Michelle Obama photo gallery

October 29, 2009 at 11:12 am (Reaction)

Courtesy of The Washington Post, I viewed a photo gallery of First Lady Michelle Obama. There were roughly 43 photos all of her and different things she has done. I enjoyed most the photos from different angles. It made the photo more appealing to the eye. Or photos where she was doing something different in them. For example, the first photo we see, Obama is sitting with a breast cancer survivor, the wave she is doing with her hand is both cute and intrigues the viewer into the photo.

Overall, I liked this gallery. With a high profile person like Mrs. Obama, it is always fun to feel like you get a glimpse into their busy life. Through this gallery I felt like I could relate more to Obama and the photos are always an interesting way of doing that. The gallery was interesting to me and I read every caption of every photo. I also enjoyed how each photo tried to catch Obama in a new light and setting. This made for a much more interesting gallery.

I have no complaints about this and I think that everything was done well, the eye-catching appeal of the Web site, the borders around the photos and the photos themselves. I would recommend this site to others for viewing photos in a clear and concise manner.

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odd job number six, high profile nanny

October 29, 2009 at 11:02 am (Reporting)

Towson Junior, Amy Fauber

Photo courtesy of Facebook

How many of you do your share of clubbing? Well this individual, sees clubbing from a whole new perspective. Amy Fauber, a junior at Towson University is the nanny for two kids. Their parents are the owners of Fur Nightclub, Lotus Lounge, Midtown, and Tatoo in Washington, D.C. What a crazy and interesting job. Lets hear what she has to say about it.

“I am the nanny or weekend babysitter. I babysit Friday from 12:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from nine or 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. I either run errands with the mother and her kids, or play with the two children, ages six and four. The mother is always with me. I mostly am in charge of watching the younger child and making sure she is okay, and I mostly do whatever the kids want me to.”

“I wanted to be a part of this job because it pays so well, and it is the most ideal job in my opinion for a college student. I met the family through my dance teacher. I used to be a server at a local restaurant, one day the mother came in to the restaurant and said that she needed a babysitter and that if I quit my job she would pay me more than I was making. The next day I put in my two weeks notice.”

“I remember the first day I babysat we went into Tyson and she had me return a $2,000 purse. I walked out of Neimans with $2,000 in my hands, and I was in shock. Now that is just normal two me. She has a purse fetish, she will buy Channel purse, after Gucci purse, after Louis V purse. She buys them like its pocket change. She also has a Starbucks addiction and will sometimes get Starbucks six times a day. She will also get drinks for me (or the weekday babysitter) and both kids.”

“There are also many stories about the kids. They are not the easiest to handle, the four year old had a fit one time because she didn’t like her vanilla latté and wanted a new one. Also, she was mad at me and ripped my sunglasses off my head and almost body slammed them. These kids get everything they ask for. If it is something small they will get it that day, if it is bigger the mother will look for it until she gets it for them.”

“I think it is important for students to do odd jobs, I think it gives a lot of life experience. I had always told my mother I wanted to spoil my children rotten, but now I know I never want to do that. I think it is also a lot more interesting than waitressing, but I think it is a lot harder sometimes as well.”

“The average pay is $25 an hour cash. But, she also gives me many things, and buys me many things. She does not believe in keeping anything if she isn’t going to use it. She will just give me things. One time she gave me four bottles of Gain detergent, four bottles of Gain fabric softener and four boxes of Gain dryer sheets because she said they didn’t make her clothes smell enough. I have made up to $300 in one day before.”

“I would recommend [students] just continue looking for jobs, it seems hard to find, but I constantly see hiring signs in windows, so I would just say don’t get overwhelmed and eventually if you keep looking something will work out.”

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Economy forces odd jobs

October 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm (Research)

Students are not the only ones that need odd jobs to make it through the tough money times. In this article readers are introduced to multiple people who are using their resources to make ends meet. “Getting back to the basics” helps readers get to know Liz Prescott, who uses her superb driving abilities to get a job. She put out an ad for jobs including driving the elderly to appointments to get groceries and more. This is a job any college student with a car can certainly do and make good money doing it.

Ken Lewis took his time making ends meeting doing things like delivering pizza’s while learning the in’s and out’s of the blinds business. Do to his sucessful interning, he was asked to buy the shop and has since been doing very well for himself. Even though sometimes you have to start at low scale jobs, being ambitious and a “go-getter” will eventually be rewarding.

Finally, Eileen Blackwell owns a travel resort rentals business, due to the economy the statis of her business is not well. Her and her sons, are now going back to the basics of a cleaning business. Doing odd jobs around peoples homes to make a substantial income until their business picks up. This is a great way for students to make money, simple house chores that they are good at, they can help elderly with or busy business executives.

Again, there are always ideas stirring for odd jobs for students. Keep a look out.

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Two Talking apes

October 22, 2009 at 11:15 am (Reaction)

Two tallking apes, not something you hear about everyday. But not only do you get to read about it, it’s as if you were there when you hit “play” on the podcast. The Web site and podcast titled, A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes is about Kanzi and Panbanisha, two apes that not only understand what humans say, but they can communicate back to them. After a series of tests it has been confirmed that no other outside factors have played a part, these apes have simply associated with humans and learned the art of the English language.

Overall, the story was very interesting. It was long after a while and it is hard to get drawn into the scene if you do not know that much about it. This is why the supplemental podcast is very helpful. You get to hear the background of the apes and it feels like you are there. It is an interesting story and the podcast just helps the viewer to feel like they are interacting more with the topic. The ape sounds in the backgroud really give off a nice vibe.

I would like to see more stories done like this. However, it would have been neat to have some video footage or more photos other than just one to add to the story as well. I was left thinking, “I want to see it.”

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One to many hallow jobs

October 21, 2009 at 11:37 pm (Research)

I have never in my life heard of so many gothic jobs. I thought my Halloween topic article last week was interesting, but this week, a cosmetologist for corpses, wow. For one thing, I didn’t think I would have such great luck finding articles to support my odd job theory. Not only has this topic been highly vocal in the news media, but it has been a key topic in regards to Halloween. Check out The Daily Dish blog to read more.

I like this article because it again shows the wide acceptance of odd jobs and the different things that are offered for people. Don’t get tied down in typical jobs. There are jobs out there, you just have to be creative and not be afraid to do something different. This article shows this to extent. Working on corpses may not be your typical job idea but hey, what better way to practice make up design on someone who won’t put up a fight. Sounds crazy, but think outside the box, look for different avenues of things that you like. After continuing to interview and find these articles, I am sold on the fact that if you are struggling to find employement, odd jobs are the way to go.

This will be the last of the gothic Halloween articles, I promise, however you must admit, you read them don’t you?

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Odd job number five, adolescent firefighting

October 21, 2009 at 10:59 pm (Reporting)

Brian Shipley is a Howard County volunteer firefighter, he has worked at the fire department since he was a teenager and although he is not getting paid, he expresses the importance of odd jobs that have a long-lasting effect on the lives of young people.

“I first joined the Elkridge Junior Firefighters in 2000. I was a junior until I turned 16 and joined the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. Both of my parents and my grandfather were firefighters/ EMT’s so I was destined to become a firefighter.”

“I got voted into the department in October of 2004 and started taking Firefighter 1 not too long after that. I’ve been constantly taking classes since I joined. I’ve taken Firefighter 1&2, Rescue Technician, EMT, Hazardous Materials, Truck Company Fire Ground Operations, Fire Officer 1, and I’m currently enrolled in Fire Officer 2 and Fire instructor 1.”

“There is a lot that goes into being a volunteer firefighter, but it is all worth it. It is not the normal job that a kid does, but that is part of the excitement.”

“This definitely helped me mature as I was growing up. I was 16 when I first saved someone’s life and it was an eye opening experience. “

“I think it is very important for older teens to get involved in their local fire department. It will show them not to take things for granted.”

“Currently I am a lieutenant in the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. I am the officer in charge of the fire engine. I also work with the Rookie Program. The Rookie Program is what we call firefighters first year in the department.”

“I would encourage others to get involved by telling them what we do, and some of the stuff I’ve seen. They would have to come fill out an application, and get voted into the department. After that they would need to go get a fire department physical and then they can start riding and taking classes.”

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Information gathered from readings

October 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm (Reaction)

Two of the readings that have been assigned for class that I will talk about are chapter four in the Ward text on online writing. This reading can be found by searching at a library for Online Journalism by Mike Ward. I will also be discussing the Multimedia Design: Navigation Maps and Storyboards online reading.

Let’s begin in the ward text. Now, I think I am a good writer, I write all the time and have taken the proper courses to teach me how to write effectivly. However, it is a great teaching tool to reiterate things from the beginning. Allowing myself to hear again, write direct sentences and dont write to long, write for a purpose. Those things are essential to hear over and over and over again. One thing in particular that stood out to me and that I have already used countless times in my writing is where is says, “…limit each to communicating one basic thought or piece of information.” (Ward, p. 105) I could go on and on about the things I learned in this text, but the main things that helped me were reiterating the basics in a straight forward, elementary manner.

As far as the online resource, I learned about all the different types of online structures and storyboards. I didn’t realize there were so many option or that, that much thought went into the structure of online. I think the basic ones are easier to follow and would be more reader friendly. The linear and hierarchical structures seem to be the most basic. Basic is not always bad and like the Ward readings expressed if a viewer has to go to to much effort or it’s to long, your story will not get read. So why not stick with the basics.

These readings helped reiterate a lot of points to me and I will continue to think about these things when working on my own projects and stories as well as reflecting on other peoples.

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Odd job number four, farm end at a horse farm

October 16, 2009 at 11:51 am (Reporting)

Days End Farm, Horse Rescue is a rescue mission in Woodbine, Maryland. Colleen Steiger, worked as one of the farm ends that works there. She would take care of the horses, do tours for students and clean up after them and care for them as if they were her own. Not your typical after school job. Steiger has since graduated from Towson University and talks about how her odd job influenced her life. Let’s take a look at what she has to say.

“At Days End Farm, Horse Rescue I basically I just cared for the horses. These incloudes feeding, medicating, farm chores and those are just a few.”

“I love horses. I would much rather be around the animals and working with them than working around people. I tried being a waitress and doing ‘normal’ jobs and I hated it.”

“You have to look for something you want to do, or you’re just wasting your time.”

“If you need a job, I think any job is good for people. But then again…doing farm work and cleaning up after animals, in a way does build character.”

“If you don’t enjoy your job, it will just bring you down.”

“Now I’m a veterinary technician at an animal hospital and I’d say that Days End changed who I am because of the things I saw there. I saw things there that a lot of people won’t see in their entire life. It changes you, and it proved to me what I wanted to do after I graduated.”

“I’ve seen animals come in completely emaciated and parasite infested, practically dead.
Then I get to see my hard work pay off by seeing them become healthy again and go to new homes, it’s a rewarding job.”

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A very grave job

October 16, 2009 at 11:40 am (Research)

As we approach Halloween I thought it would be fun to have a somewhat scarey odd job to talk about. Man, does this fit the bill. Even more than I could have imagined. The Taunton Daily Gazette published an article titled, Odd Jobs: This worker has a grave outlook on employment, this article is about a man who works at a cemetery. Not only is he a grave digger, but he also helps maintain the cemetery. In this article he talks about the details of his job and the easy and hard parts about it.

I thought this article was a great example of an odd job. It also says at the top that while some desk jobs can be bizarre it doesn’t compare to some other jobs around the globe. Grave digging is just one of many. When I read this article I didn’t know anything about grave digging or working in a cemetery, so it was an informative article in general, besides talking about another odd job.

This is one job students would never think of, and I hope this article in particular as well as other that I have posted continue to widen the acceptance of odd jobs and help you brainstorm some ideas. Who knows, whoever reads this could be the next celebrity grave digger!

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Career Center gives their perspective

October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am (Reporting)

The Career Center on Towson University’s campus sends a representative to give their perspective on jobs for students. Job developer and events coordinator for the center Anna Berglowe-Lynch tells us what she thinks.

“People are still hiring, absolutly. I am looking at a report [from hire@tu] right now and there are 185 jobs hiring right now, some are paid internships but most are part-time jobs. Nannys, babsitters and some sales representatives are the top jobs needing to be filled by employers. Salaries for these jobs rage from six dollars an hour to 450 for a high school tutor.”

“There are jobs that still exist it just takes more time. Walking through the mall once is not going to work, you have to be creative. You may need to hit the street and pass out resumes.”

“[Students] need to make a solid resume and have thier basic information down.”

“Most companies are still hiring, there are still help wanted signs it’s just more work to track them down.”

“It’s good to use your network. The odd jobs still are a great idea, they have needs for them. the best way is by using your personal network.”

“We have an on-campus job posting system, hire@tu, people are looking to hire University students. They are looking specifically to them.”

“We’re always here to help them find a job, it’s hard, you have to be creative. Use your resources.”

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