Friday, June 5, 2015

Tweeting Poetry

For you geeks who like word clouds and the like, you should check out Poet Tweet. Once you enter your twitter handle, it asks what kind of poem you would like to create (Sonnet FTW!) and then it parses your tweets to compose said poetry. It's interesting to say the least and certain to entertain for at least 3 minutes.

Here's my sonnet, "The Cost":

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Announcement: Got a Job #librarylife

This is my announcement that I have taken the position of Electronic Systems Librarian at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library. I'll be taking care of the technology at this library and providing reference assistance among other duties as assigned. My family has been moved out to the area and I am ready to work in my profession. I have been here for a week already and everything is pretty awesome.

I'm excited to see where the next chapter in my journey leads me.

A short list of things I have done in the past week:
  • Web Design
  • Photo Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Book Return Cleaning
  • Malware Removal
  • Wireless Troubleshooting
  • Hardware Repair
  • Media Presentation Setup
  • Social Media Management

Monday, March 30, 2015

ABC Animal Books Quiz (Sporcle)

Fun Times

Sporcle is a fun site with a bunch of quizzes you can take if that's something you're into. I'm kinda geeked out about it. One of the featured quizzes has to do with Children's Literature. Take the quiz to see how well you know how animals are described in children's books!

Most Common Animals (ABC Books) - Sporcle Games & Trivia

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nerd Battle

So, I got into a full fledged war at an auto parts store. We have English grammar to blame for the blood shed. 

I was picking up some oil, and saw a sign that read: Oil X or Oil Y and Filter Z $Price A. I glanced over the ad and emphasized the OR, assuming (surprisingly) that I could get the good price without buying the filter. Not logical, but that's how I read it!

My purchase rang up full price. I asked about the promotion. We walked over to check out the sign. She said I needed to buy the filter. I was convinced that I didn't. I was also ready to fight for my savings. 

The salesperson did not have a commanding grasp of the English language. As a result, I got her so confused that she sounded like she was agreeing with me, reading the sign with the emphases I was placing on OR. However, she insisted that I did not qualify for the promotion. I kindly asked for a supervisor. 

The supervisor, clearly a native English speaker, read the sign as intended. He emphasized the AND part of the advertisement. Immediately, it clicked in my brain and I was ashamed to have made a scene at the auto parts store. However, I would make the following revision to the sign in order to increase clarity: Filter Z and either Oil X or Oil Y for $Price A. By placing the AND in a preeminent position, it removes most of the ambiguity in the signage. 

The original saleswoman was a saint who tried to return the oil filter I had purchased online and replace it with the one featured in the promotion. However, they did not have it in stock. 

So I loudly apologized for acting like a child and loudly thanked them for all their help. They were clearly right and I was clearly confused. 

I blame grammar. That's my story. Im sticking to it. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Grammar. Key to more money

Take this to the Bank

A few weeks ago, a representative from Grammarly contacted me asking if I would be interested in writing a blog post about their product. They provided an interesting infographic that provides a compelling case for the importance of strong writing skills for the advancement of one's compensation. Even though grammarly does not claim causation between grammatical proficiency and monetary compensation, it is still an interesting study to consider.

For the purposes of the study, Grammarly proofread 400+ freelancer profiles from all eight categories of the Elance platform for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. To adjust for quality of work, they only selected freelancers with an average rating of four stars or above. Then, they looked at correlation between earnings and number of mistakes.

What's this Grammarly Thing?

As can be deduced from this post, Grammarly is a free grammar checker that scans your writing for errors and suggests improvements to your writing. What I love about grammarly from my experience are the add-ins.

Grammarly will check your grammar in Gmail, it will check your social media status updates, with the Chrome extension it will check anything you type in a text field. There is even an add-in for Microsoft Office that will check your grammar in Word. So there really is no excuse to continue making gross errors in your writing.

It would be nice to make more money because of your impeccable grammatical prowess. But even if it doesn't earn you more cash, at least your writing can look like a million bucks. (I couldn't resist it, it was too cheesy.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: The Sorcerer's Stone

The Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling

I nabbed this title on audiobook from overdrive. Score! I have, admittedly already seen the movies. But I wanted to experience the book as written by J. K. Rowling, even if by listening to the audiobook it technically means I still have not read the novel. Shocker I've never read a single Harry Potter book. Shame on me, I know. But now I have read it. And here is my review.

Side Note: In my Children's Literature class, I had to read a bunch of books and write reviews (which I published on this blog because, well, why not?). Students were allowed to read and review the Harry Potter books, but the professor discouraged it, alleging that the chances were slim that we have not been influenced one way or another regarding the text. She made a great point, as this book has been hotly debated as long as I can remember.

The Review

Technically speaking, this was not the most poetic or ingenious piece of writing. Honestly, it was formulaic. However, the formula works for the genre and drives the action along nicely. I found myself enjoying the flow of the story. It was masterfully told and really lends itself to the spoken word.

The story is about a young wizard (Harry Potter), an orphan raised by non-magical people (muggles). Once he becomes of age, he receives an invitation to wizarding school at Hogwarts. As one can imagine, this comes as a shock to the lad. The pressure on Harry escalates as he realizes that he is already a famous wizard who has somehow defeated a powerful wizard (Voldemort) as an infant.

Harry Potter balances friendships, enemies, schoolwork, sports, and evil wizards during his first year at Hogwarts.

The Conclusion

This is an entertaining book and the beginning of a long series of adventures. I recommend this adventure classic (yes, it's a modern classic) to fans of adventure/fantasy books. The movies are pretty good, too.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Chocolate Mice

An example highlighting the importance of grammar and spelling in certain contexts. At least, they didn't write "Chocolate Moose."