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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org – Great Online Tutorials For Job Seekers

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

Put me in the job-seeker category – I’m currently trying to find a technical career. In the area where I live, this is actually not difficult because it’s a large city with plenty of options. However, sometimes you just need a little boost or edge in order to stand above your competition to get hired. Be ready for that interview! In these harsher economic times, you can certainly give yourself and advantage as a job-seeker by educating yourself for free. It can only help you.

I found a great “Freebie” website that has some great tutorials, so I have to share – and you’ve heard of this company before. It’s the Goodwill Community Foundation – yes, that Goodwill. They have topics that can give you some more business savvy.

Go forth and learn!


“Doge Weather” – So Wow, Such Inform!

I’m not one of those people tired of the “doge” meme from 2013. Some creative types have made “Doge Weather”  – the famous DOGE will give you a weather status, of sorts.

Check out these screen shots of the fun:

DogeWeatherClear DogeWeatherCold DogeWeatherSnowDogeWeatherMistVapor DogeWeatherMistCreepy

Cousin Belle’s Zazzle Store

Welcome new followers who’ve joined the party!

My Zazzle store is here – zazzle.com/cousinbelles – but I know you’re not totally interested in all my store items. Hopefully you stay for the other musings, articles and photos I post; sometimes mine, sometimes others. I blog about things I think are mad, bad and dangerous to know…and fun, or course.

THANK YOU for subscribing, and if you’re not a subscriber, thank you all the same for reading!!

Cousin Belle

Overly Attached Girlfriend Wishes You A Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you don’t know about Overly Attached Girlfriend, you should. Her real name is Laina, but she’s taken what could’ve been a terrible curse (becoming a meme on the internet) into a funny persona that plays along with the fun!

Here are a couple of videos to spice up your Valentine’s Day…?

“Will you be my valentine? Every day? Forever? Even when it’s not Valentine’s Day? Yes? I’m pretty sure I heard you say yes. Okay. Excellent.”



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~Why I Love Reddit & Imgur~

Dear readers, if you’ve never been on reddit or imgur, why not?!

Reddit calls itself “The Front Page Of The Internet” – and it is. It’s like a playground with cool kids, tons of [mind] games, puns, “I-see-what-you-did-there” moments, creative ideas, food and drink recipes, world news, lots of pictures to look at, stories to share…and lots of cats. Oh, and famous people! I never get tired of surfing there.

reddit noun, verb – redd·it, redd·it·ing; see redditor, subreddit

noun – a type of online community where users vote on content

verb – to take part in a reddit community

“On reddit, everyone gets to post and vote. Everyone gets to say, yay! You know what I say to that? Boo.”

Stephen Colbert, 11/18/13
A letter from Stephen Colbert to Redditors – the guy is truly amazing!

So what is Reddit? This YouTube video gives a great overview:

According their site, this is how reddit works:


Check out the stats:


What’s so addicting about this site? I think it’s the never-ending quest for something new and exciting. Curious human nature drives this site.

Let’s start with my favorite front page – the TIL, or “Today I Learned” subreddit. Full of interesting and verifiable facts:


Due to not wanting the copyright gods after me, I don’t want to post something to infringe the rights, but I did include the reddit name and mascot “Snoo” in my screen shot – will remove if illegal, my bad, and I apologize in advance, no infringement intended.

Click…click…4 hours later…click…click…this place is addicting. I click around to discover new subreddits. I feel I have to check it at least once daily, and more, whenever I get the chance. I just don’t want to miss anything. 

You can “Ask Reddit” anything – go ask a question to the community and see what kind of responses you get. And no, you don’t have to have a username just to read, or as it’s known, “lurking”.

Since there are “subreddits”, it’s not just their front page you can read…you have an entire site with many subgroups with that much more information!!!!

Do you like “Lord of the Rings” movies like I do? There’s an LOTR subreddit for that. Do you love other books by J.R.R Tolkien? That’s a different subreddit! In other words, it’s like going down the internet’s rabbit hole.

Check out this one: EarthPorn. Don’t worry, it’s “safe for work”, and these are beautiful photos of the Earth…nature, weather, flora, fauna, sunsets, etc. I love to see snow pics (read: WinterPorn).  Other favorites are AgriculturePornFoodPorn and DessertPorn (“the stomach is a dream factory”). I know the word “porn” is harsh to the reader, but these safe-for-work entries are awe-inspiring to fellow photographers like me.

So what does imgur have to do with it? imgur is a pictures site (pronounced “imager”), which not only hosts photo uploads for free, it has a comments format wherein you can add your own and add to other’s postings. Similar to reddit, only more photo-centric. “imgurians”, as they call themselves, are a tight-knit bunch, and proudly say so! Many things posted on Reddit (like a photo with a story behind it) have the actual photo hosted on imgur – so the two are literally linked. You can certainly go on imgur itself without reddit – just check out a screenshot from today of the most viral photos:


(not a complete screen shot): Due to not wanting the copyright gods after me, I don’t want to post something to infringe the rights, but I did include the imgur name in my screen shot – will remove if illegal, my bad, and I apologize in advance, no infringement intended.


You can click on any of the photos and it will take you to its hosting page, whereupon you can not only see the entire photo, you can see what the “Original Poster” (OP) said about the photo. Not all these photos are original, as sometimes they’re ‘borrowed’ from the web or other hosting sites. It’s certainly considered bad form to claim a photo as your own when it isn’t.

As with many cliques, where the cool kids know all the inside jokes, these 2 sites certainly have some:

  • “banana for scale” – refers to the need for something to be compared to a real life object to note contextual size
  • “tl;dr” – too long, didn’t read…if the poster’s comments were too long
  • “so this is a thing”…something has been posted repeatedly; could be good or bad
  • “that’s so metal” – phrase used for varied contexts
  • “I did the thing” – whatever it is that was much talked about, the poster did it
  • Recipes – they are posted almost daily, usually with the title “Award-Winning”…and usually has lots of upvotes
  • “cake day” – your anniversary of becoming a user
  • Anything “Lord of the Rings” related – many memes, quotes and animated gifs are “a thing”
  • “awww yissssss!” – utter delight and satisfaction
  • “bae” – intentional misspelling of “babe”
  • posting a cute animal photo at the end of a long post to ‘thank’ the reader for reading so many words
  • memes
  • otherwise unmentionable

In other words – get to these sites and have fun with the world!

Cousin Belle

Did You Know You Were Translating Books and Newspapers?

Yeah, found this out yesterday…

Every time you use a reCAPTCHA you are essentially transcribing Google Street Map addresses so they don’t have to. It’s kinda weird to be that I’m being used to transcribe books and invasive Street View to help the world, but I look at the tradeoff. I guess it’s mankind’s way of keeping mankind safe whilst improving mankind…? Or rather, protecting mankind from spam, viruses, bots, and worms…ew! In exchange for aforementioned electronic protection, mankind shall doeth some labour (had to say that in King James English for some reason).

Of note, you have the opportunity to learn another language in exchange for your transcription services through “DuoLingo” if you choose to further your skills (notes below).

Side note – CAPTCHAs are hell on the blind and dyslexic. Also, they can still be hacked.

Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses – (2012) – “Google confirmed it’s currently running an experiment that involves using its reCAPTCHA spam-fighting system to improve data in Google Maps by having users identify things like street names and business addresses.”

Sure, this is ‘old news’ by this point, but I wanted to paste some info from the official CAPTCHA website:

CAPTCHA: Telling Humans and Computers Apart Automatically

A CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t:

CAPTCHA example

The term CAPTCHA (for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford of Carnegie Mellon University.

About 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that’s not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into “reading” books.

To archive human knowledge and to make information more accessible to the world, multiple projects are currently digitizing physical books that were written before the computer age. The book pages are being photographically scanned, and then transformed into text using “Optical Character Recognition” (OCR). The transformation into text is useful because scanning a book produces images, which are difficult to store on small devices, expensive to download, and cannot be searched. The problem is that OCR is not perfect.

Example of OCR errorsreCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher. More specifically, each word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is placed on an image and used as a CAPTCHA. This is possible because most OCR programs alert you when a word cannot be read correctly.

New: Learn Spanish, German or French for free while translating the Web!

Our new site, duolingo.com offers a way for you to learn languages 100% free while helping to translate the Web.

How Do You Bloggers Make Money? I’m Confounded…

Dearest readers and followers,

I’m not trying to be aggravating, I swear, but I don’t understand how you make money from blogging. Can one make money from having a WordPress blog? How do you guys get to “live the life you want”, get to travel, have a life, etc.? I have none of those things. Quite frankly, I’m single, job-hunting, relocating/moving, mostly-broke, and am looking for a fun way to make money on the side. I have 2 revenue streams at the moment (full-time job that went part-time + Zazzle store), but I could always make room for more as long as it’s not going to violate my privacy or go against my work ethic. Ultimately, I have to get a full-time job, but I tend to be a workaholic and even with a full-time job I can find time to write…something I love to do.

I see many of you have links to videos that show me how, but I’m asking if someone will cut-to-the-chase and just tell me. I can’t afford to spend money to make money at this point, so I’m hoping it’s not a multi-level marketing thing.  I’m listening…

Will you please help a Cousin out?


REPOST: “101 Restaurants Offering Free Wi-Fi” From Mr. Free Stuff

Sorry – no copyright infringement intended, but I had no way to share this on WordPress other than straight copy/paste, so please forgive me…this is great info I wanted to pass along…


101 Restaurants Offering Free Wi-Fi

Posted: June 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s getting so easy to find free Wi-Fi in cafes, restaurants and other popular eateries that we were actually able to put together a list of 101 such locations.

That makes curling up with your favorite mobile device even easier…and much cheaper.

Naturally, you’ll want to check with your local outlet to make sure they offer such a service, as not all franchises participate and offers may vary.

Now it’s time to whip out the old laptop and have some digital fun.

  1. Apple Spice Junction Delis
    Has outlets in 12 states
  2. Applebee’s
    Available at select locations
  3. Arby’s
    All locations offer free Wi-Fi
  4. Atlanta Bread Company
    Free Wi-Fi at select locations
  5. Au Bon Pain
    Multiple locations across the country
  6. Bahama Buck’s
    Available at outlets in Mesa, Ariz.; Clovis, N.M.; and El Paso, Frisco, Hewitt, Louisville, Lubuck, Sachse, Wichita and Waco Falls, Texas.
  7. Bailey’s Pubs
    Has locations in 25 states
  8. Barnes & Noble 
    All coffee shops within the bookstores offer free Wi-Fi.
  9. Beyond Bread
    Has several locations in Tuscon, Ariz.
  10. Big Boy
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations in California, Florida, Michigan and Ohio
  11. Biggby Coffee
    Has over 100 locations in the midwest, South Carolina and Texas
  12. Belendz
    Has six locations in Southern California
  13. Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
    Has locations in 13 states across the U.S.
  14. Big Apple Bagels Cafe
    Has multiple locations across the U.S.
  15. Blimpie Sub Shop
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations
  16. Bob Evans
    All outlets offer free Wi-Fi
  17. Brewster’s Coffee
    Has multiple locations across the U.S.
  18. Bruegger’s Bagels
    Free Wi-Fi available only at select locations
  19. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
    Offers free Wi-Fi at all locations across the U.S.
  20. Burger King
    Some outlets provide free Wi-Fi
  21. Burgerville
    Has locations in Oregon and Washington
  22. Caffee Trieste 
    Has five locations in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkley, Calif.
  23. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe
    Has locations in 15 states across the U.S.
  24. Caribou Coffee
    Has locations in 22 states
  25. Carl’s Jr.
    Select locations are offering free Wi-Fi
  26. Chelos Hometown Bar & Grill
    Has several locations in Rhode Island
  27. Chick-fil-A
    Free Wi-Fi available at restaurants with high-speed Internet access
  28. Cici’s Pizza
    Has locations throughout the U.S.
  29. Claim Jumper Restaurants
    Has locations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington
  30. Cool Beans 
    Has several locations in Montgomery, Alabama
  31. Corner Bakery & Cafe
    Free Wi-Fi available at outlets in California, Colorado, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia
  32. Cosi
    Has locations in 17 states
  33. Country’s Barbecue
    Has several locations in Columbus, Ga.
  34. Culver’s
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations
  35. Cups Espresso Cafe 
    Has multiple locations in Mississippi
  36. Daily Grind
    Available at location in Martinsburg, W.V.
  37. Dairy Queen
    Select locations are offering free Wi-Fi
  38. Del Taco  
    Available at select locations
  39. Denny’s
    Look for the Wi-Fi sign in your local Denny’s restaurant.
  40. Desert Flour Bakery
    Based in Sedona, Ariz.
  41. Diedrich Coffee 
    Has several locations in California
  42. Doubletree Inns
    Offers free Wi-Fi in restaurants and other public areas
  43. Dunkin’ Donuts
    Check their online store locator for outlets offering free Wi-Fi
  44. Dunn Bros Coffee  
    Free Wi-Fi in all but a few locations
  45. Dutch Valley Restaurant
    Free Wi-Fi at location in Sarasota, Fla.
  46. Einstein Bros.
    Offers free Wi-Fi at select locations
  47. Espresso ROMA
    Has locations in California, Colorado and Oregon
  48. Espresso Royale
    Free Wi-Fi available in some locations in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  49. Fatburger
    Los Angeles location has free Wi-Fi
  50. First Watch
    Has locations in 14 states
  51. Four Points By Sheraton
    Free Wi-Fi in restaurants and public areas
  52. Fox and Hound Restaurants
    Has locations in 25 states
  53. Fuddruckers
    Free Wi-Fi available in some locations in 16 states
  54. Gandolfos New York Deli
    Available in some locations across the U.S.
  55. Hardees
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations
  56. Hooters
    Many locations across the U.S. offer free Wi-Fi
  57. Houlihan’s
    Some locations in 18 states offer free Wi-Fi
  58. IHOP
    Select locations are offering free Wi-Fi
  59. It’s A Grind Coffee House
    Many locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Texas offer free Wi-Fi.
  60. Jack In The Box
    Some locations in select states offer free Wi-Fi.
  61. Jimmy John’s
    Some locations offer free Wi-Fi
  62. Krystal Restaurants
    Offers free Wi-Fi in more than 250 locations.
  63. La Margarita Restaurant
    Free Wi-Fi at location in San Antonio, Texas
  64. Le Boulanger Bakery Cafe
    Has 18 locations in the San Jose, Calif., area
  65. Le Peep
    Locations in 14 states across the U.S.
  66. Lee’s Sandwiches
    Has 45-plus locations in California, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada
  67. Mama Fu’s Asian House
    Free Wi-Fi is available in most locations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.
  68. Martin’s Food Centers
    Find free Wi-Fi in the cafe sections of outlets in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia
  69. McAlister’s Deli
    Has locations in 22 states
  70. McDonald’s
    Offers free Wi-Fi in all U.S. locations
  71. Metrocafes
    Offers free Wi-Fi at its eight locations in the Atlanta area
  72. My Favorite Muffin
    Has multiple locations across the U.S.
  73. Old Chicago
    Available in some locations across the country
  74. Panera Bread
    Look for the Wi-Fi sticker in the window of your local outlet.
  75. Peet’s Coffee & Tea
    Offers two hours of free Wi-Fi with purchase
  76. Peter Piper Pizza
    Select locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas offer free Wi-Fi
  77. P.F. Chang’s
    Free Wi-Fi available at some locations across the U.S.
  78. PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans
    Has more than 45 locations in Louisiana
  79. Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations
  80. Port City Java
    Has locations in D.C., Maryland and North Carolina
  81. Safeway Grocery Stores
    Many locations offer free Wi-Fi in their cafe areas
  82. Sapp Brothers Truck Stops
    Has locations across the United States
  83. Schlotzsky’s
    Has locations in Arizona, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas
  84. Scooters Coffeehouse
    Free Wi-Fi available at multiple locations
  85. Shagga Coffee & Restaurant
    Free Wi-Fi available at location in Hyattsville, Md.
  86. Shari’s Cafe
    Has locations in California, Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming
  87. Sonic Drive-In
    Free Wi-Fi available at select locations across the country
  88. Starbucks
    All locations in the U.S. and Canada offer free Wi-Fi.
  89. Subway
    Some of the sandwich shops are beginning to offer Wi-Fi
  90. Taco Bell
    Some locations are beginning to offer free Wi-Fi
  91. Tapioca Express
    Has locations in Seattle, California and Texas
  92. Texas Roadhouse
    Free Wi-Fi available in some locations across the U.S.
  93. Togos
    Has locations in Washington, California, Arizona and Oregon
  94. Tully’s Coffee
    Has multiple locations on the West Coast
  95. Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants
    Some locations are beginning to offer free Wi-Fi
  96. Urban Grind
    Free Wi-Fi at locations in Atlanta, Ga.
  97. Von’s Grocery Stores
    Many locations offer free Wi-Fi in their cafe areas
  98. Wegman’s Supermarkets
    Free Wi-Fi in Wegman’s in-store cafes in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia
  99. Wendy’s
    Almost all Wendy’s are now outfitted with Wi-Fi
  100. Which Wich
    Has sandwich shops in the Southeast and Southwest
  101. Whole Foods Market
    Many locations offer free Wi-Fi in their cafes

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