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May 2, 2014

Star Wars… How Has It Affected You, Or Someone You Love? Have A Story, I’ll Post It

by darkjade68

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Perhaps you’re wondering why all the sudden I’m starting to Post things Related to “Star Wars”

Well, like I say, I haven’t been really following all the Hoopla in regards to the New Films

Not because I don’t support Lucas’s decision to sell the Rights to Disney… Because I do

Probably mainly because I’ve never been a guy who Follows Hoopla of any kind, Lol

That said

With the New Film (Episode VII) coming out in 2015

And with “Star Wars Day” Coming on May 4th (I didn’t realize this wasn’t the First Year for this)

I’ve decided to Embrace Both the New Films

And “Star Wars Day”

Why? Mainly because “Star Wars” is the reason I decided to pursue Film Making (Which I did for 3 years)

And because, both Walt Disney, and George Lucas are two of my Heroes

Nuff Said… This Article below I Posted on My “The Written Word” Blog  last month

If Any of you would like me to Post a Story about what “Star Wars” means to you

Or how it has impacted your, or someone you love’s life

Email it to LegendsUndying@Yahoo.Com

And I Will Post It During the Next Week

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Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part I)

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It was May, 1977…

My Brother, Mom and I went to see the Original “Star Wars”

My Brother and My Lives would never the same

That Opening Sequence…

The Size of the Ship

And in Walked My Favorite All Time Villain, Darth Vader

Darth HelmThe Cape, The Helmet, The Voice

The Force…

He’s Affected me forever in regards to Villains

He has, in fact, Set The Bar

And has Lead me Directly to my Theory that

In a Story where there are ‘Good Guys’

And there are ‘Bad Guys’

(Be it Movie, Book or Other)

A Story can only be as good as ‘The Bad Guy’

Cuz who cares if the Good Guy Defeats some Fool, Lol

Check My Theory Out on some of your Favorite Good Guy Bad Guy Films

Flashback to

“Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”

That Movie would have been Horrible without Alan Rickman as The Sheriff of Nottingham

(It’s Still Pretty Horrible, and Dated, Lol but Rickman was Hilarious)

Flash Forward to

“Avengers”

Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Guarantee you, if Loki had been Played by anyone less then him

It wouldn’t have done nearly as well

Onward

Luke…

At the time I saw “Star Wars”, I was 8 years old

And, in Truth, I was more of a ‘Han Solo’ guy

My Bro was into ‘Luke’

Which worked out good in regards to Toys, and/or Acting out Scenes Etc.

But Looking back now, I have really gained an Appreciation for Luke’s Character

He is Hope… He is Light

And I do believe, Visually, George Lucas was inspired a bit by…

Peter O’toole as Lawrence…

The Desert…

The White Clothing, and White/Blonde Hair

Very Luke-esq

Also, did you see Alec Guiness in it as a Sheik?

Probably where Lucas got the idea to bring him into “Star Wars”

Which leads us to… Ben

Enter… The Force

And… Light Sabers

Which are a Simply Elegant Weapon

And Damn Cool Looking, Lol

But I Love Knights, so

The Blend of Sci-Fi, and Knights…

Yeah…

I was Done

But it’s Time For ‘The Man’

He was My Favorite Man…

I wanted to be ‘Han Solo’

Me, and a Million other young Boys, Lol

So a Young Hopeful Hero (Luke)

And an Aging Knight of the Jedi Order (Ben)

Along with a Roguish Pilot (Han Solo)

An Annoying Nagging Robot (C-3PO)

With a Hilarious Beeping Robot (R2d2)

Oh, an a Giant Wolf/Bear Growling Co-Pilot (Chewbacca)

off to Save a Princes (Leia)

From the Coolest Evil Dude in Film (Darth Vader)

Great Start, Right?

Oh, and did I mention the Millennium Falcon?

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Star Wars… The Reason I Became A Film Maker – My Story (Part II)

COMING SOON

 

April 29, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

by darkjade68

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“Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” are the the reasons that I wanted to be a Filmmaker… And though I haven’t been Following much in regards to the New Films that are coming, I was very happy that Disney Bought the Rights to the Franchise… Because I feel it should continue on, with or without George, even though he is still involved… That said, I’m very Excited to see this Announcement, and seeing it just… Well… There it is. The fact is, two of my All Time Heroes are Walt Disney, and George Lucas… And so I am happy with this, like I say. Truth be known, I wish it was My Brother and I making these Films, but I wasn’t quite able to make that happen, Lol May the Force be with everyone involved in the Films, and all of the New, and Old Fans. DarkJade-

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Original Article Here

“Star Wars Episode VII” cast officially announced

The cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” David James/Walt Disney Studios

All those rumors about who’s part of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast can now be put to rest.

The team behind the upcoming film officially announced the cast on StarWars.com, along with a photo.

Series newcomers Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker — filmmakers said Tuesday.

The announcement did not say what roles the new actors will be playing, through it’s been rumored that Driver (“Girls”) will have a villain-type role.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again,” said director J.J. Abrams. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is being directed by Abrams from a screenplay from him and Lawrence Kasdan. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

The movie will be released on Dec. 18, 2015.

April 26, 2014

Maximum Life (Volume VII) – Focusing On Your Health… Not Being Passive

by darkjade68

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Maximum Life (Volume VII) – Focusing On Your Health… Not Being Passive

by DarkJade

So much of what happens in our life, really comes down to ‘Focus’.

Right?

I mean, all the Knowledge in the world doesn’t really do us a lot of good, if we don’t Apply it…

And I’m speaking from experience… Trust me, I do not apply all, or probably even half the things that I know which would actually benefit my life in some way.

What do I know?

Lets take a look…

What I Know;Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Eat Vegetables – Seems obvious enough, right? But do we all eat enough of them… I’d say, just from what I’ve been exposed to along away, that maybe 40% or so of our Diet should be Vegetables… Leafy Green ones are likely the best.
  2. Exercise – Another Obvious One, Right? From what I’ve learned along the way, you should probably Exercise maybe 4 or 5 times a week, for up around a half an hour if you can swing it… Or if health allows.
  3. Take Care Of Your Teeth – Obvious Again, Right? Brush them a few times a day (After Every Meal Really), Floss (This is Huge I’ve Heard), and yes, see a Dentist probably once a year at least.
  4. Eat Protein – Obvious… I’d say maybe 35-40% of your Diet should be Protein… Or perhaps, 30-40%. Too much Protein isn’t good though, I believe it’s hard on your Liver… But I’m not a Doc, just make sure you get enough.
  5. Watch Your Carb Intake – We all need Carbohydrates to survive… But there are some that are better than other… If you don’t watch this, it could not only cause you to gain weight, but it also promotes Diabetes… In my opinion, if you check out Diets Recommended for Diabetes Type II, you’ll actually find what you should be eating ‘Now’, in order to ‘Prevent’ Diabetes II… Or at least greatly decrease the chances of getting it. Beware of Simple Carbs like, Breads, Pastas, and Regular Potatoes.
  6. Don’t Eat A Lot Of Sugar – Sugar is probably the Major Contributor towards Weight Issues, and Diabetes… If you can help it, Don’t Drink Soda… Really, Really watch your Juice Intake… Juice is so concentrated, that if I have any, it’s usually an Inch or Less of it in a glass. Also watch your Fruit Intake… Some Fruit is ok, but as far as I can tell, it should probably only represent maybe 10 to 15% of your Diet… I’d lean towards 10%. Just because it has so much Sugar.
  7. Be Nice To One Another – Seems Obvious as well, right? The Domino Effect is Monumental… This kind of Mindset ‘Literally’ Changes, and or Can Change, the World… And when I say Change, I mean Improve. Not being Corny here, it’s a Truth.
  8. Laugh – I know, you’ve probably all heard this before… And, there’s a Reason for that. Why do you think I recently Recommended the “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” Cartoon, Lol… Made me Laugh for 3 Days. Laughter Increases the Oxygen to our Cells for One, which literally Lengthens Life… And it also generates all kinds of Chemical Reactions, that Improve Our Overall Emotional, and Physical Health. Watch “Young Frankenstein”, it could Change Your Life, Lol
  9. Listen To Music You Like – Guaranteed (Other that some very rare individuals out there that might not enjoy Music), Listening to Music You Like will Improve Your Whole Life… If you’re just not listening to much music… Too Busy, Etc… Change that. It will likely both Improve, and Lengthen your life… No Joke.
  10. Get Good Sleep – My Grandma that lived into her 90’s once told me years ago, that the Secret To A Long Life was to ‘Walk 5 Miles A Day’, Don’t Eat Sugar, and Get 8 Hours Sleep a night… Bam Right? These things are huge… The Truth is, however, many people have a hard time sleeping that many hours… For all sorts of reasons… I myself probably average 5 hours a night sleep… But often I only sleep like 3 hours. But none the less, she’s right. I will say that if you Exercise Regularly in your life, it will likely increase both your ‘Ability’, and ‘Need’ for sleep. Those 3 things that my Grandma Suggested, would probably increase the length of your life by maybe 10 to 15 years maybe… Not bad, right?

The truth is, this list could go on and on… But let me make some Comments in regards to each of these items, personally.

Eating Vegetables - I maybe eat 25-30% Vegetables each day… And I’m a Vegetarian… So this is an area that I need to improve. And what would that take? Focus…

Exercise - I Really, Really, Really need to improve this… And it is 100% about Focus for me.

Take Care Of Your Teeth -I do not Floss, or go to the Dentist Really… In this case, it would take both ‘Focus’, and Money. Unless I have Coverage, which also takes money. But this is an ‘Essential’ thing.

Eat Protein -I’m 100% Fine in this Area… I Eat Enough Protein.

Watch Your Carb Intake - When I found out my Blood Sugar was High a 2 or 3 years back (Pre-Diabetic II), I completely changed my diet to 40% Protein, 40% Vegetables, some fruit, and some grain… But not much. And removed Soda, and Juice from my Diet. This basically got my Blood Sugar under control, and as a Side Effect, I Lost like 35-40 Pounds, which I didn’t really realize I was carrying. Sounds Great, right? Well, it was… However, I shortly after Became a Vegan, which caused me to lose like 5 or so more pounds, but I found it very hard to control my Carbs… And so a year later after becoming a Vegan, it’s kind of switched to Vegetarian (Basically I eat some Cheese, I still don’t drink Milk, or Eat Fish, or Eggs really). My Weight is still good, but I have no idea how my Blood Sugar is… I need to get tests to find that out… Cuz I will say, I’ve eaten more Bread and Chips than I was eating prior to become Vegan/Vegetarian… So we shall see.

Don’t Eat A Lot Of Sugar - I barely touch Soda, Candy or Juice.

Be Nice To One Another - I’ve always liked people, so this hasn’t ever really been an issue/problem for me.

Laugh - Also not an issue… I hang out with Hilarious People, an Love Watching Romantic Comedies, or Funny Shows.

Listen To Music You Like - I do Listen to Some Music I like, but should probably listen to more… I Highly Recommend Creating a Personal Pandora Station if you haven’t… It’s Free, and you can basically Create Custom Radio Stations for yourself.

Get Good Sleep - Like I mentioned above, I get maybe 5 Hours a Night on Average… I do believe that the main way that I could Improve this, is bey Getting More Exercise…

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Well, That’s Enough For Now… The One Major Factor I Feel To Improve Any Of These Areas, Is To ‘Focus’

There Are Other Areas, And Things That I Would Recommend Being A Focus In Your Lives, But This List At Least Catches Some Important Ones… Being Creative, And/Or Pursuing Your Dreams Might Also Be Included… Perhaps I’ll Create Another List At Some Point…

Nuff Said

Thanks For Listening/Reading

DarkJade-

 

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