? Facebook Basketball App

During March Madness, whenever you send an Emoji basketball to a friend in Facebook messenger you can tap on the basketball and play simple free throw game. I just tried it with a high score of 10. Your score is shared with whoever is in the conversation and you can continue to play against each other. 

Gamefication at its finest!


About the Declaration of Independence

About the Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain. The Constitution provides the legal and governmental framework for the United States, however, the Declaration, with its eloquent assertion “all Men are created equal,” is equally beloved by the American people.

There were 2.5 million in July 1776 living in the newly independent nation.

Declaration of Independence

Learn more about the Declaration of Independence here. The committee consisted of two New England men, John Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut; two men from the Middle Colonies, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York; and one southerner, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.

  • 56 people who signed the Declaration
  • Benjamin Franklin was the oldest to sign at 70 years old
  • Edward Rudledge was the youngest at 26
  • John Hancock was the first to sign
  • July 7, 1977 the first anniversary was celebrated in Philadelphia
  • July 4, 1801 was the first celebration at the White House
  • Did not become an official holiday until 1870
  • Three presidents have died on the Fourth of July John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe
  • One was born: Calvin Coolidge

What the Fourth of July Means

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

20 Reasons My Husband is My Blog’s Biggest Fan

My blog Geekette Bits is a little over six years old and through it my life has been enrich through incredible people and experiences. I have made incredible friends who have helped me grow my audience by sharing me with theirs, supported through the San Antonio community and beyond. I am able to share my passion of this powerful platform and social media with the company I work for. I get to share my stories and hear yours.

Behind every great blogger though is the blogger’s biggest fan – in this case my husband (then boyfriend), Jonathan. Jonathan encouraged me to start a blog after he noticed everywhere that I went, I would drop little nuggets of “helpful” information on people. He said, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could just say ‘check out more information about <<helpful tip>> on my blog’?” After a little research and a lot of growing excitement (and many hours coming up with a name – thanks Taz!), I purchased geekettebits.com and learned how to setup a blog (and subsequently social media accounts on all channels.)

20 Reasons My Husband is My Blog’s Biggest Fan

20 Reasons My Husband is My Blog’s Biggest Fan

I want to say, Jonathan, “Thanks for Being the World’s Best Fan of My Blog!” It isn’t always Top Golf openings next to famous NBA stars with free drinks and fantastic food…so thanks for:

  • Encouraging me to not only start the blog but cheering with me, celebrating growing readership and social communities.
  • Understanding that I might not ever come to bed – and eventually learning how to pry my fingers off the keyboard and making me go to sleep.
  • Carrying the SLR camera bag with three lenses to all the events.
  • Making sure your phones are charged so when mine run out of juice I can quickly switch to yours for continued coverage.
  • Helping our daughter with school work, house work, grocery shopping, and whatever else so that I can attend whatever random event I’m covering next.
  • Listening to story pitches for next blog posts ideas.
  • Letting me go to tweetups with random people I’ve never met before and allowing people to mail all kinds of things to our home.
  • Not only attending events with me but also working the room like a champ on your own as I’m free do whatever I need to – I never had to worry about you being a wallflower impatiently waiting to leave.
  • Learning Twitter and other social media channels so you could always be my first fan/follower (and mastering most of the lingo.)
  • Sharing my posts, pictures, and stories proudly to anyone who will listen – bringing me even more readers who were already emotionally connected to me.
  • Capturing comments and taking photos whenever you went somewhere that you knew I’d want to share with my readers.
  • Trademarking Geekette Bits™ because you didn’t want anyone else to ever try to duplicate part of my identity.
  • Checking out my blog on multiple devices, browsers, and screens whenever I make updates to make sure it looks good.
  • Carefully guiding me through crowds as I tweeted away at events, safely.
  • Helping to research and plan our vacations so we can take advantage of everything and get the best experiences possible.
  • Doing random “to do lists” when I am stressed to meet a deadline of the next best Pinterest DIY activities that are absolutely imperative to do.
  • Trying pork rinds, wearable devices, restaurants, websites, and more so that I can give my readers true reactions and feedback.
  • Always voting for my blog when I’m entering best travel blogger, arts and crafts, etc. contests, daily through the life of the contest, from multiple browsers on multiple devices and desktops (as rules and regulations allow.)
  • Reading my posts and giving me feedback when things work (and when they don’t), catching grammar errors, and formatting issues.
  • Literally being my biggest fan, on and off my blog, every single day.

I imagine I am not the only one with blog who has a silent (semi-silent) fan cheering from behind the curtain? What would you like to thank your blog’s biggest fan for? What’s your story? Help me add to this list and share it so we can thank our blogs’ biggest fans.

Mother’s Day Card

Although I’ll go into a MUCH more insightful review of one of my favorite sites, follow the link to Scrapblog’s Mother Day Card.  This great website offers to send a free card to your mother, the mother of your children, your mother’s mother…just for signing up.  Personalize one of their standard designs (very modern, unique, colorful)  or start from scratch choosing from thousands of pictures, fonts, and backgrounds to find the card that suits the lady of your lif!