Would you live in Alaska (for money)?

I've heard that the entire state of Alaska pays its permanent residents every year as incentive to keep on living there. Every citizen gets over $2,000 no strings attached other than the stipulation that they live in the state. An extra two grand a year would be great to have but, I mean, it's Alaska. Sure I know how beautiful it can be but, that's really all it has going for it.

It's either dark for too long or the sun doesn't set, the average annual temperature is a measly 43 degrees, and there is much more uninhabited land than there is civilization. In fact, for being the largest state in the U.S. it's entire population is less than that of the city of San Francisco. All wilderness aside, common luxuries are taxed heavily because they have to travel a lot further. Not to mention most products you order online don't ship to Alaska, at least for the standard price. Hell, even most nationwide contests or lotteries are exempt in Alaska. So, is a meager two thousand dollars really worth it?

Cats or Dogs?

The Trash Man's Side

The biggest question that has daunted mankind since mankind started taming animal-kind. I am a cat person through and through. Here's why. Cats are independent and autonomous creatures. They don't require a ton of care because they usually take care of themselves regardless having an owner or not. They groom themselves, can hunt on their own, and if let outside, don't even need a litter box. Hell, you don't even need to walk the damn things. Aside from the minimal care, cats are just adorable and fun. You can play them all the same as you can with a dog without any of the excess attention and expelled energy. And, they can be affectionate just like any other animal. Cats

x0ninalovex0's Side

Dogs are the way to go! They are a man's best friend after all. Dogs are always loyal and friendly and wont scratch you if you rub their stomach the wrong way. You can give them walks without people staring at you and you can play with them without them getting annoyed. They are energetic and will always be there for you- who's heard of a therapy cat? You don't have to buy their affection like you do with cats and their emotions are always honest. You just cannot beat a furry friendship. *bark*

Am I getting enough sleep?

Do I get enough sleep? I don't know if the 8-hour paradigm is relevant anymore. It makes me sad to think that instead of days being split into three equal parts, that sleep has to suffer the cuts. I usually find it hard to balance work, free time, socializing, etc., so I will compromise my sleeping schedule to have more time to fit the rest of my life in.

I think on average, I'm getting about six hours of rest each night. Has this become the norm though? It feels that way to me. We're all running around trying to find time in the day but, we're doing it with baggy eyes and slumping shoulders. Or maybe, you're not so tired throughout the day because you're used to having less sleep (which is a troublesome thought to me). Maybe it's specific to certain people's lives. I'm not sure so I'm asking: How does everyone else sleep? Do you think the norm has shifted?

Which Oscar movie should I see next?

I already say Three Billboards, and thought the acting was great, so I wasn't surprised to see that it won a couple of Oscars. I haven't seen any of the other movies that have been getting buzz lately - which one should I see next? I've heard mostly good but mixed reviews about these three. Leave a comment (without spoilers please) if you have a strong opinion!

Were Biggie and Tupac Overrated?

I just watched the first episode of "Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G." and it got me to thinking. I've been on this earth for a while now and you'd have to be living under a very large rock to not have heard the names Biggie Smalls or Tupac Shakur. More so, you would have to live under an even bigger rock if you haven't heard of the murder conspiracy involving both these rappers. I'm a pretty open-minded person, especially when it comes to music; it happens to be a critical pillar of my life. I've listened to both Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac among other rap artists of the same era; I actually really enjoy rap specific to that time period over others. However, I don't find their music all that great; definitely not as relevant as the events that surrounded their names.

I believe the murders of Biggie and Tupac gave the world a false perception of their work because, simply put, dying will make you famous (especially when you die tragically young). More than that, I think it prompts people to exaggerate or embellish certain aspects of a person's life to create a swelled sense of purpose or accomplishment if only out of respect. I think that's the case here. If Biggie and Tupac hadn't been killed, I believe their music wouldn't be appreciated nearly as much. I honestly don't see anything exceptional about it, in a general sense but, especially apart from other acts of the time. In fact, it's more often than not I find myself hearing about or discussing the conspiracy itself over the rappers' actual work.

So, there it is. Would you agree? Are they overrated or deserving of the hype?


Any other parents out there really tired of the slime craze? There is glue on everything in my house. It's in my kids' hair, on the couch, on the floors. And shaving cream. And glitter. They recently figured out how to make a clear/green slime that is the same consistency of snot.

Which Service Do You Prefer?

Recently I have begun working as a DoorDash delivery driver. While this is not something I want to do (full-time) for long, it is working out pretty well so far. Starting to wish I'd started months ago instead of picking up that last job I did which made me only half as much per hour and with tons of stupid rules to go along with the poor pay. Anyway, that's a bit off topic. As I drive around and make deliveries I have occasionally run into other similar delivery services such as Grubhub and Ubereats. To my knowledge all of them typically work in similar ways, thought as someone who also looked into Ubereats, one difference that means a lot to me specifically between Ubereats and DoorDash is the lack of necessity to have a 4 door car. It's something that makes total sense if you are driving people around, but totally nonsensical when all you are driving around is food. (So to anyone out there thinking, like I did for so long, that you can't even deliver food because your car only has two doors, see if DoorDash is available in your area). Anyway, back to my question. I've never actually used any of these services myself before signing up to work for one of them, so I'm wondering, for people who have used these services before, do you typically have a preference of one over the others or is it just dependent on who delivers from your favorite places to eat?

America the dumb

Americans are so stupid about guns. Can we even be considered a civilized nation anymore?

It's not guns or mental health

Yet another shooting hitting the airwaves and the cycle continues...

Ya know, it's becoming a regular occurrence that we all hear about a tragedy, then we squabble and argue about who-knows-what and then things go silent until the next one. I'm tired of it. It's bad enough that awful things happen but then it starts becoming nuanced like any other cultural idiosyncrasy. Here's my two cents...

The thing is - we could all start bringing out personal agendas and opinions to the table as soon as tragedy strikes, trying to solve the matter, or piggy backing to promote or protect your own ideals but, when anything does happen, we all seem to forget one thing; people. People, from victims to violators, to bystanders and more, cannot be condensed into two categories in the midst of an issue. All I hear are people arguing about gun control or mental health, and then it starts becoming a clash of personal beliefs and changing laws. The fact is that no amount if spattering your opinion or changing policy is going to change people.

The fact is I could pass a Rorschach Test and file for a gun permit in the same day, and a week later open fire on a post office. No amount of reform or policy is going to change that hypothetical event because all changing laws or social dictum does is just that. It's part of the cycle. Every single day bad things happen. Am I saying that there is nothing we can do about it? No. What I am saying though is that, like cancer or world hunger, violence is a dense concept and can't be "solved" in a day. It's going to take the metaphorical "hours of lab research" to even begin to understand it; especially when it's a facet of human character and not a virus or sociological phenomenon. I believe our entire way of life has to change to even begin to fathom a world where this doesn't happen. Call me a fence sitter or over-philosophical but, it's something more than offering the typical diatribe nonsense you hear every day. Would you agree or disagree?

When is the right time to talk about gun control?

With yet another school shooting, we as a nation are once again at the gun control crossroads, where we must ask ourselves, when is the right time to talk about gun control? After each and every mass shooting, the two sides clash. What is better for the immediate aftermath of such a tragedy, thoughts and prayers for the deceased, or opening up talks about gun control and how to end this tragic pattern once and for all? I don't know if the quote really did come from Albert Einstein and I'm too lazy to look it up, but you've probably heard the quote "Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results." After each and every mass shooting, we hear that it is too early to be talking about gun control, that we have to let the families who suffered loss heal before we bring it up. And each and every time, before you know it, the shooting is a distant memory to all but those who lived it. We've tried these thoughts and prayers too many times and nothing is changing. When are we going to do something else since our current strategy is definitely not working? We need to start that change now! We need to ensure this last shooting doesn't become just another tragic moment in history, we need to keep it at the forefront of our minds each and every day and we need to confront our congressmen and senators and push and push until they change something. I don't know what increased gun control should mean, no guns, more guns, better background checks, more mental health checks for gun owners, I don't know, but at this point doing nothing is just an insult to those who have suffered through a shooting. I'm sure more of the survivors and families of those who lost people would prefer action over something as insubstantial and hallow as thoughts and prayers. If we continue to do nothing, I see a day not too far in our future where every single person in the United States will have a close personal connection to someone who has experienced or died in a mass shooting. Maybe then if not before there will finally be enough people willing to confront the problem, but I shudder to think how many more will have to die before the day when people finally realize, we've done nothing long enough, it's time to do something!