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I was listening to KIIS FM on my way to work this morning and a listener called in to ask, “Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?”

Katy’s reply was something to the effect of: “If I want to make a change, I just make it–that day. If you wait until January 1st, I feel like you’re setting yourself up.” Then she went on to talk about how she needed to get on the treadmill in preparation for her upcoming tour.

In terms of looks, she’s a 9.

With her personality?

10.

A. T. Bui

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red speedometer

“You’re either first or you’re last.”
-Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights

When I first heard this, I laughed because of its silly black-or-white stance on life. Obviously life comprises at least 50 shades of grey. But is that really true?

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music speakers

“Reach for the stars. And if you don’t grab them, at least you’re on top of the world.”
-Pitbull

Go after your dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?

Rejection? Ridicule? You don’t get what you want? Does it really matter?

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Yes Man theatrical release poster

My last post reminded me of this great movie I watched a while back, “Yes Man.” It stars Jim Carrey as a habitual pessimist and recluse, always saying “No” to anything outside of his comfort zone, not because his days are already jam-packed with happenings and life, but because he is accustomed to living in a rut.

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Hajime no Ippo cover

“Not everyone who works hard is rewarded, however all those who succeed have worked hard!”
-Kamogawa

Ok, it’s not quite a movie; it’s anime, but it’s my favorite one. Hajime no Ippo or “The First Step,” is a story about ascending rank in the world of professional boxing. Like many works of fiction, the hero, Ippo in this case, is endowed with a unique gift. He is able to sustain an extraordinary amount of damage to punches before going down, certainly a useful attribute in boxing, but hardly the be-all and end-all. At the same time, he is constrained by a short arm reach, a handicap that he must compensate for throughout his pugilistic career.

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GATTACA theatrical release poster

“There is no gene for the human spirit.”

This is, by far, my favorite movie of all time. It never ceases to inspire whenever I watch it, giving me that much needed shot of ambition. The story takes place in the future when liberal eugenics is the norm. No genetic modification takes place, however it is routine for would-be parents to select the “best” sperm and egg from an extracted batch of their own gametes. Every now and then, a couple decides to conceive a child naturally leaving his or her genetic fate up to a draw of the DNA.

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Katy Perry, Part of Me theatrical release poster

So I went to see “Katy Perry: Part of Me” the other day. If you think this might be the girliest movie ever…

…you’d be right. But! You should watch it anyway. The movie begins with kids giving testimony to Katy Perry’s awesomeness while lights sparkle in the background. At first, I did have an incredible urge to leave the theatre lest I spontaneously transform into a teenage girl. And maybe I would have, if not for the fact that I had dragged my girlfriend to go see it with me in the first place.

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