A Brief Family Story Thursday, Sep 18 2014 

I hope you are aware, Granddad, that you are missed. My dad, who was 10 years old when you left, still hasn’t recovered. That’s 77 years he has been in just about the worst emotional pain imaginable. He has been spreading that pain around to everyone in his life through his alcoholism and abusive nature. It was really difficult for my grandmother to make a living for herself and four children in the 1930s. You’re leaving really destroyed that family. 1471961_618632211516661_1100342098_n

I rarely saw my two aunts and one uncle. Now my one remaining aunt is in a nursing home with dementia and my dad, now 87, is staying alive with Spiritual masking tape and bubble gum holding him to this life.

I think you would be proud of your children if you had hung around longer. Nobody went to jail. My aunt Sara, your middle daughter whom I knew, ran an emergency vehicle (fire trucks and ambulances) sales company with her husband. They were very strict with their children and drank a lot. Even though money isn’t discussed in the family, as I’m sure you are aware, my parents say my aunt was a millionaire when her husband died recently.

Her son got into drugs after he was (honorably) discharged from the army. Cocaine not holding him down too very much or for too long, he got a Law degree, practiced tax law for about 30 years before succumbing to the effects of drug abuse. He went to jail a couple of times for mouthing off to the judge during his clients trials, but nothing major.

One of my cousins, my Aunt Sara’s daughter, married an abusive man and I heard he killed her. This happened in north Georgia, almost a thousand miles from where I live, and I never heard any details or if this abusive man went to jail or not.

My other female cousin is working for a tobacco company or maybe a gun manufacturer. Making something that kills people. As I said, I am not really in touch with that part of the family.

My dad was thrown onto the street after his mom died. He survived by dropping out of high school and getting a job as a courier. There were no social safety nets in the 1930s. He was living on the streets and in really bad places until he met and was taken in by a man who raised him until he finished high school. Fortunately he was too young to be drafted until the very end of the war. He was in the Navy training to be the radio operator on an airplane when we dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. This was good for my dad and I, as he and I are still alive, because he missed out on combat. This was not good for the people of Japan. This part of the story is a whole different blog post.    photo

My dad got an engineering degree, worked on the Saturn 5 rocket that sent men to the moon. He has been married to the same woman, my mom, for 64 years. How and why she survived his bouts of alcoholism, to forget you leaving him, I’ll never understand.

Between my sister and I we have 5 beautiful grandchildren. They would be your great, great grandchildren.
Do you see what you have missed by leaving your family so early? There is so much anger, beauty and Love in life and you have missed it all because you left.Anna 4-13-2014

Maybe someday someone will discover a cure for cancer so these tragedies don’t have to happen.



Who I am and why I’m here Monday, Sep 15 2014 

My name is Martin Scott. I am a web development student at Winter Park Tech, a public technical school in Winter Park, FL.

Martin Scott

I am blogging publicly now even though I have been keeping a personal journal, posting sporadically for more than ten years. It is very personal; I will post publicly some of it, maybe even most of it, but not all of it. I do think it is time I came out of the journaling/blogging closet.

I have also been blogging as an assignment for my class; however, those posts are all repostings of various articles about new technologies.

The topics I would like to write about are my chronic illness, multiple sclerosis, my classroom experiences and my attempts at social interactions.

I would absolutely love to connect to other people with a chronic hidden illness, a female significant other, and anyone else who may want to read my stuff.

My overall goal is to learn to write in a manner that other people would like to read my writing and connect with me.

Astrophysicist Invents a $110 Earthquake Warning System Monday, Sep 15 2014 

Katie Sola

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In the early hours of Aug. 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Californians awake in terror across the Bay Area. But one UC Berkeley professor received five seconds of warning from a $110 homemade device. Now, Josh Bloom has gone public with his invention to drive investment in a statewide early earthquake warning system.

California already has a warning system network called Shake Alert, but lacks the political will to fund the five-year process of building it out into a robust public warning system.



Nobody can predict when an earthquake will occur. However, an earthquake’s shockwaves move at the speed of sound, whereas digital messages move at the speed of light. When seismographs detect an earthquake’s early, imperceptible waves they can warn the areas around the epicenter before the more dangerous waves hit. Both Mexico and Japan have warning systems like this – Tokyo received an estimated 80 seconds of warning before the 2011 quake.

California’s Shake Alert uses data from the California Integrated Seismological Network. Both were developed by a consortium that includes Caltech, UC Berkeley, the U.S. Geological Survey, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Geological Survey.

In September 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law compelling the California Office of Emergency Services to build it out for the public. But since then, Shake Alert has received just $10 million of the $80 million it needs, according to The Verge.

“It’s a political question, not a financial question,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told attendees at a warning system conference last week, according to KQED. He pledged the money would come.

Bloom can access Shake Alert because he sits on the board of the Berkeley Seismology Lab. When his device receives a notification of an incoming quake by Wi-Fi, it blares “Earthquake! Earthquake!” and begins a countdown.

The five seconds warning Bloom received might not sound like much, but according to Shake Alert, it only takes seconds to turn off stoves, move away from heavy furniture and take cover under a sturdy table. Outside, gas lines can be shut off and trains can be slowed, possibly saving thousands of lives.

“If you’re a neurosurgeon, you can put the knife away” during that time, Bloom said.

Bloom emphasizes to Mashable that his device couldn’t help anyone right now. Even if someone built their own, they wouldn’t be able to connect to Shake Alert, which he said isn’t “robust” enough for public use. He compares his device to a beta version of an app.

As an astronomy professor, Bloom might seem an unlikely candidate to build an warning system, but he likes tinkering with electronics. His realization that seismologists deal with the same “noisy dirty streaming sensor data” as astrophysicists do, helped encourage him to build his warning system.

He built the device mostly for fun, he said, but after the Napa quake, he thought people should know about it. He deliberately built the sensor from easily available materials such asRaspberry Pi commercial board, an SD card and a powerful speaker.

Once it’s known how easy these devices are to construct, Bloom hopes that the government and private foundations will find the money.

“$800 million is a no-brainer,” he said

Back to Fundamentals: 6 Untapped Keyword Sources that Will Boost Organic Traffic Wednesday, Sep 10 2014 

This is a very abbreviated version of an excellent posting.  Links and author info are included just below this heading.

The Moz Blog


September 10th, 2014 – Posted by to Keyword Research and Basic SEO                     

The author’s posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz.


I used to perform keyword research in the typical, perfunctory way—go to the Keyword Tool, type in some words, and punch out a list of terms.

Easy. Quick. Simple.

Today, things are different. The much-loved keyword tool has been replaced, long-tail keywords have the ascendancy, and it’s harder to figure out what users are actually searching for.

The rules have changed, and so have the ways of playing the game. I still use the Keyword Planner, but I’ve also discovered a medley of not-so-obvious ways to get keywords that improve my organic traffic.

1. Wikipedia

2. Google autocomplete

3. Google Related Searches

4. MetaGlossary.com

5. Competitor keywords

6. Amazon.com



Keyword research is a basic skill for any SEO. The actual process of finding those keywords, however, does not require expensive tools, formula-driven methods, or an extremely limited pool of options.

I’ve used each of these methods for myself and my clients with incredible success.

What is your favorite source for finding great keywords? 

About neilpatel — Quick Sprout is the personal blog of Neil Patel. Where he discusses his business mistakes and walks you through his entrepreneurial journey.

Never Say ‘I Don’t Have Time’ Again Friday, Sep 5 2014 



You’re probably deluding yourself about how you use your time. Here’s one radical way to force yourself to get real.

Busyness is a badge of honor among business owners, but author Laura Vanderkam is calling BS.

She recently asked professionals who perpetually carp about how overscheduled they are if they’re really being honest about what’s actually filling all those hours. Before you bristle about being called dishonest, know that Vanderkam herself confesses to her share of self-delusion.

Fed up with her out-of-control workweek she decided to keep a time log. “I soon realized I’d been lying to myself about where the time was going. What I thought was a 60-hour workweek wasn’t even close. I would have guessed I spent hours doing dishes when in fact I spent minutes. I spent long stretches of time lost on the Internet or puttering around the house, unsure exactly what I was doing,” she confesses.


Your busyness, in other words, is often largely in your head and down to inefficient time use or lack of clarity about your priorities and your actual schedule. So how can you get real? Vanderkam offers a handful of suggestions that you should check out in the complete article, but among her advice is this simple but radical change that will force you to stop sleepwalking through “busy” days and make more conscience choices about how you’re using your hours:

Change your language. Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.

Vanderkam isn’t the only one urging harried business owners to focus on the root cause of their busyness. Here on Inc. time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders also stressed that chronic over-scheduling (occasional deadline driven crazy periods are completely real and probably unavoidable for most of us) is usually down to a failure to think critically about priorities rather than some fundamental reality of your life.

“If you’re struggling with containing your hours even when you’re only focusing on ‘Must Do’ items, then you need to really focus on expectations of yourself. Reality always wins,” Saunders said.

What do you think would happen if you made Vanderkam’s suggested switch in language?

Italics are mine–Martin

Why we need volunteers for the first human Ebola trials Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 


Ebola vaccine testing to begin on humans

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has emerged rapidly and evolved with alarming ease. An unprecedented number of lives have been lost and WHO predictions are that the virus will infect in excess of 20,000 people before the situation can be brought under control.


Claire Tully

Claire Tully currently a final year DPhil student at The Jenner Instutute, University of Oxford.

Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill is a Professor of Human Genetics at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford.

This is an extraordinarily challenging time for the nations affected, many of which have fragile, inadequate health infrastructures and have been unable to contain the outbreak.

International efforts are now required to strengthen and implement comprehensive emergency response strategies across the areas affected and most at risk.

Accelerated development

An important part of the measures to be implemented involves fast-tracking access to treatment and vaccine options in order to reduce morbidity and mortality rates and help stop transmission. The gravity of the current epidemic is such that for the first time in history an international consortium has been assembled in order to accelerate the development and deployment of potential Ebola vaccines.

At the Jenner Institute in Oxford we will run the first phase I trial of a vaccine targeted at the Zaire strain of Ebola virus that is causing the current outbreak. The main purpose of this first-in-humans trial in the UK is to establish a detailed safety profile of the vaccine and assess the type of immune responses it induces before it could be considered for widespread use. A further goal is to identify the most suitable dose of the vaccine.

The vaccine is being co-developed with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the National Institutes of Health who are running parallel human phase I trials in the US. Our trial is being funded with a £2.8m grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development.

Chimpanzee adenovirus



The candidate vaccine in question uses a chimpanzee adenovirus (a type of respiratory virus) as a means to expose or prime the immune systems of volunteers to a specific protein that exists on the surface of the Ebola virus.

The vaccine contains some genetic material but not the entire Ebola virus genome so it cannot cause an Ebola infection. As with the US trial, the adenovirus also will not replicate but instead prompts the person vaccinated to express an Ebola vaccine that the immune system will later recognise if the person became infected.

Previously it has been tested in animal models and has demonstrated impressive effectiveness at protecting against infection and promoting recovery from animals later exposed to Ebola. Just a single dose was required to induce very high levels of protective efficacy.

Chimpanzee adenoviruses have been used extensively in clinical trials for malaria, hepatitis C and other infections but no vaccine of this type has been licensed as yet. In the 25 clinical trials of chimpanzee adenoviruses that have taken place, the safety profile of this type of vaccine has been good.

At present, ethical and regulatory approvals are being prioritised so that the trials may begin in the UK in September 2014. This will be run in parallel with a cohort in the US and extended to The Gambia and Mali shortly thereafter. At the same time, 10,000 vaccine doses will be stockpiled by GSK in order that, should the vaccine meet safety requirements, it may be deployed without any further delays.

The candidate vaccine will be tested in 60 healthy volunteers over the age of 18, who we will shortly begin recruiting. During the trial volunteers will be administered a single dose of the vaccine into the muscles of the upper arm and blood samples will be taken at specific time points.

In all, volunteers will be expected to attend for a total of nine clinic visits over six months. Clinical trials are an essential part of the vaccine development process and invaluable tools when it comes to understanding and ultimately improving the processes that provide vaccine-mediated protection from disease. In order gain the upper hand over Ebola, we need all the help we can get.

The next big thing Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

Apple iWatch Coming in September, But You’ll Have to Wait to Buy It, Report Says

I have not worn a watch for several years. Literally everywhere I go, there is a clock. My car, computer, Lunchroom, office/classroom. Sorry apple, if I’m not going t spend $20 on a timex, I’m not going to spend several hundred dollars on an Apple watch. I doubt that my with holding my contribution to your coffers will significantly affect your bottom line.

The following is a re-post by Adario Strange nycmsh

from http://mashable.com/people/adario-strange/

In the weeks leading up to the Apple event, reportedly scheduled for Sept. 9, most speculation has revolved around the debut of a new iPhone. But a new report adds to long-standing rumors that we will finally see an iWatch at the event, too.

Re/code claims that Apple will unveil a wearable device alongside two new versions of the iPhone.

SEE ALSO: Apple Snags Luxury Watchmaker Exec Ahead of Rumored iWatch Launch

With no leaked images of the device (now a common occurrence with new iPhone models), some observers had begun to believe rumors of a delay in the roll out of the device, and that 2014 would see no Apple wearable.

While no details have leaked out about the wearable’s looks, the report also goes on to claim that the device will be integrated with HealthKit and HomeKit.

Apple itself still hasn’t confirmed that it will produce a wearable. But the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has hinted in recent earnings calls that the company would be breaking into new categories this year.

UPDATED: 4:25 p.m. ET: In the run-up to Apple’s Sept. 9 event, iWatch leaks are turning into a torrent of information. According to Re/Code, Apple has considered charging $400 for its wearable device, with lower prices for different models. This report is not a confirmation of the final price, but more of a well-sourced hint at the price range that consumers might expect when the iWatch finally hits retail stores.

Put that hammer away! Don’t smash your poor, inadequate watches just yet.

As it turns out, an earlier report that said Apple’s iWatch will arrive in September has been updated with a very important caveat: You’ll have to wait to buy it.

SEE ALSO: Apple Invites Are Out: New iPhones Coming Sept. 9

Re/Code, the same website that revealed Apple’s wearable device will debut at the company’s now confirmed September event, reported on Friday that the so-called iWatch will only be “announced,” and not offered for sale at the event.

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