Monthly Archives: October 2012

Final Presidential Debate

What a few professionals/celebrities had to say about the debate

On the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s address to the nation about the Cuban Missile Crisis, where he announced that nuclear missiles had been found in Cuba and that the United States would regard any launch from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union, I turned on my television to watch the final debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

At the start of the debate, the two candidates addressed the issue of foreign policy. It appeared that Obama knew more about foreign policy than Romney did. Romney commented on the Arab Spring saying, “We can’t kill our way out of this mess.”

However, when Romney said that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe rather than Al Qaida, Obama was sure to call him out on it. He emphasized the fact that Romney was poorly educated on foreign policy. He jokingly told Romney, “The 80’s are calling and want their foreign policies back.” This comment fueled responses on Twitter that Romney was not ready to take on the role as president.

At the beginning of the debate, Obama seemingly knew what he was talking about and hit on good points. Romney appeared to be a bit all over the place. Mid-debate though, Romney started to save himself.

“Our purpose is to make the world more peaceful,” Romney said.

Rather than focusing on foreign policy so much, he began to focus more on our own country.

“We need a strong economy,” Romney said. He addressed that too many Americans are on food stamps and not enough jobs are readily available for people to get.

While Romney got off to a rocky start, he certainly saved himself with his closing statement. His was much more effective and convincing than Obama’s. People are more likely to remember the last thing you said and the last impression you gave.

Live tweeting during the debate

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Patriots vs. Jets: That was a close one!

Live tweeting during the game

The New England Patriots faced the New York Jetsyesterday at 4:25 p.m. in Foxborough, MA. Most fans (of both teams) expected it to be an easy win for the Pats. The Jets just can’t really seem to get it together this season. However, it was just the opposite.

By the end of the fourth quarter, the Jets led over the Pats by a field goal. However, with a few seconds left Stephen Gostowski managed to kick a field goal and tie the game. This left the two teams forcibly into overtime.

The Patriots received first possession, but couldn’t manage a touchdown. They led the game with a field goal, 29-26. The Jets had a huge opportunity to win the game. All they needed was a touchdown. A field goal would have tied the game, but unfortunately they could not manage either.

The worst of it came when Rob Ninkovich knocked the ball out of Mark Sanchez‘s hand and recovered the fumble. This ended the game and secured a Pats win of 29-26. The Patriots (4-3) moved into first place in their division.

Not contrary to the norm, I watched this game while on Twitter. I always enjoy live tweeting during the game and finding out what others have to say. For my fellow Pats fans, we converse over the game and cheer together. It’s fun to see what celebrities have to say too. I would be lying if I said I also didn’t find it entertaining to read what the haters have to say.

My one friend who is a Jets fan constantly tweeted about how the game appeared to be fixed. Reading things like that puts your view in a different perspective. It makes you think about all aspects of the game.

Live tweeting and checking social networks during an event is beneficial for me. Sure, it can be distracting, because you stand the chance of missing an important play or moment. But for the most part, it is helpful. It places society together at one time. For a moment, a majority of the world is in the same place at the same time.

Obama vs. Romney

The first Presidential Debate triggered controversy over several social networks, especially Twitter. Below, collectively are a bunch of different tweets people sent out during and after. See who was favored on social media outlets!

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Places I Have Attended School

Here is a map of all of the schools I have studied at and that have helped improve my brain power. Enjoy!


This image is from the Virgin Mobile FreeFest concert that occurred in Columbus, Maryland October 6, 2012.



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This infographic works for me because of the different icons used on the map and the notepad to the side of it with the key. There is minimal writing, which makes for a good visual and it is not too crowded. If I were to change one thing about it, I would probably eliminate the theme park biggest attractions towards the bottom. Although it contains valid information, it makes the infographic a bit long.

Political Brands

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I found this infographic interesting, especially because the presidential election is less than a month away. What makes this a good infographic is the minimal writing, the statistics used, and the comparison between the two candidates. The only thing I would have done different would be to align the two candidates next to each other with the statistics, rather than under one another.

Map: Concerts I have attended