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Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

New Years Eve- the time when people party so hard, they wake up the next day and make drastic changes to their life to make up for the debauchery that occurred the night before. New Years Eve is the best time of the year to party, have fun, and celebrate the past years triumphs. People all over the world party hard on New Years Eve. From India to Brazil to Japan to Iceland, New Years parties will be in full swing, with cultural traditions being the only difference in the celebrations. For the first time in a few years, I have no New Years plans (I should really start using Facebook). I decided to research some fun things to do across the U.S. in search of plans for the ultimate New Years Eve. I’ve compiled a list containing concerts, parties and events. Check it out:

Concerts

1. Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. This is based in New York City, but there is also an L.A.event under the same name with different performers. This concert began in 1972, and it’s been a huge event every year since. If you like pop music, this concert is where you want to be. It’s in New York during the biggest party of the year. Performers include Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Hot Chella Rae. The hosts for this event are Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. This will more than likely be the biggest event of New Years, based on the amount of people who travel to NYC every year.

2. Together As One, Orange County,CA. This is like the ultimate rave, including performers Duck Sauce, Diplo, Bloody Beetroots, Chromeo, and Felix the Housecat, among others. This event is sure to be packed with partiers who will be ready to bring in the New Year with a bang.

3. PHISH at  Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY. Attention all hippies: find your way to New York for this four-day PHISH concert, which will rock from December 28th through New Years Eve. It’s been sold out since shortly after tickets went on sale, so this is sure to be a BIG concert.

4. BASSNECTAR Nashville, TN. This show is set to be HUGE. If you like dubstep music, then this is the show for you. Be ready to make your ears bleed.

Parties

1. New York City– The dropping of the crystal ball in Old Times Square is a gigantic event every year. People from all over the East coast and beyond gather in New York City for this event, making it among the most popular New Years destinations. It’s a tradition that has been going strong since 1907. I can’t imagine what New Years Eve would’ve been like during prohibition. You can buy your all-access party passes here.

2. New Orleans– Bourbon Street is the place to be year-round, so you can imagine what it’s like during New Years Eve. INSANITY. Most people realistically just can’t handle Bourbon Street, let alone during the craziest time of the year. Watch the ball drop at Jackson Square, and partake in adult beverages in any of the twelve million bars along Bourbon Street. Check out what’s going on in New Orleans on NYE here.

3. Seattle– I’ve heard from many people that Seattle turns into a city-wide party on New Years Eve. The Space Needle is turned into one big fireworks show, and besides that, there are many, many things to do in Seattle during New Years Eve. Check out the 35+ bars around city centre if you get thirsty. This isn’t quite like the other places on the list, so I understand if you are skeptical about this one, but you have to trust me. Seattle ROCKS on New Years Eve.

4. Las Vegas– Vegas and New Years Eve go together like chicken and waffles. Imagine a place where the party never stops. Literally it never stops, as there are no “last calls” in Vegas. Most cities force bars to close anytime between 2 and 6am, but not in the city that never sleeps. Check out the strip during New Years Eve, and you may begin to understand why it’s called “sin city.” One extra bonus about Vegas around New Years time is that you can bet on any of your favorite football (BCS) bowl games. Check out other NYE Vegas events here.

 

Alabaster

I’m reading Managerial Accounting

 

Sources:

http://www.globalgrasshopper.com/travel/travel-ideas/top-10-places-to-party-on-new-years-eve/

http://twincities.metromix.com/music/standard_photo_gallery/americas-coolest-new-years/2944607/photo/2944613

http://newyearsevecentral.com/

Last Minute Holiday Gifts from Skinit.com

Are you behind on your holiday shopping list? Still shopping for your college kids? Or are you looking for the perfect gag gift for your buddy? I think I can point you in the right direction. Skinit.com offers “skins” for phones, laptops, iPods, iPads, and the like. “Skins” are protective covers that will help keep your electronics safe, and display virtually anything that you want. They are guaranteed not to interfere with product functionality, they leave behind no mess, and they are specifically designed for each product.

There are endless possibilities in finding the right skin, ranging from sports team’s designs to artsy designs to customizable designs, which allow you to add your favorite picture, shape, or text. Get your girlfriend a skin for her laptop with her favorite picture of you two together for some added “brownie points.” Get your buddy a skin for his iPhone with the most embarrassing picture possible for $19.99. Skinit.com provides a cheap way to find a great gift for your friend or loved one. Check out the endless possibilities at Skinit.com, and you’ll see why they have become such a popular gift for people of all ages. Skinit has something for everybody.

Awesome Gadgets to Wish For This Holiday Season

After doing a little digging, we have found that there are some really awesome gadgets out there that college students would absolutely love to get their hands on! These gadgets are definitely something you want to add to your holiday wish list!

USB LED Beverage Cooler – $19.99

This little gadget is a must have for college students living in small spaces.  Not enough room to fit a mini fridge in your dorm room? No problem! This tiny cooler is powered through your USB drive and cools one can at a time.  This gadget is also super portable meaning that you can make sure your can of energy drink is always cold when studying at the library!

 

 

 

Tulip Desk Lamp – $59.99

This little desk lamp is a great addition to any room! It is compact enough to fit on a desk or nightstand, but it can direct your light source where you need it.  The flexible bending head on this lamp allows you to point your lamp at the desk, the ceiling, or anywhere you want!

Compact Photo Cube Printer – $149.00

Ever snap a photo with your cell phone and wish you could print it out on the spot? Well you can! This printer prints 4×6 images without a computer.  Just place your Andriod or Apple device into the dock on top of this printer and you are ready to print! This compact printer only measures 7″ wide and easily fits on your desk.  It also includes a carrying case so you can print on-the-go!

 

 

 

Pocket Projector for iPhone 4 Devices – $229.99

This is one super, super good gadget.  Perfect for students that love movies and photos, this pocket projector is great for on-the-go travel entertainment.  All you do is dock your iPhone 4 into the device and it will project your screen onto any surface.  This means that you can share the movie you are watching on your phone with your friends by projecting an image up to 50″! As a plus, this projector can also serve as a back-up battery for your phone.

Apple TV – $99.00

This little gadget is awesome! This small box that can fit into the palm of your hand hooks to your TV via an HDMI cable and then uses your wireless internet to stream directly to your TV.  Using AirPlay on your Apple device, you can wireless stream music, movies, and photos to your television.  This little box also accesses Netflix, YouTube, the entire iTunes Store, and much more from your TV.

lucy Nightlight Jacket – $99.99

This gadget is a must for people who like the run in the evenings! This running jacket with quick-drying technology is piped with LED lights making it reflective on all sides.  Not only that, but it is convertible with zip-off sleeves making it versatile year-round.

iWatchz Q Collection Watch Strap for iPod Nano – $24.99

We love this! Turn your iPod Nano into a watch! This silicone watch band securely holds your iPod Nano in place! Now you can watch movies and listen to music with only your watch!

HeatShift Laptop Cooler 15″ Pad – $29.99

The perfect gadget for people who enjoy working on their laptops in bed! This cooling pad uses cooling crystals to absorb the heat coming from your laptop, lowering the temperature of your computer by up to 10 degrees.  Because it uses crystals rather than a fan, this cooling pad is silent and won’t bother others who may be around while you are working.

Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels – $39.95

Do you tend to oversleep for class? If you answered yes then this gadget is for you! When this alarm clock goes off you have one chance to hit snooze before it rolls off of your nightstand and all around your floor.  You have to find and catch the alarm clock in order to silence it, ensuring that you are up and out of bed when you need to be.

 

 

 

ZOMM Wireless Leash – $89.99

There are a ton of features packed into this little gadget.  This “wireless leash” help you to remember your cell phone, talk handsfree, and can even assist you in an emergency.  The ZOMM Wireless Leash alerts a user when they become separated from their phone, ensuring that you never accidentally leave your phone at home again.  It also has a fully-functional speakerphone allowing you to talk handsfree via Bluetooth.  In the case of an emergency, the ZOMM is equipped with a panic button that will sound an alarm and if held down long enough will dial 911 for you.

Boogie Board Rip LCD Writing Tablet – $129.99

This LCD writing tablet is a must for college students! Write your class notes on this tablet press the save button, and you instantly have a digital copy of all of your notes! This also is a great way to turn those interesting doodles you draw in class into digital art!

mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 4&4S – $79.95

This super sleek iPhone case doubles as an extra battery! Giving your phone almost double the battery life, the mophie Juice Pack ensures that your iPhone will not run out of battery power anytime soon.  The super-slim rechargeable battery sits perfectly in this case without adding extra bulk to your iPhone.

Powerbag Deluxe Backpack – $169.99

Running all over campus with no time to charge your smartphone, tablet, or laptop? Now it is easy with this awesome backpack! With a built-in battery system powerful enough to charge a smartphone 4 times, you are are able to charge all of your electronics on the go!

Enjoy!

 

Lovejoy

I’m reading Psychology Applied to Modern Life

Home for the Holidays Infographic

‘Tis the season for student travel! Through a student survey and some great data from our friends at Amtrak we found that 88% of students are planning to travel this holiday season.  Most students are traveling alone by car to make it home this holiday season.  There will be enough spent on gas for 1,943,576 students to rent textbooks for an entire semester!

Over 80,000 students will be traveling by train this holiday season on Amtrak.  Using the Student Advantage Card those students will enjoy over $850,000 in savings!  Among the Amtrak everyday passenger discounts, the Student Advantage Card holders get a 15% discount when riding the Amtrak trains. The Student Advantage Card is the nation’s largest student discount program for students 16 years of age and older to access thousands of discount locations across the country, near your campus and online. Get your Amtrak Student Advantage Card today to start your savings on train travels with Amtrak.  Are you headed home for the holidays?


Sources: eCampus.com & Amtrak Student Advantage

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Lovejoy

I’m reading Chemistry: A Molecular Approach

Important February Dates

The month of February is full of important dates! Mark your calendars!

Month of February- Black History Month

Feb 1- National Freedom Day
A day in celebration of the signing of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution by Abraham Lincoln.

Feb 2- Groundhog Day
An old folklore legend says that if the weather is cloudy and the groundhog leaves his burrow winter will end soon. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow and retreats back to his burrow, winter will continue for six more weeks.

Feb 7- Greet Your Neighbor Day
The name speaks for itself…

Feb 12- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born on February 12 1809. He successfully led the Union through the American Civil War, ending slavery.

Feb 14- Valentines Day
Formally named “Saint Valenteine’s Day”. This is a day to celebrate love and affection between two people. Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr given a calendar date of celebration.

Feb 15- Susan B. Anthony Day
A day of celebration for the birth of Susan B. Anthony. She was an advocate of women’s suffrage. The date began celebration in 1920 after the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. (Thanks girl! ;] )

Feb 20- Love Your Pet Day
As if you don’t already love your pet every day, there is a designated day! Cuddle your furry, feathered or bald pet friend! Celebrate your love for them!

Feb 22- George Washington’s Birthday
The first President of the United States. He was born on February 22, 1732. He was the leader of the United States in the Revolutionary War as the commander of the Continental Army. Props, George!

*President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
Also known as George Washington’s birthday. The holiday was created in 1880. This was the first holiday created to honor an American citizen.

Happy February!

Withlove,
Kat VonD

I’m reading Sociology