Friday, October 21, 2011

Putting Facebook in a scrapbook

These days, much of our lives take place on social network sites. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, but at least I can easily put some of it into our family scrapbook.

I wanted to make a page about what happened on the day my daughter turned three, both in the world and in our family. I included some news headlines and economic data for historical purposes. We also met friends at a playground and had cupcakes (eaten with the candle still intact) and her grandparents celebrated her birthday in Florida without her. It's a little hodgepodge, I know. But the theme was simply October 5, 2011.

Of course, I had to put a picture of my her on Facebook and wish her a happy birthday. Many other friends and family wished her a happy birthday, too. I wanted to include these comments in the layout, and the easiest way to accomplish this was to do a screen shot.

A screen shot is super easy to make. First, hit F11 to make the window full screen. Then hold down Control + “Print Screen.” On my keyboard, it is a little button next to the F12 that says “Prt Scrn.” Then go to the scrapbook page and paste. It's as easy as that.

To get the best resolution for the picture, I pasted my JPEG copy of the photo over the photo within the screen shot. Why use a grainy photo when I have the original copy?

For anyone interested, here is the journaling:

You turn three today. You still love milk and Cherios, but not as much as you love mom, dad, your aunts, and grandma and grandpa. A gallon of milk costs $3.59. A new Honda Odyssey costs $28,225. You could get a 30-year mortgage at 3.8%. Minimum wage is $7.40 per hour. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes about $375,000 per game. It was a cloudy day with a high near 67 and a low of 38 degrees. The restaurant Friendly's went bankrupt. Illegal immigrants are granted in-state tuition for state colleges. President Obama is losing popularity and we wonder if he will be on the Democrat ticket next November. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 10.8%, and has been over 10% for the last two years. “Contagion” is the biggest movie in the theaters. The iPhone 4S is released. The Red Sox had a bad year and are out of the playoffs, while the Yankees are going strong. The Israelis and Palestinians are still fighting. The world population is slightly under 7,000,000,000. Eighteen people wished you a happy birthday on Facebook, and grandma and grandpa celebrated your birthday without you.

It may seem a little boring now, but in twenty years it will be interesting to look back at what was going on. Thanks for looking!

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