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Welcome to Five Question Friday #5QF

5questionfridayRules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention…this is the important one)…HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, March 1st: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Deanna (@deannajw) from Musings, Julie (@newmanjulie), Sandy (@PardonMyDust) from Pardon My Dust, and Brooke (@HallBro) from Brook and Michael for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so come on over to my community or watch for my Thursday afternoon shout out for questions on Twitter and offer up your best question suggestions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?
Hmmm, I work full-time, go to school and am a Mama to three fab kids. I think I am productive every week. But I did attend a great Creative Teams Meeting on Monday and convert an oddly tab delimited text file into something more easily imported into SQL.

2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?
I’m ready for Spring but disappointed we didn’t get a really good snow. I would have enjoyed a snow day.

3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?
Both. I think I’m mostly extrovert now that I am older, but when I was younger I was mostly introvert. Although sometimes I really do wish I could be left alone. Ha.

4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?
I simply would go batty without either. I need music, it’s therapy, but I also need my Psych. Truly they both keep me sane.

5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?
Yes. There have been several people in my life that have scared the shnikes out of me. At the moment no, I’m intimidated by people but not scared. But in my past, oh yes, very much so.

Who is your pick for the big game tonight?

49ersfaithfulMy husband and my younger brother are faithful, diehard 49ers fans. So we’re going to be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers to win the Superbowl tonight.

But my post is for the kiddos. We have three kids, two of which might have more fun with some activity type games during the big game. Right?

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*All symbols from the Super Bowl Bingo boards are from The Noun Project collection.

Here are some sweet Facebook covers :)

Disclaimer that will not be needed, but I am going to say it just for preservation. I work for the University of Delaware and so there for I am a Flacco fan PLUS my Mom is Ravens fan, which means I will not cry if the 49ers should not win the game.

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Quick bit about the interwebs and keeping them open #freeandopen

Countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR (International Telecommunication Regulations) to bring the Internet under its control — the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners Lee, one of the “fathers of the Internet,” has warned that this could increase censorship online and invade our privacy.

Google has been at the forefront of a campaign protesting the closed-door nature of the summit and highlighting the threats it sees of increased censorship and regulation.

If the summit ends on December 14 with the ITU endorsing some of the most worrisome proposals, the date could mark the beginning of the end of the era of Internet freedom.

Among the versions of the treaty on the table are proposals that would:

  • Turn the Internet into a hyper-efficient surveillance machine. – Just like the standardization of everything from phone jacks to Internet protocols, standardization of DPI would help encourage dramatically more surveillance.
  • Create an Internet toll system – This would require content providers to pay to reach an international audience.
  • Open the door to poorly thought-out regulation – The Russia/UAE proposal gives member states “equal rights to manage the Internet, including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of Internet numbering, naming, addressing and identification resources.” If adopted, this would give states more control, and possibly make the Internet more difficult to use.

A group called WCITleaks.org created a website to enlighten the public on preparations for this meeting and is posting the documents which are submitted to them anonymously so they can be publicly available.

Folks here in the US should feel good in knowing that our government is attempting not to make this happen. In a rare bipartisan agreement, legislators warned the Obama administration against voting to increase ITU authority at this December conference.

This summer, Google, Amazon, eBay and Facebook announced their charter membership in a new lobbying group called the Internet Association, to join together to influence policy and assert their preferences on developing regulations.

I am sure you can see how these proposals could drastically impact the internet as we know it. If this concerns you as much as it concerns me, please make sure to speak up and speak loudly to the right people. Share this information and sign petitions, pass it along and pay it forward.

 

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Your lawn needs nourishment; Feed it with Scotts!

There is a commercial which plays on the radio nearly every morning on my way to work and it gets me every time. Oddly enough it is about  Scotts Snap lawn care. See the dude who talks in the commercial sounds like Mike Myer’s character, Stuart Mackenzie, in “So I Married an Axe Murderer” which is a favorite movie of mine. I guess the accent is Scottish? Either way I love it when the guy is talking about the lawn care product and he says “Feed your lawn today. Feed it.” All I can hear is the father from the movie and it cracks me up.

So our backyard has this one massively long plot of grass straight in the middle and then all around it is bare dirt. My husband has tried to get grass to grow, he’s put down seed, but thanks to the incline of our yard and the shade from the trees the seeds never take. So this radio commercial talks about how it doesn’t have to take rocket science to get your lawn to look nice. You  just need to follow Scotts® Snap® Spreader System which is four easy steps and then you’re golden…er green rather.

There’s no cutting, no opening and no pouring from heavy bags – no spilling or waste. You simply “Snap,” “Lock,” “Go,” and “Store.” So this gives you a way to use all of their products with one simple spreader tool which makes things even steven all along your yard. PERFECT!

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30 Hour Famine Social Media Outreach

Has social media made you more aware of others? Has it helped mold you into a more compassionate human being?

A Christian group, World Vision, has a program called 30 Hour Famine and they use social media to help market the campaign. But to take the social media approach one step further they also did some research to find out how much much pull the 30 Hour Famine project would have if pushed on Twitter or Facebook. Would social media have the outreach they need and would the people they get in contact with really care? I found the results to be quite interesting and even a bit uplifting.

According to this recent study by 30 Hour Famine, many teens claim their social networks have done just that. A group of 535 U.S. youth ages 13 to 17 years old were polled in January. Statistics which have been published from the results show that more than half of teens (55%) say social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have made them more aware of the needs of others. This is a huge increase from 2011 when a little more 4 in 10 (44%) said their use of social media made them more aware. The study also says 2 in 3 teens (68%) agree that the benefits of social media outweigh the risks.

According to the study, more than nine out of ten (91%) agree that it’s important to volunteer locally. At the end of this month, some 200,000 teens will go hungry as part of World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine to raise funds and hunger awareness. Since 1992, 30 Hour Famine has raised more than $150 million to fight world hunger. This is the fourth year World Vision has surveyed American youth to get a better idea of what they’re thinking. 30 Hour Famine has close to 30,000 Facebook friends.

“The jump in the number of teens who say social media sites make them more socially aware is a sign of the times,” says Regina Corson, Senior Vice President, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research at Harris Interactive. Michele Tvedt, World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine Manager says, “It’s exciting to see our youth using the tools at their fingertips like social media to have a direct impact on the world.” Tvedt has personally done The Famine for 13 years, adding up to more than 390 hours over the years.

While many teens will do 30 Hour Famine in late February, others will participate April 27th, 28th. Teens forsake food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world’s poorest children face. Prior to the event, teens raise funds by explaining that $1 can help feed and care for a child a day. Teens consume only water and juice as they participate in local community service projects (food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters). Last year’s 30 Hour Famine raised $9.5 million to fight hunger. This year’s goal is $10 million.

Tonight, almost 1 billion people worldwide will go to bed hungry. Almost 22,000 children die each day from hunger and preventable diseases. Chronic poverty, affecting half the people on earth, is the cause. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Funds raised this year for 30 Hour Famine will be sent to 10 countries including Haiti, the Horn of Africa, Burundi, Malawi, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some 30 Hour Famine funds also address poverty here in the U.S.

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Clipix gets the creative juju organized

It appears I’m not the only one feeling scatterbrained these days, because there have been more and more pieces of software and web applications appearing out there which help to organize ideas, thoughts and interests.

The latest one to crop up showing great potential is clipix.

So what you do is instead of physically clipping out magazine articles you just clip pieces of a web article and add it to a clipboard online that you customize. Everything stays on your clip panels and you can add categories to the panels at anytime.

This might seem familiar to other things you have heard about online but clipix allows you to keep items private if you want which is a new feature. Just set privacy on a board or on your entire account it is up to you and I think that is definitely an awesome feature especially if you are planning a party or a wedding and you’d rather not share all your creative ideas until after the fact.

You can rearrange and working online or on your phone. You can clip links, videos, pages you can’t get to reading yet and so in that respect you can use one clipboard to maintain an archive of bookmarks that you want to get back to and read when you have more time.

It’s a completely versatile way of getting your creative juju organized amongst other things. And if you think your friend would get used out of one of your clipboards just click the little person icon and share the whole board with them.

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Grease Monkey I knew you wouldn’t let me down

I’m an advocate of the new Facebook changes, at least so far. Anything more drastic than these week 3 September changes and I might get cranky, too. But the one thing I have found annoying is the damn rotating ticker in the right column. When you have a lot of friends that things spins like the freaking Price Is Right wheel; no joke.

So I turned to the userscripts.org page to see if Grease Monkey would be able to help. Sure enough there is already a s script out there which hide the rotating ticker. I have installed and turned it on and now when I open Facebook in Firefox while I’m on the computer in the office I no longer see the annoying spinning wheel.

I also use their Unfriend script which allows me to see who has unfriended me. I will admit this sometimes makes me angry, because I’ll see people unfriend me and I’ll wonder why. But hey everyone has their reasons. I also see when people have their profiles deactivated and reactivated. So for those of you who are far too nosy for their own good… uh… yeah, that script is cool. And if you know how to setup Grease Monkey and install these scripts they are interesting.

Not all of the user scripts work and some of them have mucked up my browser from time to time so be careful. There’s your warning. Cheerio!