2/18 Sunday Funday Quote!


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The more a man is imbued with the ordered regularity of all events, the firmer becomes his conviction that there is no room left by the side of this ordered regularity for causes of a different nature. For him neither the rule of human nor the rule of divine will exists as an independent cause of natural events. To be sure, the doctrine of a personal God interfering with natural events could never be refuted, in the real sense, by science, for this doctrine can always take refuge in those domains in which scientific knowledge has not yet been able to set foot. But I am persuaded that such behavior on the part of the representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal. For a doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light, but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress. In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast powers in the hands of priests. In their labors they will have to avail themselves of those forces which are capable of cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in humanity itself. This is, to be sure, a more difficult but an incomparably more worthy task.

~ Albert Einstein

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2/17 Saturday Quote!


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I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradictions to the sentiments of others, and all positive assertion of my own. I even forbade myself the use of every word or expression in the language that imported a fixed opinion, such as “certainly”, “undoubtedly”, etc. I adopted instead of them “I conceive”, “I apprehend”, or “I imagine” a thing to be so or so; or “so it appears to me at present”. When another asserted something that I thought an error, I denied myself the pleasure of contradicting him abruptly, and of showing him immediately some absurdity in his proposition. In answering I began by observing that in certain cases or circumstances his opinion would be right, but in the present case there appeared or seemed to me some difference, etc. I soon found the advantage of this change in my manner; the conversations I engaged in went on more pleasantly. The modest way in which I proposed my opinions procured them a readier reception and less contradiction. I had less mortification when I was found to be in the wrong, and I more easily prevailed with others to give up their mistakes and join with me when I happened to be in the right.

~ The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

FriYAY Message From MakeSandcastlesNotWar


            Another week come and gone, another week of colorful topics discussed.

            We looked at California’s GDP economic PR miracle, discovered a hidden TV criss-cross between two characters on Altered Carbon, caught the new reboot of Queer Eye on Netflix, and even found some delectable cannabis-infused chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

            No posts for today, but much more on the horizon.  There’s only thirteen days left of February left.

            Will we discover another TV criss-cross? What other reboots will splash onto the Netflix digital library? Perhaps another PR nightmare will be unfolded in front of our very eyes.

            Stick around because there’s plenty more to come.  Until then, enjoy these philosophical quotes for the weekend.

            Always remember this – Make SANDCASTLES, Not War.

That is all…for NOW.

Queer Eye for the Netflix Guy


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Many nostalgic series are getting reboots on Netflix these days.  TV series like One Day At a Time, Fuller House, and even The Magic School Bus got their reboots the past year or so.  These particular shows received such high ratings that audiences all across the nation were still asking for more episodes.  Netflix’s newest surprise is a reboot of Bravo’s popular series Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.

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Queer Eye For the Straight Guy (now shortened to Queer Eye) was a reality series starring five gay men who are experts in the field of fashion, personal grooming, style, interior design, and even culture.  These men are known as the ‘Fab Five’, being the most FABULOUS group of men helping people in the city of New York.  The ‘Fab Five’ consisted of food and wine connoisseur Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas as the ‘grooming guru’, Thom Filicia as ‘design doctor’, Carson Kressley as the ‘fashion savant’, and Jai Rodriguez as the ‘culture vulture’.  Each episode takes viewers into a new person that the ‘Fab Five’ must work with for the episode.

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Over a decade after being cancelled on Bravo and the series is now rebooted for Netflix.  The new ‘Fab Five’ cast features design expert Bobby Berk, food expert Antoni Porowski, grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown as the culture expert, and fashion expert Tan France.  They work together in their shared office in Atlanta, Georgia to brainstorm a winning strategy to help make people’s lives better.  It follows a similar storyline from the former series – five gay men work together with a straight/gay man or women on transforming their lives for the better.  Only difference is that the rebooted series focuses more on transforming the participant’s inner-self rather than just their outer-self.

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Times may have changed since Queer Eye For the Straight Guy aired on Bravo, but there’s still many hurdles many gay men face in the 21st century.  There are still many men and women of the LGBTQ community who face backlash over their identity.  One of the opening lines of the series premiere is ‘our original show was fighting the tolerance.  Our fight is for acceptance.’

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What makes the show more interesting is the setting changed from New York City over to Atlanta, Georgia.  The South is known for its conservative viewpoints towards the LGBTQ community and Queer Eye shined a beacon of light on what acceptance truly means.  Their fight was for ACCEPTANCE of the LGBTQ community, not tolerance.

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It’s shows like Queer Eye that shifts the public policy to the point where the LGBTQ community becomes more acceptable in our social world.  Think about this — gay marriage wasn’t even LEGAL when the show first premiered on Bravo.  It took YEARS of fighting and protests and discussions for that acceptance to happen.  And yet, even with all the PR miracles happening with the community, there is STILL work to be done.

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This Queer Eye reboot is a nationwide message that the fight for ACCEPTANCE is still going on.  Even in the digital world where social media continues to bridge more gaps each year, many people still face discrimination over their sexual identity.  But even when times seem bleak, the new ‘Fab Five’ have become the new role models that are helping people find their true selves.  It’s not just the participants that receiving the help, but the audiences THEMSELVES are getting help from the positive messages in the show.

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With that, Queer Eye continues the fight to help people everywhere be comfortable with their true identity.  It’s up to Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Tan, and Karamo to help more members of the LGBTQ community.

If you’re looking for another amazing reboot to watch, Queer Eye is definitely worth checking out.

Cannabis-Infused Chocolates for Valentine’s Day


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Valentine’s Day is here and the time of love is upon us.  Cupid has his arrows of love ready for the unsuspecting soon-to-be couples.  In this chaotic world we live in, it’s time to spread some of that good loving again.

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Flowers are always the perfect choice of gifts for Valentine’s Day (and we DEFINITELY covered you with some great ‘flowers’ to use last year *wink wink*).  If you’re growing tiresome of the same route with a boutique of flowers, chocolate is always another excellent choice.  You can’t go wrong with chocolate; there’s nothing more entertaining than receiving a gift you can eat with your significant other.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar is here for ENTERTAINMENT purposes, so it’s time we discuss the best CANNABIS-INFUSED chocolates out on the market.  We covered you last year with the cannabis strains for Valentine’s Day last year (read up again here) and now we are talking about chocolate today.

If you are looking to stock up on cannabis chocolates this year, here are some companies that produce some of the best chocolates in the legal states:

Kiva Confections

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Our first stop is Kiva Confections.  Known as one of the most famous cannabis companies in California, Kiva Confections creates amazing cannabis-infused chocolates.  They are known for their Kiva Bars that come in many flavors such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, ginger dark chocolate, tangerine, and others.  Kiva Confections also sells products such as Terra Bites, Petra Mints, and Kiva Minis.  Definitely pick up one of these Kiva Confections chocolates for your special Valentine.

Altai

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Altai is another California-based chocolate company that is a little more on the artisan side.  They feature things like chocolate bon-bons and pips.  If you want a little greed in your chocolates, get some chocolate coins that are marked at 10 mg of THC each.  Not in the mood for chocolates?  Chew on some fruit gummies or have a soother.  This is where you want to go if you want some gorge on some fancy chocolate this year.

Coda Signature

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Next on the list yet another artisanal chocolate company, with this one being based in Colorado.  Coda Signature is most known for their colorful assortment of truffles that feature unique flavors in each one.  One unique truffle is the passion truffle from The Forté Collection that is a light caramel filled with tart passion fruit and just a hint of Szechuan pepper.  Colorado citizens should definitely go to Coda Signature for some delicious truffles.

Kaneh Co. 

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Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a brownie on Valentine’s Day – a brownie with 24K GOLD that is!  That’s one of the special products that San Diego-based company Kaneh Co. offers.  They offer edible cookies, but it’s the brownies that are the main stars of this 4/20 show.  Other brownie flavors include triple chocolate, s’mores, peanut butter fudge, and chocolate chip.  San Diegans should definitely shop at Kaneh Co. for some unique brownies.

BlueKudu

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Last on our list of cannabis-infused sweets is BlueKudu.  BlueKudu not only features delicious chocolates in unique flavors, but they also have really creative packaging.  Each flavor (like orange or coffee!) ties in with an intriguing background featured on the box.  They feature products for both recreational and medicinal use; only difference is the higher amount of THC content in the medicinal bars.

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And that is a few of many companies presenting some of the most delicious chocolates out there.  Any 4/20 couples living in these legal states should definitely pick up one of these cannabis-infused edibles.  They will only make your Valentine’s Day much sweeter.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!