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5 Time-Tested Ways to Help You on the Path to Becoming a Better Writer

5 Time-Tested Ways to Help You on the Path to Becoming a Better Writer | Blog | Scoop.it
Image by Shira Gal via Flickr. Write and read as much as humanly possible. You’ve probably heard the old saying that “writers write.” Hopefully you weren’t told this by your creative writing instructor before he or she failed you into oblivion. I was lucky enough to ace... http://virgilcontos.com/5-time-tested-ways-to-help-you-on-the-path-to-becoming-a-better-writer/
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Selfie Stick Abuse May Suggest Condition of Psychotic Narcissism

Selfie Stick Abuse May Suggest Condition of Psychotic Narcissism | Blog | Scoop.it
Adapted by Virgil Contos courtesy of Laura6 / Pixabay. As of December 31, 2014, Facebook boasts that it has over 1.93 billion active monthly users. As much as I would love to see Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter overtake the social networking behemoth (since I love an underdog), there are no signs... http://virgilcontos.com/selfie-stick-abuse-may-suggest-condition-of-psychotic-narcissism/
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31 Things That Annoy People to the Point of Insanity (Image Listicle)

31 Things That Annoy People to the Point of Insanity (Image Listicle) | Blog | Scoop.it
As I am writing this, someone in the parking lot of my apartment complex is blasting their “music” to the edges of the heavens. It’s 2:39 A.M. Suffice it to say, it would be nice if they would pay the neighborhood a little respect and show some common decency. It’s... http://virgilcontos.com/31-things-that-annoy-people-to-the-point-of-insanity-image-listicle/
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The Crazy Results of a Real Man Vs. a Grizzly Bear on the Attack

The Crazy Results of a Real Man Vs. a Grizzly Bear on the Attack | Blog | Scoop.it
photo credit: Brown Bear via photopin (license) People tend to oversimplify the impact natures most beautiful (and sometimes deadly) creatures have on the world. When one thinks of grizzly bears for instance, some of the more naive, lighthearted folks tend to conjure up mental images of... http://virgilcontos.com/the-crazy-results-of-a-real-man-vs-a-grizzly-bear-on-the-attack/
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Will Blade Runner Sequel Replicate the Original?

Will Blade Runner Sequel Replicate the Original? | Blog | Scoop.it
photo credit: random via photopin (license) Based on a Philip K. Dick novel about an official (Harrison Ford) who has to track rogue cyborgs that hijack a space craft and travel to earth in order to confront those who cloned them , the wildly imaginative Blade Runner has stood the test of time... http://virgilcontos.com/will-blade-runner-sequel-replicate-the-original/
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Oscar Winning 'Birdman' is Not Your Average Comeback Movie

Oscar Winning 'Birdman' is Not Your Average Comeback Movie | Blog | Scoop.it
I recently finished a viewing of “Birdman” and was immedietely drawn in by its strongly colorful visuals, incredible performances, and unique storyline. If you read between the lines, however, you will realize that the film is more than just a nostalgic depiction of has-been... http://virgilcontos.com/oscar-winning-birdman-is-not-your-average-comeback-movie/
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The Puzzling Lyrics of Don Mclean's 'American Pie': Better Left Indecipherable?

The Puzzling Lyrics of Don Mclean's 'American Pie': Better Left Indecipherable? | Blog | Scoop.it
By Nheyob (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe attempt to decode Don Mclean’s lyrics presented in this music video collage of American Pie  presents some interesting ideas on the subject. One lucky person will be able to throw down some fat wads of cash to win an auction ... http://virgilcontos.com/puzzling-lyrics-don-mcleans-american-pie-better-left-indecipherable/
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Friday the 13th is a Bastion of Superstition

Friday the 13th is a Bastion of Superstition | Blog | Scoop.it
By Greg Williams (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons With Valentines Day (February 14th) falling on a Saturday, that means today (Friday the 13th) is suppose to be some sort of precursor to Halloween according to superstitious folks. I personally believe that anything bad occurring... http://virgilcontos.com/friday-13th-bastion-superstition/
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Einsteins Brain Was 'Lost' and Now It's Found

Einsteins Brain Was 'Lost' and Now It's Found | Blog | Scoop.it
Albert Fracking Einstein. The man, the myth, the brain. Just about everyone has, at some point in their lives, wondered if there was a biological difference between Einsteins brain and that of a mere mortal’s. Is it shaped differently? Did it operate on a neurological level that we quite... http://virgilcontos.com/einsteins-brain-lost-now-found/
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'Foxcatcher' Captures Psycho-Dynamics of Olympic Wrestling Brothers (Film Review)

'Foxcatcher' Captures Psycho-Dynamics of Olympic Wrestling Brothers (Film Review) | Blog | Scoop.it
Creepy Steve Carell delivers in ‘Foxcatcher’ It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen a movie without laughter of any sort–not a single one-liner, or even the slightest attempt towards invoking a harmless giggle. “Halloween” and the other horror... http://virgilcontos.com/foxcatcher-captures-psycho-dynamics-olympic-wrestling-brothers-film-review/
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Explore New Paleontological Discoveries with the Dino Hunt Canada TV Show

Explore New Paleontological Discoveries with the Dino Hunt Canada TV Show | Blog | Scoop.it
The producers of Dino Hunt Canada are promising to bring new insights and fossil findings on the ancient creatures (especially the triceratops) to the forefront. Meet face to face with the reptile kings: “You may not know this, but Canada is currently in a golden age of dinosaur... http://virgilcontos.com/explore-new-paleontological-discoveries-dino-hunt-canada-tv-show/
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Wild British Conception of Three-Parent Baby May Progress Forward Next Year

Wild British Conception of Three-Parent Baby May Progress Forward Next Year | Blog | Scoop.it
Photoshopped by Virgil Contos using public domain works “The Terror of Tiny Town” and “The Mothers-in-Law” The controversy surrounding a unique biotechnological advancement that involves “mitochondrial transfer” through a form of in vitro fertilization... http://virgilcontos.com/wild-british-conception-three-parent-baby-may-progress-forward-next-year/
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Send in the telepresence robots! The most pointless ‘lifehacks’ …

Send in the telepresence robots! The most pointless ‘lifehacks’ … | Blog | Scoop.it
From the iPad on wheels to the $100 mug that tells you what drink you’ve just poured, Ben Beaumont-Thomas finds it’s boomtime for pointless ‘lifehack’ designs
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Do we really need a therapy app that connects poor souls to psychiatric professionals via text? Where is the human element in all of this?

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Fresno Bee: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Too "Silly" for an Aspiring Horror Movie

Fresno Bee: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' Too "Silly" for an Aspiring Horror Movie | Blog | Scoop.it
By Joel Garlich Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsI’ve always been a big fan of the horror-comedy genre. There’s nothing like being entertained by scary stories that weave humor into the plot-lines with mastery. So naturally, I have many... http://virgilcontos.com/fresno-bee-kevin-smiths-tusk-too-silly-for-an-aspiring-horror-movie/
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These 11 Humorous Quotes About Parenting Offer Sage Advice

These 11 Humorous Quotes About Parenting Offer Sage Advice | Blog | Scoop.it
An article that was published in 2013 by Live Science informed curious readers about the role technology plays in modern parenting. It highlights the positive aspects as well as the negative consequences of the over-consumption of social media networking applications. For example, while kids are... http://virgilcontos.com/these-11-humorous-quotes-about-parenting-offer-sage-advice/
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Watch Daddy Long Legs Form Weird Macro-Organism and Fall From the Ceiling (Video)

Watch Daddy Long Legs Form Weird Macro-Organism and Fall From the Ceiling (Video) | Blog | Scoop.it
photo credit: Daddy Long-Leg via photopin (license) When I saw the video below I immediately thought about the movie World War Z. Besides being a critique on government ineptitude and modern social problems, it’s a story about creatures that essentially take over the earth rapidly by... http://virgilcontos.com/watch-daddy-long-legs-form-weird-macro-organism-and-fall-from-the-ceiling-video/
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Nature Gone Special Ops: Chick Copies Features of Deadly Bug to Survive

Nature Gone Special Ops: Chick Copies Features of Deadly Bug to Survive | Blog | Scoop.it
Amazonian Bird Mimics Poisonous Caterpillar If you’re a bird, especially a nestling too young to leave home, being eaten is a real possibility. In fact, predation is the leading cause of “nest failure” for birds, which is exactly what it sounds like. So what do you do if you’re avian and happen... http://virgilcontos.com/nature-gone-special-ops-chick-copies-features-of-deadly-bug-to-survive/
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Shocking Discovery of Blob Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac

Shocking Discovery of Blob Baby Born Inside Amniotic Sac | Blog | Scoop.it
photo credit: Devastating Blob … of art … via photopin (license) When one hears about strange birth occurrences, many times the story doesn’t end very well. Lets face it, birth defects such as Amelia (missing limbs) aren’t the most pleasant images that can be traumatically and per... http://virgilcontos.com/shocking-discovery-of-blob-baby-born-inside-amniotic-sac/
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Frozen Raccoons: Nuisance to Some, Dinner for Others

Frozen Raccoons: Nuisance to Some, Dinner for Others | Blog | Scoop.it
Celebrating cultures that are different from your own also means accepting the differences in taste that also exist. Literally. A whole host of animals that Americans consider off limits as food items are prime dishes in other countries. Dogs, cats, grasshoppers, snails. You name it. But who... http://virgilcontos.com/frozen-raccoons-nuisance-dinner-others/
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Some Claim 'Interstellar' Film Aids Physicists With Developing New Black Hole Theories

Some Claim 'Interstellar' Film Aids Physicists With Developing New Black Hole Theories | Blog | Scoop.it
When we think of fine art, we tend to consider it a narrative reflection of cultural scope, current events, pure imagination, and/or life in general. Film in particular has the ability to inspire people to do magnificent things but usually has its limits as a medium overall. But Christopher... http://virgilcontos.com/claim-interstellar-film-aids-physicists-developing-new-black-hole-theories/
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Valentines Day: Another Goofy Commercial Concoction

Valentines Day: Another Goofy Commercial Concoction | Blog | Scoop.it
  It’s about that time again. A new batch of idiotic campers hell-bent on acquiring fresh cases of the herpes are all set to be slaughtered like clockwork at Camp Crystal Lake by a seemingly invincible zombie in a hockey mask. You guessed it; the ever-popular scam known as... http://virgilcontos.com/valentines-day-another-goofy-commercial-concoction/
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Gyllanhal Shines as Sociopathic Cameraman in 'Nightcrawler' (Movie Review)

Gyllanhal Shines as Sociopathic Cameraman in 'Nightcrawler' (Movie Review) | Blog | Scoop.it
‘Nightcrawler’ a dark, disturbing thriller The one point that director Dan Gilroy’s latest film hammers home to moviegoers is that we’ve emerged as a society with an inherent morbid curiosity. We seek out and are drawn to this fascination with other’s death or... http://virgilcontos.com/gyllanhal-shines-sociopathic-cameraman-nightcrawler-movie-review/
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A Tale of the Murderous Lesbian Nun That Shocked Rome

A Tale of the Murderous Lesbian Nun That Shocked Rome | Blog | Scoop.it
 The Nuns of Sant’Ambrosio by Hubert Wolf sounds like a strange, religious BDSM fantasy. Who wouldn’t be intrigued to delve into a narrative that includes a power-hungry lesbian nun that would stop at nothing to maintain the illusion of innocence she manufactured  throughout the V... http://virgilcontos.com/tale-murderous-lesbian-nun-shocked-rome/
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Some Useful Tips for Females to Regain Sexual Mojo

Some Useful Tips for Females to Regain Sexual Mojo | Blog | Scoop.it
Female libido busters and what to do about them   Duana C. Welch, Ph.D for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Has your sexual get-up-and-go gotten up and gone? Low desire is the top, self-reported sexual problem for women-and the toughest to treat. Here are three top libido busters, and what t... http://virgilcontos.com/useful-tips-females-regain-sexual-mojo/
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How Richard Pryor Turned Childhood Horror Into Comedy (Videos)

How Richard Pryor Turned Childhood Horror Into Comedy (Videos) | Blog | Scoop.it
I grew up religiously watching the 1985 comedy Brewster’s Millions starring the late, howling-riot inciter Richard Pryor. There’s nothing like watching a struggling black minor league baseball player that inherits millions of dollars from a ultra-rich white relative which he then has... http://virgilcontos.com/richard-pryor-turned-childhood-horror-comedy-videos/
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