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Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it…

Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it… | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m not a normal mom. I’m a geek mom– a techcomm geek mom, to be more exact, but I was a geek mom long before I was into tech comm. While I liked my girly things as a girl, I &hel...
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How to Score a Job at a Completely Virtual Company

How to Score a Job at a Completely Virtual Company | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Here are 10 completely virtual companies hiring now -- and some tips on how to score the job.
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I'm catching up with some articles I looked at a while ago and wanted to share. This is one of them. I'm a remote worker for the most part. I had to start commuting 50 miles each way once a week, which isn't too bad, just this calendar year. I wanted to share this info, as I agree with several of the main points, but also save for myself if I find myself someday looking for another position (which isn't happening soon, since it looks like my contract is going to be extended for a third year!). I hope this is helpful, as it seems to me that technical communicators would be great remote workers. --techcommgeekmom
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Julianne Pask's curator insight, August 29, 3:50 PM

I found this an amazing reminder of how the world of work has completely changed since I started in 1980.

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Who Has a License to Drive the Information Superhighways?

Who Has a License to Drive the Information Superhighways? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The former U.S. Vice President Al Gore coined the term, "information superhighways" to describe the Internet. It was a great political slogan, and Gore was certainly one of the most internet-friend...
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My friend Ray Gallon has written an interesting article exploring how we should be looking at the "information superhighways". He's provided some great thought-provoking ideas about how we access these "roadways". Take a look. 

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Terri Rice's curator insight, August 6, 11:38 AM

Danielle is correct. This is a rather important letter to read, whether you are a parent, teacher, or administrator. We need to remember that children are human beings in the making. They are sponges soaking up everything they see and hear. This means we need to increase the positive to out number the negative things they see and hear. and remember, these little jewels are who will be taking care of us in our dotage. Make sure they know how important they are in the world.

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Microsoft may do the unthinkable to make you dump XP, Vista and Windows 7

Microsoft may do the unthinkable to make you dump XP, Vista and Windows 7 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Windows is one of Microsoft’s main money makers, and the company is interested in seeing as many current Windows users move to its latest operating system as possible. However, no matter what the company does, there still are plenty of users who are on older Windows versions, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. ZDNet has learned that Microsoft may be working on a huge Windows 9 surprise to convince reluctant users to finally move to the latest Windows operating system available. The company is reportedly considering offering some sort of Windows 9 upgrade deal to XP, Vista and Windows 7 users, with a completely free upgrade option also on the table. This isn’t the first time free Windows 9
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This is interesting news. I can understand dumping Windows XP and Windows Vista, but I admit I'm one of those Windows 7 holdouts myself. While Windows 8.1 does seem to be a slight improvement over Windows 8, I still haven't been entirely convinced that it's time to upgrade yet. Perhaps, if some of these rumors mentioned in the article come to fruition, then I might be tempted. 
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Lorraine Elvire Wagenaar's curator insight, August 28, 4:59 AM

Gewoon interessant om te lezen.

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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.
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This article comes to me by way of my friend, GeekMom.com editor Andrea Schwalm. 

 

I actually feel outraged reading this. The US wonders why it's behind, and when measures are put in place to provide tools to help kids keep up or get ahead, they aren't working. In this case, it looked like the school district didn't come up with a definitive plan before distributing the laptops out. Kids will be kids, but at the same time, I get the feeling that they haven't been taught that laptops are not toys, but equipment or instruments, and need to be cared for. If a teenager had a high-end smartphone, you KNOW there would be consequences for needing to fix or replace one of those! 

 

My son's small private school gives all the kids laptops--MacBook Air laptops, in fact. They distribute them in September, and take them back in the summer. Every year, parents have to signed waivers and such that say that if something happens to the laptop, especially if the kid is given permission by the parent to bring the laptop home, then any repairs or replacement is on the parent.  The same should happen with school districts as well. I guarantee that a lot more laptops would come back undamaged if parents knew that if something happened to them, they need to replace the machine. Many families can't afford one, so it promotes responsibility. 

 

With a better plan in place on how laptops and tablets can be used in the classroom and for school work, with a written understanding that the device is not a toy but rather an expensive tool to be used and mastered, then perhaps there's hope. The article mentions that other places have made it work. Perhaps the districts where this implementation did not work need to take few lessons from those where it did work. You can't implement something like this without careful consideration and a plan. You need a strategy, and it doesn't sound like Hoboken really thought it out. 

 

Perhaps rather than throwing all those laptops out, they should donate them to another school district who has a plan and be more appreciative of the chance to get kids up to speed in technology. 

 

(Oh, and yes, teacher/staff training is important and lacking, but I could go on about that too. That's part of having a good plan, after all. )

--techcommgeekmom

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Terri Rice's curator insight, July 29, 11:31 AM

Danielle is correct. this is NOT a terrible idea. It just needs adults to be better prepared before they jump into an expensive endeavor. Donating these laptops to a district that can implement a sound plan for maintaining the equipment will allow this wonderful idea to live on!

Estralita Williams's curator insight, July 30, 12:23 PM

Good reading

JNS Learning Systems's curator insight, August 25, 10:24 AM

Have a well-thought out plan before distributing laptops to students

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What's lurking in your content?

What's lurking in your content? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Fellow technical writers, admit it. You've all done it. You're writing along, and you come to a spot where you need to insert place-holder text. Your creative juices are flowing, and a simple lorem...
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Larry Kunz posted this friendly reminder about text filler. This is definitely proof that you need to remember to FULLY edit everything before it goes to print! Yikes! Read this article, and stay on top of your drafts and final copies before publishing! 

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MBA Programs Starting to Emphasize Coding

MBA Programs Starting to Emphasize Coding | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Companies want to hire technically skilled MBAs, and business schools are finally starting to get it. MBA programs equip students with management techniques, accounting skills a...
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YES! This is something I've been saying all along. If not big programming languages, at least the basics of HTML so that they understand how websites are built and understand content strategy in relation to digital output, along with all that big data and analytics stuff. Education systems--please listen!

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Morgane Chevalier, PMP's curator insight, July 29, 6:11 AM

la pensée computationnelle se diffuse...

Deb Kalikow-Pluck's curator insight, August 31, 2:24 PM

Coding is becoming a more important knowledge base to have.

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Free upgrade from TCS5 to TCS 5.1

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Thanks to Matt Sullivan for letting us know about this upgrade to the Adobe Tech Comm Suite 5, and writing the directions for how to obtain the upgrade! Read the article. 

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Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Though it's probably the most low-key reality show on television, HGTV's House Hunters has uncovered an overwhelming, and heretofore unknown, passion lurking deep in the American psyche. The show f...
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I'm really loving this article by Larry Kunz! I'm one of those regular viewers of House Hunters myself, and as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) homeowner who has learned to see past needing granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, I understand his analogy very well. (In fact, I just did a kitchen renovation almost a year ago, and we went with quartz/silestone instead of granite, and I've been upgrading appliances one by one to stainless over the course of seven years, so they are all now stainless.)  There are needs, and there are wants, and Larry does a really nice job getting tech writers to think about how to differenciate between those things in our content. This is content strategy at its most basic level. Read this NOW!

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5 Useless Elements You Need To Remove From Your Blog Right Now!

5 Useless Elements You Need To Remove From Your Blog Right Now! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Your blog is leaking cash and I'll show you how to plug the leaks. There are useless elements on your blog that are costing you money. Find out more here.
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This article came to me by way of Scott Nesbitt on Google+. While I don't write my blog for money (well, at least not at this point it's not worth a salary), there are some interesting tips in here. Some I've figured out to a point--I know when I'm redirecting things to my blog and when I'm not. (Like this actual post done through ScoopIt!). But I'm not sure if some of the other elements the author mentions--if done sparingly--is truly all that awful, like the latest badge for an award (not that I've ever had one to post myself). 

 

What do you think?

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No wonder English is confusing, Part 2

No wonder English is confusing, Part 2 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As a follow-up to my fun post, "No Wonder (Verbal) English is confusing!", here's a follow-up that really shows how crazy it can get. Although I think in the end, there is some (okay, a lot of) Cel...
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The dangers of overthinking your writing

The dangers of overthinking your writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I met someone who was just starting out as a writer. Following the advice given to many aspiring writers, he decided to start a blog. But instead of getting down to work, he was o...
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Craig Cardimon posted this great Scott Nesbitt article, and I find it on target. I'm often asked how to do a blog, and in my mind, it's not as hard as it seems overall, and this article makes a strong case for one of the main elements of writing a blog. Read it for a reality check. 

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Keeping calm

Keeping calm | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's been quite a week.... For two days I told the project manager that I'd accept changes until Wednesday morning, and then I'd send the final drafts for approval that afternoon. He assured me tha...
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I had to chuckle at this post by Lary Kunz. Believe me, Larry, I feel your pain. I know it ALL too well. Enjoy this article!

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Terri Rice's curator insight, August 26, 12:03 PM

This article from Larry Kuntz via Danielle is apropos. Why are so many leaders incapable of following their own directives of producing requested materials in the  delineated time frame? I too chuckled along with this story and printed off this sign for my monitor.

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Adobe Day@STC Summit 2014 - We Went Back to The Future

Adobe Day@STC Summit 2014 - We Went Back to The Future | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I apologize for my blog coverage of the 2014 STC Summit edition of Adobe Day being delayed--it's been a busy month! But hopefully, you'll feel it's been worth the wait, and you had a chance to see ...
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Weight Loss is all about content strategy. No, really.

Weight Loss is all about content strategy. No, really. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Fear not, TechCommGeekMom readers, I am still here! I have had an incredibly busy summer. While some places might have a slow-down during the summer, my summer cranked up instead! I've been so ment...
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Taking Your Blogging Back to Basics - Notes from a Floating Life on scriptogr.am

Notes from a Floating Life | Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life
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This is a fantastic blog post about...blog posts. Scott Nesbitt does an excellent job of reminding us to keep it simple, and concentrate on the content. My blog has never been one that got caught up in too much "bling", and I'm proud of that. Read what Scott has to say. It's good. 

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I'm a Mom. (Sorry, I'm Not Sorry.)

I'm a Mom. (Sorry, I'm Not Sorry.) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Recently over brunch & Bellinis, a mommy friend of mine asked me about an article that I published here on LinkedIn, 7 Sanity-Saving Tips for Busy Mompreneurs. It wasn't that she was curious about
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This is not limited to moms in technical communication, but all moms that work. I don't regret that I took time off to be a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) for a few years during my son's early years, because if I hadn't, I wouldn't have figured out his developmental issues and gotten help properly. It was because I was at home at the time that he's doing well today. At the same time, family has always come first. I sacrificed growth in my career during those SAHM years, but it was worth it to see my child thrive.  

 

The author of this article makes excellent points that I completely agree with. Parents--both men and women--shouldn't be penalized for being a parent. Women get penalized more severely because more often they are the primary caretakers of children, although I know there are exceptions. For the most part, a lot of the parenting responsibilities fall on the moms. Over the years, fathers are taking on more responsibilities than before, but there are many families in which the responsibilities are not divided equally (my own included, but I've had my husband step up more over the years). Somehow in a country that likes to try to promote family values, we've lost that in favor of corporate dominance. It goes back to identity--are you a person who works at your job, or are you a person who IS your job? When I work for a company, I can be loyal to that company and its goals, but not at the expense of my family to get ahead.  The author's last paragraph is my own credo. And it really should be the credo of ALL parents, not just moms. 

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“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers

“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Content Rules Inc. was kind enough to extend their invitation to have me blog for them again. This time, it's on a subject that near and dear to their hearts as well as mine. This article talks abo...
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Terri Rice's curator insight, July 29, 11:36 AM

Excellent article to remind us that our words and meaning can be confusing no matter who we are writing to.

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Tweet from @WembleyMatters

Tweet from @WembleyMatters | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Admire this school. A child is more than a SATS score pic.twitter.com/tRuHPcMV6d
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I saw this courtesy of Colum McAndrew.  Oh, I really hope that more educators in the US get this message, because this is the message that we need to give our kids. My son is learning different, so he doesn't usually do well in standardized tests, even though certain allowances are made (like extra time, etc.) so he can try to complete them. He's actually a rather bright boy, and he has rather low self-esteem, so I'm constantly trying to remind him that he's more than a test (just like adults are more than their resumes).  I, too, didn't do well in standardized tests as a kid, yet I did well enough in school. (Never took the GRE for grad school, yet had a 4.0 GPA, which should say something!) 

 

US education system--please wake up, and read this, and learn from it! We need to bring up kids who are more confident in whatever skills they have, even if they are not measurable or conventional. 

 

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The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy

The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
WOW! I will admit that there are a lot of content strategists who have been doing content strategy for a much longer time than I have.  Val is one of those people, and she's someone I consider to b...
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I've done a guest blog post on the Content Rules Inc blog! Check it out. 

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Justin Ekpa's curator insight, July 19, 4:14 AM

Getting your Content Strategy right is very critical in repositioning your organization out there

JC CAILLIEZ, PhD's curator insight, July 23, 2:28 AM

A découvrir sur :

http://www.contentrules.com/blog/top-6-questions-ask-creating-content-strategy/

 

Terri Rice's curator insight, August 26, 11:44 AM

This article clearly expresses what you need to know if you are updating or creating informational material for a business. It is easy to follow and remember. Wonderful! I learned something new today. How about you? Read this to benefit your business strategies.

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SCORM vs Tin Can - Tin Can API

SCORM vs Tin Can - Tin Can API | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
SCORM vs The Tin Can API. What are the differences? Why should I choose Tin Can over SCORM?
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It's been a while since I've posted anything "hardcore" for e-learning, but I saw this on Learning Anyway's Facebook page, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I don't know how long this site has been up, but it looks fantastic! Check it out for more information. 

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Mike Carrington's curator insight, July 10, 5:04 PM

Yet another e-learning development to follow! I have always found SCORM, in its many incarnations, to be a pain to use. Hopefully this won't be true of the Tin Can API.

Terri Rice's curator insight, August 26, 11:53 AM

Danielle is correct! This site is full of terrific information about Tin Can API. I believe you need to check this out if you have issues with tracking your employees training and C.E.U's. Tin Can makes it simple by providing a management system capable of tracking ALL of your employee's learning experiences in and out side of work. Tremendous advancement in training and e-learning.

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How to Be Ignored in Social Media - Go Headless

How to Be Ignored in Social Media - Go Headless | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The profile shot, more than anything, personalizes you. I begin to recognize faces and put names to them. Then, I am able to remember what they post about and a bit about their personality. Finally,...
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Darin Hammond has done it again, bringing up a detail that seems small, but actually makes a big impact. I agree wholeheartedly with his approach on this subject. (And, no, Darin, you are not an ugly, old man!) But connecting a face with the words and images on a blog post does make a difference, and definitely personalizes the experience. I'm not just a name, but a face that goes with it. People have recognized me at conferences because they've seen my face. I remember faces again when I see photos of people on social media. No "Glamour Shots" are needed--both of the photos I've used in the last two years have been amateur shots. One was done by my husband in my backyard, and the most recent one seen on social media is a selfie! So, show us who you are, and read Darin's article here for tips. 

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Mylène BOUSQUET's curator insight, July 10, 5:19 AM

A good way to start !

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Farewell to Orkut. Huh? What is Orkut?

Farewell to Orkut. Huh? What is Orkut? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Remember Orkut? Maybe this post about its demise is also your introduction to Google’s first foray into social networking.Started in 2004, Orkut saw impressive early growth and has been popular in
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I barely remember Orkut being around, and it was long forgotten until I read the press release that it was going to be discontinued. Heck, I thought it was long dead already! But Google+ still fails to picque my interest much--I still can't completely figure it out. But hey--it just goes to show that Google has been in the social media game for a while now. Now, Google Wave I remember. I did that for a little bit, and that one should've caught on. That was MUCH better than Google +. Oh well, we live and learn. Read Ken's article in the meantime. It's good. 

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Report: Increasing demand for digital communicators

Report: Increasing demand for digital communicators | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
About 75 percent of executives say they’re hiring more staffers with social media and digital expertise than they ever have before.
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Another gem courtesy of Craig Cardimon. Good news! 

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Abou Al-Ela's curator insight, July 21, 5:14 AM

digital communication Jobs

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Villegas Views: Digital Content is Not the Only Content Out There

Villegas Views: Digital Content is Not the Only Content Out There | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
My latest post on the STC Notebook is up! The article is a reflection about a recent encounter I had at the STC Summit about a month ago. I'd like to hear your opinion about the question I ask at t...
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Introducing the Apple iWatch, your interface with the digital world.

Introducing the Apple iWatch, your interface with the digital world. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Apple and Samsung function in polar opposite ways, Apple's reductive thinking, patience and need centric approach should make their wearable a world apart from Samsung's rapid, defensive, technology
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This is an interesting article. I hope there is an iWatch at some point with all these features! I could use it!  Even so, whether it's Apple, Samsung, or any other manufacturer, this is an interesting article to read to get a feel of the technical capabilities such a wearable device could potentially have. Now the question will be, who will make it and make it well! (I'm hoping Apple!)

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Catarina Fernandes's curator insight, June 25, 7:11 AM

Meus caros encontrie um artigo que acho interessante e resolvi partilhar convosco.

Lorraine Elvire Wagenaar's curator insight, June 25, 11:10 AM

Lijkt me wel wat.

Gonzalo Ordóñez's curator insight, June 30, 10:50 AM

Consumismo eterno