The Marijuana Debate | Hri-Write

Marijuana, Ganja, Kush, Weed. Whatever you call it, marijuana and its legalization have been hot topics in the 21st century. There’s a stark difference in both sides of this debate; those against it don’t want to admit it has certain significant benefits, while those for it don’t want to admit that while it is less harmful than drinking or smoking, it still takes its toll … Continue reading The Marijuana Debate | Hri-Write

Why I use Reddit (and you should too)

As I click on the orange app that reads ‘Reddit’ on my iPhone, my eyes widen as I open to a barrage of dark humor from /r/imgoingtohellforthis. Laughing agonisingly as I get out of bed, I scroll further down to posts from /r/space and see what’s making top news related to space and astronomy. I’m 203 days old. At least that’s how old my Reddit … Continue reading Why I use Reddit (and you should too)

Here’s why things you just discovered seem to pop up constantly

You know what I’m talking about, right? Have you ever learned a new word, one that you swear you’ve never heard before, only to find it popping up throughout your daily life for a few days after? There’s a name for that: The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. This phenomenon actually works on two major premises (or psychological processes, if you will): The confirmation and selection bias. The first of … Continue reading Here’s why things you just discovered seem to pop up constantly

Travelling: What’s the fascination?

Summer’s here, and that means most people will either have already boarded their cross-continent flights or will do so in the near future, so it’s an opportune time to write about travelling. We aspire to travel as much as we aspire to pursue our dreams, and this a very important factor in understanding why we feel the need to travel. In many cases, humans travel … Continue reading Travelling: What’s the fascination?

Reflecting, and what’s to come for Hri-Write

The last year’s been pretty busy with grade 11 and other commitments, and with that I haven’t fully had the chance to reflect on the massive manner in which this blog has expanded. 2017 has been a wild series of ups and downs for me personally, but even more so for Hri-Write. From being a blog with a total viewership of 5,000 people in January … Continue reading Reflecting, and what’s to come for Hri-Write

Understanding extremist terrorism

While I hate to talk about such a grim, dark topic, terrorism is running rampant across the globe, and there just seems to be no end. In 2017, the face of terrorism are organisations like ISIS. So, what exactly is terrorism? Merriam-Webster calls terrorism “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political … Continue reading Understanding extremist terrorism

Hot take: The War on Drugs is a huge failure

I try my best to refrain from topics that have anything to do with psychotropic or psychedelic substances, but the implications of this topic in this day and age are so vast that talking about it would do more good than bad. The ‘War on Drugs’ was a name dubbed to the criminalisation of hallucinogenic substances during the presidency of US President Richard Nixon. It … Continue reading Hot take: The War on Drugs is a huge failure

TRAPPIST-1 (meet the 7 earth-like exoplanets!)

“Astronomers have discovered the first known system to host seven Earth-size planets around one star, and it lies just 39 light-years away from our own solar system.” – Space.com Unless you live under a rock, you heard this week that NASA disclosed a groundbreaking discovery regarding the TRAPPIST-1 system, containing 7 Earth-like planning potentially supporting life. Anticipation was mounting from the 24 hours before the … Continue reading TRAPPIST-1 (meet the 7 earth-like exoplanets!)

‘Kids these days’, and Juvenoia.

The phrase ‘kids these days’, has been used since time immemorial by older generations to express their disappointment in younger generations. We love to talk about just how different life was ‘back in the good old days’. In that regard, you see a huge number of ‘only 90s kids will remember…’ on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. George Orwell had a brilliant quote … Continue reading ‘Kids these days’, and Juvenoia.

Tech Spotlight: Why you should be using IFTTT right now!

I usually don’t do a lot of tech blogs, personally because I feel there’s so many out there, but this one, I simply cannot avoid. This is a website you definitely should check out, and it’s one that after a long while I can vouch for as the most ingenious app/service devised yet. What is IFTTT? IFTTT, a clever acronym for ‘If This, Then That.’, … Continue reading Tech Spotlight: Why you should be using IFTTT right now!