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Midwest suburb seeks to please 20-somethings

December
29

I certainly believe the children are the future, but it looks like the city of Wyoming (a suburb of Grand Rapids, Mich.) has taken that expression a bit further.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Wyoming officials are planning to make the city more attractive to 20-somethings.

City and planning staffers met with consultants and agreed that the following would help attract 20-somethings and sustain Wyoming:

1. For downtown living, pedestrian access to employment and night life.

2. Mixed-use development that combines commercial and residential elements, along with a Rapid bus transit line.

3. Zoning codes that cater to 20-somethings lifestyle and are flexible enough to adapt to rapid economic and cultural changes.

Now I’m not going to say that every city should throw down a red carpet for me, but these are some pretty sweet ideas. Even if its not just for Generation Y, these changes could drastically improve convenience and city life for local dwellers.

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Monday, December 29th, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
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Study says young people watch less TV

December
29

A recent study found that millennials are watching less TV than other generations, which is no surprise and we clearly aren’t turning to good, old-fashioned books either. Instead, we are using countless other media outlets that are more instant than the tube.

Young Americans ages 14 to 25-year-olds watch 10.5 hours of TV a week, compared to 15.1 hours for Generation X (ages 26-42), 19.2 hours for baby boomers (43-61) and 21.5 hours for matures (62-75), according to Deloitte.

Millennials, however, are spending more time watching DVDs on a computer than any other group. They are also spending the most time with media—including video games, music and the Internet.

Read more details from the Deloitte study, “The State of the Media Democracy.”

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Monday, December 29th, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
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I hate the ‘Duck Hunt’ doggie

December
23

Remember the game Duck Hunt for the 8-bit Nintendo? Nothing made me more mad than the doggie in the game, which would jump out of a bush and laugh hysterically every time I missed a duck.

Here I am busting my butt off shooting down these ducks and the freeloading doggie comes storming through stealing them and not sharing any with me. Stupid doggie, I thought we were a team!

And he has the nerve to laugh at me when I miss? That arrogant bastard!  Who is he to judge me for my shortcomings? He doesn’t even have opposable thumbs, I’d like to see him try and shoot down those ducks.

I used to get so mad, I didn’t even aim for the ducks. I put my crosshairs on the bushes and pulled the trigger on my zapper like a mad man hoping I could bust a cap into him. Yeah, who’s laughing now doggie?

(By the way, “pulled the trigger on my zapper” is not a euphemism for masturbation).

Anyways, it brings me great joy to share with you this video from College Humor, where justice is finally served to the Duck Hunt doggie.

It’s a bit inappropriate, but nonetheless hilarious.

(AP Photo)

Posted by Aman Ali on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
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Dismal economy puts the fight into Gen Y?

December
17

Finally! The one person who gets us is, well, one of us. Drats. Anyway, while I posted the other day that some bigwig PhD says the under-30 generation is too soft to spearhead the great innovations of the future, a Gen Yer fires back.

Nadira Hira writes on the Fortune blog that rather than spit-balling young pros during this economic crisis, bosses should be jolted awake with the realization that the rules of the game have changed.

Unlike our parents who clung to the same companies for eons, our heightened fears about job security have made us more compelled than ever to “follow our dreams,” “make a difference,” and all that beauty pageantry-type stuff.

In short: we’re not sticking around if we aren’t happy.

While there is some truth to what Hira espouses, it’s hard to be quixotic with $40G in student loans.

(AP PHOTO/Paul Sakuma)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 7:15 pm |
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Now they want to tax my beats?

December
17

According to this article on Yahoo!, New York State Governor David Patterson wants to put a tax on pretty much anything with the slightest bit of entertainment value, including a four percent tax on music downloaded from i tunes.

Patterson wants to put a tax on or propose a tax or increase on the following:

ipod tax – Taxing downloaded music and other “digitally delivered entertainment services” by four percent.

Gas – I couldn’t find any numbers on this, but now that gas is finally affordable again, why not drive the price back up? Way to go.

Taxi Rides – Thank god I can swipe a credit card in most NYC cabs now.

Cable and Satellite TV service – I can hardly read my bill as it is with all of the imposed taxes, let’s add a few more.

Sports Tickets – Kill me now. It’s bad enough that it’s near impossible to get an affordable ticket to any sporting even worth watching live, so let’s slap more fees associated with acquiring a ticket.

Cigars and Beer – I hate sin taxes.

Health spa visits – This is totally not fabulous.

During difficult economic times, it’s been historically documented that entertainment has provided people with some piece of mind; a way to escape the anxiety of debt and unemployment. Now the government wants to tax that. Ugh.

(Photo Courtesy of AP)

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
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Man pleads guilty for killing child with ‘Mortal Kombat’ move

December
16

Despicable.

A man this week pled guilty in a Colorado district court for the murder of a 7-year-old child.

According to the Rocky Mountain News, Lamar Roberts, 18, was babysitting the child with his girlfriend Heather Trujillo, 17, and slammed the child “to the floor during an imitation of the ‘Mortal Kombat’ video game.”

I won’t waste anytime talking about how despicable it is for a grown adult beating up a child, even if it was for play. But call me a dork, I’m curious to know what kind of Mortal Kombat move it was.

Because I don’t recall anybody in Mortal Kombat having a slam move. I think Baraka had one, but it wasn’t his signature move.

Thanks Rocky Mountain News, for leaving me with unanswered questions.

But here’s another case where I’m annoyed with blaming video games for unacceptable behavior. When you blame a game (that thousands of normal people play with no problems whatsoever), it almost mitigates the despicable acts these people do. That’s all I’m sayin.

(Mugshots courtesy of Weld County District Attorney’s Office).

Posted by Aman Ali on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
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Are we too wussy to be leaders?

December
15

Let the Gen Y bashing continue. So-called experts, social observers and HR people have been saying us under 30ers have been too pampered, sheltered and complimented to make it in the real world.

Turns out that combination of coddling also makes us lousy candidates to be entrepreneurs, some big wig PhD tells Forbes. com.

The “Everyone Gets a Trophy” generation is just too wimpy to handle the hard punches people have to endure to be trailblazers and industry pioneers, he argues.

Is he right?

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 8:09 pm |
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Palisades theatre selling tix with Bluetooth

December
15

This one comes from Germain Lussier, a friend of the blog and writer for our sworn enemy the Times Herald-Record.

Apparently if you visit the IMAX theatre at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, you can download a 30 second clip from the upcoming movie Watchmen using a Bluetooth connection.

Hmm, I can’t figure out if that is incredibly lame or badass.

After watching the clip, viewers will be redirected to a site where they can purchase advanced tickets for the movie which comes out on March 6.

If you don’t know what Watchmen is, you’re missing out son. Check out the trailer for the movie here.

( Photo by Mark Vergari / The Journal News )

Posted by Aman Ali on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
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Infidelity rising among 20-somethings, but with logical reasoning

December
15

A survey reported by The Wall Street Journal says that between 1991 and 2006, the numbers of unfaithful wives under age 30 increased by 20% and husbands by a whopping 45%.

Is it fair to say that the sanctity of marriage has lost some value?

Maybe so, but there are some changes within society that have logically brought us to this point:

A marriage counselor in the article believes that infidelity in most instances is simply a matter of opportunity, since people have more chance encounters when hanging out, which increases the chance of infidelity.

The article says the opportunity for infidelity has increased since large numbers of women came into the workplace. People also have more “secrecy” with modern technology like cell phones and emails.

More people are waiting to get married later in life, so they are “hooking up” and having relationships with multiple partners before marriage. Since 1950, the age of first marriage has risen to 25 from 20 for women and to 27 from 22 for men.

The article also sites the phenomenon of “friends with benefits,” which can in time turn friendships into a source of temptation.

Now if I couldn’t be more depressed about how socially acceptable cheating has become since experts say our culture has become more sexually permissive over the past 50 years, the attitudes against adultery have gotten firmer over time too.

More than 90% of those surveyed believe cheating on their spouse is always wrong.

Glad to know so many have a conscious, but will it guide your actions?

(Angela Gaul / The Journal News)

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
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MC Hammer in a video game?

December
15

Oh snap, I’m breakin news son!

If you haven’t had a chance to start reading some celebrity Twitter feeds, you’re totally missing out. Shaquille O’Neal’s Twitter feed is hands down the best one.

(Oh, if you don’t know what Twitter is, you’re probably 85 and too drugged up on Metamucil for me to explain it to you).

Anywho, I was reading MC Hammer’s Twitter feed and came across this nugget:

got one day to recover ,then it’s LA to Activision to get a glance of a top secrete project on Monday…Cannot wait !!!”

First off, I’ll forgive him for spelling “secret” wrong, because he spent all his money on baggy pants in the 1990s and probably can’t afford a computer that has spell check.

Second, Activision is a popular video game company that publishes the Guitar Hero series. Could we see Hammer breakin it down in the next version of the game?

But earlier this month, news leaked that Activision was working on DJ Hero, a similar style game that uses a turntable controller instead of a guitar. Seems like a better fit for Hammer.

I can do the entire dance from the “U Can’t Touch This” video and I have a really bad urge to do it right now. But now that my company is laying off people left and right, the last thing I want is having the publisher walk into the news room while I’m spinning around like a lunatic.

(AP Photo/ Jeff Chiu)

Posted by Aman Ali on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
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