Belize, the Central America Paradise

Paradise on Earth? You Better Belize It

“We want you to feel at home in Belize”

"We can't go out and explore the world, so we want the world to come here"
“We can’t go out and explore the world, so we want the world to come here”

In what is said to be record rainfall this year in Belize, California is ready to declare a state of emergency from their driest year in recent history. Belize is a third world country, so yes, it’s going to have high theft areas of crime. Thankfully, there are just as many safe havens full of the nicest people of any high traffic tourist area. The people of Belize are limited in traveling only across near borders. Without a visa, the furthest they can go north is Mexico, and thus they depend on the tourism industry to meet people from around the world. Ambergris Caye is the place a lot of the mainland people move  because of the serenity of the island. It sure feels like paradise when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing off the shore. They may be seeing record rainfall, but the sun is still shining hard every day periodically between what I know from living on the west coast as pineapple express weather.

Most people know Belize through the hit television show Breaking Bad mentioning it as an analogy for murdering someone. Luckily, my trip to Belize didn’t have such a drastic ending. People either catch this reference, don’t have any idea what or where Belize is, or have been to Belize themselves and know of the paradise with a lack of infrastructure. This emerging getaway has seen many people including Harrison Ford and Madonna come and go. It’s undeveloped compared to that of the Myan Riviera, or Cancun, which is perfect for baby boomers looking for nostalgia. Beach bars blast Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones while people bet on horseshoes or eat at the adjacent barbeque. The amount of diversity is astounding and everyone is eager to mingle with each other tourists and locals alike.

Sunday beach party at the Crazy Canucks Bar
Sunday beach party at the Crazy Canucks Bar

This island was compared to paradise from all the locals I encountered, people from the mainland who saved for years to come to the emerging island get away, American Army vets looking for a place to retire. The Ambergris Caye is located off the east coast of the mainland of Belize, only a fifteen minute plane ride away.  This small island is only a mile wide, allowing you to see the sea on both the east and west coast simultaneously. The crystal blue waters include a river through the island resulting in a lagoon as well as the vast beautiful turquois ocean, the Caribbean Sea. The beach is composed of coral reef sediment sprouting from the second largest reef in the world just off the coast of the island, if you focus on the horizon you can see where the waves crash upon the summit of the reef to ease the waters heading into the Caye. Many citizens of San Pedros own boats and other aquatic craft to navigate the local area efficiently as well as go to the mainland for food, supplies, etc. Most bars are on the beach, some even featuring jet –ski access. The popular clubs of San Pedros are located in the high traffic tourist area, and the locals will be keep you partying there all night if you let them. The most popular club on the island is called “Jaguars” featuring an awesome entrance that’s intriguingly welcoming as you enter the mouth of a Jaguar next to the city center clock tower.

"Jaguars is the place to go" - Yaneli Young
“Jaguars is the place to go” – Yaneli Young

At home in Canada, a dollar doesn’t go very far anymore. In fact, unless you go to a dollar store or settle for subpar quality, you can’t even get a soda for a dollar anymore. Ironically enough, most dollar stores are even bumping their rates to $1.25. But in Belize, your dollar goes a bit further into the realm of minor refreshments and beyond. Your American dollar is worth double in Belize, and though this may sound appealing, there is a price we the tourists pay, then another price for the locals that can’t afford as much. In some cases locals will trade things with each other, such as fishermen trading for produce. This allows for some old fashioned bartering with the right establishments. In souvenir shops, for example, where cheesy shirts say “You Better Belize It!” or “UnBelizeable” which is eye candy to tourists, but not necessarily appealing if the price tag exceeds the novelty.

Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014
Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014

In Mexico or Jamaica, you might come across people desperately trying to convince you to enter their establishment or buy some product in an attempt to make ends meet. While I always felt uncomfortable being led into random, sometimes sketchy places, you won’t encounter much of that in San Pedros. People here are not pushy. They may ask if you would like to have dinner at their restaurant but they leave you alone at no. If you show interest, they might show you the menu before directing you into the establishment, still allowing you to decide for yourself. Most of the time, people greet you in the streets and ask you how you are enjoying Belize. They don’t necessarily want your money, they’re genuinely glad to meet you and are always willing to strike up a conversation to a passerby.

Better than front-row seats, this is our slice of beach feet away from the front door
Better than front-row seats, this is our slice of beach feet away from the front door

Belize has a struggling economy, due to the world economic struggle and their attempts and enticing more people to come to Belize thwarted by the fact that money is going into the wrong areas of town, funding seems to get lost in translation. Despite the rap that parts of the mainland have cases of crime, one thing is for certain, the people of Belize, at least the people of the Ambergris Caye, are welcoming people that are very kind. There is no stigma of keeping to yourself so as not to defend the wrong people like in North America. This spreads the feeling of community, a feeling that even just as a tourist that you’re a part of something bigger and better when you can just walk up to anyone on the street and strike up a conversation, provided you speak enough English or Spanish. That kind of thing doesn’t happen here without being branded as out of the ordinary, despite the fact that humans were made to be communal beings. That all got lost in translation in a lot of places it seems, but you better believe that it hasn’t happened here in Belize.

My best friend in Belize, a young lady I will never forget.
My best friend in Belize, a young lady I will never forget.

Thank You, Bell

Another annual Bell Let’s Talk event has come and gone in 2014.

According to Bell, they set new records this year thanks to all the help on social media and through the natural art of texting. 109,451,718 tweets, texts, calls and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2014 – Bell will donate a further $5,472,585.90 to Canadian mental health programs. Now you can feel good about any excessive texting you do, at least for one day. Parents of teens, don’t give your kids too much flack for their next bill, it’s going to a great cause!

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Since 2010, Bell has committed $62.5 million to mental health initiatives in Canada. Not only do they run a successful annual charity event, but even more importantly, they spread awareness of issues such as anxiety, depression, etc. Mental health awareness is an important thing to a society where teens kill themselves suffering from mental illness, but if people understood the issue more it might be prevented.

I have fallen prey to mental health issues, particularly the effects of heavy anxiety. It has been a long journey to where I am today, and it all started with my blog. I wrote two blogs about it, which you can find on my wordpress to those of you that aren’t aware, and I’ll be releasing more essay’s about the subject as time goes on, as it is a subject I like to study and learn as I cope with it, discovering ways to deal with it.

Our government has neglected the mental health sector in many ways, but it is thanks to charity events such as this that we can get money into these programs, into paying registered professionals to help those who need it. People who don’t have a mental illness have a hard time understanding what it means. When they hear you have one they think you’re crazy. That’s not a very healthy way of looking at it, in fact, looking at things from that angle is part of the problem. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk event successfully reached those people through their marketing and maybe by next years event, more people will understand what it means to have depression, anxiety,  bi-polar, or any one of the hundreds of other illnesses/disorders. Until then, Bell will be behind guiding the people toward conquering what plagues them.

Anxiety Blog 1

Intro:

I’ve been away for a while because things have gone from bad to worse lately. Only in the last couple days have things gotten better.

 

I’ve been thinking about doing this blog for a very long time, as I believe it can help people, however, I’ve always been somewhat insecure about talking about it. It’s a sensitive issue for most people, and I’m afraid people will see it as my way of complaining about my issues, however, it couldn’t be further from the truth. With a little help, and guidance from my friends, they told me to go ahead and talk openly about my issues with anxiety.

 

Before I go on any more, these are certainly MY issues. I’m not interested in blaming people for them, despite the fact that I sometimes do as a defense mechanism. I acknowledge the fact that in most situations, I am the problem because most people do not understand anxiety. If people cannot see something, usually they don’t believe it. In my experience, this is a fact. Even when something is explained, most people still have issues understanding or believing. As I’ve said, this post is about trying to help people in the future on the sensitive  issue of anxiety.

 

Anxiety, what it is in my experience: 

For me, anxiety is an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion induced by stress usually. In my life, most of my anxiety came from things not going as planned. If I put a lot of effort into planning something and it ended up exploding in my face for whatever reason, I would have a tremendous panic attack. Things have always been, and continue to be this way for me. Anxiety stifles my breathing, makes me lightheaded, gives me tunnel vision, often it nullifies my ability to think rationally, and almost always it makes me very sleepy after a big panic attack.  Overly negative people have also always been a trigger to my panic attacks, as well as people over reacting to something I say (like taking a joke seriously). This is a part of being unable to control my surroundings, which is something people with anxiety have issues dealing with. They think they need to be able to control everything, even things well beyond their control. I’ve been in relationships, and friendships with people who don’t understand, this is my attempt at helping people understand not just for me, but other people who suffer from the same thing.

 

Being in a relationship with someone with anxiety:

I guess the first thing to mention is you should be honest no matter what. When people with anxiety catch you in a lie, they will forever think you’re lying to them, besides, there’s no point lying in a relationship to begin with. It’s unhealthy. Communication is definitely necessary for both parties, particularly the one suffering with anxiety. It’s best to talk about potential triggers of panic attacks and ways you can both avoid these triggers together, this requires a fair level of understanding from the less anxious party, as you have to think how things can affect your significant other. It’s hard to imagine what they’re going through, but think of it like this: The more anxiety we experience, the more damage it does to us, potentially taking years off our lives. Not to say that you’re killing anyone by triggering a panic attack, but you’re doing more damage than it seems, and most people with anxiety are too afraid to tell you, especially if you’re their significant other. To be fair, most people have an inability to see what’s wrong, so talk about it.

A lot of relationships are one sided. Most unsuccessful relationships, I can say from experience, are unsuccessful because one person has to do most of the work. Factoring in anxiety, if you’re the one with anxiety AND you’re also the one doing all the work, you’re going to have a really hard time.

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In my experience I was in a relationship with a girl that lived about 2 hours away, and I bused out all the time to see her, but she never bused out to see me, past a certain point she didn’t even drive out to see me even when she could. This alone caused a lot of unneeded anxiety having to bus around so much Occasionally  I’d have to bus to work early in the morning, and sometimes she’d request me to come out at very late hours of the night, sometimes impossible hours, in that the buses literally had already stopped running. To any average person, they’d just say no and be done with it, but to someone with anxiety they freak out because presenting them with an idea that they would consider, but can’t because of extenuating circumstances, they overreact. Like I said, we want to control things. SO thinking about what I said from my experience, you should consider both working together. Putting too much pressure on one person is enough to exhaust them, let alone someone with anxiety.

Working Together: 

As I’ve said, communication is key, however, I should elaborate that FAIR communication is key. This means no pointing fingers. I’m guilty of doing this, as I’m sure many people with anxiety are. We tend to point fingers when experiencing overwhelming anxiety, or when we’re in a panic attack. Though the worst thing you can do when someone is having a panic attack is ignore them. Just change the subject and give them a bit more time to think before responding, make sure they’re okay, but don’t treat them much differently either. Just maintain a calm setting and avoid arguments even when the person experiencing the attack seems hostile. It will pass. Often times we say things in panic attacks we almost instantly regret. I can’t explain the science behind it, but I’ve personally said some hurtful things to some people when having a panic attack, I suspect it’s a defense mechanism. People with anxiety tend to push people away, especially when people get too close. Work together by talking about it. If something is compromised, work it out as a team. When things get rough, wait it out. The bad episodes pass and it’s best to weather the storm together. Encourage seeking help in the mental health sector, be there for them through the long mental health process, it’s a life lesson for both of you. All storms pass, and I like to say: There’s always bomb shelters in shit storms. And there’s nothing someone with anxiety needs more than having someone there for them through the good and bad. Too many times have we been abandoned by people, or we’ve pushed then away when things got rough. Finding someone that is willing to stick by you through the hard times is something I KNOW we all cherish.

Weather the storm
Weather the storm

 

Slow down:

If you’re early in a relationship with someone with anxiety, don’t rush things. Give yourselves enough space to go at a comfortable pace. Don’t be too emotional or overreact (or pretend to be offended,upset,etc.) with someone with anxiety early on, they may push you away before they want to just because they’re afraid you won’t be able to handle them at their worst. Give yourselves air to breathe. Think of anxiety in this case like the Sims. In the Sims you can give your characters a list of tasks to do, this list can get rather long, however, usually something goes wrong with the Sim and they decide they want food instead, or they break the toilet again. This can be related to rushing into a relationship because you are giving yourselves so many tasks so early on, and preparing for a long future when you don’t know what’s going to happen between now and getting married, particularly the thought that you might not even get that far.

Couldn't have predicted that.
Couldn’t have predicted that

 

Sure, it’s nice to think about and talk about but it’s overwhelming to people with anxiety to think years ahead, often times it’s hard for us to think days ahead, and as I’ve said, in my experience I try not to make plans because my panic attacks are most frequently induced when things don’t go as planned. Most relationships don’t go as planned, that’s part of the fun. Carpe diem as they say, seize the day, seize the moment. Living in the moment is usually better than dreaming of the future anyways. Relationships are not about the destination, they’re about the journey.

 

Seems hard? It’s not: 

Most of the things I’ve talked about are actually basics of most successful relationships, just in more depth. Communication, working together, taking things slow, these are all things most people should consider anyways, but if you’re in a relationship with someone that suffers from anxiety, these are a few great pointers to consider when having to go through the rough times, but you’ll find that it’s worth it. We seem complex because most people don’t understand, but anything that stresses most people out just stresses us out significantly more. Nothing is particularly unrealistic, in fact, pampering should not be a way to deal with someone during a panic attack, as psychologically it could have the reverse effect.

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What’s next?:

I’ll be working on more blogs about anxiety as it is an issue I have to deal with every day, and I’d like to help people that have to deal with it as well. I’ll be talking to others with similar issues to site them in future anxiety blogs, also I’ll be writing one about break up’s from the perspective of the person with anxiety, as well as a blog about being friends with someone with anxiety. I hope some of these pointers help, please share this with anyone you know that has to live with anxiety in hopes that it may help them.

 

 

 

 

Second Best?

I get it quite often. People tell me they wish more people were like me. Friends have said it, females have said it, males have said it, people just like me in general. But I’m nothing special really. I mean, yeah I like to think I am, but I just do what my heart and brain say to do. I try to be caring towards everyone, I like to make people smile, I like to entertain people, people can trust me, and I’m just respectful. Does the fact that many people wishes others were like me mean they have settled for second best?

 

Why settle for second best? Perhaps by avoiding people that are not pleasant we should make a stand against it. Support the notion of being kind, respectful, etc. I mean, if you were ostracized because you’re a jerk, you would probably take a look at yourself and try to be less of a jerk.

Ladies. Why put up with a boyfriend that continues to do things that bother you? Either talk to him about it, or, as they say, gtfo. The more you keep negative energy within, the more you attract it, let it flow.

I know that I am not the only respectful person out there. Sure, they are growing thin in numbers, but that’s because we allow it to happen. But respectful people still exist, however, as long as you keep the jerks in your life it will repel the good people. It’s sort of like dealing with the positive/negative energy thing. Negative repels positive. You have the choice to keep the positive and banish the negative. YOU dictate the people you surround yourself with. Don’t settle for second best, you are fueling the spread of this disrespectful nature.

I’m only special because we have supported the spread of negative energy. We created it, and we can stop it.

Share the blog if you wish to stop this.

The World that WE Created Part two

I liked the idea of a whole series of blogs about the world that WE created, because we have done many positive and negative things, and it is interesting to observe these changes. So without further adieu, this is what I think about the world that WE created concerning  the evolution of what consider “socially acceptable”.

Alright. I have to admit to something first. I asked girls out on MSN as a teenager. Yeah, I admit it, and back then that wasn’t really a sign that you had swag, but boy have things changed. Now, not only is it “Socially acceptable” to ask someone out over Facebook, text, or instant messaging (of course it is still SUPER UNCOOL to break up using these methods), but also, internet dating has become something far bigger than any of us would have admitted even five years ago.

This is another world we built. Once again it is very accepting in this aspect. We don’t judge people for asking others out online or through messaging services anymore. What’s particular funny about this though is that something that was super uncool years ago is now pretty much everyone considers cool or just ‘whatever’ about it. I would be willing to bet that anyone reading this has asked someone out by means of one of the mentioned methods. It is amazing how rapidly socially popular things can change, just look at where fashion has been in the last thirty years for example, or go even fifty years back. Geographically that’s not a very long time, but holy smokes have things changed.

Back to my main point however, also notice how rapidly online dating services have changed recently and how much they have grown. Millions of people are using online dating, and eHarmony and others have their own commercials now for crying out loud! I just get sick of being told how they met over and over, they make a commercial too personal you know? Anyways, getting side tracked again. Millions of people are still using these sites and meeting significant others and it is astounding that this too is becoming “socially acceptable”.

This change of pace has me feeling even more hope for the future. Sure, more things will be uncool tomorrow, then maybe the next day it will be fine. Change can be good. This is something I wish to highlight through this series of Blogs. Despite all the bad in the world, we are also opening our minds to more things, and moving forward in what is considered socially acceptable, or socially unacceptable. Freedoms are becoming something we fight to protect, and isn’t that what life is all about? Now when I look back at my teenaged self, I don’t really consider that as uncool as I felt it was at the time, now I consider it a bit more like me being the start of a new outlook.

The Nation WE Built

This is something I believe President Obama would endorse, and agree with.

I am proud to be part of a nation that doesn`t discriminate. Whether you are of different race, religion, or even what your sexual preference is. I am glad we have gone so far as to prosecute politicians that speak out against gays. Let`s keep this going towards the future. We are the future, we can make it end all together.

I am proud to be living in a nation that we created. A nation that the media could not prevent the growth of, that church could not defeat, not even got himself could stop it. This is a nation that support the homosexual community.

Many people tried to prevent this revolution. It took so many years to open up our minds into accepting the homosexual community, and so many wrong punishments towards it have now been abolished. NO LONGER can a man running for power in his country (Canada or America as I live in North America) say anything that belittles the homosexual community. If a politician or corporate, or banker say things like this now, they get in trouble.

The church has been against homosexuals for years. Long have they prosecuted men and women wrongly, but no longer. The majority of people in the world today are completely against this form of intolerance, and even better, most churches have homosexual members. And if any church was notorious for being against homosexuality, it would be on the hot seat as well and would soon change, or fall by the way side.

This has been a long movement towards the future. I believe as we move forward we will gain much more acceptance of each other as a united human race one day. They call it gay pride, well I may not be gay, but I am damn proud to live in a nation that is accepting and supportive of the homosexual community. It has been a step in the right direction, now let’s keep going people!

Education Proclamation

People often talk about how hard school is, or how hard learning is. Well, I’d like to respectfully disagree. Not only for the obvious point that if you do what you like, anything is fun and easy, but I will delve more into what it makes easier, and how the only thing is doesn’t help, particularly in British Columbia, is the wallet.

Post Secondary leads to a better life. This is a broad statement, but what I refer to is the fact that it opens up opportunities, MANY opportunities just by having a diploma. It shows employers that you are more trainable than others in that you can pick up a skill quickly after being briefly taught. This is a skill many don’t have, even some that DO have post secondary education, however, it does significantly help with applying places. Not just jobs either, careers. Never again will you have to work a 9 to 5 if you chose not to. School allows you freedom to chose a field that better suits your sleeping patterns, work preferences, etc. again, simply by having that little magical slip of paper.

Post secondary helps you meet new people. I can’t tell you how many new people I have met through school, many being new friends, friend I am sure I will keep for the rest of my life. Friends that will go on to do great things as well. Friends I will work with in the future. Friends that can introduce me to even more friends that strive towards the same distant, yet, attainable goal. A wise man once said life is like a box of chocolates, and what is a box of chocolates with only one chocolate in it?

LEARNING in general increases intellect if you’re doing it right. Chances are if you’re reading my blog and keeping up to date with it your intellect has improved (haha). But if you’re watching Jersey Shore and reading Snooki’s book while following tabloids on the side, chances are you are REDUCING your intellect.

 

Personally through my experience in advancing my English skills, I have gained a broad sense of our language, and have adapted an outstanding vocabulary. Friends of mine are often shocked at my ability to use words, and that I don’t always use big words when they find out just how extensive my vocabulary is. However, I don’t type like it often because I do not speak like it. In today’s day and age, most people have a very minute knowledge base of their own language, and that’s okay (well not really, but whatever). It’s my job as a writer to acknowledge this fact and bend my own words so everyone understands. However, my point can be summed up easily. I don’t know how many times I’ve avoided sounding like a jerk by saying someone lacks intellect, rather than saying they are stupid. This is because if I say someone lacks intellect, most people won’t know what it means, and the ones that do will still take a few moments to think about it, giving me enough time to run for the hills in case they throw the first punch.

All in all, education is the best thing we can do for ourselves, or if we are lucky, the best gift our parents can give us. I consider myself lucky to live in a country that allows such educational opportunities and a world of freedom once my eyes fully open. And ultimately, the tuition and textbooks can be next to nothing in the grand scheme of things. To end things off, I will quote another movie, my favorite movie, in saying: You know, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

So go out, get educated, avoid tabloids, and have fun. You only get one chance to prove you’ve got IT.

What I remember on 9/11

This is a hard time of year for me, as I am sure it is a hard time of year for everyone. We all remember 9/11 and what we were doing that day. Where we were that day. We remember the second the first tower got hit, we remember the second the second tower got hit, and we remember when it all came crashing down. New York wept, as did the world. And today is the day we remember it whether we want to or not.

I was fortunate enough to not have anyone I know and love in New York at the time. Nobody in my family was in the towers when they fell. But that doesn’t mean I am not affected. For a millennial, this event was the single most traumatizing news event in the world. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that picture of the towers smoking, burning, and crumbling says even more to me. I never thought I would watch lives end on national television, but that day, the smoke and dust was eerily reminiscent of a spirit ascending to the heavens.

Take a moment, and watch some footage in a moment of silence with me. (Approx. 10 minutes.):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVhhu5OjMf8

 

As a kid when this happened I must admit, I didn’t take it seriously. My first thought when I got home and flipped on the television after a day of school was “Where are my cartoons?”. I was easily bored of the repetitious footage, and didn’t understand what it all meant. Oh, the innocence of a child. But then I learnt more about the events and who was affected directly, people in my own town, firefighters that rushed out to help in New York Cities time of need. I learnt that all air traffic was halted, and that people who thought they knew what they were doing admitted to complete failure that day. And I also heard stories about a potential government conspiracy.

 

So, believe what you want about 9/11, whether you be a conspiracy theorist, or you believe in the terrorist activity that lead to the towers collapsing. No matter what race you are, no matter where you are from, and no matter who you are, remember today, even if you don’t want to. The only way to move to the future is to acknowledge the past. We need to prevent against things like this happening in the future, but we shouldn’t give up our fundamental freedoms to do it. RIP all those lives that were lost Eleven years ago today, we will never forget the tragic, untimely end to your lives. And we will never forget those twin towers.

 

Share this article if you made it to the end, share it if you had a tear in your eye, but ultimately, share it to remember.

Technology Breakthrough.

The advancement in technology in the last three decades has been very rapid. Not only has it made things simpler in being more complex, but it has DEFINED a new generation. That generation, of course, being MY generation. This is our voice. This is the MILLENIAL PERSPECTIVE.

Technology has come a long way since the radio. Fifty years ago, nobody would have dreamed of  a network connecting the world creating THE global village in the internet. Our parents never would have thought about having a world of knowledge at our fingertips. Geologically in fact, approximately 200 years ago we had nothing for technology really, and what is 200 years in the lifespan of mother earth? Pretty much nothing. It is ASTOUNDING how far we have gotten in such little time.

Technology, specifically the most recent stuff (as it is changing every day) has made life simpler. Specifically the cell phone category. Cell phones have basically become portable computers with more going for them. My iPhone, for example, can do ALMOST everything my laptop can, plus make calls and text messaging. I can do my online banking while I am at the beach, I can check the news while I am on break at work, I can check my email on the bus, and read ragecomics while I lay in bed. People do not give enough credit to this advancement of technology, but everyone admits to one thing: They Love It.

More complex than the advancement of phones however is the even more recent breakthrough of the Cloud. The Cloud is very complex to the most of us (specifically our parents, the last Analog generation) but to simplify it, it binds all our devices into one storage location. Usually this is done through accounts, i.e: Logging into my itunes account on my laptop will bring up the same things on my iphone, my desktop, my ipad, etc. This is the ultimate in connectivity, and is certainly the future of technology.

Imagine, if you will, using the Cloud for employment, for example. Files of employees can be saved to this network, and when these employees go on to do better things, their files move with them, this may even eliminate job hunting, and may actually allow employers to find the exact employee they are searching for just by clicking a few buttons. This same system could go into policing, making the law easier to uphold worldwide, preventing criminals from running.

Certainly video gaming will adopt this technology, and in fact it has already in SONY. The Playstation 3 works on an account system similar to other Cloud devices, and so, this allows Sony more room to expand with future (and present) projects. The Vita being the newest addition to a great franchise. You can be playing a game on your PS3 one minute, and pick up right where you left off on the Vita on your way to work (if you’re busing, I don’t suggest driving and trying this). Sony if the founder of the new generation of gaming because of this, and will lead the charge for many years to come.

With this technology, however, does come with some potential of terrorism. Hacking specifically. For example, The Playstation Network was crippled by hackers in 2011, however, since then Sony has strengthened their security and hasn’t had any issues since. However, hacking is something that scares everyone who understands it, but for those that don’t I will simplify it for you. Hacking enables anyone with the determination and knowledge of programming (among other things) to access your device, network, etc. And do what they wish with it. Stealing documents, adding viruses, depending on the ability of this hacker, they could do anything with your life, in this future of technology. This is the future of Terrorism moving into the next generation, and cloud technology, and companies are aware of this, so they are coming prepared. Companies know not to bring a knife to a gun fight when it comes to their consumer being at risk. So do not fear the Cloud, embrace it, but don’t forget where we came from.

Beating the Troll in 4 Simple Steps

 

You see, when I say troll, I don’t mean the mythical creature. Not the one that waits underneath bridges, not the playable race in World of Warcraft, no, not even the troll that entered through the dungeon in Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone (that’s right, I am Canadian. Vancouver BC!). The troll I speak of today is the infamous internet trolls. These are just every day people on the outside, but inside they are more tortured and angry than… well… an emo from the 90s. It is still unknown as to why, but trolls just wish to ruin your day and treat you like garbage for something as little as saying hello, or something as big as your mother. These are not nice people, but once they have decided to pick you as their next target, what do you do? With my four step, completely TOLL free program, you will be TROLL free for life.

Step one: Make sure they’re indeed a troll. I have seen many people mistake normal assholes for trolls. Remember that the average troll will latch onto you to single you out for others to laugh at. They may say things as minimal as call you a fag or say you’re stupid, even if what you are saying is true, or do many numbers of things. Trolls are the ones that go overboard. Regular assholes won’t really go out of their way to provoke you, or make you feel bad. They will just make a point, and move on.

Step two: Once you have identified someone is a troll, you tell them to can it. Many trolls don’t expect an aggressive response like that, they expect you to defend yourself more than tell them to take a hike. This is because if you defend yourself they will proceed to push even more buttons. Don’t give them the satisfaction. After all, a great offense is the best defense. 😉

Step three: If step two doesn’t work and they are continuing to badger you, simply ignore them. Even if they are spamming your inbox, home page, etc. if you ignore them, they will eventually get bored and give up. Trolls may like the attention, but even they have boundaries. Don’t let anything crack your armor, completely ignore them and you will be fine.

Step four: In the highly unlikely event that your troll continues to harass you after the previous three steps and approximately a week to two weeks time, this is when you proceed with reporting them, blocking them, etc. Especially if it is still going on for two weeks. In this time you have given the troll sufficient warning, you have shown him or her that you are not interested in what they have to say, and most importantly, you have attempted to remove yourself from the situation. If they persist after all of this then feel free to report them, block them, hell, feel free to nuke them after that kind of harassment. Sure, it’s not cool to report people, but you must set boundaries. If not to defend yourself, then to defend the next guy to fall after you. But why should you fall? This is the only step to defend yourself against the troll, and only by means of putting your foot down and reporting/blocking him or her. DO NOT WARN THEM OR SEND THEM A MESSAGE OF ANY SORT AT THIS STAGE. It is too late for warnings, if you warn them they will simply try and retrace their footsteps, argue their own point of why they are in the right, etc. Trolls are sneaky, they have a way of getting out of trouble when warned. Besides, most, if not all of the Customer Support lines out there will be able to trace the messages/posts and will be able to see everything you write. Warning the troll will only raise questions to them. I cannot stress that enough. If you have to deal with a troll all the way up to this step, please do not send them a single warning message. You will just dig yourself a bigger grave.

In the highly unlikely even that you require further help past my program, I also offer assassination services for a small fee. Haha! Just kidding. No, if it takes this much effort to still have the troll win (99% chance they won’t be bothering you for this long though) contact the authorities, and more importantly, seek hugs from a loved one. Trolls can be very frustrating, especially if you don’t know how to handle one. Personally I have had friends that were very notorious trolls. I’ve been around them, I know how they think. If you follow my five steps, you will be very safe against the trolls on the internet.

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