Deadpool & Wolverine: The Hype

With the “Deadpool & Wolverine” movie hitting theaters in less than two weeks, the excitement is palpable. The film’s brilliant marketing campaign has transformed fan anticipation into widespread public hype.

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Of Marvel and Mutants

Growing up in the ’80s, I was swept up in the vibrant trends of the era, none more influential than the captivating world of comics, especially those from Marvel and DC. My weekends were a ritual of saving up pocket money only to splurge it all at the nearest comic shop in KL Plaza (now known as Fahrenheit) on the latest Uncanny X-Men or Wolverine issue.

With this enduring passion for Marvel Comics, I eagerly anticipate “Deadpool & Wolverine,” the sole Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film for 2024. The stakes for this movie have never been higher, and here’s why.

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First thing in the morning

I’ve been waking up at 5:30am every weekday for so long that I can’t remember when I first set that ungodly hour on my iPhone. Just in case my body decides to stage a rebellion, I have a backup alarm at 5:45am, ensuring I don’t miss the joys of early morning consciousness.

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10% Happier

I began reading this book without knowing it would delve into the topic of meditation (spoiler alert). I was actually searching for inspirational reads about navigating life transitions when Amazon or Google’s algorithm suggested this book to me. Some might even interpret this recommendation as the universe “manifesting” what I needed, but that’s a topic for another book review.

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An empirical approach to being nice (but not a pushover) in the workplace

In life, many of us grapple with the balance between being kind or assertive to advance ourselves, whether in personal interactions or professional pursuits. We’re constantly faced with choices: to cooperate for mutual benefit or to compete to gain advantage over others.

We are often caught in a dilemma because advice from management experts and life coaches often fluctuates between extremes, urging us to either always be accommodating or to adopt a fiercely competitive stance. 

In 1984, Dr. Robert Axelrod of the University of Michigan devised an ingenious empirical experiment to tackle this dilemma, based on an iterative version of the classic game theory experiment known as the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

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The End of Civilisation?

Classic liberalism is credited with ushering in the Enlightenment in Europe, a period that led to profound transformations in European society. This era, spanning from the late 17th to the early 18th century, witnessed significant changes in European politics, science, and philosophy.

These changes gave rise to societies that prioritized the pursuit of knowledge, the dispersion of political power, and the establishment of rational thinking as a formalized norm. This upheaval effectively rendered the old hierarchical power structures, rooted in divine authority, obsolete. Instead, a new hierarchy emerged, with individuals possessing knowledge and reason as the key constituents.

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