6:15 #IceBucketChallenge...what is it? Here are 6 not silly questions you've been asking about the #IceBucketChallenge
6 Not-Silly Questions You've Been Asking About the #IceBucketChallenge
You can't go on Facebook or Twitter or Vine lately without seeing some mention of the#IceBucketChallenge — are we right? If you're like us, you have plenty of questions about the viral social media trend (Who started it? What's it all about?). Before you "like" or retweet, get in the know with this breakdown of six not-so-silly questions and answers.
What Is It? It all starts with a bucket of ice water, obviously. People get nominated by friends on social media to pour it on their heads and share the video as proof. If they don't go through with it within 24 hours, they're supposed to make a donation to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or any another cause that's called out. Each person who participates nominates more people, who challenge more friends, and so on.
Who Started It? Word is that it began when Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player diagnosed with ALS in 2012, got nominated for the challenge by friends of friends. He posted a video encouraging others to participate, and the trend took off like whoa.
Who's Doing It? Anyone and everyone.
4. Is It Really Helping?-Depends on what your definition of "helping" is. An article called #IceBucketChallenge: Why You're Not Really Helping refers to is as "slacktivism," meaning it's a trend that just gets people totalk about a cause and nothing else.
Others say simply raising awareness about a misunderstood disease like ALS is a victory in itself. Although not everyone who accepts the challenge does so, participants are supposed to name the cause and give a brief explanation of what it is to educate others. In terms of monetary influence, the ALS Association's national president said that the challenge has led to a 1,000 percent spike in donations.
5. Wait, What Is ALS?
Part of the reason some are skeptical about the #IceBucketChallenge is that many people still don't understand what ALS is, even after seeing the challenge take over their feeds.
ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that targets nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This leads to loss of muscle movement control and problems with speech, swallowing, and breathing that can lead to death. The cause is not completely understood, and there is currently no cure or treatment to fight it.
6. How Can I Participate?
While you can certainly take part in the #IceBucketChallenge and laugh at friends who pour ice on their heads, you can also take it one step further and support the cause by volunteering or donating through the ALS association. http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html
6:45 I took a kick butt exercise class yesterday at X-Treme Fitness. The class is called BOOM! I felt like I was in the club shaking my booty. There were about 12 women in all different shapes, sizes, abilities and ages having a great time. Here's a description of the class and a link to find out more:
BOOM! Is the newest dance class at Extreme. It's high intensity, high energy, hip hop, reggae, booty shaking dance cardio. With party lights and music, instructors Shaquita and Michelle bring the hottest, newest songs to make a workout that feels more like hitting the club than being at the gym. Boom classes are not listed on the site they are:
Tuesday evening at 6:15pm
Wednesday morning at 11:00am
Friday at 5:00pm
http://www.extremefamilyfitness.net/ . Awesomeness!
7:15 I wasn't sure I bought this until I listened to audio clips. Let's do a little experiment:
Can we hear the difference between hot and cold? Turns out, yes we can. Hear for yourself …
It really pisses me off that they don't give you the answers on the Soundcloud page. But this is so interesting. I can totally hear the hot and cold...I think!? This is a recording of water being poured into a glass. Is it hot or cold?
Condiment Junkie and Oxford University have completed a research study proving we can all tell the difference between hot & cold liquid, just by the sound. Having defined the sonic properties that communicate hot & cold, we can design sound and environments that enhance temperature perception.
Condiment Junkie is a marketing company that focuses on triggering all of your senses in order to sell you stuff. (pretty sneaky guys). Go to their site: http://condimentjunkie.co.uk/
8:15 I'm on Twitter but I don't use it regularly enough for it to affect my relationships. If you're a constant tweeter, check this out:
TWITTER MAY KILL YOUR RELATIONSHIP:
Twitter use can have damaging effects on romantic relationships. A new study from the University of Missouri has found that people who actively use Twitter and argue with their partners over Twitter-use are more likely to have relationship problems, which can result in cheating, break-up or divorce. A related Pew Research study has found that 27% of couples say the Internet has had an impact on their relationships, but the majority say the impact has been positive. Only 20% of couples think the impact has been negative. (Seems some view technology as a source of tension, others as a source of connection.) http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/09/twitter-romance-relationship-breakup-divorce-cheating/12377979/