Saturday, December 31, 2011

RIP Nahcream Moore

Albany's police chief has been a popular guy - up until now, it seems - I was aware of a shooting incident along a city street the other night where police say a man pulled a gun on them, but I had no idea this happened! The Albany Times Union has posted a series of still photographs and videos...

Other Keyboards: The Shooting


Rules of engagement

I found one of the "memorial photos" the paper published very very strange - a Teddy Bear draped in rosary beads holding a bottle of alcohol? (Hover and click on the image for a larger version) Did the underaged shooting victim have a problem with booze? Could that be why he wanted to run away when the vehicle was stopped? A young man with an addiction? A troubled soul?

In New York State, persons under 21 are prohibited from purchasing or possessing alcohol, from consuming alcohol in public (though they may do so in the privacy of their own homes with consent of a legal guardian), or from having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.02% while driving.

Whether the young man was a victim of it or not, alcoholism is a serious disease. If you or someone you know is an alcoholic, please seek treatment!

In response to the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, which reduced by up to 10% the federal highway funding of any state which did not have a minimum purchasing age of 21, the New York Legislature raised the drinking age from 19 to 21, effective December 1, 1985. (The drinking age had been 18 for many years before the first raise in 1982.)

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Jim Morrison's Blog

Jim Morrison, Time Traveler!

The deceased lead singer of the trailblazing rock group, The Doors, was apparently also a time traveler! New information reveals Jim Morrison (Mister Mojo Risin') made a very short visit to 2012, which was documented by a young blogger he met on the streets of New York City! Click on the screengrab below to take a look at the only entry on Jim's blog, which is now gone!
Little known to many, Jim Morrison's friend from UCLA film school was friends with a geek who developed a time travel device. Jim was there when his friend "traveled" backwards to a couple of years before Jim was born. But always ahead of the game, Jim asked to be sent FORWARD in time. Jim visited 2012 for about an hour and 45 minutes: he met a girl blogger who quickly told him about computers and technology and set a blog up for him. He wrote:

I've arrived in 2012 the last year of all. Put on a disguise and took a walk. People on the street have little telephones they keep in their pockets. I went in a record store. The records are tiny here. The Doors are still selling records! Tiny ones!

John went backward in time to 1941 but made the mistake of getting caught by a camera! Not me!

(I added the link - it's not on Jim's blog, which soon vanished as if it never had existed in the first place!)

Thanks to Emilia for accidentally discovering Jim's blog and sending the files over!

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Guest Post contributed by Jenna Wade. All Rights Reserved.

Verizon just announced that it's not going to charge customers a fee to pay our bills online!

Two nights ago, I signed a petition on telling Verizon that it can't nickel and dime customers like me with new fees. Within hours, more than 130,000 of us signed the petition. (Thanks, by the way -- you're amazing!)

It took months of hard work to get Bank of America to drop its $5 debit card fee, but Verizon backed down in less than 24 hours. Turns out people like you and me are getting more powerful by the day.

Hooray for WE THE PEOPLE, and happy New Year!

- Dave

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Unless You Say It Is So (Goodbye 2011)

Here we are.
0800 hours New York Time.
Not very far from the turning point.

Old man 2011 moves on.
Out of the way.

Making room for Baby Year 2012.
Not a split second too soon!
"Uncle," we cry!
We've had enough of you, tumultuous '11!

Now is the time for planning and dreaming!

"There will never be a shortage of people to argue for your limitations. They aren't telling you your story, they are telling you theirs. If you agree with them, it becomes your story, too. " ~ Cynthia Occelli

Cynthia recommends you and I take a moment at the beginning of the new year to write, imagine and plot the pathways to our dreams. She told me "It's never too late, never beyond hope, never impossible . . . unless you say it is so."

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I'm Not Doing Much Dancing ~ An original poem by Dave Lucas

Bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis I know about those things
I long to once again walk in the sunshine
and feel the sand beneath my feet

All the years gone by cannot come back
Only in my mind they live on
With snapshots of loves that were and
loves that may have been

Instead of "Hi, how are you?"
They ask "How does it feel to be in a wheelchair"
I respond "Well, I wish I could be in a real chair"
But they're not listening
They act as if I'm not here but I really am.

They are angry when I strain to hear them
or when I cough or when I cry
I try not to complain about anything
so they won't call me old crabby fussy

I am careful to be neat and clean
so they won't say "you can't take care of yourself anymore"
Truth is - I never could.
We all care for one another,
from "cradle to grave" as the proverb says

In my mind I am thankful happy laughing and dancing

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bloGGer's note*I wrote this after watching a television program about old age
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Friday, December 30, 2011

“Lily of the Mohawks” Conference In Albany 2012

Pages of history were written here in New York State - how exiting it would be to take a one-day time travel trip back to the days of Ben Franklin or Washington Irving or Kateri Tekawitha...

The 73rd Annual Tekakwitha Conference is scheduled to be held in Albany, New York, July 18-22, 2012 with a one day pilgrimage to Blessed Kateri's birthplace (Auriesville) and baptismal place (Fonda).

Blessed Kateri, known as the Lily of the Mohawks, was born to a Christian Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father in 1656 in upstate New York along the Hudson River. At age four she nearly died of smallpox, and was left with a scarred face and severely impaired eyesight.

Legend has it Kateri was raised by relatives who began to plan her marriage. Kateri opted for a Christian baptism and the pursuit of a religious life. When she was baptized by a Jesuit missionary on Easter Sunday 1676 at age 20, her relatives were not pleased, and she fled the next year to Canada,

Kateri carried a cross with her when she worked in the fields as a source for contemplation. She was 24 when she passed away; her last words were said to be, "Jesus, I love you." According to eyewitnesses, including two Jesuits and several Native Americans, the scars on her face vanished upon her death.

In June 1980, Kateri was beatified by Pope John Paul II after it was determined that during World War II, she appeared to Polish prisoners, and through her intercession they were released.

Materials documenting the last miracle needed for Kateri's canonization were sent to the Vatican in July 2009. That miracle involved the recovery of a young boy in Seattle whose face had been disfigured by flesh-eating bacteria and who almost died from the disease. He recovered completely, and the Vatican confirmed the work of a tribunal who determined there was no medical explanation.

Sylvia Mendivil Salazar, coordinator of the Native American Concerns Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, noted that it would be more accurate to call Blessed Kateri the first Native American saint born in what is now the U.S.

“St. Juan Diego is the first,” she pointed out. “People forget that he was indigenous to North America, which Mexico is part of.”

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

An American Revival - in Dutchess County

This morning began much like any other, albeit with a few surprises. But I'm accustomed to the bends, bumps and potholes along the road of life, so I dealt with those surprises. Very well, I might add. (pats self on back)...

My work assignment today involved a trip to Poughkeepsie for the swearing-in of Marc Molinaro as Dutchess County’s 7th County Executive at an Oath of Office ceremony at the Marist College McCann Center. The Marist campus is --- HUGE --- and the McCann center rocks!

Not sure how much of an idea you'll get of what the media center was like for reporters covering the event from the picture below, but it seems as if it must have been prepared by someone who has "been there, done that," when it comes to broadcast reporting!
What impressed me during the gathering was the "spark" Molinaro telegraphed right directly to the brains of his audience. It said "truth, justice and the American Way" --- the kind people once believed in during the 1940s and 1950s... Long time ago. You could almost see the lights go on in the eyes of the older members of the crowd.

Molinaro is a guy who is all about love of family and of country. He's still young and represents a powerful example of what a great leader can be. If you listen to his remarks in my radio report, you'll understand. We have hope, America! And it's being sparked right here in New York State!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Almost 2012

Just a few short days until 2012 begins. I certainly won't miss 2011. It was a tough year for many of us! Seems like we had to endure an awful lot of flooding (Japan and New York's Mid-Hudson Valley) along with earthquakes (Japan, NZ) and other natural catastrophes.

I'm pressing on here with the blog - kinda getting back to my "blogging roots" in a sense. I'm done worrying about traffic or PR or monetizing.

I'm blessed with a number of faithful followers who stop by and read my posts everyday. THANK-YOU!

I have a number of followers via Google+ and 180 "members" according to Google "Friend Connect." THANK-YOU!

I must be doing something right...

Blogging and blogs live on, long after (several yearsworth of) predictions they'd be replaced --- I recall back around 2005-6 all the blogging gurus were trying to convince everyone that Vlogs (video blogs) would totally wipe out blogs within a couple of years. How wrong they were (as usual!)

A HUGE Thank you blogger, blog*spot and Google for the wonderful ride right thru now! I am so glad I chose this platform originally! (I still use the XML backup feature on a daily basis, just in case!)

I hate cloud computing - the whole concept - and I still won't venture onto WordPress because of all the hosting and domain crap - [THIS ARTICLE cemented my vow to avoid WP] I've seen too many blogs fall and fail when "hosting" failed - their very blogs collapsing when images and layouts vanished - just recently I was shocked when all the photos on a very popular blog were replaced with this:

The Lesson ::: Forget about adding hosting or imaging gimmicks not supported directly through your blogging platform!

I'm happy with my presence on twitter. My usage of facebook and LinkedIn has shrunken to a level on par with dear old MySpace. Funny how facebook got so "static" - I liked it a lot better a year ago, although I'm not exactly sure why the social network made changes that increased boredom.

This isn't my final farewell to 2011 - that particular post is still being formed in my little green notebook!

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#WordlessWednesday (Video)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Free M4A to MP3 Converter

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Go The Darkness Away

HEY! Is there a blog post that really moved or motivated you in 2011? 2011 was a shitty year, for many of us, for many reasons.
"It turns out that no one can imagine what's really coming in our lives. We can plan, and do what we enjoy, but we can't expect our plans to work out. Some of them might, while most probably won't. Inventions and ideas will appear, and events will occur, that we could never foresee. That's neither bad nor good, but it is real."
That's a quote from THE POST THAT MOVED ME THE MOST IN 2011. If you have a link for a blog article that moved or clarified or changed you, please leave it in my comments area!

AND NOW::: a day-after-Christmas gift for you! A blog guru's site went down! It happened earlier this month, and oddly enough the guru has unintentionally given us a genuine TRUE lesson to be learned! (And she didn't charge anyone $9 or $17 or $27!)

Read the post and see what can happen if you don't take all kinds of precautions!

It's simply one more reason why I don't use WordPress!
I wonder if someone targeted this particular blogger becuase she is one who is involved in the Blog Bank ebook scheme?

Monday, December 26, 2011

#MusicMonday #2 ::: Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass and Mary Travers

Get Thousands of Followers on Twitter! HURRY!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas! 2011 was a hell of a year, which I will address in a future post! I ventured out to the laundromat this morning where I perused the December 2011 issue of WIRED...
I read the mag cover-to-cover ::: but kept returning to an article about social media. Aha!
Just as I had thought - a lot of FAKERS are on twitter! People who stuff their numbers, etc. And some of them are not even celebrities (They just make believe they are!) But they pay "following services" to set them up with "followers": many most of which are "dummy" accounts set up to pad the numbers. WHY BOTHER?
I am on tumblr.comI've maintained that you need to CAP the number of people you follow. I've chosen to cap my account at 300.

According to WIRED, one of the big FAKERS is "Guy Kawasaki" - who I thought from day one was a "fantasy" writer pulling the proverbial wool over people's eyes ::: says WIRED ---"She*** has stood in at the keyboard for Hollywood starlets, sports icons, authors, and tech biggies like former Apple chief evangelist and venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki. The 29-year-old New Yorker, who has a degree in sociology, got her start as a blogger and freelance writer, then stumbled into social media and an extremely successful business venture. Wired asked Colbert what it’s like to be a professional ghost tweeter."

***She is Annie Colbert
Follow ME!I wouldn't recommend buying twitter followers - look at the advert below - A"No password Required" --- or, is it?

Bottom line: you'll be stuck holding the bag, following thousands of accounts that within a month or two, will have stopped following YOU! Big dummy!
Follow me, peeps!More disturbing to me was an article I ripped out of the magazine: "THE CLOUD IS GROWING" - says WIRED: "Join the discussion on Cloudline, an online community presented by IBM and WIRED. Tech experts, journalists, and IT insiders all weigh in on how the cloud is shifting today’s computing landscape."

You all know how much I despise the cloud!
"I prefer to have as much as possible STORED on my computer! That goes for emails, blogs, photos, videos, etc. Sure, I'll have them stowed away 'up there' - but it is always best to keep files saved you can work on stuff if you cannot get online!"[1]

You can store and access gmail, your gmail calendar, facebook & twitter, your blog*spot or wordpress blog, right on your machine. I have all of these files "locked" in a password-protected file on my pc."

This is just a small preview of what will befall those who embrace “cloud technology” – everything you love can be changed with no input from you – and unlike your personal PC or laptop, you have no control over what version or what particular “skin” of a program you are using.

Here's what they say about Dave Lucas ::: "He has deep expertise in the areas of cloud computing, enterprise application implementation, strategic program management and information technology acquisition strategy for federal agencies. He is also a well regarded and sought after speaker on topics including cloud computing, next generation architecture and federal information technology practices and policy."

There was one dude at the laundromat sitting waiting for his clothes to dry, watching this Rihanna picture gallery on his touchpad computer. I noticed he was quite smartly clicking and performing several "Save Image As" functions... and now for something different:

BLOG THOUGHT OF THE DAY ::: "I like seeing how many visitors I have, but I also keep in mind that statistics can be deceiving and are not always accurate. I try not to obsess about visitors or followers." ~ Trish

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#MusicMonday ::: Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & Jones

Sunday, December 25, 2011

@Occupy_Albany Christmas Dinner

The Mayor WILL NOT be making an appearance to hand out slices of occupies!

Richard (RJ) Eskow: Occupy Christmas!

It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God or which faith you follow if you do. Here's a question worth asking this holiday season: Would Jesus be an Occupydemonstrator? The Bible suggests that He would.

A Very Occupy ChristmasPosted on by

Occupy Albany is hosting a Christmas dinner for those who would like to attend. We will be providing as much food as we can, and donations will be greatly appreciated! Please bring donations to Occupy Albany’s new indoor workspace at 306 Hudson Avenue.

We are doing this to reunite after we were torn apart by the powers we fought, and will continue to fight, together. We will not let their destructive actions dissolve the community that we created in the park, nor the plans that we had for our future in the park. Nor will we lose our ties to the less fortunate supporters of OA. During this trying holiday season, let us celebrate together! A Very Occupy Christmas will take place from 1pm to 6pm on December 25th. We encourage all who are able to bring food and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Merry Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa, and Yule! Happy Holidays from Occupy Albany!

A Very Occupy Christmas


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Peaceful Blessings ::: Christmas 2011

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chocolate Explosion Raises Questions, Gets Answers!

I baked a couple of batches of cookies to take to New York City tomorrow. Didn't have the usual product so I baked David's brand cookie dough. Tasted good enough but ...

One tray reminded me of an article I read earlier today:::Collision leaves giant Jupiter bruised:::if you look at the picture you'll see where a chocolate chip exploded right out of a cookie! It's lying there boiled and melted, in the pan.
Collision leaves giant Jupiter bruisedThe dark smudge to the left of the bottom cookie is debris from a chocolate chip that plunged into the General Electric oven's atmosphere and disintegrated, leaving a gaping hole in the cookie.

About the cookie dough that created this explosion: it's loaded with no less than 5 oils plus margarine and cocoa butter! There's a picture of the very expensive package below!

This stuff is super oily: you don't grease the cookie sheet going into the oven, but coming out it has a thick layer of oil that you can wipe off with a paper towel!
These cookies certainly can't be very healthy: I wonder how they stack up against Nestlé's Toll House? Actually the Toll House cookies we used to make as kids using the morsels were the best of all!

History ::: the chocolate chip cookie was accidentally developed by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930. She owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York. It included the recipe "Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie", which rapidly became a favorite to be baked in American homes . Wakefield is said to have been making chocolate cookies and on running out of regular baker's chocolate, substituted broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate from Nestlé thinking that they would melt and mix into the batter. They did not and the chocolate chip cookie was born. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips. Every bag of Nestlé chocolate chips sold in North America has a variation (butter vs. margarine is now a stated option) of her original recipe printed on the back.

Above (supposedly) is the real, the original, the authentic Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - reproduced below to make it easier to read or cut-and-paste.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: PREPARE dough as above. Spread into greased 15"x10" jelly-roll pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (>5,200 feet): INCREASE flour to 2 1/2 cups; add 2 teaspoonfuls water with flour; reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookies for 17 to 19 minutes.

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@occupy_albany season finale

"We all are one, we are the same person" ~ Jimmy Cliff

Some people asked me for my opinion of the dismantling of the Occupy Albany camp. Eash time I shared my opinion, I was told I should "write that down" - so, here it is!

The authorities came in daylight on the day of the deadline, as they had said they would. In other cities, they came without warning, in dead of night.

The conclusion as reported in the media came as the result of ONE single person's actions.

There are two sides to every story.

One side says it was a policeman who overreacted and began pepper-spraying protesters.

One side says it was a LONE INDIVIDUAL who pulled on a police horse's reins.

Whichever the case, the outcome demonstrates what the protesters displayed in an act of solidarity when they formed a "human chain" around the info tent. The chain is as strong as its weakest link. Look at the few incidents of violence over recent weeks in Academy Park. Those can be attributed to weak links.

Aside from that, I thought the "tent procession" was rather surreal... but, I digress!

A link was broken on Thursday night. The fragile human chain will still endure, as it always has whenever a failed link is shed.

Friday, December 23, 2011

BLOG IS LIFE :: Reflections

I've just hit the 10-years of blogging mark.

Nearly 10-thousand articles posted across five different blogging platforms, three of them now extinct!

via WikiPedia::: The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives. Most such writers called themselves diarists, journalists, or journalers. Justin Hall, who began personal blogging in 1994 while a student at Swarthmore College, is generally recognized as one of the earlier bloggers.

The Blogger platform (now owned by Google) has been the bellwhether of the digital citizen journalism movement.


[blawg, blog] Show IPA noun, verb, blogged,blog·ging.
a Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own
experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often havingimages
and links to other Web sites.

John Sealander ::: What started as a simple diary gradually became a way of life. I've always been a reasonably good observer, but the more I looked and the more I wrote, they more I found. My life wasn't really less interesting than other people's lives, it was just different. Different didn't mean better or worse anymore, it just meant different. In a small world encompassing two spotted dogs and a green urban park, I rediscovered life. By sharing this small world with you, I think I made it a bit larger.

"If you do it right, you will stay stupid things every now and then. You will piss people off. It's scary at first to hit Publish and push your ideas into the public sphere." ~ Gabriel Weinberg

"I love that I get comments on my posts. I love it when people react to my posts. I also love reading and reacting to the posts of other bloggers. It's a great connectivity." ~ fantaghiro23

Those quotes above are diamonds. But to read what follows, you might be led to believe there's gold in them thar blogs:

"Blogging that was considered only as a time pass hobby till 3 years ago now has become a source of income for many people. There are people who are completely living on their blog(s) and making a handsome income out of that.
And accept it or not, the money making part has become such a craze that even full time job holders, who are earning a decent income from their profession, are starting blogs."

That's a passage from the blog "We Blog Better" - a usually high-quality blog offering writing and publishing tips for hobbyists and professionals who blog.

In this case "we" should "know better" than to present an article that has nothing to back it up. (please don't drag out Shoemoney and Omnibalusi as the same old tired "examples" - they are NOT typical, as that little warning you see on your TV screen when those ads promising untold riches are shown)...

I could not resist answering a post on We Blog Better with this: (mouseover or Hover and click to enlarge the image)If you REALLY want to go the route of attaching a ball and chain to the art and make your BLOGGING a source of income, start HERE with Hesham's blog --- his business is strong and sound --- I believe the reason he has been so blessed with success is threefold: DRIVE, DESIRE and HONESTY!

"I don’t have a blogging schedule. I average about 1-2 posts per week. I try to get a post in at least once per week but I will admit that there are weeks that pass by without any contributions from me. I am a slow reader and a slow writer and if I try to rush the process I will only find myself starting all over again. So I’ve learned to be at peace with this. I can’t change it. I can either let myself be frustrated or I can just go with it." ~ EveryBookandCranny
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