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Very interesting topic that came up at ArbCamp today:

Managing your online reputation. So, I thought I would share some things to think about when managing your virtual identity:

  1.  Google yourself!
  2. Keep your personal information personal.
  3. Before you post anything, stop and think about the longevity of Web content and how you wish to be perceived. Is this something that you want people to see tomorrow and possibly 10 years from now?
  4. Is the photo of you half naked with a lampshade on your head really that compelling? Does it need to be online?

    Lampshade on Head

  5. Re-learn your online boundaries. Will the anti-capitalistic rant you posted adversely effect your future interview with a Fortune 500?
  6. Join the right social networks – LinkedIn is likely a great choice for those who are career oriented.
  7. JTLYK, if your goal is to project a professional image, you should avoid use of IM slang and acronyms.
  8. Be wary of how you appear on social networking sites. It may be fun to show your friends the pictures of your most recent keg stand, but think about how it will look to recruiters and prospective, or current employers.
  9. That being said, depending on your field, the complete lack of an online persona could lead prospective employers to believe you are not “connected.”
  10. Create an online persona you can be proud of, now and in the future.

In the spirit of all things digital, I am blogging as I attend ConnectAnnArbor’s ArbCamp with my pals from MS&L Digital, Lish, Melanie and Chris. Crafty Lish is also blogging next to me, right at this moment, so check out what she has to say at MyVintage Kitschen.com.

We are listening to Zattoo, a local start up, discuss TV2.0 (live TV on your PC) right now. I will report back in a few to share the rest of the day’s events.

Zattoo Logo

I recently stumbled across this very cool Google video, The School for Knives, where Alton Brown discusses the anatomy of a knife, the proper knife to use for the job, how to properly and safely hold a knife and various slicing techniques. He is doing this for Shun, the king of knives, but it is highly educational in his major geeky, fun way. I learned that my grip is “rude” and that what I should be doing is “pinching.” Enjoy!

Alton Brown

Click here to view Alton Brown’s School for Knives

Blog Action Day banner   Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the responsibility of changing our environment? Have you ever thought, “it ain’t easy being green”, or, “I could never make a difference with what little I can do”?

Well, not to fear, you don’t need to go out and plunk down some cash for a hybrid, or give up everything in life that makes you comfortable and happy. You can start going green with little changes that truly add up, helping you subtract from your carbon footprint.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green!

Here are 10 tips that can get you going and some links to help you learn more:

  • Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth, just when you need to
  • Recycle, even if it isn’t a requirement in your hometown
  • Go out and get some of these inexpensive, durable and highly rated canvas grocery bags and use them for your grocery shopping
  • Check out WeCanLiveGreen.com (a really cool site) and find companies that are green and use their products, if it makes sense to you
  • If going completely organic doesn’t agree with your paycheck, take a second to total up what you spend on fast food each month, and see if reducing fast food meals will give you some extra cash to buy the good stuff – it’s better for you and the environment!
  • Plan on growing your own – veggies, that is. Look into raised bed gardening, if you’ve got a yard at your disposal. I did, and it’s alot of fun and rewarding, too. If you are an apartment dweller, look into window box gardening. Also, some communities also have a group gardening initiative, if you volunteer some time, in exchange, you get a small plot of land in which to grow your veggies, pretty cool.
  • Don’t idle your car: better to shut it off entirely if you are going to be waiting a while
  • Donate to and purchase from thrift shops, you’ll be giving to a good cause, saving money and producing less waste for our landfills
  • Go to Zerofootprint.net to calculate your carbon footprint. Nothing like a little reality check to get you thinking about a greener life
  • Consider water filtering options for your home water consumption, so you can use your own water instead of buying and tossing those pesky bottles

It’s the little changes that turn into big ones. Try a few of these, you’ll feel good about yourself and you might just have fun in the process!

Ok, just a post to get an idea what terminology you all use when waiting to check out at the grocery store, or any store for that matter.

Let’s go back, let’s go waaaaay back, you are getting sleepier and sleepier, now, try to imagine yourself in a pre-online universe… (I know for some of you youngsters, that might be a problem.) You are standing behind several people, waiting to make your purchase, are you on line or in line?

Are we in line or on line???

You see, I am originally from NYC and for me, it has always been on line, that is until I got to Michigan, where they say in line. Plus, add to that the whole confusion with the individual word online being defined as one’s being on the Internets.Historically speaking, I have read that the ” on line ” thing came about because of the Ellis Island experience. Immigrants literally stood on lines painted on the floor to move from one station to the next. The idiom remains in the NY area until this day.

Please comment, for I am quite curious to know your usage, as well as what region you’re from, so I can come to some conclusions of my own.