Streets of Fire

Looks like I finally ran into someone that likes to play as rough as I do.

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I've heard this movie called "the best movie you never saw", 1984's Streets of Fire. stars Michael ParéRick MoranisWillem Dafoe and a then 19-year old Diane Lane. Described as "A Rock & Roll Fable", it's a bizarre mix of mid-1980's pulp inter-twined with a retro-1950's look and feel; it's the story of a mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

This week I needed mindless-retro-brain-candy to watch. Streets of Fire nailed it; on one hand, it's an over the top terrible movie with terrible dialog; Yet at the same time one of the coolest movies with catchy tunes you'll see. You'll remember the hit song "I Can Dream About You" - it's from this movie.

Director Walter Hill described that he wanted to make the perfect movie for him as a teenager "incorporating custom cars, kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night, high-speed pursuit, rumbles, rock stars, motorcycles, jokes in tough situations, leather jackets and questions of honor.".

Nailed it.

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This weeks "Deep Links"

Super interesting read on flipping the 'temporal switch', and the journey that the article's author went through as he moved to Colombia and got used to a slower pace of life. Moving from clock-time to event-time and where each has it's place has me rethinking my concept of time/work/life balance - More

My news feeds were overflowing with regards to the amazing poetry of Amanda Gorman at the presidential inauguarion this past week. 'Poetry is a weapon. It is an instrument of social change'; her insights are well beyond her years - Watch

'Creative burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative work' and how to bounce back when you hit the wall - More

For those that know me, I talk about the "5 Year Plan" all the time. This article on 'the life plan' goes into great detail on how to plan days, months and years in advance to get towards your long term goals - More

Something that I have been focusing on, with varying degrees of success (depending on the day) is becoming a better listener. I am aware that I always want to jump in, problem solve and have a bias towards action, and to improve your own writing/solving the solution lies in listening - More

Paradox-Free Time Travel Is Theoretically Possible, Researchers Say - More

Lorem Ipsum refers to text that is used as replacement text when real text is not available. Bacon Ipsum is a meatier alternative and perfect for 2021 - More

New views on how 'paradox-free' time travel may be possible - More

Austin Kleon has an interesting use for Twitter's search capabilities; using it to discover what 'people you follow' are saying on a particular item of interest. This is a pretty cool use case that I'm going to wire up a shortcut to handle - More

Jerry Seinfeld on the differences between 'creation mode' and 'edit mode' and why never to do them at the same time - More

A new study continues to highlight the health benefits of the Apple Watch, now with it's ability to detect COVID-19 before symptoms appear. By looking at HRV (funny enough, I've been tracking HRV for stress for months), smartwatches can detect subtle changes in people’s heartbeats - More

Journaling daily has had a profound impact on my life. It doesn't take much time (with amazing tools like DayOne) - this read dives deep into using journals to 'understand what was going on and what I might be able to do about it was to write about the problem' - More

End Thoughts

Well! Looks like I finally found someone who likes to play as rough as I do.

Yeah, this must be your lucky night.

I’m lucky? I guess maybe I am. And you’re dumb — real dumb if you think you can pull this off.

I think you’re forgetting somethin’ — I got the gun.

I can get guns, smart guy, lots of ’em. Now why don’t you tell me your name?

Tom Cody. Pleased to meet ya.

I’ll be comin’ for her. And I’ll be comin’ for you, too.

Sure you will. And I’ll be waiting.