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Do you ever find yourself saying, ‘I wish I could save the world?’ And suddenly you feel so small, because you feel that you don’t have the resources to accomplish such a feat… As humans I think we are all compelled to feel that we have a higher purpose, or that somehow we should be making a difference in the world. Everyday I tell myself to be the best version of me, to execute higher morals and virtues in the hope of brightening someone’s day.

Bstow

Bstow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small acts of kindness (like complementing a stranger) are amazing, but perhaps we could be engaging in something more positively impactful? I connected with Jason Grad on Twitter, and he has built an app that truly allows individuals to reach their ‘hero’ potential. The app is called Bstow.

Donate that spare change with Bstow!

Donate that spare change with Bstow!

Bstow automatically rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar, collects the spare change from that purchase, and sends it to a charity of your choice as a micro-donation. From the comfort of your phone, you will be able to change lives, contribute to communities and get behind causes you believe in – anywhere in the world!

Spare change from a night out with your mates? Donate it with Bstow!

Spare change from a night out with your mates? Donate it with Bstow!

Prior to the introduction of Bstow, I have donated money to the World Wildlife Fund (save the polar bears!!!), and to a non-profit planting trees in South American rain forests. Bstow will allow me to support the causes and charities I believe in, with greater frequency and convenience.  I don’t enjoy having lots of spare change weighing my wallet down anyhow – it’s just a nuisance in my life. However, my nuisance can become someone else’s treasure (i’m not using that spare change anyhow; it’s just collecting in my car – might as well put it to a good cause). Collectively, the spare change that the users of Bstow donate can have far-reaching positive outcomes globally. For more information on the app, you can visit BstowTell us which charity or causes you are keen to support?

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Merchandise Monday #49

My Nerd-Knights in the northern hemisphere; summer is going to be hitting you soon – time to bust out with some Star Wars New Era caps! Wooot!

Star Wars New Era Caps

Star Wars New Era Caps

So my sister from across the ocean bought me an amazing shipment of these limited edition New Era Star Wars caps. Five of the caps are from the original trilogy (R2-D2, C3P0, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Boba Fett), and two caps are from the new movie: The Force Awakens (Kylo Ren and BB-8).

Boba Fett Cap

Boba Fett Cap

The caps depicting the old school characters are my favorite (I’ve got to be loyal to the originals). The caps are all leather, and the details inside and out are amazing. I think the Boba Fett cap has the best detail to emulate the damage/ scuff marks of his helmet.

Star Wars New Era cap inside

Star Wars New Era cap inside

Which is your favorite cap?

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I Am a Strange Stranger – Poem

In this poem I’ve personified ‘Life’ as a stranger speaking to me…

I Am a Strange Stranger:

Am I strange because I’m a stranger?

Or because I’m not a normal exchanger

Of weird uniqueness?

 

Is it the look in my eye;

Or the song in my sigh;

That makes you recoil and avoid the toil

Of understanding a stranger?

 

Although…it is quite intriguing for me; to love a stranger I cannot see –

But it is the risk we take;

The promise we make;

And the fear we break; to show:

 

That as strange as I am you may get to know;

A stranger is a relationship that you didn’t grow.

 

“Come take my hand; take a chance,

An odd occasion for you to enhance

The beauty of your dreams;

For a stranger is imagination bursting at the seams.”

 

“Which other stranger can fulfill your life with such variance?

To offer the splendor of a new-new experience?”

 

“Strangely, we can live a happy life of trust –

Before returning to ashes and returning to dust.

Courage is a fear you’ve already accepted;

And by taking my hand I know you’ve rejected

The guiding journey of the map,

For a story you’d be more delighted to regale and to recap.”

 

I do thank you for your loving nature;

For the time we’ve shared,

And when you cared enough to give ‘belief’.

 

So, with the tatters of my life re-sewn

I’d dare to venture in the unknown – with you:

Broad and above is the uncharted reaches of your love,

And were it not for your love; I would dare to endanger,

This love I call ‘Life’ –

But Life is a stranger…

 

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Star Wars Superimposed

How many of you have the Star Wars app on your phones? I’ve had it for a few months and its a pretty cool novelty. My family and I were messing around with the photo superimposing aspect of the app and I got some pretty cool shots of my dad and brother:

Han Solo in Carbonite

Han Solo in Carbonite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sith Apprentice

Sith Apprentice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hoth Pilot

Hoth Pilot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you could be superimposed into the universe of Star Wars, what scene/ character would you choose? You’ll find me in Jabba’s Palace somewhere (hopefully not the Rancor pit).

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The CIA declassified thousands of UFO sightings

So if you haven’t been up to date with the latest news, the CIA declassified thousands of UFO and alien sightings that have taken place around the world! All of the documents released pertain to the period between 1940s – 1960s. No, unfortunately Roswell was left off the list; it’s still classified, which leads me to believe that it’s all real and they’re still trying to hide stuff (Area 51 vibes):

Via CIA website

Via CIA website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve given a few documents a read. Head on over to their website if you are keen to learn more. I always knew we weren’t alone in the universe. Let me know what you think…

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Facehugger versus Headcrab

The Facehugger (from Alien) and the Headcrab (from Half-Life) are very similar in that they want to couple with your head/face area, but they do so for different reasons:

Facehugger

Facehugger

The Facehugger locks around your mouth for the alien implantation process. The Facehugger inserts a tube-like proboscis into the mouth and down the throat of the host, supplying the host with oxygen while implanting an embryo (which will exit you as a Chestburster).

Headcrab

Headcrab

The Headcrab couples with its hosts head in an attempt to control the host’s nervous system. Upon sighting a humanoid host, a headcrab will leap for the victim’s face and affix itself to the cranium, whereupon they will use their beak to break into the victim’s skull. The Headcrab then proceeds to take over its host’s motor functions through some unknown biological process. The host will then undergo physical changes, presumably induced through chemical means – the host basically becomes a zombie.

Would you rather contend with a Facehugger or a Headcrab? I choose Headcrab since they can be domesticated.

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Merchandise Monday #48

Where’s the Wookiee! I got this awesome search and find book where you have to spot a Wookiee in the chaos of each destination’s theme:

Where's the Wookiee

Where’s the Wookiee

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Find these characters and more

Find these characters and more

The destinations take on some of our favorite planets and places from the Star Wars universe. I really love the cross-section details of buildings and vehicles throughout the book:

Hoth

Hoth

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Cloud City

Cloud City

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Ewok Village

Ewok Village

Finding the Wookiee was pretty easy for most destinations, except for the obvious Kashyyyk (where there are only Wookiees abound):

Kashyyyk

Kashyyyk

Don’t worry if you find the Wookiee on every page, there is a whole list of other characters at the back of the book that you can go back and look for. I recommend Where’s the Wookiee for any Star Wars fan/ anyone ho appreciates detail, oh and of course the kids will love it too.

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Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

If you are living in or around London you have to head over to Madame Tussauds, because they’re showcasing some awesome Star Wars scenes!

Star Wars Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Attack of the Clones

I went to London about 5 years ago, but they didn’t have the Star Wars section back then :(

Star Wars Jabbas Palace

Star Wars Jabbas Palace

Overall there are 11 Star Wars scenes and 16 Star Wars characters  over a range of all 6 films to immerse you in this lovely sci-fi universe. The accuracy looks amazing.

Star Wars Han Shot First

Star Wars Han Shot First

Has anyone been to London’s Madame Tussauds recently to see the Star Wars scenes? Please share your pics!

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Let’s Make a Satellite!

I’ve been trying to educate myself on how to build a satellite. I don’t want to spy on anyone, and I don’t want to commandeer any Earth media to make derailed broadcasts or anything, but it’d be totally cool just to have your own satellite roaming in orbit and potentially exploring space. The problem with this is; most satellites are only for near-Earth orbit.

PocketQube Kit

PocketQube Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I would use my satellite to try to communicate with potential aliens (yes I know there are qualified people already using sophisticated technology on these sorts of endeavors, but can we trust that these people are communicating the right messages on our behalf hmmm? Exactly!)

PocketQube Board

PocketQube Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So basically my satellite would communicate my message representation of humanity (brief history, a future projection of our needs, and how we might expect to collaborate with the receivers of the information).

PocketQube Panel

PocketQube Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a Google search, and 3 ambitious links later, I have more knowledge on how to build my satellite. However, building it is not as complicated as having to launch/ get it into space successfully. Apparently at the least it will cost US$ 40 000, and it will only probably stay in orbit for about 1 – 4 months. That’s a huge short term expense. Anyhow, you can buy parts (or a full satellite) from PocketQube, but it’s still pretty expensive. Would you go for this or somehow build your own?

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Those Feelings

I cannot remember much of much

For nothing has had the worth of such

To be remembered.

 

It’s only my mind whose fleetful thinking

That will keep my heart from deeper sinking

But a moment is a moment that will pass.

 

Dreams follow dreams after each has fled

And after each chase my sorrow is shed

But I cannot hide in those worlds.

 

Not in the Snowglobe of activity

But outside I dwell; observing with liberty

The buzz and chaos of the world.

 

Alone, just let me be

Without any noise or company

Loving the melodies of silence.

 

Imaginary, hope of mine

Cannot dispel my fear of time

Nor failure, nor the disappointed reflections of thine eye.

 

Oh time machine of day to day

It is you who has brought me to future dismay!

Is life a gift or burden…?

 

It is the human touch of tarnish-potion

That has left me bleak without emotion:

Human morals are yet to evolve.

 

I’m consoled only by nature’s gentle touch

For I have never experienced anything as radiant as such

As by being kissed by the beauty of a sunset.

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