Hmmm…the last time I posted Weekly Reads was more than a month ago when I swore this feature was going to become regular once again. Things happen (namely three speaking engagements at three conferences in a row: Type A, Blogalicious, and Digital Family Summit) but I’m feeling more caught up now so here we go with determination to really make this a weekly feature!
Have you heard that Windows 8.1 is out? It’s a free upgrade if you already own Windows 8. I got a sneak peek earlier in September and it has some things you were wishing Windows 8 had, like the ability to multitask. If you haven’t installed it yet, don’t until you read Michele McGraw’s post on Scraps of My Geek Life called Windows 8.1 Installation Tips for a Smoother Install.
Martha Stewart angered the blogosphere with comments on Bloomberg about how “bloggers are not experts.” Oh Martha. How far you’ve fallen since speaking to this very same group at BlogHer in 2012 and hosting an off-site event for bloggers at her offices in 2010. As Cecily Kellogg writes on Babble Tech, “Becoming irrelevant has to suck.”
With smartphone cameras getting better and better, I love AT&T’s Take Your Shot campaign that’s given aspiring filmmakers the chance to pitch their ideas. As part of the campaign, three finalists were selected to work with famous Asian-American filmmakers to create a short film using just their phones. I love how this campaign has helped make dreams a reality by providing the opportunity for budding cinematographers the chance to work with visionaries in their field using products we use every day. The shorts will premier tomorrow- Monday, October 21 and here’s a trailer from this campaign that will inspire you to take more video, even if just with your phone.
Fall is here and I’m glad to be welcoming a change of clothes into the mix. My fabulous and always stylish and money savvy friend, Kelly over at Centsible Life, provides 5 Ways to Save on Your Fall Wardrobe. Speaking of fashion…Hillary Chybinski admits to having wavy hair and shares her favorite tools to fake it.
Great things came out of Digital Family Summit including more kids who blog! I roomed with Elena Sonnino and her daughter for an uber-mother-daughter weekend where we spent part of our time holed up in our room researching available domain names. Explore with Spunk is by Elena’s daughter (aka Spunk) and centers around travel, create and do good with Spunk.” Also check out Lolli’s daughter, Reese, blogging at Better in Bulk where her first post is called 10 Ways to Be a Good Safety Patrol.
Have you picked up a copy of Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest? Not only do I love Christine and Asha and their message that more isn’t better that is a breath of fresh air for all parents, but I love them even more because until October 31, the co-authors are donating 100% of royalties for books purchased via http://bit.ly/helpwomenatrisk to WOMEN AT RISK, an Ethiopian organization that helps women lift themselves out of prostitution. #HelpWomenAtRisk by purchasing Minimalist Parenting using this special Amazon link: http://bit.ly/helpwomenatrisk For more information, visit http://minimalistparenting.com/helpwomenatrisk
And finally, where else I’ve been posting!
If you ever want to find my Babble Tech posts, just click on my name in the byline of the article that will bring you to my contributor page or find them here each week! You’ll find me musing about tech related fodder and some fun slideshows.
- Would You Want to be Surprised with a Pinterest Wedding? This guy combed his girlfriend’s Pinterest boards and pulled off a suprise engagement and wedding in a day.
- Think Siri is snippy? Siri Revealed! Woman Behind Siri Explains Snippiness gives you the inside scoop behind Siri’s ‘tude.
- Your Social Media Self: Raw and Unedited or a PG-13 Version? Which one are you?
- Hashtag This Jimmy Fallon and JT! How Hashtags Could Actually Be Good for Kids if educators started incorporating them more into their classroom curriculum
- And did you hear? The FAA May Lift Ban on Portable Electronic Devices like eReaders just in time for holiday travel.
Tech Savvy Parents on Parents.com
My two most recent Parents.com posts on my Tech Savvy Parents column can always be found listed in the right sidebar of my blog but if you don’t want to click over, here they are!
- 6 Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween
- PBS’ new Peg+Cat Brings Math to Preschoolers Through New Multiplatform Media Experience
- Believe it or not, all that time with Angry Birds can be educational. here are 5 Things Angry Birds Can Teach Kids About Physics
- Love Captain Underpants? We do too! How Challenged (aka not quite banned) Captain Underpants Encourages Reluctant Young Readers to Love Reading