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Archive for August, 2009

Youtube entertains and enlightens

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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Aside from the comical clips and ungodly talent acts that never cease to entertain us, Youtube hosts a large amount of tutorial videos full of knowledge just waiting to be soaked up.

Want to learn how to hula hoop? There’s a video for that.

Tie a tie or put on make-up? There’s thousands of videos for that.

Want to learn how to underwater basket weave? Yep, there’s even a video for that.

“How to” internet videos have opened the door to a world of user-generated knowledge.

Local artist John Golden made Youtube videos to teach people how to create resin jewelry, step by step. “For me personally, it’s a way to reach way more people than I could locally or globally, it’s an economical way to get yourself out there,” he said.

For Golden, that’s exactly what it did. His first video has gotten more than 100,000 hits.

Giving away the secrets to his craft isn’t hurting business. “I’ve sold every piece of jewelry I’ve made, whether they saw it from the video or not,” Golden said.

But not everyone thinks giving away your secrets is a great idea. Another jeweler created an urban dictionary entry called “pulling a John Golden” meaning to give away an expert’s knowledge.

UNCW communications professor and social media connoisseur Jeanne Persuit weighed in saying, “I can see why people would get mad but on the other hand, why is that secret knowledge that only certain people should have. That’s what the idea behind social media is that we’re sharing content, we’re creating content, and the democratization of the internet and knowledge, in saying why should if he’s willing to share his trade and his art, then why shouldn’t we be happy about it.”

Golden added, “To me, more than anything it’s just proven that you can put something out there and still you’re not going to lose whatever it is that makes you valuable to your work.”

There is even a how-to video showing how to upload your video onto Youtube. You can use a digital camcorder or if you’re computer has a web camera, you can record it straight onto the computer and it will upload right on to Youtube’s website.

“With the cost of a web cam and an internet connection, and a computer, you can pretty much share your knowledge with anyone,” Persuit said.

There are plenty of other “how to” web sites out for you to explore. “howcast.com” and “mindbites.com” were created by some of the guys from you tube. E-how is another one interesting tutorial site to check out.

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videoAside from the comical clips and ungodly talent acts that never cease to entertain us, Youtube hosts a large amount of tutorial videos full of knowledge just waiting to be soaked up.

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Man robs Wilmington Chuck E. Cheese at lunchtime

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

A man who said he had a gun robbed Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza, 4389 Oleander Drive, at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Wilmington Police Department.

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Marino on Money: August 13

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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This week we are discussing foreclosure. The first two options to avoid foreclosure are refinancing through the Making Home Affordable program, or tapping other assets. What if neither of those options is available, and your home is worth considerably less than the mortgage?

In general, there are three options, and none of them are real attractive.

1. Short sale
2. Deed-in-lieu of foreclosure
3. Foreclosure

In a short sale, the lender agrees to accept less than what is owed on the house. For example, your mortgage may be worth $200k, but the lender agrees to lesser amount. This must be negotiated with the lender. Be sure to call the lender first before you consider this option.

With a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, you literally deed, or sign over your property to the bank without going through the foreclosure process.

Or, you may simply need to foreclose on the property. If that happens, a foreclosure is reported on your credit for up to 10 years. It may take another five years or more before you qualify for a new mortgage.

For someone facing foreclosure, none of the options sound real appealing. Unfortunately, there may be no easy way out. But at least there are options. As always, seek the assistance of an attorney for any legal matters.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoForeclosure is becoming more common in this economy and it can be a very scary thing. In today’s Marino on Money segment, Ross looks at some strategies that might help.

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Wilmington man arrested; $150,000 in stolen property recovered

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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The State Department of Motor Vehicles has placed a Wilmington man under arrest.

Eddie Blocker was charged with thirteen felony counts for possession of stolen goods and altering a manufacturer’s serial number. He was arrested last week and the DMV recovered $150,000 in stolen motorcycles and construction equipment.

Blocker had been held in the Brunswick County until bonding out.

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The State Department of Motor Vehicles has placed a Wilmington man under arrest.

Eddie Blocker was charged with thirteen felony counts for possession of stolen goods and altering a manufacturer’s serial number.

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Utility authority hosts public meeting on new Ogden water treatment plant

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Residents in Northern New Hanover County have waited a long time for good tasting water.That wait is nearly over for roughly 17,000 residents in Porters Neck, Ogden, Castle Hayne and elsewhere thanks to a new water plant opening in September in Ogden.

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