As the temperature from the past couple of months may reflect otherwise, today is actually the first day of summer.
Not only is it the first day of summer it’s also the longest day of the year.
The summer solstice is amongst us, so what are you going to do about it?
You must seize the day! Here are some ways you can enjoy your first day of summer
- Go To The Beach
2. Eat Some Ice Cream
3. Go Rollerblading Or On A Bike Ride
4. Go Fishing
5. Go On A Picnic
6. Have A Pool Party
7. Rent Some Jet Skis
8. Lay On A Hammock
9. Hangout In The Park
10. Go Tubing
And A Bonus One:
11. Make A Sacrifice To Please The gods
Or don’t do that. We guess that’s cool too.
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About the AuthorErin Taylor Neuman was born in Miami and raised in West Palm Beach. She is currently attending school at The University of Alabama, majoring in Telecommunications and Film in the Electronic News Sequence with a minor in Theater. She has interned for iHeartMedia, Inc., WVUA TV and was a part of the WVUA Radio News cast. Erin lives by her dad's quote, "Never look back on your life and say, I should have done that."
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Michael Panik, a communications student at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama successfully used the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise $10 so he could buy himself a 20 piece Chicken McNugget meal at McDonalds.
Panik explained the motivations behind the campaign.
“A friend and mine were talking about all the ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns we’ve seen recently, basically people just asking for money to buy personal stuff: new equipment, software,” Panik said. “It’s pretty rude, honestly-just begging for money for things you want or need, that ultimately aren’t super expensive, and aren’t true necessities.”
Panik also said that he was a little bitter over the crowdfunding concept since he failed to raise money in the past on similar sites.
“I think that crowd funding is excellent, really, when used the right way,” Panik said. “I had a campaign for $10,000 to make a documentary fail back in the spring, and I’m a little bitter, but I think the concept is there. A lot of people do really spectacular things with money raised through GFM, Kickstarter, and others.”
Panik’s crowdfunding campaign for $10 was met in only a few hours. A man named Michael Brown gave him the money, saying “Enjoy!” in the comments.
His tongue firmly planted in his cheek, Panik thanked Brown.
“Michael Brown is a truly beautiful soul, devoted to philanthropy, and has the highest honor in my heart,” Panik said. “I sincerely hope to make him proud by using his generous donation to achieve my supreme goal.”
While not in class, Panik works as a web developer with Plexamedia, and as a technical director at a church in Rome, GA. He said that was primarily interested in filmmaking and was focused in producing documentaries. His first feature-length documentary, Thrift Store Symphony is in post-production and will premiere next fall.
“I’m so glad my Chicken McNugget scheme kind of took off just in my network, honestly, Panik said. “I’d love to see more people find this, and realize that maybe, if you want something, you should spend less time asking people for money, and going out there, working, and getting it for yourself.”
Panik wasn’t sure when he would be seeing his windfall.
“I’m not totally sure, but I hope it’s soon,” Panik said. “Ya boy is hungry.”
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This is an interesting video that we just came across. And for all you young entrepreneurs out there, it also has an important lesson- you can never really know where your idea or business is going.
In the video, a young Mark Zuckerberg talks about his dreams for “The Facebook” and they are pretty different than what Facebook has become a decade later.
Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below:
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Nostradamus, despite being 450 years dead, continues to provide a compelling narrative of future events.
His predictions have covered ground as varied as the Great Fire of London (“burnt by fire in the year sixty-six”), the rise of Adolf Hitler, and even the events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but his ongoing popularity seems to defy logic.
Perhaps it’s because the Frenchman’s writings were deliberately vague, or perhaps the seer had a genuine skill.
Regardless of your opinion of Nostradamus’ writings, it doesn’t change the fact that his predictions have already found some relevance in 2016 events.
Here’s a quick look at the future according to some 2017 Nostradamus predictions:
It’s probably a bit too convenient but references to trumpets in Nostradamus’ prophecies have been associated with US businessman and president-elect Donald Trump, specifically lines like this one: “The false trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt, there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.”
There are half a million ways to spin this one but Byzantium (Greece) has an association with refugees and illegal immigration while the point about changing money could be a reference to the instability of the pound and the euro in the wake of Brexit.
It’s perhaps a bit too Euro-centric for a Trump reference but the possible link to immigration is interesting, given that Trump made tackling the phenomenon the cornerstone of his election win.
Nostradamus ‘predicted’ Donald Trump 400 years ago https://t.co/ahFbHIWcR1
— The Independent (@Independent) 13 November 2016
A far more interesting prediction regarding Trump – or anybody in power in the States – is this one: “The great Senate will ordain the triumph, for one who afterwards will be vanquished, driven out.”
There’s obviously a real-life US Senate but are the country’s lawmakers already scheming to overthrow the new president?
It’s hard to remove a serving president. Congress can vote to impeach the president but the decision requires a two-third majority of senators.
The only two leaders ever impeached in US history – Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton – were acquitted, despite the latter’s almost comically illegal act of misleading a grand jury.
World War III
Even with the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic measure of our proximity to annihilation, at three minutes to midnight, the prospects of a Third World War seem remote.
Trump has opened a dialogue with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, ISIS is rapidly losing ground, and there’s far too much money to be lost in trade agreements for any major power to start pointing guns at their international rivals.
However, if popular perception of Nostradamus’ verses is correct, the election of Trump is a harbinger of war.
The Frenchman wrote: “The republic of the great city will not want to consent to the great severity: king summoned by trumpet to go out, the ladder at the wall, the city will repent”, with “severity” presumably meaning war.
It’s all a lot of tabloid scaremongering; if anything, Nostradamus is predicting the failure of a proposed military campaign due to its lack of favor with the population.
The mention of a “wall” is interesting though, perhaps suggesting a small-scale conflict with Mexico. The latter scenario seems infinitely more likely than a Third World War, given the frosty relationship between Trump and the Mexican people.
So, there you have it, two possible futures to worry about. Didn’t Nostradamus ever predict anything nice?
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