Generation You

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The Campfire Network August 30, 2009

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“Not just s’more stories, but conversations.”

Catch your attention? That’s right my friend Thom and I are bringing something to blogging that’s out of the ordinary; we get to be apart of something that Thom calls “an experiment in social psychology.” Sounds like a huge deal? It’s actually even cooler then it sounds. What we’re encouraging you to do is ask questions of each other; deep and quirky questions. None of this 25 things you don’t know about me business (we’ll leave that to Facebook).Hopefully these questions we’ll inspire conversation and get us thinking. This goes beyond an interview, guys it get’s personal, but in a good way. The best way to explain this is to show by example. Here are the questions I asked Thom from Ransom Note. They’re beautifully and thoughtfully answered (sorry to sound so girly Thom).

What relationship is the most important to you at this point in time?
I had to think about this one for a few minutes. It’s hard to say which relationship I consider most important to me right now. I think about what’s important to me in general, trying to find my way into a new career and likewise a new life. Hence, the most important relationship would be the one that gets me to that point.Then I think about which relationship I would drop everything for. All things the same, my most important relationship would probably my parents; the people I rely on for emotional and professional support.

Do you have an idea of what your destined to become? Yes, what is it? No, why not?
I was actually having this conversation with my brother the other day, namely if I believe in destiny. We had decided that we believe in a sequence of events that are beyond control, which could be interpreted as fate or destiny. That said, it’s really hard to admit what i think the future holds for me. I hope there’s love, adventure, and success. My horoscope say I’ll be severing a tie to the past soon. Hopefully that leads somewhere.

If you could be on only ONE social networking/media site what would it be and why?
That’s a tough one. If I had to choose a networking site, it would be Linkedin. It’s the one that’s been the most helpful recently. Social media site- I would choose either Stumbleupon or Hulu. One is great for catching up on the shows I’ve missed, the other is fun to use to discover interesting sites. I’ve found some pretty helpful things in the past as a result of Stumbleupon.

When you’re people watching (c’mon we all do it) who catches your eye?
I like watching people that see like they have a great back story. There’s a older Asian man that walks around my neighborhood every day at the same time in the afternoon. He’s never with anyone, but looks as if he used to make this trek with someone in the past, and now it’s more a force of habit.
I image years ago, this man really didn’t like going for walks, but his wife did, who was never very good with directions. She would get confused sometimes. So like any good husband, he walked with her. Accept one late afternoon, he and is wife got in a fight, and he refused to walk with her. Saving face, she left to go walk by herself. An hour or two past and she still wasn’t back which worried him a bit. By 9:00, the man thought enough was enough and went out to look for her. He walked the usual route, but could find her. It was around 10:30 before the man got back home where he saw two police officers standing at the door of their little apartment. It was dark and his wife was crossing the street when a car turned the corner into their neighborhood. Being a petite lady, the car couldn’t see her until it was too late. Now, the old man walks that same route with his head down kind of as his own person albatross.
I have stories like this for a few people around the neighborhood.

Superwoman or Cat Woman?
I’m a cat woman fan. She has a better story, better costume, plus I like brunettes. I like how all the Batman characters are aspects of himself; like the Penguin is a millionare gone bad, the Joker is the antithesis of Batman. Cat Woman would be the feminate form of Batman. That’s cool to me.

I felt this commercial depicted something “catching on fire,” in this sense it being Lance Armstrong and cycling. So want to join the Campfire Network, answer some questions like these and more importantly ask questions like these, well then in the words of Nike; “Just do it.”

 

The iPod Has Given Me A False Sense Of Reality August 14, 2009

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You’re the coolest kid on the block, with the latest iPod. It’s killer, at this point the iPod is so revolutionary it can practically read your mind. You just think of a song and it plays for you. Yet several months later, your “revolutionary” iPod is old news. It’s been replaced with an even better one, this new iPod kicks your iPod’s butt. The iPod upgrade model is great for Apple, they’re raking in the dough, but how has it impacted Generation Y?

Our Generation has applied the iPod upgrade model to our lives. Wikipedia defines the IPOD Generation as “Insecure, Pressured, Over-taxed, and Debt-ridden.” I take it more literally, we are the iPod Generation, as in the Nano, Touch, Scroll wheel, shuffle portable music player. I am going to lump relationships and jobs here. Generation Y has developed the thought process that there is always something, newer and better coming.

If we’re dating someone, we get that little voice in our head saying “someone else is out there, who’s better.” Even in that fantastic job we landed we still get the same voice saying, something better is bound to come along and in that case I’ll just replace the old job with a newer and better job. We’re not happy unless we have the latest and greatest model, but the problem is new models will continue to come out. As a Generation we need to learn how to settle down and realize that newer and better won’t always guarantee happiness.

What do you think, am I being too tough? Are you like this? I’ll be the first to admit, I am and it’s something I am trying to work on. Let me know your thoughts guys.

j

 

July 23, 2009

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Teenagers often get a bad rap, but this one proves em’ all wrong May 31, 2009

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“Once, I drove a normal looking teenager from the airport to downtown toronto in my taxi. for an hour he asked me questions and we talked about my life my family everything. When we arrived he asked what the biggest tip Id ever recieved was. i told him $80. He gave me a $100 tip and walked off. GMH”
via http://www.givemehope.com

I wouldn’t expect for everyone between 13-20 to give $100 tips, but just being respectable will shock and overwhelm people with happiness. I’ve worked in the retail industry for five years, so I’ve been on both sides of the “counter” and we LOVE it when your beyond nice to us (we remember it).

j

 

Brain Gain: The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs May 20, 2009

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“A young man I’ll call Alex recently graduated from Harvard. As a history major, Alex wrote about a dozen papers a semester. He also ran a student organization, for which he often worked more than 40 hours a week; when he wasn’t on the job, he had classes. Weeknights were devoted to all the schoolwork that he couldn’t finish during the day, and…”

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How to Escape Normality: Travel May 18, 2009

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This spring four of my best friends are going abroad. That’s right leaving me to fend for myself. Initially I was beyond jealous my “semester abroad” was a semester spent at home trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Boy was that a culturally infused couple of months…except not. As my girlfriends started telling me about their plans I realized how fortunate they are. How fortunate, I am to have been able to travel. My parents boarded me on a plane as soon as I was out of the womb and even though I don’t remember that trip very well, ok not at all I am forever grateful. There are so many people our age who don’t get to travel. Whether it be for financial reasons or lack of interest so many people are missing out.

I’ve started paying for my own trips and it makes things so much more worth it, my bank account sure doesn’t think it’s worth it, but I truly feel I am a better person for it. I don’t want to preach, but nows the time for us to travel. We really have nothing holding us back. We don’t have homes we have to keep up or children to take care of. In this time of our lives we can be totally selfish. I don’t care if you go camping an hour away from home, step out of your comfort zone, trust me it’s worth it. Traveling can be scary, we’ve all had our fare share of nightmares. Like the time I was in London and got hit by a Mini Cooper and no it wasn’t all cool like in Italian Job. I mean ok, it was a light tap and it was totally my fault because I guess over there they drive on the other side of the road and who knew you had to look left, right, and then LEFT again.

Seriously though, escape normality. It is so worth it to experience cultures and people your not used to, you’ll be a better person for it. I might sound like a broken record player and maybe you’ve heard all this before, but guys let’s do it up while we can. Grab some friends, borrow your parents car, split gas and food, and plug your iPod in because the road is yours.

j

 

Oh No You did Not Just Start Video Chatting on the Bus! April 14, 2009

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Hey Everyone,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been loaded with work while wrapping up this spring semester at Northeastern. I’ll admit I am a huge procrastinator. I write essays and study at the last minute, but hey it works for me. I get things done and I have never pulled an “all-nighter.” 

After enjoying a great Easter weekend and of course not doing any school work I boarded the bus back to Boston. I was planning on using that hour and half drive to work on an essay that’s deadline was fast approaching. The moment I opened my laptop I heard the familiar sound of a video chat request. Hmm… I hadn’t even connected to wireless and the only people who I’ve ever video chat are my mom and dad (I know, kind of pathetic). No, this video chat request came from a computer two seats in front of me. I didn’t think she would accept it, I mean we had just been told by the bus driver not to use our cellphones. You know what she did? She started video chatting on the bus! 

Before we had video chat we had the whole issue of cell phone etiquette. The thing that was so annoying about cell phones was I could only hear one side of the conversation. Well thank god, for video chat because now not only am I getting both sides of the conversation, but also a visual. Can you feel my sarcasm in the last sentence? I could not believe she was video chatting on a full bus, where everyone could hear the entire conversation and let me tell you the conversation was a case of TMI (too much of information). 

I tried to cover my face, hoping the other passengers wouldn’t associate me with this fellow Generation Y’er. I was embarrassed for her, but I was even more embarrassed for me people my age. Are we really that self centered that we think other people enjoy/don’t mind hearing our most mundane conversations? I think we might be. Our generation is the first to become a hundred percent reliant on technology. We can’t go an hour without checking our cell phones. We refresh our Facebook page every three minutes. Etc, Etc. We believe that everyone else around us is understanding, but not so much. 

So guys please for the rest of our sake, leave the room when your taking a cell phone call. Actually keep your cell phones on vibrate, trust me your “In Da Club” ringtone isn’t really that cool. Whatever you do please Skype and video chat conversations in the private of your own homes. Not too sound too harsh, but we really don’t care.

j