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Here's a movie review I had to write for school- enjoy!
The Truman Show is a 1998 film directed by Peter Weir, starring Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank. Truman lives an ordinary life on an ordinary island called Seahaven. Little does he know, his whole life has been broadcasted to live television from the moment he was born, and his entire life is live-streamed 24/7, 365 days a year. The creator of The Truman Show is a man called Christoff, who simulates all the events in Truman’s life. All the people on Seahaven are paid actors, but to Truman, he is just living an ordinary life. The story follows Truman as he realizes his world is not what it seems to be.
The film shows a world that to us, looks too perfect and clean to be real. To an audience, the fact that the town is just the set of a reality TV show is all too clear. Of course, to Truman, this reality is his reality. As Christoff puts it “We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented.”
The film cuts to clips of the audience of the Truman Show watching it on television. Truman’s life is films via more than 5000 cameras, all hidden in his car to his bathroom. The views through which the audience sees Truman are framed by a vintage border, to show that he is being watched through cameras.
The ending of the Truman Show could be interpreted as breaking free of a controlled world, which in many ways draws parallels to the way we live, as television and media often manipulates our perception of reality. This is ironic because the piece of media presenting this theme is the same type of media that can control our own perception of reality. The film is successful in presenting this idea because it encourages the viewers to think about their own perception of reality, and to rethink how they themselves can be manipulated and their world can be controlled.
The Jim Carrey as Truman, Laura Linney as Truman’s wife and Ed Harris as Christof put on an amazing performance in this film. The concept and premise of this film are bound to get you thinking about the possibilities of reality TV and how far it can really go, and if anything like the film could happen in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, as it was the perfect balance of comedy, drama and psychological science fiction.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5 stars)
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Since I started online school a couple of months ago, I found that it's difficult to have structure in your day when you're sitting and staring at a screen for hours on end. And between breaks, it can be easy to lose track of time. So in this post, I'll tell you how to put your school timetable on Google Calendar so you'll be reminded before each class starts and get a sense of structure back into your day.
3. Add the name of your calendar (e.g. school timetable) and click Create calendar.
4. Click the back arrow in the top-left corner to return to the calendar.
5. Click the Create button in the top left-corner.
6. Add a title (e.g.: Period 1) and add the time the period starts and ends.
7. Set the event to repeat from Monday to Friday (or whenever you have school).
8. Choose the calendar that you would like to add the event in.
9. Don't worry about setting notifications, there's an easier way to do that later. Click Save.
10. Repeat steps 5 to 8 for every period you have.
11. Once you're done, hover over the calendar name on the sidebar, click on the three dots and click on Settings and sharing.
12. Click on Event notifications on the sidebar and then click Add notification. Choose when you'd like to be reminded before an event starts.
13. You're almost done. If you're using Chrome, click here to download the Google Calendar Chrome extension, so you can view your events by just clicking on the toolbar.
That's it! You now can see how long you have until the next event on you toolbar. You can also make use of Google Calendar by adding tasks and reminders, which can be viewed in list form or on your calendar. It's a great way to keep your personal and academic life organised. Google Calendar is available to download for Android and iOS.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments and I hope this post was helpful!✨
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Last month marked the 5th anniversary of my blog, so I'd like to share a few things I've learnt so far. I've still got a long way to go, so I'm always researching, changing and improving my blog. Anyway, here are 8 tips that I hope will benefit bloggers at any step of the journey.
1. Collaborate With Other Bloggers
This is a great way to give your website more exposure, as well as getting to know other bloggers. You can do this by following other bloggers on social media, commenting on their posts, tagging them in blogger tags and sharing ideas. You should also make a Wordpress account, even if you're not using it for your blog, because you can easily search for other blogs similar to yours.
2. Promote on social media
3. Be Personal
When writing blog posts, think about the tone you're using. Do you come off as friendly and approachable, or professional and confident? This should depend on what kind of blog you have, and the information you are using. Grammarly can help you understand what tone you're using.
4. Create Original Content
If you're writing a blog post, chances are there are hundreds of similar articles online. So you need to make sure your post stands out, and offers something that other articles don't. It's also super important to do your research so your build your blog to be a trusted website that people would want to visit again.
5. Titles and Images Can Make a Difference
Aim to have a headline that catches readers' attention to increase traffic and shares. I use this free tool from CoSchedule that analyses headlines to see which headline might perform the best. You can also use this headline generator after you've written your post to create the best headline. As for images, according to Jeff Bullas, articles with images get 94% more total views than articles without images. So with statistics like that, try to make sure that every post has at least 1 images. You can use this tool called Pablo to easily create simple images for your blog post. If you want something a bit more personalised and professional, use Canva.
6. Write down ideas
7. Learn and grow
If you've been blogging for a little while, you've probably already connected your blog to Google Analytics and Google Console. They can help you learn which posts perform better than others, so you can focus on the topics that grow your audience. This may mean your blog looks very different from when you started it to a few months later. At the same time, think about what you like to blog about. Remember why you started it in the first place. Blogging isn't only about getting views and earning money, it's also about expressing yourself to the world, even if it's only to a few people.
8. Don't Give up!
Sometimes, when a post gets less views than you expect, it feels like the time you spent on the blog post is wasted. But remember, even if the your post helps one person, it's worth it! And like I said before, blogging isn't about getting views, it's about sharing your ideas and passion. You never know if your next post might be your best one if you never write it. So whatever you're thinking about posting, write it.
Thank you to Ave from ARTS&AVE | The Girls Glow Up Blog! for nominating for both the Mystery Blogger Award and the Chapters of Confidence tag! Be sure to check out her beautiful blog here. But first up, what is the Mystery Blogger Award?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma
Thank you so much to Okoto Enigma from www.okotoenigmasblog.com for creating this award! She blogs about lifestyle, beauty, travel and more, so be sure to check out her blog here. Now, on to the rules.
THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
See bottom of post.
QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES
MY BEST POSTS
Chapter of Confidence Tag
Huge thanks to Hailey from "Sunshine & Rain" for creating this tag! Hailey created this it to share her struggles with self-esteem and help others who may be going through the same thing. You can read her blog post all about it here.
Now here are the rules of the tag:
How much do you value yourself? One tip that I try to remember when it comes to self-esteem is to never compare yourself to others. Everyone is on their own journey, and you only need to focus on your own. Your attitude towards yourself should not be relative to others. It's important to note that everyone has their ups and downs, meaning that self-esteem is not fixed. You can test for it and improve upon it.
Here are 10 tips to improve your attitude towards yourself:
1. Spend time with people who lift you up
2. Giveback by helping others
3. Celebrate your achievements, no matter the size
4. Do what makes you happy
5. Change what you can – and let go of what you can’t
6. Let go of perfectionism ideals
7. Speak to yourself like a friend
8. Get involved in extra-curricula’s
9. Own your uniqueness
10. Create a positive self-dialogue.
- Via positivepsychology.com/self-esteem
LIST OF YOU
NOMIMES FOR THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD & CHAPTERS OF CONFIDENCE TAG
Like I said before, I haven't spent much of my time connecting with other bloggers. Most have the bloggers I have connected with, though, have already done this tags So if you're a blogger, consider yourself nominated. All you need to do is leave a comment with your name and a link to your blog and I'll tag you in this post! Remember to opt to receive email notifications of replies so you'll when I add you!
And that brings me to the end of this post. Thank you again to Ave from ARTS&AVE | The Girls Glow Up Blog for nominating me for both tags. I had so much fun writing this post and look forward to doing more tags in the future! I'd also like to collaborate with other bloggers more too. Feel free to nominate me for more tags and let me know in the comments. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to keep up to date with blog news and subscribe to my newsletter on the sidebar to be notified of new posts. Thanks you!
List-writing is a good way of brainstorming and collecting ideas, and it's also a great way to fill up your notebook.
Help me expand this list by commenting your ideas!
If you're like me, the school holidays guarantee boredom. Here are some things to keep you occupied instead of Netflix.
1. Make jewelry
Making bracelets, necklaces and rings has kept me occupied for hours. More recently, I made a few pairs of earrings and they don't look bad, if I don't say so myself.
2. Make a blog
Blogging is a good way to be productive during the holidays (trust me, I've been doing this for 3 and a half years). It's free and you don't need to know how to code. You can blog literally anything you want, whether it be book reviews or DIYs. And your website doesn't have to be about only one thing, you can blog about any hobbies and interests you have.
There's plenty of platforms to choose from: Weebly, Wix, Blogger, Squarespace, Wordpress and more. Choose one that suits you needs. And who knows, maybe you'll make a profit out of it.
3. Contribute to a wiki
Got a favourite book, show, movie or game? There's probably a wiki on www.wikia.com for it. If not, you can make your own. Fandom is a website that hosts thousands of wikis that anyone can edit. I'm currently the admin for the Ruby Redfort Wikia and Friday Barnes Wikia. You can collaborate with other users with the same interest and share your knowledge about the things you love.
4. Read a book or graphic novel
Even if you don't like reading, there's a book or commic for everyone. Don't know what to read? Use www.whatshouldireadnext.com to decide what to read next. If you're not keen on going to the library or buying a book, there are plenty sites where you can read e-books or webcomics for free. Click here to head to the Books and Comics page.
5. Make an app
Now I have to admit, I've never tried this before, but it seems like an interesting thing to do...
6. Write a diary
Writing a diary is a good way to document what you do each day. If you don't feel like writing it down, there are always diary apps you can use. Your daily entries don't need to be long; just a few lines summing up your day and how you felt about it.
7. Make a scrapbook
Now this is something I've been doing for a while and it's really easy. I usually paste cutouts from leaflets about places I've been and glue it my scrapbook. I really like decorating it with stickers and, of course, washi tape; that's probably what I like about it the most.
8. Make a YouTube video
It could be about anything you want, from a DIY tutorial or review of something. Learning how to edit a video is easy with iMovie or other apps, websites or softwares. Click here to go to my channel.
9. Do a craft
A lot of crafts don't take too much time or require a lot of materials. Try your hand at origami or other paper crafts and see how you go! Click here to go to the Art and Craft page. Click here to see my older craft posts.
10. Take a photo
All you need is a phone. Go to your backyard or go for a walk and you'll see plenty of things to photograph. Even something as simple as a stone can look nice in a photo and there are many apps you can use to edit, filter and fine-tune your photo to get the desired effect.
11. Learn to code
There are heaps of websites that offer free coding courses, but the best place to start is code.org/. Here you will learn the absolute basics of coding in a fun and engaging way. If you enjoyed that, try Khan Academy's computer programing course and expand your skills on Scratch. And maybe one day, your knowledge will come to good use!
Got anything else to add to the list? Comment below.
Haikus are a type of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven and the third has five syllables. Traditionally, they are based on nature (e.g. seasons, ocean).
I really like making haikus for some reason, so here are some of mine.
Watch this useful video on how to make your own custom Google Chrome Theme.
When making slideshows , I like to add GIFs to them to make my slideshows a little more interesting. But at school, a lot of the popular GIF websites like giphy.com and gif-finder.com are blocked, so I use tenor.com, which is as good as any other GIF website, if not, better.
Have more cool unblocked websites? Tell me in the comments.
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