The Top 5 Longest Reigning Games on Steam Charts

Valve describes its Steam Charts as an ongoing analysis of Steam’s player number, seeing what’s been played the most. Every week, the company releases stats that show which title gamers have been showing love to. But there have been some games that have stayed at the top of the charts for long. Very long. Let’s take a look at the top 5 longest reigning games on Steam Charts.

5. Garry’s Mod

Sandbox games are those games that make big open worlds available for players to explore and interact in any way they want. But Garry’s Mod takes this definition to a whole another level. In this game, you’re only limited by your imagination as it provides a blank slate for players along with all the tools they could need to create anything they want.

The game only becomes better with the incredible mod support that allows the players to break the rules and make new ones. Garry’s Mod is a physics-based sandbox game with its base game mode having no set objectives at all. You can spawn NPCs, ragdolls, and props and then pick them up, rotate them, and then freeze them in place.

4. Warframe

Warframe is a cooperative third-person shooter multiplayer and action role-playing game. It was developed and published by Digital Extremes originally for windows PC. The biggest reason Warframe attracted such a huge following is that it’s free-to-play. In this game, you’re put in the role of a cyber-ninja who has to go on intense combat, parkour, and exploration missions.

The premise of the game is that you’re a member of the ancient warrior race of Tenno who has woken up in the middle of a war in a planetary system with different factions. You have powerful weapons and abilities at your disposal to complete your missions.

3. Team Fortress 2

Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter game that was developed and published by Valve. It has been the developer’s one of the most popular games for a long time as it practically invented the class-based shooter. It’s the reason you see games like Overwatch and Paladins today.

You join one of the two teams in a match and choose from nine character classes. The game had several exciting modes like Capture the Flag and King of the Hill. Games are objective-based and players have to adapt using the class’ and characters’ strengths and weaknesses to overcome their enemy. Both players and critics praised the game’s art direction, gameplay, humour, and creative use of characters in a multiplayer-only game. TF2 has turned 12, but even today, developer studios and even casinos from Nektan look up to it to learn valuable lessons in creativity.

2. Rocket League

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game that was developed and published by Psyonix. You’ll find players describing it as “soccer, but with rocket-powered cars”, which sums it up pretty correctly. Each match in the game features up to four players in two teams who have to use their rocket-powered vehicles to hit the giant ball into their opponent’s goal.

Later on, the game even added new modes that let players participate in ice hockey and basketball. Rocket League claimed a number of industry awards and sold over 10 million copies. By 2018, the number of sales had reached a whopping 40 million.

1. Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 is a cooperative first-person shooter survival horror game that was developed and published by Valve. It’s the sequel to Turtle Rock Studio’s Left 4 Dead and was released for Windows and Xbox 360 in November 2009.

The game is set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic as we follow four survivors trying to make it through their days. Players have to fight hordes of zombies who have developed severe psychosis and act extremely aggressive. The game has an “AI Director 2.0” which monitors the players’ performance and alters the round to ensure a dynamic challenge. The game even features several types of infected and fun melee weapons.

Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever Made

Forget fairy lights, department store ads and gingerbread lattes. Nothing gets us in the festive spirit faster than a good Christmas movie. Whether you’re a sucker for rom-coms or a fan of family animations, rest assured there’s a Christmas movie that’s sure to get you feeling all warm and Christmassy inside.

Need a little help picking which Christmas movie to watch first? This December, we’ve gone through every festive film released over the past century to list the top 5 of all time. We’ve made our list – and checked it twice! – with the help of the guys from the online casino bgo.com. Having released hundreds of holiday-inspired slots games like Selfie Elfie and Jingle Spin, you can trust the bgo team are experts when it comes to Christmas entertainment.

Scroll down to check out the list for yourself. Once you’ve found your perfect Christmas movie, all that’s left to do is cosy up on your sofa with a couple of warm mince pies and press the play button on your TV remote.

5 Urban Mythical Legends for a Creepy Night

Stories circulate and get more outrageous the longer they’re spread. Some facts are exaggerated or even fabricated to make the event look more thrilling than it is. The same thing happens for urban legends.

If you can’t get over Halloween or just love to get spooked, look no further because these urban mythical legends will for sure give you the fright of your life. For more horror stories, you can check out mysteriousheartland.com.

The Red Room Curse of Japan

The internet ushered in a new digital age, but for Japan, it came with a price. During the late 1990s, users were wary of using the internet because they might see the Red Room Curse.

The Red Room Curse was an electronic virus that could pop out anytime, anywhere whenever they’re browsing the internet. It would show up as a small red pop-up banner or advertisement with an unfinished question written in black ink: “Do you like…?”

The banner is accompanied by a high-pitched voice reading out the text in Japanese. It randomly targets users, so no one is safe from this banner. Should they attempt to close the window, it reappears, pestering the user with the same unfinished question. If they persist in closing the pop-up repeatedly, the banner will finally ask a finished question: “Do you like the Red Room?”

After this, targets are as good as dead.

According to accounts, several things happen. Some say that the computer screens fill with a window with a red background dotted with a long list of names in black text. Then, users begin to feel a presence behind them. Soon after, they’ll be found dead in their homes and the room they’ll be found in will be painted red with blood.

It’s unclear to investigators how the targets died. Some see signs of suicide while others point to the work of a third party.

The Umm Al Duwais Jinn of the UAE

Arabic culture strayed from ghosts in favor of the jinn. The story about the female jinni Umm Al Duwais is a famous story around the UAE.

Umm Al Duwais was an amalgamation of many creatures, with the feet of a donkey, cat eyes, bladed hands, and jet-black hair. She also emitted a sweet-smelling perfume.

Umm Al Duwais was a beautiful jinni and would wander the streets, wearing luxurious clothing and jewelry to tempt men. Entranced by her beauty, the attracted men would follow her. Once they try to approach her, Umm Al Duwais transforms into what reports say is an ugly creature before killing the men who followed her.

But according to other reports, Umm Al Duwais is no respecter of persons and would kill men, women, and even children.

This urban legend has been used to keep children from sneaking out of their houses at night, but it’s spooky enough to keep adults inside as well.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Tomb

Australia doesn’t just offer a wide variety of insects and animals, it also home to great infrastructures that will make the perfect background for your next photo op.

Rumor has it that the Sydney Harbour Bridge doubles as a tomb for the workers killed during its construction. These deaths, according to the urban legend, were kept on the down-low.

Officially, there were 16 workers killed but there were three workers unaccounted for. These three workers were said to have fallen into the pylons. Because of the shift schedules, no one noticed their absences for weeks.

Legend has it that the bodies were found but too hard to be retrieved, and so they stayed entombed in the pylons to this day.

Beijing Ghost Bus

One of the most famous urban legends in China is the Beijing Ghost Bus, also known as “The Last Bus to Fragrant Hills.” The story took place way back on November 14, 1995, when the 302 bus picked up two men outside of a bus stop wearing Qing Dynasty robes.

Passengers were suspicious about these men because they were not waiting at a bus stop, but the conductor calmed the rising sense of panic when he told them that it was the last bus of the day, so it made sense for the bus to let them inside.

As the story goes, the faces of these men were whiter than normal and did not interact with any of the passengers. The conductor reasoned out and said they were probably actors who had no time to change out of their costumes.

After some time, the only people left aboard the bus were the mystery men, the driver, the conductor, an old lady, and another man. The old lady accused the other man of stealing her wallet and insisted they get off at the next stop to go to the police station.

When the two get off the bus, the old lady admitted she fabricated the theft so she had an excuse to leave the bus because she saw that the mystery men had no legs and were probably ghosts.

“The wind coming in from the window raised their robes, and I saw they didn’t have feet.” the old lady said.

The next morning, the 302 bus was reported missing and was found with three heavily decomposed bodies inside–the driver, the conductor, and an unidentified body with long hair. Reports came in and found that the gas tank wasn’t filled with petrol, but with blood.

Countless mysteries surround this urban legend, like the fact that the bodies were too decomposed for the short time the bus was missing.

Pinky Pinky of South Africa

Schoolchildren in South Africa are afraid to go to the bathroom by themselves thanks to the legend of Pinky Pinky.

The monster is called Pinky Pinky because she targets girls, specifically those who wear pink underwear and torments them in school bathrooms before brutally murdering them.

The story came about during a time when girls went missing, and there were claims that they disappeared when they went to the bathrooms.

Fortunately for boys, they were unable to see Pinky Pinky, but there have been cases where boys have been attacked by the monster.

JOHN 5 and the Creatures kick off second leg of Invasion Tour 2019

Tour kicks of October 30th with Support from Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack.

John 5’s New Full-Length Album, “Invasion”, Available Now!

JOHN 5 and the Creatures is set to kick off the second leg of the Invasion Tour 2019 this week in Battle Creek, MI. Jared James Nichols, who supported JOHN 5 on the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year, has once again been tapped to open along with additional support from Reverend Jack.

I’m excited to get back out on the road with The Creatures and play music from the new album,”JOHN 5 says. “The response to the first leg of the Invasion Tour earlier this year was amazing and I can’t wait to hit even more cities. Jared James Nichols was phenomenal last time around and we are happy to have him join us again.”

Released this summer, JOHN 5‘s highly-anticipated Invasion album received rave reviews all around. Fans were able to get a taste of the album throughout the first half of the year via a series of videos released each month. JOHN 5 kicked off the year with the debut video clip from Invasion, the campy animated “Zoinks!”, followed by three equally eccentric videos for “Midnight Mass,” “I Am John 5” and “Crank It – Living with Ghosts.” A new video for the track “I Want It All” was unveiled along with the release of the album last week. Invasion was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer (Richie SamboraJoe PerrySteve VaiJackson Browne). JOHN 5 will start 2020 with yet another tour, this time taking JOHN 5 and the Creatures on The Verdict Tour alongside Queensryche.

In addition to praise for the Invasion album, JOHN 5 has been making news for his unlikely appearance on HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation.” Susan Olsen, the actress known for her portrayal of the beloved pig-tailed Cindy Brady recently posted a picture of her with JOHN 5 and Cindy’s beloved Kitty Carryall doll. 

“So there are photos that my friends and I have been sitting on because we don’t (and mustn’t) blow the reveals,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “But at last I can share! Cindy has a little brother now. John Brady, welcome to the family!”

Read about meeting and check out the groovy photos of JOHN 5 with Greg, Marcia, Peter, Bobby and Cindy Brady at https://variety.com/2019/music/news/brady-bunch-house-renovation-rob-zombie-guitarist-superfan-1203362443/ and https://loudwire.com/john-5-at-renovated-brady-bunch-home/.

Not long after his adoption by the Bradys, JOHN 5 took to the seas for Megadeth‘s MegaCruise, where the newly-christened “Bad Brady” lived up his name. Before leaving port in San Diego, police arrived at the boat on a noise complaint, threatening to lock up the ship’s captain if JOHN 5 did not stop playing.

Rather than disappoint fans, JOHN 5 and The Creatures moved the concert below deck and finished their set. Read more details on the event in Consequence of Soundhttps://consequenceofsound.net/2019/10/john-5-megacruise-noise-ordinance/

Tickets for the Invasion Tour and special VIP Packages are available for all shows through the JOHN 5 webstore

JOHN 5 and The Creatures tour dates:Invasion Tour w/Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack

10/30 – Music Factory @ Battle Creek, MI

10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ The Winchester 

11/1 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge

11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

11/3 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center

11/5 – Kansasville, WI @ 1175

11/6 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club

11/7 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s

11/8 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground

11/9 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck

11/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

11/12 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers

11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Old Bar

11/15 – New Orleans, LA @ The Parish at the House of Blues

11/16 – Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall

11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend

11/20 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger

11/21 – Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage

11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge

11/23 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

11/24 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

About JOHN 5: JOHN 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, as well as playing session with Paul StanleyRod StewartLynyrd Skynyrd and more. Slash has called JOHN 5“one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a fucking shredder”JOHN 5 has released seven solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Motley Crue, Steve Perry, Ricky Martin and others.

JOHN 5 and The Creatures is:

John 5 – guitars

Ian Ross – bass

Logan Miles Nix – drums

How Celebrities Raise Their Children: 5 Practical Tips

Raising children to be “happy and independent” is not as easy as some may think – and if you’re here, I’m sure you already approve of my first sentence. Raising children AND having a job AND finding time for yourself might be the most challenging thing you have ever done; but the truth is, it’s not impossible. As long as you remain calm, calculated, open, and positive, there is nothing that could ever bring you down.

“Right…. But how the hell do I do that?” Many parents are lost when their first kid arrives, as they imagine their lives will completely change. They start stressing out, leaving no room for other activities – their lives revolve strictly around children. Even though you-time will definitely decrease, you must learn how to combine responsibilities with pleasure. Focusing on solely one can be detrimental to your mental health, as recent studies show.

Celebrities are the perfect example (well…. some!) of successful parents – not only do they work hard, but they also look after their children day and night. Besides that, they must also deal with paparazzi, the press, social media, yada yada yada. So, let’s see what practical tips we can learn from them.

  1. Spend Quality Time with Them

Spending quality time with children is highly important for their emotional growth. As the Mexican star Ninel Conde agrees, being a busy parent does not exclude the fact that you are a parent. For instance, she tries to spend as much time with her children as possible, even though sometimes, her career does not allow her to. She takes her baby boy Emmanuel everywhere – and whenever they are together, nothing else seems to matter.

Ways to spend quality time with your love(s):

Add a 15-minute morning routine dedicated to your kids
Hang out with them and play cool games!
Go out for a walk or a nice hike
Help them develop their studying skills and organize their school work
Exercise with them
Cook together and try out new recipes!

2. Be the Example They Need

Michelle and Barack Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, grew up to be wonderful, intelligent women ready to take on any obstacle on their way. “If you are not ready to be the example they need, you won’t be able to teach them anything,” writes Sarah Kabalevsky, co-founder at CA EduBirdie essay writing service. “Children do exactly what they see in the family, so make sure your parenting style fits their needs,” ends Sarah. They must learn how to grow beautiful and independent – and you’re the only one who can teach them that by setting an example.

Teach them how valuable life is
Explain them your values and how you live up to them
Show them how you respond in critical situations
Teach them that treating other people with respect means respecting yourself in the first place
Teach them to be kind, loving, open, and sharing
Teach them to be honest – never lie to them!

3. Let Them Be Free!

Will Smith thinks that “letting kids take responsibility for their actions” teaches them more about freedom and independence than anything else could. His children, Jared, Trey, and Willow are so mature, so intelligent, so powerful! You can tell that Will has an uncanny parenting philosophy which helped his children grow into beautiful adults.

Before sending them off to school, talk to them about anything they want, answer all the questions they have, and teach them to question everything in general. Always question everything!

4. Encourage Them & Their Activities

Famous actress Reese Witherspoon teaches us that encouraging children to think independently and supporting their activities is critical, especially during their adolescence years. Her daughter Ava and son Deacon are smart kids with cool personalities, both of them having intrinsic motivation and high self-esteem.

Encouraging children to pursue whichever career they want to (and not forcing them to follow your path), helping them grow into beautiful individuals, teaching them what love is, and supporting them in their activities will not only improve your parent-child relationship, but it will also make them trust you more. When they decide to trust you fully, they’ll share amazing experiences and open-up completely, helping you help them grow.

5. Help Them Engage in Problem Solving

Mark Steins, TV Host and Journalist, shares his opinion on raising children. “Model the behavior you want your kids to have,” says Steins, “and help them become what they need to be.” As a parent, Mark has constantly come up with cool challenges for his kids, like Sunday-evening chess games, fun problem-solving games, or scavenger hunts. He thinks that the best way to help your children grow into sharp-witted individuals is by training them since they are little.

Conclusion

Like it or not, the parenting method you choose will affect your children’s lives once and for all. So, make sure you consider the pros and cons to choosing one method or the other. In the end, don’t forget to teach them how to love, how to be passionate, how to laugh – basically, how to live life. There are many people walking through life but never seizing the day. As long as you teach your kids the opposite, you should be fine. Good luck, lucky parent!

Sources:

https://heightline.com/mark-steines-wife-kids-net-worth-gay/
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/20/photos-obamas-expensive-vacation-rental-in-avignon-france.html
https://www.tabascohoy.com/nota/450365/ninel-conde-nbsp-le-otorga-clemencia-a-su-ex

5 Tips To Becoming A Guitar Artist

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Jimi Hendrix. Eric Clapton. Brian May. What do these lads have in common? Well, according to some of the trusted websites online, these men are on top of the list of the best guitar players of all time. They are not only prominent figures in the music industry but legends with their guitars. But these great men did not become the best guitar artists in a blink of an eye. They put hard work, dedication, and passion for their craft. When most were probably relaxing and clubbing, they were practicing hard with their guitars.

This article lists down 5 tips to help you become the guitar artist that you hope for. Read on and take notes, dear protégé. 

1. Choose the best instrument.

A guitar to an artist is like a gun to a soldier. You need the best tool that suits you as you ready for battle. Guitars, depending on the brand, quality, and reliability, vary in prices. If you are really serious on becoming the next Jimi Hendrix, then you might really want to save up for a good quality, not necessarily top of the line, guitar. Do your research, or ask professionals before you buy your guitar as you wouldn’t want to be dismayed when you spend too much on one guitar only to find out something that costs less sounds better and lasts longer.

2. Continue improving in your craft.

Although you might know plenty about guitars and techniques to better improve your playing style, it is always best to continue learning. While there are plenty of videos that say 10 easy steps to becoming a rock star, it is better to let the professionals help you. Trusty Guitar is one of many that offers guitar lessons for beginners and advanced guitarists. With capable and talented teachers or mentors to further guide you, then you have more chances and a bigger opportunity to be a famous guitar artist. As they say, life should be a continuous learning stage, and when it comes to passion, you should always go the extra mile. 

3. Connections.

When it comes to the music industry and artistry, having connections is an excellent privilege. Meeting new people and making friends is the best way to widen your reach and broaden your circle. Who knows the one you might be mingling with today at the bar might be the next big producer who is looking for a new talent to push, right? So go out there, meet new people, and make connections.

4. Expose yourself to more opportunities.

While you are still waiting for that big break to happen, don’t rest on your laurels. Get gigs or better yet join a band. By looking for opportunities to play more, you not only have an income, but you also get to practice and improve more. When playing with a band, you also get to build more connections and at the same time learn with other people who are of your same passion. Create opportunities for yourself, don’t just wait for one.

5. Be ready.

Pursuing your passion may at times be tricky, but you have to be ready with challenges and road bumps along the way. You must always be focused on your goal and set your eyes on the prize.

PMI-ACP: 5 Top Reasons You Should Go for It

The project management skills are always considered by 90% of the hiring managers before employing members of management staff in any institution. The PMI-ACP exam is exclusively formulated to address the proliferation of the Agile methodologies applied in the current projects. Besides, the Prepaway PMI-ACP is the rapidly growing certification because the latest Pulse of the Profession report shows that the organizations that use Agile methodologies complete their projects 19% faster and successfully as compared to their counterparts. More importantly, the PMI-ACP stretches to approaches such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Extreme Programming (XP) which are also widely applied during project management.

How to take PMI-ACP exam?

To gain any credential you need to pass the exam. There is nothing easy than taking an exam at the comfort of your home. The PMI-ACP exam is an online proctored exam that can be taken anywhere so long as the environment works perfectly for you. All you need to have are the following:

  • A computer that has a webcam
  • Internet access that is reliable
  • A calm and quiet environment where you can spend hours without disruption.

Thereafter, you just sign up and select “Online Proctored Test” option as you pay for your PMI-ACP exam. Lastly, click “Schedule Exam” and choose a date as well as time which you are double sure that you will be available.

PMI-ACP exam details

The PMI-ACP exam is set to assess your ultimate understanding of Agile methodologies that are widely used during project management. The Project Management Institute (PMI) designed the ACP curriculum that includes the following topics:

  • Agile Applications and Techniques
  • Value-Oriented Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Teamwork Performance
  • Problem Deployment and Analysis
  • Adaptive Planning and Management

The exam lasts 3 hours and consists of 120 multiple-choice questions spread across the above-mentioned exam topics. PMI members are expected to pay $435 while non-members are supposed to pay $495 in order to take the exam.

In addition, the PMI-ACP exam eligibility is holistically structured such that you must have a certain education background as well as experience in using Agile methodologies. Let us have a look at how the PMI-ACP eligibility requirements are formulated.

  1. PMI-ACP educational requirement

In order to be considered for the PMI-ACP exam, you must possess at least a high school diploma or a secondary degree. Besides, you can also present any educational certification that is equivalent to the educational requirements mentioned.

2. PMI-ACP experience requirement

PMI understands that you might not have enough experience in Agile project management, therefore, it gives a mix of both Agile project management experience and general project management experience.

a. General project management experience

Here, you need to ensure that you have a minimum of 2,000 hours working on a project team for a period of not less than one year in the last 5 years. If you are a holder of the active PMP or PgMP credential, it will suit this requirement, but is not enough to apply for the PMI-ACP.

b. Agile project experience

In order to comply with this part, in addition to the abovementioned 2000 hours of general project experience, you need to have worked at least 1500 hours on the Agile methodology in the last three years.

c. Contact hours

The third requirement implies 21 contact hours that you need to earn in Agile practices. You can get them through taking online training programs or live classes, still, the first option is better, as you can complete it at your own pace.

Why PMI-ACP exam sounds appropriate for you?

In the current dynamic market, Agile is the perfect way to work on projects successfully, as Agile methodologies are considered to be the perfect technique used to complete the projects successfully. Here are some of the reasons why the PMI-ACP exam to be appropriate for you.

  1. Bigger coverage

The PMI-ACP exam embraces multiple a wide range of approaches to Agile, which include Scrum, Kanban, and Lean among many. Therefore, it grants you a better understanding of the pros and cons of different Agile flavors that are widely used in the market. In addition, you are going to be eligible for various job opportunities because some companies might have a job role for project managers who are conversant with Scrum while others prefer Kanban.

2. Confirmation of knowledge

Although this applies to every certification that is offered out there, the PMI-ACP is quite different because it confirms a bigger spectrum of knowledge. Nowadays, some job opportunities are specifically mentioning the PMI-ACP as a mandatory requirement for every candidate. The PMI-ACP exam testifies not only your education but also your experience in project management.

3. PMI’s global recognition

It is a great achievement to get project management certification from the world’s leading vendor – PMI. Every organization in the world believe that certified professionals from PMI have expert skills in using Agile methodologies. Therefore, you will easily find a job on any continent, since this credential is globally recognized.

4. Higher pay packages

That goes without saying that certified professionals earn more than uncertified ones. The PMI-ACP certification is a significant mark on your CV, that shows your top-notch skills and proficient knowledge in Agile methodologies. The hiring managers know that the PMI-ACP exam requires the broad spectrum of knowledge to go through. Thus, your employers will not like to lose such a valuable worker once you have acquired the incredible PMI-ACP certification. Note that the average annual salary of the PMI-ACP specialist is about $108,000.

5. Promotions

If you have been an ordinary employee for long, then the PMI-ACP exam is the perfect tool to catalyze your promotion to the management level. Upon achieving the PMI-ACP certification, your rank in the organization will automatically rise because you will be able to stand out among your fellow employees.

Conclusion

To become a real professional with top-notch skills in Agile techniques, getting the PMI-ACP certification is essential. For that, you need to pass the exam successfully. To prepare for the test, follow the requirements mentioned, use the material provided on PMI official website and the optional reliable online platform PrepAway and pass the PMI-ACP exam on your first try. Lift your career on a new level now.

 

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5 Films Inspired By Board and Card Games

Movies and games enjoy a curious relationship. Video games have inspired movies and vice versa, and real-life sports matches have helped produce some of Hollywood’s most inspirational big-screen stories. But not to be dismissed are board and card games. After all, there are so many different variations; we’ve seen everything from a murder-mystery in Clue, fantasy-adventure in Dungeons and Dragons, all-out action in Battleship, and horror in Ouija. Let’s have a look at how movies have been inspired by our love of more traditional gameplay.

Gathering to play board game” (CC BY 2.0) by daveynin

Rounders

Rounders arrived on the cusp of poker’s dramatic rise in popularity thanks to the internet’s numerous platforms and the prevalence of tournaments on TV. Still favored as one of the best movies about Texas Hold’em thanks to its dramatic in-game action and the performances of Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Malkovich, director John Dahl’s effort still resonates as poker remains a predominant feature of the online casino. Rounders’ focus on Texas Hold’em, the internet’s biggest poker format, is another reason why it’s recognized as one of the game’s best big-screen outings.

Increased accessibility since Rounders came out in 1998 has driven competition with sites aiming to take advantage of poker’s spike in popularity, so there are plenty of online casinos to choose from each offering different kinds of welcome bonuses. Having a tool such as a Bonus Finder to find the best deals saves all the legwork and ensures customers get the best value for their money.

Jumanji

For younger viewers, Jumanji is a film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and an old video game console. But cast your mind back a few years to the Robin Williams version and this movie was about a magical board game. One of the most entertaining films to be inspired in this way (in this case, a fictional game), Jumanji is a wonderfully warm-hearted and funny fish out of water adventure.

21

Blackjack, the card game which pits the player against the house, is a popular casino game and one that famously appears in James Bond from time to time. But in the film 21, we see the true story of a group of MIT card counting blackjack players who use memory, strategy and analytical skill to anticipate cards and influence the outcome of the game. It’s an eye-opening drama.

Poker!” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Viri G

Clue

One of the most delightful comedies of the 1980s, Clue takes its inspiration from the murder-mystery board game Cluedo to tell us “whodunit” after Mr Boddy turns up dead. The cast – each taking the names of the characters from the game – have a comic energy that dazzles. The combination of the game’s investigative thrills and assortment of colorful characters is perfectly captured by British director Jonathan Lynn who has shown throughout his career a penchant for ensemble comedy. Tim Curry, as the Butler, is the stand out though; a distinctive sharp-toothed deviousness cutting through a lovable, manic exuberance.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Harry Potter films thrilled multiple generations with millennials growing up alongside their heroes on screen. Throughout the films we see an assortment of games played amongst the major characters but it’s the oversized chess battle in Sorcerer’s Stone that’s worth a mention here as Harry, Hermione and Ron must win the game in order to prevent sinister teacher Quirinus Quirrell from stealing the Philosopher’s Stone and being able to provide Lord Voldemort with a potion that grants immortality.

It isn’t all console game adaptations and sports matches, board games like Clue do and chess, and card games like poker and blackjack, have also had an impact on the movies.

5 Unique Experience Gifts

Tired of giving the same old gifts over and over again? While material items make special gifts, a unique experience gift can help create memories that last a lifetime. Baseball games, travel vouchers, plane tickets, and much more can help take your gifts to the next level and leave an impression that will always be fondly remembered. Here are five unique experience gifts for the next time you want something a little different.

1. Award Show Tickets

Have you ever attended the VMAs or Emmy’s? These exciting events can create memories you’ll never forget, as every event is different. When it comes to actors and artists, you can always expect the unexpected!

Gifting award show tickets can be a step-up from your usual gifts. Maybe dad doesn’t need another tie for his birthday, or mom has so many coffee mugs she’s running out of cupboard space. Your best friend probably doesn’t need another handbag either, but a pair of tickets to the VMAs can be just the thing to shake it up a bit and show your giftee just how much you care.

2. Major Sporting Event Tickets

For the sports fan in your circle, memorabilia and merchandise can only go so far. If you’ve maxed out their jersey collection and there’s no more room in the display case for bobbleheads, purchasing them an actual ticket to the event they’re so fond of can really light up their day.

Many sporting venues and associations offer discounts on season passes or family packages, so you can even include the whole family if you so choose. These make the perfect birthday, father’s day, or simply “I love you” gifts for your dad, brother, sister, uncle, or best friend who love sports.

You can also sign up your giftee for the loyalty program that many stadiums/associations offer, so they can earn points or other rewards for purchasing merchandise and tickets for their favorite teams. The gift that keeps on giving!

3. Glamping

Glamping is just camping without all of the barebones survival aspects thrown into it. With glamping, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable tent or cabin, complete with all of the amenities you would have in your home (except with significantly better scenery).

Glamping near Yellowstone is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, as Yellowstone has some of the most breathtaking experiences and landscapes of any of the nation’s national parks. Experience the beauty and majesty of the national parks from a luxury tent complete with a bed and comfortable pillows!

4. Cruise Tickets

What’s better than a cruise? A cruise that was gifted, of course! Cruises make for amazing experiences; you get to travel the high seas on a luxury ship while enjoying fun in the sun in tropical places.  

There are literally thousands of cruise packages available online, each with their own specific itineraries and inclusions. Some packages will include airfare and alcohol, while others will only include the cost of the cruise itself. It’s important to always price check with other cruise lines to ensure you’re getting a great deal, as prices and packages can change daily.

Many cruise packages are quite affordable, ranging from just above $1,000 to well above $5,000. It all depends on how long the cruise is, which room you choose on the ship, and departure dates.

5. Racing a Luxury Sports Car

If you’ve got a friend or a loved one who loves cars, this is the ultimate gift experience for them. Flying down the racetrack in a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a truly unique experience, and sure to satisfy the car lover in your circle.

There are many tracks that provide such experiences, from The Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. The packages will vary in cost, but we found some that fell in at around $400 for three laps. You can always choose more laps as well, but the price goes up from there.

Racing some of the fastest cars in the world is sure to be an experience your friend or loved one will thank you for over and over again. After all, who hasn’t wanted to suit up and hit 200mph on an open road in a Ferrari?

5 Benefits of growing your own legal marijuana

Deciding to grow your own legal cannabis can go a long way in cutting cost and controlling what you smoke. You can personalize the cultivation style and maintain a unique level of safety. Many people across the world smoke marijuana, but very few consider growing it on their farms. Growing cannabis will provide you with vast experience and ensure that you have the best quality. Marijuana may seem challenging to grow, but you can produce quality weed by following some techniques. Here are five benefits of growing your own legal marijuana.

  1. Save on Cost. Most marijuana smokers will agree that it is expensive to buy cannabis, but it is cheap to grow it yourself. Marijuana prices vary depending on where you stay. Most people shy off from growing cannabis because they are afraid that the initial investment will not pay itself over time. Fortunately, you can begin growing marijuana on virtually any budget. Moreover, most people pay back their initial cost after one successful harvest. Nature provides for almost everything that you need to grow weed. All you need to start is seeds, soil, water, and light. However, you can decide to use clones instead of seeds. Make sure you look for the best clones for sale to make sure you have quality plants.
  2. Control. One of the primary problems associated with purchasing weed is that you never know what it contains. Your dealer is unlikely to tell you whether it is contaminated with pest, or if it was sprayed with heavy chemicals. Growing your own marijuana will ensure you have total control of what is in your product. You will have control of the quality of your bud. By growing your own cannabis, you will be able to dry and cure your cannabis. Curing improves the quality of marijuana since it allows the chlorophyll in the bud to break down.
  3. Self-sufficient. When you grow your own weed, you will never run out of stock. Smokers who purchase marijuana from a dispensary will sometimes go without it, especially when they have no money. Some will have to depend on friends or go for the cheap quality weed. By growing your own, you will escape both the low seasons and subpar weed.
  4. Experimentation. When growing your own weed, you can end up with more of it than you can handle. One plant can yield vast amounts of marijuana. You can use the extra amount to do some experiments and expand your knowledge about weed. For instance, you can turn the excess amount into edibles or infuse it into some oils.
  5. Relationship. The satisfaction that comes with knowing that you grew your own weed from seed to final product is rewarding. This satisfaction results in you developing a close relationship with your plants. You appreciate your efforts and experience. Every season provides you with an opportunity to learn new things, which can improve the quality of your weed. Eventually, you will become an expert grower, and you will never have to buy marijuana.

At the end of it all, the benefits of growing your own marijuana are limitless. 

CD Review: “Invasion” John 5 and the Creatures

“Invasion”

John 5 and the Creatures

Producer:  Barry Pointer

Tracks: 10

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Guitarist John 5 and his band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross, Drummer Logan Miles Nix) are back with a brand new studio album titled “Invasion”. The fourth studio release from the Los Angeles based trio features 10 tracks produced by Barry Pointer which plunge listeners head first into the twisted, musical mind of guitar virtuoso/front-man John 5.

Just when you thought guitarist John 5 had taken his unique mixture of “Hee-Haw” infused shred as far as it could possibly go the former Marilyn Manson/K.D.Lang/Rod Stewart guitarist flips the switch to show listeners that all previous accounts were just the catalyst to “Invasion”. From the eerie opening sound-scape “Invasion” to the robotic “I Am John 5” and the quirky “Zoinks” listener’s senses are put through the wringer before being pushed even further with the twang-tastic, “Howdy” and the pedal steel laden “Cactus Flower” both of which showcase 5’s strong country influences. On the back end of the album are tracks like “I Want It All” and “I Like The Funk” both of which are doused with enough funky textures and tones that they will have the one and only George Clinton scratching his head.

You don’t have to be a guitar player to enjoy the music contained on “Invasion”. From over the top molten distortion to funkified wah worbles and sparkly cleans the latest offering from John 5 and the Creatures is a hodge-podge of musical influences which explode out of your speakers with reckless abandonment. Despite “Invasion” not being the most cohesive collection of songs from the group the album does give listeners a wide pallet to choose from making it worth checking out.

Track Listing:

1.) Invasion

2.) I Am John 5

3.) Midnight Mass

4.) Zoinks!

5.) Howdy

6.) Crank It/Living With Ghosts

7.) Cactus Flower

8.) I Want It All

9.) I Like The Funk

10.) Constant Sorrow

The 5 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant Other

There was once a popular image that video gaming was the sole domain of teenage boys skulking away in bedrooms or their parents’ lofts, shirking daylight like vampires. In reality, nothing could be more sociable than gaming, and it’s especially suited for couples. So, if you met your partner on a dating site like this and would now like to transfer your online chat-up dexterity to blowing up virtual aliens together, what are five of the best games you could play together?

Bomberman

Much as a lot of gaming involves building towards a certain goal and developing strategies, one of the most addictive aspects of video games involve instant reactions to whatever buttons you happen to press. This aspect is what makes Bomberman ideal for couples to indulge in together. Here you simply need to eliminate the other participant. The strategy involves planting bombs which are triggered to explode in several directions after the timescale has run down in order to destroy enemies, as well as your partner. This can become quite a competitive but fun experience!

Mario Kart

What’s not to love about Mario Kart? Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever indulged in video games, everyone has heard of the iconic Mario Bros as they battle against Donkey Kong and his cohorts. There are various installments to this particular version, and you and your partner can have endless fun behind your respective consoles as you send those mustachioed brothers spinning around the track with your nemeses in hot pursuit.

Nidhogg

This two-player combat is another highly addictive game for romantically-inclined couples to enjoy as you can get involved in furious swordfights against a gaudy pixelated environment. What makes this activity so irresistible is the way you can manipulate your characters like miniature superheroes, so that they can run, slide, jump, launch their swords, or even drop their weapon and get into some fistfighting. The swords can be set to operate at different levels, either low, medium or high, and you can also climb ledges, vault over walls or just crawl around. The prize for reaching the end of this course? The winner is devoured up by the mythological Icelandic serpent Nidhogg!

Lara Croft

The Lara Croft franchise has certainly taken the gaming world’s collective imagination by storm. One particularly worthwhile addition has been 2010’s Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This is an excellent game for you and your partner, allowing you to not only manipulate the eponymous heroine during her various tribulations, but a second character has been added, a Mayan tribesman by the name of Totec. How these guys interact with the virtual world surrounding them can vary depending on how they are manipulated by the players. This means that no two games are ever going to be the same, guaranteeing an immersive experience every time.

Until Dawn

Just in case there are ever occasions where one of you decide to take a break from their consoles and go off to prepare some well-needed refreshments, the other can get involved in this solo game, Until Dawn. This horror drama involves a bunch of pals being invited to a remote mountain cabin after a terrifying accident the year before. In order to progress, you need to make a series of deductions based on clues about what actually happened. Even if you do make mistakes while doing so, the story continues to unfold, bringing different traumas to deal with. When your partner returns they can assist you in making these decisions, will also participating in the terror!

5 Biggest Box Office hits of 2019 so far (movies)

2019 is another great year for the film industry. Here the biggest hits in 2019 to date.

Avengers: Endgame

And just like that, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ruled the box office with Avengers: Endgame. The last film in the Avengers franchise, the movie going public went gaga over the story arcs and the turnout of the movie. Directed by the Russo brothers Anthony and Joe, the Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Josh Brolin. It grossed USD 357,115,007 on opening day in 4,662 theaters and has earned USD 2.344 billion. Besides being one of the most successful supehero movies, Avenger: Endgame can easily be considered one of best action movies 2019

Captain Marvel

Shown on March 8, 2019 in the US under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel opened in 4,310 theaters and grossed USD 153,433,423 on opening day. Starring Brie Larson in the title role, Captain Marvel comes as the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It went on to earn USD 1.122 billion in its entire theatre run from a budget of USD 175 million.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Toothless and Hiccup are back! How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World came out in February 22, 2019 and profited USD 357,115,245 on opening day in 4,259 theaters. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Cate Blanchett lend their voices again in this sequel. It cost USD 129 million to produce this film but it was able to get good money as it took home USD 517.3 million in the box office. You can watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World online via Prime Video & Redbox. 

Shazam

Based on the DC Comics character, director David F. Strasberg presents Shazam! March 5, 2019 saw the US release of Shazam! Starring Zachary Levi and Asher Angel, Shazam! grossed USD 53,505,326 on opening day in 4,217 theaters and has earned USD 357.8 million from a budget of USD 100 million.

Us

Lupita Nyong’o headlines in Us (check where to watch Us online, a psychological horror written and directed by Jordan Peele. Released on March 22, 2019 by Universal Pictures, it earned USD 71,117,625 on opening day in 3,741 theaters. From a budget of USD 20 million, it has a total earning of USD 252.2 million. It is a story of a family of four haunted by their dopplegangers, shadows who share the same spirit as their lookalikes and they have come to free themselves.

The Internet is swamped with movie sites, and people are always keen to know about the platforms that can provide them high-quality films.
Movierulz is ONE of a public torrent site that publishes pirated movies online. As you can read about some of the big leaked movies https://www.thesquander.com/movierulz. Where production houses and actors have continuously stated the audience to not give good hand to piracy by websites like Movierulz and go to watch movies only live in theaters.  

5 Cool Jobs Created By the Cannabis Boom


You may be a marijuana critic, but one undeniable fact is that the substance does have several benefits. Whether it is the medicinal or recreational marijuana, the benefits are clear, and it should be a debate based on the risk-benefit ratio. Several states have realized the importance of marijuana leading to its legalization. Such countries now enjoy economic benefits associated with the industry projected to hit $13.3 billion in the US in 2020. Pot can be a source of employment as well as revenue. Here are the lucrative job created by the marijuana boom

  • Cultivation director

Marijuana is one cash crop with handsome returns that should be commercialized. Even though it is called weed, hemp requires specific conditions to grow optimally and give good produce. You have to carry out tillage practices and proper harvesting to ensure you get a bumper harvest. As such, large scale farming of cannabis will need a horticulturist to provide direction on the appropriate farming techniques. Besides, the director of cultivation should have managerial qualities since this is an intensive investment. The head grower will be responsible for planting, harvesting and monitoring the farm. This is a well-paying job in the states where medical marijuana is legal. Several companies are hiring qualified persons to take up this position.

  • Marketing jobs

Marketing is a crucial strategy in any business. You have to get your products in the market and make people believe that they are the best. The development of legal status in marijuana use has created a job for marijuana marketing agencies that seek to publicize the products. With the services of a good agency, you can be assured of better returns.

  • Cannabis extraction technician

The required person for this job should be knowledgeable in botany and chemistry extraction methods. High level of expertise is required to ensure the extraction of high-quality marijuana. The individual should be able to distinguish the different species of cannabis from the look. They use solvent extraction techniques to obtain the active ingredient in Cannabis; THC. After extraction, the specialist will do quality control by determining potency and concentrations. An extraction scientist working in the marijuana industry can earn up to $125,000 annually.

  • Consultant

There is much information that is still unclear about marijuana use both for recreation and medical purposes. You can take up this opportunity by specializing in the field and delivering valid information about the product. Answering peoples questions about using marijuana will earn you employment in hospitals or a private clinic. Knowing the state laws coupled with marijuana knowledge will make you a six-figure salary without many struggles.  Business owners will also form part of your client base if you work in private practice.

  • Dispensary manager/Budtender

Marijuana shops are mushrooming all over in states that have legalized its use. One of the regulations requires that they have an officer in charge of the operations. You can take up a job as a chief operating officer or a chief financial officer in the shop and get fortunes overturned with a retirement benefit at the end of your tenure. The dispensary manager is responsible for overseeing cultivation processes, accounting services as well as other managerial roles in the company. Certified public accountants are preferred candidates in the business.

Top 5 Most Popular Online Casino Games You Can Play


When you think of industries that have really seen rapid and massive growth online, the online casino games industry has really carved a niche for themselves. People love playing games online, especially at sites such as 666casino.com, the proof is visible in the numbers.  In the recent past, online gaming was literally non-existent, by 2008 the industry was earning roughly under 10 billion $ annually. Fas tforward to a few years, and the numbers were more than triple. This is the real definition of exponential growth! If you are wondering where the growth is being cultivated from, it is simple, people love to have fun gambling, online gaming also offers convenience. Some websites like onlinecasinos.net help players, and review online casinos you can see example here.

Top 5 Most Popular Online Casino Games

Below is a list of the most popular online casino games by the number of gamers.

 1). Online Slots.

The online slots utilize a virtual, online casino gambling machine that contains four or more reels that spin when a given button is pressed. Over the years the online slots have grown to become an all-time fan favorite because of the different pay lines and reels that have had gamers glued to them. The slot games have become really popular because they also offer high payouts to customers apart from being easy to learn.

2). Online Blackjack.

Blackjack has a very simple premise that enables it to be enormously popular. To win, one must use the numerical values on a playing deck to total 21. As a game, it accounts for almost 31% of all casino game plays globally. The game has often been said to be a “gateway game” which attracts a lot of gamers and it is a surefire way of entertainment. Online blackjack is no different from the real game you would get on the Strip. Two key features that have allowed the blackjack to gain in growth is the fact that it allows for free-play modes in addition to joining bonuses.

3). Roulette.

In the game, gamers choose to make bets either on a single number, various grouping of numbers,colors black or red, whether a number is even or odd or on a low (1 to 18) or high (19 to 36). The roulette accounts for almost 24% of the total online casino game-play. The game offers lots of fun plus a relatively good payout to its gamers whenever they beat the house. The game is very popular because of the various varieties the game offers in addition to the many betting options one can place for a hefty payout.

4). Poker Games.

Poker is a card game that combines strategy, skill, and gambling. Most poker variants entail betting as an integral part of their play and determine a winner of each hand in accordance to the final combinations of players cards. The different poker games account for about 21% of the overall online casino game play. The game has proved to be very popular because of its ability to offer good payouts and progressive jackpot bets in certain levels.

5). Baccarat/ Punto Banco.

The Baccarat is a comparing game of cards played by two people, the “banker” and the”player”. Baccarat has many variations including the Punto Banco. In the Punto Banco variation, each player’s move is forced by the group of cards the given player is dealt. About 90% of the total income from Macau island casinos in 2014 was generated from punto banco. Globally, it accounts for about 9% of the total online casino game-play.

Some might not knowhow to play baccarat so here is a video on how to play

 Conclusion.

What is the future of online casino games? Well, we can not predict it, but we clear thing is that human nature is not going to change in the recent future. With the growing penetration of internet access, the market for online casino games is only going to grow exponentially.

 

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