Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

March 21, 2006

Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb

Filed under: Culture Site, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 1:08 pm

It is with great excitement that I am compiling my culture site about Jerrie Cobb, the first American female tested for the Space Program.  Back in the early 60s, the United States was concerned about getting a man in space, a feat that the Soviets had already accomplished.  Once that goal was met, certain individuals began to ponder what the effects of space would have on a woman.  Would they be able to tolerate the extremes?  Testing on Jerrie Cobb began in 1961.  Her results were so remarkable that the testing was continued.  In the end thirteen women passed the rigors of extensive testing to became candidates for the Women-in-Space Program.  Some were speculating that a woman was actually better suited for space than a man.  Shortly thereafter, however, the plug was pulled.  Under no circumstances would an American woman go up in space.

It would be another twenty years before a female American would go up in space.   Almost twenty years after the Soviets sent a woman up.  Who would have thought that the Soviets would be so much further advanced?  Why wouldn’t the United States take advantage of the resources they had available?  And what did having the Space Program taken away do to the woman that was slated to be the first American woman in space?  Jerrie Cobb’s life was drastically altered when this opportunity was ripped from her.


March 10, 2006

Art Project

Filed under: Art, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 10:54 pm

I’ve spent a good part of the last week trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do for my art project.  I had finally settled on doing some Photoshop work on my childrens’ pictures, but then saw that, while not forbidden, this wasn’t exactly encouraged.  So I’ve been wracking my brain to try to come up with something creative!

I was out running errands and it finally hit me!  I’ll simply make something beautiful!  I’m going to make a wind chime out of old spoons, washers, jar rings and fishing line.  Totally creative and hopefully nice to listen to as well!

My plan is to take still pictures of it step-by-step, then upload the images into my blog.

Examples from others I’ve found so far:

HGTV has some terra cotta pot chimes, as well as sea shell chimes.

About.com has quite a variety of homemade chimes.

AllFreeCrafts.com used measuring cups for a chime.

DIY Network shows how to make a copper pipe windchime, like you’d buy in the stores.

ThriftyFun.com has a silverware chime kind of what I had in mind.  But my design is different.

MakingFriends.com has an adorable chime made out of wrenches.  What a great idea for Father’s Day!!!




Embedded Links

Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 10:48 pm

Wahoo!!!!!  I finally figured out how to embed a link to a resource within my blog!!!  No more of those messy web addresses!

March 6, 2006

Culture Resources

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 12:40 pm

Resources for Culture site (Female Astronauts):



March 5, 2006

Financial Analysis Project

Filed under: Financial Analysis — wyerl @ 1:55 pm

Additional Resources:







March 4, 2006

Financial Analysis Project Research

Filed under: Financial Analysis — wyerl @ 2:05 pm

My dream vehicle is a Chevy Suburban.  (I choose the 2004 model, because it is gently used, yet drastically reduced from the brand-new selling price by about $14,000!!!)  But I wanted to do a bit of research and compare it to the Ford Excursion and GMC Yukon XL.  I went to Kelly Blue Book’s online site where I was able to directly compare the three vehicles.  Here’s a link to the comparison:


After the comparison, I decided on the Suburban.  The Excursion is too big and the Yukon XL doesn’t offer anything much different, but it’s more expensive.  My next step was to go back to Kelly Blue Book and get a private party price.  (I prefer not to work with dealers — they’re usually too expensive.)  Here’s what I found:


I should be able to find an ’04 Suburban in good condition for about $23,000.

As far as a trailer is concerned, I will set a limit of $15,000.  The practical side of me refuses to pay more than that for a recreation activity that will only be used occasionally.  So that’s the amount I will budget for. 

February 27, 2006

Create a Photo Card

Filed under: Teach — wyerl @ 3:27 am

The purpose of this exercise is to help you learn how to insert a photo that is saved on your computer into a Microsoft Publisher project and create your own photo card. 
This is a handy little trick to have up your sleeve!  My example is one of my kids.  You can also use this for pictures of your pets, of you and your sweetie, or anything else that you want to share with others.  Another project I like to do with this is to upload cartoon characters or themes and create custom birthday invitations for my kids.  The possibilities are endless!

Honestly, I had a difficult time figuring out really where to begin.  It was quite frustrating!  As I plugged along, I got a better feel for the whole project.  Since Publisher is a new program for me, there was a lot of trial and error involved.  When I finally figured it all out, I started with a clean slate and re-created my publication, while recording step-by-step each function I had to perform.

One major problem that I ran into is that I’m unable to complete my screenshots.  I know how to do it (just like the database project), but it’s not working.  When I get that fixed, I will go back and insert the visuals I chose for my step-by-step process.

I think my directions were clear enough to guide someone through the process.  And having one of my own completed projects to refer to makes it even easier.  If any additional questions arise, I have links to various Microsoft Publisher tutorials for additional information.

February 20, 2006

Teach Project

Filed under: Teach — wyerl @ 7:31 pm

I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…  Just kidding!

As I’ve gone over the requirements for the Teach project, I think I am going to do an online lesson for how to make a birthday card (or invitation) using Microsoft Publisher.  This is a relatively new program for me that I’m just learning to use.  My hope is that by writing a lesson, I’ll be able to better learn the program.

I think that this would be beneficial for others since it’s a Microsoft program that’s available to many.  We’ll see!!!

February 11, 2006

HGP Customer Data

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 7:21 pm

This is a screenshot of my customer data. 

 HGP Customer Data1.GIF

HGP Customers Report

Filed under: Database Collection — wyerl @ 7:11 pm

This is a snapshot of my Home & Garden Party Customers Report. 

HGP Customers.GIF



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