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New Orleans Accents in Honor of Mardi Gras

Tonight I had a conversation with a friend who brought up the southern accent. I have dealt with this issue all my life. I was raised in Louisiana and for years I was teased about my accent when I traveled around the country. And when I entered college I made a conscious effort to loose my accent because everyone formed a opinion of me based on the way I spoke.So of course I turned to YouTube to see if I could find some information about accents, specifically southern Louisiana or Cajun accents. I was happy to find there were several videos that give a good overview of different accents in the area and I’ve included them in the post.

I hope you enjoy them – I especially love Justin Wilson who teaches you how to make chicken/sausage gumbo!

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Tweet-A-Thon 2009: Showing the Power of Social Networking for a Social Cause!

If you watch CNN or Fox then you may have heard the news anchor talk about social networking sites Twitter, FaceBook, mySpace etc. Most understand the value of FaceBook and mySpace, i.e., staying in touch with friends and family online. But most don’t understand Twitter – most people look perplexed when I tell them about it and wonder what value this type of communication has. Well today was a historical event, this was the first online Tweet-a-Thon 2009 raising money for a great social cause – clean water!
The show had its glitches but the technology is still young! The greatest thing about the technology and what separates it from traditional media is the two way conversation! It gives people the ability to participate – you are no longer ‘watching’ something – you are sharing and participating not only with the guests real time but with the other hundreds of people who want to make a difference in the social cause!I predict this is the first of many ‘online’ thons – that will take place. Another thing that takes this to another level is the cost of entry into this market is not hundreds of thousands of dollars! I would estimate, to do it right it takes from 5,000 to 10,000! But if you’re on a shoe string – you can do this for under 500 bucks! So if you have a great cause you’d like to champion then jump in and start swimming!
This will be a good topic for an online seminar – titled, raising money for your favorite charity – produce a web-a-thon for FREE!Visit the site Tweet-a-Thon 2009 and donate today!
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iPhone Apps Hit the Education Market

Educational iPhone apps are hitting the market and I’ve just run across a great one for honing your math skills! A little app called Math Cards teaches students and adults math skills in a fun way.

Flash cards have been around for a long time teaching basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but they’re tedious and dull. Turning them into an iPhone App makes learning math an interactive experience that’s fun for kids of all ages. It’s even a great game to challenge adults and create faster response times.

Imagine math practice so rewarding it’s hard to stop – this little app was developed by William Janoch who was motivated by the desire to see his children learn whenever possible. He developed the Math Cards application for his daughters (ages 8 and 9) as a flash card application that provides the right combination of challenge and reward to keep kids interested, without being frustrated. Math Cards replaces “I don’t wanna” with “Let me do it some more.”

Features include: – Colorful cards, simple to operate
– Categories for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
– Improves Eye-Touch coordination
– Receive grades as they go
– Easy to download and install
– Portable and fun ? use it anywhere, anytime

Math Cards was developed by William Janoch of Able Mac (http://www.AbleMac.com) and has been released by DollarApp.

It is available for 99 cents from the iTunes App Store at http://www.itunes.com/apps/mathcards and is in the Education category, suitable for grades 3 – 5. Math Cards is rated 4+, and will work for the iPhone and iPod touch.

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Time Management Key to Productivity for Virtual Work

As someone who’s worked at a distance or virtually for over a decade I’m always looking for productivity tools. Over the years I’ve found a few helpful applications over the years but nothing has stuck besides my white board and notebook for daily lists, until now!

I’m happy to say I’ve found a tool that works on autopilot, like a timer sitting on your desktop looking tracking what you do on your computer and where you go, noting where you spend your time. The you assign a level to each of those activities within the system with reference to productivity. So if you’re job/business requires you use Twitter to network then you can assign a higher level to this tool. If you use a specific site for your productivity then you personalize the quality of the application to your business productivity.

So how is this helpful? Because at the end of the day you are able to review where you’ve spent your time. It gives you the big picture and gives you an opportunity to change your habits. So if you’re spending too much time on shopping online then you’ll know.

Some might be thinking this is great for individuals but what if a company wanted to monitor me using this type of tool. Yes, I would say a tool like this is somewhat big brotherish but for individuals in my humble opinion it isn’t an issue. And I tend to agree if a company required me to use and they were monitoring it then it would feel a bit invasive. But if I felt the company couldn’t use it against me then I might be more open to it. Or if they provided it to me as a self improvement productivity tool then I would be more open to using it. But my opinion on companies using it is still being formed so I don’t have a final opinion. And as I learn more about their enterprise edition I’ll let you know my thoughts. But in the meantime I’m excited about the power of the tool for personal use and the opportunity it gives me to manage my time.

So check out TimeCamp and take back control of your time!