37.01.19: Detective Pikachu

I was never really a fan of Pokémon as a kid, but all I have to say is “¡pika pika!” after watching Detective Pikachu.

I was 14 when the series first showed up in the states, and ending the first of my two years living in the Azores (Açores), Portugal. I could acknowledge though how much of a phenomenon it was.

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Inspiration that Matters

This is the kind of inspiration that matters.

Inspirational note from daughter.

RIP to the King of the Sweaties

On July 19, 2018 a huge influence in my creative life passed away. His name was Jon Schnepp.

I was blessed for the past 4+ years to watch Jon week in and week out share his love and passion for all things comics, sci-fi, horror and genre on the AMC & Collider YouTube channels. He was a big man with a big personality and an even bigger love for fandom.

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Pick Me Up

Sometimes the right lyrics can do us some good. If you are feeling uninspired or down, perhaps these will lift you up as the week begins. Happy Monday to all of you. I now present “My Champion” by Alter Bridge:

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Tested: Life-Size Wall-E

Art and electronics working together to create this amazing build of Wall-E, one of the cutest robots of all time.

This gentleman is a part of the R2-D2 Builders’ Club which embraced the new robot back in 2007. Together they have reverse engineered a computer generated character into a working physical specimen. He moves, he emotes, and brings back all the feels of from the Pixar movie.

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Blade Runner 2049

There are few films that stand the test of time. Even fewer which are initially considered flops that come out the other side as a cult classic.

Blade Runner with Harrison Ford falls under the second type of film, and a sequel starring Ford and Ryan Gosling. So with the movie coming out, of course I’m going to post another BTS featurette.

Star Wars

I was going through my old photos and found these gems from the Star Wars area at Hollywood Studios. Models, costumes, and blown up concept art! Even legit costumes that you can buy (for a price).

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On Being Human

 Do you know how I like to think of myself? As a human being. Because under the heavens, under the sky, there is but one family.
–Bruce Lee

More wisdom dropped during the Bruce Lee podcast. “On Being Human” released on March 15 and comes during a time when there is a lot of negativity floating around society. Shannon and Sharon discuss Bruce’s various thoughts on what it means to be human and live amongst all of us other humans here under the heavens.

Not conviction, not method, but perception is the way of truth. It is a state of effortless awareness.

Today [NOTE: I wrote this a few days ago] was all-over the place with various stories all touching upon this topic of being human. I read articles about the Bill O’Reilly firing and that Alt-Right guy having his canceled event on the Auburn campus reinstated by the court. There was just a lot of tension in the air.

Then I listened to “On Being Human.” Here are some great quotes

The simple truth is that these opinions on such things as racism, are traditions which are nothing more than a formula that was laid down by elder peoples experience. As we progress and time changes, it is necessary to reform this formula. I, Bruce Lee, am a man who never follows these formulas of the fear mongers. So no matter if your color is black, or white, red or blue, I can still make friends with you without any barrier.

The duty of a quality human being is a development of one’s potential.

Have an awareness of your mindset and attitude. Be in a growth mindset and a connection mindset. Take stock in how you look at everything.

Ask yourself “Why?” if you are in a fearful mindset.

Being human is to grow and integrate.

If you aren’t listening to this podcast, please do yourself a favor and give it a go.

Originate and Innovate

I can’t recommend enough listening to the Bruce Lee podcast. Hosted by Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter and CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company, and Sharon Lee, CMO and Chief Creative Officer of the Bruce Lee Company, they discuss Bruce Lee’s life and philosophy. Episode 5 is titled “Originate and Innovate” and they discuss this quote from Bruce:

We tend to have more faith in what we imitate than what we originate. We feel we cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has it’s root in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone, and we are not alone when we imitate.

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Tools of Titans: Christopher Sommer

Christopher Sommer is a former gymnastics coach with over 40 years of experience. He’s trained a plethora of athletes and even developed his own training system, GymnasticBodies.

This is the best information I extracted from this chapter:

  1. “If you want to be a stud later, you have to be a pud now.”
  2. “When in doubt, work on the deficiencies you’re most embarrassed by.”
  3. Consistency over Intensity.

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Tools of Titans: Maria Popova

I didn’t even make it into the chapter before Maria was dropping BOMBS!

If you’re looking for a formula for greatness, the closest we’ll ever get, I think, is this: Consistency driven by a deep love of the work.


Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.

Tim Ferriss was right in stating, “Her quality and output are staggering.” Maria touches upon consistency, passion, and adaptability from the get-go, three important factors to productivity and achieving your objectives. They fall in line with my and many others’ situations where there’s a job to pay the bills, life’s responsibilities, and then everything else.
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Tools of Titans: Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, PhD

There wasn’t much on a deep personal level that I took away from this chapter. The first section, however, is on teeth my oldest, Ariana, has her first loose tooth. She now jumps at the chance to eat an apple or something comparative.

I learned here that her teeth should be saved by a company that can maintain the tooth and its stem cells for later usage if need be. $625 for setup and then $125 per year for storage and maintenance. I’m glad there is science that is out to help people through treatments of various kinds. But this is an investment that seems worse than insurance. $125 a year which could never be used?

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