Wanna Buy Stock in Twitter?

APTOPIX Twitter IPO

If you’re into stocks and trust social media, maybe consider buying stock in Twitter! Shares of Twitter traded between $45 and $47 in their first hours on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning, under the ticker symbol “TWTR.” On Wednesday evening, the stock had a starting price of $26. However, with trading underway, it’s on track for an 80% jump in stock price!

It was only fitting that Patrick Stewart ring the NYSE bell, since we all know he’s a huge twitterer.

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So, would you buy stock in Twitter?

What about Facebook?

Technology is always iffy when dealing with stocks because it changes a lot. My husband and I had money invested in internet companies in the late ’90s. Sadly, they went under and we lost it all. Do you think social media will ever fail the way so many other technology driven sites have?

‘Tis the Season: Change Your Wallpaper

I heart chevron. I always have. I’ve been on a huge chevron kick, using it for my background for my phone for months now.

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During the months of September and October, I had candy corn chevron and now that it’s November, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. For me and my family, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a season. We love to decorate every room with lights and trees. By the time we are finished, we don’t need regular lights, we just use all the holiday lights. To make it easier, we put them all on timers so we don’t’ have to go around and turn them all on. But that’s another post. If you love chevron and the holiday season as much as I do, I thought I’d pass along these two images I found and edited to fit my phone and my style.

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Star Wars, Harry Potter & Other Nerdy MBTI Charts

If you’ve ever taken a Myers-Briggs personality test, you know it can be fun to see what your personality type is according to the test and how well it matches up to you. Well, recently I’ve seen a few of them pop up on tumblr and even on Facebook, so I thought I’d compile the list of the ones I’d found and put them here. My results changed from the last time I took this test because up until 2012, I never considered myself an introvert. I’ve definitely become one now.

I tested at INFJ — Counselor.

If you don’t know, take the test here then get your score and see who are you!

Star Wars

Star Trek

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My Little Pony

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Harry Potter

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Orange is the New Black

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SIMPSONS

Check out the FRIENDS one here

If you like that, check out this tumblr where the owner takes characters and writes up their test results.

Making GIFs is Fun!

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I love following the fandoms and reblogging gifs from TV shows and movies. Well, the more time I spend on there, the more I realized I wanted to learn how to make my own gifs. For some fandoms there are a lot of gifs and for others there are none. So, I decided to be proactive and I learned how to make them myself.

To make gifs you need:

  • KMPlayer — free program — just make sure you DO NOT install the crap toolbars associated with the install file.
  • Photoediting software — I am using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can download GIMP for free if you don’t have adobe. This open source software acts in the same manner that adobe does.

I’m not going to go into the step-by-step details to make them because there are 183492820021 tutorials out there already. I did refer to this youtube video when I started making gifs.

I’ve created some fun gifs thanks to this new obsession.
Check them out on my tumblr
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Belmont Estate: The Gari Melcher House & Studio

A few weeks ago, my family did some nerding and one of the stops was at The Gari Melcher House and Studio in Stafford, Virginia. Before we toured, I had absolutely no clue who he was. What I discovered was that he was a famous painter that lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before diving into the history that we uncovered, I wanted to share pictures from the exquisitely restored grounds. He and his wife created their own piece of heaven in Virginia.

I loved this house because there was art in every room. Some of the historic houses we have visited left a lot to be desired, but this house was different. Stay tuned for more about the Gari Melcher House and Studio.

In Memory: DC Navy Yard

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You hear about events on the news and through social media that shake you up and make you think, “WOW! What was that person thinking?” Then you usually say a prayer to whatever higher power you believe in (if you do) for those people who lost their lives. Out of the 13 people killed in this tragic event, this one struck a bit too close to home. One of the people killed was from the area I just moved from and my husband has a lot of nerd friends that work there. One of them actually lost a coworker.

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The details are still fuzzy on why the 34 year-old-gunman, Aaron Alexis, attacked the people he did or why he even did what he did. It’s believed he had PTSD – a very real, very deadly disorder many people suffer after surviving horrific situations. Whatever the cause, 13 people are dead (including the gunman), 8 more injured,  and the whole situation could have been avoided. We must never forget those people that woke up and went to work as if it were any other day, not knowing that day was going to be their last.

So far, 7 of the 12 people have been identified.

    1. Michael Arnold, 59.
    2. Sylvia Frasier, 53
    3. Kathy Gaarde, 62.
    4. John Roger Johnson, 73.
    5. Frank Kohler, 50.
    6. Bernard Proctor, 46.
    7. Vishnu Pandit, 61.

Naturally this is raising a huge debate over gun control. That’s an issue to discuss at a later date. September is turning into a very violent month filled with memorials. My heart goes out to those that this tragedy impacted.

In Memory: 9/11

Today marks the 12 year anniversary of the attacks that changed America as we know it. I had family working in the Pentagon, but luckily they didn’t get hurt. Unfortunately, many people lost their lives that day.

I will never forget that day. WE can never forget.

Why We Gain Weight & How to Not Over Eat

I met with a nutritionist the other day and we had a nice sit- down chat as to why I am not losing weight. Not only will I be getting blood work done to check out my thyroid and vitamin levels, I plan on putting the following information to work, so I can get this regained weight off my hips. This is what I learned…

 

Why We Gain: Top 3 Reasons

  • Stress
  • Over eat
  • No/not enough exercise

Something to Do Before Eating So You Don’t Over Eat

  • Drink 1 bottle of water before eating
  • Eat 6 almonds
  • Eat 12 walnuts

Check out the video where I discuss this as well as some other things, like my new haircut!

The Nerderific White House Response to Death Star Petition

Before Christmas a good friend of mine posted on Facebook about a petition started on Nov 14 at We the People. It was about creating a Death Star. More specifically:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.

It already had enough signatures (34,435) that it HAD TO BE viewed by the White House.

 

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Being the nerd that I am, I had to check this out for myself. Sure enough, it was there. Sure enough, I signed it! I mean, who wouldn’t?

 

So, time passed and it went to the White House. Recently, the White House responded. The title of the email that went out to everyone that signed the petition: THIS IS NOT THE PETION RESPONSE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

 

The response was written by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

 

His sense of humor continued with his response as to why the White House declined the petition. See the rest of the email response below:

 The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. (Yes folks, that’s $850 quadrillion, or 850 followed by 15 zeroes).
  •  The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

What do you think of the White House response? Was it appropriate? Did it make you laugh or piss you off? I found it entertaining to say the least.

Donate to FCancer & Win An Ian Harding Autograph or Voice Mail

If you are a fan of the ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars, then chances are you already know about this. If you aren’t, then I would suggest you give the show a go. I’m VERY NEW to the fandom (I watched it over Thanksgiving with Mini-Me) and I’m glad. The cast is very outspoken on many of the social networks and seem to be down to earth.

Besides the amazing fashion and makeup of our four Pretty Little Liars or Ezra’s love for John Varvatos, what reeled me into the fandom was the numerous charities the cast supports. One in particular stood out to me after dealing with my husband losing his grandfather to lung cancer just after Easter. This would be the charity FCancer supported by Ian Harding, who plays Ezra on the show.  

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 I won’t bore you with the details of how cancer effed up my life. I honestly have more family in cemeteries than I do living these days due to this ugly disease. I’m sure we all have similar stories to share. If you are curious you can scroll down and read.

Donate and Win!

If you are able to make a donation, Ian is member of Jonah Hill’s F-Cancer project. Every $25 donation through Crowdrise, makes you eligible to win an Ian autographed FCancer t-shirt.

  

These are the shirts Ian posted on twitter that he was sent to autograph. One of them could be yours!

 If you can donate $250, you automatically will receive a voice mail from Ian to use on your phone.

I made the $250 donation, so stick around for my voice mail. I have my fingers crossed on getting an autographed shirt, but I think I’m going to buy one to wear anyway. I love how this organization gives cancer the middle finger.

 What You Need to Do

Set up a (free) Crowdrise account. Be sure to add me as a friend on there. From Ian’s page, click the donate button and enter your amount. Just like that, you’ve made a contribution towards a worthy cause.

I’ve made a list of my favorite charities and organizations I support at the top of this page. I added Ian’s page to my Charity list above because this isn’t his first charity event and based on his history, I doubt this will be his last.

If you are able to donate, please do so. Let me know in the comments below or tweet me (@agirlnamednat).

How Cancer Impacted My Life in 2012:

My college roommate at VCU announced on FB that she had leukemia. She was fortunate enough to get a bone marrow transplant from her sister and is improving daily.

Right after Easter, my husband lost his grandfather after a long and painful battle with lung cancer. Now, I’ve been a part of this family since 1998 when we started dating (14 years this year), so it was very hard for me too. This was also the first loss my children experienced that they were old enough to fully understand.

I quit teaching high school biology after this diagnosis and returned to school full time to study clinical lab science. Pawpaw Neagle reminded me that each day was precious and I needed to follow my dreams because life was too short. Of course in my Urinalysis & Bodily Fluids class, I looked and identified cancerous tissues almost all semester. I always left class depressed.

Fast-forward to winter and days before Christmas, I found out one of my friends and former teacher (we both resigned from the same high school this past summer) lost her battle to cervical cancer. What was horrible about this was that she was only diagnosed in August.

I hope you will join me in this!

 

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