One Year With Foursqure

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Ever since I got my iPhone, (Ivy Blue Carter, named after Beyonce & Jay-Z’s baby…) I love discvering new apps. I’ve talked about Instagram on a previous blog, but now, it’s time to introduce one of my all-time favorite apps, Foursquare.

Professor Varns, if you’ve ever seen my on my phone as I walk into your class, it’s not because I’m texting someone at 9 a.m., (not that cool…) but it’s because I’m “checking-in” the social media game. Basically on Foursquare, when you go to differnt places (fast food, Jesse Hall, gas stations, etc..) you “check-in” on the app. The object is to check-in everywhere you go, and if you check-in a certain place enough, you become the “Mayor” of that certain location. There’s competition involved, because you can steal people’s mayorships for other Foursqure users and add your friends (sorta like a Facebook/MySpace) and see what places they’re at.People can also leave reviews of places for other Foursquare users to see!

Here on campus, I’m the mayor of my residence hall (College Avenue), a dining hall (Plaza 900), and my dentist office back at home. Along the way, you can earn badges for various task, like checking into differnt gyms (Gym Ray badge)

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checking into the place where the Wizard of Oz was filmed (You’re not in Kansas Anymore badge),Image…and many, many more.

There are some also cool offers too. If you check into some places (mainly food/drink type places) you can unlock a coupon that you can show to the cashier to get free treats! If you check into the Market on Hitt St., you get a free soda… can’t beat that huh?

Try out the Foursquare app if you haven’t! Warning: it will get addictive if you play for a week or two. The competition of taking people’s mayorships will overcome and once you start, you can’t stop. Clearly, I’m evidence of that.

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So, Spring Break is JUST around the corner, (2 days to be exact) and I hope you’re planning to stay with my blog during that time because I will be updating several times as a special Spring Break treat! I know I’m always talking about Virginia, so I’ll definitely post some pictures of my homeland to prove why it’s the greatest state in America 🙂

 

Take Care,

Carl

 

 

P.S.: My birthday is tomorrow… 20 years old… where does the time go….

‘Figure It Out’ is RETURNING!

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Tears of joy are streaming down my face right now. Nickelodeon has announced that they are bringing back the popular 90’s show, having already ordered 40 new episodes. God, you are awesome God. Here’s a clip of Figure It Out if you have never seen it before… 

Basically, the mom everyone wanted, Summer Sanders was the host and 4 celebrities would try to “figure out” the super-awesome talent of a kid with twist and clues along the way. (Remember the kid that used his stomach as a breakfast bowl?) The celebrities can only ask yes or no questions, and if a celebrity said the secret word, then the get the legendary SLIMMMMMMMMMMMME. And who doesn’t love slime? 

In my opinion, Nickelodeon has been slumping the past decade, my last favorite show, of course, being Spongebob, but this, THIS changes everything. No time when it will return, but you know I will be in front of my TV watching the season premier. Kudos Nickelodeon. Now, can you pleeeease bring back Tiana!

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Am I Pretty?

A trend is growing on YouTube that is gaining some headlines. Young teenage girls are posting simple videos of themselves then asking the simple question, “Am I Pretty?” The girls posting these videos are mostly early teenagers, at time where insecurity is probably at its highest. But the thing is, these girls are serious. They actually want to know from people visiting one of the most popular websites today, are they pretty. Here is an example of what i’m talking about….

I recently learned of these videos this past weekend at my friends’ house. Some of my friends were slamming the girls for posting these videos and reading the comments (which most are pretty nasty, especially on the video I posted) and laughing. I didn’t.

I think this is heartbreaking. Just by watching this video, you can tell in this girl’s voice she is dea serious and wants to know if she is actually pretty, because that’s the “only” way to get accepted into society, isn’t it? She’s been called ugly and fat by people at her school, and for people (who I suspect to be much older) to actually spew hate through comments is just awful. And more and more of these videos are popping up everyday. These videos in my opinion could lead to something very dangerous if they continue: cyber-bulling or even suicide.

I’ve always learned that we are all born different and some people try to fit into this standard that society wants us to be, when in fact, we are the standard. Bullying is currently a huge issue right now, and this to me, may become a another form through its comments and replays. I truly hope a notorious figure, group/organization, or even YouTube takes a stance on this very soon.