As I was reading the poem “A Psalm of Life,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, two ideas in particular stood out to me. 1.) That life is short, and time should be used wisely. And, 2.) Continue reading
I’m sure we all remember that day or few days on Facebook when you logged on a saw brooms standing up on their own. My first thought: Um, photoshop? Wrong. Apparently people were arguing that the planet’s were aligned in a certain way so that when a broom was stood up and let go of, it automatically could stand on its own. According to the video below by CNN, that was a false statement. In fact, you can stand a broom up any time and let go of it and it will stay standing… as long as you balance it correctly. The funny thing to me is that when one person saw someone upload the picture on Facebook, they immediately had to try it. I guess no one had ever thought to stand a broom up on it’s own before. But just like Koney, Sh*t ‘People’ Say, DrawSomething, Temple Run, the Cinnamon Challenge and planking, it was just another fad of 2012. Trying to tie standing up brooms with another fad–YOLO. “You Only Live Once,” popularized by Drake’s song, “The Motto” has BLOWN UP. People over use it on twitter, text and talking. I really want to know if people thought they lived twice before the song came out? I get it’s catchy, but it gets real old real fast when you can’t walk around a college campus without hearing someone say it. Regardless, that will die out too just like the many fads of the beginning of 2012. Hopefully some fun and different fads will be occurring soon.
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Nature is a beautiful thing to admire, but in their search for beauty to admire are some individuals reckless with the environment and its animals? The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of the local people (http://www.ecotourism.org/what-is-ecotourism).” Recently, there has been an increase in ecotourism as well as concerns for the effects that result. Continue reading
An article on the ABC3340 website explains how an April Fools joke is no laughing matter. In Philadelphia, city officials have designated certain pedestrian cross walks as “e-lanes.” These are for those who are addicted to texting or focus too much on finding a new song to listen to instead of walking. Although this was meant to be an April Fools joke, officials are going to start cracking down on people who don’t pay as much attention while they are walking as they should. First you hear about how texting while driving has become deathly and now walking and texting? We just can’t stop what we are doing temporarily so we can pay attention. Not only do we have to watch out for people who are texting while driving, but we also have to watch out for pedestrians that are texting. We live in a world where everything revolves around electronics. If we aren’t up to date on anything and everything then we are considered an outcast from society. I think we need to slow down and not worry too much about who’s going to text next or what so and so posted on Facebook/Twitter. It is so sad that pedestrians can’t even watch where they are going because of electronics. Safety should come first when driving or walking close to traffic, but sadly it usually takes a backseat to anything and everything that entertains us and keeps us in “the know.”
This video is a Nerdfighter side project of Hank Green’s called SciShow. If you’re a history buff John Green also has a side project called Crash Course…DFTBA.
The very idea of immortality is almost as old as pre-human apes, or really just as long as there have been life forms intelligent enough to interpret the inevitable coming of death. Immortality has been philosophized and fictionalized for centuries in vastly different spectrums, from profound Greek philosophers to the stuttering, sparkling world of Bella Swan.
I consider donating sperm as irresponsible. To donate, you go to a “sperm bank.” Different sperm banks will have different qualifications that you must meet. For example, some require that you be at least 5’7″ to donate you sperm. Usually you have to be between the ages of 18 and 40. While you’re donating, all you probably think about is the quick and easy money and less about the possible outcome. I came across an article and video of a man named Ben Seisler having to tell his fiancé of his 70 known children. Notice how I said known, which means they’re are probably several more than that!
Seisler donated sperm for three years while attending law school at George Mason, Virginia to help pay for his education. He earned around $150 per donation. He originally planned to remain anonymous but later joined an online registry called the Donor Sibling Registry that connects offspring and siblings to each other and their donors. Around 15 of his children have made contact with him. Continue reading
It seems that the thing to do now is to be “different.” But if everyone is being different then who defines what is different? In the 1930’s in Nazi Occupied some kids did dare to be different, and it was not the cute different that teenagers now aim for. These kids blatantly defied Nazi values. These “weird” kids were called Swing Kids.
Many of these kids in this time in Germany were recruited into joining the Hitler Youth, and the leaders tried to make it appealing for people to join, so they turned to dance. However they did not turn to the popular swing dance that the kids were interested in because the swing dance was associated with blacks and a number of Jewish musicians. Everything these swing kids did was to get at the Nazis, such as wear their hair long and listen to forbidden jazz music. Eventually the Nazis acted out against the swing kids and put some of them in school or sent others to concentration camps.
It is obvious that these kids knew what they were doing and the majority of them knew the repercussions would not be pretty, yet they rebelled anyway. This rebelling is not like what teenagers seem to do today as they gather around and do nothing but complain about current “issues.” This was fighting the norm in Nazi occupied Germany, their lives were in danger. Was the dance so important to these kids or was there and underlying motivation behind the entire movement? If so, why does it seem that teenagers during that time period were much more mature than many seem to be today? The swing kids could not have hoped for much success in their rebelling against the Nazi occupation, so what was their purpose? Did they even have one? Or did they just want to be different?
Many things are prohibited in school because of health risks, security, or general respect for the school. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are among some of the types of materials banned at schools to provide a more stable environment. However when things such as these get banned, many over the top procedures can take place, such as suspending students with a small plastic gun because it resembled a weapon (yes this did happen, here’s the article). However when is banning items and suspending children at school going too far? One school in New Jersey has this answer by enforcing an incredibly ridiculous rule at a particular middle school. Because of some “indecent physical interactions” between students at their school, Matawan- Aberdeen Middle School banned, you guessed it: Continue reading
The television show “Doomsday Preppers” has brought light to more conspiracy theories that focus on people who are “preparing for the end of the world as we know it.” This quote was found in The Hollywood Reporter where David Knowles writes “Doomsday Preppers: TV Review.”In this article Knowles expresses two specific views of how the end will begin. This gives evidence to his statement previously stated in the article that “the fascinating thing about this rather dire piece of information is that it very few people seem to agree on the way that life as we know it is about to go straight down the proverbial toilet.” The television show enhances this idea more thoroughly. The show focuses on going to people’s homes who are certain of the way the end will turn out and interviews them on how they are beginning to prepare. The following video clip is the shows main advertisement:
Once more, my post is about a scene from the skit show Portlandia. I am having trouble with the embed code, so I am also going to link the video, just in case.
First off, since no one would actually claim to be a hipster, it’s hard to pick them out of a crowd. However, we’ll call the character, Spike, a hipster just for the sake of this blog. The general idea of a hipster is that he only does stuff that is underground and not mainstream. They like to be non-conformists. We see this is the skit. Each day, this “mainstream” guy comes into Spike’s hangout or begins doing his hobby.
When hipsters as we know them started to emerge, in the 1990s, not caring and not being cool was cool. They have a very diverse fashion, usually being very outdated or what most people would consider odd. They love to listen to music that no one else has heard of, watch movies no one else has seen, and hang out at places no one else knows about. They also do things for the “irony” of it. At times, it seems they put as much effort into not caring and not conforming, that they actually do care and have conformed since there is an entire subculture devoted to these beliefs. Once something becomes too mainstream, they move on, as we saw in the video. I also think the video’s Twilight Zone-like ending shows how our culture works in general: Something is underground, becomes mainstream, peaks in popularity, becomes tacky, some people linger and look silly, people begin doing it again as a joke or “irony”, it is now popular again.