Violence in Chicago

My brother just told me about this series of short documentaries looking at the tragedy of violence in parts of Chicago. Each focuses on one of the 10 Most Violent Neighborhoods in the Second City. Back of the Yards is number 10.

I live north of the city, but it’s still troubling that others must live in a war zone.

I agree with the reporter that if you don’t understand a problem, you can’t solve it.

Better Get Wrapping

I admire how the Japanese wrap gifts. It’s a bit more graceful than the way I was taught. The video above shows their technique though she doesn’t tell us that. She’s also got more tips that make a lot of sense. I’m going to test out her make your own gift bag one.

This one from HGTV Canada has a neat idea for creating a pocket when wrapping. You can stick a card inside. It also repeats the DIY gift bag idea with a slight variation.

He’s Cute, but . . .

I just read about the top earners on YouTube. One 6 year old boy caught my eye because he and his parents, I imagine earned $11,000,000 from their YouTube videos.

From the few I’ve seen, Ryan’s videos show him playing with a new toy. Ryan is adorable and seems very genuine. He does get a lot of toys to test out. His parents often participate by playing along.

Here’s a video of Ryan playing with a few different toy advent calendars. They are new to me and cute, but isn’t advent about anticipation? I realize the chocolate calendars also emphasize consumption rather than anticipation, but

I hope Google doesn’t demonetize Ryan and grab 80% of his income as they have for Casey and Simon and Martina. (I’m hoping both Casey and Simon and Martina get fair compensation for their videos.)

I’m still stunned by this income. A lot of TV stars don’t earn $11,000,000 a year. Here’s a list of the top salaries Hollywood TV actors get. Ryan does make more. Well, he also writes his own material. I hope his parents, who do seem like good people, invest wisely.