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I f–king love SCI2

Elise Andrew is the curator of the IFLS (I Fucking Love Science) Facebook page and website where a large portion of inspiration for the lovely content you find right here comes from. Later this year she will be teaming up with the Science Channel to bring you the best science videos the internet has to offer.

The collection will feature on TV through the SCI2 channel and concentrate on popular science. And, according to Andrew, she’s excited to have the opportunity to weed through a lot of junk science to provide a thoroughly proven assortment of real science. She hopes to get the name out for other bloggers and Internet do-gooders who simply really fucking love science and want to share what they know with the world.

Yeah, science! Graphic from Geeks of Doom
Yeah, science! Graphic from Geeks of Doom

Andrew’s Facebook fame is a story or surprising success, even to her. She began to compile interesting facts, images, and videos and post them on a page for her own amusement and claims she never expected it to go farther than a few dozen of her friends. However, within the first 24 hours of creating the page, Andrew had over 1,000 likes and within six months reached over 1 million. As of Oct. 26, the page has 18,689,377 likes.

Significantly less popular, but hosting similar content, is Andrew’s clean (language-wise) Facebook page Science is Awesome. While it has just as good quality content, perhaps you might recommend this to kids and stick with the original for your adult friends.

The Internet can be a fickle friend, however, as was made clear in March 2013 when Andrews created a Twitter account for the IFLS page with her face as the avatar. Fans seemed shocked to find out that Andrew’s was a woman, despite sharing that information on several occasions. The reactions were rather sexist, Andrew claims, and she was baffled by the sheer stupidity — er, lack of observation — from her supposedly science loving followers.

Andrew’s and the Science Channel’s team up isn’t the first of its kind, nor is it the first for Andrew. She has also curated videos for Discovery Communications in Aug. 2013 for their streaming site. To get caught up on this previous collection, find them and much more on IFLS’s Youtube channel.

The power of video streaming

Times used to be much simpler. That came with the good and bad, the ups and downs. However, the time of either catching your favorite show or missing it and becoming the laughing stock of the town is over. Using various methods, anyone can access their shows and movies by using the Internet. Well, unless you’re my grandma.

The battle between Netflix and HuluPlus.  Graphic from Geek
The battle between Netflix and HuluPlus.
Graphic from Geek

Some of the most known and popular video-viewing websites are Hulu and Netflix. They both are a little different and provide different videos to stream, however they both have the same purpose. These give their customers great power and freedom, but we all know one simple thing: With great power comes great viewing responsibility. These powers can be used for good or great evil. The outcome is up to you.

Hulu is an ad-supported website that lets users view different shows, movies, and clips with limited access. Upgrading to Hulu Plus allows customers special privileges and more content. Essentially, you can stream a show the day after it airs if you’ve upgraded. If you don’t pay for the Hulu Plus subscription, you’re limited to seeing the show one week after it airs. Personally, the suspense was killing me, so I forked over the fee.

Netflix is can is a paid-for Internet service that allows you to stream movies and television shows on multiple devices and/or order DVDs for rental. The great thing about it is that there are no commercials. That means, there’s no break in between episodes for you to realize that your paper is due in two hours.

Although both these websites can be good tools for professors and students alike, it can inspire a lot of procrastination. To some, the background noise may work as a concentration tool too. At this point, they’ve been around long enough for them to become part of our every day routines.

These are some of the good and bad associated with using them long-term:

HULU:

GOOD:

Use Hulu so that you can watch television without watching it in real time and missing a deadline.

BAD:

-Catch up on your show, using your cell phone during your Art History class.

NETFLIX:

GOOD:

-Have an episode of The Office playing while you work on a homework assignment.

BAD:

Marathon an entire season of The Walking Dead in one day the night before an exam because you want to figure out who dies before tumblr can spoil it for you.

 

Obama’s infamous “latte salute”

It’s easy to tell Obama is probably among the most hated presidents, ever. He’s constantly catching flack for pretty much everything he does. This summer, he was judged harshly for reaching over the glass cough guard at Chipotle to point at some pinto beans.

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“The president was exiting Marine One on his way to address the United Nations, and absent-mindedly saluted the marines standing outside, while holding a latte with his saluting hand.”

Most recently, Obama found himself in a mess all because of a “sloppy” salute. The president was exiting Marine One on his way to address the United Nations, and absent-mindedly saluted the marines standing outside, while holding a latte with his saluting hand. Of course, the internet lost its mind. Facebook became littered with posts about Obama’s “disrespectful latte salute.” Of all of the things going on in the world, with the airstrikes in Syria and millions of other global issues, we’re losing our minds over this?

Our Commander in Chief, one of the most powerful people in the world, has a lot of responsibilities. I couldn’t imagine the amount of stress he’s constantly under. In the video of the salute, which was posted to the White House’s Instagram, Obama is about to address the UN on the war we just entered. He’s very busy right now making executive decisions, but we’re going to be angry because he accidentally saluted with a coffee in his hand?

Obama is also being criticized because the video was uploaded on the White House’s Instagram. Do you really think Obama updates the Instagram on his own? He has a PR person for that. This was a poor PR move on their part. They had to have known criticisms were going to come out of it, but it wasn’t Obama’s move. And let’s not forget when Obama completely forgot to salute a marine and went back to correct himself.

We also need to remember that the presidential salute isn’t actually part of the protocol. In an article by a US Marine, he explains that the presidential salute was actually not a thing until Ronald Reagan took office. Now it’s more or less just something presidents, since then, do to keep themselves from getting criticism from the press. I do think it’s a very nice gesture to marines, but I think there are much more important things to be worried about.

Overall, I think we all need to focus on more important things. There’s too much going on in the world for us to be upset about petty things such as this.

 

Xbox: How Microsoft tried to change the game

Microsoft did something bold recently. They tried to bring an all-digital experience to gamers of the 21st century using Xbox One. Microsoft’s intent was to allow users to share games with their friends and family without leaving the couch. In order to do this, Microsoft mandated that all consoles be checked for internet connectivity in order to validate that people were not “copying” games for more than ten people. In addition, Microsoft said that using the Kinect camera would be requirement.

Continue reading Xbox: How Microsoft tried to change the game

Internet detectives

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Internet community came together via sites such as Twitter, 4chan and Reddit to scour video recordings and pictures to try to aid investigators in finding the identity of the bombers. They searched for suspicious people in the videos taken before and immediately after the bombs went off. They magnified pictures to try to find people with backpacks that matched the description of the backpacks the FBI believed held the bombs. One Internet user believed he had reconstructed the scene using pictures to the degree that he knew where one of the bombs went off within an error of two meters. Continue reading Internet detectives

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Polarization

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Picture from Know Your Meme.

Remember when we were kids and all we had to fight over was which Pokémon was the coolest or which Superhero would win in a fight? As children, it was our civic duty to argue with each other and prove that your way was the only way. Then we grew up, and those quarrels were replaced with new ones. Whether it’s our hatred for Justin Bieber, One Direction, swag, PewDiePie or the dozens of other trends that preceded them, it always seems that when something becomes popular too quickly, there will never fail to be a counter-movement of people who hate that thing. Like Newton’s third law said first, with every action comes an equal and opposite reaction. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Polarization

Why I don’t have a Facebook

During my senior year of high school I made the decision to delete my Facebook. I rarely used it, and I was tired of the constant barrage of social drama, spamming, fishing for compliments and crudely articulated arguments about “current events.” Two years later, I could not be happier with my decision. I don’t feel the need to monitor the exploits of my friends and family via social media. Continue reading Why I don’t have a Facebook

Weekly Time Wasters: The power of the combover

This week there is no theme or agenda. This is mostly because I’ve been sick and thusly unmotivated to come up with one. That being said, I have still found some pretty good clips for you this week at the expense of my health. I’ll take that standing ovation now. Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: The power of the combover

Iceland considers banning Internet porn

The government of Iceland recently announced that it’s studying ways to ban Internet pornography in their country. They have set the precedent to be able to do so because printed pornography has been banned there for many years and strip clubs were banned two years ago. The reasoning behind these bans is that these institutions exploit women and threaten the mental health of children.

Having freedom of speech so engraved in my mind because of American culture, it’s difficult for me to fathom that a modern government would have the audacity to try to ban such a form of expression, even if some find it objectionable. I understand there are circumstances where women are taken advantage of or even coerced into participation, and I acknowledge that it’s certainly possible children who are exposed to pornography may develop negative side effects. However, just because bad things could happen ought not to be the litmus test for what is acceptable and what is not. Continue reading Iceland considers banning Internet porn

Gangnam style

I always love when Internet sensations take the physical world by storm. This week, K-pop artist Psy jumped from our computers and into our hearts (or at least our attention) with his now chart topping song “Gangnam Style.” Beating out Taylor Swift’s single “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” and might I say it’s about time, Psy burst onto the scene rising to number one on iTunes. Continue reading Gangnam style

The Internet: A vital tool to any job search

The Internet is becoming an increasingly important tool to any soon-to-be college graduate. The Internet is one of the most common ways through which people obtain jobs. If a job seeker knows where to look, the Internet can be a useful tool for both job seeking and networking. Both are vital in the hunt for employment.

There are a number of resources out there for job seekers to use, all of which have their benefits and drawbacks. Below are some useful tools in the search for employment. These resources should provide a good base for any job seeker and help them decide what to do once they have that all-important interview. Continue reading The Internet: A vital tool to any job search

Socializing Little Monsters

Lady Gaga undoubtedly makes the best use of social media websites. With over 19 million followers on Twitter, she far outstrips the following of any other celebrity of the micro-blogging website. It should come as no surprise that this social media expert would form a website of her own, one specifically designed for her fans. Continue reading Socializing Little Monsters