Edge of Seventeen

Sharply written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig pens the life of a self pity and anti-socially depressed teenager: Nadine. The coming-of-age story brings ranges of drama and comedy with a stunning cast. The message is simple and clear: it is time to grow up and move on.

Although the main heroine is Nadine, the film also explores the after math of her father’s death and how his death changed their paths. What happened after his death? Nadine only had one friend, Krista. She didn’t grow up, somehow she remained 13 years-old and awkward. Her mother had failed attempts of forming a new relationships while her brother, Darien grew up perfect. As for her only friend, Krista was her confident and a sister. Then, in an unconventional matter, Nadine had to move on. Her best friend starts a relationship with her brother. This change was too much for her. Still, her immaturity almost blinded her from other opportunities. Against her will and making mistakes along her way, Nadine fully moves on with the help of her teacher, her crush and her friend, Erwin.

Overall, this film is smart and Steinfeld nails it as Nadine showing a range of irrationality, irresponsibly, sadness and then closure. Nadine’s low self-esteem almost prevented her to understand the pressure her brother had as becoming his mother’s right hand and having Krista as his girlfriend was that sense of peace he needed. What I liked about this film in particular is that Nadine was a likable a$&@$! and she was selfish too. Her character was not the role model, but the authors goal is met because her protagonist is able to breakaway from her self destruction….A future of loneliness when she finally opens up to others.

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Tips for Those Days…

This humorous article started as a text with a close friend or better known as my bestie. I wanted to cheer her up because when you are on those days which most women may say they suck – anyhow, I wrote humorous tips for her. By the way she suggested to publish it and  keep in mind this is all for the sake of a good laugh. Do not take this article seriously at all and thank you! So here it goes…

If you’re PMSing…you are aware those days can be an absolute roller coaster, so here’s some tips to survive those days.

1. Hide yourself from men, they become wolves…

2. Hide your knives, anything can prompt viscous behavior such as not having coffee early in the morning to reading an article about Donald Trump….wait that last part all genders and gender less  may agree that is constantly upsetting to read.

3. Irrational sadness such as seeing a flying plastic bag in the air and causes uncontrollable tears. You cry with the same emotion like watching Leonardo DiCapro’s death in Titanic. P.S. There was enough space, Rose! 

Bonus Tip: during these days you will cry, laugh and eat popcorn at the same time.

4. Pack extra food. It’s your junk food day.

5. You are excuse if you act like a baby. Be very childish.

6. If you’re dating…are you dating? If so, let your significant other know that it’s not the best time to touch you or look at you. There might be consequences.

7. Lastly, have your medical kit: Advil, sweatpants, chocolate for medical reasons and a couch.

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Curious Facts from…Rocko’s Modern Life

Dedicated for those that were kids during the early 90s and for those that loves cartoons regardless of their age.

If you were a kid in the 90s and we’re lucky enough to have cable- there’s a huge probability Rocko’s Modern Life is a familiar name. Now as a 30 year-old semi adult, I’ve acquired the full series and ‘oh, my!’ Like George Takei would say. This series is in reality is not meant for kids. Certain themes and dialogs did have an edge. From Mrs. Big Head trying to seduce Rocko to Spunky’s relationship with the mop. Setting aside the load of hilarious sexual innuendo, it is noteworthy this series is surreal and unique in its category.
1. Rocko is an Australian-immigrant.

2. Rocko’s opening theme only has one line which is the title of the show.

3. The band that performs the theme is called The B-52’s.

4. Season 1: The Big Heads were already married 32 years ago.

5. By the time the series ended, The Big Heads were married for 36 years.

6. Episode 2 from season 1 was banned for several years after its first airing. Because of its sexual content, the episode wasn’t suitable for minors.

7. Rocko had several jobs. His short lived underwear model to a phone sex operator were one of his jobs.

8. Filburt’s character was inspired by Woody Allen.

9. Filburt marries his dentist professor, Dr. Paula Hutchinson whom is a cat with a hook.

10. Much like Rocko, the characters that are Rocko’s friends have also held many jobs.

11. Heffer is adopted and his parents are wolves.

12. Heffer’s adoptive grandmother wants to eat him.

13. Heffer is often called a cow.

14. Rocko never had a girlfriend during the series. Just failed crushes with Melba Toast that was in a serious relationship and Claudette that fell for Heffer. But she was joking.

15. Mrs. BigHead called a phone sex service, but hung up when she realized it was Rocko answering her call.

16. The main reason why Rocko came to America was to escape from his bully, Dingo.

17. Mr. And Mrs. BigHead only had one son named, Ralph.

18. Ralph didn’t follow his father’s footsteps. He’s an animator. 

19. Although Ralph didn’t want to be like his father; however, they shared the same stubborn personality and bitterness.

20. Spunky fell in love with a mop.

21. Bev Bighead likes to sunbathe nude. As a result, Bev is seen naked throughout the series.

22. Conglom-O is one of the several examples that ‘O’ is consistent during all four seasons.

23. Spunky  is unintentionally a troublemaker.

24. Conglom-O slogan is ‘We own you’  satires the monopolization of business.

25. Heck is hell. Although not clarified, heck was used due to censorship.

26. Peaches is the devil’s assistance.

27. Melba Toast is Rocko’s neighbor and she is a faceless model.

28. Filburt was the only character that developed. While the rest of the characters remained with the same social status.

29. Virginia Wolfe is named after Virgini Wolf.

30. The series had a small voice cast; however, the majority of the voice cast are reknown voice actors and actresses. 

31. Majority of the voice cast has worked on other series such as Camp Lazlo and SpongeBob SquarePants.

32. Carlos Alazraqui is from New York City to Argentine parents.

33. Episode 8 from season 1 is the only episode which the drawings are not consist ant because it’s the shows’ pilot.

34. The series was cancelled on season 4. Hence, the show did not have a series finale.

35. Peaches is obsessed with Heffer.

36. Wedgie Boy is a mockery of Mark Wahlberg’s campaign for Calvin Klein.

37. Season 4, episode 5  is an homage to the 1980s film, Ghosbusters.

38. There’s no explaination why one of Filburt’s children looks like Heffer!

40. Episode titled, Wacky Deli is based on the tribulations that animators go through.

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Valentine’s Day Recommendations

Honoring the month of love and friendship, I will dedicate this article by providing ideas and recommendations for this special day.

Want to eat something memorable and romantic? Eat Liz Lemon’s favorite dish, Cheesy Blasters. And she sings the recipe for you.

If you forget about this romantic day, no worries! Just tell your significant other that since Trump kidnapped the White House- one of the thousands and unreasonable executive orders was to replace Valentine’s Day honoring Alternative Facts Day. No one could ever get mad about that.

If you decide to propose to your partner in crime, forget about diamonds. Propose with an EGOT necklace and wear it on their behalf.

If pregnancy is in the air, confess that you are carrying Matt Damon’s  love child on Valentine’s Day.

For those that love the night life and resides in New York City, look no further just ask Stefon.

Another jewelry based gift idea is a picture of Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer modeling the dying fashion line of Ivanka Trump.

https://youtu.be/fbhz3XcNzGU

Or simply shop at any department store or boutique that is Trump free products.

Also, if you’re thinking about going outside of the city for a romantic getaway – you have two great options: Albouquerque, New Mexico tours guided by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Or a tour in Washignton, DC at an abandon factory guided by Neagan and his bat, Lucille.

Still struggling for ideas? Impress your loved one by serenading them with William Hung’s 2004 hit, She Bangs. 

https://youtu.be/bwei5P8bXgs

Thinking about breaking up on this day, but you think this might become a long term fight? Just simply wear the red baseball cap that says, Make America Great Again. Anyone will simply runaway and block your existence for life.

Going back to a romantic setting, a modern day to share an extra copy of the keys of your apartment is to share your Netflix or Hulu account password.

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 Drowned in Moonlight: A Farewell to Carrie & Debbie

Like a tragic film, after Carrie Fisher passed away due to a cardiac arrest; the legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds has also passed away.

Mother and daughter graced the silver screen and shined in their own way. Debbie Reynolds known for her films such as Singin’ in the Rain. Reynolds acted for more than six decades. Most recent roles were television works in Will&Grace and Behind The Candelabra. 

Her daughter, Carrie Fisher also had a successful film and television career. Fisher best known as the iconic, Princess Leia. She continued working, producing and writing books. Wishful Thinking released in 2008, Fisher tells her autobiography in a humorous matter. Immediately after her passing, this notorious line became viral,

Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit—so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

Both mother and daughter had their lives under the lense of the press. Debbie rose to fame at the age of 19 and married, Eddie Fisher. The beloved actress known for sweet roles divorced after her second son was born. The cause of her divorce became a press roller coaster. Shockingly the cause of her divorce was Fisher’s liaison with Elizabeth Taylor.

However, Reynolds moved on. She married two more times and had an envious career. Debbie has also worked on stage and released albums back in the early 50s. Nominated for numerous awards, Reynolds last award was the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy Awards and Science. This award is given to an individual’s achievement in humanitarian work. 

As for Carrie Fisher, she also had a marriage which her divorce became a press circus. Saddly, Fisher also struggled with health disorders and addiction. However, Carrie freed from her past demons, like her mother worked continuously. During this year, she also won a humanitarian award from Harvard College. Fisher’s most recent works was the continuation of the new Star Wars saga and a documentary which she collaborated with her mother.

Their final works will be released next year. The duo collaborated in a documentary called, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It will air this March on HBO. Fisher’s final film is Star Wars: Episode VIII. 

After the devasting 48 hours,  many reports indicated that Billie Lourd (Carrie’s daughter & Debbie’s granddaughter) will take care of her mother’s beloved dog, Gary.

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George Michael 

Honestly, I’m still mentally recovering from Prince’s and Juan Gabriel’s death and now George Michael left his legacy of beautiful music.Although the autopsy is in progress, his manager said that the British singer died in his sleep. Before his tragic departure, Michael had a long musical career, but also a controversial life.

George Michael was born in England as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. Later on professionally known as George Michael. During the early 80s, he was part of a pop duo known as Wham! The British duo became an international success. 

At one point, George had solo hits such as Careless Whisper and Last Christmas during his time in Wham! In fact some countries Careless Whisper is credited to the duo, while other countries credits George Michael as a featured singer. Even though he successfully transitioned to become a solo artist – the pop singer dealt with personal demons and dismal events that marked the singer.

In his early teens, Micheal declared to his closest friends that he was bisexual; however, during his time in Wham! the singer had countless relationships with women. Yet, his female relationships were never serious until he met the Brazilian designer: Anselmo Feleppa.

The six month relationship, Micheal realized he had fallen in love. Sadly, this happiness didn’t last for long. His partner had AIDS and he passed away in 1993.

The pop star continued working on his music which his resume also included a memomir and he dedicated his work to support AIDS research. Although the talented musician had great triumphs with his groundbreaking music, the singer also faced long battles with drug addiction and record label disputes.

After years of legal battles and seclusion, he fell in love again and created more memorable songs. George Michael should be rembered for his originality, boldness and also his kindness. It is with great sadness that now that the song Last Christmas plays in the radio, it is unreal that this was also his last one.

Lastly, on a personal note, I heard George Michael’s music because of my mother. Her favorite song is Careless Whisper and my favorite song is Amazing. Certainly, it is not Christmas without Last Christmas.

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The Wolf of a College Degree

As the year wraps up, there has been many changes in terms of educational politics and the awareness of obtaining a college degree that can became a lifelong nightmare for many.

A recent example is ITT closing its doors this year; however, ITT story is not a unique one. Many students have witnessed the rise of fraudulent online universities. Also, there is another rise of Diploma Mills.

Like false religion institutions, online schools is also a hot money maker. Yet, it is important to notice the major differences between For-Profit universities and community colleges or non-profit universities is accreditation.

For-Profit universities or colleges are owned and operated by private corporations or primarily private owners. Of course, there are universities that are Private, but they are accredited. A way a student can investigate before applying to any school is visiting  https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/

The link is from the Higher Learning Commission website. The link gives the option to type in a school’s name or by state and you can find out if the school is legally operating. Another accreditation commission agency is WASC.

Signs that a school is investing in getting your money and not your education is their predatory practices in recruitment. Another sign is the one mentioned previously, accreditation. Also, if a school operates more like a call center and their address is not an actual building – beware! Specially, online schools are known to have odd addresses and providing incredible success stories.

ITT had several advertisements featuring amazing successful stories. However, one day I recorded the commercial and read closely the small print that appeared in their advertisement. In comparison to other universities campaigns, I don’t recall a suspicious small print in the bottom of my screen.

Basically, the summary of the small print told a different story that was advertised. While the commercial, the alumni mentioned that ITT helped him find a job. The small print described the obvious reality that it is based on the person’s performance in order to retain their job or obtaining a job. Lastly, in a different online ad there is a disclosure note about Financial AID and the closing statement should have been in bolder letters: Credits are unlikely to transfer.

The Department of Education should also learn the lesson from Corinthians colleges and ITT. The problem is that online education, schools lacking accreditation, and diploma mills is that they are not regulated.

Nowadays, there are millions of online schools that operate and successfully obtain millions of dollars from aspiring students; however, the student ends up without a degree and a lifelong debt.

Besides the shut-down of ITT and Corinthians colleges, Donald Trump also owned a fraudulent institution called: Trump University. Like most frauds, it sold the dream of stability, success, and wealth. Tuition rate for Trump’s school was estimated $35,000. Not only this university was a scam. The whole institution was a warning sign. Their core courses were based on events and packages as part of their curriculum. Their instructors were not professionals. Many of them went from sales to instructors and they were hand picked by Trump.

One of them had an interview for CNN, James Harris a former instructor was the number one recruiter. As he pointed out during the interview, “he was just doing his job.” The problem with this philosophy was the predatory pattern of selling the fantasy of Trump’s success. Another odd perspective of the interview was the failure to answer basic questions of his life. Harris’ couldn’t respond to what he had claimed he has done in his life. How can someone not be prepared to answer a question about his previous job experience? The reality is clear Trump University is another example of a switch-and-bait.

As mentioned earlier, the rise of the diploma mill is another competitor for students that legally obtained a degree. By conducting a google search, there are millions of websites that will create a diploma to an actual school transcript. According to CNN Money, Diploma Mills companies gain $200 million a year and they are not prosecuted. It is a legal business and as an alumni I can say that I many not be exercising my degree, but I know that I obtained that diploma after many nights of not sleeping and plenty of dedication. It is an insult that it is a legal business.

This marks the question if higher education is worth it? What happens to those that paid for their diploma and obtained a job without a single test? It is beyond unfair.

In conclusion, beware of schools that will do anything to get your money.

Signs of a possible scam are…

Their accreditation are having the words such as licensed or approved.

Their offices are more like a call center.

The address of their offices are not an actual office or a building.

Their recruitment is aggressive and will promise the impossible.

Do your research. Visit the Higher learning commission website or the site the school is affiliated.

If the school does their best to convince the student to use their credit cards or insist on a private bank loan.

If their curriculum are brief or just seminars.

Even if the school is accredited, make sure your credits are transferable. What’s the point of investing your time and money on a school that your credits or possibly your diploma wouldn’t count?

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