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The Chicago Cubs Celebrate Javy Baez’s Birthday on Twitter

Javy Baez is a Cubs player who has a lot of energy. You never quite know what he’s going to do, and he’s made some fantastic plays.

The Chicago Cubs Twitter account celebrated Javy Baez’s 24th birthday by posting a series of GIFs that featured him doing what he does.

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The Cubs Won the 2016 World Series!

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series! Shawn and I had been watching the games this season, and things started to get exciting when the Cubs made it to the Playoffs. He and I grew up in Illinois and both of our families were Cubs fans.

When the Cubs made it to the 2016 World Series, we were cautiously hopeful (as all Cubs fans probably were). We watched the last two games of the 7 game World Series at home with Shawn’s mother joining us. It was nice to share the moment that the Cubs won the 2016 World Series together.

I know just enough about baseball to enjoy watching the Cubs play, but not enough to eloquently write about it. To make up for that, I am relying upon a collection of tweets that I wrote while watching the games, and a bunch of stuff that I retweeted.

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What Does it Take to Win Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes?

I think that most people who receive the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes junk mail immediately toss it into the recycling bin. This is probably why the company felt the need to send out a bizarre letter to us ahead of time that implored us to watch the mail for the giant packet.

What does it take to win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes? The answer, of course, is that you have to enter it (and hope for the best). The process involved with trying to enter it is so complex, strange, and tedious that I decided to blog about it. If Publishers Clearing House is truly is so excited to have someone win a bunch of money – you’d think they’d make their sweepstakes super easy to enter.

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Women’s History Month – International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day is held on March 8th every year. It was first started in 1975, which was International Woman’s Year, and was first celebrated by the United Nations on March 8, 1975. In 1977, the General Assembly adopted an official resolution that proclaimed an United Nations’ Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States. The United States celebrates it on March 8th of every year.

Each International Woman’s Day is given a theme. For 2016, that theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up”. This theme incorporates many existing United Nations’ agendas.

Every year, Google creates a special Google Doo...

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Best Valentines from Twitter – 2016

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s day. This is partly because I think it is a “Hallmark Holiday” that is designed to get people to spend money (or feel guilty for not doing so). People should do nice things for their significant others all year round. The other reason I don’t like Valentine’s day is because I’m allergic to flowers, most candies, and all perfumes.

The one thing I enjoy about Valentine’s day is the artwork people create as valentines. Here is a collection of some of the best valentines I found on Twitter this year.

Science themed valentines:

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Star Wars Part 3: Return Of The Script

I’m watching all of the Star Wars movies in a row, starting with Episode I. This is the third part in that series.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in theaters in May of 2005. Unlike my experience with Episode II, I did see this one in the theater, mainly because I had heard good things about it and I knew it was likely to be (as I thought at the time) the last new Star Wars product to ever have a theatrical release.

The movie’s opening crawl tells us that the galaxy is caught in a state of war and that the separatists, led by Sith Lord Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his second-in-command, the cybernetic death machine General Grievous, have captured Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and taken him hostage...

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The Weirdness of CES 2016

I did not travel to the International Consumer Electronics Show this year, but did pay close attention to CES 2016 from the comfort of my own home. I find it both amusing and entertaining to find out about the interesting electronics that are presented at the show.

What catches my attention the most are the unexpected things. When I think of CES, it brings to mind smartphone chargers, products that track people’s health, and updated models of computers. I look for things that I wouldn’t have predicted would appear at CES 2016. I refer to this grouping of products as “weirdness”, but not in a derogatory way. Someone out there probably needs these products!

The International Consu...

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Happy New Year – 2016

The end of a year, and the start of a new year, is celebrated with fireworks. There wasn’t a fireworks display anywhere near me, and I didn’t want to travel to one.

Instead, I viewed the #fireworks on Twitter and retweeted a bunch of the best photos and videos of fireworks. I got to see fireworks from all around the world without having to travel, deal with crowds, or be exposed to smoke. In this blog, I share the best tweets that used the #fireworks.

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Starbucks Inspired People to Make #RedCupArt

Earlier this year, a loud group of people got angry because Starbucks used a plain, red, cup to serve their holiday drinks in. Apparently, this group found it offensive that Starbucks didn’t specifically create a design that catered directly to their own, personal, religious, beliefs (and that excluded everyone else’s religious beliefs).

Another, larger, nicer, group of people decided to take the red cup from Starbucks and turn it into beautiful artwork. I put together this blog with examples of their work. This is my attempt to give the people who are good things some more attention. They looked at Starbuck’s red cups and saw an opportunity to create art that everyone can enjoy.


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Best #Thanksgiving Tweets 2015

Thanksgiving is celebrated by watching the Macy’s Day Parade, spending time with family, watching the football game on TV, and then eating a huge meal together. People eat turkey, sweet potatoes (often topped with marshmallows), green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes covered in gravy. For desert, there is usually some pumpkin pie.

Instead of focusing on the typical concept of Thanksgiving, I decided to gather up tweets that showed a different way of doing things. These tweets included non-traditional Thanksgiving foods, comments about the Thanksgiving holiday/Black Friday sales, amusingly worded tweets about family, and even some national news that happened on Thanksgiving 2015.

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