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Rough Cut 8/11 - SoCalGal told me to "have at it."

No.  It was never my intention to use SoCalGal’s name to ride on her popularity.  Never crossed my mind... mmm, maybe just a flash – but no longer than that.

Anyway, Bluexfalcon can brag of at least one brilliant idea in his lifetime the Rough Cut concept is a brilliant idea – a random thread of any kind of topic, usually non-basketball related.   Marty Mart and SoCalGal, in my opinion, wrote the best Rough Cuts so far, about gaming and tattoos, respectively.  

I admit it, that though I love the Lakers and basketball, I have other hobbies and interests which I am more involved on.  And maybe, you are like me.  Or if not, at least, you have other hobbies and interests aside from the Lakers.  I learned from Rough Cut (and other threads) that SSR people are a diverse bunch.  Sophisticated and interesting.  Lots of other knowledge and interests.  Sensible when talking about a topic.  Yup, lots of humor and kidding, but still intelligent.  You see, I like learning new stuff and discussions on these stuff.  And lots of these are found in SSR threads.  Still, most would be centered on or "offshooted" from the Lakers (which is only appropriate since this is a Laker blog after all).  Since I like discussions on other things as well, I would go out of SSR to other sites’ threads and forums, to point out that UK’s SAS is the most badass special forces in the world, or that Stephen King is great but would never hold a candle against Edgar Allan Poe, or the Moon Hoax Conspiracy Theory is not that ridiculous at all, or that Isaac Asimov is the King of Sci-Fi and not Bob Heinlein or Arthur Clarke, or Krav Maga is the best martial art in the world, or Beethoven and Moza- you get the picture.   I find it fun to find out what other people think and what new idea or fact I could learn from them.      

I’m not saying that SSR is incomplete since it is only limited to everything Laker.  Again, it is only appropriate that it should be Laker-centered because this is a Laker blog – and the best in the Net, as I’ve said in my first fan post.    However, SSR is evolving into more than a Laker community!  Several of you already said it’s a second home.  Several of you have SSR as your homepage.   Thus, Rough Cut would minimize the need to go to other sites for the purpose of interaction on different topics or interests.  The point is Rough Cut makes sense because it allows the SSR people’s wit, knowledge and writing skills that are being utilized on discussions about the Lakers to be applied on non-Laker topics.  Rough Cut is healthy for the SSR community, as we can get to know more about each other’s interests and stuff, aside from the Lakers.  It’s not that we’ll ever get tired of talking about our beloved Lakers, but it is advantageous talking about the stuff we like to the people we know we have something in common with: love of the Lakers.  And people who love the Lakers (especially those in the SSR community) are good and sensible people to discourse with.  I think this is what the Rough Cut is for. 

I’m with BXF, hoping Rough Cut becomes an important SSR tradition.  Maybe, in the future, even the Beat writers, C.A., Dex, and perhaps even Josh will write some Rough Cuts themselves.  That makes me excited.   

So, here is my first Rough Cut try, after the jump…

Yesterday, SoCalGal complimented my sig, which has two of my most favorite quotes.  (Again, SCG is mentioned.  But, no, I am not joining the bandwagon of competing for SCG’s affections. Ahem.)  You see I like to collect (and sometimes, memorize) quotes, mostly from books and movies.  Since they could probably be valuable for future writings, references and/or circumstance (or might come up in trivia games or quiz bowls, something I was into when I was still in school).  So, I got the idea of enumerating some of the quotes I like for my first Rough Cut post.  I pick those that are "unique" and not so cliché or historical or from poetry (which almost everybody is familiar with), but nonetheless, had significant impact in my life. 

"Curiouser and curiouser."  – Alice

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Not only is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the first novel (non-picture book) I had read, and a major influence on why I love books, but this quote from Alice charmed me big time.  Since I first encountered that quote, until now, every time anything starts getting interesting, in the back of my mind, this quote always pops out.  It kind of gives the hype for me to get excited on what’s the next thing – new challenges, new blessings, new experiences, etc. – life will throw at me.     

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" – Sherlock Holmes

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In my experience, I found this immortal Sherlock Holmes dictum very true, valuable and practical.  Elimination is the most basic analytical/logical method I apply when dealing with problems (e.g. school quizzes and tests). 

 "First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire."  – Ronald Deschain the Gunslinger

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First, I might understand why some Stephen King books are sometimes criticized as "trash" or "non-literature" since they tend to be "messily" written due, probably, to King’s habit of "ad libbing" in his writing.  Though I don’t agree with the critics who disses King's works since I like them and find them entertaining, I don’t think they’re "classic" caliber (J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe) or "intelligent" caliber (Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy) either.  But there are stories that, I would have to say, show that King has genius.  Like "The Stand" and "The Dark Tower" series.  I’ll bet on it that "The Dark Tower" would be considered a classic a hundred years from now.

I love the Dark Tower.  Gritty western, fantasy, and sci-fi rolled into one.  First rate storytelling.  Twists that I am not expecting (especially the ending).  And lots of philosophical themes.  Seriously, the Dark Tower is an analogy of our own obsessive searches for something. 

So, why do I like about this quote by the main character?  Hmmm.  It just sound so badass! The quote, seems to me, serves as a herald to an epic action packed event that would eventually erupt.

 "Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant and vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsaving the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me 'V'." – V   

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I like V’s introduction in the movie version of Alan Moore’s "V for Vendetta."  Lots of suaveness and elegance.  The usage of many words starting with the letter V was creative.  And I don’t know the meaning of half of them.  Nonetheless, V’s introduction set the tone for the movie, which is good by the way (one of the two movies based on Moore’s works that actually don’t suck).  

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." – C.S. Lewis

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Just as it sounds, that’s what it means.  That when you can’t find anything that makes you happy in this world, the Source of that Happiness is not of this world.  Yup, it’s a Christian-thing.  I am a Christian and proud of it.  And I’m talking about God as that only source of real happiness.  The whole point of the Christian Hedonism philosophy.  This quote is my most favorite Christian-themed quote that is not derived from the Bible. 

 Well, I know it’s Internet etiquette not to argue about religion (or politics). That is not my intention here.  I’m just telling why I love this quote. 

"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."  Michael Corleone

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Okay, this is probably cheating.  This quote is actually cliché.  Nevertheless, it’s an immortal quote from probably the greatest film ever made.  And there’s wisdom in it.  The context of the quote in the movie is for you to be able to keep tabs on every plan of your enemy, thus when he strikes, you can easily prevent it or counter-attack or strike first. 

That makes sense.  But we can also revise it.  Like actually making the enemy part of the "famigla" (whatever that symbolizes in our lives), to strengthen it.    In a mafia-themed anime/manga called "Hitman Reborn", some major enemies (e.g. Mokuru Rokudo, Varia) of Vongola Famiglia eventually become part of or allies of Vongola. 

It’s also what Kobe and the Lakers did with Matt Barnes.   

"First rule of leadership: everything is your fault." – Hopper

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Being a leader is a great power.  And with great power com– you know how it goes.  Being a leader should not be taken for granted.   Though not technically true all the time, this quote is an accepted axiom on leadership.  If something fails during a leader’s watch, well, the leader should be prepared to take responsibility about it.  That’s the main point.  A good leader should be able to take responsibility.  

(let me insert this: Jelly Bean's sig is definitely related to Hopper's quote

 "Then tomorrow we may all be dead, but how would that be different from any other day? This is a war, and we are soldiers. Death can come for us at any time, in any place. Now consider the alternative. What if I am right? What if the prophecy is true? What if tomorrow the war could be over? Isn't that worth fighting for? Isn't that worth dying for?" – Morpheus

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This is my most favorite quote in the Matrix Trilogy.  I love the logic in it all.  The ultimate epitomic quote of life scenarios in which the "you got nothing to lose anyway, go all in" philosophy applies. This Morpheus’ quote’s logic is also applicable on the Christian faith.  What do you have to lose in believing in God and the Christian message?  We will all end up dead anyway.  If it’s bogus, well no harm done.  But what if it’s all true?  What if there’s a God?  What if there’s really a heaven and a hell?  Isn’t believing worth it?  Much more that Christians actually believe it’s true and worth dying for.  Again, no intention of breaking Internet etiquette, I’m just illustrating the logic. 

This philosophy might be also related – maybe even the offshoot or vice versa – to the "making a last stand" cowboy mentality.  In history, it’s when the French Foreign Legion refused to surrender in the Battle of Camaron.  In basketball, it’s when a team refuses to lie down even when they are in a 3-0 hole (2002-2003 Portland Trailblazers against the Mavs). 

"What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well." – The Little Prince

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Children’s books actually have plenty of quotes and dialogues that can provoke philosophical thought.  The "Winnie the Pooh" books are such.  "Little Prince" is another.  De Saint-Exupery filled this book with philosophical connotations.  But this is my favorite among them.  I can think of three interpretations (in which one is, once again, Christian-themed), but in the case of children’s books quotes, it is more beautiful when one comes to these realizations without any outside influence.  I will not steal you that pleasure.  

"No one wins forever.  Only thing that matters is how you face it when the cards don't come up your way.  I'm not afraid." – Spider-Man

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Todd McFarlane made Spidy cool, but creator Stan Lee is to be credited with Spidy’s soul.  When he inserted an unusually heavy "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" motto to a teenager superhero, we know that this hero would be special.  The motto catapulted plenty of other awesome and insightful quotes from Spidy’s decades of publishing history and a successful movie franchise (e.g "Intelligence is not a privilege, it's a gift, to be used for the good of mankind." and "Sometimes, to do what's right, we have to be steady, and give up the things we want the most. Even our dreams."). 

Spidy has a gift of gab.  He can say witty words to psyche out opponents or inspirational one-liners that can provoke the reader’s emotion.  This quote, which he said in the Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #34 (#475) issue, is my most favorite.  Classic.  Indeed, I agree.  Life is not all wins.  We will also lose sometimes.  But what is important is how we will respond when potential defeat is looming in our upcoming battles.  Would we allow ourselves to be affected and scared, to fold or be depressed?  No, we should definitely not be.  Being afraid of losing means we can’t deal with the pressure of the challenge – the challenge that we should face to achieve something worthwhile (I’m looking at you, LeBron).

I’m pretty sure that if Kobe Bryant encounters Spidy’s quote, he would like it.    

"What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger." – Kobe Bryant

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I have to add Kobe’s motto.  I read or heard somewhere that this is Kobe’s motto (enlighten me if I’m right or wrong).  Though, not necessary an original of his, he is the first person that comes to mind when I hear that quote.  Mainly, because he lives this quote.  Whatever criticisms and failures that Kobe experiences, he just uses them as fuel for him to compete and improve.  And that kind of attitude granted him the skills and success he has now.  Kobe’s attitude is something worth admiring and emulating.   

Plenty of other quotes… but the post is already (too) long enough.  It’s now your turn to share your favorite quotes and why, or explain your SBNation signature.

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