Thursday, December 31, 2015

Technical Difficulties & Happy New Year

As we cruise into 2016 and this blog grows a year older, I am encountering problems every now and then that I'm not sure how to fix. So if you see an error, know that I am probably aware of it. The facebook comments plug-in and the flattr button have both stopped working. You just can't count on things staying the same - "upgrade" to some has become a big bump in the road, as things can change forever, not for better (as the Beatles once sang).

I may or may not get around to fixing things that break down. In some cases, there is no fix. In others it is hidden in code that doesn't readily identify with the item I would like to remove or replace. Like old roadsigns that no longer serve a purpose, these markers from times past shall remain, little reminders of things that once were.

Those of us who continue to keep our blogs updated from time to time understand that many readers have gone to facebook or flocked to twitter. I guess you could make the argument that content which one was blogged is now tweeted or chatted or spread via Instagram... as new apps and features and advances in technology become available, users change and sometimes are forced to change the way they interact with others.

This blog, as imperfect as it is and ever was, shall remain forever a "work in progress" until the day the servers die. Thanks to all of you who have checked in here every now and again throughout the years. There's more to come, though not as often as once was. Yes, at this point in time I do a whole lot of tweeting. I would be honored if you would follow me!

Happy New Year! Live Long & Prosper!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower You

“The act of writing is more powerful than people think.”

Researchers have discovered that mental motivation plays a definitive role in academic achievement.

In academic strategy developed by University of Toronto Prof. Jordan Peterson, students reflect on important moments in their past, identify key personal motivations and create plans for the future, including specific goals and strategies to overcome obstacles. Here's a crippled PDF (below) to give you an idea of what's involved. Check out the table of contents. From there I think you can probably figure out for yourself what you need to do, what you should research (and practice) to accomplish the your goals. Read this website entry as well: A scalable goal-setting intervention closes both the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap.


Here's a COMPLETE PDF of a similar paper Peterson co-authored, to enhance your studies.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

There's a puddle where my snowman would normally be standing.

Although the weather is warm here in New York, I wish all of my dear readers a very Merry Christmas! This has been my 13th year of blogging! Thanks to all who have been reading and following me down thru the years. Thanks for your input and comments.

As we head toward yet another New Year, I'll be first to admit that blogging has fallen from one of my top daily online priorities to an occasional post here and there, as warranted.

To keep tabs on me every single day, you'd best follow me on twitter!

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Season's Greetings all!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

MIRACLE FRUIT Lowers Cholesterol in 30 Days

Doctors Stunned by Cholesterol Lowering Fruit!
Yes friends, another spam email beckons - once again I am saved by the un-updated Adobe plug-in! Hahahahaaaa! Once again I have the answer for you. Eat TWO KIWI FRUITS a day!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cancer Cells Killed by Eating This Food

If you don't have time to watch another dreadfully dragged-out video you'll probably X out of before ever getting to the "answer," let me save you the trouble. It's broccoli. And dark dark chocolate. And other stuff you have likely already heard about. The video is a few years old and it's been around. An awful lot of links from websites and emails end up at the video site. Another argument against updating the ol' flash player - on many computers the video would have self-started - and on some, would resist efforts to stop!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

New Perspectives In Reporting

The meteoric rise of digital journalism is easy to understand given its easy accessibility and the notion of being able to get news without having to pay for it. Even a decade ago, people had to run to a newsstand if they wanted news at a custom time. If they weren't willing to pay for it, they had to wait until a television network broadcast their version of what was going on in the world. More and more, even print publications must adjust their advertising and printing strategies to coincide with online readers. It's not uncommon today for online news outlets to have a larger and more avid following than most print publications.

Surviving in the digital age

Print publications respond by merging their print with online editions. This allows them to venture into the mobile and PC advertising realm as well, giving them two places to exist for their readership. Print publications may be struggling to keep up with the times but the world of digital journalism is an exciting one. One of the bright spots of digital journalism is urban news outlets.

Current urban news

Print publications have a very clear-cut audience. They generally know who their readers are. Online publications can reach a much broader audience and have fewer rules when reporting the news, so they're able to venture into territory that mainstream print publications left untouched for decades. One such trend is the urban news trend which allows black entertainers, writers, and artists a more welcoming home and increased exposure. Political issues once ignored by print publications now find an eager audience on news sites targeted specifically to an oft-ignored urban population. The result has been that millions of people now have a place they can turn to in order to get news that "looks" they them and their world. Urban issues are much different than rural area and mainstream issues. It's beneficial that these outlets paint a world that looks more realistic to the people in urban locations.

Always evolving

Online news continues to involve and work well with offline publications to bring people the most extensive coverage possible of their world. Readers enjoy subjects that weren't even touched upon years ago. As more people turn to online news for their daily dose of what's going on in the world, specialty news like urban news continues to be a bright spot in the mix.

Monday, December 07, 2015

#Daesh #ISIS #ISIL News Roundup 7 December 15

A new intelligence report commissioned by the White House says that ISIS will grow in numbers and gain ground unless it suffers significant losses in Iraq and Syria.

The Islamic State is known by a varity of names such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (also ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is also known as Daesh, based on an Arabic acronym.

ISIS buys bombs and pays fighters with the billions of dollars it makes from the oil fields, mineral mines, and banks under its control. ISIS also imposes taxes on the people living inside its territory in Iraq and Syria. According to CNN, ISIS raked in $2 billion in 2014 alone. Iran has arrested 53 people for running pro-#ISIS websites.

A leaked internal Islamic State manual shows ISIS plans for building a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury and an economic program for self-sufficiency:

The Jungle: Migrant camp's growth a symptom of refugee crisis

CALAIS, FRANCE—Cold November rains have flooded the muddy encampment and left everyone in a dour mood. Between tarp-covered tents and vast puddles, men wearing shalwar kameez tread carefully in shoes with the backs flattened so they can be kicked on and off like slippers. They stop at a ramshackle shelter that serves as a shisha bar…

Monday, November 30, 2015

WMHT-TV (PBS) To Broadcast Local Documentary “Echoes From The Neighborhood That Disappeared”

Troy, New York – WMHT-TV (PBS) will focus attention on our region’s history on Tuesday night with the broadcast premiere of the local documentary, ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED.  

ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD offers a fascinating look at the incredible Italian-American experience in the Albany neighborhood that once stood where The Empire State Plaza was constructed 50-years-ago. It’s the brand-new sequel to THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED , the film that premiered last December which told the story of the massive urban renewal project that sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany.

The original film, THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED, is the most successful local documentary in WMHT history and will be rebroadcast on Tuesday at 9pm following the premiere of ECHOES FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DISAPPEARED.

Filmmaker Mary Paley describes the original documentary as a film that documented the event that changed the lives of thousands of families and altered the landscape of the city of Albany forever. The sequel is a tribute to the Italian-American community that lived there and shares what it was like to grow up in that wonderful neighborhood.   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Three time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is best known for her emotional ballads, including "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia," "Possession," "Building a Mystery" and "Angel." She founded the concert festival Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.

A rare chance to catch her full band show in an intimate theatre setting.

Discount tickets start at just $55 (subject to availability)! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (UPAC) KINGSTON, NY


Sarah will be joining Josh Groban as a special guest on select dates during his summer 2016 tour, which kicks off on July 15, 2016 in New Orleans and will include performances in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and more.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 11th. For more information on the tour and to purchase tickets, please visit


Troy, New York – The brand new ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT will premiere on WMHT-TV (PBS) this Thursday night at 8pm. Recorded with members of the regional community filling the audience, the Arlo Guthrie concert was recorded at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and will air on PBS affiliates across the United States.   

Fifty years ago, Arlo Guthrie took out the trash following a “Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat.” The hilarious account of actual events that precluded Arlo from military service in 1966 went on to become Alice’s Restaurant, a platinum-selling record in 1967, and a full-length motion picture in 1969. Today it’s as much a part of Thanksgiving tradition as cranberry sauce. For the first time in a decade, folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree in its entirety to the stage.

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 Best Battery Saver Apps for Android Phones and Tablets via @techmanik

Here's the truth. NONE of these work on my tablet or on my android phone. They are inaccurate or hog power themselves or show me a shitload of ads I don't want to see.

Having typed that, click here for the only honest accounting of such apps I could find that lists the CONS aka drawbacks aka deficiences of these apps. Save your space. If you can't lug a charger along with you, here's how I cope:

I use this nifty charging device!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Appearing In Albany: Jason Reynolds, Novels For Boys Who Don't Read

Jason Reynolds, young adult novelist and poet
November 17 (Tuesday)

Reading — 7:00 p.m. [NOTE EARLY START TIME], Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, downtown Albany  Event is FREE!

Jason Reynolds, YA novelist, writes smart, engaging books for “teenage boys who don’t like to read.” He received the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for When I Was the Greatest (2014), which Booklist called “urban fiction with heart, a meditation on the meaning of family, the power of friendship, and the value of loyalty.” His new novels include The Boy in the Black Suit (2015), about a teenager coping with his mother’s death, and All American Boys (2015, with Brendan Kiely), the story of two teens—one black, one white—and the repercussions of a single violent act.

Cosponsored by Albany High School, The Center for Law and Justice, The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, and UAlbany’s Department of Literacy Teaching & Learning, Friends of the New York State Library

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Navy Petty Officer Brandon Day, of Albany, N.Y., Aboard USS Normandy

U.S. 7TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (October 30, 2015) Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Day, from Albany, New York, performs maintenance on a door watertight door frame during space preservation efforts aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). Normandy is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Disabled cat walks with wheelchair in SW China

A Chinese woman who adopted a crippled cat in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is helping her cat learn to walk again with the help of a custom wheelchair. Watch!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Google Maps Prints Text And Maps Too Small

MapQuest for years had been the go-to source when one needed to get directions to drive somewhere. But the site has been "refined" and is no longer desirable.

So, now that you are pissed off and have deleted your links to  @MapQuest (where they never heard the phrase 'if it ain't broke don't fix it) you may have discovered @googlemaps - and that's good. But what's not good: you need to be able to SEE the directions when going from Point A to Point B - and the problem is, Google, unlike old Mapquest, prints teeny-tiny text. How to fix? EASY!

  1. Go to the directions page 
  2. Select "print without maps" 
  3. Hit the PrtScn button 
  4. Open PAINT or MSPAINT 
  5. Ctrl+C 
  6. Cut Paste Trim 
  7. Save File 
  8. PRINT that file 

Now you will have larger, easier to read text for your trip!

Sometimes, you can enact a fix via your browser. In IE10, go to File (on Menu bar), Page Set-up, then uncheck the box next to "Enable Shrink to Fit" - if you are using Mozilla, check this page. (You may still have to use my screen-copy-print method, but the printed text will be easy to read while driving!)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NY Governor Announces $6.4 Million for Sexual Assault Prevention and Assistance Providers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed multiple pieces of legislation designed to protect and further women’s equality in New York State. The new laws will help achieve pay equity, strengthen human trafficking laws and protections for domestic violence victims and end pregnancy discrimination in all workplaces.

The Governor also announced that New York State has allocated a total of $6.4 million for Sexual Assault Prevention and Assistance providers across the State. This includes $4.5 million enacted as part of the Enough is Enough legislative package to support implementation of this new campus sexual assault legislation by providing prevention, as well as $1 million to be administered by the Department of Health and $900,000 to be administered by the Office of Victim Services.

“This State has a legacy of leading the way in advancing equal rights – and today, we are making New York a model of equality for women,” said Governor Cuomo.

Audio of Governor’s remarks available here; Video available here

PHOTOS of the event are available on the Governor’s Flickr page here.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Little Free Library Book Exchanges Are Everywhere!

I ran across this story Wednesday. Did you know that there are over 32,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing over 1 million books annually? Now you know!

I thought you might be interested in this article:The mini ‘birdcage’ libraries of south China.Sent via the CCTVNews app for iPhone. Download the app here:
And as you will see after the jump, there are three LFLs in Albany NY - one is likely within walking distance if you live in the Capital City!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The State of Social Media: Autumn '15

It's that blogging time of year. Early October through the 1st of the New Year has traditionally been the season of the blogger. In celebration of all things blog, I dedicate this post. It's very early Saturday afternoon, there's a little crispness in the air, but the weatherfolk are saying by Monday, we'll be basking in 70-degree temperatures again. A gentle reminder of the summer that was, nature promising nice days like this will come again sometime next year. My coffee pot has just begun perking, so let's get down to business.

Social media. It's all about COMMUNITY. It's built on a foundation made of old BBS services, CompuServe accounts and Instant Messenger posts. In late 2015, blogging is still with us, just not on the same level it was, say back in 2005. For one thing, all of the popular bloggers are ten years older, ten years wiser.

A lot of what blogging was and what it meant to people as it fostered communication and triggered discussion, has changed. We have twitter and facebook to thank for that. A lot of people use facebook the way we once used CompuServe. It has become a familiar (i.e., comfortable) place. Nothing wrong with that, and certainly that aspect is the glue keeping that entire social network together. It will stay strong unless the owners go off and do something stupid to change it.

Friday, October 09, 2015

4 Little Girls: Watch It Free!

October 9 (Friday)
Film screening — 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, 

Downtown Campus

Directed by Spike Lee (United States, 1997, 102 minutes, color)

4 Little Girls tells the story of the 15 September 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.  The events inspired the 1964 song "Birmingham Sunday" by Richard and Mimi Fariña. The song was used in the opening sequence of the film, as sung by Mimi's sister, Joan Baez.
4 Little Girls premiered Wednesday, June 25, 1997 at the Guild 50th Street Theatre in New York City. It was produced by 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Lee's production company, and Home Box Office (HBO)
Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, Spike Lee’s masterpiece of 
nonfiction filmmaking chronicles an American tragedy and turning point 
 of the Civil Rights Movement: the 1967 bombing of an African-American
 church in Birmingham, Alabama. The LA Times said “Lee has made 
some of the most hard-edged and unsettling American films on racism 
and its effects. Yet none has been as moving as this.”

For more about our film series:
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Three time Grammy winner Sarah McLachlan is best known for her emotional ballads, including "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia"  and "Angel."

She founded Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She has also contributed her talents to animal rights, disaster relief, AIDS charities and music education non-profit organizations.

PREFERRED SEATING FOR BARDAVON MEMBERS THRU OCTOBER 15TH. Call 845-473-2072 or go to to become a member today!



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