Author: Jim Vacey

Jim Vacey is the Assistant Marketing Director for Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor NY. Jim is a graduate from Dowling College with a BA in English and History and looks to pursue an MBA in Creative Writing. Jim is now the proud father of his first child, Harley Quinn Vacey.

You should watch this now! Why Netflix should have a sharing option

So there was this awesome movie on Netflix starring Martin Sheen called The Way. The film begins with the death of Sheen’s son, played by Emilio Estevez (not much of a coincidence since Estevez wrote, produced and directed the film), while trekking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage. Sheen then decides to walk the pilgrimage in his son’s stead, spreading his ashes along the way. This was an excellent film of father/son relationships, rediscovery and redemption that I would recommend to everyone. After the movie ended, I thought…

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Is Twitter protecting users from hate groups or violating free speech?

In a recent post on TechCrunch, Twitter was reported to have used their country-to-country blocking powers for the first time. The popular social media platform, at the request of local authorities, acted on a request to deactivate a Neo-Nazi Twitter account. TechCrunch reported that- Twitter users outside Germany can still view content from the @hannoverticker Twitter account of the banned group, but users trying to access it from within Germany will see a message saying the account is being withheld. This country-specific blocking…

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Facebook Boutique: Creating a Facebook Sales Team with Zindigo

Every business on Facebook is trying to make money. With the growing number of Facebook profiles and the increasing popularity of social media marketing companies to carry the weight of company advertising, a startup company might have just proven that Facebook Shops can work. Zindigo is a startup company that encourages Facebook users to sell company merchandise to receive a 40% commission; 40% commission!!  According to the report on Mashable, consumers open their own shops as business pages on Facebook stocking their shops…

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Downloading jail time: should online users fear the internet?

You are watching your favorite show on Netflix, enjoying the final episode of the season when a lead weight drops in your stomach: the next season is not available. You search frantically for the next season, looking in the shadiest corners of the internet in hopes that you can find a streaming video of the next season. You finally come to a downloadable copy – virus free – only to realize that downloading this copy is illegal! A conscionable person would just wait for the season to be available on Netflix. You on the other hand want to see…

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NYPD social media: a touching tribute to fallen brothers

On a recent post on Mashable, New York’s finest are commemorating their fallen brothers of September 11th with Twitter. The NYPD are honoring the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks eleven years ago by tweeting the name and rank of a fallen comrade and linking back to a more detailed Facebook page along with #neverforget. September 11th will be a day that all Americans will never forget. The NYPD’s use of social media is more than just a status update or a celebrity tweet. This honor to fallen heroes reminds us all that social media…

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Bear sex and cancer: What The Oatmeal can teach us about social media

What do Bear Sex and Cancer have in common? $169,000. Matthew Inman, creator of the controversial info-graphic website The Oatmeal, has made internet headlines in recent news, following a lawsuit of slander against the website comic’s creator. Inman, since the lawsuit, has seen more media attention than ever and is currently petitioning a restoration of the late Nikola Tesla’s abandoned laboratory in Shoreham, Long Island. Inman’s restoration goal is a whopping $850,000. In just 45 days, The Oatmeal has earned $350,000….

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Is DNA coding your data the future of stored information?

Recently on Spectrum, Scientists from Harvard University have successfully converted a 53,000 word book into a single strand of DNA. The success of the conversion will allow data to be stored in the guise of a DNA strand; DNA can hold more information per cubic millimeter than certain flash memory technology. Scientists claim that the cycle of conversion, from coding to decoding, would prove to be an expensive process initially but those needing a large quantity of data might find the means to make this technology more affordable in…

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