Friday, July 20, 2018

Big Bad BBQ-party VIDEO-How I spent my 4th of July

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.

As always huge love to my dancehall crew Mami, 3-Step, and Likkle V.

 

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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.

As always huge love to my dancehall crew Mami, 3-Step, and Likkle V.

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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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Solo and Ant Man Wasp Movie Reviews SPOILERS



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Been off for a couple of weeks but now we are back!

I've been sitting on the Han Solo movie review for a bit.   In this review you'll be hearing from returning guests David, Jason G., Gunnie, and myself.

In the Ant Man & Wasp review Mark joins the crew as we discuss our thoughts right after coming out of the theater.

Spoilers in this review.

SOLO QUICK VIDEO REVIEW


ANT MAN & THE WASP VIDEO REVIEW




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Monday, July 2, 2018

Deadpool Time Lapse Artwork


Here is a time lapse Deadpool drawing I made using Procreate on the Ipad with the Apple Pencil.   I started drawing this a week or two after the sequel was released and finished it on the last week of June 2018.   The background picture is a wall painting I took a picture of in Jersey City, NJ.   I used a few posing apps for the body and hands.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My 6 month experiences with Sex Workers plus more






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On this episode I discuss my 6 month experiences with sex workers.   I also chat about my biggest takeaways from Simon Sinek's book 'Start with Why'.   3 new weird stories are covered.    A new mixtape sandwiched in between.   Finally a few quick reviews of TV shows/movies I've recently watched.

Simon Sinek's 'Start With Why' book.   My Biggest Takeaways.

I found Simon Sinek watching Evan Carmicheal's 'Believe' YouTube channel. I was fascinated by Mr. Sinek's book title, 'Start With Why.' The question 'why do we do what we do' fascinates me.
If you don't already know, self-help books are my jam. This was more of a business book and a slog to get through at times. Also, Mr. Sinek goes on and on about Apple, Steve Jobs, and their products.

Nonetheless, there were some great quotes I pulled from the book. Here are five that spoke to me.

-'The example starts to prove that people don't buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.' pg 41

-'This is one of the primary reasons why teachers tell students to go with their first instinct when taking a multiple-choice test, to trust their gut. The more time spent thinking about the answer, the bigger the risk that it may be the wrong one. Our limbic brains are smart and often know the right thing to do.'pg 58

-'Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.' pg 94

-'Most people in the world are HOW-types. Most people are quite functional in the real world and can do their jobs very well. Some may be very successful and even make millions of dollars, they will never build billion-dollar businesses or change the world. HOW-types don't need WHY-types to do well. But WHY-guys, for all their vision and imagination, often get the short end of the stick. Without someone inspired by their vision and the knowledge to make it a reality, most WHY-types end up as starving visionaries, people with all the answers but never accomplishing much themselves.' pg 141

-'The reason so many small businesses fail, however, is because passion alone can't cut it. For passion to survive, it needs structure. A WHY without the HOW's, passion without structure, has a very high probability of failure.' pg 184

By purchasing 'Start With Why' through the provided link, here https://amzn.to/2K1xlX7 you will be supporting both myself and the author. Did any of these takeaways resonate with you? Please comment below and let me know.

VIDEO VERSION


3 Weird Stories

Tiger vs. bear http://dailym.ai/2GZoIdP

Shocking number of Americans have sex at work https://nyp.st/2lbnfIg

Polo racing horses cloned http://cbsn.ws/2IiYZOK

VIDEO VERSION


Mixtape track listing 

Chris Brown, Lil Dicky-'Freaky Friday'
Kids See Ghosts-'Kids See Ghosts'
Tyy-'Issa Snack'
I Octane-'Oh No'
Vybz Kartel-'Do It'
Chi Ching Ching-'Rice and Peas'
Jahmiel-'Level Up'
Laa Lee-'Watz on Sale'
Davido-'Assurance'
Olamide-'Kana'

MIXTAPE PREVIEW



Quick Reviews of Recent TV Show/Movies I've Watched

Netflix Lost In Space (2018)...Very enjoyable, easy to get through, engaging. Bring on season 2.

Netflix The Rain...Was ok. I'm not looking forward to another season. This dragged for me.

Upgrade (Movie). Wow. I dug this film. Robocop, Terminator vibes. Violent too. This came straight out of the 80s with a futuristic twist. Loved this.

Sense 8...I've watched this from the beginning. I'm a fan of the Wachowski's stuff. I enjoyed there their Matrix films, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending. I enjoyed this show, but it's not perfect. It lingers on certain situations for a while, and others it wraps up immediately after a long build. The romances and chemistry between the 8 main characters is the highlight of this series for me. Causing me to tear up several times throughout. The action was cool as well. As a whole, this fun.

Black Lightning...For a CW show to include topics such as experimentation on poor, urban neighborhoods. Drugs, gang violence. A strong sense of family within the nuclear unit. Black Lightning was fantastic. This was miles ahead of Netflix's season 1 of Luke Cage. Jason Inman of the Geek History Lesson podcast hailed this show for being the best CW-superhero show of 2018.

VIDEO VERSION


My 6 Month Sex Worker Experience

I've been seeing sex workers for the last 6 months. I've had good and bad experiences. The people I've seen have all been in New Jersey. They've been transgender women and some cross-dressers. I've never considered myself bisexual, maybe I am now. Who knows.

I'm reminded of the good experiences while going through bad ones. Normally they happen when the sex worker lives alone or is alone at their place. When they take their time, give a massage, get to know you a bit. I'm often nervous when first meeting a lady of the night. These elements help ease that tension. If the sex is great, this makes the whole encounter an A+.

Bad experiences consist of someone saying they'll do something during the initial contact, then when you get there they no longer do it or want to upsell you to the 'girlfriend experience'. A bad experience happens when the escort looks nothing like their pictures in their online profile. When she says she has no remaining condoms or lube. A bad experience happens when she says she lives alone but someone pops out of the closet while you're having foreplay. Yes, all of this has happened to me during my sexcapades. But I don't regret any of it.

I prefer when the sex workers have their own place. I work in a hotel, at the front desk. I've seen clients walking in asking for the working women. It's awkward, weird. The escorts never give their real names so the client is in the lobby loitering waiting to hear from the worker. I know, I've done this! In New Jersey, there seems to be less hotel security as opposed to NYC hotels. Less awkward in Jersey? Maybe.

It has been a financial drain. Most sex workers charge $200 for an hour. This doesn't include the uber ride to/from the destination. If they're local that's even better. When I went for a two year period of being celibate I had more money in the bank. Like I said before, no regrets.

When I abstain from watching porn and save my ejaculation for the sex worker(about a 6 day period), I don't have trouble getting it up. If it's the other way around I have a hard time getting going, or if the sex worker is a little more masculine or rigid with rules, I don't tend to get excited.
For the most part, my experience has been positive. No life changing STD's, some bumps in the road here and there. I can be more consistent with fully protecting myself. I will do better.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Deadpool 2-Movie Review SPOILERS



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VIDEO VERSION.



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On this episode I'm joined by Jason G and David, as we review Deadpool 2. This film was fun! But I felt, forced at times. The narrative wasn't as satisfying as the first film either. Have you seen DP2? What are your thoughts?   Let me know.

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Do you know who Deadpool is? Check out his bio here. https://bit.ly/2JunfRs

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Biggest Takeaways-Ryan Holiday's 'Ego is the Enemy'


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The first time I heard of Ryan Holiday was on James Altucher's podcast. I thought, 'this guy sounds smart.' There was a time I was really into the long form interviews from the likes of Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes, and the aforementioned Mr. Altucher. These days I find these hour plus interviews too long. I prefer shorter conversations. Unless it's an author/person, I already know.

That interview sold me on this book(as many other interviews with authors have). This was a quick read as I was engaged with the content. I'm currently listening to the audiobook version during my daily shower. Ego and pride have cost me time, money, and relationships. It still plagues me today. But after going through this book, I'm noticing the moments when it gets the best of me.

The examples Mr. Holiday gives in this book regarding the colossal failures ego has produced throughout history, showed me how debilitating pride can be. In the book, he talks about how he's tattooed the title of the book on his arm. Reading this book made me do the same.

These are five of many takeaways from Ryan Holiday's 'Ego is the Enemy.'

-'His other famous piece of advice, 'Keep your identity small,'fits well here. Make it about the work and the principles behind it-not about a glorious vision that makes a good headline.' pg 112

-'So; Do we sit down, alone, and struggle with our work? Work that may or may not go anywhere that may be discouraging or painful? Do we love work, making a living to do work, not the other way around? Do we love practice, the way great athletes do? Or do we chase short-term attention and validation-whether that's indulging in the endless search for ideas or simply the distraction of talk and chatter? pg 82

-They're not alone. Too often, artists who think it was 'inspiration' or 'pain' that fueled their art and create an image around that-instead of hard work and sincere hustle-will eventually find themselves at the bottom of a bottle or on the wrong end of a needle.' pg 113

-'When you are starting out, we can be sure of a few fundamental realities: 1) You're not nearly as good or as important as you think you are; 2)You have an attitude that needs to be readjusted;pg 53

-'Meanwhile, love is right there. Egoless, open, positive, vulnerable, peaceful, and productive.' pg 207

By purchasing this book by the provided link you will be supporting both myself and the author. Did any of my takeaways resonate with you? Please let me know, comment below.

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Find out more about Ryan Holiday here https://ryanholiday.net

Here's the original interview where I first heard of Ryan Holiday https://bit.ly/2HcayG1




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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 Mixtape!



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Happy Memorial Day 2018. I'd like to give a big shoutout to the U.S. Armed Forces on this national day of remembrance. This mixtape has some hip hop, afrobeat, soca, dancehall and more. Inbetween the segments I will quote some motivational words I've put together. Inspired by self-help books, videos, and podcasts I've consumed.

Tracklisting.
1. 'On the Low' Tove Stryke
2. 'Differently' Marian Hill
3. 'One Track Mind' Thirty Seconds to Mars
4. 'Lost In Japan' Shawn Mendes
5. 'Way Too Much' Chromeo
6. Motivational quote: 'Mindset is everything. You are your own best friend and worst critic. You control your mindset.'
7. 'Medication(remix)' Damian Marley
8. 'Skanking Sweet' Chronixx
9. 'Morning is Coming' Shaggy & Sting
10. 'Indecente' Anitta
11. Motivational quote: 'My best ideas come after sleep. Recharge your willpower as well.'
12. 'Push Back' Ne-Yo
13. 'My Lover' Notes
14. 'Package' Lowkey
15. 'Fake Love' Starboy
16. 'Science Student' Olamide
17. Motivational quote: 'Life happens. Enjoy the experience. Rejection, mistakes, failures, are all lessons. They are all precious.'
18.'Womp Womp' Valee
19.'Solitaire' Gucci Mane
20.'Family' Morten
21.'Everyday Struggle' Phryme
23.'Laugh Now Cry Later' Black Milk
24.Motivational quote: 'Exercise the body daily. Exercise the brain by reading and learning daily.'
25.'Fast Wine' Machel Montano
26.'Hello' Kes
27.'Brave(remix)' Dynamite
28.'NSFW' Cheat Codes
29.'S&H Disco' Boys Noize
30.'Ultimatum' Fatoumata Diawara
31.Motivational Quote:'Be you. Own that shit! No one is like you.'
32.'Donde Estaras' J. Balvin
33.'La Ex' Maluma
34.'Perdido' Poo Bear
35.'2 Can' Dy Dy
36.'Love Yuh' Tommy Lee Sparta
37.'Richness Come A Mi Foot' Praj X
38.'Fi Di Dolla' Rickey Teetz
39.'Life Yourself' Kanye West

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Night Flyer



The weather's getting better, and I"m feeling a lot more confident flying my DJI Spark.   I flew this around my neighborhood in Union City, NJ late one night.   Find out more about the Spark here https://www.dji.com/spark      Buy a Spark over here https://amzn.to/2LkqSI5

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dancing with a Drone



This is a recent dance video I made using the Ryze Tello drone. I've found this drone to work great indoors. Less prohibitions than a DJI drone https://www.ryzerobotics.com . Find out more about the drone here, buy this affordable drone here https://amzn.to/2s0PWuy

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War REVIEW spoilers!


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My anticipation for this film was high. Characters from separate movies interacting with each other for the first time was exciting. I've read some of the Infinity Gauntlet story(published in 1991). I knew going in, the power Thanos wields with the Gauntlet is immense. This film follows a combination of this narrative and the Infinity storyline(published in 2013). There is a YouTube channel called 'Comics Explained.' This youtber has video re-caps of both of these stories. I will link to them in the description/show notes for this episode.

This film had many 'WOW' moments. The discerning fan of the MCU will have questions. Where was Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Valkyrie? Where did the Black Order come from? What was the motivation behind Thanos army? Who or what was Thanos army? Here are other random observations(in no particular order). There are spoilers.

- Great pace. The movie starts off running.

-If they bring everyone back(who passed away in this film)in Avengers 4, it lessens the impact of this movie as a whole.

-Thor's Stormbreaker hammer was incredibly cool. He was the MVP here. I feel he is one of the most fleshed out and likable characters in this franchise.

-Red Skull; it could've been anyone villain who's passed on in a previous film. Not that impactful.

-Higher body count than Last Jedi? Yes.

- This was Thanos film. Josh Brolin humanizes this character. The actor's motion capture performance was phenomenal. He has excellent entrances in certain scenes. Specifically in Titan and Earth.

-Seeing Nick Fury in the end credits scene with a link to Captain Marvel was great! He uses a souped-up beeper to contact Carol Danvers. Is she similar to Star-Lord? Has she been displaced from Earth for some time, and isn't aware of current events?

-The balance of levity and darkness was well done. Thanks to comedic beats from the Guardians, Iron Man, and Thor. The clashing of egos between Stark and Strange made me smile.

-During some of the space sequences, I got a Star Wars vibe. Can the Russos' do something in that sandbox?

-Peter Dinklage's dwarf character looked like a Jack Kirby drawing. Nice.

-Does the gauntlet still work after the deadly finger snap? It looks badly damaged.

--Avengers 4 speculation: will Adam Warlock show up?   Is he being saved for Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3?

I've seen this movie twice to date, and I know I will revisit it in the future. What a thrill ride! Love what the MCU is doing connecting all these films. Other movie studios have attempted this, not successfully, not like this.

Want to learn more about Thanos? The Geek History Lesson podcast recently profiled the 'Mad Titan'. Find the link in the show notes for that episode.

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Comics Explained 'Infinity Gauntlet' https://bit.ly/2KqI1PG
Comics Explained 'Infinity' https://bit.ly/2KDZTXo 
Geek History Lesson podcast 'Thanos' https://bit.ly/2jxFfMf
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dead Rising: OFF the Record game REVIEW






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I fell in love with the first Dead Rising. When the sequel's demo was released(Case Zero), I played through that with the new protagonist Chuck Greene. He wasn't as fun as Frank West(the hero of the first game). Mr. West is the man! I'm so glad I waited to play this version. The initial game was released 2010. This version was released in 2011. This game mixes intensity with an abundance of fun. Here are my pros and cons. There are spoilers.

Pros:
-Variety is fun.
-The game doesn't take itself too seriously.
-The map never got boring. Still discovered new areas late in the game.
-Sandbox mode saved me from starting my game over. A feature not in the first game.

Cons:
-Number of survivors brought back to the safe house or psychos defeated doesn't change the game ending. No incentive to fight them all or save them all. Unless you're a completionist. Doesn't give me much motivation to replay the game.
-The game is mainly fetch quests with a story.

I admittedly used GameFaqs and their walkthroughs to finish the game as I did get stuck in parts. In the past, I'd feel guilty doing this. Presently that shame is gone. There are loads of games I'd like to play and using this info saves time! This is a seven-year-old game; it still holds up!

LINKS
More info on this game here: https://bit.ly/2JtDGtB
Check out this game for yourself here: https://amzn.to/2wkJbJJ
Used this website to finish this game: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bingo Love graphic novel REVieW


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I wanted to give my eyes a break from looking at screens all day.   I also wanted the same from all the violent video games, movies, tv shows.

I thought to buy a few graphic novels at my nearest comic book shop.   Midtown Comics in NYC by 40th st and 7th ave. was the place to go.   The three books I purchased were Snotgirl volume one, Black Science volume one, and Bingo Love.

Bingo Love was the slimmest of the three.   The cover tells you it's a lesbian love story between two black women.   On a recent Sunday night after work, I caught up on the most recent episodes of Ash Vs. Evil Dead and the Walking Dead.   I didn't want to go to sleep with zombie images on my mind.

I picked up this book and began reading it.   Bingo Love had me quickly emotionally invested.   Smiling, crying, laughing.   All within a 40-minute read.   What a beautiful love story.   The comic book format is a fantastic medium to tell a(written)story you'd find in a traditional book.

The main characters are Hazel and Mari.   I found myself rooting for their forbidden love to be recognized.  The art style is a mix between an anime style and the Scott Pilgrim comics.  It fit the story well.

I don't want to give away too much of the book's story but if you want a feel-good graphic novel?  Bingo Love is it!   Whatever author  Tee Franklin does next, I'm in.   I hope it's in a similar format. 

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Bingo Love graphic novel.   Pick it up here https://amzn.to/2wfd6TE 
Previous Episode: Life Update https://bit.ly/2w9ZVTU
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Big Bad BBQ-party VIDEO-How I spent my 4th of July

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 ...