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Get Gigabit Internet Speed With Verizon Fios and Save With Exclusive Online Deals

Shoppers already have their eyes on early Black Friday deals this month, but plenty of retailers and brands have ongoing deals right now. Among internet service providers (ISPs), Verizon Fios is offering online exclusive deals until the end of November. By providing fast and reliable internet via a fiber-optic network, Verizon Fios changes the way you surf the internet, stream shows and movies, and play competitive online games. Below are the exclusive online deals that you don’t want to pass up.

How To Earn a $500 Discount With Verizon Wireless BYOD Deals

Looking for iPhone deals but bummed that it’s not Black Friday yet? You’re in luck because Verizon Wireless discounts are still going strong! Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a popular offer where you get to keep your current phone but earn rewards for switching or signing up with Verizon Wireless. Tablets and smartwatches are also eligible, so let them join in on the fun! If you like gift cards with a huge sum of money loaded onto them, cast your eyes on the current BYOD deals at Verizon Wireless below.

Veterans Day Deals 2021: Retail Discounts and Free Meals for Vets and the Military

Veterans Day lands on Nov. 11 every year and is a federal U.S. holiday that honors the men and women who have made heroic sacrifices for America while serving in the military. As a show of gratitude, restaurants and retailers offer exclusive deals to veterans as well as their families and caregivers. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, select brands are even extending their veterans discounts to all year long! For all the best Veterans Day discounts and freebies, take a look at the list of participating restaurants and retailers below!

Early Black Friday 2021 Deals From Best Buy, Walmart, and More

Have you been scouring ads and retailers’ websites for news on Black Friday sales? You’re not alone! Rather than wait until the end of November, you have a few opportunities to start your holiday shopping and saving. We’ve rounded up all the early Black Friday deals happening now, including major discounts on TVs, toys, smartphones, home essentials, and more. Check back for the latest updates as retailers drop early Black Friday deals in the weeks leading up to the official Black Friday start date, Nov. 26.

Fall Savings Guide: All the Best Deals From Major Retailers Like Macy’s, Verizon, Best Buy, and More

As we settle into the cold weather and prep for holiday festivities, major retailers are just getting started with fall sales. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered all the best deals in one convenient place so you save time and money! Retailers like Macy’s, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, and Old Navy have limited-time deals running in October and the beginning of November. While you won’t find Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here, you can take advantage of the fall deals below so you stay ahead of the savings game in the meantime!

Frighten up Your Home With These 15 Spooky Fun Halloween Home Decor Ideas — All Under $23

If you love Halloween, then you’ve probably already set up Halloween decor inside and outside your home. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat (no tricks)! This fall, get creative and inspired with budget-friendly Halloween decor, whether it’s something you buy from the store or create at home. From milk jug ghosts to a mega spider web, Halloween decor ideas aren’t just spooky but also fun to put up around the house. So get ready to be frightened (in a good way) with these 15 Halloween home decor ideas!

Shop Old Navy’s Fall Fashion Sale and Save Up to 50% Off Your Entire Purchase

Now that fall has officially started, it’s time to replace summer outfits with cozy sweaters and hoodies. If you haven’t already gotten started on your seasonal shopping spree to refresh your wardrobe, dive in with the Old Navy Fall Fashion Sale from Oct. 4 to 11. Old Navy is giving up to 50% off all orders, including new arrivals. Below, check out all the latest apparel styles curated for the fall — and enjoy a whole bunch of Old Navy discounts, too!

Get Instant Savings and Cashback Rewards at Sam’s Club This Fall

Sam’s Club Plus Members: Get ready to save big this fall with cashback rewards and instant savings! Holiday shopping is sneaking up on us, but before we jump into the major holiday sales, Sam’s Club is offering members over $3,800 in savings, where select items are up to 25% off. Members will also earn 2% in cashback rewards on qualifying orders. These deals won’t be around forever — you have until Sept. 26 to stack up on as many savings as you can. If you’re wondering which items are the best ones to grab during Sam’s Club’s fall savings, check out our recommendations below, along with tips on how to save!

27 Family-Friendly Activities Available at the Great Wolf Lodge — The Largest Indoor Water Park Resort in America

If you haven’t already heard about Great Wolf Lodge by now, you’ll want to book your stay after learning everything there is to know about America's largest indoor water park resort. Summer might be over according to the calendar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it last a little longer by enjoying family-fun activities such as water slides, a bowling alley, an arcade, and so much more. Whether they’re for toddlers, kids, teenagers, or adults, Great Wolf Lodge’s activities and attractions will keep everyone out of the hotel room and into endless fun!

Your Savings Guide to 2021 Fall Fashion Trends

Goodbye bikinis, tank tops, and shorts — and hello cozy sweaters, preppy blazers, and shades of red and orange! As the temperature cools down, our wardrobe is in need of an upgrade or a swap to thicker clothes that’ll keep us warm. If you haven’t already started shopping for the fall, now’s the time to do it! We’ve put together a fall fashion guide that suits every person’s budget, whether it’s under $20 or under $200.

IPBB vs. Fiber Internet: Find Out Which AT&T High-Speed Internet Plan Is Right for You

Internet-plan shopping can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You might not be familiar with the technical lingo, and you definitely don’t want to sign up for an internet plan that costs more than what you need from the service. If you’re considering AT&T as your internet service provider (ISP), then lucky for you, we’ve got your back! We’re here to explain all the ins and outs of AT&T Internet — both the Internet Protocol Broadband (IPBB) and the fiber kind. From a primer on IPBB and fiber internet to a breakdown of current AT&T internet plans and the best overall value, here’s everything you need to know about AT&T Internet service offerings.

Where to Find Paw-Dropping Pet Deals to Celebrate National Dog Day 2021

It’s not hard to love our fur babies 24/7, but for some extra lovin’, get ready to spoil them on National Dog Day (Aug. 26)! The U.S. pet market has increased in value every year, with a jump from $95.7 billion in 2019 to $99 billion in 2020; those numbers are projected to grow even more this year. This means that the market can be overwhelming when you’re on the hunt for top-quality treats and interactive toys for your pup — and don’t want to empty your wallet. If you’re looking for paw-some pet deals on #NationalDogDay, look no further: We’ve listed brands you should check out for money-savin’ and dog-lovin’ discounts!

A PC Gamer's Guide to Shopping at HP

The next generation of gaming consoles is here, but if you’re a PC gamer, you probably feel meh about it. Instead of using up your savings for a PS5 or Xbox Series X, invest in building or upgrading your PC and save money while you’re at it — thanks to exclusive HP deals. As one of the leading consumer electronics brands, HP’s innovative technology transforms and powers up your gaming setup, whether you’re a laptop or desktop user. With better performance, superior display quality, lots of storage, and backlit keyboards, HP gaming equipment lets you level up without damaging your wallet.

Save Up to 60% Off Athleta Activewear During Their Semi-Annual Sale 2021

July is here and you know what that means: semiannual sales are in full swing! Of the many brands we’re keeping an eye on, Athleta recently announced their semi annual sale. Starting on July 15, you can expect the inclusive brand to offer huge discounts of up to 60% off sitewide! Hurry, though — the sale ends on July 25, so you’ll want to grab your personal favorites before they’re gone! From printed tees to sports bras in a wide range of sizes, we’ve searched through some of Athleta’s top deals that you won’t want to miss out on.

The Best Back-to-School Sales 2021 From Apple, Best Buy, Target, and Morexx

It’s that time of year again — for back-to-school shopping! For the 2021-2022 academic year, students are returning to campuses and classrooms, all the more reason to start shopping for school supplies. Plus, we’ve got all the deets and back to school deals on where to shop for school supplies this year. Major retailers like Apple, Best Buy, Target, and Staples will either host back-to-school sales or student discounts on their products to help students pursue education and succeed in their academic journey. Make sure to check out the retailers’ back-to-school hub pages that we mentioned below for product recommendations. Time to shop smarter!

Where to Get Cheap and Free French Fries on National French Fry Day 2021

We’ve all heard of “Fri-yay" — now get ready for Fry Day! National French Fry Day lands on July 13 this year, and we’ve got the deets on all the deals and potential freebies to celebrate the holiday. Whether you just want fries or a full meal, you’ll get some perks to go along with your order. All you need to do is keep an eye out for National French Fry Day promotions from fast food and in-dining restaurants. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered the best ones right here!

16 Limited-Time Deals on Summer Essentials You Won’t Want to Miss

If you missed out on Amazon Prime Day or all the other competing sales, your luck hasn’t run out just yet — summer sales are still heating things up! Every season has its must-haves, whether it’s swimsuits, travel discounts, or electronic cooling fans, but finding these on sale while in-season might prove to be a challenge. That’s why we’ve compiled all the hottest deals on summer essentials, saving you time and money. Ready to enjoy fun in the sun while staying cool and hydrated? Make sure to snag these deals before the summer (and sale) ends!

Major Deals You Don’t Want to Miss From Macy’s 4th of July Sale 2021

One of the biggest sales of the year has finally arrived: the Macy’s 4th of July Sale! If you’ve been enjoying your summer, it’s going to be even better when you shop and save on major categories like Home, Electronics, Kids’ Apparel, Outdoor, and more. Don’t wait too long — the sale ends on July 5, so if you have other holiday plans, it’s best to shop before the weekend arrives. If you’re unsure of where to look for deals, we’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find all the best deals from Macy’s during their Independence Day Sale.
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How Hyouka and Its Characters Turn the Mundane Into the Extraordinary

If anyone has ever told you that you’re overanalyzing things, they haven’t met the characters of Hyouka—and I say this in the most endearing way possible. Hyouka is a special show, not just personally, but also visually and story-wise. It centers around the phrase “life is what you make it” and asks, what does leading a normal life really mean? The show doesn’t directly answer, but it does play around with the idea that leading any life, no matter how dull or exciting, is better when you’re connected to friends and family.

Vampire Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, MARS RED and Vanitas

Sharp fangs, red eyes, pale skin and lots of blood—vampire anime, anyone? Whether you’re a ride-or-die JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fan or you became instantly obsessed with The Case Study of Vanitas, vampires in anime are here to stay. While some aren’t always as terrifying as others, you can still expect to find some variation of the vampire tropes that we know and (mostly) love! RELATED: Funimation Has Sports Anime: RE-MAIN, Yowamushi Pedal and More So if you’re feeling spooky despite Halloween being months away, we’ve got a handful of vampire anime shows in our catalog that are bloodthirsty for your attention. I’ll see myself out now… Let’s take a look!

Obey Me! Guide: The Demon Brother Dating Sim, Explained

Mobile dating sims have been all the rage lately, including the popular Obey Me! — One Master to Rule Them All. The game has garnered so much popularity that it recently released an anime of the same name, streaming right here on Funimation! Given the title, you’re probably wondering what Obey Me! is all about. Before you jump to conclusions, we’re giving you a rundown of the dating sim that involves seven demon brothers who are based on the seven deadly sins, and angels and humans who have been forced into the Devildom through an exchange program! Do we have your attention now? Here’s your explainer on Obey Me!—both the game and the anime!

The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent Is the Perfect Slice-of-Life Isekai

In the world(s) of isekai, we’ve been recently blessed (pun intended) with The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent—a show that, rather than focused on epic action and revenge plots, hones in on good vibes and wholesomeness! But that only scratches the surface of why this show is the perfect slice of life isekai. Originally a novel series that received a light novel and manga serialization, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent features a female protagonist (whose name basically translates to “saint”), an ikemen harem, and a nice balance of comedy and romance!

Why Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a Must-Watch

It’s been a fantastic year for anime movies, whether you’re into everything from gripping period dramas to demon-slaying adventures. Later this month, the breathtaking, emotional Josee, the Tiger and the Fish joins their ranks and arrives in select theaters. And you cannot miss it. The film, which tells a loving coming-of-age story that captures the emotions of youth, arrives from July 12-14 in the United States (English dubbed on July 13), and on July 12, 14 and 17 in Canada. Here are a handful of reasons why Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is worth your next watch, from the pedigree behind the film to its perfect summer vibes. Let’s jump in!

Anime Cinematography & Capturing Incredible Storytelling Through Visuals

I enjoy watching anime for many reasons, but what I really love is when an anime’s art and scene direction elevates the storytelling in a beautiful and nuanced way. Directors who take creative liberties in setting the tone or conveying a message for certain scenes have my utmost admiration. Whether it’s camera framing, lighting or character blocking, these artistic decisions transform scenes and give a whole new meaning to the story, world-building and characters. I’m no film expert, but I do want to share my appreciation for some of my favorite shows by picking apart one scene where I believe the art and scene direction works exceptionally well.

Aniplex Online Fest 2021 Returns July 3 with Programs, Concerts & More

Get ready to celebrate anime this summer in style with Aniplex Online Fest 2021! The online event returns on July 3 at 6 p.m. PDT on YouTube, which means it’s completely free to watch! Sally Amaki, a bilingual Japanese idol from 22/7 who’s popular among English-speaking fans, and actor and personality Maxwell Powers, will host the jam-packed event and bring all the excitement that comes with Aniplex’s incredible slate of anime.

Tokyo Ghoul Creator Officially Launches New Manga, Choujin X

Calling all Tokyo Ghoul fans! Mangaka Sui Ishida has announced on Twitter that his newest manga series, titled Choujin X, has officially been serialized! The series was originally announced in November of last year. Ishida shared an image that offered a sneak peek of the characters and the grimdark tone of the story. There was no official release date at the time of the announcement, but after months of waiting, fans can now read the first chapter of Choujin X on MANGA Plus and Shonen Jump!

Looking Back on 15 Years of Ouran High School Host Club

“Kiss, kiss, fall in love!” If you just got hit with a wave of nostalgia after hearing those lyrics play in your head, welcome to the Ouran High School Host Club (ba dum tss). With a lovable cast, unforgettable opening and ending theme songs, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartfelt moments, we’re celebrating this iconic romantic comedy for its 15th anniversary. That’s right; it’s been 15 years since the anime first premiered back in 2006! Feel old, yet? Since its debut, Ouran High School Host Club has secured a comfortable spot on the revered list of classic anime. Despite being a satire on shoujo manga stereotypes and clichés, as well as otaku culture, most of the show’s jokes and commentary still hold up to this day.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Movie Announced, PV Revealed

Today is a big day for My Hero Academia fans! Not only has the first episode of My Hero Academia Season 5 premiered, but we got our first batch of info for the upcoming third movie in the franchise! First up, the film’s title was officially revealed! My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes’ Mission is the name, and the film will arrive August 6 in Japan. Once again, studio Bones will produce the anime.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Season 2 Announced, Visual Revealed

The adventures of Towa, Setsuna and Moroha are far from over as their journey will officially continue in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: The Second Act! The announcement fell on the heels of the last episode of Season 1, with the official English Twitter account, managed by VIZ Media, sharing the news! A premiere date for season two has not been set, but fans can follow the account to catch up on future updates.

Porter Robinson, Waboku and Mah Collide For Animated Musician Video

It’s been four years since Porter Robinson’s “Shelter” music video roused the anime community with its bittersweet story and beautiful animation sequences. Fans of the artist were finally treated to another animated music video called “Musician,” and unsurprisingly, it’s a certified bop! This time around, Robinson collaborated with Waboku and Mah, who are best known for directing and animating Eve’s music videos (“Tokyo Ghetto, “Dramaturgy”). “Musician” is from Robinson’s upcoming sophomore album Nurture, which will release on April 23.

8 Must-Watch Sports Anime to Inspire Your 2021 Fitness Goals

Staying in all day to watch anime is totally relatable and valid, but what if we told you there are plenty of sports anime that might encourage you to get outside? Whether you’re an athlete, a sports fan or neither, watching sports anime can help you find motivation for being active. This Winter Season has given us a handful of new shows that involve volleyball and two different types of skating, but we’re also looking at past sports anime that you might’ve skipped when they first aired. Now that they’re complete, you can binge them in one go!

8 Reasons Why SK8 the Infinity Is Your Next Anime Obsession

Every so often, an anime comes along and piques your interest before turning into a full-blown hyperfixation. Don’t even try to hide the fact that you’ve dedicated your every waking thought to a series because, honestly, same. More recently, that series is SK8 the Infinity. Cue Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi,” but make it plural! Studio Bones’ latest project is all about skateboarders in the “Hawaii of Japan,” a.k.a. Okinawa. The Winter Season is stacked with sequels and new adaptations, but SK8 the Infinity stands on its own legs as an original with the backing of a well-known director, Hiroko Utsumi, and the reputable studio animating it.
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6 Dessert Spots in Orange County That Will Make You Put Down Your Phone and Pick up a Spoon

A Roundup of Summer’s 6 Sweetest and Trendiest Treats in Orange County Nothing is sweeter than digging your spoon into an ice cream croissant or sipping a fluffy milkshake through a turquoise straw under summer’s embrace. These days, dessert spots are popping up at every corner and luring those with and without a sweet tooth to try something new, delicious and trendy.

The Experts Have Spoken: It’s Not Summer ‘Til You’ve Added These 4 Drink Recipes to Your Bar Cart

Going to the bar for a specially-made drink is one of the reasons why you’re not just sitting at home with a cold beer in your hand. But, there are instances where you would rather enjoy a glass of whiskey or vodka without the buzz of bartenders and customers. If you’re someone who has a shaker stored in the kitchen cabinet and your throat and creativity are parched, then you’ll want to check out this list of spiked specialty sippers—made and served by you!

Eat Your Way Through These 8 Palm Springs Foodie Spots—You’ll Drool Over #5

A foodie travels near and far for the best and trendiest food spots in order to not only satisfy their stomachs but also their Instagram feed. There is no doubt Greater Palm Springs has plenty of mouth-watering yet aesthetically-pleasing plates for the hungry! The desert oasis invites innovative, culinary ideas that, as a result, hit all of the notes on your flavor palate while keeping your Instagram fed.

Craft House Is Giving a Southern Classic a California Kick With Its Knife + Fork Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich

There’s no shortage of delectable dishes that hit the spot whenever you’re in Orange County’s melting pot. One day you’re eating tacos and the next you’re curled over a hot plate of Southern comfort food. For a little bit of everything, Craft House presents the ‘Knife + Fork’ Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. A year-round staple, the Southern-rooted dish turns heads when it leaves the kitchen and hits the table.

Spanish Guitar, Little Bees and 3 Other Reasons Not to Miss Our Santa Ana Social Hour

Ready to spice up your spring with hot plates of Mexican cuisine? Join us for LOCALE Social Hour at El Mercado Modern Cuisine on Thursday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m.! For only $10, you get to kick off the fiesta and indulge in mouthwatering appetizers and refreshing drinks, one being a complimentary cocktail! Not only that, but there will also be live music to accompany your delicioso meal! Here are five reasons why we’re counting down the days to this lively social hour.

Girls in Capes

Book Club: INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older

Join us for our September book club discussion of Infomocracy. This is the first book in the cyberpunk political thriller series, The Centenal Cycle, and is about the corruption of political power through Information, a powerful search engine monopoly. It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections.

Children of Ether Balances Quality and Representation for Diverse Anime

Every season of anime brings something new to the table yet at the same time continues to hammer fanservice, stereotypes, and plots ruined by genre into our heads. We’ve seen the same characters, stories, and settings – though anime studios tweak them just a bit so they’re not carbon-copies of hit shows such as Sword Art Online or Attack on Titan. While some anime fans enjoy the same old tropes, others are searching for unique and refreshing content.

WonderCon 2018: Making and Publishing Queer Comics Panel

WonderCon marked its 32nd year during the 2018 convention March 23 to March 25, inviting con-goers, cosplayers, press, and industry professionals to gather at the Anaheim Convention Center. Con-goers had the freedom to attend special presentations, panels, signings, events, tournaments, and the exhibit hall. Among the panels that occurred on March 24, one called “Making and Publishing Queer Comics: A Workshop” presented a discussion about how queer cartoonists publish their comics to the world.

REVIEW: Warcross

Living in Manhattan, New York proves onerous for Emika Chen, who’s been struggling to pay rent. Aside from working part-time as a waitress, Emika also works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But, like most jobs out there, the bounty hunting scene is competitive. Warcross — a virtual reality game created by Emika’s idol, Hideo Tanaka — is also a way of life for those who play to earn money.

Speculative Literature Foundation Director Opens Gateways for Diversity in SF/F

The road to publication is often met with challenges, and for some writers, those challenges are harder to overcome. In order to dedicate time to their craft, writers often apply to writing grants, but not everyone wins them easily. Speculative Literature Foundation Director Mary Anne Mohanraj knows just how frustrating – and intimidating – the application process for writing grants can be.

REVIEW: The Bloodprint

A superstitious and patriarchal group called the Talisman has been suppressing knowledge and subjugating women in Khorasan. Led by a man known as the One-Eyed Preacher, the cruel movement continues to grow, bent on world domination. Taking a stand against the Talisman are the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women with powers born from the Claim. By speaking words of the sacred scripture, these women call upon magic to aid them in their fight.

REVIEW: Rebel Seoul

Lee Jaewon managed to escape his delinquent past in Old Seoul, but not without some scars to take with him to Neo Seoul. As a talented pilot in the military academy with hopes of becoming a worthy soldier of the Neo State, Jaewon succeeds in landing a pivotal role for the government’s secret supersoldier project. He meets his partner, Tera, who is a soldier and test subject specially trained to pilot God Machines (GMs) — massive and deadly robots built for endless warfare.

Anime Expo 2017: C3 & Queersplay Open Discussion Panel

Of all the panels that graced this year’s Anime Expo, only a few focused on POC and LGBTQ+ communities. Chocolate Covered Cosplay (C3) and Queersplay met last year during the Cosplay Senpai program and decided to join forces at Anime Expo for the “C3 & Queersplay Open Discussion” panel, which took place on July 2. Panelists and attendees exchanged personal experiences on cosplaying as members from marginalized groups.

An Interview with Come Back Home’s Small but Diverse Game Development Team

Come Back Home is an indie game about a young girl, Anaaya, who discovers her village has disappeared overnight after returning from a fishing trip. She must piece together the clues and find out where her village has gone. I was given the opportunity to interview CBH’s development team, which consists of director Xiao Yang, producer Jonathan Ampiaw, and developer Che Shian Hung, students at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer Awakens the Dreamers in All of Us

“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.” Dreams, nightmares, myths, and legends come to life in Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer through beautiful prose and epic world-building. Lazlo Strange, an orphan raised by monks to become a librarian, falls deeply in love with the mysterious city of Weep. While he fawns over fairy tales and magic, other people ridicule him for his bizarre infatuation.

WonderCon 2017: She Changed Comics Panel

WonderCon took place on March 31-April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. On April 2, the “She Changed Comics” panel was part of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund series. Featured on the panel were Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl; Odd Duck; The Plain Janes), Hope Larson (Batgirl, Chiggers, Compass South), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy and Red Sonja), and moderator Betsy Gomez (CBLDF Editorial Director).
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Tokyo Ramen House Press

Ways to Declutter Your Mind

Stress has become a word that is easy to throw around nowadays. Too much homework? Stress. Too many deadlines? Stress. No food in the fridge? Stress. Whether you are a student, an employee, or a parent, there are bound to be stressful moments that temporarily block your path toward a happier life. Different people handle stress in different ways — not everyone is the same. If you can handle your stress pretty well, then maybe you can gloss over these helpful tips in relieving stress and see if you’ve been doing any of these to maintain a stress-free life. But if you are someone who lets stress push you over the cliff, then you will definitely want to keep reading.

Epic BGM Playlist: Study Grind

Midterms, finals, repeat — this is the endless cycle most college students go through during their undergraduate studies and studying has never gotten more intense. Many people have different ways of studying whether that’s in silence or with subtle music playing in the background. There are also people who don’t even listen to music subtly while studying, but blast it full volume so that they can block out other unnecessary and distracting noises.

An Untold Story

Everyone has a story to tell – you just have to find someone who’s willing to share. Most of the time, the stories that are left untold are the ones worth hearing about. These kinds of stories hold world-shattering secrets, guilty crimes, and unspeakable desires. For these reasons, many of us are not granted an audience for those stories. We’re left with the same, generative conflict or plot that doesn’t have its own voice even though it’s a story.

The End of a Hero’s Long Journey

Nov. 10, 2014 marked an emotional day for many of us who have been following a young and ambitious man’s journey toward reaching his lifelong dream. His name is Naruto Uzumaki, a heroic icon of Japanese shounen manga and an inspiration to thousands of people who have read the series since it first got published in 1999. The series is written by Masashi Kishimoto, and after 72 volumes in 15 years, the story of Naruto finally ended.

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Hipster Coffee Shops for Your Studying Needs

The term “hipster” has various definitions depending on how the individual sees it. “Hipster” can be used to describe someone who rejects all things mainstream. It can also describe places that are not commonly visited, places such as coffee shops that are low-key, unlike Starbucks. For college students, finding study spots is crucial, especially during midterms and finals weeks. Studying on campus can become boring and the ambience may not suit your needs anymore.

WonderCon: SoCal’s Annual Gathering of Nerds

During the weekend of April 3-5 the streets of Anaheim were teeming with people dressed as superheroes and other notable characters from famous comic books such as Marvel and DC for WonderCon 2015. The event was located at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is right across Disneyland, so con-goers visiting the area for the convention could make a spontaneous trip to the theme park if they felt like it. A somewhat smaller version of Comic-Con, which is annually held in San Diego during the summer, WonderCon gives nerds an early chance to dress up and geek out with one another.

Sweet Tooth Lovers Unite: Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Colorful macarons, spongy cupcakes, variously flavored chocolates, and soft-serve ice cream – all of these sweet delicacies were found at the first annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show. Held Jan. 25 at the Pasadena Convention Center, this event not only gave out generous free samples but also a chance for everyone to meet YouTube baking stars, watch demos from the stars themselves, and try out a few classes to enhance one’s baking skills.

Jupiter Ascending: A Fantasy, Sci-Fi Love Story

Released the weekend before Valentine’s Day, “Jupiter Ascending” beckons fans of Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum to watch a riveting and romantic love story unfold while in the midst of a galactic battle for a royal family inheritance. With multiple genres such as fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and comedy, “Jupiter Ascending” is a gift to those who enjoy a little bit of everything, especially with a complex plot.

Playlist Picks: '80s/'90s Comeback

Listening to an overplayed song on the radio can sometimes become a strain to our ears. While the song may be catchy and addicting to listen to at first, we can all agree that there is a limit as to how much we can love a song that gets played over and over again on the radio. So we search for a sound that’s refreshing and new or simply blast a throwback song just because it never gets old. Well, how about a sound that throws us back to the ‘80s and ‘90s but is produced during this day and age?