Bipolar Story

 

By

Jake M.

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I was diagnosed with Bipolar at a very young age. For a long time I never understood the symptoms, implications, or consequences of my diagnosis which has caused me to do some very harsh and irrational things that I can’t take back. I still don’t understand all of it.

During my early childhood I had poor communication skills. This prevented me from effectively communicating with others my diagnosis and how it affects me and those around me. People always appreciated the good and gentle side of me but when I would go into one of my mania episodes people would freak out and it sometimes turned them away. At this point in my life I was still developing my cognitive thinking so I had a hard time identifying when I was having a manic episode, which prevented me from being able to deal with it effectively and appropriately.

I’ve been through various therapy sessions over the years to help me develop awareness and manage myself when these manic moments happen. Managing emotions in the moment is not easy. A very direct way to do it is to remove yourself from the situation or avoid situations that lead to mania. Unfortunately, you don’t always have the luxury of avoiding situations or stepping aside. This is where you use coping skills such as deep breathing, counting to ten, and letting other individuals know what you are feeling and ask if you can step aside for a few moments.

Something that has helped me along the way is talking to individuals who I trust. I got comfortable doing that so I decided it was ok to tell more people. Not only has it helped me manage but it becomes an open communication line so that people understand if they see me going through an episode. People now have the chance to cue me in if they think I’m in a manic stage. Telling people helps erase the stigma surrounding people with bipolar or other mental illnesses.

Our culture is constantly influenced by celebrities. Celebrities influence religion, politics, and civil rights movements. Bipolar awareness is no different. Some celebrities who are or were diagnosed with Bipolar and were open about it include the late actress Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) and female pop artist and actress Demi Lovato (Camp Rock, Sonny With a Chance). It’s important to have role models because having friends regardless of how many doesn’t always contain depression or bipolar.

People who have bipolar need a community of other people who have it in order to feel more comfortable about their diagnosis. Unless you have Bipolar you’ll never understand the full scope of it.

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Top 10 facts about Ethan L. (Cartoons, Animation, and 3D Modeling Edition)

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10. My favorite Cartoon Network show used to be Dexter’s Laboratory.  But after seeing the banned episode “Rude Removal” it really ruined me.  But now my favorite Cartoon Network show is Courage the Cowardly Dog.

9. My least favorite Cartoon Network shows are MAD and Ed, Edd N Eddy.

8. What got me into with creativity is when I played my first Mario game which was Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2 for the Nintendo Wii.  It has creative enemies, planets, and so many more.

7. My favorite Disney movie is Aladdin, because it’s funny and it has a lot of memorable moments.

6. My favorite PIXAR movie is Inside Out, because I think it’s the most creative, very memorable, and very emotional.

5. I’m currently learning 3D Modeling/Animation in Blender and I actually have an idea for a 3D Animation Short, but I won’t tell you what it is yet.

4. The weirdest animated short I’ve ever seen is the Dirty Birdy. (Link)

3.  I used to watch a lot of Cartoon Network, but now I rarely watch cartoons on TV and I prefer playing Video Games more.

2. The cartoons from the very old days that I grew up watching is: Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes.

1. Some other cartoons I loved is the Pink Panther and Popeye: The Sailor Man.  Even though I didn’t grew up watching these cartoons as a little kid, it still inspired me to do animation.  Even the YouTube series, Animator Vs. Animation inspired me to do animation as well.

 

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us(Preview)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us. This movie is a direct sequel to the 2017 film Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! The story setting in this movie takes place in Fura City during the Fura City’s “Wind Festival.”

 

The cast of characters in this movie are Ash Ketchum (main hero), Pikachu (Ash’s pokemon partner/best friend), Risa (a highschooler/rookie trainer), Eevee (Risa’s pokemon partner) Rick (Risa’s little brother), Toren (a timid, pokemon researcher), Chansey (Toren’s pokemon partner) Callahan (a braggart), Sudowoodo (Callahan’s pokemon partner) Harriet (an eccentric, old lady), Margo (a mysterious girl) and Oliver (Margo’s father).

 

The Legendary Pokemon that are featured in this movie are Lugia (Johto region)(Psychic/Flying type) and Zeraora (Alola region)(Electric type).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this movie is a remake/remastered version of the 2nd pokemon film The Power of One and that it will be the most popular pokemon movie thus far.

 

Top 10 facts about Ethan L. (Video Games Edition)

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10. My first gaming console is the Sony PlayStation 2 and later, my next consoles were the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch.

9. I’ve never owned a Xbox Console.  But I used to have a Xbox 360 wired controller for playing Steam games.

8. The controller I use right now to play Steam games is the Steam Controller and I totally love it.

7. My favorite childhood video game is Pac-Man World 2 for the PS2 because it was my very first Platformer/3D Platformer game and Pac-Man was the first cartoon video game character I played as.

6. I’m a Completionist and a Achievement Hunter when I play games.

5. I used to be obsessed with Angry Birds.  But they released so many random games on iOS and Android, that it made me prefer the cartoons instead. (Angry Birds Toons)

4. My favorite video game character is GLaDOS from Portal and Portal 2 and my favorite iconic video game character is Pac-Man.

3. My favorite Indie games are Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, SteamWorld Dig, and SteamWorld Heist.

2. My favorite scarest video game character is Giygas from Earthbound.  (If you’re wondering what image that is, that’s what it is.)

1.  I have at least one favorite game on different systems.  

  • PS2: Ratchet and Clank
  • Wii: Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2
  • Wii U: Pikmin 3
  • Steam: Portal 2
  • Nintendo Switch: Super Mario Odyssey (So far)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.