Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome announce debut album

Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome announce debut album

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Gizmodrome, featuring Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, will release their debut album in September

Gizmodrome have announced that they will release their self-titled debut album later this year.

The all-star band consists of Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, with the record scheduled for a September 15 launch via earMUSIC.

One of the album tracks is called Strange Things Happen – and Copeland says the title is appropriate to the way the project came together.

He explains: “Vittorio and I have been playing together for years in Italy, but it got serious when Adrian and Mark joined us for 15 days of wild creativity in a Milan recording studio.

“If you put the right guys together in a rehearsal room, ‘strange things’ definitely happen!”

King recalls: “Stewart texted me and asked if I fancied joining him and some of his friends in a studio in Milan – and next thing, I’m banging out basslines to his ferocious beats with Mr Adrian Belew bouncing sounds off the walls that I never heard before. And Vittorio, who somehow always pulls it all together. That is Gizmodrome!”

“Gizmodrome totally surprised me,” Adrian Belew says. “I went into a studio in Italy not knowing what to expect and by the end of day one of recording I knew two things – the musical chemistry was incredibly exciting and we were having incredible fun!”

Further album details will be revealed in due course but a work in progress version of the track Amaka Pipa can be heard below.

 

That Time Jimi Hendrix Opened for The Monkees

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In the storied summer of 1967, there was an ever-so-brief (and ever-so-strange) combination of two ever-so-different musical icons: The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix. Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz recounts the brief period of time that the legendary guitarist was the opening act for the pop boy-band sensation. While the pairing of the two acts seemed like a good—if novel—idea at the time, that quickly proved not to be the case. Some things just aren’t meant to be…

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

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It’s that time of year. The spring flowers are in bloom and TV executives are already gearing up for fall. USA TODAY

Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.

But first, comes the culling of the herd.

This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.

The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network’s ownership stake.

In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year’s top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It’s bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice.  Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.

In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC’s immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year’s poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.

Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.

Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death’s door or already canceled.

ABC

Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless

On the bubble: Quantico

Canceled, or nearly dead: American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time

 CBS

Renewed, or almost: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts

On the bubble: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Canceled, or nearly dead: Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day, 2 Broke Girls, The Great Indoors

Fox

Renewed, or almost:Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth. Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, The Simpsons, Star

On the bubble: Prison Break, 24: Legacy

Canceled, or nearly dead: Pitch, Rosewood, APB, Bones, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, Making History

NBC

Renewed, or almost: Timeless, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore, This Is Us, Taken. Great News

On the bubble: Chicago Justice, Trial & Error

Canceled, or nearly dead: The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless, 

CW

Renewed, or almost: Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, The 100, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, iZombie, The Originals

Canceled: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries 

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

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See if this sounds familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year.

We all know technology is making things easier and less time-consuming, but it’s hard to believe how much our devices have transformed the way we live. Tasks and tools that once seemed routine now seem hopelessly out of date, and in only a few short years. Example: Who would post an ad on the personals page of a local newspaper? Sounds so Victorian!

Here are some of those rituals that are no longer necessary in high-tech households. Teenagers may shrug, but if you’re 20 years or older, you’ll probably smile with nostalgia.

1. Memorize a phone number

Pop quiz: How many phone numbers do you know by heart? Some people don’t even know their spouse’s numbers. Before our smartphones automatically stored our friends’ contact information, we resorted to cocktail napkins to scrawl down numbers, for fear we wouldn’t find that listing in the phone book. How times have changed.

2. Use a phone book to find a company to do work around your house

Once upon a time, we felt perfectly comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and randomly calling a plumbing company to fix our pipes. Maybe we’d consult friends for a recommendation, but we often relied on trial-and-error. But consumer services like Angie’s List and Yelp have changed this game entirely. You can quickly read reviews of a local business, and if you like what you read, you can tap their number and automatically dial.

3. Park your used car on the street with a sign that says it’s for sale

Selling your car on your own is a pretty risky business. True, you stand to profit more, because you’ll avoid a dealership’s fees. But unless you’re selling your vehicle to someone you know and trust, these transactions can get sticky and dangerous without someone to oversee it. Craigslist started up more than 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong. But if you want to sell your car, here are three sites that are better than Craigslist.

4. Figure out math in your head

Calculators have been around for a long time now, but few of us ever carried calculators with us to the grocery store. In contrast, pretty much everyone with a smartphone has it available to do double-digit multiplication, no matter where or when we need it. In fact, there’s even an app called PhotoMath that can solve any equation just by taking a picture with your smartphone’s camera.

5. Call a family member to ask where they are

Find My Friends is a radical app that helps family members and close friends pinpoint each other’s precise location. Note that these people have to sign up for the service, but customers can decide who can know where they are located. Click here for ways to really take advantage of your smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

6. Telling time by hands on a clock

Like cursive writing, analog clocks are teetering on extinction. Few people with smartphones bother with watches anymore, unless they’re fashion statements or fitness trackers. With digital clocks dominating our computers and hardware, those 12-numeral timepieces may become pure novelties. Even your trusted alarm clock has received a tech makeover. Click here for three apps that monitor your sleep cycle and wake you up when you’ll feel the most rested.

7. Make photo albums

Purists still love their dark rooms, because chemicals and photo paper can be so rewarding for the patient photographer. But few people pine for the days of dropping off rolls of film at a one-hour photo shop. Instead of pasting five-by-seven snapshots into your faux-leather album, most people will prefer the ease of photo-sharing services like Flickr and Amazon Cloud.

8. Have a CD or record collection

Wasn’t it cool back in the day to walk into a shabby apartment and see those shelves of CDs? Wasn’t it a joy to flip through boxes of vinyl records? Well, the MP3 generation has transferred all those songs to a digital index. Turntables have seen a resurgence in popularity, but it’s hard to imagine CDs making a comeback.

9. Make mix tapes

There was something so personal about a mix tape. We spent hours finding the right song, then lining up two cassettes in order to copy a song. So many lovers cemented their relationships using a blank tape and a few dozen favorite albums. Now, you can throw together a digital playlist in seconds.

10. Call a theater to get movie times

Millions of people would rather buy a hit new movie on iTunes before it’s even finished in theaters. But if we do decide to drive all the way to the cinema and fork over $40 for two tickets and popcorn, there’s no need to call ahead and find out what time a movie is playing. The internet has everything we need. In Google, you can often just type “movie times” and the search engine will list films based on your location.

11. Record your favorite programs on tape

All year, we’d wait for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Wizard of Oz” to pop up on TV. When they did, we’d push a VHS tape into the machine and wait until the proper moment to press “record.” When TiVo emerged, it streamlined this process by making scheduled recordings even simpler. Now, with streaming services, web archives, and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast barely matters anymore.

12. Watch shows when they are broadcast live

In the same vein, we rarely have to sit in front of the television, eagerly waiting for a “major network event.” Services like Hulu and YouTube convert a huge amount of national television into a digital format, and local news stations log most of their important segments onto their websites.

13. Run to the store for a last minute gift

Curses! You forgot a Mother’s Day gift! Should you change your whole schedule so you can rush to the store and hurriedly pick something out? If you have Amazon Prime and live in an Amazon hub, there’s no need. You can order same-day delivery and have that gift curried to your front door. It’s just one of the many benefits you probably didn’t know Amazon offers. Click here for more than 20 lesser-known perks that come with your Amazon Prime membership.

14. Cut things out of the newspaper

Many grandparents still love to buy newspapers, and when they find an article they like, they snip it out, put it in an envelope, and send that little slip of newsprint to a relative. “Thought you might find this interesting!” reads an accompanying note. But most of us don’t waste our time. Nearly every article in every major newspaper is archived online and can be instantly shared by email, social media, and even text message.

15. Send a handwritten letter

Don’t get me wrong: It’s still wonderful to receive a postcard from far away places. You might say that email, texting and Skype conversations have made handwritten letters even more special. But no one is forced to transcribe their thoughts by hand and drop those letters in a mailbox.

16. Looking up the spelling of words in the dictionary

Spellcheck is nearly as old as word processors, and many of us have grown up expecting Microsoft Word to underline our mistakes in red squiggles. But autocorrect takes this concept a step further, guessing what we actually intended to write and correcting our mistakes. This can be handy for clumsy thumbs, but it can be embarrassing when autocorrect guesses wrong. Click here for five ways to take control of autocorrect.

17. Use a phone booth

Phone booths are so rare nowadays that you’d probably have an easier time just buying and activating a cheap cellphone. The last holdout may be your local airport, but even international travelers can usually nab a SIM card the moment they step off the plane.

18. Carry enough change to make a phone call

I remember my dad telling me, “Always carry a quarter because you never know when you’ll need it.” In a world of debit cards and Apple Pay, shoppers rarely have to carry cash anymore. So what happens when your phone is dead, there’s no one around and all you have is a phone booth? Luckily, most public phones in the U.S. are outfitted with credit card strips.

19. Use a travel agent

Travel agents can be essential for elaborate vacations, but for generic flights, services like Kayak and CheapFlights have completely transformed how we book our passage. You can compare hundreds of airlines and agencies in seconds for the best deal. If you’d like to save even more, use Google Flights to find the cheapest airfare. Here are five ways Google Flights can really help you save as long as you’re flexible with your travel schedule.

20. Getting your old checks back from the bank every month

Oh, people still write checks, and physical paychecks are still routine methods of payment, but I doubt this antiquated practice will last much longer. Even depositing checks has become digitized, thanks to ATMs that scan the piece of paper and print a facsimile on your receipt. Gone are the days of banks sending you old checks to jam into a filing cabinet. Thank goodness for that!

Here Are 8 Things That Are Making People Less Attractive, According To Science

Here Are 8 Things That Are Making People Less Attractive, According To Science

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Forget the Law of Attraction. What’s the Science of Unattraction? Find out what the research has to say about what makes us less-than desirable.

1. Asymmetry

Poets say that beauty is ineffable and indescribable and mysterious or whatever. Science says that’s rubbish. In fact, psychologists have uncovered the mathematical rules behind what we call “a pretty face,” and it’s disappointingly, even discouragingly, simple.

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People prefer symmetrical faces. That’s it. That’s the big secret. Well, people also gravitate toward “average” proportions, so people whose facial features are right in the middle of the population in terms of size and “layout,” for lack of a better word, are seen as more attractive. But those are the only two factors, at least in terms of initial aesthetic preference.

“People’s faces usually only differ subtly in symmetry,” Anthony Little, a University of Stirling psychologist, told education site Science News for Students. “So symmetry looks normal to us, and then we like it.”

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So what can you do if your proportions are all off? You can always be funny. That seriously works.

2. Off-Putting Body Language

When your body language remains closed off, maybe even a bit foreboding, that makes you seem less attractive. Scientists proved it not long ago.

That’s right. In 2016, a team of researchers from a handful of universities published a paper called “Dominant, open nonverbal displays are attractive at zero-acquaintance.” If you regularly follow the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, you might have read it. If not, allow us to explain.

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Researchers took a group of assistants and had them make two dating app profiles (the study doesn’t say which app). In the first profile, the assistants were depicted adopting a “contractive” pose—arms crossed, shoulders hunched, et cetera. In the second, they took an “expansive” pose, like raising their arms in victory or reaching toward an object.

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Same people. Different pics. The unwitting participants in the study overwhelmingly chose to swipe right (literally or metaphorically) on the pictures that featured expansive poses.

3. Lack of Sufficient Sleep

This goes way deeper than bags under the eyes. A team of researchers in Stockholm, Sweden, devised an experiment to see just how real beauty sleep can be. They took 23 unfortunate test subjects between the ages of 18 and 31 and photographed them after a nice, 8-hour sleep.

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Then they kept the poor lab folks awake for 31 hours. The published study doesn’t mention exactly how they kept them awake so long, but we have to assume they have a pretty loud stereo at the sleep laboratory.

Anyway, armed with two sets of pictures of the same group of people, the researchers asked 65 strangers to rate them on attractiveness. Unsurprisingly, subjects looked “less healthy” and “less attractive” after this extreme sleep deprivation.

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The study concludes, a bit cheekily if you ask us, “our results provide important insights into judgments about health and attractiveness that are reminiscent of the anecdotal wisdom harbored in …the colloquial notion of ‘beauty sleep.'”

4. Being Lazy

Here’s another reason to haul yourself off the couch and help out every once in awhile. It turns out that being seen as lazy can wreak havoc on your attractiveness score. Not that anyone’s keeping score.

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Except that someone actually did keep score. Their names were Kevin Kniffin and David Wilson, and they’re authors of a paper that proves the laziness theory, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior in 2004.

They took an incoming archaeology class and had them all rate each other on certain personality traits and general attractiveness. After the 6-week course was over, the researchers asked the questions all over again. Subjects who scored low on “effort” saw their attractiveness numbers drop significantly.

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“If we were to state our results in the form of a beauty tip,” the authors concluded, “It would be, ‘If you want to enhance your physical attractiveness, become a valuable social partner.'”

5. Lack of Humor

We’ve already established that being funny can make you seem more attractive. It seems that the opposite is also true. Being a humorless lump can even make a chiseled hunk start to look a little “blah.”

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This information comes to us courtesy of a 2009 psychological study from the University of California, San Diego. Researchers exposed their subjects to “vignettes,” then had them pick the folks they’d like to go out with. The clowns got all the love. (They weren’t literal clowns, we don’t think, but the scenes were described as “vignettes,” so who knows?)

Incredibly, humor seemed to be the dominant trait that subjects found attractive. Average senses of humor scored lower for attractiveness than great senses of humor. A nonexistent taste for cracking wise was a non-starter.

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This study “found no significant interaction between gender and humor,” meaning that both men and women preferred funny partners. So there is hope for all of the sad comedians out there. The way to anyone’s heart is through their funny bone.

6. Mean Muggin’

If you’re trying to win love by projecting a tough image, you’re sneering up the wrong tree. That’s because science suggests that people don’t find “evil” or “mean” folks that attractive.

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That might come as news to all the vampiric anti-heroes of the world, but the evidence is pretty hard to refute. Consider this: In 2014, Chinese researchers conducted an experiment to find out whether “personality manipulations…modulate facial attractiveness ratings.”

In other words, do perceived personalities make people more or less attractive (or even more-or-less attractive, which is what we’ve always aspired to)?

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The answer seems to be yes. Study subjects looked at a collection of portraits of people bearing blank expressions. But the photos were labeled. Some bore the Chinese word for “decent” or “honest.” Others were marked as “mean” and “evil.”

The evil folks lost this battle. Participants overwhelmingly called the decent folk more attractive. That’s nice news for nice guys.

7. Being Stressed Out

You know that old saying that warns us not to “let them see you sweat?” That old chestnut got it wrong. People can actually sense you sweat, if this study from the journal Biology Letters is accurate.

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Researchers theorized that women find men attractive in part because a handsome face is somehow an indication of a healthy immune system. Don’t ask us where they got that idea.

Anyway, they were trying to test that theory on women’s facial attractiveness, so they got a bunch of Latvian women, shot them up with hepatitis B vaccine, and had men look at their faces to decide who was the hottest of them all.

As part of this study, the researchers were measuring the subjects’ cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and when levels are high, you’re under pressure.

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Researchers didn’t find any correlation between antibodies and attractiveness in women (which is strange, because previous studies did find that link in men). But the cortisol did seem to make a difference. The men found women with higher cortisol levels to be less attractive—despite the fact that they had no information about these women’s cortisol levels.

8. Plain Old Untrustworthiness

“I cannot tell a lie,” said young George Washington. “I cut down the cherry tree.”

That’s the kind of attitude that later helped Washington hook up with Martha. People dig honesty, and we can prove it. At least, we can cite someone who sort of proved it.

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In 2006, Sampo V. Paunonen, of the University of Western Ontario, published a study called “You are honest, therefore I like you and find you attractive” in the Journal of Research in Personality .

Paunonen handed short descriptive paragraphs about fictional men and women. The characters were all over the map, ethics-wise; they were described as having three personality characteristics, or their opposites. The characters were smart (or they weren’t), independent (or hopelessly clingy), and honest (or fibbers).

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Then Paunonen asked the subjects to measure the characters’ attractiveness. The only characteristic that had any link to that attractiveness score was honesty. People were attracted to the honest characters.

Hey, don’t blame us. We’re just being honest.

 

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Neal Schon Has a Theory on Why Steve Perry Didn’t Sing at Journey’s Hall of Fame Induction

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Neal Schon didn’t get to perform with Steve Perry during Journey‘s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last week, but he still came away with a treasured memory.

Time spent with Perry before the induction, visiting in a back-stage room at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., provided a moment of closure after so long apart. “I looked at him and said, ‘Hey man, I really miss you,’” Schon tells Rolling Stone. “There was very good eye contact. It was real. It wasn’t just things being said because of the ceremony and to keep things cool.”

Later, when he reached the stage, Schon admits he was nearly overcome. “I had a whole speech written out,” he said. “It wasn’t on the long side, but definitely from the heart,” he said. “When I walked up to the mic and Steve met me and he gave me this big hug I just couldn’t get it together to read, so I didn’t read.”

Schon says that swirling emotion likely kept Perry from joining his old band during the musical portion of their induction. “Knowing everything else and how he was feeling – he was very emotional too – it’s understandable to me that he wouldn’t want to sing. It was just highly emotional,” Schon said.

Instead, Schon and fellow inductees Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Ross Valory performed with their singer of 10 years, Arnel Pineda. Fans may have been disappointed that a more complete reunion of their best-known lineup didn’t occur, but Schon remains happy to have reconnected with Perry on a personal level.

“He was tearing up. I was definitely tearing up; I had tears running down my eyes,” Schon added. “I was trying to keep my composure on the stage for that event, but it was something that was too strong.”

As for what’s next? That’s still up in the air, but Schon sounds guardedly optimistic. “We have some talking to do,” Schon said, “but I’d love to work with him on something on the side – not necessarily Journey, something more bluesy more R&B-ish, soul.”

Tune in later this month when the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony airs on HBO. The show premieres on April 29.

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10 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happier in Life

10 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happier in Life

10 Things We All Want that Drain Our Happiness

Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no
to the desires that drain you.

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.  I don’t think anything could be closer to the truth, and yet all too often we find ways of complicating things for ourselves.  We look for happiness where it does not exist – in shallow goals and desires – in possessions, quick thrills, and impressing the wrong people.

Angel and I were recently reminded of this when we met a family of six staying at a hotel in Miami where we were vacationing.  We saw them hanging out in the lobby, sharing stories and laughing hysterically.  So on our way out, Angel and I said hello to them and asked where they were from.  “Oh, we’re from here,” the mother said.  “Our house burned down to the ground yesterday, but miraculously, all of us made it out safely.  And that makes today a day worth smiling about.”

Talk about a wake-up call.  Some people might say they had lost everything, and yet this family knew better – they knew they had it all.  Because there really is nothing like joyful tears and deep breaths after a long, hard laugh with the people you love – nothing in the whole world like a sore stomach for the right reasons and a grateful heart to back it up.  That’s a situation where true happiness is surely found.

And there are many other sources of true happiness as well.  But as I’ve said, there are also lots of common traps – goals and desires that we think will bring us happiness, but actually do the exact opposite.  Recognizing these traps is the key.  In fact, I believe one of the best feelings comes when you realize that you can be perfectly happy without the things you once thought you needed.

With this in mind, consider the ten goals and desires (traps) below and how they may be holding you back.  Each of them is popular in our culture, and thus common in our lives, but rather than contributing to our happiness, they rob us of it.

So say it out loud with me:

“To be happier, I do NOT need…”

  1. To please everyone – Be careful not to give so much of yourself to others that you end up completely losing yourself.  When you go around pleasing everyone but yourself, you are the one that gets hurt in the end.  The late and great Herbert Bayard Swope said it like this: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”  That is spot on advice if you ask me.  Because truthfully, you are never going to please everyone anyway.  At some point you will hold an unpopular opinion – one that gives you meaning and makes you feel alive.  And when you do, you ought to hold on tight, tune out the noise, and make it count.
  2. Everything to be easy – You have to do hard things to be happy in life.  The things no one else is doing.  The things that frighten you.  The things others can’t do for you.  The things that make you question how much longer you can hold on and push forward.  Because those are the things that define you.  Those are the things that make the difference between existing and living – between knowing the path and walking the path – between a life of mediocrity and a life filled with happiness and success.
  3. Certainty and guarantees – Some people build too many walls in their lives and not enough bridges.  It sounds crazy, but they would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.  Don’t be one of them.  Open yourself up.  Take chances.  Run free.  To accomplish amazing things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.  Be a dreamer, a believer, and a courageous and cheerful thinker.  Be a positive motivator, a productive doer, and a go-getter who keeps her head in the clouds and her feet on the ground.  Let the spirit of passion and possibility ignite a fire within you to do something worthwhile today and every day, and don’t forget to spread your enthusiasm to those around you.  (Read Daring Greatly.)
  4. To be better than others – The size of our universe shrinks dramatically when we place ourselves at the center – when we think everyone is our competition – when we think we have to be richer, smarter, and more attractive than the person sitting next to us.  Such a goal just keeps a person alienated and tirelessly running in place.  Now, on the flipside, take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or smarter, or more attractive, who has not the slightest interest even in being better than anyone else: she’s free.  Bottom line: Compete with yourself only.
  5. More control over everything and everyone – Sometimes we put too much interest into trying to control every tiny aspect of our lives.  Learn to relax and ride the path that life takes you sometimes.  Incredible change will happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you do not.  Freeing yourself from trying to control the insignificant and uncontrollable things lets you experience more of the goodness around you.  In fact, the greatest joys are often the unexpected surprises that arrive when you are flexible and open to life’s twists and turns.
  6. Immense moments of glory – Graduations, wedding days, lavish vacations – these times are often fun-filled and deeply celebrated, but these times pass, because time passes.  This is something we rarely grasp at first.  True, lasting happiness is found in the appreciation of all the small things.  For me, there are random moments – tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to our home, ironing the seams flat on a dress shirt, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the sun rising over the Austin skyline, hearing a giggle from my son who’s playing in the other room – when I feel a wavelike rush of joy.  This is my true happiness: arbitrary moments of sudden, throbbing appreciation for a life I feel privileged to lead.  (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Simplicity” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  7. Relationships that are “supposed to” provide happiness – Relationships are essential, but happiness originates from within.  It is not dependent on external validation or on other people.  You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend entirely on the behavior and actions of others.  Keep this in mind.  Never give all your power to anyone else.  Until you make complete peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have or who you’re with.  Learn to love and respect yourself first, before loving the idea of other people loving and respecting you.
  8. Perfect harmony in all relationships at all times – Harmony in relationships is nice when it’s sincere, but too often we try to fake it.  Effective communication is king.  You have to talk it out sometimes.  After all, the only way to be happy in life is to live with integrity.  This means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.  Being clear and asking for what you want and need from others.  Speaking your truth, even though it might create occasional tension.  Behaving in ways that are in agreement with your personal values.  Making choices based on what you believe, and not just what others believe.  (Read The Mastery of Love.)
  9. A superior time and place – The reason many people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.  The key, of course, is to do the opposite.  Appreciate your past without reliving it, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear.  Life is simply too short to spend at war with yourself.  Letting go of the past and future is your first step to happiness and peace in the present.  Realize that you are today where your thoughts and actions have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts and actions today take you.  Bottom line: You can’t stop the future.  You can’t rewind the past.  The only way to live is to press play, and dance.
  10. Happiness 24/7 – Absolutely no one is happy all of the time.  Because you simply can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.  This is a harsh truth, I know.  Just keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal to experience considerable fluctuations in your level of happiness from day to day, month to month, and even year to year.  Believing and expecting otherwise will only lead to disillusionment.  But even when life is less than blissful, you are still in charge of how you respond.  Choose positivity, always.  The greatest act of faith some days is to simply get up and face the day, with a smile.

Afterthoughts

And let me leave you with this to think about: According to a recent scientific study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, overall levels of happiness decline from one’s teens until one’s 40s and then pick up again until they peak in one’s early 70s.  So the chances are that your happiest days are yet to come.  Hopefully that gives you something to smile about today.

Just keep doing your best by taking life moment by moment, complaining very little, and being grateful for the little things that mean a lot.

 

marcandangel.com

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019.

The fifth installment of the adventure franchise – which stars Harrison Ford in the titular role – will be released on July 19, 2019, 11 years after the fourth movie Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released.

Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed in a statement: ‘Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.’

He's back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

He’s back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

It was added: ‘It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.’

It also marks the first time the film franchise has been under the Disney studio label after Lucasfilm – who owns the franchise’s rights – was sold to Disney in 2012.

Ford will reprise his role as the iconic character while Steven Spielberg will direct.

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

Husband and wife duo Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce and John Williams is set to score the film’s theme tune.

Spielberg has also confirmed that George Lucas – who created the character to pay homage to the action heroes of 1930s – will serve as executive producer.

Meanwhile, David Koepp previously revealed he has begun writing the script for the hotly-anticipated movie.

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

He said: ‘I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end.

‘Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.

‘I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.’

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

And Koepp doesn’t feel the last Indiana Jones was as successful as the previous movies in the franchise.

He added: ‘It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say.

‘For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.’

Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015.

He likes big film franchises: Ford's last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

He likes big film franchises: Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

by Metal Hammer

 

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What do teenagers of today think about the Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn Manson?

It’s weird to think, but it’s been almost two decades since Marilyn Manson was public enemy number one. Courting controversy everywhere he went – thanks to both his look and behaviour – he was the antichrist, the boogeyman, the reason you weren’t allowed to listen to ‘that devil music’. Of course, nowadays, music has evolved and The Double M’s gothic persona no longer sends grandmas into fits of terror. But what do the youth of today make of the man who was the voice of the lost generation? The man who spoke to millions disillusioned teens across the world, uniting them through a communal hatred for the mainstream and abusive authority.

A group of teenagers (aged 15 to 19) were played various Manson videos to gauge their reactions. The videos included some of Mazza’s biggest hits, from The Beautiful People to This Is The New Shit. So far, so normal, you might think. But not everyone was impressed, and some really didn’t like it.

Here are some choice comments:

“Satanic music”
“He’s ultimate edge”
“Do people actually listen to this?”
“He’s a weird dude but I love him”
“I don’t think I could listen to this and enjoy it”
“Oh my god, he has boobs”

It’s fairly one-sided when it comes to deciding if they’d ever listen to Marilyn again. Everhet really isn’t keen on the idea, but Sabrina D is fully in on the Pale Emperor himself.