Walk Like a Geocacher

January 3, 2011

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.

This clip from the movie Splinterheads is the best explanation I’ve seen so far:

For Those Already in the Geo-Know…

This would be PERFECT for the geocaching theme song! I totally cracked when I saw the  geocacher’s reaction to the “muggles” part (been there done that)! These folks did an OUTSTANDING job on this vid…

or you can look at it as playing pirates with treasure maps like you did when you were a kid. just now it is electronic based. and it’s not just kids playing.

40 Useful Reference Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Or Thought About

July 10, 2008

While most of us use Wikipedia or Google when searching for information, the Internet offers a smorgasbord of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. Here are some reference sites covering specific genres, exclusive to topics you may not have thought of.

Just for Fun

Search for unique profanity, sex terms and ridiculously long words here.

1. Roger’s Profanisaurus: Have fun looking up profane words at “the ultimate swearing dictionary.”

2. Sexual Dictionary: Look up quotes for “doin’ the wild thing” here, andSearch Engines other slang terms for sex.

3. Grandiloquent Dictionary: Impress your friends by using huge words you found here.

Search Engines

These sites offer different ways to search for different topics.

4. Gimpsy: Gimspy specializes in “active sites for active people.” You can search by verb or action, by filling in the sentence “I want to…”

5. Ms. Dewey: Your off-the-wall host Ms. Dewey flirts, sings and offers silly trivia or analysis while you search.

6. Ulyssek Search Engine: You can view your results organized into categories on this site.

7. Cha Cha: This creative search engine makes you feel like you’re sending a text from your cell phone when you search.

8. FactBites: FactBites is “where results make sense” and is touted as a search engine crossed with an encyclopedia.

9. Mega-Mega Search Engine: The MOTHER of ALL search engines allows you to search 20 engines at once. For serious searches, these are the 20 best general search engines, meta-search engines and directories on the Internet

10. USA People Search: Need to find someone? Try this free people search, which not only shows names and locations, but aliases, maiden names, married names, and possible relatives, all for free. It’s easy to find someone, just enter their name and click search. You can also add city, state, age, or zip code. Or search by address or phone number.

News and Pop Culture

Discover pop culture references, a sports almanac, and more in this list.

11. Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead: Keep track of which famous musicians, performers, actors, athletes and political figures are alive and which ones are dead.

12. Sports Almanac: From the Olympics to hockey, you can find everything there is to know about sports history and players on this site.

13. AllMusic.com: Search by genre like rock, jazz, pop, world, rap or blues.

14. Oxford Music Online: This site is “the world’s premier authority on all aspects of music.”

15. Bibliomania: Over 2,000 classic texts can be found on this site, as well as reference books, study guides and links to buy books.

Internet and Computer Reference

Tech’s and non-techies may want to brush up on Internet and computer terms by searching these sites and glossaries.

16. Glossary of Internet Terms: From ADN to Meta Tag to SDSL to cgi-bin, find definitions of Internet terms here.

17. McAfee Virus Glossary: Learn about online threats and computer security by browsing this authoritative glossary.

18. WestNet IT Glossary: Search results for IT words bring up definitions, a list of related words, animations and graphics.

19. Chat Stuff: This short dictionary has translations for popular chat acronyms like AFK, BAK, and BCNU.

20. Tech Encyclopedia: Look up a specific word or click to get a random definition each day.

21. What Is? IT Dictionary: Browse categories like personal computing, call centers, cheat sheets, authentication, network hardware, compliance, Linux, storage management, Telecom, robotics and a whole lot more for tech definitions.

For Students

22. Dictionary of English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions: ESL students and curious native speakers can search this dictionary to find idioms like “part and parcel,” or “gnaw your vitals.”

23. Historical Text Archives: This site boasts nearly 687 articles and 70 books about history, especially American history.

24. Style Guides and Resources: This reference list will help you out when you need to write a paper using APA, MLA, and other special citation systems.

25. Statistical Resources on the Web: Find updated statistics on everything from agriculture to business to labor to housing to the military.

26. RefDesk: Check your facts quickly and easily at the RefDesk, which features a site of the day, thought of the day, and plenty of multi-search tools.

27. Factmonster Reference Desk: Here, you’ll find an almanac, homework center, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia for younger students.

26. Encyclopedia Mythica: Search for text, quotes and history of mythology, folklore and religon. Categories include Greek people, Celtic mythology and Roman mythology.

27. American Memory: The Library of Congress’ American culture and history reference site features topics like environment and conservation, immigration, women’s history, Presidents, religion, maps, literature, African American history and others.

28. ASL Browser: Look up American Sign Language signs here.

29. Biology Website References for Students and Teachers: Learn about evolution, cell chemistry, anatomy and genetics from this list of reference sites.

30. Math Glossary: Look up words and concepts like abacus, Thales’ theorem, obtuse triangle and a lot more in this special site.

Dictionaries and More

For a quick definition or more specialized results that display synonyms, rhyming words and slang, try one of these.

31. Strange and Unusual References: Head to this site to look up all-vowel words, magic words, magic archetypes, how to identify unicorns and other odd material.

32. Freedict.com: This online translator can find words in Dutch, Afrikaans, Russian, Portugese, Swedish, Japanese, Hungarian and more.

33. Word Spy: Search for a specific word to bring up funny quotations and a definition, or you can browse categories and sub categories like aging and death, hacking and hackers, entrepreneurs, jargon and buzzwords, art and design, drugs, euphemisms, sleeping or cell phones.

34. RhymeZone: Type in a word to find rhyming words, synonyms, definitions, Shakespeare references and more.

35. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: Search through topics like technology, American history, literature in English, proverbs and more to become a more “active citizen in our multicultural democracy.”

36. OneLook: This no-frills online dictionary lets you look up basic definitions, related words, phrases and more. You can even customize your experience with different searches.

37. Directory of Occupational Titles: If you’ve ever wanted to know the official name of your job, look it up here.

38. Slang Site: Look up Web words, slang and even made up but often used words here.

For Consumers

39. Kelly Blue Book: Here you’ll find all kinds of consumer information about new and used cars.

40. Rip Off Reports: Victim of a consumer Rip-off? Want justice? Unlike the Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report does not hide reports of “satisfied” complaints. Search the Ripoff Report before you do business with retail stores with bad return policies, checking & credit theft, rebate fraud or other unscrupulous business policies such as phony auto repairs, auto dealer bait-and-switch tactics, restaurants with bad service or food, corrupt government employees & politicians, police corruption, home builders, contractors, unethical doctors & lawyers, online stores that sell non-existent products, dead beat dads & moms, landlords & tenants, fraudulent employment & business opportunities, and individual con artists who scam consumers.

1 trick ponies- I DON’T THINK SO!

April 8, 2008

Once again, Gary Vaynerchuk has impressed, influenced, motivated, and inspired me…

In this short vid, Gary states…

“every person is multidimensional, and has enormous things that they’re good at, and many different interests….and the best way to communicate…is to not hide anything…..people will always embrace real…”

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from garyvaynerchuk.com

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Had I not refused to be pigeonholed, I would still be uneducated, general labor in an Arkansas factory. Farming and factory work are all the people in my small rural community do. I had a mother who told me I would never go to college, and no one else I knew ever did. I knew I had potential, that I could do more, and that I could show my son a better life by example. I was in my 30’s when I started night classes at the local community college. Now I’m a senior at Arkansas State University, and was invited attend the Delegation on Technology in China. Not to shabby for someone with a GED and countless years on a factory floor, aye?

So yes, be multidimensional. Be everything you aspire to be. Don’t be afraid to try, and don’t be afraid to fail! Just remember to keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great will make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Be multidimensional. Express yourself!

April 3rd 2008 is “GOOD PEOPLE DAY”

April 3, 2008

Go Go Gary!

Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV has founded Good People Day – 4/3/08!

“I want to try to get the WHOLE INTERNET Community behind this mission I have to make sure that tomorrow people write and talk abd blog and twitter and just flat out SING about people that are AWESOME and GOOD. It is time that we take control of the fact that WE are the media and pump out a day tomorrow that will make NOISE across this WORLD! Please take the time tonight to gather your thoughts as you come up with ideas on how to spread the word about AWESOME people! I am looking for blog posts, twitters, powncers, facebooking, digging, flickring, stumpling on all things that are good about PEOPLE!”

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Here’s Looking At YOU!

January 9, 2008

Conversation, A Film About First Impressions.

“Conversation” is an absolutely fascinating short film on Current TV by Lenka Clayton and James Price about people’s first impressions when looking each other.

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A two-screen installation that explores the hidden split-second judgements we form of other people. Filmed with the kind participation of 30 strangers over two days in Dalston, East London.