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Nerds?!

On December 31st, 2008 Hank Green sent an email to his brother, young adult author, John Green. The email set down rules for their upcoming video blog project that began the next day. This was the last textual communication they would have for the next year. Through the next year they exchanged back and forth videos through YouTube talking about various topics and in general getting to know each other better as adult siblings.

Despite beginning as  two guys the group quickly grew. Within a few months they had a website with a well populated forum, several “secret siblings,” and tons of viewers. These two guys, wanting to get to know their brother better began a community and did so much more. The project still continues, though they can now textually communicate again, and the community keeps growing. Now the question is why does this matter. This matters because of the values that Hank and John Green hold and promote through their interactions with each other and their community, lovingly known as NerdFighters. The values which are promoted are such good values as reading, being yourself, and loving knowledge as well as random trivia. Through the years they have done such things as donating $250,000 to Haiti post-earthquake, having more subscribers than Oprah, organizing a YouTube based record label, and organizing a YouTube conference known as VidCon.

This community, with its -nerdy- altruistic values has amazingly sprung up where most thought there were nothing but squirrels on skis. It is interesting to see how through providing a good wholesome place to interact kindly with one another the VlogBrothers, as they are known on YouTube, have fostered a community for all ages of nerds.

Here are some very nerdy songs, sung by my favorite brother Hank.

 

 

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The University of Montevallo is unique in a lot of ways.  We have college night, cherished brick roads, and countless battalions of squirrels.  But that’s not the only thing that stands out here.  As you get to know the campus, you cannot help but notice the unusually high density of openly homosexual students.  It is a little phenomenon in Alabama, like an oasis amidst a desert of heated intolerance.

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The role of the First Lady is described as hostess of the White House. She plans special events and ceremonies in the White House. There have been many different types of first ladies. There has been very politically active first ladies and behind the scenes first ladies. The role of the First Lady has changed over the years, the first one to become a popular First Lady was Dolley Madison who was one of the first to use her role to bring spotlight to an issue in America. Eleanor Roosevelt’s  husband FDR was actually paralyzed by polio and was not able to tour the country, Eleanor took care of that for him and toured herself to let Americans know what was going on in Washington D.C. It wasn’t until around the late twentieth century that every First Lady used their office to promote a popular issue in America. Many have been seen as celebrities like Jackie Kennedy. Betty Ford supported Women’s Rights, Nancy Reagan fought the war on drugs, and Laura Bush supported children’s literacy all across the states. Hillary Clinton was married to the 42nd president of the United States, and was very politically active and continued her political career by becoming Senator for the state of New York and is currently the Secretary of State for President Barack Obama. Michelle Obama has started a program called “Lets Move” which is an exercise and healthy eating program for the children of America. The President is an elected official who’s opinions are very important because he is making decisions that affect our country and our every day lives. The First Lady is married to the president and is not an elected official and receives no salary. The question is what is it about the First lady that makes her opinion important? Why should americans listen to her opinion or ideas?

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The internet has changed the way we gather information and tell our own stories or get our own opinions out there for the world to see. Blogging is a new way to gain credible and, sometimes, not so credible information. The  most interesting thing about blogs is that you can find one on any subject that you could possibly think of. While researching this topic, most of the information I found about blogging was on, you guessed it, blogs (imagine that)!!! I tend to think of blogging as a way to express your feelings and put your ideas out there for people, that you will most likely never see, to read.

Why do people blog?

1) It gives the average person a voice. There are lots of blogs that do not get many visits but the mindset is in place that if your ideas are put out there, they will eventually be found.

2) It could be used as a way of advertising or reviewing a product.

Those are the two main reasons for blogging, according to Jeff Bullas, who happened to have compiled the information for the image.

I do see a disadvantage in blogging though. Blogging means that anyone can write whatever they want, whenever they want, about anything they want. What this can sometimes lead to is misinformation and conflict among other blog users and the people with the actual facts. This is why, although often times interesting, I don’t usually use blogs as a main resource for information, and I would say that most people don’t.

Some tips for people who blog would be to make sure you are stating fact and that you in no way mislead people in the conclusions or assumptions that you make.

I have always been interested to know why so many people blog. I have never blogged, except for this class, but the more and more I do it, I have to wonder why?! Of course, there is the obvious answers of, “it gives me a voice”, and “it’s just a hobby”. I know that some in this group blog, so maybe you would be able to answer that question!

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Extreme People

A subculture present all over is one with specific interest in the environment and nature. There are many names for these people, self-made and made by opposition. This culture can be analyzed because they have their own food, clothes, stores, websites, and even blogs. Here is an interesting definition I found that I will call this subculture throughout my post:

To be – A Tree Hugger -, to show your love and appreciations for Mother Nature, luckily is no longer a derogatory term, which was used by the Nation-Less Corporations, their PR goons, media, religious mullahs and the sold-out academia in the U.S. for the past 40 years, denigrating the rightfully concerned people who have been warning the humanity about the Global Warming and a whole range of environmental devastations caused by the nation-less corporations conducts all over the world. To become – A Tree Hugger – in fact should be a proud and honorable position to take and promote.

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Westlemania

The WWE, which stands for World Wrestling Entertainment, is one of the biggest subcultures in America. For those who did not watch it growing up, the WWE  is wrestling between WWE superstars.This is what WRESTLEMANIA is. All the superstars the different WWE shows, like RAW, SMACKDOWN, etc, all come together and compete for titles. Some of the titles are: HeavyWeight Champion, TagTeam Champions, WWE Champions, etc. It is a “Do Not Miss Event” of the year. 

The WWE is a very big entertainment industry that brings in a big crowd. Usually guys are the ones who enjoy watching it, of course, and then again, there are some girls. I grew up with three brothers and so I automatically started to watch it. The more I watched it, the more addicting it become. Some people believe WWE is full of fake wrestling, which it is, and that it is a waste of time/money. Many people can back me up when I say it is not a waste. It is just like watch a sports game. Two wrestlers going head to head to see who the winner will be. Many people enjoy it because there is something new happening every week. It is almost like a TV series. One week the general manager will come out and put  twist on things and the next week there will be a different change. I do not think people understand how addicting the WWE can be. When you watch it once, it is like you have to keep watching to see what happens.

This particular subculture has action figures, appeal, and even custom made belts. A person can get there favorite wrestler action figures and have there own little match right at home. WWE also has many video games you can play. I know we have a couple at home and they never get old. 

Many people think the WWE is not appropriate for little kids but I disagree. I think it is a fun way for kids to have fun and get into something. By the age of 11, they will figure out that the WWE is all fake wrestling and no one is actually getting hurt. I know the kids I use to babysit for, which were six, loved playing and watching all the different WWE shows. I saw people just last week when Wrestlemania 28 was playing at Wild Wing cheering for their favorite superstars. Therefore, this is one subculture that will never be brought down!

My favorite Superstar is John Cena: 

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He got defeated at Wrestlemania 28 by The Rock. 

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Everyone know what is going on the Basketball Championship between Kentucky and Kansas. When there is a big game who is the first people to be their? The Fans and these are no oridnary fans, these are fans who love “their” team and will get to the game even if it means going through sleet, snow, rain, they will do anything to get to their game. We all know that when there is a game there has to be a winner and there has to be a loser and when one of these teams loses the fans who are crazy for their team become pycho because their team lost. Here is the story. This below is what happened repeat of Monday and what the police had to do, what some of students are saying about what will happen and others. Interesting how when one loss of a game can make a whole community of people do things they certainly would not do on normal circumstances.

Police are forcefully warning Kentucky fans that a repeat Monday of the dangerous weekend celebrations won’t be tolerated for the game to decide college basketball’s national champion.

 

 Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin said some revelers Saturday night acted in a ”dangerous and criminal” way by setting fires, overturning cars and hurling bottles into the air.”This behavior cannot and will not be tolerated,” Bastin said at a news conference Monday at police headquarters. ”We want to send a clear and strong message that individuals who engage in this behavior will be investigated and prosecuted.”Police made more than 30 arrests near the UK campus Saturday night for arson, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, and authorities are expecting more arrests from that night’s revelry. Police showed the media photos of people in Saturday night’s crowds who have been targeted for arson and assault charges once they are identified. Bastin said patrols would be beefed up for Monday before and after the game, but he declined to give details.Some students on campus in Lexington Monday said the partying could be more intense if Kentucky defeats Kansas for its eighth national title.”I think it’s going to be terrible. Lock your doors,” said Andy Mains, a 25-year-old student studying social work. Even if the Wildcats lose, he said, ”it’ll be just as bad, lock your doors no matter what.”

 

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Sure, these guys are recruiting stars. But Bill Self and John Calipari are so much more than that. DAN WOLKENN Mains said he and other students were a little embarrassed by the raucous behavior Saturday night.”It shows that we can’t handle our liquor,” he said.University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto also issued a warning Monday ahead of the game, which tips off at 9:23 p.m. EST. Capilouto said the rowdy behavior detracted from the success of the players ”who have worked tirelessly to represent UK at a national level.””I implore you to be safe, be respectful, and don’t be stupid,” Capilouto said in a statement.UK’s campus was peaceful Monday afternoon, but excitement was in the air as blue-clad fans and students eagerly anticipated Kentucky’s first trip to the title game in 14 years.Shouts of ”Go Cats!” and honking horns were already audible near the campus’ main library in the early afternoon.Across the street, sophomore Colby Myers and a friend were constructing a humorous tribute to Kentucky star forward and AP Player of the Year Anthony Davis. In the front yard of the Farmhouse Fraternity on Hilltop Avenue, they were sticking black plastic forks in the ground in the shape of Davis’s bushy eyebrows – which Myers and other fans endearingly call Davis’ ”unibrow.”Myers, a 19-year-old agriculture student from Harrodsburg, said he hopes fans keep the celebration safe if Kentucky wins.”I think it’s a little extreme, flipping cars and stuff, there’s other ways to celebrate without doing all that,” Myers said.University officials at the news conference Monday afternoon also warned students that aside from criminal charges, students could face suspension or expulsion for bad behavior.”Students are reminded that inappropriate action can impact their academic career for years to come,” said UK Dean Victor Hazard.

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