2018 Penticon Teaser Trailer!!!

The Penticon is incoming October 16th-17th!!! So on that note, here’s a a little teaser to get you in the mood PREMIERING @ 10 PM PST!! Don’t forget to bring your friends!

Surplus Herby’s

★★★★★

3325 31 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2H4

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Whatever you need – THEY’VE GOT IT!! Surplus Herby’s is here with all your home hardware, fishing, outer work wear, foam and other random needs! Stop in today to see what little treasures you can find!

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Artist – Spotlight – Fruity!

HEY EVERYBODY!!!!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week one of my amazing fans – FRUITY!!!

Also known as Fruity_Sketch, she’s a bright young artist and singer who has recently started streaming and has amassed quite the following! She’s always supportive and giving in game and out, always busy creating some new project, you should TOTALLY check out her stuffffffs!!

Bio of FRUITY

Hello, I’m Fruity! I Love streaming and being self-taught Artist. I recently started streaming less than half a year ago and I have loved it to bits so far! If you would want to check out any of my stuff, you can follow my twitch @FruitysLIVE!

To support, watch gaming streams or join her Discord, check out her socials below!

TwITTER

TWITCH

Discord

(P.S. BIG THANKS TO HER FOR BEING SO AMAZING IN OUR MINECRAFT SERVER!!! I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING SHE DOES!!!!!! MUCH LOVE!!!)

Elysium – Elysian Fields – The Origin of Curiosity Music Festival

Many years ago now, I went to a festival which was named ‘Elysium’ – It became later known as Curiosity, which ran till 2019, an event which many looked forward to playing at and being a part of, myself included. However, certain safety measures which would have prevented the tragic event weren’t in place, and this festival no longer runs.

I wore a Greek theme the first night, merging my Norwegian Viking skirt with a toga and cape to create a fun vibrant outfit which was super comfortable and fun to dance in!

The first ever event was created with the thought in mind of creating a little bit of beauty to relax in, however it’s interesting to read into what this name actually is about! For those of you Curious, take a read below!

In Greek mythology, Elysium was a section of the Underworld (the spelling Elysium is a Latinization of the Greek word Elysion). “Elysium is an obscure and mysterious name that evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by lightning, enelysion, enelysios.
The Elysian fields were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. Two passages in Homer established for Greeks the nature of the Afterlife: the dreamed apparition of the dead Patroclus in the Iliad and the more daring boundary-breaking visit in Odyssey. Greek traditions concerning funerary ritual were reticent, but the Homeric examples encouraged other heroic visits, in the myth cycles accreted upon Theseus and upon Heracles.

The Elysian Fields lay on the western margin of the Earth, by the encircling stream of Oceanus (Odyssey), and there the mortal relatives of the king of the gods were transported, without tasting death, to enjoy an immortality of bliss (Odyssey book iv: 563). Hesiod refers to the Isles of the Blessed in the Western Ocean (Works and Days).

Pindar makes it a single Isle. Walter Burkert notes the connection with the motif of far-off Dilmun: “Thus Achilles is transported to the White Isle and becomes the Ruler of the Black Sea, and Diomedes becomes the divine lord of an Adriatic island.”

In Elysium were fields of the pale liliaceous asphodel, and poplars grew. There stood the gates that led to the house of Ais (in Attic dialect “Hades”).

https://www.crystalinks.com/elysium.html

Elysium has changed through the years however to provide a more ‘cheery’ reputation, becoming even more ‘heaven like’, even though still a ‘layer’ of hell.

Among the poets to interpret Elysium is Virgil, who describes an encounter there between Aeneas and his father Anchises. Virgil’s Elysium knows perpetual spring and shady groves, with its own sun and lit by its own stars solemque suum, sua sidera norunt (Aeneid book vi:541).

In the Renaissance, the heroic population of the Elysian Fields tended to outshine its formerly dreary pagan reputation; the Elysian Fields borrowed some of the bright allure of paradise.

In Paris, the Champs-Elysees retain their name of the Elysian Fields, first applied in the late 16th century to a formerly rural outlier beyond the formal parterre gardens behind the royal French palace of the Tuileries.

After the Renaissance, as popular poets became less influenced by reading Greek and Latin literature, and images of Valhalla entered the popular European imagination, an even cheerier Elysium evolved for some poets. Sometimes it is imagined as a place where heroes have continued their interests from their lives. Others suppose it is a location filled with feasting, sport, song; Joy is the “daughter of Elysium” in Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.

Dante had a very different idea of the Elysian Fields – he described them as the very upper level of hell, a place of peace that the unbaptized and the non-believers who lived virtuous lives go. It is a place of happiness, but it is closed off from God and thus remains as hell.

United States, have what most would consider a new-age view of Elysium. Elysium is seen as a multi-layered paradise, or Heaven, to many modern neopagans. Some believe that the outer layer of Elysium is composed of great and beautiful fields, often envisioned in imaginative descriptions as having green glowing blades of grass and bubbling springs of glowing water and wine, often made from the nectar of Ambrosia. Beyond the fields of Elysium, reserved only for the most righteous and virtuous, is the Golden City where spirits exist in a state of constant euphoria. Whether or not such beliefs are based in actual mythology often seems rather unimportant to many neopagans. Most claim that old myths are simply mortal accounts and interpretations of the divine, but the same could be argued about any current beliefs regarding Elysium. Much of what many modern neopagans believe today regarding Elysium seems to be borrowed from popular Christian imagery of Heaven.

https://www.crystalinks.com/elysium.html

Note I’ve edited the image contained from this referenced Link.

Sweetnam’s Nik Naks

★★★★★

2067 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8R6

This shop is run by one of the kindest men I know, along with his two sons, all three of them gentle souls. Within this shop, you’ll find the best prices in town, as they aren’t out to make money, they do this to bring light to those around them! We are so blessed as a town to have them here, don’t believe me? Just walk in! They’ll be sure to provide smiles, stories, and a genuine love to everyone who walks through their door! They also bring with them a wealth of knowledge for every nerd and geek out there, so be sure to ask any questions you have in regards to the many board games, card games and other nerd/geek memorabilia they have there! Also, be sure to check out their gumball machine and other mesmerizing things they have around the shop!
P.S. If you are able to, support them on their socials, follow them here @ https://www.instagram.com/sweetnamsniknaks/
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Will & Can Masks cause cancer? And if so – Why & HOW?

Now by in no way shape or form am I an anti-masker, or anti-vaxxer, but there have been many false claims in regards to masks and their side affects, from breathing issues to cancer. As someone who regularly has had to wear one for work, before it became mandatory most places, I was somewhat concerned in hearing of the many health issues that may develop from use, so I delved into researching the best I could with the resources I have at hand.

Firstly, to actually block germs, one will need to use one without a filter as shown below – Non-Medical VS Medical. With that out of the way, we proceed to the ‘breathing issue’ created once the mask is fully sealed.

Non-Medical VS Medical

Personal experience with the breathing issue, I’ve a slight trouble breathing already due to a smacking my nose from an accident years ago which makes my breathing sound laborious however, I seem to have done just fine with the cloth masks and the N95’s, but…I do find the circle style makes me dizzy…thankfully, there are a few different designs, I chose the duckbill one instead which allows a bigger air bubble past my beak of a nose, and it lets me breathe just fine. (See below for the ‘duckbill’ design.)

You also should be made aware there is a difference between KN95’s and N95’s, however the CDC has authorized the use of KN95 as a suitable alternative to N95 for its response to Covid-19. See a few article references below:

Rolling Stone
Smart Air
Popular Mechanics

Breathing issue aside, I started writing this blog post to clarify the information put forward in this Instagram video in particular.

As I’ve worked in the medical field for 6 years, 2 of which I wore a mask to ensure the patients that had open surgery didn’t get infection from us. So naturally when this whole ‘masks give you cancer’ thing came up, I was like…um…so I used them for years and I have many friends who still do, was I in danger and are they?! What I discovered was the chemical that your speaking of, Ethylene oxide, a “known carcinogen” which is used to sterilize surgical masks. And ONLY in use for hospital settings, as they it sterilize the entire package, not the individual masks, and only in rare cases do they sterilize each mask, as it is ill-advised by the FDA.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

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According to the World Health Organization, ethylene oxide is a “potent neurotoxin, a known human carcinogen, a potential reproductive hazard, and an allergic sensitizer” that can cause health problems with acute overexposure and chronic exposure. Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most commonly linked to occupational exposure to ethylene oxide, although stomach and breast cancers may also be associated, according to the National Cancer Institute.

At the same time, “ethylene oxide sterilization is an important sterilization method that manufacturers widely use to keep medical devices safe,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ethylene oxide may sometimes be the only method of effectively sterilizing equipment that would otherwise be damaged in other sterilization processes, the FDA notes.

About 50% of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide, according to the FDA. The FDA encourages medical device makers to follow consensus standards to ensure residual levels of ethylene oxide are within safe limits.

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane. However, according to the FDA, face masks sold to consumers (including cloth masks) are generally not sold as sterile, and surgical masks are not typically provided as sterile.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

As with other medical devices sterilized using ethylene oxide, FDA guidance helps ensure any remaining levels are within safe limits.

Early on in the pandemic, Illinois-based medical supplies manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries sought FDA approval to resterilize used masks using ethylene oxide. Crucially, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends against using ethylene oxide for resterilizing single-use filtering face piece respirators — masks like N95s — due to risks associated with the chemical. 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment, also warns against using ethylene oxide to decontaminate masks because wearers could breathe in residual amounts.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

Ok, you say, I found a website where it says they sanitize each mask!? Now note that these are the Chinese masks that aren’t approved for use by medical nor the movies….3M, the north American maker disapproves of this method as well as the FDA.

(Also, if you do take the time to read the article above, it does address this)

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

I feel we as humans are too quick to jump on things when we are afraid, and we end up with fearmongers stirring up the pot, when it is an issue that is already taken care of by the powers that be. Not saying they are perfect, just saying someone up the food chain thought of this problem before a keyboard warrior noticed a huge issue, which in fact isn’t allowable by the FDA. I’m not saying I’m an expert either, I’ve only done a month of online research before creating this post, I don’t work in the creation, packaging, shipping and any other part of the process of mask creation, but I’m just hoping those that say they are experts aren’t completely lying to millions with a lie so large it would kill us all off.

So with all that said, if you feel worried about your provided masks, do your own research, and buy your own N95’s if you wish to ensure that you’re not supplied incorrectly.

Now, all that being said – whether you believe in COVID or not, I’d like to just point out…I’ve only been sick ONCE this year, where I was getting sick anywhere from 3-6 times a year before COVID….it’s been nice people haven’t been spewing their germs, being a lot cleaner in general, and more germ conscious then they were before. I hope we continue to put care and effort into keeping things clean, as it’s nice not to be sick, COVID or otherwise!

Steve’s Poké Bar

1163 Pinetree Way #1029, Coquitlam, BC V3B 8A6

The poké from this place…is INCREDIBLE!! Not only is it a decent sized portion, the ingredients used are so fine, it really is a above par treat at an affordable price!! Try it – You’ll LOVE IT!

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C-Lovers Fish & Chips Langley

★★★★★

20251 Fraser Hwy, Langley City, BC V3A 4E4

Speedy, excellent service, coupled with their hot fresh off the grill fish and chips makes this place top on the list for fast food Fish & Chips! Their tasty, crispy, melt in your mouth deep fried goodness keeps you wanting to come back for more!

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McDonald’s

17635 64 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1Z2

So, here I am, once again reviewing a McDonald’s… but… I’m actually recommending this one this time! I feel like this should go against my code…however hear me out!

Their egg McMuffin’s…are actually made with a freshly cracked egg…and at this particular McDonald’s…they cook them to PERFECTION!! It’s got the slightest bit of runny yolk left, sausage cooked without being burned or rubbery and the cheese is actually tasty! All this however pales in comparison to the cheery, smiley, joyful ladies who greet you on the microphone, take your order, send you ahead, and then with a smile so big that can be seen through their mask, hand you a breakfast that tastes so good, it can only be because it was crafted with love….

I’m LOVING IT XD

Artist – Spotlight – AYZRITO!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week one of my amazing fans – AYZRITO!!!

Always supportive and creating, he’s an awesome gamer, lover of airplanes and big trucks, be sure to keep up with what he has in store!

Bio of Ayzrito

Hello, I’m Ayzrito! I am a huge fan of aviation, space and trucking, which is basically all I do. If you need to ask anything, feel free to message me on instagram @ayzrito or discord Westjet#5881!

To support, watch gaming streams or join his Discord, PM him on his socials below!

Youtube

Twitch

Reddit

Instagram

Discord – Westjet#5881