Hist 390 final blog, 2000-present


Netflix is one of the most popular streaming devices of our time. Netflix was created in the late 1990s, but fully launched in early 2000 and was an instant hit among the American population. As a college student, having the option of Netflix for streaming videos is an excellent feat. Netflix initially opened it’s  company as a DVD renting company at a low rate without excess fees. It then blossomed into a multi billion dollar corporation that streamed upward 35,000 plus titles of videos, as well as 10,000 show titles including seasons of series past. The founders, Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings, stationed the corporate structure out of central California, to where they both worked for computer tech companies prior to the launch of Netflix. And it’s proved to be an extreme success. 

This technological advance fits the need for our time, not only for ease of access, but for monetary spending. Netflix charges $8.99 a month for unlimited streaming on multiple devices, to where regular cable and extended cable packages run between $60-200+ monthly. Considering that most people work and have obligations, Netflix tends to be the optimal choice. Cable offers up to date video, but Netflix is not too far behind. The average upload rate for Netflix is five to ten new titles weekly, which gives the viewers optimal choices for video streaming. 

There is definitely a new social culture associated with Netflix. Initially, the viewer ratio was under the thirty-something crowd because they could afford it. Soon after the explosion of popularity within the company, the primary audience/subscribers became college students because they could binge watch shows during their free time. 

Netflix has become the top streaming corporation in the world as of date. They stream in fifteen different provinces worldwide and have stayed affordable for the common wealth viewer. The success of Netflix has been astronomical in our current technological world and has proved to be efficient, affordable entertainment for all users of different age, sex, preference, race, and all people alike. 


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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


Easy Coconut Shrimp and Thai Spring mix; 20 minute meals


Simple meal.. The spring mix has a thai sesame ginger dressing with wonton strips, tomato and chopped candied pecans..

The Shrimp is EASY. Heat Coconut oil in a deep sauce pan. Butterfly and dredge tiger shrimp in whole milk(light in calories but great flavor), and then roll in a dry mix of tradition japanese panko and shed coconut.

Dop in the hot oil for less than 3 minutes and voila! ready to chow down.

*For the dipping sauce, stir together 2 parts apricot, to one part white distilled vinegar. add in your heat preference of chili flakes and mix accordingly.

Happy Shramping folks!

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Non-traditional Apple Dumplings from Scratch

Today’s recipe entailed a little bit of love and effort, but the results were incredible!

Using my favorite dough recipe:

1 packet of Rapid Rise Active Dry Yeast, 1 cup of tepid water, 2 1/2 cups of flower, a tablespoon of sugar, a pinch of salt, and for this sweet treat, I added about a teaspoon of vanilla for extra goodness.

After dough sets for 5-10 minutes, tear it into 12-13 balls depending on your preference. stretch them slightly to create a small, roundish quarter inch medallion and sit aside while prepping the apples.

DSC_0808 Before you begin cutting the apples, melt a stick of butter in a pyrex pouring cup. Add in 3 tablespoons of white cane sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, and your preferred amount of cinnamon. I added a couple table spoons because it really adds to the flavor of the apples.

DSC_0809 Chop and core your apples. I leave the skins on because it adds a good flavor element. Now your choice of apples is entirely decisive. I used Gala because they are bomb dot com. Grannie Smith are also good because they have the tart element. any other type is too sweet and will make your insides churn. put them in a bowl and douse them in the sugar butter mixture you’ve created. This allows the sugar compounds adhere to the apples and coat them nicely.

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Next up, preheat your oven to 375 and grease a glass pan. start putting the apples in the dough medallions with a spoonful of the residual sugar mixture. Pinch the dough upward to create a “wonton-like” package. Make a second batch of the butter mixture using the same ingredients. This will go into the bottom of the pan and over top of the pre-cooked dumplings.

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Lastly cook the dumplings for 30-35 minutes. Your house will begin to smell like Christmas. Once they’re done, take them out and let sit for 10 minutes.


Keep in mind that even though the outside will be luke warm to the touch, the apples on the inside will be SCORCHING hot and will burn your tongue. For optimal deliciousness, put a couple pats of butter over the top and let melt, because in all reality, EVERYTHING is better with butter! Bon Apetite!


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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Disney Day

 Wonderful rainy day at Disneyland.. As well as some amazing food!


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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Hist 390 blog post: 1950-2000; The Lego Brick

One of the coolest inventions of the twentieth century would have to be the Lego. Although there were original prototypes of the block itself, the lego brick was an innovation worth the name. The originals were made of traditional wood craftsmanship that could only be stacked. The block was a creation of Ole Kirk Christiansen of Denmark, a toy craftsmen by trade. The blocks lacked the luster to create instead of just building. In 1954, Ole Kirk’s son, Godtfred Christiansen, decided to invest his time into marketing and redesigning the lego block into the Lego Brick.

Godtfred designed the modern, and now most popular toy, the LEGO. He filed his patent in 1958, but it was deemed legal in 1961. His design reimagined the basic wood block into an interlocking brick, utilized for building and creating. The patent itself shows the the dimensions, as well as the shapes and mathematic values that attribute to the interlocking abilities. tumblr_m3lob61jBq1rse1ipo1_500 The previous model was made using a cellulose acetate compound, much like the chemicals used in cigarette production, which if heated could create a UV radiation. Seeing as how this was a product marketed to children, Christiansen used a reformulated polymer known as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) which is a hard, rubberized plastic, safe for children.

In the years since the lego brick was released, the Lego corporation has expanded to cater to a larger market, not only marketed towards children but adults alike. Lego stores, lego conventions, and of course, Legoland have been created in wake of the brick’s uprising. Artists have also created masterpieces using the interlocking toys to omit the ease of creation with this product.

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


Hist 390 post 3; The Electric Guitar

389577697_5c6c9ad0a5  The 1931 electric guitar was an expansion to what was known as the greatest instrument ever created. Until this point, simplistic versions of string instruments assisted in giving musicians a defined sound, whether it be the guitar, cello, violin, banjo, ukulele, or other unique stringed ensembles. The electric guitar pushed the acoustic style to the side and helped generate ridiculous melodies that energized music lovers world wide.

The electric guitar started as a prehistoric contraption noted as the “frying pan” resembling an early banjo. The technology of the device is what attracted musicians. It was the first device that you could connect to an amplifier to transfer the sound into speakers for a larger audience. The mechanisms inside the guitar utilized a system of telephone transmitters and tiny microphones connected with diodes, much like complex machinery. This omitted the sound from the neck, through the bridge, then down to the “pan”  in order to create the “twang” sound. When played, the sound changes drastically from a simple, acoustic strum to a deep (sometimes pitchy if picked too hard) register that echoes in a stellar fashion. attached is the 1937 mechanics inside the 6 year old frying pan. Guitar

This innovation is used in every country as of date. The electric/amplified guitar expanded and further changed how modern musicians create music. It’s also created new genres as well as cultures in music that primarily use this device. Metal, rock, country, jazz, pop, and instrumental genres utilize the electric guitar accordingly. eguitar_infographic2

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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized


Bedazzled Patron for Dirty 30

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


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