The Social Network

This week, I watched “the social network” which is about how Facebook started. Facebook is one of the most famous social networks in the world. It is so popular not only in the States but also all around the world. I did not know this amazing site began from the Harvard University and this was only for Harvard students. Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, did not expect Facebook would be successful like this. At the beginning, He made it for Harvard connection. No one could access to the Facebook except Harvard students, which means it was totally exclusive. As it became popular, they started to expand Facebook to the other area. Now, Facebook has 500 million members in 207 countires. It’s currently valued at 25 billion dollars and Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world. The movie covers Mark Zuckerberg’s success in business and bitterness in friendship simultaneously. I envied for his genius idea and creativity, however, at the same time, I pitied him that he lost his best friend and girl friend. I know that the success in the life is really important but the friendship in the life is also important. I hope that he will learn the success is not all but there are more import things than the success!

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Judgement Day

 Last week, people wondered the judgment day would come. I could see many of the signs in everywhere. “The End of the World, October 21th 2011, Bible guarantees it.” Many people doubted that the bible really guaranteed it or not. Most people did not believe them but if this “Judgement day” is guarnateed by Bible, they could not ignore it. As a Christian, I did not believe it because the bible said “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”(Mattew 24:36) Therefore, no one could say that when the exact time of the judgement day is. Then, why do the people make this kind of false religions? I think, first of all, natural disasters and economic crisis make people anxious about their lives. For example, a lot of earthquakes and Tshunami occurs in everywhere and most people struggle with economic problem. They want freedom and salvation from somewhere else, not from their own efforts. This is the reason why they interpret the Bible incorrectly and excuse that they give up their harsh lives because of God’s words. How stupid… and God will punished them because they led numerous people to wrong way. Secondly, some people use this to make a profits. Of course, most people do not believe it but it is not deniable that sales of provision are sold a lot. Some people use this kind of false alarm marketing so that they would make huge profits.

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Saving Oil, Riding a Bike

Do you have a bike? I have one. Actually, when I was in Korea, I did not have a bike because the transportations were really convenient. It is, however, not easy to live in LA without a car. Even though it is difficult to live without a car, if you cannot afford to have a car, you should find out the alternatives, especially when the oil price skyrockets, like thesedays. My alternative is a bike which is good for saving money and exercising.

There are several advantages of riding a bike. First, you can use it for making your body healthy. It is difficult to spare your time to exercise during the week because you are always busy. Besides, You are chased by many works and under pressure everyday. Commuting by riding a bike helps to make you healthy physically and mentally. Of course, there is no traffic in anytime. Secondly, you can save your money. Now, the oil prices stay at the $4 and it does not seem to go down. As you know, a bike does not need fuel, but only your legs. In addition, the price of a bike is much cheaper, camparing to that of car. Lastly, you can save the Earth. Using a car has destroyed the Earth by exhausting gas.  Therefore, I strongly recommand to ride a bike.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

  Recently, Arnold Schwarzenegger has struggled with what he committed. His wife, Maria Shriver, left him because Arnold had an affair with a member of household staff. He also  admitted that he had a child who were born between him and the household staff.

Actually, he was a successful actor, politician, and father. Personally, I really like this guy. I have watched all his movies since I was young. In the movies, he was always real hero and buff guy who beat the evils and saved the weak by himself. His smile made everyone happy. As a his fan, I don’t believe that he did this kind of immoral thing. He should have been more careful because he is a celebrity. Whether he wanted or not, his clean and good image damaged. It will take long time to recover his reputation. I read the article that all his movie schedules stopped. Yes, I think he needs time to stop everything and concentrate on his family again! I hope he will be back to us!

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Viewing Rates, Maximizing profits!

I was wondering why TV shows competed each others to raise the viewing rates. In general, TV viewers do not pay for how many TV shows they watched, rather they pay for just montly fees. Then, how the viewing rates is related to making a profit? We already knows that TV channels maximize their profits by commercials. For example, companies pay several million  dollars to advertise their products and it works so that the companies also make profits. I thought companies’ products can be advertised only when their commercial which is between TV shows came out. It is, however, more than that. During the TV shows, the products are advertised indirectly. For instant, when the actor uses his phone to make a call, camera shot focuses on his phone which is Verizon and LG smart phone. As many as people watch this scene, the products are inclined to be sold out. Therefore, even though the advertising cost is so expansive, companies try to advertise their products in the TV shows. This is reason why TV channels want to make the higher viewing rates TV shows to get higher profits from the advertisements.

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DMV, Lazy or other reason?

Last December, I was so excited that I got the driver’s license. I hoped to have driver’s license card as soon as possible. Actually, however, I did not get the plastic card until now! My first temporary driver license was expired March 9th. After mine was expired, I went to DMV to renew the license. I asked them why it took so long to get my plastic card. Their answer was so simple, “just wait!” I decided to wait but last week I got mail from the DMV that I should come once more and take a new photo. I really want to know why they work processing is so late! It is because the DMV workers are so lazy? or other reasons? Some people say that the government layoff DMV workers. I believe that the government should make DMV work processing better for customers’ convenience. I cannot imagine this kind of inconvenient government service in my country.

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Toms, Helping children in need

 This week, I had to prepare the presentation for Business class.  It has to be related with what I learned in class. I choosed corporative philanthropy as a main topic. Corporative philanthropy is “all business donations to nonprofit groups, including money, products, and employee time.” I was looking for the appropriate example of corporative philanthropy. I thought Toms was the best example and looked into Toms’ homepage. Toms has slogan, “One for one.” If customer buys a pair of shoes, Toms give a new pair of shoes to children in need. In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. Fortunately, Toms is known for good quality and style. Therefore buying a pair of Toms’ shoes not only satisfy customers but also help others.

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