12 Things the I learned from Watching Movies

Large, loft apartments In New York City are plentiful and affordable, even if the tenants are unemployed.

One of a pair of twins is always Evil.

Should you decide to defuse a bomb, don’t worry about which wire to cut. You will always choose the right one.

It doesn’t matter if you are greatly outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts. Your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one, dancing around in a threatening manner until you have dispatched their predecessors.

When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your bedroom will still be clearly visible but slightly blue.

Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies using complex machinery involving fused, deadly gasses, laser, buzz saws and hungry sharks, all of which will give their captives at least 20 minutes to escape.

It is easy to land a plane, provided that there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. No one will ever think to look for you there, and you can travel to any other part of the building without difficulty.

You’re very likely to survive any battle in a war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

A man will show no pain while taking the most horrific beating, but will wince when a woman tried to clean his wounds.

If someone says, “I’ll be right back,” they won’t.

Police departments give their Officers personality tests to make sure each is assigned a partner who is their total opposite


Introverted and Proud

Author on Introverts, Nancy R. Fenn, wrote a Top Ten to get introverts through their day,:

  • 1. Assert yourself as a legitimate personality type.
    There are two legitimate personality types: extroverts and introverts.
  • 2. Correct people when they refer to introverts as neurotics.
    Introverts are not neurotics. They are introverts.
  • 3. Correct people when they refer to introverts as prone to mental illness.
    Introverts are no more prone to mental illness than others. When extroverts are under stress, they overeat, smoke, drink and become violent. When introverts are under stress, they withdraw. This does not make them mentally ill.
  • 4. Correct people when they assert that introverts are anti-social.
    Introverts are not anti-social. They are drained by other people and must limit their time in company, but they are friendly and loving people.
  • 5. Correct people when they assert that introverts have nothing to say.
    On the contrary, introverts won’t speak unless they have something important to say!
  • 6. Put a proper value on your ability to be a good listener.
    Good listening skills are invaluable in all areas of business and industry.
  • 7. Do not apologize for time spent alone.
    Explain to critical “others” that introverts need to spend at least half their time alone for good mental and emotional health. Then assert, if necessary, that introverts are a legitimate personality type.
  • 8. Introverts are not losers.
    Take pride that you are in the company of such introverts, past and present, as Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jordan and Bruce Lee.
  • 9. Stand up for introverted children who are being misunderstood in your presence.
    This is one of the most healing things you can possibly do for yourself as it will heal your own inner child.
  • 10. Don’t let pushy extroverts interrupt you while you’re reading a good book.
    Explain politely that you can’t talk right now, you’re reading a book.


One of my favorite writers, died on April 11th

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's Advice on Writing Short Stories

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.


How Evil Spreads...

All that is necessary for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


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