Hey everyone, happy Wednesday! It’s crazy that Halloween is tomorrow, where did the month go? It seemed to fly right on by! This also means tomorrow will be my last day of Blog Everyday in October, which makes me sad, but also I’m ready for a break to be honest 😂
In case you didn’t see my post yesterday, I’m going to be answering one of the prompts from an “Inspiration Journal” I was gifted from Nick’s mom. These have been nice to not only find something to write about, but to also reflect and think about what I want for the future.
Anyways, here are my thoughts on finding a good balance in life!
“Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”
What’s the meaning of life to you?
Life (for me at least) is knowing when to step up, but also knowing when to step back.
Without balance, life can skew in one direction, and after a while it can become detrimental. After all, you can always have too much of a good thing, just as you can have too much of a bad thing.
Without the bad, you can’t appreciate the good in the same way. You can’t look back and see how far you’ve come, and be proud of yourself without having to encounter a few obstacles along the way, no matter how big or small.
No matter when you ask me, I may list that life is composed of many different things, which may change. It can be full of happiness, sadness, loneliness, boredom, frustration, dissatisfaction, laughter, love; there are so many things that make up life. For me though, the most important thing is that balance is key.
How about you guys, what is the meaning of life to you?
Thank you for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with one last post for Blog Everyday in October!
Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a good Tuesday!
A while ago, I received an “Inspiration Journal” (it’s the best way I can describe it) from my boyfriend’s mom as a gift. As I’ve been feeling very uninspired at the moment, since it’s the end of Blogging Everyday, I decided to try filling out one of the prompts. I was able to fill out a couple of them, so I’m going to post one of them today and the other one tomorrow.
Without further ado, let’s talk about imperfection.
“A man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything”
-Edward John Phelps
How can imperfection be beautiful in yourself and someone else?
Imperfection is what makes us human; which can be both a beautiful and ugly thing, as humanity consists of both sides. Our imperfections help us learn the hard lessons in our life, as there are a few times in life when your flaws are the root cause of your mistakes. These imperfections also help us understand those around us, as we realize that they are just as imperfectly human as we are, and bound to make mistakes for that reason. To a certain extent we understand that, and this understanding gives us something to reach out to help others when they fail and need support. Imperfections also help us learn more about ourselves, because as we realize what our flaws are, we can just as easily find our strengths.
What are your guys’ thoughts on imperfections in ourselves and the people around us?
Thank you for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with another post!
In case you didn’t notice, this post was scheduled incorrectly, and ended up posting on Saturday, when it was incomplete. I’ve done this a couple times before, because people make mistakes and mess things up… and I’m no exception 😂
To be honest, I’m surprised that I didn’t do this more throughout the month, considering how crazy it’s been, so good job me 😅
Anyways, enough about that, let’s talk about the Great Hack!
The Great Hack is a documentary on Netflix that discusses Cambridge Analytica, a data mining company who assisted Donald Trump in his campaign in 2016, as well as the pro-Brexit team in the United Kingdom (although they try repeatedly throughout the film to deny having any involvement in that campaign). In the documentary, they focus primarily on Trump’s campaign in 2016, since they were more involved in that, and had influence in that election more so than Brexit. According to the documentary, Cambridge Analytica became more of a “propaganda machine” working in the favor of Trump, to help secure his election victory. Cambridge Analytica has also been linked with other political campaigns around the world, and it was interesting seeing how this information influenced the campaign results.
Essentially, Cambridge Analytica used data from a survey they posted on Facebook to create voter profiles to decide whether or not you are a “persuadable” and to target you with ads to have you vote for their candidate. Part of the problem is that these ads weren’t always truthful; they were more focused on getting the “persuadable” to cross over to their side. The ads more so painted a picture of reality in which the “persuadable” would want to vote for Trump. This data was also accessed in what could be deemed as an illegal manner, as Cambridge Analytica not only collected the profile of the person who completed the survey, but also their friends, and sometimes friends of friends, even if that person didn’t agree or was even aware of their data being accessed in this manner. Another reason why Cambridge Analytica is under scrutiny is because the technology they are using to access this data is used by the British government for military purposes, and therefore is not supposed to be used by other entities without permission of the government (which, of course, Cambridge Analytica did not have these permissions).
At the time this was all happening, David Caroll, a professor of digital media studies, legally challenged Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the data they had collected him from this time. In the end, they didn’t hand it over, most likely due to the fact that the company went under as a result of the government investigations conducted.
The Great Hack mostly peaked my interest, because Facebook had been called for a hearing by Congress as a result of the data from their website being used in this manner, and recently Facebook had just faced Congress again for a hearing on a different manner completely. I also found it interesting because Barack Obama was also brought up a few times throughout the film as one of the top executives at Cambridge Analytica, Brittany Kaiser, was an intern who worked with the his campaign in the 2008 election.
I highly recommend watching this documentary, as it gives a more in depth view of what was going on behind the scenes during the Cambridge Analytica investigations, as well as how the data mining process was used to create the political ads for the company’s clients. It’s a great starting point if you want to look more into what happened during the 2016 election concerning Trump and his campaign.
If you would like to read more about The Great Hack and the Cambridge Analytica situation you can do so here:
Journalist Carole Cadwalladr, an investigative journalist who worked on this case, also gave a Ted Talk about the subject of Cambridge Analytica using Facebook’s data during the Brexit campaign. If you’re interested in hearing more about that, check out the video below:
On that note, that is all I have for today, everyone! Thank you for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!
Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good start to your weekend! In honor of the spooky season, I want to talk about one of my favorite Youtube channels to watch: Top 5’s. October is also when he does his Creepy Marathon Month, where videos are posted everyday, so there’s a lot of new content on there to check out if you want to get into the Halloween spooky mood!
The Top 5’s Youtube channel covers topics ranging from the paranormal, to serial killers, to missing persons cases, conspiracy theories, mythical creatures and everything in between. Some videos that he’s put out recently are: Top 5 Paranormal Encounters and Stories: Prison Edition, 5 Fascinating Questions, Answers and Mysteries about Mortality, and 5 Crimes Actually SOLVED on Google Maps and Google Earth. He also does post videos telling scary stories and reading from the r/no sleep thread, which I don’t usually watch but if you’re interested in those types of videos, those are there as well.
He’s my favorite list channel when it comes to these topics, because not only does he have an awesome narration voice, but he also is respectful about the subjects he covers, especially when it comes to the topics of missing persons cases and murder investigations.
I first started watching Top 5’s a few years ago, because I found his paranormal videos entertaining. I’ve always been a sucker for paranormal/ ghost hunting shows, despite how easy it is to fake (and how often) the evidence of paranormal activity. There’s something fun about having that suspension of disbelief and thinking about all the “What if’s…?”
Maybe it’s just the writer in me, but imagining the stories and hearing about the history of some of these haunted locations also fascinated me. There’s a story behind why every ghost has stayed behind to haunt.
Now, I don’t watch as many ghost hunting or paranormal themed shows, but there are other videos on Top 5’s channel that I’m more interested in currently. One of my favorite series by him is the Murderous Minds series. Each video is essentially a mini documentary about a serial killer/ killers, and in my opinion, is a good place to start if you want to learn more about them. The Murderous Mind videos give a good overview about the crimes committed, the background of the serial killer and I would say is a good starting point if you want to learn more about a specific serial killer. I specifically remember watching the video about Jeffrey Dahmer because he was a serial killer that I had heard of before, and had a vague idea of his crimes, but the Murderous Minds video gave a more in depth explanation of all the murders he committed.
Here’s the video below if you want to check it out:
If you want to watch more of the Murderous Minds Series, here’s the playlist:
Top 5’s is one of those channels where I love to watch as many of his new videos as possible when they first come out. My favorite thing to do is get cozy in my bed at night, with my cup of tea and just watch a few at a time. At least, this is fun until I have to get up to brush my teeth, and I’m afraid someone’s going to jump out and murder me at some point 😂
He also helps host a couple other channels for specific topics, such as cold case files (Cold Case Detective) and more in depth videos about UFOS, aliens and conspiracies (Destination Declassified).
If you want to check these channels out, here’s the introduction video for each one:
Hey everybody, and happy Friday! I hope you’ve been having a good week, as we’re now less than a week away from Halloween! Which also means that my Blog Everyday in October challenge is almost over 😱😱 It’s crazy how the time flies, isn’t it?
If you haven’t had a good week, we can at least start the weekend off, with a tasty shot, because why not? So, I figured I’ll do another Pintrest drink test; this time though, we’re going to be trying out the Scooby Snack! I saw the recipe on Pintrest, and thought it sounded yummy, plus with a name like the Scooby Snack, I just couldn’t resist. 😂 This one is a more fruity shot, with a little whipped cream to top it off.
So, without further ado, here’s the recipe and my thoughts on it!
Pour the Malibu, Midori and Pineapple juice into a shot glass. Top it with whipped cream… It’s pretty straight forward not gonna lie 😂
This was super delicious! The Midori tasted a lot better mixed with the Malibu and Pineapple juice as opposed to the Bailey’s and Kahlua (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s my post where I try the Seduction Shot from Pintrest). In fact, when we tried it out, my dad suggested trying the Malibu with the Bailey’s and Kahlua instead of the Midori. I’ll post an update here when I try it.
Update: I tried it, and it’s pretty good! I also added whipped cream on top of it as well, which made it even better 👍
Overall, I would give the Scooby Snack shot a 7/10 for the drink itself and a 10/10 for instructions (As I mentioned before, there wasn’t much to instruct on so there’s that 😂). In my opinion, I think I would like this better as a mixed drink than a shot, so if I were to try this again, I would make it that way instead. I haven’t had shots in a while, so doing them now for these posts, especially since they’re a mix of different liquors, is kind of intense 😂 In other words… Drink Responsibly guys!!
That’s all folks! Thanks for reading today’s post, (I hope you enjoy the drink! Let me know how it goes 😊) and I will see you tomorrow with another new post!
Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a good week so far! Also, it’s a friend of mine’s birthday, so happy birthday to her! 🎈🎉✨
Before these past few weeks, I hadn’t really been watching Netflix, because I’ve been trying to read more, plus I was busy with work, writing, and trying to get together with Nick. However, now I wanted to talk about what I’ve been watching on Netflix recently, because they’ve all been interesting in their own special way.
The first show I want to talk about is Marvel’s The Punisher. I’ve only seen the first season, so if you’ve seen the second season NO SPOILERS.
The Punisher follows Frank Castle who avenges his family’s murders by killing those who are responsible, while also becoming a vigilante for justice and killing those who he deems deserve it based on his moral code. In the process, he uncovers conspiracies about the depth of corruption committed by the U.S. during his time in the military’s special forces unit over in Afghanistan.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of Marvel, or of superhero type stuff in general, I enjoyed watching The Punisher, probably because it isn’t your typical superhero show. Frank Castle is essentially a tortured soul fueled by his need to avenge his family’s death. I was going to say he was a regular human being, but he did receive training in the military special forces, so that gives him some edge over your normal person. It is a rather gory and violent show, so if that’s not your thing, I would either skip this entirely, or just be cautious while watching.
Ghosts of Sugarland
The second film I watched was a short documentary called Ghosts of Sugar Land. It was a winner at the Sundance Film Awards, and only 21 minutes long, so I figured why not watch it?
The premise is interesting, as it is about a group of friends reflecting on a friend of their’s (who they call “Mark” throughout the documentary), who they believe may have disappeared and joined ISIS. Throughout the documentary, the interviewees are wearing masks to hide their identities, as they believe their association with “Mark” and the documentary can negatively impact their lives.
Ghosts of Sugarland had the potential to go in depth on topics such as what it’s like growing up as a Muslim in the United States, but because it was so short, it was almost a shallow overview of the idea. The length of the documentary also affected how much we got to know of “Mark” and how he even got to where he is now. At the end of the documentary, the filmmakers do reveal “Mark’s” true identity, so it almost seems pointless to have the interviewees wear masks, because in this day and age, it’s easier than ever to research “Mark” and find out the identity of the interviewees. If they were trying to protect their identities, I don’t know how well that’s going to work out now for them.
Overall, the documentary wasn’t as insightful as I was hoping it would be, and I was disappointed in the lack of depth when it had so much potential to do so with the story of “Mark”. If you’re thinking about watching this I would just suggest skipping it, unless you are just looking for something to do for 21 minutes.
Haunters: The Art of the Scare
The final film I’m going to talk about is another documentary, but this time on the subject of the creative community behind haunted houses. Haunters: The Art of the Scare focuses mainly on two different haunted houses (Nightmare on Loganberry by Donald Julson and McKamey Manor by Russ McKamey) and seasoned scare actor, Shar Mayer. They also discuss other haunted attractions, such as Universal Studios Horror Nights and a newer haunted attraction called Blackout.
I enjoyed hearing about the different haunted attractions, and thought some of them sounded fun to experience, such as the haunted houses that are more like interactive plays with story lines. I also thought it was cool having to Shar Mayer’s perspective as someone who’s worked in many different haunted attractions for so long, and I enjoyed hearing about her career and its evolution over the years. Donald Julson also has an interesting perspective, as he stays closer to the more traditional form of a haunted house, and has a more critical opinion of haunted houses that are straying from the idea of “No touching, hitting or grabbing those who are visiting the haunted house.” Russ McKamey on the other hand, goes to the extreme.
By just signing a waiver and with a payment of dog food (he explains in the documentary the whole reasoning behind this) you too can end up being locked in a coffin, experiencing water boarding, or having your own blood/ vomit shoved back into your mouth (I know, disgusting). Not only that, Russ films the experience, and then posts it online to show the world. There has been a lot of controversy about Mckamey Manor, and upon further research, after the documentary was released, there have been investigations into the legality of what Russ is doing. Personally, I would never want to walk through Mckamey Manor, as it doesn’t seem as though the safety of the visitor is of priority, and the way Russ talks about how important it is to get the ideal shot of someone experiencing that level of fear is almost disturbing when you hear him talk about it.
Despite all of that, I think this is one documentary that’s entertaining, thought provoking, and I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially with Halloween coming up.
I hope you found some good Netflix recommendations, and if you have any yourself, let me know down below! Thanks for reading, and have an awesome Thursday 😉
Today, I want to talk about a fun series I read a while ago (which a few of you may have heard about) called The Lunar Chronicles.
If you haven’t heard of the Lunar Chronicles, it’s a series sci-fi fairy tale retelling’s written by Marissa Meyer. The stories are that of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. There is also the novella, Fairest, which follows the ascent of the evil queen for the throne of Luna. At this point in time, there are citizens that live on the moon as well as on Earth, and the first book, Cinder, introduces us to the two places uniting through the marriage of the Prince in New Beijing and the Queen of Luna.
When I was reading this series a few years ago, I was in a reading slump where I couldn’t find any books to hold my interest. I had heard nothing but good things about the Lunar Chronicles, and figured, “Why not?” This lead me to pick up the first book and start reading it. I was pulled into the story instantly, and enjoyed reading this interpretation of fairy tales. There was also quite a bit of interesting political and societal issues brought up in the series, that added a little more depth to the original plot of the fairy tales. I also loved the little twists that Meyer put on the fairy tales, such as Cinder being a cyborg and Cress (Rapunzel) is living in a satellite situated between Earth and the moon all by herself.
It was a fun series to read, especially after I was having such a difficult book finding a book to hold my interest. The Lunar Chronicles is also a great way to introduce readers who haven’t delved heavily into sci-fi, to the genre itself, without over- complicating the story. From what I’ve gathered over the years, and my own personal experience, one of the more intimidating things about sci-fi is the amount of world building you need to learn in order to understand, let alone enjoy, the story. There are writers who do a fantastic job incorporating these things into their stories, but other times where it becomes overwhelming and you just lose interest in the book. I haven’t read a whole bunch of sci-fi, but I personally enjoyed reading Brave New World and The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For me, the Lunar Chronicles is a perfect balance between a fun whimsical fairy tale and the more intense world building necessary for a good sci-fi tale.
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is in a reading slump and needs a book that isn’t hard to pick up and instantly get into the story, as well as those who loves fairy tale retelling’s, or want to start reading more sci-fi.
If you love the Lunar Chronicles, and want to immerse yourself in the world, there is a graphic novel series called Wires and Nerve which follows the adventures of Iko, Cinder’s android sidekick from the start. There is also a collection of short stories called Stars Above that center around the characters and story line of the Lunar Chronicles.
Alright everyone, that’s all I have for today!
Thanks for reading, and I will see you tomorrow with a new post!
Hey everybody, I hope you’re having a great week! If not, you can always try this drink as a little midweek pick me up 😉😂
This is the Poison Apple Cocktail from Pintrest, and I’m not going to lie, the reason why I was drawn to this drink is because of the gold glitter mixed in.
It just looks so cool!
I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, because this has Fireball in it, which is probably one of my least favorite things. It’s so strong, and I don’t like artificial cinnamon taste. In the end though, it turned out to not be too bad!
I’ll go into more detail at the end about what I would change, but for now, let’s get started!
*If you’re like me and didn’t know this, 1 oz. = 1 shot. So it’s 2 shots of Fireball
**I found the edible glitter on Amazon, but the one that I bought is currently unavailable. However, it still looks like there are other companies that are selling it on Amazon as well; just make sure it’s actually edible glitter.
Combine all the ingredients, including the ice, into a shaker. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until the drink is chilled. This drink is not served on the rocks (the condensation from the ice on the glass interferes with the effect of the gold glitter), so pour everything but the ice into your glass of choice.
The drink itself isn’t actually bad, it’s just that the Fireball is so strong that it overpowers everything else. If I were to make this again, I would definitely only put one shot of Fireball in, especially as I’m not the biggest fan of it. I also think that I put too much grenadine into the drink, because the ones that I made looked more red than the picture on Pintrest.
Other than that, the drink isn’t that bad, and the glitter does look really awesome when it’s done correctly! Overall, I would rate the drink a 4/10 taste wise, but definitely a 10/10 appearance wise! The instructions were clear as well, although I don’t remember seeing any mention of serving it without ice to give the glitter effect its moment of glory, but other than that, they were simple and easy to follow.
In the end, I would recommend this drink for everyone to try, but you do have to make each drink individually, so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of making this for a Halloween party.
That’s all I have for today, I hope you all have a good day! Thanks again for reading and supporting me as I blog everyday, because it’s definitely not an easy thing to do 😂
On that note, I will see you tomorrow with a new post!
Actually… is there such a thing as a happy Monday?
You know what, let’s just ignore that and I’ll get to the point here. So today, I wanted to do a creative dumping ground, because I’ve been doing a lot of short form creative writing (it’s the best way I could think of to describe it). Also, I wanted to mess around on Canva a bit, so here’s the result of all that writing and fun time I spent on Canva 😂
Also, wanted to say thank you to Nick for the cool featured image on today’s post 😉
This first piece here is a little something that I wrote for a story I was thinking about, but never got anything more than half a page down. It was based on a dream that I had the night before, and I thought it would make a cool story idea… except that I forgot most of it after I started writing it down 😂
I hate it when that happens 🙄 Anyways, here’s my WIP from 08/02/19:
This second piece is just a collage of Halloween graphics I found on Canva. I only had a couple on there, but as I was scrolling through all the graphics, I kept finding ones that matched that art style. Then it became the collage below.
The third picture I have here is a poem that I originally wrote for a Prose Challenge a few years ago. We were given the sentence “I kissed your lips, and whispered to your soul…” and then we had to come up with the rest. I added more to it, because I recently re-published it on Medium, but I edited it a little bit more before putting it on here. Here is, “For Reasons Known”:
This last one I was trying to experiment with some of the animated graphics on Canva, but unfortunately the file type isn’t compatible on WordPress, so it’s just a still Halloween graphic collage.
Alright guys, that’s about all I have for today, thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow with another post!