Fred Eugene Park
Fred Park is a writer, singer and guitarist with a deep passion for music, sports and history. Fred graduated from Purchase College in 2016 with a BA in history.
10 Ways Ripple Is Different from Other Cryptocurrencies
In the age where digital technology has come to operate much of the infrastructure of global communications and commerce, many people are looking to find ways of furthering the role and importance of this progress by digitizing more aspects of life. With many people and institutions becoming skeptical and fearful of the American dollar and other forms of hard currency, the impulse to create new digital forms of currency has been strong. In this new field of exchange, known as cryptocurrency, the money of a system exists and is traded digitally without a physical representation. The most influential forces in the cryptocurrency market include Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple. If you have only heard of Bitcoin, chances are you haven't thought much about this rising industry, as there are ample cryptocurrencies to consider buying over Bitcoin if you already missed out. Though held with skepticism by many, certain countries and financial institutions have begun to recognize certain digital currency, an important step in the development of these systems. While the average person is inclined to think of investing in Bitcoin when thinking of cryptocurrencies, it is important to note that not all fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies are the same, for a variety of reasons. For instance, one of the fastest expanding currency networks is Ripple, which is operated quite differently than Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others in the field. Below are some reasons that Ripple is different from other cryptocurrencies.
How to Know When It's Time to Harvest Your Weed
Anyone who has happened upon this piece likely has some fondness or curiosity concerning weed. Weed can be great for relieving stress, dulling pain, or just an all around great time, but it is sometimes hard to come by. Though it isn't terribly hard to find a source, your supply is only as reliable as that source. We've all had to handle dealers who perpetually change the time and place of meeting, or even flat out blow us off (which kind of comes with the territory).
10 Things You Didn't Know About Stan Lee
Unless you've been living under a rock for more than half a century, you know that Stan Lee is one of the most important and influential figures in the world of comic books. Lee's name is forever tied to Marvel Comics and the many characters that he created and worked on there. In fact, there is probably no better known name so closely associated with comic books. The titles associated with Lee are endless: The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, and many more. If you know nothing about comic books or the pioneers who created them, you probably still know his name and the reason why he is famous. Without Lee, we would have been deprived, not only of his comics, but of the many Marvel Comic films of the 21st Century. Lee's creative vision has come to largely shape the idea and mystique of super heroes as a pop culture phenomenon. While these facts are largely and widely known, there are, perhaps, some things you didn't know about Stan Lee, comic book pioneer.
10 Great Gifts for EDM Fans
If you are not personally entrenched in the world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music for the laypeople) it may seem unusual and alien. If you have an EDM fan in your family or friend group, chances are you are going to have to get them a Christmas or birthday gift at some point. Still assuming you do not share their taste in EDM, you may lose hope that you could ever find a gift that they will enjoy, seeing as you don't understand EDM or what has drawn them to it. Fear not though! If you do your research, you will find that there are many great gifts for EDM fans, both practical and aesthetic (especially aesthetic). If you are still stumped and trying to figure out things people should know before their first rave, here are a few suggestions that might help you in your quest for rave themed holiday gifts.
Best Hockey Podcasts to Listen To
As you likely know, podcasts are one of the most popular digital audio formats around due to their convenience, streaming availability, and open opportunity for parity in programming that they offer. With the relatively low production and hosting costs of podcasting, many industrious people have found a way to create programs of various sorts. While many different types of programs are available in this format, by far the most popular is the discussion format. With the return of hockey in October, hockey fans may be looking for new programs, discussing the sport and the news within it. With the ease of accessibility offered by podcasting, you will find that there are a great many podcasts on the topic of hockey that you can sink your teeth into. Whether you are a Red Wings fan, a Vegas Golden Knights band-wagoneer, or a Habs fan, there are a number of hockey podcasts for you.
10 Signs of Investment Fraud Everyone Should Know
In an age where we are less than a decade removed from a global financial crisis that crippled the assets of a whole generation of people and businesses, there is a great deal of skepticism that many people take into investment and personal finance. While there are obvious signs of predatory investments and financial scam artists that have come to be highly recognizable and ubiquitous (i.e. Nigerian prince scams, Madoff style Ponzi schemes, check fraudsters, and the like), there are also far more subtle indications of fraudulent investments that everyone ought to look out for. If any one opportunity makes sensational claims like a 100 percent return on your investment, you can bet that this is damn near impossible. With the proper warning signs of investment fraud available, you will be able to spot these creeps, and only engage in investments with legitimacy and realistically estimated returns.
10 Facts You Didn't Know About Henry Ford
Henry Ford is known for launching one of the seminal and most influential automotive companies in America and the world. You likely know of Ford's Model T, his innovation in the development of the assembly line, and, of course, the enduring Ford Motor Company. However, a bit more research will reveal that these exploits are only the tip of the iceberg in the chronicle of Ford's life. Ford has ties to many extraordinary events in history, some positive and others decidedly not. From befriending some of the most brilliant minds the 20th century to influencing one of the most horrible people in human history, it is impossible to ignore Ford's impact on the world (for better or horribly worse). For a man who achieved such financial and industrial success, Ford, as anyone does, had many missteps and misadventures along the way that would come to complicate his legacy. Warts and all (and he has more than a toad), Henry Ford was an important figure in the development of the modern world and a fascinating historical figure. Below are 10 facts you didn't know about Henry Ford.
Best Nike Soccer Cleats of 2018
Much like any other major sport, the game of soccer is always advancing and setting new standards for the future. As new stars raise to amazing heights and test the boundaries of their equipment, players and manufactures look for solutions to problems both old and new. Unsurprisingly, the item receiving the majority of research and development is, perhaps, soccer shoes. Being such a specialized type of footwear, designers are always looking to make adjustments and improvements to provide shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and allow the player to maintain effective ball control while still following the latest styles. As the elites of this beautiful game find and solve the issues that plague them, this innovation is, in turn, filtered down to the public to help the young stars of tomorrow and enthusiasts alike improve their game and fitness. There are few major sportswear firms in the world that are as massive as Nike, who are known for making products for nearly every sport around. As such a driving force in the sports footwear industry, it comes as little surprise that Nike offers some of the best cleat designs available. Below are the 10 best Nike soccer cleats for 2018.
10 Signs You're a Natural Pothead
Of all the nearly 7 billion people on the earth, no two individuals are precisely identical in every way. While no two people have the same personality, there are certainly a few broader personality types that can classify most people. As is well known, most people associate certain personality traits with cannabis use and general stonerdom. Consequently, some people (and we all know one) can naturally behave as if they are a Bob Marley level stoner without ever touching a bud. Perhaps you have been told that you are such a person. If so, here are some signs you're a natural pothead, without even trying.
Best NBA Players of All Time
When considering the best NBA players to ever hit the court, many names come to mind. While today's game will likely prove to be a golden age of basketball, history has given us many legends on the shoulders of which the likes of Stephen Curry, Lebron James, and other future greats stand. But who are the best of all time? Is Lebron in thatconversation yet? What makes a GOAT? The only real way to tell is to determine who is definitely in it. Here is a list of some of the greatest players ever on the court, and some reasons why they ought to be considered so.
Best Baseball Players of All Time
In the many generations since the founding of the sport, a number of phenomenal players have graced the baseball diamond. While there are so many greats to consider, there are a few outliers who can truly be called some of the best players to play the game. When considering the greatest to ever grace the diamond, so many statistics must be considered. As such, it was difficult to narrow down the greatest of all time, and some framework must be established for any such list. Like every sport, baseball has its super legends who go above and beyond the bar of greatness, setting new and sometimes unsurpassed standards. Accordingly, this list will be organized by position (not by ranking), proposing an all-time great starting lineup. Below are the ten best baseball players to ever play the game, by position, including a designated hitter for your dream baseball team.
10 Signs You Would Do Well in the Military
When considering a life of military service, it is important to know if you are prepared to live up to a different standard of fortitude. It takes far more than love of country alone to serve. Other than sheer patriotism, there are inherent signs that one would do well in the military. While physical and mental strength are certainly a given, one must be able to stretch these and other skills to their breaking point. Like a professional athlete, one must possess an unnatural acuity in a number of physical attributes. As such, it is important to define the necessary attributes you should display if you are to show signs you would do well in the military.