Netflix has been Gilmored

One of the best mother-daughter TV shows has finally arrived on Netflix: Gilmore Girls.  Sure, Gilmore Girls has been on DVD for years and off the air for seven; but being on Netflix allows more people to enjoy the Friday night dinners, the pop culture references, and the fights between Luke and Taylor.

Okay, I’ll be honest: one of my favorite things about the TV series are all of the interest things that happen at Friday Night Dinners.  For example: the conversation they had on anvils:

And then there is the Halloween candy-thumping ball conversation:

Finally, there is their biggest fight that involves 20-some years worth of anger:

Everyone, be honest with yourselves: you’re like me and wish that your family dinners where this interesting.

And then there are all of the important life lessons, like the 18 problems only bookworms would understand:

So it’s pretty easy to say that Netflix has been Gilmored.

Subcribing to the NY Times

When I was at Bemidji State University taking Mass Communication courses, I had to
subscribe to New York Times print paper and I miss the days of that.

A screen grab of the 9/11/2014 issue of the NY Times

What I do miss, the most, about those days was reading the newspaper in print and getting my hands dirty, to a degree, from the ink.  Thankfully, I finally decided to subscribe to The New York Times digital subscription.  More specifically, the digital opinion option.

Right now, I’m just pay 99₡ for the next 12 weeks.  I figure that spending the .0825 per week isn’t the worst way spend some money.  The downside is that I only have unlimited access to the opinion articles and can only read 10 articles from other sections of the newspaper.

Regardless, it’s still nice being about to read articles like “Generation LGBTQIA” and “California Bill Sets Sights On Curbing Campus Sexual Assault” in different sections.  I’m hoping that I’ll actually utilize.  If I actually use it, hopefully I’ll share them.

Halfway Through The Year

Isn’t it hard to believe that 2014 is half way done?  By now, our New Year’s Resolutions are probably either done or forgotten – I know some of mine are forgotten – and we’re pretty much seeing how predictions are turning out.

I know one set of Predictions I can’t wait to see if they come through or not at the Social Media Predictions for 2014.  Some of the predictions seem like no brainers.  Take a look at number one on the list for example:

#1 Social Media is not an Option.    Businesses must integrate social media into their marketing plan.  It will be expected and will hinder sales if they don’t.

I will admit, I don’t agree with this one completely.  After all, not every business needs to worry about sales hindering without Social Media marketing.  I know that in the town of Tower, Minn., they only have one grocery store.  Residents of the town only have two choices: drive to different town or shop at the one in town.

But incorporating a Social Media marketing plan is anything but dumb.  And since many of today’s youth and people in their 20s and 30s usual social media constantly, it’s the perfect way to get them to interact more with potential customers.

But with the rest of the predictions, we’ll have to wait and see how they shape up.  After all, it’s not 2017 yet; so we can’t see if mobile sales has increased by 87%.  The Google+ one…well, that’s really covered underneath the first prediction since Google+ is a social media site. And so on and so forth.

74 School Shootings in 18 Months

Tuesday afternoon/early evening, I scrolling though Facebook and I saw a link to a list of how many school shootings there’s been between January of 2013 and as of yesterday.  I don’t remember what post it was.  But it seems that several websites and Facebook pages have produced maps to show where the last 74 shootings have occurred:

And some of the maps, like the one below that I took from The Huffington Post, 2014_SchoolShootingsSinceNewtown1Probably the most tragic thing about the whole situation is that as a society, we’re becoming numb to this kind of violence.

Last night, I was watching the 7th Heaven episode “Johnny Get Your Gun” where Simon is threatened by a fellow student with gun violence.  I had watched this episode while I was a kid, and teenager, but never looked passed it beyond the entertainment value.

The most noticeable gun shooting/violence episode of any TV show I have seen comes from One Tree Hill (OTH).  In episode 3.16 of OTH, the viewers of the show witness what long-term bullying can do to a person in terms of reaching a breaking point.

In the same episode, a deleted scene probably hits home the best of why we seem to move past one school shooting to another:

And I’m sure as teen drama TV shows, keep showing up, we’ll continue to have episodes that deal with this issue.

By no means, do I think that we should do a blanket removing of people’s right to bear arms.  But it’s clear that something needs to be done.  After all, the most well-known school shooting – Columbine - happened over 15 years ago now and it seems that the rate of school shootings have only increased.

While reading though the Wikipedia page for the Columbine shooting to find any useful sources, I found that the Secret Service did a study and released the in 2002.  From what I read in the report, the earliest documented case, if it could be called that, of a school shooting in 1974 and the study focused on 34 school shootings that happened between then and Columbine.

So it seems that there is a fair amount of research that has been done, discussions that have happened, and plenty of theories on how to prevent school shootings.

The problem lies in the fact that there yet seems to be any actual solutions to have surfaced.  I’m sure many schools have policies in place on how to handle a shooting, if it ever occurs.  I know that my high school started doing drills in the off-hand chance that there was ever a shooting.

But at the end of the day, what are we actually doing to protect our schools?