Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


“I Voted” Badge on Foursquare

Foursquare:  I Voted Badge

Photo Courtesy of Foursquare

Currently, I’m teaching American National Government at Misericordia University, and this has been just as much a learning experience for me as it has been for my students.  When the class first started, I told my students that along with meeting the University’s goals, I have several outcomes for the course too.  I want them to:

  • Vote
  • Know the issues
  • Evaluate their sources of information
  • Understand the values that they bring with them to the polls

In each of my classes (I’ve taught two so far), I explain not only the foundations of the government and the political process but I also explain the origins of the Articles of Confederation and the evolution of the Constitution of the United States, with a focus on the events that lead to the right to vote for women and minorities.

This semester, one of the more interesting discussions in this course has been about how social media has changed politics.  People who were not otherwise engaged in politics have become more involved due to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and, now, Foursquare.  Foursquare is a location~based mobile application that allows users to “check in” to venues and collect virtual badges.

On Wednesday, Foursquare announced that it’s offering an “I Voted” badge for everyone who “checks in” from their polling place on Tuesday,  2 November. In order to unlock the special “I Voted” badge, users have to give a “shout out” from one of the 107,000 polling places using the “#ivoted” hashtag.

According to the announcement, Foursquare created the badge for three reasons: “to encourage civic participation, increase transparency in the voting process and develop a replicatable system for the 2012 Presidential election.”  No matter what your political affiliation, I ask you to please take the time to vote.  Do not let the “talking heads” on television or the radio make you believe that your vote doesn’t count.  It does.  And after you vote, check in with the hashtag #ivoted so everyone knows that you made a difference.


Breast Cancer Awareness: 3~Day for a Cure

Click here to donate to Team Cardona as they walk in the Susan G. Komen Dallas/FT. Worth 3~Day for a Cure!

Thank you on behalf of my friends as well as all of those who have fought and lost the battle against breast cancer as well as those who continue to fight.

Disclosure:  This post is in no way endorsed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I have known Mylynka and Lupe for over 20 years and I want to support and encourage them in the best way that I know how ~ through my words.


A Letter to My Husband


Photo Courtesy of Barnes and Noble Website

Dear Tony,

By now you’ve heard me exclaim ad nauseam how much I love love love that I took the plunge and downloaded the Nook app to my Droid.  In fact, you’ve benefited from my download immensely.  You know how we have different sleeping habits, and how I used to want to keep the TV on even though you were sleeping because I didn’t want to get up out of our warm cozy bed?  Well now, I just whip out my phone and read.  It doesn’t even disturb you, does it?  Well, the problem is that I kill my battery because sometimes I forget to plug the phone up before I go to sleep (which leads to you yelling at me because, well, my phone is dead).

I’ve discovered a solution to both our problems:  me being able to read at night and you being able to get in touch with me whenever you want.  It’s the Nookcolor.  You’ve seen me at Barnes and Noble and you’ve seen the way I gaze longingly at the Nook whenever we’re there…

Cue cheesy eighties teen classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany….

Honey, I would LOVE to receive a Nookcolor for Christmas.

The Nookcolor offers:

  • a 7 in color touchscreen
  • holds up to 6000 books (without the memory card)
  • access to full color magazines and newspapers
  • as well as a social aspect (I can lend you books free of charge for 14 days)
  • built~in WiFi

All for $249 (much less than those tires you want to buy for your car)…

So please, let’s save our marriage and purchase the Nookcolor.

All my love,

Disclosure:  I didn’t receive any compensation for this post, I just really want a Nookcolor.

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