Monthly Archives: December 2018

2018 Year in Perspective


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Here we are on the LAST day ever of 2018.  2019 is quickly approaching, bringing in a whole new year of adventures.  We may traverse back to familiar places or even discover new destinations we haven’t even reached yet.  So many noteworthy events happened on this very blog here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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We kicked off the year with the recreational cannabis countdown in the wake of recreational dispensaries becoming legalized in July.  It actually wasn’t until NOVEMBER that the shops actually opened.  Then again, it’s better late than never.  In the meantime, Vermont passed a law to make cannabis legal this year.  Over time, famous figures like Bill Nye the Science Guy and the so-called ‘weed moms’ started to branch out into the ever-growing cannabis industry as well.

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While consuming such cannabis products on the side, we got to look at the bizarre, trippy anime series Devilman Crybaby as well as a teaser for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (which was also discussed numerous times!).  But it wouldn’t be a cannabis kickoff without HBO’s High Maintenance.

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But in the midst of viewing TV series, we went deep into the rabbit hole with some philosophy on products.  Speaking of products, I’m still dreaming of sleeping in the Harambed every now and then.

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PR nightmares, miracles, and other bizarre tales made their way every now and then.  Hollywood is in the midst of their biggest scandal yet, which sparked lots of bad publicity among the area.  Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Hart were some of many that are caught within their own PR nightmares.

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And yet, there were still other great TV series and movies to watch.  Every now and then, we had some exciting video game titles that were out this year.  Some of the great games include PUBG, Kingdom Hearts III, and Fortnite.

            In retrospect, all forms of media played their parts over the year.  During the slow summer season, I found some of the most magnificent novels to read.  Even as I create this blog now, I am finishing up another mind-blowing book (which you will find out about in 2019!).

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Like the past few years on MakeSandcastlesNotWar, it wouldn’t be Halloween without American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story: Apocalypse was quite an eruptive chapter this season, bringing together both old and new characters from the AHS universe.  The season was SO good that each episode had to be discussed every week.  Here’s to hoping the next chapter becomes even better.

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With that, MakeSandcastlesNotWar looks forward to what 2019 brings to the world.  Whether it’s a random TV Criss-Cross or another horrendous PR nightmare, any topic can be featured for the week.  During the weekend, there will sure to be even more quotes up to ponder about.  The journey to 2019 is sure to begin.  All that and so much more is sure to come in the new year.

See you all in 2019.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s 2018 Bizarre TV Series


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I’ve have looked at a lot of TV series and movies this past year.  Some featured quite a mysterious story line while others had crazy jokes that made me laugh my ass off.  Nevertheless, I am still able to find some great original content either on TV or Netflix.  The level of content gets better as time goes on.

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But every now and then I find some hidden gold in the Netflix digital library that leave me absolutely speechless.  These series are so bizarre and cringing that I have to stop and think to myself, “what the hell am I even watching right now?”.  Some were actually great while others just got worse as time goes on.

Time to celebrate this year’s bizarre TV series that were discussed here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar:

Devilman Crybaby

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Devilman Crybaby was one of the most bizarre anime series I have ever seen.  Akira Fudo turns into Devilman, a hero who possesses the powers of a demon but remains human.  He unites with his best friend, Ryo Asuka, to defeat the ancient race of demons.

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The most bizarre part of the series had to have been the trippy orgy scene in the first episode.  At that point, I truly had no idea what was in stores for me.  It became this bizarre anime-themed acid trip featuring lots of sex and violence.  Either way, Devilman Crybaby was a crazy anime series worth reviewing.

Aggretsuko

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One thing that absolutely stood out about Aggretsuko was it featured a red panda-like character singing death metal (a red panda…SINGING DEATH METAL.).  Aggretsuko is a 25-year-old single red panda who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm.  By night, she goes out to a karaoke bar to sing death metal.  Singing death metal is Aggretsuko’s way of dealing with the frustrations of her everyday life.

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Aggretsuko deserves a spot on the list this year.  It was only be summed up as Hello Kitty meets death metal.

Cooking on High

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To be honest, I truly thought Cooking on High would turn out to be a fantastic series.  But after just one episode, it all just lit up in smoke.

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Cooking on High featured the cheesiest dialog from some of the characters.  Rather than be about creative cooking mixed with cannabis, the only important aspect was how much cannabis can be put into the dishes.

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            No matter how great the dishes looked, Cooking on High left me with a bad taste of awkward conversations with annoying characters.

Insatiable

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Netflix’s Insatiable was so bad that hundreds of thousands went on social media to petition it be cancelled before it reached the digital library.  Even still, those signatures couldn’t prevent it from airing.  And to be honest, those viewers couldn’t be anymore right.

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Insatiable was about a girl named Patty Bladell who was constantly bullied for being overweight.  After a freak accident over the summer, she loses a lot of weight and becomes thin.  Patty takes this opportunity to seek revenge against those who wronged her.

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For such a motivating concept, Insatiable turned out to be horrendously bad.  The plot was bizarre, making little sense as the episodes went on.  Halfway through the season and I had no idea what was even going on in the story.  The vexing story line and awkward dialogue is what put Insatiable into the list of bizarre TV series.

That is all for this year’s crazy and bizarre TV series that were discussed here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Hopefully 2019 will bring us more random content that will have us scratching our heads for days.

 

Philosophical Passages of 2018


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Throughout the year, there has been many philosophical-themed posts here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  These special posts take us away from the glitz and glamour of the entertainment PR world, only to showcase a much bigger picture.  All of these various topics, whether it be a 4/20-themed queer party or another PR nightmare, could be woven into a central theme.

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Then there were times where the philosophical journey had nothing to with topics at all.  Rather, they steered off the beaten path to discover something truly fascinating.  It was these incredible findings that took things to a whole new level.  Each philosophical post went even deeper than the next.

To celebrate, it’s time to look back on some of the best of the best of MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s philosophical topics.  Here are five great passages from the most mind-blowing posts:

Philosophic Passage on Products

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These ‘things’ are products, significant items you utilize to the very fullest.  Those products – the pen, the sheets, the towels, among all other things – have all be created right here on that blue and white marble in space called Earth.  And it’s at that point that you realize, that product you are currently interacting with at this very moment represents ANYTHING that matters EVERYTHING in your life.  The myriad of food, clothes, cars, music, chairs, games, papers, drugs, and tools of this ever-changing world — only to bring you joy, happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, jealousy, and love.  Good, bad, even in the middle – all of these are brought from some type of PRODUCT.

Perspective Philosophy

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Then you leave the city and you move farther away.  You distance yourself further and you notice the city growing much smaller.  After dealing with the stresses of life, you start to wonder where all that anxiety came from when entering the city.  Being in the city certainly takes a toll on your mind, but you never stop to think about where the madness comes from.

Meditative Hiking Philosophy

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You see the path right in front of you, prompting you to interact with many things in nature.  And yet, you don’t even realize how much you do it.  There is that tree limb you hold while you pull yourself up higher.  The dirt path that leads you right into the next part of the adventure; even those jagged rocks form cramped stepping pads for you to walk through.  Nature itself provides the journey.

Incline Hill Philosophy

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What I realized was that a magnitude of events was happening all at once.  I was traversing up an incline hill with a slope length that was increasing every second all while gravity pulls me from underneath my feet.  All three things are happening while climbing up this hill in front of me.

Technology Advancement Philosophy

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To think there are still ideas that man has not dreamed of yet is the silver lining in this vast advancement of technology.  A lot has evolved over time, especially within these last few decades.  All of that dreaming inside your mind is connecting among other dreamers in this world.  What we dared to dream of, whether be rational or irrational, is finally coming into realization.  It is then, and only then, that you realize that we have come such a long way from where were beforehand.    

Those were some of many thought-provoking topics here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  The glitz and glamour of entertainment is nice, but there can be meaningful philosophy behind some of these ideas.  Who knows what other random philosophical topics we will be hit with next year.  Either way, we will be ready to dive even deeper into the rabbit hole.