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 Quasar show up?

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.

LINKS
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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Previous Episode: Life Update https://bit.ly/2w9ZVTU
Ash Vs. Evil Dead TV Show https://amzn.to/2JQk6Io
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Black Panther Vs. Klaw - ARTWORK-VIDEO




I was working on this for the last couple of months. In celebration of Avengers: Infinity War, here is a drawing I put together of Black Panther vs. Klaw. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LIFE Update







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I wanted to talk about what's been going on with me lately.

1. I've contemplated leaving my current job and working from home.
....I like the people I work with. The job itself is excellent. I"ve been doing front desk work close to 20 years, so the work is pretty much the same. The commute from home to work is the quickest it's ever been. A few months ago I discovered the Rat Race Rebellion website. They promote various work-from-home opportunities. This intrigues me. I want to try this for a time. I'm contemplating leaving my current situation now or waiting a year, then making the jump. Everyone says it looks better on the resume if you stay at a place for at least a year. I'm leaning towards waiting a year. The pay rate of the jobs offered on Rat Race Rebellion does not pay as much as my current job. But my transportation and dry cleaning costs will be significantly reduced. Looking to work from home? Check out this site. (All links below)

2. My mother and I haven't been talking as much
...My mom had a health scare recently. She was in the hospital for a couple of days. My older brother and sister live in Arizona(that's where my mom lives). There were by her side along with my niece. My younger brother who lives in Yonkers flew out to be by her side. I didn't go. I took solace in knowing they were all present. I thought 'with everyone there will she need me there?' I kept phone contact with my siblings throughout this time. I spoke with her a few days after she was released.

She was upset I wasn't there. We both said hurtful things to each other. It didn't help that shortly after this medical scare I went on my trip to Jamaica. A trip I planned for months before. She made me feel as if I chose that over her. Because of this, we haven't been talking as much lately. This hurts.

Our relationship on the whole; we get along, but we disagree often. We can both be very stubborn. I have some resentment towards her, but on the flipside, I'm very proud of her. She did so much for us(my siblings). But isn't that what parents should do? Do I have to repay her back for what she's done for me? I tried justifying this current situation with her by secretly surveying co-workers. I'd asked them 'in your death bed, who do you want by your side? Your mother or your wife and kids?' My male co-workers chose the latter.

I love my mother; I want her to be happy and healthy. But I've never been one to call family(or friends for that matter)every week or spend every holiday together. I'm ok with seeing family and friends every once in awhile. While my mother and I were going back and forth, she did say something that I do want to explore further. Seeing a therapist. She said that I have a lot of stuff I have to get off my chest. Unresolved issues from my parent's divorce when I was a child. An appointment to see a therapist been set.

3. I've begun tattooing motivational quotes on my body
......With all these great books and podcasts I listen to, I'm attempting to remember these incredible lessons. The two I've done so far; 'Ego is the Enemy' inspired by Ryan Holiday's book(of the same name). The second tattoo I've gotten says 'I Love You So Much.' This was influenced by Kamal Ravikant's 'Love Yourself' book. More to come.

4. Backpage has been shut down. Variety in escorts is way down.
.....As of this writing, Backpage has been shut down by the FBI. I miss using it for escort services. Various reports I've read online said it was closed due to accusations of child and sex trafficking. From the time I spent on the website, I never saw anything that dealt with either. Was it done covertly? Maybe. The sex workers I met through the website were not underage, One of my goals for the year was to not have a girlfriend. To solicit sex workers and get my intimacy needs met. So far so good there. Other websites are available, but with fewer options than Backpage.

5. I once again re-purchased most of my video equipment.
...Within the last year, I've purchased and sold the same stuff several times. My justification at the time, 'I'm not using it right now, sell it.' I'm on this minimalist kick where I think 'I should get rid of anything I don't regularly use.'Listening to a recent interview with Monica from the 'You Wanna Do What' podcast; she said we're often told to do the thing that we're most passionate about. On the flipside, she has many passions, not just one. She wants to pursue all of them. I loved this because I thought 'I'm the same!'

Recording video is fun. But I don't always get around to doing it. Having my creative tools on hand when inspiration arises is convenient. I'm now in the process of(once again)acquiring all the video equipment. I will make sure to keep all of it this time.

6. With the spring here I've become re-invigorated to try new things once again.
...When it's cold, wet, snowy outside, all I want to do is stay inside. Because of this, I got back into video games by purchasing a PS3 and playing old games I never got to experience. As of this writing, I'm finishing up Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. What a phenomenal game! That being said, the weather is improving. I don't want to stay indoors as much. New things I recently experienced; go-kart racing in Jersey City and a nearby bowling alley right by my place. Also rock-climbing in Hoboken. I thought I could add the rock-climbing and bowling to my workout regiment. I'd love to go check out a shooting range in the nearby future.

7. I realized that this podcast is part blog.
...Lately, I've been putting up a lot more video on the podcast. I want to add dance, vlog, art, photography videos. Maybe more of these life updates as well. This podcast is essentially me documenting my life. I want to delve more into the personal stuff. I'm excited.

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-Rat Race Rebellion https://bit.ly/2GyF0dx
-Dead Rising 2: Off thce Record https://bit.ly/2JtDGtB
-RPM Raceway Jersey City https://bit.ly/2m7q6lX
-Bowling in Union City https://bit.ly/2Hsw0LW
-Rock climbing in Hoboken https://bit.ly/2FhsqOG
-Kamal Ravikant's 'Love Yourself' https://amzn.to/2FjZ6qY
-Ryan Holiday's 'Ego is the Enemy' https://amzn.to/2I0Nlsi
-What is Minimalism? https://bit.ly/22SKyWL
-Videos of my Jamaica Trip 2018  https://bit.ly/2HOI0ql
-Bingo Love comic https://bit.ly/2HZGkaZ
-Dave Jackson interviews Monica from the 'You Wanna Do What' podcast https://bit.ly/2vMb3Wz



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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ready Player One-REVIEW-spoilers!




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PVP: It's the Improve and Have Fun podcast. We just finished watching "Ready Player One." I'm here with Mr. David and Jason G.

(Read or listen to the Ready Player One book here https://amzn.to/2JUrzXy )

Jason G: Hey!

David: Yes.

PVP: Alright Jason, what did you think about Ready Player One?

Jason G: Oh my goodness. This movie was incredible. I had an extraordinary amount of fun. It's probably going to be in my top five movies of the year. We saw it in 4DX; I cannot imagine a better way to experience this film. We saw "Ghost in the Shell" in 4DX, that was incredible. This is the best movie I've ever seen in this format. I recommend people to see this movie in a theater with the biggest screen. The 3D is awesome, but 4DX is the way to go.

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David: Jason, how many movies have you seen in 4DX?

Jason G: I've probably seen around five.

David: Want to list them?

Jason G: I saw "Rogue One," "Ghost in the Shell," "Ready Player One," and a couple more. But I forgot the other two; I'll have to look.

(Here is a link to our review of 'Ghost In The Shell' https://bit.ly/2qDbVqS )

PVP: I haven't seen too many movies in 4DX. This is the second movie I've seen in this format. The first one was "Deep Water Horizon'. I want to cosign what you said. This is probably going to be one of my favorites of 2018 as well.

I was sucked into this world. There were points where this felt like a Universal Studios(park)ride. With all the references to movies of the past, pop culture, cartoons, and video games; you'd have to see it two to three times just to catch everything. What a ride.

This was a combination of old and new. A mix of things that we enjoyed in our youth, and modern-day VR entertainment. Phenomenal. I very much enjoyed it. Thank you, Steven Spielberg. You took me back to when you were making movies like "E.T.," and 'Crystal Skull.'

David: "Indiana Jones"?

PVP: Exactly. This is a big adventure movie.

Jason G: He said this was the third hardest movie that he's ever made, with "Jaws" being number one.
Boy did he do a good job.

No one makes a movie like Spielberg does. This man made "Jurassic Park." The adventure, the danger, the fun. He's really good at what he does.

David: I echo both of your sentiments. You notice a Steven Spielberg directed movie; this didn't look like his technique, but it was great.

You guys fooled me. I didn't know what I was getting into with the 4DX. Wow, my back feels great. Looking forward to seeing other films this way.

PVP: We universally agreed we would see this again.

David: And the Easter eggs. There's so many.

PVP: 100%. What were some of the standouts for you?

David: There's one image I noticed in the very beginning. It was a billboard showing a film, a superhero film. And I didn't know what it was. Was it a future Spider-Man movie or something?

PVP: The billboard I noticed in the distance, was promoting, the VR suits the characters wore.

David: Maybe that's what it was.

PVP: Regarding the Easter eggs I noticed; "Krull," "Mecha Godzilla," "Gundam," "Battle Toads," "Halo," "Overwatch," "Street Fighter," "Batman." I saw Joker in there; I saw Harley Quinn in there.

David: TJ Miller was great in the movie, by the way.

Jason G: I don't even know who that is, but he was very, very good.

PVP: You've seen him, he was in "Deadpool".

Jason G: Oh, okay.

If you grew up in the 70's and 80's and maybe early 90's, and you're between the ages of 30 and 50, this movie will make you smile.

PVP: We can spoil it, these reviews always have spoilers.

Jason G: My favorite part was where they go into "The Shining" movie. I enjoyed this film growing up. It scared the shit out of me.

David: That was an homage to Kubrick, right?

David: Yeah. I also noticed the pod from "2001: A Space Odyssey". I couldn't believe nobody saw that.

PVP: I did notice that.

Jason G: Yeah, yeah I saw that.

PVP: Other references include Iron Giant, Freddy Kruger...

David: Yes stuff from the 70's and 80's.

PVP: Exactly.

David: Even from the 2000s.

PVP: Yes! Game characters from Overwatch, Halo, Gears Of War. There's a lot in this movie.

Jason G: I saw a poster from "Back to the Future." It was of the mayor of Twin Pines or whatever the town's name.

PVP: Not Biff Tannen.

Jason G: No, no, no. The guy who became mayor, the black guy who was sweeping up the shop.


PVP: I do want to go back to that Shining scene. It was one of the best in the movie. I can see studios re-releasing these older films in VR. Where we the audience are in the theaters with VR headsets experiencing things in a completely different way.

David: This year 2018 there has there been a convergence of culture regarding time. Kids are into stuff from decades past. 'Stranger Things' as an example.

There are people right now who are into living as if they were in the 80's.

PVP: Style-wise.

David: Yeah and culture.

Jason G: In Japan, there are groups of young dancers, who will put on shows with dance styles from the 80's or early 90's.

David: Breakdancing?

Jason G: More 90s style.

PVP: Blazers with the big shoulder pads?

Jason G: Yeah, a lot of stuff is coming back.

PVP: Alright gentlemen, we're wrapping it up. Any cons with the movie?

David: Some of the effects in the theater were overkill.

PVP: You're talking about the 4DX effects?

David: Yes. But not even enough to complain, compared to how great it was.

PVP: Jason?

Jason G: "Back to the Future," the original one, is a flawless movie directed by Spielberg. You can not say that about this. I would say the story could have been a little more clever. It was a little on the simple side, but it made up for it in so many other ways.

PVP: My only nitpick with this movie was how the kids came together in the game. How one guy got the key, then they all get the key afterward. It was very convenient. I like their chemistry when they're all together in the real world.

I also wanted to add, Mark Rylance was great.

David: What was that? Who was he?

PVP: He was the old guy who made the oasis.

Jason G: So let's talk about numbers now, I guess?

David: You guys think it's gonna beat "Black Panther"?

PVP: I don't know.

Jason G: Are you talking about regarding box office money? I would say no, I think "Black Panther" will probably beat it. Now let's go to the numbers. I would say this is a nine.

PVP: That's great. I'm with you right there. Nine all the way.

Jason G: People like when Spielberg's on his game. These types of adventure movies don't always hit, but I still appreciate them. He's always working. He'll do some dramas like he just did "The Post"
with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. He has so much range.

David: I'm gonna give it an eight.

PVP: David, Jason, thank you so much. If you the listener/viewer/reader saw this movie, what are your thoughts? Please let us know below or through any/all of the contact info in the show notes. This is the Improve and Have Fun podcast. The summer(?)movie season is just beginning. Very exciting. See you on the next one.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

AshKay Nanavati's Fearvana-MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS






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I discovered this book while listening to Mr. Nanavati on the Read to Lead Podcast. You can find that interview here http://bit.ly/2pjWUJX ..I wanted to read this book early on in 2018, to get additional tools on dealing with fear for the rest of the year. Through listening to other podcasts and reading different articles, I've learned that fear is a powerful learning tool to not shy away from. It's an emotion that can allow us to grow and live our most exciting life. This book was a slow burn. The beginning chapters weren't sinking in for me. As I got later into the book, the information being presented started to make me think. These are my biggest takeaways from Akshay Nanavati's

Fearvana. Here are quotes from the book with page numbers.

1.-'I learned to shift my mental patterns to loving myself, forgiving myself, and allowing myself to focus on making progress, instead of reaching the perfection of a destination.'
pg 63

2.-'When I shared some of these stories during my first public speaking engagement at the Verizon headquarters; someone asked me how I became fearless. I told her I'm not. I've felt fear every time I did anything worthwhile in my life.' pg 86

3.-'We live in a world constantly trying to make our lives easier, but if you want success and meaning in your life, don't avoid struggle. Welcome it. Seek it out every day.' pg 151

4.-'Earning success is hard. The process is laborious, tedious, sometimes even boring. Becoming wealthy, influential, and world-class in your field is slow and arduous.' pg 175

5.-"The words that we attach to our experience become our experience, regardless of whether it's objectively accurate or not' states Tony Robbins." pg 84

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Real Life Human Head Transplant-WEIRD STORIES





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The three weird stories covered this week:

1. NYC Rats. Uptown Vs. Downtown http://cbsloc.al/2nlPDeZ

2. Ancient Sunken Roman City Explored http://bit.ly/2kjDfer

3. Human Head Transplant http://bit.ly/2io9gOu

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The first story, 'NYC Rats, Uptown Versus Downtown.' If you have ever lived in a New York City, you've encountered rodents. I've lived in The Bronx, and I found some ginormous rats there. This article is from www. newyork.cbslocal.com, and this is dated the 1st of December 2017.

"New York is a city of diverse humans, and a Fordham University student team has discovered it maybe the city of diverse rats as well. A study by five researchers found Manhattan's Uptown and Downtown rats are genetically different, as are West Village versus East Village rats. A sampling of 262 Rattus Norvegicus, or brown rat to the layman, were used to find out where the original rats of New York City first came from and how various neighborhood's rat populations were related to each other over time. Across Manhattan, rats exhibited homogenous population origin from rats that likely invaded from Great Britain, the researchers said."

"Since the move over from Europe, colonies of rats have become more tightly clustered to groups staying within a few blocks of a common nest or area. In addition to trapping and measuring the genetic profile of rats, the team also used a crowdsourced online rat map," which you will find a link to in the article, "And it shows a concentration of rats below 34th Street and another group on the Upper West Side north into Washington Heights."

This story made me think of a movie released during the 70s called Food of the Gods were these giant rats were eating people. Check that out here through this affiliate link https://amzn.to/2GUajTL

"Between the two groups, Midtown appears to have less to offer rat colonies as bases of residence. In the city's most recent attempts to win the war against the furry vermin, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in July a $32 million plan to reduce the rat population by 70%."

Now, let's go on to the next story, which is, sunken Roman City explored.

This is on www.dailystar.co.uk. As always, I'll leave links to all these articles in the show notes so you can take a look at them yourselves. This is published on the 4th of December 2017. "Baiae was an ancient resort on the west coast of Italy that largely disappeared beneath the waves 1700 years ago. The town in Naples was a resort of choice for Roman's superrich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions. It was a place synonymous with luxury and wickedness, historians claim, a wine-soaked party town. But as the centuries passed, much of it lost to the sea as volcanic activity caused the coastline to retreat 400 meters inland," or 400 miles inland, I'm not sure. It's the UK, so I know they measure things differently.

"Now, the site in modern-day Italy has been rediscovered and open to divers, who found the many treasures still intact. Photographer Antonio Busiello who lives in Naples photographed the site and found that roads, walls, mosaics and even statues had survived the ravages of time. The 45-year-old said, "The beautiful mosaics, and the villas, and the temples that have reemerged or still underwater show the opulence and wealth of this area."

The pictures from this article show how well preserved this underwater city has remained. You can see the images in the video version of this segment which you can find here or by clicking the link to this original story here http://bit.ly/2kjDfer

Now, to the third and final story. The headline is 'World's First Human Head Transplant a Success, controversial scientist claims'. This story is on www.telegraph.co.uk, and it's dated, November the 17th of 2017. "The world's first human head transplant has allegedly been performed on a corpse in an 18-hour operation which successfully connected the spine, nerves, and blood vessels of two people. The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr. Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University in China, who last year successfully grafted a head onto a body of a monkey. '

'Italian professor Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, who has been working with the team, said they would imminently move onto a living human who was paralyzed from the neck down. He told The Telegraph that electrical stimulation of the nerves proves
the operation on the corpse has been successful."

We're living in science fiction movie. It's crazy that these things are happening, and this is what's is reported. Imagine what we, the public, are not being told.

That's going to be it for this segment. As always, if you have any comments, thoughts, contact me, let me know what you think.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pacific Rim Uprising Review-SPOILERS






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Jason G is back and he and I are reviewing Pacific Rim Uprising.   There are spoilers.

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Paul: This is the Improve and Have Fun podcast. I'm here with Jason G. We just came out of seeing Pacific Rim Uprising. What are your thoughts, buddy?

Jason: Hey, how you're doing? Long time no see. It's good to be back at movie night and the podcast. Opening thoughts, it's an excellent movie. It's definitely not for everybody, but I had a lot of fun.

Paul: We definitely had a lot of fun. We were laughing a lot. I would say the monsters, the Kaiju and the Jaegers, looked even better in this one. They were a lot more detailed. Especially during the daylight scenes.

Pros and cons; the movie went by at a breakneck pace, which I liked. On the con side, the characters were a little underdeveloped.

In essence, it's an 80s action movie. Very little character development, a lot of explosions. A lot of action scenes. We even got a montage.

Jason: Pros; the visuals and the action, incredible. They wreak havoc in every city you can imagine. Where were the people running to? Every building is just getting crushed and broken,
But, you know, it's all part of the fun. Cause that's what you do in these kinds of movies. Cons; definitely, agree, the character development could have been better. The storyline is straightforward.

Paul: Idris Elba's Pentecost character. I forgot his first name, but John Boyega is his son.

Jason: He did a great job. He's using his proper British accent. I always liked his acting ever since I saw him in 'Attack the Block'. Fantastic movie.

Paul: He's a charismatic bad boy in this one.

Jason: Scott Eastwood was very good as well right?

Paul: Yeah.

Jason: He has many expressions just like his father. The way he delivers his lines, the way he pauses, the way he looks at people. The wrinkles, creases in his eyes. It's really cool to see that.
The most significant character in the movie, of course, is this mad scientist. He reminded me of Igor from Frankenstein. He had this great accent and a fake limp with a cane. He was perfect.

Paul: Yeah, I forgot the character's name in the movie. I know the actor's name is Burn Gorman. Talk about overcommitted. We were just laughing at this guy. He was intense.
The last thing I expected was Charlie Day being the main villain. That was a pleasant surprise. Let's score this now. On a scale of one to ten, what's your review for Pacific Rim Uprising? I want to hear yours first, and I'll give you mine.

Jason: Okay, I give it a 7.5. I liked these kinds of movies. I've grown up with Godzilla and Ultraman. Especially seeing it with my boy Paul because he loves this style of film as well. It's such a trip seeing it with you man.

Paul: Yeah. I'm the same with you like I've grown up with Voltron and Transformers. Loving big robots, fighting monsters. I'm gonna go with a 7 on this one. I really had a good time seeing it with you. I like this universe. If there's a sequel, I'd see it. Unless it's like absolutely terrible. I hope the Boyega and Eastwood return. I think that's a good look, you know.

Jason: Definitely. And, you know, Guillermo del Toro had a hand in this.

Paul: 100%. Boyega even produced this movie.

Jason: This movie is made by Legendary. So, hopefully, they'll make their money back. I think it's gonna play well around the world.

Paul: A lot of significant Chinese influence in this movie.

Jason: Legendary is making all the newer Godzilla and Kong movies. They will be making King Kong versus Godzilla and then King of the Monsters. So, all of these are all gonna be great!
We saw people in the theater who are huge fans of these kinds of films. One guy had to go to the bathroom. He ran out and back as quick as he could, so he didn't miss anything. It's great to see loyal people come out and watch it with them.

Paul: I like these movies more than the Transformers(movie) series.

Jason: Right.

Paul: That's the end of this episode. Thanks for listening. Have you seen Pacific Rim Uprising? Thoughts, comments? Please do so below. Jason, thank you for showing up. We have a lot more to see. This is the Improve and Have Fun podcast, and we are out.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Recent Lessons Learned-new segment!








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This is a new, regular segment of the podcast where I discuss recent lessons learned. These are pieces of info that I've read, listened to, or recently watched that made me stop and reflect. I did these as one-offs in the past. There are affiliate links in this segment. Here are five recent lessons learned.

1- Watching Evan Carmicheal's Youtube channel; he had Simon Sinek's Top 10 Rules for Success. The rule that resonated with me was 'be the last to speak.'

'You will be told your whole life that you need to learn to listen. I would say that you need to learn to be the last to speak. I see it in boardrooms every day of the week. Even people who consider themselves good leaders who may be decent leaders, will walk into a room and say, 'Here's the problem. Here's what I think but I'm interested in your opinion. Let's go around the room.' It's too late.

'The skill to hold your opinions to yourself until everyone has spoken does two things. One, it gives everybody else the feeling that they have been heard. It gives everyone else the ability to feel that they have contributed. And two, you get the benefit of hearing what everybody else has to think before you render your opinion. The skill is really to keep your opinions to yourself. If you agree with somebody, don't nod yes. If you disagree with somebody, don't nod no. Simply sit there, take it all in, and the only thing you're allowed to do is ask questions. So that you can understand what they mean and why they have the opinion that they have. '

'And at the end, you will get your turn. It sounds easy. It's not. Practice being the last to speak.'
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2- I'm currently reading Ryan Holiday's 'Ego is the Enemy.' In it, he suggests to 'always be a student'. How ego prevents us from being our best self. Here is a quote on page 38:

'The power of being a student is not just that is is an extended period of instruction, it also places that ego and ambition in someone else's hands. There is a sort of ego ceiling imposed-one knows that he is not better than the 'master' he apprentices under. Not even close. You defer to them; you subsume yourself. You cannot fake or bullshit them. Education can't be 'hacked'; there are no shortcuts besides hacking it every single day. If you don't, they drop you.'

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3 - Listening to the audiobook version of Lewis Howes 'Mask of Masculinity' he discusses the 'Know-it-all Mask' where one feels like they must put up a front as if they know it all to get attention and feel important. This quote is on pages 176-177 of the eBook version.

'Have you ever noticed how people try to fill the dead time in a conversation by rambling on about some random topic? Have you ever noticed someone at work trying to impress the people around them by going on a long rant about something you can't even pronounce? Have you ever seen someone in an important setting suck the air out of the room by making it all about them? They always have a response, they can't let anything go, and they have to show you how smart they are. It's obnoxious, isn't it? Worse, no honest guy can critique that tendency in other people without also having to look in the mirror and admit how often they've been guilty of it themselves. I cringe when I think of those moments in my own life. I can barely stomach thinking of the opportunities I've blown or the fool I might have made of myself. I think; What if I wasn't so insecure or didn't need to feel to prove I had something to say? How different could things have been?'

I've been the 'Know-It-All' guy. Wanting to make sure to get my shit in. This ties into the first lesson. Listen, be a student. I would include the lesson above this one, 'be the last to speak.' No one can know everything about anything. Mr. Howes says 'beware of experts,' 'many of us are making it up as we go along anyway.' If this interested you, the book can be purchased here http://amzn.to/2HEF7ot

4-Last year, Lewis Howes had Grant Cardone on his School Of Greatness show. I will be quoting this particular episode several times in future installments of this segment. Grant Cardone can be a hard teacher, but he is also very entertaining. In this lesson, he talked about how 'Work is a gift from God.' Here are two clips.

Quote 1: 'I think work is the gift that doesn't look like a gift from God. People all talk about they don't want to work; they hate work, they hate their job. Dude, I love my jobs. I love jobs. I love having a place to work. I've been out of work. I'll take any job. I'd rather any job than no job. I'd go flip hamburgers. I like doing dirty jobs. Mike Rowe, I love Mike Rowe because he'll do the dirty job. And I trust people that will do dirty jobs. And I don't trust people that are like, "Oh, J-O-B, just over broke." Dude, you're broke now. If you even know that freaking term, you're broke now.'

Quote 2: 'So, I know Tim Ferris has the Four-Hour Work Week. I don't know why, every time I say time management, I think about Tim Ferris. I'm like, dude, that's dumb ... ain't nobody ever done a four hour work week. I'd kill myself. Might be the cause of depression. Stay busy. Stay busy; you won't put a gun in your mouth. You know? Run from one thing to the next thing, as fast as you can.
And everybody's like, 'Ah man, but what about life balance?' You're selfish. See, you're back to talking about yourself again. But that's what I mean about create the life you want man so that you can have, not balance, but life. Right? I'm doing my life. I don't do jobs; I do my life. So, come in here to be with you today, adds quality to my life. I didn't come to this to spread the Grant Cardone name. I spend time with Lewis Howes because it makes Grants life, Grant's life.'

I love this because it helps to reframe the daily, work grind. The 9a-5p. To watch the whole Grant Cardone interview go here. http://bit.ly/2ph88zw

5 - Finally, I'm currently going through my first book by Brene Brown. 'The Gifts of Imperfection'(great title). She says that as I am right now, I am enough, I'm paraphrasing. I love this. Here is the full quote on page 23 of the ebook version.

'The greatest challenge for most of us is believing that we are worthy now, right this minute.

Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites. So many of us have knowingly created/unknowingly allowed/been handed down a long list of worthiness prerequisites:'

-'I'll be worthy when I lose twenty pounds.
-I'll be worthy if I can get pregnant.
-I'll be worthy If I get/stay sober.
-I'll be worthy if everyone thinks I'm a good parent.
-I'll be worthy when I can make a living selling my art.
-I will be worthy when I can hold my marriage together.
-I'll be worthy when I can do it all and look like I'm not even trying.'

'Here's what is truly at the heart of Wholeheartedness: Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right, this minute. As is. In addition to letting go of the ifs and whens, another critical piece of owning our story and claiming our worthiness is cultivating a better understanding of love and belonging.'

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

DJ Mixtape-Phryme, Roy Woods, Lorde & Run The Jewels & More






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Latest mixtape is live with songs from Phryme, Roy Woods, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, and more. 

Here is a track listing:

1. ‘Baby I Lost My Way’-Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
2. ’Severed’-The Decemberists
3. ‘The Weight is Gone’-Albin Lee Medlau
4. ‘Magic’-Rudy Mancuso, Maia Mitchell
5. ‘Sunflower Seeds’-Phryme
6. ‘Theme Music’-Fabolous, JadaKiss, Swizz Beatz
7. ‘Supercut’ Remix-Lorde, Run The Jewels
8. ‘Little Bit of Lovin’-Roy Woods
9. ‘Bad Bad News’-Leon Bridges
10. ‘Merengue’-Kent Jones
11. ‘It Runs Through Me’-Tom Misch, De La Soul

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Content Inc. - My Biggest Takeaways-VIDEO




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These are my biggest takeaways from Joe Pulizzi's 'Content Inc.'   I wish I read this before I started my podcast.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weird Stories-3-7-2018-Scary Angelina Jolie Fan-VIDEO



These are 4 recent weird stories I’ve covered on the podcast.

-Being Alone Can Spark Creativity
-Scary Angelina Jolie Fan
-New Law treats Pets as Children
-Child’s Doll Says ‘You B*tch’

Thoughts? Comments? Do so below.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

DJ Mixtape 3-7-18





This is the mixtape only section from the last episode #119.  Here is the track listing.

1. 'No Lie' Sean Paul, Dua Lipa
2. 'Bless Your Heart' DENM
3. 'Nuh Ready' Calvin Harris, PARTYNEXTDOOR
4. 'Bonzai' Action Bronson
5. 'Bloody Water' Ab Soul, James Blake Black, Anderson Paak
6. 'Dead Man' Joshua Luke Smith
7. 'Stuck With Me' The Neighbourhood
8. 'Lightning Fire Magic' N.E.R.D.
9. '#Natural' Paty Cantu, Juhn
10. 'Rope' Chi Ching Ching, Hanging

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Girl With All The Gifts-MOVIE REVIEW-SPOILERS!-video

If you like zombie movies, I recommend this one! The Girl With All The Gifts puts a different spin on the genre. It's now available on Amazon Prime. This is my review. There are spoilers! 


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Friday, March 9, 2018

'Burn the Ships' inspired by Rob Dial and the MWF Motivation podcast-VIDEO

What is your gift?   What is it that your really great at?   Stop dabbling and focus your time and attention there.

This was inspired by Rob Dial's MWF Motivation podcast.   This particular episode here. http://bit.ly/2FEO2IY


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Content Inc book Takeaways, Weird Stories, Girl with All the Gifts REVIEW

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In this episode I discuss weird(but true) stories.   I review 'The Girl with All the Gifts' movie(there are spoilers).   My takeaways from Joe Pulizzi's book 'Content Inc.'   I have a new DJ mixtape with songs from Calvin Harris, Action Bronson, N.E.R.D and more.   Finally I discuss 'burning the ships' and what does that mean.

Weird Stories

Being Alone can be Healthy http://bit.ly/2hQjHd6

Scary Angelina Jolie Fan http://bit.ly/2Am25hp

Illinois Law treats Pets as Children http://bit.ly/2C4Tj8u

Child's Doll calls Mom 'B*tch' http://bit.ly/2Ch9Poh

This is the first weird story segment of 2018. And I enjoy putting these weird stories together because, as I always say with these particular tales, real life is always stranger than any fiction that you can read.

And the first weird story, curious story here, is being alone can be healthy. Now, this is dated the 22nd of November, 2017, and this is on Studyfinds.org. I will leave all the links to all these stories in the show notes for this episode, or in the description for this video below. Now the headline being, "Study: Being alone can be good for your mental health." It sparks creativity, read you a couple of the lines here. "When it comes to seeking solitude, many people often blame mental health issues as an underlying cause, but a new study finds that being alone has its benefits too, particularly when it comes to people looking for a surge of creativity. Researchers at the University of Buffalo interviewed 295 privacy-valuing individuals who reported a variety of reasons for their tendency to spend a lot of time alone, ranging from feeling fear or anxiety around others to preferring to use the spare time working on a craft. Although research has traditionally suggested that excessive time alone can be unhealthy, some seclusive pursuits, such as trying to connect to nature to get a better sense of self can be constructive, the researchers found." Now, there's a couple of quotes from the researchers here. "We have to understand why someone is withdrawing to understand the associated risks and benefits," says Julie Bowker, the study's lead author, in a university release. "When people think about the costs associated with social withdrawal, often they adopt a developmental perspective," she continues. "During childhood and adolescence, the idea is that if you're removing yourself too much from your peers, then you're missing out on positive interactions like receiving social support, developing social skills and other benefits of interacting with our peers. Bowker believes that the presumed downsides of being alone and withdrawing have lent such a preference a hard-to-erase stigma. More recent research, including this latest study, has begun to recognize the potential benefits of alone time, provided it's an intentional choice prompted by positive emotions." I spend a lot of time alone myself, regarding life, if it's not at work, it's home, or just going about doing my business. I do meet up with friends for events at times, but that's not always, it's not a constant. But I am grateful, I'll be honest, that I actually, this is one of the benefits of having a job, of going to a place where there are other people, working there, I've given a lot of thought, and I would still probably like to go ahead and explore working from home for a period, but not forever. I just feel like, and I know what'll probably happen, is that I will be spending a lot of time by myself, so that is a benefit of actually having a job that you get to go ahead and talk to people. Now, if you don't like the people that you work with, then it's maybe time to get another job, you know what I'm saying?

Now the next story is scary Angelina Jolie fan. If you've seen the cover art for this video or this podcast, you'll see a picture of this young woman who has gone ahead and has transformed her face, has transformed herself, to look like Angelina Jolie. This is crazy stuff. Now, this is on the Sun.co.uk. This is an older story. This is also from November the 30th, 2017. An Iranian woman has gone viral after claiming she's had 50 surgeries in a bid to look like her idol Angelina Jolie. And if you're watching the video version of this, I am gonna be posting pictures so you can see what this young woman looks like. It's a little scary; I'll be honest. The 19-year-old from Toronto underwent 50 surgeries in the space of just a few months, according to the Belgian website SudInfo. This hasn't been officially confirmed, however, so it's possible her unique looks are the result of careful makeup or even prosthetics. Very interesting. She also reportedly went on a diet to maintain her 40-kilogram weight, which, provided she is over 4.8 feet, will classify her as dangerously underweight. Sahar has amassed more than 308,000 followers on Instagram, although many have left unflattering comments on her pictures. One person just posted "Zombie" on a recent shot, while another said "Her doc make me look like an eight-month-old corpse. Doc says no more."

Now moving to the next weird story here, a new Illinois law treats pets more like children in custody cases. This is from the Chicago Tribune. This is dated at 12/25, Christmas time, of 2017. "Judges in divorce cases consider the well-being of pets in allocating sole or joint ownership under an Illinois law that takes effect January the first. 'It sort of starts treating your animal more like children instead of property,' said Illinois state senator Linda Holmes, an animal lover who sponsored the legislation. If you're going before a judge, they're allowed to take the best interest of the animal into consideration. The law, similar to the one in Alaska, applies only to pets that are marital assets, not service animals. Pets are another issue to hash out in a divorce, in addition to money, children, and possessions. For years, pets have been treated no different from other pieces of property to be divided between a divorcing couple. 'Most couples can agree on pets outside of court,' said Jeffrey Knipmeyer, a partner at Nottage and Ward, a family law practice in Chicago. In his 21 years of experience, Knipmeyer has tried the issue in court only a few times. According to a recent study of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, about 30% of attorneys have seen a decrease over the past three years in pet custody cases. 'But when a pet custody case does reach court, the state law could be helpful in giving judges guidance on how to decide,' said Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, president of the Academy." I think there was a story one time of somebody marrying a horse, or something like that. This is craziness. They're pets, people, come on!

Now, the last story here is a devil doll. "Mom fumes at Toys 'R' Us after buying daughter a Christmas doll which called her a b-i-t-c-h," a bitch. Let's check out this story here, and this is from Christmas time a couple of months ago. This is, once again, on the Sun.co.uk, dated exactly the 28th of December. Read you a couple of the lines here from the article. "A shocked mom was forced to take her daughter's favorite Christmas present away from her after it appeared to repeat explicit insults. Siobhan Fox, 30, filmed the My Little Baby Born Walks Doll, which she believes sounds like it is saying 'you bitch, you bitch' rather than the 'mama' and 'papa' she and husband Daniel had expected." And once again, I'm going to show you the video and show you pictures of the My Little Born Walks Doll. "The mom told the Sun Online: 'My daughter is two-and-a-half-years-old. She wanted it because her friend has one. It was on top of her list. My husband got it out for her and put the batteries in. I was not in the room. My daughter had it from my husband, and it just caught his ear. It meant to say 'mama, dada.' It's not. He called me in and said, 'Look, what do you think to this?' I got it straight away.' Siobhan and husband Daniel, 30, had to remove the doll from the tot because little Darcey repeats everything she hears. The disappointed mom added, 'That was what she really wanted, and I felt so awful taking it off her, but I could not let her go out in public with that doll saying that.' The doll, made by Zapf Creation, speaks when her rattle is shaken near her and had been bought from a Toys 'R' Us in Tamworth." Scrolling down here just to the bottom of the article, I want to see if this company said anything, the company who created the doll. And this is another quote from the article. "A spokesperson for Zapf Creations said, 'At Zapf Creation we take all feedback very seriously. Our Baby Born products are created to be a fun introduction to imaginative parent-child play. The My Little Baby Born Walks Doll includes baby babble sounds that are in no way meant to represent language or cause any offense to users.'" Very interesting. So folks, those are the four stories for this particular episode.

Any thoughts, comments, please do so below, or I will leave a link on the show notes where you can go ahead and start a conversation on the blog. I want to hear what you have to say.

This is the Improve and Have Fun Podcast, and these are weird stories.

Movie Review
I've watched many zombie movies. George Romero's Dawn of The Dead began my infatuation with the genre. I've seen zombie shows, read zombie comics, have played zombie video games, have owned zombie toys.

The Girl with all the Gifts presents a different spin I hadn't seen before.
This movie seems like an evolution from the Walking Dead concept. There, everyone is already infected. When they die, they will return as the undead bitten or not. This film asks what if children were born in this setting? How would it affect them? Would the world be any different?

As the film begins, the children are strapped down while guards have guns pointed at them. There's a scene when a guard dangles his arm in front of one of the bounded children. The child begins to ravenously snap at the guard.

Another concept the movie presents is that of spores which seem to grow out of dead zombies. This spore, under the right reaction, blooms, distributes its pollen. Becoming airborne causing even more havoc. Interesting.

The main protagonist is the main antagonist as well. She is child actress Sennia Nanua who I haven't seen before. She was very charming on one end and dangerous on the other.

The movie ends with the logical evolution of these zombie kids. I found this movie on Collider media's website. They frequently have articles listing the best videos on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

This was a worthwhile watch.

See the movie here. http://amzn.to/2G3jw9m

Book Takeaways

Content Inc. is a book I recommend to anyone who's starting a podcast, blog, youtube channel. Especially if you want to nail down your unique vision and sell something down the road.

I wish I read this book before starting my podcast. It has given me ideas on how to monetize my material.

I found Mr. Pulizzi's writing engaging and accessible. While reading this, I even sought out some of his online presentations. Good stuff.

Here are five takeaways/quotes from Joe Pulizzi's 'Content Inc.'

1 - 'That's because the content is what people want online, and marketing and advertising are what people easily avoid. I knew how to create the former, and that's how I attracted and held the attention that led to revenue, profits, and success.' pg xii-foreword
2 - 'The key here is that you don't have to be the New York Times or the leading trade magazine in your industry to get people to engage with your content. Readers are open to receiving and engaging in any content that will help them live better lives, get better jobs, or solve a particular task. The point: You have as much opportunity to deliver amazingly helpful content as anyone.' pg 18
3 - 'More and more, I find that the best Content Inc. programs revolve around aspirations, not needs. I've been guilty of telling marketers to 'focus on customer pain points' since, well, forever. Focusing on pain points just gets you to the front door.
To get to the heart of your customers' needs, you have to focus on what they want to be and help them get where they want to go.' pg 68
4 - 'Most businesses simply don't think about repurposing ahead of time. They think, 'I need a blog post or a white paper.' They don't think in terms of strategy Robert discusses above-of how one story idea can be told in dozens of different ways depending on the content needs of the organization' pg 132
5 - 'For all for of my books, including this one, a lot of material, ideas, and content originated from existing blog posts. If you have six months of blogs, you might already have half a book. Now writing a book is not an easy endeavor, but you may have a lot of the raw content already at your disposal to develop a book.' pg 205

With that said, here are a few ways I've thought of monetizing my content:

a. Coaching/consulting others who are interested in publishing their content in my style. Or putting a course together explaining the same.
b. Being a DJ for hire. Soliciting offers from anyone who enjoys my mixtapes and would like me to play for their event.
c. Make an ebook and/or audiobook from combined blog posts.

You can see here, the nuggets of knowledge this book has in producing and repurposing your content. In finding your particular niche, where you're knowledgeable and can expand for hours.

By purchasing this book through my Amazon link here, it supports both the author and myself.
Thanks!

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DJ Mixtape

1. 'No Lie' Sean Paul, Dua Lipa
2. 'Bless Your Heart' DENM
3. 'Nuh Ready' Calvin Harris, PARTYNEXTDOOR
4. 'Bonzai' Action Bronson
5. 'Bloody Water' Ab Soul, James Blake Black, Anderson Paak
6. 'Dead Man' Joshua Luke Smith
7. 'Stuck With Me' The Neighbourhood
8. 'Lightning Fire Magic' N.E.R.D.
9. '#Natural' Paty Cantu, Juhn
10. 'Rope' Chi Ching Ching, Hanging

'Burning the Ships'

In a recent episode of the MWF Motivation podcast, Rob Dial discussed 'burning the ships.'
What does he mean by this? Do not have a plan B, only work on plan A. 'Success or death' is a phrase that comes to mind. He gives the example of Ed Sheeran who quit high school, moved to London, to chase his dream of music. How Mr. Sheeran suffered, scratched, clawed, I'm sure went hungry at
times. He never took his eyes off the prize.

This particular morning, as I listened to this lesson, it spoke to me. I thought; I can produce a better podcast if I just give it all my attention. Not on book writing, or creating a Redbubble store. Not teaching dancehall classes.

That's what I love about this type of media. It's a ball of clay I can mold any which way. It doesn't have to be only audio. It can be video. A time lapsed drawing, a video of myself dancing, a talking head video. Anything.

I write scripts, but I can hire other writers, narrators to read what is written. I can record party videos, event videos, interview people. I've done all of these things on here already.

I'd come to this decision before, but I heard elsewhere that I should diversify my income. That's why I started taking up all these other mini-ventures. No more. My job and eBay will support me. My focus, time and energy will be the podcast.

This feels good. Thank you, Rob Dial

LINKS

Collider.com (Netflix and Amazon Prime movie recommendations) http://collider.com 

JoePulizzi.com (author of Content Inc.) http://www.joepulizzi.com 

MWF Motivation podcast (Burn The Ships inspiration)https://mwfmotivation.libsyn.com/success-or-death-0 

Previous Episode: Black Panther REVIEW, Mixtape, Minimalism-maybe not. http://bit.ly/2FwkmOc 

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