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For Your Information: Google Offers Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities

I am feeling quite stable in my daily routine. I wake up, get ready for the day, work my daily 8-9 hours of work, workout, watch TV, make dinner, prepare dinner, and do it all over again. There are some variances in my routine, but not much. 

I am quite comfortable. Being comfortable is NOT horrible. I have worked hard to feel financially secure at this point in my life. Recently, a friend sent me an article that spurred me into action. I want to take a long term idea into action. Slowly, I want to get into exploring the field of technology. Yes, I am saavy to a point, but I want do a bit more. I want to code. 

I was so excited when Google announced that they were offering free coding lessons. According Business Insider, “the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the “thousands.”


Will you submit an application?

For Your Information: How to Figure Out a Stranger’s Gender 

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.
I love this campaign. One, because people can identify however they please. Two, I get confused for a man all the time. I always wonder, “Why does it matter?”  Three, I love the simplicity and effectiveness of this campaign. Four, have a great day! 

For Your Information: How to Figure Out a Stranger’s Gender 

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.

I love this campaign. One, because people can identify however they please. Two, I get confused for a man all the time. I always wonder, “Why does it matter?”  Three, I love the simplicity and effectiveness of this campaign. Four, have a great day! 

SoFa - World AIDS Day warm up

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                                            LISTEN TO THE MIX HERE.

Usually for my Friday posts, I like to keep the information I share, nice and light. However, my favorite SoundCloud artists, Laid Back, just posted this mix to commerate World AIDS day (WAD) which is celebrated on December 1st of every year.

WAD is a day where the world is able to take one day to unite and fight against HIV & AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. (via www.worldaidsday.org)

The above illustration is part of Denis Meyers’ sketch for a World AIDS Day mural to be painted next to Brussels’ Grand Place between Nov. 16th and 19th. If you can’t travel to Brussels (Maybe I will schedule a trip there sometime next year!) and want to see the results of the mural check out www.facebook.com/preventionsida or www.preventionsida.org to see the end result and learn more about the World AIDS Day events in Brussels.

If you want more information about World AIDS day, visit: www.worldaidsday.org

Happy Friday! I have a 3 day weekend so a group of friend’s and I are headed to a great cosmopolitian city in Latin America. Pictures to come!

For Your Information: A 1983 letter from Ronald Reagan on the debt ceiling. (via @dabeard)

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What states have Tax Free Shopping in 2011? It looks like there are 16 states will hold a Tax Free Shopping promotion. During this promotions, consumers will not pay sales tax on certain items for back to school which usual include some of the following: clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and sports equipment. You will need to check your state for the specifics, each state has their own set of guidelines.

In my area, the sales tax is 6% so I would be saving $36 by shopping during my Tax Free Days. This may not seem like a lot, but when every penny counts, the savings can really add up. You can use that $36 for something else your family really needs!

Here are some tips to help you get organized according to Coupon Mom:

  1. Avoid Overspending:
    This is probably the MOST important tip so I am starting with this! Research items you are thinking about getting so you know if they are a good deal. Don’t get caught up in the moment.
  2. Make a List:
    Write down exactly what you need to get, reference school supply lists and don’t forget to clothing sizes and dress code requirements.
  3. Set a Budget:
    It is very important to decide how much you will be spending. Even though reports say the average family will spend $606 - you don’t have to spend that much! Make it fun and try to see how little you can spend and still get what you need.
  4. Look at Your Sale Ads:
    This is the SECOND BIGGEST consumer spending event for retailers. Many stores will offer “special promotions” or incentives for the Tax Free Holiday so be sure to check your ads.
  5. Know Your State’s Rules:
    Reference your state’s tax website because there are limits in what is “allowed”. Check for max dollar amounts and items included in this promotion as they vary by state.

Here’s a List of the States Participating in Tax Free Weekend 2011. Just click on the state to go to your states specifics on spending limits for this promotion and get contact info. if you have further questions:

  • Alabama (August 5-7) - certain school supplies, computers, and clothing - Check list of participating cities and counties
  • Arkansas (August 6-7) clothing and school supplies
  • Connecticut (August 21-27) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Florida (August 12-14) - Clothing and Books, School Supplies
  • Iowa (August 5-6) - Clothing
  • Louisianna (August 5-6) - All TPP
  • Maryland (August 14-20) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Mississippi (July 29-30) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Missouri (August 5-7) - Clothing, Computer, School Supplies
  • New Mexico (August 5-7) - Clothing, Computers, School Supplies
  • North Carolina (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Instructional Material, Computers, Other Computer, Sports Equipment
  • Oklahoma (August 5-7) - Clothing
  • South Carolina (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Computers, Other
  • Tennessee (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Computers
  • Texas (August 19-21) - Clothing, Backpacks and School Supplies
  • Virginia (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies

A Twitter account belonging to Fox News posted a series of tweets reporting that President Obama had been assassinated in Iowa today.

This isn’t Fox News main twitter account, it is verified (meaning that Twitter has conformed that it does in fact belong to Fox)! The tweets have been up for thirteen hours. Waiting to hear about this tomorrow on the news… SMH.

A recent study by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that Facebook is now a factor in nearly one out of every five American Divorces. Additionally, some 80% of divorcees included in the survey reported using social media to investigate their spouse’s behavior in the time leading up to the split. Facebook was again the big culprit, making up 66% of social media cited as evidence in divorce cases, followed by MySpace (15%), Twitter (5%) and other sites making up the remaining 14%. 

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I recently just added The Get Rich Slowly Blog to my google reader. I think that the blog has some awesome financial advice, especially the 30-day rule to control impulse spending. For your information read below.  I am going to try it, but I think that since I gave up shopping for Lent, this shouldn’t be a problem.

The 30-day rule is a simple method to control impulse spending. Here’s how it works:

  1. Whenever you feel the urge to splurge — whether it’s for new shoes, a new videogame, or a new car — force yourself to stop. If you’re already holding the item, put it back. Leave the store.
  2. When you get home, take a piece of paper and write down the name of the item, the store where you found it, and the price. Also write down the date.
  3. Now post this note someplace obvious: a calendar, the fridge, a bulletin board. (I use a text file on my computer.)
  4. For the next thirty days, think whether you really want the item, but do not buy it.
  5. If, at the end of a month, the urge is still there, then consider purchasing it. (But do not use credit to do so.)

That’s all there is to it. But it’s surprisingly effective. The 30-day rule works especially well because you aren’t actually denying yourself — you’re simply delaying gratification. This rule has another advantage: it gives you a chance to research the item you want to purchase. This can save you from grief.

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Beyonce told Gaddafi to shove it! Well, his money that is. Hounded by the press to give back the money she earned performing for the Gaddafi clan at a New Year’s Eve Party in 2009, Beyonce told The Associated Press that she already gave the money to charity…a year ago. According to her publicist, Bey gave the money to “earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago.” Apparently, “once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the Qaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause.” Good for Beyonce. We’re just waiting to see if Mariah, Usher, and Lionel Richie will follow suit. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Reminder: This year, National Pancake Day will take place on March 1, 2011. From 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., you can get a free short stack (three) of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes. There’s a limit of one freebie per guest, and the offer is available dine-in only, while supplies last (It’s IHOP though…can they really run out of pancakes?).

Technically, the giveaway is actually a fundraiser—if you’re so inclined, make a donation to support the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

I’m going with a friend later tomorrow!

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For the first time, the White House is releasing government agency plans online for public comment and feedback. The open comment period is open to everyone. New America Media, the country’s largest association of ethnic news outlets, urges its audiences to make their voices heard on these public policies that will impact the lives of all of our communities.

(Learn more here.)

Mark your calendars: This year, National Pancake Day will take place on March 1. From 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., you can get a free short stack (three) of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes. There’s a limit of one freebie per guest, and the offer is available dine-in only, while supplies last (It’s IHOP though…can they really run out of pancakes?). The giveaway is actually a fundraiser to support the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

–Thanks to Cities on the Cheap

In 1965, Malcolm X, a civil rights activist and nationalist, was assassinated following a bombing at his home. To learn more about X visit his official website.

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You can get 1,000 REE Rollover minutes from AT&T!! Just text YES to 11113020 - Allow 4 weeks for processing. Standard text messaging rates apply. Thanks Coupon Nano and Grocery Coupons!

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