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Archive for the month “February, 2016”

Paint Secondlife Purple

It’s that time of year again, time to gear up for the Relay for Life season in Secondlife.  Each year, Secondlife residents paint their virtual world shades of purple, to celebrate the beginning of the fundraising season.  I spent some time yesterday changing the colors on my deck, home and sand.  Here’s a picture of what it looked like when I was all finished.

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Natalya’s home, Applewood, all purple-ified.

Paint SL Purple goes through March 6th.  There’s also the Lavender Affair on March 5th, from 12-2pm SLT to honor survivors of cancer and those that have been caregivers for those with cancer.  The Lavender Affair is a formal ball, so please consider that when picking out your attire.

Relay for Life’s huge kick off will be March 6-7th, so there’s also lots of partying to be done.  If you’d like to stay in touch with the events happening, you can join the Relay For Life Volunteers group in world, or join the Builder’s Brewery RFL team group.  As one of the co-captains for the Brewery’s team this year, my goal is to keep our team up-to-date on all the big events RFL has going.  It should be a very fun season!

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Natalya goes purple from head to toe for Paint SL Purple. 

DIY Whiteboard Tutorial

I learned this little trick from my son’s 3rd grade teacher.  With just a pack of sheet protectors and paper, you can make an entire class set of “whiteboards” to use in the classroom or for your own personal use when studying (I’ll talk about that part next week).

You only need three things: paper, sheet protector and whiteboard markers.

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Really.  That’s it.  Put the paper (and this can be blank paper, lined, graph, etc) into the sheet protector.  Write on top of it with a whiteboard marker, and ta daaa!  Done.

  • To make the sheet protector last longer, I’d suggest using an old sock or rag to wipe as opposed to a piece of tissue.
  • Put a piece of hard cardboard in the back, and you can write on the surface anywhere.
  • Get a metal clipboard, clip the page protector onto it and you have a portable magnet board, too!

Do you have other variations?  Thoughts?  Ideas?  I’d love to hear from you!

Next Tuesday, I’ll show you how to use flash cards in conjunction with your white board to help you actively study.

 

 

Gacha Carnival – A Call For Creators

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team is calling for creators to join our Gacha Festival.  The Festival will run April 9-16th, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Gacha Festival Call To Create

They would like each creator to contribute a complete gacha set (set of clothing, hair in various shades, living room set, etc).  These items don’t have to be unique for the Gacha Festival, though they would love it if they were.  Each creator is welcome to sell the set at their store once the Festival is over.   They will be providing the gacha machines, they just need amazing creators to supply what’s in them and a Gacha Key!

The deadline for contributing a Gacha Set is April 4th 2016.  For more information you can check out the press kit here:

http://tinyurl.com/bbrflgachapress

If you are interested in contributing, you can fill out the google form here:

http://tinyurl.com/bbrflgachasignup

Or you can send a notecard in Secondlife to Natalya Lore (freudianslipped Resident)(or email her at natalya.lore@aol.com) with the following information:

Your SL Name:

Store Name:

Gacha Theme: (for example, “Clothing: Alice in Wonderland Dresses”, or “Tattoos: Inspirational Poetry”)

Your mainstore SLURL, Marketplace Link, or blog you’d like used for promotion (if you have one, if not just leave blank):

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team will be so grateful for your donation and they will do their best to promote your work!

 

Going Vegan

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Going vegan may not be all that bad.  I just have to get a little used to what my plate looks like…

The media’s been inundated with articles about the healthy vegetarian/vegan diet.  It seems, in this day and age, we must thoroughly examine our food choices because of BPA, food additives, food contamination, etc.  As a grad student, I lead a potentially unhealthy lifestyle – I sit for very long periods of time at my desk, while consuming lunches over my keyboard without even realizing what I’ve consumed!  My sedentary lifestyle, coupled with my susceptibility for chronic migraines, can be a recipe for disaster if I do not take care of myself.  Fortunately, I have a number of friends that lead a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle that I can look up to.

I’m not saying that going vegan is the cure for living healthy, but, I started to think that I should at least try it, just to see whether it may help with my winter periods of lethargy.  Going vegan also helps the environment, too – but that’s a topic for another time.

In any case, I can’t stop cold turkey (ha!).  At least, not yet.  For now, I’ve been slowly moving away from dairy and meat while substituting my diet with seitan, tofu, lentils and tempeh. I still had a little cheese on Monday, and buttered my bread yesterday.  Still, it’s better than the 10 oz steak dinner that I used to have!  Going vegetarian first will be an easier step than going vegan, so I shall try that first.

Today is day 4 of going vegetarian.  Last night, I made these Italian “sausages” using a recipe I found online.  Surprisingly, they are REALLY good!  The other thing that surprises me is that there are so many great options as well as some wonderful Internet resources to help support.  Going vegetarian no longer means peanut-butter sandwiches every day.

I hope you join me on my journey as I make my switch from the carnivorous world over to the flora side.  Any questions that I can answer for you?

Happy eating everyone, whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore.  ^.^

 

Creating a fundraising page for Relay for Life of Second Life (Member’s page)

As a team co-captain for the Builder’s Brewery group in Second Life, I fundraise for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.  This tutorial will help Relay for Life of Second Life team members navigate the Relay for Life of Second Life website in order to make their own dashboard.

A dashboard is a very handy way of moving your fundraising beyond the Second Life world.  You can keep two dashboards – one with your avatar, and one with your real life name.  Then, you can give people the link to either dashboard to make donations, regardless of which world you encounter them in!  Plus, on the dashboard, people can make payments more easily using either their credit card or PayPal.

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This tutorial is for Relay for Life of Second Life team members.  It will guide you through setting up your dashboard.

  • It is suggested that you make one dashboard page for your avatar (using your Second Life username), and a second, separate dashboard for your real name.  That way, you can fundraise for your team, but it keeps your virtual and physical worlds separate.
  1.  Go to the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  Click the button, “Fundraise In RL

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2. It will bring you to the page below.  Click “Join a Team

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3.  Next, find your team name from the drop down menu.  If your team is not on this list, please check with your team captain to see if they have set up the dashboard for your team’s page.  If not, you can refer them to this post, which will give your captain the instructions for how to set it up.

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4. You will now be entering information to set up your personal dashboard page.  You can fill out the boxes based on your personal choices.  You will NOT have to pay a registration fee in order to relay in SL.

  • However, if you choose to donate at this point, you will be asked to put in your RL address linked to your credit card for the billing information.
  • If you chose “No, I’ll donate later,” the setup will skip the billing information stage.

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5.  Use your SL name for one of your dashboards.  If you have a newer user name, you can use “Resident’ as the last name.  If you do not wish to use your real address, use this address:

123 Virtual Ave.
Ny, NY  12345

This is the official “SL” address that Relay has provided for teams in SL.  For username, we suggest using a familiar email, or a name that you can easily remember.  Warning: When you click “Next” you will initially get an error message. See below.

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6.  You will get an error message that looks like the picture below.  Don’t worry!  Hit “Next” again, and it will go through.

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7. Review your information on the screen.  Make sure you’ve got all the spellings, and that you are using your Captains name in SL (and not your real name).  If you made a mistake, hit “Previous” to go back.  Otherwise, hit “Next”

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8. BOOM!  You’re done!  Now, start inviting your other team members to register!  You can have them use the same SL virtual address if they are not comfortable using their real address.

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A picture of your default dashboard page:

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HAPPY FUNDRAISING!!!

Until there is a cure, we Relay!

Creating a fundraising page for Relay for Life of Second Life (Captain’s page)

As a team co-captain for the Builder’s Brewery group in Second Life, I fundraise for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.  This tutorial is to help team captains navigate the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  For a tutorial to help your team members, refer them to here.

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Team captains, please do this after you have registered your team on the website.  To check whether you have done that, go here, and see if your team name is listed.  If it is, proceed to step 1.

  1.  Go to the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  Click the button, “Fundraise In RL

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2. It will bring you to the page below.  All captains (regardless of whether you have relayed in SL before) will need to click “Start a Team

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3.  Next, enter your team name, and your team’s fundraising goal.  Then click “Next

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4. You will now be entering information to set up your personal dashboard page – from this step down, your information has nothing to do with the overall team page.  You can fill out the boxes based on your personal choices.  You will NOT have to pay a registration fee in order to relay in SL.

  • However, if you choose to donate at this point, you will be asked to put in your RL address linked to your credit card for the billing information.
  • If you chose “No, I’ll donate later,” the setup will skip the billing information stage.

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5.  Use your SL name.  If you have a newer user name, you can use “Resident’ as the last name.  If you do not wish to use your real address, use the address provided in the picture below.  This is the official “SL” address that Relay has provided for teams in SL.  For username, we suggest using a familiar email, or a name that you can easily remember.  Warning: When you click “Next” you will initially get an error message. See below.

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6.  You will get an error message that looks like the picture below.  Don’t worry!  Hit “Next” again, and it will go through.

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7. Review your information on the screen.  Make sure you’ve got all the spellings, and that you are using your Captains name in SL (and not your real name).  If you made a mistake, hit “Previous” to go back.  Otherwise, hit “Next”

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8. BOOM!  You’re done!  Now, start inviting your other team members to register!  Refer them to the tutorial I created here (it will be slightly different than the one for team captains).  You can have them use the same SL virtual address if they are not comfortable using their real address.

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This is a picture of your default dashboard page.  Click “Take a tour” to learn about it.

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HAPPY FUNDRAISING!!!

Until there is a cure, we Relay!

Tuesday Tutorial – Evernote for Lectures, Snapshots, and Scans

Hi Everyone!

I have been doing small talks at the Non-Profit Commons in Second Life, where I have had the pleasure of connecting with a lot of passionate people.  This Friday, I’ll be interviewed by blog radio host, Marie, on her Talk! with Marie show about my work.  In the spirit of this upcoming show, I wanted to highlight an excellent suggestion that she gave me – that people would be interested in tutorials that show what I use in my grad school work!

Evernote is one of my first tools, because it is not only an electronic journal that keeps everything for me, but the paid subscription means that it makes everything SEARCHABLE!  Even my hand-written notes!

Below, I present a quick tutorial on how to get those  hand-written notes, and the notes instructors put on the board, into your Evernote in a fast and easy way.  Look on, and prepare to be amazed!  (Well, at least I was, when I first tried this trick!)

Using my nifty Camtasia program, if you view this on Youtube, you can actually click to the marked chapters – which might make viewing more pleasurable to you, if you have a short amount of time.

Enjoy, and let me know if there are other sorts of tutorials that you might be interested in seeing!

Perseverance

I had the great fortune of having my blog visited by Kathy.  If you haven’t dropped by her blog, it’s worth it.  She is one of those inspiring people who is living her dream as an artist, and the things that she creates are quite amazing.  In one of the comments she left me on my blog, she said, “…Practice makes perfect and sometimes it takes a long time. Perseverance to become the best is a virtue.

Perseverance.

If you do a Google search on “Failure quotes,” you’ll find a surprisingly large amount of them talk about what happens after the failure.  It is a fallacy to believe that successful people have never failed, or that they were simply lucky in all their endeavors.

More often than not, successful people fail all the time.  The difference is that they persevere until they no longer fail.

In other words, failure is just another challenge – and we can either pick ourselves up, or let that failure defeat us.  However, defeat is only a state of mind.  If we persevere, and continue to try harder, wiser, and smarter, eventually, we succeed.  Sometimes, it requires a change in ourselves to get there, but, if you persevere and are determined enough, you eventually will.

 

Tuesday’s Tutorial – Pomodoro Technique

Hi everyone!

I love making tutorials for people to learn.  This tutorial is about the Pomodoro method – an easy time management technique that can really boost your productivity – especially when you are working at home and have your own schedule.

Essentially, you break up your day into 25-minute productive chunks, called “Pomodoros,” with either a 5 to 10 minute break in break in between each one.  Aubrey and I have turned Pomodoros into a science, and we squeeze out every single productive minute that we can out of them!  Here’s what we do:

  1. Start by making a plan for your day in 25 minute Pomodoro blocks.
    • Sometimes (like you will see in my videos below), a task may take a lot more than one Pomodoro to do (sometimes mine take a LOT of Pomodoros), so estimate how long it may take you.
    • For tasks that are less than 25 minutes (like answering emails, or Twittering…), group them all into one Pomodoro.
  2. After you plan your day, get rid of ALL distractions!
    • Use a web blocker to Strict Workflow, Stayfocusd and others to keep you off the web for that period.
    • Move your cell phone to a different room.
    • Get that glass of water, use the restroom, let out the cat, etc etc….
  3. Set your timer for 25 minutes and WORK.
    • Some people like the ticking with a timer – there’s actually a science to metronome training (you may hear the clock ticking in the background of my video)
    • You may prefer to hear music, or when it’s loud and hard to concentrate, I listen to white noise.  There’s lots of things you can find on Spotify and YouTube for this.
    • Find a study buddy – We call these “sprints,” where we work for a designated block of time.  I work with some classmates and Aubrey to do a sprint.  Incidentally, if you need a study buddy, and can’t find one?  It’s why I made the second video!!!!  You can study/work with me!
  4. At the end of your work period, when the time dings, quickly reflect on what you’ve done.  Think about the next Pomodoro, then… TAKE A BREAK!
    • Break for about 5-10 minutes.  Get a drink of water, restroom, or get up and stretch.  Take a brain break!  It’s good for you!
  5. Start another Pomodoro!!!
  6. Need more info?  Go to the official Pomodoro page.  I have some helpful apps listed below, after the video.

Helpful Apps and things:

Alinof TimerPro – is the timer you see in my video.  I really like this timer!

Pomodoro Time – This app has a task list where you can mark off your Pomodoros.  After it counts down a Pomodoro, it’ll even time your breaks for you.

Strict Workflow – Is a viewer browser plug-in that blocks off your websites for 25 minutes.  Very nifty!

Happy Productivity!!!

~Yen

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