Saturday, April 28, 2018

10 Things You Should Know About Avengers-Infinity War No Spoilers

If you’re on your way out to see the movie-skip this and get going, you won’t regret it. If you still have a few hours before showtime, here are 10 things you might want to know before you go.

1.    The movie is long.

2.     It received a lower Rotten Tomatoes score than several other marvel movies including Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther. But in its defense, back story had to be woven into it to sew all the character together. So its forgivable.

3.     Thanos is by far the most dangerous character the Avengers have ever faced and can hold his own in every battle.

4.     Thanos is also a well-constructed character. He’s no megalomaniac, spouting over-the-top threats. He has a clear plan and is determined to see it through, regardless of the personal pain it brings him.

5.     Several Marvel characters are brutally murdered by him.

6.     The movie has a lot of very funny jokes in the early stages but becomes intensely solemn as the body count increases.
7.     When one’s emotions like empathy and compassion outweigh one’s sense of responsibility disaster is imminent. Three major Marvel characters choose emotion over responsibility with horrific results.
8.     Some of the trailers are misleading. In the trailers the Hulk is featured in the Battle of Wakanda, in the movie he is not, but Bruce Banner is.
9.     During the Movie Nick Fury attempts to contact Captain Marvel, a female super—hero supposedly for the sequel who is said to be the most powerful of all the Marvel characters. I read Marvel comics for thirty years and never heard of her.
10. Spider-Man is supposed to be around 15 years old. Yet he is portrayed as if he were 10. If you’ve ever raised a teenager (I raised 2) you know they are rebellious, sullen, angry, pains-in -the-asses, spoiling for a fight. Instead Peter is following Stark around like his lap dog, begging for approval. It was endearing in the beginning but now it’s just annoying.
That being said, Avengers Infinity War brings it all together for a hell of a ride with a startling conclusion. Well worth your time. There is so much packed into this movie you might want to see it twice to pick up on all it has to offer.

If you are a fan of the Marvel movies this is a must see. And the sooner the better because I guarantee the spoilers will be coming at a furious rate and may ruin many of the best parts of the movie for you.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Do This Before It's Too Late

Do This Before It’s Too Late

I met up with a good friend last night and we began discussing where we wanted to go business-wise regarding our books and their promotions. He suggested that since writers like King and Koontz had their books converted to graphic novels, I should consider that option for my Revolution in America series.

It made perfect sense and the series is well-suited for that genre. 

It was a great idea, and I gave it some serious consideration.

But in the end, I decided against it.

Here’s why.

In previous blogs I have discussed my two personalities. I call the attention hog Stageshow Johnny, he’s the one that is a lead singer for a rock band, goes on book tours, gets interviewed on TV and so on. He’s quick-witted, funny and adores being the center of attention.

 Then there is the other one. The one I am most of the time. I call that on The Dullard. He is quiet, introspective, incredibly shy, paranoid and socially awkward. But he’s the one that gets all the work done. He writes the songs, the books, creates businesses, websites, promotional videos and so on. 

Although the Dullard is the nuttier of the two, I am more comfortable being him than Stageshow. 

When I was in my teens I was a singer-songwriter and performed in Greenwich Village, New York. I loved it, but noticed I was attracting people who were, let’s say, slightly off center. I’d be walking down the street and they would recognize me and come up and start telling me their life story and how my music deeply affected their life.

It was off-putting, sort of like the Moody Blues song, “I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band. If I had met John Lennon, the first thing I would have told him about New York, is that it’s great to live there, but nobody should ever know WHERE you live.
 When music changed from rock to disco and living and working in NYC had become incredibly dangerous, my family and me moved upstate to a small community. I loved it, but my creative juices demanded attention, so I decided to start writing books.

The transition wasn’t hard. I had already written the lyrics for over 300 songs, so I adapted pretty easily. Within a few years I was submitting manuscripts and eventually landed a publishing contract.

And then the requisite book tour.

Strangely that started a bizarre conflict between Stageshow and the Dullard. 

Stageshow loved the attention, signing autographs, being interviewed on TV, even had my crooked teeth fixed to be more presentable.

 The Dullard was miserable because being Stageshow required so much effort that the exhaustion would be felt by the Dullard not Stageshow. But that was part of the job, so it got done.

When the Great Recession hit, and the bookstores closed, my publisher was one of the fatalities and so I was on my own again. I started my own publishing company, Ari Publishing. The first 5 years were very rough, but after a few tweaks here and there and the evolution into Ari Communications, I started seeing a profit.

At present I have published 15 of my own books which can be viewed on my website and those of several other authors. I have created numerous promotion videos for businesses, countless videos on how to create an online business and the website

I am not rich, and do not want to be, I have seen being rich up close and it appears the adage, mo’money, mo’ problems is true in most cases. But I am comfortable, and I am also happy. I work when I want to for as long as I want to. The books I publish for other authors has given me insights into many fascinating topics that I never would have known about had I not become a publisher.

Now, back to last night’s discussion with my friend.

When I told him I wasn’t interested in having my books converted into graphic novels I could see the disappointment in his face. It truly was a good idea but…

I explained that at this point in my life I don’t want drama, I don’t want travel, I don’t want to be on TV, I don’t want to be the center of attention. I don’t want fans or admirers.

What I do want is what I already have.

 I live in a wonderful town with great neighbors, good friends, and no drama. My sister lives with me and she handles all the regular stuff while I work. She has been a tremendous help with the conversion of my garage into a business office and has made my house something I look forward to coming home to.

 She’s an early bird and I’m a night owl so we don’t spend enough time together to get on each other’s nerves. Her room is packed with everything she wants or needs, so she spends most of her free time in there.

When I explained to my friend that I didn’t want to further promote my own stuff and instead focus on doing all the things I like to do, A look of having struck a chord came over his face.

He said, “You’re the second person who’s said something very similar to me in the past week.” He said while he was dining with a friend and discussing his work plans once he got off disability, his friend said, “You’ve been swimming upstream all your life, isn’t it time for you to just float?”

 Like me, he’s in a position to do just that and he decided then and there that was exactly what he was going to do. 

Once you hit your fifties you start losing friends and family to cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes just to name a few. The kids move away and suddenly you have a big house and a big car and only you and your spouse rattling around in them.

 As I approach my “Golden Years” Let me give you this advice. Find a way to stop doing the things you don’t want to do. Being miserable will bring on disease faster than anything else. Dump toxic people, find out just how much money you’ll need to have everything you need, and be grateful for everything you have.

 Read books on how to make money or blogs like my
Nothing stays the same, don’t put off for tomorrow what you can start doing today because tomorrow your life can be very different than it is now.

 And in many cases, not in a good way.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Bitcoin Nosedive? Not to worry.

written for Excel Investing by Zackary Richards

The first thing I tell people about cryptocurrency is that it is VOLATILE! It has been since it’s inception. Here’s a short synopsis of it’s ups and down over the years.

The reason for this volatility is due to its lack of an Institutional Grade Custodian. What is an Industrial Grade Custodian? it is a framework that prevents any institution that’s holding your money from running away with it.

It is the framework of the stock market. Which is why big money institutions are the premier players, because they know their investment are safe.

Well as safe as they can be in a volatile market. Aka 2008’s housing bubble. But they brought that upon themselves so…

But here’s the thing. Regardless of what the big money media is saying, big money wants cryptocurrency. It would save them billions in transaction fees, and big money REALLY likes saving money.

But they’re not going to invest because of cryptocurrency’s lack of an Institutional Grade Custodian.

But wait! Most people aren’t aware that Goldman Sachs fronted the money for Circle to purchase Poloniex a cryptocurrency exchange for a reported 400 million. Now why would Goldman Sachs front all that money for one of the smaller cyyptocurrency exchange?? It’s because Poloniex is going to become a SEC compliant crypto exchange AKA the Institutional Grade Custodian of cryptocurrencies. And once it does, baby, it’s “Everybody in the pool!!”

Here’s what Circle’s president Steve Neville and CEO Jeremy Allaire had to say about the purchase:

The cryptocurrency boom represents an inevitable transition: money evolving from cloth to code.

Over the next five to 10 years, they say, all sorts of traditional securities will become “tokenized”—divvied up into virtual stakes recorded on blockchains, the shared ledgers that power cryptocurrencies. People will own and trade small digital slices of everything from real estate, to cars, to houses, to patents, to stocks, to artwork—many of which may programmatically pay out dividends via software-defined “smart” contracts. Advocates say this tokenized future will make new asset classes accessible to smaller investors and lower the costs of transacting and investing, across borders as well as within them.

This is why I say don’t worry about Bitcoin’s recent drop. Remember big money doesn’t like competition. And there is only a fixed amount of Bitcoin, 21 million and they want it as cheap as possible so when Poloniex become SEC compliant, they are going to buy like mad.

As it stands right now there are crypto hedge funds being created every day. Listen, big money focuses entirely on profits, and they don’t invest and especially pay 400 million dollars for something they aren’t convinced will eventually pay off big.

Case in point Bank of America has just registered a cryptocurrency patent.

Ignore the smoke and mirrors of the nay-sayers. BUT keep in mind the majority of the current existing cryptocoins will likely either fail, be replaced by a stronger coin in that discipline, or be purchased outright by a major organization. So for you beginners in crypto, stick with Bitcoin, it is the daddy of all cryptos and the most likely to profit the most once big money jumps in.

Also remember that cryptocurrency is still very volatile, so I strongly suggest that you spend the next month or so reviewing the coins on  and get a feel for them until Pololiex comes into play.

Cryptos will likely remain volatile until Bitcoin hits bottom again. That’s when big money will make their move.

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