Probably the best filmmaker of his generation, Quentin Tarantino is someone who gets a great deal of my respect both as a director and an inspiring personality. If you’ve ever seen any of QT’s films you’ll know right off that they’re full of gore, sex, violence, and some of the best dialogue in all cinema with a unique vintage feel. His movies bear a non-linear story, which unfold beautifully with perfectly mixed satire and humor that leaves us with the awe ‘Tarantino-effect’. The stories that he tells are so off-the-wall brilliant that even without the shock and great visuals, the films would still be magnificent. The guy crafts his tales from every underlying corners of the society like the mob (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), to the second world war’s Nazi’s (Inglorious Bastards), and to Bruce Lee style kung fu films (Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2). Most recently he’s turned heads with Django Unchained, a super stylized look into the pre- American Civil War south due to which he’s caught a lot of flak (because of the violent and racism content of Django). Nevertheless its no surprise that all that is shadowed by its unique cinematography and surreal depiction.
The fact that Tarantino started out at a video store and without really any formal fim making education makes it clear that the force his movies carry are driven out of pure passion and love, which can be a great source of motivation for everyone.
Yes, people can get a decent impression of you by just hearing about the type of music you like.
Specifically, music is a very strong predictor of how open to new experiences you are.
So what types of people like what kinds of music?
1) Reflective and Complex tastes for music, such as the blues, jazz, classical and folk music, tend to indicate that a person is Emotionally Stable, Open to new experiences, and has above average intelligence and verbal ability.
2) Intense and Rebellious tastes, including a like for rock, alternative or heavy metal, tend to be shared by people who are Open, athletic, and of above average intelligence and verbal ability.
3) People with Upbeat and Conventional taste tend to like country, sound tracks, religious music and pop, and are usually Agreeable, Extroverted, Conscientious, politically conservative, wealthy, athletic, with low Openness, dominance and verbal ability. I always knew there was something suspect about pop-lovers.
4) Last, folks who like rap or hip-hop, soul, funk, electronica are said to have Energetic and Rhythmic tastes, and they are highly Extroverted, Agreeable, and athletic, tend to speak their minds, and are often politically liberal.
Finally, research also shows music truly can change how we see the world. So don’t treat music too lightly.
Note: So there are really few great blogs out there about life and simplicity. And as I was browsing through one of it, I came across an “alternative and better” lifestyle: Minimalism. So I dug it up and here’s what I came to conclude. I’m impressed with it, must say.
Minimalism is a great idea. Less stuff to worry about while getting more space and time for your passions. It is about getting rid of the useless materialistic stuffs and focusing on the things that matter. It is about creating a life with deep meaning, meaningful relationships, live healthy live, contribute and grow as an individual. Sounds promising right?
But it also sounds vaguely occult, unreasonable, outside the status quo, and far away from the comfort zone of us the average consumer (in the beggining, anyway). Why worry about all this when we know we are going to live an explosive life, atleast in the future? In other words, we don’t see why it is a necessary tool to live a more meaningful life than the one we’re living now.
But the problem is, we often forsee the true purpose of our life in this process: being happy. Minimalism promises to stop living the lie start living. It helps us neglecting all the useless and pointless stuffs that lie about pleasure and distract us and find happiness in your relationships and passion. I dare say that it is worth giving a thought.
So this how we start:
Begin with your stuff
Declutter your closet/drawers and desk
Donate your time to help others. Don’t expect anything in return.
Donate your “unused and useless” stuff to charity. Do not worry to let something go because of your sentiment.
Change your habits. And be honest with yourself.
Change your exercise routine.
Reclaim your time. Connect with people who matter to you more often and don’t give a shit what rest of the others think about you.
Pursue your passions. But first find what they are.
Find your mission in life. Work towards it.
We never need more stuffs to live a fulfilling life. Its just about finding the things that make us happy. And thats what Minimalism is all about.
Not a great fan of reviews. They’re really just too long, winded, confusing and feeble attempt to display the critique’s literary superiority over the author of the book, which ultimately exemplify critic’s own inadequacies. But I couldn’t resist pouring my thoughts over about this book. The thing is, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is not like much of those old convectional classics or fictitious and glittery young-adult novels. This book is one hell of a mess of huge array of Swedish characters with each having their own unique intricate background. Yet still with this crowd of people, Steig Larsson is successful in playfully connecting them to create an engaging plot and a very satisfying ending. It creates such an environment in you head that makes you feel like you’ve known the characters all your life. And that’s what makes this book something that stands out from the crowd.
When my browser today loaded up Google, I was awe-struck with this gothic looking cool doodle! As it turned out, today was Barm Stoker’s 165th birthday. And naturally, I clicked though the doodle (which leads to the query) and digged up some facts – Stoker created the most famous Gothic villain in history and literature-the vampire, through his famous book Dracula. Though I havent personally read the book (but yeah, its in my eBook reader- might as well read it someday), its well known that Dracula‘s blend of romance and horror lead it to still be a widely read and studied novel, even before all the current bunch of stupid glittery hig-school vampire-werewolf melodrams (But the show True Blood stands out, must add ).
Talking about the logo though, it blends the goofy yet welcoming spirit in good proportions, which is not new with Google’s way, but is still awesome!