Category Archives: Lifestyle

Piracy of the future

Photo courtesy of stopthecyborgs.org
Photo courtesy of stopthecyborgs.org
Google Glass growing controversy
Greg Garofalo

Managing Editor

Quite recently I read an article on USAToday.com and NBCNews.com that caused a question to form in my mind: are the current piracy laws and restrictions holding up against current digital technology?
The article shed light on one of latest technological advancements; Google Glass.
The concept of the device is simple, it is a camera that is attached to an eyeglasses frame which projects laser images onto your eyes of your text messages, and allows emails to appear right in front of you.
As if we weren’t attached to our mobile devices enough. Now we have the ability to further isolate ourselves while saying: “Look Ma! No hands!”
The article I read was about a man from Ohio, who was wearing his prescription glasses with his Google Glass, and was removed from a movie theater by federal agents for suspicion of piracy.
As it turns out, the man was not recording the movie, but the AMC movie theater had every right to suspect he was. After all, the man was wearing a camera on his face.
As we slowly venture further into the second decade of the new millennium, one has to wonder just how long it will be before piracy laws are updated. It’s the middle of the digital age and we are still using some of the same laws and of the previous generation. I hate to sound like a politician looping on a record, but things have changed drastically in the world of technology in the past fifteen years.
Gone are the days where bootlegging was as simple as sneaking a camcorder into a theater, the days of technological thievery are upon us. With this new technology being created at a faster rate each day I wonder, how are theaters supposed to prevent patrons from wearing their own glasses?
Not to mention the fact that the technological world is continuously upgrading. How are theaters supposed to keep up with present regulations? If piracy is going to be taken seriously, then these new digital recorders must be considered when revising anti-pirate laws and methods.

Too cold to walk

Car maintenanceTips for maintaining your car during the winter
Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

Cold weather makes problems that already exist in your car even worse. Before winter gets too deep, make sure your vehicle is in good shape and winter-ready.
Here are a few tips from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on how to increase your car’s reliability during the winter.
Refer to your user manual to know when to take care of oil changes and tire rotation. Replace bald, worn out tires and check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated and off-balance tires make your engine work even harder and use more gasoline, costing you even more money.
Speaking of gasoline, make sure to keep your gas tank filled. In case you break down, not only will this will be your only source of heat, it keeps moisture from forming in your gas tank. Also, adding a bottle of fuel deicer to your gas tank once a month helps to prevent any built-up moisture from freezing in your fuel lines.
Another vital attribution to the reliance of your vehicle is having your battery checked. If you need to purchase a new one; find the biggest, meanest battery that will fit in your car. The engine is harder to start in cold weather, regardless of if your battery starts perfect during the warm months, oil is not as fluid during the winter and will require more power to start.
Maintaining visibility in your car is essential. Replace windshield wipers and ensure that your heater and defroster are working. Also, check that there is enough windshield solvent in your car. In slushy conditions it does not take long to go through a gallon of solvent. Check it routinely or keep a container in the trunk of the car in case of an emergency.
Check your drive belt. According to my father, John Whittemore, a former mechanic for General Motors, newer cars only have one drive belt. This powers your car’s heating/air conditioning, water pump, alternator, etc. If that goes, you could lose everything from your car such as your head lights, heater, and engine cooling.
“It’s not a big deal in the summer, but in the winter it can be deadly,” said Whittemore.
Include an emergency kit in your car so you can stay warm and be able to get help during harsh weather in case of a break down. Include items such as gloves, boots, extra gasoline, a shovel, a flashlight with extra batteries, a flare, blankets, an ice scraper, sand to help with traction, a cell phone with a car charger, and some non-perishable snacks.
Lastly, drive safe. Although others may fly by you, don’t get pulled into a false sense of security. Four-wheel drive vehicles can end up in ditches too.

Seasonal Jobs: Good and Bad Benefits

Tips and Advice for Seasonal Jobs

 

Seasonal jobs can bring positive experiences like earning extra money during the holiday season. However, it can be rough for students having to deal with upcoming exams and busy work schedules. It may be hard for students not to have enough time to study or to work efficiently.

However, according to Vvaldo (Val) Sánchez, an SC4 student from Texas, he has worked many seasonal jobs, particularly in the summer. Mr. Sánchez has worked security for public pools, and for the Port Huron Bridge as a bridge operator. “Seasonal jobs are good for the summer and in between the college semesters.” Sánchez said, “My favorite job was the pool job because I could go swimming when no one was there.” Continue reading Seasonal Jobs: Good and Bad Benefits

Fallen leaves, pumpkins, and spiced rum

'Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds
‘Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds

It’s that time of year where people will be welcoming the scent of wet, fallen leaves, colorful trees, and pumpkin-scented/flavored products.

Perhaps one of the best days to welcome this season (or any other for that matter) is with good, old-fashioned intoxicants, ergo alcohol. Continue reading Fallen leaves, pumpkins, and spiced rum

Internet addiction: are you an addict?

Everyone has wasted a few hours cruising around on the Internet, but is there a risk of becoming addicted?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is characterized by “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.” Continue reading Internet addiction: are you an addict?