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#50ActivitiesWhileQuarantined


Are you feeling bored from being quarantined these days?  Not in school or don’t have any work to do this week?  Feel like your about to go stir crazy from being in the house most of the time?

Well folks, you don’t have to panic.  You can prevent yourself from becoming like Jack Nicholson in Stephen King’s The Shining.  There are many things you can do to keep yourself occupied while at home.  While you can’t be with your friends or family, you can have fun while being in quarantine.

Here is a list of 50 things you can do at home during these times of isolation:

  • Watch TV
  • Play Video Games
  • Draw a picture
  • Cook a meal
  • Play with your pet
  • Smoke a joint (or two!)
  • Clean your room
  • Read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Start a blog
  • Call friends
  • Dance around your apartment or house
  • Go window shopping online
  • Reorganize furniture
  • Organize your closets
  • Learn a new hobby or craft
  • Scrapbook with old photos
  • Sing with karaoke
  • Play basketball
  • Solve math problems
  • write a poem, essay, etc.
  • Make plans for the future
  • Build a structure out of ordinary materials (Popsicle sticks, toothpicks)
  • Take professional photographs
  • Drink alcohol
  • Check out the sunrise/sunset
  • Order products online (Amazon!)
  • Go for a walk
  • Brainstorm solutions for complex problems
  • Make a video
  • Play Card games
  • Knitting
  • Play an instrument
  • Practice karate
  • Decorate your living space
  • Water your plants
  • Bake a cake
  • Start a collection
  • Indulge with some chocolates
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Walk your dog
  • Grow plants/flowers
  • Color on a coloring book
  • Paint your nails
  • Bird-watching
  • Balance your checkbook
  • Sculpt with clay
  • Jump rope
  • Brew your own beer
  • Go for a run

PragerU Vs. YouTube


There are many legal battles happening all across the entertainment spectrum.  Whether it be for a television show or music album, lawsuits happen quite a lot every year.  As fun as the entertainment industry can be, it does come with its own set of problems.

Just recently, a popular YouTube channel is taking YouTube to court.  The reason stems from various controversies happening over freedom of speech.  It is one of the biggest cases happening in the world of social media.  The channel that is fighting this very battle is Prager University.

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Prager University (PragerU) is currently filing a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against Google and YouTube.  Over 50 videos from their YouTube channel have been restricted or demonized due to ‘inappropriate’ content for younger audiences.  Some of the titles effected include ‘Why I Left the Left’, ‘Does Free Speech Offend You?’, ‘The Least Diverse Place in America’, and many others.  The YouTube channel was created by co-founder Dennis Prager (co-star of No Safe Spaces) and features over hundreds of videos that present a more conservative view on various ideas.

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This is one of the biggest cases that is making major waves in the entertainment industry.  PragerU, a popular YouTube channel that garners thousands of views every day, is forced to restrict some of their videos from certain audiences.  Not due to any nudity or graphic violence, but simply because they present differentiating ideas that go against the societal norms.

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With that, PragerU is part of the biggest court cases happening in the entertainment industry.  The PragerU vs. YouTube is a fight for freedom of speech, being able to present all types of content to audiences worldwide.  PragerU wants to present their unique perspectives to everyone that wants to learn a new side of thing.

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When you restrict a certain PragerU video, you are not only banning the video itself.  You are also banning the IDEA that deserves to be taught everywhere.

Encore Boston Harbor Casino & Resort


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Summer is all about the months of vacations.  Whether you’re just getting out of school or finally using that paid vacation time, summer is the season to take a break from the working world for some rest and relaxation (R&R).  June has come and gone, yet July will be another exciting month of the season.

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When you want to do some gambling during your vacation, the answer is pretty obvious – Las Vegas.  Las Vegas has always been the premiere vacation destination for some real deal gambling entertainment.  At this point, its hard for me to get to Las Vegas from Massachusetts (simply due to my busy schedule and the fact that it’s hot enough already here!).

If you’re in Massachusetts and are looking for a great gaming experience around the area, then you are in for a REAL treat this summer.  Bordered within the city of Boston you can find… Encore Boston Harbor.

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Encore Boston Harbor is a luxury casino and resort that opened up in Everett this summer.  It is located within five miles from the Boston Logan Airport and financial district.  This resort offers the finest in gaming, five-star dining, shopping, and so much more.

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The main casino floor offers array of entertaining games to choose from.  You can find slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, and other fun games to play.  Be sure to bring your a-game and best poker face to the tables.

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When you start getting tired from that gambling you did for a while, its time to unwind with a good meal.  Encore Boston Harbor has 15 restaurants and bars to choose from.  Asian, seafood, steaks, and other items can be found on the menu from one of many of the fine-dining experiences.  Heck, it even has a restaurant that offers a buffet (which is LITERALLY called ‘The Buffet’!).

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After that delicious meal, the next best thing is to hit the spa.  Indulge in a wide range of soothing treatments, from specialty massages to body treatments.  The aroma of Yuzu and White Tea set alone will set the mood for the ultimate spa relaxation and rejuvenation.  You’ll have to call to make a reservation for one of these services.

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With that, Encore Boston Harbor is the new vacation destination in the Boston area.  The gaming, spa, and fine-dining has that Las Vegas experience all within the comforts of Massachusetts.  It is already getting hot here in Boston, so its time for that true gaming experience this year.

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Check into Encore Boston Harbor for the flair of Las Vegas within Everett, Massachusetts.

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.

A Bio-inspired Super-organism in Salem


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Every now and then, I’ll come across some interesting art work around the area.  The cities come with interactive artwork, both indoors and outside.  While there isn’t as much greenery in cities like Boston, the complimentary artwork still makes the location fun to wander around.  This is kind of interactive art works well in places with less foot traffic.

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In the bustling haunted streets of Salem, I came across a particularly interesting exhibit that was labeled Art in Progress.  MassArt students are building a bioinspired pavilion as part of the Wild Designs exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum.  This temporary structure offers an imaginative encounter with the idea of a “superorganism”, a community of living things behaving like a single living entity.

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The structure starts with a wooden walkway leading you up to the exhibit itself.  It features a small incline plane taking you up into the platform.

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As you enter the middle of the hexagon, you see four tall pieces stacked around each other.  Each individual piece differentiates in height, going from small to big and back to small again.  From the front, they look tall and thin with many openings.  But as you look from the side, you start to see the colors melding in together.  Each wooden structure blending into one another, becoming one whole piece.

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It symbolizes a super-organism at work, all wooden planks coming together to form one miraculous work of art.  Up close, each piece resembles an individual living organism at work.  From the side, the organism blend in together into one whole super-organism.

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Who knew a simple interactive work of art in Salem could carry so much symbolic meaning.  It’s the kind of art that makes you stop to think about your role in the city.  You are one of hundreds of millions of organisms in the city, completing your work within the community.  Whether you are an artist or an accountant, you have your unique role as an organism who your community.

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If you are ever visiting a city, its always great to check out intriguing artwork like this.  Cities like Salem or Boston always have works of art around the area (the Boston neighborhoods are a great place to go as well!).  All you have to do is roam around the less-populated areas of the city and you will discover something truly amazing.