Parenting Gone Wrong

As teenagers it is hard to imagine anything worse than being grounded. However, it isn’t so difficult for an Australian girl whose mother is selling the four One Direction tickets she received for her birthday. The mother posted the tickets on sale through eBay and added a lengthy description explaining why they were being sold.

“THIS AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 ONE DIRECTION TICKETS IN SYDNEY OCTOBER 25th. You can thank my daughters self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing. I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends faces when you tell them that your dad and i revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken. Anyhow. Your loss someone else’s gain who deserves them! THE TICKETS ARE SEATED IN ROW O section 57. REMEMBER AUCTION IS FOR ALL 4 TICKETS and will be sent registered post…OH YOUR FRIENDS THOUGHT THAT A FEW PRANKS CALLS WOULD PUT ME OFF SELLING THE GIFT WE BOUGHT FOR THEM for YOUR BIRTHDAY because YOU all LIED to us about sleep overs so you could hang like little trollops at an older guys HOUSE????? Pffft!! I find it HIGHLY amusing that you girls think you invented this stuff. Tricks like this on OUR parents is how HALF of you were conceived …..And why a lot of your friends DONT have an address to send that Fathers day card to!!! I’m not your friend. I’m your MOTHER. And I am here to give you the boundaries that YOU NEED to become a functional responsible adult. You may hate me now….. But I don’t care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child”

After reading this post I had some conflicting feelings. I think that as a parent selling the tickets was a proper and wise decision but the outrageous post was taking the punishment a little too far.  I believe that as a parent it is outright ridiculous to stoop to the level of the disobedient child and mischievous friends by venting on the eBay post. I hope the mom is equally as embarrassed as her daughter.

 

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Mashable Chips In to Make Dreams Reality

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It is safe to say that Allan Monroe has been through a lot. The 87-year-old father and grandfather has recently battled both heart disease and dementia. On top of his health issues Monroe recently lost his wife, Norma, to lung cancer.

With his best days behind him, Monroe’s family thought they had to do something special for him. His family had hatched a plan to send Monroe to see a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston. Monroe was a lifetime fan and would sit beside his wife’s hospital bed holding her hand and watching his beloved Sox. Several years ago, his family even collected money to buy him a brick at Fenway the had an engraving that read, “Allan Monroe has 2 tru loves Norma and the Sox.” Financial issues left Monroe’s family unable to pay for Monroe’s trip to Boston and it seemed as if he would make the trip to see the Red Sox play.

With time and money running short, the Monroe family turned to a site called GoFundMe.com. The site told of Monroe’s declining health and the loss of his wife and after six weeks readers who were touched my Monroe’s love for his wife and the Red Sox donated $1500, but that wasn’t enough. On August 30, Mashable.com posted an article on Monroe’s dream trip and the story became an instant hit. The story thereafter became popular on social networking sites and donations came pouring in. The family’s goal of $5000 was exceeded and anonymous donors raised over $6500 and helped make this well deserving man’s dreams reality.

Not Your Average Love Connection

Even though we live in a time where online dating has become a common way for people to meet, Zack Craig never thought that he would be one to use an online dating site. Craig, an Oklahoma State University football player, did not come about meeting his current girlfriend though sites such as “eHarmony” or “Christian Mingle” but rather making his love connection though twitter. But wait, the story gets better.

After OSU played a game featured on ESPN, there was one viewer who thought Craig was “really cute”. That viewer was Jordan Daigle, who just so happens to be a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys. After watching the game Daigle took the initiative to follow Craig on Twitter. When Craig realized that a professional cheerleader followed him he was more skeptical than thrilled.

After the Manti Te’o scandal of last year, Craig wanted to be sure that his new admirer was not too good to be true. After doing some research Craig determined that Daigle was genuinely interested. After exchanging messages online and keeping in touch, Craig and Daigle finally met in person later that winter when OSU played in Dallas for a bowl game.

Since then Craig and Daigle have confirmed that they are indeed a couple through social media and can be seen together at the Oklahoma Zoo, the beach, and others social gatherings via Twitter. Only time will tell if this match made on Twitter will last, but if it does it will be without a doubt one of the best online love connections ever made.

Doctors Use New Technology To Save A Life

Kaiba Gionfriddo was born prematurely on October 28, 2011 but doctors did not notice anything out of the ordinary. A few weeks later everything sill seemed fine until one evening while eating dinner Kaiba’s parents noticed that he was turning blue and having trouble breathing. After rushing Kaiba to the hospital, doctors examined him and decided to diagnose the infant with severe tracheobronchomalacia. After undergoing several surgeries and being put on a ventilator Kaiba would still stop breathing daily and the outlook was not good.

With limited options and time running out doctors were desperate to find a way to find a way to strengthen Kaiba’s windpipe. As a last ditch effort doctors turned to 3D printing technology to build a splint for his lung. 3D printers allow for engineers, designers, and doctors to create very small objects with great detail, like the situation with Kaiba.

Surprisingly 1 in 2,200 babies are born with tracheomalacia and most cases either result in death or can lead to life altering affects. In Kaibia’s case thanks to the splint that doctors were able to construct with the 3D printer he was able to make a full recovery and no longer has trouble breathing. Luckily for children like Kaiba both doctors and engineers are working towards developing several types of splits that can be used for infants and babies. This feel good story is jus another prime example of how changes in technology have also benefited the medical field and can even save lives.

What’s In Your Garage?

What do The Jetsons, Back To The Future, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang have in common? That’s right, you guessed it, flying cars. These popular television shows and movies all boast technology of the future that seems farfetched to say the least, but according to Carl Dietrich this technology could be sitting in your very own garage before you know it.

Dietrich is the CEO and founder of Terrafugia Incorporated, a company that has been developing a flying car since 2006. Terrafugia’s has already developed a prototype that can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour in the air while still getting 30 miles per gallon on the road. With folding wings allowing it to fit in your garage, this gadget that seems to be something straight out of a batman film.

While this article is a very interesting display of the advancement in transportation today, the price tag of $219,000 on this winged automobile makes it hard to imagine the average Joe owning one. If Dietrich and Terrafugia could develop a winged car with a price tag somewhere closer to $100,000 I think that it would be much more affordable for the general public. Another concern of mine is the danger of having under educated pilots flying in crowded air space.

Even though I am a skeptic of this technology I would want to be among the first to test out this new and exciting form of transportation, but overall I enjoyed reading about this technology and find it fun to peak into future forms of transportation.

A Perspective On Change In Research

 In today’s world it is safe to say that most grandparents are not as technologically educated as their children, let alone their grandchildren. To the amazement of many, this is not the case for me. In fact, both of my grandparents had not only a cell phone and laptop before me they also were the first in my family to have social networking pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. When I received this assignment I knew that my tech savvy grandparents would be perfect to interview. I was not disappointed when my grandpa suggested that we Face-Time (via his iPhone 5) rather than converse over the phone about the research methods he used for writing research papers while in high school.

One of the main ideas we discussed was how today’s technology allows us to access information faster than when my grandfather was a child. We talked about how when he was young everyone would go to the local library to access information that would be needed for homework assignments. If you wanted to retrieve information for an assignment you would have to walk or drive to the library, scan the shelves, and finally check out the materials you need. During the interview my grandpa said that, “The biggest difference between the way you do your homework and the way I did mine is that you can find resources at a click of a button where as I would spend hours finding just one book.” After hearing his input we both agreed that the overall speed of today’s technology is one of the biggest differences from when he was in high school.

The next topic we talked about was the comparison between the credibility of our varying sources. One of the most interesting things he said was that he never would question the credibility of what he would read in books. In the past people would assume that if it was in a book (nonfiction) it had to be true. My grandpa also said he would be hesitant to use sites like Wikipedia, which allow anyone to access and alter information. “When I was a kid you didn’t worry about somebody changing the words in a book,” he said “…if you could read about it in the library, it was a fact.”  It is also important to realize that when someone is publishing a book that it must go through peer reviews, editors, and publishers before it can be put on the shelves of libraries, unlike the Internet where anyone can publish information making credibility a significant change in research.

One of the final differences that we discussed was the variety of sources that we have access to. When my grandpa was in high school the vast majority of books that they would use for research were books and articles written by professors and teachers. With the Internet today anyone can let their voice be heard resulting in a greater amount of available sources. On the same note, today we are able to access information from various countries, which allows for us to be more culturally educated. This was evident to me when my grandpa said, “When it came to knowing what was going on in other countries, the only way we would know what was going on was by what the newspaper told us. Otherwise we had no idea.” Not only do we have access to information and news from other countries today, it often times dominates the headlines of our online newspapers. This access to global information and multiple types of sources was notably one of the most intriguing points of my discussion with my grandpa.

After Face-Timing with my grandpa I found it refreshing to see someone so much older than myself who was not resistant to change in research today. As we talked about these changes we came to realize that the Internet is very similar to the printing press. Like the printing press, the Internet has revolutionized how we interact and access information; the same way it has revolutionized how we do research for assignments. Some of the ways that research has been revolutionized since my grandpa was a child include the speed at which we access information, the credibility of information, and finally the variety of sources that we have access to. Whether or not you are an advocate of change it is impossible to deny the fact that technology is changing everyday, and believe it or not someday not so far in the future our children or grandchildren just may be asking us to tell them about how we used to do research “back in the day”.