Sunday, November 20, 2011

Opening Day (week 13)

This Saturday November 19 was the beginning of deer seaon (for guns that is). I personally have never gone before but this year my Dad and I went to and old friend of ours place and went hunting. If you have never been hunting anything before it usually involves sitting around hiding and waiting or attempting to track and follow the particular beast you are after. I guess that is why it is called hunting and not shooting or fishing and not catching if you were out looking for fish. After a day of hunting we saw about 8 deer but they were all very young and tiny. No size requirement exists for a deer to be shot but it didn't seem worth it at the time to harvest such a young animal. When you do get a deer you have to go to the nearest check in station where they record all of the statistics of the deer. They report all of those things to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife so that they can know things about the deer population and in this way they can know something about the health of the heard. Recently they have come up with a way for you to not have visit a check in station in person. You can go to the wildlife department's website ( and enter your social security number and some other information about yourself and then fill in some information about the animal you took. You can even do this on your android or apple phone and then head home.

Anyway we didn't end up getting a deer on Saturday but we had a great time hunting with a great old friend and being out in the woods together.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ugh Google calendar.... Where did I put my day planner?

With all of the fantastic ways to stay (or get) organized these days ranging from applications on our phones, Google calendars, and I am sure many more it is a wonder that any of us ever forget about anything. You can even organize all of your things to do on your computer and then have them synced to your Droid or Iphone. All of these things are nice and would probably help a great deal but I have yet to really get into using anything like this to keep track of everything I have going on.

Am I the only one that would still rather write down what I need to do? Which (if any) of these types of programs work the best for you ?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Social Plasma

For my birthday this year my wife got me a 50 " plasma tv!  I couldn't believe it either and I'm not sure where she found the money but there it is.  So why in the world would you care about my new tv?  Well aside from looking quite nice and being humongous it also has a wifi internet connection that would allow you if you are so inclined, to view facebook and twitter via TV based apps.  You can even tweet about a show right on screen while you watch it (though I am not sure what the point would be).  One of the much more useful things (in my opinion) is being able to watch Netflix or Youtube right through the TV.  Of course I could do so through my Xbox or Ps3 but its just one less step and would be nice for people who do not have those machines.  I am really impressed at how well those two things work and amazed at how far the afformentioned services have come since their inception. 

Doesn't seem so long ago that my computer made sounds like it was exploding (dialup) when I wanted on the internet and I had to record shows on things called VHS tapes. 

Who knows where we go from here.

Addi's Daddy

Sunday, October 30, 2011

With Halloween approaching my wife and I (along with the rest of my family) spent the afternoon taking pictures of my little girl Addison amongst a pile of pumpkins and hay. She will also be 6 months old on November 2! I for one can not quite believe that. Before I share some of those with you here I wanted to reflect on how amazing some of our technology can be. In an instant I can upload photos to a blog or my Facebook page and share them with anyone I know no matter where they live. Almost as quickly they can save and print them right there at their computer desk and hang them on the fridge.

So what we do that sort of thing all the time right? I am reminded when my Grandma comes to town of just how much harder it was to share pictures and all the other happenings of our lives not so long ago. Nearly every time I see her she has at least a couple envelopes full of pictures to give to me.

Technology is something else huh?

... And now here she is sorry you had to read through my rambling. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

Addi's Daddy

Monday, October 17, 2011

Were going to watch the first quarter of the Miami, New York game together! (week 8)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gallbladder Ectomy ? (week 7)

While I am not sure what the procedure is called I do know that it is not any fun.  On Tuesday of this week my wife had surgery to remove her gallbladder.  Why am I telling you this you might ask?  Well when we went to meet with the surgeon I noticed something interesting on their wall.

The poster as you can see advertised a new service the hospital is offering.  You can request appointments, email your doctor, get results from tests you had ran, pay bills, and get your prescriptions renewed.  You can even do it from an app on your phone.

I have not used the service as I am not older nor sick or hurting at the moment but it looks like it would be very helpful to patients and I thought it was a really interesting use of social media by a company.  These are not the social media channels we usually think of I guess you could say they are of the intranet variety but they are definitely a new way of connecting to patients, breaking down walls in communication with people that can be very important when something is going wrong with your health.

What interesting or even "homegrown" uses of social media have you all seen lately and what do you think of the hospital's new idea?

Thanks for reading.  Share your thoughts and I'll see you in another week!

Addi's Daddy

New Pictures!

I have been meaning to get some pictures uploaded of my little girl Addison for a while now,  I mean she is in the title of my blog and yet she is nowhere to be found.  In the future I will be updating my blog more often, posting pictures of her and I as well as other family pictures involving her.  

So here are a few to get us started hope you enjoy them ...

Here are a couple pictures of her with her beautiful mommy.

These are just a few I had until I get my pictures all off of cameras and organized.  Just thought she should be on the blog I am doing inspired by her.  

See you soon

Addi's Daddy

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Social Media: Why in the world does it matter to me? (week 6)

Ever ask yourself why you should care about social media?

Do you HATE Facebook?

Or have you ever asked yourself, "what do I need a Twitter for"?

I know I have and I am willing to bet that many of you out there have at some point or still ask yourself, "Why in the world does this matter to me?"  

In short I think that the answer lies in the potential for networking.  Now of course many social mediums are also referred to as "social networks"  but what I am talking about is networking with people other than your friends, family, and acquaintances.

If done correctly having a presence in many social mediums can project a positive image of yourself and help to establish your own "personal brand" that can help to open doors to you in your personal and professional life.

I know of one friend in particular that largely because of his LinkedIn account and a personal website he created, landed two summer internships that in turn led to a great start to a career in computer programming and information systems.

So why does it matter?  Done well, our presence in social media can do some pretty great things for us and our future.

That's all I've got for now. Share your experiences with social media and how it has helped you land an internship or start your career after college and I will see you next week!

Addi's Daddy

Sunday, September 25, 2011

So I think introductions are in order. (week 5)

It has occured to me that those of you who may read my blog do not know a thing about me or my blog other than what is in my profile. 

As my page already told you I am currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma majoring in Business Administration.  Currently I am taking a class titled Digital Media and Content Marketing.

We are required to make a blog post a week related to social media and I am also going to attempt relate it to this blog.  I will also find the time to make posts that are more completely and directly related to the title of my blog as well as share photos of the things going on in my life that I think at least some may find interesting. 

Anyway now that we have that out of the way here is what I am thinking about related to social media right now. 

Believe it or not I have kept a blog before.  Back in the days when Myspace was actually the "cool" thing to be on, as many of you know it had a built in blog feature.  I would often chronicle the ridiculous adventures my friends and I had (these often took the form of picture blogs) with my writing and on occasion use it as an outlet for things I was feeling especially in the "rough times" in life. 

Since then and the decline of Myspace I really have not blogged about anything but lately I am wondering if that outlet for things I was feeling, good, bad, or indifferent, is something that I could again benefit from.

I am sure many of you reading have had similar experiences with blogging or with a more traditional journal you kept. 

If you would, share how you feel keeping that journal or blog helped you personally. 

Do you still keep up with your blog or journal? If you have done both which do you prefer and why?

Thats it for now God bless you as you start your new week,

Addi's Daddy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Being a Child at Heart (week 4)

Being a dad at this stage in my life is quite interesting.  I am 23 and in my last year as a full time student at the University of Central Oklahoma and juggling all the different things in my life can be hard to do.  Who am I kidding I love it.  I have always loved children and now having my own is even better... They're so funny, when they begin to talk they tell us some of the most simple and honest things we will ever hear. 

I guess its their sweet innocence and ignorance of the world and nearly everything in it coupled with their infinitely large hearts for everyone and everything in their world that make them at times so sweet and so honest. 

As I think of all of the things that I grew up with and all of the new things that seem to come along daily nowadays I wonder what marvelous things our children will experience?

Will they still have Facebook pages loaded with pictures taken in the bathroom mirror?  What new things will they see, do, and create? 

Will they lose that heart of a child as a result of some of these things?

Or will we all go on as we have for centuries just with ever expanding technologies and new pathways of communicating with eachother?

Share your thoughts and I will see you all in another week!