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Greatest Moments in Weed History!


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Abdullah Saeed is a major fan of cannabis; he always spreads his love of the plant through his work on television.  He sampled some weed in Colorado during the episode ‘The Porno, The Hitchhiker & The Weed’ of Viceland Does America, appeared as a cameo on the HBO series High Maintenance, and consumes massive amounts of joints in Bong Appetit.  Its cannabis connoisseurs like Abdullah that are truly getting weed out of the grow closet and into the mainstream media.

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Viceland Does America may be over, but Bong Appetit is still burning strong these days.  It’ll be a little while until season four beings, but Abdullah has OTHER pot projects happening.  His next weed venture shifts from the silver screen to podcasting.

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Saeed joins David Bienenstock for a podcast series called Great Moments in Weed HistoryGreat Moments in Weed History takes Saeed and Bienenstock as they discuss some of the best moments in weed history (all while consuming weed as well!).  The first episode aired on February 15th and showcased the story of Willie Nelson smoking on the roof of the White House.

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David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High and Legalized It!.  He previously served as Head of Content at HIGH Times magazines as well as a frequent contributor, columnist, and video host/producer at VICE Media (where he ended up co-producing the series Bong Appetit!).  Other video projects he worked on include viral episodes ‘Marijuana Nonna’ and ‘A Gourmet Weed Dinner at Hunter S. Thompson’s House’.

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Two famous stoners came together under one podcast to discuss cannabis history throughout the years.  Abdullah’s humor from Bong Appetit is mixed with David’s deep dive into cannabis’s rich history.  It’s the perfect combination of deep history, humor, personal stories, and cannabis.

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This is just another amazing cannabis project from Abdullah Saeed.  His shift of his cannabis enthusiasm from the silver screen to podcast only flourishes his work even more.  The podcast audiences needed another good cannabis themed series, so Saeed and Bienenstock teamed up to give them some mind-blowing history.

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Great Moments in Weed History is another great cannabis-themed podcast for those who miss the humorous personal stories from Bong Appetit.  It’s two cannabis connoisseurs discussing some amazing moments of cannabis history.

Be sure to check out Great Moments in Weed History for the latest historical weed stories.  You can check out the podcast through Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Soundcloud.

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One Stone – By Trixie Mattel


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Trixie Mattel (Brian Firkus) is one of many popular drag queens around America.  She appeared on season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race and starred in a YouTube series called UNHhhh with Katya.  After UNHhhh ended, she later became the co-host of The Trixie & Katya Show on Viceland.

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While Trixie Mattel is famous for her work in television, she also makes music on the side as well.  She released her first album Two Birds on May 2nd, 2017.  It’s a country-themed album that was featured on the Billboard chard multiple times.  Less than a year later and Trixie released yet another album called One Stone.

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One Stone is an alternative folk album that was released today.  The album runs at 22 minutes and features songs such as ‘Soldier, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Wind Up Man’ and other creative tunes.  If you enjoyed Two Birds, then you will definitely enjoy Trixie’s latest masterpiece.

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It’s intriguing to hear about Trixie extending her brand line from television by dabbling into the music industry.  She already made waves on RuPaul’s Drag Race and she’s showcasing that sass through her music.  Other than her own projects, Trixie made an appearance back in American Horror Story: Roanoke (the season with Piggy Man).  Releasing her newest album will only flourish her brand even further.

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There is no telling what Trixie Mattel has in stores for her audience.  She is already slaying the TV market with The Trixie & Katya Show and now she is dropped another album today.  All of these strategic tactics will help diverse Trixie’s brand even more.  Those that discover Trixie Mattel’s music will check out her show The Trixie & Katya Show and vice-versa.

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Kudos to Trixie Mattel for her new brand strategy.  She was already slaying it on the silver screen and her newest album will push her out further on the map.

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Whatever entertaining platform she moves into, you know Trixie will work hard to slay her competition.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar – Two Years Later


Ladies and gentlemen… today is a VERY special day.  No, it is not about PI day nor will it be six days until Spring (but THAT’S exciting too!).  Today is… wait for it while you hold my beer…
THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MAKESANDCASTLESNOTWAR!            `Image result for Surprise crowd gif

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I…just…WOW.  Two years.  It already has been TWO years full of PR nightmares, TV criss-crosses, business WINS, Netflix/TV binge-watching reviews, philosophical journeys and many other crazy shenanigans.  We’ve dived into some intriguing ideas as well as some of the most twisted PR stories that would affect audiences for years to come.  While some businesses crossed the line, others formulated a unique product or service to offer.

Just think that we have covered a span of these topics in just TWO YEARS.  My mind is still boggling even as I type this two-year anniversary post.  After being away on vacation for a few days this past weekend, it’s finally time to celebrate this special day.

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So last year we dived back into the first blog post topic about Jonathan Blow’s The Witness.  Ironically enough, it was a blizzard outside (like the one that is currently happening now!) and it was the perfect day to celebrate.  It was already a year since MakeSandcastlesNotWar was created, so we entered the time warp (*Swoosh*) to see how it all started.  This was a fantastic voyage of nostalgia about a dreamy puzzle adventure game.

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But for today’s anniversary, things are about to get weird…and I mean, REALLY WEIRD.  This will be a post like no other.  Today isn’t just an ordinary nostalgic post looking back in time.  We are in the midst of a…BLOGCEPTION.

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We’ve finally done it folks – a blogception has occurred on MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  There has been some strange topics popping up here and there, but this is where things will get really bizarre.

It’s about time I explain – a blogception is when a blog post is written up about a previous blog post relating to a post that was written before.  The blogception consists of only one post, BUT it becomes tethered to other similar posts from history.  There are two or more subjects happening at once, but yet they still become connected to construct a concrete story.  With all of these subjects floating around at once, your mind can’t fully grasp around the mere fact that it actually WORKS.

Hold on folks, because things are about to start…NOW.

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March 14th, 2017 – it was the day we were exploring a post about the first video game topic about The Witness.  There was so much to celebrate that day – more followers, increasing number of views, many widespread topics stemming from major categories, and even other surprises that were in stores.  I had to kick off the celebration by introducing the story of how this blog came to be.

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After studying PR in Salem State University, I was enthusiastic to continue my blog work.  I truly enjoyed the writing work I completed, so I took it upon myself to build this magnificent creation that would become MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  This sandcastle would become filled with various content – reviews, criss-crosses, PR nightmares, philosophical journeys, field trips.  Every new topic was a new adventure into another world.  Even when diving back into a familiar subject, there was always a new gem waiting to be discovered.

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And if you’re wondering…YES, there were still more topics to discuss from The Witness.  Months (even YEARS) after playing The Witness, I found so many aspects I enjoyed about it.  From the challenging gameplay to the philosophical wisdom from the audio logs, The Witness offered so much as a puzzle adventure video game.  It was these strings of posts that would lead up to the blogception that we have discovered today.

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Here we are folks – a year later after traveling back into time to discuss the first post the year before.  It’s truly a mesmerizing and glory idea to behold.  This blogception has truly given a sense of how far things have come.  What was once a small experiment on writing about some of my favorite things has blossomed into a fully-grown entertainment PR blog.  Two years later and I still gain the satisfaction of writing about more incredible ideas.

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What makes this even better is that the adventures still continue.  We still have SO much to discover in this thriving and chaotic world of entertainment PR.  There’s always another philosophical journey to write about or some TV criss-cross waiting to be found.  Who knows, there may be another flourishing business that starts sinking due to a PR nightmare.

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Times have truly changed since creating this blog post; what hasn’t changed is the initial ambition for discovering new and exciting ideas.  Whether we go forward or backward, we’re always connected one way or another.

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Writing this blog has truly been a blessing.  It has been a crazy journey since launching onto the WordPress platform.  Two years later and I still enjoy writing posts each day.

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Two years later…and the journey still continues.  What new adventures awaits us?  Who will we discover in the next TV criss-cross? Where will the next PR nightmare happen?

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For now, we can just remember this one thing… Make Sandcastles, Not War.

Celebrity-Branded Cannabis!


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With cannabis legalization unfolding around California, many celebrities are looking to get into this flourishing industry.  They worked hard in the entertainment industry and now they are looking to make their mark with cannabis.  Celebrities like Mike Tyson are breaking in by building a 40-acre ranch to grow cannabis plants.  Over time, many celebrities are shifting towards a new industry to rejuvenate their brand.

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Nowadays, many celebrities created their own branded cannabis products.  From Snoop Dogg to Whoopi Goldberg, all sorts of celebrities are striking it rich through the industry.  Here are a few celebrity-branded cannabis products around:

Tommy Chong – Chong’s Choice

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The first pick goes to one of the most notorious cannabis consumers of all time, Tommy Chong.  Chong launched his brand Chong’s Choice to showcase some of the industry’s highest quality buds.  These strains were cultivated by artisan farmers in California and Colorado.  He was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier and credits cannabis for eradicating the disease.  Look for Chong’s Choice if you want to smoke high-quality doobies from Tommy Chong.

Willie Nelson – Willie’s Reserve

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            Willie Nelson was never shy about his abundant cannabis use.  He launched Willie’s Reserve back in 2016 to share his love for cannabis with his followers.  You can find some of his products over in Nevada or Colorado.

          Snoop Dogg – Leafs by Snoop

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Even as he continues making music, Snoop Dogg has also been playing a heavy part in the cannabis business.  Other than his digital news business Merry Jane, Snoop Dogg also released his own line of cannabis called Leafs by Snoop.  These are crafted by Snoop himself, so you know that you’ll be consuming some HIGH-quality product.  Fo’ shizzle, ya’ll!

          Melissa Etheridge – Known Label Wine

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Etheridge is a strong support of medicinal cannabis after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.  She fought off the nasty side effects of chemotherapy with cannabis and emerged from her battle cancer-free.  After fighting a long battle of breast cancer, Melissa Etheridge ventured into the industry by creating Know Label Wine.  She used the wine during her battle and now you can pick from one of many offered flavors to choose from.  If you’re a daily wine drinker, be sure to pick up a bottle in California.

          Whoopi Goldberg – Whoopi and Maya

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            Other than being a co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg has also been busy with her own cannabis business Whoopi and Maya as well.  Whoopi and Maya offer cannabis products specifically created for relief from menstrual discomfort. She is vocal about her medical cannabis use on the show and promotes legal cannabis use for everyone.  You can find some of Whoopi’s products in California and Colorado.

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Those are a few of many celebrities breaking into the cannabis industry.  Their brands were already flourishing in their line of entertainment (whether they were an actor or musician) and now this industry gives them a chance to push their brand out even further.  These celebrity brands are being taught new tricks in order to make it further in business.  Snoop Dogg continues to make music, but he also shifts his focus on his cannabis product lines as well.

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As time goes on, we will see more celebrity-branded cannabis products and services created in California.  Who knows what other celebrity brands will go to pot this year.

            Until then, be sure to pick up one of many celebrity-branded cannabis products featured in the legal states.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar’s Best Christmas Albums


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What’s up folks?  Christmas is less than two weeks away, so we got some more holiday-themed posts coming soon.  It already snowed in Massachusetts and the temperature is already dropping.  Looks it’s safe to that we must brace ourselves because winter is coming (Game of Thrones reference FTW!).

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With Christmas just around the corner, there’s nothing better than turning on the Christmas songs.  Christmas classics like ‘Jingle Bells’ or Frosty the Snowman’ always lift my spirits during the season.  As I got older, I shied away from the traditional classics and aimed for some unique albums.

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Some albums came from pop culture while others were from my favorite type of music.  Whatever the case may be, each Christmas-themed album takes me back to a better time.  It’s time I discussed some of my favorite Christmas albums I discovered over the years.

Here are some original Christmas albums to check out this year:

Jingle All the Way – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

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The first album featured was one I discovered weeks ago during one my writing seshes.  The progress jazz-bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee released this Christmas album on September 20th, 2008.  With classics like Silent night and a bluegrass take on Guaraldi’s track ‘Linus and Lucy’, fans will be sure to have a rocking Christmas rocking out to some Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.  Be sure to add this to your music library if you want to add some country flair to your Christmas if you want to have a rootin-tootin good time!

A Very She & Him Christmas – She and Him

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Shifting away from the country side and we enter the hipster group that is She and Him (who consists of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward).  Deschanel and M. Ward band together to create their first Christmas albums A Very She & Him Christmas.  The duo band together to sing notable tracks like ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.  Hipsters who are looking for more underrated and trending Christmas albums should check out A Very She & Him Christmas this year.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi

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Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas features Christmas classic with a kick of jazz.  I love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and this soundtrack complements the TV special so well. Some tunes are just instrumental jazz while others feature chorus from the Peanuts gang (like ‘Christmas Time is Here’).  This is one soundtrack you should listen to multiple times for Christmas.

Songs for Christmas – Sufjan Stevens

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Another indie artist that released a Christmas-themed album is Sufjan Stevens.  Sufjan Stevens released Songs for Christmas back in November 21st, 2006, a five-EP boxset featuring Christmas songs and carols recorded by him between 2001-2006.  The boxset contains over two hours of tracks, so you’ll never run out of Christmas goodness.  Check out Songs for Christmas is you’re looking for a boxset jam-packed with Christmas tunes!

Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas Soundtrack

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For the final album pick, I have to bring out the soundtrack to Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  This classic story (and I mean the ANIMATED version, NOT the cheesy live-action film!) of the Grinch finding the true meaning of Christmas has always been my favorite Christmas special.  The song ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ provides lengthy and wordy description of how horrendous he truly is (I STILL wouldn’t touch him with a 39 & ½ foot pole!).  If you love the story of The Grinch, then you’ll love this Christmas album.

That’s it for my choice of Christmas albums this year.  Some featured cartoons, while others had a notorious hipster duo.  Whatever the case may be, Christmas songs will live on forever.  Music styles are changing, yet the traditional tunes of Christmas stay the same.  Who knows what new Christmas album will be released next.

Until then, check back for more Christmas goodness here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Merry Christmas everyone!