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Shadow Kite

Last Sunday was a gorgeous day. My roommate and I both had it off. We decided to celebrate by day drinking on the beach. Half of San Francisco had the same idea as us. There was a ton of people out, doing everything you’d expect people to be doing on the beach. There were sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, dog walkers, people playing catch, little kids building sand castles, and some people flying kites. We found a decent spot to set up shop, threw our towels down, laid out, cracked open our tall boys, and watched the waves and the people around us. The sun was hot and there was very little wind, making it seem even hotter. At one point there was a couple of young kids walking down the beach while carrying a pair of kites. They walked passed us and their kites cast a brief shadow overhead, giving us a quick break from the sun’s unrelenting rays. But the shade went away as soon as the kids did and we relapsed into the heat. That gave my roommate a revelation.

“We need a big ass kite,” he said. “And we let it get really high above us, and we can rest in its shade. We need a shadow kite.” It was a great idea. I wish I thought of it, but I didn’t. My roommate did. His name is Jerry. If you know Jerry, or ever meet Jerry, you should tell him that shadow kites are a great idea. It’s thinking outside of the box and he should be commended for it. Don’t be surprised if you see Jerry launching a Kickstarter campaign for shadow kites, the coolest way to keep cool at the beach. People like kites, and they like being in the shade on a hot day. A shadow kite gives you the best of both worlds.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Shadow Puppets

A shadow puppet is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. All you need is a something that casts a shadow, a light source, and something to cast the shadow on. Cultures and societies all over the world have been using shadow puppets as entertainment for thousands of years. It’s simply another form of storytelling. You use flat figures or your hands to create shadows and then you can act out a little skit or scene for the amusement of others. There are articulated flat cut-outs that are intricate and can be quite detailed, but skilled shadow puppeteers can use their hands and forearms to create silhouettes of dogs, geese, elephants, human faces, and countless other things. There are a million ways to manipulate shadows into new shapes. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Be forewarned though, it’s hard to be entertained by shadows in this age of HDTVs and iPads. I wouldn’t recommend shadow puppetry as a career path. Even if you’re the best in the world, nobody will take you seriously.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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American Gods

            Don’t tell Harry Potter this, but American Gods is my favorite book. This is the book that I suggest when people ask me what book they should read. Neil Gaiman is an English author who writes about America better than anyone else. In American Gods he takes you all over America and captures the magic and mysticism of the US. It’s almost impossible to describe what the story is about without telling you the whole damn story. Imagine a road trip/mystery novel involving fighting gods and a quiet protagonist with a thing for coin tricks and that’s American Gods. It’s quite an experience.

            There’s this big guy named Shadow who gets out of prison and his life is in shambles. He has no job, his wife is dead, and he has nowhere to go. A mysterious stranger (it’s always a mysterious stranger) offers Shadow a job. And Shadow accepts and finds himself in the middle of a war between gods. There are old gods from Norse and Egyptian and Christian beliefs and there are new gods, gods of TV, technology, and drugs. Gods exist because people believe in them, they get their power from sacrifices made in their honor, whether you sacrifice your time, money, perform a ritual, whatever. Shadow and his boss go all around the US, from small towns to big cities and all the sacred places in between. He even has sex with a cat lady at one point, if you like that kind of thing.

            If that sounds interesting at all then should definitely read this book. And if you want to read it, then you might as well go ahead and buy it because you’re going to reread it. This is a really good book and you deserve good things in your life.

            Critically Rated at 17/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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