What Are You Thankful For?

“I am thankful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Thanksgiving is a time where we share a meal together and celebrate our families, friends and the people we care about. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked SEEDs participants to reflect on their lives and share their thoughts on what they are thankful for. 

MATTHEW
I’m pretty much thankful for the life I even have to begin with, having the family I was born in, and the world that I live in. Sure with all its ups, there’s also downs, but that’s just a part of everything. It’s what everyone goes through. Everyone is different, so not everything will be the same for them. Maybe they won’t even be born in the same reality. Over time, people will realize that there’s always gonna be some hardships they have to go through, but sometimes the point is to actually go through them and maybe come out somewhere on top. It’s all part of learning and knowing what to do when the time comes. We all just need to be thankful about what we have while we have them.

ANNA
I am thankful for my counselor and psychiatrist because they have in their own ways helped me feel better and lessen my OCD thoughts. My counselor has talked with me about my OCD and how I can stop it from affecting me. My psychiatrist has prescribed medicine that has lowered my compulsive OCD thoughts.

I am thankful for the internet because with its access I can find things I never knew about that I will enjoy. The internet can answer questions I have without paying money for a book that will answer my question or going to the library and looking for a book they may not have that could answer a lot of questions I have.

JESSE
I am thankful for my friends & family because without them life would be really boring.

RYAN D.
I am thankful for my family and my girlfriend and my friends.

BRIAN T.
I am thankful for Hot Wheels and I really like them because they are my favorite cars.

BRIANNA
I’m thankful for my family because they’re sweet, helpful and very kind! I’m thankful for SEEDs because it is a really fun place to learn, and also the instructors are really friendly and supportive!

JAKE
I am thankful for Seeds because I have friends.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie: Bonds Beyond Time(Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie: Bonds Beyond Time which is the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

 

This movie involves characters and places from three different Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series while functioning around the concept of Time-Travel. The three Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series are Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds.

 

The cast of Yu-Gi-Oh! characters in this movie are Yugi Muto (Yu-Gi-Oh!’s main protagonist/The King of Games)(Duel Monster cards: Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl and Kuriboh)(Magic cards: Ancient Rules, Bond between Teacher and Student, Magic Gate of Miracles, De-Fusion and Dark Magic Twin Burst)(Trap card: Dark Spiral Force), Solomon Muto (Yugi’s Grandfather) and Maximillion Pegasus (CEO/President of Industrial Illusions and the Creator of Duel Monsters).

 

The cast of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX characters in this movie are Jaden Yuki (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX’s main protagonist)(Duel Monster cards: Elemental Hero Neos, Elemental Hero Neos Knight)(Magic cards: Polymerization and The Flute of Summoning Kuriboh)(Trap cards: Elemental Mirage, Hero Barrier and Neos Spiral Force), Yubel (Duel Monster Spirit/Jaden’s childhood friend), Professor Lyman Banner (Spirit/Jaden’s friend and mentor) and Pharoah (Professor Banner’s pet cat),

 

Yusei Fudo (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds’ main protagonist)(Duel Monster cards: Junk Synchron, Junk Warrior, Junk Gardna, Sonic Chick, Quillbolt Hedgehog and Stardust Dragon)(Magic card: Reincarnation of Hope)(Trap Card: Stardust Mirage), Jack Atlas (Yusei’s friend/rival), Crow Hogan (Yusei’s friend/rival), Akiza Izinski (Yusei’s friend/love interest), Leo (Yusei’s friend/Luna’s twin brother) and Luna(Leo’s twin sister).

 

The main villain of this movie is Paradox whose goal is to rid the world of duel monsters by by destroying Maximillion Pegasus (Duel Monsters cards: Malefic Parallel Gear, Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon, Malefic Blue Eyes White Dragon, Malefic Cyber End Dragon, Malefic Rainbow Dragon, Malefic Stardust Dragon, Malefic Paradox Dragon and Malefic Truth Dragon)(Magic cards: Malefic World, Malefic Selector and Malefic Divide)(Trap Cards: Malefic Force, Malefic Tune and Malefic Claw Stream)

 

In conclusion, I confirm that this movie lives up to its very existence as the 10th anniversary of the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Thus, I end this article with the respective catchphrases of all three main protagonists: Let’s Rev It Up (Yusei Fudo), Get Your Game On (Jaden Yuki), It’s Time To Duel (Yugi Muto).

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Apple iPhone XS/XS Max – Review (Worth the upgrade!)

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After using my iPhone SE over a year and the half, I think I’m ready to buy myself a new iPhone.  Originally, I was going for the iPhone 8 Plus, but my younger brother is convincing me to go for the latest iPhone.  After a few minutes of thinking, I’ve decided to go for the iPhone XS and boy I’m glad I went with this model.

 

-Features

The biggest feature is that Super Retina Display with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 and the Max model has a resolution of 2688 x 1242.  Plus, it has a OLED Panel which has been used by many Android Smartphones many times throughout the years and what I’ve heard that OLED Panels are more energy efficient which gives out better battery performance and it also brings more colors than a standard LCD Displays.  Throughout my experience, the OLED really does make the colors pop and and it even turns off some of the pixels if the image displays some black in the image, this is a example of why OLED is more energy efficient than LCD.

Since 2017, we’ve got a new security feature called Face ID which was introduced with the iPhone X and replaces Touch ID.  This is all thanks to the TureDepth Camera and other technologies to make it more secure to unlock your iPhone, use Apple Pay, and make purchases at the App Store.  You can even have fun with the TureDepth camera, by using the Animojis and Memojis. Instead of a flat picture of your face to unlock your phone which was used in Samsung Galaxy phones, your iPhone X, XS, and XS Max scans your face into a 3D mesh and it’s stored into your iPhone. (Note: If you think that Apple stores your scanned face into iCloud, it doesn’t and Apple doesn’t know.)  Sometimes my iPhone didn’t recognize my face, but that doesn’t happen to me alot. But most importantly, it’s really fast in scanning your face and in my opinion, it’s better then Touch ID.

Other features to mention like IP68, which is water, splash, and dust resistance.  Your iPhone can survive 2 meters of water in 30 minutes. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 built-in and it also supports dual sims, which means you can add a secondary sim for business.

 

-Performance

The iPhone XS and XS Max is powered by the Apple A12 Bionic Chip which has 2 Performance Cores which is used for high end apps like AR for example, and 4 Efficiency Cores which is used for everyday apps like Messages, Camera, Music, etc.  There’s also a Performance Controller inside it, which divides work across cores and uses all 6 cores for high performance if your iPhone needs it. The A12 Bionic Chip also contains a 4-Core GPU which gives you 50% of performance the the A11 Bionic Chip from the iPhone X, and a Apple designed Neural Engine which is used for machine learning which brings up to 5 trillion operations per-second.  The best example that I found on Apple’s Website, that the Neural Engine can be used for AR and look up images for People, Pets, Locations, etc. The last part that the A12 Bionic Chip has inside is a Enhanced ISP which is used for capturing detail in your photos when your in Portrait Mode.

 

-Camera

Speaking of Portrait Mode, I would like to talk about the cameras next.  One the back we have two 12MP cameras, both of them work to together to create not only breathtaking photos but also applies a blur in the background if select Portrait Mode.  With the Neural Engine and ISP, there’s more to the camera then meets the eye such as, Smart HDR which is used to bring more highlights and shadows in your photos, Adjust the Depth of Field which means you can change how blurry background for your photo, and Enhanced Bokeh Effect which helps the background to make it more beautiful.  Other features to mention are, Improved Portrait mode selfies, Better low light photos with more pixels, Sharper Action Shots which freezes a moment just to add more highlights and shadows, and record 4K video with stereo playback.

One last thing I would like to mention is that, when you take a photo in Portrait Mode, the iPhone uses Face Detection for distinguishing faces in the frame, next it uses Facial landmarking to create lighting effects to the subject, and last the Neural Engine and IPS work together to separate the background from the person you shot at and now your photo has blurry background and it looks stunning.

Needless to say, the cameras that Apple provides is flat out incredible.

 

-The Verdict

I’m very glad that I upgraded my iPhone.  Even though it’s expensive for a smartphone, but that doesn’t make it bad.

-Score

9.8/10 (Amazing)

My name is Ethan L. from Seeds for Autism and I’m a Tech Reviewer, a Apple Product Expert, and a Digital Drawer.  If you have any questions from any Apple Products on how do you do this or how do you do that? I’m your man. Please stay tuned for more Tech Reviews in the future.  Until then, have fun, do your your best, and there’s no such thing as perfect objects and humans including you.

-Ethan L.    

Zack Greinke: Depression and Social Anxiety

By Jake M.

Zack Greinke is my favorite member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s pitched 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) and three with Arizona (2016-present). His career accomplishments include being a five-time all-star, 2013 silver slugger, 2009 CY Young Award winner, four-time Gold Glove winner, two-time MLB leader in ERA, and 44th on the all-time career strikeouts list (2,435). He’s a workhorse and considers himself a student of the game. He’s also been diagnosed with Depression and Social Anxiety Disorder.

Zack Greinke’s struggle with depression caused him to miss portions of the 2005 and 2006 seasons and at one point during that stretch considered quitting baseball. He was also defined as socially awkward by fellow team members of the Kansas City Royals, whom he played for from 2004-2010. As recently as March 2018 Zack Greinke had to answer reporters questions about his low velocity numbers. He expressed in an interview that “I always get nervous prior to the start of every season and that it’s just something I have to deal with and my biggest concern is that I won’t be ready for the start of the season.” – USA Today March 8, 2018.

Zack Greinke’s ability to persevere through tough times and continue on to have a decent career should serve as inspiration to other people who struggle with various forms of Bipolar, Depression or Anxiety.

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/03/zack-greinke-spring-training-arizona-diamondbacks-velocity-performance-mlb.

Spyro: Reignited Trilogy(Preview)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to talk about the upcoming game Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for the PlayStation 4.

This game is comprised of all three PlayStation 1 Spyro the Dragon games remastered exclusively for the PlayStation 4 which in fact are Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon.

 

Spyro the Dragon marks the beginning of Spyro’s adventures quests to free the dragon population from their Crystalised Prisons, liberate all six Dragon Homeworlds from enemy occupation, recover all of the stolen gems and vanquish the evil Gnasty Gnorc.

The Dragon Homeworlds are listed as Artisans, Peace Keepers, Magic Crafters, Beast Makers, Dream Weavers and Gnasty’s World.

 

Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage takes place after the events of Spyro the Dragon.

While on his way to Dragon Shores for a well deserved vacation, Spyro makes an unexpected detour to the mystical realm of Avalar which is under constant threat from the evil, imperial wizard Ripto as well as from from Ripto’s Lackeys Gulp and Crusher.

In this game, Spyro makes new friends here such as Elora (a Faun), Hunter (a Cheetah), the Professor (a Mole), Moneybags (a Bear) and Zoe (a Fairy).

Avalar’s HomeWorlds consist of three major areas that are known as the Summer Forest, the Autumn Plains and the Winter Tundra.

 

Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon takes place after the events of Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage.

In this game, Spyro and Hunter travel to the Forgotten Realms (the dragon’s original homelands from a thousand years ago) to recover all the dragon eggs which were stolen by the the Evil Sorceress (the Forgotten Realms’ dictatorial monarch) and her army of Rhynocs.

In this game, Spyro makes new friends/allies such as Sheila the Kangaroo, Sgt. James Byrd (a Flying, Military Penguin equipped with Twin Rocket Launchers), Bentley the Super-Intelligent Yeti and Agent 9 (a Space Monkey/Secret Agent).

The Forgotten Realms’ Homeworlds consist of 4 major areas that are known as Sunrise Spring, Midday Gardens, Evening Lake and Midnight Mountain.

 

In conclusion, I think it’s so cool that they’re bringing back spyro for a new and improved encore performance.

This game will be available for a heated purchase on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 so be sure to be ready for a fiery unveiling.

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Wombat

Wombat

By Chris M.

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This little furry critter is called a Wombat. It’s an adorably short-legged quadrupedal, or four-legged, mammal that is native to Australia.

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Australia is the only continent that’s home to the Wombat.

 

These little vombatidae members belong to a family of Australian animals called Marsupials, like the Kangaroo and the Koala.Image result for wombat
If you think a Wombat is too stubby to move around quickly, then you haven’t seen them running away from you. Their speed can reach maximum when threatened. But if they can’t escape, they can curl up into a furry ball. What is fascinating is that wombats have  super solid behinds that protect them from predators, like Dingos.

Image result for wombatUnfortunately, not even a protective behind can save a wombat from getting hit by a car. Many wombats get killed when crossing busy roads, with lots of cars going from left to right. In fact, more wombats are killed by cars along with any other animal unfortunate enough to cross a busy road.

Image result for wombatBut there will be hope. Many conservationists in Australia are rescuing wombat babies that could’ve died inside their dead mums’ pouches. Then they get released back into the wild when they’re old enough.

Image result for wombatI do volunteer work at the AZ Humane Society where we rescue many pets and care for them until they are ready for adoptions. So I feel relieved that there are many people out there who care for these animals.