Friday, August 14, 2015

My Review Of Ambronite, The "Drinkable Supermeal"



Recently I received an e-mail from Valerie Vlasenko (one of the kind folks working for Ambronite), asking if I would like to write about their product, a "drinkable supermeal" that's designed to give busy people a quick, easy, and healthy way to stay satiated during the day. I was flattered to be offered the chance, so I quickly accepted. Within a couple days, a box loaded with packets of the Ambronite drink mix arrived at my doorstep (I think they gave me three days worth of the stuff).

Also included were instructions for how to use it, which I of course read. Apparently there's a special shaker bottle that you're supposed to use with Ambronite, but as I didn't have one I used a standard shaker bottle instead (those ones with a steel wire ball, usually used to whip up a protein shake after a workout). 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Brief Rant About Height Fraud in the NBA


The guy on the left is listed at 6'1" (and is likely closer to 6'0"). The guy on the right is listed at 6'3".

I know that I am pretty much the only person who thinks about stuff like this, but I'm going to rant about it anyways: how the heck does the NBA get away with so much height fraud?!

In a sport where so much depends upon height, you'd think that they'd get their numbers straight. But no. It's entirely the opposite.

Standardized Testing Gets A Failing Grade


Is it just me or is Last Week Tonight already better than The Daily Show?

Ok, so that's a bit of an overly dramatic title. But it is semi-creative so it stays...for now.

Anyways, I just now watched John Oliver's video lambasting standardized testing and wanted to chime in and say that I couldn't agree more.

He goes over a lot of good points in his piece, so I'll touch upon a subject that he wasn't really able to elaborate on: standardized testing at the college level.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Losing His Respect

(Restart Story)

Greetings everyone. What you will find below will look strange without some context. What it is, essentially, is a continuation of my choose your own adventure story: "First Day Of School." If you would like to play from the beginning, either select the "restart story" option above, or click here

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You decide to continue speaking to David, despite Clavain's entrance.

"So, want to hang out with me later on?" You speak to David in a whisper, hoping to avoid the ire of your teacher.

To your horror, you realize that David is frozen-faced, trying his best not to acknowledge your question. You turn your head, and see that Clavain is staring right at you.

"That was quite rude of you. Do you want to share your question with the rest of the class?"

The way Clavain speaks reminds you of shows like Law and Order. He sounds like he is constantly on the verge of saying something of extreme significance.

Clavain's icy stare bores into your skull.

How do you respond?

(A) "I...I was just asking David here if he wanted to hang out later"

(B) "I don't have to tell you."

Clavain, Man of Mystery

(Restart Story)

Greetings everyone. What you will find below will look strange without some context. What it is, essentially, is a continuation of my choose your own adventure story: "First Day Of School." If you would like to play from the beginning, either select the "restart story" option above, or click here

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You turn your attention to the front of the class as your teacher begins speaking.

Clavain is an impressive sight to behold, and you aren't afraid to admit it to yourself. He has the look and manner of a man you'd want to have around during a crisis. You've heard through the rumor mill that he once served in the upper echelons of military in some capacity, but it's all hearsay. Looking at the way he carries himself, and his manner of speech, you don't doubt that he has, at the very least, lived through some stressful situations.

"Greetings students. My name is Clavain, but you can call me Mr. Clavain. Before you ask, no, I don't have a clue at how my parents came up with that."

The class chuckled collectively. Clavain scratched his meticulously groomed beard and paused briefly.

"In the case you walked into this classroom not knowing the subject, I'll give you a reminder: we're going to be talking about history. Particularly, my favorite aspect of history: warfare."

The way Clavain speaks commands respect. With that simple line, he has the class' undivided attention.

(A) Rudely interrupt Clavain

(B) Pay attention to Clavain's lesson

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Enter Clavain

(Restart Story)

Greetings everyone. What you will find below will look strange without some context. What it is, essentially, is a continuation of my choose your own adventure story: "First Day Of School." If you would like to play from the beginning, either select the "restart story" option above, or click here

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The boy in front of you hasn't said a word since walking in. Though you find that strange, you remind yourself that you've been completely silent as well.

Trying to change that, you tap on his shoulder. He turns around. He's got tan skin and a uniquely ethnic look about him, such that you can't pinpoint his nationality. He smiles briefly, and waves at you with his right hand.

"H-hi!" He stammers, evidently not used to girls talking to him.

"Yo," you reply, "sucks to be back in school, doesn't it?"

He smiles, your steady tone allowing him to calm down a bit.

"Yeah...I miss summer break already. My name's David by the way." He reaches out his hand, and you extend yours as well, giving him your name in return.

Soon, you two are talking as if you've known each other for years. Before you know it, the teacher, Mr. Clavain, walks to the front of the class.

(A) Whisper to David, asking him if he wants to hang out later

(B) Pay attention to Mr. Clavain

Failure to launch

(Restart Story)

Greetings everyone. What you will find below will look strange without some context. What it is, essentially, is a continuation of my choose your own adventure story: "First Day Of School." If you would like to play from the beginning, either select the "restart story" option above, or click here

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You look at the girl to your right. She had reddish hair; perhaps it can even be described as "brunette" under certain lighting. She's looking forward, but you can still just make out the icy blue of her eyes.

Not recognizing anyone else in this class, you make an attempt to gain an acquaintance of sorts.

"Hey, how's it going?" You direct your words at the girl. With an almost imperceptible turn of her head, she glances at you.

"Hey, not bad," she replies. Without blinking, she returns her gaze to the front of the class, as if you don't even exist.

(A) Lash out, violently

(B) Forget her and pay attention to your teacher instead

Brawn over brains

(Restart Story)

Greetings everyone. What you will find below will look strange without some context. What it is, essentially, is a continuation of my choose your own adventure story: "First Day Of School." If you would like to play from the beginning, either select the "restart story" option above, or click here
 
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Sitting to you left is Rick. He's a fairly average looking guy, but you've always let that slide since it's obvious that he works out...a lot. Though you rather hate yourself for it, you tend to pick the guy with the better physique, than the one who is nice, or a better person.

Indeed, as you watch Rick, you see him pointing at a quiet looking kid a few rows back, and laughing at him. You don't care though, all you can imagine are his six pack abs.

"Hey," you blurt out. Rick pauses his tormenting of the kid in the back to look at you. Now, you aren't the prettiest girl, but you keep yourself in decent shape and are by no means ugly. Some might even say you are cute. Rick looks you over and smiles. You can't help but feel a slight tingle run up your leg.

Rick continues to smile. "Weren't we in a few classes last year? I know I'd remember you."

(A): Flirt with Rick.

(B): Chastise him for tormenting the quiet kid.