Category Archives: Random Enjoyment

The Social Revolution

By Karla Judy

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An Egyptian man names daughter “Facebook!” Twitter usage exceeds 250,000 during the Ukrainian protests. People all around the world are using social media for more than personal networking. These days a simple tweet can start a revolution. From Arab coups, to Occupy Wall Street or the tea party movement, individuals are finding their voices and spreading information through these free tools. In the Ukraine, citizens used social media to organize protests. Ironically, police used the same media to protect the public when things became violent. Greg Satell at forbes.com. says “the playing  field has been leveled”. Before social media, large conglomerates or governments controlled communications. Now the populace has the ability to author and control more information and Governments are paying attention.

Not only can social media can be used as super power; it can be used to tell a joke, make people jealous about your hair or your decadent dessert. Literally, in our hands is a tool to start a revolution or empower a woman to leave an abusive relationship. You can share a recipe, or crowd source a new business. We can complain about our day or ask for a prayer, and everyone who follows you, will (hopefully) show you compassion.

What does this all mean for us? Well, we may have all seen the bumper stickers about not trusting the liberal media, but the truth is, most media outlets are for profit, and have an agenda. Ergo, the Social Media explosion! We can send out into the ether any question or comment and in minutes, sometimes seconds, we can have hundreds of responses. Not that they are all trustworthy or even nice. We all have our own opinions and differing perspectives. Everything should be scrutinized critically. We don’t have to trust just one news source, or the news from your country, you can check out numerous web sites. Sometimes we want more than a sound bite. With the Internet, we can delve deeper into almost any story. We can verify the validity of the facts.  We are able to check and double-check everything.

We have heard people complain that we don’t talk to each other any more, that we are disconnected from one another by technology, but I feel the opposite is true. We are more in touch with each other. We are more connected in ways that were not conceivable just a short time ago. It is amazing and awesome. Is that a tweet or what?

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Free Stuff, Free Gas, Free Convenience?

By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham

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How much do you pay for gas? It’s outrageous, right? Wouldn’t you love a solution that saves you money? Well, as cost-conscious student, we have found one at MAPCO. We are sure you’ve heard about them, but you might not realize the benefits they offer. We hope that this post will enlighten you on the subject.

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Digital Footprint

By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan

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Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ:  paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news.   As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.

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Fashion Meets Fitness

By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy

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Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!

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The Truth About Facebook Messenger

By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar

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Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.

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Field Trip to the Library!

By Jennifer Wolfe

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My favorite day of the year at the Athens State University Library is field trip day. Let me explain…

As a child one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to go to the Knox County Public Library’s Norwood Branch on Merchant Dr. in Knoxville, Tennessee for the summer reading program. This should have been my first clue to my future profession – a librarian.

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The Tragic 1909 Typhoid Fever Epidemic

By Sara Love

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In was 1909; Athens Female College entered its sixty-sixth scholastic year on the 15th day of September. The previous five years had been the most successful years in the entire history of the Institution. In addition to local students, there were 151 boarding students enrolled from across Alabama and adjoining states. The faculty was made up of 23 excellent administrators and teachers. The health of the entire College community seemed perfect. College records indicate that only two deaths had occurred during its history and those occurred before the Civil War. On October 14, 1909, there was not a sick person on the campus.

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Jules Verne and the Steampunk RV

By Ron Fritze

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Most people have read something by Jules Verne whether it be Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days. A lot of his novels have been made into movies, some more than once. Verne was an early contributor to the genre of science fiction when it was first blooming. He wrote during the late nineteenth century and shared its faith that Western Civilization had entered into a permanent age of progress. His fiction predicted various technological innovations such as the submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island), the helicopter (Robur the Conqueror alt. title The Clipper of the Clouds), or a combination, submarine/airplane/automobile (The Master of the World). Little remarked upon is that Verne also envisioned the recreational vehicle.

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Horsehoe Bend 200th Countdown

By Ron Fritze

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200th anniversaries don’t come along all that often but we have one coming up in Alabama in a few weeks. On the 27th of March, 2014, it will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.

If you, like me, grew up with“The Wonderful World of Disney” appearing on the TV on Sunday night, you’ll remember the Davy Crockett (aka Fess Parker) episodes. I remember as a little kid the opening episode in which Davy and his friend George Russel (aka Buddy Ebson, aka Jed Clampett) were scouting for hostile Indians in a swampy region. Along the way, Davy has to fight a bear and kills it using just his knife. He also fights an Indian chief to save Russel’s life. My memory is that at the end Davy’s boss Andrew Jackson arrives with the army and captures all the hostile Indians in what I now know was a highly sanitized version of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Of course, if you are younger and grew up on the Disney Channel and Nickelodean, than you grew up with the same TV shows that I watched, it is just that for you they were retro while for me they were cutting edge.

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On the Joys of Browsing: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

By Ron Fritze

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These days, people tend to go on the internet to get answers to their questions. I know that I do. That said, I still have and use a big collection of reference books. One reason is that a standard reference book will be more reliable than some of the internet sites (although I think Wikipedia is generally quite reliable). Another reason is that for some purposes, a reference book can be just as easy to use, or even easier than an online source. That is certainly the case for dictionaries. But there is another reason for checking out many ink and paper works of reference—they are fun to browse. Well, maybe not for everyone, but they are fun for me and I am not alone.

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