Hollywood thinks we only use 10% of our brains

Lucy_(2014_film)_posterI listen to internet radio. Approximately every eight minutes there is a commercial for Luc Besson’s Lucy. And in the commercial there is a line said by Morgan Freeman, “It is estimated that most human beings only use about 10% of their brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access 100%. . . .”

AHHHH! Is what usually follows inside my 10%.

I’m going to let the cat out of the bag right now: SPOILER ALERT!


Phew, now I feel better.

I’m pretty sure I was in high school (maybe college) when I learned this seemingly insignificant fact that has been turned into a myth and now serves as the plot for not only Lucy but Bradley Cooper’s Limitless (and coincidentally both films have humans accessing 100% of their brains through the help of narcotics—coincidence?), and I’ve had enough. Continue reading


22 pieces of writing advice from Stephen King

If you value Stephen King’s opinion on writing, Maggie Zhang from Business Insider has assembled 22 pieces of writing advice from the prolific author. I’ve pared it down for you into a simple list, but if you want to read the whole article, here it is in its entirety.

1. Stop watching television. Instead, read as much as possible.

2. Prepare for more failure and criticism than you think you can deal with.

3. Don’t waste time trying to please people.

4. Write primarily for yourself.

5. Tackle the things that are hardest to write. Continue reading

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Video of Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace

While writing a blog post about Captain America, I came across this and had to comment real fast, because as a huge fan of the writer David Foster Wallace, I don’t know if I can come to terms with this. Something about it seems more Saturday Night Live than authentic-attempt-at-making-a-movie about a man who really doesn’t need a movie made about him. Do you agree? I imagine if he were alive, David Foster Wallace would be horribly embarrassed by this and would beg for this real-life nightmare to end quickly and quietly.

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In case you needed some video proof of the film, here it is:  Continue reading


David Foster Wallace on Ambition

“If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” – David Foster Wallace

This short video created by Blank on Blank contains elements from novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle’s interview with David Foster Wallace on Leonard Lopate’s Show on WNYC – March 4, 1996

I actually have the full 30 minute interview (along with many other David Foster Wallace interviews) and it’s a good listen.


Living works of art

Alexa-MeadeFor obvious reasons, it’s not everyday that I come across an artist that is so utterly interesting and inspiring. Artist Alexa Meade makes art out of ordinary living beings. She paints directly on the surface of her living models as well as objects surrounding them in three-dimensional space, flatting them into a two dimensional painting. Amazing. According to her website, Alexa Meade’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zürich, and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

You can check out her work here:

A Supposedly Fun Thing – First Edition

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do AgainIn recent years, collecting first editions of books has become a hobby/obsession of mine. I used to collect baseball cards and Star Wars toys (and for a very short period, comic books), and now I feel the same excitement when going into a used-books store or a library resale.

This Christmas, I had ordered David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again and J.J. Abrams S. off of Amazon. This is the first time I have used Amazon to order a used book(s). A Supposedly Fun Thing ended up being a first edition (as advertised) but is a fourth printing, which is what I expected but hoped for better. The quality is excellent and I would probably order from Amazon again as long as I have a gift card or bonus credits.

What the “F” are the Browns doing?

Less than a year ago, Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, and Mike Lombardi (well maybe not Lombardi so much) did their best sales-man act to convince the ever-loyal Browns fans that Rob Chudzinski, a true-rookie head coach, was the right man to lead this football team to the promised land (despite their all-day affair with Chip Kelly, who just teased the front office into believing he was truly interested in coming to Cleveland, when in actuality, he was positioning himself to take what he perceived—as did I—to be a ready-made playoff contender in the Philadelphia Eagles). And as everyone in the American-football-watching world now knows, Rob Chudzinski was relieved of his coaching duties due to the “team’s lack of progress,” which hinged on the fact that the Browns lost 10 of their last 11 games after starting the year 3-2.  So, again, in less than a year, Haslem, Banner, and Lombardi (well, not really Lombardi—if he even really exists) are now telling the Browns community that Rob Chudzinski is absolutely not the man to lead the team to the promised land and that the guy to do so will be named at a later date.  Continue reading

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