Living With Ebola

No joke, I got off my train at Penn Station the other day and there was a woman standing right outside the doors who straight up coughed in my face…and then I got Ebola.

            I’m totally kidding I didn’t get Ebola, but I had just listened to a podcast about it on my ride in. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before you should really check out How Stuff Works, “Stuff You Should Know,” because it’s full of fun facts and interesting information. The podcasts are available for free in the ITunes store app and the Google Play store. Recently I listened to the episode “How Ebola Works” and I learned a lot about its origin and how the virus works itself. Did you know there are 5 different strands of Ebola? The two most deadly strands are Zaire and Sudan, two other strands are the Ivory Coast and Bundibugyo, which are less deadly and also originated in Africa. However, did you know one strand of Ebola originated right here in the United States? The fifth strand of Ebola is Reston Ebola, and is named after its origin in Reston, Virginia—that’s only fifteen minutes from my house! Fortunately, this strand is the least deadly and never affected humans.

If you aren’t already aware, Ebola is transmitted through breaks in the skin, blood, mucus, or other bodily fluids. In other words, Ebola is just like any other virus. I had a long conversation with my Aunt this past weekend about the issue and we agreed, everyone needs to take a chill pill—especially the media. So far 10, 000 people have died in Africa from Ebola. In the United States, four people have been infected and only one of them has died. In fact, it is more likely for you to catch the flu and die then it is Ebola. In 2012-13 171 Americans died from the flu, and yet people still don’t get the flu shot! Ebola is only scary because we do not have a cure yet, but it really isn’t as terrible as the media is making it out to be. My Aunt and I came up with some simple steps that everyone should follow in order to protect him or herself from colds or viruses like ebola:

  • Wash your hands. Use soap and say the ABC’s twice through
  • When you cough or sneeze use your elbow!
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Wash your hands before you eat
  • When you’re eating, don’t like your finger just because you don’t have a napkin
  • Don’t share food or drinks
  • Cover your mouth when you yawn
  • Don’t share needles
  • Don’t have any one night stands
  • Do not kiss anyone you don’t know
  • If you are traveling anywhere that’s currently affected by an outbreak/epidemic, quarantine yourself until you know you are not infected with the virus/disease

If you are still really freaking out about Ebola, then check out NBC’s article Why the Flu Is Deadlier Than Ebola:

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‘Friends’ Licensed To Netflix In Warner Bros Deal — VIDEO

Found my new years plan!

Deadline

Warner Bros boss Kevin Tsujihara just told investors that it has licensed 236 episodes — all 10 seasons — of Friends to Netflix for the U.S. and Canada, with streaming beginning on January 1, 2015.  Netflix has been making many such deals as it bulks up its offerings, and now it has a piece of the iconic series that launched the careers of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

It marks the first time Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution has licensed exclusive subscription-video-on-demand rights to Friends, which is still big on cable — on Nick at Nite and TBS — and in broadcast syndication.

Friends is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its premiere this year. The hugely popular series, which ran from 1994-2004 and anchored NBC’s Thursday night lineup, has been popping up of late as part of Warner Bros. TV’s initiative to celebrate the…

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Movie Review: Gone Girl

Every other week my boyfriend and I go to Bowtie Cinemas for “Super Tuesday,” which means $6 movies (3-D and BTX cost extra) all evening. Now I didn’t think I was going to stay up writing this, but I can’t stop thinking to myself, “Holy crap, that movie was nuts.” This week we saw the mystery/thriller/DRAMA, Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris. Also if you’re a 90’s kid keep and eye open for a cameo by Lee Norris who once starred as Stuart Minkus in ABC Family’s Boy Meets World.
At the beginning of the movie it didn’t seem like anything special. It seemed like your typical murder mystery, and the entire time you’re sitting there trying to guess the end, wondering, “Who killed Amy Dunne??” As the truth begins to unravel and the story becomes more intense you will hear people whispering, “Oh my god noooooo…” I also heard a few people mutter, “Aw hell naw!” Gone Girl continuously surprises you until the lights turn on in the theater and you’re thinking, “Maybe I am better off being single…” I haven’t said this about many movies recently, but I promise it’s worth the money to see it on the big screen.

 The trailer definitely doesn’t do the movie enough justice:

PLEASE NOTE:
If you really aren’t good with blood I don’t recommend this movie. However, if you can handle seeing a little you should be fine.

Has anyone else seen Gone Girl yet? What are your thoughts? Try not to give away too much!

Response: The Death of Adulthood in American Culture

On September 11, 2014, the op-ed article, “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture,” by A.O. Scott was posted on the New York Times website. The article can be found in the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/magazine/the-death-of-adulthood-in-american-culture.html?_r=1

Not only was half of the article basically useless and overfilled with way too many examples, but also it sounds as if someone is a bit too serious. If you have read the article I’ve taken out sections, which really caught my attention.

“A society that was exclusive and repressive is now freer and more open. But there may be other les unequivocally happy consequences. It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups,” Scott describes of American culture,

Comparing such examples like “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos” to new shows like “Girls” and “Bob’s Burgers,” Scott concludes that “nobody knows how to be grown-ups anymore.”

Another section that aggravated me was when Scott says, “Looking at those figures and their descendants in more recent times — and at the vulnerable patriarchs lumbering across the screens to die — we can see that to be an American adult has always been to be a symbolic figure in someone else’s coming-of-age story. And that’s no way to live. It is a kind of moral death in a culture that claims youthful self-invention as the greatest value.”

I don’t think Scott has really thought out his argument. In this piece, Scott basically presents examples as to why American society and culture has changed and is now soft and dumb. Scott concludes, “They [cultural products of this generations] imagine a world where no one is in charge and no one necessarily knows what’s going on, where identities are in perpetual flux.” What Scott says here is not necessarily true at all. As technology advances we are presented with unmanageable amounts of information. Doctors have started making claims that attention deficit disorder (ADD) is not a real disease, social construct that must learn to be managed. ADD is not necessarily just a social construct, but I would say it is more of a disorder brought on by the copious amounts of media. For example, Vine is a social media company for users to produce 5-10 second videos. Another example is Pinterest, a website filled with straight pictures. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have pinned things and written “read later” …and I still haven’t read those things. The reason why there has been a death to american adulthood is because media is almost like a form of ‘relaxation—‘ you recline and watch an episode of your favorite television show. If you’re like most people these days, you don’t always want to watch a show that requires an extreme amount of thought or seriousness, and that doesn’t make you dumb. After a 10-hour workday you just simply don’t want to watch a really serious show. It’s not that society and culture has been dumbed down, but rather the media has given its audience what they want. So what do the people want? What do people like? People enjoy what they can relate to and what can entertain them. I really don’t think this has anything to do with the “Death of Adulthood,” but rather the loss of outdated beliefs, which lead to the advancing of our society’s social norms.