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It’s a tall order to make the topic of this week’s blog NYC, but it has to be done. Was fortunate to live in this dynamic city for 11 years. And let me tell you, this is one amazing city.

Before moving to the city I had heard the famous New York, New York lyric written by Kander and Ebb, “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, it’s up to you, New York, New York”. Success is relative, but the city does provide a unique opportunity to see what you are made of…what is the best, or even better version of yourself?

The optimism is closely tied to the American Dream. And this city still affords the opportunity for the pursuit of happiness. Whether your interests are theatre, art, finance, fashion, music, writing, cuisine, architecture, or many others, this is the place to make it happen.

To live or visit, NYC is a must.

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The Signal And The Noise

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Nate Silver is the man who correctly predicted the 2008 and 2012 Elections. And he wrote the book, “The Signal And The Noise”. He also has a blog called 538, which gets it’s name from the number of electors in the United States Electoral College.

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Visit the blog here: 538 Blog.

The book is about prediction and ends up being about so much more…weather, politics, terrorism, sports, stock market, etc. It’s an interesting read, especially when you realize how much our lives are affected and influenced by prediction.

Nate Sliver has a wonderful quote in the book, “The signal is the truth, the noise is what distracts us from the truth”. Thoughtful, dense, and illuminating.

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The Big Bang Theory

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Recently attended a taping of The Big Bang Theory. It was a lot of fun and interesting to see the cast and crew, and their focused working taking place in real time. Having a successful sitcom is challenging, so it’s fun to see one that has really taken off, and to witness a little bit why. It truly is a combination of factors: writing, casting, directing, and it seems to succeed on the premise of “let’s get this right”. How inspiring.

Side note: Someone I know was recently asked, “What do you think of The Big Bang Theory?”. And their response, “The TV show or the actual theory?” Brilliant. Just like the show.

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Warm Bodies

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Warm Bodies was a surprise. It’s clever and more heartfelt than it should be. The writing and performances contribute to one of the best films of 2013 so far. The direction is steady, the music is memorable and selected to move the story forward. Missing You by John Waite, Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison, and Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen. It’s nice to see a film that doesn’t just send up the Zombie genre, but adds something new…heart.

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Warm Bodies Trailer: 

And watch these 2 actor’s careers take off:

Nicholas Hoult

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Teresa Palmer

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Johnny Carson

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There is a PBS Documentary about Johnny Carson as part of their American Masters series. It’s called Johnny Carson: King of Late Night. It is really quite good, moving, and inspiring. It takes you through his entire career and through all the years of the Tonight Show. One of the fascinating moments when they are discussing Johnny and his impeccable sense of timing. Not only in comedy, but also knowing when it’s time to go. He lived his life fully and was an example of being the best at what you are called to do.

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See the full documentary here:

Johnny Carson – King of Late Night American Master Documentary

Bette Midler was the last guest on his show, and she sang, “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” as his goodbye song. A now classic moment for which Bette won an Emmy.

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See her performance here:

Here’s Johnny!

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