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Friends: The One With the Pop-Up


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Back in the early Spring, Boston hosted a special pop-up exhibit called Happy Place.  Happy Place featured twelve unique rooms each with its own theme.  Some of these rooms included confetti, flowers, cookies, rubber ducks, and other things that sparked joy.  It was known as the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America’ being that it was the perfect place to take selfies.  The exhibit first kicked off in Los Angeles and traveled to other cities like Toronto or Chicago.

Happy Place is one of many pop-up events that will be making its way around Boston again.  Audiences, especially young Millennials, truly enjoyed the captivating experience each room had.

But this time, the next pop-up event that is coming to Boston will be more along the lines of pop culture.  It’s one of those things where no one told you life was gonna be this way.  Get ready for this one folks – Boston will be getting a Friends pop-up event.

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Oh. My. GOD.  A Friends-themed pop-up event is heading into the Fenway neighborhood this November.  The pop-up event, known as ‘The One with the Pop-Up’, will feature more than fifty props from the show and precise re-creations of the set including the familiar coffee shop Central Perk.  Fans will get to play a round of fooseball in Joey and Chandler’s apartment or help move Ross’s sofa up the stairs (Pivot!  Pivot!  Pivot!).  This is slated to open November 21st and go through January 5th.

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A Friends pop-up event… could the idea BE any more amazing?  Audiences will get to relive some of the most memorable experiences from the show.  From the times Phoebe was singing ‘Smelly Cat’ at Central Perk (Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?) to the misadventures happening Monica and Rachel’s apartment, Friends was one of the greatest 90s sitcoms.

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Friends is one of few themes Boston could use for a pop-up event.  There’s lots of timeless TV series that could be utilized as well such as Cheers or How I Met Your Mother.  It’s a great publicity stunt that gathers fans together for one amazing occasion in the city.  TV series like Friends were a classic staple during the 90s and many Millennials grew up watching the series, only to be able to relive the experience right here in Boston.

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With that, the Friends pop-up experience is heading into Boston November 21st.  If you’re going to be in Boston within these next few months, be sure to snag your tickets for the event.  It is sure to be truly awesomesauce.

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.

CBD-Infused Toothpicks


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Pride month has been the latest theme around MakeSandcastlesNotWar these past few weeks.  Many cities across the nation are kicking off their pride celebrations during the month of June.  All of this colorful excitement is getting me more pumped for the beginning of summer.

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Speaking of pride, its time to discuss another topic we are most prideful about using in America – CBD.  CBD (Cannabidiol) continues to be utilized in the most unique ways possible.  Vape oils, tinctures, edibles, and topicals are just some of many instances CBD is being consumed.  Audiences are drumming up more creative examples of how they use it in their daily life.

During a random search within the World Wide Web, I dug into something that totally blew my mind.  It’s a completely different way of infusing CBD imaginable.  Ladies and gentlemen… allow me to introduce… CBD-infused Toothpicks.

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You heard me right folks – CBD-infused Toothpicks.  Small, wooden toothpicks packed with CBD.  Ignite CBD sells six different types of these toothpick, each with their own flavor.

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They each contain one of three effects: lucid, calm, and recharge.  Menthol and cinnamint will provide a lucid effect.  Both mango mint and lemongrass help you to keep calm.  The coffee or passion fruit orange flavors are great for recharging throughout the day.  Each toothpick contains 25mg of CBD, containing up to 45 minutes of active release.

These special toothpicks don’t come cheap.  Each pack contains ten toothpicks and the packs cost over $30 each.

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CBD-infused toothpicks are truly a genius product.  It combines the modern, trending cannabinoid CBD with a convenient item such as a toothpick.  We see toothpicks all around us (grocery stores, restaurants, restrooms), yet we never stop to think of how convenient they are in our lives.  Maybe the answer to creative products is thinking about products we use every day.

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A toothpick doesn’t just become some random item found in the front desk of the restaurant.  It now becomes part yet another product of the booming cannabis industry.  CBD-infused toothpicks are just one of many ingenious designs that is further modernizing the use of CBD.

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With that, CBD’s popularity is only growing further through CBD-infused toothpicks.  Toothpicks are the latest convenient item that is getting a modernized makeover with the use of CBD.  The toothpick is just one of many convenient items that has been infused cannabis.

We are now in a world you can use a CBD-infused toothpick after a delicious meal.

Prehistoric Payphones in Boston


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Whenever I roam around Boston, I always stumble upon something truly eye-catching.  Some intriguing things I have seen include flashy billboards, artistic statues, a pop-up event, and other things of the sort.  Within the hustle and bustle of the city, there is always something amazing happening each day.  You have to really observe your surroundings in order to find things that would capture your attention.

Just this week, I randomly spotted something that caught my attention near Downtown Crossing.  A mere block away from the big Walgreens on Washington Street was something I haven’t seen in a long while – pay phones.

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I happened to spot not one, but THREE payphones nestled onto the sidewalk.  Each payphone was back-to-back within each other in working order.  Not only did they work, but there were free numbers to call for either a job search or a bank.

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Here we are in 2019 and payphones STILL exist around Boston.  Payphones are still around even as mobile technology continues to skyrocket in popularity.  It was rather odd to see three deserted payphones being bolted onto the sidewalk while thousands of people walk by using their smart phone.  Seeing these payphones was a step back into much simpler times.  You can see the shift of technological trends already changing in this scenario.

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It is easy to get caught up with what the world will offer next rather than what has already been created.  Walking past a payphone while using your mobile phone is a true sign of how much times have changed since the 20th century.  Surprisingly enough, people still use payphones during their time of need.

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The central point is this – when you lift up your head to observe the world around you, you stumble upon so many amazing things.  Through mindful observations, you are able to discover a small trinket of treasure right nearby.  It could be a payphone or a pop-up event or a newly constructed statue.  Any of these hidden things can be found once you see the world before you.

By looking up into the world, you may discover something you haven’t seen or used in merely years.

Kraft’s Preventable PR Nightmare Explosion


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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