Industry rivalries are an extremely interesting topic when it comes to successful coexistence. The ongoing battle to become top dog can foster an extremely aggressive and hostile environment. To our relief, once in a great while, these competitors become complements. Here are three times that apples and blackberries found solace in one another.
1.) Apple Blackberry Cake
Granulated sugar, for pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan, plus 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) cut into pieces
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
4 apples (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges
1 cup (1/2 pint) blackberries
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
2.) Apple Blackberry Pie
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (6 ounce) container blackberries, halved – divided
1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double-crust pie
4 large Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored, and sliced
3.) Blackberry & Apple Crisp
3 apples—peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blackberries
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup whole almonds and pecans, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, softened
Wait, you didn’t think I was talking about Apple and Blackberry? The corporate giants? That would just be plain ridiculous. I would never bore you with such a distasteful topic (pun intended).
Never has a dress caused so much uncertainty. Yes, a dress. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you better be 80 years old with a strong disbelief in technology. The viral phenomenon, that is “The Dress”, caused a complete uproar in February. With our growing distrust in our own eyes, here are four things “The Dress” has left us wondering about…
- The remnants of a good punch in the face.
- The glory of winning the gold.
- The beauty of a sunset.
- The power of social media.
The topic of leadership, though common, can mean different things to different people. How you interpret this core value can surely determine your work ethic and potential of positively influencing those around you. Let’s take a look at five leadership quotes that I think capture what it truly means to be a leader.
1.) Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
A strong leader has a strong vision. A strong leader also has the ability to identify what it takes to transform this vision and produce results.
2.) The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max De Pree
This is one of my favorites. Leadership does not mean standing at the head and conducting; it means informing, influencing, helping, and congratulating.
3.) Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
The personal development and professional growth of others is what keeps a true leader going.
4.) I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. —Ralph Nader
This ties into the last one. Fulfillment should come in the form of helping those under you get to your level.
5.) A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell
Passion is one of the greatest attributes someone can have. It propels a leader to greatness through a well-fueled fire, not a boosted ego.
These words are definitely worth thinking about when it comes to identifying genuine leadership. It is evident that in order to be a truly effective leader you must possess the internal devotion, respect, passion, and integrity it takes to not only achieve the desired outcome, but have a lasting impact on those involved. Lead with the well-being of others as top priority, and success will follow.
Have you ever seen something in a movie and asked yourself, “Why doesn’t this exist in real life?!” Most of the time these ideas are too good to be true, but once in a while they are brought to life. Here are four times movie ideas have become a great reality.
1. The Talkboy
Remember the recorder that Macaulay Culkin used when he was lost and alone in New York City? Well, fans loved it so much that they wrote letters until The Talkboy was put into production.
We’ve seen special agents of all kinds with smartwatches. Lucky us, they are now a reality! You probably won’t be blowing anything up with your new smartwatch from Apple, but you can call them on it to complain about this missing feature!
3. The Mighty Ducks NHL Team
As a hockey fanatic, this one is my personal favorite. The original Mighty Ducks movie came out in 1992. When the NHL expanded, guess what one of the new franchises was called? This new team was born in Anaheim, California and named after the beloved underdogs.
4. Self-Driving Cars
We’ve seen self-driving cars in movies like Minority Report, but who really thought they could become a reality? Well, we’re close. The Google self-driving car is one of the first, and it seems like it could actually make it to production in the near future. I don’t know about you, but this is one reality that I still have some concerns about.
Well, there you have it! These are just a few of the cool ideas that have made it from the screen to reality. It will certainly be interesting to look back in decade or two and see what other ideas have made this incredible jump.
To cap off this great week, we wanted to share something that will take you back to your childhood. We have had previous lists before, but nothing like this. Here are my top seven Disney movies from the 90’s. This list is not limited to just cartoon movies. It can be anything and everything associated with the mouse.
Number seven is one of the most underrated comedies ever put out by Disney, Heavyweights. This 1995 classic starred Ben Stiller, pre-There’s Something About Mary. He takes over a fat camp for boys and attempts to turn the experience into an infomercial. What’s not to love? Half of the cast of the Mighty Ducks is in the movie, it is full of toilet humor jokes, and Judd Apatow was one of the main contributors. The jokes and the fashion represent the 1990’s so well, but it has lines that you will be quoting for days. If you haven’t seen this, I highly suggest it for some good laughs and a little hint of what Ben Stiller’s character from Dodgeball would look like in black and purple spandex. Oh wait, he did that twice…
My next movie has to be the timeless classic that will put a spell on you, Hocus Pocus! This movie can be billed as a top option based on the cast alone – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. The story revolves around the Salem witch trials of 1693, and how their spirits have come back 300 years later to haunt the children of Salem. The witty humor and terribly awesome effects make it so 90’s! This movie is an instant favorite of mine every Halloween, and something you can watch with the kids.
Heading into my top five is a movie that may be higher on your list, but sits fine right here for me, Aladdin. This film has caused some controversy in the past regarding the spoken lyrics and ethnic representation of Arabic people. The music and cast really make this movie an instant classic. To this day, I can still sing the guy (and girl) part of “A Whole New World”. The witty child and adult humor are blended together so well by the Genie, voiced by the late Robin Williams. He alone made this movie amazing, catchy, and eye-popping. This movie is so 90’s in the sense of lyrics, colors, and the marketing behind the movie. I mean, Steve from Full House voiced Aladdin.
I offer up another wildcard at number four, Cool Runnings. The movie based on the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team reeks of the 90’s with the cast (John Candy as the USA head coach), the music (“Some people know you can’t believe, Jamaica we have a bobsled team”), and the story. This classic has been around for over two decades, and I still watch it every time it is on.
The number three spot goes to another holiday classic, the Muppets Christmas Carol. This is by far my favorite film from the Muppets.
Ebenzer is played by living legend Michael Caine before he was Alfred in Batman but post-Alfie. The musical really sets it apart from any other adaption of this yuletide classic. I consider this movie to be so 90’s.
Number two goes to one of the greatest movies and franchise that Disney has ever created, Toy Story. This movie is unique because of the time frame regarding it. The first was released in 1995 when I was a wee lad. The third one hit the big screen when I was a young adult. The winning ensemble of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, and more made it one to remember. The writing, design, and soundtrack are things that resonate with any generation. This movie is totally 90’s purely because it encompasses the epic-ness of the decade.
Finally, the top spot goes to a film close to my heart, the Mighty Ducks. Who doesn’t enjoy an underdog story, especially when it deals with youth hockey and that Breakfast Club guy? Emilio! This film has a basic storyline: a few dorky kids who can’t play hockey get a drunk for a coach and magically learn how to win. However, you find yourself falling in love with these characters as the story unfolds. This movie did give me hopes, dreams, and a false sense that I could become the next Wayne Gretzky. It oozes 90’s with the cast, soundtrack, and especially the acid washed jeans and mullets.
So there you have it folks, my top seven Disney movies of the 1990’s. I hope you enjoyed them. I would love to hear any comments – good or bad. Until next time, party on Wayne!
You love him. I love him. Who doesn’t love him? Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors to ever live. He may be considered a modern-day Charlton Heston, but I don’t think Heston has anything on him. His acting career has spanned four decades, with roles both on television and in film. He has also had the opportunity to direct his vision. For those debating what his greatest appearance has been, this is the list that ends all lists. Here are my top five Tom Hanks roles:
Coming in at number five is…. Saving Mr. Banks.
This one may come as a bit of a surprise to people. I consider this the wild card of the group. It’s relatively new, and many people may have not seen it, but Tom Hanks does justice to Walt Disney. The mannerisms, the look, the smile – it captures the Walt man to a T. You can’t help but fall in love with the vision that he had. I can see why P.L. Travers ended up giving into the charm and dedication. Hanks exemplifies such passion for the role, and such sorrow when the end looks murky. It may not be the best movie, but the role of Hanks and his counter-part Emma Thompson steals the number 5 spot.
Number four goes to Captain Phillips.
Again, a more recent role, but this one must be considered. Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips who oversees a crew that gets ambushed by Somalian pirates. Playing a real life hero must be difficult. You want to do the person justice, but many times it is difficult to do that on film. Hanks plays it perfectly. I was so entranced when I watched this film I was literally shaking near the end. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. Hanks in the face of danger is something I could watch day in and day out.
Our third spot goes to Philadelphia.
This was the first of two Oscar performances for Mr. Hanks. He plays a gay lawyer in Philadelphia with AIDS, and is fired from his firm after “dropping the ball” on an important case. This film was an important piece for its time as the AIDS scare was in full-force. In this role, you see multiple faces of Hanks. You literally follow someone from living a normal life to their deathbed. Hanks’ portrayal is a true display of award-winning acting. So many people argue with this (BIG fans), but to me this was his breakout performance.
Coming in at number two, Saving Private Ryan.
Mr. Hanks may not be the main character, but his performance is so great that he becomes the main focus. All of the little mannerisms from the hand shaking to the wandering eyes gives you a very in-depth perspective of the brave men who served during WWII. Despite this film not being his best work, this is my favorite movie that he has been in because I am a history nerd. The honor for his best movie goes to our number one…
This movie might be one of the most quotable movies of all time. Hanks, as the loveable Gump, might be one of the best-known characters in history. Like seriously, who could hate this guy? Even Lt. Dan came around! This film pushed Hanks into super, mega-star status with a second consecutive Oscar. To me, that alone makes it the best performance by Hanks.
I hope you have enjoyed this listicle, and future suggestions are welcomed! Remember like Mr. Hanks once said, “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”
You just finished your five mile run, or your hour spin class. (Grrrrppphg) Yes, that was your stomach growling. So what can you eat? Here are seven things you should ingest after working out, as taken from here and here:
Eggs are an amazing source of protein. They contain all of the essential amino acids your body requires to digest and absorb protein. It is best, after a work-out, to mix five egg whites with one whole egg. I personally love hard-boiling a bunch of eggs and slamming them down Cool Hand Luke style. (see link)
- Orange Juice
You can get vitamin C from Gatorade. You can also get vitamin C from OJ, as well as significantly more potassium. Potassium gives you ample energy. Potassium is also high in our next food…
These are the carbs you want. They are fast-acting. They can help rebuild your damaged muscles, and they are tasty! J
Salmon is a good source of protein. It is filled with Omega 3’s that help fight against diseases. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
- Dried Fruits and Nuts
A quick source of protein, and something you can eat on the go. Like bananas, these are the good carbs. Just make sure you have no nut allergies, your muscles will swell up bigger than you want!
Another excellent source of vitamin C. A better option than artificially flavored drinks. It also has this cool natural remedy that helps to heal bruises, sprains, and swelling.
- Sweet Potatoes
Along with a healthy dose of carbs, sweet potatoes contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients – vitamins B6, C, D, magnesium, and potassium. Be happy your mom made you eat these when you were younger!
With the rise in popularity of such sites as BuzzFeed, top 10 lists are becoming somewhat of a household thing. Here are my top 5 favorite Listicles to help you sift through the clutter out there.
This list has it all! Chances are you have heard of all of these fictional characters. It is also pretty insightful, a little bit of history mixed with some humor. Definitely check this one out!
Let’s face it, we are all still big kids at heart. The real question is, to what degree? After reading this list (watching?), there will be no doubt in your mind just how big of a kid you are!
Who doesn’t love cookies? This list has some crazy facts about your favorite cookies, from Oreo to Girl Scout. Of course, a list about cookies wouldn’t be complete without appearances by Cookie Monster, Famous Amos, and Mrs. Fields.
You can’t deny it, all of you owned at least one of these fanny packs. How could you not? It was what you did back in the ‘90s. The “What it said about you” section is more or less dead on, too!
Who doesn’t love science? With the resurgence of COSMOS, science is huge right now. This list helps dispel some of the common myths that have come about over time. If you ever wondered if a penny thrown from the Empire State building would actually kill someone, or if there is gravity in space, then I highly recommend checking this Listicle out.
So that’s my top 5 list of best Listicles. Let us know in the comments which influential person who never lived had the greatest impact on you, which fanny pack you rocked back in the ‘90s, or if you knew Cookie Monster’s real name was Sid.
While sifting through some YouTube content last week, I came across one of my favorite shows from when I was a kid. If you were born between the mid 80’s and the early 90’s, you are definitely familiar with Nickelodeon, specifically Are You Afraid of the Dark? That cheesy 90’s Canadian gem was a staple on the network for years. I have compiled a list of 7 of the scariest episodes, referenced here. Let us know what you think! (All descriptions were taken from the original site.)
1. “The Tale of the Night Shift”
Amanda volunteers for the night shift at her local hospital. Soon she discovers that someone is draining the patients and employees, and turning them into vampiric zombies. I guess the moral of this one is, don’t do volunteer work? Way to scare kids out of doing good with green-skinned monsters.
2. “The Tale of the Quicksilver”
Aaron and Doug are plagued by strange events in their new house. They come to realize that a demon who killed a classmate’s twin sister is back to claim another soul. This episode upped the stakes with the actual death of a child (albeit off-screen) and some very effective makeup.
3. “The Tale of the Frozen Ghost”
Melissa Joan Hart plays a babysitter tasked with taking care of a spoiled kid at his aunt’s country house. They soon discover a ghost haunting the property, a young boy who froze during the harsh winter. Even scarier than old people? Children. And the ghost here has an extra creepy pallor, because he’s — you know — frozen.
4. “The Tale of Laughing in the Dark”
Josh wants to prove the fun house isn’t haunted by stealing evil clown Zeebo’s nose. Of course, the fun house is haunted — and Zeebo goes after him. Do I even need to explain that clowns are the actual scariest thing? Although the carnival barker is pretty frightening, too.
5. “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost”
Amanda is staying with her cousin Beth, who says she can only hang out with her if Amanda spends the night in the haunted house next door. There, she meets a ghostly deaf girl who wants a friend. As if the ghost girl wasn’t bad enough, you’ve got “HELP ME” written backwards all over the walls for an even more chilling effect.
6. “The Tale of the Midnight Madness”
Dr. Vink tries to save a dying movie theater by selling it his copy of the 1922 film Nosferatu. After the theater owner turns him down, bad things start to happen. Like, for example, Nosferatu comes to life. Who knew the original movie vampire could be so much scarier than those that came after?
7. “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner”
Comic book geek Ethan is obsessed with super villain the Ghastly Grinner, who turns his victims into drooling idiots by staring at them. By microwaving his comic book, Ethan accidentally brings the Ghastly Grinner to life. Has any episode of television ever inspired more nightmares? No. There is simply nothing scarier than the Ghastly Grinner, or his blue-mouthed minions. I’m still petrified.
To have some fun on this Friday and to bring a smile to your face, I present to you five of the top 10 mustaches of all time from this article
1. Wyatt Earp
A classic handle-bar/Midwest look. This ‘stache struck free into the hearts of outlaws!
2. Salvador Dali
One of the craziest ‘staches I have ever seen. The hairs reach past his eyes. Unbelievable!
3. Kaiser Wilhelm I
So much hair on his face and yet none on the top of his head. The muttonchops are just glorious.
4. Teddy Roosevelt
Speak softly, and sport a big ‘stache Teddy. Well said.
5. Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche said “that which does not kill us makes us stronger”. That ‘stache could deflect bullets.
I found this article recently on how to be more productive during the day. I give you my top five options on how to make yourself more successful:
- Cut your to-do list in half. Getting things done during your workday shouldn’t mean fitting in doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours. Do you really need those 30 tasks on your to-do list? Take a less-is-more approach to your to-do list by only focusing on accomplishing things that matter.
- Use your morning to focus on yourself. It’s a big productivity killer to start your mornings by checking your email and your calendar. This allows others to dictate what you accomplish. Start your day out right by ignoring your emails in the morning and getting in a good breakfast, reading the news, meditating, or working out. This will ensure you’ve got the necessary fuel for a productive day.
- Tackle your challenging tasks before lunch. Knock out your most challenging work when your brain is fresh. If you have any busy work or meetings, save them for the afternoon. By scheduling your day this way, you’ll be able to create a new and more productive way to manage your time.
- Stop confusing productivity with laziness. While no one likes admitting it, sheer laziness is the No. 1 contributor to lost productivity. In fact, a number of so-called time-saving methods – take meetings and emails for example – are actually just ways to get out of doing real work. Place your focus on doing the things that matter most as efficiently and effectively as possible.
- Stop multi-tasking. Stop trying to do 10 things at once! Changing tasks more than 10 times a day drops your IQ an average of 10 points. Get things done more effectively and efficiently by focusing on one task at a time.
Remember, these tips are key to becoming successful in a workplace setting. Your supervisor and co-workers will take note and appreciate your efforts!
Today I thought it would be a nice change to explore something fun and mystifying, paradoxes. What is it about a good paradox that captivates us, is it the puzzles they create? Maybe it’s the fun of trying to figure out an answer to these age old questions. Either way, here are five of my favorite paradoxes.
- The Liar Paradox
What is it? More famously known as the Epimenides paradox, this is one of the oldest known paradoxes having been first suggested circa 600BC. Greek Philosopher Eubulides of Miletus postulated “A man says that he is lying. Is what he says true or false?” The basic premise of this paradox is “This statement is false.”
Wait, What? If “This statement is false” is true, then “This statement is false” is true. Therefore “This statement is false” must be false. The hypothesis that “This statement is false” is true leads to the conclusion that “This statement is false” is false, which is a contradiction.
To put it in simpler terms, I will assign the coefficient of (A) to the statement “This statement is false” which gives us:
If (A) is true, then (A) is true. Therefore (A) must be false. The hypothesis that (A) is true leads to the conclusion that (A) is false, which is a contradiction. Think that is confusing? We are just getting started!
- Zeno’s Paradox
What is it? You may have heard this paradox referred to as the Arrow paradox which is believed to have been created by Zeno of Elea and survives today in Aristotle’s Physics. The basic premise of this paradox is that there is no such thing as motion.
Wait, What? Zeno defined motion as when an object changes the position in which it occupies. To illustrate his point that there is no such thing as motion, he gave an example of an arrow and stated that in any one (no duration) instant of time, the arrow is neither moving to where it is going, not to where it is not. It can’t move to where it’s not, because there is no time elapses for it to move there and it can’t move to where it is, because it is already there. Therefore, at every instant of time there is no motion occurring which means everything is motionless at every instant. Since time is entirely composed of instants, then motion is impossible. This is of course a paradox because we witness and experience motion every single day.
- The Monty Hall Paradox
What is it? Based on the game show Let’s Make a Deal, Steve Selvin back in 1975 wrote to the American Statistician describing a problem similar to the Three Prisoners Problem. Marilyn von Savant asked:
“Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, “Do you want to pick door No.2?” Is it to your advantage to switch choices? Yes you should!
Wait, What? Prepare to be math’d! Your initial chance of picking a goat is 2/3 (66%). Those who choose to switch their choice always get the opposite of their original choice. Therefore those who swap have a 2/3 (66%) chance of winning the car. The players who swap having a 2/3 (66%) to win a car and those players who stick with their original choice having 1/3 (33%) chance of winning the car is based on the premise that the host knows which door the car is hidden behind and intentionally shows you one of the goats. If you selected the door hiding the car originally (1/3, 33%), then both of the doors would hide goats and the host can select either door at random and switching doors results in losing only 1/3 (33%) of the time. Conversely, if you selected a door that originally hid a goat (2/3, 66%), then the host’s choice is no longer random and is forced to show you the second goat only, which changes the odds of winning if you switch your selection to 2/3 (66%).
- Unstoppable Force Paradox
What is it? Dating back to a 3rd century Chinese philosophical book, Han Feizi, the paradox that we know today as “What happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object” was first written down. The author, Han Feizi wrote about a man trying to sell a spear and a shield. When the buyer asked how good his spear was, his response was that his spear could pierce any shield. When asked about how good his shield was, the seller said it could defend from all spear attacks. This immediately raised the question from the buyer, “what would happen if he took the spear and struck the shield?”
Wait, What? Both the immovable object and the unstoppable force (irresistible force) are both implicitly assumed to be indestructible because if they weren’t, then the answer would obviously be “it destroys it.” It is also assumed that both the immovable object and the irresistible force are two separate entities since an irresistible force is implicitly an immovable object, and vice versa. The paradox is that there are such things as irresistible forces and immovable objects; which cannot both be true at the same time. Therefore if an irresistible force exists, logically there can’t be any such thing as an immovable object, and vice versa. Which brings us a very similar paradox…
- The Omnipotence Paradox
What is it? This paradox started to gain popularity during medieval times (12th century) when Averroës and later Thomas Aquinas attempted to address this paradox which is believed to be first created by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, a Christian theologian and philosopher during the 5th century pondered “Can [an omnipotent being] create a stone so heavy that it cannot lift it?” Hmm… great question, the being can either create an object it cannot lift, or it cannot create a stone which it cannot lift.
Wait, What? So if the being can create an object that it cannot lift, then it is not omnipotent. If the being cannot create a stone that it cannot lift, then it wasn’t omnipotent to begin with. The real question then becomes is whether the paradox is ad hoc or inherently required by the concept of omnipotence. If it’s ad hoc, then the omnipotence doesn’t include being subject to be exceeded but if it’s inherently required, then there is no way that it can be excluded from answering the question in either the affirmative or negative. Basically there would be no way to determine whether an omnipotent being is logically possible or impossible.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but all of these paradoxes are making my head explode! Let me know which paradox is your favorite!
In case your head didn’t explode, you can read about many other paradoxes here.
We like to keep it light here on Fridays so without further ado, I give you our top 10 facts that sounds like huge lies but are actually completely true:
- If you put your finger in your ear and scratch, it sounds just like Pac-Man. (but be careful to not damage anything!)
- Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
- The toy Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
- Oh, and Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.
- Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is. (So be careful on your next break)
- Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.
- The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
- Nintendo was founded as a trading card company back in 1889.
- The last time the Chicago Cubs won the baseball World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed.
- Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of The Fresh Prince.
Yo homie, smell ya later!