionally. It builds up psychically, and it eventually, that pressure builds up, and finally, it will come out in conflict. It happens at the office. There's a teammate, and you don't say something. 

Well, here's what bothers me or here's what I need to say, or here was my opinion. Over time, the wound will fester, and it will damage the relationship.'

'And I've seen it so often in home relationships, in personal relationships. A little thing that could have been handled like, "I didn't like the way that you said that to me," or "I wanted to go to do this on the weekend but you wanted to do that, and I didn't feel heard." And rather than just saying it, because most of us don't know how to say it, they don't teach us how to communicate at world class in school; we swallow it because human beings don't like conflict.'

'Because we're tribal, and I don't want to get into the neuroscience and the psychology of tribalism, but we're tribal. That's how we survived thousands of years ago. And so now we do have an instinct hardwired into us, not to have conflict, because we want to fit into the tribe to survive. But if you don't speak your truth, when you know you need to share your opinion, well, you swallow the words. You take the emotions.'

'And here's what it does. It not only then damages the working relationship or the personal relationship. Here is the powerful insight. It hurts your relationship with yourself. And I think in many ways, all lack of success and creativity and productivity in someone's life, comes down to a lack of self-worth.'

'One of the best things you can learn how to do is learn how to honor yourself. Learn how to build self-worth. Learn how to build self-respect. Learn how to build self-love. And one of the best ways to do that is to speak your truth even when the fire is on. '

Hearing this was like a shining light in the dark. How many nights I'd lay awake in bed thinking for hours how a particular co-worker(or friend) may have rubbed me the wrong way. How I can get revenge, make them feel how I'm feeling at the time. Had I used Mr. Sharma's method I could've used that mental energy elsewhere. I love the self-care angle in his message. I interpret as it being vital in getting the unsaid, the resentment out of you. By talking to the individual directly. I found speaking to a confidant or journaling helps as well.

The second quote is from an audiobook. Eckhart Tolle's 'Power Of Now.' I also purchased the book as I'm hoping to read through it, highlight other sections and go over them. This is pulled from Chapter 8.

'I always thought that true enlightenment is not possible except through love in a relationship between a man and a woman. Isn't this what makes us whole again? How can one's life be fulfilled until that happens?'

'Is that true in your experience? Has this happened to you?'

'Not yet, but how could it be otherwise? I know that it will happen.'

'In other words, you are waiting for an event in time to save you. Is this not the core error that we have been talking about? Salvation is not elsewhere in place or time. It is here and now.'
'What does that statement mean, "Salvation is here and now?" I don't understand it. I don't even know what salvation means.'

'Most people pursue physical pleasures or various forms of psychological gratification because they believe that those things will make them happy or free them from a feeling of fear or lack.'

'Happiness may be perceived as a heightened sense of aliveness attained through physical pleasure or a more secure and more complete sense of self-attained through some form of psychological gratification. This is the search for salvation from a state of unsatisfactoriness or insufficiency. Invariably, any satisfaction that they obtain is short-lived, so the condition of happiness or fulfillment is usually projected once again onto an imaginary point away from the here and now.'

"When I obtain this or I'm free of that, then I will be okay." This is the unconscious mindset that creates the illusion of salvation in the future.'

'True salvation is fulfillment, peace, life in all its fullness. It is to be who you are, to feel within you the good that has no opposite, the joy of being that depends on nothing outside itself. It is perceived not as a moving experience, but as an abiding presence.'

'In theistic language, it is to know God not as something outside you, but as your innermost essence. True salvation is to identify yourself as an inseparable part of the timeless and formless One Life from which all that exists derives its being.'

'True salvation is a state of freedom from fear, from suffering, from a perceived state of lack and insufficiency and, therefore, from all wanting, needing, grasping, and clinging. It is freedom from compulsive thinking, from negativity and, above all, from past and future as a psychological need.'
'Your mind is telling you that you cannot get there from here. Something needs to happen, or you need to become this or that before you can be free and fulfilled. It is saying, in fact, that you need time, that you need to find, sort out, do, achieve, acquire, become or understand something before you can be free or complete.'

'You see time as the means to salvation, whereas, in truth, it is the most significant obstacle to salvation. You think that you can't get there from where and who you are at this moment because you are not yet complete or good enough, but the truth is that here and now is the only point from where you can get there. You get there by realizing that you are there already.'

'You find God the moment you realize that you don't need to seek God, so there's no "only way" to salvation. Any condition can be used, but no particular state is necessary. However, there is only one point of access, the now. There can be no salvation away from this moment.'

   Being good enough right now. Not waiting for a person, or buying a thing, to get to where you want to go. I've gone down that route many times where I felt that if I purchased these clothes or this camera or this drone, THEN I will matter. So sad to reflect and acknowledge that being the case. We must go through the journey to reach the destination right?

   I do have a slight counter to this point. If there is a skill you want to improve, focusing on that skill and being around a community which nurtures it, will enhance your ability in that area even quicker. But that spark, the vision, the drive resides within us. We light that flame. It all begins with a decision.

   Listening to audio is my weapon of choice when it comes to education.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tune In Tuesdays at Kinfolk in Brooklyn with DJ Gringo July 3, 10 2018.


This party has been going on for awhile and I'd been meaning to check it out.  Will definitely be revisiting Kinfolk(in Brooklyn), Tune In Tuesdays, in the nearby future.

Live band in the place, saw some familiar faces.   Cool spot.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It's Just Dancing party in Lover's Rock July 3, 2018. Brooklyn, NYC


Good Times at Micro Don's party in Lover's Rock. Who is Micro Don? Find my interview with him here https://bit.ly/2ubgoDL Find more of my party videos here https://bit.ly/2m6u7XZ Enjoyed this? Find all of my content on the website at http://improveandhavefun.com Social Media Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paul_pvp_pe... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pvpluvzlieff Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paul_PVP_Perez Rate, like, leave a review! I will shout you out for sure! If you've enjoyed this, please support this podcast by doing any, all your shopping through my affiliate links: my eBay link: eBay http://ebay.to/2e5mvmj or my Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2dRu3IM Any shopping through these links will be at no extra cost to you. Thank you! Subscribe/watch/listen here: iTunes http://apple.co/2pnmMqa Android http://bit.ly/2p5fgQx YouTube http://bit.ly/2ixiRo4 iHeartRadio http://bit.ly/2oBLZdX Stitcher http://bit.ly/2p8oTi2

2nd Labor Day Weekend party at Hudson Terrace in NYC

This was the 2nd Labor Day Party at  Hudson Terrace  Great tunes, great times, great people.    This was shot using my iPhone SE and an...