Thursday, March 31, 2011

13 year old girl takes the power back from the bullies and launches an international conversation on bullying!

Alye you go girl! You have turned the tables taking the power back from the bullies and at the same time launching an international conversation on bullying! Alye you are a strong and courageous young woman. Great things are in store for you!

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13 year old girl takes takes the power back from the bullies and launches an international conversation on bullying!

Alye you go girl! You have turned the tables taking the power back from the bullies and at the same time launching an international conversation on bullying! Alye you are a strong and courageous young woman. Great things are in store for you!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

2011 Autism Awareness Day At The Connecticut State Capital Monday, April 4th 10AM






10:00 A.M.  Have breakfast with others passionate about the needs of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

11:00 A.M.  Hear from Legislators and speakers who support improvements for those on the Autism Spectrum. 


Take the opportunity to visit your personal local Legislators to discuss autism with them and/or their aides – if they are not in, let them know you stopped by and why

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia on This Week In Startups

I love this interview @jason did with @garyvee on the latest TWIST. It's TOTALLY worth an hour of your time! Context, engagement and being a nice guy wins in the age of social media. Watch, listen and learn:

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Emergence of a Fourth Research Paradigm #nhv #data

I went to a very interesting Yale lecture yesterday by Tony Hey from Microsoft Research  talking about the revolution of research needing to deal with the overwhelming amount of data.

The 4 Research Paradigms Throughout History

1. Thousand years ago -  Experimental Science - Description of natural phenomena

2. Last few hundred years -

Theoretical Science - Newton's Laws, Maxwell's Equations

3. Last few decades - Computational Science - Simulation of complex phenomena

4. Today - Data-Intensive Science - Scientists overwhelmed with data sets require a new generation of scientific computing tools to manage, visualize and analyze the data flood.

The key is moving data to knowledge


A few -interesting applications of this are:


Zoom Technology (Example Roman History) 

Other resources:

List of Tools:

Interesting article in NY Times:

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three Pieces Of Advice To Turn a Company Around

George Bradt has a great article in Forbes with advice from the CEO Sam Martin of A&P Supermarkets.

Sam Martin says to turn a company around, do these 3 things:

1. Stay focused on the customer. Welcome them make them feel important & appreciated.
2. Build team on a bedrock of trust and focus at the task at hand.
3. Persevere. Reward small wins. Fail quick make sure mistakes are fast and little.

What do you think?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

What Makes A Twitter Champion? #swct #SXSW

There is a really interesting analysis from O'reilly Radar on who the top #SXSW twitter champions have been over the past 3 years. I find this to be a very interesting case study of how to use the twitter stream for research and analysis. Take a look:

Their summary of what makes a champion is right on:
* retweet
* share messages
* respond in real-time
* provide useful information on topics that are interesting to their followers

Good advice for anyone trying to build a brand on twitter!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

An easy way to help get this project going! Baghdad Antebellum: a history in photographs

I just pledged support to this amazing project to preserve, doument and write the history of these fantastic photos from Iraq.
I had an inspiring conversation with Christopher Brownfield who is working to get this project off the ground.
He said he needs as many people as possible to pledge at least $1 to show their support of his project. 
Click on over to learn more.

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About Jack Nork

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Jack Nork
Director of Client Services

Retail Optimization Inc.

Twitter: @jcnork

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Since 2008, Jack has worked as the Director of Client Service for ROI making sure that projects get done on time and on budget. Jack is also an integral part of new product development, marketing and new business efforts. He has worked with such clients as SuperVau, Safeway, Giant Eagle, Tops and Conagra.

Jack has over 15 years of experience developing and utilizing cutting edge technology and information systems.  He previously led Mason Interactive where he was responsible for helping to strategically integrate the Internet, social media and online marketing into all areas of Mason’s B2B and B2C clients businesses.  Jack also served two terms as the chairman of the American Association of Association of Advertising Agencies IT Committee. Jack was responsible for technology-related issues and devising solutions for agencies and their clients across the country.

Before coming to Mason, Jack was a Network Engineer in charge of the remote offices throughout the United States for Mercedes Benz Credit Corporation.  His time at Mercedes gave him vast experience with both network and Internet technologies.

Jack lives in Bethany with his wife and 3 boys. He is very involved in the New Haven community including GoogleHaven (, Social Web Week Connecticut ( and BCS Robotics (

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

My Observations Of The Foresters - A Parent's Perspective

The boys have had a band called the Foresters for several years now, but really started gelling as a band this past September when they bought their own instruments (September 18, 2010)

Ali and I have really been enjoying watching the boys develop as a band. Each of them has emerged with important skills and strengths that make it possible for them to work and grow together. I talked to them about this tonight at dinner these are my observations:

Hayden Bass- Musicologist and Band Spirit. Hayden has been studying rock books for months. It seems as if he is working on memorizing every member of every rock band from the past 40 years! He gets his brothers excited about hearing all different kind of bands and is perpetually plugging his ipod into any set of speakers he can find so he can share his latest discovery.  Hayden is also the one we will find practicing his moves in the mirror. When they had their first concert at the Amity Teen Center, Hayden was the one who got props for the band members to wear and made sure to bring little things with him on stage that he could throw into the crowd. Hayden is the one who will make sure the people coming to the show are having a good time.

Liam Drums- The Backbone and Glue Being the drummer in the band it is fitting to call Liam the backbone. He not only holds the band together with his beats, but even more importantly he motivates his brothers to practice even if they don't really feel like it. Liam is the one who will make them a great band because practice makes perfect and he understands that it takes hard work to become great. Liam has been known to play until he has blisters on his fingers. He is the glue that binds the band together and allows the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts.

Evan Guitar- Creative Mastermind and Teacher. Evan has an amazing gift.  He is able to write songs and lyrics making it seem completely effortless. He writes at least 1 or 2 new songs a week. When he goes to guitar lesson his teacher is continually amazed at the new ideas Evan comes up with.  Evan also is able to work on song samples and loops on the Mac This is building his recording and production skills. On top of all of this, Evan is a patient and nurturing teacher. This is not easy to do, but when Evan finishes writing a song, he is able to teach his brothers their parts. I've seen instances where the part he originally wrote was too hard for one of his brothers to play so he went back to the drawing board and rewrote it in a way that made it easier for them.

This has been such an amazing learning experience for the boys. Each of them is discovering and developing their skill while at the same time having fun working together.  I can't wait to see what the future has in store for them!

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My oldest son made this funny wassup parody video with Homestar Runner (of course). Check it out!

Remember that waasup!?! Superfriends parody?
Here is his Homestar Runner version my son made.

Really funny!

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