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After 43 Years, The Timeless Mystery Of The Murder On The Orient Express Is Returning!

The Murder On The Orient Express is a timeless #mystery tale about (you guessed it) a murder about the train, The Orient Express, and the detective Hercule Poirot who solves it. The Murder On The Orient Express was first a mystery novel written in 1934 by Agatha Christie.
Guinness World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies to date. She also remains the most-translated individual author, her writings having been translated into at least 103 languages.
Since the novel’s writing in 1934, it has been adapted into a BBC radio dramatization, stage play, television series in America, Japanese drama series, a computer game, as well as 1976 movie starring Sean Connery.
“‘All around us are people of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never, perhaps, to see each other again.” Murder on the Orient Express.
Now after all these years, it is back, starring some big name actors such as: Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, and Johnny Depp.
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Finally, a movie worth rebooting. There are so many old classics in Hollywood that deserve their time in the limelight again!
So what should be up next? I am still holding out hope for Arsenic And Old Lace (1944).
What about you? What Hollywood reboot would you love to see?

Shortie: It’s Okay To Be An Introvert

I’m an introvert. I enjoy the online blogging community because I can make friends and don’t have to go outside.

The biggest problem I have created for myself in this is isolation. I would rather build walls made out of books, tv shows, and video games and be alone, than risk the rejection I may receive if I try to meet new people.

But, it’s dangerous to build walls, to be alone. And to feel alone. Living in a world by yourself can lead to loneliness and depression over time. Human connections are essential to growth.

So let’s start small. Say “hello!” to three people today. Go shopping in a store instead of online. And next time someone asks you out, say yes!

Make connections in online communities. Try out Postcrossing or find a penpal, and connect with people around the world via snail mail. Most importantly, make real, human interactions with people that can see, feel, and understand you.
Open up your world and let people in.

Don’t feel alone. Because you never are.

The Stigma Of Being An Adult Nerd

I’ve been away for awhile, I got sucked into the glorious, bottomless pit that is the world of manga and anime. The older I get the more wonderful, nerdy things I discover. Nerding out is way too much fun. It totally transcends all other hobbies. I could write a whole article on how manga is the highest form of art (I will. Coming up next.) I could go for hours about how video games help people connect and build creativity and imagination.

There is a certain stigma that goes along with being an adult nerd. I’ve always said so, and will stand by my belief on this one. According to professional society, appropriate adult hobbies are things like: photography, hiking, and traveling. (everyone says their hobby is traveling, especially people who don’t travel.) Answering the question in public, “What are some things you do for fun?” With “I like to play video games, watch anime and go to Comic-Con.” Always seems to go over awkwardly.

Why is that? Why do people turn up there nose at adults who enjoy this particular group of hobbies? Why is gaming considered a waste of time? The online gaming community is vibrant, and a great way to connect with other people, have fun with friends, and experience new worlds all through your computer screen.

Why is anime considered to be something that is only enjoyed by men in dark basements? Because it’s different? Because it’s animated? We have countless American animated shows, Bojack Horseman, Family Guy, Archer, which are hardly worth watching compared to some anime such as Attack On Titan and Knights of Sidonia.

Why is cosplay considered weird and childish? The amount of time, effort and ingenuity that it takes to create such amazing costumes is astonishing. It is true talent and creativity.

Am I the only one that feels like its “not okay” to talk about nerd hobbies in public? That feels like I need to find a “regular person” hobby to do on the side, to seem normal around other adults? That I should take up fishing or posting selfies on Instagram? Am I alone here?

Help me out my other nerd friends. Does this happen to you too? Let me know your thoughts. I’ll be wading through Persona 5 and waiting to hear from you.

Attack On Titan

There are different types of nerds in the world. The older I get, somehow, I am getting more nerdy. 

My new obsession is the Japanese anime “Attack on Titan,” an amazing show about humans living within a walled city who have to protect themselves from the giants living outside the wall. As of 2015 a live action movie was made, check out the poster for it below. It soon may be remade as an American film by Warner Bros, who are tying to obtain the rights. (Read more about that here)

Yes, I have turned into an anime person. There’s something I never thought would happen. What’s next? Who knows…

Spring Walk

Spring has finally graced us with her presence here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I thought I would share a few snaps of the amazing spring day today, may there be many more beautiful days to come!!

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My Neighbor’s Beautiful Tulips

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A Happy Squirrel Enjoying The Sunshine

 

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A Creek In The Park And Some Dandelions

 

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So Happy To Have Some Sunshine In The Park!

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A Cute Patch Of Daisies

I hope you are enjoying some spring weather as well!

3 Reasons Why I’m In Love With Postcrossing (And You Can Be Too!)

I started Postcrossing about a month ago, and I am so happy that I did! I have been having so much fun with it. Not only is getting postcards from all over the world a one-of-a kind experience, but sending postcards is also rewarding, knowing you are connecting with someone across the world.

If you aren’t sure what Postcrossing is, it is an online project that allows its members to send and receive postcards all around the globe. The project’s tag line is “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!” Here are three reasons why I am in love with Postcrossing, and you can be too!

A New Experience

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A Beautiful Postcard I Received From Hong Kong

First of all, Postcrossing adds a different type of experience to our regular day-to-day routine. It allows us to connect with people across the world who are in different types of communities, and have different hobbies, different family structures, and different likes, dislikes and social experiences than us. These are people that we would never come in contact with otherwise, and connecting with them can help expand our worldview. We also get to discover new cities, islands and locations that we have never heard of! Getting a postcard from a country you never knew existed is an experience in itself.  It is a little like traveling, and gives us a sense of discovery.

Each Card Is Unique

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A few postcards from this month, from Belaras, Germany and France

I read a few gripes about Postcrossing when I started, such as: “I receive way more mail from Russia, Germany, and China then I receive from anywhere else!” and “Sometimes I receive cards that are blank, or just say, “Happy Postcrossing!” Its true, not everyone has the same dedication to Postcrossing, but the pros outweigh the cons. And yes, there are some countries that are more heavily involved in Postcrossing than others, so you will be receiving more cards from Germany than you will be from Christmas Island. No matter where you receive from, each postcard is different, and coming from a new, unique person who thought of you especially when the they picked the postcard, wrote on it and mailed it. Every card is special! This month, I received two postcards from Russia, two from Germany, one from France, Belarus, Hong Kong, India, and Turkey. Every card was different and so exciting to receive. I also sent 24 postcards, to Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Australia, Belarus ,and Belgium. It is always fun to read each Postcrosser’s bio, choose a postcard that you think they would like, and write a note to them personally. Pen-pals and direct swaps (sending postcards back and forth between two people) can also be arranged through messaging on Postcrossing if you make a new friend and want to correspond directly with them!

It’s Free

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My Postcrossing Box (And My Co-Pilot, Archer)

Ready to have your mind blown? Signing up at http://www.postcrossing.com its absolutely free. I’m actually still blown away by this. Most pen-pal websites have a signup charge, and some even have a monthly fee. Postcrossing is supported by donors, and has over 670,000 members worldwide.  There are individual expenses that have to be covered with Postcrossing, such as postcards and stamps. The cost of international mail differs by county, but postcards are always cheaper in bulk. This animal box of 100 postcards was $4.98 on clearance at http://www.Amazon.com, and I bought a ton of these beautiful postcards of my home state for nine cents each on sale at Walgreens.

So are you interested? Sign up! Like I said, its free. If you don’t love it, you can stop anytime. You can always deactivate your account, even if you just want to take a break for awhile! Also, it doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. If you only want to send one or two a month, that’s okay! As many as you send out, that’s as many as you’ll get back! Its as easy as that!  So, what are you waiting for?

5 Real Life Events That Could End Us All Tomorrow (Or Today)

Our day-to-day lives seem pretty routine sometimes. Going to work, going to school, watching TV and sleeping, day in and day out. Nothing out of the ordinary ever seems to happen. Well, if you’re looking for something to shake up your routine, check out these five real-life horror movie scenarios that could potentially end us all tomorrow. Or, well, today, for that matter.

A Supervolcano Eruption

Rescue workers seach for survivors in the ash after Japan’s 2014 Mount Ontake eruption

 Volcanic eruptions are categorized on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) scale that goes from 0-8, with zero being non-explosive, to eight, which is a “mega-colossal” eruption. The last level eight supervolcano eruption was Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, and according to geologists, happened about 75,000 years ago. This eruption caused a global volcanic winter for a decade, and coincided with the onset of the last glacial period, where the earth’s temperature fell to about 35 degrees F, and remained this way for the next 1,000 years.
Estimated ash cloud spread from a modern-day Yellowstone Caldera supervolcano eruption
There are six active supervolcanoes the world today, The most worrisome is the Yellowstone Caldera in Yellowstone National Park. So what would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted today? According to geologists, the magma shouldn’t flow much farther then the park boundaries, however it is the ash and debris propelled into the atmosphere that would be the problem. The ash and sulfur dioxide cloud would cover the United States and parts of Canada, and could take up to a decade to dissipate. This would cause a change in rainfall patters, cause severe frosts, and induce famines. This occurred in 1816, after Mount Tambora’s volcanic eruption, and was called “The Year Without A Summer.” Mount Tambora was rated as a 7 on the VEI scale, and the entire global climate was affected due to its eruption. The ash and sulfur in the atmosphere killed crops, thus induced famine, global dimming from the ash cloud caused frost and an extreme drop in temperature, which caused illness and the inability to farm. Thousands died due the severe changes.
Although a supervolcano would not wipe out the entire world, (reports and movies exaggerate this) it could devastate North America for years to come.

A Large Asteroid Impact

Asteroids hit the earth a few times a year. But what would happen if an extremely large, unavoidable moon-sized asteroid was coming? We have seen the devastation an event like this would cause demonstrated in many movies, such as Armageddon, and Deep Impact. Most likely, it would kill a lot of people and cause worldwide panic. In 2013 there was the meteor impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia, which was the most destructive asteroid impact in our in modern times. The 49 foot asteroid entered the atmosphere, broke into pieces and crashed down around Russia, leaving one 26 foot crater in the ice. Its impact in an urban area caused millions of dollars worth of property damage and resulted in more than 1,000 documented injuries. In 1908, The Tunguska event was an explosion over a sparsely populated Siberian forest, and it flattened over 770 square miles of trees. It is known as an impact event, however no crater was found. The meteor, estimated to have been somewhere between 200 and 600 feet wide, is thought to have disintegrated about 3-6 miles off the ground. It produced about 185 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb (with some estimates coming in even higher). Seismic rumbles were even observed as far away as the UK. This was this biggest impact event of all time, however, no one was injured.
Insurance Quotes put together this chart of what it would really look like if there was such an event in New York City:
Along the same vein, what would happen if an asteroid hit the moon? Meteors hit the moon often, creating new craters. It would take a moon-sized asteroid to destroy the moon or knock it out of orbit. If this happened, it could send chunks of the moon hurtling toward Earth, which would be a problem. It would also threaten life on earth with disruptions to the ocean tides. Fortunately, we haven’t seen an asteroid that large, yet.

A Gamma Ray Burst

Gamma Ray Bursts are brief, intense explosions of light that for a moment, give off as much energy as the sun has given off in its entire lifetime. Some scientists believe that gamma ray bursts may have been the cause of extinction of life on earth in the past. If a gamma-ray burst exploded inside our galaxy while pointing at earth, it could do extreme damage, even from thousands of light-years away. Although gamma rays would not penetrate Earth’s atmosphere well enough to burn us, the rays would damage the ozone layer, which protects us from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Without the ozone layer protecting us, we could easily be killed by the hazardous UV rays. It’s also possible that gamma-ray bursts may produce cosmic rays, which create an experience similar to a nuclear explosion, causing radiation sickness to those on earth exposed. There is no way to predict or prevent these bursts, so lets just hope they don’t happen.

Spontaneous Human Combustion

 The remains of a woman after she mysteriously caught fire and died in her home
Spontaneous Human Combustion refers to the death of a person by a fire which has no origin, and is believed to begin within the individual. This phrase was recently coined, however people have been talking about this since even the 1800s, and it is popular in works of fiction and in movies. How and why spontaneous combustion happens is still a mystery. The burning often seems to begin in the chest or stomach, and often leaves the furniture, floors, and clothes of the victims mysteriously unburned. In the past, this was said to be an “Act of God,” as there was no reasonable explanation for it. Only about a dozen real-life cases of spontaneous combustion have been investigated, and it is still an unexplainable event.

A Huge Storm

In 1362, there was a storm so big, they called it ” Grote Mandrenke” which means, “The Great Drowning of Men” (much cooler than “Hurricane Cindy.”) The windstorm decimated the British Isles, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. The coinciding storm in the North Sea broke up islands, swept part of the mainland out to sea, and pushed water so far inland it forever changed the shape of the shoreline. Entire cities, like the port hub of Rungholt were wiped off the map forever. The storm is estimated to have killed anywhere between 25,000 and 100,000 people.
We can do nothing to prevent these storms. For example, check out the 1958 Lituya Bay Megatsunami. This was the highest wave ever recorded, with a wake at 98 feet. Its splash removed trees up to 1,720 feet and forever altered the landscape in the Gulf of Alaska. This was in an isolated part of Alaska, so there were only two fatalities. However, what if this megatsunami, had happened in the Gulf of Mexico instead, or New York Harbor? We are completely at the mercy of the universe.

A graph showing the estimated height of the Lituya Bay megatsunami compared to well-known skyscrapers.

Sometimes we get too caught up in the routine of life. Maybe knowing that there are things that we cannot control in life makes life worth living. What do you think? What are some things that you believe could end us all tomorrow