If you could use $10,000

October 20, 2008

You have cursed the fates and Mr. Heldman because you are forced to blog. Now you might rejoice for the very same reason.

Collegescholarships.org is offering a scholarship for bloggers for $10,000. I know that is chump change for some of you but I can imagine this might finance that new Macbook you have been drooling over.

Here are the main requirements:

  • Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education in the United States; and
  • If you win, you must be willing to allow us to list your name and blog on this page. We want to be able to say we knew you before you became a well educated, rich, and famous blogging legend.

Important Dates:

  • Accepting Submissions: October 15th, 2008
  • Submission Deadline: October 30th, 2008

Are you up on all the Memes?

October 5, 2008

An Internet Meme is: a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.

From the start of the Internet (August 16, 1070) through the first Emoticon created (Sept. 19, 1982) the sponge monkeys (June 2002) all the way to Chocolate Rain and LOLCats you can get caught up on all the important cultural moments supplied by the digital  crack house that we call the Internet.

The wonder that is the Internet Meme Timeline.


Is this the most illiterate generation so far?

October 5, 2008

Dave Eggers says NO!

The truth is that American publishers put out 411,000 individual titles last year, an all-time record, and netted $25 billion–hardly a sagging industry. And those kids who have abandoned books for electronic media? Since 2002, juvenile book sales have shown compound annual growth of 4.6 percent for hardcover books and 2.1 percent for paperbacks.


Answering objections to the internet

October 5, 2008

Jeff Jarvis is a long-time journalist who embraces the changes brought about by the Internet and, as a consultant, tries to help print-oriented organizations understand why the world is different now.

He also gets cranky listening to the same objections over and over. So here are all the usual complaints about the digital world and his usual answers. 

My favorite:

The internet has no ethics. True. It no more has a moral code than a telephone wire, a car, or a knife. We who use it bring the ethics and laws we live under already.


Do you get Twitter?

October 5, 2008

Here is where you sign up for Twitter.

It’s called “micro-blogging.” Only 140 characters per post.

Those who are able to read your posts are limited to those who follow you. You can control who follows you or you can throw the doors open for everybody who wants to read your posts.

You can check it when ever you want to from the Twitter.com page or you can use one of many free standing programs that will update automatically.

You can use it with the text messaging of your cell phone (not a good idea if you don’t have unlimited messaging.)

You can exchange direct messages between you and someone else that will only be seen by you and that person.

Who uses Twitter?

Barack Obama’s campaign

The Wichita Eagle, to notify you when they post new stories

Ron Sylvester does live up dates from Wichita court cases he is covering for the Eagle

CNN

The Onion

Darth Vader (and many other famous fictional people although there is a suspicion that it is not really them)

Lou Heldman

And me.

If You want more information, try this article.

For a story about one person’s experience with Twitter try this link.

If you want to give it a shot, follow me and I will follow you.


If you want to paste text into your blog from Word

October 5, 2008

It came up in class that when you paste a text from Word to the blog it does strange things with the formatting. Thanks to fellow Wichita blogger Cincy Stanford here is a site called Word Off that fixes many of the formatting problems. Below is an example that has a lot of formatting in it pasted from Word.

Below that is the same text after being submitted to Word Off.

 

Straight from Word

Specific Purpose:  To inform the audience about the different crew members aboard an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

       I.            Show You Tube video of tank firing while jumping.

    II.            I am going to inform you about the different crew members aboard an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

 III.            Main points:

a.       Specifications—69.54 tons, 32.25 ft long (with gun), 12 ft wide, 120mm M256 main gun, 7.62mm M240 machine gun x2, .50 cal. M2 machine gun.  1500 hp transmission, holds 504.4 gallons of fuel in 4 fuel cells, will go roughly 275 miles on that amount of fuel.

b.      Driver—the person in this position is responsible for making sure the vehicle is in good running condition.

c.       Loader—this crewmember’s primary job is to keep rounds going into the main gun during combat.

d.      Gunner—this member of the crew is second in command.

e.       Tank Commander—anything that happens on the tank, happens because the TC says it does.

 

Word OFF example:

 

Specific Purpose:  To inform the audience about the different crew members aboard an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
I. Show You Tube video of tank firing while jumping.
II. I am going to inform you about the different crew members aboard an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
III. Main points:
a. Specifications—69.54 tons, 32.25 ft long (with gun), 12 ft wide, 120mm M256 main gun, 7.62mm M240 machine gun x2, .50 cal. M2 machine gun.  1500 hp transmission, holds 504.4 gallons of fuel in 4 fuel cells, will go roughly 275 miles on that amount of fuel.
b. Driver—the person in this position is responsible for making sure the vehicle is in good running condition.
c. Loader—this crewmember’s primary job is to keep rounds going into the main gun during combat.
d. Gunner—this member of the crew is second in command.
e. Tank Commander—anything that happens on the tank, happens because the TC says it does.