Mangakas with Credible Degree Holders

Before they got gained instant fame, they were like everyone else—struggling to finish college in order to get a good career. These mangakas however, decided to veer away from the rigors of the academe to pursue their true passion—creating mangas.

It’s hard to believe at first but the two well-known mangakas mentioned below hold lofty educational degrees but decided to venture into writing some of the most popular manga series that we are familiar with today.

Naoko Takeuchi

Naoko Takeuchi

Notable works: Codename: Sailor V and Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

During her high school years, Naoko Takeuchi was an active member of her school’s astronomy and manga club. They were required to wear sailor suits (or sailor fuku) on campus (which had become a formula to create the Sailor Moon manga). Even then, her ultimate ambition in life was to become a manga artist but due to her family’s request, she decided to study chemistry at the Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy.

Takeuchi graduated and became a licensed pharmacist. The title of her thesis was called “Heightened Effects of Thrombolytic Actions Due to Ultrasound.” She is currently married to mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi (creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter) and has two kids.

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka

Notable works: Black Jack, Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Metropolis.

During his childhood years, Tezuka goes with his mother to watch the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe in Japan. The troupe had become one of Tezuka’s inspirations when it comes to art. He started to draw comics during his second year of elementary school. He drew them under the pen name “Osamushi.”

Believe it or not, Tezuka obtained his medical degree from Osaka University but did not become a medical doctor due to his great passion for drawing manga and animation.

Movie Guide: Animated Films to Be Released This 2015

2015 is the year of movie sequels, and that does not exclude animated films! Here are some of the most highly-anticipated animated movie spinoffs set to be released this year:

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

A sequel to the 2004 movie The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is set to be released on the silver screen this coming February 6, 2015. The movie, which is based from the Nickelodeon TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, is a 3D animated-live action adventure film. When the Krabby Patty secret formula goes missing, SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the gang have to surface out of the water in order to bring back the recipe and save their city.

Minions

Minions

After the success of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 comes another 3D computer-animated comedy film which tells the story of the cute and clumsy sidekicks to the villains, the minions. Minions is scheduled for release this July 10, 2015. The movie will serve as a prequel/sequel to the two Despicable Me movies and will focus on the story of the minions and their evolution as servants to the most badass masters in history including T-Rex, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Dracula. After destroying their masters accidentally, they lose their purpose in life; luckily, Kevin together with Bob and Stuart, set out on an epic adventure to find a master to serve and restore their status as sidekicks to villains.

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2, which is scheduled to be released in theaters this September 25, 2015, is a spin-off to the 2012 3D film Hotel Transylvania. When Count Dracula’s old-fashioned father Vlad visits Hotel Transylvania for an unannounced family get-together, it leads to a series of conflicts. The fantasy-comedy film stars Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samberg.

League of Legends Terms That Girls Need to Know

League of Legends (also popularly called as LoL or League of Legends) is an online multiplayer battle arena game by Riot Games. The game is playable on either Windows or Mac OS X systems. Playing League is simple—you choose a “champion” and along with four other teammates, strive to destroy the other team’s base.

It’s not only men that dominate Summoner’s Rift. In fact, there are a lot of women who play the game as well! But sometimes the terms can be confusing especially if you just recently got into the game. So before you head out with your teammates in defeating the enemy team, be sure to not forget these very important terms.

LOL ADC

ADC

It’s an abbreviation for Attack Damage Carry. When a player makes her champion an ADC type, the champion deals great amounts of attack damage as the game progresses.

LOL Support

Assist

It means to help a fellow teammate in killing an enemy champion. In return, you get a share of the reward.

Aura Bot

A champion equipped with multiple aura-producing items; a very important asset to any team.

LOL Carry

Carry

Carries are at team’s most important members. They are responsible for dishing out incredible amounts of damage. If you “carried” a team, it means it was by your actions that your team won.

Jungle

Jungling means eschewing laning (fighting in the game’s three lanes, killing enemy minions and champions) in favor of hunting neutral monsters in the game’s jungles.

KS

Short for Kill Steal. It’s when someone blames an ally for applying the coup de grace even when you’ve done most of the damage that whittled down the victim’s life bar.

MM

Short for Marksman. It’s a champion that deals a lot of damage from afar. Ranged champions are almost always weak in terms of armor and magic resistance, making them valuable assets to protect. MM is another term that is synonymous with “ADC.”

Roamer

It is a champion that can move around the map to gank, support, or jungle.

Dog Lover’s Scoop: Cesar Millan – The Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan is a Mexican-American self-taught dog trainer who is best known for his reality show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan which was aired in eighty countries worldwide from 2004 to 2012. Prior to his hit TV show, Millan started a rehabilitation center for aggressive dogs called the Dog Psychology Center. Millan is also the author of three best-selling novels that sold more than two million copies in the USA alone. The Dog Whisperer also introduced in 2009 Cesar’s Way, a magazine that gained positive praise from American readers. According to Millan, his main goal is to rehabilitate dogs and train people in order to create a perfect and balanced relationship between canines and humans.

Cesar Millan

Millan grew up in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It was there that his affection for animals grew. Born with an uncanny empathic link with dogs, he was nicknamed el Perrero or the dog boy. When he was 21 years old, he entered the borders of America without a VISA and without knowing any English words; his first job in his new home was at a dog grooming store and after becoming quite financially stable he created the Pacific Point Canine Academy. He later created the Dog Psychology Center, which specializes in rehabilitating large breed dogs.

Dog Whisper

After appearing in Los Angeles Times in 2002, he worked with MPH Entertainment Inc. and the partnership created a reality TV show featuring Millan and his way of rehabilitating dogs. The show was broadcasted in 2004 on National Geographic Channel and was later moved to Nat Geo WILD; the reality became National Geographic’s number 1 show during its first season. The Dog Whisper with Cesar Millan ended in 2012. Just this 2014 though, Cesar was again featured in his new reality TV show called Cesar 911.

Cesar’s technique in modifying aggressive behaviors of dog is based on the principle that healthy and balanced dogs are required to have a strong pack leadership coming from their adoptive human parents.

Microsoft Flight Simulator – Giving PC Gamers a Great Flight Experience

Windows users have the lion’s share of game releases—the PC gaming industry is jam-packed with games from a bewildering amount of genres. Players who crave for a casual gaming experience still have a bevy of games to choose from while those who crave the usual action-packed game have a staggering gamut of software to choose from. From simple ones to the more complex, there is simply no shortage of PC games. One of the more esoteric ones is Microsoft Flight Simulator. This game offers gamers a great flight experience with realistic flight interface and easy-to-follow protocols followed by real pilots throughout the world.

Features

Since its development back in the 80s, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been one of the leading flight PC game and software applications that allow users to plan and create virtual flights with a variety of flight models to choose from. From the Cessna, Boeing, Bell, and even the planes used in the World War, Microsoft Flight Simulator is your top choice for a realistic flight experience.

Flight Simulator X Game Cockpit

You want to experience flying a commercial airline from your hometown to popular places like Tokyo or Paris? Flight Simulator can do that! As you go through your flight, you might experience situations that occur in real airline flights like minor turbulences, weather disturbances, and other flight-related situations.

Easy Tutorials

The good thing about the Flight Simulator games is this great feature: they provide easy tutorials for laymen to follow. They are not handed to the user in text alone; they are also guided by voice from professional international flight instructors like Rod Machado, John King, and Martha King.

Flight Simulator X

The tutorials tackle the basic flight commands, basic cockpit interface, flight controls, protocols, and basic flight terms needed for a successful flight. There’s no need to worry when you fail the basic tutorial flights. You can easily reset them or redo them when you are not satisfied with your flight performance. You can also save your flight performance for reference later on.

Easy Custom Flights

Flight Simulator makes it easy for you to make custom flight plans like the origin points and flight destinations, configure weather settings, wind, air traffic, and many others. You can also decide to make sudden changes while the flight is ongoing by simply making commands in the air traffic control panel.

Qantas Boeing 747

If you are not sure which flight or plane to choose from, Flight Simulator has a list of pre-made flights for users to experience without wasting their time selecting and going through a lot of settings to make their flight.

Easy Controls and Key Configuration

Flight Simulator is one of those flight PC games that provide users easy controls and key configuration. You can use either a flight joystick (exclusive for Flight Simulator use only), a USB game controller (functions might vary from the standard ones), or the keyboard controls. If you are having trouble handling with the default controls, you can easy configure the keys and functions in the settings menu.

Conclusion

Though simulators have long since waxed and waned, this one is still a great game to play. If you are one of those people who are curious of what’s going on when it comes to flights, then this game is perfect for you.

Bookworm Facts: Common Ways on How to Better Understand Books

Reading books can sometimes give us difficulty especially when it comes to comprehending them. Whether you are an avid bookworm or just a casual reader, there will really be times when you will have a hard time understanding what you are reading. Here are some tips on how to better comprehend the books you are reading:  

Understand first what type of book you are reading

Bookworm with Glasses
Before even reading the book, know first what type is it. By understanding the type of book you are reading, you can then create a plan on how to comprehend it better. If you think that the type of book you are reading is quite difficult, then you can prepare for things such as pen and paper and a dictionary to help you take down notes and know the meaning of difficult words.

Know your goals why you are reading the book

Is it only to relax or reduce your stress that’s why you are reading a book? Or do you need it to complete some school work such as book reports and research papers? The point of knowing your goal in reading is that if you do not know what you want to get from the book, then there will be a tendency that you will get nothing only a modicum of digestible information. What do you want to get from the book? Knowledge? The author’s perspective? Or entertainment?

Take down notes when reading

Library Bookworm
When reading books especially textbooks, it is important that you have a pen, paper, and highlighter with you. If you really want to understand a book better, then taking down notes is highly recommended. Sometimes, marking paragraphs and phrases aren’t enough for you to comprehend the book. Instead writing down facts on a piece of paper or notebook will help you understand it better. And by the way, it is better to understand the main point of the book rather than memorizing it.

Read slowly but surely

Digest every word of the books slowly; that’s the surest way of understanding the book better. Reading slowly but surely always does the trick in making it easier on your part in understanding the book. Pause for a while, comprehend the main idea of the paragraph or chapter first before proceeding to the next page. Although reading in a hasty manner will make you finish the book faster, it definitely won’t help you understand what you are reading better. If you want to really apprehend what you are reading, then retain what you’ve learned by stopping periodically once in a while.

Bookworm Inspiration
After reading the book, it is also equally important that you summarize it so that you can fully understand what is being discussed. There is certainly no point of finishing a book if you cannot comprehend what the author is trying to convey to you. So make sure that you’ve fully understood what you have been reading. How do you do it? Simply follow the tips above. Happy reading!

Eye-mazing Facts: What Does Your Eye Color Says about You?

Contact lenses have undeniably become a trend in the market today. Aside from correcting many types of visual impairment such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, contact lenses are becoming popular among teenagers, fashion buffs, and even Hollywood stars as aesthetic devices that can transform your appearance either in a subtle or drastic way. Before cosmetic contact lenses were introduced, changing the natural hue of your eyes was unheard of. But today, we can easily change our eyes from brown to blue or blue to green and we have contact lenses to thank for that. However, before you get excited and have fun in changing your eye color, know first what your natural eye color says about you.

Black Eyes Contact Lens

Black

You might find it quite surprising but people with black eyes are actually very rare to find. Usually, what we see or call as black eyes are actually just very dark brown eyes but whatever we call it, this eye color is often associated with the words mystery, night, and instinct. People with black eyes are believed to be trustworthy and dependable in everything that they do. They are also very secretive but with them your secrets are also very safe. They are reluctant in starting friendships and relationships because of trust issues but once you pass through their icy exterior you’d be amazed to find that they are very loyal.

Brown Eye Color

Brown

Brown is the most common eye color in world and it is a dominant one; people living in Asia and Africa have this kind of eye color. People with brown eyes are said to be very attractive and confident; they are also very simple, creative, and positive. They love making new friends and are always on the go to try new things. Considered as great lovers and very trustworthy, they are also independent, polite, and caring. These people would go out of their way just to make sure that you are happy and are even willing to sacrifice just to see their loved ones comfortable.

Green Eyes

Green

Green has always been associated with rejuvenation and growth. People with green eyes are often compared to a gust of fresh wind; they are also very enigmatic. They are intelligent, curious and always on the go to discover something new and different. Having only one chance to live life, they also make sure that they live life to the fullest and not to regret about anything that they haven’t done. With a pair of unique eyes, they are always very attractive to look at. However, they tend to be very jealous even with little things but overall, they are very compassionate and vibrant about life.

Blue Eyes

Blue

Among the different eye colors, blue is actually the most desired color by anyone. With its attractive hue, people with blue eyes can easily stand out in a crowd. Blue-eyed people are very smart, kind, and sincere with everything they do. They are happy-go-lucky and they also wanted to make others happy even in their own little ways. People with blue eyes are peace-loving and when it comes to relationships, they always want to find a type of relationship that would last forever.

Aside from the mentioned colors, there are still other hues such as grey and hazel. It has always been said that the eye is the window to our soul; by simply gazing deeply into someone’s eyes it can tell you a lot of things. Just like the color of eyes, it has a lot of things to say about our personality.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying Contact Lenses

Wearing Contact Lenses

When wearing contact lenses, the most important thing you should be conscious about is your hygiene. Always make sure that your lenses are well disinfected and your hands thoroughly clean while you are putting them on. Always wash your hands but make sure to avoid using oily or scented soaps and avoid applying any kind of hand moisturizers or lotions especially those that contain lanolin prior to wearing your contact lenses.

 Lens Storage Case

To avoid confusion or interchanging your contact lenses, it’s advisable that you should make it a habit to put on the first contact lens in the same eye. Aside from that, there are also other important things that you need to remember such as making sure that your lens storage case are as pristine as the lenses that you keep inside them. Eye doctors usually provide a detailed list of instructions on how to go about this. If you want your contact lenses to last as long as possible and your eyes safe from any infection, make sure to follow the guidelines provided by your eye care specialist.

Your contact lenses should remain sticky and moist at all times; otherwise they will lose their adhesive power. However, this doesn’t mean that you are allowed to lick them or put them inside your mouth just to keep them moist. Your saliva has certain properties that don’t react well with the contact lenses’ composition. Also, never make the mistake of topping off the old solution that swimming inside your contact lens case. Throw out the old solution first before you replace it with several fresh drops. Reusing old solution defeats its purpose. While cleaning contact lenses, make sure to rub them before you leave them to soak in the solution. This is advisable even if you are using a “no-rub” solution.

 Contact Lens And Eyeliners

If you’re the type who wears makeup every day, protect your contact lenses from all the products that you use. Make sure that the tiny particles don’t stick to your lenses as they can irritate your eye. Put them on first before you apply makeup and avoid applying any product too closely to your eyeballs. Eyeliners that smudge easily should not be applied to closely to your waterline as they can mix in with your eyes natural fluids and can swim their way to your contact lenses.

Lastly, don’t forget to take them off before you sleep. No matter how tired you are, you should always exert enough energy to remove them from your eyes and put them back into their cases before you go to bed.

Make Up and Sun Protection: A Guide to Daily Contact Lens Wear

Overexposure To UV Light

Being exposed to excessive amounts of UV light is known to cause harm to people. However, apart from developing a potential risk for skin cancer, other purportedly harmful effects of the sun’s rays weren’t exactly made clear to us. If you didn’t know this already, our eyes are also in equal danger as our skin. Overexposure to UV light was among the main reasons why people developed a terrible eye condition known as photokeratitis. Exposure to too much UV light was also linked to the development of cataracts.

To protect our eyes, some contact lenses are built with a UV-blocking agent. Since you can’t really tell whether a pair of contacts has been protected with a blocking agent or not, you should ask your eye doctor or contact lens dealer about it. If you often find yourself out in the sun, getting this kind of contact lenses is a good idea. It helps protect the covered are of your eye from icky growths and formations such as pterygium and pingueculae. However, as they do not cover the entire area of the eye, they will not do as a substitute for sunglasses. Contact lenses with UV-blocking abilities should only be used for added protection.

Contact Lenses Built With UV Blocking Agent

If you wear contact lenses as well as make up on a daily basis, then it is important for you to make sure that no traces of the products you use can find its way into your contact lenses. As you noticed, your lenses are sticky and have the ability to catch any loose particle that may come its way. Now, since you wear them on your eyeballs, you wouldn’t want this to happen. That’s why, to avoid it, make sure to put them on before you paint your face with makeup. Also, before you put your contact lenses on, wash your hands first. Make sure it’s clear of any traces of lotions and moisturizers as they can stick to your lenses and may irritate your eyes.

Just to be extra safe, you can opt for products that are eye friendly and labeled as non-allergenic. If you are fond of using heavy eye makeup, you might want to switch to cream based eye shadow as they are less likely to stick to your lenses as powder based products.

Applying Eyeliner

Be extra careful when applying eyeliner. Don’t apply it too close to your eyes especially if the type of eyeliner you’re using smudges easily. And finally, when you are about to remove your makeup, make sure to take out your contact lenses first. As always, wash your hands thoroughly before you do so.

A Safety Checklist for Contact Lens Wearers

Wearing Contact Lens

Different people use contact lenses for different reasons. While most of the time it’s worn to enhance or correct vision, a number of colored and novelty contacts are also produced to cater to the needs of consumers who would like to wear them for their visual appeal. Whatever reason they might have for wearing contact lenses, the safety precautions remain the same. If you wear contact lenses yourself, then you should know by now how important it is to maintain them. To make them last as long as they should, you have to know how to clean and take care of them properly. Your eye doctor and contact lens dealer will provide you with a list of instructions regarding proper contact lens wear. However, if you need a little reminder, here’s a useful safety checklist for you.

As you may remember, you were required to visit your eye doctor for an exam in order to get a prescription so you can purchase a pair of contact lenses. This step is necessary regardless of your reason for wearing lenses. Now, if you have been wearing contact lenses for a long time, you might want to update your prescription. Your eyesight may have improved or deteriorated over time. So, if you want to get the most out of your contact lenses, make sure your prescription is correct and up-to-date. Apart from getting a prescription, you should also visit your doctor right away whenever you experience any intolerable discomfort, swelling and redness while wearing contact lenses.

 Visit Your Eye Doctor

Aside from getting an updated prescription, one of the most important rules in contact lens wear is to never share lenses with other people. Swapping novelty lenses may sound like a fun and practical idea since you get to try different looks without having to spend a dime. However, doing so is actually dangerous since it can promote the spread of bacteria. If that happens, you will be more prone to developing a range of potentially serious eye problems.

Putting On Contact Lens

Make sure to master the art of putting them on and removing them so as not to cause a lot of scratches in your eye. As a bonus, mastering the entire process also allows you to save more time in the morning before you go to school or work as well as in the evening before you go to bed. Finally, don’t forget to take them off before you go to sleep. Your eyes need to breathe in order to stay healthy and hydrated.