Monthly Archive for April, 2008

SUDFLOOD XX

This Saturday I am attending the all-day benefit music festival SUDFLOOD in Blacksburg, Virginia. SUDFLOOD is hosted annually by the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi at Top of the Stairs. Carbon Leaf, Lloyd Dobbler Effect, Someone Say Something, Farm Vegas, the Seed and Always Morning are set to perform.

Proceeds will go to the Hokie Spirit Scholarship Fund, as well as Community Opportunities, an organization that serves people with disabilities in the New River Valley. Last year, Pi Kappa Phi donated more than $6,300 to the Hokie Spirit Scholarship Fund and hopes to top that this year. I’m really excited about going to Sudflood this weekend, it’s really fun and laid back. I’ll spend the day reconnecting with friends, listening to good music, and its all for a good cause.

Carbon Leaf Rocks the House

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First Update

Since I signed up for Gear Up Florida about two weeks ago I have spent much of my time after work setting everything up. It is more time-consuming than at first glance, but it is enjoyable! The first task I started on was developing the website.

It’s great how Push America lets my sponsors pay with credit card. They provide enough tools to create a decent webpage on their site. My only quirk is that the hyperlink is really long and therefore hard to remember. Like several of my other fraternity brothers who did Gear Up Florida or Journey of Hope I decided to create a seperate website that would redirect people to my Push America site if they wanted to make a donation online or learn more about how we help people with disabilities.

I created a page called Gear Up Florida under my current domain tomgertin.com (it’s one of the tabs up top). I thought about making Gear Up Florida my main page but decided not to so I could use my homepage to write posts about the progress of my fundraising, training, and actual trip.

While we’re on the subject, earlier readers might have noticed the new look of my blog. I changed to a new theme named K2 because it has nice tabs and includes a few web 2.0 elements such as live search and live commenting. Around this time I also upgraded to WordPress 2.5, which has some cool new features such as keeping track of stats.

With my site updated, I could create business cards. I made the design online at Staples.com. The next day I was able to pick them up at the store. It was a little bit more expensive than getting them delivered; but it was fast, convenient, and the business cards turned out great.

I am even trying out direct marketing using Click2Mail, part of USPS.com. Using the same address list my dad used when marketing our house action I was able to send out postcards to over 350 people. Here is the design…

I have yet a lot of fundraising to do. I created a preliminary contact list and will start calling people everyday. I will create a Facebook group within the next few days. There are also a bunch of other ideas I have that I might implement. Next week will be one of my busiest fundraising weeks. I feel that donations will really start flooding in soon.

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Which vs. That

For the past few days I have been working on setting the framework for my philanthropic enterprise: Gear Up Florida. All the web tasks are almost complete, and I will be devoting most of my time to fundraising and training in the upcoming weeks. Check out my Gear Up Florida Page, and stay tuned for updates on the main page. Before I totally go 100% Gear Up Florida, I wanted to transition with a light-flavored post….

The comparison of Which vs. That. When do you use ‘which’ and when do you use ‘that’?

The misusage of ‘which’ and ‘that’ is a common error. It happens so frequently that I am writing a letter to Bill Gates telling him to make spell check correct this error in the next edition of Microsoft Word.

At a party a few months ago, I was conversing with two rather attractive females and found myself trying to demonstrate the intricacies of the English language. I asked, “When does someone use ‘that’ vs. ‘which’.” The blond quickly replied that ‘which’ after a coma and ‘that’ doesn’t. This seemed to satisfy both of them. I however was not satisfied and attempted to impress them by explaining the theory behind it. Unfortunately I had a mind block, and they left shortly thereafter. Therefore now I will explain it again in a more succulent and clear fashion.

‘That’ is used with restricted clauses. A restrictive clause is when the identity of the subject is restricted in some way. Let us use this example…

Bikes that have suspensions are suited for off-road travel.

This clause is restrictive because suspension bikes are a certain type of bike.

‘Which’ is used with nonrestricted clauses. If the clause is always true, then it is nonrestricted! Check out this example…

Bikes, which were invented in the 19th century, are an inexpensive way to travel.

Bikes were invented in the 19th century. Nothing is ever going to change this unless someone discovers how to time travel, goes back in time, and invents bikes at a different date. It is not like some bikes were invented in the 18th century and some in the 20th. Bikes are bikes, and the first one was invented in the 19th century.

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