How to Maximize Meditation to Relieve Stress (A beginner’s guide)


Life in this era has become more complex. A lot is happening worldwide, and everyone is trying to catch up. In a bid to stay abreast with the vicissitudes of life, our health gets threatened. Sometimes, our health could get threatened without us being aware. When this happens, stress sets in.

Stress is simply your body’s reaction to changes that affect you. These changes could be emotional, physical, or even psychological. One of the most effective methods of managing stress is meditation.

This article discusses meditation, what happens to the brain when you meditate, how to achieve the maximum result and the challenges you may encounter in meditation.

What is Meditation?

Contrary to popular belief, meditation does not involve keeping your mind empty so that you don’t think about anything. Meditation is not like that; in fact, quite the opposite. A person can achieve a state of calmness both mentally and emotionally through the practice of meditation. This is done by practicing paying attention and being aware. Focusing on a particular thing could be a part of this training. It may seem a bit difficult for someone who has not done this before.

What Happens to Your Brain When You Meditate?

1. Areas of Your Brain That Strengthen Memory and Attention Are Further Developed

Neural connections are how the brain functions. As you repeatedly perform an action, the neural pathway leading to it is strengthened, making it easier for you to access. For instance, when someone first learns to play the guitar, everything appears to be complicated. However, if he persists for about 3 years, he will eventually master it and find it simple. Simply put, it’s because that brain pathway has been established. When you meditate, the same thing takes place. The brain’s learning, memory, and self-awareness pathways evolve over time.

2. Meditation Relaxes Your Sympathetic Nervous System

The fight-or-flight system is another name for this nervous system. The brain is unable to decide whether to fight or run when you are in a dangerous situation. Stress hormones are released whenever there is an apparent threat. A person is said to be stressed when this happens frequently.

You activate the parasympathetic nervous system while meditating, turning off the sympathetic nervous system. Meditation can therefore help lower stress.

The Basic Ways of Meditating Are:

– Observing Your Thoughts

Contrary to popular belief, this approach does things a little differently by allowing thoughts to pass through your mind. Here’s what you do in place of forcing your mind to be empty of all thoughts: As the thoughts arise, tag them and then release them. For example, you might be in the middle of your meditation when you realize that you have only one day left to finish the project you were given. Instead of breaking out in a panic and saying, “I need to go and get back to work, so I don’t fail,” simply label it and continue your journey.

– Focusing on Your Breath

This one is influenced by Buddhist custom. It simply entails paying attention to your breath. You already have something to fixate on when you focus on your breath. Your focus should be on breathing in and out while doing this.

– Body Scanning

Here, as the name suggests, you scan your body. You merely shift your focus from mental thoughts to each individual part of your body, one at a time. Up until you’re finished, you move from one area of your body to another. You can begin by concentrating on one side of your face, then work your way up to your head before moving back down until you have focused on every part of your body. You’ll notice that each time you scan down a specific area of the body, you become aware of sensations that could be pleasant or unpleasant.

You should combine all three of these techniques in order to get the best results while meditating. You must be aware of your thoughts, your breathing, and, eventually, your entire body. You shouldn’t start by scanning your body because it might distract you. Later, you can proceed to that. You should practice concentration, contemplation, and meditation.

The Following Factors Must be Considered as They Will Play a Role in Helping You Achieve the Maximum Result

The first thing to think about is time when beginning a meditation routine and how to make the most of it to reduce stress. You have to be prepared to make the time. It’s not necessary to set out for an hour or two when you set a time. It might only take five or ten minutes, and you can add on from there. The capacity to learn is another crucial element. At different times in our lives, we all pick up new skills. You won’t be able to make any real progress if you don’t acknowledge that you are still a learner in this area.

1. Setting Out Time

A timer could be used for this. It is simpler to do it while using a timer. Although most people meditate in the morning and evening, if you’re just starting out, you can meditate by yourself in the morning. It is crucial to remember that setting aside time each day for meditation can have a significant impact. This is so that when the designated time arrives, your body begins to signal that it’s time to meditate. Over time, your body and mind will align with the designated time.

Just take it one minute at a time when you feel ready to extend the time. Be patient, and don’t rush. The key to this process is not to think about it too much.

In the event that you do not reach your goal, you must learn to be patient with yourself. It’s important to treat yourself nicely. You should celebrate your achievement and all the positive things that come from it, but when you are done, get back to work on improving yourself.

2. A Good Place

Finding a suitable location and making the time to meditate are both crucial. You require a quiet area free from disturbances. A room with every amenity may not be necessary. Just a peaceful area will do. You can keep your mind still by doing this.

3. Warm-up

Like when you start exercising, you might need to warm up before you start. Yoga poses could be used to warm up. Note that this is not necessary.

4. Positioning

The posture you adopt before starting to meditate is crucial. Simply be at ease while sitting on the ground, a chair, a table, etc. The idea is to stand up straight with your spine in a neutral position. This enables proper energy circulation and an even distribution of your body’s weight.

Additionally, you have the option to raise your hands or place them on the floor or on your lap. You can choose whichever feels most comfortable to you. You must feel at ease before you can practice effectively.

5. Your Breath

You may need some practice to get the hang of focusing on your breath, but here’s where to start. Keep your eyes closed and remain in your chosen position. As you take your breaths, think about them. Avoid making any changes to your breathing pattern as much as you can. Use your entire diaphragm, and let it be natural. Just breathe normally, without going too quickly or slowly. You might want to up it once you start to get the hang of it, but don’t!

If it will help you focus, you can decide to keep track of how many breaths you take. Simply labeling thoughts as they arise will allow you to let them go without building on them. When you find yourself drifting, stop yourself right away and start counting your breaths again. It might take some time to accomplish all of this, but with practice, you get better.

6. End of Practice

Don’t just fly off after your meditation session is over. Spend some time thinking about how you felt before starting your meditation and how you felt afterward. Stretch out gradually before standing up.

Challenges You May Encounter

You might have trouble as a beginner trying to meditate to reduce stress. It’s important to remember that everything is a process, and things get better over time. Everyone who practices proper meditation now did not begin by doing so; instead, they all ran into difficulties. Several of these difficulties include:

– Sleep

The same region of the brain that is activated just before falling asleep is also activated during meditation (especially in the beginning phase). By meditating in an unfavorable setting, you can avoid falling asleep. For instance, you can sit while you meditate rather than lying down (which may be tempting). You don’t have to meditate in your bedroom; you can do it somewhere else. Try meditating while keeping your eyes open as well. The first few times you try to meditate while keeping your eyes open will be challenging, but it gets easier with practice. In addition, you can mix it up and try meditating while walking or sitting in a chair.

– Doubt

You would occasionally wonder if you were acting morally or if you were just wasting your time. This is due to the fact that, almost like with anything that begins, changes don’t become apparent right away. You can be confident that you are acting appropriately as long as you continue to meditate. With time, the outcome will speak for itself.


One of the best practices you can use in this day and age when we are constantly being bombarded with activities is to make the most of meditation to reduce stress. One of the natural ways to reduce stress is through meditation; if done correctly, it can help you lead a happy and healthy life.


What Makes A Great Western RPG?


If there has been one genre that has captivated gaming audiences more than any other in the last decade, it is the RPG genre. We have seen some of the most genuinely staggering adventures delivered to our screens by very talented western developers. Each presents unique quirks, art styles, mechanics and narratives that make them stand out within a very saturated field. That’s right, there are hundreds of AA and AAA RPG titles made every year, but only a handful get their time in the spotlight.

Not every game can be a Breath of the Wild, an Elder Scrolls or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. However, there is a particular formula that makes a successful RPG game. While that may not be too clear from the outside looking in, we aim to delve deep into the phenomenon and find out what makes these games so popular. So, without further delay, here is our guide as to what makes an excellent western RPG.

#1 – An Expansive, Detailed World

First and foremost, you need a setting that is conducive to the RPG title. This means you need a unique environment rich in lore, visually appealing, full of exciting characters, fauna, wildlife, different cultures, biomes, and groups that underline the world’s population’s most essential morals and beliefs. It’s about making the world feel like a complete escape from our own yet giving it enough similarities that we can still find relativity with our real-world ideas and opinions.

Take Fallout New Vegas as an example, a post-Apocalyptic world full of mutants and ghouls. Yet, at its core, this is a world that has left and right-wing political parties fighting for control of the state of Nevada, much like modern-day America. So, in short, make the fantasy detailed, unique, and relatable.

#2 – Emergent Gameplay

The second point relates to emergent gameplay, which for those unaware, means gameplay that will differ from player to player. If you are playing a role-playing game, you crave those moments that you can clip and share with your friends. An odd glitch, a moment that defies physics, an NPC mishap. Anything that makes the experience different from other players. Arguably, western RPGs do this better than any other genre. Their enormous scope allows for many different approaches, enables players to make different decisions and ultimately, has them live with the consequences of their decision. Without this, it’s a rather hollow experience, so a good western RPG needs alternative choices and consequences.

#3 – The Freedom to Role Play

Another aspect of a good western RPG is the ability to play your own way. You can play the main story, prioritize side quests, simply wander aimlessly, or you could sack off the whole potentially world-ending plot and become a chicken farmer. No matter what the player’s desire is, the game must allow for this eventuality.

Compare Fallout 4 and Red Dead Redemption II, for example. While it is hailed as one of the best RPGS of its time, this is a shortcoming. Almost every quest has one set method for completion and in terms of the time in-between. Aside from building your settlement, there are few grounds for role-playing. Whereas in RDR2, you can approach the quests in some ways, you get graded on your approach and in the lulls in between, you can hunt, fish, upgrade your camp, rob, steal and generally cause chaos. In short, RPGs need to allow for roleplay, plain and simple.

#4 – A Strong Progression System

One of the critical components to a western RPG that keeps players engaged long-term is a cohesive leveling and progression system. This system needs to help you build the character you want, give you new skills that allow you to manipulate the in-game world with ease, open up new areas and mechanical possibilities to the player. Plus, all this info needs to weave together seamlessly and inform the player very clearly. So, the UI needs to be on point.

One of the best examples of excellent progression systems would be Disco Elysium. It allows you to gradually build your character’s personality and uncover a mystery as you progress. Or on the flip side, games like Horizon Zero Dawn and the Middle Earth series do a great job of offering more mechanical options to the player, giving them a heightened sense of power.

#5 – Varied Gameplay Mechanics

Then to ride on the coattails of the last point, the mechanics and gameplay within these titles need to be varied, ever progressing and most importantly, fun. This means that players should be constantly given new quests, game modes, combat skills, weapons, loot, vehicles, be continuously challenged with new enemies and bosses. Plus, the game should be balanced so that one play style isn’t inherently better than another. We are looking at you, Skyrim, with your indulgence for stealth archers.

One of the best examples of constantly progressing game mechanics that keep the game feeling fresh is Stardew Valley. This relaxing and straightforward RPG (though neither a western RPG nor a JRPG) utilizes simple farming game mechanics. However, as the game progresses, even up to three or four years into your campaign, new mechanics and content are hurled your way. Showcasing that even with limited scope, you can still provide gameplay that evolves as you play.

So that is our breakdown of what makes a western RPG successful. What do you make of our list? Do you think that we left out any key components? What is your favorite western RPG of all time? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

Resident Evil 2


The release of Resident Evil 2 back in the day was a landmark moment for many gamers of my generation. Back then, lines weren’t quite so drawn between who gamed X or Y platform. We each had diverse consoles, Sega was still in the race with the greatly underrated Dreamcast released the same year. It was all a big melting pot of sharing games and consoles. Like many of my peers at the time, I only owned one console but bought many games for all the home devices on the market. We’d share around both our games and devices, to the enjoyment of all. Even playing single player games like Resident Evil 1 was a community effort where we all sat down and played. It was a great support system especially after experiences the jump scares, alone, at night. You just wish you had your buds next to you for support.

Incidentally, I remember my troubles during the PS1 era. I was adequately a big N follower (I still am but as maniacally). I did not have a Sony console and would not have one until the end of the PS2’s life cycle, during the peak of the PS3. Playing games such as RE mean leaving the borrowed console powered on and restarting entire levels after death because I did not have a memory card. This was resolved soon enough and I made it a point thereafter to always obtain every means of saving games possible for whatever console came out. I did not have the devices but you can bet I had their cards somehow. All of which was defeated once consoles started shipping with internal hard drives.

RE2 was difficult back then, like many games of the time. It was more than a question of the clunky controls (yes, we all remember the characters were actually two-legged panzers…), but the sheer level of unforgivingly slim margin for error. Furthermore, it was quite scary in a way we did not expect. It wasn’t the first “horror” game I played. But it was the first one on consoles for me, and it went to lengths I did not expect for a home medium which is usually rather colorful. I would expect this on most of my PC games but not here. Side note: I was for a very long time 80% PC gamer with 20% left for exclusives on consoles that may interest me.

Resident Evil 2 in 2019 is all of that…..times 10.

I am glad to see that most reviews also agree with this and it is not unexpected. Technology in the past gave us the best version of RE2 that it could. Technology in 2019 just gave us the means to play the RE2 that we, gamers, deserve. It’s a great start for those who never played the classic version. But, in my opinion, those who grew up with RE, like me, will enjoy this the most. This is not a review, it is an opinion and a bit of advice to go play it.

Now, excuse me while I go pray to the universe that someone does Silent Hill 2 at least half as good a service by remaking it to THIS stellar quality.

Opinion on Starlink: Battle for Atlas


About now some of you interested in gaming have heard about “Starlink: Battle for Atlas”. Given the price point of entry, a lot of regular gamers will want to try it out in digital or physical versions just for the sake its genre mash-up. As put by a few YouTubers, quite rapidly after release, this game should have been called Starfox’s No Man’s Skylanders. Obviously from the name, one can easily deduce what trifecta? it seems to heavily inspire on.

Ubisoft may have stricken gold with this in all forms. There is most prominently the physicality of the regular (non-digital) versions of the game. All console base versions come with a physical ship and a pilot, except for the Nintendo Switch version which comes with Starfox as a pilot along with his trusted Airwing ship and another pilot from the game’s story. This is all well known at this time and been covered by games media. Consequently, for those who rather dislike digital versions of games, they will necessarily try out the toys even if they never were quite fans of such things. Heck, some people may discover they like actually having a physical ship on their controller to maneuver the ship on screen. And let’s not forget the compulsive collectors… As a result, a percentage of buyers will end up purchasing an upgraded weapon or extra ship/pilot pack and what will this add up to? Bundles of cash for Ubisoft!

By now, from reviews and videos, a lot has been said concerning the gameplay etc. As a reminder, whatever version of the software you opt to buy, this is and remains the most Starfox game ever, even for those who do not have the Switch version ; it is also the No Man’s Sky we were promised on day one as well as a great Skylanders type of game (toys to life). Which explains the long moniker used to create the new title lol. Controls are satisfying for me, although it can take a while to remember Starfox strategies from my old days, they are important in order to easily survive.

I have to point out, if it weren’t obvious to some, how Ubisoft is doing an amazing support of the Big N of late. They even have the very latest Assassin’s Creed on the Switch, albeit in streaming version only. Sure, it’s only in Japan for now, but even if it never makes it to the West, the fact that it was *done* anywhere at all is amazing. We already saw during the 1st year of the Switch how surprisingly good Kingdom Battle was. It was a true Rabbids game (those guys are nuts!) and a true Nintendo game with an Xcom framework. One does begin to see the mash-up trend does one not?

Ubisoft showed well how certain games can translate “well” to the platform and how AAA Third Party games don’t need to be just ports of past iterations. And now, with this new IP, they have made a multiplatform game where the best version in terms of content(both digital AND physical) happens to be on the Nintendo Switch.

The other versions are great in terms of technical performance since they are on much stronger platforms. Nevertheless, having both a PS4 and a Switch, it was a no-brainer for me as to which version of Starlink would be worth my money. Starfox means something to me. It was the very first game I possessed on the N64 and one of those out of which I got the most enjoyment with my friends (split-screen battles!). With all the extra dedicated story content, seeing the characters in a space exploration action-adventure is awesome. Without them, without the related exclusive content, Starlink still feels like an open-galaxy (see the wordplay there?) Starfox without humanoid animals.

Ubisoft is on a roll with the Switch. I actually feel like trying the newest Assassin’s Creed although I had sworn them off after AC: Unity. There is hope that the company has taken a form I can like again. Needless to say, Starlink BfA is one game I highly recommend to at least try. I have completed so far the entire main story as well as the Starfox content. There is still much to do such as completely scanning the fauna and flora, getting rid of Outlaw bases (I annihilated the dreadnoughts as soon as I could though). It’s just too bad there doesn’t seem to be a demo available. It would be so much more beneficial to the publisher in my opinion. At least half those who would’ve experienced the demo would surely buy it( by the way, it’s almost half off the price at the moment at most retailers).

Boss Fight Books 17/19: advance reviews


Books 17 and 19 of Boss Fight Books series happen to be from two different seasons. Book 17: Katamari Damacy is the final book of season 3 while Book 19: Shovel Knight is the second book of Season 4. Having read all the books released thus far, it’s quite striking to notice the difference in feel among them. Season 4 of BFB is dubbed “Creator Access Edition”. As the name suggests it focuses most on the different studios and people involved in the creation of the chosen focus of the books. In contrast, many of the past books in this series were so much more about describing the games themselves in their intimate entirety in regards to narrative, but also the relationship of the author to said games. I should point out then that one of the books which most related to the author was Spelunky, Book 11, written by Derek Yu….the games creator!

As a backer of the season 4 of Boss Fight Books on Kickstarter, I am entitled to the entirety of the series up to the current season. Nevertheless, I received advance copies of both books for the purpose of this review. A big thanks to BFB and Gabe Durham for this opportunity! On with the books…

**Katamari Damacy


Katamari Damacy is one those strange quirky games that your best friends may frown upon when they see you playing it, but secretly itching to get their hands on the controller. In my mind, I have difficulty dissociating it from Patapon which elicited similar reactions from my peers whenever I was found enjoying it. As the author points out in this books, this is a work leaning most on great gameplay, novelty and fun. It is a work of art in that it can be interpreted in depth despite its simplicity, it presents not the shallowness often coupled to the superficial fluff of improved graphics at the time. To this day I do not really always care about how pretty a game can be; a lot of people are rediscovering this fact in themselves, the critical acclaim and the sales of Octopath Traveler attest to that.

As the final book of Season 3, Katamari Damacy takes an approach more similar to the books of Season 4. It focused a lot on the creator’s journey up to and beyond the release of the game. I felt a great parallel between it and Shovel Knight which releases with it in a few days. The author did a solid overview of certain culture particularities related to the Japanese which quite frankly would have gone way over our western heads had he not written about them. Those part are some of the most interesting, more creators should, with their cultures, be this unapologetic about their unique aspects.

**Shovel Knight


This book takes a very investigative approach to its subject. It is very more in line with my thoughts on what creator access should be, and very special in that it is as much the story of WayForward (WF) as a company as it is about the IP itself. Many publishers have had their story told and retold in a way that we could actually recite them verbatim. Examples of this are Id Software, Nintendo, Square-Enix. The story of WF relates as they represent in a way the dreams of many of us gamers who dreamt of being creators, and at the same time, they have lived through some of the hard times that we can easily imagine happens when one takes the route of independent development. It is not difficult to understand that many such teams of developers never survived beyond a game or two. Following their journey towards themselves as a group of friends and colleagues become something bigger, then towards their dream which culminated in one awesome modern NES game, was a blast. Theirs was a true journey, with many downs but their ups reached some interesting peaks to balance everything out. I would not mean to spoil anything from the narrative, nevertheless, I must that it was amazingly serendipitous that so many of their favourite creators from the golden era of the NES/SNES could meet with them, even collaborate in Shovel Knight!

Both of these books achieve their goal and the research/interviews were well done for me. Naturally, I do find myself partial to any story of an indie studio, whether of success or failure. If Katamari Damacy had focused more on the big publisher (Namco) instead of the true creator hidden behind this corporate juggernaut, I would not have like it as much. I enjoyed both books, and I recommend both, especially Shovel Knight simply for the fascinating tale of Wayforward Studios. Both Boss Fight Books come out in a couple of days. They can be easily found on Amazon: Katamari Damacy (Boss Fight Books Book 17) and Shovel Knight (Boss Fight Books) or at Boss Fight Books.

The Power of Imagery in Contemporary Poetry


I. Introduction.

II. Contemporary Poets Who Use Imagery Effectively.

III. The Impact of Imagery on Readers.

IV. Pushing the Boundaries of Imagery in Contemporary Poetry.

V. Conclusion.

VI. References.

I. Introduction

Definition of Imagery in Poetry

Poetry often relies on vivid descriptions and sensory details to create an emotional connection with the reader. This is where imagery comes in. Imagery uses descriptive language and sensory details to create mental images and evoke emotions in the reader (Britannica, 2020).

Importance of Imagery in Creating Emotional Resonance and Atmosphere

In poetry, imagery is crucial in creating emotional resonance and atmosphere (eNotes Editorial, n.d.). It helps to transport the reader into the world of the poem. Moreover, it allows the poet to communicate complex ideas and emotions directly and effectively (Poetry Archive, n.d.).

Here we will explore the power of imagery in contemporary poetry and examine how contemporary poets use this technique to create powerful and memorable poems. We will also examine some contemporary poets who are masters of imagery, including Warsan Shire, Claudia Rankine, and Nayyirah Waheed. We plan to discuss the impact their use of imagery has had on their readers.

In addition, we will explore how imagery can be used to create powerful emotional effects, such as inducing empathy, fostering a sense of belonging, or communicating complex ideas.

In terms of conclusion, we will summarize the key takeaways. Finally, some suggestions will be offered to readers who wish to further explore the power of imagery in contemporary poetry.

II. Contemporary Poets Who Use Imagery Effectively

A. Warsan Shire

Brief Biography

Warsan Shire is a Somali-British poet and writer known for her powerful and evocative use of imagery. Born in Kenya in 1988 and raised in London, Shire’s poetry explores themes of identity, displacement, and the experiences of refugees and immigrants (British Council, n.d.).

Examples of Poems that Showcase Her Use of Imagery

Some of Shire’s most well-known poems, such as “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love” and “Home”, are prime examples of her use of vivid imagery to create powerful emotional effects. In these poems, Shire uses vivid descriptions and sensory details to draw out a sense of longing and convey complex emotions and experiences (Poetry Foundation, n.d.).

B. Claudia Rankine

Brief Biography

Claudia Rankine is a Jamaican-American poet, playwright, and essayist known for her innovative use of imagery. Rankine’s poetry explores themes of race, identity, and social justice, and her writing has been praised for its ability to create a powerful emotional connection with the reader (Britannica, 2023).

Examples of Poems that Showcase Her Use of Imagery

Some of Rankine’s most well-known poems, such as “Citizen” (add link) and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”, are prime examples of her use of imagery to create powerful emotional effects. In these poems, Rankine uses vivid descriptions and sensory details to explore the experiences of marginalized communities and convey complex emotions and ideas (Burt & Mikics, 2015).

C. Nayyirah Waheed

Brief Biography

Nayyirah Waheed is a self-taught poet and author who has gained a large following for her powerful and suggestive use of imagery. Born in Louisiana in 1984, Waheed’s poetry explores themes of love, identity, and the human experience. Her writing has been praised for its ability to connect with readers on a deep emotional level (Cassius Life Staff, 2019). As a very private and reclusive person, finding any photos of her has proven difficult.

Examples of Poems that Showcase Her Use of Imagery

Some of Waheed’s most well-known poems, such as “Salt.” and “Nejma”, are prime examples of her use of vivid imagery to create powerful emotional effects (Sparkes & Sparkes, 2014). In these poems, Waheed uses sensory details and descriptive language to explore complex emotions and experiences and to create a sense of intimacy and connection with the reader.

III. The Impact of Imagery on Readers

One of the key ways that imagery can impact readers is by eliciting an emotional response and fostering a sense of belonging. Imagery is a literary device that uses descriptive language and figures of speech to create a sensory experience or a picture with words for the reader. By using vivid descriptions and sensory details, writers can create a connection with their readers that goes beyond the words on the page. This can help readers feel seen and understood and develop a sense of community and shared experiences.

Imagery can also be used to communicate complex ideas and emotions in a direct and impactful way. By using sensory details and descriptive language, writers can convey complex concepts and experiences in a way that is accessible and memorable. This makes imagery an especially powerful tool for writers exploring complex or sensitive topics.

To demonstrate the impact of imagery on readers, examining specific examples of poems that use imagery effectively can be helpful. For instance, Warsan Shire’s poem “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love” uses vivid imagery to create a sense of empathy and understanding for women who are often misunderstood or rejected by their partners. She writes the following:

“you are terrifying and strange and beautiful something not everyone knows how to love.”

These lines create an image of a woman who is unique, powerful, vulnerable, and lonely. They also show how the speaker acknowledges her own worth despite the lack of appreciation from others.

Another example is Claudia Rankine’s poem “Citizen”(Need to add link), which uses imagery to explore complex themes of race and identity in America. She mentions:

“You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black-tarred street being swallowed by speed; he tells you his dean is making him hire a person of color when there are so many great writers out there.”

These lines create an image of a tense situation where the speaker is trapped in a car with someone who expresses racist views. They also show how the speaker feels isolated and alienated by the casual racism she encounters.

A third example is Nayyirah Waheed’s poem “Salt.” which uses imagery to create a sense of intimacy and connection with the reader. She writes:

“I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.”

These lines create an image of resilience and hope in adversity. They also show how the speaker shares her personal experiences with the reader as if they were confidants.

By examining these and other examples, we can see how imagery can have a powerful impact on readers by creating sensory experiences, conveying complex ideas, eliciting an emotional response, inspiring compassion, building a sense of community, expressing emotions, exploring themes, communicating messages, etc.

IV. Pushing the Boundaries of Imagery in Contemporary Poetry

Innovations in Imagery in Contemporary Poetry

Contemporary poets are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with imagery in poetry. They use sensory details and descriptive language in new and innovative ways to create powerful, memorable poems. For example, some poets use imaging, a mode of imagination that shows greater affinity to visual representation than verbal expression, to convey complex ideas and emotions. Others use figurative language, such as metaphors, similes, personification, and symbols, to conjure a sensory experience in the reader and foster a sense of belonging (MasterClass, 2019). Contemporary poets constantly find new and exciting ways to use this technique by exploring new techniques and styles with imagery.

The Impact of These Innovations on the Wider Literary Landscape

These innovations in imagery are profoundly impacting the broader literary landscape. By creating new and exciting ways to use sensory details and descriptive language, contemporary poets inspire other writers and open up new avenues for exploration and experimentation in poetry. For example, some writers use observation as a catalyst for their creative process, taking one image from their surroundings and writing about it in depth, allowing it to spark other thoughts, memories, images, stories, and emotional weight (Zalipour, 2011). Additionally, these innovations are helping to broaden the appeal of poetry, making it more accessible and relevant to a broader audience. Whether you are a seasoned poet or just a lover of the written word, these innovations in imagery are sure to inspire and delight you.

V. Conclusion

We examined how contemporary poets use imagery to create powerful emotional effects and communicate complex ideas. Some poets who are masters of this technique are Warsan Shire, Claudia Rankine, and Nayyirah Waheed. Their use of imagery has captivated and inspired many readers around the world. If you want to learn more about imagery in contemporary poetry, check out these books and collections of poems by some of the poets we have mentioned in this post:

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire:

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine:

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed:

Or better yet, try writing your own poems using imagery and share them with us! How do you feel about imagery in contemporary poetry? Do you have any favorite examples or poets that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

VI. References

The Enchanting World of Codex Alera

Daily writing prompt
What book could you read over and over again?

Every once in a while, we come across a book or a series that captivates us so thoroughly that we find ourselves returning to it time and time again. For me, that series is the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. Having discovered it in my teenage years, I have revisited this magical world multiple times, each experience offering new insights and fresh perspectives. In this blog post, I’ll share with you my love for the Codex Alera series, the enchanting world it inhabits, and the captivating characters that make it such a pleasure to read over and over.

A Magical World that Enchants

The world-building in the Codex Alera series is nothing short of phenomenal. Set in the fantastical realm of Alera, the story revolves around elemental spirits called furies, which can be harnessed by humans to wield incredible magical powers. The magic system is detailed and nuanced, with each person forming unique bonds with their elemental spirits, resulting in a wide range of abilities and effects.

An Unlikely Hero and His Journey

At the heart of the Codex Alera series is Tavi, a young man who initially seems powerless and insignificant in a world where almost everyone has magical abilities. Over the course of the series, Tavi grows into a brave, compassionate, and resourceful hero. I identified deeply with Tavi, as he faces adversity with courage and determination. His journey is a testament to the strength of character and the power of friendship, which has always resonated with me.

An Unlikely Bond

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Codex Alera series is the relationships that form between humans and the elemental spirits. Tavi, who is initially seen as an outsider due to his lack of a bond with a fury, eventually forges an unexpected connection with one of these beings, even though they were once considered enemies. This relationship is a beautiful exploration of love, trust, and understanding, as Tavi and his new companion learn to work together and overcome their differences.

Why I Keep Coming Back

The Codex Alera series has become a cherished part of my literary collection for many reasons. The magic system is rich and fascinating, the world-building immersive, and the characters are complex and relatable. But what truly sets it apart is the series’ exploration of the human spirit, the importance of friendship, and the power of love in the face of adversity.

In Conclusion….If you haven’t had the chance to delve into the captivating world of the Codex Alera series, I highly recommend giving it a try. I cannot say more in order to avoid spoiling it for newcomers. For me, it’s a book series that I could – and have – read over and over again, each time finding new aspects to appreciate and savor. Whether you’re revisiting it for the first time or the tenth, the Codex Alera series promises an enchanting and unforgettable journey.

The Power of Imagination

What’s a secret skill or ability you have or wish you had?

In dreams I wander through the fields of time,

Where skills and talents rest like fruits to pluck.

I reach for gifts that, plucked, would make me shine,

And weave a life with threads of fate and luck.


If tongues of nations rested on my lips,

Their secrets whispered softly in my ear,

The world would open, as a flower slips

From bud to bloom, and distant lands draw near.


Or if my fingers danced on strings and keys,

Creating melodies to soothe and mend,

Would not the world then sway with gentle ease,

As harmony and peace around us blend?


Yet dreams awaken in the heart of hope,

And in pursuit, new skills and joys shall cope.

What I Like to Do in My Spare Time

What do you wish you could do more every day?

If I could do more every day, I would take some time to express my wild ideas and daydreams through writing. Designing has also caught my eye lately – specifically, the creation of enamel mugs. After bringing samples of my work to work, people loved them! As a result, I’ve considered scaling up and selling some of them and discussing this venture on a blog.

Gaming is something else that I enjoy doing in my spare time. In particular, playing RPGs helps me relax after a long day or week, as it requires strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. All in all, these are three activities that bring me joy during my free time!

Hylean Shield

What tattoo do you want and where would you put it?

I want to wear the shield of legends

The one that never breaks or bends

The one that bears the golden crest

Of courage, wisdom and power blessed

I want to feel its weight on me

A sign of strength and loyalty

A mark of honor and of grace

A reminder of my hero’s place

I want to show it to the world

The Hylean Shield that I have earned

The symbol of my quest and fate

The emblem of my chosen state

Where would I put it? On my back

To cover it from neck to crack

Or on my arm, or shoulder plate

To make it seen by friend and foe alike

But wherever I decide to ink

I know it will forever link

Me to the legend that I love

The legend of Zelda and Link.🛡️

10 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Mode of Transportation for a Cross-Country Trip

You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, car, or bike?

Imagine traveling across the country by bike car train bus or plane Which one would you choose? With so many options for transportation, it can be hard to decide which one is best for your cross-country trip. Here are 10 things to consider when deciding the mode of transport that will suit you best:

  • 1. Trip Purpose – What is the purpose of your trip? Are you looking for a quick getaway or do you want to discover the sights and sounds of each place along the way?
  • 2. Budget – How much money do you have available for your journey? Depending on the mode of transport, a cross-country trip can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
  • 3. Time Frame – How long are you planning on being away? The longer your trip, the more time you may have to explore and enjoy other modes of transportation. 4. Climate – What is the climate like in the area you’re traveling through? Different transport options are better suited for different weather conditions.
  • 5. Comfort – How much comfort do you need on your journey? Some vehicles are more comfortable than others, and some people may find a certain mode of transport more enjoyable than another.
  • 6. Accessibility – Are there any physical limitations that might affect which type of transportation you choose? For example, if you have limited mobility, then a bus or train might be your best bet.
  • 7. Entertainment Options – How do you prefer to entertain yourself during your journey? Do you want to be able to watch movies, play games, or read books while traveling?
  • 8. Safety – How safe is each mode of transport? Different types of vehicles have different levels of safety, so it’s important to research the safety records of the transportation options before you make a decision.
  • 9. Convenience – How easy is it to get from one place to another using each type of transportation? Some modes of transport may be more convenient than others depending on the location and availability.
  • 10. Experience – What kind of experience are you looking for? Depending on the mode of transportation, you could have a completely different journey from someone else who chose another option.

Conclusion: So, when it comes to choosing the best transportation for a cross-country trip, consider your purpose, budget, time frame, climate, comfort level, accessibility options, entertainment possibilities, safety records and the overall experience you want. With the right research and enough thought put into it; you can be sure that you are selecting the best option for an amazing adventure.

On a personal note, it all depends on the purpose of my journey and what I hope to accomplish. If I’m looking for a unique way to visit, immerse myself in the destination, and come back home again quickly? Then an airplane is probably going to be best. However if instead I want to appreciate each area as it passes by me then slower transportation such as bus, train, or car may be more suitable; this allows me time enough slow down and truly drink in everything that exists around me – from scenery itself right through reflecting upon life’s great mysteries!

Finding Flow

What activities do you lose yourself in?

Have you ever experienced “flow”, a state of optimal engagement where you are entirely focused and immersed in what you are doing? Psychologists say that flow can happen in any activity that matches your skills and interests, such as sports, music, art, or work. For me, writing and gaming are two sources of flow. They allow me to express myself creatively and emotionally, challenge myself intellectually and strategically, and escape from reality into different worlds.

One reason why writing gives me flow is because it helps me express myself creatively and emotionally. Writing allows me to explore different genres, styles, and formats of expression, such as poetry, fiction, essays, or blogs. I can experiment with language, imagery, tone, and voice to create unique and original pieces of work. Writing also helps me cope with my feelings and emotions in a healthy and productive way. I can write about my experiences, challenges, and goals in a journal or diary or create fictional characters and stories that reflect my inner world. In essence, I can exorcise my demons unto the page. Similarly, gaming is another source of flow for me because it stimulates my mind and skills.

Gaming is another source of flow for me because it challenges me intellectually and strategically. Gaming involves solving puzzles, making decisions, and applying logic to different scenarios. I enjoy games such as Sudoku, Tetris, and chess, which make me think critically, creatively, and analytically. Gaming also involves developing strategies, skills, and tactics to achieve goals and overcome obstacles. I also like games that challenge me to improve my performance, coordination, and reaction time, such as racing games, shooting games, or sports games. But never as much as a good strategy game or a role-playing game ripe with choices and consequences. In addition to challenging me intellectually and strategically, writing and gaming also help me escape from reality into different worlds.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing and gaming is that they allow me to escape from reality into different worlds. Writing enables me to create my own worlds with my own rules, characters, and stories. I can invent fantasy worlds with magic and dragons, sci-fi worlds with aliens and spaceships, or historical worlds with kings and queens. Gaming allows me to explore existing worlds created by other people or by myself, though with age, I’ve grown tired of game editors. I can visit virtual worlds that simulate real places or events, such as New York City, World War II, or ancient Egypt. I can also enter fictional worlds that are based on books, movies, or comics, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Marvel.

In conclusion, writing and gaming are two activities that give me flow because they help me express myself creatively and emotionally, challenge me intellectually and strategically, and allow me to escape from reality into different worlds. Flow is a state of mind that makes me feel happy, fulfilled, and engaged in what I do. Writing and gaming are not just hobbies for me; they are passions that enrich my life.

Remakes vs Remasters: the Best Version of Your Favorite Games

Are you a gamer? Have you ever played a game that blew you away with its graphics, gameplay, and story? These days, chances are it was either a remake or a remaster of an older game. But what’s the difference between these two terms? And how do you know which one is worth buying? Whether you’re an avid enthusiast or just a casual player, it’s important to be informed when deciding which games are worth your hard-earned money and time. So, join us as we explore the differences between game remakes and remasters – what they involve and why they differ from each other – with this guide to all things gaming related!

What Are Game Remakes and Remasters? A Simple Definition

In the gaming industry, remakes and remasters are two terms you’ve probably heard bandied about quite a bit – but what do they really mean? Well, let us fill you in!

A game remake is:

  • A fresh re-working of an existing game
  • A complete overhaul that incorporates new content and updated graphics
  • A modern version of a classic game rebuilt from scratch

A game remaster is:

  • An improved port of an existing classic title
  • A digital facelift that enhances visuals, sound, and performance
  • A faithful adaptation that preserves the core gameplay and story

Both remakes and remasters offer gamers the opportunity to continue playing their favorite games in modern times by breathing new life into old classics. Graphics aside, though, these versions of older games also often have additional levels or characters that weren’t available in previous releases, providing gamers with the added bonus of enhanced creativity! Although purchasing either one can be pricey at first, gaming aficionados will agree that these titles are wonderful investments for both moral and monetary gain in the future. Put simply: if you’re looking for an immersive experience that easily rivals modern gaming… you can always count on good ol’ remakes or remasters to give you hours upon hours of joyful entertainment!

A History of Game Remakes and Remasters – Exploring Their Origins and Evolution

The games industry has seen a resurgence in recent years of titles from the past being re-released as remakes or remasters. This process of revisiting classic titles began in the 1990s and early 2000s, with titles such as Final Fantasy VII (1997), which was reworked for PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Windows; Resident Evil (1996), which was remade for GameCube, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows; and Metal Gear Solid (1998), which was remastered as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for GameCube. However, it was not until the late 2000s and early 2010s that game remakes and remasters became more popular and widespread.

Several factors contributed to this trend. First, the advent of downloadable game services like Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network allowed companies to sell their games at a lower price, making them more accessible and appealing to a broader audience. Second, the advancement of technology enabled developers to create more realistic graphics, sound effects, and gameplay mechanics, enhancing the immersion and enjoyment of gamers. Third, nostalgia played a significant role in attracting both old fans who wanted to relive their childhood memories and new fans who wanted to experience classic games for the first time.

While remakes differ from remasters in many regards, their overall purpose is the same – to bring classic gaming experiences to modern consoles with enhancements that take advantage of more powerful technology. By adding new features and improved graphics, it’s not just nostalgia that brings gamers back to these titles – many also enjoy experiencing them with a more up-to-date graphical style. Since the advent of remakes and remasters, countless franchises have given second (or third) lives on new platforms, bringing unforgettable experiences and beloved characters back to life. In this the case of games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, the experience and story diverts so much from the original that the work put into making this new opus in a well-known franchise is well worth the price.

Visual Enhancements – How Remakes and Remasters Update Game Graphics

In games, visuals play a huge role in how enjoyable or immersive the experience can be. Depending on which console you prefer, a remake and a remaster can offer unique visual enhancements that can make even an old game look amazing. A remake might focus more on changing up the feel of the game with new textures, models and lighting, while a remaster could opt for sharper resolution and improved framerate for near instantaneous feedback. Ultimately, both are designed to tantalize your eyes with eye-catching visuals. Whether it’s an HD remaster or a complete facelift done by a remake, these updates can do wonders in making an aged game experience something brand new again. Some of the most notable examples of game remakes and remasters that have enhanced game graphics include Shadow of the Colossus (2018), which was rebuilt from scratch with stunning visuals; The Last of Us Remastered (2014), which increased the resolution to 1080p and boosted the framerate to 60fps; and Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014), which updated all four Halo games with improved textures, lighting, models, and effects. And, of course, as you all well know, Final Fantasy VII Remake presents the game as we imagined it in our heads back in the day. The stark difference between the original and the remake is astounding. But how exactly do remakes and remasters improve game graphics? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each approach?

To be more precise, remakes usually involve recreating the game from scratch using a new engine or platform, which allows for more freedom and creativity in changing the game’s appearance. They can add new features such as ray tracing, dynamic lighting, or realistic physics that can make the game look more lifelike. However, remakes also require more time, money, and resources than remasters, and they may lose some of the original charm or style of the game. Remasters typically involve enhancing the existing game by increasing its resolution, framerate, texture quality, or color depth. Remasters can make the game look sharper, smoother, or more vibrant without altering its core gameplay or design. However, remasters may not be able to fix some of the underlying issues or limitations of the original game, such as bugs, glitches, or outdated mechanics. You often end up with the same issues you may have had in past game iterations. One more recent example is Like a Dragon: Ishin!, remade in Unreal Engine 4. While the graphics certainly improved and a lot of other aspects also, any issues a player may have had with the gameplay, such as the combat system initially created in 2014, will still have them because these aspects have not changed. It is very much the same game with a fresh coat of paint.

Audio Improvements – How Remakes and Remasters Make Old Games Sound New

When it comes to remakes and remasters of popular video games, one of the most exciting advancements is the audio improvements made to enhance the quality of in-game music and sounds. The sound effects and background music are very important in creating a particular atmosphere during gameplay, so using new technology in remakes and remasters allows game developers to make these enhancements in ways that weren’t possible before. Remastering can also allow gamers to experience the original game with enhanced audio quality – for example, making older games compatible with modern sound systems or Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. It’s incredible how dramatic a difference freshly updated music, and sound effects can have on an old favorite. Some of the most notable examples include Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020), which features a dynamic soundtrack that adapts to the gameplay and environment; Resident Evil 2 (2019), which uses binaural audio to create a more immersive and terrifying atmosphere; and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (2019), which updates the original Game Boy music with orchestral arrangements. But how exactly do remakes and remasters improve game audio? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of each approach?

Remakes usually involve re-recording or re-composing the game’s music and sound effects using new technology or instruments, which allows for more variety and quality in the game’s audio. Remakes can add new features such as voice acting, surround sound, or adaptive music, making the game sound more realistic or expressive. However, remakes also require more time, money, and resources than remasters, and they may lose some of the original charm or style of the game. Remasters enhance the existing game’s audio by increasing its bitrate, volume, clarity, or balance. They can make the game sound sharper, louder, clearer, or more balanced without altering its core gameplay or design. However, remasters may be unable to fix some of the underlying issues or limitations of the original game, such as poor voice acting, repetitive music, or low-quality sound effects.

Online Connectivity – How Remasters Enhance Networked Play

Online connectivity has revolutionized gaming in recent years. Through online networks and platforms, players can compete or cooperate with each other in various games. But how does online connectivity affect remakes and remasters? Networked play has undoubtedly had a positive impact on the way these titles are experienced. Remasters typically include upgrades that allow for an expanded online gameplay experience. This can range from more difficult mission-based scenarios to additional maps and features like cross-play between multiple platforms. For example, the recent remake of The Last of Us allowed fans to interact with the game’s large following via its detailed Multiplayer mode. On the other hand, it’s unlikely that games made purely in the spirit of being remade (such as Crash Squad N-Sane Trilogy) will include any significant changes when it comes to online connectivity – as they usually aim to remain faithful to the original’s concept and mechanics. While remakes usually don’t change much regarding online features, remasters often include upgrades that improve the online gameplay experience.

Some of the most notable examples of remasters that have enhanced online features include Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014), which combines six Halo games into one package with cross-play and cross-progression support; Dark Souls Remastered (2018), which increases the multiplayer limit from four to six players and adds dedicated servers; and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (2020), which adds online multiplayer modes such as Trick Attack, Graffiti, Horse, and Combo Mambo.

Expanded Content – How Remakes and Remasters Add More Fun and Variety to Games

Gamers always seek something new; a remake or remaster can offer that. Whether it’s brand new characters, levels, weapons and game modes or existing content enhanced to incorporate more detailed graphics and smoother gameplay, there is always something interesting to explore in a remake or remaster. From ultra-realistic first person shooter campaigns with multiple endings to expansive open-world role-playing games that keep the player engaged for dozens of hours, the opportunities for discovery are seemingly limitless. When you decide to invest in a remake or remaster, the possibilities are truly at your fingertips. Some of the most notable examples of remakes and remasters that have expanded content include Resident Evil 2 (2019), which adds new scenarios, modes, weapons, and costumes for the main characters; Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (2017), which introduces a new job system, a fast-forward feature, a trial mode, and improved graphics; and Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020), which collects three classic Mario games with higher resolutions, smoother frame rates, and updated controls. But why do remakes and remasters add more content to games? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of doing so?

Remakes and remasters add more content to games for various reasons. Some may want to appeal to new audiences by adding popular or expected features in modern games. Some may want to reward loyal fans by adding cut or missing content from the original game. Some may want to extend the game’s lifespan by adding content encouraging replayability or exploration. However, adding more content to games also has some challenges. Some may face technical difficulties or compatibility issues when adding new content to old games. Some may face criticism or backlash from fans who prefer the original game’s vision or design. Some may face legal or licensing issues when adding new content that involves third-party properties or rights.


From classic platformers to first-person shooters, game remakes and remasters have been a part of every genre. By revisiting our favorite releases from days gone by, we can experience them in ways we weren’t before. With visual and audio enhancements, online connectivity options, and expanded content, these versions of classics can keep us hooked for hours. They also bring back our old favorites with renewed life. What are some of your favorite game remakes and remasters? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re looking for more gaming content, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media.

From Boom to Bust: The Story of Silvergate Bank’s Dramatic Collapse

Silvergate Bank’s Collapse: What Happened and What Does It Mean for Crypto Banking?

Silvergate Bank was one of the leading banks for cryptocurrency businesses, offering services such as deposit accounts, wire transfers, and crypto-backed loans. The bank had over 1,100 crypto clients and over $10 billion in deposits as of December 2022. It was also one of the few banks that supported the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN), a platform that enabled fast and secure transactions between crypto exchanges and institutional investors.

However, in March 2023, Silvergate Bank collapsed after a major crypto exchange, FTX, went bankrupt due to a cyberattack. FTX was a prominent customer of Silvergate Bank and owed it more than $2 billion in loans. The exchange’s failure triggered a massive bank run on Silvergate Bank, as many customers feared losing their money. Silvergate Bank could not meet the demand for cash and had to sell its assets at a loss and borrow billions from a federal agency. The bank’s failure seriously affected the crypto industry and the financial system, disrupting many transactions and operations.

In this post, we will explore what caused Silvergate Bank’s collapse and its implications for the future of crypto banking.

How FTX’s Bankruptcy Triggered a Bank Run on Silvergate Bank

FTX was one of the world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, with over 10 million users and over $100 billion in monthly trading volume. The exchange offered various products and services, such as spot trading, futures contracts, options, leveraged tokens, prediction markets, and decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms.
FTX was also a major customer of Silvergate Bank, as it used its services to facilitate its transactions and operations. Silvergate Bank’s financial reports show that FTX accounted for about 20% of its total deposits and loans as of September 2022. FTX also relied on Silvergate Bank’s SEN platform to enable fast and secure transfers between its accounts and other crypto clients.

However, on November 11th, 2022, FTX announced that it had filed for bankruptcy in the US due to a series of cyberattacks that resulted in the loss of “substantial” assets. The exchange said it had been hacked by unknown attackers who exploited a vulnerability in its system and transferred hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies to external wallets. FTX also said it had been unable to access some of its funds due to frozen bank accounts and legal disputes.

The news of FTX’s bankruptcy shocked the crypto industry and caused panic among its users and creditors. Many people tried to withdraw their funds from FTX’s platform or claim their share of the remaining assets. However, FTX claimed it had limited liquidity and could not process all the requests. It also said it was working with regulators and lawyers to find a way to return money to its customers.

The bankruptcy of FTX also directly impacted Silvergate Bank, as it meant that the bank could not recover its loans from FTX or receive any deposits from FTX’s customers. Moreover, many other crypto clients who used Silvergate Bank’s services became worried about their money and started withdrawing their funds from the bank. This created a massive bank run on Silvergate Bank, which faced an unprecedented surge in cash outflows.

How Silvergate Bank Failed to Recover from the Bank Run

Silvergate Bank tried to cope with the bank run by borrowing money from other sources and reassuring its customers that it was still solvent and operational. However, these efforts proved insufficient and ineffective, as the bank continued to lose money and trust.

One of the sources that Silvergate Bank relied on was the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) system, a network of regional banks that provide liquidity to member institutions. Silvergate Bank borrowed $4.3 billion from FHLB in Q4 2022, more than its total assets at that time. However, this also increased its debt burden and interest expenses, which eroded its profitability and capital.

Another source of funds that Silvergate Bank used was its own capital raise, which it announced in December 2022. The bank planned to raise $500 million through a private placement of common stock at $10 per share. However, this offer was met with low demand and skepticism, as many investors doubted the bank’s viability and valuation. The capital raise was eventually canceled due to a lack of interest.

Silvergate Bank also tried to reassure its customers and regulators that it could still operate and meet its obligations. The bank issued several statements claiming it had enough liquidity and capital to withstand the crisis. It also said that it was working closely with federal agencies such as the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  to ensure compliance and stability.

However, these reassurances did not stop the bank run or restore confidence in Silvergate Bank. Many customers continued to withdraw their funds or switch to other crypto-friendly banks such as Signature Bank or Anchorage Digital Bank. Many regulators also increased scrutiny and pressure on Silvergate Bank, questioning its risk management practices and financial health.

As a result, Silvergate Bank faced a severe liquidity crisis that forced it to announce its voluntary liquidation on March 8th, 2023. The bank said that it had decided to cease operations as the “best path forward” given its deteriorating situation. The bank also said that it would work with FDIC and other authorities to distribute its remaining assets among its creditors and depositors.

What Silvergate Bank’s Collapse Means for the Crypto Industry

Silvergate Bank’s collapse has significant implications for the crypto industry, affecting many stakeholders and aspects of the sector. Some of the major impacts are:

  • Loss of a major crypto-friendly bank: Silvergate Bank was one of the few banks that offered banking services to crypto businesses and investors, such as deposit accounts, wire transfers, loans, custody and settlement. It also operated the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN), a platform that enabled real-time transfers of U.S. dollars between its customers and crypto exchanges. With Silvergate Bank’s exit, many crypto customers will have to find alternative banking partners or face disruptions in their operations and transactions.
  • Regulatory uncertainty and scrutiny: Silvergate Bank’s collapse raises questions about regulating and supervising crypto-related banking activities. The bank was regulated by both state and federal authorities, such as the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), the Federal Reserve and the FDIC. However, it is unclear how these agencies coordinated their oversight and enforcement actions on Silvergate Bank, especially after it faced liquidity problems due to FTX’s collapse. Moreover, Silvergate Bank’s failure could prompt regulators to impose stricter rules and requirements on other banks that deal with crypto assets or customers.
  • Reputation damage and trust erosion: Silvergate Bank’s collapse also damages the reputation and trust of the crypto industry among investors, customers and regulators. The bank was seen as a pioneer and leader in providing banking solutions to the crypto sector, with a strong growth and innovation track record. Its failure casts doubt on the viability and sustainability of other crypto-focused banks or financial institutions. It also exposes crypto businesses’ risks and challenges regarding liquidity management, market volatility, cyberattacks and fraud.


Silvergate Bank’s collapse is a significant blow to the crypto industry, as it affects many aspects and stakeholders of the sector. The bank’s failure shows the fragility and vulnerability of crypto-related banking activities and the need for better regulation and supervision. It also highlights the importance of trust and reputation in crypto, which can be easily lost or damaged by external shocks or internal mismanagement. Silvergate Bank’s exit leaves a gap in the market that will be hard to fill by other players and poses a challenge for the future development and growth of the crypto industry.

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Love Re-watching Battlestar Galactica

What movies or TV series have you watched more than 5 times?

Battlestar Galactica is one of those TV shows that never gets old for me. I have re-watched the entire series more than five times, and I still find something new and exciting every time. Here are some of the reasons why this show is so unique:

  • The show’s brilliant plot keeps me on the edge of my seat. The show follows the survivors of a human civilization that was wiped out by a race of robots called Cylons. The humans must find a new home while fighting off the Cylons, who are determined to finish them off. The show is full of twists and turns that keep me guessing and hooked.
  • I care about the show’s diverse and complex cast of characters. The show features a large ensemble of characters, each with their own personality, backstory, and development. Some of them are human, some are Cylon, and some are both. They must deal with moral dilemmas, personal conflicts, and emotional struggles. They also form bonds and relationships that make me root for them or cry for them.
  • The show has a rich and detailed world that fascinates me. The show creates a realistic and immersive universe that has its own history, culture, religion, and technology. The show explores various aspects of this universe, such as politics, warfare, spirituality, and humanity. The show also uses symbolism and references to mythology and history to add depth and meaning to the story. These references and the ending, which I will not spoil, blew my mind at the time!
  • The show has a fantastic soundtrack that enhances the mood and atmosphere of each scene. The music is composed by Bear McCreary and features various instruments and styles. Some of the songs include “All Along the Watchtower”, “Passacaglia”, “The Shape of Things to Come,” etc.

Another reason why I love re-watching Battlestar Galactica is the thrill and excitement that it gives me. The show is full of action and suspense, with battles, chases, escapes, and explosions. Every episode keeps me on the edge of my seat with its unpredictable and surprising plot twists. Moreover, the show challenges me to think and question everything I see and hear. It raises many moral and ethical dilemmas that make me wonder what I would do in the same situation. For instance, one of the show’s most shocking and unexpected scenes is when Boomer shoots Adama in the chest. This scene makes me question Boomer’s loyalty, identity, and free will. It also makes me question Adama’s leadership, trust, and fate. This scene perfectly shows how the show keeps me engaged and intrigued by its complex and compelling story.

In summary, Battlestar Galactica is a TV show that I love re-watching because of its excellent writing, compelling characters, immersive world, and stunning music. It is a show that offers me entertainment, inspiration, and reflection. If you have not seen it yet, I highly recommend you give it a try. You will not regret it.