Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mayor Gray's regular bi-weekly presser Aug. 27

Mayor Gray will hold his regular bi-weekly press briefing Wednesday, August 27 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at New Columbia Distillers (1832 Fenwick St NE).   At the briefing, the mayor will release "Ward 5 Works", the Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Study.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ward 7's new ONE outreach specialist

Ward 7 has a new Outreach & Services Specialist in the Office of Neighborhood Engagement: Shanelle Simms.   Here's her contact info:
Shanelle M. Simms
Ward 7 Outreach and Services Specialist
Office of Neighborhood Engagement (ONE)
Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 332
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 701-3763 Cell
Shanelle.simms@dc.gov

Simms will be working with Rufus Norris to provide rapid and complete responses to constituent requests, complaints, and questions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mayor Gray and others dedicate new Dunbar turf and stadium Aug. 22

One item on Mayor Gray's public schedule Friday, August 22 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm is the dedication of the Dunbar Senior High School stadium and athletic field (101 N St NW, stadium).

Thought You Might Be Interested Thursday

I'm trying out a new feature on the blog: Thought You Might Be Interested Thursday.   Hoping I can make it happen every week.

The inaugural Thought You Might Be Interested Thursday features YouTubeRepeat.   Find a video you want to watch or listen to over and over and over... this is what I do when I am writing and concentrating.   Usually to Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine specifically.

Anyway, YouTubeRepeat does just what it says.   You replace "tube" in the YouTube URL with "repeat" and bam!   You can repeat the video.   Or, as the graphic to the right says, drop the URL in to the box on the home page.

My new favorite online tool.

TA: Improve your internet skill with these tips from NOI

Straight from NOI is Your internet game just leveled up:
You may not know this, but Mozilla (the place that makes Firefox) has a ton of free resources for folks looking to break into code, build apps, learn front-end design, or just looking to up their GIF game.

Beyond the resources page, which I have found invaluable, they have a set of tools which is a must bookmark.

Some of the tools I have saved include:

  • X-Ray Goggles. Learning to code? See the building blocks that make the internet work. Just a programmer looking to see live changes to your website? Use the tool to remix elements with a click -- swapping in images, text, and more.
  • Thimble. Create and share your own pages in HTML and CSS. It can even host and share your projects.
  • Popcorn Maker. This is the one you are waiting for (probably). You can use it to make GIFs! But you can also remix video, audio, and images with its easy-to-use interface.
  • Appmaker. I haven’t used this one myself, but it is a free tool for creating mobile apps that allows you to do so without knowing how to code.