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Making Life Sublime

 Carpe Diem live Life to the FullestLive For Today. 

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

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Ecotourism:The Pros & Cons


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 (” Recently, there has been an increase in ecotourism as well as concerns for the effects that result. Continue reading


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Watch out for texting pedestrians

Pedestrians walk through an "e-lane" in Philadelphia.

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.”


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Immortality, Jellyfish Style

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.

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Sperm Bank

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


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Hugging is a No-No

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


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Everything’s Over!

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.


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People these days…

Joshua Bell performing in the metro station

I recently read an article somebody shared on Facebook entitled, A Violinist in the Metro by David Emery. Even though this article was published years ago, it has soon made its way back into the circulation. This article was about the Washington Post conducting an experiment to see what the priorities of people are these days. The experiment was to have somebody play a musical instrument in the metro at the busiest time of day (preferably in the morning) to see what the people of our society have become and what they do about it. Throughout the experiment, a few people stopped to listen only to realize they were going to be late for work. Others didn’t even stop to listen at all, they just threw some money into his violin case. What these people didn’t realize was, the guy that was playing the violin in the metro was Joshua Bell. He is one of the best musicians that had a sold out show just two days before this experiment where the tickets were being sold at 100 bucks a seat. He was also playing a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.This just goes to show that people don’t pay attention to the world around them. All they care about is getting to work on time and rushing to get back home.

To me, this article proves that I as well as many others just need to slow down and take a step back. I mean, I am only going to be young once so why not enjoy it while I can. In just a few years, I will be just like those people in the metro station rushing to get to work and being too busy to take time out of the day just to enjoy life itself.

This experiment proved the Washington’s Post point. People are too busy to appreciate the littlest of things in life.


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Sports, Just a New Place to Recruit?

In this New York Times article first published in May of 2008. The author tells of how the military is using the popular sport of mixed martial arts or UFC as a new way and means of recruiting. The author interviews Maj. Kelly Crigger, who tells how the military is using this sport as a means to build moral in its troops and a way to train the soldiers in hand to hand combat. The Major also tell of how the majority of the fans of the sport are young American males so they feel that by backing the sport and showing that they believe in it and even allow you to participate in the sport if you are in the military. They are using it as a way to try and recruit our younger generation into service. Continue reading

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Is The MTV Generation Dead?

"We want our MTV!"

"We want our MTV!"

“I want my MTV!” In fact, “I want my MTV back!” 

Did you ever wondered what happened to the MTV generation?; the generation who were the ones who coined the phrase “I want my MTVEEE!”; the generation that put MTV at cult status in society.  This was the generation that helped support the beginning of the new age of music videos.  In America this was the generation who were at a time when Madonna was a teenager;  Beavis and Butthead were legends in their own minds in front of all America; and VJ’s, or video jockies’ replaced DJ’s.  It was a generation who would do whatever they saw in music videos and would adhere to the words of the VJ’s as almost holy.  This was a new generation who were spawned from a culture that were aside from the baby boomers of the fifties,and the hippies of the sixties, and the disco goers of the seventies.  This generation was the beginning of a whole new era.  They were the shiznit! Continue reading


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