What a Semester of Blogging Taught Me

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Starting a blog can be intimidating, scary, and a little bit exciting. Depending on who you are and what kind of interests you have, blogging can be either fun or a hassle. For me, I fell into the latter category, but that has slowly changed through out the semester, and while I don’t yet fall into the category where I consider blogging to be fun, it has long since been a hassle. I no longer dread doing the weekly blog, and it has become easier each time. I will give new bloggers five tips for blogging, coming from a non-blogger that thought this semester would be torture.

1. Just do it. The worst part about blogging is dreading doing it. Knowing that Thursday is getting closer and closer means that I’m going to have to do the blog soon. Once I actually sat down and did it, it really wasn’t that bad. Just sit down, do the blog, and don’t do it Thursday morning or late Wednesday night and you won’t dread doing the blog any longer.

2. Blog about something you are interested in. Each week we receive blogging topics which serve as guidelines for what we must blog about for the week. But within these guidelines it is pretty easy to find something of interest to yourself. For example, one blog we had to critique a film critique, and we were able to pick a movie that we watched and enjoyed.

3. Try to have fun with it. Even if you don’t like it after a few weeks, find ways to make it more fun. Blog about something you don’t know about, so then you can spend some time learning something new.

4. Get rid of all expectations. You may expect blogging to be one way, and find it to be completely different. That is what happened to me. It really isn’t bad and can be fun but if you go into it with the expectation that it will suck, it will.

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5. Remember that it is only for a semester. If it really is the worst thing ever, and you hate it, remember it is only for a few months, once a week, and you can get through it.

Happy Blogging!

Blake Griffin Next Athlete to Fall

Blake Griffin has become the face of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise. He had built himself a relatively good reputation throughout his first few years in the league, but the past couple years he has started to become viewed as more a dirty player, and the latest news on Griffin isn’t good for his reputation. Griffin has been charged with one count of misdemeanor for an incident that occured in a Las Vegas nightclub in October. Griffin was there with teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, both very famous NBA players that have clean reputations, when Griffin got into an altercation with a man, squeezing his hand and shoulder and slapping him in the face. Many people were taking pictures which angered Griffin, and he grabbed the mans phone.The Clippers have yet to comment but Griffins coach Doc Rivers commented, saying “I can’t say much, but I feel very confident things will work out.” You can read more details of the story on ESPN.com.

Blake had a reputation as being a silly nice guy, as you can see in this footlocker commercial:

And is also known for his amazing dunks:

But has recently been seen as somewhat of a dirty player:

With everything that went on this summer with the Clippers, it is important that their star player keeps up a strong reputation. After the Donald Sterling fiasco, they need as much positive press as they can get to try and repair the damage Sterling did on the reputation of the franchise. Especially with the Clippers becoming THE team in Los Angeles (the Lakers suck now), being in such a major market that gets so much national attention, Blake needs to get his act together. Will this misdemeanor change his perception in the public eye? Maybe and maybe not, but it could be the start of a long list of offenses. It seems like every athlete starts with one and then more and more offenses start flooding in. For the sake of his team, the league, and his own reputation, Blake Griffin needs to stay out of trouble.

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I found an app called Zedge a few days ago because it looked like an app where I could get some free backgrounds. Even though I only use my own personal pictures for I had it, all I did was scroll through the various backgrounds available. They are endless for the most part, and there are many many categories that can be searched under, Auto & Vehicles, Holiday/Occasions, Sport, and quite a few more. After I messed around with that for a while, I explored to see what else I could do with this app. I found that it also offers notification sounds and ringtones. I checked the ringtones first, and I was impressed. The most recent ones were some Halloween songs, recently released music, and stuff from TV shows. For example, I downloaded Stewie from the show Family Guy repeatedly saying Mom Mom Mom and made it the ringtone for when my Mom calls me.

Beyond that I downloaded many of the other songs and various noises and applied them as the ringtones for friends and family. After I spent way too long on that, I moved on to notifications. They were pretty similar to the ringtones. The main difference is that they were much shorter. For example, the old spice whistle was on there, as well as the Hunger Games whistle. I got a few of those as well and applied them.

The best part about this app is that everything was free. No charge for any of the ringtones or notifications. I downloaded about thirty total sounds and even got a couple wallpapers. On iTunes that would have cost me quite a bit of money. The app was also very easy to use and navigate, and it was free to download. Overall, I would give this app a 10/10.

Critique of Annabelle Movie Critique

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I love scary movies. Prior to seeing Annabelle, one of my favorite scary movies was Th Conjuring, which was made by the same people who made Annabelle, so my expectations for Annabelle were pretty high. My girlfriend, also a huge fan of the horror genre, accompanied me on opening night and we both left the theater very impressed (and terrified) by the movie. Multiple times throughout the movie, we were grabbing each other in suspense and a general feeling that something bad was about to happen. Seeing enough scary movies like we have,  we know when things will happen and usually even how, but that is why Annabelle was so great; there were many unexpected scares and even the expected ones came in uniquely delivered ways. Basically, I thought this movie was great, maybe the scariest movie I have ever seen, which is why I was shocked to read the review by the Claudia Puig in the USA Today magazine. She rated it half a star out of 4, and bashed the movie at about every turn. Reading through the critique, I found that i agreed with none of what she said. None of it at all. A couple of the more disagreeable points she made were 1) scary doll movies don’t need a back story, people just know that the dolls are evil. I would argue that the back story is very important, because why would we just assume a doll is haunted? I won’t spoil it but the way the doll becomes haunted is pretty good part of the movie too. 2) Several plot threads go nowhere, and slowly. This is actually partially agree with, but only the part about it developing slowly. Even that I would say slow isn’t the right word, I would say it is more suspenseful and they just build the suspense in a more well thought out way. Overall, her critique is her opinion but the platform she has will reach many people and could definitely affect many people that were on the fence about seeing the film. My advice is go see it and see if you agree with me or her. Below is a preview for the movie.

Katy Perry on College Gameday

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College Gameday is a very popular college football show shown every Saturday morning two hours before the opening kickoff. The show consists of analysts discussing the games and at the end they make predictions on the days games. This past weekend Katy Perry joined the College Gameday crew and she caused quite a ruckus.

She showed up right before the prediction portion of the show and made predictions with the hosts of the show. Not only did she do surprisingly well with her predictions (although her reasons were suspect) but she brought quite a few props to add some flair to the show.
Perhaps the most outrageous thing she did on the show was proclaim that she was in love with Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, telling him to “call her” and use that as her basis for picking Oklahoma to beat TCU. Some say she jinxed Oklahoma, causing Trevor Knight to be thinking more about Katy  Perry than the game at hand, either way Oklahoma ended up winning the game.

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Katy also brought a bunch of corn dogs to symbolize how Auburn was hungry to beat LSU…or something of that nature. She picked Notre Dame based on the gold helmets being stylish and “shiek”. She predicted Mississippi State would beat Texas A&M  because they were from Mississippi, just like Ole Miss (the team she was supporting). The big game on Gameday was Ole Miss vs Alabama. This was a big deal for Ole Miss,  because not only have they not started a season 5-0 in over 50 years, but they had never hosted College Gameday. Katy Perry had never been to a college football game, so the atmopshpere in this one was probably unreal. Having Gameday, Perry, and home field may be what pushed Ole Miss to beat Alabama. After the game the fans got crazy, taking the goalposts (one ended in front of a frathouse) and Katy Perry partied all night with the college kids. What a weekend for Ole Miss.  frathouse

 

CVS Can’t Control Birthing of Bad PR

CVS pharmacy has charged over 11,000 women illegally for birth control. According to the affordable care act, if a woman has health care coverage they don’t have to pay for birth control. Apparently CVS had a price coding error that led to this blunder. CVS is refunding all women that were illegally charged and have already started sending the checks in the mail. They expect all woman to get the checks by October 1st. The bigger concern is over the women who may have opted not to buy the birth control since they were being charged. Birth control is very important to families and how they want to plan having children, having more children, or not having children at all. This may have caused an issue in those regards for some women. You can read the full story here.
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