Flashback Friday: Bruce Lee

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           He is Bruce Lee. He was  was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

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           Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, at the University of Washington, and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

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           He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei‘s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest‘s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner BrothersEnter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1973), both directed by Robert Clouse. Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. He trained in the art of Wing Chun and later combined his other influences from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist). Lee held dual nationality of Hong Kong and the United States. He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.

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           On May 10, 1973, Lee collapsed in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong while doing dubbing work for the movie Enter the Dragon. Suffering from seizures and headaches, he was immediately rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnosed cerebral edema. They were able to reduce the swelling through the administration of mannitol. These same symptoms that occurred in his first collapse were later repeated on the day of his death.

           On July 20, 1973, Lee was in Hong Kong, to have dinner with James Bond star George Lazenby, with whom he intended to make a film. According to Lee‘s wife Linda, Lee met producer Raymond Chow at 2 p.m. at home to discuss the making of the film Game of Death. They worked until 4 p.m. and then drove together to the home of Lee‘s colleague Betty Ting Pei, a Taiwanese actress. The three went over the script at Ting‘s home, and then Chow left to attend a dinner meeting.

          Later Lee complained of a headache, and Ting gave him an analgesic (painkiller), Equagesic, which contained both aspirin and the muscle relaxant meprobamate. Around 7:30 p.m., he went to lie down for a nap. When Lee did not turn up for dinner, Chow came to the apartment, but could not wake Lee up. A doctor was summoned, who spent ten minutes attempting to revive him before sending him by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Lee was dead by the time he reached the hospital.

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            There was no visible external injury; however, according to autopsy reports, his brain had swollen considerably, from 1,400 to 1,575 grams (a 13% increase). Lee was 32 years old. The only substance found during the autopsy was Equagesic. On October 15, 2005, Chow stated in an interview that Lee died from an allergic reaction to the muscle relaxant (meprobamate) in Equagesic, which he described as a common ingredient in painkillers. When the doctors announced Lee‘s death officially, it was ruled a “death by misadventure”.

          Don Langford, Lee‘s personal physician in Hong Kong, had treated Lee during his first collapse. Controversy erupted when he stated, “Equagesic was not at all involved in Bruce’s first collapse”.

             Donald Teare, a forensic scientist recommended by Scotland Yard who had overseen over 1,000 autopsies, was assigned to the Lee case. His conclusion was “death by misadventure” caused by an acute cerebral edema due to a reaction to compounds present in the combination medication Equagesic.

           The preliminary opinion of Peter Wu, the neurosurgeon who treated Lee during his first seizure, was that the cause of death should have been attributed to either a reaction to cannabis or Equagesic. However, Wu later backed off from this position, stating that:

Professor Teare was a forensic scientist recommended by Scotland Yard; he was brought in as an expert on cannabis and we can’t contradict his testimony. The dosage of cannabis is neither precise nor predictable, but I’ve never known of anyone dying simply from taking it.

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          At the 1975 San Diego Comic-Con convention, Bruce Lee‘s friend Chuck Norris attributed it to a reaction between the medication he had been taking since 1968 for a ruptured disk in his back and the medication he was given for his headache on the night of his death.

          Lee‘s wife Linda returned to her hometown of Seattle, and had him buried at lot 276 of Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers at his funeral on July 31, 1973 included Taky KimuraSteve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, George Lazenby, Dan Inosanto, Peter Chin, and Lee‘s brother Robert.

          Lee‘s iconic status and untimely demise fed many theories about his death, including murder involving the Triads and a supposed curse on him and his family. There is also a theory that Bruce Lee used electrical muscle stimulation and that may have exacerbated or resulted in his condition.

To know more about Burce Lee, just go here: http://www.brucelee.com/

Woman Crush Wednesday: AJ Lee

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           She is April Jeanette Brooks, or also known as AJ Lee. She is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE under the ring name AJ Lee. She is a former three-time WWE Divas Champion and holds the longest reign in the title’s history at 295 days.

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           AJ began her career performing on the New Jersey independent circuit as Miss April, mostly in Women Superstars Uncensored. After joining WWE in 2009, she spent two years in its developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, and took part in the third season of NXT in 2010, placing third in the competition. In 2012, after being involved in several on-screen relationships with wrestlers feuding over the promotion’s world championships, while also serving as Raw General Manager for three months, AJ was named WWE‘s “Diva of the Year“. In June 2013, AJ captured her first WWE Divas Championship by defeating Kaitlyn.

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            April Jeanette Mendez was born March 19, 1987, in Union City, New Jersey. She is of Puerto Rican heritage, and the youngest of three siblings. She describes her family’s experience while growing up as having to live in motels, other people’s houses, and their car. She cited her brother’s childhood interest in WWE as an influence on her decision to break into the male-dominated world of wrestling, and she cemented her ambition to pursue a professional wrestling career when she was 12 years old. She was inspired by the female WWE stars that came before her, especially Lita, whom she met as a child at an autograph signing. A video of the encounter, which shows the young Mendez being brought to tears by the meeting, has surfaced on YouTube.

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            After graduating from Memorial High SchoolMendez worked several jobs in order to save up the money she needed to both support her family and enroll in wrestling school. She attended New York University‘s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she majored in film and television production and writing, until family and financial issues led to her dropping out six months into her studies. As an homage to her brother, who was in the U.S. Army, Mendez once wore camouflage wrestling attire.

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            Mendez married Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, on June 13, 2014. They live in Chicago, Illinois. She was previously in a relationship with her trainer Jay LethalMendez describes herself as a “tomboy” and credits her brother for getting her interested in comic books, anime and video games. She has a tattoo in tally marks on the back of her neck, which read as “6-16-13”, commemorating the date on which she won her first WWE Divas Championship.

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To know more about AJ Lee, just go here: http://aj-brooks.com/

WWE Survivor Series 2014 Predictions

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AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella

           Even I’m tired of seeing AJ Lee as the champion, I think AJ Lee will retained her Divas Championship against Nikki Bella. With or without Brie Bella‘s interference, AJ Lee will still be the champion.

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Damien Mizdow vs. Stardust & Goldust vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos

           I’m such a huge fan of The Usos and I want them to win so bad and I like Cody Rhodes not Stardust to win, of course with his brother. But I’m rooting for Damien Mizdow to win, I think it’s time for them to steal the spotlight. But if Goldust and Stardust wins, it is maybe by cheating.

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 Team Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Emma vs. Team Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, Layla

           Honestly, when I see only 8 divas in this match, I’m disappointed. Why don’t WWE let Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes wrestle with them? They’ve been getting a lesser spotlight recently in the ring. By the way, in this match I think Team Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Emma will win this traditional elimination match, of course by Alicia Fox putting the win on her team.

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Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt

          I like these 2 wrestlers, this is what business all about. I like Dean Ambrose for playing a bit crazy and I like Bray Wyatt  for playing crazier. But as long as I want Dean Ambrose to win, Bray Wyatt for what I predict.

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Team Cena vs. Team Authority

           This match will be sick and this match will make history. I think Team Authority will win this match maybe because of Triple H cheating. You can’t blame the Authority, they always wanna win.

To read more predictions, just go here: http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/2014/survivor-series-2014-predictions-26837013

WWE Hell In A Cell 2014 Predictions

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The Usos vs. Gold & Stardust

           I always bet for the Usos to win ’cause I like them, they’re a total perfomers on the ring. But what I think is going to happen is that Team Gold & Stardust ill win this match, maybe by cheating as always.

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AJ Lee vs Paige

         Let me be honest with all of my readers, I’m actually tired of seeing these 2 faces again and again from previous pay-per-views. I want a new contender for the Divas Championship match or I want a new Divas Champion. WWE is missing other dominant divas like Natalya and Tamina snuka. But for my prediction for this match, I think AJ Lee will retained the title even Alicia Fox interferes the match.

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          Dean Ambrose vs. Seth rollins

            Dean Ambrose is my favorite crazy- played wrestlers. And I don’t like Seth Rollins since he left The Shield. So obviously, I’m betting for Dean Ambrose to win, and I think he will win this time.

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   Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella

         This is the fakest storyline I have watched on WWE. Both Bella‘s have a worst acting, you can tell it too Nikki‘s voice sound and Brie‘s facial expression. Yeah I know, it was all just acting thing, but all I’m saying is that, they are not good actress’. But in this match, I think Brie Bella will win.

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John Cena vs Randy Orton

           I’m one of the WWE viewers who are complaining about these 2 wrestlers who always have spotlight on the show. There are many superstars on the locker room, why are they always giving these 2 the spotlight? We all know that they are already popular and what’s best for business. But it is time to give the spotlight to others. But in this match, I think John Cena will win.

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Sheamus vs. The Miz

          These are 2 of my favorite wrestlers. It’s hard to see any one to lose but this must have to happen. As for Sheamus losing the spotlight these days and The Miz having the spotlight, I think, the Miz will win this match.

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Big Show vs. Rusev

           I’m always excited when Rusev stepped in the ring. Every match he made in pay-per-view was awesome and this time against the Big Show, will be the “awesomest” match between USA and Russia. But I think, it’s time for USA to win, so Big Show for the win.

For more predictions, just go here: http://www.wwe.com/shows/hellinacell/2014/hell-in-a-cell-2014-predictions-26750486

WWE Night Of Champions 2014 Predictions

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Brock Lesnar vs John Cena

            I know Brock Lesnar will win this match, and I want him to win the match. I’m just tired seeing Cena holding the championship belt. It’s time for another wrestler to hold it. I’m not a hater of Cena, all I want to see is a new story line.

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Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. AJ Lee

            I want to win Nikki Bella to win this match against AJ and Paige. Just like what in Lesnar‘s and Cena‘s match, I want a new story line. I think Nikki will win tonight with help of her sister, Brie Bella. in my own perception, Brie and Nikki just made this feud for them get the Divas title and get the spotlight on them.

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Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz

             I think Dolph Ziggler will win this match. Even I want The Miz to win, but Dolph Ziggler will retain the title, whether I like it or not.

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Mark Henry vs. Rusev

            I want Mark Henry to win in this match, but we all know that Rusev will win again. They are pushing Rusev so much in the spotlight, but I think Big Show will be the one to end the winning streak of Rusev.

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Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

             I think, Randy Orton will win. You know Orton is unbeatable in every of his pay- per- view matches. And one thing, the authority is on his side.

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Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

             We all want to win Roman Reigns in this match, but unfortunately, I think Seth Rollins will win here because he is going to cheat by slamming the brief case to Roman Reign‘s face.

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Sheamus vs Cesaro

           These 2 wrestlers are the reason why I’m watching WWE, they are my favorites. But for this prediction, I want Cesaro to win, but I think Sheamus will retain the championship.

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The Usos vs Goldust & Stardust

            I want the Usos to win in this match, but my prediction is that Goldust and Stardust will win. I think they will cheat just like what they did in their past matches.

For more predictions, just go here: http://www.wwe.com/shows/nightofchampions/2014/night-of-champions-2014-predictions-26655832

Tuesday Shoe Day: Converse

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          Chuck Taylor All Stars, or Converse All Stars, also referred to as “Converses“, “Chuck Taylors“, “All Stars“, “Chucks“, “Shocks” or “Cons“, is the brand name for a pair of athletic shoes produced by Nike, Inc. through its Converse division. Nike has owned the rights to the brand since acquiring its former competitor out of bankruptcy in 2003.

The design of the Chuck Taylor All-Star has remained largely unchanged since its introduction. The shoes consist of a stitched upper portion, a toe cap usually made of white rubber, and a sole that is usually made of brown rubber. Although Chuck Taylors’ are made of various materials such as leather, the original and most widely known version of the shoe is made from cotton canvas.

 

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         They were first produced in 1917 as the “All Star“, Converse’s attempt to capture the basketball shoe market. Chuck Taylor, a basketball player and shoe salesman for Converse, improved the shoe’s design and became the product’s spokesperson in the 1920s.

 

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         It so pricey that anyone will buy the imitated one instead of the original on the bargain or thrift shop. Maybe rich or generous people can only afford this shoes, just my perception. I bought my fake converse for only 350 pesos on thrift shop. Not bad, ’cause it really look like the original.

 

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Celebrities Patronizing Converse

 

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Ashley Tisdale

 

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Chris Brown

 

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AJ Lee

 

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To know more about Converse, go here: http://www.converse.com/

September Playlist: WWE Divas’ Entrance Theme Song

Paige – Stars In the Night

 

Lita – Love, Fury, Passion, Energy

 

Maryse – Pourquio

 

Michelle McCool – Not Enough For Me

 

Eve Torres – She Looks Good To Me

 

The Bella Twins – You Can Look (But You Can’t Touch)

 

Kelly Kelly – Holla

 

Maria – With Legs Like That

 

AJ Lee – Let’s Light It Up

 

Summer Rae – Rush Of Power

 

Eva Marie – Out Of My Mind

 

Stephanie McMahon – Welcome To The Queendom