Saturday, December 31, 2011

10 Internet Questions With A Social Media Savy Person

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Adam: What is your name and what do you do (Professionally)
Austen Hawthorne. I am a Patient Account Representative at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Room. My duties include: collecting demographics from patients, financially securing emergency room visits, and various clerical responsibilities.

Adam: How many hours a day do you spend online?
Including both personal and work use, I estimate that I spend around eight hours per work shift and an additional six hours for personal use. That includes cell phone data usage when I am away from work and home.

Friday, December 30, 2011

10 Internet Questions With Someone That Has Cancelled Their Social Media

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      Adam: What is your name and what do you do (Professionally)?
      
Cree Potorff. I run a Personal Assistant business, Creber Associates.

Adam: How many hours a day do you spend online?One or two hours a day online, including my phone, mostly on email.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

10 Internet Questions With An Internet Entrepreneur

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Adam: What is your name and what do you do (Professionally)
Ben Anderson. My official job title is Director of Data Services for CampusTelevideo.  My primary duties are in leading the data division for CampusTelevideo.  In addition, I travel to colleges and universities and asses the school's need for data services (wireless in the residence halls, faster internet connections, better infrastructure, etc)

Adam: How many hours a day do you spend online?
Nearly everything I do for my job is online.  I'm usually online the majority of the work day (8 hours) plus 2-3 hours online personally.  At most I would say 10-11 hours per day.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

10 Internet Questions with A Facebook Fanatic

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Adam: What is your name and what do you do (Professionally)?
 Cindy Clark Hudson. I am a secretary at an insurance company.  I've worked there for almost 15 years, so I am pretty effecient at the work tasks.  Also, stuck at the desk all day, with internet :)

Adam: How many hours a day are you online?
Cashier to calculate how many hours I am not.  I have an android, so I am connected almost always.  I do sleep though, and haven't figured out how to plug in while unconscious.  Although, I do keep my laptop open by my bed, so I've been known to check in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

10 Internet Questions With A Librarian

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Adam: What is your name and what do you do (Professionally)
Erica Earp. I do a lot of things. I teach a class for the public on how to use a computer, I answer questions at the reference desk (occasionally they're actual reference questions and not just "where's the bathroom?"), I run a group for adult writers twice a month, I fill in when needed at the county's law library, I managed a project getting a computer dedicated to web cam usage at my library, right now I'm working on a project coordinating book club kits (copies of a book plus some background material, discussion questions, similar books, etc, in a bag that book clubs can check out). Also, tonight I got to call the police because we had a person trespassing on library property!

Adam :
How many hours a day do you spend online?
I sit in front of a computer pretty much all day at work, so I would estimate that I spend about 10 hours online each day (including using my phone at home).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

30 Days Of Thanks: Nicole's Response

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Adam
            Thank you for such a kind letter. I might be good at writing thank you cards, but I find it quite admirable to dedicate a whole month to thanks. I remember that basketball game that you and Leigha came to. Now look at you and Leigha with two children, a house and a dog. You are living the “American Dream”, as some like to say. I wish we lived in Iowa so that we could all see each other more often. Be thankful that you live in Iowa where you can see family all the time. You and Leigha have a love for one another I always dreamt I could have. Luckily, I found that love and hope to raise a family as beautifully as you and Leigha are. I hope you are able to come out to Florida soon.
Love,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

30 Days Of Thanks: Vincent's Response

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Hi, Adam,

hope you are well! Thank you so much for your letter!!! I really didn't know what to say, I just loved reading it over and over again. It is actually a really good idea to send the people you love such letter. If time allows, I will do so also.
I may add that also you are a big contribution to my life, as when I was over in `93/´94, I, for the first time, felt something like a family and only after a short while you were not some stranger to me but a real brother.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Panhandle

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            A panhandler is defined as somebody that begs in a public space. This may come as a surprise, but people aren’t too fond of panhandlers. What people may not know is that there is a long-standing connection between religion and begging. In a much nicer sounding synonym, alms are given to others as a religious virtue. Nuns and monks have been living off of alms for centuries. In fact, this is how Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism lived.
            For seven years I was the Store Manager of a Blockbuster Video that sat at a busy intersection that was frequented by panhandlers. I had worked there long enough to be able to identify the regulars. During the summer I would let Mike and John come in and get a drink from our water fountain. They were always respectful, thankful and usually drunk. One day I walked outside to give them some expired chips that we were supposed to throw away. I found out that Mike was a true hobo. He travelled around the country by hopping on trains and hitchhiking. But John, on the other hand, owned a house larger than mine.  As it turns out, John was fired from his previous job. Directly in front of where he started to panhandle. He told me that because he didn’t have any taxes taken from him, he made more money on the corner.
            “AND…” he said as he turned to stare down the building of his old job, “I can drink while doing this.” Needless to say, I no longer gave him handouts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Driving Range

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I have always thought of golf as a sport of riches. In fact, golf is the world’s richest sport. The winner of the FedEx Cup wins a cool ten million dollars. That is the highest individual payout for any sporting event in the world. To reach this point, a golfer must end the regular season ranked within the top 150 players. In 2011, Bob Estes was the lowest seeded player in the tournament. He ended the season earning $594,000. Needless to say, if you make the FedEx Cup, you are the rich getting richer.
There are a lot of costs associated with playing golf. There are the clubs, the balls, and the cost of either becoming a member of a course or just paying to play. And let’s not forget the cost to buy silly checkered, plaid and striped clothes that can only be worn while playing golf. There is one problem; I am cheap. Because I have always associated golf with wealth, I have never associated myself with the sport.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Build a Model Car

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         When I was seven years old, my daycare decided to have a Secret Santa gift exchange. When it was my turn to open my gift, BJ Stoltze got really excited and started to hop on one foot.
            “You’re gonna like it,” he told me, eliminating the “secret” element. I pulled the wrapping away from the present and revealed a red plastic garage with two toy cars inside. This was surely not a Thundercat, He-man nor Transformer. “Pretty cool,” he told me. I felt like crying.
Model cars first appeared in the early 1900s as plaster or iron toys. They were designed for children and had no moving parts. In the ‘30s, popularity with the cars was at a fever pitch with military vehicle replicas. Then car companies started to build scale models that showcased their new product lines. In the 40s, banks started to give away model cars when somebody opened a new account. On the bottom, many read: “To help save for a rainy day, or to buy a new Chevrolet.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

30 Days Of Thanks Recap

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The idea of having a month of thanks came to me one day when Leigha and I got a thank you letter from her sister, Nicole. I’ve always been impressed that she writes these cards/letters/notes. I think of this as something that people did fifty years ago, before the onset of the internet. It made me start to wonder why people, in general, don’t write them anymore. The only thing that I could come up with was that technology has made it easy to de-personalize. Why take the time to hand-write a letter when you can just e-mail it? Or even more, text it to them. So I decided that I should take a month where I write a letter a day. With Thanksgiving being in November, it made sense to do it then.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

30 Days Of Thanks:Tate (Son)

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Dear Tate,

            As I write this letter, I am lying in your bed. I am here because you decided to sleep on the living room floor for no reason at all. I love that, and I hope that I never discourage you from being spontaneous and random. You remind me so much of myself that I get worried sometimes. You are energetic, caring, compassionate, sensitive, funny, competitive, excitable and such a good kid. You are just like your old man.
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