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Firefly the game

My family and I are big fans of the television series Firefly and the movie Serenity so naturally we had to get the game when it came out. We all love it! We seem to find time to play it at least twice a week! Everyone pitches in to get chores done so we can play. It’s the best! It’s the only time that the whole family can sit around the table together and none of us has a screen in front of our faces. We’ve played and enjoyed other games once in a while, but this one seems to have struck a chord with all of us that it has never even been ‘put away’ yet. We box it up so it doesn’t get ruined or pieces lost, but it has never been put in the cabinet with the rest of the games. It has a place of honor right on the kitchen table.

It takes up the entire table when we play so we bought a set of four wooden fold-up tables that each of us keeps by our side to hold our ship, cargo, parts, and gear and crew cards. We even bought partitioned trays and small containers to use to keep all the cards, money and pieces organized while we play. It’s well worth the money we spent on it. We found the booster card pack and bought it on the spot. Some of us even wear the Jayne hats I knitted while we play.

I can’t sing it’s praises enough! I hear there is going to be an expansion pack coming out in April. We’ll be getting that for sure!

We’re gonna need a bigger table!

Firefly board game

Find Momo!

Find Momo: a photography book by Andrew Knapp

When I showed this book to my teenaged children, their reactions were priceless.

My daughter said, “So Momo just runs and hides? That’s so adorable!”

Then they started looking through the book; all I heard was “Found him!” “Found Him!” “Oh my God, this is so CUTE!” “There he IS!”

My daughter actually screamed when she saw the second to the last page where Momo is laying on his back getting a belly rub. “This is… Oh my God, it’s so cute, I can’t… Oh, look at him!”

We have a dog, Eddie, that is part Border Collie and he looks just like Momo, except Eddie is tan.  My kids compared what Momo was doing in the photos to what Eddie would be doing instead. Eddie isn’t nearly as patient as Momo seems to be.

This was a fun book to look at and enjoy with the kids. It’s perfect for any age to enjoy.

Even the book trailer is beyond adorable!

23 Mobile Things – Thing 1: Blogging and Registering

I’m so excited about this! I participated in the first 23 Things (and beyond) and am looking forward to making my way through the 23 Mobile Things. I’m bummed though that this time I can’t be an official participant since I no longer work in a library.

The knowledge I gained from the previous Things helped me get my current position in the Marketing and Communications division of a college. Still an advocate of life-long learning!

Even though I can’t register my blog and won’t be able to win any cool prizes, I’m still going to make my way through the Things and see what I can learn. By the way, I absolutely love the 23 Things tote bag I got (and still use!) for finishing up the first round.

I started a new blog since then but merged everything to this one so, if you’re curious about what I did in the first 23 Things, and beyond – I got to Thing 56, you can read my blog posts about them in the “Things on a Stick” category.

Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab

High Voltage Danger Lab cover artNick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Eleven year old twin brother and sister, Nick and Tesla, are sent to live with their crazy Uncle Newt while their parents are off on an agricultural mission on the other side of the world. The children know that they are in for an “interesting” time when they realize that their Uncle Newt forgot to pick them up from the airport. After taking a taxi to Uncle Newts house, the children are greeted with a remote-controlled lawnmower that has gotten out of control and has mowed over the neighbor’s flower gardens. They proceed into the house and find out why Uncle Newt wasn’t at the airport to pick them up… He was glued securely to the floor of his laboratory.

As the story progresses there are hints that make the twins start thinking that their parents are more than agricultural scientists but there is another mystery unfolding right in the neighborhood that grab their attention. Why are there big, mean dogs at the vacant house? Who is the girl in the window? Why is that black SUV following them?

What sets this story apart from other young reader mysteries is that this one includes science! Newt’s laboratory has a massive inventory of all sorts of pieces and parts to spark the imaginations of Nick and Tesla and they have been given permission to explore to their hearts content. During the story, they build a rocket, a dog distractor, a tracking device and more. Not only do they build them, but the book includes step-by-step instructions on how to build them yourself!

This book and the included science experiments would be great for 4th-6th grade aged kids who like mysteries and or science! Even though I didn’t try the science experiments, it was still a quick, fun read for the um, ahem, older generations as well!

Wickett’s Remedy by Myla Goldberg

Wickett's Remedy cover artThis book spent many a night on my bedside table. Not because it was an epically long book, it was quite short actually; but because I just couldn’t immerse myself into it. It seemed distant and shallow, almost ethereal. It was like only half the story was being told but yet there were so many things going on. I found it hard to keep my interest in it.

First of all there was the main storyline about the flu epidemic that the main character, Lydia, was experiencing. After each chapter from Lydia’s point of view, there were newspaper articles regarding the epidemic, then disembodied voices. I assume these voices were people she overheard or something. Then there was the story of a stolen recipe told in letters and more articles. Throughout the main storyline there were marginal notes seemingly from heaven.

Overall, it was interesting, but strangely done.

SMUG – Tip of the week: Adding links to Facebook

Sharing links on FacebookAfter you paste a link to a status update, Facebook will show you a preview of the it. Once the preview is there, you can delete the link text from the status update and the link will stay attached to the post. This keeps your status updates short and clean without having to show those long, ugly links.

If there is more than one graphic available on the webpage you are linking to, you will have a choice of thumbnails to use with the article. Click on the arrows on the top right of the thumbnail to see the selection. If you don’t like any that are offered or they just don’t fit the article, you have the option of uploading your own image instead.

You also have the option to change the headline and the text preview of the link. This is helpful if you want to highlight a specific part of the article. All you have to do is click on them and the text will become editable.

 

SMUG – First contact

There are over 50 facebook pages that represent the university I work at. When I started there wasn’t anyone paying attention to this kind of stuff. As Interactive Marketing Director, I took it upon myself to first try and find all the social media sites that represented the university, second, to try and find the managers of them and third, to create a method of communication with them. After months of research where I found virtual tons of social media sites, I decided to start a SMUG (Social Media User Group).

This is the first email I sent to all the managers that I could find:

You are all receiving this email because you are all managers on Facebook pages that represent the university in some way, shape or form.

I had quite a time finding you all and I’m sure I missed some. I attached a Google Spreadsheet of the pages, profiles and groups that I found. Please take some time to look it over and let me know if you can fill in any blanks, or add some pages that I missed.

The reason for all this is because I am starting an informal  Social Media Users Group (SMUG) and you are all invited.

The main goals I’m hoping to achieve with this group are:

  • An awareness of all the facebook pages (and other social media) that represent our university
  • Open up university-wide communication channels so we can help each other spread our messages to more audiences
  • Share and discuss tips and tricks to help us all keep our social media sites successful

If you know of someone who should be added to this list or if you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.

PS. Other social media such as Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, photo sharing, etc. will be mentioned soon.

The Google Spreadsheet was very simple only having three columns: Page/Profile/Group Titles, Managers, and URLs. Afterwards I added pages to the spreadsheet that included the other types of social media: blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Photos, and Linked-In.

The responses I received from this email were positive and constructive.

  • I added a few more pages and managers to the list.
  • I helped some people delete their Facebook page that they forgot about a few years ago.
  • Some people, pleased with the support, requested I help them start new Pages.
  • I was notified that the word “Administrator” was spelled incorrectly on my spreadsheet.

All in all, I think the first contact was successful.