Mother Hears Son’s Voice For the First Time with Cochlear Implant

A recent video has captured the immediate effects of a revolutionary cochlear implant on 26-year-old mother Amy. Cochlear implants are electronic devices that are surgically placed in the ear to provide a sense of sound. Amy was born deaf, and heard her son’s voice for the first time thanks to the medical breakthrough.

The video, posted on YouTube by Amy’s aunt Catherine Arnold, shows Amy’s emotional response to the new sensations. “I feel weird,” she said, tearing up. “It feels so different.”

After the experience, Arnold wrote: “This is just a start to the road ahead to learn what sound is and where it comes from. It was the most amazing day ever to be a witness to this medical miracle and a true gift from God.”

Six months later, Arnold reveals that Amy to interpret sound and enjoy music thanks to hard work and sound therapy.

“Her pronunciation has improved vastly and she can hear words and especially music!” Arnold said. “Naturally, after a lifetime of lip reading and signing, it is still necessary for her to rely on that skill to have conversation in a group. Every day is new and sometimes an exhausting experience.

“She loves the challenge to improve yet more and she is a joy to be around. By the way, Amy has a high school diploma and college degree! This girl never let anything get in her way to be her best!”

 

Can Happiness Be Delivered in a Truck?

Apparently so.  Well, at least according to Coca-Cola and we know that advertising never lies so it just must be true.  There is a very cute commercial going round on YouTube, promoting the beverage giant.  It starts off with the quote that it wants to: “to share a little happiness with the student body.”

A Coca-Cola vending machine is installed at a campus college – nothing unusual about that.  A student comes to get a coke.  She puts her money in the machine and a small coke bottle emerges.  She takes it.  So you’re sitting there, watching this video, really wondering why they’ve put it on YouTube and what all the hype’s about.  But then, seconds later, another coke comes out…followed by another…and another…and another, until she is smiling from ear to ear and handing out cans of coke to anyone who happens to be in the vicinity.  The same thing happens with the next person who gets a coke.  Then someone puts her hand in to retrieve her coke, but is rewarded with a bunch of flowers; the next person gets a balloon-shaped animal.  Then there’s a pizza and finally, the longest sandwich you’ve ever seen, big enough to feed the whole student body!  Everyone looks happy and the final quote of the movie is “Where will happiness strike next?”

It thus seems like Coca-Cola wasn’t lying and that happiness really can be delivered in a truck!

Rebecca Black’s “Friday”

If you have a teen/pre-teen child, you may have heard of the song “Friday” or the 13-year-old singer Rebecca Black. Your children may have had extremely varied reactions, ranging from obsession to utter ridicule.

The song was written by Clarence Jay and Patrice Wilson, and sung by Rebecca Black, a 13-year old from Anaheim Hills, California. It was produced by the ARK Music Factory, and released on March 14th. Within its first week, it jumped to spot #19 on the iTunes sales chart. The music video also became a major hit on YouTube, jumping from 3,000 views to 18 million in a single week. The sudden climb in views was a result of a Tosh.0 blog titled “Songwriting Isn’t for Everyone.” Forbes has explained that the popularity of the song is yet another example of the power of social media- specifically Facebook, Twitter and in this case, Tumblr.

The song and video make heavy use of Auto-Tune, the pitch-correcting software. Black’s mother, Georgina Kelly, was the one who made it all possible for Rebecca. After hearing of ARK Music Factory, Kelly paid $2,000 for a package that included a choice of two pre-written songs. Black chose the song “Friday” because “the other song was about adult love- and I haven’t experienced that yet,” she explained. “’Friday’ is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song.”

In a review for Rolling Stone, Black and her single were described as having a “peculiar tonality that inadvertently highlights the absurdity of boilerplate pop lyrics.” It also said Black sounds “unlike anything else in pop music.”

The reviews have been primarily negative, stating that it is “the worst song ever,” “bizarre,” “inept,” and “hilariously dreadful.” What do you think?