Thursday, June 30, 2016

Online Streaming: Is Television Moving To The Internet?

Your TV Key may not unlock anything one day - nothing can change the shape of what, apparently, is to come:

US Newspapers have already been dealt a severe blow by the Infobahn. Television and radio may be the last stand for old media: The Guardian reports East Africa’s largest media company announced it’s shutting down three of its radio stations and one television channel in a move that has shocked the region’s media industry.

And then there's this via Current: Illinois TV stations WQEC in Quincy, WMEC in Macomb and WSEC in Springfield now go on the air at 10 a.m. and sign-off at 10 p.m. weeknights and 11 p.m. weekends.

Your local TV or radio station might be next... do you care?

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12-Year-Old Jazz Phenom Joey Alexander Brings Piano Trio to Helsinki Hudson

The phenomenal 13-year-old Bali-born jazz pianist Joey Alexander brings his trio to 

  • Club Helsinki Hudson - Friday, December 2, at 8pm

An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marked his recording debut with the release of "My Favorite Things," nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

JoeyAlexander taught himself to play piano by listening with his father to classic jazz albums. An amateur musician, Alexander's father soon recognized his son's gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.

Monday, June 27, 2016

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee, Billy Joel - Breast Cancer Motorcycle Ride Kick-Off

As part of the "Get Screened, No Excuses" campaign, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to increase access to breast cancer screenings and build on the series of breast cancer initiatives outlined in the 2016 State of the State address. Governor Cuomo signed the legislation at Citi Field during New York State’s first-ever breast cancer motorcycle ride. Hundreds of participants, including Sandra Lee and Billy Joel, joined the Governor on the ride to raise awareness of the disease across New York State.

Text “GET SCREENED” to 81336 to find a breast cancer screening location near you.

The comprehensive legislative package is the nation's most aggressive breast cancer screening action plan, ensuring that woman across the state have access to the health care and services they need and deserve. The new law will require extended hours for screening at 210 hospital-based mammography facilities across the state and eliminate insurance hurdles for mammograms and other screening and diagnostic imaging procedures to detect breast cancer.

Sandra Lee: Thank you and thank you all for coming. You know, I have to tell you that living through breast cancer has been one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do in my life. However, it is not nearly as difficult – when you’re diagnosed early, that’s the easy part. And I can tell you how hard it’s been on me – an incredibly difficult year. But the women who don’t get diagnosed early, those are the women who really suffer. And there’s a reason why I had to go through what I went through, by setting the example and allowing people an inside view and my sweetheart and inside view of what it takes to get through it. And those kinds of examples are what it takes to change the laws and to make it accessible for all women to get screened. No cost, easy access – that’s what it’s about.

And I’m so grateful that I have my partner Andrew -- as you know, the Governor – who could make a difference and did make a difference. So I want to thank him and I want thank you all for coming out. And I want to share with the women listening and watching who will view this and read it in print: there is no excuse for you not to get tested. It does not cost anything. We have mobile units on the ground – ten of them. The clinics are left open on weekends and on evenings. Without you here, who is going to take care of your family? Who is going to be your girlfriend’s girlfriend? You need to get tested and screened, you need to stay here so you can enjoy these beautiful days on our beautiful beaches in our beautiful state. And with that, I would like for you to please let me welcome, my sweetheart, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo: Thank you very much. Well, it is really a pleasure to be here. How beautiful is Sunken Meadow? Really is special. To our County Executives, Nassau, Suffolk – I'm not going to get into the Nassau/Suffolk debate, it is always ferocious. I love Long Island, all of it. Let's give Ed Mangano and Steve Bellone a big round of applause and thank them for their leadership.

To my friend Bill Joel who is such a great New Yorker. Everybody knows it, everybody feels it and that's part of why he is who he is. He is authentic, he is genuine, he loves his music, but he loves his state and he loves his community even more and whenever we need him to help us in any way, like today, he's there. Billy Joel. Billy also brings his own specials fans with him where ever he goes.

And Sandra Lee. You know, you think you know someone, we’ve been together many, many years and this year was one of the hardest that I've ever gone through personally, going through Sandy's situation, we had just lost my father. And you think you know a person. She has a strength and a resilience in her core that was unbelievable. Because to get through this breast cancer surgery, that’s exactly what you need. It really questions one to their core and she taught me a lot personally and I learned a lot about the issue. And if there is a silver lining to the situation that we went through, it's that we are going to make the situation better for millions of New Yorkers.

Like most cancers, but especially breast cancer, the best prevention is detection. You don't get detected unless you get screened. You need to get screened. And over the past year, we've been in hospitals talking to doctors, talking to patients. "Why haven't you gotten screened?" And basically, we made a list of the reasons why people didn't get screened and then we resolved those issues.

The first one was, "I can't afford it, it's too much money." This state, we’re going to sign a law, in a little bit this morning that eliminates any payment by the patient for a screening test. No co-pay, no deductible, no cost, whatsoever. Second reason people said, “I can’t find the time. I work 9-5, the hospitals closed, the clinics closed.” The law is going to says the hospital has to stay open another four hours every week after five o’clock and on weekends so that people will be able to find the screening accessible. The third was, “it’s too complicated, I can’t figure it out.” We have a full website and a personal navigator service where you can call an actual person on the telephone who will walk you through how to do it, where to go, how to get coverage if you don’t have it.

The fourth reason was, “I’m afraid.” They wouldn’t say it that way, but "I’m afraid. I don’t want to know. I want to avoid it." And that's what today is all about. There's no excuse not to get screened. It's not going to cost you anything. The hospital will be open the hours that you're ready. There will be someone to walk you through it. But, the first step is up to you and you have to take the first step. You have to go for the screening and there is no excuse not to.

We've gotten a lot done in this state over the past few years – we're building things, we're passing great laws. This law is going to save lives. It will literally save lives and I can't tell you how excited I am. Now we just have to get people out to take that first step to get screened and that's what today is all about and the only way we're going to do it is by getting on those motorcycles and riding all across this state. So let’s ride. Thank you and God bless you.

As part of a $91 million plan announced in January [continues after the jump]

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Facebook is 'Big Brother," more dangerous than NSA - YOU are a 'Person of Interest'

I've always been wary of Facebook. I always thought it was sneakier, more intrusive and invasive and catering to society's "sheeple"[1] in a grand fashion eclipsing that of the much-despised AOL back in the late 1990's.

Don't get me wrong. I know a lot of wonderful people who correctly use Facebook as a personal or business connection tool, but there are also a wide selection of idiots who spread memes and chain letters and misinformation like there's no tomorrow.

According to, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It's also likely Zuck is listening ALL THE TIME (see the insert below) - It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, to know about the kind of content you might be consuming, as it hunts for background noise to identify TV shows or music.

Can it be stopped? says it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. How to turn it off? Instructions after the jump. 

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Snapchat said to have 150 million daily users, passing Twitter

This is pure BS. People love to stir up the dirt, trying to make headlines and inject chaos into normal situations.

Snapchat has 150 million people using the service each day, said people familiar with the matter. That makes the four-year-old messaging app more popular than Twitter by daily active users.

Read the complete article at

First of all, you have a whole different set of users. Different age groups. Different interests. Take a million random teenagers in the U.S.A. who own one of those two-wheeled devices with the batteries that catch fire.  Take a million random adults in the same country who own one of those four-wheeled devices that run on gasoline. You may find a few overlaps, but essentially you are comparing apples and oranges.  I love twitter and use it all the time.  I also love Snapchat. But we have two different products, mates!

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