Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dancing In Prospect Park, Brooklyn with Friends. Before the Protests. May 2020

Now is a time to protest, discuss, have conversations...here's hoping to get together with my friends in the nearby future.
This took place before the riots and protests. But during the pandemic. Celebrating life and our love of dance. 

Shot by @illegalfunk(on Instagram)
Pics by friends

The song in the video is 'Package' by Lowkey

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Outbreak 1995 Movie Review-SPOILERS



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Another week of our Quarantine Review series, where Jason G and I pick a movie, TV show, or comic to critique. This week it's Outbreak. Released 1995, starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, and more. As of this writing, this movie can still be streamed on Netflix.

We were interested in reviewing Outbreak to spot the parallels between this film and current events with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here's a synopsis of the film. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outbreak_(film) 

Like this review? Check out my new book, where I have collected several older reviews for such films as Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Rogue One, and more. Check that out here. https://amzn.to/36JFBay 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

My Conversation with Dancer Erick Jael Fuentes


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Erick Jael Fuentes is a dancer I'd see in dance classes and on my Instagram feed. One late night in 2019, we both attended a party. He impressed me with his dance vocabulary and different styles. He's Hispanic like me. In this NYC Dancehall space, Hispanic male dancers are few and far between. I was curious to speak with him. This is our conversation.

You can reach out to Erick here on his Instagram account at  https://www.instagram.com/erick_jael_fuentes/

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Monday, May 25, 2020

New Design in my Teepublic store-'Que Cerda!' (What a Pig!)

This was inspired by my co-worker.    She said this(Que Cerda!)and told me what it means.   I added the cute piggy.   It's available on t-shirts, face masks, onesies, cell phone cases, pillows, journals and more.   All in different colors.    Check it out here.






Tuesday, May 19, 2020

90s Mixtape Bay-Bay!


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During the 90s I graduated high school, had my first kiss, and was  introduced to the hospitality industry.   Where I would proceed to work till present day.

I recorded this episode on a livestream on Periscope in May 2020.   You should join me there some time.    Enjoy the mix!

Track listing:
  1. Dido-‘Thank you’
  2. Lenny Kravitz-‘It Ain’t Over ’Til it’s Over’
  3. George Micheal-‘Freedom!   ’90’
  4. Jamiroquai-‘Virtual Insanity’
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Around the World’
  6. Limp Bizkit-‘Nookie’
  7. Beastie Boys-‘Intergalactic’
  8. Neneh Cherry-‘Buffalo Stance’
  9. SNAP!-’The Power’
  10. C&C Music Factory-‘Gonna Make You Sweat’
  11. Technotronic-‘Pump Up the Jam’
  12. Reel 2 Real-‘I Like To Move It’
  13. Underground Solution-‘Luv Dancin’
  14. Hardrive-‘Deep Inside’
  15. Barbara Tucker-‘Beautiful People’
  16. River Ocean-‘Love & Happiness’
  17. Haddaway-‘What Is Love’
  18. Jennifer Lopez-‘Waiting for Tonight’
  19. Jamiroquai-‘Canned Heat’
  20. Mobb Deep-‘Right Back at You’
  21. Jay-Z-‘Dead Presidents II’
  22. Nas-‘Nastradamus’
  23. Gang Starr-‘Work’
  24. KRS-One-’Black Cop’
  25. Eric B. & Rakim-‘Don’t Sweat the Technique’
  26. Jodeci-‘Come and Talk to Me’
  27. Blackstreet-‘No Diggity’
  28. Dru Hill-‘In My Bed’
  29. Santana-‘Maria, Maria’
  30. Michael Jackson-‘Remember the Time’
  31. Red Hot Chili Peppers-‘Under the Bridge’
  32. Alanis Morissette-‘Ironic’
  33. Extreme-‘More Than Words’
  34. Crazy Town-‘Butterfly’
  35. Ace of Base-‘The Sign’
  36. Daddy Screw-‘Kerry’
  37. Penny Irie-‘Matey’
  38. Shabba Ranks-‘Love Punany Bad’
  39. Beenie Man-‘Big Up and Trust’
  40. Lexxus-‘Full Hundred’
  41. Super Beagle-‘Dust Out A Sound Bwoy’
  42. Ninja Man-‘Murder Dom’
  43. Johnny Osbourne-‘No Ice Cream Sound’
  44. Mr. Big Man-‘Terror Fabulous’
  45. Buju Banton-‘Bogle’
  46. Tony Rebel-‘If Jah’


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Quarantine Movie Review Series-Overlord 2018


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This episode begins our quarantine movie/tv review series.   Jason G and I will take turns making suggestions.   We will watch what we've chosen and come back in a week and give our respective reviews.

JJ Abrams-produced Overlord from 2018 is our topic this week.   Click here for the film's synopsis.   

Jason found the film likable but isn't what he expected.   The trailer gave him the impression of a zombie apocalypse that took place during World War 2.   He ultimately described it as being a 70% war movie, a 30% horror movie.   He also told me the meaning behind the film's title.   

Overlord is the military's codename for the Battle of Normandy in 1944.   The Allied Forces making their move against German-occupied France.   In movie-speak, Overlord takes place the night before Steven Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan.'   Which in the opening scene, the invasion of Omaha Beach, can be described as a horror movie.   He felt the(cast)standouts where Wyatt Russell(Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son). Bookeem Woodbine.   Who made an impact with very little screen time.   Game of Thrones Pilou Asbaek as Captain Wafner.   Especially his facials as the monster.   Finally, the main star Jovan Adepo(Boyce), walked the line between empathy and apathy.   He noted the chemistry between Boyce and Chloe(played by Mathilde Ollivier).   Saying that if circumstances had been different, they could've had an intimate relationship.  Overlord gave Jason a combination of 1985's Re-Animator, Indiana Jones, and period war piece.   He felt the movie as a whole was anti-climatic.

This is the third time I've seen this movie.   I saw it once in theaters and fell asleep in the beginning.   Seeing it now in its entirety, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Jason gives the movie a 7.5 out of 10, and I 9.5.   Overlord is currently available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Check out the Re-Animator movie Jason mentioned here https://amzn.to/3cXbEGe
  
If you enjoyed this movie review check out my new book 'There will be Spoilers.'    It's a collection of my reviews over the last few years.   Available in audiobook, ebook, paperback formats.   You can find that here https://amzn.to/2Lvmozz 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Summer Party Season May be Cancelled. Dancing Outside Doesn't Stop.


May-June usually brings awesome day parties where my dance friends and I get together and dance all afternoon into the evening. With the pandemic, it looks like that won't be happening this year๐Ÿ˜•.

Nonetheless, it does not prevent us from dancing outside.   This was shot by my friend Eli Reed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York.   May 2020.

The dance style is dancehall, the song is 'Aircraft' by Adonia.



Find the some of those party videos I was talking about here.

Dancing with a Powerful Message from Raul Villacis.


Here I'm continuing my 'Dancing with a Message' series.   Where I put together choreography over a dancehall beat.   With inspirational words on top of that.    Combining three things I enjoy; self help material, dancing, and dancehall.

Find out more about Mr. Villacis here.

Thoughts?  Comments?   Do so below.

Find my previous 'Dancing with a Message' videos here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

What Video Games are you Playing During Quarantine? Part 1.


The Covid-19 Pandemic is giving us all extra time at home.   Do you play video games?   Is there anything you are currently playing?   Please comment below.   

In the video, I discuss the three I'm playing right now.   These are either on Xbox Game Pass or were available through the Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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Dead Rising 4 (as of this writing..available on Xbox Game Pass..this link is if you want to buy the game individually)https://amzn.to/2WNnoWf

Sonic Generations(no longer available on Xbox Live Gold..as of this writinghttps://amzn.to/2AL5ECh

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Friday, May 8, 2020

80s Mixtape-May 2020



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I recorded this mix on a rainy April evening.   I did so going live first on Linked In then finishing up on Instagram Live.    Live streaming is new for me, I was nervous.   I’m still developing my DJ technique.   The songs included in this mix I fondly remember from my childhood.   A few I discovered as an adult.   Enjoy!
Track listing
  1. Paul McCartney & Micheal Jackson ’Say Say Say’
  2. Rick James ‘Cold Blooded’
  3. Billy Ocean ‘Get Outta My Dreams’
  4. Ray Parker Jr. ‘Ghostbusters’
  5. Stevie Wonder ‘All I Do’
  6. Rick James ‘Ghetto Life’
  7. Bee Gees ‘Tragedy’
  8. Hall & Oates ‘Private Eye’
  9. Phil Collins ’Sussudio’
  10. The Jacksons ‘State of Shock’
  11. Duran Duran ‘The Reflex’
  12. Corey Hart ‘Sunglasses at Night’
  13. Yes ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’
  14. Eddie Murphy ‘Party All the Time’
  15. Michael Sembello ‘Maniac’
  16. Joe Jackson ’Steppin’ Out’
  17. Quiet Riot ‘Cum on Feel the Noise’
  18. Billy Idol ‘White Wedding pt.1’
  19. Def Leppard ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’
  20. KISS ‘Detroit Rock City’
  21. AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck
  22. AC/DC ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
  23. Johnny Cash ‘Folsom Prison Blues
  24. The Beatles ‘Get Back’
  25. Cream ‘Strange Brew’
  26. Santana ‘Black Magic Woman’
  27. ZZ Top ‘Sharp Dressed Man’
  28. The Jacksons ‘Can You Feel It’
  29. Lionel Richie ‘All Night Long’
  30. The Gap Band ‘Outstanding’
  31. Diana Ross ‘It’s My House’
  32. The Blackbyrds ‘Rock Creek Park’
  33. Babe Ruth ‘The Mexican’
  34. Third World ‘Now That We’ve Found Love’
  35. Hall & Oates ‘Man-eater’
  36. Elton John ‘I’m Still Standing’
  37. Phil Collins ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’
  38. David Bowie ‘Let’s Dance’
  39. Eddy Grant ‘Electric Avenue’
  40. Rockwell ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’
  41. Chaka Khan ‘I Feel For You’
  42. David Bowie & Mick Jager ‘Dancing in the Streets’
  43. Laura Branigan ‘Gloria’
Thoughts? Comments? Do so on the below.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

T-Rex chases down Rey and Enfys Nest. Also the T-800 stops by. ACTION FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHY

In this first set of pictures, I have a Tyrannosaurus rex(Jurassic World)chasing down Rey(Star Wars) in her speeder.   While Rey's trying to catch Enfys Nest in her swoop bike.


I took these pictures in a park around my neighborhood.   Just wanted to say that, in case the cars and buildings in the background don't give it away.๐Ÿ˜



The lizard is giving chase!


Enfys Nest is slightly ahead.
Spring, Summer seasons will be the best time to get outside and take more of these kinds of pictures.


Rey is focused.
The figures used here can be purchased at these affiliate links:   Star Wars Black Series Rey with Speeder https://amzn.to/2zffsUg  ....Enfys Nest and Swoop Bike https://amzn.to/2YFQjgf ...Jurassic World Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex https://amzn.to/3b7WP1X 


The T-Rex is revealed!









Here I have battle damaged Terminator from T2 posing behind a tech style backdrop.    Here I'm using the NECA Power Arm T-800(affiliate link)which you can buy here https://amzn.to/3fw6mmW ...the backdrop is from the Diamond Select Beast figure which you can buy here https://ebay.to/3fry8Rl



With this new set of pictures, I will be selling particular ones as digital downloads in my Etsy shop which can be found here.   They will come in these sizes 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14" sans watermark.   Thanks for passing by.   Thoughts, comments, do so below.

                Arnold standing tall.







Thursday, April 30, 2020

My Conversation with Jozee Dee



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I met Jozee last summer(2019). A mutual friend started bringing her to the dancehall parties I would attend. She gave me a good vibe and was open to learning about our community.

Listening to Jozee reminds me of my enthusiasm when I was introduced to dancehall. In my teens(late 80s-90s), I'd go to neighborhood basement parties where hip hop, house music, RnB played. There would always be a reggae segment. I thought it was cool, but didn't grab my attention as it does now.

In the early 2000s, I would religiously go to Club Speeed in NYC, every Sunday. DJ Mister Cee would play the latest and greatest hip hop. He as well would have a small reggae segment. But it was current dancehall and soca, which I wasn't exposed to. This wasn't 'Murder She Wrote,' or 'Twice My Age.' But Busy Signal, Elephant Man, and a new artist called Ding Dong with his tune 'Badman Forward, Badman Pullup.'

When these songs would come on, I noticed the crowd's energy peak. What hooked me were the dance moves done to the particular songs. I quickly followed along. A neighborhood dance group saw my enthusiasm and took me under their wing and taught me some basics regarding the dancehall/Jamaican culture.

A great lesson I've learned; spend time with people who have years invested in your interest or passion. This will help make leaps and gains in your knowledge base, which will save you time and frustration. Jozee is doing this by hanging around us, taking classes, and going to parties. I inadvertently did the same many years back; you can do the same now with your particular passion or interest.

You can reach out to Jozee on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/jozee_dee/ 

This is her Facebook group where she does charity for animals https://www.facebook.com/groups/Fitness4FurryFriendz/about/ 

This is the IG page for Bommy Tours in Jamaica.
https://www.instagram.com/bommytoursja/ 

Thoughts?   Comments?   Please do so below.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

'It's Just Dancing' Aquarius Pisces Edition February 2020-PARTY VIDEO


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I shot this party in late February 2020.   Expecting there would be many more to come. Filming my friends and fellow dancers having a wonderful time is a pleasure.   Then the Coronavirus pandemic happened and changed the way we live our lives.    No public gatherings, social distancing.   DJs now play online through Zoom, Instagram Live, and other social media platforms.   People dance at home in their most comfortable clothes.   

When will we come together again and share this love of dance and community?   Hopefully sometime in the 2nd half of the year.    When it happens, I think we'll be so eager to party, Basquiat's Bottle(the venue featured here)won't be able to hold us.  That's a good thing.   Enjoy the video and reminisce.   Great times are still to come.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Allow Your Life to Happen In Seasons.


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Robin Sharma's '5 AM Club' was my favorite book of 2019.   It is similar to Bob Burg's 'The Go-Giver', where a narrative includes lessons to live by. 

One of those lessons in Mr. Sharma's book being 'allow your life to happen in seasons.' 

In the '5 AM Club,' he gives an example describing trees.   Their annual rhythm of losing then blossoming their leaves.   They do not resist the seasons. They willingly go through them.

We can do the same.   

We grind ourselves down with the same busy schedule all year long.   Only to take a week(or two)of vacation to recuperate, reflect, or slow down?   One to two weeks, that's it.

I'm writing this during winter 2020.   This season I won't feel guilty about staying in and enjoying great food, TV, books, video games.   I often travel during this time, as booking trips are less expensive.

In the spring, there will be outdoor activity.   But with all the rain, this opens time to meditate, create, plan for the coming months.   

The summer and fall are full of experiences, movies, dancing, keeping me occupied until the end of the year, only for the cycle to repeat. 

Don't fight the seasons.    Relish them.   There's a time to go slow and a time to go fast.

Check out Mr. Sharma's fantastic book here(affiliate link) https://amzn.to/2VI6RB6 

I even made a dance video about this..see that below.



Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bicycling with a wonderful message from Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk recently started his 'Tea with Gary Vee' show.    It's a morning show where he does Q & A with his fans.    I've listened to such great and inspirational content on there.   This is one of those bits of advice.

YouTube version.


Find his podcast here. 

Yo!

Here I'm attempting to switch up the action figure posts.    They've often had drama, thriller, action elements.   This time I'm trying comedy.   Enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Quarantine Mixtape April 2020-Podcast Exclusive



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We're all inside, why not enjoy some good tunes.   Let's party!

Tracklisting:

1. Michael O. 'Follow Me'
2. Amindi 'Pine & Ginger'
3. Tiwa Savage 'Ma Lo'
4. Lowkey 'Package'
5. Starboy 'Fake Love'
6. Notes 'My Lover'
7. Lenny Kravitz 'Low'
8. Des Rocs 'Used to the Darkness'
9. M0 'Way Down'
10. Whether 'Radar'
11. Toby Mac 'I Just Need U'
12. Phryme 'Sunflower Seeds'
13. Swizz Beatz 'Something Dirty'
14. Nas 'White Label'
15. Wale 'My Boy'
16. Estelle 'Love Like Ours'
17. Damian Marley 'Medication'
18. Sting & Shaggy 'Don't Make Me Wait'
19. Sean Paul 'No Lie'
20. Chronixx 'Spanish Town Rockin'
21. Chronixx 'Skankin Sweet'
22. Chronixx 'Here Comes Trouble'
23. Chronixx 'Likes'
24. Bomba Estereo 'Amar Asi'
25. Bad Bunny 'Mia'
26. Rosalia 'Con Altura'
27. Rosalia 'Aute Cuture'
28. Mustard 'Pure Water'
29. Kamaiya 'Windows'
30. Migos 'Stripper Bowl'
31. Baby Keem 'France Freestyle'
32. Vybz Kartel 'Mhm Hm'
33. Vybz Kartel 'She Say'
34. Vybz Kartel ' Do It'
35. I-Octane 'Oh No'
36. Govana 'One N Move'
37. Teejay '100 Bricks'
38. Jahmiel 'Level Up'
39. Ding Dong 'Mayweather'
40. Aidonia 'Big Baller'
41. Munga 'Turn Up'
42. Tarrus Riley 'Kryptonite'
43. Future Fambo 'Sign and Seal'
44. Mavado 'Artillery'
45. Zagga 'Owner Hype'

ENJOY!   Thoughts?  Comments?   Do so below.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Meditation Session For Beginners

I've often heard how mediation and mindfulness can be helpful. I've recently started making it a regular practice.  

I've also heard that in teaching what one learns, the teacher reinforces the lesson within themselves. In this 22 minute video, I meditate for three quick sessions of 1-3-5 minutes each. Join in and comment below with any thoughts.

You can skip ahead to 2:41 in the video to begin the session.



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Thursday, April 9, 2020

'Crazy, This Can't Be Real?' Tiger King Spoiler Review


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Jason G and I both work in the NYC hotel industry; unfortunately, we were recently furloughed due to the Coronavirus. We agreed to keep in touch every week, check-in, share what we're watching or reading(specifically comic books). I asked him, 'have you seen Tiger King yet?' I'd seen it a week earlier and haven't talked to someone to share my thoughts. He told me his wife and daughter were watching it, and while he was doing chores around the house, it kept grabbing his attention.

One week later, he's consumed the entire series, and we are here to chat about it. There are spoilers.

We review this Netflix original based on its entertainment value. Jason compliments the director(Eric Goode)for showing the good and bad sides of the cast; Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Doc Antle. I mention related news I discovered after watching Tiger King. Such as Netflix filming new content to be released in April. Also, Joe Exotic's music being sung by other individuals.

We repeatedly mention our disbelief in the situations presented in this documentary. 'This is crazy, is this real?'

Netflix now displays its current most popular content with a top ten ranking system. Tiger King, on multiple occasions, has been #1(in the U.S.). The Investigation Discovery network has announced a true crime 'spin-off' based on Carole Baskin. Joe Exotic's nemesis in Tiger King. That series will dig deeper into her husband's disappearance, leaving her with millions. A Hollywood adaptation of this story is inevitable.

Hopefully, these streaming services(Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now) will give us viewers more material of this caliber. It will make for a great way to pass the time for all of us either furloughed, unemployed, or sheltering in place.

The next time Jason and I get together we will be reviewing 2018's Overlord.   It's now available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.   You can also find out more about the film and see it here https://amzn.to/3aTe1ZD 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Venom Vs. Spider Gwen. With Call of Duty for Backup!-ACTION FIGURE PHOTOGRAPHY

In the scene I have Venom Vs. Spider Gwen.   The Call of Duty figures are there for backup.   But it looks like she might try to talk down Eddie Brock.  


 The Call of Duty figures are ready to pounce!



Here I also used the 'Subway' Extreme Sets.   The dumpster prop is from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair playset.    That's a mouthful.






I used PS Express on the iPad to  add extra drama to the images.



This is the moment...will they fight?!


Here Gwen is beginning to ask the soldiers to stand down.   There might be another possibility to end things without violence.  She removes her mask.




Eddie Brock starts doing the same.
This picture and the last I didn't add any effects.   I thought they looked great just as they were.





The face off.   My favorite photo of the bunch.   Looks like something out of a movie.


The end from a different angle.   

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The figures used here:
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McFarlane Toys Call of Duty Ruin https://amzn.to/3ceU1RD
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Cameras used:
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I enjoy taking pictures of flowers and wildlife in my urban neighborhood.

I'm originally from the Washington Heights area in New York City.  Unless I was at a park, there weren't many trees around. I moved to Union City, New Jersey, under a decade ago. Now when I see these trees, flowers, and beautiful colors, I love taking pictures of it all. On occasion, I get to see animals I hadn't seen much of before, such as skunks, possums, and raccoons. These were taken with my iPhone SE.




I think these are cherry blossoms.   This is the new challenge.   Figuring out what kinds of trees/flowers these are.










These here are Magnolias(I think).

Below are a  few more.   If you know the names of  these flowers,  please comment below.














Taken Easter 2020

Shot March 2020

Shot March 2020

My Friend Nibbles having Lunch.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Going Up an Elevator to Fight an Evil Boss-VIDEO GAME FUN

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I recently signed up for Tik Tok and several other social media platforms. 'Tea with Gary Vee,' Gary Vaynerchuk's new Q & A show, inspired this.   I'm an aspiring content creator, and I'd like to be noticed.

While scrolling through Instagram, I came across one of his older videos discussing how these platforms are free advertising for us all.

About a month ago, I downloaded Crackdown 3 on to my Xbox one. Thanks to Xbox Game Pass.   For a low monthly subscription, I can try several games at a time.

I started Crackdown 3 and became obsessed with it. Here's a clip I recorded.   As opposed to merely posting it on my social media feeds, I thought to do something different, funny.   Drawing influence from videos I'd seen on Tik Tok.   Thank you, Gary.

Comments?   Do so below.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Self Improvement has Changed My Life.


Most of my life I've been a night owl.  I'd often stay up late and watch TV.

During the 90s, infomercials, which promised riches inundated the local channels.  They played in the early hours of the morning, and I enjoyed them.  Such as Carleton Sheets 'No Money Down' real estate program.  Or Don Lapre's 'tiny classified ads' course.

Tony Robbins 'Personal Power' was my favorite.  His set of audiotapes promoted a better life, improved relationships, optimal health, and more.

Dead end temp jobs were my existence at the time.  My weekly paychecks were less than $250.  Seeing these ads gave me daydreams of a better life for my family and myself.  Financially, we are poorer than middle class.

Mr. Robbin's audiocassettes were outside of my price range.  However, his 'Awaken The Giant Within' book was on sale at Barnes and Noble.  I purchased it.

I never finished the book, but I did research his material and sought the individuals he considered experts in their respective fields.  He would quote them in his book and have them speak at his seminars.

One being John Gray, author of 'Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.' Barbara DeAngelis, author of 'How To Make Love All the Time,' also interested me.  I didn't have a girlfriend at the time and desperately wanted one.  I read and listened to those two authors, books, and audiobooks.  My mother, sister, and future girlfriends were the recipients of the poorly applied techniques I learned.  

Over the years, I would fall in and out of consuming this type of self-improvement content.   Presently, I  do so almost daily.   It feeds my soul.    It makes me feel like a better, smarter version of myself.   

With a constant negative news cycle, watching TV, and playing video games loaded with sex and violence, there's no better time to surround oneself with positivity.   I prefer podcasts.   There are some which are short and others with are longer.   My recommendations for shorter content: Rob Dial's Mindset Mentor, Sean Croxton's Quote of the Day, Raul Villacis Daily Edge, Robin Sharma's The Mastery Sessions.

Longer content; Tony Robbins podcast, the Dean Graziosi show, Lewis Howes School Of Greatness, Brendon Burchard's The Brendon Show, John Lee Dumas Entrepreneur on Fire, finally the Gary Vee Audio Experience.

My favorite, in challenging my thinking from the status quo; the James Altucher Show.

Some of my choices fall into the business realm.   There are still gems of knowledge that can be found here.

Have any suggestions?   Drop them down below.    This type of information has changed my life, and I hope it does the same for you.

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Check out this episode!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Action Figure Photography. Predator and Luke Harper

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I love this stuff!  In the first image I have a NECA Predator figure riding a Dewback from Star Wars Black Series.   I shot this around my neighborhood in New Jersey.   I don't know why this looks like a Mars kind of setting(minus the cars in the background).   

The Sun Feels Great!
The Predator figure is a little stiff in the leg area, but I was still able to sit him on the creature.

Find the Predator figure here: https://amzn.to/2UGic5f
Find the Dewback animal here: https://amzn.to/3bMQXMc 

I have a frustrating love for Extreme Sets.   Their products look great as background settings.   When it comes to building it and putting it together, especially when it's complicated, can be a nightmare.   That was my experience with the Nela Level 06 diorama.   Here I used the Backstage set and it was easy to assemble.


'I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for you nosy kids!' -Luke Harper

Here I have Luke Harper being arrested by Hopper from Stranger Things and Gotham's Harvey Bullock.   The Stranger Things kids Dustin, Lucas, and Barb(who's not as excited).  




When posting on Instagram, it's common knowledge one can post a series of photos in succession.   This is the reason I took multiple photos here from different angles with the intent of telling a story.

Dustin & Lucas 'Yeah!'   Barb 'What's going on?'



The figures used here:

Harvey Bullock https://amzn.to/39MmFba

The props I used can be found here https://amzn.to/2R65ryD
Find out more about Extreme Sets here https://extreme-sets.com






Dancing In Prospect Park, Brooklyn with Friends. Before the Protests. May 2020

Now is a time to protest, discuss, have conversations...here's hoping to get together with my friends in the nearby future. This took...