“The Secret” on Oprah

(In case anybody’s still reading this blog 🙂 I just posted this on my main blog and thought I’d post it here too…)

I think the movie The Secret is about to hit its tipping point. On Thursday Oprah Winfrey’s show will be all about that movie — or more specifically the topic of the movie which is the law of attraction. That law basically states that “whatever you focus on you get more of.” I saw the movie back in August after seeing a mention on another trader’s blog. What was most interesting about it is that it was nothing new. The movie crystallized concepts that I’ve read and heard about over the years.

One thing that really stood out to me was that focusing on a negative doesn’t work. A good example of that is when you see a football team with a big lead go into the dreaded “prevent defense“. Instead of continuing to play to win they start playing not to lose. We all know what typically happens next — the team blows the game.

Anyway, there are tons of applications of the law of attraction in all facets of life. I highly recommend watching the movie and/or the Oprah show on Thursday. Here’s some stuff to give you a better idea of what to expect:

The promo from Larry King’s first show on “The Secret”:

I happened to catch that episode of Larry King live back in October while flipping through channels in a hotel room. (Something I never do at home thanks to TiVo.) The show got such a good response that Larry did a second Law of Attraction show:

It seems that about half of the movie is available on YouTube but you can stream the whole thing from the official website for about $5. I streamed it to my laptop and even over WiFi and the quality was excellent. I recommend going that route for the first viewing.

Steve Pavlina has a review of The Secret and a good post about the Law of Attraction. And here are 100 quotes from The Secret.

‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ Documentary

Guns, Germs, and Steel, which airs on PBS beginning tomorrow, looks like an interesting documentary:

Based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity’s journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last Ice Age to the realities of life in the twenty-first century.

Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.

  • Why were Europeans the ones to conquer so much of our planet?
  • Why didn’t the Chinese, or the Inca, become masters of the globe instead?
  • Why did cities first evolve in the Middle East?
  • Why did farming never emerge in Australia?
  • And why are the tropics now the capital of global poverty?

As he peeled back the layers of history to uncover fundamental, environmental factors shaping the destiny of humanity, Diamond found both his theories and his own endurance tested.

The three one-hour programs were filmed across four continents on High Definition digital video, and combinied ambitious dramatic reconstruction with moving documentary footage and computer animation. They also include contributions from Diamond himself and a wealth of international historians, archeologists and scientists.

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a thrilling ride through the elemental forces which have shaped our world – and which continue to shape our future.

(via James)

Club Nouveau on ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’

I just got an email about Club Nouveau’s appearance on NBC tonight. All of you 80’s R&B fans won’t want to miss this. Set those TiVo’s…

Club Nouveau ushered in a new sound in music, It was 1986 and “Rumors” took the music business by storm, But Club Nouveau was more than just a new group with a new sound and a new hit. Club Nouveau brought a new attitude, Led by Jay King & Valerie Watson (as the Timex Social Club) “Rumors” was Independently Produced, Manufactured, Distributed, Marketed & Promoted without the help of a Major Record Company on any level.

Club Nouveau’s success brought them to the attention of a young up and coming record executive by the name of Benny Medina who had just come to Warner Brothers as the Head A&R Rep for their R&B Division. Medina made the King Jay Record Label and Club Nouveau his first signing and “Jealousy” (#8 Billboard R&B) was released as the first single from the album titled “Life, Love & Pain” (released in 1986). Jealousy was followed by “Situation#9″(#4 Billboard R&B) both released in 1986.

Vh1’s Black in the 80s Series

I just finished watching the ‘film/movies’ episode of ‘Black in the 80s‘. It was an entertaining and informative trip back to the 80s. It made me realize that I need to add some (major) movies to my NetFlix queue that slipped by me. I also have to watch Hollywood Shuffle again! I’m looking forward to catching the Def Jams (music) and TV episodes over the next couple of days. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially for those of you who are too young to really remember/know what went down in the 80s.

Jack Johnson Documentary

I watched “Unforgivable Blackness – The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” over the last two nights on PBS. Ken Burns has produced another fascinating documentary (also see The Civil War and Jazz). If you missed it, I highly recommend seeing it. It’s being aired a few more times this week but it’s also available on DVD. Not only does the film show how dominant Jack was in the ring but it also gives great insight into his extraordinary live outside of the ring. The most striking thing to me about this trip to the past was seeing how things have changed (or not) since the early 1900’s. On the ‘not changing’ side is how the U.S. government will go out of its way to abuse the law in order to prosecute a black man for being involved with a white woman. Just look at the recent Marcus Dixon case to see how little things have changed in that respect.

Criminals Getting Ideas from HBO’s ‘The Wire’

Hell, if I was a criminal I’d probably adopt some of the ideas from ‘The Wire‘ too:

The accused leaders of the Queens gang, whose arrests were announced yesterday by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and District Attorney Richard A. Brown of Queens, mimicked the practice of characters in “The Wire,” using disposable cellphones to make it more difficult for the police to eavesdrop on them.

Each time the suspects switched phones, investigators and prosecutors had to go back to court and seek approval for a new wiretap from a State Supreme Court justice, a labor-intensive and time-consuming process, said Sgt. Felipe Rodriguez, a supervisor on the case.

“Believe it or not, these guys copy ‘The Wire,’ ” said the sergeant, who is assigned to the Organized Crime Investigation Division. “They were constantly dumping their phones. It made our job so much harder.”

Sergeant Rodriguez said several members of the gang were big fans of the HBO show and talked about it constantly. He said that the investigators could catch up on the latest developments in the show, if they hadn’t seen it, when members of the gang talked about it the next day. “If we missed anything, we got it from them Monday morning,” he said. [read the whole story]

(via Gothamist)

Apprentice 2: Bradford, You Dumb MoFo!

I just finished watching last night’s episode of The Apprentice 2 and I’m still LMAO at what happened to Bradford. What a bonehead! As soon as he decided to revoke his immunity I knew he was a goner. Hubris is a mutha… He and Jennifer C. need to learn when to shut their damn mouths. It sure made some great TV though. Me thinks that there’s gonna be lots of drama on that Apex team this season.

Some other thoughts about/around the show:

  • While the little battle between Mark Cuban and Donald Trump is mildly entertaining, ‘The Benefactor‘ has nothing on ‘The Apprentice’. Yeah Mark, you show is ‘aight’ so far, but it remains to be seen whether it can reach the level of ‘The Apprentice’.

  • I think I’m finally over Survivor. I’ve watched it every season but I’m not even moved to watch the season premiere that’s sitting on my TiVo right now. I think it’s partially just played out and partially due to having the Apprentice as a substitute. I’m seriously considering deleting my Season Pass for Survivor.

  • -sigh- Stacie J… Why sista, why? She wasn’t too bad on episode 2, but on the premiere I was just thinking ‘Omarosa revisited’. I’m still holding out hope that she can gel with the team.