Friday, September 30, 2011

Get Your Puppy and/or Kitty Blessed!

©Suzie (flickr: Rainfire Photography).

Siena College hosts its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Saturday (10/1) at 1 p.m. in front of the Standish Library (rain or shine). It’ll run until about 1:30 p.m.

Siena students, their families and members of the Capital Region community are welcome to have their pets blessed by one of Siena College’s Franciscan Friars.

The blessing honors St. Francis of Assisi’s commitment to promoting peace and reconciliation among all God’s creatures. It celebrates people’s relationship with the environment, including animals of all shapes and sizes.

All animals are all welcome on campus for the blessing, which is one of the signature events of the College’s Family Weekend festivities.

On the flipside, Three generations of Bleecker NY residents have been accused of running a drug, gun and cockfighting operation on the family compound.

State police, Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira, the Humane Society of the United States and other officials outlined the charges at a news conference at state police barracks in Glen this morning. The Leader-Herald has details, and I spoke with Patrick Kwan, the New York State Director for The Humane Society of the United States for a radio report.

Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door

This is a unique article that I would encourage everyone to read. If you are a young teen or have one in your life, this is something to be shared and openly discussed.
Just the other day a neighbor girl on our street was petrified when a swaggering stranger rang the door bell at 2pm - she happened to be home from school that day - she did the right thing - she picked up her cell phone and called her dad. Totally unrelated, but adding to her fear: the incessant rain had leaked into the telephone junction box down the street and the homephone line to her house was plagued with static and she feared the stranger had meddled with the wires. (The stranger also parked his vehicle right in the family driveway - a big No-No since there is always plentiful parking on our street). This could have been someone who stopped at the wrong house or on the wrong street. The vehicle had no identifying marks and the man did not appear to be wearing any sort of uniform or logo. Could have been nothing... but...
Missing Persons & Sex Slavery: Is This Where They've Gone?

No one wants to think about this, let alone talk about it.

All the missing women across the USA from Marizela Perez to Suzanne Lyall... are they being held against their wills as sex slaves?


Sex slavery is very active in the US Latino community, and who is to say there are not illegal brothels that offer women of various races for forbidden sexual trysts with hundreds of men a month? Bodies sold for boxes of cookies?

The proliferation of easily accessible porn on the intenet may be the driving force behind a new era of lust that has settled over the planet.
If you like this article, feel free to give it a little "push" on blokube!


Human trafficking is the modern-day equivqlent of slavery - I wonder if people who have vanished, people like Marizela Perez, Suzanne Lyall and Karen Wilson may still be alive, enslaved right here in North America?

As unimaginable as it seems, slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Millions of people around the world are living - and will die - as slaves. The 2008 U.S. State Department “Trafficking in Persons Report,” found approx. 800-thousand people are trafficked across national borders. That does not include the millions trafficked within their own countries. [video]

An exhibition [Images of human trafficking] on human trafficking which attracted more than 65000 visitors in London and attracted thousands more in New York.

Austria becomes int'l human trafficking transit point, destination

Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] links to the online petition demanding the end of slavery in Brazil. “The majority of the employers who adhere to this system are big land owners, who have world class technology and exploit this “disposable people”.

The musical documentary Call + Response is Justin Dillon’s ambitious and masterful artistic counterattack to an all-too-easy-to-overlook enemy who still sells men, women, and children like commodities to the highest bidders. The grainy, undercover film footage taken in Asian brothels is interspersed with the testimony of eloquent activists such as Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission and actress Ashley Judd, as well as performances by the Cold War Kids and Matisyahu, the Orthodox Jewish reggae artist.

PHILIPPINES: Immigration chief urges govt ‘team effort’ against human trafficking

QUEBEC: Francophonie pressed on human rights - Amnesty International insists group of nations should be stricter with members on the issue. [...more...]

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Be Like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj! Steal to Blog!

Here's a post from earlier this year that's worth another look! This can be especially helpful for those of you struggling to get something off the ground --- be it a blog, a new look, a job --- the message here should be obvious! Read every bit of text and check out each URL!

Austin KleonTHIS article is adapted from HOW TO STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (AND 9 OTHER THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME) by Austin Kleon


Austin Kleon tells us ::: You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

So you're thinking "How can I apply this knowledge to MY blog?"

Everything he writes about artists can be applied to bloggers! For example ::: Your job is to collect ideas. The best way to collect ideas is to read. Read, read, read, read, read. Read the newspaper. Read the weather. Read the signs on the road. Read the faces of strangers. The more you read, the more you can choose to be influenced by.

Look at LADY GAGA. Influenced by whom? Madonna! And when confronted with that info (and what could have been the performer's "kiss of death" along with it), rather than deny it, Lady GaGa embraced it, so much so, that Madonna herself embraced Lady GaGa!

Kleon continues ::: Steal things and save them for later. Carry around a sketchpad. Write in your books. Tear things out of magazines and collage them in your scrapbook.

Steal like an artist. This technique reminds me of NICKI MINAJ! She stole the "Barbie" trademark without actually stealing it! THAT is an accomplishment of major order! Kleon's remarks apply ::: I love this phrase. There’s two ways to read it: Fake it ‘til you make it, as in, fake it until you’re successful, until everybody sees you the way you want, etc. Or, fake it til’ you make it, as in, pretend to be making something until you actually make something. I love that idea.

Particularly interesting is how Minaj hijacked the “Barbie” franchise without stepping on any copyright toes: This could be a great lesson for bloggers… Minaj-icize your blogs!Click on the image to see what Nicki Minaj looked like BEFORE her "transformation."
Make sure you save/print this link: observe the "before" and "after" photographs. Now, substitute YOU and YOUR BLOG for the "before" ---- how do you want things to be/look "after" ?????

It was Kleon who seeded the idea in my little brain for THE BLOGGING CLASS: " I get a lot of inspiration from people like Bob Ross and Martha Stewart. Bob Ross taught people how to paint. He gave his secrets away. Martha Stewart teaches you how to make your house and your life awesome. She gives her secrets away.

People love it when you give your secrets away,..." Best of all, Kleon has logged OVER A THOUSAND COMMENTS on his original post!




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

InterBYTES 28 September 2011

Amazon is out for iBlood...

Once again, Google has removed the popular "Google Reader" from the gmail toolbar. This underscores my core belief that the "cloud computing" concept is a poor one. Allowing another entity to control the basic functions of your computer (in this case, your email client) is a BAD idea. You are at their mercy. Last time Google tried this, everybody bitched. But now that the era of Google+ is here, will everyone "play dead" or act like SHEEPLE? We shall see!

Generational Media Consumption (Infographic) - It’s hard to believe media has almost completely taken over our entire lives. But it’s true... ask Malini Murmu:

Lazy Optimist informs us that Malini Murmu, a student of the Indian Institute Of Management (IIM) Bangalore, committed suicide because her boyfriend “dumped her via a status update on Facebook”.

IIM student commits suicide amid Facebook

Looking for an App Internet success? Look no further than Autodesk, blogs James Staten.

Around The Blogosphere 28 September 2011

TechCrunch belongs to AOL now, right? No wonder they've released this ridiculous story :::
"We know the iPhone 5 is being debuted soon and reports point to Sprint as the new carrier. But just how popular will the device be off the bat? InMobi, one of the largest independent mobile ad networks, is releasing a study that forecasts the scope and effect of the iPhone 5 announcement in North America.

The recent InMobi consumer smartphone survey uncovers that 41% of current mobile users in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada plan to buy an iPhone 5—potentially making it the most successful launch from the consumer electronics giant to date."
Michelle Malkin sides with Ford Motor Company in taking on the Obama administration...
As I pointed out yesterday, it’s just another one of those Chicago coincidences that the Attack Watch goon squad’s most recent targets just happen to be…auto bailout critics.
India is a fascinating place ::: Since the beginning of this year, Sonia Faleiro has been traveling across India’s small towns and villages, meeting farmers, weavers, teachers, tamasha troupes, small-time politicians, Panchayat members, pickle-makers, housewives, and circus artists to gather reporting for her next book. In the latest entry in her regular feature for NY Times' India Ink blog she offers a glimpse of young mothers whose stories are seldom told.

What if you could sell out your product before you lift a finger to create it?

Delicious (previously owned by Yahoo) has now been completely ported over to the new owners Avos (owned by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the creators of YouTube). One of the main features of the new delicious is the ability to stack/group links with description and media and display and share in different ways. *MORE*

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cuomo + Clinton in Albany = Jobs


Today's assignment involved hopping on a CDTA bus and heading to downtown Albany's Empire State Plaza Convention Center for the "New York Open For Business Statewide Conference" - which brought together the state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, all competing for $200 million in funding and tax incentives. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced billions of dollars in investments and Former President Bill Clinton was on hand to urge New York to look to the future to create a better state...


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3 Things That Pissed Me Off ...

(1) Once again, Google has taken "Reader" out of the toolbar.
GOOGLE::: HELP! HOW DO I GET READER BACK IN MY TOOLBAR????

(2) PayPal wrote me a bs email about a "suspicious payment." Mf-er's! Why don't you bother those paypal "phishers"?

(3) One of my favourite blogs has installed a new comment system that really sucks! Hey DRAGONBLOGGER, please kill that!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

NetActive 25 September 2011

cmf ads will soon cease to exist...

I'll have a nice 125x125 chunk of prime blog real estate available when cmf shuts off the adstream at the end of October...

If YOU would like to advertise in that very same spot here on the blog (right above the entrecard widget in the upper right sidebar) NOW is the time to contact me! We can make a nice deal or arrangement, whether it be an ad for your own products or services or for a network ad.

I'm looking for a person or business who would like to place an ad that would run either six months or a year. Let's talk about it!

Twitter has emerged as "news media" in this brave new digital world...

Be aware if you text while driving: Police are watching... and ticketing.

Victory for Bloggers: Illinois Blog Wins Lawsuit


FINALLY! Someone who “gets it” and understands what blogging is REALLY all about!

Here's something you don't see every day: a photo of Lady Java!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Another Week In The Bucket...

This has been an incredibly busy week for me!

Before I recap, I'd like to send a HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to Yarah Bravo! And while I'm shouting, another to Ailsa Chang of WNYC (listen here) for breaking a pretty big story! You rock, girls!

Tuesday I was in Montreal for a blogger's meet-up...

Wednesday I went over to St. Rose College where Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings held a presser to announce a new home-buying program to help folks who want to buy a house in the city.

Thursday I was in Goshen where NY Governor Andrew Cuomo toured John Glebocki's family farm, taking in the flood damage. John is a really cool guy! He told me he's seen more weather in the last 15 years than the previous generation saw during their time running the farm! The land out there is so beautiful, the air fresh as can be. Another reporter there mentioned that some of the people "must be from farm families because they LOOK so healthy." Indeed! He was right! I talked to some of the "healthy" souls who confirmed they lived on local farms!


Here's John Glebocki, Andrew Cuomo, and another gentleman surveying the damage at the farm.. TIP:::Hover and click on any of the pictures appearing on this post to see a larger rendering!

The aroma in John's vegetable barn was fantastic! Vegetable soup air! Listen to my report for more... I didn't shoot too many pictures... I shoulda snapped a pic of Elaina Athans' boots... she put together a really nice video story of Cuomo's visit!

Friday I went to the Marist College Campus in Poughkeepsie, where there was a big announcement at the boathouse. That story will most likely run on Monday... it's about a huge Chinese company moving into the old IBM campus in Fishkill.

Below is a view of the back of the boat house along the majestic Hudson River...

Now a new week is about to begin. Lotta stuff going on as we head into Fall...



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Goodbye cmf ads

Farewell, cmf ads.

I was shocked when I read the news on Karen's blog that this incredible little service was calling it quits...
To boot, they're kicking the membership in the teeth: Features Disabled Due to CMF Ads Closure. Wow! That was quick!

I tried to cash out. Wouldn't let me. But then I read this:
"We will be introducing a new cashout process after September 25th, which will allow you to cash out your entire balance before the site closes. At this stage, the minimum cashout will be dropped to $1.00."
Thank God for small favours!

I left a comment on the cmf blog "Why do the good things always have to go?" And this leaves me now to re-think the whole widget-presentation experience.

Alternatives?

Certainly not Project Wonderful or Adgitize. They're very clique-y and mostly comprised of "blogging gurus" and "wannabee bloggers."

Entrecard. You can't make money, but can make friends. Lots of friends!

Blog Engage. I love Brian, the guy behind Blog Engage. I don't have a lot of time to try to figure out the layers of instructions that come with the services Brian offers. And as far as being judged on how many tweets or likes something gets, that is as utterly nonsensical as when Technorati shot itself in the foot circa 2006 when the geniuses there demonstrated just how out of touch they were when they declared that MySpace pages were blogs! That ruined the whole T'rati experience for a lot of people...

I think they're still trying to get back a lot of the credibility lost. I think it damaged any business model they may have had as well. Prior to that action, I used to get anywhere from 200 to 500 visitors to my blog PER DAY via Technorati. That went to ZERO when MySpace pages suddenly became "blogs."

Technorati is coming back:

Every year, you help us make State of the Blogosphere the most comprehensive resource for bloggers, and about bloggers. The 2011 survey is live, and your input is critical. http://www.psasurveys.com/detect.aspx?I.Project=a18214

We'd love for you to share some information about blogging as your passion or your profession, that we can then share back with you, the bloggers, and everyone who is interested in you. It should take just 15 minutes of your time.

The more responses we get the better the data we can deliver to you, so please share this link with other bloggers. http://www.psasurveys.com/detect.aspx?I.Project=a18214

Look for the full study on technorati.com on Monday, November 7.

On Friday November 4, Technorati Media CEO Shani Higgins will unveil the findings live, exclusively at BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Los Angeles.


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

How To Hold A Garage Sale: Tips!

The Great Garage Sale eXperiment of 2011

This post depicts an actual HANDS-ON experience!


Recently a I noticed a weekend coming up on my Google Calendar with NO particular business OR pleasure activities scheduled! "What a perfect time to plan a garage sale," I thought!

Actually, I'd been thinking about holding a yard sale since the beginning of summer.

FIRST I had to go through the stuff in the house that I knew I needed to get rid of. This is an important step. Before you do anything else, get this done. I spent a couple of hours one weekend and a few nights during the week before I scheduled the sale. I got everything together in one spot, and a day or two before the sale moved it to the "back porch staging area."

SECOND I called the local newspapers regarding placing an ad. $30 for 4 days was the best deal I could find suitable for my area. My heart sank. I don't have a lot of "big ticket" or "antique" items going out. Then, a co-worker had a suggestion that would later turn out to be a "magic bullet' of sorts: "Put it on Craig's List. It's free and everybody reads it!" So I did! (The paper also has a deadline that would have forced me to decide on a date for my sale before I could check the weather forecast for that day--- see below)

THIRD I checked the 5-DAY WEATHER FORECAST for my local area. You can do that online or watch your local TV. The day I was targeting was not too hot, not too cold --- just right, with no rain in sight! (Some TV stations present a 7-DAY FORECAST... even better!)

FOURTH With a firm date in mind, I went on Craig's List, posted my ad, and that evening began making my signs. 2 for each of the high-traffic cross-streets that intersected with the street I live on. "Sign prep" pix below: I already had paint and markers. I bought 4 poster boards at a local dollar store where they were 4 for $1!
I SCHEDULED MY SALE TO RUN ONE DAY ONLY, from 8am-1pm. My research indicated that those are the "best of times" - I pulled in a few "earlybirds" already in the area waiting for sales that began at 9 (most people run theirs from 9-4 or 5) - then there was a steady trickle throughout the sale day: the biggest number of individuals showed up between 10:30 and Noon.
IDEALLY: watch the newspaper for that nearby neighbor on your street who may feel they have enough stuff to sell to warrant spending money on a newspaper ad. CHECK YOUR LOCAL 5-DAY WEATHER FORECAST. Be sure to schedule your sale for the same time as theirs! This way, you don't need to advertise at all, and better yet, you don't have to make any signs!
I kept a careful tally as the events of the day unfurled:

51 people came and looked at my stuff
12 of them made purchases

67 cars "drove by" - they cruised along the street verrrry slowly, eyballing my stuff but never got out of their vehicles. (the greatest number of "drive-bys" came between 11:15am and 12:30pm)

Minus the dollar spent on poster board, my total profit: $39.35! (That would have been $9.35 had I purchased that newspaper ad)

Note: the first hoursworth of customers had seen the ad on Craig's List... almost every car that stopped by after 0915 was drawn by my colourful signs!

More than half of my yard sale "inventory" consisted of books. I culled them from a library I had built over the last decade!
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yes You Can


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Political Perception = Clout

Why is it that some people, no matter how hard they try, can't make things work. Yet others seem to have a "Midas Touch" when it comes to getting things done.

Like former New York Governor David Paterson. Lots of ideas. But no clout. Not when you compare him with the man who came next, Andrew Cuomo.

Does perception play a role in power? The public already perceived Cuomo as a force to be reckoned with. He was tough. "He'll get things done." He was elected Governro and IMMEDIATELY "got things done" and he is still getting things done this very day!

Just a decade or so ago, Cuomo was out of public favor, criticized for even thinking about running for public office as Governor against another popular prominent politician, who has since faded from the limelight.

Perception. On the national scene, Barack Obama seems to be stuck in the shoes David Paterson wore during his waning days in New York. Many observers have singled out Hillary Clinton as the person to challenge Obama. They say Clinton could "get the job done" where obama hasn't been able to get traction.

Clinton has carved out an image (much the same Cuomo did, whether by accident or by design) as a tough person who gets what (s)he wants. And if there ever was a one-two punch, Hillary has Bill in her corner.

What's the actual difference between Paterson and Cuomo, between Obama and Clinton? Why was Paterson fizzling while Cuomo was (and is) electrifying?

Perception?

Remember, had Obama not emerged in the previous presidential contest, Clinton would have been president, and I'm sure she's thankful now, with the way the economy has gone, that things turned out the way they did.


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Monday, September 19, 2011

Crosely CR6016A "Spinnerette" USB Turntable

Just What I Need!


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twitter takeover

From the "what if" department ::: A recent post on Blazing Minds blog raised the prospect of what might happen should the microblogging platform twitter fall under the control of a different entity.

Facebook and Google were mentioned.

I raised (in not so many words) the shuddering suggestion that yahoo might get involved.

In my opinion, neither Facebook nor Google would be a good thing to happen to twitter!

What are YOUR thoughts on this? What company might be preparing to pounce on twitter?...

Snips below appeared on Blazing Minds:::

Dave Lucas
Twitter:
says:

Hi Karen!

twitter’s future success (if sold) depends on what entity that purchases it—

(1) Google would be the best choice – IF – they left it alone. Google has a reputation for fixing things that aren’t broken

(2) Facebook would almost assuredly screw twitter the way yahoo screwed MyBlogLog – bleeding it dry, leaving it to die (I’d give twitter about a year and half if it falls under FB control.

(3) tumblr would be a perfect match…

Ileane
Twitter:
says:

Hi Rebecca, I agree with Dave. If Facebook ever gets their hands on Twitter they will just let it go to waste, like they are doing with Friend Feed….
Ileane recently posted..Quick Lessons in Live Blogging


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Quaff With Joe

If you love good food and drink, you owe it to yourself to check out Joe's Winery Blog! Joe Bastianich (Yup - Lidia's son) is a restaurateur, vineyard owner, and judge on the US version of MasterChef. He's just finished with season 2 of MasterChef & season 3 is casting now. You can also follow Joe through his Twitter account.



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blog Spotlight ::: proXPN

WikiPedia defines a virtual private network (VPN) as "a network that uses primarily public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or traveling users access to a central organizational network.

VPNs typically require remote users of the network to be authenticated, and often secure data with encryption technologies to prevent disclosure of private information to unauthorized parties."

As technology progresses, privacy and security issues continually arise. People get complacent. You may bypass the option to download the latest update for your anti-virus program because you want to hurry up and download something or play a game online.

A VPN helps keep your online (and offline) activities secure. I found a great VPN service on a website called proXPN:

What proXPN does...
  • upgrades your internet connection with VPN encryption
  • secures all types of connections from DSL and cable to 3G
  • gives you 100% private access to the internet
  • get an IP address in the USA, UK, or NL
With proXPN nobody* can...
  • see the websites you visit
  • hijack your passwords, credit cards, or banking details
  • intercept and spy on your email, IMs, calls, or anything else
  • record your web history
  • run traces to find out where you live

Follow proXPN VPN on Twitter!
: http://twitter.com/#!/proxpn


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Saturday, September 17, 2011

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Daniel in the Blog Guru's Den

Such a shame to see the art of blogging dumbed down by nincompoops who believe that "likes" on facebook and the number of tweets and re-tweets is somehow an accurate measure of a blog's popularity. (Forget about content - it's like Entrecard on steroids - hop and drop!)

Chris Brogan asked people via Twitter: “Does following=attention? If someone follows you,do you think they’re paying attention to you?”

Have Gurus reduced Blogging to "B---S--T?"
(1) You've heard the stories about how the guys who founded Microsoft and Apple worked out of their garages on shoestring budgets to build their computers and operating systems.

Fast forward to 2011: American life stops when the internet is interrupted. Banks, gas stations, doctor's offices, businesses, public libraries, atms, all depend on computer and internet intercommunication.

Fantasy fast forward into the future when Arnold-inspired computer robots become self aware.

(2) Blogs started out as simple personal diaries, journals and planners. They morphed into "personal websites" giving everyone his or her 15 minutes of fun and fame.

Fast forward to circa 2005: Every "expert" proclaimed blogging was a fad, it would soon be dead, it would be replaced by (whatever). Blogging survived.

Faster forward to 2011: Self-annointed Blogging Gurus have hijacked the blogosphere and brainwashed bloggers to the point where people like Daniel have allowed the idea of "blogging to make money" consume them.

What for many was once a fun hobby, a diversion, an online diary or journal, has now become a maddening never-ending quest for the latest "opportunity" and any bell and whistle that can be added, as bloggers BATTLE for "points" involving how many tweets they tweet or how many "likes" they get on facebook. Like the girl in Asia who tried to commit suicide because she forgot to upload a post to her blog one day!

The gurus are destroying blogging, turning it into a massive popularity contest that is, well, meaningless. They are social assholes trying to turn others into the same.

PS: DON'T GET WRAPPED UP IN "GUEST BLOGGING BS" ::: OR OTHER NONSENSE ::: if you need MONEY to keep your blog going (and maybe yourself too) there are many many ways to make it on the net. You're as unlikely to win a "pie-in-the-sky blogging contest" as your are to win the Irish Sweepstakes Lottery.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

We Pour Out Our Miseries... God Just Hears A Melody



How are things going for you today?

Wherever you are in this world, look around you. Consider the little things you take for granted. The things you expect to be there each and every day. The people in your life. What would you say to someone today if you knew you would never see them again?

"Some people leave their house in the morning and never come back." ~ Anonymous

While perusing videos, I ran across Frank Ocean's newest. These two videos I have posted here for you are very spirit-moving, each in its own special way.

Put on your Thinking Cap

What do you REALLY need?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bloggers Rising

According to some sources, there are over 156 million blogs existing? How many do you know, knowing even one – thousandth of that figure will take you almost a year. But really, is there so much to say in this world; what are people blogging about. (Weblogbetter)

THE BLOGGING SECRET

Strive for balance. frustrated because your "cream of the crop" blog isn't making waves or attracting coveted links from "A-List" blogs? The cream always eventually rises to the top. It cannot be stopped.

Roll with the punches. In other words, rinse and repeat.

Now read this "snippet" from elsewhere (credit/link below):

if my public persona is ticking a lot of people off, I might want to adjust that before I alienate readers (unless it's my intention to tick people off, of course). But if some people simply do not like me, there's not much to be done about that, and it's best ignored.

here are trolls. There are people who will say something cruel for the sake of being cruel. These are the people we should ignore.(E.g., "This book suks it's a waste of time reading" is not to be taken seriously ,while "I think the plot progresses too slowly and the characters could use some more development" is an honest critique.)

There is no secret. Write good books, with good descriptions, good formatting, and good cover art, sell them cheap, and keep at it until you get lucky.

Getting lucky means striking a chord with a whole bunch of readers. Their opinions matter.

It shocked me to discover how much ignorant reviews got under my skin.

I didn't take them personal because 1) These people didn't know me
2) These peeps really didn't *get* what I was doing.

When people don't like your work, if it's good, it has to be because it just wasn't for them. You haven't refined your message enough to let people know who you're aiming for.

We bloggers worry about our reputations. How are we perceived? What do people say about us? If we’re not around, what gets said differently? The trick is that reputation comes from the perspectives of others, and as such, it’s not ours to worry about.
Read : The Myth of Reputation




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Monday, September 12, 2011

NetActive 12 September 2011

SONIA FALEIRO tells us : "I'm so pleased to be part of The New York Times' latest, exciting venture::: India Ink: Notes from the World's Largest Democracy is its first country specific blog and is dedicated to understanding contemporary India's politics, economy, culture and everyday life."

The blog will feature reportage from the newspaper's incredibly talented staff, including NYT India Bureau Chief Jim Yardley and correspondents Lydia Polgreen and Vikas Bajaj. And it will feature a handful of Indian writers including literary critic Nilanjana Roy, author of Following Fish Samanth Subramanian, and Time Out Consulting Editor and author of the forthcoming book, Taj Mahal Foxtrot Naresh Fernandes.
Sonia will be writing 'The Other Half', which will concentrate on India's many fascinating sub cultures. She says "I hope you enjoy the blog, and I look forward to your feedback."

Now for some choice New York cuts ::: Writing a blog is a very different form of journalism than writing a newspaper column. Paul Krugman does both. (Those patriotic Internet-Americans who honor the anniversary of 9/11 by surfing political blogs all day for something to get offended about seized on a pointed blog post from New York.)

Ezra Klein’s New Wonkblog Is Standing Proud for ‘Boring Nerds Who Like Charts’

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin Are Expecting a Boy

On Global Voices, Sarah J. Young writes about BBC Radio 4's “adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s vast and still under-appreciated novel Life and Fate” (the first episode is scheduled to be airedon Sept. 18).

Philippines: Lolong, World’s Largest Crocodile

Read this post.
A 21-foot saltwater crocodile is now under captivity in the Philippines and is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. Animal rights activists are urging the government to release it into the wilderness. Some netizens are comparing the crocodile to corrupt politicians


Potential Earthlike Planet Discovered 36 Light Years Away

Hirano Takaci (@hiranotakaci), a Lviv-based photographer and teacher of the Japanese language, has recently launched a Twitter bot - @ukr_crh - that posts Ukrainian words/phrases and their Crimean Tatar (Qırımca) translations. “The thing is, I've been searching but haven't found any Ukrainian-language books about the Crimean Tatar language,” he explained[uk] on Twitter. “People would like to learn, but it is hard to find. And this is sad.”

Journalist, blogger and GV author Elaine Díaz has written a series on the controversial cancelation of the electronic music festival Rotilla [es].

9/11 Manhattan,Ten years later


Where I was yesterday... (pictured above: bagpipers on the streets at the conclusion of the 911 memorial)

I took the early train to Penn Station. Shortly after I arrived, the first event of the day, police bagpipers, set the tone for September 11. Bagpipers!

I hopped on the subway for Chambers Street, where I did much of my interviewing for my radio reports on the 10th anniversary of the 911 Terror Attacks. As always, I met a bunch of unique, wonderful people along the way, whose individual stories had nothing to do 911, but everything to do with making new acquaintances!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

So Sad to Watch Good Blogs Go Bad

I left a comment (image below) on Karen's Blazing Minds blog.

The comment came after an article that stands the BM blog on its head: diminishing the value of the articles it contains in the name of "rewards" that readers visitors can earn.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blue Sky Scrubs

Scrubs are the formal term for the apparel or uniform worn by nurses, surgeons, and other medical personnel who must "scrub" or otherwise prep for medical procedures. They are designed to be durable, easy to launder, and inexpenisve to replace.

My blogging friend Cindi Li has worked as a medical professional commanding one of the nursing stations at a metropolitan health care facility. She loves her blue sky scrubs, which she purchased online via http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/

And, I myself, prior to embraking on my career as a broadcast journalist, spent several years working full-time as a technician at a major medical center. I still work there part-time. I have a wardrobe of hospital attire (Medical Scrubs, lab coats and Surgical Scrub Hats by blue sky scrubs™)!

I chose blue sky scrub uniforms because they are durable, fashionable and functional! Their line of medical uniforms, available on the net, can be shipped anywhere in the world! (If YOU have been searching for new scrubs, I sincerely recommend blue sky!)



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One For The Colonel

“In five years, you will be the same exact person you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Og Mandino

Poor Khadafy - he never made it past Colonel. In 2011 he faced a difficult situation. The nation he commanded for years was turning its back on him, much the same way a husband or wife might turn his or her back on the other spouse. Suddenly the boat of life is treading rocky waters. The thrill is gone. So is the fun. Anything could happen.

What do you do and who do you blame when things go awry? My suggestion, as tough as it may be to swallow, is to simply move on. Some things just cannot be repaired, nomatter how much you pray or cry or wish. Walk quickly, and don't look back just yet - you can look back a year from now - probably without regret.

To his credit, the Colonel tackled life as an OPTIMIST! According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, people who see life from a more negative, pessimistic viewpoint, do not live as long as their more optimistic counterparts. That includes "dictators."

If you could re-set your lifetrack, what would you do? Read "The Power of Positive Thinking?" Watch "The Secret" video?

One way to introduce some changes that may re-set your life compass is to adjust your daily routine schedule. To download a blank Habitual Activity Chart, please Click Here.

“...try to stay positive and never allow another person to change who you are.” ~ Freeley Happy



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