Archive for July, 2008

The elementary attrition

Posted on 30. Jul, 2008 by .

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summer_2003_007aI’m curious as to how this is for others out there. Since coming to Gateway, one of my priorities has been to help transition 5th graders into the middle school. We promote on August 24th. Over the summer we’ve had 4 5th grade preview services where our 5th graders were taken to the middle school program for a sneak peak. This has been very successful as both the kids and parents of the kids have given us great feedback. However, over the past three preview services, we’ve seen 15-20 5th graders each week on the average… and I’m probably being a little optimistic with the numbers. Yeah, I said 15-20!

There’s nothing wrong with having 15-20 5th graders on any given weekend (for three services).… Read the rest

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I don’t feel like blogging…

Posted on 28. Jul, 2008 by .

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I have lots to say… but I don’t really feel like telling you. How’s the for honesty? Nothing personal… I’m just pooped!… Read the rest

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Where should I go on vacation!

Posted on 26. Jul, 2008 by .

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When Sara and I got married we went on a 5 day honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico. We relaxed, we explored, we had adventures. However, that was nine year ago and we haven’t had a vacation like that since. We do go on vacation or trips every year, but most of the time it is visiting family. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE our family and visiting with them is top priority. However, we NEED a serious vacation. Just the two of us. Away. So we can relax, explore and have adventures.

Two springs ago I switched my credit card over to a rewards card and then that summer I spent a ridiculous amount of money for church expenses. I personally financed (well, kind of… I was reimbursed every penny) a VBS for over 1000 kids and bought plane tickets for over 40 people to fly from DFW to Los Angeles.… Read the rest

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Windows Apps to OS X Apps

Posted on 25. Jul, 2008 by .

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Okay, before I spend hours and hours looking, maybe you could help me specifically. I have these applications that I use on a regular basis. I need to know if there is something similar (or better) on the Mac. Most of what I suggest here are free.

  • VSO image resizer – I right-click on an image on my desktop and it opens VSO and with one click it will create a copy of the image in any size I specify. Very handy for adding images to the blog. I use it all the time!
  • Hoversnap – It runs in my task tray. I hit print screen and it creates a jpeg of my desktop. I hit alt-print screen and it creates a jpeg of my active window.
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Okay people… I need your help… BIG TIME!

Posted on 25. Jul, 2008 by .

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I’m starting to hyperventilate. No seriously. Here is the computer I was issued when I got to Gateway a little over two months ago:

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It’s a Dell Inspiron 1525.It’s been a good machine. I can’t say the Vista installed on it has been a good move. But, it’s what I’m familiar with and I’ve been happy (mostly).

However… in three days I am giving this machine to my Early Childhood director. She is going on maternity leave and she needs a laptop to use when she does start getting back to work but not coming into the office. So in just a few days I have to get all my files off. Simple enough, huh?

Why panicked? Because I’m switching to this…… Read the rest

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Sharing the Amazon love

Posted on 23. Jul, 2008 by .

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Hey, Amazon.com is holding a $7.00 sale on 1 year magazine subscription for some of it’s best sellers. I just picked up a 1 year subscription to Wired… my favorite magazine. If you’re a geekboy like me, you don’t want to let this deal get away. They have many other magazines at a variety of special prices. Just thought I’d let you know.

Here is the link!

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You know you want it…

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Subscribing to this blog: Email

Posted on 22. Jul, 2008 by .

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Yesterday I wrote about RSS. Really, it’s the best way to follow blogs and news sites. However, you may not want to hassle with creating a reader account (really, it is easy). If that is you, then I’ve created an even easier method. You can subscribe to my blog via email. That means you’ll get all blog updates sent to you as an email. Once a day (If I wrote anything new that day) an email will be sent with all posts written in the previous 24 hours. It’s just too easy.

So, if you want to subscribe this way, just look for the subscription box where you enter your email address.

Caution: About one in ten who sign up this way neglect to confirm their email.… Read the rest

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Subscribing to this blog: RSS

Posted on 21. Jul, 2008 by .

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rssIf you like this blog and find the information here helpful (which I appreciate), I want to make it easier for you to get the information here (and other blogs as well). I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that half of the regular visitors to this site actually visit this page. I remember when I first started following blogs about 18 months ago. I considered myself both tech and web savvy. I created a folder in my bookmarks and made a bookmark of all the blogs I liked. Then, every day I would visit each of these sites to keep up with the blog posts. Then I found a better way.

It’s called RSS. Rather than manually visit any number of blog sites every day, how would you like to have each of these sites visit you… all in one place.… Read the rest

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Camera Advice?

Posted on 20. Jul, 2008 by .

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Last week I dropped my camera…. in water. Yeah, a double whammy! And let me tell you. I LOVED that camera. I bought it about 18 months ago. I spent months looking into what I wanted and a few months saving up for it. It was a Canon Power Shot SD 630. What an incredible camera it was. I’ll truly miss it.

So, now I’m looking into a replacement camera. Initially I thought I would just get another 630. Unfortunately I can’t get a new one for any less than $300. Yikes! However, many new models have come out since then offering more features. So I had a Sony once before and it worked pretty good, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as my Canon.… Read the rest

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Jelly Telly going the Radiohead way?

Posted on 20. Jul, 2008 by .

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A few days I posted (along with the rest of the blogging world) about what Phil Vischer has going on at Jelly Telly. When I posted, I had only watched the first 10 minutes or so of the Phil’s video. A few days later I sat down to watch the rest. It was all good. I’m very anxious to see Jelly Telly in action and hope it is crazy successful. What intrigued me the most; however, is Phil’s strategy to fund Jelly Telly. I love what he’s going to do.

Phil decided to go the subscription model. Pay a monthly fee and get access to great programming. Sounds reasonable. There are many other subscription services for kids that are worked well right now.… Read the rest

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