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Miscellaneous inspiration and whatnot.

“We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” – E.O. Wilson (Via this convo between Steven Kotler and Jason Silva)  
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Qiana Joy won

Remember Qiana? She’s the super-sweet girl who worked at my kid’s daycare who came down with cancer. Well, today, it became official: She kicked cancer’s butt. Here’s her Facebook post, with her friend Erika. F*** cancer. Go Qiana. Be joyful y’all.  
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He Never Would Have Made A Single Mark

  NATHAN: You know this guy, right? CALEB: Jackson Pollock. NATHAN: Jackson Pollock. The drip painter. He let his mind go blank, and his hand go where it wanted. Not deliberate, not random. Someplace in between. They called it automatic art. Nathan gazes at the canvas.  NATHAN: Let’s make this like Star Trek, okay? Engage intellect. CALEB: What? NATHAN: I’m Kirk....
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Your cell phone vs. NASA computers in 1969

Working on some blog posts that compile some of my favorite passages from some of my favorite books that I read while researching Head in the Game, but had to go ahead and share this line from The Future of the Mind: “Your cell phone today has more computer power than all of NASA when it...
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Qiana Joy

I’m on deadline, but I gotta tell you about my shirt. And really, I just want to tell you about the shirt so I can tell you about Qiana. You say it “key-ah-na.” She’s this girl who works at our son’s daycare. Well, worked. She used to work there. She was diagnosed with this rare cancer a few...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1

  The reaction to “I’m Not The Lone Wolf,” my B/R Mag story about Urban Meyer and his struggles with mental health has been overwhelming. I hoped, maybe even expected, that the story would touch a nerve with some folks. I had no idea it would reach as far as it did. I’ve received emails, messages,...
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The Next Real Rebels

The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and instantiate single-entendre principles. Who treat of plain old untrendy human troubles and emotions in U.S. life with reverence...
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Jason Silva on fear, perfectionism, love

Thought this Jason Silva video has some great thoughts worth chewing on, so I transcribed it. He touches on so many things that deeply affect us – the impossibility of knowing where all of this is really headed, the paralysis of freedom, fear, perfectionism. Enjoy: I once read an interview where a very successful curator...
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“Those who were seen dancing were called insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Nietzche I don’t know how but I’ve somehow gone all my life without coming across this quote, or if I had, I’d forgotten it. Just heard it on Jason Silva’s latest Shots of Awe.
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“There is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” — Solomon

From Ecclesiastes, which scholars believe Solomon wrote toward the end of his life. And he lived an insane life. According to the Bible, he asked got for wisdom, got it, became incredibly wealthy, then married like a thousand wives and lived it up … and by the end of it all, this is what he had...
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Some notes regarding the Marvin Jarman story

One of the hardest parts of every assignment is deciding what to leave out. That’s never been more true than right now: My story about Greenville, N.C. coaching icon Marvin Jarman comes out at SB Nation Longform tomorrow (see this previous blog post about it), and I feel like I only used two percent of the material and interviews I...
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‘John Wick’ screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s long journey to success

Just watched John Wick and loved it, which means I promptly Googled it to death. Now there’s a sentence. Spoilers ahead. From The Atlantic: Marvel that such a strange film made it to the screen. John Wick is no ordinary Hollywood action claptrap, but it’s not exactly aiming for profundity either. It achieves an almost impossible...
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‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s’ Remarkably Ridiculous Shutdown

Universal shut down Judd Apatow's classic 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' after just two days of production because, among other reasons, they thought Steve Carrell looked like a serial killer and Paul Rudd was fat.
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Matthew McConaughey’s Purge

How Matthew McConaughey broke down and then recovered after becoming famous following the release of A TIME TO KILL in 1996.
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ReadThis: Vulture’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Review Just Gave Me Chills

I can’t think of a movie review that’s ever given me chills. Maybe one of Roger Ebert’s from back in the day, but loved reading him for different reasons — his wit, his glib eye, and his unabashed honesty when he loved a movie. But this Vulture review of TOMORROWLAND — “Tomorrowland is the Anti-Hunger-Games” — just gave...
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Why Joss Whedon Didn’t Want To Make ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ But Then Did Anyway

I had no idea that Joss Whedon didn't want to make Avengers: Age of Ultron. Seems like after you make the highest-grossing movie ever, you'd want to make its sequel, because $$$$$, right? But after making The Avengers, Whedon says he was just spent.
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‘All Screenwriting Books Are Bulls — ’ and Other Tips on Making Hollywood Blockbusters From Brian Koppelman, Six Seconds At A Time (Updated!)

Brian Koppelman's Six Second Screenwriting lessons on Vine are great for anyone who aspires to any sort of creative work — I know they've helped me with mine — so I'm transcribing them here. As of May 2015, there are more than 300.
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The Serenity Club

While reporting about Floyd Mayweather, I came across something — and someone — truly remarkable.
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Sultan

Sultan is one of the ex-felon Coss Athletics trainers who make a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte,” my story that came out last week. He was an incredibly compelling guy in his own right, and I wished I’d been able to give him more space in the story. He probably deserves his own...
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