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Wise Words: Anne Rice

In art., life., life.art.commerce. on August 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. –Anne Rice 

Funny.

In art., life. on August 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Perspective.

In art., life. on October 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

How do you view a person’s life? Do you only see the top layer or do you see the many layers that one has cultivated over a lifetime? I guess it all depends on your perspective.

By Michael Murphy

Raiders owner Al Davis dead at 82

In life. on October 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Steve Jobs Dies at 56

In life. on October 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”  Barack Obama

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

-Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Are You Pushing Life To Its Limits?

In life. on September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

After viewing this I question whether or not I am pushing my life’s limits far enough.

Is This Art or Stolen Goods?

In art., life. on September 9, 2011 at 12:11 am

I found this article very interesting. Check it out.

Via Huffington Post:

Artist Manuel Palou’s new piece, ‘5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte straddles the line betweenart and piracy.

The work is described on the gallery’s website as: “a 1 TB Black External Hard Drive containing $5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files.” Art 404 adds, “A full list of the files with clickable download links can be found here.”

A companion work, ‘Google Search For Meaning’ (2011), is described as “an installation consisting of a pyramid shaped sculpture jutting out of the wall. A projector opposite of the sculpture projects a hacked version of Google Maps that drives through streetview automatically.”

The work is displayed at Low Budget Gallery, the exhibition space of online portal Art 404, which Palou co-founded to address “the contemporary technological art movement.” But does the work succeed as commentary, or is it merely an exercise in theft?

To vote and give your opinion head over to HuffingtonPost.com.

2011 Nike Air Mag (Air McFly ) for Michael J. Fox Foundation

In art., life. on September 9, 2011 at 12:10 am

The Back To Future Part II Nike Air McFly is going into production!

via Solecollector.com/Global14.com:

Once known as the greatest shoe never made, the Nike Mag is now a reality. At an event in Los Angeles this evening, Tinker Hatfield, Mark Parker and a group of Nike representatives will make a formal announcement for the return of Marty McFly’s famous power-charged sneakers from the Back to the Future sequel. These bad boys aren’t quite ready to self-lace just yet (and we do mean YET), but they do come equipped with the ability to charge, allowing the wearer to walk around with illuminated feet for a duration of five hours with a simple pinch of the ear.

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The News

In life. on May 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I love to read the news, watch the news, even listen to the news. What news is delivered has always interested me. The fragmented reality that is presented by various organizations has shown me the importance of being able to process the information without the subjectiveness of the deliverer. Lately the news has been all over the place with various channels highlighting various topics. And I have wondered are these topics really important to those that receive them or are the deliverers just trying to sell their product? I imagine its the latter but I remain hopeful it is the former.

I write this to say, be careful what you believe to be true when delivered to you third hand or fourth in some instances. Never forget to question the motives of the person(s) delivering it to you. And remain inquisitive about what is important to you. Don’t let the noise cloud your focus. News will always be entertaining but not always the truth.

Wise Words: Confucius

In life. on May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Confucius

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

Osama bin Laden March 10, 1957-May 2, 2011

In life. on May 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

The US Government has finally killed a man they have been chasing for close to two decades. He was this country’s face of terror. His killing will give some people a sense of peace after the terrible acts committed upon them by him. I hope it allows us all to move forward towards establishing a greater peace between all men and women.

There are many great articles scattered around the internet. You should check them out:

USAToday.com : How the U.S. Tracked Down and Killed bin Laden

USAToday.com : bin Laden: From Child of Privilege to 9/11 Mastermind

CNN.com : Clinton: bin Laden Death Shows ‘You Cannot Defeat Us’

HuffingtonPost.com : Osama bin Laden Dead, Obama Announces

Belvedere Cérémonie At Cannes 2011

In art., commerce., life., life.art.commerce. on April 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

With Cannes 2011 approaching, Belvedere Vodka , one of the favorite vodka brands, is going to be present at the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year. The bottle has been intricately designed by Italian designer Roc Sine Labe Doli and will be presented in an amazing ceremonial way for Cannes colored in platinum and with a beautiful bow tie and silver sequins. The price for this special bottle will be around $800 approx.

The brand Belvedere has also launched a special edition (RED) ™ of vodka to raise funds to fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. And 50% of the profit from the sales will go to Global Fund™, the official partner who is taking this cause further.

The brand has earlier sponsored a Belvedere Intense Vodka birthday dinner for superstar Dwyane Wade that cost Belvedere around more than $100,000.

Via Bornrich.com

All I Can Say Is, Wow!

In art., life. on April 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Wise Words: Leo F. Buscaglia

In life. on April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.
Leo F. Buscaglia

Biggie On Fader Magazine Icon Issue Cover

In art., commerce., life. on April 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The Notorious B.I.G. covers Fader magazine’s next icon issue on newsstands  May 3rd. The full article can be read now at theFader.com.

Hommage Atelier NYC

In life., life.art.commerce. on April 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

By: Ariston Anderson via Luxist.com

When it comes to the ultimate in relaxing and unwinding for men, there’s little to be found in today’s fast-moving world. Even most airport executive lounges nowadays have little to offer besides a roomy chair and free wifi. But where can a man truly relax before a major business deal, or destress from a red eye flight? HOMMAGE, the brand that has redefined what luxury is for the modern man, has come up with just the spot, their first global atelier by Julien Farel.

The exclusive club, opened its doors April 4 in New York City. And don’t worry, this club is not for metrosexuals. It’s for the discerning jetsetters and dealmakers of the world, who deserve to have their own man time in the only way suitable: in a classic penthouse hideaway surrounded by the absolute best service and offerings.

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Folding Credit Card Knife

In art., life., life.art.commerce. on April 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

This certainly isn’t the first folding credit card-sized knife we’ve seen—my friend and colleague Brian Barrett just came across an affordable $25 model recently—though this decidedly intimidatingcarbon fiber blade is the one I’d rather be carrying around in my pocket (Barrett stood by his cheap-o cutter; we’re deciding the matter with a knife fight under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway).

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Wise Words: Dailai Lama

In life. on April 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

I believe that the very purpose of life is to seek happiness.
Dalai Lama

Wise Words: Muhammad Ali

In life., life.art.commerce. on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali

Life. Wise Words from Henry Ward Beecher

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” -Henry Ward Beecher

 

Life. London Eye Coming To Atlanta

In art., commerce., life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

The group that created the London Eye is contemplating Atlanta as the home of the next giant Ferris wheel.

The problem appears to be finding someone willing to pay the millions of dollars it would cost to acquire the land and erect the wheel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Bernard Marcus, the founder of Home Depot, presided at a meeting Tuesday with the London Eye group, 30 Atlanta business leaders and Mayor Kasim Reed. Both Marcus and Reed spoke enthusiastically about the plan, but Reed said no city funds would go for a Ferris wheel and Marcus said he is not planning to provide any financial backing.

The Eye gets about 3.5 million visitors a year willing to pay $30 to rotate for 30 minutes over London in an enclosed capsule with 24 other people. The developers say a similar wheel in Atlanta would lure 2.7 million visitors a year.

Via UPI.com

 

Life. A TSA Success Story

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The new rules in airport travel safety have been plagued with confusion and frustration since the     September 11, 2001 tragedies. None more so than the treatment of passengers going thru security checks. Here is a story about someone minimizing their frustration with dealing with the TSA.

Via Gizmodo.com:

We’ve talked a lot about the controversies surrounding full-body security scans. Before a recent flight, Isaac Schlueter stood up and opted out. Here’s why… and how.

By now, if you haven’t heard the outrage at the TSA’s “enhanced” pat-down procedures, then you don’t use the internet, and you’re not reading this blog.

They grope children. They touch your junk. The procedures are ludicrously ineffective and harmful from a security point of view. And the naked-picture xray machines are most likely unsafe.

Things like this get me feeling all rebellious and Jeffersonian. So, since I’m flying up to Joyent’s Vancouver offices today, I decided to do a little prep work.

First, I took the UCSF letter, added a bit of highlighting and annotation to make it a bit easier to scan, and printed it out. You can get a copy from http://j.mp/cancer-ray.

I was worried that I’d chicken out. No, not “worried”. I was sure I’d chicken out. Ofcourse I would. I talk a good game about incendiary politics and unconventional ideals, but when the chips are down, I generally do the expedient thing like a nice polite citizen. I’m not one of these “talk down the authorities” types, even though I wish I was.

But then my flight was cancelled, and I learned that I’d have to be in the airport until 12 to catch the next one. The extra time to kill strengthened my resolve. “So what if I’m detained?,” I thought. “I don’t have to be anywhere for 5 more hours.” Plus I was alone, so there wasn’t anyone else’s embarrassment to worry about. I repeated the confidence mantras in my head. They’re expendable workers. I own this place. I’m the boss. They work for me. The only reason I don’t fire them is that they’re cheaper than robots. Etc.

I started talking to the family behind me as soon as I got into the security line, a middle-aged couple with 2 adolescent boys and a girl about 4 or 5. They were amused by my shoes, so it wasn’t too hard to strike up a conversation.

I asked where they were from. Santa Clara. Heading to Toronto for some family thing. I asked if they’d heard about the new X-Ray machines. The dad was tired and apathetic. She said, “Oh, yeah, I heard about those on the news, that if you don’t go through, they grope you or something, and if you do, they take a naked picture of you.”

“Yeah, it’s messed up. Did you know that the UCSF oncology department thinks they pose a serious health risk, especially to children or anyone at risk for breast cancer?”

“Whoa, no, I didn’t know that!”

I handed the paper to the mom. Bam.

“Oh, honey, you should read this!! … Oh my god…”

Turns out she’s a breast cancer survivor. And her doctor has told her to avoid x-rays, even at the dentist, unless absolutely medically necessary. And she didn’t realize that “millimeter wave digital backscatter detection” used x-rays, because the TSA doesn’t actually put that on the sign.

She did the rest.

When we got to the scanner, I opted out. Then they opted out. She’d already convinced the family behind them to do the same. Her response to the TSA agent was awesome, I wish I’d thought of it:

“Ma’am, please step over here.”

“No thanks, I’ve already had cancer, just feel me up or whatever.”

After the first 4 “OPT-OUT” calls, they just passed us all through the regular metal detector. No one got groped.

Information, properly delivered, is power.

Addendum The revolt was emotionally satisfying, and I totally recommend doing it, but ultimately it’s only a drop in the ocean. From where I’m sitting, I can see the security line, people holding their hands up in the little booth.

So, do make trouble. On-the-ground rebellion is important. But also tell your legislator. There’s a senate oversight meeting tomorrow, so please call these people and tell them how you feel.

You’ll leave a voicemail. It’s easy and takes 2 seconds. Just call up and say “I think that the TSA has gone too far. Body scanning and inappropriate groping are unconstitutional and wrong. If you want my vote, change the policy.”

Addendum 2 Millimeter wave scanners and Backscatter X-Rays are not the same thing. But it wasn’t clear which one was in use, and the TSA sign used the terms interchangeably in the fine print where it told you about the opt-out option.

Also, yes, it’s true, the cancer risks are not well understood, and I absolutely committed the alarmist fallacy. (“But can you really take that risk!”) Unfortunately, people aren’t as afraid of a police state as they are of cancer. I maintain that I used my powers for Good.

Isaac Z. Schlueter lives in Oakland, CA. He writes JavaScript for a living, drinks coffee, and rides a bike.

 

Life. Wise Words from Oscar Wilde

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”               Oscar Wilde

Life. Wise Words from Melody Beattie

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”          -Melody Beattie

Life. How To Knot A Tie

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I was showing my son how to knot a tie and needed a more visual explanation of what I was saying. This was a big help.

Life. An Excerpt From Soledad O’Brien: The Next Big Story

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I read this and was immediately moved to share it here. It reminded me that though I believe that it is the content of our character and not the color of our skin that defines us. The world truly does not see it that way.

Via CNN.com

Below is an excerpt from Soledad O’Brien’s memoir “The Next Big Story,” published November 2 by Penguin Books. The story begins in 2006, just after she has obtained exclusive access to Martin Luther King Jr.’s papers and has reported on them for CNN’s American Morning.

On this American Morning, I have an exclusive look at a man at least half the world admires. I feel like what he is saying speaks to me. I am energized, a new member of the quarter million people who joined him on the mall, and a new recipient of the grace he handed out in Selma.

Then, out of nowhere, The Reverend Jesse Jackson calls with an invitation to meet and talk and it brings my reverie to a halt. We greet warmly and sit. A young, clean-cut security guy hovers near by. He stays close enough to be summoned for a quick question but not close enough to overhear. I notice the china is clinking, like real good china. I have four small kids so I never hear that particular sound. The restaurant is on the first floor of a famous hotel and the place is nice. The Reverend Jackson begins talking in his strong Southern accent. His voice is very low. He says “call me Jesse,” but that’s something I feel like I cannot do. I am confident he doesn’t remember the first time we met. It was my job in 1989 to escort him through his live shots at WBZ TV around Boston Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to the U.S. I was his “babysitter,” the one making sure no other media plucked him away. He was our contributor. He whispers something. He is speaking so low I can barely hear him. I strain to get closer.

Even though I am not sure what he is saying, I can tell he is angry. Today he is angry because CNN doesn’t have enough black anchors. It is political season. There are billboards up sporting Paula Zahn and Anderson Cooper. He asks after the black reporters. Why are they not up there? I share his concern and make a mental note to take it back to my bosses. But then he begins to rage that there are no black anchors on the network at all. Does he mean covering the campaign, I wonder to myself? The man has been a guest on my show. He knows me, even if he doesn’t recall how we met. I brought him on at MSNBC, then again at Weekend Today. I interrupt to remind him I’m the anchor of American Morning. He knows that. He looks me in the eye and reaches his fingers over to tap a spot of skin on my right had. He shakes his head. “You don’t count,” he says. I wasn’t sure what that meant. I don’t count — what? I’m not black? I’m not black enough? Or my show doesn’t count?

I was both angry and embarrassed, which rarely happens at the same time for me. Jesse Jackson managed to make me ashamed of my skin color which even white people had never been able to do. Not the kids in the hallways at Smithtown or the guys who wouldn’t date me in high school. I remember the marchers behind me at the trial about the black youth/kid who beat the Latino baby. The folks that chanted “biracial whore for the white man’s media,” even they didn’t even make feel this way. I would just laugh. Biracial, sure, whore, not exactly, white man’s media, totally! Whatever. But Reverend Jesse Jackson says, “I don’t count?”

I am immediately upset and annoyed and the even more annoyed that I am upset and pissed off. If Reverend Jesse Jackson didn’t think I was black enough, then what was I? My parents had so banged racial identity into my head that the thoughts of racial doubt never crossed my mind. I’d suffered an Afro through the heat of elementary school. I’d certainly never felt white. I thought my version of black was as valid as anybody else’s. I was a product of my parents (black woman, white man) my town (mostly white), multiracial to be sure, but not black? I felt like the foundation I’d built my life on was being denied, as if someone was telling me my parents aren’t my parents. “You know those people you’ve been calling mom and dad — they aren’t really your parents. What?” The arbiter of blackness had weighed in. I had been measured and found wanting.

It knocked me off my equilibrium for a bit, the first time that had happened to me since that guy in a bar back on the West Coast pinched my butt during my first live shot.

After two weeks of stewing, I sat upright one day and made a decision. This man is wrong. I am a product of my own life. That’s one of the wonders of America, you have the right to define yourself regardless of what little box someone wants to shove you in. He is certainly right that CNN doesn’t have enough people of color on the air, even the bosses say that and spend their time trying to fix it. But “you don’t count”? Screw that. Of course I count. Who is he to say that? My experience is not universal — no one’s is — but it is legitimate. I get to be whom I am outside and in. But I was embarrassed that I didn’t call him back and ask what he meant. I (like my mother) like a good fight. So I should have called him up and said, “What the heck does that mean”? But I didn’t. I slunk away. Annoyed. And more annoyed that I never forgot his words. I look at other mixed race people now and wonder. Did their parents slam their identity into their head as mine did? Or do they get to drift around in some amorphous category. Jesse Jackson caught me off balance.

It wasn’t until recently that I called him and reminded him of what he’d said to me that day. I had done 4 documentaries on race in between the two conversations. He was totally surprised and barely remembered the details. He had not known I was black! He said he honestly did not know, that when he said I didn’t count he was alluding to the fact that he thought I was a dark-skinned someone else. That is how precise the game of race is played in our country, that we are so easily reduced to our skin tone. That even someone as prominent in African American society as Rev. Jackson has a box to check for black and one for white. No one gets to be in between. I thanked him for his candor.

But that day I couldn’t say a word to Rev. Jackson. I run into the man all the time. We are invited to the same events. We kiss at functions but still I say nothing. I see how deeply people respect him. Al Sharpton tells me Jackson taught him civil disobedience. Roland Martin credits him with paving the way for Obama. Jackson sat at lunch with me telling me how he hates always being asked to talk only about black issues, hates to be tagged as only the black expert, never the guy negotiating peace or brokering deals with Wall Street. He lashes out at people who define him by the color of his skin. It matters that they don’t see inside him. It mattered to me that he didn’t see outside me.

******

Black in America was a clear assignment. Mark 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by doing a documentary. Answer the questions: How far have we come? Where are we not making progress? The goal was never to examine the whole black experience…

Yet suddenly I’m answering questions about me, just as I had much of my life. Was I black enough? No one was asking Christiane Amanpour, who was born in Iran, if she was Asian enough to cover China. I was neither surprised nor particularly annoyed. I got it. There was concern that if I wasn’t from the community, I might not get it. One day Bud Bultman, my managing editor, quoted Michael Eric Dyson as finding the story of Black America depressing and sad. It’s undoubtedly the case that some of the stories are depressing and sad but you can’t only tell stories that are outlined by statistics. There is a way to nuance the story so that the community is fully represented. Michael Eric Dyson is extraordinarily smart and articulate and is also one of the happiest and funniest people I know. There has to be a way to present stories that is not simply either/or — that can’t be reduced to good news/bad news, happy and sad. These elements coexist. This was the perspective I was supposed to bring to the documentary. That’s what made me black. It was important I reflect that in my work, convey that sensitivity to the viewers.

Michael Eric Dyson and his brother say their lives were separated by the shade of their skin. But Everett was dealing heroin in his own neighborhood. He wasn’t sticking it to the man. He was peddling dope to black children. He is serving a life sentence for murder. Whether or not he killed a man, he certainly made bad choices. He said that to me when I pressed him. Yet there is no denying his skin color is an issue. Light skinned people get preference. I remember the photo store where the guy asked: “Excuse me for offending you, but are you black?” It was pretty clear then that skin color makes a difference in the way you are treated. He wanted to know if we were black before taking our picture. Ultimately I have had to learn to navigate this minefield and I believe there is value in my perspective that is different to what another reporter might bring. I did this piece because I love highlighting the story of Everett and Michael and their two paths to unveil one reality of black life. But I also know that prejudices over skin color are our reality, not our excuse.

The big surprise for me about skin color is that it matters so much to black people. I am not afraid to be criticized. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and wallowing in self-pity has never been my strategy. I learned back in San Francisco that people don’t have to like you. You can be successful even if no one wants you to succeed. But I refuse to just dismiss people telling me that I’m unqualified to be black. I want to understand the anger. The President is mixed race, yet he gets to identify as black. Except for when someone makes a point of telling me he is biracial or “as much as white.” I don’t know if they’re revealing his true colors or finding a conversation starter about my own.

I find it funny. I grew up with people who never thought of me as white. I was so different from everyone else. I had an Afro. It seemed as if I wasn’t attractive to them. I didn’t fit. Now here I am supposed to be proving I am black! But I was a teenager back then. Now I am a grownup. I get to have a clear view of who I am and where I’m from. I get to be more than just a skin color; I can be the sum total of my life experience. I can embrace the community where my soul lives. I report on Katrina. Does that make me any more black? I report Black in America, does that make me more Black?

Black is not a credential; it’s not even a skin color. African American culture is so much more than that. I feel like it’s important to say “I’m black.” I’m proud of my roots. I am a bit Irish too, by way of Australia. Should I not say that? I am certainly Latina. Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos can be of any color from any place. I can be Latino and also black. So why can’t I have a father from Australia but be black when my mother is black. People looked at me all my life and saw black. And, I am thoroughly proud of the black I am.

I host big screenings for the Black in America documentaries the summer before the president is inaugurated. I love the questions. The crowds love the stories. I get such hardy applause. But every now and then I am asked why I tell the sad stories. Why do I tell stories about poor people? Why the piece about the former drug addict? Why the guy who gets a degree in jail, then commits another crime after he is released? I recite the statistics on African Americans and crime, incarceration and poverty. I stress that good reporting is about showcasing the range of stories that make up the black experience. I point to all the stories in the documentary about successful black people. The family at the center of my documentary is firmly upper middle class. The people attending their black family reunion came from solid homes with children going off to school but bottom line is, I am a reporter not a public relations specialist. I can’t do a documentary about a community facing so many obstacles and not report about struggle. People in the audience applaud when I say that.

I tell them that there is an implication in American society that black people don’t share American values. I would never do anything to contribute to that myth. I want to show the face of a community where character counts. I know folks don’t only want to hear sad stories, but there is much to learn from failure, there are many lessons in challenges.

I begin to report Black in America 2, focusing on African Americans finding solutions to pressing community problems. The conversations over the documentary have helped me understand why some people attack me for not being black enough. If I am black and I launch a discussion of social ills in the black community, then someone black has said we have a problem. If I am a white person, I am just the enemy once again putting people down. That is easy to ignore. There are some people who just need me to be white. That way what I’m saying won’t count. I can be the enemy too.

Life. Wise Words from Abraham Maslow

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.

-Abraham Maslow

 

Life. Wise Words from Ambrose Bierce

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -Ambrose Bierce

 

Life. Wise Words from Eleanor Roosevelt

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Life. Wise Words from Mohandas Ghandi

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Ghandi

Life. Wise Words from Paul Bryant

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:08 pm

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”
-Paul Bryant

 

Life. Cancer

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The photograph above is a microscopic snapshot of two cancer cells splitting and dividing to become four cancer cells. I am a victim of cancer. It has taken the lives of three people in my family and has attacked a few more. I’m not sure what we can do to rid ourselves of this destructive disease but I pray for an all encompassing solution to come very soon. Until then here are some things that can be done to help prevent it from attacking you.

Via The American Cancer Society

To Help in the fight click Here.

Diet and Physical Activity: What’s the Cancer Connection?

How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are two key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. The good news is that these are things you can control.

Except for quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Make healthy food choices.

 

The evidence for this is strong: Each year, about 570,000 Americans die of cancer; fully one-third of these deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight.

Control your weight.

Staying at a healthy weight is important to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of several cancers, including cancers of the breast (in women past menopause), colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, among others.

Being overweight can increase cancer risk in many ways. One of the main ways is that excess weight causes the body to produce and circulate more of the hormones estrogen and insulin, which can stimulate cancer growth.

What’s a healthy weight?

One of the best ways to get an idea if you are at a healthy weight is to check your Body Mass Index (BMI), a score based on the relationship between your height and weight. Use our easy online BMI calculator to find out your score. To reduce cancer risk, most people need to keep their BMIs below 25. Ask your doctor what your BMI number means and what action (if any) you should take.

If you are trying to control your weight, a good first step is to watch portion sizes, especially of foods high in calories, fat, and added sugars. Try writing down what and how much you eat and drink for a week and see where you can cut down on portion sizes, cut back on some not-so-healthy foods and drinks, or both!

Be more active.

Watching how much you eat will help you control your weight. The other key is to increase the amount of physical activity you do. Being active helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control, and can also help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works.

More good news — physical activity helps you reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, too! So grab your tennis shoes and head out the door!

The latest recommendations for adults call for at least 30 minutes of intentional moderate to vigorous activity a day — this is over and above usual daily activities like using the stairs instead of the elevator at your office or doing housework — on 5 or more days per week. Even better, shoot for 45 to 60 minutes. For kids, the recommendation is 60 minutes or more on at least 5 days a week.

Activities considered moderate are those that make you breathe as hard as you would during a brisk walk. This includes things like walking, biking, even housework and gardening. Vigorous activities make you use large muscle groups and make your heart beat faster, make you breathe faster and deeper, and also make you sweat.

Eat healthy foods.

Eating well is also important to improve your health and reduce your cancer risk. Take a good hard look at what you typically eat each day and try these tips to build a healthy diet plan for yourself:

Vegetables and fruits: Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables (including legumes, or peas and beans) and fruits each day. Try to eat those with the most color (a sign of high nutrient content). These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and many other substances that work together to lower risk of many cancers, including cancers of the lung, mouth, esophagus, stomach, and colon. Not only that, if prepared properly, vegetables and fruits are usually low in calories, so eating them in place of higher-calorie foods can help you control your weight.

Whole grains: Aim for at least 3 servings of whole grains each day. There are easy ways to add whole grains to your diet — eat oatmeal at breakfast, choose 100% whole-wheat bread or wraps for your lunchtime sandwich, use brown rice at dinner instead of white.

Processed and red meats: Cutting back on processed meats like hot dogs, bologna, bacon, and deli meat, and red meats like beef, pork, and lamb may help reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancers. These foods are also high in saturated fat, so eating less of them and eating them less often will also help lower your risk of heart disease.

Cancer risk reduction in our communities

Adopting a healthier lifestyle is easier for people who live, work, play, or go to school in an environment that supports healthy behaviors. Working together, communities can create the type of environment where healthy choices are easy to make.

We all can contribute to those changes: Let’s ask for healthier food choices at our workplaces and schools. For every junk food item in the vending machine, ask for a healthy alternative. Support restaurants that help you to eat well by offering options like smaller portion sizes, lower-calorie items, and whole-grain products. And let’s help make our communities safer and more appealing places to walk, bike, and be active.

The bottom line

One third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity factors. Let’s challenge ourselves to lose some extra pounds, to increase our physical activity, to make healthy food choices, and to look for ways to make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play.

Commerce. Z Shock Punch Rings

In art., commerce., life. on January 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I saw a young artist by the name of Diggy Simmons wearing one of these and I liked it so much I wanted to share it with you. It is a punch ring created by the Z Shock Jewelry Co.  This particular one was made for Singer/Model Teyana Taylor. They will do custom jobs starting at $8,000. You can contact them at ZShock.com.

Life. John Lennon: A Life Too Short

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

In honor of John Lennon Who would have been 70 years old this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art. The Ghetto Breeds Artists: An Excerpt from Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked

In art., commerce., life., life.art.commerce. on January 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I have come to truly believe that those who have little tend to bring true thought provoking artistry to the masses. Pain usually brings forth creativity and who suffers more than those from the ghettos of the world.

Here I share with you an excerpt from Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked. A book penned by Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr.

Life. George W. Bush Memoirs to Arrive Next Month

In commerce., life. on January 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Now I’m the farthest thing I can imagine from a politician, but with the arrival of former President Bush’s memoirs I can’t help but to share my thoughts on this book.

During his presidency I must have experienced all the highs and lows of his decision making. The highs of seeing my family being able to reap the benefits of his tax exemptions to the lows of seeing my family sent off to fight in a seemingly baseless war. I can’t help but wonder how he intends to explain his thought processes on the decisions he made while in office. Will this be a book of facts or a work of great fiction.                    Only time will tell.

 

Life. Great Career Advice

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Great career advice from Deepak Chopra. Definitely an inspiration no matter what stage you’re at in the game of life.

via Current.com

And here you can see him speaking on karma physics and daily prayer.

Life. The Fisherman and the Businessman

In life. on January 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I saw this on my my friend Taiye’s facebook page and I had to post it. By the by he’s also a great inspirational conversationalist check him out at Plutopian Moments.

The Fisherman and The Businessman

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”