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The card’s in the mail … or is it?


The first post I read today gave me quite a chuckle and a sigh of relief. I Forgot to Mail Your Card Today, Mary pretty much summed up my life. Like Ruth, I usually buy cards in advance and then get to them shortly before the event. Many times, however, I scratch my head and wonder – did I already send the card? If not, where is it? If so — what was it?

Mailboxes on a dirt road in ColoradoSad to say I’ve had recipients of my lovely cards wax and wane about the humor, beauty or uniqueness of the ‘said’ card as I stand on the other end of the phone wishing we were on Skype and I could get a glimpse of this work of art!

And I have been known to send out a second card with a note inside saying “In my mind I already send a birthday card to you but since I’m not sure if I actually sent it, here is another one filled with love and happiness.”

Not only do I get chuckles, I often get a phone call telling me how wonderful it was to receive two birthday cards from me!

Now, I know with Ruth’s post and my plethora of experiences, that you must have had something like this happen to you too – right? If you can remember it, feel free to post and give us all a chuckle!

A Decade of Technology Changes: What’s Next?


Do you ever wonder what’s the  next new thing to be invented, reinvented, produced and delivered to us? Ten years ago, blogging was something a handful of people did. Now companies, CEO’s, universities,  presidents, grandmas, cpu and monitoremployers, movie stars, quilters, news stations and teachers all have a reason to put their words in a post and hit the publish button.

I worked with a brilliant guy in my past and I often asked him this question – what’s the next new thing? Years ago he told me about a new concept called Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) which was difficult for me to grasp at the time. Now, I use VOIP with Skype and my phone.

What’s the next new thing?

When I first browsed the web, Netscape was the only choice…Amazon was a place far away and Google was a funny word.

AOL had the market with the disks they mailed on a regular basis so we could connect to the internet.  Connecting to the internet meant dialing a certain number where everything took it’s own sweet time. While the computer was connected, the phone was unavailable.

In the past ten years, I’ve seen flash (or thumb) drives replace cds (which replaced floppy discs). With each year, the amount a flash drive holds increases and will soon be able to hold a terabyte of memory!

The big deal ten years ago was the Blackberry. Now a Blackberry is old fashioned compared to the iPhone family that continues to ‘wow’ the world. The ‘land line’ is a thing of the past as our children subscribe to cell phone use only. I recently discontinued my land line due to the cost and the handful of calls that I received.

Back then a chat was something I did over the phone – today it’s a text using dozens of acronyms. The preference seems to be to send a text rather than make a phone call.

We no longer need a VCR recorder because of programs like Tivo and On Demand that allow us to record a host of programs to watch at a later time. In fact, we can  skip watching TV and tune into our computers and watch our favorite programs on Hulu and other such programs.

Our televisions have gotten flatter and wider as have our computer screens.

Film cameras are no longer produced and digital cameras are being replaced by cell phone cameras.

A decade ago I was so cool jogging with my neat yellow Walkman. Cassettes were soon replaced by compact discs and now, thousands of songs are downloaded into a device as big as my thumb or onto my cell phone device.

Books were either hardback or paperback. Now, we have to decide if we want to use a Nook, Kindle, Sony, or some other type of e-Reader. Libraries are in the process of going virtual as well.

A social network was a gathering of people, like you might find at church or on a Friday afternoon meeting face to face, perhaps. Online social networks like My Space, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and other sites allow many people to connect via their fingertips. They share videos, photos and information for their friends and family to see across the miles or across the world.

Oh my goodness! So much has changed, evolved, and emerged in so little time. What’s next?

If you know or think you know, let me know!!!

Blogging 101: Something Wild & Crazy


You know – we’ve all been blogging for the past year and we’ve become a community of writers, bloggers, friends and fans.

I’m wondering if we can take this to a new level? By this time, blogging probably isn’t scary any longer like it once was and I propose we try something different and intimidating. Like putting our voice out there (podcasting) or connecting with each other using Skype or creating and posting videos (called video logs or vlogs) or creating an online conference where we can connect, collaborate and grow something unique.

What else? Maybe we can begin a blog where we all add a paragraph or post a photo and all create a story around it?

My blogging friends are an amazing group of writers and we each bring something new and wonderfully unique to our posts. We write about fashion, home, family, travel, hopes, dreams, illness, education, humor and even cemeteries.  We support, unite and encourage each other.

Maybe we can go out and find new bloggers and follow them, add comments and share insights. Remember how cool it was when we first started and someone subscribed to our blog. ‘Way Cool!’

Would you care to be a guest on my blog? I’d love to have you write for me sometime. Care to visit me online and we can create a podcast. Even with these ideas I’m not thinking big enough … this is where groupthink comes in handy!

I suppose it’s because I’m on the edge of this lovely cliff and I want to stretch my arms and soar like an eagle but I want to do it with others and compare our flights, thoughts and observations. And I want to see what photos you took and you can see mine. I want to show you the video of me leaping with my mouth wide open to catch the air. And I want to see your face too.

Guess I’m just crazy but sometimes that’s a good thing, isn’t it?

What shall we learn today?


Have you ever blogged? Ever read a blog? I believe that bloggers are part of the cutting edge learners and teachers. We use a new medium to share thoughts, art, learning, content, photos, videos and so much more.

The content we share is ‘in the moment’ unlike newspapers and textbooks which are already outdated before they are read or sold.

Online collaboration can be the best method of learning possible. The collaboration platforms (Skype, Collobrate, Illuminate, Oovoo and many more) allow us to connect using audio and/or video instead of using the written word.

Podcasts are a great way to learn new information, whether it’s how to paint a house, fix the sink, write an essay, understand your child, get a laugh, learn a new language, improve your finances, enhance a marriage, raise your teens, find a soul mate, lift weights, eat right – you’ll find that and more when you listen to audio and video podcasts. All free, all amazing!

The web is vast… where shall we go next?

 

Come Down from the Blog Cloud!


Blog writing is an amazing experience and allows me to showcase books, conferences, photos, videos and get your ideas and comments. However, what’s really important is to continue to find ways to interact face-to-face.  I’ve met wonderful people all over the world … and would love to meet up with some of them for a hot cup of tea. Think we can make that happen?

Perhaps we can discuss books? Or take a walk and exchange ideas on gardening, children, writing or singing. That’s the wonder of personal engagement… it just flows, doesn’t it?

Are you a small business owner? What’s that like? Do you make jewelry, write books, paint houses, dig ditches? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to meet and discuss with others who share your interests?

Maybe we can have Skype meetings? Share videos? Create podcasts? Send postcards?

Or maybe we just keep sharing our words right here and now. What do you think?

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The internet is full of priceless videos from Youtube, Daily Motion, Viemo and others where you can locate your favorite songs, listen to college professors, watch someone make a pie, learn how to  paint a house or publish a book. Actually, anything you need to learn or understand can be found somewhere on the web!

Skype and Oovoo are sites that allow you to see who you’re talking to in real time. I always think of Jane Jetson on the Saturday morning cartoons when she sat in front of a computer screen and saw the person she was talking to. That image always stayed with me and now “I am Jane!”

Using Skype, I can call and see my friend in the mountains or my sister in Ireland for free. Last month I downloaded Oovoo and there were 4 family members on my laptop screen all talking away!

Watching videos on Ted is a great way to learn life lessons from people who are reaching out and bringing back new ideas, possibilities and hope. Ted has a wide range of interests including entertainment, technology and science and business. There is something for everyone presented by the most amazing people.

If you go to Hulu you’ll have the ability to watch yesterday’s TV show on your pc.  If you’re traveling or stuck somewhere, it may be a good time to catch up on that mindless program that will help you pass the time.

At Online Video Guide (OVGuide) you’ll get a list of the cream of the crop videos. Why trudge through mud when this site can help you find the finest videos around?

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Pass the Skype please


 

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My sister was at my table for dinner last night. It was a real treat because she was in NY and I was in Colorado. We were able to share stories, toast our drinks, laugh, and make plans. The only thing was I couldn’t reach across and taste her apple cobbler.

Have you used Skype yet? It’s the kind of technology that opens doors, windows and removes barriers.  I can wish Happy Birthday to my sister in Ireland, watch the Discovery blast off with my brother in Florida or watch my niece make pizza for her family in NJ.

I can watch my family grow up, move to new places, celebrate accomplishments, and feel as if I’m there.

Skype is free. You need a camera and a microphone which most laptops already have.

If you use it, let me know what you think.
If you don’t you don’t know what you’re missing!

Using Skype to stay connected


It’s been a VERY long time since I visited my brother (or he’s come to visit me). And I miss him.

So, it was a pleasant conversation we had last week when we both connected via Skype.

Imagine me in Mead Colorado chatting with him in Tampa Florida!

We chatted, visited, laughed, snorted, observed, got tours of each others houses, saw the nieces, met the dog, checked the oven, looked at the pool and smiled — yes, lots of smiles.

We save money on phone bills and save minutes because Skype uses VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) and calls for free to anyone in the world who also uses Skype on their PC. We also have the ability to sent instant messages.

It’s easy to set up, and the search feature to find your other Skype users is simple. In order to connect with someone, you send them a request and they can say Yes or Deny the Request. This is important because you have that choice as well and can block others from ‘Skyping’ you.

My friend connects with her Peace Corp family in the Dominican Republic and gives them English lessons!  In return, they dance for her. Skype is a bridge to people, ideas, lessons, entertainment, classrooms and so much more.

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I love it – Thanks Skype!

Introducing Skype into the classroom


With the use of Skype, a free video program … a student can attend a class from the comfort of his car, her living room, their conference room, in an airport, hospital, fire station, breakroom or whereever an internet connection can be found.

In fact, using this free technology, the student becomes the teacher and can take control of the learning environment, add relevant information, links to existing data, photos, videos and much more.

Skype makes virutal learning come alive. Simple and free. 

Invite an author into the classroom using Skype.

Take a field trip to an art museum in another country, using Skype.

Turn on Skype and teach a language to students in another country.

Teach a foreign language locally and then take Skype to that country so the students can see and hear the language in action.

Invite several classrooms to attend at the same time — make it a global environment!