Category Archives: Ebony Ink

Taylor Lautner Singing Miley Cyrus Song

lol, this vid is worth checking out. this is two of the most popular stars merging and is a once in a lifetime thing (maybe thats an exaggeration but u get what i mean) so check it out…


Much loved Sponge turning to scum?

Theatrical poster of The SpongeBob SquarePants...

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I love Spongebob. I really do. Who can’t love a neurotic, immature sponge who lives in a pineapple and is best friends with a brainless starfish? (Well…. my Mum HATES him…) I used to love watching the senseless episodes, lazing about after school, until recently, I have noticed a change…
Has the rating changed from G to PG? The witty humour from the old episodes has been replaced by matter that is a bit too mature for the majority of the audience that are fans of the show (and i’m talking Primary kids here- five to about ten years of age)…
I was flicking through the channels the other day, looking for something to watch so I didn’t have to do my homework (well, that always has been my favourite form of procrastinating) and I just caught the end of a SB episode, where Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs were going on a panty raid or something similarly sleazy. It wasn’t so much what was being said or done was but how it was being said and done. I found it kind of disturbing… especially when it turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother’s underwear drawer they were messing around with.  (I asked someone at school the next day [yes we still talk about cartoons, and no we are not too old to be discussing cartoons in math class] and the episode had been about Mr. Krabs feeling like he was old so he went for a day out with Spongebob and Pat. I later found out [thank you Google!] the episode’s called Mid-Life Crustacean, so check it out if you’re curious). This was only one of those examples.

I mean, after some more research into this (what would I do without Google?) I found that I am not the only person who has noticed this, change. Or have I  just started to notice it? Has it seriously always been like this? I read up a grandparent’s concern on the kind of behaviour that is being  conveyed through the show, and how their granddaughter said something that they didn’t like and they had heard it on a Spongebob episode.

This is a much debated opinion but I think it depends on the child, really, whether they can differentiate between real life and what they see behind the box or not. And here I’m referring to kids around the age of 5-6. This may sound ridiculous and just slightly off topic but seriously, kids know a lot more than what they show, so don’t be fooled by the innocence you see in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying kids aren’t innocent, (with a 3-year-old brother of my own, I know they are)but their ability to understand and know things should not be underestimated.

Although, as surprised as I was by this ‘change’ and wasn’t totally impressed by it, I have to make a point here; kids perceive cartoons differently from adults. You’d think they would catch on but they don’t or you’d think they noticed but they didn’t… And yes, watch carefully and you’ll notice that almost ALL cartoons have some sort of adult matter cleverly woven into them, just to amuse any parents that may be watching the show with their kids. It’s something I’ve noticed myself. So taking this point, maybe the hidden humour is getting where it should but getting the wrong reaction. Just something to ponder over; maybe what you’re seeing is not meant for the kids but you.

But there is one thing you can’t really deny here and that is that they will hear much worse out on the streets or on a trip to the mall than they will on Spongebob. The best you can do is teach them wrong from right. Talk to them about what’s acceptable and what is not.

I guess it’s also up to parents to censor the shows their kids watch. You’re the best judge here… Innocent fun or not quite so?


Joker

Okay so as you might have guessed already, we’re huge Joker fans around here (he’s been our Star Guest too, some really cool pics on there so check it out). So I thought why not take a pic of the sketch I did (that I am VERY proud of, if I may say so myself, as I’m not an artist) of Heath Ledger as the Joker. You may see some resemblance but I don’t promise anything ;).

Joker sketch

Heath Ledger Joker Sketch

The lips didn’t turn out quite right, he’s meant to have that signature smirk.

Sooo all you artists out there… any tips? (please? lol I need them!)

And just because I’m curious…


Ladles and Jellyspoons

This is a really quirky and nonsensical poem Hafsa told me about so I went and looked it up on Google…

I come before you
to stand behind you

And tell you something
I know nothing about

Next Thursday,
which is Good Friday,
there will be a Mothers meeting,
for Fathers only.
Wear your best clothes
if you haven’t any,
and if you can come,
please stay at home.
Admission’s free
pay at the door.
Take a seat
and sit on the floor.
It makes no difference
where you sit
The man in the gallery’s
sure to spit. 🙂



Nicole Richie’s Second Child

Harlow (so cute!) And Nicole

Nicole and Harlow (so cute!)

Hollywood socialite Nicole Richie has given birth to her second child in Los Angeles.

Richie, 27, and musician partner Joel Madden welcomed a baby boy to join big sister Harlow, 20 months – and their newborn son continues the long-running Hollywood tradition of celebrity offspring being bestowed with offbeat names.

“In the middle of night, the very early hours of September 9, 2009, Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. He weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well. Thank you for all of your good wishes,” a statement on Richie’s official website read.

She was jailed in Los Angeles while pregnant with her daughter Harlow after being charged with driving under the influence. Richie was sentenced to four days, but was released due to overcrowding after just 82 minutes.

Since the birth of her daughter in January 2008, Richie has stayed busy designing a jewellery line, House of Harlow 1960, and recently released a line of maternity fashion in conjunction with US clothing line A Pea in the Pod.

Richie and Madden, 30, have been a couple for two-and-a-half years.

Article from Yahoo! Entertainment

Okay- two things- what does her being jailed have to do with this article? Are they trying to prove something here, like perhaps, she is not a good mother? Or are they just putting in the piece of information for the sake of spicing up something that isn’t scandalous enough for the sake of gossip? I’m not a fan of Nicole Richie or anything, but I think that is slightly unfair that they had to state that and even more wrong because they stated it so vaguely. And again- she was released ‘after just 82 minutes’- for the love of God the woman is pregnant! They make it sound like it was absolutely incredulous to let her go. I mean, they just said that she was pregnant and then they say that she was released due to overcrowding making it sound like it was because she threw a tantrum or something. I’m not saying she was right to be driving intoxicated while she was pregnant- she’s at fault there, definitely.
Is it me or is this article a bit ambiguous?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this in general, even if it is just to say how cute Harlow is!

Twilight Saga Continues…

To be truly honest, i’m not in to Twilight anymore. There was a phase i went through, some six months ago where i was totally GAGA about Twilight and in particular about Edward and i despised Jacob. Then it started to wear off and i brought the movie and it came all to a subtle end. Twilight is so not my thing any more.

But i know, that doesn’t mean the rest of the world is over Twilight too. And i can certainly guess there are people out their who check out our blog that are total Twilight fans. Today i want to treat them and let them in on to see some really cool pics i found when i was carelessly surfing the net….

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i’ll admit…i do like Dakota Fanning’s look as Jane. The red eyes are awesome.

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This is Demitri and Alice. Again, those red eyes are just so cool.

marcus_cauis_alec

The blonde one is apparently Caius…i wanted him to be Marcus because he looks specially evil which in my head  is how Marcus should look like. He deserves to look like the most frightning one out of them because of what Aro did to his sweetheart. It may sound weird but it makes sense to me in my head. lol.

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Again, Dakota Fanning. I admit i imagined her to be younger than this but, anyway, she looks good for the role.

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This is Aros…acted by Michael Sheen.

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This is Marcus. This is not the picture i had in mind when i was reading the book but at least he looks his part.

There are heaps more pictures that come with this lot. Instead of posting it all and kind of being unfair to the original website, i’ll give you guys a link and you can access the rest of these pictures there.

Here’s the link:  http://www.mtv.com/photos/new-moon/1612233/4217955/photo.jhtml 

just move here and there and you’ll find the pictures going in an orderly fashion.

Another little thing i’ve noticed about the New Moon pictures…why is there a full moon in the backgrounds? At new moon the moon in the sky is invisible and putting a moon in the sky really defeats the point. Also the book was titled New Moon to kind of emphasize the invisibility of the moon at New Moon because that signifies the darkest time of Bella’s life, comparing a new moon being the darkest time of the month… right? So what is up with the moon?

Comment as much as you want on this subject…whether it’s a total contradiction to let me know i’m on the wrong track of things or a nice hello. And don’t forget you can always email us at ebony_ink@live.com. Don’t worry about giving away email addresses and such, we totally won’t do anything other than read your comment and reply to you or if you wish we rather not, we won’t do that either!


The Grammy Awards

Before we set out in exploring this article, i would like to mention that this list of albums are possible Grammy winners, not the actual winners, so don’t let your hopes rise too high with this list. And by the way, i found this article through Green Day’s official website and i put it on mainly because i was interested in the Green Day part of the article and a little on the Taylor Swift part. Anyway, the point is, i think i can assure you that this article is trustworthy and not some junk some bored person somwhere had made up. And it is on the Los Angeles Times (thats the wibsite the link led to, lol) which makes it more reliable in a way, i guess…

Grammys 2010: An early look at album of the year (Part 2)

 Green Day Taylor Swift

For the first time, the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from the end of September to the final day of August. In making the change, the eligibility period for the 2010 Grammy Awards was shortened to 11 months (the Grammy year will be back to a 12-month cycle, with the new qualifying dates, for the 2011 awards).

Ultimately, this means that heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey and Jay-Z will now have to wait until 2011 to see their albums get Grammy recognition. An album now must be released no later than Aug. 31 to be in the Grammy running.

That means it’s time to look at the albums most likely to be lauded by Recording Academy voters in the album of the year field, Grammys’ biggest prize. Note, however, what follows is not a reflection of the year’s best albums. No discussion of that sort could happen without mention of Metric’s “Fantasies,” Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and on and on and on.

For now, however, get your pencils and scorecards ready. Here’s an early look at some of the works most likely to receive album of the year attention when Grammy nominations are unveiled at the end of the year.

This is Part 2 of the installment. Click here for Part 1 to see what you missed. Pop & Hiss will be back to see how wrong we all were in December.

Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’

Grammy potential: The East Bay pop-punk band already has three Grammys to its name, and two stemming from 2004’s “American Idiot.” The latter, in fact, scored a nod for album of the year, signaling Green Day’s complete makeover from snotty, bored suburbanites to socially conscious rockers with new-found theatrical ambitions. It hit a number of Grammy sweet spots. “American Idiot” was a blockbuster success, revitalizing Green Day’s career, and doing so with grand, artistic ambitions.

Grammy deserving: With “21st Century Breakdown,” the band continues down the same path it set forth on “Idiot,” creating an album fit for Broadway or the mosh pit. Like “Idiot,” “21st Century Breakdown” is the work of a veteran band still willing to take chances. The album has more of a direct theme than “Idiot,” and at 18 tracks, the concept may be stretched a bit thin, but songs such as “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” and “Last Night on Earth” reveal that Green Day hasn’t lost is ferocious edge while developing its softer, sweeter, more Grammy-friendly side.

Whitney Houston, ‘I Look to You’

Grammy potential: Plenty have been waiting for Houston’s return, and you can bet Recording Academy voters are among her most ardent supporters. She has six Grammy wins to her name, including an album of the year trophy for her work on the soundtrack to 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” While her 2002 album “Just Whitney” failed to snare an album of the year nod, she’s largely been missing in action since, at least if you were looking for her outside the tabloids. If “I Look to You” is a moderate critical success — and early signs are that it is — then Houston’s album of the year prospects will be judged on the marketplace. If it’s a hit, book it. If she’s fading from the top 10 by time Mariah Carey releases her “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” on Sept. 29, Houston may be relegated to pop and genre fields.

Grammy deserving: Initial reactions to “I Look to You” are positive, although not glowing. Houston’s weapon was her voice, and it’s lost some of its thrill. A scaled-back Whitney, especially one paired with A-list producers, from R. Kelly to Stargate to Akon, isn’t necessarily all that different from any number of pop divas. That all being said, “I Look to You” may play it safe, but it’s a pleasurable listen from start to finish. “Million Dollar Bill” is blissfully retro, and “Salute” packs a feisty, kiss-off punch.

Taylor Swift, ‘Fearless’

Grammy potential: And here, ladies and gentleman, is your 2010 front-runner for the Grammy album of the year. The country princess is not only the biggest star of the moment, she’s been embraced by the Recording Academy. Swift, remember, was the standout star of last year’s first-ever prime-time Grammy nominations special. She also performed on the awards with Miley Cyrus, despite not having a nomination. Additionally, her “Fearless” may very well end up the best-selling album of 2009, as well as the release with the most Grammy nominations. She has critics in her corner, including at least three from the Los Angeles Times, and her album has already spawned three hits. This is the year of the Swift.

Grammy deserving: If anything holds back Swift from taking this category, it may be the fact that while she’s received generally favorable reviews, she’s far from critic-proof. Additionally, those who have witnessed her award-show performances, including her duet at this year’s Grammy telecast with Cyrus, saw a young singer whose vocals don’t always rise above an amateur level. But that is not her appeal. She’s pitched as an ol’-fashioned singer/songwriter, and one with upstanding moral values who relates to her fans by filtering teen issues through an adult prism. It does, however, walk a line between honest and calculated, and voters would be right to let her get one or two more albums under her crystal-emblazoned belt before giving her the top prize.

Phoenix, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’

Grammy potential: The only problem standing in Phoenix’s way is whether or not enough voters will hear them. Phoenix has released an album that’s right in the Coldplay sweet spot, and the French pop band has steadily built its career over four albums. Longtime Grammy observers may be rolling their eyes at the band’s inclusion here, as Phoenix still belongs to a cult audience, even if that fan base is growing. Yet the band has spent 15 weeks on the top 100 of the pop charts, and is coming back to the U.S. for a fall tour. A long shot at this point, but the band is one more television performance from breaking out. It’s also important to note that with music sales down, it’s easier for an act like Phoenix to stand out, and the group brings a level of credibility to the telecast, something the Grammys reacquired last year when they embraced Radiohead.

Grammy deserving: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” is a warmly inviting record, the rare pop record that successfully emerges ambient textures with exuberant melodies. There’s a hypnotic quality to nearly all of these songs, be it the way the vocals fade into synths in “Girlfriend,” or the guitars that get lost in a disco rush in “1901.” A stylistic leap over the band’s prior efforts, and the group has already been rewarded. This is its first to reach the U.S. pop charts, and it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. There’s no way it could ever win, sadly, but it deserves to be in the conversation.

Maxwell, ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Grammy potential: Whitney isn’t the only comeback story this year. Maxwell hasn’t released an album since 2001, and “BLACKsummers’night” is already a commercial success. Six weeks after its release, and it’s still in the top-15 on the U.S. pop charts, resting this week at No. 11. Maxwell has never been nominated in the top category, but he’s no Grammy stranger, and has been up for best R&B album. It’s possible for both Maxwell and Whitney to get nominated, as “BLACKsummers’night” is pure R&B elegance, and Whitney’s “I Look to You” is essentially a straight-up pop album.

Grammy deserving: Maxwell should have been nominated for an album of the year when he released his 1996 debut “Maxwell’s Urban Suite Hang,” and this is probably his best release since. The Los Angeles Times’ Ann Powers gave it four stars, writing that Maxwell’s “music is libidinally compelling because it is complex. Following the example of his acknowledged influence Al Green, Maxwell’s singing teases out the subtle gradations of feeling in a lyric.” And it hits a span of emotions without telegraphing them, as it’s a seductive, yet devastatingly heartbreaking record. Look for it on year-end lists, and look for it in this field.

Pop & Hiss will be back close to the unveiling of the Grammy nominations to offer our final Grammy picks for album of the year.

–Todd Martens

One thing i’ve noticed out of that post…”snotty rockers”…why is he calling rockers that? Is that his (author’s) general opinion on rockers? Why, so? Seriously, i’m curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that rockers these days make good music but they are quite modest and aren’t publicly revealed as other artists in other genres, so they are considered as snotty or stuck ups (!)….

“…while developing it’s softer, sweeter, Grammy-friendly side”…this is another complication and disturbance to my mind. What does he mean by Grammy-friendly side? So, now we have music that the Grammy award choosers would like and wouldn’t. So, does that mean, real talent is not really counted for because what is chosen in what the majority of the choosers or voters like? Seriously, its a complication and i’m starting to wonder if this is what our world is turning in to, over seeing real talent and judging music and other things by how cool they are or by something similarly unfair. It’s the same thing with the whole writers-versus-musicians war i’ve been contemplating about which is a whole other story, really

Leave us a comment on what you think even if it’s just to say that Green Day rocks or to give us a full on contridiction to what i had added at the end there…whatever it is, we’d like to know!! 


Freshly inked…

Glitter Generator - http://www.glittertextgraphics.com

For a while now we’ve (Hafsa and I) been trying to come up with something that will personalize the blog a bit more. Finally i came up with an idea that isn’t all that genius but it’ll do: sub-blogs. One for me and one for Hafsa! We just thought that this would help you to get to know us better and give us our own little space to go on and on and on about lots of things… 😉

So look out for those they’re coming VERY VERY soon, and you’ll be able to find them under the WHAT’S EBONY INK page

Added to what Alisha said, i would like to say that there is heaps of new stuff on Ebony Ink. For example, a week or so ago, i added heaps of Green Day songs on the SONGS page and not many people are viewing this. There are bits and pieces added here and there that you may like to check out like our new Star Guest Garfield! so, guys (and girls) please look around and LEAVE COMMENTS because we would love to here from you. And like Alisha said, don’t forget to check out What’s Ebony Ink About? page for our latest feature! Thanks, guys and hope you come back!


More on Exams…

i’m so very sorry if you clicked on this post, all serious and hoping to learn some more real good tips on how to revise and write your exam to get that big and bold EXCELLENCE on your paper….because this post is just stupid (yes, even, i, the creator of this post admit it!). This post is full of nonsense that a sudden but well thought out inspiration had led me to do.

You see…as i was reading Alisha’s post (which has some REAL and helpful hints and tips!) and saw the maths test pic, i got the sudden brainstorm that i shud hop on to google (not literally because that would result in a smashed up laptop that would put me in solitary confinement…my parents version of it!) and seek out some other pics of people’s test papers which they wrote stupid answers on! some of them (hopefully all) are a major crack up!

so here…check ’em out!

I love the last one and to be honest, don’t get most of the other ones. Maybe if you do, you can tell me…lol.

it took me a while to get that lol.

awesome comment!

another version of the pic alisha put on. I gess this is verryyy common in exams lol.

lol. nice elephant.

funny.

hey, at least he/she’ll pass his english exam when he/she has to describe things…

thats all for now. hoped you enjoyed!


Surviving Exam Prep

Uh-Oh it’s that time of the year again!

And so I have put this post back up which by no means implies that we’re all hard core on studies on Ebony Ink. So if you’re not being tortured by exams, check out the other not-so-serious-and-depressing stuff we have to offer. 😉

Till then we shall be squirming over our books…


A lump rises in your throat and you get wild butterflies in your stomach at the very mention of revision, and soon there are piles and piles of books, papers, pens, notes scattered all over the place with you in the middle having a nervous breakdown. Sound like you? Then you’ve come to the right place… I’ve put together some do’s and don’ts’ that will keep you healthy and at your best so you can kick some butt in that examination room!

UNFORTUNATELY, there is no alternative to plain old classic revision, BUT it doesn’t have to be torture… seriously, I mean it. And it doesn’t have to be plain old classic revision either. 🙂


DON’T:

– Whatever you do DON’T stay up for all night study sessions, fueling yourself with caffeine. This is the worst thing you can possibly do, even though it may seem like you’re achieving a lot in a little amount of time. All this does is disrupt your sleeping and eating patterns and totally trashes your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching a cold or other illness.

– Don’t stress out. This is also going to weaken your immune system, you’ll end up feeling absolutely miserable and won’t be able to study. I know it’s easier said than done, but here are a few ways to relieve stress and get you back on track:
• Every time you start to feel a panic attack coming on, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
• If this doesn’t solve the problem, then tell yourself to “stop” and think calmly about the problem. Is it really that bad? Is it really impossible to get through all the notes? If the answers are yes and yes, then have a 10 second panic period, then go back over the problems and list down as many solutions to the problem as you can no matter how silly they may seem. Now, just go back and eliminate all the ones that won’t get you anywhere, and you’re left with the best solution(s).
• Get out of your work space for a bit and get someone to test you on what you’ve done so far. This will help get your head back to the notes.
•  If you feel a surge of negative energy as you rack your brains over algebra, just relax, take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself in the exam room, cruising through the papers, then getting your results back, acing the test. As cheesy as this sounds- just believe in yourself.
• Squeeze one of those super cool squishy foam smileys. Release your stress out of your fingers or do yoga, meditation, kickboxing- anything that will help you relax.

– Don’t revise in front of the TV or computer. You won’t get anything done, and you know it. Find a quiet place where you can concentrate on your work, with nothing to distract you. If some spaces don’t work for you, then find another space where you can keep your focus. Study outside under a tree, or go to the library, but be careful about the spaces you choose, you don’t want to be disturbed.

 

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DO:

– Plan out your study timetable. I know this sounds like a geeky thing to do, but plan out what subject you’re going to study on what day, working around your exam schedule. This will really help you to manage your time well and you won’t be doing last minute catch ups.

– If you’re a hardcore crammer, studying for hours on end, then you wont really get a whole lot through your overworked brain. Do yourself a favour, take breaks. Do the 45/15 routine, revise for 45 minutes then take break for 15. This way you’re not prone to distractions and you’re not going hungry. Have a snack or go for a quick walk, fresh air will help you to relax. But make sure you stick to the 45/15 rule- don’t sit down to watch an hour long soap, that’s just procrastination and we all know procrastination lands us in major  trouble…(yes i speak from experience)

– This brings us to our next point- start revision early. Don’t wait for two weeks before exams to start revising. I start revising almost a month beforehand. Yeah, I’m a nerd, but it really keeps the pressure and work load to a minimum. Don’t go into hard out revision just yet-start with revising at least three times a week, and when you have some spare time do some more, and gradually increase the time you spend revising. This stops you from diving straight into full on revision, because that’s really difficult.

– Music will help you relax and study with a little less stress. Grab a couple of highlighters, a bottle of water, some snacks and your iPod and get to work. Highlighting out the key ideas, facts and words will reduce the quantity of things you go over and make it easier to learn, and a couple of sentences are less intimidating than huge chunks of paragraphs. Drink plenty of water-it’s good for you. Don’t go for energy, fizzy or caffeinated drinks. Water is always a healthier option and it will stop you from loading your system with junk. Grab an apple or a muesli bar to keep you going, don’t starve yourself- it’s not a torment competition. When you feel a bit weary of your science notes, just sit back, close your eyes and listen to you iPod for a little while.

– Limit group study sessions. Even though they can be helpful, don’t rely on studying with your friends all the time. It’s absolutely crucial you have some serious, individual study time, it’s not solitary confinement, if you go with the 45/15 rule, you have 15 minutes to text or call a friend (try to stay away from the computer, it’s a HUGE diversion). You can always call up a friend and ask if you’re not sure about something, they’re still there for you, you’re just not being a disturbance to each other.

It’s okay to feel stressed out, just don’t let it get in the way for too long. Brush aside the stress, keep calm, think happy thoughts… and here I go being cheesy again, but don’t give up at the first sign of trouble or an obstacle. It’s okay if some things don’t work for you, like the 45/15 routine, just tailor your study habits to fit you. There is no right or wrong.

And remember- don’t beat yourself up too much if your results don’t come out the way you expected, it happens to everybody. Nobody’s perfect!

Failure is an event, never a person

Failure is an event, never a person

I really hope this helps, especially if it’s your first time sitting an exam, or you’re just a worrywort, a hardcore crammer, or simply just hate exams because they scare the life out of you, take consolation in  knowing you’re not alone.

Good luck!

Its amazing how obvious it is! Haha 

 

lol... What can I say?


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