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Embracing Twitter

Posted: May 6, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

When this semester began, I never would have thought of Twitter as a legitimate way to consume news and information. My idea of Twitter was that it was just Facebook status updates with a twist, and that is was really only a novel social networking tool.

As the months passed, and I began to really look at Twitter more objectively, I realized that it could be and was being used for breaking and up to the minute news and information, whether or not it is life threatening.

What I like about Twitter is that you don’t need an account to see what is going on and you are able to access most people’s news feeds, especially famous people in the media and celebrity world. I have even considered creating my own account and deciding which people to follow who I believe would be important and interesting to the news and entertainment that impacts me the most.

This class has changed my opinion of Twitter and other “unorthodox” ways of social networking and staying connected. I plan on embracing the next phenomenon that comes into our world, and hopefully it will be just as exciting and multifaceted as Twitter.

The Royal Wedding

Posted: April 29, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

Today is the day the world has been waiting for: The Royal Wedding.

For those who may be living under a rock or who haven’t turned on their television, Prince William is marrying Kate Middleton, who will in the future become the next Queen of England. This is a big deal, because the last woman in her shoes was Princess Diana thirty years ago.

It’s pretty exciting to see the world unify over such a happy event, but part of me thinks the reaction to Kate Middleton is the world’s eager yet desperate attempt to project their hopes and dreams that were once associated with Diana onto Kate, who is now the Duchess of Cambridge.

Perhaps I’m reading too far into it, but if you turn on the news today, likely this is the ONLY story that will be covered, and in fact, it will probably dominate news coverage until Monday.

In any event, a historical wedding is taking place today, and if you happen to have the time, take a minute to watch history take place.

Tax Day Is Not Today

Posted: April 15, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

Although today is April 15, it is not Tax Day. In the beginning of the year, the IRS declared that Monday April 18 will be Tax Day.

Unless it’s a holiday or a weekend, Tax Day is always on the 15th, but this year, there is an exception. Today, Washington D.C. is celebrating Emancipation Day (which has been a holiday in D.C. since 2005). Normally, it is observed on the 16th, but because the 16th is a Saturday, it is being observed today. So because the holiday that is really tomorrow has now been moved to today, Tax Day gets postponed until Monday as a result.

So, Tax Day is now the 18th because of a technicality of sorts. If Emancipation Day had stayed at its original day on the 16th, then Tax Day would be today.

For those of you who are just finding out now and who planned on rushing to the Post Office today to wait in line, you’re in luck, because now you won’t have procrastinated after all!

While flipping through the channels yesterday, I happened to come across “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, which I rarely ever watch, but this show pulled me in from the start. Oprah’s guest was Marie Walsh, aka Susan LeFevre, who had escaped from prison 32 years before and was living as a fugitive with a husband and family, and none of them knew about it!

She revealed to Oprah that at 19 (in 1975) she was arrested for selling heroin to an undercover police officer, and was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison. After serving a little over a year, her grandfather helped her to escape, and she fled out west to California where she assumed a new identity.

Marie, aka Susan, said she has changed some of the numbers on her social security number and would have to move from job to job, until she met her future husband Alan. They were married in the mid 80s and had 3 children, and none of them knew of her secret past until she was arrested in 2008 and had to serve 13 months in prison. She was released in 2009, and since, her and her family have tried to move forward from her tumultuous past.

Another Snow Blog

Posted: April 1, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

I’m doing a follow-up to my blog post last week about snow in March. Since we are now officially in April, and are projected to get about 3 to 6 inches of snow by Friday night, I felt the need to do a post about the continuing craziness of winter, and the fact that it doesn’t seem to want to let us go.

This new bout of snow has prompted me to do some research (again) about significant snowfall in the month of April in our area. I found a CBS News article dating back to April 8, 2003 detailing the effects of snow and freezing rain in our area that killed 18 people!

So it looks like this snowfall today will not be breaking any records, but it will be frustrating. When can we finally put the jackets in storage and start wearing sweatshirts and other spring gear!?

I’m wondering if the continued winter weather this spring will mean that we could have scorching temperatures come October. Weather can be unpredictable that way, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we ended up having a heat wave on Halloween.

Snow in March?

Posted: March 25, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

While snow in March is not so unusual, especially in New York, it was certainly unexpected as the last few weeks have been very spring-like. On Friday the 18th, it was 70 degrees and beautiful, and by then, snow was the last thing on my mind.

However, on Wednesday, the 23rd, we had a freak snow storm. Luckily it didn’t add up to much of anything, just frustration and annoyance. Looking at the upcoming week’s forecast, it looks like we’re in the clear and will enter April without another flake of snow.

This last storm peaked my curiosity of snow storms in New York in the month of March that had any historical significance. Through my googling, I came across The Blizzard of ’88 (1888 that is). That storm, which occurred on March 11-12 1888 dumped over 40 inches, yes 40 inches, of snow in New York, and ended up killing 400 people across the northeast! Those are shocking figures, but in 1888 they obviously were much more paralyzed in those severe conditions.

Last February, we had a major storm in this area that dumped about 25 inches of snow and left people without power for days. Imagine another 15 inches on top of that!

All this makes me even happier that March will soon be going out like a lamb.

Potato Chip Ice Cream?

Posted: March 4, 2011 by fmed77 in Uncategorized

Ben & Jerry’s are the masters of creating the most obscure and interesting ice cream flavors. Their newest blend features real potato chip “clusters”!

The announcement of Ben & Jerry’s newest flavor was made yesterday to coincide with Jimmy Fallon’s two year anniversary hosting “Late Night”. Ben and Jerry approached Fallon about the idea after seeing a skit on his show, and thus the idea and the flavor were born. Jimmy Fallon’s face is even featured on the packaging.

The blend is vanilla ice cream, caramel swirls and fudge covered potato chip clusters. The official name is “Late Night Snack”, which of course corresponds with the name of the show. Ben and Jerry say that the flavor is a mixture of salty and sweet, but the sweet is the more prominent component.

I’m really not sure how well this ice cream is going to do. If they can appeal to the consumers who like both potato chips and ice cream, but most late nights just can’t decide which to have, then Ben and Jerry will find themselves with big success. Other consumers may find this new flavor too obscure and stay away from it. The one thing that is for certain about “Late Night Snack” is that it is purely original.