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Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I used to be labeled as a plant killer by my friends, too. But after transforming my bedroom into a jungle, I believe everybody has a green thumb, even if they don’t know it yet. The trick is to keep an eye out for universal clues that your plants give you. Once you know what to look for, you’ll have a much easier time keeping your indoor jungle thriving.

The most important part of making sure your plants have the best chance of surviving in your home is the research process before you adopt your…


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In the Spring of 2015, I was in my second semester of film school here in San Francisco when we were tasked with creating a 5-minute micro-documentary for class. We could choose any topic that we wanted, but we only had 5 weeks to complete it. It didn’t take long for my brain to latch onto the idea of featuring a local charity organization of queer drag nuns.

If you’re not from around San Francisco, you might’ve just done a double take. If you are from San Francisco, you’ll probably have a good idea of who I’m talking about: The…


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Now that air quality is an relevant health issue for many people during the height of California’s wildfire season, finding natural ways to improve the air we breathe is becoming a hot topic. However, worldwide air pollution has been a problem for decades now. In fact, over 5 million deaths worldwide are caused by indoor and outdoor air pollution.

Because of these deaths, many researchers have done studies about ways to improve the air around us. A study done by NASA in 1989 suggests that there are certain plants that we can grow in our home that rid our air…


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Whispers, tapping, and crinkling packaging: it’s all pretty standard fare in your average ASMR video on Youtube. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who get “the tingles”, there’s no better feeling in the world than pressing play and being sent to another world.

For the uninitiated, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which is a term that was coined back in 2010 by Jennifer Allen in reference to a feeling that most commonly manifests as tingles down the neck and spine in response to a relaxing trigger. …


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It’s comforting to watch your favorite sitcom after a long day. It’s an easy way to unwind. But those 3–4 hours you’re using to view The Office, or Shameless for the tenth time could be used more productively just by selecting a documentary. Psychological studies are showing that watching more documentaries can be useful for your brain and mental health.

Documentaries have the power to be anything. They have few limitations compared to narratives that need to stick to rigid story structures to hold an audience’s attention. …


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Have you ever looked around at your room and thought to yourself that you could use even more plants to make your space come alive?

We’ve all been there. I’m here to let you know that you can grow your collection without going to the neighborhood nursery or spending lots of money. This is where propagation comes in: taking part plants and creating smaller sibling plants. It might sound like a foreign concept, but it’s not so bad after you learn the basics. Let’s talk about a few ways to get started that’ll help build your confidence. …


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Filmmakers get hired for their visual style, not their list of credits. When you apply for a position or pitch a project, your reel is what gets looked at. Your resume might get a glance, but not much more than that. Since film is a visual medium, that’s what counts. What visuals can you deliver to a project?

Your visual style can develop into your personal calling card. When you look at a Nicolas Winding Refn film, you see his signature in every shot: bright neon light sources, dark and inky shadows, moody compositions. …


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There I was, lying shirtless on an oriental rug next to a riverbank, eating bite-size sandwiches and profusely dripping in sweat. Every inch of my skin was either sticky or wet. I felt a mess. The rest of the riverbank was filled by other gay men just like me, surrounded by their friends, laughing among themselves. Crumbs from cakes and croissants were getting everywhere.

It had been somewhere in the mid-90’s all day; the sun was torture. Even the shade of the redwoods was no escape. And of course I forgot my sunscreen at home in my rush to pack…


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Do you have $0 in your pocket? Does your client barely have enough to pay your day rate? No worries. After a few years of creating music videos, I have some tips that will make sure you’re ready for anything. Of course, it would be ideal to be able to reach clients who can afford production design, other talent, and a crew to help you out, but we all have to start somewhere.

Assuming you have some sort of camera, editing software, and time on your hands, you’ll be well on your way to upgrading your gear and earning a…


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Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most of us have deep-set bags under our eyes at this point. Waking up disoriented and asking what day it is has become commonplace. It’s been tough to get a good night’s sleep over the last few months and there’s quite a bit of research to show us why.

We sleep for about a third of our entire lives, so it’s important to ensure that time is as restful as possible. But when a global pandemic and is knocking on our door, it’s a little tough to get some restful shut-eye.

Shut-eye is crucial in…

Fred Gebhardt

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