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

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.


Not quite on topic but it is on target

September 3, 2008

We are all Keynesians Georgians bloggers now. Here is a post by a professional blogger with the surprising title, “What Makes for a Good Blog”.

If you are new to the blogging thing this may give you a place to start. Where it states the obvious don’t zip by the thought. Remind yourself to commit to what works.

Above all this should be fun. It’s you saying what you think about things great and small. Enjoy the ride.