Archive for the 'Fun' Category

07
Jun
16

One person CAN make a difference

Don’t let anyone tell you that you alone can’t make a difference!

05
Jun
16

Why is Chewbacca Mask Lady so funny to Adults, but not kids?

I saw a post on Imgur about a Chewbacca mask that you could buy. I went and researched it and saw that it became famous because of a “Laughing Chewbacca Mask Lady.” I had to watch. (NOTE: just watch half way through, the first half isn’t the funny part).

I figured it would be funny… but not that gut-wrenching funny! I haven’t laughed like that in a very, very, long time. I literally cried. Cried. AT WORK!

I started watching other people’s reaction videos and most of them had the same reaction as me – cracking at the seams.

Then I came across a video where a dad watches it with his kids. Shown below:

And I found it interesting that the kids generally didn’t find it funny. I’d guess that if they watched it alone and didn’t have any laughing stimulus from dad then they would have barely cracked a smile. So I started thinking, what made this so incredibly funny to adults but almost irrelevant to kids?

The only thing I could think of is that the thing that is funny about this isn’t her laugh but rather the situation of the laughter and how crazy it gets. As adults we are always forced to be pillars of seriousness. Seldom do we just lose ourselves to laughter. Sure, we might laugh but never do we laugh so hard that we can’t stop laughing. So to see another adult find pure, unadulterated joy to where they couldn’t stop laughing over something as silly as a toy mask for a good 2 minutes is just pure joy to everyone. It doesn’t hurt that her laugh is contagious.

But for kids, they don’t quite have the life experience of “being and adult” so they don’t understand how silly this whole thing is nor do they understand how much adults probably envy her just losing it for once. To them it is just some lady laughing in a mask like a mad-woman.

Another way to think about it is if someone tells a joke you don’t get (either over your head or inside-joke) and everyone that is “in” on the joke thinks it is funny while you are lost on the outside because you don’t quite know what it means. You might chuckle a little at other people, but you don’t relate to the joke. I think the same thing is going on here with the kids – they just can’t relate to Chewbacca Mask Lady like adults do.

What do you think?

Also, on a side note… can you watch the video without laughing?

25
May
15

Aging a young couple into their 90s – watch their reactions

Romantics all across the world spend their young lives searching for “the one.”

The one to settle down with, the one to spent their lives loving…

…and the one to grow old with.

Kristie and Tavis were lucky enough to find just that. And in this video, produced by Cut and Field Day, they get to see exactly what that will look like.

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Using prosthetic makeup, a team of professionals gave them extreme “makeolders” and, while the couple got a kick out of seeing themselves look older, the experience ended up being even more emotional than they expected.

At first they showed them what they might look like in their 50s.

Tavis couldn’t stop staring at his wife-to-be. “I hope you look like this,” he marveled. “You look fantastic.”

The couple was then asked to think of some stereotypes about that particular era of life, which forced them to consider what they might be doing then.

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Next, they were made to look like 70-year-olds.

“I can’t help but think about what the potential last 50 years were,” Tavis said. “Where we have gone to be next to each other looking like this and what would have happened in between.”

“We’ll have kids, and grandkids,” Kristie added. “And so many stories.”

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Perhaps the most romantic moment happened when the couple saw how they’ll look at 90 years old.

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After a few sweet exchanges, the interviewer posed a powerful question:

What would be the last words you guys would say to each other?

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Watch the video: 100 Years of Beauty: Aging | Cut Has A Field Day

Original article found here (click).

29
Apr
15

Extreme Success

How do you become great? Original article found here.

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How can I be as great as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Richard Branson?

Extreme success results from an extreme personality and comes at the cost of many other things. Extreme success is different from what I suppose you could just consider ‘success,’ so know that you don’t have to be Richard or Elon to be affluent and accomplished and maintain a great lifestyle. Your odds of happiness are better that way. But if you’re extreme, you must be what you are, which means that happiness is more or less beside the point. These people tend to be freaks and misfits who were forced to experience the world in an unusually challenging way. They developed strategies to survive, and as they grow older they find ways to apply these strategies to other things, and create for themselves a distinct and powerful advantage. They don’t think the way other people think. They see things from angles that unlock new ideas and insights. Other people consider them to be somewhat insane.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

Be obsessed.

If you’re not obsessed, then stop what you’re doing and find whatever does obsess you. It helps to have an ego, but you must be in service to something bigger if you are to inspire the people you need to help you (and make no mistake, you will need them). That ‘something bigger’ prevents you from going off into the ether when people flock round you and tell you how fabulous you are when you aren’t and how great your stuff is when it isn’t. Don’t pursue something because you “want to be great.” Pursue something because it fascinates you, because the pursuit itself engages and compels you. Extreme people combine brilliance and talent with an *insane* work ethic, so if the work itself doesn’t drive you, you will burn out or fall by the wayside or your extreme competitors will crush you and make you cry.

Follow your obsessions until a problem starts to emerge, a big meaty challenging problem that impacts as many people as possible, that you feel hellbent to solve or die trying. It might take years to find that problem, because you have to explore different bodies of knowledge, collect the dots, and then connect and complete them.

It helps to have superhuman energy and stamina. If you are not blessed with godlike genetics, then make it a point to get into the best shape possible. There will be jet lag, mental fatigue, bouts of hard partying, loneliness, pointless meetings, major setbacks, family drama, issues with the Significant Other you rarely see, dark nights of the soul, people who bore and annoy you, little sleep, less sleep than that. Keep your body sharp to keep your mind sharp. It pays off.

Learn to handle a level of stress that would break most people.

Don’t follow a pre-existing path, and don’t look to imitate your role models. There is no “next step.” Extreme success is not like other kinds of success; what has worked for someone else probably won’t work for you. They are individuals with bold points of view who exploit their very particular set of unique and particular strengths. They are unconventional, and one reason they become the entrepreneurs they become is because they can’t or don’t or won’t fit into the structures and routines of corporate life. They are dyslexic, they are autistic, they have ADD, they are square pegs in round holes, they piss people off, get into arguments, rock the boat, laugh in the face of paperwork. But they transform weaknesses in ways that create added advantage—the strategies I mentioned earlier—and seek partnerships with people who excel in the areas where they have no talent whatsoever.

They do not fear failure—or they do, but they move ahead anyway. They will experience heroic, spectacular, humiliating, very public failure but find a way to reframe until it isn’t failure at all. When they fail in ways that other people won’t, they learn things that other people don’t and never will. They have incredible grit and resilience.

They are unlikely to be reading stuff like this. (This is *not* to slam or criticize people who do; I love to read this stuff myself.) They are more likely to go straight to a book: perhaps a biography of Alexander the Great or Catherine the Great* or someone else they consider Great. Surfing the ‘Net is a deadly timesuck, and given what they know their time is worth—even back in the day when technically it was not worth that—they can’t afford it.

I could go on—it’s a fascinating subject—but you get the idea. I wish you luck and strength and perhaps a stiff drink should you need it.

28
Mar
15

IDMA 2014 Winners

Results found here for the 30th International Dance Music Awards – 2014.

Lifetime Achievement

Frankie Knuckles

1. Best Underground Dance Track

Conjure Superstar – Maceo Plex
Crossfade – GusGus
Forget – Patrick Topping
Ghost In The System – Pleasure State
Okay – Shiba San
Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix) – Drew Hill
Walking With Elephants – Ten Walls

2. Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track

Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
Can’t Do Without You (Tale Of Us Remix) – Caribou
Dangerous – Big Data
Digital Witness – St. Vincent
Get Away – CHVRCHES
Sleeping With A Friend – Neon Trees
Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

Continue reading ‘IDMA 2014 Winners’

23
Mar
15

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Pardon the language in this article, but I thoroughly enjoyed this article. All of us, me especially, could learn a bit about caring less about things that don’t matter so that we can direct our energies towards people and things that do matter.

Original article by Mark Manson found here.

In my life, I have given a fuck about many people and many things. I have also not given a fuck about many people and many things. And those fucks I have not given have made all the difference.

People often say the key to confidence and success in life is to simply “not give a fuck.” Indeed, we often refer to the strongest, most admirable people we know in terms of their lack of fucks given. Like “Oh, look at Susie working weekends again, she doesn’t give a fuck.” Or “Did you hear that Tom called the company president an asshole and still got a raise anyway? Holy shit, that dude does not give a fuck.” Or “Jason got up and ended his date with Cindy after 20 minutes. He said he wasn’t going to listen to her bullshit anymore. Man, that guy does not give a fuck.”

Chances are you know somebody in your life who, at one time or another, did not give a fuck and went on to accomplish amazing feats. Perhaps there was a time in your life where you simply did not give a fuck and excelled to some extraordinary heights. I know for myself, quitting my day job in finance after only six weeks and telling my boss that I was going to start selling dating advice online ranks pretty high up there in my own “didn’t give a fuck” hall of fame. Same with deciding to sell most of my possessions and move to South America. Fucks given? None. Just went and did it.

Now, while not giving a fuck may seem simple on the surface, it’s a whole new bag of burritos under the hood. I don’t even know what that sentence means, but I don’t give a fuck. A bag of burritos sounds awesome, so let’s just go with it.

The point is, most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fucks do not deserve to be given. We give a fuck about the rude gas station attendant who gave us too many nickels. We give a fuck when a show we liked was canceled on TV. We give a fuck when our coworkers don’t bother asking us about our awesome weekend. We give a fuck when it’s raining and we were supposed to go jogging in the morning.

Fucks given everywhere. Strewn about like seeds in mother-fucking spring time. And for what purpose? For what reason? Convenience? Easy comforts? A pat on the fucking back maybe?

This is the problem, my friend.

Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.

Indeed, the ability to reserve our fucks for only the most fuckworthy of situations would surely make life a hell of a lot easier. Failure would be less terrifying. Rejection less painful. Unpleasant necessities more pleasant and the unsavory shit sandwiches a little bit more savory. I mean, if we could only give a few less fucks, or a few more consciously-directed fucks, then life would feel pretty fucking easy.

What we don’t realize is that there is a fine art of non-fuck-giving. People aren’t just born not giving a fuck. In fact, we’re born giving way too many fucks. Ever watch a kid cry his eyes out because his hat is the wrong shade of blue? Exactly. Fuck that kid.

Developing the ability to control and manage the fucks you give is the essence of strength and integrity. We must craft and hone our lack of fuckery over the course of years and decades. Like a fine wine, our fucks must age into a fine vintage, only uncorked and given on the most special fucking occasions.

This may sound easy. But it is not. Most of us, most of the time, get sucked in by life’s mean trivialities, steamrolled by its unimportant dramas; we live and die by the sidenotes and distractions and vicissitudes that suck the fucks out of us like Sasha Grey in the middle of a gangbang.

This is no way to live, man. So stop fucking around. Get your fucks together. And here, allow me to fucking show you.

Subtlety #1: Not Giving A Fuck Does Not Mean Being Indifferent; It Means Being Comfortable With Being Different

When most people envision giving no fucks whatsoever, they envision a kind of perfect and serene indifference to everything, a calm that weathers all storms.

This is misguided. There’s absolutely nothing admirable or confident about indifference. People who are indifferent are lame and scared. They’re couch potatoes and internet trolls. In fact, indifferent people often attempt to be indifferent because in reality they actually give too many fucks. They are afraid of the world and the repercussions of their own choices. Therefore, they make none. They hide in a grey emotionless pit of their own making, self-absorbed and self-pitied, perpetually distracting themselves from this unfortunate thing demanding their time and energy called life.

My mother was recently screwed out of a large chunk of money by a close friend of hers. Had I been indifferent, I would have shrugged my shoulders, sipped some mocha and downloaded another season of The Wire. Sorry mom.

But instead, I was indignant. I was pissed off. I said, “No, screw that mom, we’re going to lawyer the fuck up and go after this asshole. Why? Because I don’t give a fuck. I will ruin this guy’s life if I have to.”

This illustrates the first subtlety about not giving a fuck. When we say, “Damn, watch out, Mark Manson just don’t give a fuck,” we don’t mean that Mark Manson doesn’t care about anything; on the contrary, what we mean is that Mark Manson doesn’t care about adversity in the face of his goals, he doesn’t care about pissing some people off to do what he feels is right or important or noble. What we mean is that Mark Manson is the type of guy who would write about himself in third person and use the word ‘fuck’ in an article 127 different times just because he thought it was the right thing to do. He just doesn’t give a fuck.

This is what is so admirable — no, not me, dumbass — the overcoming adversity stuff. The staring failure in the face and shoving your middle finger back at it. The people who don’t give a fuck about adversity or failure or embarrassing themselves or shitting the bed a few times. The people who just laugh and then do it anyway. Because they know it’s right. They know it’s more important than them and their own feelings and their own pride and their own needs. They say “Fuck it,” not to everything in life, but rather they say “Fuck it” to everything unimportant in life. They reserve their fucks for what truly fucking matters. Friends. Family. Purpose. Burritos. And an occasional lawsuit or two. And because of that, because they reserve their fucks for only the big things, the important things, people give a fuck about them in return.

Subtlety #2: To Not Give A Fuck About Adversity, You Must First Give A Fuck About Something More Important Than Adversity

Eric Hoffer once wrote: “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”

The problem with people who hand out fucks like ice cream at a goddamn summer camp is that they don’t have anything more fuckworthy to dedicate their fucks to.

Think for a second. You’re at a grocery store. And there’s an elderly lady screaming at the cashier, berating him for not accepting her 30-cent coupon. Why does this lady give a fuck? It’s just 30 cents.

Well, I’ll tell you why. That old lady probably doesn’t have anything better to do with her days than to sit at home cutting out coupons all morning. She’s old and lonely. Her kids are dickheads and never visit. She hasn’t had sex in over 30 years. Her pension is on its last legs and she’s probably going to die in a diaper thinking she’s in Candyland. She can’t fart without extreme lower back pain. She can’t even watch TV for more than 15 minutes without falling asleep or forgetting the main plotline.

So she snips coupons. That’s all she’s got. It’s her and her damn coupons. All day, every day. It’s all she can give a fuck about because there is nothing else to give a fuck about. And so when that pimply-faced 17-year-old cashier refuses to accept one of them, when he defends his cash register’s purity the way knights used to defend maidens’ virginities, you can damn well bet granny is going to erupt and verbally hulk smash his fucking face in. Eighty years of fucks will rain down all at once, like a fiery hailstorm of “Back in my day” and “People used to show more respect” stories, boring the world around her to tears in her creaking and wobbly voice.

If you find yourself consistently giving too many fucks about trivial shit that bothers you — your ex-girlfriend’s new Facebook picture, how quickly the batteries die in the TV remote, missing out on yet another 2-for-1 sale on hand sanitizer — chances are you don’t have much going on in your life to give a legitimate fuck about. And that’s your real problem. Not the hand sanitizer.

In life, our fucks must be spent on something. There really is no such thing as not giving a fuck. The question is simply how we each choose to allot our fucks. You only get a limited number of fucks to give over your lifetime, so you must spend them with care. As my father used to say, “Fucks don’t grow on trees, Mark.” OK, he never actually said that. But fuck it, pretend like he did. The point is that fucks have to be earned and then invested wisely. Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.

Subtlety #3: We All Have A Limited Number Of Fucks To Give; Pay Attention To Where And Who You Give Them To

When we’re young, we have tons of energy. Everything is new and exciting. And everything seems to matter so much. Therefore, we give tons of fucks. We give a fuck about everything and everyone — about what people are saying about us, about whether that cute boy/girl called us back or not, about whether our socks match or not or what color our birthday balloon is.

As we get older, we gain experience and begin to notice that most of these things have little lasting impact on our lives. Those people’s opinions we cared about so much before have long been removed from our lives. We’ve found the love we need and so those embarrassing romantic rejections cease to mean much anymore. We realize how little people pay attention to the superficial details about us and we focus on doing things more for ourselves rather than for others.

Essentially, we become more selective about the fucks we’re willing to give. This is something called ‘maturity.’ It’s nice, you should try it sometime. Maturity is what happens when one learns to only give a fuck about what’s truly fuckworthy. As Bunk Moreland said in The Wire (which, fuck you, I still downloaded it) to his partner Detective McNulty: “That’s what you get for giving a fuck when it wasn’t your turn to give a fuck.”

Then, as we grow older and enter middle age, something else begins to change. Our energy levels drop. Our identities solidify. We know who we are and we no longer have a desire to change what now seems inevitable in our lives.

And in a strange way, this is liberating. We no longer need to give a fuck about everything. Life is just what it is. We accept it, warts and all. We realize that we’re never going to cure cancer or go to the moon or feel Jennifer Aniston’s tits. And that’s OK. Life fucking goes on. We now reserve our ever-dwindling fucks only for the most truly fuckworthy parts of our lives: our families, our best friends, our golf swing. And to our astonishment, this is enough. This simplification actually makes us really fucking happy.

Then somehow, one day, much later, we wake up and we’re old. And along with our gum lines and our sex drive, our ability to give a fuck has receded to the point of non-existence. In the twilight of our days, we carry out a paradoxical existence where we no longer have the energy to give a fuck about the big things in life, and instead we must dedicate the few fucks we have left to the simple and mundane yet increasingly difficult aspects of our lives: where to eat lunch, doctors appointments for our creaky joints, 30-cent discounts at the supermarket, and driving without drifting to sleep and killing a parking lot full of orphans. You know, practical concerns.

Then one day, on our deathbed, (hopefully) surrounded by the people we gave the majority of our fucks to throughout our life, and those few who still give a fuck about us, with a silent gasp we will gently let our last fuck go. Through the tears and the gently fading beeps of the heart monitor and the ever-dimming fluorescence encapsulating us in its divine hospital halo, we drift into some unknowable and unfuckable place.


24
Feb
15

30th Annual IDMA Ballot

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Here is my voting record. Many things I didn’t vote for because they are out of my scope of interest or experience so those were left blank.

  1. Best Underground Dance Track: Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ams4ifjqUg
  2. Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track: Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFEmTsfFL5A
  3. Best Indie Dance Track: Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JozUoRIbsEE
  4. Best Latin Dance Track: Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno – Bailando
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8I-7Wk_Vbc
  5. Best House/Garage/Deep House Track: Kiesza – Hideaway
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESXgJ9-H-2U
  6. Best R&B/Urban Dance Track: Jeremih Feat. YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ycBvqm9LFQ
  7. Best Electro/Progressive House Track: Martin Garrix & MOTi – Virus (How About Now)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXIDtf1wP0g
  8. Best Rap/Hip Hop/Trap Dance Track: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w
  9. Best Trance Track: Andrew Rayel – Dark Warrior
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Q2sidHUz0
  10. Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass Track: Sigma ft Paloma Faith – Changing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAeotgCHL3E
  11. Best Tech House/Techno Track: UMEK ft. Jay Colin – Burnfire
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFpSxs8x80
  12. Best Chillout/Lounge Track: Melosense – Connected
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlZWBKXXFsE
  13. Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track: Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Blame
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ACl8s_tBzE
  14. Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix:
  15. Best Global DJ: Calvin Harris
  16. Best North American DJ: Porter Robinson
  17. Best European DJ: Avicii
  18. Best Break-Through DJ: Duke Dumont
  19. Best EDM/Pop DJ: Avicii
  20. Best Trance DJ: Markus Schulz
  21. Best House/Garage/Deep House DJ: Dusky
  22. Best Indie Dance/Underground DJ: Madeon
  23. Best Progressive House/Electro DJ: Fedde Le Grand
  24. Best Techno/Tech House DJ: UMEK
  25. Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass DJ: Netsky
  26. Best Hardstyle DJ:
  27. Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ:
  28. Best Artist (Solo): Calvin Harris
  29. Best Artist (Group): Cash Cash
  30. Best Break-Through Artist (Solo): Kiesza
  31. Best Break-Through Artist (Group):
  32. Best Full Length Studio Recording:
  33. Best Featured Vocalist Performance – Title, Vocalist/Artist:
  34. Best Music Video: Kiesza – Hideaway
  35. Best Producer: Calvin Harris
  36. Best Remixer: R3hab
  37. Best US Club:
  38. Best Global Club:
  39. Best Music Event – Event, Location:
  40. Best Radio Station (Internet, Terrestrial, Satellite, App): Digitally Imported
  41. Best Music Media Resource (Online or Print): DJ Mag
  42. Best Music App: Digitally Imported
  43. Best EDM/Dance Music Retailer: Beatport.com
  44. Best Global Music Label: Spinnin’ Records
  45. Best American Music Label: Ultra Music
  46. Best Indie/Underground Music Label:
  47. Best Music Label Promoter Or Exec In-House:
  48. Best Independent Music Promotion/Marketing:
  49. Best Promo Subscription Service/Music Pool:
  50. Best New Product of the Year:
  51. Best Manufacturer of the Year:
  52. Best Studio Product of the Year:
  53. Best DJ Software:
  54. Best Mixer:
  55. Best DJ Controller:
  56. Best Media Player:
  57. Best Headphones:



Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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