Carol Halter is a fellow Syracuse University Graduate Student, and has created a blog titled Scorez 4 Life. Her blog encourages people to feel empowered and take positive steps to be happy. Participation, discussion, and new contributors are welcomed.
I’ve chosen Astronomy as the topic of my Blog. Why Astronomy? First all, Amateur Astronomy is one of my hobbies, and I find it to be an interesting topic. Astronomy is a hobby that can be local, as in the case of sharing infomation about Astronomy Clubs or Dark Sky sites, but it also can be a wide-ranging topic that includes everything from NASA to science news.
Ways to Grow and Engage Community
These are some of the ways I plan to grow and engage the community. This will not only increase the popularity and viewiership of my blog, but it will foster communication and sharing of ideas, as I wil reach out to readers and invite them to provide content.
1. Frequent Posting – I’m going to Post on a daily basis. There’s enough information available to post, and because Astronomy is a particularly timely subject, it’s even more important to make frequent posts. This will also help engage readers, as the posts will be timely and relevant.
2. Links -I’m going to use links from other sites. I realize the need to balance local information with posts that will interest people from remote locations, and because the blog has to have a broad base, I intend to use links for news and expand the scope of the topics presented.
4. Blog Carnival – I will be joining the blog carnival by adding the blog to my signature on the blogs I already visit. This will return readers to my blog, and I can use this to help spread the information on my posts. Commenting on other sites will increase my web presence, and it will be a great way to meet people with similar interests.
5. Social Media – I wll be enhancing my blog to include Social Media, so the blog posts will be reflected on my Twitter, Facebook, and other Social Media accounts. This will increase the reach of my Blog, and encourage my followers to read my posts, and contribute content. I will also include my contact information on my Blog.
New evidence was released Friday that gives clues as to the final dispostion of Ameila Earhart, navigator Fred Noonan, and their Lockheed Electra aircraft. Discovery News reported that a study released by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) indicates that doezens of radio signals originally dismissed were actual transmissions from Earhart’s plane, shortly after it disappeared during her 1937 around the world attempt.
Study Determines Old Evidence May Have Been Overlooked
The study, released after a 3 Day conference commemorating the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s departure on her around the world attempt, sheds new light on evidence that may have previously been cast aside. Discovery News reported that 57 radio transmissions, which had been received by a radio station on the island of Naru, were ignored, and Earhart’s call for help and her distress calls “were swept under the rug.”
Additional Clues Support Radio Transmissions
According to Discovery News, an anti-freckle cosmetic jar was found, broken in five pieces, on an island on an uninhabited island in the Southwestern Pacific Republic of Kiribati. When reassembled, the fragments, collected on the island of Nikumaroro Island, form a jar that resembles the complete shape of Dr. C. H Berry’s Freckle Ointment, which was marketed in the ’20’s and ’30’s as a freckle removal cream. Earhart, who was known to have freckles frequently expressed her dislike for them, and this is the type of cream she may have used.
TIGAR To Launch Ninth Expedition on 75th Anniversary
On the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGAR) will launch an expedition, their ninth, to search for more clues on the disappearance. On July 2nd, TIGAR will dispatch searchers to Nikumaroro Island, in an attempt to gather more evidence that supports their hypotheses.
Maximum PC has a site that recommends the 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC. This list, covering 7 pages, spans the full gamut from Utilities, to general Applications. Windows Appstore, while having fewer apps, lists the Top 20 Free Apps for your new PC. While this list is smaller, and has some of the same apps as Maximum PC, it lists them all on a single, page, and provides a large screenshot of each app, so you have an idea of what they’ll look like on your PC.
Another good site is Guiding Tech’s Top 10 Free Software Apps to Install on Your New PC. This list includes CCleaner (Crap Cleaner), which is great for removing tempory and other junk files off your PC. Running CCleaner frequently can help keep your PC from slowing down.
Keep in mind that these lists continue to change. It’s also important to update apps on a regular basis, because as time goes on, updates are released to address bugs and security concerns. Always use Windows Update to make sure your PC has the latest security patches.
1. PCDecrapifier.com – This site allows you to download and install the PC Decrapifier, which gets rid of the bloatware and unwanted applications that PC makers install on new PC’s. This will help speed up your new PC, give you more hard drive space, and get rid of the clutter you may never use anyway.
2. Ninite.com – This site is a one-stop-shop for the applications you need to install on a new PC. Categories include Browsers, messaging, media, utilities, and other tools that can be selected an installed from a single interface. This is the quickest and fastest way to install applications on your PC, and it’s a nice place to see what alternatives you have for each category.
3. Microsoft Security Essentials – One of the best free, fast, and reliable Antivirus/Antispyware applications (Also installable via Ninite.)
4. Open DNS – Change your DNS (Domain Name Service) entries to speed up your Internet Connection. This will allow you to
5. Microsoft Fishbowl HTML 5 Graphics Benchmark – This will allow you to find out how truly fast your new PC is. Set it to “Auto” and run it on your old PC.
The first one is for a small bakery, named Bill’s, located in Syracuse, that features cupcakes.
The obvious choice for the domain would be billscupcakes.com, and after performing a search on Namecheap.com (http://www.namecheap.com/domains/domain-name-search/results.aspx?domain=billscupcakes&tlds=&searchall=&type=single&) I found that billscupcakes.com is available. The corresponding blog name would be “Bill’s Cupcakes”.
One advantage with this combination is that the domain name and blog would match, and provide customer loyalty and recognition to the actual business. While the name is descriptive, and provides connection to the actual bakery in Syracuse, this combination does not reference other products sold by the bakery, nor does it provide a connection with Syracuse.
In order to address these concerns, I would recommend branding on the blog that would provide this customer loyalty and recognition, making the connection between the location of the bakery, and the blog.
The next proposal is for Fang Films. Fang Films is a movie studio that focuses on horror films, most of which are released direct to DVD.
After performing a domain search, I found that fangfilms.com was not available. Fangfilms.net, however, is available. I chose against using this, due to the fact that most people associate the .COM name with a business. Also, fangfilms.com appears to be a parked page, and if people went there, they would see an empty page, and not try to look further for Fang Films.
I chose to go with moviesthatscareyou.com, as many other .com choices were unavailable. The blog could also be called Movies That Scare You, and Fang Films could be referenced on the blog. The advantages of this combination would be the descriptive name, and provide a recognizable theme for the blog. That being said, the company name of Fang Films was not used, nor is the connection with DVD online sales.
The last proposal is for Happy Puppy Dog Day Care, a new dog daycare business in Syracuse. Being this is a new business, I chose to go with syracusedoggiedaycare.com. A domain search revealed this was available. I would choose the same name for the blog, with a reference and transition to Happy Puppy Dog Day Care after the brand had been established.
The reason I chose this name for a number of reasons. First of all, since this is a new business, there is no brand recognition, and I would take advantage of people searching for doggie day care in Syracuse, and this domain name and blog name would solidify this business as the premier doggie day care in Syracuse. How many times have you gone to a site where the name of the site evokes professionalism and experience? (i.e. batteries.com, or news.com). There is no branding tied to Happy Puppy, so striving to be THE doggie day care site is a good opportunity.
The disadvantage of using this combination is that it doesn’t provide an immediate tie-in with the Happy Puppy name, so someone may not associate the actual bricks and mortar business to the online site. Many companies get around this by choosing a domain name, and having that name forward to another site. (News.com forwards to Cnet.com).