Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The RockBuds earbud giveaway is in effect!



You can enter the drawing by doing each one the following:

1 - One entry for posting the link to chicBuds page (http://www.chicbuds.com) on your personal Facebook (page)

2 - One entry for following chicBuds on Twitter (http://twitter.com/chicBuds)

3 - One point for tweeting something with @chicBuds

4 - One point for using the #chicBuds hash-tag

5 - And one point for commenting on my blog post (http://theslickshow.blogspot.com/2011/10/rockbuds-earbud-giveaway-is-coming.html)

For more free products and giveaways, go to http://www.facebook.com/chicbuds

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

RockBuds earbud giveaway is coming


Need some "buds" for your ears?  How about some earbuds...to be specific:  "RockBuds"!

Rock Band

(The set I have in my ears at this moment is pictured above...)

"...These buds feature a built-in retractable device that’s not only tricked out with stylish designs, but serves a functional purpose too! The retractor allows the cord length to expand and retract to 5 stopping points... shorter for use on an armband and longer to reach an iPod on a belt. (The clip prevents cords from bouncing around). This compact retractable device also prevents cords from tangling when not in use.."

Wings Like Eagles

The plug on it is a standard 3.5 mm...it fits iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, Walkmen, computers headphone ports, etcetera.  Three silicon tips...small, medium, and extra-large...are included.

Rock Star

[NOTE:  I'm currently on MST/PDT...]

On Tuesday (Nov 1), after 12 PM EST...on this blog...I will post how you can win a set.

For more free products and giveaways, go to http://www.facebook.com/chicbuds

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Friday, October 21, 2011

A mouse made for DJs....



DJ-Tech has created a mouse specifically for use by DJs.  At first,  I wasn't sure this product needed to exist.  But, I now know it does.

DJs using computers need to a mouse designed for the environment they will be in, and the mouse needs to be an instrument with certain particulars that will not hamper their performance.



I was sent a DJ-Tech DJ Mouse (Deckadance), and love it.  It has a nice weight to it...enough that makes me feel that when I am in control of it, I am sure my movements will be precise.  (I was unable to weigh it...since the "DJ Mouse Traktor Edition" states it weighs 120 grams, I assume the one I received is the same weight).

To aid in low-light situations, like nightclubs, three controls on the mouse are lit:  the vertical wheel, the jog wheel, and the "scratch" button.  The vertical wheel is rubber for comfort, wider than normal, and has raised bumps for accuracy when scrolling.  The vertical and jog wheels also have button functionality (for pressing and "clicking").

I did not spend time with the software because it has too many features for me to cover in one article.

I am impressed by the hardware, and wish there were drivers so I can customize the mouse for use without the Deckadance software.  I want to be able to use this as my primary mouse, and assign specific functions to the controls.

The mousepad they provide is the right size for use in areas that can be crowded with other equipment around:  7 by 8.5 inches.  (The mouse uses an optical sensor at 800 DPI.)

Deckadance software was included with the DJ-Tech DJ Mouse, but there is a DJ Mouse Traktor Edition...





which includes software from Native Instruments.

Take note that one of my computers which can boot to USB drives and devices would not boot to the internal hard drive if the mouse was attached when I powered-on the computer.



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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Is Compaq is too damn compact?...


I just received a call from a computer repair shop that I've been assisting at...

"Hey...I just opened this tower of the new computer that the customer left...there's nothing in it..."

What?  The tower of a one day old, brand new Compaq CQ2010 contains almost...nothing.  The day before, I went into the Base Exchange ("BX") on an Air Force base with an older couple to try to help them choose a new computer.  From what they told me about how they use computers, I saw no reason to not suggest purchasing the least expensive computer that was available.  Which was the Compaq for $299.  And now, I know why the older woman had no problem lifting it...

Take a look at the specifications here.

And now...the motherboard:

Manufacturer: Pegatron
Form factor: Mini-ITX form factor: 17 cm (6.7 inches) x 20 cm (7.9 inches)
Chipset: AMD Hudson-D1 FCH
Memory sockets: 2 x DDR3
Front side bus speeds: 4 lanes, 2.5 GT/s per lane UMI (Unified Media Interface)
Processor socket: Not applicable because the processor is soldered down to the motherboard

Notice anything missing?



(Answer:  PCI slots.)

The technician who opened they case said the motherboard is about as large as those found in netbooks.

And, take a close look at the power input port:  "DC input power".  Just like they use for portable/notebook computers.

Buyer beware.



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Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Connect computers over the internet via USB"



"iTwin is like the two ends of a cable, without the cable."

Well...for me, it's like Dropbox, but it uses two USB devices as physical keys to portals with which you connect through...they are not physically connected, yet they are connected via the internet.  (And there is no 2 gigabyte storage limit for accounts that are free.)





The "local" computer is to be "the one at which you are sitting"...however, I rather consider it to be the one that is the "source" or "primary" computer.

The "remote" computer is...the other one.

With the two dongles physically connected together, as they come out of the box, I connected them to a USB port.  I opened My Computer to find a drive letter labeled "iTwin".  And after double-clicking on it to launch the drive, the installation procedure began.

I set a "Friendly name" for the pair (such as "itwinnumber1").  After registering an eddress, a disable code was sent.  I can use it to terminate service between the two dongles, as in the instance I may have lost one of them.

Now, with the two halves paired, when they are plugged into computers they can find each other over the internet.

When the USB dongle is connected to the (local) computer, I have access to a window that I can copy files to...and when the other dongle is connected to a different ("remote") computer, I can access the files (from there) with AES-256 encryption.  Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) has been determined by the National Security Agency (NSA) to be secure enough for U.S. Government classified data and information...

A password can be set so, after the two dongles are connected to computers, it will be needed to access files (between both computers).  Per iTwin:  "If you forget your password, simply pair both halves of your iTwin, plug them into a computer and set a new password..."

I connected the remote dongle to a different computer...it installed, but needed me to log out of the user profile I was in for an update to be installed.

At the local computer, it recognized that the remote dongle was online.

A nice surprise feature is that:  "If you leave one half of iTwin connected to your computer at home, iTwin won't let your computer fall asleep..."

When it was sent to me, it was only compatible with Windows.  I recently viewed their website, and found there is a "free upgrade" so they can be used with the Apple Macintosh operating system.

In the Getting Started Guide, on page 7, it states:  "Drag & drop as many files & folders as you like into the iTwin 'local files' window..."

One thing that you need to know is that:  when I dragged a file into the windows for "local" files, and then deleted the file from it's original location...it was deleted from the iTwin window.



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Friday, July 29, 2011

TechtalkRadio 07/16/2011



...this past weeks announcement from Netflix about raising rates, and how this could effect the service's subscriber base...Alternates are discussed along with YouTube, Amazon, Blockbuster and CinemaNow...Andy questions methods for burning Blu-ray discs, while wondering if re-installing the OS is better then a repair...


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Power 1490"/KJYK playlist


"Power 1490"/KJYK playlist, originally uploaded by S!ick.

1994 September 5


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Black Radio Today...listening has declined



...Black Radio Today 2011...uses Arbitron audience estimates to develop a...profile of radio listening among Black consumers...

About 94% of Black consumers listened to radio every week.

Black radio’s decline in Time Spent Listening continued.
...All formats were down year-to-year except Religious, which gained 15 minutes per week, while Adult Contemporary and All News held steady.

{I'm not surprised.  I greatly doubt that Black radio is serving their communities and providing all of the public service they could. - S!ick}

Listening by older Black men increased.
...men aged 35 or above have tuned in during weekday middays, afternoons and evenings.

Urban Adult Contemporary continued as America’s favorite format among Black listeners for the fifth straight year.

Gospel was a Time Spent Listening powerhouse.
Gospel enjoyed the longest Time Spent Listening rates of all formats targeting Black listeners. It was No. 2 only to Urban AC among those 12-24 and in various adult demos. Its TSL decreased just 15 minutes per week overall, but gained among 18-34s—the only music format to do so.

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to letters@ebony.com
date Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:26 AM
response to an "Achieve" article

regarding:
April edition
page 68
"The Death of Black Radio?"

I have never worked for Cathy Hughes or Radio One.  I HAVE worked for radio stations formatted for Black audiences, that were Black-owned...and am very hesitant to again do so.

I once worked at WYCB in Washington, a gospel station, and to my great surprise found the most "two-faced Christians" I have ever met.  When KDKO in Denver was Black-owned, it was unnecessarily stressful with expectations of staff to genuflect to management.

Working for a Black-owned radio station in Milwaukee that was mass-appeal formatted, "Churban/Rythmic", I did not make a lot of money...but the owner, Willie Davis, and the rest of management (that were at All-Pro Broadcasting) were very kind to me.  I will again work for him/them if ever given the opportunity.  But based on what I have heard about Radio One from those who have been employed by them (and are) does not give me great desire to seek a position with that organization.

Black people in Black radio are killing it.  We've abandoned what made it great by mimicking the mistakes and weaknesses of large radio broadcasting corporations.  Of course it's a business, but it should also be "a calling".

 

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Friday, June 10, 2011

FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities



...It effectively tells media companies that the government can’t do much to help them, and the companies had better start adapting.

One of the biggest trends that the FCC flags as important in the report is the loss of what it calls “accountability” journalism, in which news outlets on a local and/or national level cover the government and thereby act as a check on power...

And what does the FCC think can be done to fill it? Not much. As the report notes, it’s not clear how that kind of journalism — which doesn’t tend to attract much advertising interest — is supposed to pay for itself on an ongoing basis...

...media companies need to adapt to the new shape of the industry, and try to learn from alternative models and businesses. Probably the biggest move it recommends is that the government shift some of the $1 billion or so it spends on advertising its own services to smaller and/or alternative news sources, as a way of helping media outlets on the revenue side.

...the report more or less leaves media companies on their own to evolve and adapt without any help from the broadcast regulator...

http://gigaom.com/2011/06/10/fcc-to-media-dont-look-to-us-we-cant-help-you/

FCC report on media warns of decline in quality local news

Local TV is singled out in the report for not covering important issues enough. Alhough the number of hours of local news has increased over the last few years, too few stations "are investing in more reporting on critical local issues," the report said. Furthermore, the report said that although stations may be adding newscasts, they are doing it with fewer reporters.

Even with the additional newscasts, the stories often focus on crime and the reason for that has more to do with with how cheap it is to cover crime stories than it does viewer demand.

"As technology offered consumers new choices, it upended traditional news industry business models, resulting in massive job losses," the FCC said.

The result has been "gaps in coverage that even the fast-growing digital world has yet to fill." Although the digital media may someday can fill the void left by diminishing traditional media, "at this moment the media deficits in many communities are consequential."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/06/fcc-report-on-media-warns-of-decline-in-quality-local-news-.html

FCC Report Recommends Moving Government National Ad Spending to Local

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/469464-FCC_Report_Recommends_Moving_Government_National_Ad_Spending_to_Local.php

http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities



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Monday, June 6, 2011

record on an iPod/iPhone from a guitar/mic/source


If you have an iPod, you might have the beginnings of a mini-recording studio available to you. And with another piece of equipment, the i-GX Guitar Effect Processor with iPod Player/Recorder, more options...

The Jammin i-GX will allow for playing a guitar while using an iPod for practicing. It will also record the session...to the iPod.


There is a 6.35 mm (1/4-inch) input port for a guitar, one (unbalanced) for a microphone, and one that allows for the unit to be connected to an amplifier. And there is a 3.5 mm (1.8-inch) stereo line-in auxiliary input port.

Input sensitivity
AUX (3.5mm stereo): 250 mV
iPOD: 500 mV
GUITAR(6.35mm Jack): 8mV
MIC(6.35mm Jack): 10mV



With a 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) stereo headphone output port, the audio can be monitored as the i-GX is used as a 4-channel mixer (with the iPod, guitar, microphone, and the auxillary input port).

The 24 bit/96 kHz effects processor includes:
5 amplification simulations (acoustic, clean, overdrive, distortion, and microphone)...
4 digital effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, and tremelo)...
and 2 ambience options (reverb and echo).

The "Compatibility Chart" included in the packaging noted some generations of iPods and iPhones:
iPods, from 3rd to 6th generations
Minis, 1st and 2nd
Shuffle, 1st and 2nd
Nano, 1st through the 4th
Touch, 1st and 2nd
and 3G and 3GS iPhones.

Certain features are supported by specific models: some units can be recharged by the i-GX, and record using the “Voice memo” application in the iPod.


And another tool that is built-in is a harmonic tuner (E/A/D/G/B/E).

The i-GX measures 147 mm (5 inches) × 162 mm (6 inches) x 58 mm (2 inches)...which is about as large as my open hand. And it weighs only 0.4 kg (14 ounces)...about as much as a "heavy" cellphone.

Four AAA batteries are needed to power the unit, but there is a port for the connection of a 9-volt (1 ampere) AC adapter.

http://www.jamminpro.net/products/guitar_effects/igx/index.html

http://www.jamminpro.net/minisite/igx/index.html

PURCHASE AT AMAZON.COM:
Jammin i-GX Guitar Effect Processor with iPod Player / Recorder

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Other products available from Jammin Pro include the StudioMix 702 7 channel mixer...



It can record to USB flash drives up to 32 GB in size.  "Channel 1" has 1 XLR input, and 1 1/4-inch, mono input..."channel 2 and 3" are line level inputs...and "channel 4 and 5" have RCA inputs.

----------------------------------------------------

The Jammin Pro StudioPack 202 is a 3 piece bundle mini-studio to allow for recording performances to a computer.



The SoundBox 202 audio interface connnects to the USB port.  From the Quick Start Guide (that's included in the package), the supported configuration is to:  "Connect the Microphone...to Input 1 of SoundBox 202, or you can connect your guitar/bass to the input 2...at the same time."

The C-10 (condenser) microphone has a cardioid (heart-shaped) pattern.  A table stand, and large windscreen is provided.

And the comfortable HD-65 headphones have a 10 foot long cord.  They have become my "go to" headphones.



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Thursday, June 2, 2011

the most secure version of Windows



{SLICK}

At this time, the most secure client version of Windows is the 64-bit version of Windows 7.

I've tried to edit the following to something that is as easily understood as possible...

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An Introduction to Kernel Patch Protection

The kernel is the lowest-level, most central part of a computer operating system and one of the first pieces of code to load when the machine starts up. The kernel is what enables the software of the machine to talk to the hardware and is responsible for basic OS housekeeping tasks such as memory management, launching programs and processes, and managing the data on the disk. All applications and even the graphical interface of Windows run on a layer on top of the kernel. The performance, reliability, and security of the entire computer depend on the integrity of the kernel.

The kernel is the most carefully coded piece of the entire operating system. Since all other programs depend upon it, a glitch in the kernel can make all other programs crash or perform unexpectedly. You're probably also familiar with the term, "Blue Screen of Death" (BSoD). This is the result of an error in the kernel or in a driver running in the kernel that is so severe that the system can't recover from it. The BSoD is bad, so we want to do everything we can to keep customers from seeing it. One of the ways we can do that is to maintain the integrity of the kernel by restricting what software is allowed to run in and interact with it.

"Kernel patching" or "kernel hooking" is the practice of using unsupported mechanisms to modify or replace kernel code. Patching fundamentally violates the integrity of the Windows kernel and is undocumented, unsupported and has always been discouraged by Microsoft.  Kernel patching can result in unpredictable behavior, system instability and performance problems—like the Blue Screen of Death–which can lead to lost user productivity and data...

...Kernel Patch Protection was first supported on x64 (AMD64 and Intel EMT64T) CPU architecture versions of Microsoft Windows including Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. (Patch protection is currently not supported on x86 or ia64 architectures.)

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{SLICK}

So, the lesson here is:  whenever possible, use software and hardware designed for the (64-bit version of the) operating system that you are using.

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The Windows 7 Software Logo Program

The ‘Compatible with Windows 7 logo’ helps customers make better purchase decisions by identifying products that have passed Microsoft designed tests for compatibility and reliability on Windows 7. The logo provides the ultimate seal of approval...

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The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals is a Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications which have met Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements for compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, and have thereby earned the right to display the Windows 7 Logo Program logo with the application. These products are identified with the compatibility status “Compatible – Windows 7 Logo.”

...this list includes applications with the following compatibility statuses: “Compatible,” “Free Update Required,” “Paid Update Required,” “Future Compatibility,” and “Not Compatible.” These statuses are based upon the software publishers’ statements of compatibility. These products have not met the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements. For an explanation of the various compatibility statuses, please see the Release Notes for the Windows 7 Application Compatibility List on the first tab of the Excel spreadsheet.

For the latest catalog of compatible applications and hardware devices, please visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center and select a region and language from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. You can also leave feedback on compatibility and suggest new products to get added in future reports.





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Friday, May 20, 2011

Thirsty Thursday Tech Episode 76 "Rick Borutta CBS"




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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Miss July 1959 Playboy centerfold Yvette Vickers...

Check the news...she was found dead in her home, and may have been there for over a year...



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Monday, April 11, 2011

hiring test drivers in Yuma



I read three stories about "Yuma Test Driver positions" being available (http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=14420142&utm_medium=twitter, http://www.yumasun.com/news/west-69085-vehicles-test.html, http://www.kpho.com/automotive/27500831/detail.html)...

The General Motors "desert proving ground in Yuma is looking to add nearly two dozen drivers..."

On ketteng.com, I did not find the application available for download.  I contacted the company, and a Human Resource Coordinator responded with the following link for the "Yuma Test Driver position":  http://www.ketteng.com/downloads/KettApp.pdf 

And:  "Please fax your completed application, forms, and a current copy of your MVR to (888)488-0322."



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Sunday, March 27, 2011

When is a photograph pornography?...


Framing Innocence: A Mother's Photographs, a Prosecutor's Zeal, and a Small Town's Response tells the story of...

Cynthia...a passionate photographer, particularly of her favorite subject: Nora. In the years since her daughter's birth, Cynthia had shot, cataloged, and stored in her cramped dining room more than 35,000 pictures. She hoped to someday publish a photojournalistic account of her family's life. But her most ardent mission was to give her daughter a photographic memory of her childhood.

Nora's childhood changed irrevocably one July day when a film-processing lab sent a roll of Cynthia's prints, including snapshots of Nora in the bathtub, to the police. When she had shot them, Cynthia hadn't thought twice about those pictures, which were a sequence of her daughter bathing and rinsing off with a handheld shower sprayer. The police and county prosecutors, however, looked at the pictures and saw a child performing a sexual act. They indicted Cynthia on two felony charges. Soon afterward, Children Services filed child endangerment charges against Cynthia, alleging that Nora was an abused child. Those leaps of the prosecutorial imagination launched Cynthia and her family into a legal ordeal that would consume one and a half years, cost $40,000, and send emotional aftershocks through their lives for a decade.

...When does a photograph of a naked child "cross the line"? What makes a photograph dangerous — the situation in which it is shot or the uses to which it might be put? Does context matter, or is a photograph a world sealed within its thin white frame? Who decides whether a picture is cute or lewd — the parent who shot it, or the prosecutor who has learned to look through the eyes of the perverts he prosecutes?


Framing Innocence

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

When someone dies, they are not the only people who are "out of time"...



My friend's father died today.  Lots of thoughts came to my mind...

In a sense, now, he probably feels alone.  He's not currently in a relationship.  His mother is not alive.

His father's health had been declining.  So, as this outcome was logically expected, it was very tough on my friend.  In our conversations I noticed the pressures he was under.  As much as I could, I tried to be available for him...which, in my opinion, hasn't been enough:  I haven't been able to "help myself", therefore I haven't been able to provide a lot of help to others.  I have been unemployed for over four years, have no transportation, and don't have my own residence.

Before his father died, I asked my friend if he and his parents/father had conversations that needed to be before it's too late to have them...if all that should be said has been.  A lot of those conversations never happen for people.  I have never met my father (Franz Ray).  I have been trying to locate and contact him, and any siblings and other relatives I have.  I fear my father will die before we get to meet and talk...

By their choice, I have estranged relationships with some of my children.  Because I've been told that's what they truly want, I'm OK with that.  There are some members of your family you will never be friends with, and some friends you consider "family".


A few years ago I lost a friend by the name of Wally.  In a very short amount of time, he and I came to be very close.  (We both liked to joke and be silly, and were not "polically correct"...especially to eachother.)  Wally had trouble with alcohol.  We had talked about it...he had been in rehab...lost his job...needed to have a breathalizer installed in his vehicle.  It seemed he drank when he was alone, and lonliness had a lot to do with him drinking, so I had hoped we could find a place together...work together and build a (production) company...get some (radio) gigs.  The booze got to him before I could.

I had a couple of friends who were married.  There were problems in their marriages, and they were able to work through them and stay together.  Something I envy.


Whether you know me or not, this is a message and warning to all:  I don't want anyone to regret when/if they had an opportunity to...interact...with someone, but chose not to because of pride, stubborness, promises/oaths, fear, and other reasons that "prove your point" or causes you to "win the fight/arguement/confrontation".  Is it truly important?  If so, and you can live with your decision for the rest of your life, only you know what's best for you.  If not...if there is any slight chance of doubt...it might/could haunt you for the rest of your life, and that of other members of your family.

I've experienced that a lot of things have been said, but not meant...or, not meant "forever".  Because I have never liked to be picked-on, teased, and "played-with"...I've taken what has been said to me with great seriousness.  Maybe sometimes too serious, but some people joke and "play" too much...they don't know when to stop.  Some have tried to manipulate people (and me) with words and emotions.  So, those experiences has pushed me to the other extreme:  you say it, I tend to respond as it was presented.  I've been told to leave, but when I did, they complained that I left.  It's been said to me, "I will kick your ass"...so, I planned to strike first.  It's been said to me, "I'll kill you"...so, I made plans to do so to them before they do so to me.  She said she wanted a divorce, so I planned for it...and later learned she said it to get a response from me (to get me to "fight" for the marriage...all that did was to confuse me).  I don't believe in supporting stress and "drama" in relationships.

Say what you mean/mean what you say, spend time with those you want to, get to know those you want to know, love (and show love to) those who love you...BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.



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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Communicators: Controlling the Internet


Karen Evans, who served as the administrator for E-Government at the Office of Management & Budget from 2003-09, supports the bill.
Timothy Karr provides a contrasting perspective; he is the campaign director at Free Press and explains why he has reservations about the current language in the bill.
Deborah Wheeler, the Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, changes focus toward the ongoing conflict North Africa and the Middle East and the role of the Internet in those situations. She conducted field research in several Middle Eastern countries on the use of the Internet and also teaches at American University in Kuwait.




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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Slick on the skids


In an effort to help me...and to get me to stop moochin' offa people...my buddy R Dub! asked that I make the following so he could share it on his blog.


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National Handwriting Day...write to heroes, members of the military

Pentel is celebrating National Handwriting Day with a new promotion called "Heroes Worth Writing For"...the promotion aims to educate Americans about the importance of the hand-written letter. Pentel of America...encourages Americans to put pen to paper and hand-write a letter expressing their appreciation to our U.S. troops.

National Handwriting Day is...January 23...The "Heroes Worth Writing For" promotion has a dual purpose:

1) It celebrates the importance of handwriting.  For children, learning how to write also helps teach them self-expression.  For adults, even in a world brimming with technology, handwriting remains a primary and very personal communication tool. 

2) It allows us to give back by recognizing and expressing our thanks to the U.S. troops who sacrifice their lives every day for our country. 

"...this is a great way for us to remind Americans about the significance, emotion, and engagement that can be enclosed within a hand-written letter.  Our U.S. troops are definitely noteworthy individuals who deserve to receive our best wishes and thoughts as well as our thanks for their time, dedication and commitment."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pentel-of-america-celebrates-national-handwriting-day-with-the-heroes-worth-writing-for-promotion-112889369.html
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Arizona governor corrected about statements regarding stopping transplants

Transcripts

ANDERSON COOPER 360 DEGREES

Aired January 7, 2011 - 22:00   ET

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR:

...Arizona Governor Jan Brewer...

...we invited her on the program. She declined...

...Governor Brewer somehow found time to appear over on FOX News.

During that interview, Governor Brewer downplayed the effectiveness of bone marrow transplants.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "ON THE RECORD WITH GRETA VAN SUSTEREN")

BREWER: Bone marrow transplants we still cover, if it is a donor given from the -- from the family, meaning that, if your sister would donate the marrow to you, because it's more of a successful rate.

Those that are outside generally, according to our records, we have that 14 bone marrow transplants have been utilized, and 13 of those people did not successfully live long afterwards.

So, you know, these are difficult decisions.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COOPER:
...not true. In a letter to Governor Brewer, Dr. Jeffrey Schriber, who runs Arizona's largest adult bone marrow transplant center, writes: "Our data was virtually identical to the national data, with 42 -- with 42 percent alive and apparently cured of their disease."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "ON THE RECORD WITH GRETA VAN SUSTEREN")

BREWER: A lot of transplants are still being provided in the state of Arizona.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST, "ON THE RECORD": By the state of Arizona or privately?

BREWER: By the state of Arizona. The bottom line is, is that we still provide, even with the cuts, heart transplants, liver transplants, kidney transplants, pancreas, and kidney transplants.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COOPER:
...Liver transplants are not fully covered under the new system. The patient who died last week, for instance, was denied funding for a transplant because he had hepatitis C.

...transplant groups say they use outdated, even faulty data.

For instance, lung transplants were cut out entirely because Arizona's version of Medicaid said data showed the surgery did not extend life expectancy. According to USTransplant.org, though, which provides the national report card for all major organ transplants, about 66 percent of patients survive at least three years after having the transplant.

...Representatives at transplant programs at four Arizona hospitals wrote her offering cost-cutting measures.

Democratic state lawmakers have suggested dipping into federal stimulus money, $30 million, they say, but they say Governor Brewer has been vague about how much, if any, of that money is left. Some has already gone to fixing the roof on a rarely-used coliseum.

And enough money has been spent on algae research to fund the transplant program two times over. Five families dropped from the transplant list, they have gotten so fed up, they launched a Web site to show just how much money is out there. They say they have identified $2.1 million for Arizona's portion of the settlement with AIG, $6 million in unclaimed lottery prizes, and get this, $1.25 million left over from a recently canceled project to build a bridge to save 250 squirrels, not people, squirrels.

Earlier, I spoke with Arizona Senate Minority Leader David Schapira. He calls Governor Brewer a one-person death panel, also Douglas Gravagna, who needs a heart transplant, was a candidate under Arizona's Medicaid program until the rules were changed.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: Senator-elect Shapira, I mean, the governor has asked for ideas on how to make up the budget shortfall. She now seems sort of open to ideas.

But the governor's spokesperson released a statement yesterday that reads in part -- quote -- "The minority leader has yet to produce a single proposal to resolve Arizona's massive Medicaid deficit, only this empty rhetoric."

Have there been proposals submitted to the governor?

DAVID SCHAPIRA (D), ARIZONA STATE SENATOR-ELECT: Well, I think one thing that is interesting, the governor has a serious timing issue on this issue. And -- and -- and, in this particular case, I'm -- I'm not the minority leader. I won't be until Monday. I'm not even a sworn-in state senator yet. And so, you know, they're coming out criticizing saying that, for the last year, they have been asking me, when the -- the minority leader they may be referring to is someone who passed away actually a few months ago.

I actually, even though I'm not sworn in as minority leader, have already presented multiple proposals to them. And, in fact, our caucus will introduce a bill on Monday that will offer up just one of those many proposal.

COOPER: What are some of the other proposals?

SCHAPIRA: I mean, there's lots of things that we can do. The one that we will be offering up Monday, in Arizona, we have an accounting credit where, for retailers like myself, if you file your sales tax on time, you get basically a gift from the state, saying thank you for filing on time. That's -- that's about $10 million. That would -- about eight times as much as the cost of this transplant program.

COOPER: What about the stimulus funds?

(CROSSTALK)

COOPER: Because the governor's office says it's all accounted for. But -- but you think there's another $30 million that could be used for these transplants, right?

SCHAPIRA: Well, the governor has publicly announced all but $30 million of the stimulus money, of -- of how she plans to spend the stimulus money. We did a public records request. And basically she said to us that the $30 million's been spent.

And in the public records request, she kind of generically said, this much money for public safety, this much money for counties and the cities. Those checks haven't been written. And I can't think of -- I can't think of anything more important than -- than restoring funding for these transplants.

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