Posted in Advice, Books

Symptoms Of Being Human: A Book Review

It should be no surprise I read a lot of LGBTQ+ lit.

And Riley is my new hero.

Read on.

I really recommend it.

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Posted in About Kiran, Advice, Movies, Personal Stories, Reviews, Travel

Day 5: A Movie And 2 Dinners

We went to the pool around 10 AM, and it got cloudy around noon so we went back to our condo. I worked a little on my VIDA collection (which I hope you guys will visit), and at 3:15 we went to see A Dog’s Purpose.

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Posted in Advice, Personal Stories

Remembering Gratitude

Something really scary happened to me a couple days ago. It reminded me to always be grateful for what you have. I want to share this story with you.

While playing with my sister, I was running down the hall with my Harry Potter wand, when I fell. My stomach sunk instantly, and fear spread through my body like wildfire on steroids.

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The Best (Kid-Friendly) Drinks

As a kid myself, I know the feeling when my parents are having all these fancy (and alcoholic) drinks with cool names, and I starve for something other than sparkling fruit flavored La Croix.
I have compiled this list of the best drinks for kids to enjoy during the holidays (and all the time, really!) The reason I have not included pictures is because this is only supposed to get your brain going. This is not set it stone, and therefore, I don’t want you to mimic what I have created, but rather make your own.

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Words Of Advice

Words Of Advice:

Do not take another man’s bread, until you have waited 6 months to be sure he does not want it. Do not strum the strings of another man’s harp, until he has left it in the road of 7 days. Do not enter another man’s domain, until he has offered it to you. Do not fight another man’s battle until he has handed you his sword.

Do not hurt another man’s heart, unless you have the needles to sew it back together.

 

Posted in Advice, News, Personal Stories, Reviews

Why The Dakota Access Pipeline Is A TERRIBLE Idea

I think that the Dakota Access Pipeline should not be approved. The Dakota Access Pipeline is an oil pipeline that runs from North Dakota to Illinois, that will transport 470,000 barrels of ‘light sweet crude oil’: oil that is less than .42% sulfur. The CEO of the company Energy Transfer—which is making the pipeline—says it is 60% done. The reasons why I am not in support of the pipeline is firstly, because it puts the environment at risk. Secondly, it runs through Native American’s sacred land, and thirdly, because it isn’t very safe.

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5 AWESOME Halloween Decorations (In No Particular Order)

Haloween is only about a month away, and people are starting to prepare. Wether ‘prepare’ means setting up early or just ordering decorations off Amazon a month in advance so you don’t have to pay for expensive shipping.

I’ve compiled a short list of 5 awesome Halloween decorations. Please note that these are in no particular order or listed by least awesome to most awesome, or vice versa.

1: Halloween Deluxe Super Strech Spiderweb

This item is available at Target or on target.com for $3.00. It is 16 feet and can stretch up to 200. This is one of the mahalloween-spider-web1.jpgny classic items people use on Halloween and is truly something you can’t go wrong with.

 

 

2: Potion Bottles

Potion bottles make a really nice touch on a windowsill, or on a porch. Craft stores usually have them, but the price can be kind of steep. You can buy some pretty cool-looking ones on Amazon, but they usually come in sets and potion.jpgall look the same. Personally, I don’t like when they are all the same. I like to change it up and add some variety, so I recommend DIYing it. I found a pretty cool website that gives step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own professional-looking potion bottles.

 

3: Rat Skeleton

Ok, I’ll admit, I’ve never seen this one before.

146225_mainA rat skeleton is a pretty cool idea! I found this on Grandin Road, and it looks really cool! The tails are bendable, the head swivels and the jaws open and close! I recommend buying several, to make your own rat colony!

 

 

 

 

 

4: Fog Machine

This isn’t really a decoration, but I felt like I had to include it. I’ve always been fdownload.jpegascinated with smoke and fog for some reason. The way it billows is just so enchanting to me. A fog machine is really a great touch to give a creepy effect on your house. I found one here.

 

5: Striking Snake

Everybody’s seen the creepy hands that grab you as you reach toward a bowl of candy, but what about a snake doing that same thing? I found a really cool one on halloweencostumes.com. It requires 4 AA batteries and is motion activated. With glowing red eyes and realistic sounds, it will surely frighten anyone who comes knocking on your door! View it here.striking-snake.jpg

Status Update: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

STATUS UPDATE: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

I’m about halfway through Harry Potter and The Cursed Child after hearing nothing but good reviews about it. So far I am really enjoying it. It took me a while to get used to the play format,

(Albus: Hey…

Harry: Hello son!

ALBUS and HARRY embrace.)

but overall I am enjoying it. I really like imagining how different scenes would be played out in front of a live audience, with no film editing or animation. Maybe I will go see the play…

Posted in Advice, Books, News, Reviews

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Many Harry Potter fans are delighted by the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was excited too until I found out J.K. Rowling wasn’t writing it.

Then I found out it was a script book for a play, which has it’s premiere tonight in London. It follows 19 years after the book, where Harry is an overworked employee at the Ministry Of Magic, with his son Albus struggling with a family legacy he never wanted.

The book is released on the 31st, the day after the play’s premiere. I’m going to wait and see how people like it before I buy it.

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Identity Theft: The Facts

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft is when somebody-for example-hacks your social security number. They could also get access to your credit card information, and make random purchases. That’s why it can be so dangerous; someone can leave you stranded with a huge credit card bill, and you might even go bankrupt!

How To Protect Yourself:

There are a number of identity theft protection companies, but these are the highest ranking ones.

LifeLock is one of the best, used by lots of people around the U.S.!

 

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The Secret Series

I’m not the kind of person who likes mystery books.

They’re just not my type of book! The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch (Raphael Simon), is not just mystery. They are mystery, humor and fantasy.

And I like them.

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KingsIsle Entertainment

KingsIsle Entertainment has grown ever more popular since the release of their hit downloadable game for computers, Wizard101; a game where players battle fearsome enemies and select spells with powerful effects.

Less well known, their game Pirate101, which I DO NOT recommend. I got an account and I couldn’t even log in! The password didn’t work, and I reset it several times.

In which case, I highly recommend Wizard101 more.

It’s free!

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Apple Is Terrific At Service!

I am undergoing a chat session with Brittney, who is an Apple Chat worker. She is helping me decide between a MacBook Pro 13 inch model and 15 inch display.

She has been extremely helpful in helping me find the ideal computer based on my needs. If you ever need to chat to an Apple service member, request Brittney if she is available.

Right from the start she brought a cheery attitude, helpful ideas and good recommendations.

I overall rate Apple’s Service team two thumbs up! Five stars! Bravo apple! 👏

Posted in Advice, Diving Deep

Thinking Deep (part 1)

Open notebook with yellow pencil

Look. What do you see? Some people see power. Some see fame, and others see possibility. Someone might look at this image, and it will conjure up something amazing.

Or, you might look and say, “It’s an open notebook with a pencil laying on it.”

All these thoughts lead to different thoughts. They may bring up memories, images, or sounds.

This may be difficult to grasp, or even think about, so let’s put it this way:

You look at a toy dinosaur, and you remember the time your car smashed into a sculpture of a dinosaur. You remember that it happened on your vacation in Florida.

When you think of Florida, you think of the beach. Then you remember you buried yourself in the sand. Sand….You think of volleyball. Volleyball is played on the beach.

Then you remember playing volleyball in gym class. You remember you were on the red team, and that your best friends Jane and Jon were on the team.

You’re thinking about Jane and Jon and you remember when you used to play tag by your house. And you think of the sun shining down on you, and the yellow daises.

And then you think about flowers, and pollen. Then bees, then honey, then sugar, then cake, then cookies. Then cookie dough.

See what I mean? You went from thinking about dinosaurs, to cookie dough. The train of thought is very…unusual. Your memories can manipulate what you think about.

Part 2 of Deep Thinking is coming soon!

Posted in Advice, Games/Apps

Apple And Samsung: Apple Is Winning From A Game Perspective

Many creators of digital games for Apple and Samsung seem to favor Apple products.

 

Example, not only does Apple have thousands more games than available to Samsung users, but the games that they both have, are usually better on Apple.

I’m not saying it’s easier to play on Apple devices, but the games are more advanced on Apple games.

Take The Sandbox for instance. On Samsung, generic materials such as sand, dirt, plants, mud, water and other elements. I bought the game on my iPad Mini as well, and I immediately noticed the extreme difference in the materials.

In addition to all the elements available on Samsung, there were hundreds more! Aliens, rocket ships, UFOs, cheetas, hay, flamingos, scarecrows, temples, statues and more!

There has been a long battle between Apple and Samsung, and from an application perspective, Apple won.

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The Myth About Vinegar And Jellyfish Stings

The common opinion:

Google Health says:

For other jellyfish stings, soak or rinse the area in vinegar (acetic acid) for 15-30 minutes to stop the nematocysts from releasing their toxins. If you do not have vinegar available, rinse in sea water,70% isopropyl alcohol, or Safe Sea Jellyfish After Sting® pain relief gel. Do not use fresh water.

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Top Remedies For A Stomachache

Hey guys, me and my sister had some stomachaches yesterday, and I wanted to share some tips:

  1. Don’t do a lot of walking. The best thing is to lay down, maybe watch some tv. Keep off your feet as much as possible, but go to bed around 9:00.
  2. Make sure your sleeping area is ideal. The best way to cure yourself is to make sure you are entirely comfortable. Usually some pillows and blankets on the floor an be fine, or you can sleep under an entire fort. No matter your style, make sure you are completely comfortable where you are. If you’re feeling really bad, it might help to locate your sleeping are near a bathroom.
  3. TLC and the atmosphere matter. You need the environment to be safe and calm, and the people to be nice. Relax yourself, and enjoy everything.
  4. Chicken Noodle soup and Canada Dry. An added tip, get all the air out of the soda by putting the handle of a spoon inside the can and gently stirring it.

I hope you guys never get a stomachache, but if you do, follow this advice!