I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

Hola OJ readers! I’m so excited to bring you this super easy recipe! While store bought applesauce is fine, I’ve found that it really just isn’t quite ate tasty and the stuff I’ve made myself! I started making my own applesauce around the time my son was 6 months old, for him to eat as some of his first foods. By now, I make it pretty regularly at the house for all of us to…

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[Review] The Girl Before

[Review] The Girl Before

Unfolding like a crime drama in the first few lines, this debut psychological suspense novel is full of surprises with an intriguing protagonist and surprising revelations. Clara Lawson is not your typical heroine. As the FBI breaks down the doors to her secluded home and her husband and “daughter” are separated from her, she appears to be the co-conspirator in a human trafficking ring. Her husband, Glen, shouts, “Say nothing!” as they are pulled into…

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Skeleton Tree: a Step Forward and a Step Within

Skeleton Tree: a Step Forward and a Step Within

If you know anything about Skeleton Tree, the new album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, you know the context of its creation: midway through laying down the music, Nick Cave’s son fell off of a cliff and died at the age of 15. The album begins on a note of grim irony: “you fell from the sky and crash-landed in a field near the River Adur”, a line I’m told was composed well before…

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[CREW.0 PRESENTS] Twilight Princess HD – Part 42 – I’m straight hookin

[CREW.0 PRESENTS] Twilight Princess HD – Part 42 – I’m straight hookin

[CREW.0 PRESENTS] Twilight Princess HD – Part 42 – I’m straight hookin I’m straight hookin, I’m hooked on hooks, Hello ladies can we hook up…? Ok I’m done but I have a million of those And please don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

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Pixies Release Animated Video for New Track “Tenement Song”

Pixies Release Animated Video for New Track “Tenement Song”

From their forthcoming 12-track LP Head Carrier, Pixies have shared a new video for the track “Tenement Song”.  The song is one of three that have been shared by the band this year. The animated video was produced by video conjurers Krank! Collective based in Manchester/Berlin, and features an assortment of colorful characters, including a self-fondling David Bowie.         Featured image by: indiehoy.com

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Unfucking Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room

Unfucking Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room

I downloaded the comprehensive box set of all the Elvis studio albums that came out earlier in the year (talk about thankless work) and I had to refer to several different websites to even figure out what the hell each album was. When Elvis finally wrestled his way out of the twenty-eight movies he sleepwalked through in the sixties, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, decided to flood the market in a different way: endless repackaging….

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Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph N. Welch “I watched as my beloved country lost its goddamn mind.” –Lewis Black Well, the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are both over, Trump sealed it for the GOP and Hillary got the Party nod. Now we move into the general election, usually when both parties tone down the rhetoric they spouted during the…

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[Review] BzzAgent: International Delight Simply Pure BzzCampaign

[Review] BzzAgent: International Delight Simply Pure BzzCampaign

What’s the latest Bzz? It’s International Delight’s Simply Pure Coffee Creamer BzzCampaign! Find out what this Pretty Nerdy Mama thought about it!

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[Early Access Preview] We Happy Few

[Early Access Preview] We Happy Few

If you like playing games set in a dystopian future and packaged with good satire, then this game is just what you’ve been waiting for. We Happy Few, being developed by Compulsion Games, takes place in the fictional town of Wellington Wells and does a great job of painting a world which thrives in a 1960s-style backdrop. The citizens of Wellington Wells are required to take “joy” pills, drugs which make its users ostensibly happy; they forget…

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[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

Twenty-five years after they first burst onto the burgeoning queercore scene, Pansy Division shows that age doesn’t stop a kick-ass rock and roll band with their new album Quite Contrary. Lead by Jon Ginoli on vocals and guitars and backed with Chris Freeman on bass, Joel Reader on guitar and Luis Illades on drums, the Pride flag waving kings of queer rock are back with a vengeance. “I once wrote a song about being a…

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The Beatles Reanimated: Rubber Soul

The Beatles Reanimated: Rubber Soul

Originally posted on Medium, July 26, 2016 I took another break between Help! and Rubber Soul, which makes a bit more sense. Rubber Soul exists in the Beatles canon as the quantum leap forward into maturity. The new demands of folk rock, especially Bob Dylan, and the access to drugs are pointed to as the contributing factors, while The Beatles used their clout to begin refining their albums into cohesive sonic statements instead of collections…

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Omnibus Poetry Corner: Crucify Me

Omnibus Poetry Corner: Crucify Me

The Omnibus Poetry Corner is a monthly showcase for the best and brightest unknown or underrated poets. This month features poetry from Morgan Benjamin, Carrick McDonald, Tiffany Mertz, and Cortnie Owens.   Morgan Benjamin The Beautiful Desolation in Divorce   Carrick McDonald The Dog #847   Tiffany Mertz Or No One Lives   Cortnie Owens Crucify Me

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Pokemon Go Indy event attracts more than 5,000 fans

Pokemon Go Indy event attracts more than 5,000 fans

On July 23, 2016, gamers of all ages gathered at White River State Park in order to “catch ’em all!” The event, created initially on Facebook, was successfully organized by Jake Waddell and received support from Pop Con. The event itself,  with all its proceeds, will go towards supporting a local charity. According to Waddell, the event couldn’t have gone better. “The community was fantastic, we had no rain, the servers had no issues and…

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Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

On a hot July evening, I put on a borrowed blue leopard dress and got in my beat-up grey Nissan with my romantic partner in crime Millie and our mutual friend Rabbit, and headed down to Bloomington to a joint called The Back Door to see queer country legends Lavender Country. I was excited heading down, it was our second queer show of the summer. We had seen Pansy Division back in May and now…

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Five Cliché Eco-Friendly Kids’ Movies You Still Love

Five Cliché Eco-Friendly Kids’ Movies You Still Love

With Finding Dory all the rage right now, I find myself nostalgic for some of the original clichéd environmentally friendly kids’ movies. Even though they each repeatedly bash the “respect mother earth” mantra into the squishy brains of children, there’s something unique and enjoyable in each tale. Below are five of my favorites. Don’t see yours on my list? Add it in the comments section below or at The Unrefined Forum! Of course, Finding Nemo…

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Life Lessons: Rape, the Surrounding Stigma, and Your Choice

Life Lessons: Rape, the Surrounding Stigma, and Your Choice

“Never sacrifice your needs and wants based on someone else’s sexual agenda. You’re numero uno.” The topics of rape and rape culture are very mainstream issues these days. Women and men raging out against it in order to fight the stigma; both genders raging against those who don’t see it as a problem. The thing is, it is a big deal – it’s a huge deal and it’s wrong on so many levels. The subject…

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Walt’s Soapbox: Funny Wax, Walt’s Top Ten Comedy Albums

Walt’s Soapbox: Funny Wax, Walt’s Top Ten Comedy Albums

The last few weeks have been nerve-wracking and insane; I’ve been on edge for personal reasons, political reasons, and other reasons that aren’t fit to print. Sue’s to blame for it, she made the costumes. So in lieu of a rant about how fucked the electoral system is or how I’m tired of cops murdering people in cold blood, here’s a Top Ten for you, call it Walt’s Comedy Countdown. 10. Andy Griffith – What…

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All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

Where do I even begin? How about the 60’s, when racism ended once and for all? Never mind the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. or the fact that it took until 1997 for a majority of Americans to stop viewing interracial relationships unfavorably. Or, the stigmatization and misrepresentation of black youth in our media narratives, both fictional and in the news. And, need I mention the eight years of vocal disbelief that an educated black…

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[Environmentally Friendly Review] Finding Dory

[Environmentally Friendly Review] Finding Dory

After 13 years, the original fans of Finding Nemo (2003) finally get their long called-for sequel, and it does not disappoint! While I will admit that the jokes and some of the new characters seemed a bit more childish than those from Nemo, Dory’s search for her family still hits you in the feels. While taking a new direction with their familiar plot, Disney spends less time looking for Dory’s parents in the ocean and…

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[Environmentaly Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo S2E1: The Day of the Beast and S2E2: Caraquet

[Environmentaly Friendly Recap] CBS’s Zoo S2E1: The Day of the Beast and S2E2: Caraquet

SPOILER ALERT! I apparently missed the last episode of season one, but it made for a fantastic season two premiere! Since this recap is supposed to be about the actual season two premiere, I’ll just answer a few of the burning questions from my last Zoo recap instead of completely covering season one, episode 13: That Great Big Hill of Hope.   “Will the second season try to take a more serious approach to the…

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10 Pinteresting Things I Won’t Be Trying for the 4th of July

10 Pinteresting Things I Won’t Be Trying for the 4th of July

Along the lines of the idea of Pinterest fails, here are some things that I stumbled upon via Pinterest in relation to the 4th of July that I will NOT be attempting. Red, White, & Blue Deviled Eggs Firecracker Cakes  Patriotic Waffles  These Patriotic “Mom ordered an extra shot of espresso at Starbucks today” Cookies Patriotic Oreos Taco Salad Flag  Forth of July Ice Cream Sandwich Giant Jenga Game  Blue Noodles Red White & Blue…

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Five Animes so Bad You Just Can’t Stop Watching

Five Animes so Bad You Just Can’t Stop Watching

I’ve always enjoyed the stories and art styles of anime, and thanks to many nerdy friends, I’ve seen some of the greatest shows in the genre. When I don’t have someone guiding my binge sessions, though, I tend to get sucked into less-than-awesome series. But I just can’t stop watching them! Beneath bad artwork, shotty story lines, and cringe-worthy dialogue, I always find something that pulls me to the end of the show. So watch…

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I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

I’ll Raichu a Recipe: Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

I’m going to answer your first question right out of the starting gate…”What is a chia seed??” Yes, it’s the same seed we used on our chia pets as kids, (I still say “Ch-ch-ch-CHIA!” every time I get them out of the pantry) but they actually have a lot of things going for them in the food department! From chia seeds alone, this recipe actually gives you 9 grams of protein and 15 grams of dietary…

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World News in a Nutshell: Britain Leaves the EU

World News in a Nutshell: Britain Leaves the EU

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard the game-changing news regarding the United Kingdom officially leaving the EU. As world leaders meet tomorrow to discuss future actions, this massive shot in the dark has attached to it such troubling ramifications as to inspire uncertainty onto not only Great Britain but the economy all the world over.   To understand the full gravity of this decision, we must take a close look at why this has happened, and view…

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Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Originally published on Medium, January 13, 2016 When I was six years old we took a field trip to see the play version of “Pinocchio”, a story about a little Italian prick making hell for everyone by disrupting the flow of capital for several older men who tried to make a comfortable living on opposite sides of the wood industry. The movie version always occupied the side of my mind where I filed away things…

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Omnibus Poetry Corner: The Things We Grow Into

Omnibus Poetry Corner: The Things We Grow Into

The Omnibus Poetry Corner is a monthly showcase for the best and brightest unknown or underrated poets. This month features poetry from Courtney Hancock, Leah Hedrick, Amanda McDaniel, and Anna Wilson.   Courtney Hancock Home   Leah Hedrick The Things We Grow Into    Amanda Mcdaniel I Am All Seasons    Anna Louise Wilson  A Failed Television Set

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[Review] Orange Is The New Black S04E01: “Work That Body For Me”

[Review] Orange Is The New Black S04E01: “Work That Body For Me”

“Nobody knows you, gangster with an A.” Spoiler Alert: You have been warned. There will be spoilers ahead. Tread carefully. Overview: The episode opens precisely where we left off the ladies of Litchfield Prison: enjoying a hot day jumping around in the lake. We find Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” and Maureen kind of innocently exploring each other’s “soft parts”. Maureen presents the idea to Crazy Eyes that they shouldn’t go back to Litchfield; they should stay…

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Etsy & Storenvy Spotlight: The Comeback Kid Search Adventure

Etsy & Storenvy Spotlight: The Comeback Kid Search Adventure

It’s been…ew…let’s not talk about how long my computer has been out of commission (obviously much longer than I wanted or anticipated.) The good news is that I’m BACK with lots of things to share with you! As I sat down to write my comeback article, I thought it would be fun to do something I always enjoyed; searching through Etsy and Storenvy for some fun theme appropriate items that were made with love by…

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