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This video was submitted in two parts (now joined together) for a Superbowl commercial competition to air on the Armed Forces Network in 2009. I worked to make the video with students on the now closed US military base in Bamberg, Germany. It was done as an experiment to use a game based platform to make a commercial and a longer video that explained the Hired program. Students had to apply to be in the Hired program and worked with a mentor. At the end of the 6 weeks period, they received a paycheck, provided they completed all the requirements. There were lots of Hired jobs on post. I worked with the boys at the Youth Center. We didn't win the competition, but this was the first time anyone had done a project like this. It took several weeks to create everything, built entirely inside the video game, Little Big Planet. The students had to write the script, create all the background and characters, and record it live. We also made a longer version for use by the Hired project coordinator which included interviews with the students. I am the voice of the girl, which was altered to make me sound younger. It took two hours for me to learn how to use the controller to make my character move. This video production was an amazing experience for me personally and I hope to work with kids again using game based technology to promote education and learning.

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Imagem captada no mirante do parque Unipraias da orla do balneário Camboriú
Balneário Camboriú - Santa Catarina - Brasil
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Here's a shot I took during my evening walk in Inverness. Such a pretty place.

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As a Google Local Guide, I recently received an email from Google to write a fantasy review about Skull Island, the home of King Kong. I thought you might enjoy reading it.

"The boat began to shudder as we sailed through a blinding fog, so dense we could actually taste the wildness permeating the air. What sounded like massive birds, their wings moving the air with great force overhead, followed us into shore. Were we to be their next meal? It was at that moment I began to question the wisdom of our trip to this island lost in time. Would we survive unscathed? Would this be our final post? Luckily, we had Google Maps on our phones to Guide us to the Locals inhabiting the island of the great Kong. This would prove to be a journey so surreal, almost as if it was a dream. One word of advice for future travelers, don't go out alone on Skull Island or you will be mist."

You can add your own fantasy review of Skull Island by clicking on the Google Maps link below.

Google encourages people to write real reviews on Google Maps in order to provide first hand information about places you may want to visit. Everyone can be a Google Local Guide simply by writing reviews and posting photos. Check it out.

Here's the link for more information on Google Local Guides program: https://www.google.com/local/guides/

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Hope Carey is a fantastic personal trainer at Too Your Health Spa V in Lady Lake. She trained Bernadine Casteel in ways to improve her walking.

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Finally made it to the top level! So excited to be a Level 5!

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I recently met with Pat Gordon, train docent the Lady Lake Museum, where he explained the model train setup. The museum is free and open to the public. It is located in Log Cabin Park in Lady Lake.

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We had a fabulous time at Universal in Orlando. I worked there in 1989 at the studio as they were just beginning construction of the park. The first building was the house from the movie Psycho. It no longer exists. I was astounded at the immensity of the park. It is so much better than Disney, which hasn't really kept up with the technology. One of the fun things was to see the Harry Potter world. You can buy a wand, (of the character of your choice from the books) which is $25 or you can purchase the interactive wand for $50. As you walk through Daigon Alley there are places where you stand on a metal plate and this activates your wand which makes the displays come alive and you move them around. It was such fun to see. Also, a lot of people dress up as Wizards. We went to Finnegans Irish pub for lunch and met two girls who were dressed for Black Friday. This is an unofficial event inspired by Goth attire. One of the ladies was Mrs. Beetlejuice aka April Grotzinger and the other was a lady lumberjack aka Rachael Lisius. They told me that people in the Black Friday group meet-up at Universal dressed in their own style and meet to enjoy the park and various shows. This was such a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the fast and furious rides, especially the Hulk. It went about 100 miles an hour and was over in less than a minute but what a ride it was! So if you're in the area and looking for an amazing time, be sure to check out Universal. However, people with heart conditions and pregnant women should not go on the fast roller coasters.
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