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I Feel Good

May 26th, 2020

Endorphins are endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones in humans and other animals. They are produced and stored in the pituitary gland. The classification of molecules as endorphins is based on their pharmacological activity, as opposed to a specific chemical formulation

Serotonin is a chemical that has a wide variety of functions in the human body. It is sometimes called the happy chemical, because it contributes to well being and happiness. The scientific name for serotonin is 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT. It is mainly found in the brain, bowels, and blood platelets

Both of these chemicals I like to manufacture and experience their wonderful benefits: nice calm mood and relaxed body. Just what I'd call a positive state of being. It helps me not sweat the small stuff and even tolerate rainy days a lot better. Would you like to experience this too? Easy just get into a regular exercise program and you will. Best way to get "high on your own supply" not break any laws and do right by your body and mind. My exercises of choice: brisk walking, jogging and bicycling-all 3 together is becoming a regular thing for me.

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Gorillas in the Mist

May 25th, 2020

Just got the new podcast up a day or so ago. It felt good to sit down and bang it out. I've been in touch with some of my early podcasting day friends and they've indicated they'd be willing to guest on the show. The shows I hosted and produced were :getting a Leg Up, Free Culture, and A.Connector which has been given a reboot and is going again!So hopefully in the near future we'll get a little more banter with more than just me. We all got started in the early days before Mass Media and radio caught on to the format. Nowadays podcasting is very ubiquitous which is good. I'm an eclectic guy so I think A.Connector allows for that. After all it's about people connecting and there are various points and people that can be connected with and over so don't touch that dial.

The photo is the last days of Venice, CA before the Covid wave hit the shores of the US and I returned to fairly Covid under control Taiwan.

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Mystic River

April 21st, 2020

Been really enjoying the Ringer Network Rewatchables podcast with Bill Simmons and guests. Don't always feel the same about the movies as the reviewers but I do enjoy how they really dive in deep and discuss movies from many different viewpoints/perspectives. I'm even more happy that they have begun The Wire-Way Down in the Hole podcast where they do each episode of series per podcast episode. Same heavy chewing of material and lengthy discussion. Actually got me to notice somethings that I had missed from previous viewings or look at some things through their perspective-good stuff.

Recently I re-watched Mystic River directed by Clint Eastwood and with a cast of Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Larry Fishburne, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden. Excellent director and actors before we even roll the film. This was clearly a morality play and a tragic one at that. I think that's what drew Eastwood a veteran of many spaghetti westerns, some that he directed and acted in-most notably The Unforgiven.

Penn's performance was one of his best. I amazes me that someone that seems to be such a jerk in real life can emote so well and in a nuanced and complex way on screen. I was mulling this over when it hit me-that is probably why he is much less in real life because he puts so much into building his characters. I think some really gifted performers are most real when they're performing and maybe just coasting in real life saving it up for their next role. They few moments between Penn and Bacon some of the best moments in the movie.

 

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Looking Back Over My Shoulder

April 10th, 2020

My last post with Uncle Surfing Su video/documentary project reminded me how much I love finding out history or near history from a participant or observer. It has much more meaning to me than reading it in a book. That being said, I've always loved old phtos. Fascinating window into a time past/time lost. In fact old things become new again-if you never experienced them they are new to you and have a freshness/life force that can touch and inspire.  One of my friend's: Jason introduced to me by Brian-co-producer of Surfing Su project. Jason has many great Taiwanese cultural contacts and is digital culture guy for Taichung City Government.  This photo was shared from archives with me by new friend Liu MingCai-a fellow lover of photography. I did a little re-touching.

Something I've been enjoying a lot lately is new NIN-Ghosts V

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So This Guy Walks Into a Room…

March 22nd, 2020

In fact I was hanging out with my friend in Taichung Park. We were just about ready to call it a day when some local guy comes walking towards us. I caught this out of the corner of my eye. Maybe my radar picked it up early because we're still practicing wearing masks in public spaces and social distancing. He wasn't wearing a mask and he was getting kind of close. He was middle aged and dressed ok so he didn't register as a panhandler/park resident. I've had a bit of experience with park dwellers down on their luck and helped out with numerous food and necessity gifts. This guy starts talking in slow deliberate clear English (clearly educated) maybe a manager or boss type?

He starts to explain how he was gambling and lost a bunch of money so was wondering if we could spot him some so he could buy an EZ Card which would entitle him to ride the bus for free back home? Ironically the EZ Card costs NT$100 (about $3.30) but needs to have funds added to it for use on the bus (he requested NT$70-around $2.25) which would result in free ride within 10km. Note-he didn't ask for fare for the bus ride, he had a more elaborate unreasonable ask

So I declined because I felt his request was one of convenience more than desperation. He was probably trying to save himself a walk or some embarrassment calling his wife, family member or friend and telling them the same tale. He also didn't choose to make his pitch to any locals because most of them are not soft touches and maybe he would have felt that would be an even bigger loss of face.Not hating on the guy but realistically if his story was legit and I happened to be in the casino he was in if he had just won. The chances of me successfully asking him for some of his winnings to offset my bad luck that night would be between slim and none.

Now you know why I don't gamble-I hate to lose.

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