I love cookies, and the Oreo is arguably the king of all cookies, over the years Nabisco has given the cookie different twist in an effort to drum up publicity on the already famous cookie, but few have hit the mark like the new smores Oreo that was just released. I would consider myself an “Oreo connoisseur,” I have eaten almost every iteration of the cookie, from the terribly over sweetened birthday cake Oreo to the surprisingly delicious pumpkin spice variety, and none have managed to both taste like their target and still keep the Oreo feel like the smores version. The smores Oreo is the first Oreo to have anything other than a standard cookie shell, this Oreo stays true to the smore by having chocolate and marshmallow filling flanked by two graham crackers. I always enjoyed eating graham crackers as a child so this tiny change to my favorite cookie was easy for me to try, and even welcomed for a bit of a change of pace. Out of all the different cookies or cereals I have tasted that claimed to be smores or smores flavored, this Oreo is the most authentic to the original. The only thing that would make this cookie better is if it was possible to heat the marshmallow cream. If you are a fan of Oreos or a fan of smores I would definitely recommend picking up this cookie, it will be available for a limited time, and based on the availability of past Oreo flavors, I can attest to the fact that the company sticks to their limits.
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear is an emotional state of distress, many different things can cause a person to be fearful, but all fears are similar based on the fact that they can cripple progress. Fear is often irrational, it is both strange and extremely common that many people have fears in which they can never truly pinpoint the origin. The worst part about fears is that they are extremely difficult to overcome since overcoming fears requires the ability to face them head on. I used to think the best way to succeed was to fear failure, but I have since learned that using fear as a driving force is one of the worst things to do in many cases. I will use a black bear as an example, when you see one of these bears it is advisable to stay calm and try to scare it away, rather than to run in fear, if you run from a bear it will chase you, and it will catch you. It is better to focus on goals and leave the fear in the past, since looking in the past will only remind you of your fears. I like how Thich Nhat Hanh puts it, there are more important things than fear, it is best to throw away your irrational fears, and learn to enjoy life and all of its beauty.
I was right on 10 out of 16 matchups from yesterday, and I predicted that Georgia State would give Baylor a run for their money. Georgia State along with UAB, shocked the nation by winning over their heavily favored opponents. I really hope to see a parade of upsets in todays matchups, but I still cannot bring myself to choose some of the underdogs. Here are my choices for today:
Duke over Robert Morris
Albany over Oklahoma
Kansas over New Mexico State
Michigan State over Georgia
I am an Albany alum, so I have to root for my alma mater in this one, they have a solid chance at an upset given their playing style and the results of yesterday’s matchups. I also really like Duke in this tournament, I expect them to go very far.
Northern Iowa over Wyoming
Buffalo over West Virginia
Wichita State over Indiana
Virginia over Belmont
As we saw from Thursday’s games upsets can and will happen, but I am sure most of the higher ranking teams playing today will be thinking about how embarrassing an upset is, and will play extra hard to avoid such an outcome.
Davidson over Iowa
Louisville over UC Irvine
Maryland over Valparaiso
Oregon over Oklahoma State
This group is basically favorites winning except for the Davidson upset of Iowa, look out for this game, as the high powered Davidson offense can possibly take Iowa by surprise and win big.
Wisconsin over Coastal Carolina
St Johns over Sandiego State
Gonzaga over North Dakota State
Dayton over Providence
This last grouping of games is quite diverse, I predict Wisconsin and Gonzaga will win in blowouts, but the other two games will be very close and extremely exciting. I am especially thrilled that New York City’s own St. John’s Red Storm is back in the tournament, and in position to make a legitimate run for a title.
My picks were not perfect yesterday, but they are only predictions, very good predictions. Hopefully today’s picks are perfect, enjoy the games everyone!
It’s interesting the ideas that come to mind while in the shower, it seems as though the most creative thoughts come out while showering. There is an interesting phenomena that happens when doing mundane tasks, the mind seems to reach into its most creative parts and form thoughts and ideas. It’s almost as if the mind knows what the task is so well that it starts doing its own thing. The show “30 Rock” actually addressed this phenomena in an episode titled “The Shower Principle,” in this episode one of the main characters had a shower installed in his office in order to increase his productivity. The Shower Principle may not actually be a term but the effects a combination of showering and mundane tasks have on the mind are unmistakable. I have personally written two short books in the shower, so I am a strong believer in “the shower principle,” and hopefully a future office shower owner. If you are ever in a pickle or need to make a quick decision, consider taking a shower, you may end up with an amazing solution.
Today, as I was driving around running errands I began thinking about how and why people quit tasks or jobs. Quitting takes a lot of work, sometimes the thought of quitting is actually more stressful than the act of completing the task in question. I believe there are legitimate reasons for quitting certain jobs or engagements, but I also think there is always a way to press on and finish what you started. Think about it, many inspirational tales begin with or include the phrase “I almost quit.” It’s interesting to wonder if amazing things happen when you don’t quit, or if the fact that you wanted to quit but did not made the outcome that much greater in you eyes. When I said it’s hard to quit, I mean it really is a difficult task, when you put time and effort into anything, you leave a part of yourself in it. You can never regain the time or effort put into a task, and quitting is just like taking that piece of yourself and killing it in vain. I actually believe many of the problems faced by humankind today exist because someone quit, right when they were on the cusp of finding a magnificent solution. I want to leave you with some encouragement, don’t quit, try to keep going, and ask for help if you need it. You never know how far you can get or how much you can achieve if you stop before you finish, think about the effort you put into your projects or your life, then double it and use that boost to finish what you started. You will be eternally grateful when you get a chance to look back and see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve done.
What is happiness? Is it merely attainable by human means or are we all just deluding ourselves with temporary human achievement and the prestige that goes with it. I once wondered if it was actually possible to be genuinely happy for another person. I mean, I love seeing my friends get promotions, or getting married and things like that, but am I happy for them or happy with them. During my time of questioning legitimate empathetic happiness I had to study origins of empathy. The word empathy comes from Greek origins, the words “en” and “pathos” which translate to “in” and “passion” respectively are the basis of the word “empatheia.” Empatheia was adapted into the German work “Einfühlung” which means “feeling into,” that was ultimately translated into the English word empathy. Empathy is actually putting yourself into the position of another, and imagining how you would feel in that situation. I can basically gather from my studies the idea that being happy for others is all in the imagination, although it is an important trait in basic social interaction. In my opinion happiness is a feeling of contentment, and in general attaining goods and achievements cannot gain lasting contentment. The pursuit of happiness is quite possibly the most depressing journey one can take, while life has its ups and downs, quantifying contentment can be detrimental to one’s overall well being. People who base their happiness on external things use items almost as a drug, and they seem to get a temporary boost from each purchase or win. These individuals find themselves extremely unhappy when they stop competing or have everything they think they want. I guess the truest form of happiness can be gained by looking at your situation, look at what you love about it, and just love it, be content with it. If your situation is dissatisfying, gain happiness by working towards a position of contentment, which is not always a position of prestige. Empathize with people not with things and you will find an understanding of happiness.
Many people expect change to just happen, they rarely think about the fact that change takes some level of work. Consider the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly, the creature must first intake enough food to endure the stay in the cocoon then it must craft the cocoon to facilitate its change.
Step one of making a “new you” is actually deciding who you are going to be, then taking the appropriate steps to plan out how you can become that person. If you want to get in shape, get on a workout plan, nothing kills goals like lack of preparation. The next step should be making small changes that get you closer to your final goal. The benefit of reaching these small goals is it helps keep you motivated while keeping your destination in mind. I will leave you with this, whatever you want to do this year, make sure everything counts toward your future and leads to where you want to be. I will be dropping a short blog here everyday so check daily, or weekly. Thanks for reading.