Tag Archives: Internet

Working During Animal Crossing Time

Image result for Armistead Maupin Tales of the City

Image result for FX Pose Season 2

Pride month has been showcased all around mainstream media the past few weeks.  Companies from television, movies, literature, social media, and fashion are a few of many entertainment outlets that are showing their true pride colors.  Just recently, pride was utilized in the newest installment for Animal Crossing.

Image result for animal crossing new horizons

Image result for animal crossing new horizons

Nintendo made the announcement last week that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would feature gender-neutral hairstyles and various skin tones for customizing your characters.  Players will have a lot of flexible options to choose from for skin tones as well as hairstyles.  Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to release on March 20th, 2020.

If you are already waiting impatiently for Animal Crossing: New Horizons to come out for the Nintendo Switch, then there is something that’s just as amazing out on the internet now.  There is a site out there that plays hourly Animal Crossing music based on the EXACT time you have now.

Screenshot (336)

Screenshot (338)

Screenshot (340)

The idea is simple – this site detects your local time and plays an Animal Crossing tune that matches up with the one from the game.  You can choose from the three game options: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Animal Crossing: Wild World/Animal Crossing: City Folk.  This site can be found at http://tane.us/ac/.  All of three game title options play music from the time you have now.

Image result for animal crossing Gamecube

Image result for animal crossing New Leaf

Image result for animal crossing City Folk

This a really simple, yet genius idea.  It’s a basic idea of creating a website featuring Animal Crossing music that syncs up with real time.  With that, the idea makes for an entertaining site to use at work.  Even if you have never played any of the Animal Crossing series, the music is still relaxing to listen to.

With that, the animal crossing music site is worth checking out.  Whether you want some new music to listen to during a major project or for something during your leisure time, this site features great Animal Crossing music.  It works at any time, both day and night.

Check out http://tane.us/ac/ to have some Animal Crossing into your daily routine.


Kraft’s Preventable PR Nightmare Explosion

Image result for 4/20

Image result for Easter Bunny

Happy Monday everybody!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend with some good cannabis on 4/20 (#420BlAzEiT) and a wonderful Easter celebration.  Two amazing holidays fell under one weekend here in April.  In the end, 4/20 was my favorite holiday this past weekend.

Now that the weekend of holidays is over, we are back into the real world with another week of topics.  For today, we have familiar PR nightmare that has only taken a turn for the worse.  Our returning star for today’s PR nightmare is none other than New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft.

Image result for Robert Kraft

Image result for Orchids of Asia Day Spa

If you remembered earlier this year, Robert Kraft was one of the dozens of people arrested in Florida for ties to a prostitution ring happening at a massage parlor.  This bizarre scandal happened at Orchids of Asia Day Spa at Juniper, Florida.  He ended up pleading not guilty on his counts, denying that he did anything illegal.

This PR nightmare happened mere months ago.  And folks, it only just got worse from there… MUCH worse.

Image result for Robert Kraft with lawyers

Kraft’s recent act was caught on video and was shipped around various media outlets.  There are even plans for the video to be released in public.

First the PR nightmare happened at the massage parlor in Juniper, Florida.  Now that nightmare was recently caught on video.  In this digital age, the thirst for that information has never been stronger.

Image result for Spark to gunpowder

Robert Kraft will have to work with his best legal team to prevent the video from spreading.  Releasing the video would cause serious damage.  In this case, that small spark has to be stopped before it reaches gunpowder anytime soon.  One touch of it and you got yourself a PR Nightmare Explosion (#PRNightmareExplosion).

Image result for Internet Law

As sophisticated as our technology becomes, our laws have become even more modernized for cases like this.  There are ways around preventing private videos from being leaked.  Simply stating the nature of how shocking and inappropriate it would be for one to release such video could be the key to prevent it from happening.  Kraft will have to pull a few tricks with his lawyers to keep this from getting any worse.

With that, Robert Kraft has a lot of strategizing to do in order to keep this PR Nightmare Explosion from happening.  Hopefully the video won’t see the light of day through mainstream media.

Image result for Spark to gunpowder

All we need is to prevent the spark from reaching the gunpowder so that the PR Nightmare Explosion doesn’t happen.

Momo’s Challenge

Image result for Tide Pod Challenge

Image result for Condom Snort Challenge

Some bizarre incidents have happened around the internet last year.  First there was the infamous Tide Pod Challenge where teens were ingesting Tide pods; then the Condom-Snorting Challenge came right after that (which pretty much explains itself here).  The perplexing trend of users filming themselves doing really dangerous stunts still seems to reign on around the internet to this day.

That was 2018; now there is a new disturbing feature lurking around the internet.  There is a twisted game that children and teenagers are finding out about, involving a series of daunting challenges that they receive through anonymous messages on their phone.  Ladies and gentlemen, this… is the Momo Challenge.

Image result for Momo CHallenge

Image result for Momo CHallenge

Here’s the story — The Momo Challenge was supposedly this social media challenge that was spread around Facebook and other media outlets.  A user named Momo enticed others to perform a series of dangerous challenges.  Some of these tasks included violent attacks on other people or even committing suicide.  There were reports of children and adolescents getting into the game last year.

Image result for Momo CHallenge

As it turned out, this urban legend ended up being a complete HOAX.  There were very little complaints made about the story and no law enforcement agency confirmed that anyone was harmed because of it.  No one was being targeted by Momo – it was all just a case of mass hysteria.

Image result for Slender Man

Image result for Blue Whale Challenge

This kind of mass hysteria has happened before around the internet.  Memes such as Slender Man and the Blue Whale Challenge have been known for causing wild commotions everywhere around the world.  Even if some of these allegations didn’t end up being true, they still spurred lots of controversy.

Image result for The Dark Woods

Image result for The Dark Web

The Momo Challenge presents us with a 21st century version of the oldest kind of story – Don’t leave your kids alone in the woods.  In this sense, the ‘woods’ is the substitute for the internet.  This disturbing urban legend acts a subtle warning for parents to not let their kids wander through the internet alone.  As sophisticated as our technology is, it is still very easy to get lost within the dark side of the world wide web.  It’s easy enough to gain access into the deep dark web where ANYTHING goes.

Image result for Momo Challenge

If there’s one thing we learned from the Momo Challenge is this – don’t leave your kids alone in the internet.  Many dark beings lurk around the internet, scouring through every kind of website possible.  Who knows what treacherous content will be found through the world wide web?

Both the woods, as well as the internet, can be dangerous when wandering alone.

Photogenic Egg > Kylie Jenner

Image result for Kylie Jenner Instagram

Image result for Kylie Jenner Instagram

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.

Image result for Instagram Egg

Image result for Instagram Egg

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.

Image result for Instagram Egg

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.

Image result for Kylie Jenner Egg

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.

Image result for Kylie Jenner Egg

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?

Image result for Kylie Jenner Egg

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

How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge

Image result for Facebook Poke

Image result for Facebook Wave

Image result for Facebook Worst post

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.

Image result for Farmville

Image result for Mob Wars

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?

Image result for How Hard did Aging Hit You

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

oct 2008 fb picture

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


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.