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Cynthia on AwesomeCast 212: “Commercial Weeds”

Big Big Design Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:59pm

Please enjoy another fast-paced and super-informative episode of AwesomeCast with Cynthia joining the panel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42hLIfNYESY

Topics include:

  • An app that can help you with your to-do list; Timeful. – 2:40
  • A roku built right into a TV. – 5:15
  • The WWE Supercard app. – 10:20
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. – 15:15
  • A replacement for turntable.fm… plug.dj! – 26:30
  • HP building a $199 Windows laptop. – 31:20
  • A discussion on the usefulness of a laptop like that.
  • Google releasing another app for iOS; the Photo Sphere Camera. – 37:15
  • The role of social media in the situation in Ferguson. – 45:40
  • Changes to Facebook Likes and what information gets filtered on social media. – 57:00

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Cynthia on AwesomeCast 212: “Commercial Weeds”

Big Big Design Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:59pm

Please enjoy another fast-paced and super-informative episode of AwesomeCast with Cynthia joining the panel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42hLIfNYESY

Topics include:

  • An app that can help you with your to-do list; Timeful. – 2:40
  • A roku built right into a TV. – 5:15
  • The WWE Supercard app. – 10:20
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. – 15:15
  • A replacement for turntable.fm… plug.dj! – 26:30
  • HP building a $199 Windows laptop. – 31:20
  • A discussion on the usefulness of a laptop like that.
  • Google releasing another app for iOS; the Photo Sphere Camera. – 37:15
  • The role of social media in the situation in Ferguson. – 45:40
  • Changes to Facebook Likes and what information gets filtered on social media. – 57:00

The post Cynthia on AwesomeCast 212: “Commercial Weeds” appeared first on Big Big Design.

Wordless Wednesday

Bryan Hill's Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:30pm

Milann Ruff Daugherty BHS '64

Butler, PA Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:00pm
Your Affectionate Sonby Milann Ruff DaughertyWhen the author came across a box of yellowed letters in the bottom drawer of an old dresser, she discovered not only that the letters were all written by her great-great-uncle nearly one hundred and fifty years earlier but that they were a fascinating first-hand account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a young soldier.

Luke Skywalker Vs Link

Factpile - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:27am

FactPile: Luke Skywalker Vs Link

Suggested by Xornell A grand duel if ever there was. Legacy EU Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) at his peak vs Composite Link (Legend of Zelda). The battle will take place in front of the Jedi temple on Yavin IV and... Read More »

Categories: Entertainment

Tech Tuesday: Twitter Client

Bryan Hill's Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:30pm
Since having mobile devices, I have never really cared for Twitter's App. I have actually used close to a dozen different twitter clients on my Android devices, as of now my favorite for managing my twitter feed is Tweetcaster for Twitter. It is free, you are able to manage lists within it, it has muting features and I enjoy the fact that it has a web based interface for when I am at my desktop or laptop. Go to the link to download the app.

Tips on Preparing for College #JourneytoCollege

Everyday Baby Steps - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:25pm

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.

My oldest is 15 and is entering his Sophomore year of high school! Where on earth did the time go? I hold a Master's degree in College Student Personnel and have actually worked as a college academic adviser. I know quite a bit about the developmental stages adolescents experience in college, the kinds of coursework they should take for most programs and the kinds of struggles they may face adjusting to higher education. However, I must admit, that I don't have as firm a grasp on the college preparation process as I'd like. Particularly when it comes to my own child, who will be leaving the nest in only three short years. Just look at him. I sitll don't know when he became a young man. 

So when it comes to preparing him for college, I am quite glad to be able to access resources such as the KapMap College Planner for Kaplan Test Prep. It breaks everything down into a month by month, easy to follow visual calendar that we parents can use as a guide to follow when helping our kids to prepare for college admissions. The map actually advises to begin planning Freshman year. As a former college adviser, I do agree that there are many things you and your high school student can begin doing this early to get ready for college. 

Some recommendations to consider:

  • Consider leadership and volunteer opportunities. Colleges look for students with a wide array of interests and involvement. While there's no need to sign them up for every sport or to overextend them, it's a good idea to encourage your students to get involved in activities that genuinely interest them and to recommend they take on leadership roles. 
  • Establish good study habits. This cannot be over stated, truly. College students need to be far more self-directed in their studies, so it's a good plan to teach them early about ways to study effectively. 
  • Present yourself positively in social media. It's true. With all of its benefits, we all know that social media can have its downsides, as well. Remind your high schooler that future admissions officers, recruiters or hiring agents can view their social media history.
  • Think about taking the PSAT Sophomore year and begin studying the summer before. While not necessary, the PSAT is a good practice for the SAT, which a majority of colleges still utilize in determining admissions criteria. 
  • Stay in touch with the school guidance counselor. This is probably the best resource for your child when it comes to being in the loop regarding college prep. The guidance counselor can provide information on when to register for entrance exams, recommend college admissions software like Navlance to start researching schools and act as a personal reference on admissions essays. 
  • Begin visiting college fairs to get an idea of what's out there and what interests you. There may even be college fairs at your child's school. Chances are a local community college will hold one. These are a good opportunity to speak with college representatives and pick up school literature all in one stop. 
  • Study for the SAT and enroll to take it. Again, this test is the one most schools to consider when evaluating a student for admissions. 
  • Talk to other students who have gone through the process. If your chld knows an upper classman who has started college, advise them to chat with that person. Some firsthand knowledge is definitely beneficial. 
  • Senior year is the time to send out those college applications and to fill out the FAFSA for financial aid. There is now a common college application that is accepted at many schools, which helps to streamline the process. A good college essay is required, as well. These steps will take time. So start early in the year. The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is not as overwhelming as it sounds and can be completed online. 
  • Visit your top choice schools. If you can, it's a good idea to take a trip to visit the schools that are in the running so that you and your child can get a feel for which may be the best fit for them.

These are just a few of the highlights. The KapMap really goes into detail about how to prepare for college. Don't let it overwhelm you. It is very in-depth, but it's just a guideline. Approach the process in the way that works best for you and your child. There are some very good and thorough tips in this resource, though, and I must say I was impressed with the information. 

Besides the KapMap, you'll find more information from Kaplan Test Prep online:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Follow the hashtag #JourneytoCollege on social media sites to see what's new and what other bloggers are saying about Kaplan Test Prep

Also, you can Save $100 when you enroll in Kaplan's SAT and ACT course through 8/28.* Promocode: SHESPEAKS100.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.

Categories: Personal

A Church Adventure: Found it...

Bryan Hill's Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:20am

It's been a while since I have posted here, it's been a typical summer at the Hill household. We had a couple of camping trips earlier in the season and have spent some time at the pool, we have also continued in our Church Adventure. In looking back at my posts about our Church Adventure, I never really made it clear, that it eventually became a search for a new home church. I only reinstated the adventure, never really explained the details of why. 
Brenda and I had been praying about our church and our family in our church, we really struggled discerning God's direction. The thought of leaving our church family, where I was baptized as an adult, where Brenda attended as a child and teenager, and where we all grew so much in our faith and developed so many awesome relationships with our peers, was almost paralyzing, for myself anyways. I won't speak for Brenda, Bethany or Bridget.
Flash back to the summer of last year...There we were at a worship service leading into a Presbytery meeting hosted by our church, when the guest Pastor handed out one puzzle piece to each person in the congregation. Within her message, there was that moment, when she explained that it's okay that your  puzzle Piece just does not fit where you keep trying to place it...It was then that both Brenda and I looked at each other like a light bulb had just turned on. "A Church Adventure" was then "reinstated". For us, Discerning to start searching for a new home church was over. 
Back to present day...We have revisited a few churches since our visit at New Day back during the holidays and after considerable prayer, New Day is our new home church. We will certainly miss our church family at VPC, and the friends we have made there are dear to us. This search has been more difficult then I ever thought it would be, but with prayer and support from friends, church leaders and God's direction, we are excited for this new opportunity to love God, love others, and love to serve.
If you're new to my blog, and are wondering what the adventure is all about, you can click on the "A Church Adventure" tab at the top of this page, but then you will be viewing the posts in reverse chronological order. Here are the blog posts in chronological order:
A Church AdventureA Church Adventure: Week 1A Church Adventure: Week 2A Church Adventure: Week 3A Church Adventure: Week 4A Church Adventure: Week 5A Church Adventure: Week 6A Church Adventure: Week 7A Church Adventure: Week 8A Church Adventure: Week 9A Church Adventure: Week 10A Church Adventure: Week 11A Church Adventure: Week 12A Church Adventure: Week 13A Church Adventure: Week 14A Church Adventure: Week 15A Church Adventure: Week 16A Church Adventure: Week 17A Church Adventure: Week 18A Church Adventure: Week 19A Church Adventure: Week 20A Church Adventure: Week 21A Church Adventure: Week 22A Church Adventure: Week 23A Church Adventure: Week 24A Church Adventure: Week 25A Church Adventure: Week 26A Church Adventure: Week 27A Church Adventure: Week 28A Church Adventure: Week 29A Church Adventure: Week 30A Church Adventure: Week 31A Church Adventure: Week 52A Church Adventure: ReinstatedA Church Adventure: (with prayer request): “I love the horn!”A Church Adventure: A Mini BreakA Church Adventure: Expect the UnexpectedA Church Adventure: A Return VisitA Church Adventure: Found it...
Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this post and have a blessed week!!
You can also find my social network links at the top right of this page.

Victoria and Aaron’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:04am
On Saturday August 16, 2014 we were at The Crystal Room in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Victoria and Aaron. Victoria and Aaron were married at 3:30 pm at Holy Sepulcher Church on Rt. 8 in Butler. Guests began arriving at The Crystal Room at 5:00 pm where they enjoyed a large assortment of […]

West End School 1986 ~

Butler, PA Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:58pm
Thanks: Aryl Bashline

West End School 1986 ~

Butler, PA Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:58pm
Thanks: Aryl Bashline

The Theory of Everything

Factpile - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:41pm

FactPile: The Theory of Everything

“However bad life may seem, as long as there is life, there is hope.” Related Posts: No Related Posts

Categories: Entertainment

Pressed Penny Hunting

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:35am
So, all I have to say is...my husband is the greatest! He just lets me obsess over pressed pennies, and graciously lets me schedule weekend trips all around them. I've found that if I can incorporate a bike ride, he'll pretty much go where ever I want! (hehehe! shhhh!)
A couple weekends ago we went to Annapolis, Md so of course I had to get the single penny they had there. We did a scavenger hunt, and it just happened to be at one of the destinations. Woohoo!









 Travis and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary last weekend! We decided to go up to Erie PA for a couple days. On the way we stopped off in Meadville for some pennies at a place called Meadville Market House. It was a pretty neat little place. I wish I would of remembered to take some pictures. Outside they were having an artist market/farmers market. I happened to spy a table with a familiar graphic being displayed. It was of a shirt that I bought off of RIPT Apparel a while back that I LOVE and wear all the time! Here, it was guy that created the design, Mark Welser. I thought that was pretty dang cool that I randomly got to meet the guy!
Next up, the  Erie Zoo! It was ok. I think the Pittsburgh Zoo is better, and Living Treasures even better. It's so disappointing going to a zoo and not being able to feed the animals! Especially the giraffes! It was fun regardless. So cute! 

(heheh!!!)

We also made it over to Tom Ridge Environmental Center for a few of their pennies.I'd say it was a successful weekend as for penny collecting!

We ended up riding the Presque Isle bike trail look once on Saturday evening, then again oh Sunday.It was a great anniversary weekend!

Inside and out of a huge pipe organ!

Brain overflow ... here ya go! - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:31pm
A couple weeks ago I got to tour the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. They have a grand chapel with a HUGE...I'm talkin HUGE pipe organ! We got a special tour of it with a little concert. It was really cool! Just thought I'd share a few pics and videos from the day!


Kristen and Alex’s Wedding

Pifemaster Productions Disc Jockey - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:57am
On Saturday August 09, 2014 we were at The New Englander in New Castle Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding reception for Kristen and Alex. Kristen and Alex booked our Deluxe Entertainment Package which includes up-lighting. The couple chose a peach color to be displayed during cocktail hour and dinner and they opted for the […]

Circle of Influence

Up to PAR - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:08pm
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First Blog

Up to PAR - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:08pm
Categories: Business

George Troutman Residence ~

Butler, PA Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:29pm
Bygone Butler architecture. 
Home of George A. Troutman
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