The Finale to the Trilogy ‘Glass’ is Coming to Blu-Ray

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Be amazed by how things end in Glass’ coming to Blu-Ray

I still haven’t had a chance to see Unbreakable, but I have heard many good things about it. I was very impressed with Split, it ended up exceeding all my expectations. So when I heard about Glass I was looking forward to seeing it. I was able to see this film in theaters and let’s say it wasn’t what I expected. Now it is coming out on Blu-Ray. I was able to get a review copy and here is what I thought of it.

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You can read the plot for Glass here:

Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman figure, The Beast (James McAvoy), in a series of escalating encounters. Price, armed with secrets critical to both men, emerges as a shadowy orchestrator.

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I wasn’t that impressed by Glass sadly. This was a movie that just didn’t match the hype is what garnering. The story moved along slowly most of the time, and the character this film was focusing on did near to nothing for two thirds of the film. ‘Bringing the Team Back Together’ was actually kind of cool because it had the cast and crew talk about why they enjoy working with Shyamalan and showed how they have become like a family over the years. ‘Raven Hill Memorial’ was a bit eerie because it told about the location most of the film was shot in and had some of the cast and crew talk about how they felt about it. There was also an alternate opening and a number of deleted scenes.

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Glass arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand April 16th. You can follow this film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Art of Romance is Killing Us

I must start with an honest confession. I’m a hopeless romantic, always have been. Romance is a beautiful creature, albeit a two-headed tiger. I now call myself a reforming romantic.

Romance has been a massive theme in popular culture. There are literally thousands of songs, movies, and books dedicated to the art. In fact, I have no hesitation in going so far as to say, romance has become an obsession.

Our lives have been infused with its pursuit, along with its highs and lows, heartache and promise of forever love, ever since we were little boys and girls.

The giving and receiving of valentines or love tokens dates back to medieval times. There have always been star crossed lovers. If you go back to biblical times, you’ll find sex, debauchery, and betrayal, alive and well. But the absolute obsession with romance, seems to be more of a modern phenomena.

With TV shows such as the Bachelor and Bachelorette, Love Island, Married at First Site, and various spin-off shows, romance has been held up as the pinnacle of relationships, right down to the ‘rose ceremony’, the classic symbol of honour and romance. Every girl wants one and every man wants to give one. At least that’s what the myth would have us believe.

Romantic love can turn your world upside down and inside out in a matter of moments. It can be the catalyst for a surge of emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, that literally send a rush of chemicals through your entire body.

Relationship guru Esther Perel says “our religion of romantic love is making relationships harder”.

But why is that? Isn’t romantic love supposed to be a beautiful thing? Isn’t it meant to bring people together, make you feel amazing? Can’t every relationship do with a good dose of romance? Perel goes as far as to say, “we are turning to romantic love to give us what we once looked for in the realm of the divine. Transcendence, meaning, wholeness, and ecstasy.”

The Science of Romance
When there is ‘chemistry’ between two people, there is quite literally ‘chemistry’. The chemical responsible for that ‘head over heels’ feeling, is actually ‘a thing’. It’s known as Phenylethylamine or PEA for short. PEA naturally occurs in the brain, and when activated, stimulates the release of norepinephrine and dopamine. When these chemicals flood your body, you literally feel ‘high’. Better known as ‘falling in love’, this high can become quite addictive. In fact, it does its job perfectly. It is the ultimate ‘love drug’.

The problem is, when that same chemical starts to slow down its release, and the highs start to fade, we think we are falling ‘out of love’. And so relationships break down. If I’m not ‘feeling it’, it can no longer be real, is the underlying philosophy. If I’m not getting the ‘hit’, perhaps I’m with the wrong person, and well, there’s ‘plenty more fish in the sea’ right, so go find your ‘one’.

Love and romance
We tend to get love and romance mixed up. But here’s the thing. Romance alone, will not sustain a relationship. It’s the salt but it’s not the meal. Too much is a turn-off. Too little and it’s bland. Salt is used to bring out all the flavours. Romance is the same. It unlocks the door to love, it gives you a taste, but romance is not love.

If you build your relationship on romance alone, you’re building on the shifting sands of ‘feelings’. It will eventually crumble because it’s not built on anything solid. Romance was never meant to be the only building blocks we use to create strong, lasting, intimate, robust relationships.

Modern pop culture has indeed, sold us a lie. For those of us who grew up in the 80’s listening to bands like Bon Jovi and the myriad of big ballads that made us pine for love, connection and romance in the hunky arms of a lover, were merely ‘livin on a prayer’. Sorry, I had to throw that in.

Romance is a marketers dream. I’m also a marketer, so that makes me a double threat. Romance has been used to sell anything from chocolate to diamonds.

The ‘Feels’
Having the ‘feels’ is the gauge that most people in western culture use these days, to assess the health of their relationships. It spills over into our sex lives, and we end up constantly chasing the feeling.

Don’t get me wrong. Feelings are of value, and I’m a big believer in romance. It definitely has its place in our culture and in our relationships. Romance is not dead and nor should it be. It has long been the catalyst for many couples to get together and begin their journey as partners in crime. It can certainly add some spice, adventure, and fun. But it is the starting place, not the journey, and should never spell the end.

When we are the focus of a lover’s attention, it can feel amazing. In contrast, we all know the problem when there is NO romance, when neither party makes an effort anymore, when you can’t be bothered, or perhaps focus your romantic attention elsewhere, or fail to do the things you did at the start.

There are a tonne of ways and techniques used to turn up the heat in a relationship and bring back the romance. But that is not what this article is about, which begs the question; what happens when you focus too much attention on the romantic side of things and rely on it to sustain you?

Too much of a good thing

If not enough or non-existent romance is a warning sign, then too much romantic emphasis can also spell an imbalance. I’ve been an advocate of romance for a long time. I’ve spent hours learning the art of romance, and practiced its ways with precision and passion. What woman doesn’t want a little romance from her man? Right!

I speak on this topic with some authority, because I have been drunk on its allurement and its seductiveness before. It can feel f*cking amazing. But in practice, the art of romance is killing us, because it can blind us to the true art of what it means to love someone.

So here’s the thing. Romance doesn’t go deep. Romance doesn’t hang around when things get tough. Romance doesn’t embrace you when you’re feeling down. It doesn’t practice forgiveness when you are hurt. It doesn’t see the beauty in another person when they can’t see it in themselves. It doesn’t stay up late at night when your kid is unwell, or your partner is exhausted, or you have had an argument and need to show kindness and understanding. Love does those things. Romance is found lacking.

If all you want are the ‘feels’, if all you want is the rush of chemicals through your body, then sure, go for romance in isolation, and feed that addiction.

Romance promises everything, but in reality, can only give you a kick start. Love is what sustains. Love is what will carry you on and through. Love is a skill and a daily practice, designed to create depth, trust, intimacy, and connection. Romance is also a skill and a practice, but it is only the top layer, albeit a powerful one.

You see, being a romantic might make you a great lover, short term boyfriend, or one night stand, but being a man of lasting love and commitment, requires a much broader, wider, deeper set of skills.

True love
If you want a relationship that is lasting, seek first to love. If you first want to become the best version of yourself, so that you can experience the best version of your relationship, seek love. If you want something real, raw, resilient and beautiful, seek love.

If you’re a romantic like me, don’t stop. Don’t read this article and think that romance is recipe for disaster. It isn’t. Keep being romantic. Keep doing the fun, sweet, passionate things you did at the start, but don’t stop there.

If the art of romance is to rightfully play its part in healthy relationships, then the commitment to love, must follow and emerge as a daily practice. The values of love include things like, empathy, respect, honour, gratitude, kindness, gentleness and self-control. There’s more but you get my point.

Love sticks when things get hard. It perseveres when romance would drop off. Love is the glue that redefines who you are, both as an individual and as an individual within a relationship.

Have all the sex you want, all the romance you care to enjoy, but to evolve into a man who knows how to go deeper, and become a man a woman wants to stay with, journey with and grow old with, you’re gonna need to learn the true art of practical, hands-on, real, tangible, loving.

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The Problem with Ben Shapiro


Over the past year, I’ve heard a lot about Ben Shapiro. Every so often I’d read a Tweet of his and think, “Ugh,” but I didn’t really know anything about him other than what I picked up from the periphery of the media—headlines in my news feed, for the most part. From what I’ve gleaned, conservatives love Ben and liberals hate him.

He was recently on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast. I tuned in to finally learn who this fella was that everyone had an opinion about.

Right off the bat, Shapiro admitted to having some bad Tweets out there.

He said every time someone uncovers one that he admits was bad judgment, he apologizes. He further explained that, like anyone, he evolves from year-to-year of his life. Shapiro is thirty-five now, and says that he is a completely different person than when he was 17.

Which makes sense. We’re all (hopefully) different, better people today than we were at a younger age. I know I’m a different person than I was at ten, eighteen, and even thirty. When I was younger, I was as dumb as a box of rocks. Not to get too cocky here, but these days I’m only as stupid as a bag of pebbles.

See? Progress.

Here’s the problem with Shapiro talking about his evolution and development as a person: he maintains discriminatory attitudes because of his religious beliefs. Specifically, Shapiro said that he is personally opposed to gay marriage, because it goes against his religion. Such a statement, however, doesn’t gel with what he said earlier about developing and changing as a person. For the most part, religion doesn’t evolve.

Sure, it splinters and fractures and new sects are created, but religion does that because those in charge of the old school principles don’t change. If they did, then no religion in the world would have anything hateful or idiotic to say about homosexuality. Religion would have caught up to secular thoughts on the orientation, namely, how you’re born is how you’re born, and everyone should be accepted as such.

So it’s an odd mix for Shapiro to say he doesn’t believe the same thing things he did at age seventeen, but that his core beliefs come from a book that was written by goat herders at a time in history when no one knew where the sun went at night.

Shapiro also said that he’s a rationalist when it comes to religion. But followed that up by saying eats kosher, meaning no pork.

If you are a rational person, wouldn’t you understand that “don’t eat pork” was probably because back in the antediluvian times they didn’t know what trichinosis was? All they knew was, “Eat pig, get sick.” In an effort to prevent illness, some clever thinkers decided that eating pork was against God’s will.

Because who would go against God’s will?

Once it’s discovered how to cook meat properly, however, wouldn’t a rational person say, “OK, you can eat bacon now?” Any rational religion that had instituted such a policy would pull an Elsa, let it go, and say, “I’m pretty sure the path to God doesn’t involve restricting your diet.”

(To that end, Catholics couldn’t eat meat on Friday for forever and a day, but they, for the most part, got over that.)

Shapiro also said he’s shifting from being a Republican-leaning person to Libertarian. Like any Libertarian, he thinks there should be less government involvement in personal lives.

Unfortunately, the example he used to explain his drift to the libertarian movement involved, once again, discrimination. Basically, his place of worship doesn’t approve of homosexuality. Shapiro expressed concern that the government could try and force his faith to accept homosexuals into his house of worship.

Which means my basic problem with Ben Shapiro is: why would you want to be a member of a place that discriminated against anyone in the first place? You have to be a pretty flawed person to want to be a member of an organization that’s actively involved in bigotry of any kind.

It took them until 1979, but the Mormons eventually saw the light regarding African-Americans. And just the other week those magic-underpants wearing kind folk started turning a corner involving the LGTBQ community.

So maybe I was wrong earlier when I said religions don’t change. They can change, if they want to keep up with the times.
Anyway, the long and short of it is: I have some serious differences in thought with Ben Shapiro.

But after hearing him speak–after hearing him speak his own words and not just seeing headlines about him or reading Tweets taken out of context–I have a different take on the man: Ben Shapiro is neither the savior conservatives make him out to be, nor the anti-Christ liberals label him to be. He’s just a guy who somehow found a way to get like-minded people to pay him to reinforce their beliefs.

Isn’t that something most people would be interested in: having people listen to you?

Shit, I’m a father of two, and I can’t get my kids to listen to me, much less strangers across America.

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Being Alone With Yourself Is the Most Important Skill We Have Lost

We live in a world where we’re always around people either at work, in the store, and on our phones through social media. In fact, our society tends to label anybody who wants to be or is alone, as a lonely person or even more terribly, a depressed person. We have forgotten how to enjoy our own company.

This is particularly surprising since some of the admired and highly celebrated icons in human history are well known to be “loners.” We have mastered a lot of skills from society, but perhaps we have neglected the most important skill of all. The ability to learn alone, to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, to reflect on the way forward in life, to just sit and appreciate nature, is invaluable.

Here are 4 ways to make being alone fun and productive:

1. Change scenery

You don’t have to do this all the time, but one way to enjoy your time alone is to take a trip or a very long drive or run. It can be difficult to spend time alone when you’re around familiar faces. It’s one of the reasons why people go on vacations away from home. Just get out and spend some time alone reflecting and enjoying your own company.

2. Switch off everything

We live in a world of digital communication. If you truly want to be alone for a while, it would be better if you didn’t login to Facebook and Twitter at all. Better yet, turn off your phone.

3. Reflect

Now that you are alone, it is time to reflect on what you want, what you have done, what you want to be doing. Silence or cool music might be good here. Whichever way, one of the things that make being alone rewarding is the fact that it affords you the opportunity to reflect.

“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.” – Kobe Bryant

4. Give yourself a treat

Go see a movie, buy a plate of food or a cup of ice-cream. Being alone is not only a time to think, it is also a time to pamper yourself. Treat yourself to the best things that you can afford and be happy and proud about it.

Now that you know how to make being alone fun and productive, it’s time to see the benefits of being alone. Here are 6 benefits you can expect from embracing being alone:

1. It aids personal growth

Apart from all the skills we get from self-development books, being alone helps build us. Through it, we are able to make plans, to ask critical questions and put our lives in the proper perspective. To grow, it is important that you take yourself out and properly assess your life alone, away from friends, families and colleagues.

2. It energizes

There are times when we’re stressed out by work, family, and friends, so being alone is a wonderful way to renew yourself with extra energy. This is the time to give yourself treats and plenty of rest and leisure, away from the stress of the world.

3. It increases the value you place on relationship

When you come to a point where you love being alone, it makes it so that you’re very intentional about your relationship with others. Being alone can also help you properly evaluate and see all there is to love and enjoy about your relationship with others.

4. It increases self-confidence

Another wonderful benefit of being alone is that it helps to boost your self- confidence and self esteem. The more time you spend alone with yourself, the more comfortable you are with your skill and with your strengths and weaknesses.

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

5. It helps you become more empathetic

One thing about having friends and those we relate with very often is that we unconsciously develop a mentality that makes us empathetic towards them rather than others. Findings have shown that the more time you spend alone, the more compassion you’re able to show to a wider range of people.

6. The difference between being alone and being lonely

The desire to be alone is quite different from loneliness and sometimes, we do not take the required time to be alone because we don’t want to be perceived as “lonely” by others. To be lonely is to deeply want to relate and have communication with someone or some people but to be unable to.

It’s an ache that you carry around throughout the day, and it seriously affects all you do. It could make the entire world seem frustrating. The death of a loved one can lead to loneliness after a while.

Being alone on the other hand, as seen earlier, is intentionally deciding to get away from everybody and enjoying being with yourself as you reflect on your life and all that’s to come.

Taking time to be alone is very productive and it can be a wonderful thing for you. Take time away from social media and friends and find a nice spot to relax with yourself and analyze your habits and see how they affect your life.

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12 Warning Signs Someone Is Emotionally Unstable

When we get into a relationship, we go under the assumption that the person we are dating is emotionally mature and balanced. But sometimes we discover it later on that the person is emotionally unstable and not in a healthy mental and emotional place to hold a mature adult relationship.

It helps to look out for these early warning signs of emotional instability so that we can tread carefully and save ourselves a heartbreak later on.

1) They have low self-esteem and trouble trusting themselves

People who have a hard time trusting themselves and put their trust in others usually have suffered from trauma. Childhood trauma can lead to the intense fear of abandonment and rejection in a person making them susceptible to extremely low levels of self-esteem. They grow up to become adults who idealize other people and give their power away, hoping the other person would take care of them. And this, in turn, causes resentment because no one can really match up to their idealized image or be there to provide for them 24*7.

Though it might feel good to be put on a pedestal and trusted by someone so deeply if that trust comes from their lack of self-confidence and not because of intimacy that’s developed between the two of you over time, then that trust is really not about you.

They are just trying to heal their wounds and looking for a rescuer.

You want to be in a mature and interdependent relationship with someone who takes accountability for themselves and not someone who is looking for a rescuer.

2) They lack physical wellness

Physical and emotional health feed into each other. A person who is emotionally unhealthy will have a hard time keeping up his physical health and lack of physical health will again lead to unbalanced emotional health.

This can become a very vicious circle until a person takes responsibility to break the chain and addresses these issues.

Inability to keep up with the basic routine of healthy diet, sleep and exercise is a sign that a person doesn’t prioritize his physical health. That again could be a symptom of lack of self-love and low self-esteem or emotional instability.

All these things can weigh heavily on a person’s emotional and physical health and they would be left with very little energy to devote to nurture relationships.

3) They cancel on plans and fail to keep up commitments

Though all of the can falter to keep up our commitments sometimes if someone constantly fails to show up and do things they committed they would do, it could be a sign of deeper issues stemming from emotional instability and low self-worth.

4) They have addiction issues

Addiction could be to food, substances, prescription drugs, caffeine or alcohol. But the underlying theme is that a person is using an external stimulant to soothe his pain or to get high.

A person who is dependent on chemicals cannot show up fully and authentically in relationships because his mind will always be preoccupied with getting his next fix.

He is just looking for a way to soothe his pain more than anything else and he would approach the relationship also with the same space.

He would be so needy and desperate and clingy and look up to you as his rescuer instead of showing up as a mature and interdependent partner.

5) They lack boundaries and stay in disrespectful relationships

If you carefully observe the personal and work relationships in a person’s life, it would give a clue about how they feel about themselves.

If a person stays in disrespectful relationships and doesn’t know how to draw boundaries, they are suffering from low self-esteem and feel they are not good enough at some level.
It is important to be humble but it is also important to have a reasonable amount of self-confidence and a healthy self-image.

A person who has healthy self-esteem and self-confidence doesn’t stay in disrespectful or uninspiring relationships. Only a person who feels he is inadequate or unlovable would stay in disrespectful relationships.

They would also have a hard time receiving and appreciating love when it comes their way because they inherently feel that they do not deserve love.

Another way to figure out if a person has healthy self-respect is by observing how they deal in business relationships.

Someone who is confident and values his work charges an appropriate amount for their work and works with people who respect his craft.

But if someone gives his service or product at an undervalued price or free of cost, it is a clear sign that they put others needs above their own and operate out of lack and survival mentality.

These signs of lack of self-worth point out to deeper issues that need healing before a person can get into a mature, healthy, happy, fulfilling and interdependent relationships.

6) They have a pessimistic approach to life

Faith is a very powerful ingredient for a healthy and fulfilling life. It enables a person to face any obstacle in life and come out stronger.

An emotionally balanced and mentally strong person has a reasonable amount of faith in his own capabilities and/or higher power which gives him the strength to face the challenges life throws at him.

A person who lacks faith in himself and/or a higher power and has an overall pessimistic attitude towards life would not be able to deal with the demands of an intimate relationship and would break down at the slightest difficulties.

7) They move too fast too soon

Though it might be very exciting to meet a guy who claims that he is head over heels in love with you the moment he meets you.

But instant attention does not necessarily translate into the instant connection.

If he over shares and wants to know all your stories from the word go, he might be just mining for your weakness to work you.

Healthy relationships have a natural and organic rhythm to them.

Take your time to know someone before you start pouring your heart and raw stories to them.

Healthy intimacy and trust are built over time.

If he starts talking about how he wants to marry you or have children with you right in the first or second date, you might need to tread cautiously.

These gestures might look cute but they are actually a sign of emotional instability and personality disorders.

8) They don’t show any emotion at all

Not showing any emotion is as much an indicator of emotional instability as overreacting.

If you are sharing your problem with someone and find they just don’t show any reaction and in fact start diverting the discussion back to some other topic, it is a clear sign that they are lacking emotional sensitivity and empathy.

Sensitivity and empathy are cornerstones of emotional intelligence and an important ingredient to building healthy and loving relationships.

9) They don’t take ownership of their behavior

An emotionally healthy and mature person takes ownership for their behavior.

They acknowledge when they make a mistake and try to correct their behavior.

A person who feels that nothing is his fault and everyone else in the world needs to change lacks emotional health and maturity to hold a happy, healthy and long-lasting relationship.

10) They try to create drama to seek attention

A person who doesn’t have a healthy self-image doesn’t approach a relationship as a partnership between equals.

He would either engage in a one up or one down game.

He would try to create unnecessary drama to get a reaction from you to feed his ego. Although relationships filled with highs and lows appear to be very passionate initially they cannot constitute a happy, healthy and long-lasting relationship.

11) They are highly imaged focused

People who are highly focused on their image and external appearance are internally insecure and suffer from low self-worth.

They would base their self-love and esteem on these superficial things which are bound to fluctuate and then their self-worth and love keep on fluctuating.

A person who is not comfortable in his own skein and loves himself for what he is will have a hard time extending that unconditional love and support to another person.

12) Something just seems off

Ok, so this one is all about listening to your intuition and gut instincts.

Our intuition and gut feelings are way stronger than what we give them credit for.

Our bodies have a way of picking or rejecting vibes.

If you feel a contraction or tension in your body, when you’re around someone, pay attention to what your gut feeling is trying to tell you and tread cautiously.

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Stem Toy Company Hexbug Celebrates Robotics Week!

Did you know that one in five jobs are stem? According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, occupations in STEM are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%.

During National Robotics Weeks (#RoboWeek) (April 6th to the 14th) it’s fitting to introduce you to a company called HEXBUG (if you haven’t heard already). 

Since I have covered some awesome toy reviews – I thought it would be great to have a feature on HEXBUG and I’ve got three terrific STEM-based products to share! 

HEXBUG: Toy Company & Global Tech leader

HEXBUG is a global leader in the technology, robotics, and STEM education industries. Their products spark imaginations by providing children with a positive experience with robotics toys at a young age.

HEXBUG: Beetle

HEXBUG Beetle

The hi-tech HEXBUG Beetle will travel in a straight line until it hits an object in its path!

Introducing the HEXBUG Beetle, a micro robotic creature that crawls around sensing objects in its path and avoiding them using its bump sensor feelers. With the clap of your hands, you can make the Beetle change direction and watch as it scurries away!

These unique design elements were carefully chosen by engineers to get children to think about the science behind robots! The HEXBUG Beetle fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for miniature fun at any time!

The HEXBUG Beetle is compliant with CPSIA standards. Ages 8 and up. Available in three colors: Blue, Green, and Pink. Two button cell batteries are included.

features & details

  • Features bump sensor feelers
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Crawls and senses objects
  • Micro robotic creature
  • Ages 8 years and up
  • Two batteries included

Our Review:

The hi-tech HEXBUG Beetle will indeed as advertised travel in a straight line until it hits an object in its path or hears a loud noise.

Upon contact or noise, the bug reverses in a half circle, then moves forward again in a new direction the kids loved how it reacted like an actual bug.

This fun little micro robotic creature crawls around sensing objects in its path and avoids them using its bump sensor feelers.

With the clap of your hands, you can make the Beetle change direction to avoid danger.

These unique design elements got the kids asking about how robots are designed, based on the jobs they are tasked to perform, the science needed to develop this toy and what other animals robots can be based upon!

HEXBUG along with VEX Robotics encourages children to explore STEM through interactive play and hands-on exploration by integrating elements of STEM technology in fun and exciting products.

Robotics: decades fastest growing industry

According to Loup Ventures research, the industrial robotics market is expected to grow by 175% over the next decade.

HEXBUG: Spider

HEXBUG Spider w IR remote

The HEXBUG Spider is an electro mechanical marvel to watch and operate.

As you control this bug, you see the complexity of its internal mechanisms. Features 360-degree steering, and LED forward eye, and two-channel infrared remote control.

The remote allows you to operate multiple bugs independently or at the same time. This bug is filled with robotic intelligence and protected by a hard, transparent exoskeleton casing.

HEXBUG Spider is compliant with CPSIA standards. Ages 8+.

features & details

  • 2-channel IR remote control
  • 360-degree rotating head
  • Crawls in any direction
  • Fits in your hand
  • Batteries included

Our Review:

The HEXBUG Spider is fun to watch and operate! The transparent exoskeleton allows you to see the complexity of its internal mechanisms in real time as it scurries along.

The IR remote is robust and operates a good distance away but you must be in line-of-sight.

Features 360-degree steering, and LED forward eye, and two-channel infrared remote control.

The remote allows you to operate multiple bugs independently or at the same time.

This bug is protected by a hard, transparent exoskeleton and though it’s technically not built for combat, the casing stood up to unscheduled bouts with the Battlebots in the arena!

HEXBUG: Battlebots Arena

HEXBUG BATTLEBOTS ARENA

Modeled after television’s favorite metallic war-zone comes HEXBUG BattleBots Arena.

Watch action-packed matches unfold inside this arena, a perfect place to put a collection of the world’s most destructive machines against one another!

Batteries Included. Two LR44’s included in each remote. Ages 8 and up.

HEXBUG BattleBots Arena is compliant with CPSIA standards.

features & details

  • Two push activated pulverizing hammers
  • Battle-worn detachable robot pieces
  • BattleBots I/R Witch Doctor included
  • BattleBots I/R Tombstone included
  • Realistic protective walls
  • Fold-out game board
  • Batteries Included
  • Ages 8 and up

Our Review:

Witch Doctor & Tombstone who come with the set have remote controls that boast a decent range and a small learning curve to maneuver but once you get the hang of the controls, (made for people with smaller digits than mine!) they are responsive and fun to operate!

The bots themselves are easily assembled and snap on panels that are “damaged” during bouts are simple to reassemble, the game board side panels do a good job keeping the action between the durable little bots contained. However, the robots won’t mar, table surfaces. We played on our antique maple living room table (to my wife’s chagrin) and it wasn’t any worse for wear if they skidded off the approximately 2X2 foot game board. The battery life is robust and the kids were thoroughly pleased with Battlebots Arena!

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Technology plays such a crucial role in our day to day lives, so it’s natural to have National Robotics Week to celebrate and continue to encourage the development of robotics technology.

We all know the importance of Science & Math education for our children to compete on a global scale.

STEM-based toys pique young kids interests in robotics and engineering and gets them asking questions.

These toys from HEXBUG are the perfect introduction!

Look for a follow-up feature article for unboxing videos coming soon!

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How To Not Dwell On What Could’ve Been

Dear Chelsea,

I got dumped for the second time by the same person. The first time we met and started spending time together things were becoming serious and communication wasn’t clear and each party wanted something that the other party didn’t and the whole thing became messy. He announced he wasn’t ready for a relationship and the relationship ended in a big, painful, and ambiguous mess that hurt quite a bit.

A month later and this man comes back into my life with flowers and chocolates and he’s changed his mind, he misses me, he’s been depressed, he knows what he wants and it’s me. So we dive in, probably a bit quicker than we should have. I meet a parent and we make all these plans for the future, but we bicker here and there. One day we bicker all day and we talk about it, but only briefly. We almost end it but we don’t.

A week later out of the blue I receive a text message saying we need to talk and I know where it’s going and it happens via text. Here I am heartbroken because I wanted it to work and it didn’t because he ended it. I never got closure and I guess my question is how do I not dwell on what could have been if we had done things differently or, more importantly, if I had done things differently? I’ve had several epiphanies but it’s too late, because the relationship is over and I’m just now realizing all of the things that I should have done. 

Thank you,

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Dear Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda,

If you don’t want to dwell on what could have been, you have to let go of what could have been and trust in what can be.

This may sound simplistic, even spiritual, but stick with me. Let’s give into this whimsical possibility together.

If you want to make peace with your past, you’ll need to let go of this dream that your past could have gone any other way and trust that how it went is how it was meant to go.

What’s so bittersweet about heartbreak is that if you experience it enough, you’ll eventually sober up to the reality that the shelf life of an affair is largely in hands that are not our own. The best you can do is offer yourself up for the experience, trusting that wherever you end up is exactly where you always intended to be.

For three and a half years, I went to bed with every shoulda, woulda, coulda. And I did this while the man I was shoulding and woulding and coulding was in bed with me.

Do you think that brought us any closer together?

Do you think me lying in bed dwelling on everything he should be doing differently strengthened or severed our love?

What about all the thoughts I had about myself and what I could be doing differently, do you think those thoughts ever made me feel like I was enough?

Do you think dwelling inside every rift that was between us disguised any of the emptiness?

Do you think it made sex feel more sincere?

It didn’t.

It just kept him from kissing me.

In the beginning, he called it lovemaking and in the beginning I was hopeful but, the reality is, sex with him was always a coin toss. I always held my breath and closed my eyes and wished for it to be what I called out for.

Do you think that holding your breath and wishing a man could be what you need turns you into what he needs?

That’s the heartbreak right there. That’s the delusion.

It’s what you’ll need to sober up to.

The reality that none of us can control what we are to each other. None of us gets to decide that we are who another person needs.

Take it from me.

If the person in your bed triggers question after question, they are not your answer.

So to answer your question, if you don’t want to dwell, you’ll have to let go of who you hold in question and trust that your answer is ahead of you.

You’ll have to live boldly, choose wisely, love easily, and let go quick.

I learned my lesson, that’s for sure.

That rather than dwelling, the better choice is to be brave.

The braver choice is to move when sinking feels so easy. The braver choice is to get out of your mind and into your life. Out of your doubt and into your dreams.

If you want to be brave, you must trust the men who leave you. That leaving you is better for you. You must soften around the chances, the chance that leaving you is better for him too.

Ask yourself why is it that to feel good about yourself, you must turn into someone’s forever?

To stop dwelling on what could have been, you’ve got to see that what you have been is what was needed. It’s what he needed at this particular time. It’s what you needed as you flesh out who you are when all the ideas you have for yourself melt and fade.

To stop dwelling, you’ll need to accept that what you did and who you are and what you gave was exactly right.

That it wasn’t supposed to go differently.

That it never was going to last, and not because you aren’t worth committing to but because life has a reason to turn you loose again.

Get curious about that reason.

We are only called to be single when life isn’t done surprising us.

Don’t dwell on this, remember this. Remember, the better choice is to be brave, and the braver choice is to move into the surprise.

If I had trusted in the likelihood that such surprises do arrive, I would have let go sooner. If I had known I could make myself this happy, I would have left my ex long before he lost interest in kissing me. I never would have allowed that torture into my life.

Listen to me, I never would have stayed in bed for three and a half years with a man I was not convinced by. I never would have let him break up with me, only to then continue showing up for him as if I were his girlfriend. I never would have made allowances that did nothing to help me feel any bit more powerful.

This is what that heartbreak taught me. This is what I learned. I learned love will never feel so difficult, so backwards, and cruel if you let your ex go when he lets you go the first time. Love will never feel so painful and you so pathetic, if you let go when you first feel that the pleasure and integrity of your romance is a coin toss.

You see, these are some of my own epiphanies. Like you, I had several after my relationship was over as well. But none of them were ever too late. They were always just in time.

Epiphanies take time, that’s what makes them so striking and special. They happen in the space between what we could have done and what we can do. They happen in the space between regretting ourselves and exonerating ourselves.

The power of an epiphany is not that having one will resolve the past but that it will redeem our future. Epiphanies are the fireworks of dating. My God, they are the whole point of what we put ourselves through. Having them is how we enable ourselves to date better, to love greater, to choose wisely. It’s how we put some of love’s power into our own hands.

Hold onto these epiphanies of yours and make sure they are less about him and, for the most part, are epiphanies centered in you. Let them embolden you. Let them accelerate you into the magic just ahead, into the surprise. Let them challenge you to do better, to want better, to be better for yourself. Have your epiphanies be the reason you look for more with the next man, like less ambiguity and bickering and more clarity and conversation early on. My advice is come up with prerequisites and have your epiphanies be the reason you crave more for yourself and expect more from yourself, too.

I want to tell you a story about what can happen if between one love and another you live in this way. I want to tell you what happened when I stopped dwelling on my shoulda, woulda, coulda saga with my ex and chose to brave my way into a world I felt too insecure for. I’m telling you this because I think it might surprise and excite you. I think it might make you look at loss in a new way.

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Here’s Why You Should Stay Hopeful Right Now

Every day in my travels around this country (both in person or online) people ask one question:

“How do you stay hopeful right now; how do you keep going when there is so much to grieve over, so much cruelty in front of you, when there is such daily violence to contend with?”

I often tell them I stay hopeful for Anne Frank.

The Jewish teenager wrote these words in the early 1940s, while confined within the cramped upper rooms above an Amsterdam business, that became the entire world for three years of her far too brief life while her family hid from the Nazis:

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Every time I read or I think of those words, I remember why I stay hopeful right now.

I stay hopeful because she stayed hopeful. Despite every reason to abandon the will to continue or the optimism to sustain her, she refused to. The beautiful defiance of her young heart revealed in those words is reason enough to keep going.

I stay hopeful because hopeless is not an option. Hopelessness is defeat and resignation; it is a willing surrender to darkness that insults the memory of so many who have courageously made this planet their home long before we ever showed up here.

I stay hopeful because people of every nationality, religious affiliation, and life circumstance who have preceded us, have experienced all manner of hell during their lifetimes: unspeakable suffering and unthinkable fear—and would not relent. They faced genocide and slavery and war; endured murderous regimes and malignant dictators and corrupt governments and yet chose to persevere. They made the daily, sometimes hourly decision to speak and live and create and work and resist and love when it proved difficult. We need to do that now.

We who inhabit this planet in these days have inherited it from them: the children, activists, caregivers, soldiers, helpers, and parents—the ordinary people who would not allow themselves to become so despondent or so weary in their present circumstance that they stopped giving a damn or making a life or bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice in any way they were able.

Now it’s our turn. This is our moment to spend our fragile and fleeting sliver of space and time here, and for the sake of our predecessors in humanity and for our descendants who will be here after we’re gone—we can’t blow it.

We can’t allow our present troubles to overcome us.
We cannot be overwhelmed by the pain in our path, to the point where we are no longer willing to feel it or respond to it.
We can’t wilt in the face of hateful, fearful people who would make the world less diverse and less equitable.
We can’t become apathetic or stay silent or sidestep the turbulence of engaging the ugliness outside or doors or on our social media feeds—because the multitudes whose feet traversed this place previously, refused to.

So stay hopeful:
for Anne Frank,
for Rosa Parks,
for Mahatma Gandhi,
for the Suffragettes,
for the Little Rock Nine,
For Harvey Milk,
For Malala Yousafzai,
for Syrian refugees,
for the Parkland Students,
for Greta Thunberg.

For them, for the other recorded heroes of our shared story, and for the billions of human beings whose names and faces and stories you’ll never know, who refused to lose hope even as all hell broke loose around them, and allowed you to inherit a world worth saving.

Anne Frank believed that people are really good at heart. Nearly 70 years later, you get to prove her right. You get to be the good people. You get to hold on to your ideals and you get to carry them out even in days when it feels and seems impossible.

Stay hopeful because you have breath in your lungs and a working heart planted firmly in your chest, and you have this day in which you can speak and live and create and work and resist and love.

You’re here and alive.

Don’t waste your chance.

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Web of Venom Cult of Carnage

Symbiote:

A fictional species appearing in Marvel comics.  They’re an organic, amorphous, multicellular extraterrestrial species that, when on earth, must bond with a human, or host, to survive.  They create a symbiotic bond through which a single entity is created, often bringing out your worst fears.

Venom and carnage are both symbiotes who have bonded with a host.

 

Venom vs Carnage.  Now that would be a smackdown worth the price of Pay Per View.  Venom is an anti-hero.  A hero, though not in the traditional way.  Eddie Brock, Venom’s host has laid strict ground rules for when Venom takes over.

Venom enjoys eating the heads off people, something Eddie isn’t really down with.  So they come to an agreement.  Venom can eat heads, but only the heads of the bad guys.

Carnage has no such agreement with his host and in fact, his host is all about mayhem, bloodshed and other assorted shenanigans.

In fact, in Issue #1, which hit streets on Wednesday, we find out that Carnage has taken over the small town of Doverton, Colorado and has bonded with everyone in town, essentially making them zombies to do Carnage’s bidding.

One thing I can’t stand in a comic book is when you get to a new storyline, with an issue #1 and the writers don’t give enough back story to help you understand what’s going on.  That’s not the case here.

In fact, the writers set it up so well with the backstory of exactly what type of carnage that Carnage has piled on the people of Doverton, that Venom doesn’t even make an appearance in Issue 1 of his own comic book.

Talk about dedication to your craft!

As you would expect, the story is great and not having Venom appear for a month makes me ready for issue 2 to come out even quicker.

Venom vs Carnage is a fight for the ages.  These two don’t fight with rules and if you get in their way, chances are that you’ll get messed up big time, so I suggest simply heading to your local comic shop and picking up a copy to read in the safety and comfort of your own home.

All in all, this is a solid 4 out of 5 purple goatees!

 

 

 

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Is the United States in Decline? (A Call for Submissions)

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It’s no secret that the country is more polarized politically than in recent generations. We have become so segregated by our political views that significant percentages of both Republicans and Democrats are against the idea of marrying “the other.” Moreover, President Trump—the embattled “businessman” that Sexton is referring to—is the most polarizing president in recent memory. His opponents revile him while his supporters depend on him as their sole source of truth among “fake news” and alleged liberal conspiracies.

Despite the political situation, most news reports are positive about the economy, and no one in the mainstream would agree with Sexton that we are on the “verge of breaking” due to the weighty influence of “supercapitalists.” Yet, self-described socialist Bernie Sanders has gone from pariah to front-runner in less than two election cycles, and regardless of who prevails in 2020, the Democratic party has shifted to the Left on a number of issues post-2016. Socialism is now only a bad word among conservatives; many younger, more progressive Americans welcome it—at least in its democratic manifestation—and await the passage of Medicare-for-all, free college tuition, and a universal basic income.

How have economic and political realities affected what it means to be a man—or an American of any gender? How important are identity politics in light of the structural issues that Sexton highlights in his tweet? Should we attempt to elect a woman in 2020, prioritize defeating Trump at all costs, push for systemic change in the form of democratic socialism—do all three? Or none of the above?

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