August 27 2017

Halt And Catch Fire Review

“Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.”

– Written by AMC

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

I recently found out that this show is in its final season and after going through the first 2 episodes of its final season, I decided to write a quick review. This will not be an in-depth review where I’m going through character names and story arcs. There are two reasons for that;

  1. I don’t have the time
  2. The way things are going with blogs these days the shorter the better

I started watching this show during the first season. I am very selective with my television viewing, but when I chose to watch a show I try to stick with it until the end. That’s not going so well with The Blacklist or House of Cards, but hey I usually go back to unfinished binge watching business when time and boredom permits. Back to this show…

What caught my interest about this particular program was the fact that it was from AMC and at the time had been pushed in front of my face during The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad episodes. The second thing is the fact that I love old school.  Especially anything 80s and a close second is anything 90s.  I think we went down hill since the clock struck 2000, but I’ll leave it at that.

The 1980’s had such personality and what seemed like an unlimited amount of optimism. Go back and watch any movie or listen to any song of the era. All of it centered around the same thing; Optimism. The belief that you can do something if you put your mind to it. Even better, while looking back on what you’ve accomplished you will realize that you had fun and barely got stressed about anything. I love it. This show captures that essence perfectly.

From the first episode and throughout the first and second season you watch 4 characters with rich, diverse personalities all lean on optimism and self-confidence to propel them into being the pioneers of our present. It’s fun to see the inner working of how laptop computers and the internet started, but it’s almost magical how you get immersed in your own past while watching some of these episodes.

Speaking off episodes, I don’t have time right now to find out who directed what episode, so I will just give props to all of them. They way this thing is shot is a work of art sometimes.

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but episode 3 of season 4 has a nostalgic romanticism that I really miss. And when you see the episode you WILL say to yourself; “oh my god, I did that back then.”  Hey, I could have waited until the series finale to write this, but it’s not necessary. I have an undeniable belief that this show it will not disappoint.

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August 14 2017


This is a simple creative writing experiment.  The rules are simple;

  1. I will choose the title and photo
  2. I will write the first paragraph
  3. You will do the rest

The story will evolve based on user comments. In other words; If you can add to the story, I will copy and paste your words into the next entry. That’s right.  In addition to being used in the traditional manner, the comment section will be utilized as a blank canvas for you to contribute to the story.

What’s this mean?  This means you can use the comment section to either leave a suggestion or to give your personal opinion on something, but most importantly use it to keep the story going. Literally write the next sentence, paragraph, scene.  You decide what happens.

Each blog post will count as a new page which will consist of approximately 500 words (doubles spaced).

Each post/page will have the name(s) of the writers responsible somewhere on the post/page (I’m thinking lower right side).

I will contribute as well, and if no one adds anything for a while I guess I will be responsible for keeping the story going.

I think this is a great way for all of us to keep our creative juices flowing. I mean even if I’m not in a writing mood, I can at least copy and paste right? Right.

Based off experience, I’m pretty sure we will feed off of each others talents and encourage and motivate simply by doing something we all love to do. In fact, creative writing exercises like this have been known to defeat writer’s block and cure the average bout with procrastination.

To be clear this is pure freestyle.  This whole concept will be based on an idea that I will come up with as soon as I finish writing this. Of course you may be tempted to go in a certain direction based on the story, but you don’t have to.

The title and featured image will be created from scratch, right…



by Alem Belton & Contributors


As I tore through clouds, struggling to breath from the pure velocity of the drop, I started to wonder how I convinced myself to jump out of an airplane in the first place. Honestly, at this point quite a few things are going through my mind. What if my shoot doesn’t open? Could I possibly survive by breaking my fall with some trees and a few precise maneuvers? Did I leave the stove on in my apartment? Will I have a heart attack before I get the answer to any of these questions? My heart is beating pretty fast right now, my eyes…they’re getting harder and harder to keep open…(use the comments section below to decide what happens next)

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April 3 2017

Get Out!


So, this movie “Get Out” is receiving all sorts of critical acclaim in addition to doing about $150 million (to date) domestically on a $4.6 million budget.   That’s crazy right?  No, it’s not, and I’ll tell you why.

I could honestly spend the whole day writing about all the problems I have with Hollywood from racism to the feminization (yup, made that word up) of men, but I’m going to stay on topic here. The theme of this post is ‘CREATIVITY’.

I’ve been talking to a friend of mine for years about how deep the void of creativity in Hollywood has gotten since we hit the year 2000.  I can’t recall when it started exactly, but somewhere in the early 2000’s studios started being so scared to green light films based on original screenplays, that we started getting hit with all of these books and television shows turned movies.

Next thing you know the superhero movies took over and then the reboots.  Excuse me, crappy ass reboots. If you think I’m exaggerating there’s actually a “Chips” movie in theaters right now.  Did I see it?  No. How much would I bet that its horrible? My life.  Why so confident?  I understand Hollywood.

Hollywood Land

The decision makers in studios are lazy, uninspired and greedy.  They don’t give a damn about product anymore.  They just want your money. So, if they can find a way to re-package something from your childhood or a book you loved reading, they will not hesitate to call the merchandising companies and set-up orders before the script is even penned.  Let’s go back to my buddy now.

I told him about a year ago that sooner or later people are going to get sick of super hero movies, reboots and television re-hashes and then Hollywood will be forced to change their ways.  He laughed and told me that will never happen.  Do I think that time is now? No.  Is there a window of opportunity? Yes.

Unfortunately it will only take the next piece of crap Transformers movie or something like it to do $400 million and studio execs will forget that Jordan Peele has become the first African-American writer-director to earn $100-million on their debut film.  Or that it earned an almost perfect score on Rotten tomatoes.  I hope I’m wrong, because there is a lot of potential out there and it’s being purposefully overlooked.

There are a large number of screenwriters and novelist out there with great, compelling stories to tell, but with the way things are run most of them either give up before the world gets a chance to see their words beautifully transferred on-screen or worse, they get dumped in a bottomless pit of wasted talent.

So, I say “GET OUT” to the lazy, money hungry studio execs who keep pushing this garbage and I hope we get at least a good decade of classic movies again before I kick the bucket.  To you writers out there reading this; KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Trust me, there’s still hope.

March 26 2017

Is It Time To ‘Close Your Account’ With Someone?


If you are reading this there are likely two reasons why:

  1. You like to read and analyze opinions and the title seemed interesting.
  2. You are trying to determine if you should end a relationship.

Let me be clear, this is not just about ‘romantic’ relationships which seems to be the default reaction whenever we hear the word, ‘relationship’.  This opinion is pertaining to any kind of relationship whether it be work, friendship, significant other or even family members.

If you have some one in your life who is taking from you way more than they are giving to you, then it’s time to really assess the situation.  The type of relationship and history will determine how aggressive you go about the resolution. For example if a child of yours keeps asking for money or running to you whenever they have a problem waiting for you to give them all the answers, then you are doing more harm than good-by allowing them to continue this.  A serious talk would be in order here where you tell this flesh of your flesh, blood of your blood, that it’s time to grow up. You would break it down further than that, but you get the main idea.

The Big Foot

Now, if you’ve had this conversation many, many times already, it’s time to go hard.  It will hurt at first but trust that cutting them off will be the best thing you can do for them.  You won’t necessarily ‘close their account’ as stated in the metaphor above, but it will be more of a ‘suspension’.  You suspend their account until they know how to use it responsibly.  Let’s look at friendship now, as I see this to be the situation where aggressive maneuvers would be more commonly used.

Everyone has that friend, some of us have more than one of them.  Those people who always want you to do something for them, but when you need something they have an excuse or they’re nowhere to be found.  You’ll know when it’s time to close this account.  You’re probably way past due as you read this.  You’re just worried about the repercussions or aftermath. Throw it out the window.  If this really concerns you, go ahead and have one long, serious conversation with this person telling them how you feel.  You feel like you’re being taken advantage of and that’s not what friends are for. If they respond negatively or act like they understand then quickly go back to the same behaviors, say adios.

The truth is no matter how strongly you value a relationship, you have to remember that your well-being is the main priority of your life.  This might sound selfish, but if you think about it, it’s really the opposite.  Even if you enjoy helping others and you should, you can not help anyone else if you’re not balanced. It’s time to take a long look at your relationships assets and liabilities.


March 13 2017

The Road To Success Is Like An Obstacle Course


If you woke up tomorrow and found out that you had just inherited 1 million dollars,  how long do you think the money would last? I bet most of you are thinking, “that’s enough to keep me set for life.” Don’t be so sure of that.  Believe it or not the probability of you squandering a million dollar inheritance is pretty high and there is a logical explanation for it.

How did you feel the last time you really worked hard for something and finally got it? That new car, that cool leather jacket, that big house on the hill with the in ground pool, whatever your goal was, close your eyes and think about a time this happened.  It was a great feeling wasn’t it?  It probably still is.  I bet you were really careful to protect your shiny new accomplishment and did whatever you could to make sure nothing happened to it.  Now think about a time something simply fell in your lap as a result of blind luck.

Let’s say you guessed most of the answers on your last quiz and got an A, or you drove 100 MPH passed a State Trooper and his head was down or he was stopping someone else. Would you count your blessings and try to never do it again? Be honest.  Yes, we both know the answer to that question don’t we?

Luck, good fortune, or for the logical thinkers out there, ‘probability’ will always fool a person into thinking they are somehow special. That things will always work out for them in the end without any real hard work or discipline.  This is why gamblers go broke.  This is why one hit wonders never top the charts twice.  This is why fighters get their asses kicked right after beating what everyone believed was a superior opponent. This is why people give up before reaching their goals. Real success is not handed to you, it is earned.

When you earn something you get a special feeling inside that can never be taken from you. You cherish this feeling and remember what it took to get rewarded with it.  That is the very thing that makes you think twice about taking certain things for granted.  That is something that is absent from any other form of ‘success’.