Tangent Time V7

Helllooo!! It’s The Myriad here. I didn’t post over the weekend because of all of the celebration of Easter. I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family or friends. Today I wanted to share with you guys what I do on Easter.

Okay, so in the past when I was younger, I didn’t really understand what Easter was about. I mean, I heard about Jesus dying for mankind and then rising again, but I didn’t completely understand how significant it was. Probably because I was too distracted with chocolate, candy, and Easter egg hunts.

Speaking of which, on Sunday afternoons, my family and I would go to my grandparents house to spend time with family, eat a lot of course, and hunt eggs. Usually, how it worked was the adults would take me, my brother, and my cousin and make us go into a spare bedroom so that we wouldn’t see where the eggs were. Then, once the eggs were hidden, we’d rush out onto the lawn and start scrambling around trying find as many eggs as we could carry.

My grandma always had a mix of candy and money eggs for us to find. Including an egg that is molded into a rabbit which always carries the ultimate prize of five dollars. I did manage to find this egg one or two times, but my cousin and brother are both quite a bit older than I so yeah…”I found the prize egg!!!” SLAM!! That was the sound of my brother forcibly taking the egg from me.

As I’ve grown up, I don’t do this anymore. I’m kind of glad and sad at the same time. It was a different, simpler time. A time where I didn’t have to worry about what college I was going to or having to stay up late doing homework. But growing up has been somewhat fun as well…somewhat fun yeah…

That is it, guys! Let me know what you guys do for or have done for Easter in the comments. Thanks!!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

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Tangent Time V6

What’s up, guys? It’s The Myriad here. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. I’m on Spring Break so I am very happy. I still have some homework to do, but I don’t have to go to school and get more of it which is a plus. As I was thinking about what to write this morning, I decided to look inward and bring you a more personal blog post. I hope you enjoy!

For those of you who don’t know, I am a senior in high school, but I am taking college classes full time. I was homeschooled for most of my life until my Junior year when I attended a community college full time. After about two years of hard work, it is starting to pay off as I will graduate with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts when I receive my high school diploma.

It has not been an easy road. I can remember my first time ever attending a college class. It was soooo stressful. I got over it and I was able to adapt, but it took a lot of quieting my nerves to calm down and figure out how I was going to survive. Fast forward a year and a half, here I am, a senior. I’ve taken a total of sixty-four college credits in subjects from Trigonometry to Pottery.

If I could say just three sentences to freshmen coming into high school it would be this:

Don’t wish for the times ahead to be over. There is always something worth living for. It’s only four years and four years is not a long time.

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I can testify and say this: I don’t think I followed these words. I spent much of my time in high school wrapped up in “pity parties” rather than enjoying the time I had. Looking back now from the other side of the fence, I can see that I was just a little selfish. The trouble now is not making the same mistake with the time in front of me. Because I am suddenly filled with melancholiness and the temptation to sit back and lament over graduating is great. But I cannot do this. And none of you should either.

The bottom line is: Enjoy the times ahead, try new and different things, make new friends, oh! and get a job. Even if it is only one or two days a week, it will keep your life from getting stagnant as fast. I know because currently I don’t have one and I wish I did. Haha!

Check back this Friday for a new post. Be sure to like, comment, or follow the blog if you haven’t. Thank’s everyone! Have a great week!!!! That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

 

Ray Comfort: 180 Movie

Hey, guys! It’s The Myriad here. I am very tired and I was having a bit of writer’s block with this post. But then this story came to my mind and I knew I just had to write it. Enjoy!

So Ray Comfort released a thirty-three-minute movie back in 2011 that talked about an incredibly serious issue. I will not spoil it for anyone, as I know that there are plenty of people who have not watched it yet.

Okay, so the title of the movie is 180, and rightfully so because this movie pulled a-180-like-nobodies-business. I mean, I’ve seen plot twists in movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” or “Now You See Me”. But nothing prepared me for what this movie did. This movie rocked my world. What it did was basically took a situation and circumstance that most people know about and compared it with a problem that well, frankly, most people don’t consider an issue, and showed how they were the same.

It might sound boring, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from it. Seriously, you need to watch this video!!! I cannot recommend it enough.

But a problem that this movie touches on is just how broken the way of thinking is. Mostly in regards to the matter in question which could be summed up as ethics and morality. The movie does not delve into this directly, but in my opinion, it doesn’t even need too. The film exposes the corrupted way of thinking, particularly in America, and it is so sad to see some of the ways in which people think.

Anyway, it really is an interesting movie that everyone should see. I hope everyone who reads this watches the movie. That is it!

The 180 Movie

Sincerely,

The Myriad

 

Tangent Time V5: Part 2 of The Growing Problem with Gaming on Youtube

Hey, everyone! So a friend of mine encouraged me to continue a post from last week’s Tangent Time. I agreed and I understand that I ended the blog rather abruptly and I also feel like I didn’t convey my thoughts that well. But without further delay, here is part 2.

Alright, last week we talked about how gaming video’s on Youtube, are generally filled with sexual innuendo, crude remarks, enough swear words to compare with The Wolf of Wall Street, and discussion about a lot of other things that I will leave to your imagination.  Now, I understand why Youtuber’s do this. It is a lot of easy fun to joke at different physical parts of the body or spin out some joke with the F-bomb dropped in it. If this was every once and awhile I would not be writing this blog post. But it’s not! Instead, with most gaming video’s you hear a constant barrage of profanity and vulgarity. Most of it does not even have a place or a single thread of correlation to what is happening in the video. This is part of the problem.

Something to remember is that kids, pre-teen’s, teenagers, and young adults are the target audience. If this is the case, then how is all this affecting them? Well, truthfully, it may not affect them whatsoever. I mean that. It may have absolutely no consequences in their life. But for those who want better, who don’t want to hear the constant swearing or the talk about what pornography someone watched while viewing a cool idea that the maker of the video came up with in say Batman game for example, what are they left with? Maybe you are an adult and you say, “These kids should just go outside or do something more productive with their lives than just watching gaming video’s!” Okay. But that doesn’t respect someone else’s idea of recreation and it does not help the problem. The problem being, some people don’t want to constantly have to wade through all of the junk that populates these Youtube video’s and channels.

My last thought on this hasn’t changed. If you have the capabilities to make videos on games that have a lot of that “junk” stripped away, then I encourage you to make them. You might not get all of the views in the world. This is often because people want to see the person that is doing the loudest ranting and hating. But it might be a blessing in someone else’s life.

I do want to draw attention to someone who sort of already does this, and that is a Youtuber by the name of TotalBiscuit, also known as “The Cynical Brit”.CynicalFlag_5846He is from England, as you might have guessed from the picture above. Yes, he does still have some language in his video’s. Yes, he does have video series called “WTF Is” though I’ve never heard him actually say what that stands for. He always says, “WTF Is (certain game)”.

He may still have moments where he does talk about something unpleasant, but it is dramatically less than what most people inject into theirs. Something that TotalBiscuit does, if there is strong language in a video, he puts it on the thumbnail of the video. This lets people know, “Hey! Warning! Don’t watch this with your children!” It is a small step, but it is in the right direction.

Alright, guys! If you stuck with me until the end, good for you! I’m going to go and study now. Feel free to comment, follow the blog, or drop a like. It is very reassuring. Have a great day!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Photography

Hey, everyone! It is The Myriad here and today I thought I would show you some cool photographs that I took during photography class last year. Just a heads up, I am going to be extending volume four of Tangent Time. So basically, it’s going to have a part 2! Check back on Monday for that. Anyways, here are the pictures!

...And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking..

Inspired by Pink Floyd: “And you run to catch up with the sun…”

 

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A rock being dropped into a puddle at 1/2000ths of a second

 

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This was inspired by Henry Fox Talbot

 

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This has a rather odd depth of field, but it still looks cool

 

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An old Dodge pick-up truck

 

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Lens flares are the coolest thing ever. I guess it is more like a gradient flare then anything else. This was taken down in Florida

 

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This is a car going by. I used an open shutter time of four seconds while the camera was propped up on a mailbox

That is it! I figured maybe change it up a little with some pictures. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Check back on Monday for a new Tangent Time! Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,

 

The Myriad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tangent Time V4: The growing problem with gaming on Youtube.

It is The Myriad here. Oh boy! I have a stressful week ahead. Anyways, I wanted to share with you something rather interesting on this weeks’ Tangent Time.

So something about me: I love to play video games. Yup! I think that they are a lot of fun and for me personally I enjoy playing the many different varieties of games that there are.

But video games are not directly what I want to discuss. The problem is from websites or rather gaming channels set up on Youtube that popularize these games or simply play them for the enjoyment of the viewer. Because most of these Youtuber’s inject an insane amount of language and sexual material into their video’s.

Nowadays, in the world of gaming on Youtube, the F word is common use. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have heard this word along with the many other vulgar terms that were once so bad, no one would ever say them.

The level of sexuality is absolutely disgusting. Men and women referencing each other’s anatomy in a myriad of different ways are incredibly common.

The point is: people need to stand up and either demand entertainment that does not include so much of this stuff, or simply create their own content for other people’s enjoyment, without all of these things.

If parents wonder why their child is saying this or doing that. A logical question would be: what is my child watching? Why is he or she so fascinated with this one person or group in gaming?

A lot of people watch gaming video’s, so it is not just a fad or something that will go away in a year or two. I want you to think for yourself if you should watch this stuff and maybe some of you should even consider making your own gaming channel that does not include so much vulgarity.

That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

The Bro-Am

What’s up, guys? It’s The Myriad here. I am busy as always, but I am still loving blogging ya know. Let me ask a question: have you ever heard of The Bro-Am?

The Bro-Am was started back in 2005 by the band Switchfoot which, by the way, is one of my favorite artists. Yes, they started this event back around when they released their “Nothing is Sound” record. So what is The Bro-Am?

The mission of The Bro-Am is:

To give back to the San Diego community through music, surfing & youth development programs.

It’s that simple. But as simple as it is, it’s something that is very dear to Switchfoot’s heart as well as the community of San Diego.

So, The Bro-Am is split into two different events. The first event happens the night before The Bro-Am. This is where people participate in a pre-event auction. As of July 11, 2015, The Bro-Am allows people worldwide to partake in the auction.

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The second, of course, is the actual occurrence where thousands of youth take to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas for a day of music, surfing, and fundraising.

All of the proceeds earned go to the city of San Diego for youth development programs. The actual cash is earned from the pre-event auction and the sponsors and vendors that are at the beach that day. Just to let you know, The Bro-Am has some huge sponsors behind it. Guys like Hurley, iHeartMedia, and even Coca-Cola are all active sponsors of the event.

That is about it. Check out The Bro-Am. If you go to their social media page, you can get up-to-date news about the event itself. That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

The Bro-Am