Saturday, June 12, 2010

BP World Cup 2010 ... How do we convert gallons of oil to FIFO points?

Group C                             MP   W    D    L      Pts

     BP                       0     0     0     0      10,000,000(gal)
     Slovenia             0     0     0     0      0
     Algeria                0     0     0     0     0
     United States      0     0     0     0     -27

As I am sure all of you are already very well aware the US is playing BP today at 1:30pm CT. However, since BP starts with a 10 million gallon advantage, and with at most 3pts available per game, and overlooking for now the uncertain conversion factor from gal to FIFA Pts, it looks as if the US are in for a bit of a beating. They are expected to return home with their heads down, tails between their legs, lead (or mercury perhaps) in their hearts, a mysterious achy feeling in their right toe, and miles and miles and miles (in units of miles-squared - or even miles-cubed) of black slime on their beaches.

Many thanks to Michael for creating this score card and analysis!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Medal List - Third 3 Grade New Hope Solebury Upper Elementary School UES Assignment

Dates For The Assignment Reporting Period
* February 12
* February 13
* February 14
* February 15
* February 16
* February 17
* February 18
* February 19
* February 20
* February 21
* February 22
* February 23
* February 24
* February 25
* February 26
* February 27
* February 28

Logan has far, nada!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

$8,000 tax credit - Do you qualify? Lemme know if it works!

The $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers...provided by zillow, but does it work for you?

Do I Qualify?

Friday, April 3, 2009

My House Is On the Market! 35 Parchment Dr. New Hope, PA 18938

For more information, visit the link below:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mercedes Benz iPod connection/dock connector mystery solved! Make the ipod work in your car-recognize the iPod & finding the AUX mode

The Mercedes Benz iPod Connection Mystery...SOLVED!
How to make the iPod Show up on your dashboard in under 2 minutes... I just got a new 2009 c300 sport...yes, I know...poor me! After spending a week and a half on Google, (re)reading the (formerly missing on 2008 and earlier models w/ a factory installed iPod connection in the glovebox) iPod for Mercedes manual...and rereading it...

I went to the dealer, and finally found out what everyone else was missing or not answering on the other sites! If you don't have a multimedia package or navigation system (i.e. steering wheel controls the dashboard display and phone & the area above the cd player is occupied by a screen with your radio stations, cd titles, etc), then this $375 option may seem like a $375 pointless glove compartment cable. It's remarkably simple...and yes, you don't have to go to the dealer and have their entire service department laugh like it's so funny you couldn't figure it out (really, it's not that easy if you don't know how get to AUX...and there's no AUX button by the buttons for the radio, disc, tone, etc).

How-to make it work!
  1. Have car on (at least the battery should be on...aka key position 2 or engine on)
  2. Plug ipod into dock connector in your glovebox
  3. On the buttons below the cd player, select disc
  4. *important* Think of that round knob (that has buttons with "back" and "clear" on either side of the knob) by your shifter like a joystick-- it moves clockwise, counterclockwise, can be pushed in, AND Can be pushed forward, toward the windshield, back toward the back seats, left toward the driver, and right toward the passenger seat.
  5. Push that knob back (toward the back seats) and you'll see "mp3" or "cd" on the left and "Sound" on the right.
  6. Select the left CD (or whatever you see on the lower left side of the screen) by pushing down (the usual in/down, toward the road) and then turn the wheel clockwise or counter clockwise to change the items highlighted in the the very bottom, you will find AUX! Push the wheel down, and you've now selected AUX!
  7. Now, go back to your steering wheel, on the left side, press the left or right button and then scroll until the "audio" text appears, hit "ok," (in the center) and YOUR IPOD NOW WORKS!
  8. Each time you turn your engine off, you'll need to go back and do step 7 again ... meaning, back to the left side of your steering wheel, hit the right arrow button twice (at least, that's how I do it on my wheel based on the display on my dashboard), then "ok," then use the phone to navigate backward from the song you were just playing to the menus for larger sets of songs/podcasts/etc on your ipod.
  9. Using the up and down buttons on the left of your steering wheel you can select "Albums," "Artists," "Playlists," etc and hit "ok" in the center of the arrows to choose which ever selection you want (it's just like the menu construct for the iPod itself) and then narrow by scrolling with the up & down arrows, and hitting ok to get to the next.
  10. When you hit the last of the options to get a song/playlist/album, and you hit ok, the music will begin!

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Review of Wii Fit Bundle for Nintendo Wii

Originally submitted at Toys R Us

Get "Wii Fit" by turning your living room into a fitness center for the whole family with Wii Fit, We Ski, and a Reversible Balance Board Sleeve. This vigorous bundle includes everything for your family to get in top shape. We Ski takes you down the slopes. Wii Fit helps you hold the perfect yoga ...

One of the most impressive products ever

By Jessie--love to play, hate the gym from New Hope PA on 7/25/2008


5out of 5

Pros: Easy to learn, Gameplay, Challenging

Cons: Poor Graphics, No Online Play

Best Uses: Adults, Kids

Describe Yourself: Casual Gamer

I love this product because it's perfect for someone like me who never goes to the gym b/c all of the equipment is super-boring!

When I have a challenge, I thrive...the Wii Fit was worth the 3 week hunt! Not only is it a great workout (though dance dance revolution is a bit better for aerobic workouts in my experience), but it's a fun game that can actually keep my attention.

I'm 28, but my 7 year old enjoys it as much as I do (he was kicked off by the animated balance board a weekend or two ago for having exceeded the three hour workout limit :o) and it's great Nintendo will start undoing the couch potato damage they started back in 1984 (for those who can afford the expense of the console plus the balance board)


Saturday, December 29, 2007

On Ebay just today: 2 EAGLES vs BUFFALO Tickets Philly ENDZONE/SIDELINE 12/30 - (eBay item 230207979075 end time Dec-30-07 11:04:57 PST)

2 Awesome Eagles Tickets - Eagles Endzone/Sideline Seats!
I'm trying to just break even due to an Xmas present that didn't work out in the end!!!

Super-Hard to Find for the Eagles home game in Philly at the Lincoln Financial Stadium, for:
Sunday, December 30th Game against the Buffalo Bills!
Section 106 Row 23

These are amazing seats for any Eagles fan...
Right between the Eagles Sideline & Endzone!!!

Tickets will be available at the Lincoln Financial Field and information for pickup will be provided upon payment for tickets (Paypal only!!!)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Holiday Time: Solar Powered MP3 Charger, SOLIO Universal Portable MP3 Charger

For an eco-conscious gift, this solar powered gadget is awesome...whether the recipient is an eco-conscious individual won't even matter here :o)

Solio™, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products at home or on the move, anywhere under the sun.

Solio is a Hybrid because it can accept power from either the wall socket or Sun storing this energy within Solio's internal rechargeable battery. Solio then uses this energy to power your gadgets at the same rate as if they were plugged into the wall. Solio will also hold its charge for up to a year.

Solio limits your need to purchase and carry around multiple chargers for all of your gadgets and is your one stop charging solution for all of your products from cell phones and iPods, to digital cameras, game players, and GPS.

One hour of sun will give you enough juice to play your iPod™ for about an hour or provide up to 25 mins of additional talk time on most cell phones.

When fully charged Solio can store enough power to charge a typical cell phone or an iPod Nano at least two times. Have you plugged into the Sun lately?

Provides emergency power for your mobile gadgets anywhere you go.

  • Provides an emergency power source when away from power outlets.
  • Adapter tips allow you to power multiple gadgets with a single charger ( tips for most products included in pack.)
  • Works with multiple gadgets, including mobile phones, iPhone™, Bluetooth® headsets, smartphones/PDAs, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, digital cameras, GPS and much more.
  • Reusable - use it again and again.
  • Compact lightweight design - convenient for travel or emergency use.
"Solio Classic Hybrid Charger offers the greatest range of compatibility with your devices, right out of the box! Your Solio includes: Click on tip for compatibility. o Adapter tip system cable o USB Port Replicator tip (powers iPhone and iPod) o Mini-USB tip o Nokia tip o Sony Ericsson tip o Samsung tip o LG tip o Global travel charger with US/UK/EU/AU-NZ adapters o Window suction cup o Instruction manual Award-winning, compact and versatile - Solio stores power from the sun or socket; freeing you to recharge your mobile phone, iPod and other handheld devices anywhere, anytime. A fully charged Solio will recharge the average phone up to two times, or give you up to 15 hours of MP3 music. Solio's intelligent internal circuitry and Adapter Tip System lets you charge devices at about the same rate as their dedicated wall chargers." Tech Specs

"Give it to me straight"

Solio Classic

  • Rated Output: 4 -12V, 0 - 1 Amp (max)

  • Solar panel output: 155mA @ 6V

  • Weight: 5.6 ounces

  • Internal Battery: Rechargeable 3.6 volts, 1600mAh lithium-ion

  • Wall charger: 6v / 420 mAh Global travel adapter with US/UK/EU/AU/NZ adapters

  • Dimensions (LxHxW): 4.7 x 1.3 x 2.5 in.

  • Temperature Range: -20°C to 55°C ( -22F to 131 )

(Photos from Neiman Marcus --where the device can be purchased in the sweet piano black color shown in the second image!)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Tree Life Extending Formula- Recipe Courtesy of the USDA Forest Service


When you get home, re-cut the end of the tree by 1 inch and let it stand in a bucket of the "Christmas Tree Life Extending Formula" (recipe below) until you’re ready to bring it indoors. Fill the tree stand reservoir twice a day (morning and evening) with the remaining mixture.

"Christmas Tree Life Extending Formula"

2 gals. of hot water
2 cups corn syrup
2 oz. liquid bleach
2 pinches epsom salts
1/2 tsp. borax
1 tsp. chelated iron (garden shop)

How does this "Christmas Tree Life Extending Formula" work?
The corn syrup provides sugar, which allows the tree to soak up a lot more water than it normally would. Without sugar, only a small amount of water is absorbed by the branches and needles. You can expect the tree to soak up 1-1/2 gallons of the recipe during the 10 to 14 day period your tree is up, which is about 800 percent more water than it would have absorbed growing in the forest.
The boron (in the borax) makes the water and sugar move to every needle of your tree. The epsom salts and chelated iron provide magnesium sulfate which helps chlorophyll production, keeping your needles green. Bleach stops mold from forming when water and sugar stand too long in the tree holder.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Apple - Hot News - iPhone SDK

A Message from Steve (you know his last name):

Apple - Hot News: "Third Party Applications on the iPhone Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers."

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.
Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.
We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.
P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Eddie Izzard: From Dressed To Kill

For Politics of Sexuality Course Meeting:

Religion ala Eddie Izzard:

Do you have a flag?


Thursday, July 5, 2007

Bob's Birthday! I can't forget to make reservations-Fogo de Chão

Don't let me forget to call asap! His birthday is July 13th! AHHH!

Welcome to Fogo de Chão: "Philadelphia
1337 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

Friday, June 29, 2007

Today is a good day to buy a cell phone (the iPhone effect on every other wireless service/phone co.)

Here's one that's a perfect, caught me off guard, sorta illustration of "The iPhone effect":

The Motorola MING is an unlocked phone with all sorts of crazy-fun stuff, AND IT'S UNLOCKED! No contract required to get the phone at $289.99

Ming Unlocked Cell Phone
(and I thought just holding out on my t-mobile contract renewal would be smart....we'll see about that just might be irrelevant)

Motorola MING--Fast and Elegant
Ming Unlocked Cell Phone The Motorola A1200 MING phone combines eye-catching style with Linux-powered PDA substance. With its 2.4-inch touchscreen and 1 GB memory capacity, this phone has it all. Best of all, it's unlocked.

(Click the phone to go to Amazon--where I found this crazy deal!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The funniest "inspirational" poster...made my day...and not an easy day to make today!

Make your coworkers (or whoever encounters you on a daily basis) happy...I found this one using stumbleupon, but hang it somewhere (cubicle, office, make an iron-on and wear get the drift)'s just funny like that!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Photos from Bob's Dad's Wedding

I'll have to elaborate on one of them later- but to see the album, click below:

Terry AND Gloria's Wedding

The one that needs more context is one of the funniest photos of "Americana" that you have to view and "look" for the uh...gravitas!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Webkinz Locator - Newtown PA

Webkinz in Newtown, PA
Store Locator Guide PA

or try

Searching here - finally resorted to it after driving around Bucks County for hours!

22 S STATE ST NEWTOWN PA 18940 215.579.1060

408 SOUTH STATE ST NEWTOWN PA 18940 215.860.3601

317 S STATE ST NEWTOWN PA 18940 215.497.9057

2833 S EAGLE RD NEWTOWN PA 18940 215.953.6800

2833 SOUTH EAGEL RD NEWTOWN PA 18940 215.968.6850


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Webkinz Locator Lahaska PA - Peddler's Village

Peddler's Village ( Lahaska, PA)
Store Locator Guide PA

or try

Searching here - finally resorted to it after driving around bucks county for hours!

You can find Webkinz plush toys at the following locations:

69 PEDDLERS VILLAGE LAHASKA PA 18931 215.794.8292

US RT 202 & 263 SHOP 78 LAHASKA PA 18931 215.794.7572


Friday, April 13, 2007

Webkinz Locator Doylestown PA (since the site is screwy and won't let me bookmark!)

Store Locator Guide PA

or try

Searching here - finally resorted to it after driving around bucks county for hours!

Doylestown, PA

You can find Webkinz plush toys at the following locations:
1814 SOUTH EASTON ROAD DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.348.0877

1057 N EASTON RD DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.766.7800

5 S MAIN ST DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.340.9395

5 S MAIN ST DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.340.9395

595 W STATE ST DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.345.2238

4373 W SWAMP RD DOYLESTOWN PA 18902 215.345.0710

200 WEST STATE ST DOYLESTOWN PA 18909 215.345.7123

462 N MAIN ST DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.345.8055


DOYLESTOWN PA 18901 215.345.8055


Sunday, April 1, 2007

MacGyver Tip: Make paint dry faster from Lifehacker

Can't go wrong here, love MacGyver references and DIY...

Lifehacker, the Productivity and Software Guide: "MacGyver Tip: Make paint dry faster

Ever heard that old adage that 'a watched pot never boils'? Wrong, suckas - and it applies to paint, too.

Here's the thing: the more you watch paint dry, the faster it will dry. In fact, more and more studies are coming out to prove this theory - including the official Watch Paint Dry webcam, a scientific project that has been opened up for the first time to the public at large. Be sure to take advantage of this new technology if you have any kind of painting tasks coming up soon. — Wendy Boswell
The Official Watching Paint Dry Webcam
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* Webcam,
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Why Intelligent People Tend To Be Unhappy | Clipmarks

clipped from
in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
- Ernest
Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel laureate (1899-1961)
develop along four streams: intellectual, physical, emotional (psychological)
and social. In classrooms, the smartest kids tend to be left out of more
activities by other children than they are included in. They are
"odd," they are the geeks, they are social outsiders. In other words,
they do not develop socially as well as they may develop intellectually or even
physically where opportunities may exist for more progress.
tend to believe that intelligent kids can deal with anything because they are
intellectually superior. This inevitably includes situations where the
intelligent kids have neither knowledge nor skills to support their experience.
They go through the tough times alone. Adults don't understand that they need
help and other kids don't want to associate with kids the social leaders say
are outsiders.

Why Intelligent People Tend To Be Unhappy | Clipmarks

Blogging in College: The Gender & Pop Culture Blog Experiment

Blogging in College: The Gender & Pop Culture Blog Experiment: "Blogging in College: The Gender & Pop Culture Blog Experiment

The home of the big blog experiment! 27 students enrolled in Gender & Popular Culture (Women's & Gender Studies) at The College of New Jersey. Each student has chosen a topic of interest, which is within the broad category of pop culture. Each student's blog is the primary element of this (on-campus, non-distance/online learning) course, which is where s/he will examine his/her topic of choice through the lens of gender. Please visit their blogs and feel free to leave comments!"

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Shopping...awesome ecofriendly site for hot clothing!

Blogging mainly so I don't lose the link (found it stumbling w/ stumbleupon) b/c they actually make pretty kick ass clothing--not your burlap-sack wear at all!

BTC Elements - your lifestyle store for eco-friendly, fairly traded products
BTC Elements - your lifestyle store for eco-friendly, fairly traded products

Friday, February 23, 2007

a feminist, lost in the patriarchy

Nice blog! Ah...I'm comforted by the knowledge of other feminists "somewhere" doing something :o)
a feminist, lost in the patriarchy

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Blogging in College: The Gender & Pop Culture Blog Experiment

In my absense from here...I've been having massive amounts of fun teaching this course :o) Check it out...all 28 students in my class are blogging about gender & pop culture (on topics of their choice). It's hardly a project that's beyond its beginnings...but there are some seriously talented students here :o) Feel free to give them feedback (post comments on the students blogs if you see something that you love, needs some tweaking, or perhaps a little direction....either about the content or the blog technicalities) :o) All expertise areas are welcome to participate...everyone can participate :o) I'll post more of the course materials once I know it's okay with the higher ups at school :o).
Blogging in College: The Gender & Pop Culture Blog Experiment

Friday, February 2, 2007

American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart 2006 - 2007 - General Donation

American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart 2006 - 2007 - Logan's Jumping Rope for Heart!
I realize this may be silly, but I'm posting his "web page" that he typed himself, in order to try to get some help with this event :o)
Hi Everyone, My son Logan is super-enthusiastic about this project...he's a kindergartener and it's just super-sweet that he's so into doing good stuff! The clip is straight from the site that they link in the emails, so you may want to go to (otherwise you might end up at's main site) .
I realize it's a reach, but if you could help, it would be awesome!!!

Friday, January 19, 2007

LOVE IT! Know me...know my attempts to MacGyver everything!

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No Dig Gardens (a REALLY cool site with great advice on improving raised bed gardening)

This site is great for those of us who live in an area that's not garden-friendly. I love container gardening on my deck and (since I live in a townhouse) my front "yard" ("s b/c it hardly qualifies as a yard due to years of property (mis)management company's awful choice in lanscaper/lawncare co) can be treated like a big container garden...I believe I will be purchasing some edging so I can really treat it like a raised bed/no-dig garden :o) Definitely check out this's got plenty of great ideas for all levels of green thumbiness ( word!).
No Dig Gardens are the quickest easiest method to get growing!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Better Later than Never...Bill O’Reilly vs the “coolest 8 year old girl in the world”

Read the Article Here:
The Cincinnati Beacon
How insecure is this man?
Honestly, he actually needs to discuss it on his show and bring in an "expert" for backup? Not exactly someone with a lot of um...balls?...intellect?...self confidence?...
you decide :o)
Watch Original Video

Then Watch O'Reilly's (um...she's is it still considered a...) Rebuttal:

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

NPR : Applying for Financial Aid

It just keeps getting worse and worse in US Education...
1. No Child Left Behind insures you're an idiot-consumer (My son's kindergarten classroom has a "smartboard...yes...the kind you'd see in a corporate conference room or on CNN--the big touchscreen monitor that the kindergarteners can doodle on it? Chalk, it's soooo 1900s, cold war era, it?...).

Actually, all the classrooms in the school have smartboards (or will have them soon) don't you think that's a great use of education/tax/$? It's a good thing there aren't any needy kids at poor school districts in the US...oh wait...there are...and kid has a 30k smartboard in his classroom?...yes, I'm the parent and I'm disgusted by this type of absurdity-induced spending by subtle federal encouragement (they barely contribute to the district's budget, so it's not like his school needs the federal dollars...they could deny them and be freed of the NCLB...but no...this district touts their smartboards as evidence of what a great district they are...and they don't need federal incentives to purchase expensive crap...they'd probably do it they have encouragement...

Where are the smarty-pants parents/teachers/admin pointing out the stupidity of smartboards in kindergarten classrooms? Guess I be all by myself in this one!

Back to the topic I was posting apologies for digressing!

2. College... interesting story (to listen to online) from NPR about the financial aid madness that grows increasingly confusing by the year!
Click the link below to listen to Michelle Singletary's report:
NPR : Applying for Financial Aid

A Digg of my own! Meet the Real Sacha Baron Cohen: Listen as BORAT meets NPR!

Digg - Blog: Meet the Real Sacha Baron Cohen: Listen as BORAT meets NPR!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Outlines of a Revolution - Feminism

A site that's awesome/scary...not sure how I feel about all of the graphics for "feminism"...some a bit too militarized for me...and definitely not for everyone..just thought I'd share my stumble :o)
Outlines of a Revolution - Feminism

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I just found my old ebay profile...hence the ebay ad was a product of this old profile

This one is pretty funny considering how outdated it is, particularly the links (I think Howard Dean as still a presidential primary hopeful at the time I made it!) hehehe...though thankfully aside from having longer, less blonde hair, I still look the same a few years later...that's kinda reassuring :o)
Click on my old ebay logo for the about me page (where I found the profile referenced above):

Friday, January 12, 2007

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Techno-interventions in meditation

Mindware Forum: Health
Check this one out! I love the relaxing mp3 guided meditations before bed, and here's a website dedicated to a ton of similar brain/mind/meditation meets techno for specific/general issues. The only thing that worries me about this one is the fact that we have no way of knowing what it is that the brain (if anything at all) is being told to do (i.e. what if the message is nothing at all positive). Sorry...not trying to be anxiety-woman, just the idea of these ones:

Too margaret atwood for me...though it's only titles that are sending scary signals to I'm hoping the innocuous titles are just that, innocuous! :o)

Monday, January 1, 2007

Eddie Izzard talking about Thanksgiving

Saw this one on Thanksgiving...and loved it!!!
Eddie Izzard talking about Thanksgiving

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy Fuzzy Holiday News! Amid Consumers Who'll Kill for wii-PS3-Moon Sand: YAY!!! Grassroots "Philanthropic Adoption" Program for Holid

From My Post on Digg (Click this text to digg it!)

14 days ago-31 kids remained on the Wishing Page of the 200-ish names of grassroots org's Adopt a Child for the Holidays in New Hope, PA. By Dec 19, 292 kids were sponsored! Organizers were surprised again on 19th by more $ donated during drop-off credit large part of success to their daily-updated web site w/ new wish lists newly adopted kids

More Details from my Clipmarks Post (Click to go here Pop! if you'd like!)

I am so impressed by my community I think it’s a "first" for me-feelings of happiness regarding my area as a collective group is not in recent memory. The reason I wanted to put this clip online was to give the orgs receiving presents a plug. Additionally, it's amazing to me that only 14 days ago they were looking for people to adopt the last 31 of the approx. 200 names received.

As of yesterday, the gifts were due and 292 kids were sponsored!
They're shopping today for EVEN MORE kids after they were unexpectedly handed a lot of $$$$ yesterday during the present drop off.

The project's 2 coordinators consistently updated this site from the start date w/ kids' wish lists beyond its end, attributing their web-usage to the amazing results.

This program has certainly made this holiday much more fun than it has been in the past. I just wanted to share some good news to brighten the holiday-outlook for a few others!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Completely Unique Recommendations for Holiday Shoping from Saltimbanca (unexpectedly found it--LOVED IT!)

Here's a great blog for anyone still shopping...such unique items w/ links for where to purchase (I'm not sure if she's selling any of them directly or not), but these are sure to be perfect for anyone in the under 30 crowd (and probably a hit with the over 30's too!). Check it out...I found it while searching for something else today, NAILED IT!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Shopping for ______(fill in holiday) is like an annual test of my sanity....need help?

I'm off the hook...kind of... this year with holiday shopping...due to those "philanthropic adoptees" I mentioned earlier...So what do you do when you have someone on your list to buy for who doesn't have nothing (yes...the double negative is intentional)? This shopping challenge is best left to the last minute...yes...last minute!
Here's the deal...
1. Why spend more time stressing when (if you've experienced this dilemma previously) you know you're not going to think of anything during the extra time anyway? Save yourself the stress toxic-whatever-the-hell-it-does-to-your-body! Instead...procrastinate! Or, think of it as...prolonging the inevitable for purposes of self-preservation :o). Works for me!
2. If you can't think of anything anyway...try something new...something you've never thought a mad libs for gift giving...
Think of the easiest person you've bought for in the last couple years and what the item was that you purchased.
Regardless of whether the easiest person liked the item (maybe it's better if they didn't seem to like it in this case), give the same type of item to the hardest person on your list!
3. Spa...
Chances are high that if you're stressing about gift-giving, so are the same people you're stressing over...and who wouldn't like a nice stress-relieving little something (or...if you're my Bob...a nice BIG stress relieving something! hehehe)...Check out
4. I'll do my best to duck out of hellish holiday shopping time to offer a new tip...if I'm capable of thinking of one!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

NEW! A career site for Women's Studies Graduates

Okay, so finally, I have managed (I think) to integrate a customized search engine (google's CSE) into a blog that has an embedded Google calendar, & I'm using RSS/XML feeds for job searching in conjunction with the specialized search engine! Woohoo! If you're in Women's and Gender Studies, then you may be (perhaps...) feeling happy too...since there's a huge gap in info for job hunting after you've gotten those pieces of paper! After doing my own job search and the whole networking thing, I decided to give this idea a try...wanna help me? I could use it!!! At this point, everything is public and can be edited and added to, so please, before some right-wing nut wrecks it for us, help me out over there!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Holiday Time: The best thing ever to happen to consumer capitalism

Well, with plenty of deadlines now quickly approaching, my (26 years of steadily decreasing) excitement over the holiday season is starting to dwindle. Rapidly shifting from enthusiasm to anxiety, the middle of December marks the time when my "Oh $@&$ what am I supposed to do first?" sends me into stress-world in quite a hurry.

This year, although I'm still feeling overwhelmed by the ever-growing number of items on my to-do list, I'm definitely on track for that Dec 24 deadline. Several new ideas for the holidays have been partially responsible for the fact that I'm actually taking the time on this Monday morning to post here (as opposed to the typical pacing I would be doing, until my floor cries out for mercy as I steadily wear down the path that marks my track).

First, I have "gotten off the hook" with 4 presents due to an “adopt a child for the holiday” program that my son's school district is sponsoring/coordinating. The hardest people on my list to buy for, partially make up this group of 4, who have generously offered to help with the effort to "be Santa" for approximately 4 (as of my last could be higher now) children. Therefore, they will not receive gifts from my partner and I this year, and instead I will be shopping for our "philanthropic adoptees" (as I've been enjoying calling them).

As glad as I am to be free from shopping for these kids (plus I'm well aware of the obvious ease of shopping for someone with nothing compared with shopping for someone who has everything---or could buy anything s/he wants, whenever s/he wants it), I'm faced with a little dilemma related to my "adopted" kids' wish lists. Do I show the same judgment (age-appropriate, avoiding gender-stereotyped gifts) that I try to employ when I shop for my son, or one of his friends (birthdays, etc)? In other words, I'd like some help with my current problem, which is whether a 6 year old who wants (let's say for the sake of the question) an iPod, be given an iPod. I don't want to reinforce the social pressures that make being different in my area horrifically difficult, but I also don't want to impose my parenting/political-economic beliefs on kids who are not really comparable to my own son in most ways. Should a munchkin ever get an iPod? I'm actually leaning toward buying it (even though it goes against most of my ideals). If a child may never have a chance to get one otherwise, shouldn't s/he have at least one awesome holiday-present-opening-extravaganza?

Let me know what you think...

Off to shower and shop (more) and find a cute dress...I still have my partner's company Xmas party to attend tonight (joy!).

Friday, December 8, 2006

The LinkedIn networking continues!!!

I can't believe that my first group (the first year I was an instructor at Douglass) of students at Rutgers University will be graduating this May!!! It's crazy to think of me (since I'm pretty close in age to the students) as having "former students" who are soon to be college graduates! Wow, it's making me feel old!!!

I can't officially announce any new position(s) yet, but I can say that I'm still conducting my "guerrilla-style" networking campaign on LinkedIn (just click here for my profile on the site....if you know me feel free to ask to join via LinkedIn's site); however, if you don't know me (b/c you'd need my first name, last name & email address to add me as a connection on the site), but you feel as though you may be able to contribute and or benefit from my rapidly expanding network of super-talented former undergraduate students, friends, and family members, just post a comment here and I'll email you with an invitation if it looks like you'd make a good addition (please include your title, industry, business name if possible, and why you'd like to be added).

The networking project has been such a success that I'm refining my criteria for inclusion (as of now there are only 2 or 3 people out of the group that aren't people I know from in-person experiences--and it's because they're top recruiters who just might be beneficial to anyone in the 'work) and that's why I'm asking for the info if you'd like to join.

Oddly, recruiting has made a comeback in a way that I never thought I'd see (my dad dealt with recruiters and headhunters in the 80s) after the early 90s. Because I keep getting requests via email (yes, if you post your resume on monster or career builder, recruiters will contact you for just about any job on the planet...even if you're not qualified...some are legit others aren't...and most of them haven't read my resume...otherwise they wouldn't be emailing me about jobs in areas requiring high-level IT skills). However, there are plenty of legitimate recruiters out there and they are definitely looking for people (apparently it's not so easy to fill a "pipeline" w/ ready to go candidates for careers in a particular field).

This set of legitimate recruiters (FYI in-house recruiters tend to be preferable to staffing/recruiting firms, and hiring managers top the in-house recruiters when it comes to decision making power)* along with many specialized (field-specific or industry-specific) firms are part of my linked in network. So many companies are looking for "new talent" and I figured I'd just continue building my network (since the inception of any project is always the hardest...continuing this one is totally manageable) to hook up my "former-student-talent" with jobs!

However, I'm very protective of my former students! I have an unbelievable group that will be graduating in May 2007, 2008, & 2009 (and former students who haven't joined yet, don't think I forgot about you, I just haven't had time to get to every spreadsheet from every semester I taught--plus a lot of email addresses bounced--just get invited via the link above and use the same email as you did when you had me for an instructor :). Plus, as I continue to teach (I'll say more about that topic later), there will be more years w/ graduations to come!

* Hahahaha... I had to invoke the asterisk! The deal with the in-house vs firm based recruiters is going to vary depending on your field, industry and the size of the company. A small company won't have an in-house recruiter or "Talent Development Specialist" (one of the many synonyms for their job title); additionally, if you're specialized in an area that isn't conducive to employer-related recruiters, there are recruiters out there that specialize in just about everything and anything, so finding a reputable one could be the key to your job search!

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

We've only just

Yes, in a world already overpopulated by blogs, I will begin my own. Please disregard the current deficit in my own posts, I'm just getting started! I'll be back later and, wow, I have so many topics to cover...I don't know where I'll begin!