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Have some extra time on your hands? Love animals?

June 17th, 2012 · Volunteering and Organizations

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Well you may want to volunteer through the Department of Protection (DEP) this summer. Connecticut’s DEP is the state agency that conserves and protects our environment, including the wildlife in it. They have a handy website of volunteer opportunities like building bat houses, assisting in wildlife studies, or volunteering at a public park.  Click on the links in this post to find out how could be outside and helping wildlife instead of being at your computer this summer!

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Are you in love with your own handwriting?

June 10th, 2012 · Fun and Humor, Technology, Writing

introThen, create a font in it (for free!) at the font capture website.  Hit the site, then fill out their handwriting template in your handwriting.  Scan the template and follow the instructions…and presto, your own font!  How cool is that?

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Photoshop Disasters

June 3rd, 2012 · Fun and Humor, Uncategorized

mutantbabyEveryone loves Photoshop, but it can be dangerous in the wrong hands.  There are lots of “fail collections” with hilarious photoshop disasters that should have never made it from the computer drive to a magazine.   The photoshop disaster blog is always a good place to start, and of course there are many other collections out there.  With all of the tutorials on how NOT to make these mistakes, like the case of the baby to the left giving your subject an extra finger or two. It is a wonder how these even happen!  But hey that’s okay – he will have no problem counting to seven…

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Want to see what other people do to waste time?

May 27th, 2012 · Fun and Humor

phoneboothWaste time?  Who….me?  Seriously, who doesn’t!  But sometimes you have to sift through mindless websites to find a quality item to waste your time on productively.  To save time (ironically) check out the Epic Win website - which in our time-wasting humble opinion has clips or images that are funny, silly, or amusing about 99% of the time.  Like the phone booth aquarium to the left.   Contributors from all over the world post their time wasting strategies, like synchronizing light switch flipping at a college dorm.   Plus you can vote for your favorites or leave a comment, and as we all know reading the comments is sometimes just as amusing as watching the clips.

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Words to Make You Sound Smart(er)…

May 20th, 2012 · Education, Writing

smartNot that you needed this, but the American Heritage Dictionaries‘ editorial staff has compiled a list of 100 words they believe make writers and speakers sound intelligent.  And there is also the freevocabulary.com site with (get ready) 5,000 collegiate words with their definitions.  Although these won’t be a panacea for your vocabulary issues, it may be your way to finagle some vocabulary respect.  Didn’t know the meanings of some of those terms?  You need to read the lists!

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Ever wonder what other teens are reading?

May 11th, 2012 · Books

booksWell of course you are. You wouldn’t want to be left in the dust!  Searching on Amazon under “teen” can give you their bestsellers, but some other sites are YALSA and assorted blogs, like teenreads and teen book review. So don’t just wait until a pile of books to fall on you, go out and find one!

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So you forgot your Summer Reading book in your locker???

May 6th, 2012 · Education

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And no library has that elusive copy of Moby Dick? Well there are many resources where you can get your book, for free!  With some you have to read the book from your computer screen but that is a small price to pay. Readprint has many titles including: The Age of Innocence, Julius Caesar, and Animal Farm on their website.  Project Gutenberg has free copies of books who’s copyright has expired, so mostly the classics are posted.  The University of Pennsylvania has amassed a list of over 1 million free books, the search for Charles Dickens (on the summer reading list, hint hint) resulted in 74 titles! And planet e book has downloadable classics so you don’t have to read from the screen.  Now there is no excuse for being up to date on your reading. Unless you lose your laptop…then we can’t help you.

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Time to get your license?

April 29th, 2012 · Education

AAAThen you need a AAA membership.  And the nice people at triple A are offering new drivers a FREE membership!  Their AAA INsider program is just for new drivers, offering teens 13 to 15 an associates membership when they turn 15 and 9 months.  Nothing like being ready early.  But as long as there is an adult with a AAA membership in your household (and who doesn’t have one of those?) you can get a free membership of your own.  The INsider program offers the same benefits as a traditional membership, roadside assistance, free maps and travel guides, and lots of discounts to almost everything.  So hit their website to find out more, and don’t forget to get a few maps for your glove compartment!

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Love Spiders?

April 22nd, 2012 · Fun and Humor

spider.jpg Of course you don’t, no one likes spiders. But you may just fall in love with this virtual spider developed by Tomas Erickson, which is safely kept behind a computer screen. You choose his (or hers?) color, leg span, and even how fast he crawls – then you let your spider loose on the computer screen. There is even an option to add bugs so the spider has a snack. On this site are also hilarious you tube links to cats trying to catch the spider…who knew spiders could be fun???

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Are you a weather nut?

April 15th, 2012 · Crafts, Education, Movies, Uncategorized, Volunteering and Organizations

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Well there are others like you out there. Besides reading some of the new titles in teens, you can join CoCoRaHS.  CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail, and snow).  All you have to do is get a nifty rain gague to measure the precipitation in your area.  Then  email the results to be tabulated with other members.  The results are used to predict and track weather, and are even reported to NOAA.  So join the other weather lovers like you to make a difference in tracking the weather!

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