MLB Social Media

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was this past Monday. I witnessed Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum and watched my Oakland A’s come up short to the Seattle Mariners. While it was sad to see my team team fall, it was awesome to be in the Coliseum for the first day of the season. I have been an Oakland A’s fan since I could remember. They have always been my team.

Even though I have always called the A’s my team, growing up in Utah made it hard to really follow them. The most I could really be was a casual fan. I could read the box score in the paper the next day. That was about it.

Technology began to change my ability to follow the A’s. In college I signed up for ESPN Alerts and had scores for each A’s game sent to my phone. I could follow Gamecasts on my computer. Later on when I had more money to afford it, I could watch every game with MLB TV.

With Facebook and Twitter, I could more than just follow the A’s. I could interact with my team. I feel so much more part of the the A’s organization, even though I live about a thousand miles away from my team. I’m sure I’m not the only person that feels this way. Mashable recently posted an article about MLB’s online presence. Below is an awesome infographic they used.

From Mashable’s article, “Major League Baseball: The Social Media Rundown” find it at http://mashable.com/2013/04/06/major-league-baseball/

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You Suck at Photoshop

For a long time I’ve felt pretty confident in my Photoshop abilities. I originally learned to use Photoshop when I was in high school. I think I took every computer course my high school offered. When I ran out of classes to take at my high school, I enrolled in a program that allowed me to take courses at the local technical college tuition free during my senior year of high school. It was here I got my first exposure to Photoshop.

Since then I have taken a half dozen graphic design courses in college and used Photoshop from pre-Creative Suite Photoshop 5.5 through all of the Creative Suite packages to the current CS6 package. I thought I had a pretty good handle on Photoshop and everything it could do. At least that was until I discovered “You Suck at Photoshop”

“You Suck at Photoshop” follows Donnie as he tries to cope with life through Photoshop. Donnie’s dry, sarcastic commentary isn’t just funny, but very informative too. Donnie has really shown me how much I really do suck at Photoshop. Even if you don’t care about learning Photoshop, it’s a fun video series to watch.

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Codecademy

For about a year I’ve been trying on and off to teach myself Javascript. I’ve tried several different approaches to do this, all resulting in little success. For example I bought a book that was said I could learn Javascript in 24 hours. It was suppose to take an hour to learn each of the 24 lessons. After spending well over 24 hours studying the book, I still couldn’t get a good grasp on even some of the basics. For me teaching myself something as hands-on as Javascript was going to require more than a book.

So up until recently my Javascript knowledge was limited to using basic features of scripting libraries like jQuery. I wasn’t satisfied with that and had been looking for a new way to learn Javascript and jQuery. Then last week I found what I was looking for. I was readin through some recent articles at SpeckyBoy.com and came across one titled “Learn Programming Without Paying a Penny” that highlighted an amazing website called Codecademy.

codecademy

This is an amazing hands-on website that gives learners the opportunity to practice the skills being taught to them. The lessons are step-by-step and easy to understand. Following each lesson is a challenge designed to help the learner apply those skills. This hand-ons approach really helps to make those new skills stick.

lessons & challenges

As learners progress through the lessons and pass the challenges they earn points and badges. They can also track their progress on their profile page. There are currently four learning tracks for learning Javascript, HTML & CSS, jQuery, and one called Code Year, which puts everything together.

achievements

If you have ever wanted to learn Javascript, jQuery or even HTML & CSS, I highly recommend Codecademy.

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