A Cunning Mind-The Mythological Trickster

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The following is a paper I wrote for my mythology class about the role of the trickster in mythology, I think it turned out pretty well, so I’m sharing it with you guys, all three of you loyal readers. ūüôā Enjoy.

 

A Cunning Mind- The Mythological Trickster

 

Tricksters have played quite the role in various mythologies since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before that if we’re inclined to listen to some of the characters tell it themselves.  While other Gods and Goddesses, heroes and villains are known for their heroic or nor so heroic deeds, the tricksters gift is of their mind, their cleverness is what gets them into and out of any situation they come across.

In some cases, the trickster does a benefit to others, such as when the Native American trickster God Coyote stole fire from the fire beings to keep mankind warm in the winter (“How Coyote Stole Fire.” How Coyote Stole Fire. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.)¬† This was also done, similarly but in a different fashion, by Prometheus, in Greek mythology.¬† Though, he had slightly different reason than sympathy to give mankind the gift of fire, as he was their creator as ordered by Zeus to do so after Zeus pulled him out of Tartarus.¬† (“The Myth of Prometheus ‚Äď The Thief of Fire.” Greek Myths Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 121 July 2016) Strangely enough, and this is comparison for another time, the Greeks also went with the story of the God creating man from earth and water as did the Judeo-Christian faith sometime thereafter historically.

In the case of Prometheus, Zeus had instructed him not to imbue the newly created mankind with any special gifts, as I imagine he didn‚Äôt want any kind of potential uprising down the road.¬†¬† After all his whole familial history was built around a cycle of usurping power.¬†¬† So not even the spark of fire could belong to man.¬†¬† But Prometheus felt no loyalty to Zeus, and felt sympathy for the cold powerless humans below, so he tricked the goddesses who were watching the area where Zeus had kept his fire by tossing them a golden pear, saying it was for the most beautiful goddess in Olympus.¬†¬† While the goddesses began to fight each other over whom the pear was intended for, and the other gods were inclined to watch the Olympian smackdown, Prometheus made his move, stealing fire for mankind, keeping it in a hollowed out pumpkin (“The Myth of Prometheus ‚Äď The Thief of Fire.” Greek Myths Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 121 July 2016), and gave it to the squishy humans below.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Unlike Coyote though, who had no one to answer for his actions, Prometheus was punished by Zeus for his stealing of the fire however, and was chained to a rock on Mount Caucasus, where he was forced to have his liver eaten out by an eagle, over and over again for eternity‚Ķor until Hercules freed him later on in one of his adventures at least.

These are cases of tricksters helping people though, more often than not, the trickster is more out to amuse his own curiosity, as is often the case in many of the Norse God Loki‚Äôs exploits.¬† One of his more famous exploits is his role in the death of the god Baldur.¬† Baldur‚Äôs mother Frigga hears a prophecy that Baldur will die, and to prevent this she essentially makes an agreement with all living things that they will not harm her son, all except for mistletoe, which the gods considered so small a thing that couldn‚Äôt possibly cause Baldur any harm.¬†¬† Loki realizes this, and forges a spear made of mistletoe, which he hands to the blind god Hod, and instructs him to toss it to Baldur.¬†¬† Hod not knowing what the spear was forged from, he tosses it to Baldur, who gets impaled by the spear, and dies.¬† His spirit is then taken to Hel, the Norse realm of the dead.¬† There is a way he can be resurrected, however, if all the living things in the realms cry for his loss, which they do, save for one cold hearted female frost giant who likely was Loki in disguise in the first place, and so Baldur remains in Hel until the end of days, Ragnarok.¬† (“Loki – Norse Mythology for Smart People.” Norse Mythology for Smart People. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.)

 

As I’ve shown, the trickster can be either a helpful ally or a thorn in the side of any story, the one thing that you can count on for sure is that a trickster will never make a story not entertaining.

 

“How Coyote Stole Fire.” How Coyote Stole Fire. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.

“Loki – Norse Mythology for Smart People.” Norse Mythology for Smart People. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2016.

“The Myth of Prometheus ‚Äď The Thief of Fire.” Greek Myths Greek Mythology. N.p., n.d. Web. 121 July 2016.

 

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Reel Geek’s Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

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In 2013, brothers Mike and Dave Stangle needed to find dates for their cousins wedding. To get said dates they put out an ad on Craig’s List which went viral, earning them spots on the Today show and other shows, and even a book and movie deal. ¬†This movie is the result of that deal.

In the movie version, Mike and Dave are played by Zac Efron and Adam Devine (Workaholics, Pitch Perfect), two crazy, party loving bros of brothers, who always find a way to ruin any family gathering ever with their shenanagins. ¬†Their parents, played by Stephen Root (Dodgeball, Office Space), and Stephanie Faracy (The Great Outdoors) have grown tired of said shenanagins, so for their sister Jeannie’s wedding (played by Sugar Lyn Beard of voice acting for Beyblade and Sailor Moon fame) ¬†they need to find dates, hence the title of the movie.

Just like in real life, they put out an ad on Craig’s List, which goes viral and leads to tv time. ¬†While they’re looking for nice girls to take on this wedding, they get scammed by two party girls Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza-Parks and Rec, Dirty Grandpa) and Alice (Anna Kendrick-Pitch Perfect) into accompanying them on this destination wedding to Hawaii, and hijinks ensue.

While yes, this is a highly dumb comedy, I had a blast with it, laughing almost the entire way throughout the movie. ¬† The jokes landed 9 out of 10 times, ¬†which is more than I can say for some other comedies I’ve seen this year. ¬† It does have a bit of that raunchy gross-out humor as these types of comedies tend to have, but I’m a fan of that stuff, and it’s done well here in this movie. ¬† ¬† ¬†Zac Efron and Adam Devine have great comedic timing and chemistry together, and these types of movies have really been where we get to see Efron shine in movies as of late, and it works for him. ¬† It’s also great to see a different comedic side of Anna Kendrick, whom we know is hilarious from Pitch Perfect, and her own tweets and appearance on Lip Sync Battles, but her role ¬†in this movie is unlike what I’ve seen from her before, and it’s nice to see a different side of her acting range.

The only real complaint I have about the movie is in the casting of Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza, they were both great in the movie, but it’s also the same types of roles I’ve seen the two of them playing for years now. ¬†Him, the dumb frat bro type, and her, the sarcastic, quick witted, snarky young woman. ¬†I know that there has to be more range to them than that, Aubrey Plaza especially, who I first saw and immediately liked in Judd Apatow’s Funny People, and then saw her on Parks and Rec she’s been stuck in that April Ludgate-Dwyer esque role since then. ¬†She does it well, but I want to see more from her in movies.

All in all, it’s a hilarious movie, not going to win any awards, but there are worse ways to spend an hour and some change at the movie theater doing. ¬† ¬†4 out 5 Stars. ¬† ¬†Til next time, be sure to Keep it Reel.

In Defense of: Hydra Cap

 

 

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It was the phrase heard round the world, Captain America, beloved cultural icon of the past 75 years, uttering the phrase “Hail Hydra” after seemingly killing one of his associates, and a flashback to his childhood revealing that all along he’d been working for the quasi Nazi organization, despite fighting the good fight against it for however long it’s been in Marvel time for him since he got thawed out. ¬† ¬† And thus, earning the ire of everyone on the internet it seems, including a lot of people who’ve never read a Captain America comic in their lives but kind of think the movies are cool, are upset by this revelation. ¬†It’s akin to Hulk Hogan joining the NWO, ¬†Stone Cold shaking Vince Mcmahon’s hand, or Benedict Arnold joining the British, for a non pro wrestling metaphor.

And everyone and their mother has an opinion about this, mostly stemming from the press interview the writer and editor of the book have done, which mostly says “this isn’t a hoax, this isn’t a dream, this is the real deal Steve Rogers you see in that issue”. ¬† But from what all I can see online is, this extra stuff, that he’s been really working with Hydra all along, and has played the world for the better part of 75 years…I didn’t get that from reading the issue.

I won’t spoil it here, but I saw nothing really in that issue that says any of that, I see him do one maybe villainous thing (kills a guy, but we don’t see a body, so rule one in comic book logic, no body means not dead) and says the phrase ‘Hail Hydra’, but that’s it. ¬†That’s all we know about what’s going on here is those two things, that and a flashback from his childhood, but nothing in that says specifically that he himself is a villain.

 

Marvel is clearly getting their money out of this though, with all the talk surrounding this issue, and people will likely be rabidly awaiting the next one to see how this whole thing pays off, aside from the ones that are ‘boycotting’ Marvel after this issue, saying they’ll never read a Marvel book again, and I’m sure that some of those same people complaining…have yet to actually read a Marvel comic, but that’s a different debate) ¬† I say, it’s a bold move, but let’s see how this plays out before jumping to conclusions here.

For all we know, this is an elaborate triple cross move, and Cap hasn’t turned his back on America. ¬†Or, maybe he’s gone the Hal Jordan in the mid 90’s route, and will play the bad guy for a while, we don’t know, but one thing’s for sure, we’re definitely looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Reel Geek’s Review of Captain America: Civil War

 

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So, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, Captain America:Civil War is the third installment in the Captain America franchise, and the thirteen movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has produced more hits than misses in it’s 8 year run. ¬† ¬†The movie in itself has the difficult task of following up 2014’s excellent Captain America:The Winter Soldier, as well as being a better Avengers sequel than Age of Ultron, which I still liked, but admit that it was flawed. ¬† Is it worth seeing, well I kind of gave it away already, yes, it’s totally worth seeing, but you’re likely just killing time at work, so you might as well read the review anyway. ¬†Mild spoilers ahead, so be cautious. ¬†If you haven’t seen it yet, just stop reading now, it was really good, and come back here and read this later. ¬†It’ll still be here.

 

So, Civil War picks up in our present day, or roughly around the same time concurrently that Ant-Man was taking place, with Captain America and The Avengers (remember that arcade game?) tracking down former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent turned mercenary Brock Rumlow, now in full Crossbones gear to Africa, when things don’t go as planned.

 

Between that, ¬†and Tony Stark getting some information from Miriam Sharp about her son’s death during the Avengers battle with Ultron in Sokovia (which turns out to be as destructive as Superman’s fight with Zod was in Man of Steel) ¬†now Secretary of Defense “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt reprising his role from The Incredible Hulk) brings up the Sokovia Accords, documents that would force The Avengers to register as government agents not too dissimilar from the Superhero Registration Act in the comic book version. ¬†Only difference being that it seems that these documents just pertain to The Avengers it seems, and not all metahumans (to use DC’s phrase for super powered people) so Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and company are all excluded from having to worry about this apparently, though I really wish Marvel’s movie and tv sides would work together, since that’s how it was intended to be in the first place.

Iron Man and a handful of other Avengers agree to the accords, but Captain America can’t bring himself to sign the document, after the events of The Winter Soldier, he’s no longer as trusting of the government, let along being forced to work on their behalf. ¬† Also during this, it appears that Captain America’s old friend Bucky is back, and just blew up a UN meeting, which sends Iron Man and his crew after him, including Prince T’Challa of Wakanda, The Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman from 42) ¬† ¬†¬†Captain America and The Falcon go off to find Bucky before Iron Man does, and here’s where the conflict truly starts to begin.

 

 

 

Now that we know what the movie’s about, how good is it? ¬†The movie has a fantastic script to work from Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely (writers of the previous Captain America movies, as well as 2005’s The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) ¬†There’s a lot that goes down in this movie, and a lot of characters, a lot of plot, and a lot of action, and the movie is super long too, but you’re invested as an audience member every step of the way. ¬†Not once during it’s entire 147 minute runtime did I look at my phone once to check the time.

The acting is fantastic all across the board as well, Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evan’s chemistry shines, as well as the whole cast just bounces and plays off each other so perfectly in this movie, ¬†we know going into this movie that they’re going to knock it out of the park, so that was never a question.

I do have to give major props though to Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland though, as The Black Panther, and Spider-Man respectively. ¬†I’ve never really known too much about The Black Panther, the most I’ve read of the character in the comics has been in the past year or so since I started reading the Marvel Universe in chronological order thanks to the Marvel Unlimited app (cheap plug, it’s fantastic) ¬† But from what I’ve read, he embodies the character perfectly.

 

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And speaking of perfectly embodying a character, first we had Tobey Maguire, who was a fantastic Peter Parker, but not a great Spider-Man, then we had Andrew Garfield, perfect Spider-Man, (even had the right accent for Queens, where Peter is supposed to be from) but always seemed too cool, too hipster to be a right Parker. ¬†And now lastly we have Tom Holland (The Impossible) as the pitch perfect Peter Parker and Spider-Man. ¬†I guess third time’s the charm. ¬† ¬†He’s the youngest Spider-Man we’ve ever ¬†had, and I’m hoping that he sticks around a while so we can see that character’s evolution past high school (which filmmakers keep falling back on, even though that was only a snapshot in the character’s history) ¬† ¬†We also get a brief glimpse at Marisa Tomei’s youngest Aunt May ever, which I was suprisingly okay with. ¬†I mean, after thinking about it, how old are your aunts generally when you’re a teenager? ¬† ¬†It fits with today’s society, and she kind of reminds me of the aunt from Big Hero 6 in a way. ¬† ¬† You didn’t really expect them to fall back on the elderly frail aunt in 2016 did you? ¬† ¬†It’s different, but it works.

The visual effects and the action are all top notch as well. ¬†The Russo Brothers (Captain America:The Winter Soldier, the best episodes of Community) ¬†can direct epic action surprisingly well. ¬†The camera does get a bit shaky at times, which some of my friends I saw the movie with didn’t like, but it didn’t bother me.

And huge props as well to Paul Rudd for stealing the show as Scott Lang/Ant-Man once again, his interaction with Team Cap was fantastic. ¬†He’s not in the movie enough for my taste, but he makes do with what he has, and just kills it again. ¬†Really looking forward to 2018’s Ant-Man and The Wasp.

 

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The huge downside of this movie, despite it’s best efforts, and best intentions is that it doesn’t really feel like a Civil War, the scale isn’t nearly as epic as it was in the comics, and to be fair it really couldn’t be, but to call it Civil War when it’s just amongst The Avengers is kind of just being dramatic for drama’s sake. ¬† Now it does take some key plot elements from the comic series, but being that certain characters aren’t included (for rights issues mainly) ¬†it really feels more like a Civil Skirmish at best, to borrow the term my friend used when describing the movie. ¬† In the comic books it was an epic battle that affected the entire Marvel Universe, here it affects…like 10 people…tops, it seems.

And also once again Marvel drops the ball on making a good villain, here we have Daniel Bruhl (Rush, Inglorious Basterds) playing Helmut Zemo, loosely based of the comic book version of the character, minus anything cool about that character from the comics. ¬†Here he’s just a guy, who’s motivations are essentially the same as Batman’s motivation to fight Superman in Batman V Superman, and he does a decent job with the character, but I’m still left wanting more.

 

Really though, overall, Captain America: Civil War is a total blast, my favorite movie of the year now, onto a list of favorites which is short so far for this time of year, with it just being 1. Captain America:Civil War, 2. Deadpool, and 3. Zootopia. ¬†Some minor flaws of course, but it’s a really great time at the theater. ¬†Oh, one last thing I will say if you haven’t watched them in a while, go back and rewatch Captain America:The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, and Age of Ultron again just to refresh yourself, Winter Soldier especially, for one plot point which as soon as a particular date was mentioned, I knew where they were going with a thing. ¬† ¬†So till next time, be sure to keep it Reel.

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

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Reel Geek Review Time: Quantum Break

 

Greetings fellow geeks, this past weekend I finished up the new video game Quantum Break, from the makers of Max Payne 1-2 and Alan Wake, and figured I’d share my thoughts on the experience. ¬†No spoilers, for those of you that haven’t played. ¬† So, without further adieu, here we go.

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So, since Alan Wake, Remedy’s last game, the studio has really been influenced with the episodic nature of genre shows, ¬†that cliffhanger, binge worthy nature that good television has, and this game takes that combined with an innovative, albeit, short action thriller.

The plot of Quantum Break gets a little convoluted, but it’s nothing that people familiar with time travel shows or movies won’t be able to follow. ¬† It starts out with Jack Joyce played by Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, The Following) returning to his hometown after some years away to visit his friend Paul Serene, (played by Aiden Gillen of Game of Thrones fame) who’s had a breakthrough in his latest experiment, well his and Jack’s brother William (Dominic Monaghan from Lost and Lord of the Rings) have completed a time machine.

After testing the time machine on himself, Paul Serene emerges but 17 years older, grayer, a bit more evil than he was prior to the machine, and from there all hell breaks loose. ¬† As it turns out, the machine’s turn on started a fracture in the fabric of time which will eventually end all of time itself. ¬†Some goons with guns burst in, and Jack and Will are on the run. ¬†It turns out also that this same experiment also gave Jack special abilities to manipulate time, rewinding some aspects of it, freezing time, and essentially super speed not too dissimilar from the Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And along the way some allies are met, and some alliances formed, and the game play is fun, fast, and only a little bit frustrating at times. ¬† ¬† The game is divided up into Five episodes, with each episode of game play taking roughly about an hour or so. ¬†After each episode is complete, well the first four at least, you’re presented with a section where you play as Paul Serene, and using his own time abilities, you’re given a choice as to what Monarch (the evil company that Paul runs) ¬†is to do next, which affects how the game’s story plays out, and then once that choice is made, we’re presented with a short live action segment, a mini episode of Quantum Break:the series, where some of the ramifications to the action in the video game portion, and your choices as Paul come to light, and that part of the game is just as entertaining as the video game part.

Lance Reddick of The Wire and Fringe frame plays the mysterious Martin Hatch in both the show and the game, Paul’s colleague who may be more than he seems. ¬† The other actors in the show portion aren’t any name actors, but they all deliver great performances, the show is just as binge worthy as anything else you’d find on Netflix.

And that’s about all I’ll say on what the game is, it’s best left for you to see for yourself. ¬†As far as my judgement goes, it’s an overall, fun, albeit short game, maybe 12 hours max, but it has a lot of replay value, to see what different choices do to the story, and to hopefully answer some questions that for me were still unanswered when I finished the game yesterday. ¬† ¬† ¬† The controls are smooth, graphics are fantastic, especially in the cut scenes, had some uncanny valley stuff going on there for a few seconds. ¬†Only thing I really didn’t like about the game was that plot wise it left some things unanswered, and could really have benefited from a fifth episode of the show wrapping things up rather than the ending the game presented me with. Some minor plot holes towards the end as well, and unanswered questions that I’m not sure are the result of JJ Abrams style writing (leaving things unanswered for a later season, or in this case game) or just that I need to play it through again to get these questions answered. ¬†Overall though I’ll give Quantum Break an 8/10. ¬†In a world of clones of the same thing over and over again, it’s nice to see something refreshing hit the game market, albeit a flawed one.

 

How To Be The Best You That Ever Is, The Best You That Ever Was, The Best You That You Will Ever Be: Using Pro Wrestling As Inspiration For Self Improvement

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So, Wrestlemania just came and went yesterday at the time of this writing (4/4/2016), and it as always was a great show. ¬†( Could have been better in parts, but a lot of memorable moments happened, as they do every year.) ¬† But that’s what Wrestlemania is, it’s the showcase of the best talent that WWE has to offer each year, and they work their hardest all year long to get to that moment, the Super Bowl of professional wrestling essentially. ¬† ¬†I’ve been a fan of the ‘sport’ all my life, since the days of Hulk Hogan telling us to say our prayers and eat our vitamins, up through to today’s “PG Era”. ¬† ¬†And it’s been some great, and not so great entertainment all these years.

You’re probably saying to yourself, what does this have to do with improving yourself? ¬†I don’t even like wrestling. ¬†Or the ones that do, are probably asking, why do you have a picture of Daniel Bryan at the top of the article?, He wasn’t even there yesterday, he retired! ¬†Well, that’s because his story, like mine, like a lot of you, is that of the underdog, the person that nobody really believed can make it in the thing that you’re trying to do, but somehow overcame the odds, and did it. ¬†Yes, his story was scripted, but there’s lessons to be learned in all stories, wrestling included, and what inspired me yesterday, and really recently, in general, was to put this article together for you, to maybe inspire you, and give you some tips and tricks for your everyday life that can be gleaned from the stories of professional wrestling, and give yourself an extra boost of non liquid confidence and courage when you need it. ¬† ¬† So, without further adieu, I give to you, a few tips on how you can use professional wrestling to become the best you that ever is, the best you that ever was, and the best you that you will ever be.

 

1. Make a ‘gimmick’ for yourself.

One of the many conventions in the world of pro wrestling is that everyone has a gimmick, this goes back to the old days of wrestling, where all the wrestlers played different characters. ¬†You most likely remember, (if you’re around my age or slightly younger, the very gimmicky early 90s era of WWE, where everyone had occupation based gimmicks for the most part, your garbage men, race car drivers, and dentists to name a few.

In more recent years, from the Attitude Era on, the more successful wrestling gimmicks were that of the Superstar’s actual real life personality, just cranked up to 11. ¬†You can create this kind of gimmick for yourself, and use it in your everyday life when you need that extra bit of confidence.

You can create this by getting a notebook, I’d reccomend starting a journal for yourself, doesn’t have to be a daily diary type thing, but a book where you can write down your ideas, thoughts, plans, and goals as you begin your journey to be a better you. ¬† In this notebook, on one page, write down three of your best qualities you think you have, for example, mine would look like:

  1. My heart (I care about a lot of things, and a lot of people, wearing my heart on my sleeve has always been my main operating system, no matter how many times I get burned by it, me becoming permanently cynical is just something that will not happen)
  2. My determination. (When I get into something, a tv series, a video game, writing, and now working out/running, I will accomplish what I set out to do, in some cases that’s more productive then others, but I refuse to let anything come between me and my goals, especially when my main obstacle is myself)
  3. My resiliency. (I’ve been defeated more times, in as many different areas of life, including love, more times than I’d care to recall, but each time, I get back up and I throw myself back out there, I bounce back like a three year old that just fell down and scraped his knee. ¬†I’ll cry for a minute, feel sorry for myself, but I get back out there, and return to whatever it was I was doing before.

 

So, I’ll take those three elements of myself, and create an alter ego, which is still me, but with these elements in the forefront of myself. ¬† I’d be Mike ‘Rebound’ Keskeys. ¬† You can only keep me down for so long, before I bounce right back, and I’ll keep at it until I win.

2. Find your ‘Entrance Music’ – Since the Fabulous Freebirds in the early 80s, every pro wrestler worth his/her salt has had entrance music, some catchy or awesome tune that plays when they’re on their way to the ring.

Your own entrance music is a song you’ll play, either on your phone or in your “mindPod”, as I called it getting songs in my head in boot camp to pass the time, that gets you pumped, and ready to take on whatever it is you’re about to take on. ¬† Mine is “Heroes” by Shinedown.

 

Great song, right? ¬†It gets me going whenever I’m about to do something ‘big’, trying to break my run distance, or just before a job interview, or big test. ¬†It’s my song that gets me in the mindset that I’m going to go out there and kick some ass.

 

And the next and last step I have for you today is  cut a promo on yourself.

Wrestlers since the dawn of time, part of the job is being awesome in the ring, the other part is being great on the mic, being able to talk yourself up has made even mediocre wrestlers like Heath Slater more entertaining to the fans. ¬† ¬†Some of the best ‘talkers’ in the history of the business have been CM Punk, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Macho Man Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair..for the sheer insanity of the promos, The Ultimate Warrior. ¬†You get the picture.

 

 

 

And to use this technique yourself, when you’re home by yourself, in your room, or in a private bathroom, talk about yourself in the mirror, tell ‘the world’ why you’re going to do this thing that you’re trying to do, tell them who you are, why you’re there, and that you’re the best there is at what you do. ¬† Yes, it’s similar to the Stuart Smalley character form SNL from back in the day, that “You’re good enough, strong enough, and gosh darn it, people like you” but in a more awesome fashion then that. ¬†You kick ass, dammit. ¬†Never forget that. ¬† ¬†And then, when you’re done with that, put on your entrance music, and get out there, and do what you’re trying to do. ¬†Get that job, run that mile, ask that girl/guy out, just be yourself, but a better version. ¬†Now get out there, and be awesome.

The Dresden Files: The Best Damn Book Series You Haven’t Read..Yet

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10 years ago, when I was in the Navy, I was looking through the Navy Exchange, trying to find a book to read while I was on duty, and I stumbled across this paperback novel called Dead Beat. ¬†A novel of The Dresden Files, the cover informed me. ¬†I’d never heard of this thing, but the way it was described on the back cover intrigued me, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer by way of Phillip Marlowe”, it was advertised as. ¬† ¬†I picked up the book, and, even though I’d never read a book in the series before, it felt like I was right at home. ¬†From the witty first person narration from Chicago’s own, and only Wizard Private Detective Harry Dresden, to the cool villains, to a great action scene that involves a spectrally animated T-Rex skeleton, I was hooked, and wanted to know more.

My next time out at the local mall there, I was on a mission to find one specific book, Storm Front, the first novel in the series. Found it, and while it was a little bit different in tone than the other one, more mystery novel with bits of magic and horror thrown in for extra flavor, it was still a great, quick read, and soon enough I’d purchased the first 6 books in the series to accompany Dead Beat on my book shelf.

And I’ve been hooked ever since. ¬†Shockingly enough though, as far as I can tell Dresden fandom isn’t as big a thing as I would imagine it to be. ¬†In the years since I’ve started to read the series, I’ve met maybe a small handful of people who share in my obsession with these books. ¬† ¬†Thankfully though, these same people haven’t heard of the crappy Syfy Tv Show they tried to make off the books.

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The less said about that, the better. ¬†To be fair, Paul Blackthorne (Capt. Lance from Arrow, these days) did make a pretty good Harry, but that’s about it. ¬†After a few random episodes, they attempt to condense the first novel into an hour’s timeframe, with half the budget it should have had. ¬† ¬†It was mercifully cancelled after a season, but I still say this book series could make a great tv series, if they did it right.

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, why should I invest in another book series this random person on the internet is telling me to read? ¬† Well short version is, because it’s amazing, but secondly because it really has everything you could possibly want in a series of stories. ¬† ¬† If you like any of the following things you will like The Dresden Files

  1. Mysteries
  2. Strongly written awesome female supporting characters
  3. All around strongly written characters
  4. Magical Dimensions
  5. Crime Bosses
  6. a war between Vampires and Wizards
  7. Werewolves
  8. Epic reanimated T-Rex mount
  9. Witty knowledge spirits that live in skulls
  10. Pizza
  11. Polka

And once you’ve read a few, or if you’re already a fan, tell me your favorite Dresden file character or moment from the series? ¬† Til next time guys, be sure to keep it Reel.

 

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