Weekly Hodge-Podge of Moderately Useful &/or Interesting Things

Here we go…

Make your own watermark for photos shared online

Even if you never intend to make a living by selling your photos, photos do have a way of meandering around the Internet. Most people will take the time to give you credit for them, but inevitably some will forget to. Adding a watermark to your photos before posting them is an easy way to ensure that your photos at least will always remember where they came from.

This week, I stumbled across a how-to from a talented photoblogger, DaenelT at Living Outside the Stacks, on how to use PicMonkey to create an easy watermark for photos shared online.

Naturally I tested out her instructions, and am feeling pretty darn proud of the result:

C'mon. If I can do it... (Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)

If I can do it, you can too, so hop to it.

Best use of Twitter ever?

For a very long time, ever since first signing up for Twitter two years ago in fact, I’ve been struggling to wrap my mind about what exactly it is that Twitter offers someone like me. Yes, yes, I’ve read tons of articles about how writers can make the most of Twitter, but clearly I’ve not tuned my incoming Twitter feed properly yet, because Twitter still seems like a place where everyone talks and very few people listen.

Every once in a while, though, I come across something simply brilliant, like Erin Faulk’s (@erinscafe) story of how she found Matt Damon in Morocco. And no, the fact that I found this Twitter-tale via Slate and not Twitter itself is not lost on me.

Finally, my favorite piece of Papal Resignation Trivia:

In resigning his office as pope yesterday, His Holiness Benedict XVI also resigned his red leather shoes (rumored to be Prada), exchanging them for a pair of brown leather shoes made in Mexico.

Even though I know there's a long-standing tradition of the Pope wearing red leather shoes outside, this picture always makes me think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. (Photo of Pope Benedict wearing his red papal shoes via SkyNews)

Even though I know there’s a long-standing tradition of the Pope wearing red leather shoes outside, this picture always makes me think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. (Photo of Pope Benedict wearing his red papal shoes via SkyNews)

So, what’s caught your eye this week?

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to Weekly Hodge-Podge of Moderately Useful &/or Interesting Things

  1. Pingback: The God Particle, Martians, Tricky People & other news of the week | CATERPICKLES

  2. Thank you for including my how-to! I’m glad it was easy to use and that you were able to create such a cute watermark.

    Have a great week!

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