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The Witness Review (4 Years Later)


Over four years ago, an entertainment blog was created.  The blog featured topics from all kinds of categories.  TV, music, movies, video games, fashion, and eventually cannabis were some of the various categories of entertainment being discussed.  That blog is MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar began in March 2016 as an entertainment blog that covers various ranges of topics.  As the years went on, MakeSandcastlesNotWar reached into more complex and intriguing ideas.  There were PR nightmares, product reviews, advertisement sightings, philosophical passages, quotes, memes, and so much more.  The very first post was dived into a simple, yet perplexing puzzle game known as The Witness.

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The Witness is an adventure puzzle game where you explore an open world island that is filled with both man-made and natural structures.  You roam around the island solving more than 500 puzzles.  Some are on grids featured on panels while others are all around the environment.

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But its not just puzzles you discover while wandering through the island.  Hidden across the different areas are audio logs that play recordings of famous passages being read.  Many of these audio logs coincide with the stage of the game you are in.  These passages are from educators such as Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Nicholas of Cusa, B.F. Skinner, and Arthur Eddington.

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What really drew me into The Witness were the incredible amount of small details found within the island.  There were times I had to walk slowly around the Jungle or the Tree house to find that hidden audio log.  Just one more step to the left and I found that other environmental puzzle I was searching for.  Even when I thought I found everything there was when I first played The Witness, I end up finding even more to discover. It’s a game where you have to take a step back for a bit and look at your surroundings.

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Four years later and we have yet ANOTHER post discussing the The WtinessThe Witness is more than just another puzzle game – it’s a game that challenges you to a whole new way of thinking.  You have to think from this other perspective to fully comprehend what is happening.  While there are no enemies or bosses, The Witness still pushes you to think a little deeper to solve the puzzle.

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As the title of the first MakeSandcastlesNotWar blog post went, The Witness is about solving the maze within your mind.

Corona Health PR Miracle


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These days, the paranoia surrounding the Coronavirus is still sweeping the nation.  Thousands of people are flocking to stores everywhere to grab that last batch of hand sanitizers.  This sheer madness has caused many to pin the cause of this virus on various products, including Corona beers.

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Despite these preposterous claims, Corona is still doing fine in sales.  Better yet, they are doing MORE than just fine.

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In this dramatic PR twist, sales of Corona beer have increased.  More people have flocked to getting a Corona at their local restaurant or bar (with or without a lime).  Even with this Coronavirus scare lingering around, Corona beers are still being sold nationwide.

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This is a case where a PR nightmare becomes a PR miracle for Corona once again.  Amidst the mass hysteria surrounding the Coronavirus, Corona is flourishing both in sales and as a brand.  People just want to crack open a Corona (with/without a lime) to forget about the crazy health scare.

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Again, Corona beers have NO significance with the Coronavirus whatsoever.  The name sounds similar between the two, yet they have no direct correlation with each other.  Corona beers are still safe to enjoy.

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Raise your Corona bottles/cans to Corona’s increase in sales.

Living in the Lonely World


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Mental health is one of the biggest discussions of world health in the 21st century.  Depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are just some of many mental illnesses millions of people face.  But one underrated issue dives deeper than anything of the typical norm.  It’s known as loneliness.

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Loneliness is the feeling of being sad and unhappy with being socially isolated from others.  It’s caused by a lack of social interaction, even thinking there isn’t one while one is happening.  People young and old experience loneliness one time or another.

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These days, loneliness has reached epidemic proportions.  More young adults feel lonelier than older generations (Generation X, Baby Boomers).

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The feeling of loneliness reaches to a deeper part of human beings.  Loneliness isn’t about not having any friends, family, or acquaintances.  Rather, it deals with the tragic idea that you feel no real deep-rooted social connection happening between you and the other person.  You are with the person yet at the same time you aren’t.

This kind of feeling is experienced through many scenarios.  It’s the married woman who feels something is missing even with kids, husband, a great job, and a nice home to live in.  It’s the hardworking CEO who climbed up the corporate ladder, only to find he never truly got what he wanted at the top.

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Then there’s the growing use of social media.  Social media has made us feel more connected than ever before.  Many apps have created new and unique networks with people all around us.  People create groups of various interest to meet others with the same hobbies and interests.

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But even when we swipe right on Tinder or tap guys on Grindr, we don’t end up finding the person we are looking for.  Even worse, some even feel more disconnected from the world around them.

Which begs the question – is social media the true cure?  Or has it become this crutch to meet new people?  And could we use this so-called ‘crutch’ to decrease all the loneliness in the world?

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Even with the best social media apps at hand, there is still something missing.  That something holds the key to solving the mystery of loneliness.

It’s like the saying goes – one is the loneliest number.