Reddit Is Calling Your Name

23 May

When was the last time you used Reddit? Recently Stephen Herron reminded me of the site’s powerful knowledge base. According to Wikipedia, “Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links.” Basically the site is user-generated content and people promote stories by voting on them.

Discover news stories and links instantly on Reddit. The site is divided into hot, new, rising, controversial, top, gilded, wiki and promoted content. You can also use the site to find minute details on things like, “Why did Van Halen say no brown M&Ms in their concert contract back in the early days?”  If you just check out Reddit’s front page you will get lost for hours in content and perhaps learning something along the way. As a note for parents, the site can be rather sarcastic and cavalier at times.

Reddit is user generated content voted by it’s users
http://reddit.com

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Listen Carefully: Tips To Protect Your Hearing

17 May

1 in 6 teens has noise-induced hearing loss from loud sounds. Teen hearing loss has increased 30 percent in the last decade. As little as 10 seconds at a loud stadium or concert can cause permanent hearing damage. What are you doing to make sure your child doesn’t suffer hearing loss?

Ways to prevent hearing loss
1. Step away from sound source
2. Turn down volume
3. Wear ear plugs

Find out more about the Listen Carefully Movement. My mom suffered from hearing loss so I saw first hand how not being able to hear can dramatically impact your life. Protect your hearing as much as you can!

http://www.listencarefully.org/heard

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Need a Random Number?

15 May

Do you need to generate a random number? Then you need to check out random.org. The site states, “We offer true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs.” You can use the site for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive online games, for scientific applications and for art and music. So try it out the next time you want to pick a number out of a hat! Thanks to Dawg Pound Girl for the lead.

Random Number Generator
https://www.random.org/

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Dribble for Inspiration

10 May

Are you looking for creative inspiration? Why not look at the work of others to spark your creative juices? You can share your work here too! Dribble is a place to showcase your illustrations, sketches, icons, greeting cards, photography, web, email and interface designs for the world to see. 

https://dribbble.com

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Free PDF to Word Converter

8 May

I discovered a free online tool that scans a PDF and converts it to a Word (.docx) quite acurately. I have tried other tools of this nature in the past but this is solid because it can do many pages at once. However since it’s free the system will make you wait up to 30 minutes for the conversion unless you want to purchase the actual software. They ask for your email address when uploading your file so they can tell you when it’s ready.

InvestInTech PDF to OCR:
- Files of all sizes can be sent for conversion an unlimited number of times
- All pages in the document are converted
- Both scanned and standard PDF files are supported
- Even complex PDF files with forms, tables, images, non-standard layouts etc. are converted accurately
- It’s free but your email address is required and you will view some ads while you wait

http://www.investintech.com/pdf-ocr.htm

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What is Freebooting?

3 May

What is freebooting? Why does it matter? How can you do your part to stop it? The definition of freebooting is the act of downloading a form of media that someone else made and uploading it as their own. Another way to put it, it’s a process of stealing someone else’s creative content on a social media platform like YouTube, and passing it off as your own on another like Facebook. You basically cut of the branding or edit a video to make it your own. Check out this YouTube video by Brad Burke of SwankyBox that explains the impact of freebooting. What do you think about it?

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Use FlightAware On Your Next Trip

25 Apr

Do you need to check if your flight is delayed? Are you planning a flight and want to look up routes? Do you want to check the weather before you fly to your destination?

The website says, “FlightAware provides live flight data, airport delays, fuel prices, FBO reservations, weather maps, flight planning, flight routes, oceanic tracks, and navigation charts, as well as aviation news and photos to over three million users.” As you can see, the site is a great resource if you are planning a trip so your flight goes off without a hitch.

http://flightaware.com/

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10 Things You Can’t Learn Online

15 Apr

It’s tough to remember what it was like before the Internet. I recently saw an image that was being passed around that talks about things you can’t learn online and I thought I would share it with you here. Do you have any to add? Do you think this is accurate?

10 Things You Can’t Learn Online
1. Small talk
2. Conversation
3. How to read social cues
4. How to read non-verbal behavior
5. How to cooperate with others
6. How to deal with free time without staring at a screen
7. Eye contact
8. Phone skills
9. How to relax and use leisure time
10. How to be present and interact mindfully in the moment

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The Social Times Is Calling

8 Apr

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat or Instragram the Social Times has the latest on your favorite social media news. I stumbled upon this site and it’s one on my recent favorites and I think you’ll enjoy it too!

http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/

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Find Similar Or Opposite Words

28 Mar

Are you struggling to find a similar word to break the monotony of your writing style? Do you need the opposite of a word to do just the same? Word Hippo gets you on the right track when you need word inspiration.

On this site, you can find the: meaning of, rhymes with, sentences with, plural of, singular of, past tense of, present tense of, verb for, adjective for, adverb for, noun for, similar of and opposite of a word. You can also translate from English or translate to English here. Furthermore, you can discover words starting with, words ending with or words containing other words on this site. Check out Word Hippo!

http://www.wordhippo.com/

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