today i took my ipad 2 to work. i let my kindergarteners experience the ipad. i downloaded an abc app for them to swipe through the letters as it said the letter and things associated with the letter. i work at a school located in a very low socioeconomic area of dallas, it is considered the hood, and so most of my kids will probably never experience an ipad. they were amazed and some didn’t know what i meant by “swipe it”. i also showed them the national geographic magazine app. beautiful pictures and awesome random information about the world around the globe. the world truly at your fingertips. but i just thought how great it would be if all my kids in my classroom had an ipad 2!
if anyone wants to donate 27 ipads to to my classroom for a group of kindergartners eager to know about the world around them…let me know! or if you know someone.
seriously! you receive not be because you ask not! :)
this video of a toddler using the ipad vs. a magazine has been floating around this past week. worth the watch:
a magazine is an ipad that does not work
i use to tell my brother that “wouldn’t it be great if i had like one card and i could keep everything in it?” like i didn’t need to carry around anything else but this one magical card. the other day i was using my iphone and i thought to myself wow, this is like my one card. i love my iphone so much that i have gifted the iphone two times before, you want everyone to experience it.
the other day i was hanging out at starbucks with a friend and we were playing with my ipad. on the photo booth app you can make crazy photos of yourself through distortions. we made ourselves so jacked up looking, and it was literally so laugh out loud funny! we were cracking ourselves up. and of course there are more intelligent things to do with your ipad. but it’s just this awesome little device.
and then there is the music. in college everyone had white strings hanging from their ears. back then i couldn’t afford an ipod, but i knew it was something special. as a teenager i was that kid that walked around with headphones on my head all the time, and when the ipod came along it became cool to walk around in public listening to music. as a music lover the luxury of having music at my finger tips is like the best thing ever! in the mornings when i wake up i plug my iphone to speakers and turn on my ipod blasting loud and get my day started.
as a creative you want to create things that changes people’s lives in someway. thanks to steve jobs for having vision and for being a creative genius.
and you should too!
got this in my email inbox on friday.
my local borders is closing. this is tragic. i frequent the place. i own a kindle, but there is nothing like a physical book.
in the future there will be no such thing as a brick and mortar bookstore.
in the future maybe the only thing brick and mortar will be the homes we live in.
happy friday! i am home on this lovely evening in texas. it hit 70 degrees! awesome weather for winter. my friend in new york told me he was snowed in yesterday. but it’s a matter of enjoy it while i can, things suppose to get cold on tuesday.
i finally updated my iphone. my iphone 3 had become very slow after i updated the os. it was very annoying. i am in love with my phone again! i am currently using the wordpress app to post this blog!
coming up soon a post inspired by the situation. yep, the guy from the jersey shore on mtv. i recently read something really profound from him in glamour magazine that stuck with me and i want to share. when i get time i will write it up. inspiration is everywhere!
but this weekend i will spend my time writing my column for the dallas morning news that is due this monday. i have no idea what i am going to write about…this.is.not.good. i will spend time studying the clouds and it will all be revealed. haha! i wish!
but here are some snapshots from my phone for a look into my phone life:
i am a huge google fan. i use a lot of their services. they have a new website called teachparentstech.org and it’s quite cool. basically you send your parents information on how to do computer things, like cutting and pasting. they claim the “site was built by a few folks at Google to help keep tech support a family business.” thankfully my parents are pretty good at the computer. we’ve had one since i was like 5, and i am almost 30 now. but good site to pass on to your parents, if they are new to it all.
it’s december 1st. it is world’s aids day today. and i will post a special post concerning aids later on today.
so as i wrote yesterday i got a new cam! the nikon coolpix s1000pj. so far i love the little thing. but i’ve only had it for one day, so don’t read too much into this really quick review.
the picture above is the infamous bathroom self portrait. haha. i ran the picture through adobe lightroom. i am excited about the challenge/and possibility of getting awesome pictures out of this point and shoot. it has a built in projector. reason enough to buy it! you can project the pictures or the videos. tons of fun. no need to crowd around the viewfinder. i made a video and the sound and visual quality was good. look for some vlogs to show up on my blog! i haven’t read the manual…yet, but i was able to move around the camera quite fine. the interface wasn’t complicated. easy to use. i foresee a wonderful relationship with what i will call my mini nikon.
i am a nikon girl!
p.s. i know my hair is undone and i have no make up on in this pic, so don’t be hatin’! ;) but hey, it’s the real me.
my friend from new york says that i am too modest. as i’ve mentioned a couple times i am writing 4-5 columns for the dallas morning news for the upcoming year. everybody but me seems to be making a big deal about it. when my first column came out the other week a co-worker printed it out and blasted it on campus. the principal sent me an email of where the superintendent had a response to it. it was bit of a hoopla. it’s just that i’ve been writing almost all my life, and getting something published in a major newspaper isn’t what my writing is about, so while it’s great to have an audience it’s not what motivates me or excites me.
in response to my friend this entry is called “reason number 101 why i rock” which means i think there are at least 101 reasons why i think i rock. how is that for NOT being modest?
so what is reason number 101 of why i rock? this past weekend i fixed my dead computer with minimal help from my brother. yes, this makes me declare that i rock. i claim that i know everything that i know about computers from my brother. he is this computer genius, and always been the in house IT guy. he moved out, and not so accessible anymore. a couple computers i had before the one i have now i claimed that i built it. i did, with help from my brother. i bought the parts, with help from my brother. i assembled it, with help from my brother. this time i just called my brother and he pinpointed a hard drive issue. so i asked him what hard drive i should buy, and bought it myself, opened my computer case and went for it! he wasn’t at arm’s length to help me if i got stuck or screwed something up. i actually called him once and he didn’t pick up, but i figured out my own “stuck” issue by myself.
i replaced the hard drive and reinstalled windows, and that’s reason number 101 of why i rock! if only i wasn’t doing a million other things in my life i would so start a computer repair shop! ;) haha.
and for the record, what motivates me or excites me with my writing is when it moves someone, shifts their thoughts into a positive position, or gets them thinking about something that deserves thought. then there is the thing of writing even if no one ever reads it. it’s not about the audience but the writing. so while being published in the newspaper doesn’t make me want to shout it from the rooftops, doing something successful that i don’t do everyday makes me feel like superwoman! and everyone should know how powerful i am! oh yeah! and if you can’t handle this side of me just blame my friend from ny.
happy wednesday peeps! i hope you have at least 101 reasons of why YOU are THE bomb.
the other week i was riding in the car with my 5 year old nephew, dorian, and we had to stop for a train. while waiting for the train to pass he says, “i love seeing the train carts pass by.” i tell him that i believe they are called train cars and not train carts. but he is sure he is right, so i tell him that i will look it up online just to make sure. it’s like, if you look something up online that settles it. i find a post called Is it called train cars or carts? on answers.com, it’s one of the first results that come up in my search. there is a two word answer someone posted simply saying “train carts” and that’s it. i am not convinced. so i continue through my search results and end up at the mother of knowledge, wikipedia.com, and i find an entry called railroad car and it serves as confirmation that i was right. but to be sure, i type in “railroad cart” at wikipedia.com and Did you mean: railroad cars comes up. i know wikipedia isn’t perfect, but i trust the source. this whole situation bothers me. i am worried for generations to come. in the future there will be so much misinformation on the internet that it will be ridiculous!
TAKE MY ADVICE…
buy an external hard drive!
i haven’t blogged much in the past week because i’ve been without my desktop. i keep my desktop on all the time, and so i can just sit down at my desk and easily get work done. taking out my laptop is a chore for me. my desktop won’t boot, it seems like a hardware issue. i really don’t think it is a virus. i think my hard drive just went bad on me. i am not happy this has happened, but i am not devastated. all my music, photos, and writings are on my external hard drive. i am not in tears.
don’t trust your computer with all your creative work.
get an external drive.
my next step is to get online storage…can never protect your work enough!