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Standing a Broom up by itself. #YOLO

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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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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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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?

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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:

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Reality shows – bad, lazy television?

We all have our “guilty pleasures” and for some people, reality TV is one of them. The phrase “reality television” conjures a variety of images, some of them positive, some highly unpleasant and it can be embarrassing to admit that you watch reality TV on a daily basis. Some people believe that this kind of entertainment is worthless and bad for us as it convey bad values and how people should view society. 

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i climb rocks too.

Forums, Blogs, Articles galore! It is hard to think about the outdoors without thinking of that one guy in your class that is always blabbing about how he climbed a 300 foot mountain over the weekend. And really, what is with the Chaco’s! Do you really climb a mountain in those!  So yes I am making the point that rock climbing is scaling the charts when it comes to outdoor hobbies! I mean why not, it’s a good way to exercise; it builds endurance, as well as allows you to be one with nature! The public marketing industry has jumped on board with this idea of mountain climbing also. There is hardly a mall around that does not have a store specifically designed for outdoor sports like mountain climbing! And all the gear! It seemed to spring up overnight and whalah, everyone is set to be the best rock climber at the public park!

Now not only is there a huge amount of outdoor rock climbing going on, there is also a surprising amount of indoor climbing going on! In Birmingham there is a place called First Avenue rocks (http://firstaverocks.com/ ), where you can hone your skills and become the best rock climber you can. They have so many different ways to learn, classes for adults and kids alike. So you see that this is not only becoming a hobby for some people, but a lifestyle. Whole families can get involved.

It is really a very challenging sport when taken seriously, there are the obvious dangers of plummeting to your death, but it also seems to be very mentally challenging. When looking at it from the view of the rock climber halfway up on a mountain, it’s kind of like do or die, I mean people spend so much of their time working out these complex equations for getting to the top of a mountain, and it requires remembering steps and principles that one may not necessarily use otherwise.  I have linked a video below that lets you hear about the process from someone who is literally immersed in the world of rock climbing. It seems that for some extremists this is there career, there life, and what kind of life that must be.

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i climb rocks too.

Forums, Blogs, Articles galore! It is hard to think about the outdoors without thinking of that one guy in your class that is always blabbing about how he climbed a 300 foot mountain over the weekend. And really, what is with the Chaco’s! Do you really climb a mountain in those!  So yes I am making the point that rock climbing is scaling the charts when it comes to outdoor hobbies! I mean why not, it’s a good way to exercise; it builds endurance, as well as allows you to be one with nature! The public marketing industry has jumped on board with this idea of mountain climbing also. There is hardly a mall around that does not have a store specifically designed for outdoor sports like mountain climbing! And all the gear! It seemed to spring up overnight and whalah, everyone is set to be the best rock climber at the public park!

Now not only is there a huge amount of outdoor rock climbing going on, there is also a surprising amount of indoor climbing going on! In Birmingham there is a place called First Avenue rocks (http://firstaverocks.com/ ), where you can hone your skills and become the best rock climber you can. They have so many different ways to learn, classes for adults and kids alike. So you see that this is not only becoming a hobby for some people, but a lifestyle. Whole families can get involved.

It is really a very challenging sport when taken seriously, there are the obvious dangers of plummeting to your death, but it also seems to be very mentally challenging. When looking at it from the view of the rock climber halfway up on a mountain, it’s kind of like do or die, I mean people spend so much of their time working out these complex equations for getting to the top of a mountain, and it requires remembering steps and principles that one may not necessarily use otherwise.  I have linked a video below that lets you hear about the process from someone who is literally immersed in the world of rock climbing. It seems that for some extremists this is there career, there life, and what kind of life that must be.

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Cultural Influences or American Values?

 

                                                       

 

Many have always assumed that it is great to be involved in other cultures, but they fail to realize  that due to our involvement, we may not be giving our own culture enough value. I know this may sound crazy, but before you think about this statement listen to this.  On February 3, I went to Kami Con,a Japanese convention in Tuscaloosa. It is held annually for people who are interested in manga (Japanese comics) and anime(Japanese TV shows). While there, I saw  people dressed up as different characters from the shows, many vendors selling Japanese clothing and gadgets, and I even heard Korean music playing. As I was taking all of this in, I couldn’t help but notice there was a small percentage of Asian Americans compared to the overwhelming amount of Americans participating in an all Asian based convention. This observation suggested a question that interested me: Are we so involved in other cultures so much that consequently we discredit our own? Don’t get me wrong, it is good to be knowledgeable of other cultures, but are we taking it too far. Or, will these influences bring positive changes to American life?

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Facebook: Till Death Do Us Part

If I Die is a new application created for Facebook where you can leave a message behind in case you die. It works like this: you designate three trustees from your friend list who, in case you die, will confirm your death. After their confirmation, videos or new status post-mortem will begin to appear on your profile. The application received thousands of “likes” in the first days it was published. Here’s the promotional video: (I couldn’t watch it without laughing…)

I found this to be a very interesting idea that perfectly expresses how important Facebook has become to society. Some people are genuinely worried to what would happen to their Facebook account in case something happens to them. I personally believe it should have a way to be closed as a sign of respect to the person who died. Additionally, I don’t know how would I react if someone designate me as his trustee. If I die today I would love to have the opportunity to say to some people really close to me how much they meant, but I wouldn’t like posting something so personal in my wall. In the other end, I don’t think I could handle viewing a video of a friend/relative that just died. Sadly, I know how Facebook can be in this sense from personal experience; I had two friends in Facebook who passed away, and it was really weird and creepy to see that people kept posting in their walls or tagging them in pictures. I had to delete them because I didn’t find this pleasant. I can assure you that if I’m about to die my Facebook would not be one of my top priorities. I’m sure that everybody would like to say some last words to someone close, but is Facebook the correct place to do it? Does Facebook has the power to leave your legacy behind? How many people would use it? I’m definitely not planning to use it anytime soon…

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Pageant Moms, Dance Moms — How Far is to Far?

Whether it’s your guilty pleasure or you openly hate it, shows like Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms show what it’s really like behind all the glitz and glamour. Some people don’t like what they see but that door can no longer be closed. Take, for instance, 6 year-old Alana Holler from McIntyre, Georgia. She has brought it to the attention of thousands of people to what kids really go through to be “Beauty Queens.”  Aside from her sultry outfits with dance moves to match and the pounds of make-up this little star indulges us with, her mother, June Shannon, has introduced us to a whole new thing to be angry about — “GoGo Juice.” Continue reading

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