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Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition

2020.10.12 20:42 jonisantucho Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition

Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity.
Then, COVID-19 happened.
And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far).
Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story.
Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead.
But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up.
-Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance.
-Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category.
-Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play.
-Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day.
-Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag.
-French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one.
-Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast.
-Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot.
-I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes.
-Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight.
-Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win.
-Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank.
-Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name.
-News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air.
-Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell.
-On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes.
-One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way.
-Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad.
-Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw.
-Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress.
-Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers.
-Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold.
-Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated.
-Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves.
-Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late.
-The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm.
-The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago.
-The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated.
-The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory.
-The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica.
-The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time.
-The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason.
-The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash.
-Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying.
Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
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2020.09.26 06:00 autotldr 'Kajillionaire' shows how boomers stole from millennials — and what they'll keep stealing

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 62%. (I'm a bot)
A "Kajillion" isn't a real number, so it makes sense that most of what the movie's middle-age con artists, Robert and Theresa, along with their daughter, Old Dolio, steal isn't real money.
Want more articles like this? Follow THINK on Instagram to get updates on the week's most important cultural analysisThe joke-y hook is that Robert and Theresa believe they're the kind of rakish, amoral tricksters you might find in a movie about a casino heist or a bank robbery; Jenkins in particular does a beautiful job of playing a guy who is absolutely convinced he's a George Clooney hero.
We can see that they're merely selfish, amusingly deluded crooks whose greed becomes less charming the more we see of their daughter, a woman who has been utterly smashed by their indifference.
At one point, Robert and Theresa take Old Dolio and Melanie, played by Gina Rodriguez, out to a fancy dinner and recall their years of doing things other than stealing from people.
RelatedBut "Kajillionaire" is also an essential L.A. movie, its sunny despair unmistakable, and it's about a sweet and tentative romance between Old Dolio and Melanie, who is as glamorous as Wood is deliberately frumpy.
There are already quite a few treacly movies and books about the millennial tendency to create family out of trustworthy friends and romantic partners.
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2020.09.09 17:55 nathanbarry The Billion Dollar Blog

Hey everyone, in the past you've all enjoyed some of my blog posts as reddit threads (15 lessons from our first $15 million and The ladders of wealth creation) so I thought I'd share my latest essay, the billion dollar blog.
This is the result of all my research in trying to build a massive company myself and I figured it's better to share it than just keep it in my private notes. I'd love to hear what you think in the comments!

The Billion Dollar Blog

In the summer of 2010 Emily Weiss, a fashion assistant at Vogue, had the idea to start her own fashion blog. She bought a used camera, the domain, and a couple months later the site was live. Into the Gloss showcased the real-world beauty routines of fashion influencers and celebrities. The blog was an immediate hit and by 2012 it received more than 200,000 visitors per month.
Eight years later, what do you think the site is worth? Millions? Tens of millions? While that would be an insane success for a blog, it’s not even close to the correct answer of $1.2 billion.
From Into the Gloss Emily created Glossier, the groundbreaking beauty brand now valued at over $1 billion. That’s the power of an audience.
At first Emily’s story seems like an incredible outlier: a billion dollar company born from a blog? How many times has that really happened? More often than you might think.
After digging deeper into the research I found example after example of creators building a traditional audience and then using it as a launching pad for a massive business.


In 2011 I started my blog,, to write about software design and development. While I didn’t have instant traction, I was earning a living from my blog in just over a year. A year later that turned into a great living from selling ebooks and courses on design. I quickly exceeded my wildest dreams, earning over $250,000 a year blogging and teaching design.
But like Emily, I wanted to turn it into something bigger. From the blog I built ConvertKit, an email marketing software company for creators, that now earns $24 million in annual revenue and is valued at over $100 million and counting. It required a ton of time, persistence, and a completely new mindset on business, but I was able to also turn an audience into a business with massive upside.
In my own quest to build a billion dollar company I’ve studied dozens of creators who have made this transition. This post is for my readers who are thinking about following a similar path.
Let’s dive in.



When Mark Sisson started his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, in 2006 he didn’t think he was taking the first steps towards a $200 million business. At a time when blogs were mostly considered hobbies, Mark was about to build an empire.
As his blog grew, Mark earned a great living through all the traditional methods: paid products, sponsorships, and advertising. He continued to scale with a bestselling book and more products.
Then in 2015 Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a company selling paleo-friendly mayonnaise, dressing, and other sauces. They started just online, but then were able to get distribution in Whole Foods and other retail stores. Just two years later food-giant Kraft acquired Primal Kitchen for $200 million.
Jessica Alba has more name recognition than any blogger ever will. Despite that fame, her wealth doesn’t come from her name or movies, but instead from The Honest Company, a multi-billion dollar consumer goods company she founded.
In every example I looked at I found that personal brands are great for getting started, but this next level nearly always involves moving beyond a personal brand. Creators like Michael Hyatt and Marie Forleo will always be held back by their desire to build a brand around their own name.
That doesn’t mean creators aren’t a figure-head or their name isn’t a part of it—Air Jordan or Kylie Cosmetics come to mind—but the company or product brand is #1.

The Disneyland of quilting

After nearly going bankrupt during the 2008 recession, Jenny Doan and her family moved from California to the small town of Hamilton, Missouri. Her kids set her up with a sewing machine and helped her start a quilting business. After the first year when sales were slow, they helped her turn to YouTube to create tutorials.
In the years since then Jenny turned that tiny YouTube channel into The Missouri Star Quilt Company—which turned Hamilton, Missouri into “The Disneyland of quilting” and now employs over 400 people. Seriously, they own half the town. Forbes estimated their 2019 revenue at over $40 million.
Today Jenny is still putting out a video each week and her channel has grown to 680,000 subscribers. It would have been natural for her to build her online profile under her own name, but by naming it The Missouri Star Quilt Company she pushed her entire business far bigger.


Kylie Jenner was one of the least famous Kardashians, but now she’s the wealthiest. Rather than chasing more fame or influencer status she channeled what she had into Kylie Cosmetics. She was so successful that the entire entrepreneur community wasted time arguing whether or not she was actually a billionaire.
Creators are better than anyone at capturing attention. Attention has value. Brands understand this and pay the creators to redirect that attention towards their own products through advertising and sponsorships.
In a perfect market that attention is worth more than the brand is paying for it. If the brand pays a creator $10,000 for a promotion, they do it because they believe the attention will drive more than $10,000 in product sales and long-term brand value. If that additional value is worth $5,000, that is the value gap that the creator missed out on.
That doesn’t mean the creator should charge $15,000—a brand won’t do something if they don’t get value—but instead the creator should sell their own product to capture the full value.
Ryan Reynolds understands this better than anyone. He could make a ton from endorsement deals, but he realized that’s giving up too much upside. Instead he became an owner in Aviation Gin (which he just sold for $610 million) and wireless carrier Mint Mobile. Each hilarious ad he records drives more sales and builds the brand.

A common misconception

Often creators with an audience will start selling products, but rather than a full product line, it’s branded merchandise. Like Casey Neistat selling branded hoodies and shirts. While these likely sell well to his millions of subscribers, that’s not the same as building a clothing brand.
On the other hand, Candice Poole (Casey’s wife) is truly building a clothing brand with Billy!. It’s important to understand the difference: selling branded products can be a step towards another revenue stream, but it’s not the same as building a brand that can stand on its own outside of the original audience.

You should do sponsorships when it raises your profile

If you are lending your name to another brand it’s likely selling your own product would have more long-term upside. But there are some times that a brand deal raises your own brand. For example, if an up and coming photographer does a deal to be featured in an Apple marketing campaign their own profile and brand will increase significantly.

Capture all the value

None of these companies used affiliate revenue, partnerships, or sponsored posts to drive their revenue. Instead they realized that they already had the most valuable asset that traditional companies were clamoring for: attention. They redirected their loyal following from buying other people’s products (for a small fee) to buying their own products to capture all the revenue and all the brand value.


Justin Jackson made the switch from selling books and courses (which are sold once per customer) to selling Transistor, a subscription software product for hosting podcasts. Like all software as a service, customers pay every month for access to the product.
Katie and Seth Spears built the massively popular blog, earning a living from affiliates, digital products, and sponsorships. Then they leveraged that audience to launch Wellnesse, a personal care product company that I believe will scale to millions in revenue (I’m an investor). Wellnesse makes money from repeat purchases as fans buy more toothpaste, shampoo, and lotions.
How often can your best customers buy from you? If it’s only once or twice, you’ll struggle to scale that company. But if you sell a product they can buy over and over again, you’ll have a much higher customer lifetime value. George Clooney did this with Casamigos Tequila: if you love it you buy more when you run out. He sold the company in 2017 for over $700 million.
ConvertKit follows a similar model where not only do our best customers pay us every month, but as they grow their email list they spend more and more with us (and are thrilled to do it!).


Vani Hari built a massive audience for her site The Food Babe, where she led a crusade for healthy food with clean ingredients. She monetized through cookbooks, meal plans, and affiliates. She then focused that audience into Truvani, her own health supplements company with Derek Halpern which is now well into 8-figures of annual revenue.
As independent creators we’ve seen the incredible value of ebooks, digital products, and courses, but the traditional business community doesn’t value them. It’s not because traditional investors are foolish or snobby, but because that’s not how companies are valued.
Companies aren’t valued based on current revenues, but instead on projected future cash flow.
A company may lose money now, but if investors believe it has the ability for high margins on significant revenue in the future, they’ll pay a premium to own a share of it now. So what product lines have the potential for the best revenues at a solid margin?

Buying higher quality revenue

Andrew Wilkinson used the profits from MetaLab, his design agency, to buy an empire of companies through his investment firm Tiny Capital. Services revenue isn’t highly valued by the broader market (because long-term cash flow is capped), so Andrew used the profits to buy and invest in businesses that are highly valued (software, communities, etc). Effectively trading up for higher quality revenue.
OptinMonster made this move when they rebuilt their popular WordPress plugin into a SaaS platform. Not only could they build a better product that’s easier to maintain, but now they exist in a category (SaaS) that is trusted to deliver great long-term returns.

Better sound

When you think of how to earn more as a hip hop artist the ideas are probably scaling the audience and more endorsement deals with brands. But would you expect a rapper to create one of the most iconic hardware companies of the decade?
In 2006 Dr. Dre said to Jimmy Iovine, “Man, it’s one thing that people steal my music. It’s another thing to destroy the feeling of what I’ve worked on.” Referring to the low quality sound delivered by Apple’s basic earbuds that came with every iPod.
Two years later they debuted Beats by Dre, their own premium headphones. Through product placement and endorsement deals the headphones became iconic. In 2013 Apple purchased the company for $3 billion.
Vani, Andrew, and Dr. Dre all saw that while they could earn a great living in their current paths, they could trade money or attention for a better business model with an even higher upside.


These 5 rules could all be summed up in one phrase: build a business that is desirable to acquire—even if you don’t want to sell. A powerful brand, recurring revenue, a great product line, and a quality business model will drive significant value long-term whether you sell or run the business yourself.


I just shared a ton of examples of creators who made the decision to graduate to bigger upside and pulled it off. This is insanely hard, so we can learn just as much from those who I think should have made the move or tried and failed.


In 2015 Automattic, the makers of, acquired WooCommerce for “more than $30 million.” That’s a massive success and the founders never have to work again…but it’s nothing compared to what they could have built. Before Adii Pienar left WooCommerce he tried to push the other founders to build a hosted version to compete with Shopify directly. His co-founders didn’t want to. They bought him out and then later sold to Automattic.
It turns out selling themes and plugins can be a great business—earning the WooThemes/WooCommerce crew millions of dollars per year—but it can’t be a giant company. The real money is in building platforms like Shopify, BigCommerce, and WP Engine did this and now earns over $100 million per year as a hosting company.
The higher leverage move for the WooCommerce team would have been to build two things:
  1. A user-friendly, hosted competitor to Shopify
  2. A hosting platform for the broader WordPress ecosystem
The WooThemes team turned a huge early hit into a solid exit, but it could have been two separate billion dollar companies.


In 2015 I sat down with Pat Flynn in a San Diego coffeeshop to discuss working together on ConvertKit. Since then he’s become an invaluable advisor who helped rocket ConvertKit into what it was today. But there was another part of that conversation: I tried to convince him to turn Smart Podcast Player, a WordPress plugin that provided a beautiful podcast listening experience, into a full-fledged podcast hosting platform.
At the time Libsyn was the number one player and they had an absolutely terrible user experience. Everyone hated using them, but there wasn’t anything better out there. Pat solved 50% of the problem (the user facing side) by making the listening experience great. I was encouraging him to build it into a SaaS app and solve hosting as well. He had a ton of other great projects going at the time, so he decided not to.
While Smart Podcast Player was a great business, it doesn’t have the same trajectory as Anchor or Transistor.
In talking to Pat before publishing this article he pointed out that the biggest issue was timing. Back then he didn’t have the right team to build a full software platform. But now he does and he’s built Smart Podcast Player into a full podcast site platform called


While I don’t know official numbers, I believe at one time Ramit Sethi was over $10 million in annual revenue with more than 50 employees. All focused on selling high-end courses.
Being in the personal finance industry there are plenty of startups or products Ramit could have created. But I think he wisely realized that creating the next Mint or Wealthfront is an insane amount of work and would require learning new skill sets. But if he wants it, the opportunity is there for him.
Marie Forleo could do the same. In fact, her audience—along with Tim Ferriss and others—was key in helping to launch Shopify’s Build a Business challenge in 2010, which they used to grow. Marie is doing amazing with her business, but if she wanted to take it to the next level she would need to pivot from selling information (her B-School course) to a traditional product for the mainstream market.


Casey Neistat leveraged his YouTube audience to provide initial traction for Beme, a new social network and video sharing app. Casey and the team worked hard, but ultimately couldn’t get traction and the company was acquired by CNN in 2016 for $25 million. The product was shut down and the team was assimilated into CNN.
While he still got his payday, Beme didn’t turn into the hundred million (or billion) dollar success that it could have been. Here’s the problem: Beme was trying to create an entirely new category. It had no competition, which also means there wasn’t built up demand. It’s a trap to think that no competition means an easy path to profits. Usually it means you’ll struggle to get initial adoption.
That said, Casey took his swing and I have a ton of respect for him in that! Interestingly, through starting Beme he actually kicked off his daily vlog which made him far more famous. As his audience grows I think Casey will continue to take big swings beyond Beme and 368 (his next venture). His massive audience will be a growing launch pad for each new idea.


In January, 2019 Caleb Wojcik and Pat Flynn launched a Kickstarter for SwitchPod, their new tripod designed specifically for vloggers. Nearly every vlogger used the Jobi GorillaPod bent into a makeshift monopod to extend your arm and get the camera further away. The GorillaPod worked, but was clumsy and difficult to use.
The SwitchPod had great marketing and quickly raised $415,000 from over 4,000 backers. YouTubers with early access loved it. Creators like Levi Allen and Peter McKinnon recorded rave reviews. Even after launch it has continued to sell well. Caleb and Pat were able to use their audiences and relationships to launch this to initial success, but then… well, they mostly went back to their other (very successful) businesses.
I wanted Pat and Caleb to go all in—to turn SwitchPod into a camera gear company run by creators who really get the audience. I believe in this market they could beat out Gorillapod and build a company worth at least $10 million. They have other ventures that are doing really well (and there’s nothing easy about this), so I don’t fault them for choosing a different path.


Copyblogger built a large audience through teaching content marketing. Rather than just selling courses or other content Brian Clarke partnered with Brian Gardner and others to merge together the content machine with Studiopress WordPress themes and Synthesis web hosting. It was a brilliant move to sell a higher value product to the same audience.
Later they bundled further to launch Rainmaker, an all-in-one marketing platform for bloggers. I believe this was a good move, and it was certainly an attempt to graduate to even more upside. Ultimately it failed and the company was divided up again and sold off in pieces.
It’s hard to say exactly why Rainmaker failed, but I think it was a combination of building as a bundle of WordPress plugins rather than a custom platform, the team coming from the marketing world and not building a true engineering culture, and the founders gradually losing interest.
The Copyblogger team had the right idea to use their audience to sell products with more long-term value than content, but were unable to truly execute.


We’ve learned from both the wild successes and the missed opportunities. So let’s cement our learnings with a little fun: pick your favorite creator with a massive audience. How could they make this transition? I’ll start by speculating with a few:


For those who are just getting started, the most important thing to understand is that an audience is key. If you’re looking for step one on this massive journey it’s to get good at building an audience.
If you have an audience, focus on scaling it. What will get you in front of the most people? If you want to go big it probably isn’t the time to focus on monetization, but instead creating incredible content that will really spread.
For those that already have that massive audience, it’s time to look at selling your own products and driving that attention to build a brand.
If you’re already selling your own products and building a real brand, keep at it. This will take a long time. I’ve been working on ConvertKit for 7 years. I think that it will take me at least 5 more to build ConvertKit into a company worth $1 billion.
Compound interest is the most powerful force on earth. Build a product and brand that can experience compound growth. Then work on it for a really long time.
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2020.08.28 04:49 LauraVi 💎RC August Update Survey: the results.💎

💎RC August Update Survey: the results.💎
Hello everyone! Here is what this community liked/disliked about the latest RC update. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our August Update Reddit Community Survey!
💎First of all, a little reading data. How many of those who responded have read each story?
96% of the respondents read Heaven's Secret, 94.2% read Love from Outer Space, 93.9% read Dracula: a Love Story, 92.8% read Chasing You, 90.3% read Legend of the Willow and 82.8% read Seduced by the Rhythm.
💎How popular was each update? We asked you to rate the new chapters with a score between 1 and 5, (where 1= I did not like it, 5= I loved it). Here are the average scores: all stories fared pretty well!
-- Heaven's Secret: 4.4
-- Dracula: a love story: 4.3
-- Chasing You and Legend of the Willow: 4.2
-- Love from Outer Space: 3.7
-- Seduced by the rhythm: 3.4
.💎But here comes the juicy stuff. Which characters had the best and worst scenes in this update?

.⚠️Warning: plot spoilers for the August update are contained in this post from this point on. ⚠️

.💎The top 10 overall BEST scenes go to:
(1) Lucifer (HS) - 62.1% - I guess being murdered by your almost father-in-law is not that bad if it means seeing your boo showing a little more emotion than his usual iceberg self. We just hope Fencio is not gonna be getting any ideas now, because MC's neck needs at least 24h to recover.
(2) Present-day Vlad (DLS) - 52.2% - Oh my! Vlad has evidently put to good use his centuries of immortal torment by refining his seduction skills to blade-of-grass level of sexy. Never mind that he might have some serious anger management issues and/or a curse: we all want a piece of that!
(3) Winchesto (HS) - 49.6% - This charming, leather-clad demon has not been in the story for long, but his untimely - and super morbid - demise certainly resonated with most of us readers. His emotional goodbye will always be in our hearts, hashtag gone-but-not-forgotten, hashtag RIP, hashtag should-have-been-rebecca.
(4) Alex (CY) - 48.5 % - What's fair is fair: in this update Alex literally threw himself under a bus-sized chandelier to save MC, so honestly, he should have at least gotten first place out of this. His reckless courage impressed all of us, and not even Sam's sweaty sexy-time in the gym managed to outshine his sacrifice. Well done Alex!
(5) At 46.9% we have a tie: Bont (HS) - Ignoring the whole crying-creepy-black-tears incident, many players were happy to welcome this quarantine champion back to the outside world. We don't know if it was the daring escape or the romantic rendez-vous to leave more of an impression, but Bont has shot up the ranks of favourite characters at supersonic speed. And Kazu (LOW) - This soft spoken, hardly-ever-bothered cutie had us all drooling from day one, and while we were all sad to say goodbye, the quality time with him, his gentleness and excellent taste in ladies' accessories left a lasting memory that will tide us over to the next update.
(6) The big ass snake (HS) - 37.5% - Wisdom comes from the unlikeliest of places. The brief interaction with this scaled friend, who woke up from a millennial slumber just to be turned into a shish kebab, left a great impression on all of us. He could have made for a great pet, but alas it was not meant to be, hashtag gone-but-not-forgotten, hashtag RIP, hashtag should-have-been-rebecca.
(7) Dino (HS) - 36.8% - Sweet angel Dino decided to put a ring on it - or as close as he could - and he crowned his love proposal with a seriously baffling aerial sex scene. But physics be damned, lots of us clearly enjoyed that! His generous, no-question-asked help with a risky prison break - if you picked him, that is - keep him firmly in the heart of the readers. Go Dino!
(8) Brandon (SBR) - 32.4% - The undying love for sexy jerks is never in shortage on this sub. We are all clowns for the sultry, seductive, seriously selfish Brandon, who had the guts to vanish for 5 years to go count his money and come back with a jaw the size of Texas. All was forgotten as soon as he played 7 floors in heaven, and now we are all looking in the mirror and reconsidering our life choices. Hashtag worth-it, hashtag was-it-though, hashtag anything-better-than-tony.
(9) Takao (LOW) - 32% - The quiet, silver-haired master had us all in a tizzy with his request of a home visit. Those who decided to take a leap and go see him despite Mei's reasonable worries obviously thought his platonic company was worth the diamonds. We are all aboard the Takao train apparently - even if we are not really sure where it's headed yet.
(10) Young Vlad (DLS) - 30.5% - We all love Vlad so much that we gave him not one, but two spots in the top-ten best scenes of this update. We are clearly not bothered by his Emo-boyband fringe: this dog-loving, generous and feisty young prince has us all starry eyed - all the way from 1444.
💎And the top 10 overall WORST scenes go to:
(1) Tony (SBR) - 35.7% - Do we need to say more? This entitled jerkface might be trying to get into MC's brain - and knickers, probably - but we all agree we're not having any of it. Let's give it a few chapters, shall we? We haven't even seen him topless yet... Hashtag hey-bb-u-up, hashtag sending-d-pics, hashtag d-for-dance-ofc.
(2) Satan (HS) - 25.1% - If your idea of harmless fun is temporarily murdering people, you definitely deserve a place on the podium of the worst. Satan might have a taste for the horrid but having our MC's neck snapped is definitely no one's kink on this sub. That we know of, yet.
(3) Millie (DLS) - 23.3% - Now. Far from us to go against the popular opinion. But... really? A teenage girl with a silly crush on a guy your MC might-or-might-not also be snogging is just a little less horrible than the literal Lord of Hell who murdered your MC? Guys, we might need to talk priorities here.
(4) Gustavo (SBR) - 19.8% - Shame on you, Walmart George Clooney! And here we were, thinking we bagged a silver fox! But no, he was a snake all along. And not even the cool, it-gave-me-superpowers kind of snake. His betrayal was something we all saw coming, but still kinda hurt tbh.
(5) At 15.9% we have a tie: Rebecca (HS) - This blonde boss lady is not getting any Best Mum mug any time soon, because her short and un-sweet interaction with the daughter she hadn't seen in 10+ years has landed her a spot in the naughty corner. We are saddened, but not surprised. And Mehmed (DLS) - As we all expected, the new teenage Sultan is a piece of work. We would all gladly pay diamonds to get Berdus to trample him a little bit next time he goes out for a horse ride, but for now we just have to make do with hating him at a distance. Hasthag keep-your-hands-to-yourself, hashtag you-wish-jerk, hashtag cousinzoned-forever.
(6) Eve (CY) - 15% - This Russian bombshell who can't even hold her liquor had us all quite shocked by attacking MC in the bathroom. What the heck was all that about? And why would anyone twist nipples as a defensive move? Is that a new TikTok trend we missed out on? In the meantime, we all hope she'll keep her claws away from MC - and the vodka.
(7) Molly (SBR) - 14.5% - Sweet Molly has managed to date a guy who's a professional dancer for months without asking once what does he do for a living. But maybe he moonlights as Starbucks barista and his love for latte art had her bamboozled? Regardless, she should have dropped him the moment he was rude to her big sis - you know, the one who gave up her career to raise her. Her spot in the worst corner is kinda deserved, ngl.
(8) Azumi (LOW) - 12.8 % - Jealousy is not a good look, and Azumi's cattiness towards Mei lands her in the unlikeable pile for good reasons. Considering she's basically the only other female character who's not dead or old or a monster, are we looking at an enemy-to-lover route here, or she's just mean and that's it? Only time will tell.
(9) The Cadogan twins (CY) - 12.3% - The whole juice back and forth was kinda weird, so we are not surprised to see these siblings land a spot amongst the worst scenes, but still: we are suspending judgement. As long as in the next update we don't find them holding hands while wearing blue dresses in a dimly-lit hotel corridor, the twins might be getting more slack than they deserve.
(10) Jacob (LOS) - 11% - We only had one chapter of this sci-fi epic, and grumpy-pants Jacob has already landed himself in hot water with his rough demeanour. Let's hope his future scenes will show a softer side of him and gain him a little more love in this community! Hashtag whatever.
💎And here are all the results, book by book:

.Seduced by the rhythm

Chasing You

Heaven's Secret

Legend of the willow

Dracula: a love story

Love from outer space
And also ...
💎Is Tony from SBR the worst? The only options we gave you were YES and ALSO YES, so in a shocking turn of events, we all agreed on that.
💎When it comes to your dance partner in CY... Who did you choose?
💎Dino in HS opened his heart and asked for an exclusive relationship... What was your MC's answer?
💎Masamune the Ronin finally appeared in LOW. Are you intrigued by him? Sadly it looks like the majority of the respondents thinks that if you snooze you lose.
💎And the DLS cliffhanger? What do we all think it's about?
💎LOS only had one chapter for us to judge it on, but here are its main characters from most to least favourite - including also the answer by those who were not bothered either way.
(1) Beast - because dinosaur! And cat!! Take my diamonds already!!! - 18.6%
(2) MC - because she's pretty and fierce and I love her already. - 16.7%
(3) Alien Prince - because I could choose his face and he seems nice! - 16.3%
(4) Whatever. - 12.4%
(5) Todd - because he's so cute, fun and relatable. - 12%
(6) Miranda - because she's so cute, nice and friendly. - 10.9%
(7) Jacob - because I like the challenge of a grumpy character. - 5.8%
(8) Alien Prince's bodyguard - because she's a badass. - 4.3%
(9) Sally - because my goth chick heart loves her already. - 2.7%
(10) MC's dad - because he's an astronomer and that's so cool. - 0.4%
.💎We also asked about diamonds: how much did you spend on this update? It looks like we are all fairly liberal when it comes to perusing the blue stuff!
-- 30.1% spent more than 150, less than 300 diamonds.
-- 25.7% spent more than 300, less than 500 diamonds.
-- 21% spent more than 500 diamonds.
-- 18.1% spent more than 50, less than 150 diamonds.
-- 5.1% spent less than 50 diamonds.
.💎Next up: teacups. The majority of those who responded (70.3%) were patient and did not buy any teacups (well done on your restraint!), while us clowns who took out the plastic made up for 29.7% of the respondents. No regrets here though!
.💎We asked if you used the wiki walkthroughs to help you with your stats. The majority (61.9%) said that of course they used the wiki, why are we even asking?! But a healthy minority - making up for 34.5% of this community - likes to be surprised (and/or is a glutton for punishment) and didn't! Props to you all! And for those few who did not know walkthroughs even existed (3.6%), here is a link to our very own Reddit-made Wiki with all the answers your heart is searching for.
.💎And finally, we asked if you enjoyed this survey and if you want similar ones in the future.
To all those of you who said YES, thank you, we love you! And to the few who wished us a traffic curse, joke's on you: public transport in our cities is excellent and rather affordable!
That's all folks... until next time!
💎Your friendly neighbourhood mod team💎
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2020.08.21 06:24 ALiddleBiddle Ghislaine’s Australian connection: ‘Guest of honour’ on billionaire’s cruise

Link to article
Ghislaine’s Australian connection: ‘Guest of honour’ on billionaire’s cruise
6:00am, Aug 20, 2020
As Ghislaine Maxwell bides her time under round-the-clock surveillance in jail, more rich and powerful figures have been connected to Jeffrey Epstein.
Around the world, noted names are scrambling to distance themselves from the infamous duo. And it’s no different in Australia.
Old newspaper clippings have emerged that claim Ms Maxwell and Epstein were guests on billionaire Lindsay Fox’s Sydney Harbour Christmas cruise in 1995.
The clipping, from the Sydney Morning Herald, cements speculation the pair holidayed Down Under in the mid-90s.
In Hollywood, trouble reportedly continues in the marital bed of George and Amal Clooney, as rumours of his alleged sexual history with Ms Maxwell resurface for the Oceans actor.
Former US president Bill Clinton can’t seem to claw his way out of Epstein’s quicksand, this time buried by newly released photographs of the late pedophile’s 22-year-old masseuse rubbing his shoulders.
All involved have desperately tried to distance themselves from the duo – except Mr Clinton, who can do nothing to deny the existence of the photographs. There is not any inference that Mr Clinton was sexually involved with Chauntae Davies, the woman in the photograph.
Printed history
“Beautiful, feisty” Ms Maxwell and her “millionaire American beau” Epstein were the guests of honour at trucking giant Lindsay Fox’s exclusive boat party, a resurfaced article from the Sydney Morning Herald claims.
Mr Fox, estimated to be worth some $3 billion-plus, strenuously denied they were his guests when questioned by VICE this week.
Mr Fox’s representative told the news outlet the transport magnate was not even aboard the 100-foot yacht – he was in Hawaii celebrating Christmas with his family, according to diary records.
Mr Fox’s representative said: “Despite the contents of the story (of 24/12/95), Lindsay has never met Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.”
The article stated James Packer (of Crown empire) and Deni Hines were co-honour guests on the cruise, making it one of the most “coveted Christmas invitations in Sydney”.
Giddy Ghislaine
The alleged history between Ms Maxwell and George Clooney comes via Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre’s tell-all memoir, Billionaire’s Playboy Club. Hints of the interaction have bubbled before, and have resurfaced as documents pertaining to previous legal pursuits between Ms Maxwell and Ms Giuffre are unsealed.
Ms Giuffre wrote that Ms Maxwell would brag at length about her hot-and-heavy moments with high-profile names.
George Clooney was her greatest (alleged) achievement – they apparently had a passion-filled encounter in a bathroom at an event.
Ms Giuffre doesn’t specify when or where, but The Sun has hinted it happened in 2001 when Ms Maxwell was visiting her home city of London.
If it was in 2001, it’s well shy of George’s marriage to the inimitable Amal – the couple didn’t wed until 2014.
Sources – specifically those spoken to by US-based Globe magazine – say that hasn’t stopped Amal being disappointed that George is even tenuously linked to Ms Maxwell, who is awaiting trial on numerous sex trafficking charges. “George is furious at the claims and swears they aren’t true,” the Globe source said.
“Amal finds it grotesque that he’s even remotely associated with these types of people.”
The allegations of sex trafficking against Ms Maxwell and her late partner Epstein sit directly at odds with the values Amal holds dear as a human rights lawyer.
All eyes, all the time
Ms Maxwell is reportedly being watched 24 hours a day, her lawyers claim – and several of those hours are by psychologists.
She has been in a Brooklyn jail for six weeks, and there’s a long road ahead with her trial not expected to be heard until July 2021.
Locked in isolation, her lawyers claim she is being unfairly treated, including being watched without her knowledge.
“We are aware of no other pretrial detainee receiving such treatment,” they said, lobbying the court to have her moved to the general jail population.
Ms Maxwell has reportedly told friends she is scared for her life in prison, riffing off the conspiracy theories that Epstein’s death in prison last year was in fact murder, covered up as suicide.
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2020.07.24 20:27 imaginethat985 When does an age gap become a dealbreaker?

I 34F have always dated people close to my age, and I was married to someone my own age. All the people in my family are married to people their own age, it’s just the norm for me. Recently a lot of people tried to set me up with men in their mid or late 40s and acted shocked when I said I wasn’t interested in someone that much older than me. But I extended out my dating max age to 44 on OLD just to be open minded. I match with a 44M and we really hit it off, he’s very good looking and in very good shape and we have similar interests but I notice a lot of differences right away and more importantly differences in life plans. Then he tells me the last girl he dated was 27, so a 17 year age gap. For some reason that really grossed me out, I continued the conversation but I was really turned off and eventually told him it bothered me. He reacted defensively and said no one had ever had a negative reaction and that I was overreacting. I asked him if he had told female friends and he said they had all been very supportive. He said it was a one time thing and that for him the age gap was too large and he had never dated anyone else more than ten years younger but continued to give examples of it being normalized, like George Clooney. I’m a high school teacher so I think I’m particularly sensitive to this issue. I told him that was not something attractive to me and although he didn’t do anything wrong I’m not sure making that decision and more importantly holding that ongoing opinion is something I could respect in a romantic partner. Is this a red flag? Am I being unreasonably judgmental here?
I’m in the US by the way if that matters.
Edit: Thank you for all the insight! I feel like there is such an interesting diversity of opinion on this issue. This is super helpful for this situation and future dating situations if I keep dating older men.
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2020.07.15 18:02 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here ( There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here:
Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source:
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source:
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source:
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source:
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source:
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source:
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (, Naomi Campbell (, and Bill Clinton ( Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: If you click around the PDFs on this website (, you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) ( Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source:
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (, a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home ( Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell ( Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life ( John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states ( They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools ( Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. ( This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” ( In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein ( and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school ( Her husband, Roger, is the founder of and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 ( ; guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer ( He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 ( She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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2020.07.06 19:00 Nav_the_gamer Marriage is a great deal for women - and they know it.

I’m going to venture a guess you’ve heard this. Marriage is a bad deal for the guys. But I’ll be relaying this opinion that came from a married person.
Marriage is a good deal if you find the right partner and if you both are able to work through the challenges that come with it and life. Other than that marriage is a complete one sided affair that benefits only the woman(or 90 percent of the side that doesn’t earn more than the other).
If a woman decides to leave the husband - for whatever silly reason - she can! And take half of everything. Or if not half - then enough to screw them over for years. They’d get majority custody of the children and child support. Yes there are cases where women get screwed but hell how many times are you going to cite Roseanne and Tom Arnold. That was just 1 win for all men.
Considering how many divorces happen, if you’re a single guy who gets paid and lives happily. Enjoy the George Clooney life - find an equal - wear condoms- and get your yeezy on by hollering ‘we want prenup’ if you ever decide to put a ring on it.
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2020.06.14 15:59 NathanaelHeisler A Writing Analysis of Wax and Wayne's Friendship

Wax and Wayne’s friendship has become my most loved relationship between any two characters I’ve read and I love it SO much! Even while rereading bits of Alloy of Law to make this post I found myself smiling and giggling like the happy idiot that I am.
So, because I want to be able to write my own books, and because the platonic best-friendship is my favorite type of relationship, I decided to analyze Brandon‘s writing and use of Wax and Wayne’s relationship through his own thought processes and those of his friends as expressed in the Writing Excuses podcast series he is apart of. Since I couldn’t find any analysis like this after a cursory few googles, I decided to post this here with the hopes that someone might be able to get a kick out of it or be able to learn something from it like I did in the process of compiling it.
The Kowal Relationship Axes
These slider bars are described by Mary Robinette Kowal in episode 13.26 of Writing Excuses. They’re the six M’s that describe how two characters align with one another and how suitable they are in terms of a relationship, and while described in terms of romantic partners, they work just as well for friendships. Essentially, the more axes characters align on, the more compatible they are, and where they don’t align is where conflict can arise between them. My interpretation of Wax and Wayne in terms of the Kowal Axes is thus:
My conclusion from this section is that Wax and Wayne are closely aligned on the Kowal Axes, and while they differ in form on some of the sliders, they only differ in actual personal attributes when it comes to Marx Brothers and Manners
Braided Roses
A different tool that accomplishes a similar thing is something Brandon refers to in several different places on the internet which he learned from his own writing instructor at BYU. He talks about it briefly in Writing Excuses 11.36. Braided Roses is the idea that two differently capable/flawed individuals can be far more effective when working together. The negatives of one character are used to protect the other, like two roses braided together so that their thorns point out at the world rather than at each other. I feel like I could make a rather extensive list of Wax and Wayne’s complimentary thorns, but here’s a few that came to mind.
Alluded Extensive History
This is something that I always think of in terms of Ocean’s 11, where George Clooney and Brad Pitt spout nonsense babble back and forth to each other and they have an entire conversation without filling in the audience as to what they’re actually talking about. Wax and Wayne do this extensively throughout the whole series, and I made a short list of things that happen in Chapter 2 (Wayne’s introduction chapter) that imply their long time friendship.
The Elemental Relationship
I listened to the Writing Excuses series on the Elemental Relationship, learning what that is, and helping me better understand what Wax and Wayne’s relationship is and how it contributes to the story. The podcasts I used for this examination were Writing Excuses 11.36, 11.38, and 11.39.
What I discovered was that, despite them being one of, if not perhaps the major drawing factor for me in reading Alloy of Law, (besides the worldbuilding and aesthetic) the Wax and Wayne relationship is a sprinkling of flavor of the elemental genre rather than what actually makes readers turn pages. Mistborn Era 2’s relationship plots are not based in Wax and Wayne, and in fact they are barely even a subplot of the book. Wax and Wayne exist to support each other and solve problems together, not to be each other's problem to overcome.
The four stages of an elemental relationship outlined in Writing Excuses 11.36 are denial, reluctance, exploration, and acceptance. It is also explained that the act 2 trauma point is vital for a relationship plot/subplot, where there needs to be believable conflict (internal or external) against the relationship. I looked for these four stages in Alloy of Law, and I had difficulty finding them clearly represented between Wax and Wayne, and if they were, they were all solved before the end of the first act which is what helped me understand Wax and Wayne's use of relationship in the book.
So if this is truly the biggest conflict between Wax and Wayne, at least in the first book, it informs me that this is barely a relationship subplot, most of it takes place off screen and the whole thing is resolved by page 107. There are relationships more important to the plot to be focused on such as Wax and Steris/Marasi. With all that new conflict, Wayne served the story by being an old friend that helped instigate Wax into the main plot as well as make Wax more sympathetic and likable showing that someone else liked him so much. Wayne offered stability to Wax's world via support and a reminder of what his purpose was.
Takeaway/Tldr: Writing Best Friends
I had a lot of fun gathering all of this, but at the end of the day I did it to learn more, so my takeaway for when you want to write a set of characters with a deep seeded relationship and you want those characters to be supportive flavor to make your protagonist more likable, the tips I found are thus:
  1. The characters can be almost identical on the Kowal Axes even if different in practice.
  2. The character flaws both physical and emotional should complement one another.
  3. The act 2 trauma point for your characters is not necessary since it is not the main plot of your story.
  4. The characters should organically reference their extensive history through their actions and behaviors with one another.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Let me know if you see something you think is off-base with my analysis, if there’s something I missed, or if there’s other best-friendships in books I should read! (I’m very partial to the Lies of Locke Lamora, for instance). Any discussion this generates is awesome! Thanks again!
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2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamily Help fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people

I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list.
If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated.
It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help.
\Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.*

Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor
Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker)
Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Nancy Addison – Actress
Louisa May Alcott – Author
Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist
Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player
Suzy Allegra – Author
Marty Allen – Comedian
John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer
Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist
Marian Anderson – Concert Singer
Louis Andriessen – Composer
Jennifer Aniston – Actress
Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist
Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist
Geoffrey Arend - Actor
Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club)
Boris Artzybasheff – Artist
Dorothy Arzner – Film Director
Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet
V.C. Andrews – Author
Jane Austen – Author
Max Baer Jr. – Actor
Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist
Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist
Tallulah Bankhead – Actress
Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet
Bob Barker – Game Show Host
Joe Barr – Canadian Politician
Lynda Barry – Cartoonist
Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross
Kathy Bates – Actress
Jaya Battacharya – Actress
King Baudouin – King of Belgium
Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer
Joe Besser – Actor
Isabella Bird – Author
Jacqueline Bisset – Actress
Lewis Black – Comedian
Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer
William Blake – Artist
Brenda Blethyn – Actress
Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist
Baroness Karen Blixen – Author
Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor
Pierre Bonnard – Artist
William Edgar Borah – Politician
Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress
Georges Brassens – Singer
Alison Brie – Actress
Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic
Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author
Poppy Z. Brite – Author
Anne Bronte – Author
Louise Brooks – Actress
Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor
Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian
Delta Burke – Actress
Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian
James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President
Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate
James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist
Raymond Burr – Actor
Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer
Leo Buscaglia – Author
Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian
Julia Cameron – Director
Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer
Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist
Laura Carroll – Author
Mary Casatt – Artist
Roger Casement – Irish Patriot
Nina Cassian – Poet
Barbara Castle – British Politician
Kim Cattrall – Actress
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter
Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer
Richard Chamberlain – Actor
Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son)
Stockard Channing – Actress
RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality
Judy Chicago – Artist
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author
Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister
Patricia Clarkson – Actress
Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author
Imogene Coca – Actress
Claudette Colbert – Actress
Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate
C. Collodi – Author
William Conrad – Actor
Frances Conroy – Actress
Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer
Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College
Anne Cool – Canadian Senator
Pat Coombs – Actress
Copernicus – Scientist
John Corbett – Actor
Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box
Ann Coulter – Political Commentator
Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist
Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor
Tim Curry – Actor
Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times
Patrika Darbo – Actress
Simone de Beauvoir – Author
Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet
Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist
Gray Davis – Governor of California
Ellen Degeneres – Comedian
Jeffery Deaver – Author
Eugene Victor Debs – Activist
Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors
Dana Delany – Actress
Don DeLillo – Author
Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group
Bo Derek – Actress
Rene Descartes – Philosopher
Portia De Rossi – Actress
Emily Dickinson – Poet
Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author
Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics
Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist
Hannah Dobryn – Author
Tamara Dobson – Actress
Richard Donner – Film Director
Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer
Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades
Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner
Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England
Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader
Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer
Francis Drake – Explorer
Fran Drescher – Actress
Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert
Amelia Earhart – Aviator
Deborah Eisenberg – Author
Liubov Egorova – Dancer
Anita Ekberg – Actress
T.S. Eliot – Poet
Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author
Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress
Harlan Ellison – Author
Elizabeth I – Queen of England
Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist
Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist
Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress
Linda Evans – Actress
Rupert Everett – Actor
Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera
Jane Fallon – Author
Chow Yun-Fat – Actor
Barbara Feldon – Actress
Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Lynn Fontanne – Actress
Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina
Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director
Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta
Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist
Dian Fossey – Anthropologist
Janet Frame – Poet
Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice
Tanya Franks – Actress
William Frawley – Actor
Frank Frazetta – Artist
Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago.
Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer
Louis Freund – Artist
Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician
Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian
Eva Gabor – Actress
Magda Gabor – Actress
Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist
Diamanda Galas – Singer
Tess Gallagher – Author
Paul William Gallico – Author
Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian
Greta Garbo – Actress
Ava Gardner – Actress
Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
Greer Garson – Actress
Gloria Gaynor – Singer
Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor
Ricky Gervais – Comedian
William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan
Althea Gibson – Athlete
Dorothy Gish – Actress
Lillian Gish – Actress
Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author
Susan Glaspell – Playwright
Sharon Gless – Actress
Crispin Glover – Actor
Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer
Paulette Goddard – Actress
Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist
Kurt Godel – Author
Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer
Stephen Goldin – Author
Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist
Valeria Golino – Actress
Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer
Edward Gorey – Artist
Lotte Goslar – Dancer
Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.)
Martha Graham – Choreographer
Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist
Johnny Green – Musician
Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author
Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist
John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher
Joyce Grenfell – British Actress
Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter
Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor
Terry Gross – NPR Host
James Grout – Actor
Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA
Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist
Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates)
Jon Hamm - Actor
Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist
Lionel Hampton – Musician
Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer
Chelsea Handler - Comedian
Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer
Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress
Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President
E Chambré Hardman – Photographer
Jean Harlow - Actress
Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie)
Alex Heard – Author
Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Susan Helms – Astronaut
Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model
Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter
Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author
Katherine Hepburn – Actress
Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company
Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter
Taiko Hirabayashi – Author
Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist
Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA)
Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist
Rima Horton - Politician
Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress
Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress
Mick Hucknall – Singer
Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist
Bonnie Hunt – Actress
Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author
Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model
Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW
George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology
John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman
Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author
Randall Jarrell – Poet
Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day”
Joan of Arc – Christian Saint
Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
Margaret Johnston – Actress
Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists.
Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President
Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor
William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader
Carolyn Jones – Actress
Renee Jones – Actress
Spike Jonze – Film Director
Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist
Madeline Kahn – Actress
Immanuel Kant – Philosopher
Julie Kavner – Actress
Nikos Kazantzakis – Author
Odette Keene – Musician
Helen Keller – Author
Joyce Kennard – Judge
Joe Kernan – Politician
Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England
King Louis XVI – King of France
William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister
William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President
Robert Kiyosaki – Author
Caroline Knapp – Author
Aleksandra Kollontai – Author
Dean Koontz – Author
Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot
Jerzy Kosinski – Author
Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist
Lee Krasner – Artist
Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain
Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF
Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer
Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess
Elsa Lanchester – Actress
Philip Larkin – Author, Poet
Charles Laughton – Actor, Director
Dan Lauria – Actor
Frank John Lausche – Politician
Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician
Jay Leno – TV Host
Richard Lewis – Comedian
Lyn Lifshin – Poet
Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii
Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster
Carole Lombard – Actress
Jack Lord – Actor
Pauline Lord – Actress
Patty Loveless – Singer
Alfred Lunt – Actor
John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow
Rose McClendon – Actress
Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune
Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist
Hattie McDaniel – Actress
Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer
Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist
Ian McKellen – Actor
Kristy McNichol – Actress
Janet McTeer – Actress
Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)
Dora Maar – Photographer
René Magritte – Artist
Bill Maher – TV Personality
Katherine Mansfield – Author
Shirley Manson – Singer
Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician
Francesca Marciano – Actress
Miriam Margoyles – Actress
Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer
William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland
Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author
Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web
Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot
Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe
Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress
Freddie Mercury – Musician
Angela Merkel – German Chancellor
George Michael – Musician
Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author
Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet
Alley Mills – Actress
Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute
Kylie Minogue - Singer
Helen Mirren – Actress
Margaret Mitchell – Author
Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator
Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist
John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army
Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author
Morrissey – Musician
Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle)
Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
John Mulaney – Comedian
Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist
Diana Muldaur – Actress
Megan Mullally - Actress
Ona Munson – Actress
Haruki Murakami – Author
Iris Murdoch – Author
Mikayil Mushfig – Poet
Modest Mussorgsky – Composer
Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist
Ralph Nader – Activist
Taslima Nasrin – Author
Alla Nazimova – Actress
Noel Neill – Actress
Bebe Neuwirth – Actress
Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist
Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher
Florence Nightingale – Nurse
Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor
Jessye Norman – Opera Singer
Kim Novak – Actress
Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer
Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer
Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist
Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright
Joyce Carol Oates – Author
Nick Offerman - Actor
Sandra Oh - Actress
Claire Parker – Director, Animator
Dorothy Parker – Author
Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright
Rosa Parks – Activist
Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress
Julia Pascal – Playwright
Ann Patchett – Author
Alicia Patterson – Editor
Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist
Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace
Sarah Paulson – Actress
Michelle Paver – Author
Anna Pavlova – Dancer
Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America
Minnie Pearl – Singer
Samuel Pepys – Author
Matthew Perry - Actor
Bernadette Peters – Actress
Jean Peters - Actress
Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia
Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer
William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic
Marge Piercy – Author, Poet
Plato – Philosopher
Martha Plimpton - Actress
Edgar Allan Poe – Author
Jackson Pollock – Artist
Katherine Ann Porter – Author
Parker Posey – Actress
Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author
Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid
Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist
Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress
Colin Quinn – Comedian
Robin Quivers – Radio Host
Raffi – Children’s Musician
Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter
Joey Ramone – Musician
Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author
A. Philip Randolph – Politician
Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative
Man Ray – Artist
Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef
Lou Reed – Singer, Musician
George Reeves – Actor
Frances Reid – Actress
Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker
Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General
Judith Resnick – Astronaut
Jennifer Rhodes – Actress
Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor
Cliff Richards – Musician
Miranda Richardson – Actress
Alan Rickman – Actor, Director
Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist
Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut
Bridget Riley – Artist
John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus
Mary Roach - Author
Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author
Debbie Rochon – Actress
Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator
Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book
Ginger Rogers – Actress
Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times
Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays
William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses)
Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer
Patricia Routledge – Actress
Joan Ruddock – Activist
John Ruskin – Author
Winona Ryder – Actress
Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer
Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist
Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor
Diana Sands – Actress
Aligi Sassu – Artist
John Sayles – Director
Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher
Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor
Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist
Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show
Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist
Joel Schumacher – Film Director
Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright
Lionel Shriver – Author
Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress
Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor
Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure)
David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers)
Betty Smith – Author
Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman
Howard Worth Smith – Politician
Kate Smith – Singer
Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author
David Souter – Supreme Court Justice
Jill St. John – Actress
Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer
Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts
Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist
Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer
Maria W. Stewart – Author, Activist
Lily Strickland – Composer, Writer, Artist
Patrick Swayze – Actor
Loretta Swit – Actress
Henrietta Szold – Holocaust Heroine
Wislawa Szymborska – Nobel Prize Winning Poet
Amy Tan - Writer, Author
Sara Teasdale – Poet
Toni Tennille – Singer (Captain and Tennille)
Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma – French-Spanish Political Activist and Academic
Nikola Tesla – Scientist, Inventor
Theodora – Empress and wife of Justinian I
Susanna Thompson – Actress
Georgianne Thon – Actress
M. Carey Thomas – President of Bryn Mawr College
Willie Mae Thornton – Singer, Songwriter
Jennifer Tilly – Actress
Wendy Tokunaga – Author
Lily Tomlin – Actress, Playwright
Ann Turkel – Model
Randy Travis – Singer
Edward Tylor – Anthropologist
Names "U - Z" will be in a comment below (the new additions put the list over the character limit).
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2020.05.27 15:06 BigBearSD What's wrong with having a Preference?

What's wrong with having preferences, and a desire for a specific range for a partner?
Everyone is in the bowl for one reason or another, on both sides of the aisles. Both SDs and SBs do not have to settle, and should be able to go after what they want.
I have noticed a lot of posts either giving SDs flak for like a specific look or age range, or SBs getting flak for wanting a guy to fit a specific type or have a certain amount of monetary disposable wealth. Everyone has preferences, and that is alright.
If someone does not fit your preference, then move on. Do not bash them. However, one the other side of the coin, do not bash someone for having a preference that is other than you. No hard feelings, and nothing personal. Move on. Simple. You may find someone who is better suited for you anyway.
One should never have to settle, esepcially in this lifestyle.
So what if an SD wants a 20 year old tight blonde cheerleader type, who is studying astrophysics, who is going to be monogamous and who has an insatiable sexual apatite. So what if an SB wants a George Clooney look alike who is going to spoil her rotten.
This lifestyle is about trying to get exactly what you want, or close to it. Just because someone has a different desire that you do not fit in to does not mean you should shame them.
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2020.05.26 08:28 Anilambaniseo Anil Ambani and Entertainment Business: Entertaining India While Waging War on Debts

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Once a business magnate, now the chairperson of Reliance Group, Anil Ambani seem to have taken cue from this saying a lot and had continued toeing the line from the problems that kept surfacing in his life. Somehow, his ‘never say die’ conduct has helped him to scramble his way out from the deepest pits of hard luck, failing times, people failing him and dust off all the negativity and start yet again. And this is precisely why his entertainment business is doing phenomenally well even as he walks the tight ropes of debt.

Anil made an advent into the world of entertainment in 2005 with his acquisition of a majority share in Adlabs Films. At that time, he looked like a self-starter tapping into the massive potential of the entertainment sector that it had to offer. Albeit he started off with cashing in on with the connections that his wife Tina Ambani already had in the industry, overseas, he carved out a niche for himself and not just figuratively but literally. At that time, when he started the film business, the people working there were operating in a fashion very akin to a corporate studio where the sole purpose was to acquire films, distribute and market them and, over a period of time, either making profits or losses. His vision was to basically create an end-to-end entertainment conglomerate.

Later in 2007, Adlabs signed a deal with Rave Entertainment, to take control over 23 new screens in north India. During the same year it was already into negotiations to buy Bangalore-based animation company Anright Infomedia. At that time Anil’s plan was clear. He wanted to control the entertainment industry after setting his sight the power behemoth while at that time; he was already the tycoon who held the third largest telecom company in India. Later that week, Ambani announced the simultaneous rollout of his direct-to-home and IPTV services.

That year, in 2007, Anil also rolled out his radio business with Big FM, churning out radio channels in 45 cities that made it as big as Sun TV which had 44 channels at the time. Having ventured into the gaming business already by that time, his gaming company Zapak had 1 million registered users already by 2007 and was in the process of setting Zapak cafes across 30 cities to offer high-end gaming services at a price. In gaming he had plans to invest $100 million over the next three years in people, technology, content, and distribution then. In 2008, Zapak set out to launch 150 gaming zones all across India till March 2009 with an initiative to provide young gamers original legal content to play and buy for an extended entertainment at home. And then in 2010, the group acquired a 50% stake in Codemasters, the British game developer best known for the Colin McRae series.
As regards the radio and TV businesses, both were demerged into a separate company, which was listed on bourses as Reliance MediaWorld in 2009. Subsequently, the company added television business to its portfolio and changed the name to Reliance Broadcast Networks.

Anil went larger than life when it came to production of movies and distribution of them. And that’s precisely well it worked so well relatively in comparison to his other businesses. His Reliance Entertainment announced a splashy entry into Hollywood in 2009, planning to “develop" films with George Clooney’s Smokehouse Productions, Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Productions.

In the same year, Anil Ambani closed a deal with the movie studio DreamWorks SKG in order to form a new movie venture. 26. It also bagged the official direct-to-home (DTH) partnership for the T20 cricket Indian Premier League with a bid of $31.16 million. Thereafter, it partnered with Los Angeles-based Digital Domain Productions to set up 3D stereo production services studios in Mumbai and London.

But in 2015, the company changed its business model and stopped all acquisitions and started looking at joint ventures with leading Bollywood filmmakers’ companies. Beginning with Phantom Films, a company formed by Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, Reliance began its new journey, with Kashyap’s period drama, Bombay Velvet. Things took a different turn along with Phantom’s critically acclaimed Masaan (2015) and Udta Punjab (2016) and the numbers at the box office for both the films spiked.
What started as a studio transformed into a conglomerate in its own right and it seemed to have got a sense of projects from its inception. Reliance’s age-old Hollywood partnership with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios taught it the efficacy of the model and today Reliance Entertainment is one of the leading entertainment platforms in India.
To sum up, Anil might be waging a war on debt, but in entertainment he still is acing his game.
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2020.05.25 21:11 WorldViews1 Male height, the media, and how men lying about their height sets a false standard?

So I once read a newspaper article about how some of Hollywood's biggest heart throb actors are short, Tome Cruise was in there as could be expected, the media have made regular reference to his 5ft 7'' stature since the 1980s and still do. However one of the actors listed was George Clooney at 5ft 11'', (a full 2'' above the U.S and UK average. It got me thinking that the media have kind of conditioned women into thinking 6ft 0'' is average and anything bellow that is short, despite only a handful of countries in the world having an average male height close to that.
Then there is the fact that many guys actually add 2 fictitious inches onto there real height in order to attract more women or attract any at all, so say Sally date's John who says he's 6ft 0'' when he's actually 5ft 10'', sally and John break up, and Sally looks for a new partner, she see's a guy's add online but Oh No he just 5ft 10'' and (being honest about it), in Sally's mind she set the cut off at 6ft 0'', so anything less wont do. My point being is that because a fair number of men lie about their true height, many women's mental height gauge is somewhat off. So if your walking around at 5ft 9'' many will probably gauge you closer to 5ft 7''. Your thoughts?
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2020.05.24 23:09 finnagains Unexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine - by David Sims (The Atlantic) 10 April 2020

Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status.
With new cinema releases grinding to a halt in response to the spread of the coronavirus, I’ve used these weeks of self-quarantine to cast an eye backward over the cinematic canon, to rewatch old favorites, and to fill in viewing gaps. Now I’ve begun evaluating films that, for whatever reason, didn’t get a fair shake when they were released. Some were blasted by critics, and others simply made no impression at the box office; all of them are available to watch online, just waiting to become cult classics. The 30 films I’ve chosen as the most underrated are all from the past 25 years, and many belong to genres (rom-com, sci-fi, thriller) that are overlooked in serious critical circles. Some of my selections might seem obvious and others ludicrous, but all were made in the spirit of enjoyable debate and discovery.
the Box-Office Flops
Kino Lorber Archipelago (2010, directed by Joanna Hogg)
Joanna Hogg broke out in American art houses last year with her wonderful autobiographical work The Souvenir, but she’s been making terrific indie films for years. Archipelago might be her best. A quiet drama, it sees Edward (played by Tom Hiddleston, a year before Thor catapulted him to fame) gathering with his family on the remote British island of Tresco after quitting his job to travel the world. Many long-simmering tensions boil to the surface; Hiddleston (who is in most of Hogg’s movies) gives one of his best screen performances, and Hogg depicts subtle, polite infighting with humor and insight. No filmmaker has a better handle on the ridiculous foibles of the English upper-middle class.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Babe: Pig in the City (1998, directed by George Miller)
George Miller is the master of sequels. Each of his installments in the Mad Max series is innovative; his Happy Feet Two is quietly underrated. But he’s never made a follow-up as strange and beguiling as Babe: Pig in the City. Miller wrote and produced the first Babe, a charming, Oscar-winning success. In the director’s chair for part two, though, he turned the sweet fable of a pig who wanted to herd sheep into a grim fairy tale about life in the big city. The movie was a commercial disaster, but it’s a rewarding, beautifully designed work set in a fantasy city that mashes up landmarks from every modern metropolis. The plot, such as it is, follows Babe as he goes on a trip and mixes it up with more streetwise animal brethren (the director Noah Baumbach once said that the film’s closest thematic companion is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut).
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
A gorgeous romantic drama about the pain and pleasure of pop stardom, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s remarkable Beyond the Lights made little impression at the box office on release, despite a star-making turn from Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The actor plays a Rihanna-esque figure named Noni Jean who falls for a police officer (Nate Parker) and tries to escape the limelight. Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote and directed the incredible Love & Basketball, is one of only a few people in Hollywood still trying to film genuine love stories, and she deserves many more chances to do so on the big screen.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Cadillac Records (2008, directed by Darnell Martin)
The smartest music biopic from a decade full of them (including 2004’s Ray and 2005’s Walk the Line, to name a couple), Darnell Martin’s portrayal of the rise and fall of Chess Records was woefully underseen in 2008. The film digs into the exploitative dynamics at work in so many early rock-and-roll labels, examining the troubled relationships between Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and his biggest stars: Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), and Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker). The film has a harder edge than its contemporaries, and the musical performances are particularly sensational.
Watch it on: Crackle
Cloud Atlas (2012, directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer)
This is the most dizzyingly ambitious project in the Wachowski sisters’ expansive filmography. Adapting David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas encompasses six distinct stories, beginning with an 1849 naval adventure and zipping through the 1930s, the ’70s, and the present day before blasting to the clone-filled future of 2144 and ending in a postapocalyptic 2321. Members of the ensemble, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Doona Bae, play different characters in each story line, and the film jumps backward and forward through time to reveal surprising thematic links. As with many a Wachowski project, you have to make a few logical leaps to get on board, but if you can, there’s no movie experience like it.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
20th Century Fox Film Corp. Down With Love (2003, directed by Peyton Reed)
This knowing throwback to the “no-sex sex comedies” of the late ’50s and ’60s (like the Doris Day–starring Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back) was too clever for its own good on release. But it’s a fabulous, entertaining, and singular creation, both celebrating and subverting the innuendo-filled rom-coms of yesteryear. An impeccably styled Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor star as lifestyle writers who form a friendly rivalry in 1960s New York. Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce round out the cast, and Peyton Reed (who had just directed Bring It On in 2000) plays off the visual language of his source material in stylish, innovative, and cheeky ways. When you watch, be sure to stick around for the fantastic musical number over the closing credits.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Dredd (2012, directed by Pete Travis)
Perhaps the best comic-book movie of the past decade was Dredd, a gritty adaptation of the Judge Dredd series that was a financial flop on release. Set in a dictatorial future in which armored policemen are empowered to dispense lethal justice for almost any crime, the film takes place entirely within a colossal tower block, following Dredd (Karl Urban) and a new trainee as they do battle with a sadistic mob boss (Lena Headey). It’s a gruesome but smart movie, at once lionizing and satirizing the ruthless efficiency of its hero. The film was written and produced by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation), who has since become one of the most exciting sci-fi directors working today.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Killing Them Softly (2012, directed by Andrew Dominik)
Killing Them Softly is Andrew Dominik’s brutal follow-up to his painterly revisionist Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Also starring Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly takes George V. Higgins’s hard-boiled ’70s crime novel Cogan’s Trade and updates it to the present day, following a mob robbery that goes wrong and the assassin (Pitt) hired to clean everything up. Dominik turns the web of competing criminal interests into a broad metaphor for the quagmire of the Iraq War. Killing Them Softly may have been too weird and slow for general audiences (it’s one of the few movies ever to earn an F on CinemaScore). But it’s bleakly funny and impressively acted by a cast that includes James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Watch it on: Netflix Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, directed by Shane Black)
The film that put Robert Downey Jr. back on the map was critically praised but ignored at the box office in 2005. An extremely metatextual crime comedy, it follows a thief (Downey Jr.) pretending to be an actor who gets mixed up in a murder and goes on the lam with his acting coach, a private investigator (Val Kilmer). The story line is as complicated as it sounds, but the thrill of Shane Black’s film lies in his hilariously punchy dialogue and his skill at making the most convoluted plotting flow with ease. The movie reintroduced Downey Jr. as a leading man after he’d spent years struggling with addiction: He was hired to play Iron Man mostly on the strength of this performance.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Premium Rush (2012, directed by David Koepp)
David Koepp’s bike-messenger thriller is far more robust than that description might suggest. Set on New York’s crowded streets, it follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a deliveryman who picks up a package that’s tied to a criminal conspiracy; soon enough, he’s being chased around town by a crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), who’s intent on taking him down. The story is told with unrelenting silliness, and Koepp translates Wilee’s brash confidence about weaving in and out of traffic into a visual roller-coaster ride. The highlight, though, is Shannon’s performance—he turns Monday into a living Looney Toon, gnashing his teeth and bulging out his eyes in fury with abandon.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Solaris (2002, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi opus was decried on release for daring to re-adapt a novel (by Stanisław Lem) that had already been turned into a film masterpiece (Andrei Tarkovsky’s sprawling 1972 work of the same name). But Soderbergh’s movie is a very different beast from Tarkovsky’s, stripping the story down to 99 minutes and focusing on the haunting romance at the center of the book. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a psychologist haunted by the suicide of his wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone). After hearing the mysterious distress signals sent out by a distant space station, he travels there—and finds Rheya, somehow re-created by the planet that the station is orbiting. The film includes stellar supporting performances by Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies, a beautifully understated score from Cliff Martinez, and some of the most compelling world-building in Soderbergh’s career.
Watch it on: Hulu
Sunshine (2007, directed by Danny Boyle)
This stunning space-mission drama from Danny Boyle and the screenwriter Alex Garland might be the Oscar-winning director’s best film. A wildly intense thriller about a last-gasp effort to restart the dying sun, Sunshine pits an outstanding cast (Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and more) against a monolithic enemy: the star at the center of our solar system, which Boyle depicts as an immovable, godlike force. As the voyagers’ ship gets closer to the sun, everything on board goes more and more haywire, and Boyle—who can depict the onset of madness better than almost anyone working—dials up the chaos.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Talk to Me (2007, directed By Kasi Lemmons)
Kasi Lemmons, whose most recent work is 2019’s Harriet, has long been one of Hollywood’s most criminally unheralded directors, and Talk to Me never got the wide audience it deserved in 2007. It’s a biopic of the controversial Washington, D.C., radio host Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) that’s unafraid to be messy, reflecting its subject’s surprising rise to fame as someone who fearlessly speaks his mind on the social and political issues of the 1970s. The film is grounded by excellent performances from Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Greene’s put-upon manager, Dewey Hughes.
Watch it on: Hulu, Sling What If (2013, directed by Michael Dowse)
Also known as The F Word (its title was changed in America for obvious reasons), this extremely charming slow-burn rom-com was unfairly overlooked on release. It follows two people (Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan) who become friends but spend the entire time wondering if they’d be better off as lovers. Many relationship hijinks ensue, but the movie works because of the performances at its center, along with energetic supporting turns from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis, who were both on their way to bigger, franchise fame.
Watch it on: Prime The Yards (2000, directed by James Gray)
Back in 2000, James Gray’s operatic crime thriller was dumped unceremoniously into theaters by Harvey Weinstein and ignored by audiences. Like all the director’s films, though, it’s well worth viewing, combining hard-boiled storytelling with graceful visuals. Mark Wahlberg gives one of his best performances as Leo, an ex-con who returns to the fold of his shady New York family and gets tangled up in city corruption surrounding the subway system. A shifty Joaquin Phoenix plays Leo’s ne’er-do-well friend who is embroiled in a dramatic relationship with a young woman (Charlize Theron), while James Caan is suitably menacing as Leo’s morally dubious benefactor. The Yards also showed the first signs of Gray’s considerable talent; he’d go on to make We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z, and Ad Astra.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime the critical bombs
Warner Bros. Addicted to Love (1997, directed by Griffin DUnne)
All of Griffin Dunne’s films (including the delightfully bizarre Practical Magic) deserve more appreciation, but Addicted to Love is a personal favorite of mine, a largely forgotten romantic comedy that satirizes gooey Hollywood storytelling tropes. It casts Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, two stalwarts of the rom-com genre, as a bitter pair united by a hatred of their respective exes, who are now dating each other. Ryan and Broderick spy on their former partners and, of course, eventually fall for each other, but the film never sacrifices its acidic tone, even as their relationship turns tender.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Armageddon (1998, directed by Michael Bay)
If nothing else, Armageddon is a crucial cultural artifact: a portent of American culture’s jingoism in the 2000s, when blockbuster action sequences had the tone and tenor of Budweiser commercials. Where Michael Bay’s prior film, The Rock (which is much better regarded), had tapped into the U.S. military’s dysfunction and despondency post-Vietnam, Armageddon sees the country uniting to obliterate an evil asteroid by turning to … the oil industry. (It also spends a good chunk of time mocking post-Soviet Russia.) Despite the ridiculous plotting and Bay’s frenetic editing of every set piece, Armageddon is the clearest distillation of his macho brand of propaganda, designed to have audiences cheering by the end (against their better judgment). Listen to Ben Affleck’s gleeful commentary to triple the entertainment factor.
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Blackhat (2015, directed by Michael Mann)
Five years ago, one of the great contemporary directors still working made a globe-trotting cyber thriller starring Thor himself and was completely ignored. Booed by critics and dumped by its studio into the doldrums of January, Blackhat made only a shocking $8 million at the domestic box office. Yet it’s a terrific entry in Michael Mann’s esteemed body of work (which includes other movies, such as Heat, Miami Vice, and Manhunter, that were underrated in their day). Chris Hemsworth plays a hard-bodied hacker who’s released from prison to battle a shadowy online terrorist; like many of Mann’s later films, Blackhat is a story of the analog world’s struggle to confront its digital future, wrapped up in a very masculine action saga. If you can, try to catch the director’s cut, which cleans up some of the film’s dense plotting and airs regularly on FX.
Watch it on: FX The Box (2009, directed by Richard Kelly)
This is the third film directed by Richard Kelly, a onetime wunderkind who burst onto the scene with the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. The Box is also his best, though few have recognized it as such. It was a bomb on release, getting poor reviews and the rare dishonor of an F from CinemaScore. But its wild ambition is second to none, spinning Richard Matheson’s mordant short story “Button, Button” into a paranoid 1970s epic—part domestic drama, part psychological horror, part sci-fi fantasy revolving around a NASA expedition to Mars and magic portals. This movie has short, simple scares that I’ve never forgotten, and a plot convoluted enough to obsess over forever. I live in hope of a fourth film from Kelly.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Constantine (2005, directed by Francis Lawrence)
Fifteen years after its release, this remains one of the best and cleverest comic-book adaptations ever made, and probably the most underrated entry in Keanu Reeves’s cinematic career. This is a horror thriller that dives into biblical fantasy, casting a varied ensemble (Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Shia LaBeouf) as various angels and demons doing battle in modern-day Los Angeles. Based on Alan Moore’s Vertigo comic Hellblazer, Constantine junks a lot of the established hallmarks of the character John Constantine (he’s supposed to be a witty Brit who looks like Sting), but that doesn’t matter. Reeves’s laconic style is a perfect fit for the cynical antihero, and Rachel Weisz thrives in twin roles as sisters on either side of an infernal crime that Constantine is called to investigate.
Watch it on: DC Universe The Counselor (2013, directed by Ridley Scott)
Of the seven films made by Ridley Scott in the past decade, none is more critically reviled than The Counselor, a knotty crime drama written by Cormac McCarthy and featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. Summarizing its noir-ish plot, which revolves around the Juárez, Mexico, drug trade, is impossible, but the film is worth watching simply because there’s nothing like it. McCarthy’s florid dialogue and Scott’s hazy visuals are bewitching, and every actor gives an energetic performance pushed to ridiculous heights (one scene in particular, involving Diaz and a Ferrari, is hypnotically baffling). The Counselor is a dark acquired taste, but a deeply satisfying one.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, directed by Justin Lin)
After the success of the first Fast and the Furious movie, in 2001, Vin Diesel’s car-racing franchise struggled to stand out until 2009, when its original cast returned under Justin Lin’s direction for the surprise smash Fast & Furious. But the groundwork for that revitalization had been laid three years earlier with Tokyo Drift, Lin’s debut film in the series. Though Tokyo Drift introduces Sung Kang as the fan-favorite character Han, none of the series’s other beloved characters appears. Yet Lin’s skill with crisp action and quick-paced banter—built up in his fantastic breakthrough, Better Luck Tomorrow, which also starred Kang—makes this one of the best in the franchise.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Hulk (2003, directed by Ang Lee)
Coming off the resounding success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee could’ve made any film he wanted. He picked an adaptation of Marvel Comics’ most tortured star, the Hulk (Eric Bana). At the time, the movie was seen as odd, mocked for its wobbly CGI, and suffered one of the largest box-office drops in history for a blockbuster after its opening weekend. Viewed now, given the cookie-cutter format of contemporary superhero movies, it’s a startling experience. Lee turns his film into a living comic book, zooming in and out of boxy frames and inventing a visual language that could’ve become an exciting norm for the medium. The story, which sees the Hulk doing Freudian battle with his demonic father (Nick Nolte) and unearthing dark family secrets, is bizarre, and thrillingly so.
Watch it on: Starz In the Cut (2003, directed by Jane Campion)
Every film Jane Campion has directed since her Oscar-winning The Piano (1993) is underrated and underseen, but In the Cut was perhaps her biggest flop on release. That was partly because it subverted Meg Ryan’s usual bubbly onscreen persona, casting her as Frannie Avery, an introverted English teacher who starts dating the detective (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a murder case in her apartment building. It’s a sweaty, grisly, and sexually charged thriller that swerves from strange comedy to gory horror from scene to scene. But that tonal whiplash is one of Campion’s smartest storytelling tools, properly rattling viewers and plunging them into Frannie’s mixed-up headspace.
Watch it on: Crackle Jennifer’s Body (2009, directed by Karyn Kusama)
This is the movie that landed Karyn Kusama in “movie jail” for almost a decade: a gleefully bloody teen-horror comedy that was undone by the high expectations for its script. The writer, Diablo Cody, had won an Oscar the previous year for her Juno screenplay, and though this follow-up had that film’s humor, its intense gore and flippant humor were too much for critics at the time. Fortunately, Jennifer’s Body is already being reevaluated as a trashy classic, a nastier update of movies like Heathers that turns the social competition of high school into a literal bloodbath. Kusama has also reemerged as a filmmaker, with the excellent indie horror The Invitation.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures Josie and the Pussycats (2001, directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan)
This knowing revival of the Archie Comics series was a failure on release, but has deservedly attracted a cult following in the years since. It’s a pitch-perfect parody of the manufactured pop pipeline in the early 2000s, watching as the chipper rock band comprising Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) is run through the major-label mill. Parker Posey and Alan Cumming play perfect corporate villains, and almost every scene is suffused with ostentatious subliminal advertising, with au courant brand names crowding the frame. It’s a bitingly clever work, with a great power-pop soundtrack that includes contributions from the late Adam Schlesinger.
Watch it on: Hulu with Cinemax, Xfinity Jupiter Ascending (2015, directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski)
In the 2010s, blockbuster studio filmmaking made a hard pivot to existing intellectual property for its biggest movies: Star Wars, comic books, anything audiences might have nostalgia for. The Wachowskis, as they often do, went their own route. After giving cinema one of its greatest franchises in 1999 with The Matrix, the duo took a different direction in 2015 with a loopily operatic sci-fi epic rooted in nothing but their own imaginations. They were pilloried by critics. Jupiter Ascending is a wonderfully absurd space fairy tale starring Channing Tatum as a dog-man, Eddie Redmayne as an immortal arch-capitalist villain, and Mila Kunis as a secret princess who unwittingly owns the property deeds to our solar system. If you can get on this movie’s wavelength, you’ll find much to enjoy in its many flights of fancy.
Watch it on: Netflix
Non-Stop (2014, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra)
Since the surprise success of Taken in 2008, Liam Neeson has played a broken-down man forced to take the law into his own hands in countless mid-budget action dramas: Unknown, Cold Pursuit, The Commuter, Run All Night, and many more. Non-Stop is easily the best of them, partly thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish director who is one of the finest purveyors of modern pulp cinema (along with many Neeson movies, his other credits include The Shallows and Orphan). Set entirely on an airplane flying from New York to London, Non-Stop follows an alcoholic air marshal who gets caught in a deadly battle when a terrorist starts texting him. Perfectly befitting its setting, this thriller has the plot of the best kind of airplane paperback, with just the right number of twists and turns.
Watch it on: Sling Ocean’s Twelve (2004, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Despite coasting to box-office success, Ocean’s Twelve was disliked on release for swerving in the opposite direction from the über-cool Ocean’s Eleven. Critics dismissed it as overindulgent, pretentious, and ultimately pointless: The heist plot is nigh-impossible to understand, most of the crucial exposition is entirely absent, and there’s a subplot in which the character played by Julia Roberts pretends to be the real Julia Roberts. In hindsight, though, the film is a perfect deconstruction of sequel logic, showing the difficulty of finding new directions for a beloved cast of characters. Where Ocean’s Eleven was all smooth style, Ocean’s Twelve is a knowing subversion that lays bare the ridiculous fallacy of movie-star charm. It also happens to be very, very funny.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Pain & Gain (2013, directed by Michael Bay)
Practically every Bay film has been dismissed by reviewers on release, and often for good reason. His high-octane storytelling style makes the simplest scenes of dialogue utterly hyperactive, and most of his recent efforts are about talking robot toys. But Pain & Gain was a sly departure for this director, a low-budget (by his standards) crime comedy that feels like a Coen Brothers movie on growth hormones. Based on a true story, Pain & Gain is about three bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) who embark on a harebrained kidnapping scheme for easy money; naturally, things quickly go awry. Bay doesn’t abandon his trademark energy, but instead deploys it as satire—these characters might think they’re in a flashy action movie, but their circumstances are far more mundane and depressing.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
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2020.05.19 22:51 AchievingFulfillment What are the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read?

What Should Be Added To This List?
Take it from these CEOs, founders, and other high-achieving leaders. Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.
1. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
"A quick and illustrative book that shows just how powerful well-designed and properly implemented checklists can be in reducing mistakes in all kinds of fields. I've been on many mountaineering adventures where your life depends on a good checklist to make sure ropes, harnesses, and equipment are properly set up. Not everything in life needs a checklist, but we see every day how they can deliver results. When you're boarding a plane, you see pilots working through a number of preflight checklists to make sure everything is in order and no steps are overlooked. At our fast-growing business, checklists that we continue to tweak are critical in building repeatable and scalable processes. Gawande sums it up well: 'You want people to make sure to get the stupid stuff right. Yet you also want to leave room for craft and judgment and the ability to respond to unexpected difficulties that arise along the way.' No matter how good the checklists, they themselves cannot make anyone follow them."
--Tom Martin, CEO of Glance, a visual engagement solutions software company
2. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
"The book is marketed as 'a practical guide to personal freedom,' but in a work setting I use it to check myself when I'm trying to solve a problem, listen to criticism, give constructive feedback, or resolve a conflict. The agreements--don't gossip, don't take things personally, don't make assumptions, and do your best--help me start from a rational position of trying to understand the issue at hand, without bringing any negative mental baggage that may come along naturally if I weren't aware of them. I also use the Four Agreements framework to analyze conflicts, so I can understand why someone may be reacting in a negative or emotional way and to help me remain calm if I'm involved in the conflict."
--Bob Armour, CMO of interactive employee communication software company Jellyvision
3. The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse by Mohamed A. El-Erian
"During my time on Wall Street, I witnessed both high and low times. If you want to understand the modern global economy, you should read this book. El-Erian is an incredibly clear thinker and explains complex ideas in an articulate way that is understandable to the financial novice while engaging to a seasoned industry veteran. Although no one can predict the future, this book comes close."
--Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and CEO of digital investment platform Ellevest and author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work
4. The Varieties of Human Experience by William James
"I graduated from high school at age 16. I honestly think the teachers pushed me ahead because they couldn't put up with me anymore! I used my GI Bill benefits to enroll in college. In one of my psychology classes, I was exposed to William James, the father of modern psychology. He once said, 'If you can change your thinking, you can change your life.' And that really resonated with me, so I sought to begin a program in self-mastery. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about successful people. What were their thoughts, habits, and philosophies? It didn't take long to discover that my upbringing wasn't in alignment. Once I realized that, I gradually shifted into an entrepreneurial mindset, and I proved James's theory correct. William James really made me aware of what I had been thinking and truly opened my eyes to examining the crippling power and control of the past."
--Dan Lee, director of NextDesk, a company that creates power-adjustable desks that can be quietly raised from sitting to standing height
5. Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
"An amazing investigation into the world of competitive memorization that turns into an in-depth study on the capacity, and limitations, of the human mind. The book provides a real appreciation for how our brains work that I find massively applicable in both my work and personal life. A must-read!"
--Adam Tishman, CEO of Helix, a direct-to-consumer sleep brand that uses personalization technology to individually design and custom build mattresses based on customer preferences
6. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
"This masterfully written book highlights three leadership styles, culled from the lives of three kings mentioned in the Bible: Saul, David, and Absalom. Whether you are a seasoned business owner or a young entrepreneur, this book is a priceless treatise on the art of identifying and dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly attitudes of those who sit in the big chair at the office."
--Michael Tyrrell, author, composer, and producer of Wholetones, a healing frequency music project aiming to help people improve their health, sleep, creativity, productivity at work, and well-being
7. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
"A very good friend of mine recently gave me a copy. It's not a sit-down-and-read-it-in-one session type of book. But I was facing some challenging moments, and she left a copy on my desk with a note that said, 'You need this.' I opened a page randomly, and read, 'Know yourself, and you will win all battles.' It resonated immediately with me. Sometimes founding a company is like a war--you need discipline, a game plan, confidence, and to understand the enemy (competition). I keep it on my desk for moments when I'm finding things tough. It's not always relevant, but sometimes it's a better pep talk than any inspirational Instagram post."
--Michelle Kennedy, founder and CEO of Peanut, an app which helps mobile-first mothers connect with other like-minded women
8. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
"It goes without saying that leading a company is hard and leading a fast-growing company is even harder. The challenge for me--and for many business leaders--is why does it always seem harder than it should be? This book does a great job of being therapist and consultant--from someone who's been there and done that--to those of us who have asked ourselves this very question. Ben's ability to convey, in an easy-to-read, engaging, and thought-provoking way, his thoughts, fears, and struggles about raising money, rapidly growing, restructuring, and ultimately selling his company makes this a must-read for any CEO who wants to build and run a great business. At the end of the day, success in business comes down to persistence and the willingness to make the hard decisions, day in and day out. To succeed, we must, as Ben suggests, 'embrace the struggle.'"
--Chris Sullens, president and CEO of WorkWave, cloud-based field service management and "last mile" fleet management software solutions
9. Sam Walton, Made in America: My Story by Sam Walton
"I read this book more than 25 years ago and so much of it is still with me. My main takeaway was when he talked about how he would go to his warehouse at 5 a.m. to talk with the warehouse and delivery teams. He felt that was where he was able to get the best information about what was going on with his business. Remember, they didn't have advanced inventory data programs and tracking systems to the level we have now. To this day, I continuously travel to our factories, warehouses, and fulfillment centers and talk with the folks who build, ship, and deliver our products. Sam was right. That's where I get the most important information about my business."
--Ron Rudzin, co-founder and CEO of luxury online mattress company Saatva
10. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
"Danny Meyer is the restaurateur behind Gramercy Tavern, the Modern, and even Shake Shack. He shares how his focus on generous hospitality has led to his restaurants' resonating with customers. I find the intense focus on the details of the diners' experiences and the great respect and care shown to make their dining special incredibly applicable to businesses beyond restaurants. People want to be taken care of and remembered by the companies they do business with. Danny shares how he developed this philosophy and how he implements it across his various restaurants, from fine dining to fast casual burgers."
--Caleb Elston, co-founder and CEO of Delighted, which uses the Net Promoter System to help companies measure the voice of the customer over time
11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"Paulo Coelho leverages the myth, one of my favorite genres, to provide inspiration for all readers, but perhaps entrepreneurs will be affected especially. First, it challenges you to have a big vision, but teaches that creating and pursuing it is hard work and likely to take you on a very long journey. Second, you must learn by observing nature. To me, observation is the most important skill of an innovator. And the observation of nature is central to technological change throughout the ages. A 2016 robotics project at UC Berkeley mimicking cockroaches is just one modern example. Furthermore, understanding human nature is essential to being a good manager. In all his writings, Coelho reinforces that true inspiration comes from a quiet and calm place. Clearly, this is not possible if we never allow our minds and bodies some time away from emails, texts, and busy work. Finally, the book comes full circle, reminding us that the power to achieve our dreams is within us and was within us from the beginning. Think of it as a variation on the Star Wars theme: 'The Force is within you.'"
--Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon, which provides business intelligence from social media analysis
12. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt
"This is a story about a business executive dealing with serious challenges at work and in his personal life. It is a good read as a novel, but more interestingly, it is a great business and leadership book. Its theme is that, in life and in business, you should constantly ask 'What's the goal?' before taking any action when faced with a task or challenge. If you establish clear goals and a method of measurement, your action plan is more likely to line up with achieving the goal. The character, Herbie, becomes a metaphor for how to identify constraints and define processes based on these constraints."
--Jim Dicso, CEO of SundaySky, which provides personalized video engagement for brands
13. When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub
"Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub shares fascinating firsthand stories and useful advice about how to get what you want in life. His book is based on his decades of experience producing music and movies for Elvis, Sinatra, George Clooney, and more. It's the 21st-century version of How to Win Friends and Influence People. And it's a fun read."
--Karl Sakas, agency consultant and author of Made to Lead
14. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
"How to leverage, how to differentiate, and how to hedge--this classic business book inspires me on how to compete in the overcrowded optical and eyewear business. In today's fast-changing environment, what used to be your strength and competitiveness can be your biggest obstacle in growth and change. One must constantly question, learn, and keep an open mind."
--Jenny Ma, founder and CEO of eyewear brands Brooklyn Spectacles and Luxeye Optical
15. The Widow Cliquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo
"For anyone interested in true business pioneers, or indeed one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of all time, this biography is a great read. It recounts the inspiring story of the widow Veuve Cliquot's struggle to grow her fledgling champagne business in the early 1800s following the death of her husband. Set against the backdrop of Napoleonic France, Veuve Cliquot conquered not only the glass ceiling of sexism, but political and financial turmoil to grow Veuve Cliquot into a remarkable empire. As similar issues resurface in the modern era, her battle is a timely reminder that determination and daring can win the day. A beautifully written account that I couldn't put down."
--Abi Weeds, founder of organic natural skin care and makeup company Odylique
16. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
"It was my first real exposure to Western literature and really opened my eyes. I was probably 11 or 12 years old, living in South Korea before we immigrated. Since then, I have reread it many times. The main inspiration for me is the utmost perseverance, planning, and dogged determination required to achieve one's goals despite encountering many hardships and setbacks."
--Lucas Roh, founder and CEO of the big-data platform Bigstep
17. I Love You All the Time by Jessica Elin Hirchman and Jennifer Elin Cole
"This is a children's book that I used to read to my daughters when they were three or four years old, and for some reason it has stuck with me even as they enter young adulthood. The message is simple: Remember those who have unconditionally loved and supported you through thick and thin; find the time, make the time. For me, it's namely my wife and kids. It's so easy to read one more email, take one more call, or work one more hour at the expense of those who have been there for me whether I'm successful or not. My ability to create lasting memories with my family will not be judged by how successful I've been, but by how successful I've helped them be. That single phase has entered my thoughts many times and is a good reminder of what's ultimately most important."
--Tracey Wiedmeyer, co-founder and CTO of InContext Solutions, a Web-based virtual reality solutions provider for retail
18. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
"Lencioni's work reads like a script for a Mission Impossible movie. In this case, he takes a very talented protagonist, Kathryn Petersen, and drops her into a Silicon Valley company in turmoil. Her mission: Take a highly dysfunctional set of executives and turn them into a highly functioning leadership team before the company implodes or she gets fired. I have a particular passion for understanding how to transform a group of individuals into a high-performing team, as a great team does more for a company's results than anything else. Yet I've also struggled with how to communicate what makes great teams great and how to internalize that message. Lencioni takes a bit of the opposite approach, where he explains what makes a team not so great: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. His lessons are simple and inspired, and I've found the book to be a road map for building great teams, drawing on the story countless times in my career."
--Jeff Somers, president and head of retail for small-business insurance company Insureon
19. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
"[It] is essential reading for every aspiring entrepreneur with a big idea and limited resources. So many people assume that you need to have money to succeed--that's a false presumption. JR and I are living proof that passion and tenacity are more important than money to realize your goals. The Power of Broke, which I am lucky enough to be featured in, truly provides the tools and information needed to help you realize people of all financial statuses can find success, as long as you work hard and trust in yourself."
--Loren Ridinger, founder of Motives Cosmetics and SEVP of e-commerce platform Market America and
20. American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
"This book really resonated with me, because it's almost a mirror image of what we did with the Sparkling Ice brand. Hoffman dives into how Alan Mulally went into Ford and took a look at the organization as a whole. He shifted the focus to the consumer and recognized the importance of delivering quality products and services. Mulally honored the heritage of the company and used Ford's identity as a strength to reinvigorate a culture. If you need to enact change in your company without losing its values, this book will be perfect to pull inspiration and tactics from."
--Kevin Klock, president and CEO of beverage company Talking Rain
21. Double Your Profits in 6 Months or Less by Bob Fifer
"This book was the most impactful on my career. Other than a small section on technology (that I don't fully agree with), the book is a blueprint for how an effective and efficient business should be run. Fifer's teachings are ingrained in nearly all of TransPerfect's business systems, and he has personally come and participated in training conferences with our senior management team."
--Phil Shawe, co-CEO and founder of TransPerfect, a translation and content management company
22. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
"I read this book when it was first published and I was a first-time CEO at Cobalt Networks. The book, which focuses on how to bridge the chasms that occur in the transition from a market solely for innovators and early adopters to one that reaches a mainstream audience, proved to be my personal manual for building disruptive companies. For those in management, marketing, and sales at B2B tech companies, this book is a must-read."
--Stephen DeWitt, CEO of Work Market, a freelance management system
23. The Wu-Tang Manual by the RZA
"There are a number of core lessons I have pulled from this book over the years. First, follow your dreams--don't chase someone else's. Wu Tang could only have happened on Staten Island, just like Godzilla could only have appeared on a remote radioactive island in Japan. No distractions, no envy. Be like ODB: There's no father to his style. Second, location matters. In an era when everyone chases careers and dollars, the Wu represented Shaolin (Staten Island)--pride of place and people, and a commitment to draw from, but built on what's strategic around you. Third, build a platform of success for others as your legacy. There have always been great rap duos (EPMD, Eric B. & Rakim, Run-D.M.C., and more), but Wu Tang was the first rap dynasty. While many companies claim to be a great place to work, we want Duo to also be a great company to have worked for, and we support our colleagues in their success at and beyond our company. Fourth, a team needs shared values and cultural contribution, not cultural fit. From Kung Fu and Bushido, to Nietzsche and Lao Tzu, the Wu drank deep from the well of history to draw wisdom from both the profound and the profane."
--Dug Song, co-founder and CEO, Duo Security, a cloud-based information security provider
24. Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie
"It provides a practical approach on how companies can drive innovation. This is something we're always focused on here at Wayfair, where employees are encouraged to share innovative and out-of-the-box ideas, test their theories, analyze data, and learn and iterate to find the best, most effective solutions."
--Brad Johnson, VP of Castlegate Fulfillment for the online home store Wayfair
25. Ten Types of Innovation by Brian Quinn, Helen Walters, Larry Keeley, and Ryan Pikkel
"The framework is organized into three categories: configuration, offering, and experience. The author uses a theatrical metaphor, backstage, to describe the configuration phase, its steps being more distant to the customer, such as the profit model, structure, and process. The experience phase is described as onstage and is more obvious to end users: brand, service, and customer engagement. This book has been a great reference for our team as we create our own Ten Types that we call the stages of Human-Centered Design, a creative approach to problem solving. And similar to the Ten Types, only when you include every important step in the process will you end with a truly innovative solution."
--Bob Niemiec, managing partner of Twisthink, a product innovation and business strategy consultancy
ByChristina DesMarais Contributor, @salubriousdish
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2020.05.16 01:30 starnina Okay some time ago I posted in the group chat about “combating hierarchy in the sugar bowl “ that post had a lot of negative feed back from it.

Okay some time ago I posted in the group chat about “combating hierarchy in the sugar bowl “ that post had a lot of negative feed back from it. Yesterday I was scrolling on SA and seen this SD that had in his bio “looking for a woman who has a vision and just needs help making it possible. Let’s be a power couple together!” which sparked my post today. I know many people get into sugaring for different reasons which is what makes this so unique. In my post I brought up points on me having conflicts in the bowl because I am business oriented and looking for a investor or a SD that wants to be a business partner and even a potential husband. Nevertheless I don’t think just because someone doesn’t have similar goals as the majority that it’s wrong. I hope someday sugaring for long term relationship goals can have more of a positive light than it currently does. Because for some sugaring is a lifestyle I don’t usually date vanilla even In my non sugar relationships they have aspects of sugar in them. I use Alma and George Clooney as a example because they’re a age gap relationship and because they’re both very successful. Although Alma had a nice life before Clooney, he still was able to help her advance to new heights in her career and life. They’re able to encourage each other, build each other’s networks and help one another. I understand this is not ideal for everyone in the sugar bowl but I do think that it’s okay to be different.
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2020.02.20 16:05 Luma2802 Konbini Auto-Interview translated

Back in 2011, when AVD came out, Justice did an Auto-interview for Konbini in Frech. This interview is funny and some asked me to translate it a while ago so there it is

G : Hi! We're Justice. Xavier, Gaspard. We're going to do an auto-interview for our friends from Konbini


G: What makes you really happy ?
X: A child smiling, A good dinner
G: Bird hairG: Who is your favorite phone number ?
X: The proudest to have ? Gaspard's one, I've the number of a guy from Justice
G: What animal are you ? Mime it. I'm a dog and Xavier is a monkey
X: That's true. Are we allowed to smoke on Konbini ? It goes like that ? *mimes monkey*
G: What's your favorite feminine name ? Yours is easy
X: Yeah it's Louise. It works everywhere, it's cool G: Mine is ??? (can't hear what he is saying because of camera noizes)
G: Do you pee under the shower ? Yes
X: You do ?
G: Not, not really, I'd rather poop in a bath, it's funnier


G: You're about to release a new album on October 24th, do you a have any surprising or funny trivia ? We can talk about Ali Love who was punching the wall while he was recording
X: In t-shirt, with only one sleeve rolled up and he sings Civilization while punching the wall but it really fits the song actually
G: Pick a song from the album and tell us a story that could take place in this atmosphere. Parade, for us is a kind of a "song to drink"
X: It's the last panel of Astérix comics
G: A libation and a orgy song
G: Will we find in the album a song to listen in happy, melancholic and sexy moments ?. Sexy, it depends on endurance, on pelvis rhythmG: What type of films, music should we see or listen to be in the perfect mood when your album goes out ?
X: Days of Heaven
G: Yeah, Days of Heaven, by Terence Malick
G: What's your new favorite band right now?
X: Birdy Nam Nam
G: Yeah
X: Yeah, Birdy Nam Nam, my new favorite band


G: Tell us the best and the worst thing about the person next to you
X: The best is that he is a excellent musician and a excellent band partner and the worse is that he pees under the shower, and I use the same shower
G: I'm very impressed by his ability to make the world yield to his goodwill. I find that good
G: With which person would you like to get stuck in a elevator ?
X: George Clooney, he looks nice. I dreamed once that George Clooney and I were friends it was cool

Edit: Formating
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2020.01.02 18:04 Zhannabelle Tantrische Diagnose: warum braucht man sie?

Tantrische Diagnose: warum braucht man sie?

Ist es möglich zu verstehen, ob Sie mit einem Partner kompatibel sind, anhand seines Fotos?
Man sagt, der erste Eindruck ist trügerisch. Du selbst hast es wahrscheinlich mehr als einmal erlebt. Vor allem, wenn du dich einmal auf den ersten Blick verliebt hat. Leider werden solche Romane manchmal zu einer großen Enttäuschung. Hätte man das vermeiden können? Ja! Dabei wird eine tantrische Diagnose helfen.

Verheiratet mit einem Star

Das Aussehen ist trügerisch. Das ist es. Um bei der Auswahl eines Partners keinen Fehler zu machen, rät die erbliche weiße Magierin Zhannabelle, sich einer tantrischen Diagnose zu unterziehen. Es ist wichtig, dass sie es nicht nur ermöglicht, das Gesicht des Auserwählten "lesen" zu können sondern, dass Sie dadurch energetisch zu Ihrem Partner passen. Sind langfristige und harmonische Beziehungen zwischen Ihnen möglich?
Dafür brauchst du nur drei Fotos. Auf dem ersten Foto — das Gesicht des Auserwählten als Nahaufnahme, auf dem zweiten — in voller Größe, und auf dem dritten — ihr zusammen.
Nach der Analyse der Bilder wird die erbliche weiße Hexe Zhannabelle erzählen, wer dein Mann ist und ob er Gefühle für dich hat.
Wie effektiv die tantrische Diagnose ist, zeigt eine Geschichte.
Vor einigen Jahren absolvierte Zhannabelle Trainings in Rio de Janeiro. Für das Seminar hat sich ein Mädchen eingeschrieben — süß, aber ganz gewöhnlich. Wie man so schönt sagt, mit einem unvergesslichen Äußeren. Aber an ihre Anfrage erinnerte sich Zhannabelle für immer))
Das Mädchen kam mit einem Poster, auf dem ein schöner, sportlicher junger Mann abgebildet war.
Wie sich herausstellte, ein berühmter Schauspieler einer brasilianischen TV-Serie. Ein Star!
Also gab Clara zu, dass sie ihn heiraten wollte, und bat darum, eine tantrische Diagnose für die Kompatibilität mit dem gut aussehenden Schauspieler zu machen. Zur gleichen Zeit tat sie nichts, um ihren Wunsch zu verwirklichen. Abgesehen von der Wendung an Zhannabelle.
Sie saß auf der Couch, sah Serien mit seiner Teilnahme und starb vor unerwiderter Liebe.
Die Diagnose zeigte, dass sie aus energetischer Sicht ein gutes Paar sind, aber jetzt war sein Energieniveau deutlich höher als ihres. Clara musste sich sehr anstrengen, um auf das Niveau des schönen Schauspielers zu kommen, sie hatte gutes Potenzial.
Die erbliche weiße Hexe Zhannabelle empfahl Clara eine ganze Liste von spirituellen und energetischen Praktiken, Gruppenunterricht und Seminaren und riet auch, spezielle Amulette zu kaufen.
Als Zhannabelle ein halbes Jahr später nach Rio zurückkehrte, kam eine unglaubliche, märchenhafte Schönheit zur individuellen Beratung. Eine richtige Filmdiva. Zhannabelle erkannte Clara nicht einmal in dem neuen Bild!
Ihre Geschichte selbst könnte zum Drehbuch für die Serie werden. Nach der Durchführung aller Praktiken, die Clara erhielt, änderte sie sich grundlegend. Sowohl äußerlich als auch energetisch.
Und sie fing an zu handeln! Auf einer der weltlichen Partys traf sie den Produzenten ihres Idols, und dann IHN persönlich.
Die Affäre mit dem Schauspieler hatte noch keine Zeit fortzuschreiten, als Clara merkte, dass Sie mit dem Produzenten zusammen sein wollte... und Ihre Gefühle sind gegenseitig. Vor Zhannabelle gab es wieder ein Foto, aber schon das eines anderen Mannes.
Die tantrische Diagnose hat gezeigt, dass Clara und Alejandro auf dem Energieniveau zu 100% übereinstimmen.
So etwas passiert einmal pro Million Paare! Offensichtlich war der neue Auserwählte ein würdigerer Mann. Und Clara hat ihre Wahl getroffen: Sie heiratete Alejandro, und einst wurde der begehrte Schauspieler ein Ehrenfreund der Familie. Clara und Alejandro passten perfekt zusammen. Ihre Ehe basiert auf gegenseitigem Respekt, Vertrauen und Unterstützung. Zhannabelle ist sehr froh, dass Sie ein weiteres Paar glücklich machen konnte!

Ein würdiger Mann - ein Traum oder Realität?

Wie soll er - ein würdiger Mann - sein, fähig, dich auf den Armen zu tragen und jedwede Begierden von dir zu erfüllen? Wahrscheinlich sind die Anforderungen an Mr. Ideal bei allen Frauen gleich. Er muss männlich, witzig, fürsorglich sein...
Aber wie verstehst du, dass das Objekt deines Interesses genau das ist?
Du wirst ja nicht eine Akte für ihn mithilfe von Privatdetektiven anlegen. Der einfachste Weg ist, das Gesicht des Auserwählten sorgfältig zu studieren. Und um sich mit den Schlussfolgerungen nicht zu täuschen, müssen Sie die Grundlagen der tantrischen Diagnose und Physiognomie kennen.
Woraus besteht ein würdiger Mann? Versuchen wir, sein Porträt zu «sammeln»))) also, ein massives quadratisches Kinn wie bei Superman ist ein Zeichen für körperliche Stärke und gute Gesundheit. Eine große Nase, wie bei Caesar, spricht von Führungsqualitäten. Eine hohe Stirn, wie bei Einstein, ist ein Zeichen des Geistes. Und buschige Augenbrauen, wie bei George Clooney, sind ein Attribut der Macht. Natürlich geben alle diese Elemente zusammen ein seltsames Gesicht - etwas zwischen dem Primaten und dem Australopithecus))) Nicht umsonst hat deine Mutter gesagt, dass ein echter Mann ein bisschen schöner als ein Affe ist)))
Zum Glück für dich ist die Kombination all dieser Zeichen selten bei einer Person. Betrachte seine Chakra Zentren im Einzelnen. Achte unbedingt darauf, auf die Lippen zu schauen. Wenn die Oberlippe größer ist, dann ist der Mann kreativ. Wenn die Unterlippe größer ist, dann ist er ein Befürworter eines komfortablen und stabilen Lebens, darin sind Führungsqualitäten und sexuelle Energie ausgeprägt.
Und kleine Augen mit einem Schimmer geben einen schlauen, vorsichtigen und geheimnisvollen Mann in einem Menschen aus. Sei mit so einem auf deiner Hut!
Aber es geht nicht nur um die Form oder Größe der Ohren und Nase! Es ist notwendig, klar zu verstehen, dass es weibliche und männliche Chakren, feinstoffliche Körper, Ahnenkarma gibt. Man muss verstehen, wofür sie verantwortlich sind. Und bereits auf der Grundlage dieser Analyse zieht man Schlüsse über den Auserwählten.

Was macht die Plastische Chirurgie gefährlich?

Männer «scannen» natürlich auch dein Aussehen. Selbst wenn sie nichts über die Chakren wissen, werden sie immer noch auf die großen, weit geöffneten Augen achten. Dies zeugt von der Aufrichtigkeit und Offenheit ihrer Besitzerin. Geschwollene und klar umrissene Lippen - ein Beweis für Sexualität. Kleines Näschen - ein Zeichen deiner Bescheidenheit.
Jetzt verstehst du, warum die beliebtesten plastischen Operationen in der Gesichtschirurgie eine Vergrößerung der Lippen, eine «Weitung» der Augen und eine Verkleinerung der Nasen sind. Manche träumen so davon, ihre Weiblichkeit zu betonen, dass sie bereit sind, sich unter das Messer des Chirurgen zu legen.
Tun Sie dies auf keinen Fall! Jede Operation stört deine Energiestruktur! Ganz zu schweigen von den Komplikationen, mit denen die Operation enden kann.
Außerdem arbeitet dein Gesicht nicht nur bei Dates, sondern auch bei Geschäftstreffen und Meetings für dich. Und dort ist es nur angebracht, deinen Geist, Autorität und Selbstvertrauen zu betonen. Du kannst nicht zwei Gesichter haben: eins für die Arbeit, das andere für das Privatleben))
Ausweg ist: richtig ausgewählte Kleidung und kompetentes Make-Up.
Verstehe, es ist nichts unmöglich!
Glaube an dich selbst und versuche, dein Schicksal zum Besseren zu verändern.
Wenn Sie Zweifel an dem Auserwählten haben oder Sie heimlich verliebt sind und nicht wissen, was der erste Schritt zu tun ist, kommen Sie zu einer tantrischen Diagnose zur erblichen weißen Hexe Zhannabelle mit einem Foto von Ihrem Geliebten, da helfen wird, zu verstehen, was hinter dem Aussehen des Mannes Ihrer Träume ist.
Die Kraft wird zu Ihnen in unserem Seminar kommen – bringen Sie neue Leute zu unseren Seminaren mit und seien Sie glücklich!
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2020.01.02 18:02 Zhannabel Tantric Diagnostics: Why do you need it?

Tantric Diagnostics: Why do you need it?

Can you tell if you are compatible with your partner from their photo?
They say the first appearance can be deceptive. You've probably experienced it more than once yourself. Especially if you've ever fallen in love at first sight. Unfortunately, such affairs sometimes become a great disappointment. Was it possible to avoid it? Yes! Tantric diagnostics will help you.

Marry a movie star

Appearance can be deceiving. Yes, it can. Hereditary white magician Zhannabelle advises to undergo tantric diagnostics not to make a mistake when choosing a partner. It is important that it not only allows you to "read" the face of the chosen one, but also determines how much you match in the energy planу. Whether a long-term and harmonious relationship is possible between you.
You will need only three photos for this. The first photo has to show the face of your chosen one in close-up, the second one should be a full-length photo, and the third one should be a photo of you two together.
Having analyzed the photos, hereditary white magician Zhannabelle will tell you what your man is and whether he has feelings for you.
The story below shows well the effectiveness of tantric diagnostics.
Zhannabelle was training in Rio de Janeiro a few years ago. A girl signed up for the seminar – a nice one, but quite ordinary. As they say, with a forgettable appearance. But Zhannabelle remembered her request forever.)
The girl came with a poster of a handsome, athletic young man on it.
As it turned out, he was a famous actor in Brazilian soap operas. A star!
So, Clara admitted that she dreamed of marrying him, and asked to make a tantric diagnostics for compatibility with the handsome actor. However, she did not take a single step to achieve her dream. Except for turning to Zhannabelle.
She was sitting on the sofa, watching TV series with his participation and dying of undivided love.
Diagnostics showed that they are a matching couple from the energetic point of view. However, at that moment his energy level was much higher than hers. Clara had to try very hard to reach the level of the handsome actor. She had good potential.
Hereditary white magician Zhannabelle recommended Clara a whole list of spiritual and energetic practices, group and seminar sessions. She also advised obtaining special amulets.
An incredible, fairytale beauty came for an individual consultation when Zhannabelle returned to Rio six months later. A real movie diva. Zhannabelle did not even recognize Clara in the new look!
Her story could be a script for the series. Having completed all the practices that she received, Clara has changed dramatically. Both externally and energetically.
And she took action! She got acquainted with the producer of her idol at a social party, and then with HIM.
She did not have time to dive into romantic relationships with the actor yet, when Clara realized that she wanted to be with the producer ... and their feelings were mutual. There was a photo before Zhannabelle again, but this time it was a photo of another man.
Tantric diagnostics showed that Clara and Alejandro match 100% on the energy level.
It happens once in a million pairs! Obviously, the new chosen one was a more worthy man. And Clara made her choice: she married Alejandro, and once a coveted actor became an honorary family friend. Clara and Alejandro were a perfect match. Their marriage is built on mutual respect, trust and support. Zhannabelle is very pleased that she was able to make another couple happy!

Is a worthy man a dream or a reality?

What's he like, a decent man who can make much of you and cater to your whims? Probably all women have the same requirements for Mr. Ideal. He should be manful, witty, caring...
But how do you know that the object of your interest is exactly like this?
You won’t be collecting a file on him with private detectives. The easiest way is to scrutinize the face of the chosen one. And not to be wrong with the conclusions, you need to know the basics of tantric diagnostics and physiognomy.
What the worthy man consists of? Let's try to "do" his portrait)). So, a massive square chin like Superman's is a sign of physical power and good health. A big nose like Caesar's is a sign of leadership. A high forehead like Einstein's is a sign of intelligence. And bushy eyebrows, like George Clooney's, are an attribute of authoritativeness. Of course, all these elements together give a strange face - something between primate and Australopithecus)). Your mother was right to say that a true man is a little prettier than a monkey)).
Lucky for you, the combination of all these signs is rarely found in one person. Look at his chakral centers separately. Make sure you look at his lips. If his upper lip is larger, the man is creative. If his lower lip is bigger, he prefers comfortable and stable life, he has strong leadership qualities and sexual energy.
And the small squint eyes reveal a cunning, careful and secretive person. Beware this one!
But it's not just about the shape or size of ears and nose! You have to understand clearly that there are female and male chakras, subtle bodies, karma of lineage. You need to know what they mean. It is on the basis of this analysis you should draw conclusions about your chosen one.

What is dangerous in plastic surgery?

Of course, men "scan" your appearance, too. Even if they don't know anything about the chakras, they'll still notice the big wide open eyes. This means the sincerity and openness of their owner. Chubby and clearly defined lips are proof of sexuality. A small nose that speaks of your modesty.
Now you understand why plastic surgeries are the most popular in facial surgery - lip augmentation, "opening" of eyes and nose reduction. Some people are so eager to emphasize their femininity that they're ready to go under the knife of a surgeon.
You must not do this in any case! Any surgical intervention violates your energy structure! Not to mention the complications that surgery can result with.
Besides, your face "works" for you not only on dates, but also during business meetings. And then it is appropriate to emphasize your mind, power and self-confidence. You can't have two faces: one for work, the other for personal life)).
Solution: properly selected clothes and competent make-up.
You should understand, there is nothing impossible!
Believe in yourself and strive to change your fate for the better.
If you have doubts about your chosen one or you are secretly in love and do not know what first step to take, come with a photo of your beloved to have the tantric diagnostics with the hereditary white magician Zhannabelle. She will help you understand what is there behind the appearance of the man of your dreams.
The power will come to you at Zhannabelle's seminar - bring new people to her seminars and be happy!
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2019.12.22 06:53 masmasi2907 20 Ways To Be Irresistible To Women

Attracting woman is not that much easy but by knowing some tricks you can go through it.
If you ask a woman what she’s looking for in a man, she’ll tell you that she wants someone tall, dark, and handsome. She’s looking for a clone of George Clooney. If you look at her relationship history, however, you’ll see that’s not always true.
What Women REALLY Want in a Man?
Men are visual; they fall in love through their eyes. They’re shallow and superficial. Sorry, guys — you know it’s the truth. Women, on the other hand, fall in love through their ears. We care more about the whole package; we value a man’s personality, how thoughtful he is, and how he treats us.
I’m here to be the bearer of great news and tell you that looks aren’t so important to all women. Yes, a man’s physical appearance is important to some ladies, but most women want much, much more than that. A nice looking man who is in good shape, dresses, well and possesses all of the below characteristics is what we really want! Read on:

Being Kind Goes A Long Way

Women want to date a man who is kind and caring. We want someone who will be our best friend, a partner, and our equal. Above all, we want someone who makes us feel great.

Brains Are Sexy

Intelligence is a turn on. Being sexy is cool because smart men simply captivate women. Whether it’s informing us about the newest congressional race or teaching us something we didn’t know about football, we like someone from whom we can learn. Women enjoy feeling enlightened.

Funny Is Always A Good Thing

Being funny makes men more attractive to women. There’s no science to it; it’s just a fact. One hundred percent of women appreciate a man who is witty. If you can make a woman laugh, she’ll almost always think you’re awesome.

Confidence Is Key

Women like men who are confident. When you’re sure of yourself and your actions reflect it, women will be naturally drawn to you. Women are attracted to men who know they’re great. We like dating a man who can captivate a room just by walking in.

Be Charismatic, Please

Charisma is defined as having swagger, being unique, and possessing a certain je ne sais quoi, or just not being “vanilla.” When you’re charismatic, you’re that much cooler. All women love a charming man. When you have a big personality, women find you irresistible.

Balance Is Needed

Leading a balanced lifestyle is important. Women enjoy dating a man who can do it all. We want to date someone who can prioritize his job, family, friends and a relationship. We’re drawn to men who make time for us and who show us that we’re an essential part of their lives.

Are You A Good Listener?

A man who is a good listener is a true catch. Because women are more emotional than men, we love to share. We can talk for hours. We have tons of stories to tell and we want you to listen to all of them. If you can listen to a woman, and I mean genuinely listen, you’re a gem!

Thoughtfulness Is Cool

Thoughtful men are enticing for women. Being thoughtful doesn’t mean spending a lot of money; it means showing us that you care. If we mention we love a certain restaurant, surprise us and plan a date there. If we say we have a particular flower, bring us flowers on the next date. If we tell you we’re eager to see a specific movie or play, get tickets and take us. A man who’s considerate is very sexy.

Don’t Be High Maintenance

We like to date men who can go with the flow. Women can be high maintenance; men can’t. We want to date someone we can bring anywhere. If we’re invited to a business dinner, we want to date a man who can put on a fancy suit and talk about important things. When a client invites us to a sports game, we want to date someone who can keep up with the lingo. If we’re in the mood to sit on our couch in PJ’s all day, we need someone who can too. Quite simply, we enjoy dating men who can be comfortable in any situation.

Get Your Look Right

Being put together and looking presentable is essential. Women want to date men who are well dressed. A nice outfit can make men so much more attractive! If you’re well dressed and put together, you’re showing everyone that you value yourself and your appearance.
Ultimately, women want to fall in love. We want someone who makes us feel special and important.
The Top 20 Traits Women Want in a Man
According To HiwaMag Of all the questions that have plagued man’s existence, few as are perplexing as what motivates the thoughts of the opposite sex. Despite thousands of years of books, poems, essays, and awful romantic comedies that have attempted to tackle the subject, men haven’t made much progress when it comes unlocking the mysteries of the fairer sex.
But just because men will never know precisely what’s going on in the heads of their partners doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to get a better idea. Yes, every woman is different, but there are certain characteristics almost all women value in a man. We know that most women want a guy who’s loyal, kind, and good in bed (of course). But what else?
In an effort to pinpoint exactly which characteristics women deem attractive in a man, we polled over 1,000 American woman between the ages of 21 and 54 in two online surveys. One was conducted by Princeton, New Jersey’s opinion Research Corporation; the other was done on Once the results were in, we organized the characteristics based on the how often they appeared within the top 10 attributes listed by women.
Not surprisingly, we found that women value personality far more than physical attractiveness. Despite all those hours you might be spending in the gym, only 13 percent of women cited muscular build as a factor in hotness. On the other hand, 66 percent of women said moral integrity will “make me quiver.”
Here are the top 20 traits, pided by category. See how you stack up.


More than 8 out of 10 women (or 84 percent of women) rated “faithful to me” in the top 10 attributes they find sexy in a man. She wants to be reassured that you think she’s the sexiest woman on earth (and luckily, you already do!), so remind her of that fact whenever and however you can.


It’s sort of a cliché at this point, but women are looking for a guy who’s not afraid of commitment. Three out of four women (75 percent) say they look for a man who’s good at follow-through. Being responsible—even if it’s just remembering to pick up salad dressing on your way over to her place—sends a positive signal that you’re ready for commitment.


Young women may still fall for the bad-boy type, but 67 percent of women said they were turned on by kindness, because kindness inspires confidence. In other words, if you treat the waitress well, your date figures you’ll treat her well, too. So be nice.

Moral Integrity

Sixty-six percent of women believe that if you have the guts to tell the truth, you’ll have the guts to be a good, caring partner over the long haul. Just try not to tell her what you really think of her best friend from college and you’re good.


Being a good dad (or having the potential to become one) is about being a good role model and being patient and caring, qualities 51 percent of women want in a partner. Not a dad? Tell her about your favorite niece or nephew, or the employee you’re mentoring at work.

Sense of Humor

Being able to laugh at the stresses of this world is a must, according to 77 percent of the women on our panel. You get bonus points if you can make them laugh. Humor tells a woman that you can laugh at the many difficulties that life throws at you.


A worldly, interesting man is a man 55 percent of women like to show off. Men who are problem solvers make women feel secure, and men who are always improving are never boring.


Forty-six percent of women like displays of passion because they’re not accustomed to seeing them from men. Get passionate about something: kayaking, impressionistic art, barbecuing, or Habitat for Humanity. It’s proof that you care for and about something beyond yourself.


A man who feels secure in his own skin makes the woman he’s with feel secure, according to 41 percent of women. By showing you can handle unfamiliar people or situations, you tell the woman in your life that she need not fear, either.


This is important to 38 percent of women. Generosity doesn’t just mean springing for dinner at a four-star. It also means you’re willing to give your time and lend an ear.


Pay attention. 53 percent of women said they feel safe and secure when they know their man will put down his phone and listen. Magic words: “I’m here. Tell me everything.”


Romance appeals to a woman’s right-brained, less-logical side. 45 percent of women said they fantasize about being swept off their feet. Romance is bold because you’re displaying your desire for a woman and revealing a softer, more vulnerable side.

Being Good in Bed

OK, this might seem obvious, but take it from us—it’s not just about the orgasms. A woman knows that a man who takes care of her in bed will take care of her out of bed. (Of course, the orgasms don’t hurt.)

Cooking, Cleaning, etc.

Twenty-three percent of women said that if you learn how to make one or two killer breakfasts or dinners, you’ll win hearts.

Earning Potential

One in five women surveyed said a man’s success in his career contributes to his sexiness. If you’ve demonstrated talent, goal achievement, and follow-through, you give women confidence that you will be a good provider.

Sense of Style

The way you dress reflects on the woman you’re with, and she knows it. The man who knows how to match a patterned shirt and tie will notice when she’s dressed well, too. Keep your tailor and your dry cleaner busy, and spring for posh, touchable fabrics like cashmere, suede, pima cotton, and brushed corduroy.

Handsome Face

The science of attraction, which has been studied ad infinitum, says it’s all about symmetry, and women in cross-cultural studies have also ranked men with broad chins, high cheekbones, and large eyes as the most attractive. Best way to improve your looks: Smile more, and make certain your sideburns are even.


Tall, dark, and handsome isn’t the be-all and end-all. 15 percent of women said they like feeling smaller than their men, but height doesn’t necessarily mean might. They will feel comfortable as long as they aren’t towering over you.

Muscular Build

Only 13 percent of women said they viewed a muscular build as a priority. Muscles help ward off rivals and assure a woman that you won’t drop her during a dip, but your overall appearance is more important than the size of your biceps.


That said, 12 percent of women recognize a good body as indicative of a man of discipline and self-control. It tells a woman you can keep up with her, in bed and out.

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2019.12.12 14:01 Fettywapapa Age gaps in relationships don't deserve hate

I really hate it when people on Reddit, and everywhere else, judge relationships with large age gaps. Other than a matter of underage people, it is no one's business whether there is a 10 or even 20 year age gap. I agree that age gaps can be weird, but they're also natural and shouldn't matter. There's also such a huge double standard for it as well. Younger guys with older women are seen as "hot", whereas, older men with younger women are seen as "creeps".
There was an AITA post a while back where this girl said she didn't want to talk to her dad because his new girlfriend was around a year or two older than her. I agree that it's an unorthodox and strange situation, but I was genuinely surprised to find that everyone was hating on her dad and calling him a pedophile. A lot of commenters even suggested that he has mental health issues for liking a girl that was so close to his daughter's age. Another post had a situation where the only mention of age was in the title in this format: "My (29F) boyfriend (46M)...". The post had something trivial that had no indication of either parties being a bad person. Yet a lot of people in the comments were commenting on how sickening the age gap was. In a world that prides itself in being acceptive of love in many forms and all that jazz, it just confuses me how much people hate on age gaps.
People also assume the worst. If a younger guy started dating an elderly lady, their first reaction would probably be that the lady is a rich widow and the guy is just going to try and take her money. Same reasoning for situations where the genders are reversed. Nobody really says anything when celebrities have a large difference with their partner. George and Amal Clooney are seen as power couple and they're 17 years apart. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor have a whopping 32 year age gap, and their relationship is never ostracized.
Don't get me wrong, I know the phenomenon where older men and women groom children and younger people into relationships, and I wholeheartedly don't support such actions. But these accusations never cease, even if it is a platonic relationship. I simply hate how judgemental people are when they don't know the full story. I know this makes me sound like a 50 year old guy who's pissed that he can't get a younger girlfriend or something, but I'm just a guy who notices this stuff. I truly believed that my thoughts were reciprocated by the majority of people, but now realize it's actually unpopular after reading some really shitty and toxic comment sections.
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2019.12.05 15:17 duyenla257 "If you want to own the market, sell something others can’t" - The Startup of you (Reid Hoffman)

Hello everyone,
Recently I have just finished the book "The Startup of you” and I find it a very interesting read. I myself want to become an entrepreneur myself in the future, so it hits me quite hard.
As a habit, I summarize this book after I read, and I want to share it with you here. Please excuse my grammatical errors…
Lessons in a nutshell
In an era where the whole world focuses on the extravagant success of entrepreneurs, Hoffman and Casnocha have brought in a fresh insight on how an entrepreneur can be redefined. It turns out that a person doesn’t have to appear on Forbes’ cover to be an entrepreneur. If one knows how to nurture hehis career path, she/he is no doubt an entrepreneur.
In this summary, you will explore
  1. It’s time to let your entrepreneurial instinct bloom
  2. If you want to gain the market, sell something others can’
  3. ABZ planning: Always spare an escape
  4. Planning doesn’t take a day; it takes a life
  5. “Instead of better glasses, your network gives you better eyes”
  6. Not all networks are the same
  7. Don’t let strangers through the door, except for luck
  8. Risk: What you avoid can be your biggest opportunity
  9. Intelligence is not for show; it’s for learning
1. It’s time to let your entrepreneurial instinct bloom
Everyone is an entrepreneur.” The saying doesn’t mean that everyone can, or should, start a company. However, the core value of entrepreneurship lies in the ability to invent and create, which, coincidentally and fortunately, all people are inherited from their ancestors.
The definition of “start-up” - a term that is closely related to “entrepreneur” - needs clarifying. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a company or a business of any kind. When our ancestors created caves, the caves were their “start-up,” or the “product” of their creativity. To pursue your dream career is to build a start-up.
Why should everyone establish and develop a career or start-up? Needless to say, one’s profession is what helps a person thrive. As the world changes day by day, it’s increasingly difficult to have an assuring and long-lasting career path that guarantees a happy life. Knowing how to create and maintain a career is more crucial than ever before.
Because a career is no different from a start-up, entrepreneurial strategies can be adopted when you build a career. Entrepreneurial strategies may include many action plans, but the most important strategy is keeping a positive mindset. Tell yourself that you’ll never give up. Failures are frequent, and success never comes overnight. As long as you keep learning, improving, striving and growing, success would finally come.
Quote: “Whether you’re a lawyer or doctor or teacher or engineer or even a business owner, today you need to also think of yourself as an entrepreneur at the helm of at least one living, growing start-up venture: your career.”
2. If you want to own the market, sell something others can’t
Globalization comes with both opportunities and threats.
The labor market expands rapidly, leading to an increase in high-quality labor. Higher job opportunity for one person means lower chances of success for another. That’s why everyone needs to develop a unique selling point to increase his or her competitive advantage in the job market.
Three elements that make a strong competitive advantage are assets, aspirations and values, and market realities. One’s unique selling point can be sold to the market only when these puzzles perfectly fit each other like one fine picture. Therefore, it’s necessary to evaluate the competence of each piece of the puzzle in order to make a perfect portrait of yourself.
Assets are what a person owns. They can be physical assets, such as cash, credits, housing, etc. They can also be knowledge and soft skills such as communication skills, public speaking skills, critical thinking skills, etc. Assets would be the first thing that other people see when they look at you and get to know you.
Regardless of how many assets a person may have, personal growth cannot be achieved without aspirations and values. Aspirations are the “deepest wishes, ideas, goals, and vision of the future,” regardless of the external world or existing assets. Core values are a part of aspirations: they are what a person considers the most important in his or her life.
Aspirations and values serve as the petrol that keeps a person going. If assets are what a person possesses at present, it is aspirations and values that perfect the assets and shape that person’s future. It’s always more motivational to pursue what you are passionate about rather than what you feel forced to follow.
The final piece of the puzzle is the market realities. Assets, aspirations, and values only work when put into the right marketplace where you are welcomed. Make sure that the market that you choose is favorable for you to develop to your inner potential. Sometimes, a market that no one but you has thought of, despite being a risky choice, can be the competitive advantage you need.
Quote: “No matter what the demand, you’re not going to be most competitive unless your own passions and strengths are in play.”
3. ABZ planning: There’s no easy escape without preparation
Flickr is considered one of the best web tools for storing, managing and sharing photos in the world. Since its birth in 2004, it’s been consistently developing with more than 5 billion images stored on the websites and 87 million subscribed accounts. However, when it was established, its original plan wasn’t how it seems today.
The website was originally a multiplayer online game called Game Neverending created in 2002. Online games at that time supported only a few people playing at the same time, but the developers of Game Neverending wanted to involve hundreds of players at once. They started to create groups and instant messaging on the website to increase interaction. Eventually, they added a function that helped to share screenshot pictures during the game among players.
The final add-on surprisingly overshadowed the main purpose of the game in popularity. It was at that time that the developers had to consider dropping the original plan or continuing it. In the end, they decided to part from the original plan and continue with a brand new plan. That was how Flickr became one of today’s most effective photo-sharing platforms.
In the career market, situations like Flickr’s frequently arise. Difficult decisions in decisive moments have the power to change a person’s or firm’s destiny. Therefore, these decisions should be prepared firsthand. ABZ planning would support you in carrying out this difficult task.
In ABZ planning, the letter “A” stands for Plan A: Aim and Fire (and repeat). Plan A makes use of your assets: develop what you’ve got at the moment and implement them. It includes a string of aims and actions you can immediately implement once you’re ready. When executing plan A, failures frequently occur, but it’s okay. What matters is that you have to try as hard as you can without giving up.
When plan A doesn’t work anymore, it’s time for a change - plan B. Plan B is ignited when you pivot using knowledge and experience you’ve learned from failures while conducting plan A.
Sometimes plan B is simply an updated version of plan A; sometimes, it is totally different. No matter what, make sure that plan B would help you better to the market compared to the previous plan.
If nothing works, plan Z in ABZ planning is the exit plan. Like a lifeboat, plan Z should be much more certain than all previous plans so that it can save you from drowning and ensure your safety. However, bear in mind that floating on a lifeboat doesn’t mean that your life is over. Plan Z is not the end; on the contrary, it is the opening for a new, better plan A.
Quote: “There is no beginning, middle, or end to a career journey; no matter how old you are or at what stage, you will always be planning and adapting.”
4. Planning doesn’t take a day; it takes a life
ABZ planning is not a kid’s bingo game. It takes a lot of time and consideration to make a practical plan while minimizing potential risks. There are several criteria on which to build this plan.
Firstly, build your plan based on your competitive advantage. It’s essential, therefore, that you find your unique selling point before jumping into creating a plan.
Your assets would help you build hypotheses, for example, “I’m good at Maths, so I’ll be a financer at Wall Streets.” Each hypothesis should lead to a proper action plan, which would later become different ways of implementation in plan A.
Soft assets - knowledge and soft skills - are much more invaluable than hard assets like spending power. Soft assets help people build and maintain their careers in the long run, and they need frequent improvements. Whatever you decide to do next should utilize your skills and broaden your knowledge.
The best way to learn is through experiences. Sometimes it takes a little risk to test if hypotheses can become facts, and it’s every entrepreneur’s responsibility to take a risk. However, it’s better to make reversible, small bets rather than risk it all. It’s a part of plan Z - always spare yourself an escape.
Use time wisely. Never wait until it’s too late to do something. For instance, you can build plan A and plan B simultaneously rather than consecutively. The first step should be a firm but also a flexible one so that there can be many choices for the next steps.
Finally, try not to tie yourself to a specific employer. It’s not bad to be loyal and completely passionate, but flexibility is what makes ABZ planning so useful and feasible. More importantly, maintaining an identity - or retaining the unique selling point - requires you to be yourself, not your employer. Don’t let the position own you; own it instead.
Quote: “ABZ Planning isn’t something you do once early in your career. It’s a process as important for someone in their forties or fifties as for a newly minted college grad.”
5. “Instead of better glasses, your network gives you better eyes”
“World-class professionals build networks to help them navigate the world.” There is a reason why humans have been forming communities and groups ever since they were born millions of years ago. Aside from providing a sense of belonging, surviving in groups creates better proficiency and protection for everyone in the community.
If teams are important to individuals, individuals are equally important to teams. A team cannot succeed without its excellent individuals, just like how individuals need support from their teammates to shine their light. Therefore, it’s important to know how to deal with relationships, especially during your career development path.
An important principle everyone needs to remember is that giving is receiving. A networker will seek advantages of being friends with another person, while a relationship builder will ask himself what values he can bring to others. All essential and long-lasting relationships are and should be built based on sincerity rather than taking advantage of each other. So, you should be a relationship builder rather than a networker.
A relationship that isn’t frequently taken care of is a fragile relationship, no matter how strong it was at the beginning. No one wants an out-of-the-blue email after a long time without contact, so spend time maintaining contact with others. People often fear that they would disturb the other person, but that’s not the case. Anyone would appreciate a friend that takes the initiative in the relationship.
The power of social media in the modern era cannot be denied. It doesn’t cost much time or money to make frequent contact on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. However, it should be noted that the virtuality world isn’t enough. Whenever possible, try to invite people over for lunch or dinner.
It’s sad but true that not every relationship lasts forever. In certain situations, there would be no use trying to keep a relationship. The best way to solve the situation is to let the relationship slowly fade away rather than actively delete it. By doing so, trust can remain, and the relationship can still be reactivated at the appropriate time.
Quote: “Relationships are living, breathing things. Feed, nurture, and care about them: they grow. Neglect them: they die.”
6. Not all networks are the same
It’s necessary to understand the networks that you want to build. Between personal relationships and professional relationships, it is professional relationships that increase the opportunities to develop a career and improve ourselves.
Professional allies are the ones who come first to your mind when you need advice. These people can be your seniors, colleagues, or even juniors at work, but they share a similarity: they’ve earned your trust. Allies are the people on whom you can rely for their consultancy.
Allies are so whom you can proactively share and collaborate. They have something in common with you, they share some similarities and interests with you, and you know they’ll work well with you. These traits are vital to figuring out if a person is a right partner for you.
Finally, allies are the ones that mean more than just ordinary colleagues to you. You call them friends, defend them, promote them, help them, and stand up for them. A true ally, or in this case, a true friend, would do the same for you. That’s how you realize whether you have made the right allies or not.
Weaker ties and acquaintances form an entirely different network. They are people with whom you maintain a friendly relationship without being too close, and you don’t necessarily actively know them. Believe it or not, they are the ones who bring you the best opportunities.
Let’s say you and your friends share many interests, which means what he knows is likely to be what you’ve already known. Acquaintances, on the other hand, don’t know you that deeply. Thus, they’ll introduce to you the most unexpected chance, which is both risky and worthwhile.
The important key to bear in mind in building relationships is that the networks need to be both broad and deep. While the breadth of relationships helps people reach as many suitable opportunities as possible, the depth of them is what keeps people survive and make the best use of those opportunities.
Quote: “There are various types of relationships in personal and professional contexts, from intimate friends and family to polite coworker contacts to medium-strength trust connections. Each type of relationship is different.”
7. Don’t let strangers through the door, except for luck
Success begins with opportunities. Networks and all of the necessary skills are built to wait for the right opportunities. So the question to raise here is: what kind of opportunity is everyone looking for?
George Clooney was a B-class actor for twelve years despite his good looks, natural talent, and hard work. It was not until 1994 did he come across his life-changing opportunity: an overly-costed gritty medical drama named ER. There had never been such a drama at the time, so it would be a huge risk for Clooney to accept the main role. But he accepted it anyway. The result was an astounding career that hardly any other actor can dream of.
Clooney’s story is an example of having a breakout. “Breakout” is the term implying the unusually rapid growth. There’s no ultimate success without luck. Luck only counts for 1 percent in one’s success, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
The most important criterion to find and generate career opportunities is to nurture curiosity. Getting used to the question “why” in whatever situation is an important habit. Learning to be curious enhances critical thinking by helping people examine each hypothesis carefully before making a decision.
Remember the importance of creating and maintaining relationships? It is one’s networks that bring the best breakout opportunities to that person. The number of possibilities is rather synonymous with the number of people you can connect to.
That’s why being in a group or a community plays such an important role in one’s career path. If joining an existing group isn’t what you want, consider creating your own group with specific characteristics that you want to develop and spread within that small community.
Creativity and boldness must always exist in any entrepreneur. Great opportunities seldom fit any body’s schedule. Being bold or you won’t ever have the same moment again.
Quote: “There are always breakout projects, connections, specific experiences, and yes, strokes of luck—that lead to unusually rapid career growth.”
8. Risk: What you avoid can be your biggest opportunity
Sometimes, risks mean opportunities no one would expect. Risks are a permanent part of life - that’s why being friends with risk, instead of being its enemy, is the best way to deal with and take advantage of it.
In a career context, risks are “the downside consequences from a given action or decision and the likelihood that the downside actually occurs.” It is the other side of the coin that always exists; it is the reason why in ABZ planning, there are so many back-up plans supporting each other. In fact, entrepreneurs are bold risk-takers. It takes them years to figure out a list of tips to deal with and take advantage of risks.
Almost everyone tends to overrate risks. Humans were born with three main misconceptions to keep them survive, and one of them is overestimating threats.
Paying attention to potential threats is necessary, but they can often be exaggerated, especially in situations where people encounter them for the first time. That is when you need to calm down and estimate the risks carefully.
There must be a reason that ABZ planning has Plan A and Plan B with numerous implementations before going to Plan Z. When conducting the ABZ plans, remember not to freak out and jump from one plan to the next too quickly. You should first see if how serious the current situation is, then figure out whether it can be reversed or improved by any chance before deciding to change the plan.
Some circumstances imply risks to others, but not to you. It’s your mission to critically assess all the probabilities and make your own decision. Moreover, questionable situations can also be the best opportunities. In conclusion, being bold and calm will help you win against yourself.
Quote: “There’s competition for good opportunities. And because of that, if you can intelligently take on risk, you will find opportunities others miss.”
9. Intelligence is not for show; it’s for learning
Entrepreneurs don’t only create, they also learn from their creation process. It is the ability to learn actively and synthesize information that gives that person the most potential to be the best in his or her chosen field. These ultimate skills would determine if a person wins or loses in the end.
Gathering information in the business context is often called “gathering intelligence.” Intelligence in this context is “actionable, timely information on all facets of the business.” In other words, intelligence is what makes up a person’s skills and experience, and is shaped through learning and self-improving.
Learning from others is the best type of learning. The best way to earn intelligence, therefore, is through one’s networks. Again, this is another reason why building relationships is so essential: it plays a role in almost every aspect of building a stable and successful career. The stronger and broader is a person’s networks, the more he is going to learn.
Pulling the right information, or intelligence, from your networks, is another skill that needs enhancing. Before asking questions, regarding the breadth and depth of your relationships. No matter if you ask a mass number of people at the same time or each individual, consider the status of those relationships carefully before thinking of questions.
It is vital to know how to ask good questions. A vague or too broad question would be difficult to answer, and it can even show that you’re not thinking critically before asking. Make sure that your question does not annoy the questionees, and don’t ask things that are too obvious.
The final step would be synthesizing information. It’s important to spend time rearranging all the information you’ve got into one big neat picture. Only by doing this can others’ information become yours. To sum up, “good synthesis is what makes the whole worth more than the sum of the parts.”
Quote: “How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.”
In the end, there is no fixed list of tips that guarantee one’s success. Every person is an entrepreneur, which means everyone should have his or her own way to shape his or her life. Consider this book as a guideline for you to explore your entrepreneurial potential. The rest of history is in your hands.
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