Archive for August 13th, 2010


8.13.2010 … another Teague hears the call of the wild, wild, west … et and friend start the long trek. Godspeed!

yesterday:  I was REALLY hot … a little better today!

Temperatures and humidity will be oppressive enough today to warrant a Heat Advisory for much of the Charlotte area, the National Weather Service says.

The combined impact of heat and humidity could create a heat index of about 105 degrees for several hours this afternoon, and the heat index might reach 110 degrees in counties to the east and southeast of Charlotte.

via Heat index could top 105 this afternoon; advisory issued –

Apple, iPad:

He is a boy with intense autism, she says. He is not conversational, he learns very slowly, and he has been prone to violent outbursts. He is essentially a triple-sized toddler. Leo had shown interest in the iPod Touch, but its 3.5-inch screen was difficult for his fingers to navigate.

For all those reasons, Rosa had no expectations when she handed her son the iPad — a half-inch-thick, touch-screen tablet computer three times the size of its smaller cousin, the iPod. Though scrolling through the icons is easy for most users, the device was not created with special-needs consumers in mind.

So when Leo took it in his small hands as if it were an old friend, and, with almost no training, whizzed through its apps like a technology virtuoso, his mother gasped in amazement. After he began spending 30 minutes at a time on apps designed to teach spelling, counting, drawing, making puzzles, remembering pictures, and more, she sat down at her own computer.

“With the iPad, Leo electrifies the air around him with independence and daily new skills,” Rosa typed into an entry for BlogHer, a blogging network of women for which she edits and writes. Her blog was one of the first to bring widespread public attention to what one expert has called “a quiet revolution” for the autism community.

via iHelp for Autism – Page 1 – News – San Francisco – SF Weekly.


Still, because it is Apple, speculation is running high about what the iconic tech company will unveil next.

And most of it centers around the blinging of the iPod touch to bring it into line with many of the features on the iPhone.

That is likely to include front- and rear-facing cameras, which would allow the device to use FaceTime, Apple video-calling software that works over Wi-Fi.

With Jobs promising Apple would release the FaceTime protocol as a open industry standard, combined with the company’s ongoing skirmish with Google (GOOG) in the smartphone space, wouldn’t it be nice to have all those iPods turn into phones?

There could also be an A4 processor in the iPod, which will give it even more oomph.

Other rumors run the gamut, such as a new cloud-based, streamy rethink of Apple TV (possible and exciting), a smaller iPad (silly and unlikely) and a streaming music service (useful and most likely).

Or, because it is Apple, something else.

Oh, one more thing: It goes without saying that Apple PR majordomos passed on my perfectly reasonable request for the entire detailed schedule, including slides, for any special event in September.

via Apple’s Fall Event Is Definitely Happening, but When? | Kara Swisher | BoomTown | AllThingsD.

The brain, internet:

The brain appears to be a vastly interconnected network much like the Internet, according to new research.

That runs counter to the 19th-Century “top-down” view of brain structure.

A novel technique to track signals across tiny brain regions has revealed connections between regions associated with stress, depression and appetite.

The research, which has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, may lead to a full map of the nervous system.

via BBC News – Brain works more like internet than ‘top down’ company.

news, JetBlue:

A passenger on the JetBlue fight from which attendant Steven Slater disembarked Monday by activating the emergency chute and sliding down with beers in hand said Mr. Slater, apparently after being hit in the head by a passenger, was the one who instigated the confrontation that led to his now-famous exit.

Marjorie Briskin, a 53-year-old schoolteacher from Pittsburgh, said she was deplaning in John F. Kennedy International Airport around noon Monday when Mr. Slater and a woman walking in front of her got into a heated conversation over the woman’s luggage. She said the passenger, who appeared to be in her 20s, asked Mr. Slater where her bag was stowed.

Ms. Briskin said the seemingly normal conversation turned unexpectedly nasty when Mr. Slater blurted out an expletive to the passenger.

“I didn’t think she was rude in the least,” said Ms. Briskin, who was visiting the city for the first time. “It really blew my mind. It was so inappropriate.”

Ms. Briskin said Mr. Slater sported a “nice gash” on his head for most of the flight, during which there were no problems until the end, when she said Mr. Slater began methodically opening the overhead bins and then slamming them shut.

via Passenger: Flight Attendant Started Fray –

art, education, technology:  The other day I noted that our kids are essentially lab rats when it comes to education and technology.  Here is one very good model of its use and you can see how it has developed/improved if you look at the work of the kids for the last 12 years.  I was looking for something on the internet about my children’s Wilmette elementary school and stumbled across Central Elementary School’s Third Grade Virtual Museum. What fun!  It is a great third grade project and I was amazed to see that it is still up … all the way back to 1998.

The first is Edward’s entry in the Alphabet Template (circa 2001)

Alphabet template.

And here is Molly’s third grade artwork in the Food manufacturing in Illinois Project (circa 2003).

Food Manufacturing in Illinois – Quaker Oats Company.

politics, The Media, religion, graphics, LOL: I have to admit I laughed … and love the graphic!

The Damnitudes:

Now when he saw the ratings, he went up on each of the networks and sat down. His disciples tuned in to him, and he began to teach them saying:

Damned are the poor and unemployed, for theirs is the kingdom of the street.

Damned are those who mourn, for they will be mocked.

Damned are the meek, for they will inherit the nothing, though it will be tax free.

Damned are those who hunger and thirst for leftedness, for they will suffer and starve.

Damned are the merciful, for they will be shown no mercy.

Damned are the pure in heart, for they will be blind to my truth.

Damned are the peacemakers, for they will be called cowards.

Damned are those who are persecuted because of leftedness, for theirs is the kingdom of MSNBC.

Damned are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Mourn and be sad, because great is my reward in Washington, for in the same way they persecuted their political opponents who were before you.

via Sermon on the stump by Lee Leslie |

places, oral history:  We used to ride bikes to the Pineview Cemetary and have a picnic!

More than a century ago, cemeteries were social hubs. They were often the greenest spots around. Families would visit on weekends for carriage rides, boating, or picnics by a loved one’s grave. Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery drew half a million visitors a year in the mid-19th century, on par with Niagara Falls.

No more. “Not many people say, ‘Oh, it’s a beautiful day, let’s go to the cemetery,'” says Robert Fells, a lawyer for the industry trade group, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. “Cemeteries need to reestablish their place in the community.”

via A Party To Die For: To Attract Customers, Cemeteries Hold Fun Events –

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