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A little update

So,I’ve been researching iPod/iPhone Medical apps for Medical Professionals and Medical Students. The process is a little slower than I would’ve hoped. I found a few but, a little more trial and error is needed before I compile a list. When I am done I will post it and write a little more. ER Stories, PY rotations and more! In the meantime,you can follow me on Twitter @zh3n.

Blogging

I know. I know. I’ve haven’t been THE best blogger lately. I’ve been really busy. Just got back in the country Monday night from a trip to The Bahamas. The hospital has been keeping me REALLY busy and have learned that x-rays, are NOT my friend! I don’t have a keen eye for it yet. Luckily that won’t be my forte! I still need to train myself to spot abnormalities.

Some guy told me and 3 other interns that he wanted an adult to work on him. I swear I’ve seen that on an episode of ER or Grey’s Anatomy… something. Who knows really. People have their preferences and,if he thinks we look like 13 year olds then, what am I to do, I just walked away.

I’ve been trying to forgive some people and be a lot nicer but I always turn out to be the bad guy. What’s up with that? I was told I should let it go and forgive. Easier said than done when you feel you’ve been wronged and whatever you do goes unnoticed.

Anyways… new year. New choices. I will try to blog A LOT more and keep it interesting!

Hulu Awards…final votes

#1: Award Winners

Best Talk and Interview Show
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Informational Show
National Geographic Channel

Best News Show
NBC Today Show

Best Television Network
20th Century Fox Television

Best Movie This is REALLY tough for me because I actually like them all. Let’s do a breakdown starting with
Night of the Living Dead–yeah it’s old,campy,cheesy and some bad acting but this movie was a little bit scary when I saw. I was younger then but,it changed the way horror films where made back then. There have been tons of wannabe zombie movies since then, even remakes that this film set the tone for. You can’t beat the 80’s zombies, I mean take a good look at Thriller by MJ. He set the tone for music videos which in turn made music videos something to be watched and not just listening to the songs,his zombies were fantastic!

Raising Arizona–yes Nicholas Cage can be funny,at least he was in this movie. He might look a little weird sometimes and I am still trying to get over the fact that he named his son “Kal-El”, Superman’s Kryptonian name(yes I am a Superman fan). Classic comedy two near-do-wells trying to make do with what they have Holly Hunter and Nicholas Cage did a fantastic job. With quotes like,”Biology and prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless” and “You mean you busted out of jail? No ma’am,we released ourselves on our own recognizance. What Evelle is trying to say is that the institution had nothing to offer us anymore”, how could you NOT like this movie?!? Yes. I have seen it quite a few times.

Ghostbusters–The one and only ghost themed movie that isn’t really a scary,gruesome flick. It has mostly comedic elements, classic 80’s stars and a hit song,what more do you want?

Some Like It Hot–One of only two Marilyn Monroe movies I’ve seen the other being “The Seven Year Itch”. I have always heard that she wasn’t a very good actress and it was her looks that got her by and that may very well be true but I thought she was good enough in this movie and it was good for what it was. I don’t think she was wanting an Oscar nomination well,I don’t know that but the movie was interesting and it kept my attention and it did well. It might’ve been then “I wanna be loved by you” song she sang in it…

Men In Black–who would’ve thought that, two men trying to keep the world and New York safe from aliens would be so entertaining. Will Smith has very few flops and this wasn’t one of them. The had some memorable performances from some notable actors Tony Shalhoub,the pawn shop owner, Vincent D’Onoforio as Ed who eats the farmer and Rip Torn as Chief Zed. This movie was funny and had great action scenes. Of course, Will gave us a hit song with a catchy line. Do we expect anything less from him?

Best Television Show (scripted)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer– this started my love and obsession with supernatural shows. From this, I have grown to like Charmed, Angel and Joss Whedon, the creator. Buffy inspired a generation of ass-kicking chicks that can go to school,have a life and save the world at the same time. Who said we couldn’t multi-task? Not too sure on the supernatural relationship tho,seems like way to much heartache,you know people from past relationships from the 1800’s,traumatizing to say the least. But Buffy is and will always be a great scripted show in my eyes. The storylines were great. The cast looked great but ,most of all the action was never disappointing!

Best Unscripted Television Show
The Biggest Loser

#2: Proposed Nominees–this clips category was broken down in to 3 subcategories to compensate for the large number of nominees. We had to chose 10 nominees

Best Comedic Clip(SNL)
Bronx Beat
Dick in a Box
Mom Jeans
Coin Slot

Movie Clips
Shaun of the Dead: Girl in the Garden
Home Alone: Shopping
Robin Hood Men in Tights: Men in tights

TV Clips
30 Rock: Jenna on Hardball
Golden Globes 2009: 30 Rock Tina wins

Best Clip (non-comedy)(7 nominees)
Field of Dreams: People will come
The Presidential Inauguration: Obama’s Inauguration
Psycho: The Shower scene
The Usual Suspects: Interrogation
My Cousin Vinny: Expert Witness
The Usual Suspects: Keyser Soze Story
Scarface: Say Hello to My Little Friend

Toss your remote: Is cable and satellite TV becoming obsolete?

In today’s time of recession and economic whoas, things like cable and satellite are becoming something of a luxury that is NOT, needed anymore. I personally have been watching TV on the internet since my freshman year in college. Granted, it just started back then(which wasn’t very long ago) but it has completely advanced since then. I started with what is called an ed2k client and links. The links are used to denote files stored on a P2P network. The main client used is eMule. The typical ed2k link includes the filename and file size and looks like this
ed2k://|file|Christmas.with.the.Kranks.(2004).DVDRip.XviD-HLS.avi|730662912|CFF040F95CBB6113E789B4DE8FC124BF|/

Typically,you go to a p2p site,search for a tv show,movie or software you would like to download,click on it and it will open up in the eMule client and start downloading. Now, in my experience, this takes a much longer time to download. Through my efforts, trial and error I came upon torrents. Torrents,in my opinion, are smaller files that can be downloaded to a torrent client, in a shorter time frame. Check this out about Torrents. There are MANY torrent sites and torrent clients. I chose uTorrent because it’s not a space hog. You can go through the list and find which ones you like and choose to your liking.

Since torrents,hundreds of sites have popped up that stream videos. I can go on for days about the number of sites that you can watch and catch up on your favorite TV show and/or classic TV shows and movies. You can check out my previous blogs 4 Quick watch to watch TV and movies online for free and Free ways to watch TV and movies online part 2. With these sites, you don’t really need cable or satellite because whatever airs,will ultimately be placed on torrent, ed2k or streaming sites the very next day! They are beneficial because most of them are ad free. I say MOST because the network sites, ABC, CBS,FOX etc. show ads on their players(just one commercial and in some cases,the same commercial over and over again). Keep in mind. TV is not completely dead even though studios and networks are airing their contents through things like Netflix and their own sites. The question is, Can you go without Cable TV even though what you watch on your TV set is readily available online?

A few pet peeves (Repost)

So, when I moved to AL,I learned a lot of things were going to be different and I would have to adapt and/or assimilate my ways quickly.  I started working at a restaurant called Baumhowers as a way to find something to do to keep me busy. I lived on campus for awhile and after doing all the college related things,I got bored easily. I learned a few things really quickly. Two main things that have become part of my pet peeves. One. People in AL take their sports,mainly football,college football seriously and two,Coke is the same thing as Pepsi. This irks me very VERY much. There are some more things that I learned but,we will start with these. 

Scenario–Me:”Hi. Welcome to Wings. What can I get for you to drink”? Guest/s: “I will have a Coke and I will have Sprite”. Me:”We have Pepsi products,is that OK”? Guest/s:”Sure,Coke and a Sprite”. Me: “Pepsi and Serra Mist”? Guest/s: “Whatever”? Now I look like I was being rude and I wasn’t. I might be annoyed that they don’t grasp the concept of Coke and Pepsi being two different products made by two different companies that actually compete against each other. Is this so wrong?
Very few people in AL do not know which football team they pull for. The rivalry there is equivalent to the borough game between the NY Mets and the Yankees. Most places you go, you are asked, Alabama or Auburn? You don’t even have to go there or have gone there to know which team you pull for. At the risk of being ‘foot-in-mouth’ party of one,most of the BAMA fans I dealt with were abrasive and a little rude. They take pride in their choice of being fans of this team and will taunt the more docile Auburn fan. We had a lot of Auburn fans that came into the restaurant that,love the game just as much as the BAMA fan but show it quietly. I myself,have grown to like Auburn,maybe mostly to taunt the BAMA fans but moreso I consider them to have a really great team and really hot players. WAR EAGLE!
The South. To a Southerner,well,some of them at least consider everything above them to be North,technically it is. Most people consider,(NY,NJ,Maine,CT,RI etc.)to be North or geographically Northeast. I lived in Wisconsin for 9 months,as a move by my mother who thought it was a great idea to have her youngest daughter experience some “pre-college” classes. Anyways..the Wisconsinites all called it the “Midwest”,which may or may not encompass Idaho,Nebraska,Iowa,Minnesota etc. But some think it’s North and everyone has a “Northern accent”,the accents are so different in any part of this country. I’ve also learned that,if you are not from the south and don’t have a southern accent,you are told you sound like you are from the north,regardless of where you were born(I get this ALL the time). Someone could be from Canada and they say,”Oh. You are a Northerner,from Wisconsin maybe”? Technically,it is North but I bet the Canadians get offended and would rather someone say,”You must be from Canada” you know,being that it’s a totally different country and all. But
I thank the south and my good friends Britanie and Catherine for introducing me to Biscuits and Gravy(my absolute love),dressing…made with cornbread(which I’ve always hadstuffing,made with bread crumbs),grits…Joe Pesci’s character in “My Cousin Vinny” sums it up best. Kripsy Kreme over Dunkin Donuts. I’m sorry KK has the best glazed donuts ever! Krystals over White Castle. In the South it’s sweet tea and not Iced Tea. I made that grave mistake and was snarled at. 
I can’t forget the North and Midwest though. Great bagels,pizza,hot dogs(the street vendors food. There’s something about the dirty water and dust in the food that make it SOOO good),coffee,high rises,bootlegs off the streets of NY especially,cheeses(shout out to the cheese-heads and cheese curds from WI),snow storms and the good ole’ minding your own business as you walk down the street!
With this just being the tip of the iceberg of pet peeves for me. I am signing off. Until next time! I If you want good reading. Check out this interesting blog about pop vs soda

Hulu Awards week 11

Best Web Original
National Geographic Animals

Worst Web Original
Dating Brad Garrett

Best Science Fiction Movie
The Planet of the Apes

Best Videogame Coverage
XPlay

Best Scifi/Fantasy TV Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Heroes
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Fringe

Worst Movie
Bedazzled
The Crawling Hand
Xanadau
National Lampoons Spring Break
Monique:I Coulda Been Your Cellmate

Worst Scripted Television Series
Cleopatra 2525
Team Knight Rider
The Return of Jezebel James
The Munsters Today
One Tree Hill

Best Talk and Interview Show
Chelsea Lately
Inside the Actor’s Studio
Tonight Show
Attack of the Show

Best Informational Show
Crime and Punishment
Insider Secrets
National Geographic Channel
Nova
Wired Science

Best News Show
Access Hollywood
MSNBC Decision 08
NBC News Time Capsule
Tom Brokaw Reports
TV Guide Specials

Best Network and Movie Studio
BRAVO
Comedy Central
E!
FX
Sundance Channel

Major Network
FOX

Movie Studio
Lionsgate
MGM
Paramount
Universal

The best shows you are not watching part 2

There are so many channels on our cable and satellite that we sometimes overlook shows that are very good. As a result of this, most of these shows often loose ratings and are canceled or it can take a great turn and become phenomenons!

True Blood
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Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, returns to HBO with a new series based on the novel series Southern Vampire by Charlaine Harris. The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic barmaid who finds comfort in the company of vampires since they have no brainwave activity for her to read. She and her brother Jason were raised by her grandmother after losing their parents in a flood and she tries to keep her telepathic ability a secret. Thanks largely in part to the creation of a Japanese-made synthetic blood called True Blood (where the series takes it name) vampires have make their existence known to the world. Sookie works at the bar ‘Merlotte’s’ which is owned and operated by her boss Sam Merlotte who has a secret of his own.

Fantastic show! That’s all I have to say!

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a sitcom on FX, starring (and created by) Rob McElhenny, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day. It’s about four friends (the fourth friend played by Kaitlin Olson) who run an Irish bar in Philadelphia. The series deals with serious topics such as abortion rights, gun control, racism, and gay rights, but in humorous ways. The show debuted in August 2005.

According to Rob McElhenny, who was recently on a Philadelphia radio program, word of mouth on the show has been good and FX has renewed it for a second season, set to premiere June 29, 2006. Danny DeVito will join the cast for season 2.

The first season’s final episode aired on September 13, 2005. Reruns of edited versions of first season episodes began airing on FX’s parent network FOX in 2006.

Kath and Kim
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Adapted from Australia’s hit comedy of the same title, is a look into the minutiae of middle-class suburbia that digs deep into the daily lives of Kath, a cheerful, forty-something divorcee, and her self-absorbed daughter, Kim. It’s the love and hate, push and pull, of the dysfunctional relationship only a mother and daughter could share.

Pushing Diaisies
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This romantic drama shows us the strange world of a man, Ned, who can bring dead people back to life through the power of his touch. The people he touches, however, can only stay alive for one minute, and if they don’t die again, someone else nearby will die. Ned decides to use his ability to solve crime. He and a local investigator, Emerson, bring murder victims back to life and find out who killed them, to cash in on case-solving rewards. But, when Ned brings an old crush back to life, and decides to let her live, things start to get complicated…

30 Rock
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30 Rock centers on a comic (Tracy Morgan), who stars in a late-night comedy show called “The Girlie Show.” Tina Fey stars at the head writer who works hard to keep her job as well as her sanity as she deals with the network and the stars.

Medical reference sites for medical students

Recently, I was looking for some medical reference sites and some sites for medical student research. I came upon some only through another med student who was talking about his day in the medical program. Jackson Chung, full-time medical student and part-time blogger wrote about these reference sites Medical Reference Sites for medical students

A little something from zakmo

My bestie Zackery, a PR student and budding Media Consultant, wrote a blog on Students Blogging. He writes that students that are blogging are doing it for more than just fun. It also doubles as a press release for an Awards show that we are both involved in and, it’s the beginning of what I think is going to be a fantastic start to something that will hopefully,grow to be wonderful for our online experiences.

For more information, contact:
Zackery Moore
ZakMo86@gmail.com
http://zakmo.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a Bad Economy, Blogging becomes more than a Hobby
Soon-to-be college graduates blog for fun and experience

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – At first glance, Antonice Louis, 24, and Zackery Moore, 22, would appear not to have much in common. Louis is a native Bahamian with a “no nonsense” attitude, while Moore is a native Alabamian with a thick Southerner’s accent. Besides both being college students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Louis and Moore have their own blogs; Louis writes The Angry Pre-med Student and Moore writes making a PRofessional. And with each passing credit hour, Louis and Moore are getting closer to leaving college and entering an uncertain economy on the hunt for their first job.

“The economy didn’t scare me at first,” says Moore, “but the more I hear about it from friends, family and professionals, the more nervous I’m becoming. And I know finding my first job is going to be hard.” That is one reason why Moore started making a PRofessional, a blog for college students about becoming a public relations professional. “When I’m competing for a job, I hope that having making a PRofessional in my portfolio will separate me from the rest.”

Louis says, “I’m loving this whole thing. Writing my own blog has been fun, but I think it shows that I can start a project on my own and take on full leadership. And I’ve been able to network with other people who love blogging.” The Angry Pre-med Student’s content is varied and could be about the fun ways to catch-up with a favorite television show online in one post and be about taking a road-trip to see the Northern Lights in another.

Louis and Moore met while working in a restaurant and have become best friends. “I think we accidentally encouraged each other to start blogging, I’m not really sure whose idea it was first,” Moore said.

Louis and Moore have this as advice to students about social media in general:

1. Be careful about what you say about whom. Moore had a bad experience where a former employer saw a negative post about his time at the business. “That’s definitely a bridge I won’t be able to cross again, but it worked out in a serendipitous way. I don’t encourage anyone else to risk it.”
2. Don’t just blog about your life. Louis says, “Only your mother cares about what you had for lunch. You should write about current events and trends if you want to show a potential employer.” She says if you want to use it professionally, you should write about topics that interest more than your friends and family.
3. The numbers count. Moore says that having regular posts can show that you have initiative, but it sounds better if you can back up your blog with numbers. “Blogger and WordPress both have features that allow you to track page views. And you can ‘cross-pollinate’ on other social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to draw people to your blog.”

It’s not quite done yet but it gives you an idea of what he’s getting at. I told him I would read it for him and tell him if anything is off. So far, It’s GOOD!

zakmo: making a PRofessional