Public Wi-Fi In Cities

If public Wi-Fi became a reality – it wouldn’t just be easier to text your mom – it would allow businesses, hospitals, corporations and everyday people to communicate much differently. You might say that we have our phones in front of our faces 24/7 and public Wi-Fi might make matters worse. There are definitely these concerns, but let’s focus on the positive changes that public Wi-Fi can bring us.

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It’s said that: “The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas. The new WiFi networks would also have much farther reach, allowing for a driverless car to communicate with another vehicle a mile away or a patient’s heart monitor to connect to a hospital on the other side of town” (pg 16, 17) Website

This means that not only will your Wi-Fi network not cut off every three seconds and go straight to data, but also it will allow for a stronger connection for communication in general. Now we already have public WiFi “hot spots” in different cities but imagine you didn’t have to find that one café with the free WiFi sign on the window to connect. Can you see the changes already?

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Although despite the benefits there are concerns that arise when public Wi-Fi is brought up. One main concern is that “public spaces…raise certain issues, including privacy and security. That is, who else in the public space can see the data that is being sent to the user? Also, can the service provider constantly track your physical location? Can the service provider build a profile of the web sites a user visit? How much of a user’s privacy does one need to give up in order to benefit from these services?” (Website).

These concerns are frightening as so many apps on mobile devices are already tracking our every whereabouts and with a strong public Wi-Fi connection – will the government be tracking our every move? This will be something to look at when public Wi-Fi does become a reality and we need to begin reading the fine print and securing our information. Although, the benefits outweigh any fears we might have. We need to learn to live in the future and prepare for public Wi-Fi so that we may build on it’s many advantages.

Tree House Traveling

Traveling the world to “find yourself” seems to be a current trend among millennials, but everyone loves a good vacation to escape and put life on hold for a few weeks. I mean a hotel, the beaches, the pools — the room service! It’s no wonder vacation life becomes a lifestyle and a dream for future retirement.

Although traveling the world is a bucket list favourite for many people out there, we’re forgetting to look at the environment in this picture. So how do we do this? Do we ditch the much-needed vacation, retreat from the outdoor hot-tubs and become a wilderness hippie? Of course not!

The solution is ecotourism. Ecotourism is not simply about keeping our costs low and saving energy for ourselves, it’s about respecting the environment and the culture when we’re traveling. If you were staying over at someone’s house would you rack up their hydro bill or use all of the resources they had in order to make your stay better? Well I hope you wouldn’t! Traveling should be looked at in the same way. It’s not our home and we are visitors. We should make a good impression, while being smart and energy efficient.

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With the environment in mind — now where do we stay?

Now that you are are aware of the environment and ecotourism when traveling, is it possible to stay somewhere enjoyable while looking out for the environment? The answer is yes. There are many places to travel and many sites to look at that are geared towards finding your perfect vacation — one that won’t be damaging mother nature.

Amy Hale explains how “Our Jungle House” in Thailand gives you the adventure, relaxation and fun out of your vacation without wasting the energy you might normally use during an inclusive resort style vacation.

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Okay let’s be real — this is the ultimate Swiss Family Robinson vacation! You stay in a tree house of your choice — personally I can’t think of a cooler hotel than that. Forget the hot-tub and relax in the hot springs. Amy even explains how she “was impressed to learn that all of the accommodations on the property were constructed from local, natural materials in a sustainable fashion; either between two trees or on raised platforms atop stilts to minimize environmental impact.” The resort is located in the Khao Sok National Park and from Amy’s description it seems like the ultimate jungle experience. Amy also says that there is a “minimal level of running water in all of the treehouses” and that once you get there transportation is no longer necessary.

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In the end, it seems like this is a great vacation spot for all of the adventurers and millennials out there still looking for themselves (maybe you will find yourself in the jungle)! It just proves that you can go out and find adventure without destroying the environment while you’re there. Take that eco-friendly mentality with you on your travels and you’ll be sure to make yourself and our world happier that you did!

☠ ☮ ☯ GRUNGE ☯ ♤ Ω

90’s was all about that grunge, ’bout that grunge, NO hygiene. But it was so cool to be grungy! A blog by Elodie Tann showcases grunge in the best way. The photographs might start to look familiar as grunge is back in style. Get muddy and skip the shower today because you will look far cooler in that photograph if you do.

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Celebrities are also into that grunge look. Model ☠ Cara Delevingne ☠ seems to be a huge influencer in this category as she is seen out and about sporting her 90’s attire.

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So how can you achieve this look you ask?

Let’s shop for the basics:

T-Shirt

Everyone needs a great graphic tee in their wardrobe and this pizza tee from Tobi is the perfect slice!

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Pants

You need a ripped pair of jeans in order to portray the hardcore look you want and to attract the right amount of attention. ASOS.com has a selection of tattered pants to try. Black is your best bet if you are planning on wearing this look everyday.

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Shoes

Combat boots are a must-have for any grunge look. They add that punch of bad ass attitude to an outfit. Forever 21 has a great pair of boots that will add power and confidence to every step.

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Jacket

This knit jacket from Urban Outfitters adds a sporty touch to your look and has more detailing with the mesh, adding something eye-catching to your basic look.

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Accessories

Choker necklaces make the perfect statement once again, and really allow your outfit to scream 90’s! Etsy shop owner VioletMists has a selection of black chokers with designs you can choose from.

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Now you’re ready to sport a basic grunge look. You can always spice up this look with deep berry lipsticks, bracelets, experiment with different hats and a range of hairstyles. Make sure that you keep the look simple so that it has that “I woke up like this” vibe.

Stay forever young and forever grunge!

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10 Choker Necklaces And What They Say About You

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Choker necklaces are in style and although I don’t condone kids of the 2000’s to wear them — I might just have to get over that. I want to help you find the perfect choker and there are a few looks you can go for. Etsy is a great place to turn to as they have every choker imaginable!

Here are what the chokers you choose say about you:

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1. The Yin-Yang Choker

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Etsy shop owner Pacificcali is selling my favourite childhood necklace right now. For only $6 you can sport this yin-yang choker necklace. This piece will show people that you are taking the bad in with the good and are working on becoming a well-balanced person. It might be that you don’t even know what the yin-yang means and are just going for a stylish look too. No shame in that game.

2. The Rainbow Stretch Choker

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Faciozone on Etsy has a rainbow stretch choker for sale. This choker is definitely one of the more popular designs and the rainbow colours show that you are fun-loving and ready for the next party. It is also telling of your desire to stay young forever.

3. Elaborate Choker

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FairyByFoxy has a more elaborate choker necklace for those extravagant bitches. This necklace shows that you are a 90’s kid that grew up (just a bit) and have decided to add some sass to any outfit. With the beads hanging and a broach design in the centre of the necklace, this piece will be an attention grabber for sure. “Plain Jane” is definitely not your name.

4. Flower Child Choker

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FanBits put together this lovely daisy choker. I can see this being worn at the music festivals to come in the summer months. It’s definitely a choker for the EDM kids and hippie dippy types. Hugs not drugs kids.

5. Crystal Choker

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Crystal chokers are simple, but add that extra pop to a boring ensemble. Etsy store owner steelrosejewlery has an amethyst necklace to amp up your style. Wearing a crystal makes you a believer in the energy of the universe. Whether you are adding positive or negative energy is up to you!

6. Gothic Bell Choker

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Now cherrymabel has created a choker necklace that will alarm everyone of your presence. Add a jingle to each step you take and never loose your friends at the club again! This necklace shows that you want all of the attention on you and you’re not one to go unheard.

7. The Moon Choker

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Boholysm has a favourite choker available for purchase — the moon choker. Every modern witch should own a moon choker or you’re just not doing it right. This choker shows that you have a devious side and aren’t afraid to show it.

8. The Beaded Choker

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The beaded choker adds more colour and spark to a look and can be layered with the plain stretchy chokers. BrielleBelle adds a few turquoise beads to the mix and a pop-star princess is born! This choker tells people that you like to mix things up a bit and aren’t going to follow fashion to the tee. You like to make the choker your own.

9. The Triangle Choker

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DaintyClub has a very simple triangle choker for sale. With a hint of gold, the necklace adds a little something to your neck without going overboard. This choker compliments your simplicity and shows that you don’t have to go crazy to get the attention you were looking for.

10. The Simple Black Choker

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Finally, we have the choker that started it all. It’s the black stretchy choker that hugs your neck in the best way. Etsy store MooingatOwls sells the basic black choker we all love. It shows you are a basic bitch and proud of it. You like to keep things as they were and don’t like change. This necklace was in your jewelry box for years and you were waiting to pull it out again. Well, here’s your chance!

Mental Health Exposed

Although social media has become a really valuable outlet for opening the discussions about mental health, there is a negative side to it as well. When social media is turned over to stars suffering from mental health issues, it turns into a viral sensation gone wrong.

Poor Amanda Bynes. Imagine being in the spotlight and suffering from bipolar disorder, addiction and other mental health problems. As soon as this star took the wheel over her Twitter account — her sickness was more apparent than ever.

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With tweets like “I want @drake to murder my vagina” this poor girl became Twitter famous for her wacky behaviour. I think that because these stars are so famous and because we don’t know them personally, it becomes all too easy to make fun of them from a distance.

Amanda Bynes is more a brand than a person to me. I’m 100% guilty of it myself as I was even Amanda Bynes for Halloween when her absurd tweets were overpopulating my Twitter feed.

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That’s me as Amanda above and although my Halloween costume was popular on my own social media accounts, I feel badly looking at that picture now. Amanda Bynes isn’t just a brand — she’s a human being! It doesn’t mean that what she is posting isn’t funny or crazy or straight up inappropriate — it just means that she is going through a lot right now. The best we can do for her is to stay out of it and to not make a bigger deal of a sad case of mental illness.

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Watching the Disney star train wrecks is alarmingly addictive and entertaining, but it’s not positive to their lives or to our own. Hopefully Amanda Bynes does recover from this. In an ideal world she wouldn’t have to look back on the hundreds of tweets she posted humiliating herself and others, but that’s just the social world we’re growing up in. It’s time to stop using celebrity breakdowns as our entertainment and put that energy into our own lives and well-being.

Instagram Royalty

Let’s forget Kendall Jenner for a second and feast our eyes on her little sister — Kylie Jenner. I feel like Kylie is the real “Queen” of Instagram and setting the style back to 90’s grunge. With blue hair, black pursed lips and those huge eyes — we just can’t look away.

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With the era of the “selfie” this Kardashian sister fits in perfectly. On Instagram she has 15 million followers with 2,729 posts total. Most of the content on Kylie’s Instagram is indeed selfies of her pretty face.

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That’s when it’s revealed to us that this girl is only 17! Stars are so young and sexualizing themselves on every social media site possible. Pursed lips, tummy uncovered, bra showing, seductive expression and a siren is born. What is the message that Kylie’s Instagram puts out into the universe. Is it one of hope, love or peace? Nope — the message I get is one of desperation and self obsession.

Don’t get me wrong I have way too many selfies on my Instagram account too, but I just think it’s really interesting that people actually pay attention to Kylie’s account. My account lost the majority of followers on the last cleanse and it isn’t pretty. At least Kylie’s desperate cry for attention got her some followers — mine got me a bad rep for misused hashtags.

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People have always emulated the rich and powerful. I guess we will just have to get used to young 17-year-old seductresses fitting that “young and powerful” bill. Is it time for the Instagram Queens and Kings to fall off of their pedestals? Or are 15 million people just addicted to fame and vanity. Is it our problem or theirs?

Choker Necklaces

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I don’t know about you but it’s pretty infuriating to see a bad re-do of your childhood flood into the schools of kids with more Instagram followers than me. 90’s chokers were the shit back in the day and the pictures prove that this style was reserved for us. Well the bubble has burst.

I guess styles are always going to come back and I’m okay with all of us twenty-somethings wearing chokers because we still have some in our old jewelry boxes from 1995. It’s just difficult to watch a generation that never played Pokémon, doesn’t know what a “pog” is and didn’t have the same love affair with the Backstreet Boys as I did — try and pull off the choker necklace. 

Don’t get me wrong — I love that the 90’s styles are coming back. I want to wear crop tops, excessive jewelry and black lipstick too, but seeing kids younger than me repeating my childhood style is disturbing. It’s like a bad déjà vu. I don’t think it’s possible to ever bring back the 90’s as much as we try. Cellphones and social media is not just going to disappear off of the planet and kids would rather play video games than watch Arthur. It’s just the reality of the 2000’s.