Altered Carbon’s Altered TV Criss-Cross!

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One of the latest Netflix crazes I have gotten into lately this month is Altered Carbon.  Based on the 2002 science fiction novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set in a future where interstellar travel is effected by transferring consciousnesses between the bodies (or ‘sleeves’).  The story follows former U.N. elite soldier turned private investigator Takeshi Kovacs as he investigates a rich man’s death.  Netflix released its first season on February 2nd.

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It’s an intriguing cyber-punk sci-fi thriller series that is action-packed full of violence, drugs, and even sex (I’m talking LOTS of nudity in this show!).  The dystopian series features a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman (Takeshi), James Purefoy as Laurens Bancroft, Martha Higareda as Kristin Ortega, Chris Conner as Poe, Kristin Lehman as Miriam Bancroft, and other members as well.  But it’s two recurring cast members that really struck a chord with me.

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Oumou Prescott and Mickey are played by none other than Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch.  Coincidentally enough, both Taylor and Busch had a role in another former crime series as well.

You know what that means folks…it’s time for another epic TV CRISS-CROSS!  Oh man…it’s been QUITE a while since we discussed a TV criss-cross here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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Here’s the revealing connection – both Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch had a guest role in CBS’s NCISNCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is about Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs investigating crimes that have evidence connected to naval and Marine Corps personnel.  Both participants had at least one guest role in the whole series.  Tamara Taylor guest starred as Special Agent Cassie Yates and Busch played Arthur Jankowski in the episode ‘Home of the Brave’.  While they didn’t appear on the show together, the fact that they still had a role in the same series still makes this an interesting TV Criss-Cross.

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Those who are sci-fi fans would remember Adam Busch as Warren Mears on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Tamara Taylor was most famous for her roles as Grace Wilcox in Party of Five and Dr. Camille Saroyan in FOX’s Bones.  Both Taylor and Mears definitely had their share of roles in drama series before being featured in Altered Carbon.

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This was a pretty interesting TV criss-cross to spot!  I knew both actors from previous tv series and it was great to see them both on screen together.  Taylor and Busch may not have appeared in the same episode of NCIS, but they did make the appearance otherwise.

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Altered Carbon is definitely a great cyber punk thriller series to check out.  Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch did amazing for their part in the show.

And that was another epic TV criss-cross.  Come back again for another shocking criss-cross discovery.  Who knows what actors/actress will pop up again.


California’s HIGH GDP Growth PR Miracle

Happy Monday readers!  We’re almost half-way through February, with the last few weeks of winter coming our way.  It won’t be long now before we get outside more and watch the green grass growing.

Speaking of grass, it’s time to start the week with yet ANOTHER 4/20 topic!

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Each state here in the country brings in a certain amount of Gross Domestic Products (or GDP) every year.  Gross Domestic Product is the monetary measure of market value of all final goods and services produced during each period of time.  Usually the measurement is a quarterly or yearly rate.  This measurement doesn’t reflect differences in inflation rates of cost of living within each county.

Every year, each state is ranked based on how much profit is being fueled into the economic system.  The data is compiled together to determine which state has the highest Gross Domestic Product.

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The numbers are in…the state with the HIGHEST GDP (again!) is…California.

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That’s right people – California currently has the highest GDP in the nation.  California brings in the most profits for the nation’s economic system.

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How high is California’s GDP?  California’s economy is SO big that it is ranked the 6th largest in the world.  The Golden State is making twice as much as New York City every year.  Over a third of the GDP is produced within the Los Angeles and Orange counties (which isn’t surprising being that this is where the entertainment capital is located!).

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Ok…at this point, you’re probably wondering what ANY of this has to do with the 4/20 community.  Let me explain – California leads as the state with the most exported products within the nation.  They produce the most goods and services for their audiences; not only that, but they ship those goods all across the states.  When California’s economy grows, so do the surrounding states as well.  It’s as if the United States was tied together under this secure web that was bundled together by the state of California.

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With cannabis being legal since January, California’s GDP will only grow that much higher.  What’s also intriguing about California’s economic PR miracle is that it will benefit the other 49 states as well.  California’s GDP boom will help through:

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  • Exportation – With so much cannabis products being manufactured within California, there is such a large demand from the audiences; other than Californian citizens, citizens from other states want the product as well. California has always been a leader of exportation and adding cannabis products/services to the list would be tremendous help.  States (mostly the 4/20 friendly ones!) will be able to sell high-quality cannabis goods that was made from California.  Many states still suffer from conservative laws that prevent high-scale manufactured cannabis goods from being made.  With California producing lots of cannabis products, many states will receive their slice of the pie by exporting their goods.

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  • Reputation – Being that California is already generating MILLIONS of dollars through cannabis, their economic reputation will surely be flourishing. That economic boom will echo all across the nation, making waves for years to come.  This PR miracle will start conniving other states to go to pot (LITERALLY!) for more funding.  That funding could help states with improving roads, public schools, homelessness, and other social-economic problems they face.  California struck gold once again and audiences from all across the nation want to get in on this 21st century Gold Rush that is happening.

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And with that, California being the leader in Gross Domestic Product is definitely a great thing for the United States.  California will continue to export their high-quality cannabis goods across the nation and their economic boom will surely be a PR miracle to keep track of.  Each state (whether 4/20 legal or not) will benefit from California’s growing economy through cannabis products and goods.

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This is right here is what success looks like.  Boston should pay attention to economic PR ideas like this one if they are looking for GDP growth of their own.


If we want to figure out economic growth, we should stat from taking a page from The Golden State.

2/11 Sunday Funday Quote!

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The challenge of space exploration and particularly of landing men on the moon represents the greatest challenge which has ever faced the human race. Even if there were no clear scientific or other arguments for proceeding with this task, the whole history of our civilization would still impel men toward the goal. In fact, the assembly of the scientific and military with these human arguments creates such an overwhelming case that in can be ignored only by those who are blind to the teachings of history, or who wish to suspend the development of civilization at its moment of greatest opportunity and drama.

~ Sir Bernard Lovell, The History of Manned Space Flight 1962