Comic Life offers a free 30-day trial for Mac and Windows users to create your own comic. This is a fun and easy piece of software to use with pictures you have of IndyMojo nights out or with your family/personal life.

Below is a comic I created for a class assignment in about 30 minutes…so easy to use, and would love to see an IndyMojo-based comic in the near future. Who wants to be the artist? :)

As everyone in the area knows that watches the news, public libraries (along with K-12 education) are being hit relatively hard in recent times. This is not specific to Indiana, however I would like to know what some of you would like to see libraries offer.

We, at the Brownsburg Public Library, offer such a variety in programs that are a lot of hard work to put together and then when it comes to show time we are lucky to have two or three people show up for the program a lot of times. I have been working my magic trying to assist with programming on technology/social media/Internet in general that may be relevant to the younger generation. However, it seems like our most dedicated patrons are the older crowd that are scared of this whole subject matter.

Why have so many people from the younger generation abandoned libraries and the programming that they offer? I feel like this is a major hump we are battling to get over, and can’t seem to get over it. What can we do to get you back into the library? Most of our programs are free, but is it one of those situations where you already feel like you know it all?

I can relate to that instant gratification mindset, being fairly young myself, but I still can see the need for public libraries and the types of opportunities they offer to patrons young and old alike.

Any feedback is appreciated!

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to sign up for Google Voice yet, I would recommend doing so. It currently is available by invite only, but you can request an invite by clicking here. I received my invite less than two weeks after applying.

Some of the features that you all might enjoy include (bullets copied from the Google Voice website):

  • Call screening – Announce and screen callers
  • Listen in – Listen before taking a call
  • Block calls – Keep unwanted callers at bay
  • SMS – Send, receive, and store SMS
  • Place calls – Call US numbers for free
  • Taking calls – Answer on any of your phones
  • Phone routing – Phones ring based on who calls
  • Forwarding phones – Add phones and decide which ring
  • Voicemail transcripts – Read what your voicemail says
  • Listen to voicemail – Check online or from your phone
  • Notifications – Receive voicemails via email or SMS
  • Personalize greeting – Vary greetings by caller
  • Share voicemail – Forward or download voicemails
  • Conference calling – Join people into a single call
  • Call record – Record calls and store them online
  • Call switch – Switch phones during a call
  • Mobile site – View your inbox from your mobile
  • GOOG-411 – Check directory assistance
  • Manage groups – Set preferences by group

You can pick any area code you want to have your phone number be, so if you don’t plan on sticking in Indianapolis then you can set it for another city. For a small fee ($10) you can change your area code at anytime.

The best part is that this service is completely free, with the exception of changing your phone number or making calls outside of the United States.

So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up for an invite!

I am writing in response to the recent federally mandated minimum wage increase.

If you think that the wage increase was untimely, then you try supporting a family on $6.55 an hour. Many of the people who have lost their factory or other jobs, in this recession, are currently working these jobs, if working at all.

I am glad that workers doing the jobs that involve the hardest work, in many cases, are receiving the bump that they so much deserve. Many people offer the solution of finding a better job, but that is not so easy right now. Going to school places a family in further debt that they so dearly cannot afford; grants and scholarships often do not cover all the burden. A health crisis means bankruptcy right now since these workers cannot afford to have insurance taken out of their small paychecks.

This increase still is not enough. America is full of failure right now all the way around. I think it is time for some of these businesses to be creative by taking some pay cuts at the top to sustain and weather the storm. Most small businesses that I know of in the area were already paying their workers above minimum wage, except for teenage help (unemployment for 16-19 year olds is at an all time high right now). The main businesses affected are the ones like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Kroger, fast-food restaurants and so on. They have plenty of money to be creative with. Instead, they will maintain their lofty salaries at the top and cut minimum wage help. Most of us support these businesses, and that is what the American public will receive in return.

I do agree that the hike will not increase spending. People making minimum wage are going under, or are already under, and need every penny they get in their weekly or bi-weekly paychecks. Every bit of it is spoken for before the paycheck even arrives.

Such a great life to have to live; so sorry that it is