Friday, September 11, 2009

Luminosity Info from M.A. Sinnhuber

Dear Brain Builders ~

Thought we would record this for all the brain builders out there who would like to use it to keep their minds sharp. Joanne

I have been playing/using Lumosity, suggested by Lisa. There was no cost posted on their information pages, so I sent them an inquiry and this is their reply, FYI. I have bolded their response.



-----Original Message-----
From: Lumosity []
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 2:12 PM
To: M.A. Sinnhuber
Subject: RE: Information Request: Cost (#6148-145531641-7190)

Hi, there,

Sorry if you had trouble finding it!

Membership to is free. Members can play a limited number of our games, and they are able to track their progress and compare themselves with other users in their age bracket.

Subscribers have premium access to, which includes all games, all training curricula, and all progress monitoring tools.

If you are in the US, subscribing costs:

$9.95/month, automatically renewing

$79.95/year, automatically renewing

$129.95/two years. After the initial two years, this subscription automatically renews at $69.95/year.

If you are purchasing from outside the US, please go here to see the cost for your country:

Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you further!

Enjoying Lumosity?

Here are 3 ways to stay in the know and tell your friends about us:

(1) Invite your friends to join Lumosity:

(2) Become a fan on Facebook:

(3) Follow us on Twitter:

-----Original Message-----

From: M.A. Sinnhuber (

Sent: Sep 8, 2009 11:09:37 AM

Subject: Information Request: Cost

M.A. Sinnhuber says:

It makes me very uncomfortable not to see a cost posted anywhere.

What is the cost?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

NAWBO National Handout, Ten Easy Steps to Start a Talkcast on Talkshoe


1. Purchase microphone and head phones
2. Create Account at
3. Create editorial calendar
4. Do a Test Call to check out how your sound will be and get familiar
5. Schedule Your First Episode
6. Invite and promote ( People join via phone, pc or listen on computer later)
7. Be prepared for commitment
8. Start a blog of the same name for your show notes and any additional blogs
9. Always plan your show
10. When you schedule a show, be sure to observe your start time and BE THERE!
Helpful Hints:
• Check out my show blog for ideas:
• You can also change this to a domain name that does not use BlogSpot in it.
• Make sure that you add a widget from Talk Shoe for people who discover your blog and want to listen to your show.
• Use can also use: BlogtalkRadio which is also free.
• After you have some following, probably about twenty shows, start your own social network for your loyal listeners. This will give them an opportunity to comment on your show.
List on as many pod cast hosting sites as possible:
Here’s a list of popular Pod cast Directories.
iTunes, Podcast Pickle, Podcast Alley, Digg, Podcasting News, Pod-Planet, PodZinger,
Zencast, Zimbio

Many Helpful Hints In “Host Lounge” on Talk Shoe, also you will receive periodic Talk Cast Invites where Hosts Share Strategies on a Talk Cast that will be archived but if you are live you can ask questions.
Check out current Internet Radio and TV channels for JQS Talkcasts at: or
Watch for these shows by JQS: Techno Granny Show, Monday Morning Marketeer, Professionals with Impact, PositivelyPittsburghLive
For additional info and Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding Training™
Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Dreamweaver Marketing Associates
Links and RSS Feeds to Techno Granny Shows:
Techno Granny Show


Monday Morning Marketing:

Professionals with Impact:

Positively Pittsburgh Live:

Big hint for these links for the novice!
Click on line marked “link” to listen to the show.
If you would like the show to appear each time it is recorded then add the RSS (really simple syndication) to your blog or website. Great added content depending on your business.
© Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009

On Line Social Networks Handout Pa Governor's Conference for Women

• On Line Social Networks
My Space,
Linked In
Ning—start your own social network for your customers

Sites to join that will help with your ; local visibility:
Sites to register on:
City Search
Open Directory
Merchant’s Circle

Take aways,
Talkcasting, Blogging, On line Social Media are ways to Brand yourself on the internet, but first figure out what you want to brand.

Some things to remember in your Web 2.0 Campaign

1. Develop a customer persona:
a. Who are they?
b. Where do they go for their information
c. What’s their buying process
d. Once you figure that out, then develop useful information that is helpful to your perfect client
e. A talkcast, a blog, your interaction in social media should never be just an advertisement
f. Once you have presented the solution to your customers need, problem or challenge, you of course can provide links to the service that you provide that can fill the need
g. Make it easy for them to get to your main website
h. Develop an editorial calendar and a time to set aside to do all of this

• On these sites you can post, you can start discussions; you can invite people to be your friend. Just one more way to Get Your Google On!

Other sites that will help with your local visibility:
Local: (related to Positively Pittsburgh Live, here you can create your own social network) if you don’t want to purchase a radio or TV channel, you can put up your picture and bio for free.

My internet radio sites for additional information:

Techno Granny:
Monday Morning Marketing:
Professionals with Impact:

Positively Pittsburgh Live:

Blog example for a show note blog:

Blog example for blog to give problem solving information and promote your expertise and credibility:

For additional info and Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding Training™
Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Social Media Not Just for Teens

For teens, social media is not technology, it’s just life

For teens, social media is not technology, it’s just life
By Tim Finin on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 at 10:23 pm.
Alan Kay got it right when he said “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.” — a quote I’d not heard until I saw it on danah boyd’s blog recently. She cited it to explain why today’s youth find it so natural to use Internet technology while their parents find it a bit strange and artificial.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project published a report on Teens and Social Media with the tag line “The use of social media gains a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media”.
“Some 93% of teens use the Internet, and more of them than ever are treating it as a venue for social interaction — a place where they can share creations, tell stories, and interact with others.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that 64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in one or more among a wide range of content-creating activities on the internet, up from 57% of online teens in a similar survey at the end of 2004.
Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Male teens, however, do dominate one area — posting of video content online. Online boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online where others could see it.”
The Kay quote reminds me of Arthur C. Clark’s third law:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Although I am not sure anyone really sees blogging as magic. Maybe it’s not yet sufficiently advanced.
It’s here to stay, in order to avoid getting marginalized out of on line networks and the new wave of business, make it part of your life.

From the Techno Granny:
Sites to join that will help your visibility:
Local: (related to Positively Pittsburgh Live, here you can create your own social network) (Beth Caldwell of
International and Web.0 Technology:
Join to get over your fear of Technology, for men also.

Creating a Google Account

This is all info that you can find by googling, Create a Google Account, but I have posted the link below in case you need additional info. See you tomorrow.

Basics: Creating an accountPrint
To create a Google Account, just visit the account-creation page, enter your current email address, and choose a password. Once you've finished registering, you'll receive a verification email. Click the link in that email to complete the verification process.

Your Google Account will give you access to a variety of Google products, including iGoogle, Web History, Picasa, and many more. When creating an account, please keep these guidelines in mind:

Your Google Account username should be an email address from which you currently send and receive mail, unless you'd prefer to sign up for Gmail.
Your password should be at least eight characters long and can't be a commonly used word. Select a unique combination of letters and numbers.
In the Word Verification section, you'll need to type the wavy characters exactly as they appear in the picture.
Creating a Google Account doesn't give you Gmail. However, you can sign up for Gmail by visiting the Gmail homepage and clicking the Sign up for Gmail link under the sign-in box. If you're interested in learning more about Gmail, please visit the About Gmail page.
Note: you'll be able to access all the same Google products mentioned above with your Gmail username and password.
Find additional info at:

P.S. If you have a g-mail account you can use that e-mail and password to log in.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Proposed Curriculum

Computer Savvy Course Syllabus

Introduction and Computer Savvy Quiz July 27
• JQS Introduction and Background
• Each attendee tells something funny or quirky about themselves
• Computer Savvy Quiz
• Discussion of Design of the Course

Computer Frustrations and Design the Course July 29
• Review what do you remember about instructor or fellow attendee?
• Points that you remember from Computer Savvy Quiz
• Fun, Productive, or Enjoyable Things with Computers or Internet
• Computer or Internet Frustrations
• Design of the Course
• E-Mail Etiquette
• At Home Project

Microsoft Word
Brain Builder Assistant Instructor…Sidney August 3
• Cut and Paste
• Change the Font
• Picture on a Document

Tool Bar on a Computer August 5
Brain Builder Assistant Instructor: Richard

E-Mail August 10
• Lists
• Storage
• Forwarding

Internet August 12

Browsers August 17

Search Engines: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Cuil August 19

Blogging, Blogger, Word Press August 24

Live Chat August 26

Social Networks, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Ning August 31

Podcasting, Talkcasting September 2

Joanne Quinn-Smith, Creative Energy Officer
Dreamweaver Marketing Associates 412-628-5048
P.O. Box 1155
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15230
Linked In: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Facebook: jquinnsmith
Twitter: https://jquinnsmith
On Line Community Magazine:
Techno Granny Show:
Positively Pittsburgh Live Show