Monthly Archives: April 2019

Mindfulness Through The Witness


Life can get quite hectic sometimes.  I’ll admit that juggling between work, blogging, networking events, a social life, and whatever free time I have can be a lot to deal with.  There are always so many things happening within such a short amount of time each day.

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It is then that I do mindful activities to keep myself grounded and levelheaded at times.  Keeping myself busy with various activities, such as reading or hiking, is the key to enjoying the most out of my life.  They do not involve PR or blog work whatsoever; rather, the gist is to enjoy them as they are.  One of my favorite mindfulness activities is playing The Witness.

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Jonathan Blow’s The Witness is one of the most meditative puzzle games I enjoy playing.  You wander around an enormous deserted island solving various puzzles you find along the way.  Throughout the journey, you discover other items such as audio logs and triangle puzzle boards.  Everywhere you go, you find some hidden surprise featured within the island.

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The Witness is unlike any other video game I have ever played before.  This game has no enemies, no lives, no ‘game over’, no items.  You have no recollection of how you got to the island in the first place.  There is very little concept in the gameplay, yet it provides such a deep and complex meaning behind it.  It is the kind of game that keeps my hyper-focused on solving the task at hand.

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And this is where things get interesting.  Playing The Witness has caused me to become more mindful of the task I have at hand.  I observe each puzzle, imagining different scenarios that would fit with the rules present on the board.  Nothing is withholding me or rushing me from solving the puzzle any sooner.  With no outside pressures added, I am simply left with solving the answer.

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Even while doing work in the fast-paced city of Boston, The Witness still educates me on taking time to really understand each puzzle.  This isn’t simply a game to pick up that can be mastered in a short period of time.  It’s a game where you have to slow down in order to find every feature within the island.  You must play at a slower pace or else you won’t be able to find the answers you are looking for.

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Playing The Witness is truly a mindful activity for me.  This is my time where I can actually slow down and think about task at hand.  I truly feel a real sense of accomplishment after solving each puzzle.

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If you are looking for a unique mindfulness activity, definitely start playing The Witness.

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Avengers: Endgame Box Office PR Miracle


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Just last Friday Avengers: Endgame released in theaters worldwide.  After months of waiting for the newest sequel since Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans are finally getting to see the latest film in the Avengers series.  Millions of movie theaters have been packed the past couple of days since the latest Avengers film dropped.  In fact, the movie has already been so popular that spoilers are already being dropped around social media.

Luckily there are no spoilers from Avengers: Endgame that will be dropped here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, but one exciting news that we CAN drop here is the PR miracle that happened with the film.  When it dropped in theaters, Avengers: Endgame made a ton of money in sales…as in A. TON. OF. MONEY.

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Since releasing last Friday, Avengers: Endgame already raked in $1.2 billion worldwide.  Not only that, but the film grossed $60 million in preview sales.  Both of these box office records were reached in less than a week.

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Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly anticipated films of this year.  The film showcases the surviving members of the Avengers that work to reverse the damage caused by Thanos back in Avengers: Infinity War. It featured a large ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin, Danai Guirira, and Bradley Cooper.

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Months of patience and audiences worldwide finally got to see the latest Avengers sequel.  All of that marketing (about $200 million in campaign) was all for the greater good to showcase another amazing movie by Marvel, just in time for the Spring.

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Here we are in the midst of Spring and the blockbuster films are in full swing.  Summer is just around the corner, so we will see more films like Avengers: Endgames.

With that, I have no actual spoilers to reveal from the film.  I can only tell you that $1.2 billion in the box office is quite a PR miracle to behold.

            Be sure to check out Avengers: Endgame from Marvel!

4/24 TGIF Quote


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It is better to give love. Hatred is a low and degrading motion and is so poisonous that no man is strong enough to use it safely. The hatred we think we are directing against some person or thing or system has a devilish way of turning back upon us. When we seek revenge we administer slow poison to ourselves. When we administer affection it is astonishing what magical results we obtain.

~ Thomas Dreier