Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scholarship Links

Mostly creating this for Robyn and Alec so I have an ongoing list of scholarships for them to apply for.  Originally created 8/24/2016.  Ideally these are non-need based scholarships for high school seniors entering their freshman year of college.  A couple are for current college students.

(Tip: Create a scholarship application email address; some of these are going to get you *spammed*)

Essay, 750 words, $1,500
http://www.theinjurylawyers.com/scholarship/

Essay, 2500 words, $2,500
http://infoguides.pepperdine.edu/AEL

ARRL Scholarships for HAM Radio (80+, single app by Jan before college year)
http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions

Q-Switched Laser Scholarship (needs acceptance letter from college), $2,500
https://astanzalaser.com/q-switched-laser-annual-scholarship 

BG Scholarship, 250 word  essay, $300
http://www.bgscholarship.com/scholarship

Bryant Surety scholarship, up to 2000 words, $1,000
https://www.bryantsuretybonds.com/bryant-surety-scholarship-opportunities

ChamelionJohn.com Essay (3 essays, 1,000 words each, $3,000
http://www.chameleonjohn.com/scholarship/universities/apply 

SME Engineering Scholarships
http://www.smeef.org/scholarships/highschool.asp

Clubs of America (current college student?) 600 word essay, $1,000
http://www.greatclubs.com/scholarship-award-for-career-success.asp

Courage to Grow 250 word essay, $500 (Spam Warning)
http://www.couragetogrowscholarship.com/

ESA Scholarships for Kansas (various)
http://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants/scholarships/results/?state=Kansas

 Foreclosure.com - current college students - $1,000 essay
https://www.foreclosure.com/scholarship

Hospitality Matters - 750 word essay, $500
http://www.cascaravacations.com/hospitality-matters-scholarship-entry-page/

Inverters-R-Us $1,000 500-1500 word essay
http://invertersrus.com/power-scholarships/

Moll Law Group 1000-1500 word essay, $1,000 (college student)
http://www.molllawgroup.com/scholarship-contest.html

PreJax Foundation - have a parent with MS; 500 word essay; $1,000
http://www.theprejaxfoundation.com/The_PreJax_Foundation/Apply.html

ProofReading.com - 1500 word essay, $1500.
http://www.proof-reading.com/proof-reading_scholarship_program.asp

RentHop.com - 1000 word essay, $1,000
https://www.renthop.com/college_scholarship

Restshop.com essay about CPAP , $1000
https://www.respshop.com/respshop_scholarship.php

Jackson White Law Essay, 1000 words, $1000
http://www.jacksonwhitelaw.com/criminal-defense-law/scholarship/


Young Patriots Essay Contest 1,200 words, up to $5,000
http://debate-central.ncpa.org/young_patriots_essay_contest_scholarship_1516/



Sunday, January 03, 2016

Over 1700 articles on Scouting

http://scoutmastercg.com/tag/index/

Unofficial, but some fantastic information on scouts and scouting.

Friday, November 06, 2015

New lines with Google Voice

I really like the Google voice to text transcription, but it is a bit lacking on new lines. Back in the day I used to be able to dish out new line new line and get two new lines.

Now, I have to put a period at the end of the sentence and then carefully say new line and wait. Once the first new line I showed up then I can say the word phrase new line again and get the second new line.

For someone who likes to break their paragraphs up with white space between the paragraph this is kind of a frustrating feature on Google Voice.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Slate 8 - Great media device - Sprint Product Ambassadors



The Slate 8 isn't going to win any awards for fastest, most powerful or highest resolution tablet. But what it does have is a super clear IPS screen and enough horsepower to run Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Google Play Movies. So what you have here is a fantastic kids or back seat media device. Or, in my case, a way to catch up on Top Gear during my lunch break! And bonus - it's basically free for existing subscribers and only few dollars a month for new customers!







Both LTE and WiFi playback kept up with the clean resolution on the tablet. I found no lag, stuttering or buffering problems watching full episodes or jumping from clip to clip on YouTube. I'm really impressed with the screen on this tablet - it's nicer than the Galaxy S2 tab I have. Brighter, clearer and wider angle of view.



Now all I need to do is find a stand or case for this to properly prop it up on my desk!







Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ad Blocking - it's the users way of saying enough is enough!


I've been running ad blocking software since, well, it first came out on Firefox.  Then Chrome and now it's available on iOS handsets now.  Why?  This snippet from the Adobe Digital Marketing blog sums it up quite well for me: 

Users are fed up with bad advertising experiences. Every install of an ad blocker is a statement against annoying ads, security risks, slow browsing, and ads’ consumption of computing resources. With ad blockers, users have taken back control of their browsing experience. Now, it’s up to publishers to adjust.
Exactly.  The ads are annoying - slow - and stop me from seeing the content I want to see.  By using the ad blocker, I can see the content without the overlays, popups and junk.  I want to support the publishers, but the content people and publishers are going to have to make some changes.  Again, suggested changes from the Adobe Digital Marketing Blog:

How publishers can adjust
If bad ad experiences are causing users to flee to ad blocking, good ad experiences can help decelerate this trend. Here are nine ways to ensure a good ad experience:
  1. Make sure the ad load to content load is fair to the user.
  2. Match audio and video ad experiences to user expectations. In-stream ads can automatically play video since the users expects this. In contrast, in-banner ads shouldn’t automatically play audio or video because it interrupts an otherwise quiet browsing experience.
  3. Prevent ads from obstructing content.
  4. Screen ads for security risks.
  5. Optimize ads for speed.
  6. Optimize ads to consume the least amount of computing resources possible.
  7. Seek out deals with advertisers or intermediaries that have a vision for well-designed, useful ads.
  8. Ask users for feedback on your ad experiences. Look for insights in the feedback that can make the ad experience better.
  9. Apply the “does this work for me” test. Give your audience the experience that you would enjoy yourself.

Do you block ads when you are browsing the web?  On your phone?  What's been your experience as a consumer, and as a publisher of content?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What are the best jobs for work life balance?

Balancing your career and your home life seems simple when you're young - work all the time, play later!  But as life and a family come along - or you realize you may want to do something more than your paying job - work life balance starts to become important.

Do you have a job with a good work-life balance?  What make that important to you? 

Glassdoor took their survey data and compiled a list of the top 25 job titles for work-life balance, along with their availabilty and salary data:

1. Data Scientist
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2
  • Salary: $114,808
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,315
2. SEO Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1
  • Salary: $45,720
  • Number of Job Openings: 338
3. Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: $63,504
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,171
4. Social Media Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: $40,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 661
5. Substitute Teacher
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $24,380
  • Number of Job Openings: 590
6. Recruiting Coordinator
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $44,700
  • Number of Job Openings: 446
7. UX Designer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $91,440
  • Number of Job Openings: 338
8. Digital Marketing Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $70,052
  • Number of Job Openings: 640
9. Marketing Assistant
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $32,512
  • Number of Job Openings: 384
10. Web Developer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $66,040
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,117
11. Risk Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $69,088
  • Number of Job Openings: 208
12. Civil Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $65,532
  • Number of Job Openings: 809
13. Client Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $71,120
  • Number of Job Openings: 503
14. Instructional Designer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $66,040
  • Number of Job Openings: 782
15. Marketing Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $60,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 341
16. Software QA Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $91,440
  • Number of Job Openings: 457
17. Web Designer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $53,848
  • Number of Job Openings: 500
18. Research Technician
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $36,525
  • Number of Job Openings: 299
19. Program Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $71,120
  • Number of Job Openings: 524
20. Data Analyst
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $58,928
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,954
21. Content Manager
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $60,960
  • Number of Job Openings: 409
22. Solutions Engineer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $92,456
  • Number of Job Openings: 652
23. Lab Assistant
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $27,550
  • Number of Job Openings: 779
24. Software Developer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $80,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,330
25. Front End Developer
  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $75,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1337

Monday, October 05, 2015

Is iOS 9 Content Blocking Fragging Your Analytics?

Last month, Apple rolled out the ability to block certain web content via applications, like Ad Block.  these don't just block the annoying advertisements, they also block important tracking metrics for your website and business.  Two apps have made it into the top 100 of the App Store so far.  So, what impact are they having on your mobile business?

I took a few minutes to check for my employer.  I created a segment in Adobe Omniture for IOS devices running a Safari browser, then set up an Anomaly report on page views and Occurrences.  Turning the dates back a bit to give the anomaly algorithm more to work from, this is what I found:

In a nutshell?  Nothing.  We'd be looking for traffic drops in iOS Safari after September 16th.  What we saw that was out of the norm was traffic peaks for the iPhone pre-order and iPhone launch.  Traffic is trending upward for mobile, expected for the fall device refresh season.

Adobe is reporting similar: "What is the impact of ad blocking apps across Adobe’s customer base? So far, it’s not measurable. [...]   Adobe’s Digital Index team has access to traffic data across hundreds of sites, and they analyzed the Safari traffic trend over the last couple months. How much has Safari traffic dropped since the release of iOS 9? Nada. "

From a web metrics provider and analyst point of view, that's great news.