Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sister Mary Elephant

Class... Claaasss....

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ed McKeon's yearly posting of "Fairytale of New York"

Ed McKeon's yearly posting of "Fairytale of New York"

via Caterwauled by Ed McKeon on 12/23/09

Interesting, though not equal to the original. And who are Florence and the Machine?

Though the great man does it justice.

And there's a certain stadium appeal to the Coldplay cover.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

NYTimes: From Pocket to Stage, Music in the Key of iPhone

From The New York Times:

From Pocket to Stage, Music in the Key of iPhone

The Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra pushes the frontiers of computer music using iPhones as instruments.

http://s.nyt.com/u/i9i

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

CT Folk statewide: Ani DiFranco Tonight at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Come see Ani DiFranco with special guest Gabby Moreno tonight at The Ridgefield Playhouse

8pm (203) 438-5795   Tickets: $55 Orchestra/ $45 Mezzanine

Part of The Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter Series

Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She's "fixed up a few old buildings" and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy – from installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in the renovated church that her label calls home to using organic inks on all the t- shirts she sells. But nothing she's done in her 18- year career has garnered more attention than a business decision. Since Ani bucked the major label system in the early- `90s, opting to release her music on her own terms, the self-described Little Folksinger has been the subject of all kinds of hyperbole. She's been called "fiercely independent" (Rolling Stone), "inspirational" (All Music Guide), "the ultimate do-it-yourself songwriter" (The New York Times), etc. As the cracks in the music industry get larger and more big-name artists follow Ani's lead – Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails among them – maybe people will just start calling her "smart." As important as Righteous Babe Records is to the singer/songwriter/guitarist, she's more than happy to trust like-minded people with the business and revel in the complete artistic freedom it provides. On her new album, Red Letter Year, she takes more advantage of this freedom than ever before. Conceived, sculpted and refined over the course of two years – a lifetime compared to a typical Ani recording session – the album is an impeccably crafted, multi- layered sonic achievement. Says DiFranco about the album: "When I listen to my new record, I hear a very relaxed me, which I think has been absent in a lot of my recorded canon. Now I feel like I'm in a really good place. My partner Mike Napolitano co-produced this record – my guitar and voice have never sounded better, and that's because of him. I've got this great band and crew.

Gaby Moreno - a soulful new songwriter, from Guatemala City, Guatemala. It was there Gaby first learned to speak English by playing and singing along with her favorites- BB King, Robert Johnson and Nina Simone. Gaby moved to Los Angeles, CA where she attended The Musician's Institute and honed her craft. Her unique songwriting (she writes in English and Spanish) won her many new fans. Her effect on listeners can be best summed up by a reviewer from "Independent Artists Company" during her live performance – "Once in a while you come across a new artist who has not only amazing charisma, vocal abilities and raw talent, they have something more. They have "it." You see them perform live and you just stop and sit down with your jaw hitting the floor." Gaby Moreno has a big, melodic sound that appeals to the masses, and her Guatemalan roots will always endear her to her South American fans

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Writing Study Ties Autism To Motor-Skill Problems

I found the following story on the NPR iPhone App:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120275194&sc=17&f=1001

Writing Study Ties Autism To Motor-Skill Problems
by Jon Hamilton

NPR - November 11, 2009

Many children with autism not only struggle with social skills and communication, they also have great difficulty with handwriting, according to a new study in the journal Neurology.

Researchers compared 14 typical children with 14 diagnosed with mild autism — and found that the children with autism had much more difficulty forming letters.

"It was really striking," says Amy Bastian, a neuroscientist who directs the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore.

What Parents Already Knew

The finding offers scientific evidence of something parents have been saying for years, says Barbara Wagner, whose son Austin, 14, was one of the children on the autism spectrum who took part in the study.

Wagner says Austin's struggle with handwriting began when he got to first grade.

"He would have nights when it took three hours to do homework," she says. Austin is bright and understood the assignments, Wagner says. What was hard for him was the act of writing.

"He doesn't actually write like you or I would write," Wagner says. "He draws his letters. It was almost painful to watch."

And Wagner says things got even worse when he had to do written exercises in class. All the other students would be done, while he was still writing.

Things got better for Austin when he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and his school allowed him to answer questions verbally, or type on a keyboard.

Motor Skills Linked To Communication

The handwriting issue on its own is a major impediment for many children with autism, Bastian says. But it's also indicative of a much larger problem with motor skills, she says. Many have trouble holding a fork, buttoning a shirt, or tying their shoelaces.

And these problems with motor skills may carry over into social interactions, Bastian says.

"These are the kids that are going to get picked last for kickball," she says. "These are the kids who are clumsy, who already have difficulty relating to other kids. And the motor component probably makes things worse."

Bastian says a lack of motor skills can also make it harder to communicate through subtle gestures and facial expressions. And people who can't make these gestures and expressions themselves often have trouble understanding what they mean when other people use them. The inability to read faces and gestures is a hallmark of autism.

Other researchers say motor skills may offer a way to help spot children with autism as early as the first few months of life.

A study of babies who were later diagnosed as autistic were late reaching milestones such as sitting up, standing on their own and walking, says Dr. Sarah Spence, a pediatric neurologist at the National Institute of Mental Health who helped conduct the study.

Spence says writing and all of these other skills rely on a process called motor planning, in which the brain gets itself geared up to carry out an action such as walking or talking.

So it's possible that some nonverbal children with autism actually want to speak, but lack the motor planning capacity. Copyright 2009 National Public Radio

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

NYTimes: How to Market Your Business With Facebook

From The New York Times:

SMALL-BUSINESS GUIDE: How to Market Your Business With Facebook

The social network is also a place to find new customers and discover a treasure trove of demographic data.

http://s.nyt.com/u/DaO

Get The New York Times on your iPhone for free by visiting http://itunes.com/apps/nytimes

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Testing out Google Wave for Real Time Blogging

Not sure if I can get a wave to show up on my blog but I added embeddy@appspot.com so let's see what happens!
I was able to get this to work by following the instructions here
I'm thinking I can only have one wave embedded
Looks like another problem is the only way to see the wave is if you are logged in with your wave account...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

NYTimes: No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund

From The New York Times:

No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund

The Walt Disney Company is offering refunds for its “Baby Einstein” videos, a tacit admission that they did not increase intellect.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/education/24baby.html

Get The New York Times on your iPhone for free by visiting http://itunes.com/apps/nytimes

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

NYTimes: AT&T Reverses Policy on iPhone Internet Calls

From The New York Times:

AT&T Reverses Policy on iPhone Internet Calls

AT&T said it would not prevent iPhone users from using Web telephone services that bypass its own voice network.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/technology/companies/07phone.html

Get The New York Times on your iPhone for free by visiting http://itunes.com/apps/nytimes

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Glee - Somebody To Love

OK, I found myself watching this clip so many times that I wanted to make sure I captured it on my blog. I am really digging Hulu and Glee!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Bethany Harvest Festival

Come to the Bethany Harvest Festival Saturday Septemeber 12,2009 Rain or Shine! 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Bethany Airport

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New Stipe song

Markmulcahy - Michael Stipe Everythings Coming Undone by Michael Stipe  
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markmulcahy-michael_stipe_Ever.mp3 (4489 KB)

from the new album
http://flashenhanced.com/ciaomyshiningstar/
Ciao My Shining Star - The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

How Bethany, Woodbridge and Amity are handling the Obama Speech

I have been speaking with many people and finding out how each of our local districts are handling President Obama's Speech on Tuesday. It's amazing to see the range of responses within a few mile radius. If anyone knows how the Orange School district is handling the speech please let me know so I can include them as well. I welcome your comments.

Bethany:

Sent a letter home in the children's backpack on Friday afternoon:

Dear Parents/Guardians,
I am writing to advise you that we will not be taking time out of the instructional day to view President Obama’s Address to Students Across America which is scheduled for 12:00 noon on September 8, 2009. Although we certainly do want to convey the appropriate respect for the office of the Presidency, given the timing of the speech and the lack of information provided before today the logistical issues involved in rescheduling the entire day including the lunch periods would create a significant disruption. We will record the speech, evaluate it and determine how, where or if it will fit into our curriculum. We would also like to have more dialogue with parents in that regard. My suggestion is that parents and guardians make arrangements to record the speech so that you can view it with your children if you choose to do so. The school can make copies of our recording available if you are not able to record at home. Also, if parents and guardians would like to arrange to view the speech at school with other parents guardians and students we can work on those arrangements. Although we will review the educational materials that are being made available, we are not sure at this point of they fit into our curriculum.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue please contact Mary, Rob or myself.
Sincerely,
Tim Connellan

Amity:

Sent an email to the staff:

From: Vigliotti, Kimberly
Sent: Fri 9/4/2009 12:34 PM
To: WoodbridgeHSStaff
Cc: Britton, Charles
Subject: President Obama Broadcast

Dear Colleagues:
President Obama is will be on the air at noon on Tuesday (9/8) to address the US school children. If you were planning on showing this broadcast to your classes, please make sure that your curriculum is tied into this address. In addition, please permit students to opt out of viewing this broadcast should they or their parents make such a request.
See me if you have any further questions.
Thank you and have a nice weekend,
Kim Vigliotti


Woodbridge:

Chair of the Woodbridge Board of Education's note:

My understanding is that, as the CSDE notes in its letter, this is a local matter for each BOE to decide. Accordingly as Chairman I've consulted with the Superintendent and signaled that after viewing the relevant material available at the whitehouse.gov website, and consulting with the Public Information officer at the CSDE, I have concluded that this initiative can in no way be viewed as controversial subject matter, and does not necessitate a letter home to parents or opt-out notice (such as we see routinely with sex ed or mature subjects in films like Schindler's List, etc.). Therefore, teachers will be free to incorporate this material into their curriculum, either live at noon or by viewing a recording the tech department will make available (many kids will be at lunch at noon, etc.). I've also advised that anyone calling with "political concerns" be directed to me, in my capacity as their elected representative in this little thing we call a democracy.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

NYTimes: Bringing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to the Big Screen

From The New York Times:

 MAGAZINE PREVIEW: Bringing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to the Big Screen

 Though Spike Jonze is known for making videos and movies his way — fast, cheap and dirty — adapting a classic picture book turned out to be slow, expensive and very, very complicated.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/magazine/06jonze-t.html

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Fruits Of Our Labor

The Tomatos are in!

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NYTimes: Smart Child Left Behind

I would love to get feedback on this article from all my teacher friends.

  From The New York Times:

 OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS: Smart Child Left Behind

 No Child Left Behind is helping low-achieving students, but high- achieving students have been making smaller gains.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/opinion/28petrilli.html

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Friday, August 28, 2009

WARNING: Website that tries to trick you to install a virus

I have had multiple people in the office that have had this website pop up from a domain: “antivirus-online-scan7 dotcom”. DO NOT INSTALL any files it is trying to download. The site looks very convincing and tries to trick you into installing software that will actually infect your computer.  I haven’t really seen a lot about this online, so I wanted to make sure you were all aware of this!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ciao My Shining Star - The Songs of Mark Mulcahy benefit

I would love to go to this show!

Host:
Type:
Network:
Global
Price:
$25 advance / $25 day of show
Date:
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Time:
7:30pm - 11:00pm
Location:
Music Hall, Williamsburg
Street:
66 North 6th St

 

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131607282532&ref=mf

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Funny Quote From My Kids

Look Mom the sun is puking rainbows into a cup! ;)

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Dinner at Miya's Sushi

We love Miya's. This was the first time that Ali and I brought the kids.

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NYTimes: ‘Mad Men’ Strains to Stay as Button-Down as Ever

From The New York Times:

 TELEVISION REVIEW | 'MAD MEN': ‘Mad Men’ Strains to Stay as Button- Down as Ever

 The new season of “Mad Men,” which begins on Sunday on AMC, stresses the darker side of its era’s innocence, leading viewers to marvel at a world so familiar and so primitive.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/14/arts/television/14mad.html

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Album from "Throw Me the Statue"

Hi - Fi Goon by Throw Me The Statue  
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09_Hi-Fi_Goon.mp3 (5145 KB)

I heard the a the song Hi-Fi Goon by Throw Me the Statue On Aubrey Sabala's blog and immediately bought the album on iTunes!
I have a feeling this one is going to be in heavy rotation!
 

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thom Yorke - All For The Best


The highly anticipated Mark Mulcahy tribute album is set to be released on September 29th. I haven't been this excited for an album since my days back in College when we would skip class to go buy the latest REM album. Mark has a number of tracks on his MySpace Page, but has not posted Thom Yorke's version of 'All For the Best'. Have a listen. I think its an amazing cover.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mobile Bar Codes

I dug a little deeper into the apps on my Nokia E71 and learned something about mobile bar codes.
Do you know what this bar code below says?



Answer: http://jacknork.blogspot.com

I also tried to create a v-card bar code, but the only way I was able to get it to read was to make it pretty large:



I'm not sure how practical this is... but an interesting exercise none the less.

Generate your own mobile phone bar codes here -http://mobilecodes.nokia.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cell Phone Beat Box

Evan got a kick out of this and filmed it with his camera :). I'm playing a song from the new Tea Leaf Green live album on my cell phone. http://www.jambase.com/Articles/Story.aspx?StoryID=18084

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

RID LITTER WEEKEND IN BETHANY

To all,

Pat Stewart came before the P&ZC last week and talked about resurrecting the Rid Litter Weekend in Bethany. Here is the letter she presented. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

RID LITTER WEEKEND IN BETHANY

Pat Stewart, Liz Appel and many other residents are tired of seeing the litter that has accumulated on our roads in Bethany. Bethany was voted by Connecticut Magazine as the "#1 Small Town in CT" in 2007. Let's all get out there as a community and in just two days we can make Bethany the most "beautiful" #1 Small Town in CT.

Stewart and Appel have organized Saturday April 18th and Sunday April 19th as a voluntary "Spring Clean-up" weekend for Bethany, just prior to teh National Earth Day Celebration. All Town Commissions, Committees and residents; both adults and supervised children, are encouraged to pitch-in to pick-up and bag discarded litter and recyclables found in their neighborhood. Several commissions, organizations, and community groups will be out picking up litter throughout Bethany to join us in our effort.

Volunteers should wear work gloves and protective clothing to pick up litter along the roads. Use your own trash bags and barrels to collect and hold litter until your regular trash pickup day or bring the litter to the Bethany Recycling Center at 765 Amity Road for disposal into the dumpster. Collected cans and bottles can be brought to the Bethany Recycling Center at 765 Amity Road to support the Bethany Historical Society.

If you would like more information concerning Bethany's "Rid Litter Weekend" please contact Pat Stewart at 393-0364 or Liz Appel at 393-1794.

Join your neighbors in Beautifying Bethany.

Be sure to visit the Facebook Event Page

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

South By Southwest Music Picks for 2009

As any of you who have seen my status messages on Facebook or my Tweets may know, I downloaded the entire SXSW song library torrent and have been posting my top favorites on my blip.fm page. There are some real gems but it is a lot of work to separate the wheat from the chaff. I listened to all 1252 songs and picked out my 104 favorites. I found out that you can copy and paste the song list from itunes into excel. So here is my list in alphabetical order. I'm not sure how to find these songs on the SXSW website. But from what I understand they are all available to for individual download.

Update- I see you can download each artists song by clicking on their profile page on the SXSW schedule here- http://sxsw.com/music/shows/schedule
NPR also has a 10 song sampler available on itunes

Ace Enders - Reaction
Adam Heldring - OK Goodbye
Adam Stephens (of Two Gallants) - Lead in our Lungs
Alaska in Winter - Berlin
Alberta Cross - The Thief & The Heartbreaker
Alela Diane - White As Diamonds
Alessi Laurent-Marke - The Horse
Ali Harter - Grandpa
All Get Out - Water And God
ambeR Rubarth - Rough Cut
Amy LaVere - Killing Him
Anathallo - The River
Angus & Julia Stone - Mango Tree
Anthony Snape - Sunday
Arsenal - Estupendo
Artefacts For Space Travel - Recoup
Arts the Beatdoctor - Arts The Beatdoctor - The Anthem (feat. Pete Philly)
Astrid Williamson - I Am The Boy For You
B. Dolan - Heart Failure
Balmorhea - San Solomon
Baskery - One Horse Down
BeauSoleil - I Spent All My Money Loving You
Bedouin Soundclash - Walls Fall Down
Ben Jelen - Ex-sensitive
Blacklisted Individuals - Fist Full Of Strife
Blind Pilot - Go On, Say It
Blue King Brown - Moment Of Truth
Bogart and the Addictives - Woman in Uniform
Brooke Waggoner - Live for the Sounds
Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears - Imitation of the Sky
Canopy - Everybody Trips A Little Now and Then
Capsula - Run Run Run (Velvet Underground Tribute)
Caracol - L'amour est un tricheur
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread And Butter Beans
Caroline Herring - Paper Gown
Cary Brothers - Ride
Castledoor - Dumpster Diving
Chris T-T - A-Z
Chris Young - BEEN ON A MISSION
Cobra Krames - Back To Life
Dear and the Headlights - I'm Not Crying. You're Not Crying, are you?
Delhi 2 Dublin - Apples
Dlugokecki - barricades
Elliott Brood - Write It All Down For You
Fastball - Always Never
Fol Chen - Cable TV
Good Old War - Coney Island
Gomez - Airstream Driver
Haley Bonar - Big Star
HoneyHoney - Little Toy gun
Hyperpotamus - A Melancholy Hyppo
In Stereo (perCeptie & Kapabel) - Dag
Jen Lane - Grey Skies
Landon Pigg - Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop
Laura Gibson - Spirited
Lisa Hannigan - Lille
Mad Juana - Keep on Walking
Madi Diaz - Nothing At All
Magic Magic - Sleepy Lion
Marching Band - Make No Plans
Marco Benevento Trio - Atari
Marli - Dirt
The Matches - Wake the Sun
Matt Hires - Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song
Melissa Auf der Maur - Followed the Waves
Milow - You Don't Know
Miniature Tigers - Cannibal Queen
Muck and the Mires - Doreen
Nelo - Jumping Bean
Oliver Future - Happiness Machine
Oxe - A Roda
Pato Fu - Nada Original
Plouen Catximbes - La Blanca
The Poison Arrows (IL) - Casual Wave
Pompeii - Rabbit Ears
Pop Levi - Never Never Love
Porter Davis - Smack You Back
The Pragmatic - Circles
Pretty & Nice - Tora Tora Tora
Princeton - The Waves
Quaff - kurabe
Rachel Goodrich - Little Brass Bear
Radioclit - Kamphopo
The Republic Tigers - Buildings & Mountains
The She Creatures - she creatures invade
Skavenjah - El Ritmo de la Vida
SpecialThanks - You say GOOD BYE
Sprengjuhollin - Worry till Spring
The Tender Box - Gravity
Terra Naomi - You For Me
Toy Horses - I'll Play What You Want
Wave Machines - I Go I Go I Go
Winterpills - Beesting
YellowFever - Hellfire
Alash - Bashtak Joke
Ariel Abshire - Exclamation Love
Bigelf - Money, It's Pure Evil
Bishi - Never Seen Your Face
Dirty Heads - Stand Tall
Gomez - Airstream Driver
MC Lars - Hipster Girl
Peel - Exhaust Pipes
Rotary Downs - A Feast In Squalor
School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
The Seedy Seeds - The Push

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

beans and greens

I have had many requests for my beans and greens recipe. So here it is!

Saute 3 cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet or wok
Add 1 small diced onion and cook for a few minutes (I didn't have an onion, so I just used chives, I've also used Leeks or scallions in the past as well)

Add around 8-10 cups of fresh cut greens (1 to 1.5 lbs). I use a mix of what ever the community farm gives us that week such as collards, kale, beet, & mustard. I've also used the bag of mixed greens from Trader Joe's along with a bag of baby spinach. Its amazing how much the greens shrink when you cook them!

Reduce the greens down over medium heat and let cook for about 10 minutes while occasionally stirring them

Add 2 cups of broth (either vegetable or chicken)
Add 1 can of diced stewed tomatoes
Add 1 can of kidney beans

Add fresh chopped parsley and ground pepper to taste

Simmer covered for 35 to 40 minutes until the greens are soft

Serve over Rice

Let me know if you give it a try!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Luigi Bosca Reserva

I always wanted to keep track of good wines that I drank. My friend Dan keeps notebooks with his tasting notes. Not sure I'm going to get too detailed, but WOULD like to capture the vineyard, varietal and a picture when possible.
Here is my first entry:

A 2006 Luigi Bosca Reserva $15.99

Luigi Bosca Reserva on TwitPic

Monday, February 02, 2009

Let's Make Faces Book Published

I'm happy to see that Jerry Langeler's book Let's Make Faces has been published. And from what he tells me, it is selling very well. You can learn more about the book on his website www.letsmakefaces.com. Jerry is a super nice guy and sponsored our Autism Spectrum Walk team last year and even made the trip down from New Hampshire to join us on an unusually cold spring day!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Eddie Breen

I have been bidding on Eddie Breen paintings for years. I've never won an auction, but I hope that Eddie will make prints of this one. Cool to see @eddiebreen has found twitter. He signed up the painting to have it's own twitter account as well @artismylife

Monday, January 26, 2009

Qik for Quick Video

I tried having Evan use Qik on my Nokia e71 to record Hayden's music concert. Neither the sound or video quality was really good enough to post. I did take this little snippet to see if I could embed it into the blog.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

My Very Own LOL Cat

I found this picture searching through some old photos circa 1997 of our very first cat Ursula. Boy was she a mean one!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Testing Streaming MP3 Players

Evan had some problems using flash mp3 player on his blog superread.blogspot.com so I wanted to run some tests to see if I can find a player that works for everybody. My brother Michael pointed me to this site with instructions on embedding MP3 players on your page. Give each of these a try and post your results in the comments. All songs I used for the test are written and produced by Evan Nork:

Google Reader MP3 Player (Song Title - "Evolve"):



Yahoo! MP3 Player (Song Title - "Instrumental"):




Odeo MP3 Player(Song Title - "Life"):




Well, my initial tests are:

1. Google Player: On the first round had to refresh the page to get the Google player to work, not sure why... I would like this one best if it works consistently. This is the only one with a volume control

2. Yahoo Player: Takes quite a while to load, does not show up right away when the pages loads. No volume control

3. Odeo: Seems to work, but this is the player that DIDN'T work on several other people's computers when Evan used it on his blog

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Newest Nork to Blog - superread.blogspot.com is LIVE

State of the Norkosphere
I started my blog back in 2005 and have been pretty quiet for a long time. Starting the new job at ROI meant that I had to move the blog off of the Mason servers. In that process I started reading some of my old posts and recalled how much fun blogging can be! My brother Michael has been much better about keeping up his blog about life in the peace corps in Romania. He also has a great photo gallery. I recommend you check them out!

BUT the big news is my oldest son Evan is now blogging! We heard a story on NPR several weeks ago about a wovel. What's a wovel you ask... well its the mash-up of "web + novel" = wovel.
Evan is a fantastic writer and has been putting together stories, poems and comics for several years (including the now famous Dr. Bill's Windmill in the Ficsher Gallery). He really got excited about doing his OWN wovel. I'm proud to announce that the blog superread.blogspot.com has been published and he has already posted 5 chapters of his first story tittled "Mars 3000". Do you like science fiction and fantasy? This this wovel is for you! If you check it out, be sure to leave him a comment, he LOVES the interactivity and response to his writing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Best Way To Manage Twitter Stream

I have been using the social networking tool, twitter for quite a few months now and just posted my 2000th tweet this morning!
When I first started, I was using twitter.com for sending and receiving tweets and quickly moved to using my cell phone. I have looked at several twitter clients and used twhirl for a while. (Techcrunch has posted links to an exhaustive list of twitter software.)
I have found the best tool yet called peoplebrowsr.com.

It has quickly become my main twitter interface on both my work and home computer. PeopleBrowsr has tons of features all straight through the browser (no downloads or installs necessary).
A few of the cool features PeopleBrowsr offers are:
  • Tagging friends and other people into groups
  • Find people geographically
  • Search keywords and have a streaming list of tweets with the matching term.
  • Gather your blog, Flickr Photostream, YouTube channel, Facebook profile and more
  • Update your networks
I have a column for friends, one for replies, one for direct messages, one search for my company name, and I am in the process of organizing different users into groups each with their own column (i.e. family, retail, technology etc). the only thing it doesn't have is the ability to post tweets from multiple accounts (could come in handy for keeping personal and business accounts separate).

Check out Brian Solis' blog post for a full run down of features. And a cool video demo by Robert Scoble here. Feel free to follow me on twitter @jcnork or www.twitter.com/jcnork

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Retail Optimization Inc. Website is Live

Check it out at www.retailoptimization.com!
Gotta Love The Onion! - Apple Wheel, LOL

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

When we were down in NYC last week I saw a news stand with printed copies of The Onion! Love it :)