Ring of Fire Eclipse On October 14, 2023

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NASA image of a ring of fire eclipse

I got this email from Charlottestories.com about a “Ring of Fire” Eclipse that is supposed to occur on Saturday, October 14, 2023.  I think the source for the story may have originated from a NASA article about the same.  The “ring of fire” occurs when the moon appears smaller than the sun in such a way that causes the light from the sun to appear as a fiery ring in the sky.

Eye protection is definitely recommended if you are planning to try to view the event.  Visiting the provided links above will give you more information about times and locations of when it starts.  Remember, Safety First!

…Now, Part Two.   As I was writing this post, to share the bit of news about the eclipse, I could not help but think about the eclipse phenomena as it occurs in life and business.  Sometimes something comes along that tries to block your glow or shine.

I encourage you to not give up or fade away. Keep doing what it is you do.  Learn a new skill, put forth additional effort. You are still valuable! Pay attention to what you are doing in your lane; and you will continue to shine through. ✊🏾

Job Seekers Beware!

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Job seekers, beware of people trying to gather information concerning you! Mostly, nowadays, I work as an independent blogger, writer, consultant–what have you.  But I still apply for jobs from time to time. And it seems like some of the job listings are nothing more than information gathering schemes

I get that employers want to know a little bit about you; but if you are uploading a resume–or filling out a sampler profile sheet (and you shouldn’t have to do both) then that should be enough!

In my opinion, asking for the place of birth, birth date and the like, is a bit intrusive.  That information has nothing to do with your ability to do the work requested.  Also, if you are sent to a page where there are “ads” amongst the application questions— is a bad sign that it might not be a real job.

Finally, I personally question companies that want you to send in a free sample of your writings or work.  If they can’t follow the link you’ve provided to your portfolio or website to see your work (so that you can at least get a site visit click for your time); –then you have to answer the question if those are people you really want to work for.

If you believe that you are being scammed, most job boards and job sites have a way to report that job so that it can be removed.  Hopefully they have something in place to catch most of the bad listings– but they might not be able to get them all. Happy Hunting!

Thank you Udacity l OneTen and BIT

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A very cool thing happened to me on Monday. I graduated and received my Digital Marketing Nanodegree from Udacity. It all started when I was awarded a scholarship to attend the online program. I believe the scholarship was a joint venture between Udacity, OneTen, and BIT (Blacks In Technology).

It was a great experience for me because I was able to pick up new skills, and be exposed to new methods concerning marketing, that I was unaware of.  As you may know, I’m a blogger and I write content primarily because I enjoy it.  But, the new knowledge will help me manage and operate my site more efficiently.

The techniques and the Insight that I gained from the program will hopefully help me increase my social media reach so that I can in turn, help others with their awareness campaigns.

Some of the topics we covered, and projects worked on, were data analytics using Google Analytics, scheduling content for posting, creating user personas (to identify your intended audiences), and managing marketing campaigns from start to finish. We also worked on ad creation, and AB Testing. Some of these things I had heard of before, but most I have never used/implemented.  Now, I can put into practice my newly acquired skills and take my site to the next level.

So, shout out and  thank you Udacity and OneTen and BIT for the opportunity.  I appreciate the knowledge and it was time well spent.

#DigitalMarketing #Udacity #OneTen #BIT #BlacksInTechnology #DanielSpeller

Passing No Cell Phone Use Bills is Not a Good Idea

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picture of car with cell phone
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I think Lawmakers are sometimes quick to make laws they’ve not fully considered, partly because I don’t think they plan on following them; and they are usually connected in some way to a special interest group.

Passing No Cell Phone Use (for any reason) bills is not a good idea for the following reasons:

  • You need cell phones and mobile devices for GPS.

Most people these days use GPS to navigate. I would imagine more accidents would be caused by people missing turns than anything experienced thus far.

  • Cells phones help people stay connected.

People don’t use house phones/land lines as much as they used to. Cell phones are a primary means of communication.  Saying that you can use a phone on public highways and roads for any reason is…. stupid.

  • Cell phones serve as a way of documenting what happens as you travel.

Needless to say, for many people of color, the cell phone is used to tell the story of what happens behind the scenes after being stopped by the police.  I suspect that a great deal of pressure behind these laws are coming from groups like organizations and groups who want to keep the status quo of not holding police accountable for their actions. They hate being recorded. But, if they won’t change their actions, then laws concerning phones should not be changed. As a matter of fact, if anything, it should be mandatory to record every interaction with police since they have a bad habit of forgetting to turn on the camera they have that’s not supposed to be off anyway.

Yes, people should pay attention while they drive to keep from being distracted. But, there are laws already on the books to handle accidents.  Use those.

Also, I really do want positive interactions to happen between the public and the police–but things happen.  And, until police get out of the mindset that they are some kind of military special forces, problems will occur.

But, as far as the cell phone goes, they are here; everybody uses them; and you can’t stop or arrest everyone. If anything, before making laws like this, they should be put on the voting ballot for a vote by the people. Tell me what you think.

So… ok 5 years Investigating and they finally found something on Hunter…

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Five years of investigating Hunter Biden is done. So, now let’s take a look at Trump and his kids…who actually “worked” for the Federal Government. These mainstream media reporters are the worst reporters in the world. I know a few kids who could ask more relevant questions. Most of them seem to go for the easy take down but don’t challenge republicans at all.. I wonder why?

I hope the #DOJ, FBI, and others keep that same energy when investigating #Senators and #Congresspersons involved in the #Jan6 #Insurrection, and any questionable money scams and schemes they may be associated with.

Five years investigating… and the Republicans want to waste more money on the “Bidens” but not the “Trumps”. This is bullshit. I hope all the #Republicans get voted out come November2024.