James S. Bray
Freelance writer and non-fiction author. Here to branch out and build skill.
What I Learned From 150+ Dads Against Predators Videos
A parent's worst nightmare is that someone could prey upon their child. No one wants to think that a young person in their life could be unsafe. However, the unfortunate reality is that we live in a very dangerous world and safety is a relative term. We are only as safe as we are aware of the possible dangers, alert to our surroundings, and are prepared for action. While we well know that it is every parent's duty to instill a certain amount of awareness and emergency preparation into our children, it is simply a harsh fact of reality that no amount of information will keep our children safe on its own. That is why some people are going on the offensive and taking direct action on behalf of their wider communities.
Beam me up, Sheldon!
As far as prime-time television goes, it would be hard to find someone who had not at least heard of The Big Bang Theory. This sitcom, which followed the lives and loves of four quirky scientists and their friend across the hall, rose to extreme popularity during its 279 episode run from 2007 to 2019. From seasons 6 through 11, the show averaged more than 18 million viewers, but their finale episode boasted 23.44 million viewers when it aired. Love it or hate it, The Big Bang Theory was an undeniably successful show that contained references to tons of other well-known pop culture references, mostly from comics and science fiction TV shows and movies.
It’s Possible to Become Conscious in Your Dreams
Imagine that you could have any experience that you desired. What would you do? Maybe you would jump into the air and take flight, meet your favorite celebrity, or perhaps you would engage in something a bit more risqué. As adults, many of us seem to feel that dwelling on our fantasies is not productive and, therefore, not worth doing. It certainly makes sense not to waste time thinking about something that will never happen, but what if there actually is a way to fulfill literally any fantasy you might have? As it turns out, there is and it’s called lucid dreaming.
How Horoscopes Hijack our Hinterlands
When I was a child, I had a huge fascination with the mysteries of the universe. I loved learning just about anything I could, which included a healthy interest in science, but also a wild curiosity about the supernatural. As a result, my adolescent years looked a lot like the Harry Potter series, sans magic. I played with ouija boards, went ghost hunting, tried automatic writing, runes, tarot cards, scrying, spells, rituals, crystals, and basically everything else under the full blood moon, except necromancy. Of course, no childhood foray into the dark arts is complete until one has given astrology a fair chance to prove itself. My own experiences with this ancient and still widely-accepted practice of divination began around the age of 10, when I got my hands on a copy of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk.
eBay Secrets: Researching Items
For the past 6 years my job has been selling items on eBay stores. In that time, I’ve developed a few tricks of the trade that I will be sharing in this new series I’m calling eBay Secrets. There are several tricks of the trade that can change the game for your eBay store sales. In this installment, I will be discussing some tips that can help you find information for items online that might be more difficult to find. Without knowing exactly what you have to sell, you won’t be able to list it because you won’t know what price to set. No listing means no sales and no profit. I will be discussing listing and pricing in this series in the future, but for the time being, we will be looking closely at the Google search engine and how you can use it to find almost anything you need.
Penis Size is NOT a Meritocracy
When I decided to write about penis size, I knew I was entering into some fairly testy territory. In fact, this might be the number-one topic that makes men squeamish, so it ought to be handled with care, delicately, even. I also knew that my own endowment might come into question during the course of the article, just for the simple fact that I am a man writing about penis size.
A Finite Resource
“Hand it over, Morris!” The small, leather-bound notebook had been snatched securely into the hands of the menacing figure in gentleman’s attire. So securely, in fact, that it was scarcely even visible. It had happened in a flash. Morris had stormed into the man’s office and visibly startled him by flinging the door open so hard that it crashed into the wall. By the time the man’s surprise had finally subsided and he could take stock of the situation, his most prized possession was in Morris’ unforgiving grasp.
The Best 5 Games on Google Home
Before I got a Google Home Mini, I had no idea how convenient smart devices could be. After picking one up during a half-off sale, I was quickly blown away by its utility, as well as its capacity to make life a bit more pleasant, by way of the ambiance Google Home’s routines can add. There’s something to be said for walking in the door, saying “OK Google, I’m home,” and immediately having the mood set in as little time as it takes to remove your shoes and slide into some slippers. When I get home, I’m greeted by my British digital assistant, who addresses me as “Milord” and then applauds and compliments me as it adjusts the lights. All this, shortly before giving me the time and the charge percentage of my phone, and then gently lulling me into a sense of coziness via a piano rendition of the song ‘Kakariko Village’ from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
What Dabs are Like
If you haven’t tried dabs before and are curious to find out what it’s like before you indulge, you’ve come to the right place. It’s definitely a smart decision to educate yourself before you try a mind-altering substance you aren’t familiar with. If we recall back when edibles were gaining more mainstream popularity, we had to give the PSA that this is actually a different experience, because it’s a different chemical reaction, and not the same-ol’ Mary Jane you know and love. I find myself doing a similar spiel with dabs when I talk to people about them nowadays.
The Secret to BEAUTIFUL Player-Created Books in Minecraft
When it comes to my Minecraft builds, I don’t consider them done until every room is furnished to completion. Over the years, this has naturally led to some pretty creative decorative solutions. At one point or another, I think we have all wanted to build a killer library, filled with custom player-created books. Personally, I have always loved the aesthetic of a well-built and well-stocked Minecraft library. It’s always nice when you can get your friends to make some custom books, but when you don’t want to wait, or if your library needs specific books without a massive time investment, I have a wonderful solution that has served me well. It even adds a bit more atmosphere, if not also a little whimsy, too.
How Ebay Sellers are Getting Screwed
As someone who has been working for multiple ebay stores for the past several years, with people who have been selling on the site for decades, I’ve experienced and heard several horror stories. I wish I could say these were rare and not the norm, however, from what I have observed, Ebay continues to make business decisions which mean more profit for the suits and less profit and protection for sellers (the backbone of the company). In recent years, there has also been a massive amount of freedom given to buyers, who can no longer even receive negative feedback from sellers. During the course of this article, I will be listing some grievances I have with Ebay and, while doing so, exposing some scams which are being run at the expense of sellers, with total freedom under Ebay’s nose.
3 Steps to a Happier Life in 2021
By now, it's a moot point that 2020 was a difficult year for us all. As we move into a new year with new possibilities, thanks to a new and competent white house administration, we will finally be able to take a moment to reflect on ourselves, for a change. Over the past year, it seems the entire world was forced to realize the value of self-care. Things stretched to a point where they would break, if we did not face the reality that we can no longer hide from our collective and personal problems. After what we saw happen in 2020, we can no longer sit idly by and allow our responsibilities, to ourselves and to our society, to go unattended. It is necessary that we become as well as we possibly can, so that we may treat each other as well as we possibly can. Ignorance, intolerance, and injustice can no longer stand in our society, and the only way to begin to overcome all of these problems is first by looking within ourselves and making the honest effort to change. So, with that in mind, I would like to share a few of the things I will be doing in the new year to be the change I want to see in the world.