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6 Great Candy-Free Halloween Treats Kids Love

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids a real treat this year.

Spooky Halloween-themed glow sticks

These will light up the kid’s faces when they see these funky Halloween glow sticks. Instead of a straight stick, this pack of 12 lights comes in all sorts of spooky designs.

Choose from skulls, jack o’ lanterns, stars, axes, tridents, and skulls! These amazing favors will have kids reaching away from the candy and picking up something different for the celebration.

Fearsome Stampers

These scary stampers are going to be a real hit this Halloween. The pack has lots of different spooky designs including ghosts, mummies, witches, pumpkins and lots more cool designs.

The ink used is not toxic and is fully washable so the kids can have fun stamping cards, art, and anything else that takes their fancy.

Traditional Play-Doh

Play-Doh always goes down well but these special Halloween colors are going to win the day. These are the treats that most parents will thank you for.

Less candy is always good, but these one-ounce containers come in a variety of Halloween-themed colors – orange, purple, green, black and white and can be used long after Halloween to keep the kids occupied.

Super-Cute Wind-up monsters

These monsters are completely adorable because let’s face it, Halloween is not all about being scary!

These come in packs of 12 and include all the popular monsters like mummies, skeletons, vampires and a few other creepy items like fangs and eyeballs. They can even race against each other so the fun can keep going well into November.

Halloween pencils with giant erasers

Pencils and erasers make great treats plus they are useful for doing homework!

The packs contain 36 pencils in lots of spooky designs including bats, black cats, ghosts, witches and vampires. At around $13 for a pack of 36, they are not going to break the bank and kids will overlook the candy to get their hands on them.

Squishies

Who doesn’t love those soft and completely smushy squishies? Certainly they are popular with kids and the Halloween versions will have everyone beating a path to your door.

As with regular squishies you squeeze them and then they slowly go back to their shape, but these are in spooky Halloween designs. They are also great to use as prizes if you organize any Halloween games.

These are the 6 non-candy Halloween treats we chose but there are many more out there to choose from. Not only do they mean less candy but it also helps kids with food allergies join in with all the fun. So this year why not get creative and take a look around for more great candy-free Halloween treats.

Although candy is a traditional way of greeting the trick-or-treaters that find their way to your door on Halloween, sometimes it is good to be a little bit different. Why not try some of these fun, spooky surprises that are 100% candy-free and give the kids...

Entertainment News

How Robert Pattinson Became the New Batman

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.

This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was also in the race for the black cape but was rejected for being “too old” to be the Batman.

Ventimiglia opens up about Batman snub

Ventimiglia revealed in a recent interview that he had actually auditioned for the role, and thought that he had a real chance of getting it. Warner Bros., however, were thinking long-term and opted for the nine years younger Pattinson to be the new face of the franchise.

Ventimiglia didn’t seem to take this too hard, as he’s pretty busy these days; you can watch him at his best when the new season of This Is Us premiers.

“Do I see myself in a cape and cowl? Warner Bros. didn’t. They were looking for a new Batman and they said, ‘Ventimiglia, you’re too old.’ That’s OK, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

His fas though, seem to be offended on his behalf for this “ageism”. Still, the experience seems to have put Ventimiglia off, and he said he won’t be auditioning for any more superhero movies. Instead, he’s much happier “playing real-life superheroes,” like Denny Swift and Jack Pearson.

Pattinson Lands Batman Role

According to Metro, the choice came down to Pattison vs Nicholas Hoult. The movie is slated to open in theaters sometime in 2021, and production gearing up now.

This was supposed to be Affleck’s baby, with him both starring and directing, but in January he eventually stepped down. Director Matt Reeves took over, bringing his own vision for the project.

Dylan Clark and Michael E. Uslan are set to produce the movie. They’re all keeping the details rather secret at this point, but Uslan wanted to assure the fans about picking Pattinson.

Uslan Defends Choosing Pattinson

“Wait until you see the movie,” Uslan shared. “My position is this: trust the filmmaker and give the filmmaker, and the filmmaker’s vision, the benefit of the doubt.”

Many fans had a difficult time picturing the Twilight pretty boy as the dark knight, and they weren’t shy about saying so. Uslan askes us to trust the director, and just wait till we see it before we pass judgment.

He said: “And then once you see the movie, judge the hell out of it. But I think that’s really the formula going forward. I couldn’t be happier, I couldn’t be more enthused, as a Batman fan, that Matt Reeves is the filmmaker in charge and has selected Robert Pattinson to be his next Batman.”

We don’t know much about this film, other than, thankfully, it’s not supposed to be another origin story. Instead, Reeves is telling a different Bruce Wayne story, giving the fans something to look forward to.

How Did Pattinson Land the Batman Role?

Age was hardly the only consideration. Still, when Reeves wrote his Batman story he reportedly envisioned a young actor playing Wayne, and even thought specifically of Pattinson in the early stages of the process.

Pattinson also has the right jaw-line (soooo important for a comic book character ;) but he has also built an impressive acting career since his Twilight days.

Pattinson’s roles in Good Time and High Life are what convinced Reeves that he was the right man for the job. Here’s hoping that everything works out, especially following the most recent Batman films.

The Batman is scheduled to open in theaters on June 25, 2021.

Selecting Robert Pattinson as the new Batman was a surprising move from Warner Bros. Now we learn, that picking the Twilight heartthrob to replace Ben Affleck was a long and winding process.
This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia was also in the race for the black...

Celebs

Will We Ever See Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Co-Staring Together?

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen together. In fact, the only screen-time they had together was on Friends and they hated their guts.

Brad Pitt’s turmoil following his separation from Angelina Jolie is not unknown to us, but Jennifer Aniston hasn’t had it easy either. However, that doesn’t keep her from having an incredibly positive attitude towards life.

Both enjoy strong careers that are still relevant, so one has to wonder what are the chances they will come together at least in film if not romantically once more.

He-Said-She-Said

Despite any issues they may have had in the past, Pitt and Aniston have remained friends for a long time. The fact that their marriage didn’t work out, in the end, did not affect their civility towards each other.

We all know what happened, and even so, there was no he-said-she-said battle in the media.

Of course, they took some time apart before they resumed any kind of relationship, but recently they’ve been seen together in a few places. This has been enough to get rumors going about the possibility of getting back together and even getting married to each other again.

Fortunately, representatives of George and Amal Clooney were quick to put these rumors to rest by stating that they weren’t trying to get Brad and Jennifer together in their visit to Rome. The media really wants them to rekindle their relationship, but it’s not likely it will happen.

Give The People What They Want?

Fans also want this to happen, but the only thing you can hope for is them working together somehow. The chemistry they used to have is undeniable, and they could potentially still have that.

There has always been a lot of mystery surrounding Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship.

Rumor has it they got back together as friends when Pitt showed up to Aniston’s birthday party this year. But no one knows if they’ve seen each other before this, even if they’ve been supportive of each other through the years. Plus, Aniston invited him to her 50th birthday, so it’s not like he showed up out of the blue.

With this in mind, it’s not far-fetched to believe they could work together without any issues. The question is: should they? Or would they fall back into romance through their characters?

After all, this is what happened between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and it’s not at all uncommon in Hollywood.

The only time Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston shared the screen was in Friend’s 2001 Thanksgiving episode. Ironically enough, Brad’s character despised Rachel, which was very funny to watch at the time.

If Brad Pitt hadn’t fallen for Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2004, it’s likely that Jennifer Aniston and Pitt might have worked together. 15 years after the fact, the question remains: should they act in something together? A romantic comedy, perhaps?

We can only dream! Being aware of the fact that working on romantic movies often leads to real-life romance, the idea is attractive.

Something’s for certain, though: the more a couple knows each other, the more convincing their performance will be. All we can hope for is someone coming up with a top-tier script for them and them actually accepting it.

It would definitely be a dream come true for a great amount of people, us included!

We all want to see Jennifer Aniston participate in a Friends reunion, but perhaps the thing we want to see most is her sharing the screen with Brad Pitt.

Despite the fact that they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston never shared the silver screen...

Celebs

Kim Kardashian & Kanye Introduce Baby #3 with a SURPRISING Name

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!

You can count on celebrities to get super creative with their baby names, and Kim and Kanye are NO exception! What did you think of the new baby’s name?

Kim Kardashian West just announced the name of the newest addition to her family…and it’s PRETTY unusual!
You can count on celebrities to get super creative with their baby names, and Kim and Kanye are NO exception! What did you think of the new...

Celebs

Too Close to the Queen

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors of the palace.

It took the police on site 4 minutes to apprehend this intruder.  They searched him for any weapons while panic broke out in the palace because of the massive security breach. Some fear this man was a copycat attempt that took place 37 years before.  Michael Fagan was able to enter the Queen’s bedroom at that time.

Royal insiders reported there was an intruder loose in the palace for several minutes while the Queen was sleeping.  Shortly thereafter, he was arrested.  It was determined that he got inside the palace and was banging down the doors but fortunately, everything was locked down.

People Want To Know How This Was Possible:

When the Queen is taking residence at the palace, the Royal Standard flag is flown.  It’s believed the intruder may have been trying to get access to her bedroom.

One royal insider said this intruder accessed the palace almost 37 years, to the date, after Michael Fagan got inside the Queen’s bedroom.  There is a very real fear that this man was launching a copycat operation.

The police had to ask some very serious questions about how he got in and the length of time he had to roam around.  How is it possible that after 37 years, someone could climb the fence and get inside the grounds without being stopped immediately.  The Queen’s safety is first and foremost so what happened with heat sensors and CCTV?

At this time, the man is being held under the mental health act.

Informing The Queen:

It was reported that the Queen would be fully informed about the incident and without a doubt will be of great interest to her. She does know everything that goes on in the palace.

The Sun revealed that the Queen was the only senior royal sleeping at Buckingham Palace due to refurbishment work taking place.  The Sun also said they did not believe that the Duke of Edinburgh was present.

As mentioned earlier, it was obvious the Queen was there because of the Royal Standard was flying.  Everyone is more than relieved that all the doors were locked so he couldn’t get inside where the Queen was sleeping.

A Serious Lack In Security Operations:

This incident is also a devastating blow to the security operations at the palace which has experienced a number of similar situations. The most famous was on July 9, 1982, when Fagan, an unemployed laborer, scaled the walls and entered the Queen’s bedroom.

Fagan, a 31-year-old schizophrenic, started telling the Queen about his family problems as she was pushing the panic button with no response!

She then telephoned the switchboard but the operator thought this was a joke by another member of the staff and replied: “Yes, dear, you’re the Queen, we’ll send someone up!” Then Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to cut his wrist while he was sitting on the end of the Queen’s bed.

Paul Whybrew, the Queen’s longtime aide who is still employed by her, came to her rescue.  He came in with the corgis as the Queen called him in.  That’s when he saw Fagan and began talking to him. Mr. Whybrew offered him a drink and then when Fagan’s guard was down, he restrained him while a maid went off to get a policeman.

At approximately 2 AM in the morning, a 22-year-old intruder was roaming around inside Buckingham Palace.  The Sun said the man scaled a fence at the front of the building to gain access into the Queen’s home where he attempted to bang down the doors...

Celebs

Kim Kardashian Denies She Removed Ribs to Fit Into Met Gala Dress

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

The dress itself was beautifully done, but, unfortunately, the confusion of how she managed to get into it stole her thunder. Many theorized that she had ribs removed to fit into the body-hugging Thierry Mugler mini dress.

However, Kim was recently interviewed with WSJ and seemed enormously confused at the thought, responding “I don’t even know if that’s possible.”

Painful none the less

She may not have taken ribs out, but it sounds like the process was painful, nonetheless. The physical toll it took on her body was huge. “I have never felt pain like that in my life,” Kardashian confessed. “I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off — the indentations on my back and my stomach.” She even had to take breathing lessons to manage it.

After the event, a behind-the-scenes Vogue video showed Kim telling those at the Gala that it was difficult to even sit down while wearing the outfit, and going to the bathroom was absolutely out of the question.

“Anna, if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why,” she laughed, referring to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. During Vogue’s interview, she made an attempt at sitting for the camera. “I can only like half-sit,” she said in the video.

“I won’t be able to pee for about four hours,” Kardashian later told the Vogue camera people. “So, we’re coming up with a plan of what we do in case of an emergency.”

In comparison to her husband, Kanye West’s black Dickies jacket and pants matched with his brand of Yeezy combat boots, Kardashian’s outfit was quite extravagant.
In recent days, Kim has had to deal with criticism of her new shapewear line and is working to change its name due to accusations of cultural appropriation.

At the 2019 Met Gala this last May, Kim Kardashian shocked nearly everybody with the dress she wore, and not because it was stunning.

The dress itself was beautifully done, but, unfortunately, the confusion of how she managed to get into it stole her...

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Ribbons of Life: Bio-diverse Bridge Doubles as a Wildlife Crossing

Australia is preparing to offer recreational opportunities as well as safe lake crossing for both people and animals on Lake Griffin.

CX Landscape designed a ribbon-inspired bridge that resembles natural bushland as a part of the Remaking Lost Connections design competition for Canberra.

The bridge will be called “Ribbons of Life” and will create a sort of “forest shell” over an existing road bridge over Lake Griffin.

The bridge, both fluid and organic in shape, connects two parks – one on the north and one on the south – so that animals have a safe way to cross.

The landscape on the bridge reflects indigenous bushland with rocky areas, windbreak forests on both sides, wetlands, and a nectar meadow. In some areas, the bridge dips down to touch the surface without affecting traffic passing below.

For The Birds

In addition, all throughout the park, there are concrete pedestrian paths aside from the wildlife corridor, and the park also includes a plaza with water views, access to the water and water life observation channel, and a bird observation tower.

In the future, they hope to project Aboriginal art projects onto the bridge surfaces, all powered by integrated solar panels which already exist on the bridge to power lights.

“Our wildlife corridor and the linear park have set an example for the future Garden City Plan action,” says CX Landscape.

“It gives a new direction for sustainable city development, which raises the awareness of environmental threats, and correct the misconceptions of ‘Green represents Ecology’ and ‘Parks means Ecology.’

In respect of nature and local history, reflecting the spirit of the place, our design has established the future direction of sustainable urban development.”

Australia is preparing to offer recreational opportunities as well as safe lake crossing for both people and animals on Lake Griffin.
CX Landscape designed a ribbon-inspired bridge that resembles natural bushland as a part of the Remaking Lost Connections...

City Life Fashion

Ideas For Easy Makeovers For Your Home

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

We have found the best way to deal with your anxiety and lack of motivation is to start with something small.  If you have a large project for a living area, break it up into small “to-do” jobs, you will be amazed how quickly the entire project will move along and each small makeover will give you a lot of satisfaction.

First off, taking a large project and breaking it into smaller jobs will be a great deal more manageable and you will become even more motivated to move on to the next one.  Here are some really great ideas for upgrades that shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon but will deliver excellent results:

A Small Wallpapering Project:

Consider wallpapering just a certain area of your room vs trying to wallpaper the entire area. Consider adding a really nice print to an access wall or maybe the back of a display case. The idea is to create something that will visually draw someone’s attention.

Choose a pattern or color for your wallpaper that will compliment the rest of your room.  One thought might be choosing a wallpaper that has a simple interesting design.  Find something that will work with your décor but not become overbearing.

Using wallpaper on a piece of furniture such as a bookcase or display case that has very plain lines, can spruce it up.  This is a very easy project that you can finish in just a few hours at tops.

Dress Your Furniture Up With New Hardware:

Sometimes, the simplest project can actually have a huge effect.  Why not replace your old handles on your dresser with new, intricate brass or a nice floral design on knobs?  Try a whimsical design for your nightstand such as leather pulls or in a child’s room – animal faces printed on knobs!

If you are redoing your kitchen, there are so many wonderful kitchen themes to choose from for your cabinets.  Handles shaped like tomatoes or lettuce or apples and pears, the sky’s the limit! Maybe your cabinets came out of the fifties and you want them to be retro and modern.  You do not have to go crazy just shop around for modern, sleek designs for the hardware.

Add Some Interesting Artwork To Your Walls:

Artwork has a habit of bringing new life to a room while covering up scratches or imperfections in your painted walls.  You can shop around for artwork or get a little creative and pull out all those wonderful pictures you stowed away and frame them!

Another idea, get a large frame and make a collage of your favorite pictures.  Have a nice simple material for the background, add simple frames to each image and then place them in the large frame.  This small project will not take much time but will give your room a whole new look!

Another idea, have someone make a box with sectionals and place small antiques such as wooden soldiers in each section.

Add Shelving To Display Your Collectibles:

If you are a collector of small teacups, why not have shelves installed on your walls to show them off instead of hiding them somewhere to collect dust.  Really simple floating shelves do not require a lot of work and are quite easy to hang.

The one tool you will need is a stud finder to decide where to hang your collectibles.  Also, depending on their weight, make sure you have the right hardware that will be strong enough to hold the objects.  If you need some advice, talk to someone at your home improvement store.

Add The Magical Touch Of Lighting:

I’m not sure there is anything that adds a more impressive look than new lighting fixtures. Add a new chandelier or wall sconces. Trade out your tired old fifties chandelier with something really modern, sleek, and retro!

You would be amazed by how modern your space will become.  Unless you know how to rewire, it is strongly suggested you bring in a professional who can get the new wiring done in a very short period of time.  If you have an overhead ceiling light, why not trade it in for a really nice fan with lights that matches your décor and colors.

You can have your electrician add a dimmer switch to boot!

Give Your Plants Something To Rejoice In:

Too often, we buy plants and just place them in a corner in the same old pots they came in.  Over time, this is not healthy for the plants due to a lack of needed nutrients and the roots will start outgrowing their space.

Think about placing them in beautiful new planters that accentuate your room and will make your plants very happy! You can choose from ceramic planters, terracotta, or other interesting materials.  If you want to go with colorful planters, pick an accent color that is already a part of your room.

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

We have found the best way to deal with your anxiety...

Entertainment Lifestyle

Violent ‘Fortnite’ Made Me the World’s Meanest Mom and I’m Fine with It

If you know anything about the recent trending game “Fortnite Battle Royale,” you’d probably say I’m the meanest mom in the world for banning it in my house.

It’s amazing how popular the game has become. Over 200 million are registered as users, making it even more popular than porn. Some might say, “Wouldn’t you rather your son be playing a video game than watching porn?” But I think I’d prefer to go with neither!

I know all the pros of the game and have wrestled with them, too. It’s social; it’s a great way for sons to bond with dads; its only cartoon violence – etc.

But I have my reasons for not allowing my kid to play it, and here are seven of them.

Reasons Are:

The alarming weapons roster. I know the violence is bloodless, but those weapons are pretty real and pretty scary. From shotguns to semi-automatic sniper rifles to pistols and more, it certainly makes guns seem more like toys rather than a dangerous weapon – a fact that we are trying to instill in our son. Letting him play around with one like this certainly sends a confusing message.

It’s cartoon violence. And along those lines, I’d almost rather my kid being seeing the horrific results of violence they’ve inflicted rather than it seeming inconsequential and bloodless. If they can’t handle blood, guts, victims screaming, and heartbroken families, then they’re not ready to be playing around with this stuff either.

The do-or-die premise. If you aren’t already familiar with the game, one hundred wannabe-killers are dropped on an island, and the point is to be the last man standing. Research is still being done on how violent entertainment impacts kids, and the findings have been conflicting, but I seriously doubt letting your child regularly identify with a murdering machine is beneficial.

It’s costing me money. I remember the good old days when we’d cut grass and clean to earn pennies for the bike we were saving up to purchase. Now, money is being wasted on “Fortnite” extras. Epic Games has made over $2.4 billion from “Fortnite” — an otherwise free game — in 2018, according to Nielsen’s SuperData! Money from my wallet sure isn’t going towards this!

It’s interfering with school.  Twenty-seven percent of teens surveyed by Common Sense Media in 2018 reported playing “Fortnite” in class. It’s not helping them get somewhere in life, that’s for sure.

It’s killing IRL playdates. My son used to invite friends over to play outside or to build a fort – or even to play Wii. Now, playdates consist of hanging out online playing “Fortnite.” If that were occasional, it wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s shouldn’t replace in-person interaction.

It’s like kid crack. Much research has concluded that video games flood our brains with dopamine, a happy chemical that floods in when you do something like winning a poker game, eat chocolate, or shoot heroin. Games like “Fortnite” are intentionally designed to do this, delivering small rewards that cause your brain pleasure and make it come back for more – again and again, and again.

Honestly, there are times I feel badly for my son, especially when everyone else is doing it. All his friends talk about it just about 24/7, so am I his worst enemy? There’s still a lot I allow, like FIFA 19. How mean of a mom am I, really? I decided to ask a leading national expert in video game research.

“Older adults tend to freak out about any youth trend. The data do not support that there’s any epidemic of game addiction,” says Chris Ferguson, a psychology professor at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. “You’re thinking about this and looking for data. That certainly doesn’t make you the worst mom ever. I’m sure your son doesn’t really think so either!”

Let’s hope he’s thanking me when he grows up!

If you know anything about the recent trending game “Fortnite Battle Royale,” you’d probably say I’m the meanest mom in the world for banning it in my house.

It’s amazing how popular the game has become. Over 200 million are registered as users...

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Instagrammer Turns Sashimi into Jaw-Dropping Works of Art

You may have memories as a child of your mother telling you, “Don’t play with your food!” Well, you might want to share mikyoui00’s Instagram profile with her to show her just what you can do if you make playing with your food a regular practice.

“See, Mom, maybe I could have had over 33,000 followers like mikyoui00 does if only I had been allowed to fool around a bit with what’s on my plate!”

You’ve Never Seen Sliced Fish Like This

Well, next time you’re feeling up to a fancy restaurant, maybe just light a few candles and try replicating one of mikyoui00’s intricate designs instead. He has taken the art of cooking to a whole different level with how he uses sashimi, a Japanese delicacy of sliced raw fish or meat.

He doesn’t just make neat designs; he creates fantastic creatures, sets beautiful scenes. He forms angelic beings, positions rock stars with guitars, and sets a snowboarder on a ride down a mountain.

How It All Started

What’s incredible is that mikyoui00 isn’t a famous chef; in fact, he’s not a chef by profession at all. He simply loves to cook at home – and is great at it, too! – and has a particular flair for aesthetics. He began by using these fun, artistic techniques to teach his son how to make sashimi and would post each one on Instagram with the hashtag #SashimiArt.

 My job has nothing to do with art or design. I really started working with fish during the summer of last year,” mikyoui00 told Nippon. “I wanted to teach my son about how to slice and prepare sashimi, and over the course of teaching him, I ended up really getting into it myself.”

What Goes Into Sashimi Art

Now, preparing sashimi isn’t as simple as just slicing up some meat or fish; it involves several different techniques, like the Sugata-zukuri cut, for instance, which involves slices that are arranged and designed within the fish, or usu-zukuri slices, where it’s sliced so thin that they’re almost translucent. You’ll find these and many other techniques in mikyoui00’s posts.

 Other Instagrammers attempt to do similarly with their sashimi, but their floral spreads or shades of colors are nothing compared to mikyou000’s actual works of art. In fact, if they would keep from going bad, you could almost begin framing them and putting them in museums! You can see his creations for yourself on his Instagram page.

You may have memories as a child of your mother telling you, “Don’t play with your food!” Well, you might want to share mikyoui00’s Instagram profile with her to show her just what you can do if you make playing with your food a regular...

Tech News

Breakthrough: Sending Sound On Laser

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to send audio signals directly to someone’s ear at a distance using laser beams. The system uses a photoacoustic effect in which water vapor in the air absorbs light then forms sound waves.

This research could pave the way for allowing audible messages to be sent to agents, spies or possibly law enforcement, warning them of encroaching danger.

How It Works:

Researchers used a laser beam that fired at wavelengths absorbed by water.  By sweeping the beam at the speed of sound, they were able to generate sound that can only be heard at distance from the transmitter.

After many tests, they discovered this would allow a message to be sent to a specific individual instead of just anyone who happened to be passing by the laser path.

The scientists said this system can be used in dry locations because, at any given time, there is moisture in the air, especially around people.  Also, the lasers are very safe to one’s ears, eyes, and skin while localizing an audible signal to an individual at any setting.

They also discovered a method that works by modulating rather than sweeping a beam.  The traditional modulation method offers sound with a much higher fidelity where the laser sweeping offers a sound with louder audio.

To date, the system will work at more than 8 feet or 2.5 meters.  Scientists are currently working to increase the distance and believe they will eventually have a very significant commercial technology for future use.

We look forward to hearing more about this new and exciting technology, so stay tuned!

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to send audio signals directly to someone’s ear at a distance using laser beams. The system uses a photoacoustic effect in which water vapor in the air absorbs light then forms sound waves.

This research could...

Vacation

Getaways To Escape The Snow

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are so many countries and cities around the world that you can explore during the months of winter without breaking the bank. Take a look at these affordable locations and prepare to swap your mittens out for a nice cool umbrella drink.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is very balmy and hot during the summer, but luckily for you, the temperature drops to an easy average of 80 degrees between the months of November and April. If you’ve been looking to go on a vacation to Asia, the city of Bangkok is much more affordable than other, more popular locations.

Taxis will charge less than $2 a mile and a meal at a restaurant is usually about $1.50. Hotel prices are also exceptionally low, with an average ranging from about $20-$100. Another plus is that you can take part in the beautiful Chinese New Year festivities they have in December.

Peru

Peru is a gorgeous, exotic and affordable place to have a warm getaway in the winter. The village is located a couple of hours southward of Lima. It has lush cliffs, incredible wildlife and blue water all around it. Here, you can explore miles of amazing tree lines and sand dunes.

Meals, as well as cocktails, are very fresh and incredibly affordable. An entire day of eating out will cost you about $20, complemented by drinks that cost below a dollar on average. It costs about $25-$125 to stay a night in Peru.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is Mexico’s hidden gem. It has beaches of white sand and the water extends further than the eye can see. You will completely forget about the snow at home. This island has a very slow-paced vibe which is completed by the fact that there are no vehicles that move faster than golf carts because cars are not allowed there.

There are miles and miles of coast just waiting to be explored either by snorkeling or kayaking. There are also a lot of amazing deals on dining and hotels because it isn’t as much of a tourist attraction as other places in Mexico. You will save a lot on transportation because you will most likely be walking everywhere.

An average meal ticket costs about $12 and on average, a night a hostel costs about $115.

Galveston, Texas

If you want a tropical getaway but do not want to leave the United States, then Galveston Island, Texas is just what you need. Galveston is about 50 miles from Houston so it is easy to find affordable plane tickets.

It never snows in Galveston as the average temperature in winter is 65 degrees. This small island is just 27 miles long, there’s just enough for you to explore through an extended weekend. Because the coastline is so long and the temperature is perfect, you will believe that you’re in the tropics. It costs about $150 a night to sleep in Galveston and about $10-$45 to have a meal.

Hawaii

If you are looking to travel within America, Hawaii is a great option for you. Some cities in Hawaii are quite expensive, but there are also some sweet and more affordable cities and beaches. Also, you will save some money by traveling between the months September and December, before the holidays, because after that, the prices of flights and hotels will rise considerably.

The prices of plane tickets in Hawaii and 40% more expensive during the peak season than they are during the offseason; hotel prices can rise up to 50%.

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
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