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Stuck In New Orleans

I had been asked by Seven Degrees Communications to be part of their Social Connection Zone at the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA) for the second year in a row. In this area of the convention’s expo floor, we answered all kinds of questions regarding social media, computers and any other forms of technology – as well as host social media seminars given by Jessica. It was while we were at the convention in New Orleans that a storm front began to move in, and we became stuck in New Orleans.

Arduino and LEGO Projects – My Book Is Finally Available!

For the better part of the last year, I have been building, wiring, coding and writing projects for my first book. After all the months put in to the creation of the book, I am proud to say that my first book, Arduino and LEGO Projects is now available from Apress Books!

Disney Buys Lucasfilm and My Childhood

Growing up, the most prevalent characters were from Walt Disney, Marvel Comics and Jim Henson. Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man and the Muppets were central icons to my formative years, but my childhood centered around Star Wars. The adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia as they battled Darth Vader captured my young imagination through three movies and the occasional television special. Even through the 80s, when most of the Star Wars fandom died, I kept a small piece of it somewhere in my life until it grew again in the mid-90s. This week, George Lucas has decided not only to step down from the Star Wars universe, but to sell it to the Walt Disney Corp.

I Was Featured On The Listserve This Week

The Listserve is an email list of over 20,000 people who receive a single email every day from a member of the list. The person is chosen at random and can share whatever wisdom or inspiration they wish without attempting to sell anything or link to anything. This week, I had my chance to address The Listserve.

RIP Steve Jobs

Genius, visionary, innovator… these adjectives and more have been used to describe Steve Jobs, a man who revolutionized the personal computer market (with Steve Wozniak), animated films, the music industry and the post-personal computer market. On October 5, he finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, the day after Tim Cook took the stage to introduce the latest iPhone.

Recap: World Maker Faire 2011

For the second year in a row, Make Magazine brought their Maker Faire to New York City, showing how fun and cool science can be. On the grounds of the Science Center in Queens, NY, makers, scientists, DIYers, crafters and creators of all sorts gathered to show off their projects to young and old alike.

I am Displaying at the World Maker Faire

After years of being a fan of Make Magazine, it was an amazing experience to be part of the inaugural World Maker Faire last year. Seeing all the cool projects created by makers was truly inspiring and it’s an honor to be displaying my work with them again this year.

Happy 100th Birthday Grandma

As I lounge poolside in the sunshine state, I’ve come here for a most auspicious occasion, the hundredth anniversary of the birth of my mother’s mother. My Grandmother is celebrating her centennial birthday here in sunny Florida and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the celebration.

Second Blogiversary

It was July 2009 when I wrote Your Medium is Your Message in response to a Social Media person who downplayed the necessity of technology in favor of marketing. Continuing to write missives about social media, technology and expanding to other topics as they interested me, I wrote regularly every week, which brings us to the second anniversary of this blog.

2011 April Detox and Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild Results

For the second year, I decided to take the month of April to reset and realign myself mentally and physically. Exercising, working and just generally getting myself out of the unhealthy habits that I normally have. Add to it the Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild 5K, and there is the potential to get healthy again.