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Learn C# Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning C#, Even If You’re New to Programming

Thank you Code Quickly for sending us this book to review!

Learn C# Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning C#, Even If You’re New to Programming is a guide designed to kickstart the reader on a journey to advance their programming skills. It’s created with the intent to introduce them to the world of C#, which is a programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft. It starts by introducing the beginner’s topics, before moving into the recommended workflow of creating a program. Then, it dedicates a chapter to the more advanced topics before wrapping up with a final project: a simple software using the console as its GUI.

However, it’s not what it’s worked itself up to be. When I began working with the book, it gave absolutely no introduction to getting started with any compiler or programming software. It jumped right into the concepts of the programming language. As a result, I was incredibly confused, and my father had to jump in and help me set up Microsoft Visual Studio because Learn C# Quickly didn’t breathe a word about it.

Whenever a code example comes up, the book does a thorough job explaining the logic behind each portion. I found that to be very useful, considering the language itself can be very confusing when looked at verbatim (especially with untrained eyes like mine). However, some of the phrasing that is used is confusing, and I wasn’t quite able to decipher what the author was trying to say. There are grammatical errors and typos scattered throughout, including missing transition words and sentence fragments. Some of the typos are even present in some of the code examples.

Another thing I noticed is that there are several examples of code that do not work because of errors. Some of it I was able to fix because of Visual Studio’s debugging suggestions that said I needed to use certain packages, but the rest of the errors were ones I had no idea how to fix because of my beginner status. It’s a shame that Learn C# Quickly didn’t mention any tips for how to fix code that isn’t working due to errors or bugs, because a beginner like myself would have found that incredibly useful. When the book got to the more advanced concepts, it made the same mistake as its Python predecessor: it lumped all of the advanced concepts into a single chapter, leaving it at a hefty 48 pages.

This book would have made a great resource if better edited and tested, and it definitely has a lot of room for improvement in the way it approaches teaching a language. Unfortunately, it has a lot of work to do before it can be labeled as such.


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Latest Offerings from Penny Arcade!

Thank you Penny Arcade for sending us some nice gaming gear!

Penny Arcade has been around for a while and I am most familiar with their comics. They also have a huge forum, games, shows, podcasts, and a cool shop! We were recently sent some swag that we did an unboxing for.

Their featured item is the Animal Crossing New Horizons pin set. This $30 set of four pins includes Tom Nook, his two pupils Timmy and Tommy, KK Slider, and Isabella. If you’re a fan of this popular series, these 1.5” tall pins are super cute and sure to brighten your day!

The canvas WASD tote bag is pretty spacious at 20” wide, 15” tall, and 5” deep. The fabric handles seem pretty sturdy, but I’ll have to do some grocery store testing when they allow us to use environmentally friendly bags again. There’s a zippered pouch or extra inventory slot on the inside of this tote bag.

We were also sent The Legend of Zelda Retro Lanyard which sells for $10. The rupees, swords, keys, shields, bows, hearts, potions, compasses, and flutes on it are sure to bring back many positive memories. It’s dual sided with red and blue variants. To go along with the Zelda themed lanyard, we were also sent Link and Zelda Triforce pins that measure at 1.75” and sell for $15 apiece.

The final item sent our way is the Grey Video Games Crewneck Sweatshirt. It’s so soft inside and I can’t wait to wear it, but it’s currently 90s this week so I’ll have to hold off until the fall. This $45 sweatshirt is an 8 oz. cotton polyester blend with raglan sleeves and extra-thick print. It sports a Penny Arcade tag on the bottom too.

If you’re in the market for Geeky goodies, be sure to check out Penny-Arcade.com. I noticed they also sell pride and pronoun pins if you’re interested in sharing your sexual orientation and/or preferred pronouns with random strangers.

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Top 5 Valorant Agents to Try Out

Top 5 Valorant Agents to Try Out

Riot Games is certainly on the mind of many FPS players. With Valorant released fairly recently, the company has seen a huge number of players connecting to their servers. Everyone wants to try out the new CS:GO and Overwatch destroyer. But before you jump into the thick of things, it is important to figure out which characters are worth your time.

Depending on your personality and playstyle, different agents can fulfill a completely new role. The design of these agents is extremely flawless, and it allows players to have a different experience depending on the character. In Valorant, there are Sentinels, Controllers, Initiators and Duelists. Valorant’s ranked system works similar to other Riot games, so a good strategy to improve and try out new agents is by buying Valorant accounts from trusted marketplaces like Eldorado.

Each of them are played quite differently, however, agents that fall into the same class can fulfill similar roles. Learning what each agent falls under will guarantee an easier time learning the ropes of Valorant.

Sage

In most video games, support characters are the afterthought during character selection. Nobody really clamors to fulfill that role. With Sage, however, things are completely different, and this character is undeniably fun to play. Sage has various orbs she can equip to control the flow of the game.

Her C ability is the Barrier Orb, and it’s an effective way to zone enemies. By using it, you can limit the amount of players that have access to an area. This is great for starting engagements or defensively resetting your position when enemies are approaching.

With Sage’s Q, you can slow down enemy players, causing a disruption in their movement. To use the Q ability, you’ll have to purchase the Slow Orb. Simply throw the slowing orb towards an area where its effect is potent, and watch your enemies struggle in confusion as your team finishes them off.

Sage’s healing orb allows you to heal your teammates that have sustained damage. The default keybind for this ability is E, and you simply need to aim your crosshairs over the damaged teammate to begin healing them over time. Alternatively, you can just heal yourself with this ability by right-clicking.

Sage’s ultimate ability allows you to resurrect fallen teammates. This is an extremely clutch way to secure a victory. However, the ability requires the fallen teammate to be channeled briefly before fully reviving. This means that you have to ensure that Sage is relatively safe before using this ability. Also, enemies are also aware of this ability, so you’ll need to be careful.

Cypher

Much like Sage, you’ll rarely queue up in a Valorant game without seeing a Cypher. This agent is an undeniably essential part of most team compositions. With a mysterious appearance, he fits into the archetype of a spy/infiltrator. As a Cypher player, you’ll benefit a lot from knowing the ins and outs of Valorant maps. This way, you’ll know where and when to set traps and place Spycams.

Cypher’s C ability allows him to equip a trapwire. With this ability, Cypher can place a covert tripwire at a specific location. This creates a line that spans between the location it was placed and the opposite wall. If any enemy players cross the tripwire, they will be revealed. After a short period, if they aren’t able to destroy the device, they will be tethered, revealed and dazed. If the tripwire isn’t activated by an enemy, it can be picked up and redeployed.

Cypher’s Cyber Cage ability is a great way to completely block the vision and sound of enemies within the zone. With this ability, Cypher can easily toss the Cyber cage towards an area in front of him. The best part of this ability is that it can be activated in order for the ability to take place. So, you can wait for an enemy to make a vital move before using this ability.

With his Spycam, Cypher is a total game changer. Activated with the E keybind, this ability allows Cypher to place a camera at a specific location. When you activate this ability again, you can watch enemies. This makes Cypher extremely potent to veteran Rainbow Six Siege players that have experienced a similar mechanic. Additionally, a tracking dart can be fired at enemies to periodically reveal their location.

Cypher’s ultimate ability is also pretty great. By using a recently deceased enemy’s corpse, Cypher can reveal the locations of enemy players for a brief period.

Brimstone

The next agent on our top 5 list is Brimstone. He’s also one of the easier agents to get into from the Valorant roster. Brimstone’s abilities rain down from the sky, sending the enemy team a message that you’re about to engage.

Brimstone’s C ability is Incendiary. When activated, you’ll equip an incendiary grenade launcher. When you fire the weapon, it launches a grenade that detonates when it comes in contact with the floor, then it creates a fire zone that damages players.

The next Brimstone ability is his Q. He equips a Stim Beacon that can be homed towards a location in front of Brimstone. Once it lands, the beacon is activated and players within its field have a RapidFire effect.

Brimstone’s E ability is the true game changer in his kit. To use it, you simply need to equip a tactical map and select a few locations where your smoke clouds will land. Right clicking will confirm your chosen locations and launch the smoke clouds. When in a specific area, these clouds last for quite a while and block the vision within an area.

Finally, his ultimate ability is an Orbital Strike. Working in a similar way to his E, Brimstone can equip a tactical map to choose a location to launch is his orbital strike laser towards. When this laser hits this location, it deals tons of damage over time within a specific area.

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Breach

As the resident crowd control champion of Valorant, Breach deserves his spot on this list. His abilities are extremely beneficial to the entire team, and they are really helpful in pushing aggressive playstyles. Playing as Breach will help you ensure that enemies are always spread out, making it easier for your team to pick them out one by one.

Breach’s C ability is Aftershock, and it’s a great way to pump out damage to enemies even before they are encountered. To use this ability, activate it and fire the charge towards a direction through the wall. Once the charge is complete, its burst does damage to anyone within its range.

For Breach, handling enemies as a group is not a problem. Like his Aftershock ability, Breach’s Q Flashpoint blinds players after you fire the charge through the wall. Any players caught looking at the charge will be blinded briefly.

Breach also has a seismic blast ability. To use it, you simply need to hold the fire to increase the range. Once released, it sets off a quake that dazes all the players caught within its zone.

Finally, Breach’s ultimate ability allows him to equip a seismic charge. Aptly named Rolling Thunder, this ability allows Breach to fire a cascading quake through all terrain in a large cone. When fully activated it dazes and knocks up all characters caught in the knock up.

Sova

Sova is a recon Valorant agent. Any team that values information will benefit from his kit. All his abilities help your team discover the positioning and possible moves the enemies might make. However, the information from his kit can’t be useful unless your team acts accordingly. Therefore, you need to make it a point to constantly inform your teammates of your observations while playing as Sova.

Sova’s C ability allows him to equip his owl drone, a portable recon drone that can be controlled by Sova to scout areas. While controlling the drone, you can shoot a marking dart at enemy targets. Once used, the dart reveals the location a player that has been struck by the dart.

As for his Q, Sova can equip his bow with a shock bolt. To get its effect, fire the shock bolt and it will explode then detonate once it collides with a platform, then detonate and damage the players nearby. When you hold it, you can extend the range of the shock bolt projectile. Its alternate fire allows you to add up to two additional bounces to the arrow.

Sova’s recon abilities get more interesting with his E. Playing around this ability allows you to make some insane plays. The recon bolt can be fired and activated upon collision. Then, it reveals the location of all nearby enemies caught within its line of sight. Be warned though, enemies can also destroy the bolt. Its alternate fire works the same as his Q.

Finally, Sova’s ultimate allows him to equip a bow with long-range wall piercing energy blasts. It deals tons of damage and reveals the enemies caught within its line of fire.

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The Most Comfortable Gaming Chairs in 2020

 Gaming Chair

The gaming chair industry is booming, and it’s hard to wonder why. It’s not only about aesthetics. Of course, it’s great to have a cool gaming throne, but it’s only useful if it’s also highly comfortable and adjustable to help you feel at ease and maximize your speed and precision.

And who can know more about sitting comfortably than gamers?

Whether you’re a player, a professional or an amateur, or you simply want to buy the most comfortable chair available on the market, or the best budget gaming chair for the year, you have come to the right place.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Chair

Of course, it’s not possible to provide one universal answer. People differ among each other significantly; they have different features, needs, preferences, and issues to deal with, so one piece of furniture can’t be an answer to all possible problems and demands. Your final decision should be made after considering your lifestyle, liking, gaming style, health issues, and more, including, evidently, your budget.

Even the most comfortable chair needs to be adjustable. If you spend long hours sitting in one place, you will need to change your position freely and comfortably without sacrificing a healthy posture or gaming precision. A good chair will allow you to change the height, the position of the armrests, and the way it reclines. Many chairs also have detachable cushions, which may be a great asset.

The right armrests will help you keep your arms from tiring, which will help you maintain your perfect aim, precision, and reflexes. Sometimes you may be deep into a game when you suddenly feel that your arms are too tired for you to go on. It may also lead to shoulder and neck pains, as well as wrist issues because when your elbows get tired, you start putting more and more pressure on your wrists and hand.

Additionally, you need to bear in mind your gaming style, chosen discipline, or gaming chair. For example, chairs made for computer gamers will be different from those produced for Nintendo players, etc.

Then, don’t be afraid to pay attention to looks as well, especially when there’s a wide range of chairs of similar quality and features that might be different when it comes to aesthetics. If you care about your home decor, you will want something that will match your style. You will be surprised how the looks of our furniture can influence our moods and disposition.

Therefore, you need to choose the most suitable chair for you, and you alone.

The Most Comfortable Gaming Chairs in 2020

Here, we present you with the list of the most comfortable gaming chairs available on the market in 2020. Of course, it’s not a conclusive list, so if your chosen chair is not included here, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth your attention. This list is more about providing you with some inspiration, a set of features to look for when you look for the chair of your dreams.

1. SecretLab Titan

It’s the perfect choice if you can afford to spend a little more on your chair, as it’s considered to be a premium option. It really has it all: both comfortable and beautiful design, as well as a whole set of necessary and useful features.

2. The Nitro Concepts S300

If there were one universal answer to all gamers’ needs, this chair would be the closest to it. It’s a great chair that can be tailored freely to your needs.

3. Noblechairs ICON

It’s one of the best choices for professionals, both in features and in its sophisticated design. It resembles a fancy office chair without losing all the necessary qualities of a gaming chair.

4. Corsair T3 Rush

It’s both affordable and comfortable, but it can’t get much credit for being aesthetically pleasing. But this won’t be an issue for everyone.

5. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

It’s a chair to go for if you opt for genuine, premium gaming comfort. Ergonomic design, 4D armrests, and a super solid steel skeleton are only the beginning of this model’s qualities.

6. SecretLab Omega Softweave

This chair is recommended as one of the best possible choices for looks, comfort, and additional features. The Omega model is all about adjustments.

7. Autonomous ErgoChair 2

It’s a delight to sit in this model, plus, it looks great, but the price may be a deal-breaker for some gamers, even if it’s 100% worth it.

8. Umi Essentials

This is one of the best chairs available on the market for shopping on a budget. It’s not a match for the premium choices, but it’s stable, fairly adjustable, and supports healthy posture.

9. Vertagear Triigger 350 SE

Luxury in comfort is how it’s marketed, and that’s no exaggeration. Basically, the only disadvantage is the relatively high price of this chair, so it may not be suitable for every budget.

10. Vertagear Racing Series SL4000

It’s perfect for long gaming sessions with the comfort it provides and very aesthetically pleasing. No wonder it’s one of the most favorite models of many professional gamers.


Know Your Needs

When it comes to your gaming chair, don’t be afraid to be a little picky. After all, it’s you who will be spending long hours in that chair, and you have to be sure that you will feel comfortable and at ease at all times. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly, especially if you’re a professional gamer, as it can affect both your health and gaming skills. A gaming chair should be chosen carefully, just like the rest of your gaming equipment.

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Handy Tips To Deal With A Cheating Spouse

 

Handy Tips To Deal With A Cheating Spouse

Relationships are as fragile as flowers. You need to keep watering and nourishing them to keep them fresh and alive. However, incidents like cheating can completely kill the relationship at once. Technology, like http://smstrackers.com/can-messages-be-intercepted-without-using-any-software/, has made it easier than ever to keep track of the actions of your partner. Though it is easier said than done, here are a few tips to deal with a situation when your spouse is cheating on you.

Don't look out for revenge

Is all you can think about is how to take revenge from your partner? It is a common feeling, however, not a healthy one. Betrayal can cause rage, and decisions born in a furious state can prove to be harmful to you.

Typically, immediate reactions are to badmouth the partner to friends and relatives, put up social media posts to defame the person, or even think of having an affair yourself. These acts may provide you satisfaction for a brief moment, but they will prevent your healing by keeping you in an angry state for a long time. Let go, not for them, but yourself.

Keep the kids away

Kids are the most vulnerable members of the family in a situation like this. Anything seen or heard by them can't be undone. Therefore, you need to be extra mindful of the well being of your kids.

Even if you decide to end the marriage, it is always suggested to keep your children out of it. Never badmouth your fellow parents to the kids. They will find it hard to comprehend and will end up baffled and torn between two sides.

Reflect

The most important thing to do is to reflect on your feelings. Before taking any step further, you need first to understand where your feelings stand about the situation.

Infidelity is a severe breach of trust. It could be a mistake or an effort to get out of the relationship. You need to make up your mind if you have the emotional strength to forgive and re-establish a relationship. Though it might appear to be the apparent answer, it is sometimes not always the easiest one.

Understand the reason for infidelity

Infidelity cannot always be traced back to one single reason. There could be multiple needs apart from sex, leading your partner to another relationship. Therefore, before attempting to deal with it, you need to understand the reason for their infidelity.

Most often, people cheat to attract the attention of their partner. A troubled relationship is also one of the common reasons for cheating. Though these reasons can never validate the act, it will help you better understand your relationship with your partner and work on the loopholes.

Communicate your feelings

Communication is the heart of all healthy relationships. Once you have been able to acknowledge the fact that your partner has been unfaithful, talk to them about your feelings.

Communicating and expressing your feelings will help you move forward from the incident and envision a better and secure future. It is valid to feel angry, disgusted and hurt. Therefore, being honest about it to your partner will prevent any form of emotional outburst from ruining your future relationship.

Reach out for help

You may want to shut the world out or lock yourself up in a room and stay there for the longest time. However, it would help if you understood that this couldn't be a healthy way to deal with the issue.

The most crucial step is to reach out to people for help and support — people who love you and have gone through a similar experience. You could even seek out a counselor for help. Share, talk rather than letting the emotions overwhelm you, and cause pain. Always remember, sharing is not the same as badmouthing about your spouse's infidelity to your relatives out of spite.

Don't blame yourself

Infidelity hurts the most when you have put your sincere investment into a relationship. Most often, one tends to ignore the symptoms and pretend that everything is fine. Always remember, pretending that the problem doesn't exist can never make it go away. Ignorance cannot always be bliss.

Also, avoid taking all the blame for the circumstances on yourself. Every relationship is a two-way street, and one can't always take responsibility for your spouse's mistakes. Acknowledge, communicate, and only then one can find out ways to deal with it better. 

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5 Tips for Safeguarding Kids Online

5 Tips for Safeguarding Kids Online

This year many parents are allowing children more screen time for both educational and social purposes. This means they are spending a lot of time online, whether it be studying or gaming, and they can’t always be supervised. Your children are exposed to a lot online and where you don’t want to stop them from having a social life it’s natural to worry about their safety. Here are simple tips to give you peace of mind while your kid is gaming online. 

Healthy Communication

One of the most important things about safeguarding is safe communication. Aim to be able to talk openly with your children about their online activities. Avoid the knee-jerk reaction to panic and ban them from certain sites or apps. Take an interest in what they are watching or playing. If you listen to them and communicate in a healthy way about you can then develop mutual respect. It will be easier to get them to agree to any limitations you want to set, and you can explain to them what is age-appropriate and what isn’t.

Online Etiquette

Teach them that there is a certain etiquette to be adhered to and that they are still dealing with real people, even though it’s only in messages in multi-player games. Explain what is safe and not safe to share, even with people they know. Show them how to switch off their location for example, make social media accounts private and not share personal details. You can find more advice here about online etiquette for kids.  

Parental Control

When you first set up your kids’ devices and consoles make sure you have put parental controls in place. This means covering the browser and filters. This should prevent unwanted content from appearing even if they search for it. Many sites and games designed for kids will have these controls already in place which is handy, and you can set age limits as well. It’s advisable to encourage apps like these for younger children.

Online Security

Internet security is also paramount. Protect your family or your business’s data with secure cheap vps. Ensure your system, data, and network are protected by state-of-the-art technology. Take your privacy protection more seriously. Plenty of games are built securely with an age limit. There is a range of options both educational and fun, which have security measures already in place. Check out some examples of safe apps for kids, that are easy and secure to use.

Lead by example

If you’re a fan of online gaming yourself, the best way to motivate your kids is to lead by example. Limit your screen time in front of them and be vigilant about what you look at or play online. Be cautious and respectable online and they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps. In the end, you don’t want to instill fear in them or pressure them too much. The best way to inspire them is by setting an example, and with knowledge and respect. 



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Negative Reviews Happen

At Christ Centered Gamer we get sent a lot of games to review and have an impressive backlog as a result. Some of them we ask for, but many games show up in our Inbox unexpectedly. We love working with indie developers to help them promote their otherwise overlooked labors of love. For the most part, we enjoy playing the games sent to us. According to our Steam Curator page the majority of our reviews are positive.

Every year, we release a Christmas Buying Guide, which highlights current games that are both fun and family-friendly. Quite frankly, this is not an easy task. It’s easy to find games that meet one criteria, but both takes some serious effort. Violence, language, sexual, and occult content are prevalent in many games. Those are usually the titles that get talked about the most at game shows. Other games can be played in front of children, your pastor, or grandparents without offending them. Sadly, those types of games are usually not very fun to begin with.

Before we implemented our dual score system, we used an average score which often propped up Christian and family-friendly games while overly chastising games that are Teen or Mature. While our current scoring system is not perfect, it does a pretty good job.

One of our recent reviews, Starclaw: Battle of StarSpace Nebula, scored well morally, but fell flat when it came down to the game/fun factor score. The developer did not take this review lightly and filed a copyright/slander case against us on Google. More on that later! As reviewers, we really do want to enjoy our time with games, but that’s not always the case. Even still, we try to find the positives and aim to offer constructive criticism for the developers to work with to improve their current and/or future games. If a game is patched, we’re willing to take another look at it to verify that the issues have been addressed and will add a blurb in the review. Per our Code of Ethics we will not remove negative reviews or alter them for financial gain.

Reviews are opinions, which everyone has their own. We have comments open on our reviews where people can share things they agree or disagree with us on as long as their language is kid-friendly. When we were threatened with a copyright infringement claim and ordered to remove our review and Twitter post, we pushed back and defended our First Amendment right of free speech.

I want to thank our Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter users who have supported us through this ordeal. It was never our intention to disgrace or ruin this developer, but we have the right to express our honest opinions on the games we review. Doing otherwise would be lying (Exodus 20:16) and betraying our readers. As of this post, there have been multiple articles and several YouTube videos covering this ordeal.

I hope and pray that the developer has learned not to abuse the DMCA and to take this experience to heart for his future projects. He did post a public apology. I hope that he finds forgiveness and redemption as the Internet can be a harsh place to learn life lessons. I also hope that his future projects are a success. We have enough anger and violence these days. I encourage everyone to read and apply Proverbs 10:12 which states “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

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In the Garden: An Illustrated Guide to the Plants of the Bible

In the Garden: An Illustrated Guide to the Plants of the Bible

Thank you Karen Campbell Media for sending us this book to review!

On the third day of creation, God created plants, trees, and kinds of vegetation. The Bible is full of references to various trees, plants, and flowers. In The Garden provides Biblical references, useful information, and beautiful water color illustrations to all of the plant life mentioned in the Bible.

This hard cover, 128-page book is broken down into four sections: Trees & Shrubs, Edible Plants, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, and Flowers. There is also a guide on how to grow your own Biblically inspired garden, a calendar of Jewish growing seasons, an index of plants, and an index of scripture references.

In the tree section, I found it helpful that Noah’s Ark was made from acacia wood or shittim as it’s referred to in scripture. While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact plant used to make Jesus’ crown of thorns, the author suggests that it may have been made from Sarcopeterium spinosum, which was readily available in Rome and quite malleable.

When it comes to edible plants, I had no idea that barley is valued at a third of wheat. The young boy’s provisions of fish and barley loaves were meager, but fed thousands that were listening to Jesus’ message! Plants like spikenard, which was imported from India were quite costly. This was the base of the ointment used by Mary to wash Jesus’ feet.

Myrrh gets a double mention as the New Testament version is most likely Commiphora. It’s interesting to note how Christ’s life began (Matt 2:11) and ended (Mark 15:23) with Myrrh. When Jesus was offered the vinegar mingled with gall, he turned down an opioid painkiller. It’s quite humbling to know that Christ carried our sins without any physical or spiritual help.

Saffron is mentioned in Song of Solomon. It’s still an expensive spice and now I know why. It takes four thousand blossoms to make one ounce of saffron!

Though many of the plants mentioned are specific to Israel with its rocky ground and two seasons, some of them can handle our four season calendar year and climate changes. The Biblically inspired garden guide is quite helpful in recommending hearty plants that can remind us of their Biblical roots. If you know anyone with a green thumb, I’m sure they’ll find this $13.99 book fascinating.


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Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

Parents now have to keep their kids indoors to prevent them from contracting the COVID-19 virus. To defeat their boredom, parents must find ways to entertain young students. Luckily, these days, there are computer games that entertain the students while educating them. 

With some wonderful games, parents rest assured that their kids are learning something good in the safety of their homes.

Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

 

  1. Nancy Drew Interactive Mysteries

Nancy Drew Interactive Mysteries is a game that sharpens the skills in solving problems. It’s a point-and-click game where the player assumes the role of Nancy Drew, the mystery solver of the famous novel series

Whether playing the role of a senior or junior detective, the kids questions suspects, solves puzzles, uncovers clues, and finds their way out of many sticky situations in the quest to catch the culprit. 

When your kids are busy playing games and miss crucial assignment deadlines, they often rely on the help of the ca.edubirdie.com that can write coursework really fast! In these critical situations, help them by referring EduBirdie instead of telling them to give up the games completely. 

  1. Animal Jam

What better way to get educated than to get involved with National Geographic? Animal Jam is a virtual online world originally designed with the National Geographic Society. 

As expected, the game teaches young students about ecology and zoology through adventures, parties, games, and other social elements online. Another great feature of Animal Jam is it gives parental control over the game. Parents can lock the game down if they wish.

  1. Wordscapes

Wordscapes is an incredible option for students who love wordplay. The game improves vocabulary while entertaining students. In the game, the kids receive unlimited time to solve a crossword-style puzzle. There are also levels to make the game more challenging. 

For instance, some levels don’t accept words with three letters and award extra points if the player gets all of the words right and in a specific order. At times, guessing all of the “easy” words is the hard part. Moreover, it has a dictionary built into the app to expand the vocabulary.

Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

  1. Prodigy

Prodigy is a game for those who love to play with numbers. It’s a math-based RPG that you can play for free. It involves playing through the game by answering math questions to build their skills and earn rewards. 

There is also an interactive aspect where players participate in quests with their friends. For more challenges, the difficulty level increases as you progress further.

  1. National Geographic Challenge

This is another game that involves the much-read magazine. The National Geographic Challenge is a quiz game based on the. Here, you encounter difficult and easy questions divided into regions. 

It starts with up to 4 players who choose their own avatar. They can try answering 40, 60 or 80 timed questions in the game. To make it more interesting, the Challenge features impressive videos and photographs drawn from the archives of National Geographic.

Conclusion

With the closure of schools and colleges due to the current pandemic, parents strive to get their kids educated as normally as possible. Virtual school hours aren’t the only venue for young students to learn. Online games can entertain and educate young students while confined at home and of course, they are fun, educational, and highly entertaining as well.

Author’s Bio:

Elizabeth Skinner is a famous blogger who works for a popular website and manages its gaming, tech news and software review sections. She’s also a talented academic writer with an expertise in thesis, dissertation and essay writing. In her free time, she takes language classes, practices yoga and goes out for jogging. 

 

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One Beat Angel FFVII

One Beat Angel

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this album to review!

My husband and I are fans of the Final Fantasy games and music. We have attended multiple live orchestral performances and own several Distant World and Black Mages/Earthbound Papas CDs. When I played and beat Final Fantasy VII on PC, I swapped out many of the original game songs to the Black Mages versions. By doing so, I made a great game even better! Before going any further, I must admit that I have not played the remake. With many gamers playing the remake and enjoying its music, it only makes sense to release an enhanced version of the soundtrack. Roborob delivers a nice selection of songs from this epic game in One Beat Angel FFVII.

I enjoyed and reviewed Roborob’s Kingdom Hearts remake album, Kingdom Heartbeats. I recognized many of the tracks but it’s been a while since I played a Kingdom Hearts game so I’m not as familiar with the music from that series. Since I’m a fan of Roborob and Final Fantasy VII, I jumped at the change to review One Beat Angel. For the most part, I have no regrets. While this is an enjoyable 11-track album, I prefer the original and Black Mages versions over this.

Just like the Final Fantasy games, this album opens up with a spruced-up version of the prelude song which is quite fitting. The second track Fight On! Takes the iconic battle song to a new level. If you’ve won a battle in a Final Fantasy game, you’ll recognize the Victory Fanfare song. The Mako Reactor song is instantly recognizable even with the dubstep additions. Who Are You is also given an electronic dance music facelift in this album.

With the album called One Beat Angel, it should come as no surprise that One-Winged Angel is overhauled as well. Aerith’s theme is probably my least favorite song on this albumn since it’s not recognizable until the very end. On the flipside, the peppy Chocobo Theme doesn’t stray too far from the original score. On That Day Five Years Ago brings the seriousness back with some nice beats. Roborob’s rendition of Cosmo Canyon is decent, but I have to give the nod to Pandoh’s dubstep version. The finale song, JENOVA does not disappoint and brings this entertaining album to a close.

You can purchase a digital version from Bandcamp for $10 or physically for $15. The MP3 album is also available on Amazon for $8.99. If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy VII and dance music, it’s worth checking out!


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Great Tips to Improve Web Search Results

 

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To most, web search does not seem like a complicated matter. You enter a phrase or keyword and look at the results. However, there are times when you need to find very specific information, and the default search does not always give you the desired results.

Searching the web more efficiently is not that difficult once you remember a few neat tricks. The tips below ought to be a good reference and help you with creating a better searching strategy.

Tip #1 – Try Different Search Engines

While Google is more or less the default search engine for most people, it is not the only one on the internet. Do not get in the habit of using a single search engine all the time. There is Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Yandex, and others.

If one search engine is not providing you with results, another might. Each search engine has unique traits and will provide you with different results. Take your time and make sure that you have tried everything you can before giving up.

Tip #2 – Scan for Potential Malware

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There are all kinds of malware that can make using the computer a lot worse. Search engines are no exception. 

Yahoo redirect is a good example. If you are not careful, your browser could get infected with malware that hijacks it and redirects you to Yahoo search whenever you type something in a search engine. Thankfully, Macpaw has a great guide on how to get rid of yahoo search. But remember that this is only one example.

You need a reliable anti-malware tool and have it detect and delete any threats. Also, keep a closer eye on the browser, especially when installing add-ons and extensions.

Tip #3 – Look for a Particular Word

When you land on a page and see that the results do not meet your expectations, do not give up just yet. It might be that the answer could be hidden in a wall of text or on a less-noticeable part of the page.

Press Ctrl+F and use the search function. For instance, if you stumble upon a long biography page about a particular person and need to find out whether a particular event involved the person in 1999, type “1999” in the search function.

Tip #4 – Make Use of Advanced Tools

Search engines offer advanced tools that allow you to get better, more specific search results. A good example could be Google’s tools for finding pictures. You can choose the size, color, usage rights, time, and type.

Such advanced tools are not necessary all the time, but they come in handy when you are struggling to find certain types of information.

Tip #5 – Access Offline Pages

If a site is offline or has been taken down, it does not necessarily mean that accessing it is impossible. In some instances, you can access the cached version of the website’s copy.

Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that not every website will be available. This is particularly true for really old sites. But if you are looking to delve deeper into the search, the tip should be of use as well.

Tip #6 – Utilize Math

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That is correct. Simple math comes in handy when you are struggling to narrow down the results. You have probably heard about Boolean search. The idea is pretty simple.

You add a minus, also known as a hyphen, or a plus in the search query to get better results. For instance, if you are looking for food recipes, phrasing the words like “recipes - vegan” will give you everything except results with vegan food.

At the same time, if you were to type in “football + NFL”, you will get results for both soccer and American football. 

Tip #7 – Involve Google’s “Site” Option

Those that are trying to find information on a particular website might struggle using its search function. Luckily, there is a workaround to the problem. 

Launch Google and enter the following phrase in the address bar without quotation marks – “site:URL.com tips for working from home” and you will get articles about work from home on the website you want.

Tip #8 – Include Quotation Marks

Quotation marks indicate that you want a particular set of words to be grouped and reflect in the results. Including quotes will also reduce the number of results. It will be easier to find what you were looking for, and the search will not take as much time. 

Tip #9 – Be Specific

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The final piece of advice is to be very specific when you are using search engines. Sure, there might be instances when you are trying to get as many results and use broad terms that will show multiple websites.

However, finding a piece of information using general words will not get you anywhere. Be mindful about what you type in the search engines.

 

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Top Six Ways to Nail CompTIA A+ Exams

If you wish to have a promising career in the IT industry which is already overcrowded, having a general degree and work experience is not enough. It pays a lot to become a top tier IT veteran and the most popular question among newbies is how to start right so as to create a strong foundation for becoming an expert. There may be a lot of answers but however, the easiest way is earning the CompTIA A+ credential.

Decoding the Worth of CompTIA A+

Developed by CompTIA and recognized by many IT giants across the globe, this badge can make you stand out from the crowd in no time. Dell, HP, RICOH, and Lenovo; you name any IT company and you will most likely find them hunting for the professionals having a CV listing the CompTIA A+ Practice Test - 220-1001 credential in the category of ‘Additional Skills’.

IT industry is in dearth need of A+ certified specialists for job roles like Service Desk Analyst, Technical Support Specialist, Associate Network Engineer, System Support Specialist, and many more. So, there is no doubt that this is a cornerstone certificate. Its single mention in your resume can make it doubly worthy. But, the next legit question to ask here is:

What All It Takes to Earn CompTIA A+ Credential?

Well, the simple and straightforward answer is, passing the two challenging tests:

  • Core 1 (220-1001) — focuses on the basic and advanced understanding of configuration/troubleshooting skills required for mobile devices and cloud computing.
  • Core 2 (220-1002) — testifies candidates’ acumen in installing and configuring OSs. Also, it checks the expertise in expanded security, troubleshooting, and operational procedures related to software.

These two assessments are very skillfully designed. Each of them contains a maximum of 90 questions that need to be covered in 90 minutes. The questions are presented in different formats including drag and drops, multiple-choice, and performance-based and focus on core technical skills.

The minimum passing score for Core 1 test is 675 out of 900 and for Core 2 is 700. To appear for these assessments, you need to pay $226 per exam. It’s quite a big amount and you can’t afford to waste it. This is why you must learn about ways to succeed in the first attempt. And we are ready to give you 6 great preparation tips.

Top Six Ways to Pass CompTIA A+ Exams in First Attempt

  1. Go for an online instructor-led training

CompTIA offers an instructor-led course to help the aspirants pass the exams without any boundaries. Its CertMaster Practice is an online companion tool that will help you prepare for the tests covering all the topics and gaining practical skills. In this online training, you will get over 40 hours long engaging content designed specifically to meet all your study needs.

  1. Join classroom training

CompTIA has partnered with many world-class institutes to offer you offline training. These partners refer to quality and authorized ExamSnap A+ Practice Test - 220-1002 content for classroom-style teaching. They conduct the sessions keeping the most current exam objectives in mind and will make sure that you grasp every topic required.

  1. Use the right study material

The right kind of study resources will help you become exam-ready with fewer efforts and better results. By offering you relevant information, reliable materials make it easy to crack the tests in the first attempt. For example, you can refer to these comprehensive study guides:

  • Study Guide for CompTIA A+ Core 1 220-1001 Certification
  • Guide for Core 2 220-1002 Certification

Along with the books, CompTIA offers you video content as well. You can take them on board to pace up your preparation.

  1. Don’t forget to use practice tests

We all know that no one ever succeeded on this earth without practice. If you want to perfect your learning, then you must train a lot. At this point, taking the help of mock tests would be really useful. These materials offer you two-way assistance. They help you testify your knowledge whilemaking you aware of the real-time exam pattern. So, you will also learn about time management which can be crucial on the exam day. However, you’ll get all these benefits only if you download practice tests from the trusted resources or platforms so do not make a mistake to obtain them from any random one.

  1. Refer the YouTube Channel of Professor Messer

Professor Messer is a well-known name in the IT industry. With more than 25 years of experience, this IT veteran has helped millions of aspirants to pass the CompTIA A+ tests in the first attempt. The channel has over 400K subscribers.

On this channel, you will find the highest quality content curated by the IT professionals who know the nitty-gritty of CompTIA A+. The build-in quiz questions and complementary information are cherries on the cake that you shouldn’t miss out.

  1. Join the community of CompTIA experts

Having the direct inputs of the CompTIA expert is like hitting the jackpot. There are many online communities on Reddit and Quora wherein such seasoned professionals from all over the world are connected to each other. They don’t mind helping the greenhorn with their expertise and skills so take the opportunity to get all your questions answered by those who have a huge experience in the field.

Concluding Words

If there is an ideal launch pad for your IT career, then it is only the CompTIA A+ badge. The kind of technical and professional skills that it introduces to you holds high merits. However, not passing its required assessments in the first attempt may hinder your success journey for a while.

To avoid this, taking the help of CompTIA training and practice tests would be very useful. Millions of CompTIA A+ aspirants have already turned their dreams into reality with their help. And you can do this too.

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Field of Hopes and Strings

Field of Hopes and Strings

Thank you Materia Collective for sending this digital album to review!

Deltarune Chapter 1 is a free spiritual successor to Undertale. Toby Fox has worked his magic again by producing a fun game with good humor and an excellent soundtrack. In turn, String Player Gamer did an awesome job sprucing up the soundtrack in a fourteen-song collection called Field of Hopes and Strings which is a play on Deltarune’s theme song, Field of Hopes and Dreams. Both Fields of Hopes and Strings and the original soundtrack are available on BandCamp.com for $7 each.

Fields of Hopes and Strings is about forty minutes in length and has a nice sampling of songs from the OST which contains forty tracks. Many of the omitted songs are less than thirty seconds long. The symphonic metal styling of the chosen songs is superb and fans of Toby Fox and Deltarune should give this album a listen.

Here’s a breakdown of the track list:

1. Fanfare 0:13
2. The Legend 1:55
3. Field of Hopes and Dreams 3:22
4. Chaos King 3:36
5. Scarlet Forest 4:46
6. Empty Town 2:12
7. Friendship 3:23
8. Lancer 3:39
9. The World Revolving 3:26
10. VS Susie 2:38
11. Rude Buster 3:32
12. Darkness Falls 3:29
13. Before the Story 4:31
14. Don’t Forget 1:31

Many of the tracks are longer than the originals and the violin and guitar playing is top notch as usual. Lancer’s theme song went from 48 seconds to more than three and a half minutes long in this album. The credits song, Don’t Forget has the vocals performed by TeraCMusic.

I can’t wait for the next installment of the Deltrarune series. Until then, I’ve got some lovely music to listen to. Keep up the great work Toby Fox and String Player Gamer!


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Think Like a Dog

Think Like a Dog

Thank you Lionsgate for sending us a screener to review!

Oliver is a twelve-year-old genius whose parents are considering separating. To comfort him in these difficult times is his dog, Henry. Oliver also has a friend Xiao, in China, who plays online VR games with him. Xiao is also quite smart and is an accomplished hacker.

At this year’s science fair, Oliver shows off his mind-reading device. A fictional technology tycoon named Mr. Mills is in the audience and Oliver wants to make a good impression on him. Although the experiment didn’t go as planned, Mr. Mills (Kunal Nayyar) is impressed with Oliver's work and sees potential in it. At home, Oliver fine-tunes his project and with the help of a friend, hijacks a satellite to give the mind-reading device enough power. This move doesn’t go unnoticed by government officials. The project is a success and Oliver can hear his dog’s thoughts while wearing a special collar.

As it turns out, Henry is quite smart, talkative, and funny. Henry’s simple views on life are quite insightful and may help in repairing Oliver’s parents' marriage. There’s a school dance coming up and Oliver needs to work up the courage to ask his crush to the dance. The rest of Henry’s plans to rekindle Oliver’s parents’ romance revolves around them being at the school dance to hear their wedding song.

Oliver's date doesn’t go as planned, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a happy ending. You’ll have to see this 91-minute film for yourself. It’s pretty family-friendly and contained an OMG. I don’t recall any other language other than Oliver being told several times throughout the film that he needed to “grow a pair.” If you like movies where animals talk, you’ll probably enjoy this film. It’s just as corny as the rest of them.


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Monitor online activities of your kids using the Best Android Parental Control Apps.

Parents are often worried about their kids when they are using some adult content on the website. You can use parental control apps if you want to protect your kids from harmful sites that can spoil their minds. These applications are easy to install and monitor online activities easily. Many Android parental control apps are available for both iPhone as well as android phones. Some of them are available free of cost, while some require a paid subscription for full access.

Reasons for using parental control apps

  • Protect your child from cyber bullies: - Kids often make friends on the internet without knowing their identity. They can be a culprit of cybercrime or can potentially harm them by a cyber bully. Parental control apps can effectively control the activities of your kids online by restricting certain websites that have adult-rated content.
  • Prevent access to vulnerable apps or websites: - Many websites have pornographic contents on the internet. Some of them also have apps that give access to vulnerable or nude images of girls. If you want to block this application on your kid’s phone, you can do it in stealth mode using a parental control app.
  • Helps in increasing performance and productivity in School: - Kids mostly play games on their phones and do not involve themselves in any physical activities that can be productive for them. If you want your kid to be active in curricular activities in school, you must reduce their online activities on their mobile phones. In this way, parental control apps can effectively increase productivity and hence the performance of your child in school.
  • Complete peace of mind: - We worry about our kid's safety whenever they are away from us during school. Hence you can be at the office with complete peace of mind if you install parental control app on your kids’ phone.
  • Track online activities on a real-time basis: - Parental control apps can effectively record the video of online activities. They can also restrict the access of some pornographic or adult websites that can spoil the minds of your kids.

Top 3 Parental control apps:-

  • Kaspersky Safe kids Parental control software: - An advanced parental control app that can record screen time and restrict adult content with real-time alerts. Kaspersky Safe kids Parental control software is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • Family time Parental control:-It is the leading parental control app for android or apple users. You can use this software for monitoring mobile phones, tablets, and other handheld devices like pads, and kindle fires.
  • Kid’s Shell – Kid Launcher: - It is an online parental control app that can be downloaded easily from the play or apple store. You can monitor your kids' online activities by installing Kid’s shell application on your child’s phone without letting them know about the installation.

With the above information, we hope to decrease the worry for the safety of your kids. The software mentioned above or applications should only be downloaded from trusted sources; otherwise, there could be a risk of virus, malware, adware, or spyware attack.

 

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Canmixs Smart Watch

Canmixs Smart Watch

Thank you Canmixs for sending us this product to review!

I’ve been using a Garmin Vivofit 2 for the past few years. I like the step counting and prodding to get moving when I’ve been sitting still for too long. The Vivofit 2 also monitors my sleep, calorie burning, and menstrual cycle through the accompanying Android app. The Canmixs Smart Watch can do all of that and more for under $50.

The app is downloaded through a QR code in the instruction manual. For what it’s worth, my phone still scanned as virus free after installing this unsigned app. In order to unlock menstrual/ovulation cycle tracking, you’ll have to specify your gender as female in the app.

The build quality is nice and the soft rubber wrist straps are comfortable with plenty of size settings. I did find the metal clasp a little uncomfortable as it pressed into my wrist when typing. The 60g weight is noticeable, but not uncomfortable. The proprietary USB magnetic charging cable works nicely, I’m not sure how easy it will be to replace so I hope it doesn’t get damaged or lost.

There are a few watch faces to choose from, so that’s nice. I like the 240x240px watch face; it’s bright and easy to read. The ability to get SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail notifications is nice. I’m not sure why, but the Bluetooth connection would often break and I had to reconnect it through the app multiple times a day. The ability to remotely snap a picture is nice.

An option to disable the vibrating or enabling a "Do Not Disturb" mode would be nice for uninterrupted sleep. Sure, you can charge it at night, but then it wouldn't monitor your quality of sleep.

The IP67 waterproof rating is a bit contradictory on the Amazon product page. The IP67 rating states that the device can be dropped into a meter of water for up to thirty minutes. There’s a picture of a man in a pool wearing the watch with a disclaimer saying “Note: Never let it contact with water.” I have showered while wearing the watch and it still works.

I noticed some discrepancies with the step counting, heart rate tracking, and blood pressure monitoring. When I went for a walk with the Canmixs on my left wrist and the Vivofit 2 on my right wrist the step count of the Canmixs was 695 steps higher than the Vivofit 2. After doing a Ring Fit Adventure workout, my Switch Joy-Con said my heart rate was 91 while the watch said it was only 76. Given that the measurement was taken right after a workout, I would believe the Joy-Con measurement. For measuring my blood pressure I’m going to have to trust the reading of our Omron device which read at 110/56 compared to the watch’s reading of 138/92. My blood pressure has always been on the lower side.

In the end, it’s a nice watch for the price, but I’d take the measurements with a grain of salt.


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Can Business Schools Help Amend the Public View on Capitalism?

Faith in corporations and our modern economic system at an all-time low. Only a third of Americans indicated that they believe and trust in big enterprises. At the same time, over half of the polled people said that the corporations have too much power and influence over public life – is what indicates a relevant study.

Of course, the demographic of people who consistently and reliably showed strong negative feelings about the enterprises are you people. In fact, around only 40% percent of people younger than 30 years old expressed any positive feelings towards our current modern economic system and the state of it.

A very significant part of the younger generation is very dissatisfied with what capitalism has really given their whole generation: government corruption, world spread pollution, and social systems unjustly skewed in favor of extremely rich. Yes, there is no doubt that things need to improve, and the new generations are already bringing new ideas and perspectives to the table.

One of the main problems that people are currently trying to tackle is the lack of humanity, and social consciousness within the system, and a lot of companies are responding positively to the spirit of our times and make good on their promises to follow ethical principles and care for their stakeholders.

Education establishments have responded to this call too and started to provide more programs on business and economy topics that have to do with the morality and social factor in the industry. It is definitely not enough and only a first step of many to help influence our economic system for the better.

Business colleges have been integral to the American economy for a very long time by educating the professionals in the private sector and molding their approach to managing business and evaluating ventures. Now, business education institutions need to adopt a completely new mindset and economic outlook to teach younger minds if they want to stay relevant in modern times.

Can Business Schools Help Amend the Public View on Capitalism?

The Reason Behind the Dissatisfaction

Before we can delve into why and how business colleges should and can respectively amend the current tries in revamping our economic system, we need to examine the reasons behind the people’s immense dissatisfaction with the current state of business and economic affairs:

  • The government doesn’t enact any major policies to protect the citizens from the wrongdoings of big enterprises. Many view the modern iterations of our government very inefficient and untrustworthy, as it doesn’t create sufficient policies to tackle some of the biggest societal issues of today: climate change, inequality, and the increase of people in poverty.
  • Big enterprises are punished only with a small slap on the wrist whenever they do something wrong. People are getting tired of the soft and forgiving attitude big corporations get from the government due to how much tax money they contribute to the government.
  • The 2008 bank crisis pointed out the elephant in the room. That year was essential to people recognizing that the big companies don’t have the interests of regular people in their mind at all and that the government produces very flawed, skewed (and seemingly corrupt) regulations, which aren’t effective in regulating companies at all.

Why Education Establishments Should Even Get Involved

The obvious trend as of now is the move beyond the private sector. The educational institutions are already recognizing the students’ weak faith in capitalism, and it’s not enough to create just a couple of courses to make each student a proficient essay writer about the new trends in the business sector. No, they need to act quickly and entirely rethink their whole business and economic majors.

The private sector should lose some of its importance in higher education courses, and the role of government should be discussed more. The community-minded approach should be expanded upon. In the case the colleges will not be willing to adapt, they will be in great danger of becoming outdated, not valued, and not respected, which will eventually show through the application statistics.

Here’s What Can Be Done

In its current state, the business colleges are actually a part of the problem, as they reinforce the old approach to business management and development that centers solely around the private sector and the maximum profit. Nonetheless, they can implement new initiatives to become a contributing factor to the solution of the major issue, such as:

  • Emphasize the importance of considering the long-lasting results and outcomes of your business’ practices.
  • Highlight the need to have devices in place to stop the incorrect and amoral use of power.
  • Present the ideas of the tight collaboration of businesses with the government powers and support the democratic processes.
  • Showcase the need to engage with various social and economic groups.

In Conclusion

It’s time to explore and implement the socially-responsible and community-minded paradigms of business management. Now, the staple ‘bigger is better’ isn’t relevant anymore. The business colleges need to be continuously thinking of ways to help our society improve the economic system in use.

 

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The Road to Edmond

Thank you Tripp Fuller for sending us a screener link to review!

The Road to Edmond was released in 2018, but now it’s available to watch on Amazon Prime for free. The movie begins with a young youth pastor named Cleo who is forced to take a 2-week sabbatical for telling one of his students that God loves her just as she is when she came out as gay. Cleo’s stance of acceptance goes against his church’s doctrine and that’s why he’s being reprimanded.

Not sure of what he did wrong, Cleo decides to clear his head by packing some camping gear and heading out on his vintage Schwinn bike without a particular destination in mind. On a rest stop, Cleo declines the advances of a lady, and later witnesses his bike getting ran over. The guy who ran over the bike is named Larry and he’s on a road trip with his father’s ashes. Without any better transportation options, Cleo decides to join along for the ride.

Please note that the rest of this post contains spoilers.

Larry is very talkative and tries to cheer up Cleo with crude humor and insightful questions. Having a religious background, Larry asks Cleo for his “Jesus Pitch” and it’s not very convincing. In fact, Cleo’s faith is shaky and on the road trip Larry gets him to swear, drink, and try marijuana. They even go to a gay wedding.

Though the movie praises Cleo for being accepting and open-minded, I found it sad that it depicts a youth pastor becoming corrupted with worldly ideas instead of Biblical truths. God loves you the person no matter what, but your sins against Him are repulsive. Sure, God loves someone with homosexual temptations who resists to do His will instead, but when you fall prey to them, you spit in His face.

Because of the sexual humor and foul language, I don’t recommend this movie for younger audiences. Evangelical Christians won’t like the message. People who celebrate pride month will probably enjoy this film though.


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Learn Python Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning Python, Even If You’re New to Programming

Thank you CodeQuickly for sending us this book to review!

Learn Python Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning Python, Even If You’re New to Programming is designed to be a fast read and teaching tool, clocking in at about 150 pages. The book has twelve chapters and an index of references used in it. It covers a wide range of programming concepts, from variables to classes and everything in between. Each chapter has a varying amount of subsections, which discuss different elements of the topic. The very last chapter contains two projects to complete as a test for everything the reader learned in the book.

Learn Python Quickly is generally well-written and well-edited, and speaks in layman’s terms. As I am a beginner in the world of programming, I found this incredibly useful. However, it does lapse into technical terminology every once in a while, and I would get lost in the fancy programming vocabulary that I didn’t know very much about.

There are also a few typos that I noticed throughout the course of the book, but they were things like font changes at the wrong spot and other minor issues. One sentence I remember in particular didn’t make much grammatical sense to me, causing me to reread it a few times, and I was only left with a vague impression of its meaning. Another sentence had an apparent switch of what words were supposed to be in what places. Both versions made grammatical sense, but it was in the context of the content in which the words were in the wrong.

I also had my misgivings about the structure of the chapters. The first ten chapters were short, and were straight to the point. However, when I got to chapter eleven, I was slightly daunted and annoyed that the author decided to shove all of the non-beginner concepts into a singular chapter. The entirety of said chapter amassed a whopping forty pages. After a while, I was mentally spent on that chapter, and read through it rather than trying some of the examples because of how tedious it was. The twelfth chapter was the project chapter. It was approximately twenty pages, and in my opinion could have been split into two chapters.

The book does highly value self-experimentation and creative thinking, by encouraging the reader to try to solve the problem themselves before showing them the answer (or “a possible solution,” as it is often put). However, some of the goals set seem a little far off, considering the user had just learned the concepts. Learn Python Quickly also has assignments at the end of many of the chapters, to encourage the application of the various ideas so that they can get a better idea of how they are used.

Unfortunately, there are some examples of code that are erroneous, as the syntax is implied to be different from what it actually is in Python. One example was where a break in the text was forced because the page ran out of space, but a function that was supposed to be on the same line of code as the string it was affecting was on the next line, implying that the function was supposed to be on the next line. There are also a few instances where functions called don’t actually work with the variable they’re manipulating, which I found kind of annoying, considering that at one point the bad code was trying to demonstrate a concept. The code for the final project was compiled into one archive of the program at the end of the chapter, and it was incomplete and couldn’t work as a result. There were calling mistakes in the code, as it was trying to call a variable that only existed within a user-created function.

Overall, Learn Python Quickly is okay as a learning resource, and I would advise it as more of a dictionary of concepts than anything else. It’s a quick and easy read, but not all of the code works, which defeats much of the purpose of attempting to teach how a programming language works. If anyone were to pick up this book and try to learn from it, I would suggest it for an intermediate programmer because some of the nuances of Python are blocked by the spacing of the actual code, and are not something that a beginner would immediately know. An intermediate would also have an easier time with some of the challenges, because many of them stumped me, a beginner.

There is a lot this author did right when creating this book for the general audience, but there is also a lot that needs to be improved. It’s a great start, but a fully reevaluated set of code in a new edition of some sort is definitely in order.

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7 Key Steps of Game Localization

 

7 Key Steps of Game Localization 

If you are reading this article, you may have already thought about the localization of your videogame. This is a critical step that opens broad opportunities and brings your game a new audience. Localization is not a mere translation of some of the game’s parts. It is a complex process that has multiple steps like the translation of code, cut scenes, dialogues, in-game text boxes, and many more. Many of us seek professional help to solve the tough localization questions. However, you need to know the basics of the process to cover all the essential translation points. Let us look at the crucial steps of game localization.

1. Decide on the budget.

If you are on a tight budget overall, or you are an indie developer, you may use the help of such free services like Google Translate or fan translation. In either case, you will need to edit and proofread your final result. Alternatively, if you are a major developer, you may find that professional translation companies have different prices. The price usually depends on the amount of work you need. They include plain translation, editing, proofreading, and quality checks via software. Each of them may add to the cost of localization.

2. Decide on the language.

Although the main popular gaming areas are widely known, you may do marketing research concerning the areas which will have a high localization ROI. If you had a product successfully launched in Europe or Latin America, be sure that you cover those areas, too. In most cases, the popular languages encompass Asian, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. There are also European languages such as German, French, and Spanish. For Latin America, you will need Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish. And don’t forget about Russian.

3. Research what “localization” means.

In most cases, you cannot simply translate a game and call it a localization. You will need to localize your code and documentation and perform advertising translation and legalization. In addition, the localization process will often encompass changing your game completely, especially if you appeal to Asian audiences.

4. Prepare for localization.

To launch the localization successfully, you need to perform content analysis. Your team will look for the parts which need translation and which elements of the game will be adapted. After this step, you need to develop a lockit, or localization kit, which will be a guide for your translators. This guide is the key to your game and the content that goes with it.

5. Localize the code of the game

Many translation companies will offer you to localize your code to ensure smooth integration with translation management systems that will make your localization process much easier. After this, you may integrate your whole repository to a system to bring all the strings into a translation platform.

6. Decide on your company

If you are an indie developer, you may make use of a Steam crowdsourcing or enter game localization contests. There will also be enthusiasts who will be eager to translate your game for a small price to get their first portfolio item. However, if you want to have an impeccable result, go to Translationreport or the most famous localization company in your area. They usually provide you with a 360-degree service, which includes proofreading, editing, QA, voiceover, subtitles, synchronization, and many more.

7. Launch a test-drive

Before presenting your game to a broad public, be sure to find native speakers to test-drive your game. They have the best chances to find a bad translation or confusing parts of the dialogues and script. Do not hesitate to use their help.

 7 Key Steps of Game Localization

To sum up, the localization of your game has seven key steps. Don’t forget to determine an estimated budget that you can spend. Also, decide which languages and languages group do you target. After this, do a thorough preparation and code translation, and be ready to hand in your game to professionals. Test-drive and quality assurance are the final step to perfection. After these, your game will be ready for release in target markets. Remember that people like when you localize to their language. However, they like it even more if you localize properly. If you mind the culture, customs, and legislation, you will win many loyal customers.

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Henry Mcdowell is an expert copywriter and researcher who works freelance and writes for blogs and educational sites. Having vast linguistic knowledge, he provides basic advice on writing, essays, and research. In his free time, Henry enjoys gaming and visiting new places.

 

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