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Five Tips for Updating Your Profile Picture {Tip Tuesday}

5 tips for updating your profile picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

What is it about Autumn that makes people think pumpkins belong in everything? It does not. Pumpkins are good for three things: decorating, making pies, and describing a shade of orange. That is all.

deep cleansing breath

I have issues with pumpkin mania but that has absolutely nothing to do with this post except that the insanity starts in Autumn and Autumn makes me wanna change everything…

Usually, I focus the changing on things like my closet. You know, organizing my collection of cardis, checking my tights for runs, etc. But this year, I decided to do something a little different. I decided to update my profile picture to match the season.

My previous profile picture was a shot of my face, tightly cropped to showcase my pixie haircut. You can see it by clicking here. Cute but dated. My hair has grown out, not as much as I’d like, considering the picture was taken 6 months ago but… I digress. The picture just didn’t fit my needs any longer, so it was time for an update.

Here’s my new profile pic:

Fall Profile Picture {Living Outside the Stacks}

Cute, right? It took me a couple hundred tries to get the shot just right but once I hit the sweet spot, I was beyond excited by the results. I take all of my own pictures without the benefit of a remote, so there’s a lot of running and wiping away of sweat involved in my selfies. Anyway, this will be my profile picture for the next few months. I’m planning something equally cute for Winter. ;-)

Here are five tips for updating your profile pic:

  1. Select a picture that represents you ~ I like floral skirts, funky shoes, books, and, of course, coffee
  2. Add a little whimsy ~ the “Hello!” on the coffee mug in my photo is both friendly and fun
  3. Make sure your name, symbol, or blog name is visible ~ This is especially true if you’re using a picture that doesn’t include your face, like I did. I use PicMonkey to edit my photos; it’s quick, easy to use, and many of the tools are FREE!
  4. Give people a head’s up ~ sometimes it can be a little disconcerting to people if your picture suddenly changes {that also goes for changing your name}
  5. Be consistent ~ make sure you update all of your avatars so your friends can recognize you

Will you be changing out your avatar to match the seasons?


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Share Your Instagram Photos to Your Fan Page {Tip Tuesday}

Tip Tuesday: Share Your Instagram Photos to Your Fan Page  {Living Outside the Stacks}I big puffy heart Instagram. In fact, I was one of those people who waited {im}patiently for Droid to get the Instagram app because *insert kids’ hand game here* “Droid and me, us never part. Droid and me, us have one heart…”

One of the things that have bugged me since I downloaded the app is the fact that I couldn’t post my pictures directly to my Facebook Fan Page. I always posted first to Instagram and then went back to my phone’s gallery and posted the picture to my page. deep sigh So redundant and so time consuming.

That is until I looked at the Instagram settings and realized that there really is an option to share to directly to my fan page. Cue groovy disco music.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app
  2. Go to your profile
  3. From the menu bar select “Share Settings”
  4. Select “Facebook”
  5. Under “Choose a Page”, select the page you’d like to share to

When you’re ready to post your picture to Instagram, you’ll see where you have the option to share on other social media sites, simply pick Facebook and there ya go.

Now there’s no more toggling back to your camera’s gallery, finding the picture and then sharing to your Facebook Fan Page. Yay!

Are you on Instagram? Give me a yell at 4daenelt.

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Google Reader is Disappearing {In the Cafe}

Ya know, it seems like every time I start using a product or get hooked on a TV show, Jericho, anyone? it gets discontinued and I’m left scrambling to find a replacement… And so it is with my favorite feed reader, Google Reader.
Thursday Likes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week’s 365 Project: 2013 Edition theme was “Double Exposure”; this was my submission. If you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

It was announced on 13 March that Google Reader will retire on 1 July 2013. What? Who made that decision? And how come they didn’t talk to me first? That gives us three months to find a new reader. If you’d like to keep your Google Reader data, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Once you download your data, you should easily be able to transfer your files to a new RSS feeder.

I’m not sure what I’ll use yet. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comments below.

In the meantime, remember, you can always follow me on Facebook or talk with me on Twitter

How will you keep up with your favorite bloggers?



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Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. I big puffy heart social media; it has allowed me the opportunity to chat with you on Facebook, see your lives on Instagram, and hoard on Pinterest but ~ and this is a big BUT ~ there are a lot of things that are inappropriate for social media. Things like breaking up, drunk texting, and notifying people of a family member’s death. It happened. As in a Georgia police department notified a mother of the death of her 30~year~old son via Facebook.  Shaking my head The police department’s Facebook page isn’t even identified as being run by or affiliated with the police department {a picture of a rapper is being used for the avatar and the name on the account is one that is used for investigative purposes ~ “Misty Hancock”}. Seriously The family thought the email was a cruel joke {1. It had ended up in their “other” box on Facebook and 2. The message looked unofficial}

The department stated that they’d tried to contact the family using traditional means but couldn’t so they used Facebook as a last resort. Blank stare OK, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say they couldn’t contact the family using the telephone or a physical address, are they seriously trying to say that it never occurred to anyone to set up an official Facebook account for the police department so that people wouldn’t receive messages from a “Misty Hancock”?

2. And speaking of Facebook, a friend of mine reposted a video of some kids, roughly aged 8 to 12, “twerking”. If you don’t know what that is, look it up, I’ll wait. The first part of the video showed young boys dancing with each other and then a group of young girls were added to the dance party. Do you need a mental scrubbing? I know I do. This posting came just after I’d read an article about a 9~year~old rapper’s family being investigated by protective services because of some sexually suggestive videos in which the boy appears. There are so many things wrong with these two stories:

  • It is never appropriate to sexualize children; dancing in a sexually suggestive manner or pretending to smack the butt of a woman is neither cute nor funny. Parents, you can’t wonder why people see kids as sexual playthings when you’re encouraging them to shake their behinds while being taped.
  • Adults are laughing and cheering these kids on like they’re doing something special and/or unique but how many of these adults would be cheering as wildly if their kid won a Spelling Bee or was a Mathlete? It’s about priorities and these adults/parents have theirs in the wrong places.
  • Drug use is not a playing matter. Too many people have lost their lives to drugs, so phrases like “Coke ain’t a bad word” is irresponsible and stupid. What parent wants their kid to grow up to be a user?

We need to be encouraging our children to:

  1. live a Christ~centered life ~ enough said
  2. get an education ~ education is the key to escaping poverty
  3. make life enhancing decisions ~ be wise and use good judgement
  4. be healthy ~ eating right and being physically active is important throughout all phases of life; dance is a great form of exercise but keep it appropriate
  5. create and maintain wealth ~ I’m not talking about a couple of dollars to get you from the beginning to the end of the month, I’m talking about the kind of wealth that is passed from generation to generation. The kind of wealth that gets a family off welfare and into a position of self sustainability.

Parents need to do better. We as a society need to do better.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. As many of you know, I have a twin sister and I also have a set of twins, so I read the story about the Belgian twins who chose to end their lives with the assistance of a doctor with a mix of sadness and whoa that’s intense. Usually, when people choose euthanasia it’s because they’re terminally ill and can no longer bear the pain. This was not the case with these twin brothers.

Both were deaf and had learned that they were going blind; faced with the knowledge that they would no longer be able to hear or see each other, they chose to end their lives.

I can’t imagine being so distraught that death is my only option. Furthermore, I think euthanasia is wrong. I view it as murder. And murder is wrong. For the record, I view suicide as murder as well.

2. A high school student  in Scranton, Pennsylvania is facing 14 years in prison for a tweet he posted during a high school sporting event. His tweet, which read:

If there is a facebook or twitter fight tonight over the HC MV game I will just blow up the schools and the students involved #GOON SQUAD

prompted an evacuation during the game and a series of security sweeps throughout the school. The student has since apologized and said he thought only his friends were able to read the tweet.

My first reaction was Seriously? Are there really teens out there who don’t realize the stuff they put online can be viewed by any and everyone? And then I thought about it and the answer is a resounding YES! I think we assume that teens have this innate tech knowledge because they were born during the digital era. Knowing how to use something is very different from understanding how something is used.

Kids today, while they’re living in the most globally connected age ever, have no concept of the greater world out there. Because things like Facebook, Twitter, and its like have always existed, they never had to learn that once they put something out there it’s out there for everyone to see.

As an educator and a parent, I think it’s incumbent upon us to stress to our children the importance of responsible usage of social media. It’s also as an educator and a parent that I think this kid needs to realize the impact of his “joke”. I’m just not sure what that punishment should be.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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