Category Archives: News

Citing Creative Commons Content Just Got Much Easier

Most people who blog very often know that at some point they are going to need to use a picture or other item which they find on the internet. Through sites such as or using Google’s advanced image search, it is possible to find non-copyrighted pictures. These are generally licensed under Creative Commons and are free to be used (usually non-commercially) as long as you give credit to the original creator. Finding the information to cite images however can be time consuming and sometimes quite frustrating. Too often, a blogger may just forego altogether even attempting to give credit to their source. This of course is just plain wrong. Continue reading

A Somber Yet Important Message

How many times have you been driving down the road and seen the car ahead of you or next to you swerving in their lane? You get up next to them, and can tell that they are looking down at their phone. Maybe they’re texting, maybe they’re looking up the weather, maybe they’re entering a new location for driving directions, but they aren’t paying attention to the road.

All it takes is one time, and lives may be forever changed. The text can wait. The weather can wait. Pull over somewhere to enter the new location. Put the phone away. The life you save may be yours, or it may be the son or daughter, a mother or father.

Money Maker: Beezag – Watch Videos and Earn Cash

Back in December, 2010 I started using a website called Beezag. It asks you questions about your shopping habits, likes and dislikes, future plans, etc. Then it matches you with advertisement videos. These videos generally run from less than a minute to several minutes. So far I’ve had music videos, Amazon (Kindle) videos, numerous beauty products videos, etc. To ensure that you have watched the video, two numbers flash – one near the beginning and one near the end. You enter those numbers and then submit to earn the points. For each video you watch, you will also be awarded with discount coupons. If you make a purchase using one of those coupons, you can send it to Beezag and earn additional points. Continue reading

Looking For a Job? Be Willing to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the past two years I went to school online to obtain my Masters in Library Science while tutoring to earn a living. In January I started the process of filling out applications at numerous schools across the country. By April, I had applied to schools in at least 12 states, and had seriously considered applying to one in another country. By March I was starting to feel desperate, and reading all the news stories of teachers and librarians being cut all over, decided to apply to a couple different oil and gas companies. Nothing was panning out. By May and graduation, I had had TWO interviews. One for a school librarian position, and one for a very small oil and gas company. Continue reading

Graduated From Grad School Debt Free!

I started the online library science program in July, 2009. At the time I had visions of being able to finish it in a one-year time span. Program limitations made that plan impossible. So, I adjusted my plan to finishing in two-years. In hindsight, that really was the better way to go, at least financially. Continue reading