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/ 

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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.

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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:
Diamond Select Toys Venom https://amzn.to/2Vi13y1
Diamond Select Toys Spider Gwen https://amzn.to/3a1t16i
McFarlane Toys Call of Duty Ghost https://amzn.to/3e5FqcK
McFarlane Toys Call of Duty Ruin https://amzn.to/3ceU1RD
McFarlane Toys Call of Duty Seraph https://amzn.to/2VjsI1x

Cameras used:
Canon G5X Mark 1 https://amzn.to/2JRX8CG






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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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






Blasting Away the Coronavirus-TIME LAPSED ARTwork

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We've all talk about it everyday, this virus.   We all want this to be over with.   

In this piece, I've drawn a heroine from space blasting away the virus with her PVP 3000 cannon.

Like this artwork?   Find it here in my Teepublic store https://www.teepublic.com/user/pvpfromnj 

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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...