Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Best Job Ever

 As a child I have always had a connection with animals. I would say that I wanted to grow up and protect the animals. Sadly due to the world we live in saving the animals doesn't pay the bills. Most animal saving groups are volunteer and non profit organizations. However this job seems worth it. Several U.S. veterinarians have retired and moved to Africa. Accompanying them is a war veteran. This group of people have left their personal lives to sacrifice for animals. But doing what you might ask? They are body guards of the animals in Africa. They hunt the poachers who hunt the animals. The irony in that is unbelievable. I mean how cool is that job. I would feel like a superhero. I save the day for the animals and get the bad guys. I think one day I will join these people in their amazing pursuit to help animals. To read more on the groups work and dedication click here


Cheese is a drug?

As an Italian girl I love cheese. I put cheese on everything. But then again I mean who doesn't? I have always heard cheese was bad for people because it is a dairy product. Now a new science study shows that cheese is as addicting as heroin. Well that makes sense why I am so obsessed with it. Cheese has the same effects as opium. Sadly cheese consumed each year increases every year. This proves how addicting the food really is. Besides the addiction there is other forms of research that states cheese is good for you. Do the research yourself in the link here


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Computer Programming

Have you ever wondered how apps on your phone have been made? It all comes down to a program that a computer programmer made. With a chain of commands, you can make actions that in turn can make an app or a program even like the internet. There are many computer languages that are used to program, such as Python and Java. They contain if statements and loops, which make a program run along with many other commands.
Computer science is very important in the modern world due to our reliance on technology. This means that we need continuously improving innovations in programming to keep up with the world and even get ahead.

http://www.ccs.neu.edu/graduate/degree-programs/ph-d-in-computer-science/

Northeastern University has a great computer science program, that a student even chose Northeastern over Harvard. The video on the webpage shows what it is like to have a PhD in computer science. Plus, with a major like this, you could work at Apple or Google. Just listen to Steve Jobs talk about computer science:

Even if you do not get a job in programming, everyone still uses computers and it wouldn't hurt to know more about how they work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a computer programmer has an average anual salary of  around $74,000. Not a bad pay if you ask me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hernandez To Serve Life in Prison


          Yes, former NFL Patriots tight end and All American Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancĂ©e's sister. Hernandez was convicted with a mandatory sentence of life without parole. This automatically triggered an appeal, for a date not yet set, to Massachusetts' highest court. Hernandez's family and former teammates were shocked. Llyod's mother gave a victim impact statement after the conviction, saying she forgives anyone who had a hand in her son's death. She did however mention tha her heart stopped beating for a moment on the day they laid Llyod to rest. She felt as though she should be going with him. No fame or fortune could get him out of this one. Only twenty-five years old, a graduate from the University of Florida, a $40 million dollar contract with Patriots, he had a promising future ahead of him, a future that has all been thrown away. Hernandez also faces further legal trouble, as he is awaiting trial on murder charges in a drive-by shooting in which he is accused of gunning down two men over a spilled drink at a night club.
           I could go on to summarize the case more, but I prefer to comment on something that strikes my attention. The prosecutors never stated motive in court. They later told the press that they believe Hernandez committed the murder because Lloyd knew too much about the drive-by shooting, but the jury would not hear that because it was only speculation. This leads me to wonder, what really was his motive? Was there more too it than just Lloyd's knowledge of the prior shooting that Hernandez may have been involved in? I would be willing to bet the answer to that question is yes, because I am sure other people know of the occurrences of the shooting that night in Boston as well. Something else must have played a role in the murder. It may be a question that never gets answered, but to many, it is worth the wondering as long as Aaron Hernandez is locked up for life. 

To learn more about the case and the conviction, visit Aaron Hernandez found guilty.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Girls world

It's a big price to play to be a girl.  The cost of looking "pretty" is a lot of money.  You have to get your nails and toes done to look presentable in the summer.  If you don't have your toes done you are judged.  You have to get your hair cut and colored because if you have dead ends you look homeless. You have to tan because if you don't have a natural beautiful complexion you are pasty white.  All of these things cost a lot of money too.  Just your toes getting done is $3o to only last about a week.  Nail is also $30 and lasts not long at all!  It is outrageous to pay these prices. Clothing is also a big thing in a girls world.  It is a race to be best dressed.  Clothes are do expensive.  It's like $50 for a shirt!  Don't even get me started on shoes!  Atleast $100 dollars for a decent pair of boots it's crazy! As you can see being a girl is expensive!



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Teen Rejects College Rejection...?!

I recently heard on the news that a North Carolina teen had got rejected to attend Duke University in the Fall of 2015. The twist of this story is that the 17-year old wrote a rejection letter to Duke saying she will not accept their rejection. In her letter the teen writes:

"Thank you for the rejection letter of March 26, 2015. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke."

This story broke and had people all over the nation shocked. Has someone ever rejected a college rejection letter? Many people appeal to rejection letters but rarely is a decision reversed.

Regardless of the teen's rejection letter to Duke, she is still unable to attend the school in the Fall.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Understanding mental illness

Mental illness is one of the most difficult illnesses to treat because it seems to come back over, and over, and over again. It is a nightmare to have to live through it without any help or understanding from others. That is why I decided to write about it. I want to shed some light on this subject that in my everyday experience is not discussed enough.

For an individual who knows someone coping with mental illness

They are not trying to hurt you.
They do not want to distant themselves from you on purpose.
They do not hate you.

Mental illness is an illness and should be treated as such, what do I mean by that? I  mean that you must take it seriously. Mental illness is terrifying and lonely and devastating. Mental illness gets into a persons most inner most self, it destroys them from the inside out, it is draining and painful. It is persistent and ruthless. Please, DO NOT tell someone with depression to "Just think happier," or "Smile" or "You are taking your life for granted," because these just make the sufferers mental state worse, by doing this you single them out and make them feel ungrateful and whiny and not worth it.  This is just a brief message to all, mental illness should be treated like one, be supportive, try and understand the sufferers point of view, because they will appreciate you trying to help, and that is all that matters.

The Power of Music

     Music is something that is around us at all times. We hear it on the radio, on television, in the grocery stores, as our ringtones, and so much more. When we get a song in our head we it takes forever to get it out. A song can make you laugh, cry, and feel emotions that you thought were not possible. Music is a very important thing to have in our lives, as it is another way of release and another type of enjoyment. In the article, “Music Empires,” it talks all about the fine arts and what they mean to schools, groups, as individuals all around the world. One interesting thing about music is that it can improve mathematical and English skills. It can reduce stress and increase the creativity on ones mind. 

To read more about why music is important, you can check out this link: http://musicempowersfoundation.org/why-music/the-importance-of-music

Dreams

           Whenever I have a strange dream, I want to know why I have them. Pleasant dreams are very distinct, yet I cannot remember them very easily. Sad and unpleasant dreams are ones that haunt me for a short period of time. I seem to remember them more often than the pleasant ones. There are various people who can remember the majority of their dreams whether it is happy, sad, or anything else you can imagine. But the question really is why do we have these dreams. According to “Why do we dream?” written by Charles W. Bryant, it explains that in reality, the human brain is still a mystery, but scientists have been doing studies for the past one hundred years and they have come up with various reasons as to why we dream. “During sleep, the brain works to plow through all of this information to decide what to hang on to and what to forget. Some researchers feel like dreams play a role in this process.” Is what Bryant quoted. It always fascinates me when it comes to dreams and learning more about them.

Here is the link to the article I read if you’re interested in reading more. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/why-do-we-dream.htm

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New York City Subways


In New York City, there are so many people that there is always something going on. There is always something to catch your attention, including on the subway. There is a group of dancers called Lyve Tyme who perform dances on the subways, even though this is illegal. They see it as a good way to spend their time, and one of the men in this video claims that he is dancing everyday, because if he was home he may make bad decisions. Some police officers are not as strict because they know this; there is worse things that these people could be doing. But it is illegal because it is seen as soliciting. These performers can make up to $150 a day. That is more than minimum wage! I find this as just another entertainment aspect of NYC. These same performers are always on streets, and there is always a crowd around them.


There are countless other things in the NYC subways. I remember this one guy, who was playing a saw. The most unexpected part was that it sounded beautiful. 
There is so much to experience in New York City!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Disney Movies Futures Look Bright

The Millennium Falcon and TIE fighters as seen in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” teaser.
Walt Disney plans to release new installments in both the "Star Wars" and "Frozen" film franchises!
Disney announced that they also are in production of an eighth Star Wars film planned for release in 2017, as also the media giant also confirmed that it is working on a sequel to the 2013 animated hit "Frozen."
Disney said that a spinoff from the "Star Wars" franchise set for release in December 2016 will be called "Rogue One." The seventh film in the franchise, titled "The Force Awakens" is set to hit theaters this December.
The first of the series' six feature films came out in 1977, while the most recent was released in 2005. Disney bought Lucasfilm—and the rights to "Star Wars"—in 2012. The brand has spawned numerous spinoffs, including television series, video games and books.
"Frozen" has become one of Disney's most popular franchises since its release. It grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. The film has spawned toys, theme park attractions and even a mobile game. Mattel—a vendor of "Frozen" toys—jumped more than 4 percent on Thursday.Hasbro, which will sell "Frozen" dolls starting next year, was up more than 1 percent after sluggish trading earlier in the day.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The World's Healthiest Foods

          Ever wondered what the healthiest foods in the world are? Well I have, and today I decided to quench that thirst for knowledge. Below are the top five healthiest foods on the planet and why they are so healthy.

1. Lemons: One lemon has over 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C which increases your good cholesterol levels and strengthems bones.

2. Broccoli: One medium stalk of broccoli has over 100% of your daily value of Vitamin K and almost 200% of your daily value of Vitamin C, which both strengthen bones. It may also reduce the risk of many cancers.
3. Dark Chocolate: One quarter once daily can lower blood pressure in otherwise healthy people and can reduce bad cholesterol levels while increasing good ones.
4. Potatoes: One red potato has over 60 micrograms of cell-building folate. One sweet potato has nearly 8 times the recommended daily value of Vitamin A, which can fight cancer and boost your immune system.
5. Salmon: It contains Omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce the risk of depression, heart disease, and cancer.  One 3oz serving has about 50% of your daily value of niacin. Niacin has been shown to protect against memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

To learn ways to integrate these foods into your diet and to learn more about the health benefits of these foods, visit Healthiest Foods on the Planet.

To learn more about preparing healthy foods/meals, watch the video below.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Right around the corner

Alright all you couch potatoes it's time to get off of our lazy butts and get out and be active.  Sumer is emerging quickly and I don't know about you but I want a nice beach body.  Exercising is usually an annoyance to everyone, I know it is to me.  But I have found ways of exercise that it doesn't even feel like I'm exercising to me.  My exercise is soccer.  I love soccer so I don't mind going out and playing the game.  It is a lot of running and endurance that I don't even realize until I am sore the next day.  See exercise doesn't have to be a pain in the butt it can actually be fun. Another exercise I enjoy is riding my bike or rollerblades down the canal which also works your body a lot and is very fun and has beautiful scenery!  You can find things like this that work for you.  It only takes an hour a day at the most to get out and be active and stay healthy.  Find what suites you and kill it out there.  Summer isn't going to wait for you to be ready, it is right around the corner. Will you be wearing that one piece or that bikini?