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Cheech & Chong’s JOINT Oscars Venture


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It has been weeks after Kevin Hart was booted from hosting the Academy Awards this year.  After his troubling stint with using gay slurs on social media, Kevin Hart resigned his position as host for show.  Ever since then, Hollywood has had a tough time finding their new replacement.

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Multiple celebrities were up for discussion these past few weeks.  There was even talk that cast members of The Avengers would fill in as hosts.  But the best choice comes from the infamous comedic stoner duo Cheech and Chong (Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin).

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Cheech and Chong recently announced a plan that would say, ‘light up’ the Oscars this year.  Chong shared a short clip of him and Cheech Marin offering their services to be this year’s host for the Oscars.  Users took to Twitter with the best pot puns imaginable.  It certainly would bring much HIGHER quality to the 91st Academy Awards.

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This is a great publicity stunt that took a tragic PR nightmare and recycled it into a humorous joke.  The award shows have gone ‘Up in Smoke’ these past few years, so Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin could be the hosts we needed in life.  With cannabis legalization looming around the nation, it wouldn’t hurt to have two infamous stoners host this year.  Better yet, it would push the legal agenda even further!

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Since we can’t find any trending stars to help host this year’s Academy Awards, Cheech and Chong could be our best bet.  They have already flipped a PR nightmare into a series of pot puns all around Twitter.  Since they generated positive buzz around social media, they would certainly keep the show ‘lit’ for the year.

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With that, here’s to hoping Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin become the fill-in for the 91st Academy Awards.  It’ s definitely HIGH time to make this happen.

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Photogenic Egg > Kylie Jenner


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Kylie Jenner is the true Instagram Queen on social media.  Known as one of the youngest members of the Kardashian family, Kylie is always showcasing her daily life on Instagram.  She is constantly busy on her Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and other social media platforms. Better yet, she even lets her sisters join in on the fun.  There’s always something going on in the adventures of Kylie Jenner.

But this year, Kylie Jenner has some serious competition.  This past Sunday, Kylie Jenner lost the world record of having the most liked photo on Instagram to – wait for it – an EGG.

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That’s right folks – an egg won over Kylie Jenner.  The photo features a brown egg with a light fixating on the millions of specks around the shell.  It was posted online by the account world_record_egg by the Egg Gang on January 4th. By Sunday evening, the picture received over 18 million likes for the photo.

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Many users flocked to the photo, showcasing its true greatness.  Millions praised the picture for its amazing quality.  That speck of light symbolized the glimmer of hope within the cold, dark soul of humanity.  On this day, Kylie Jenner did NOT break the world record for her photo.

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Not everyone enjoyed the photogenic egg picture.  Kylie Jenner posted a video on Sunday evening of her cracking an egg on asphalt with the caption, “take that little egg”.  The egg certainly won that round.

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With that, the egg came in and reigned supreme as the true Instagram king.  It won Instagram this week, beating out even Kylie Jenner in the process.  That light signifies our small victory here in America.  Who knew that a beautiful photo of an egg would actually become more popular than Kylie Jenner?

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At this point, I guess you can say that the egg definitely came first in this scenario.

How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge


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People do a lot of random things on Facebook.  They “wave” at random strangers they become friends with, poke their family and friends, and even share content all over their page (or better yet, OVERSHARE).  There’s no shortage of ways to make the most out of your social media experience.

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In some cases, users follow a particular theme that is trending around the site.  Events like the Ice Bucket Challenge or games such as Farmville became popular for quite a while.  Here in the beginning of 2019 lies a whole new challenge involving your own photos.  The latest challenge on Facebook is How Hard Did Aging Hit You?

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The challenge goes like this – you upload your very first profile picture and your most recent picture.  It’s creative way to compare how much you have changed over the years.  As the name goes, users find out how exactly hard aging has hit them.

Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I’ve decided to showcase the challenge on this very blog.  It’s been 11 years since my picture was take.  Time to compare that with the most recent one today.

October 2008

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October 2008 – Here I am at 17 years old, kicking it in my bedroom.  I was a junior in Ipswich High School at the time, just one and a half years away from college.  Just being a regular teen, chilling in my bedroom in Ipswich.  Pretty sure I finished up my homework (or not!), so I played around on my laptop for a bit.

That grey trucker CKY hat was one of my favorites.  CKY was my favorite band and I collected all the albums through Itunes.  I still have their music locked within my portable hard drive.  YouTube really changed since 2008.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after high school, being that I was being the typical care-free teenager.  College was looming around everyone’s mind and the only main thing on mine was what was on VH1 or MTV.  There were many times where I was browsing through the Ed Hardy catalog rather than searching for colleges around Massachusetts.  Only thing I did know was that I loved being in the swarm of entertainment around me.

January 2019

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Fast-forward to January 2019 – 11 years later.  Completely done with both high school and college.  I have been busy working within the cannabis industry and keeping up with an entertainment PR blog five days a week.  While I haven’t been hanging with my friends I knew in high school, I have more friends in Boston these days.  Almost three years out of college and I reach even closer to my dream career.  It’s been quite a wild ride since high school and I have been enjoying every minute of it.

To think that I have gone from this rebellious teenager browsing through Ed Hardy apparel while listening to CKY to becoming a young professional in the cannabis industry is simply beyond shocking.  Time has an intriguing way of completely reshaping who you become.  Not only do you physically age over time, but both your mental and emotional state become altered as well.  Your whole identity itself gradually progresses each year.

What seems like another social media trend is actually a mind-blowing step into the past.  Eleven years later and lots has changed since that picture I took in high school.  I was in the midst of a ever-growing trend of a new industry that would soon blossom over time.

With that, the ‘How Hard Did Aging Hit You’ challenge was quite entertaining to complete.  I can certainly say I aged well since I was 17.

Streaming Services for Niche Audiences


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As you know, Netflix is where I go to watch amazing series these days.  With thousands upon thousands of TV series and movies to choose from, there is always something entertaining to watch.  Even with new Netflix originals being released each month, I always find some hidden gold within the digital library.  Whatever the case may be, I can always count on Netflix for better content.

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Still, Netflix is only one of many unique streaming services you can find online.  Other than the typical streaming services out there like or Hulu or Amazon Prime, there are streaming services catered for a niche audience.  Some services offer horror films that aren’t playing in theaters while others provide lots of mind-blowing documentaries.  Whatever the case may be, the digital library grows larger as time goes on.

Here are some unique streaming services around the internet these days:

CuriosityStream

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CuriosityStream is known for showcasing award-winning documentaries.  Choose from over 2,000+ shows within the digital library.  Prepare to have your mind blown as you surf through countless numbers of topics.  From food to the internet, every type of documentary can be found on CuriosityStream.  This is the streaming service you’ll need if you want to be blown away by the mere workings of science.

Dekkoo

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Dekkoo is the premiere streaming service for gay men.  Browse through thousands of gay films to choose from.  Categories include action adventure, bad romance, biopic, drama, drag, and many others.  Netflix does provide TV series/movies for the LGBTQ community, but Dekkoo comes with much edgier content.  Better yet, Dekkoo even comes with an ‘Erotica’ category as well.

BritBox

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Tally-ho!  The BritBox is the biggest streaming collection of British television.  Owned by BBC Studios and ITV plc, BritBox focuses on British Television series.  It features both past and current series to choose from.  Get a bit silly with Monty Python’s Flying Circus or solve some crimes with Detective Barnaby in Midsomer Murders.

If British television is more your thing, definitely look into the BritBox.

Shudder

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For those who celebrate Halloween every day, Shudder is the premiere streaming service for all things horror.  Shudder showcases thousands of titles filled with horror, thriller, and suspense.  What makes Shudder so popular is that many films are deemed too gruesome for theaters.  All horror movie buffs should look into Shudder to find those spine-tingling titles you crave every day.

PureFlix

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PureFlix streams the latest wholesome Christian films and tv series.  With PureFlix, its all about the three F’s – faith, family, and fun.  They provide that feelgood experience for the entire family that is entertaining, fun, inspirational, and educational.

Netflix’s Bird Box


With a new year means new media being released every day.  New books, TV series, movies, music, video games, and others will be coming out as time goes on.  That certainly goes for streaming services like Netflix.

Even as we already rung in the new year, one title from 2018 is still sparking popularity around Netflix these days.  It’s the infamous post-apocalyptic title about a woman who makes it through a forest and river all while blindfolded.  This is Bird Box.

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Bird Box features Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes, a tense mother who takes a dangerous trip down a river by boat.  He brings along his kids, Boy and Girl, along for the treacherous journey.  To make matters worse, Malorie and her kids are trekking through the river… while BLINDFOLDED.

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The film takes us back five years ago where mass suicides were occurring throughout Europe and Russia.  After discovering a woman bashing her head repeatedly into a glass panel, Malorie realizes that the epidemic is hitting the United States.  The epidemic even took Malorie’s sister Jessica (played by Sarah Paulson!) as well.  It’s a crazy post-apocalyptic thriller film that showcases Malorie’s dangerous adventure all while taking us back to the horrific events five years ago.

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Throughout the film, there are a few birds that are kept inside a small box (hence the name, Bird Box).  This imagery represents the human beings being kept out of the dark from the beautiful world around them.  They are shut out from the outside world because the supernatural entities are causing them to commit suicide.

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Overall, Bird Box was really interesting to watch.  After viewing many internet memes, I figured it was time to check out the film on Netflix.  Needless to say, it definitely lived up to its name.  Some of the other notable actors in the film include John Malkovich and Machine Gun Kelly.

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If you already miss 2018, Bird Box is definitely worth viewing on Netflix.  Sandra Bullock pulls off her most dangerous adventure as she paddles through the long river while blindfolded.  It’s a popular thriller that lives up to its hype.

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            Check out Bird Box on Netflix today.