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So, Tell Me About Yourself

Yeah I know, this bloody question and the stress it brings, there are 3 ways in which people usually react to this statement

  1. You tell them to ask you exactly what they want to know
  2. You can’t absolutely remember anything about yourself at that moment
  3. You tell the person about yourself

So, what exactly is the problem with this question? Don’t you know about yourself? You’re supposed to be old enough to know these things. #2016Twitter has listed this among the most usual conversation killers, along with ‘send me pictures’ and ‘have you eaten?’. I can’t solve all your problems, you have someone to pray to for that. I’m just here to help you with the ‘tell me about yourself’ conundrum.

In a nutshell, the solution is to make a list of the things you know for certain about yourself, you can write it down or it can be just a mental thing if you’re sure you would remember. If you have written a list of what you know about yourself out, even if it’s just once, it shouldn’t be that hard to recall it when someone asks you. Your list doesn’t have to be exhaustive, you don’t intend to tell the person all about your life. They said ‘tell me about yourself’ not ‘I want your autobiography’. It’s good to have the list ready, because that way you can just pick what you want or don’t want to share with the person asking. And remember that most times, it is actually the random things about you that keeps the conversation going.

Here is an example, this is my list:

  • I love the feel of rain drizzle on my face
  • I don’t eat salad
  • I think the iPhone 4S is still the greatest iPhone ever
  • I don’t watch anything horror
  • I don’t believe in destiny or predestination. Yet.
  • I look good in native. If I do say so myself.
  • I think DPrince’s verse on Wizkid’s ‘Wad up’ is one of the best Nigerian verses ever
  • I’m not really great at anything
  • I think people shouldn’t clap in the cinemas
  • I think people shouldn’t be told how to behave
  • My mum is my favourite person to watch football with
  • I like God-fearing women with a fat ass great personality.
  • I’m scared of dogs
  • I’m a Batman stan
  • I have a niece who I’m certain is the most stubborn 5 year old in the world
  • I can’t dance to save my life
  • I don’t like running into people I know in public

 

This is all I can remember right now, so maybe this actually doesn’t work you should try yours. Oh yeah, and I support Manchester United.

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Interesting Facts About Some Of Your Favourite Shows

From the sharp dressers in Suits to the far less self conscious men in Silicon Valley, we decided to give a critical look into some of your favourite TV shows to reveal things you probably never knew about them.

 

Game Of Thrones Loves Cameos

Everybody watches Game of Thrones. All through the six seasons so far, the show has drawn millions of viewers who manage to miss every hidden cameo appearance by their favourite artists.

Asides Icelandic bands Sigur Ros, and Of monsters and men appearing on the show, Will champion of Coldplay played a part entertaining the guests at the famous red wedding. The show also has seen show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appear. David Benioff’s parents also took some time off to act in the show.

 

 

Silicon Valley’s Peter Gregory

We all know Peter Gregory, the billionaire angel investor who saved Pied Piper from the fund crisis. Well, as we all know, Peter was played by Christopher Evan Welch who didn’t make it to the second season because he died. What we do not know is that Christopher Welch had been battling lung cancer since 2010. Just a day after receiving information that he landed the Peter Gregory role, he got news from his doctor that the lung cancer had spread to his brain and would eventually kill him.

If you knew about the show back then, this shouldn’t be news to you but if you’re late to the party, you probably aren’t aware of this.

Welch went on to shoot five episodes before he died in December 2013. Unsurprisingly, his character, Peter Gregory also died and left HBO to figure out how the show would proceed... As it later turned out, they did a good job with that.

 

 

The Walking Dead Has Some Interesting Stats

In a post Zombie apocalypse world, the word Zombie is never mentioned and up until I gave up on the show, no one ever called zombies zombies instead they call them walkers, lurkers, roamers, floaters.... you know, anything goes, just not zombies.

Actors who play zombies on this show have to go to zombie school to learn how to move and act like one. And after each show, the zombies have lunch/dinner together away from the actual people.

 

 

Modern Family Has Quite The Cast

The acting on Modern Family is probably one of the reasons why I fell in love with the show. The cast features some pretty interesting people playing pretty interesting roles. Take for example, Luke Dunphy. Luke is portrayed by Nolan Gould who surprisingly is a boy genius. Hard to believe yeah? Well, Gould has been a member of Mensa since he was 4 years old (Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world). He has an IQ of 150 and graduated from high school when he was 13 years old.

Another thing you might not know is that Cam isn’t gay. Eric Stonestreet who plays the role of Cam is straight in real life. Julie Bowie (Claire Dunphy) who gives 100% energy in her acting wears a pacemaker. The actress has been wearing one since her 20s because of heart problems while Gloria (Sofia Vergara) was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 when she was 28 years old, but had a full recovery after treatment.

 

 

Homeland

Obama’s favourite Tv Show, Homeland has quite the opening credit... Some of the images used are actually photos of Claire Danes as a kid. The fictional character Carrie Mathison was actually supposed to be Claire and was supposed to be played by Halle Berry but after she turned the role down, the writers had to change the fictional name because Claire Danes got the role. She also told the Entertainment Weekly that she was the one who decided Carrie had Bipolar 1.

The show is based on an Israeli show called Hatufim which is Hebrew for Kidnapped or Adbducted.

 

 

Family Guy

Family Guy, a franchise worth over $2billion was the first animated program to earn an Emmy nomination for best outstanding comedy since the Flinstones. The show focuses on Peter Griffin and his family of 5 if we include his Dog and his baby Stewie for whom the writers pick when they want his sayings to be understood by other family members.

Quagmire who was modelled after Bob Hope is actually 68 years old according to his license which revealed he was born in 1948.

In every episode, someone yells What The Hell. This is part of a running joke by the writers and most of the time, Lois always ends up saying it to Peter.

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane had a ticket for Flight 93, the plane that was heroically reclaimed from hijackers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on the famous 9/11. Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be on board that plane. His agent mistakenly told him the wrong boarding time and he got to the airport too late. Waiting for the next plane, he saw the news that the flight had been hijacked and crashed and turned to the guy next to him and said: Oh my god, that was the flight I was supposed to be on.

The show has gathered a lot of hate and has been cancelled multiple times. Along with that, it has been named worst TV show of the week at least 44 times by the Parents TV council.

 

 

Narcos

According to producer Eric Newman, Narcos was supposed to be a full-length feature movie but when they began talking about how in-depth they wanted to get into the backstories of the main characters, the team knew straight away there will be way too much content to pack into a 2 hour screentime.

Brazilian actor Wagner Moura had to learn Spanish to play the Escobar role so he took classes at a local university and read everything that had ever been printed about Pablo Escobar.

Escobar used $2,500 worth of rubber bands a month just to keep his money in bundles and although 10% of his hidden cash was eaten by rats, he lost billions in dollars but that never made a difference in his overall worth. He made so much money that he had to buy a private jet specifically to transport money. It is believed that while on the run, he had to set fire to $2 million just to keep his cold daughter warm... I think I’ve made my point on how rich he was.

 

 

Suits

Every single suit Harvey wears is designed by Tom Ford and he wears up to 10 looks in every episode. The women wear Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Zac Posen and Burberry.

The show was originally called A Legal Mind and if you ever wonder why Harvey and Donna have such amazing chemistry, that’s because they have known each other for over 20 years and it was upon Harvey’s recommendation that Sarah Rafferty got to play Donna.

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Mr Robot Is Watching And So Should You

I was watching an episode of Mr Robot last night and I realised most people (Nigerians) don’t watch the show or don’t even know about it but I’m a good person and I don’t keep good things to myself, hence this post.

 Yeah, I know the title is cheesy but take my word for it that the title is the only cheesy thing about it. Fine, don’t take my word, it has a 98% rating on rotten tomatoes, still not sure? Last time I checked Wikipedia, it has been nominated for 31 awards, and has won multiple awards including ‘Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series’. In 2016, it received 6 Emmy nominations, including one in the ‘Outstanding drama series’ category.

            Apart from the fact that Rami Malek puts in an outstanding performance as the lead role, it has a really great storyline. The direction on the show is also top notch. The show manages both expectations and suspense expertly, at no point in the show are you really scared of the mortality of the major actors a la Game of Thrones but at the same time you’re not so sure if they are 100% safe. A mere knock on the door in Mr Robot can have the same quality of suspense as that of a character having a gun to his head on another show.

Mr Robot is a drama-thriller television series, created by Sam Esmail. It follows Elliot Anderson a cyber-security engineer at Allsafe who suffers from Social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. He’s a cyber-security engineer by day and a hacker by night. He connects to people by hacking them. He was recruited to join a group of hacktivists called fSociety by a man named Mr Robot to take down the largest corporation in the world, E corp, which happens to be AllSafe most important client. (Wikipedia)

 

“What I’m about to tell you is top secret, a conspiracy bigger than all of us, there’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world, I’m talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invincible, the top 1% of the top 1%, the guys that play God without permission and now I think they’re following me.” – Elliot

That was the opening line of the opening scene of the pilot and it has gotten amazing since then. I think one of the major selling point of the show is that you don’t know what you think you know. E.g

 

It also sorts of messes with your head and makes you question reality.

 

 

 

 

Sam Esmail does a really great job with this show, especially with the mysteries and how secrets are revealed. 

I’m going to stop now so I don’t post anymore spoilers. Mr Robot is watching and so should you. 

 

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Twitter Now Allows You See When Your Direct Message Has Been Read

I’m all for positive change but Twitter Wyd?

Twitter today announced its new Direct Messages feature. It’s probably not what you think – Twitter is bringing Whatsapp-ian features to its “messages” tab making the Social network more IM than it used to be.

Starting from your next upgrade, you will be able to see when your messages have been read and when your recipient is typing... so say goodbye to those “I’m just seeing this” texts.

Along with this, you will be able to preview website links sent or received during your conversations.

 

DO THESE CHANGES APPLY ONLY TO GROUP MESSAGES?

We hope so.

While we are all waiting for an “edit tweet” button, twitter is creating more ways to discourage those brave DM plunges.

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The New PlayStation 4 Models Are Simply Gorgeous

It is expected of Sony to roll out an almost identical, much slimmer version of each PlayStation it puts out. Yesterday at the event in New York, Sony revealed that the slimmer version of the PlaySation 4 will cost you $299 (117,000?) and should be available on the 15th of September in most stores.

In functionality, the newer PlayStation 4 version doesn’t differ much from the previous version but with the new sleek design, it does look a lot compact and more appealing. The major difference comes in shape of the redesigned light bar of the DualShock 4 which is now visible from the front.

 

Now for the big news, there is going to be an upgraded PS4 console ready to ship November 10. The next generation PlayStation 4 is a huge upgrade on the former with a faster processor, better graphics, and support for 4K resolution. Although the gaming company will still continue production of every other PS4 version, the PlayStation Pro is specially designed for Pro gamers and is powered by an upgraded GPU and comes with a 1TB hard drive. This PlayStation version will feature better graphics for games which will be released for all PlayStation 4 versions. If you’re a Pro gamer, $399 (151,000?) shouldn’t be too much for all of this.

A new firmware update that allows HDR display is coming for all PlayStation 4 users and will be available. The PlayStation Pro will support HDR gaming and video playback but nothing has been said for regular base models. Either way, you'll need a television that supports HDR if you’re going to view the improved images.

No telling when these new consoles are going to hit Nigeria but I presume we should be seeing both by December.

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Apple Introduces The iPhone7 And iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple took the wraps off its next-generation iPhones at today’s product event, and it turns out all our predictions were right – Well most of them. See here, in case you missed it. Let’s get back to the basics, shall we.

The iPhone 7 and 7 plus are almost exactly what the rumours said they would be. Maybe except for a few additions and uh, subtractions.  Starting at $649 and $769 (we would do the math, but it’s getting pretty unpredictable these days) for the 32gb base model, the iPhone 7 and 7 plus feature quite a number of improvements and new features too.

At first glance, it may not be obvious to the eye, but Apple has redesigned its signature home button. Perhaps a much needed change, the Home button features the same pressure sensitive technology as the ones on the new MacBooks, with taptic feedback too. 

IPhone 7camera

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The cameras come next in line; both models feature a 7-megapixel FaceTime (front facing) camera. Things get pretty interesting at the back, with the 7 spotting a 12MP rear camera, and the 7 plus, two: a wide-angle and a telephoto camera. Both cameras also come with optical image stabilization and a quad-LED True Tone flash bundled in.

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Apple also launched a set of wireless headphones called the “Airpods” which contain built-in sensors to detect when a pod is in your ear, and play music. Music won’t play otherwise. Apple is also including an adapter for older 3.5mm headphones, just in case you’re still stuck in the past.

NO HEADPHONE JACK, TWO CAMERAS, WATER RESISTANCE AND MUCH MORE.

The new iPhones come supercharged with a super powerful A10 chip. Apple touts it the most powerful chip ever on a smartphone, delivering 50% more power than the A9 chip. Now that’s fast – on paper at least. Battery life also got signicant boost, thanks to the super efficient A10 chip. Apple says the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have the best battery life of any iPhone.

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Success: How Old Is “Too Old”?

Does success come with a “Best before date”? If so, when exactly am I regarded a lost cause?

Success usually comes quick for those who put themselves in the right position for great things to happen to them. It usually is advisable for you to begin early. By begin early, I mean gather the right skills early enough. It is believed that new languages cannot be learned without an accent once you’re over the age of 16. Whether you believe it or not, the habits we form during our early years go a long way in determining how far we go.

By the age of 10 (1994) Mark Zuckerberg had taught himself how to use a computer, by 11 he developed a program that connected his father’s home and office computers, and later went on to build Facebook in 2004.

Elon Musk however started reading 10 hours daily at the age of 8 and in two years had read everything he considered interesting in his neighbourhood library, by 11 he learned BASIC by completing a 6 month course in 3 days, and by 15 (1986) he decided his life mission was to save humanity.

Once you’re a certain age, you begin to think “Can I still do this? Is this entrepreneur life even for me”? Well, according to the Forbes List, 35 is the most common age to start up a business that would eventually grow into a multi-million dollar company. The future doesn’t look so gloomy now yeah?

While I cannot explain why this is so, I can come up with a theory which suggests that contrary to what we believe, desperation and the sheer need to succeed can indeed inspire you to make some live changing decisions which most times turn out to be good if you just have the courage to believe.

“There is creativity for validation, and there is creativity for survival” Macklemore.

Pardon the hip hop reference but that could just work out as well in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Creating because you need to and creating because you can are two different things.

People who start companies early enough often do so because they want to and rarely because they need to. Usually they go on to build empires for themselves. On the other hand, late bloomers often have a stronger cause which is the “need” factor. Wanting to do something and needing to do something are two different things because of the level of urgency attached. More often than not, the urgency that comes with age inspires us to do great things we never thought possible during our early years.

Graduating from the university, with a lot of expectations from your parents, you could begin to lose hope when you turn on the TV and see young CEOs doing big things and making huge impacts in the world around.

So what if you’re 27 and you don’t have your life in order just yet? Did you know that ‎Charles Flint founded IBM at 61? A platform which might have had a direct or indirect impact in Zuckerberg’s life. Success is relative but you have to admit, whether you’re a Zuckerberg starting Facebook at 19 or a Flint starting IBM at 61, you’re a success regardless.

Here’s a list of people who founded multi-million dollar companies at a much older age than you are now.

Cher Wang – HTC 39

Masaru Ibuka – Sony 38

Liu Chuanzhi – Lenovo 38

Reid Hoffman – LinkedIn 36

Gordon Moore – Intel 39

There could be several reasons why you’re a late bloomer. It could be that the platform required for you to create your breakthrough business just hasn’t been created yet or the market you’re going to dominate isn’t big enough to be noticed just yet.

Whether you’re a Gordon Moore or a Charles Flint, there’s no reason to feel out of place in this world, keep believing and keep getting better.


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First Love: An Art Piece

I fell in love from birth

To the one

Whose smile lights up

A thousand stars

To the one

Whose beauty

Still keeps my head held high amongst men

Whose warm embrace

I cherish the most

To the one

Whose presence will and always;

Drive the monsters from beneath my bed

To my mother

My Omalicha

 

 

CREDITS

CREATIVE CAPTURER – AYO BUSARI

POET – SLOW_ZEUS

MUA - BLOSSOM

MUSE – TOYIN

 

 

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