Kratom Review

A Review of the medicinal herb Kratom from our new side project TGN Herbalism
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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

From Software’s new addition to their notoriously difficult game line-up has recently been released. While it’s still all about big bosses and rigorous combat, it’s introduced many new mechanics and lore for the soulsbourne community to enjoy and explore.


Just like their previous titles, Sekiro revolves around its combat. From one idol to another, you are faced with aggressive enemies trying their hardest to prevent you from your progression, not to mention the countless and unique mini bosses scattered around to give you a hard time. You can choose to skip most of them, but at the risk of missing out on precious prayer beads, which significantly boost your vitality and damage and make progression much easier. The bosses in Sekiro were also a fresh reminder of why people play these games, and why they often feel like masochists for doing so. Because of the new fighting mechanics (focused primarily on deflecting, rather than rolling and attacking) Sekiro bosses feel a lot more difficult because in order to fight them you have to adapt to the new fighting mechanics and play style. This may be easier for new players, and has proved to make things much harder for long-time dark souls fans. Attempting to roll or dodge out of certain attacks won’t save you from being hit most of the time. Sekiro was the first in this series to completely drop i-frames (frames in which you are invincible) altogether, which made the game a lot harder. From Software did this to encourage players to deflect most attacks. When you see a kanji appear, you are meant to either jump or dash to avoid the attack.

The story behind Sekiro is also a very fresh and interesting one. You’re set in feudal Japan during peak war times. You’ll play as a shinobi named Wolf, sworn to protect a child known as the ‘divine heir’. After losing his arm in a fight against a general looking to seek immortality, you wake up in  a strange temple in Ashina, where no one can die for good. Your goal is to find the mortal blade and restore Ashina and humanity to what it once was. With multiple different endings and the return of NG+ (new game plus), Sekiro comes with tons of replay-ability.

Sekiro also introduces a new, much more punishing penalty for dying. Although it may seem easier and more lenient due to the feature which allows you to die twice before you die for “real” (hence the name), when Wolf dies too much, you develop a disease called ‘dragonrot’. This disease effects a random NPC every 10-15 deaths. If afflicted, the NPC cannot be interacted with and you will be unable to progress their quest lines. This however can be cured using a ‘Dragon’s Blood Droplet’. This penalty is much like the humanity system in dark souls games; if you die you lose your humanity and must restore it in order to do certain things, like summon or pvp. Although it is much more difficult to resolve as the items you need to restore an NPC are very rare.


All-in-all, Sekiro is a fun title with much to uncover and learn about. I would highly recommend it to anyone committed to the souls game, or just looking for a challenging game to play. Have fun and get good, gamers!

Robinhood vs. Stash Vs. Acorn

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Due to the growing field of mobile investing it is now easier than ever to start building up a traded asset portfolio, no longer does one need the services of a stock broker, or a large sum of money t make an impact on the financial health of their future, all you need is $5 and a bank card!

Though their are many brokerages that extend their services to mobile investors there are three main ones I’m going to focus on as I have spent a fairly extensive amount of time, while I currently only use the services from Robinhood I will say I profited modestly but profited nonetheless by the time I drew my money out.

Well here they are the pros and cons.


+ fastest trading capabilities

+ widest stock selection

+ allows the use of leverage

+ allows users to trade cryptocurrency(depending on area)

+ allows complex buying options like short sales, limit sales, and limit buys

+ phenomenal market data and articles


– Hardest to use

– requires most involvement

– very tempting to over trade

Overall: I would highly recommend to anyone who has a moderate understanding of the stock market, wishes to make a dedicated hobby out of it, wants high control over their portfolio, or has highly specific companies they wish to invest in.

People who are new to investing, or don’t have as much of an interest in going in depth may find the others much more desirable

2. Stash:

+ ETF focused

+ Lower Risk factor

+ Very informational for beginners

+ Simple and easy to learn

+ Beautiful UI

+ Fractional shares

– Smaller stock selection

– delayed trading times

– confusing category system

Overall: in the middle in terms of user difficulty, available features, and portfolio control.


+ Extreme simplicity

+ Automatic portfolio builds

+ Requires minimal knowledge

+ Offers Credit line

+ Allows accounts made for children

+ Reward per purchase system for linking credit/bank cards

+ Soothing UI

– minimal portfolio control (presets only)

– no trading

– teaches very little about investing

Overall: Great for absolute beginners or for those who just wanna invest without care of how it works.

In my experience Acorn also pairs great in combination with stash and or Robinhood since acorn is a low risk long term service and The others are a little more risk, choice, and trade oriented so using more than one in unison higher may potentially be a great way to diversify ones overall holdings.

Let us know in the comments which one(s) you use or have used and why!

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