Posts Tagged ‘media inspired’

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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My New Favorite Song

Has anyone heard this song?!

Gym Class Heroes (feat. Ryan Tedder) – The Fighter

If you haven’t, go listen to it!  I heard it on the radio today and it is simply amazing.  It is the kind of song that gets me motivated to do the things I know I should do, but don’t feel like doing.  A song that resonates with you can instantly create an emotional high.  And during such a high, you ought to pay attention to what your emotional state becomes associated with.  If not, it will become associated with something automatically–the person you’re with, your environment, a particular object, or even a particular thought.  This is often how couples find “their song.”

That’s all well and good, but if you’re aware of this process, you can take control of it, consciously associating it with a personal goal, for example.  Don’t underestimate how powerful this can be.  For most of my life, I’ve had very poor study habits.  In college, I used to wait until the morning of a midterm or final to tear off the shrinkwrap on my textbook, and begin studying then.  But for my Optometry Admissions Test, I was actually able to prepare a month in advance, putting in 8 hours a day thanks to Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” and Madonna’s “Die Another Day.”  I listened to it almost every 90 minutes of every day during my study sessions.  That may seem a bit excessive, considering how psychotic it made me, but you have to understand: I was really freakin’ lazy!  And that’s what it took to keep my nose to the grindstone.

Anyway, great song!  Go listen to it.  It will make your day.


A. T. Bui

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A clever fox

Two foxes are hiding among the brush watching a flock of chickens feeding in the barnyard. The younger fox says to the older one, “Let’s run over there and kill one of those chickens!” The older fox responds, “No. Let’s wait until they go to sleep in the coop tonight and kill all of them.”

There’s a meaningful difference between taking action “now, not later” versus acting on impulse. In the first case, the emphasis is on not waiting for conditions to be perfect before carrying out your plan. In the latter, on a lack of planning altogether. While it’s true that we should not sit idle while the world passes us by, it may be advantageous to think over your possibilities beforehand.


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An anchor and lifesaver

The squall that has been my life over the last few months is finally starting to quiet down. What has heartened me considerably is to hang my mind on constants–things like my Japanese paper lantern, the only piece of furniture I brought with me from New York.

I remember watching a video in college about a psychology experiment done with orphaned monkey infants. In the lab, some of them were given a metal statue that was intended to act as a sort of surrogate mother. Others were given the same metal statue, but covered in artificial fur to imitate their real mothers. And the last group was given nothing at all.


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