Power of the E-Cig

For eight years it was always the same routine… wake up; light up… eat a meal; smoke a cig; before bed, after sex, with coffee, while driving, while drinking…. TOTALLY STRESSED OUT?  That’s fine… just smoke 3 in a row and calm yourself down…

For eight long years I stuck with one of the most horrible, disgusting, and deadly habits:

It began to wear down on me in almost all aspects of life.  I began to realize that smoking was not only stupid because of its detrimental effects to my health, but because of the ridiculous amounts of money I was spending to get my nicotine fix.

Roughly $8 for a pack… once a day = $56 per week… then turns into $224 a month… which is a whopping $2,688 per year!! Times that by 8 years I’ve been smoking… I could have basically paid for my college tuition ($21,504).

I can say without a second’s hesitation that I am addicted to nicotine.  One night without it and I’ll be feverishly shaking, laying awake after countless nightmares.  I finally made the decision about a month ago that I was going to quit.  I was tired of smelling and tasting like a cigarette, and I needed to break this dependence.  So first I tried cold turkey… for about 3 hours it worked.  Then I tried being just a “social smoker,” quitting for a couple of days then lighting up outside the bar.  That only made me want it more, and I ended up right back where I started.  Then I tried weaning off; allowing myself only a number of cigarettes per day, and decreasing as the days went by.  I would constantly find an excuse to cheat and have an extra one or two.  It seemed as if I was never going to be able to do it.  I did not want to try the patch, gum, or medications for fear of side effects or blood clots (ironic, right?) and meditation and hypnosis did nothing for me as well.  So of course, I decided that maybe I was just meant to be a smoker, a social pariah for all the days of my life.  I deduced that when I planned to someday have children, I would HAVE to quit and it would give me the strength to stick with it.

As the weeks continued, smoking pack after pack, I still longed to be the girl who did not have to succumb to the cravings and withdrawals.  Then- FINALLY- I saw someone at a bar one night who was smoking an electronic cigarette.  At that moment, it was as if the heavens opened up and the angels sang to me (slightly exaggerated).  Once again, I had renewed hope that I might have found the cure that I was looking for all  along.

I would not only recommend electronic cigarettes to those trying to quit, but for those who have no interest in quitting.  The reasons for this are numerous: save yourself from illness, save some money, and possibly save your own life.

Logic sells E-cigs that can be re-charged, so that all you have to do is buy a “carton” and refill whenever needed.  Disposable ones go for roughly $10 a piece, but are the equivalent to two packs of cigarettes.  A “carton” is still equivalent to a regular carton of cigarettes, except regular cigarettes can cost as much as $80 per carton, whereas Logic sells a carton for $20.

They come in all different flavors and strengths, and the best part is there are absolutely no carcinogens inside… just water vapor.  So not only is smoking an e-cig healthier for YOU, but also for others, considering the effects of secondhand smoke are totally illuminated.

imageSo, you can smoke it virtually anywhere, even on planes, in restaurants, and in class.  I encourage any and all who are intrigued by the concept, or even planning to FINALLY quit, to visit the Logic Website and find out more how a smokeless cigarette can benefit you!



Tech Withdrawals…

So a couple of weeks ago the computer that I’ve had since high school CRASHED HARD… all of my music, photos, documents… basically everything was gone.  It took about a day or so for reality to set in and when it occurred to me that NOTHING was going to be able to be salvaged, I quite literally broke down into tears.  All of the things I had spent years compiling onto my computer were no longer going to be directly at my fingertips.  But whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!?! I had done all the right things… always cleared my internet history and cache after every use… updated my software and scanned for viruses regularly… but clearly none of it mattered.  Of course, about a week later I got over it (slightly).  I had purchased a newer and better computer and was already getting used to its new features and apps.  However, in the days in-between I had been subject to what I can describe only as technology withdrawals… Yeah, I still had my iPhone, my TV, etc… but my laptop has literally been such a crucial part of my collegiate life.  Without it, I felt almost naked… but why? Why do we feel so damn bad when we lose or break something as truly unimportant as our computers or phones?  Have we really become so dependent upon them?



What’s wrong with how we use Youtube?

For a database such as Youtube, how can one possibly even begin to define what its “proper usage” really is? Yes, we’ve all come across the seemingly ridiculous and outrageous videos that portray users playing horrible pranks on their friends, and others of the like. Yet the amount of knowledge I have attained from Youtube alone is astounding.

I’ve learned how to do my make up and hair in different ways, how to dance salsa, merengue, and tango… watched documentaries on the Vietnam War and Woodstock… I’ve even watched home movies of family vacations that my uncle posted on the site.

The only word I could really use to describe Youtube is LIMITLESS. There is probably almost nothing that you couldn’t find on it, whether you’re looking to score dating tips and suggestions… or even looking for the perfect desert to make for Super Bowl Sunday! So if someone wants to post a video of themselves doing seemingly immature stuff… just Youtube something else if you don’t want to watch!


The Apocalypse of Higher Education?

If we just stop and thought for a moment just how much our educational experience has changed from since grade school, it would not be hard at all to list the differences: from the evolution of chalk and white board lectures to smart boards with power point presentations… the sheer joy we felt to be able to visit the “computer lab” once a month, whereas now even pre-school aged children are being taught not only about technology, but also how to use it.  If you click here, it will direct you to the State of New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Content standards for Technology Education in preschool.  You might be pretty impressed/shocked to see that it is now IMPERATIVE that a child leaving preschool should know how to perform tasks such as typing their own name, printing a document, and taking a picture with a digital camera.  What-ever happened to story time and nap time?


When Miller talks about the possible end of the university as we know it, I can’t help but think that society is definitely heading in a different direction when it comes to education.  Perhaps you have seen the recent TV commercial where a young boy in a hospital is able to attend class via his own personal robot, which he is able to maneuver through his own school from the comfort of his hospital bed.  Whether we like it or not, educational institutions all over the western world are beginning to change.

Miller’s idea that the institution of higher education is being subject to this change doesn’t seem too far off.  This calls into consideration, the question whether or not that universities like ours will be able to keep up with, essentially, an all powerful Read/Write Web that, in itself, is capable of providing countless opportunities for self-education.