Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Snarky Puppy'snRobert "Sput" Searight - Drummer, Asheville's New Mountain Amphitheater

Last week I'm surfing Facebook and come across an opportunity to volunteer for Asheville Greenworks and the New Mountain AVL Amphitheater (3rd day of opening performers) at 38 N. French Broad Avenue, downtown Asheville.

Little did I realize that I would have the privilege to become stage security for 5 awesome performances on Sunday, April 26:
  1. The Larry Mitchell Band
  2. Cure for the Common
  3. Kansas Bible Company
  4. The Fritz
  5. Snarky Puppy
Here is my video of Robert "Sput" Searight - (Drummer / Snarky Puppy) for my son Eric, also a drummer and trumpeter.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Do you emoji?

Strange emoji facts:
  • Canadians score highest for the poop emoji compared to other countries
  • Canadians also score highest in emoji categories you might typically think of as ‘all-American’ (money, raunchy, violent, sports)
  • The French use four times as many heart emoji than other languages, and it’s the only language for which a ‘smiley’ is not #1
  • Arabic speakers use flowers and plants emoji 4X more than average
  • Russian speakers are the biggest romantics, using three times as much romance-themed emoji than the average
  • Australia is the land of vices and indulgence according to the emoji data, using double the average amount of alcohol-themed emoji, 65% more drug emoji than average and leading for both junk food and holiday emoji
  • Judging by their use of emoji, Americans are the most LGBT, using these emojis more than others
  • Americans also lead for a random assortment of emoji & categories, including skulls, birthday cake, fire, tech, meat and female-oriented emoji

More on emojis at Web Tech Czar.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

10 years later, YouTube is a hit but faces challenges

Tell your business story.

Link to the YouTube file on your website and social media channels.

It's wonderful and FREE tool!


Google.org's Spotlight - Global Stewardship

Global stewardship... Google.org:

  • Spotlights
  • Global Impact Awards
  • Google Impact Challenge
  • Community Impact
  • Products
    • Google for Non Profits


Monday, April 20, 2015

Google to debut tweaked search results prioritizing mobile-friendly sites tomorrow

As a consumer that uses mobile computers more; I am glad that Google returns the mobile-responsive web pages as a higher rank.

"The new rankings will place websites with mobile-friendly designs ahead of those that work best on desktop machines in search results.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking... But Communicate with Combinations of the Style(s) of Your Network Too!

Communication styles vary by age.  

If your friend is text-savvy and expects that form of communication; go for it!  

Some are not online savvy, some are not email savvy, some are not phone-call savvy, and some still prefer hand written notes.

I agree.  In person dialogue should have some eye to eye time.

What are your communication styles for family, coworkers and/or friends?


Monday, April 13, 2015

Apple Watch reviews don't matter to early adopters

I have yet to talk to an individual that liked using a techy watch.  It's almost like between a smartphone and a smartwatch; it's too much smartness.   :)


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Smartphone and a vending machine

Near field communication to a vending machine and auto payment?  I'd consider visiting that smartmachine!
"user customization, smart payments and constant monitoring of inventory and consumption patterns, opportunities abound for dispensing new products more profitably using a network of connected devices.


Apple MacBook features screen, keyboard, trackpad, battery

My favorite features of consideration would also include screen, keyboard, trackpad, and battery

Price would cause me to look at the competition (Google's Chromebook Pixel).

Friday, April 10, 2015

ThisBlog.Sucks - New .sucks domain stirs up storm over free speech

OK, I am using 'thisblog.sucks' as an example of a web address domain that could happen in the future.

Is this an acceptable form of 'freedom of speech?'   Should there be limitations?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is asking the FTC if any laws are being broken.

"The .sucks domain has stirred up a firestorm over free speech and the potential for extortion against companies and individuals. According to media reports, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other large companies have bought up the domains by exercising their trademark priority rights, presumably with no intent to use them. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015

3 BYOD mistakes Hillary Clinton made, and how your BYOD policy can avoid them

BYOD or Bring Your Own Device to work is very common.

How does your business manage BYOD?
  1. Have a clearly defined policy for using personal email?
  2. Make business email easy?
  3. Segregate personal and business data?

See www.WebTechCzar.com for more information on:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Google spends twice as much on recruiting than the average company, even though it gets two million applicants a year.

Transform how you live and lead?  Work Rules!

In today's job market, employees and employers have much different relationships than they did 10 years ago.  Companies with growth opportunities do need

"people that will try something new


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No kid-ing: YouTube under fire for aiming ads at kids

As parents we need to be reminded to be aware of content our children are viewing (at any age).

What parental engagement strategy do you have?


Friday, April 3, 2015

Shocker: The Web Makes Us Think We're Smarter Than We Really Are

Personally, I fell more confident about decisions I make when I reference information on the web.

Noteworthy, for the younger generation:
"The cell phone is almost like the appendage of their brain," he said. "They don't even realize it's not real until they become unplugged."


iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch | WIRED

Nothing but awesome Apple style, from WIRED.


37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be totally illegal today

Awesome photography.  Awesome pictures.  Review these incredible pictures and you will feel like a bird.
"Photographer Amos Chapple captures the world’s most famous landmarks — from the Taj Mahal to the Kremlin — using a drone.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hardcopy Past - Online Today

Paper Past

Remember carbon paper?  Punch cards?  Cumbersome paper-processes?  Yes, I was schooled in that era!

Online Today

Businesses have so many wonderful tools available today to market and manage your products and services.  And just because they are free, doesn't necessarily mean they are of lessor quality.

Virtual Web Tech Czar Content

My books images are virtual.  The resources are online; including Web Tech Czar.
Does it give you a warm feeling to see a book-image of knowledge?  For me it did in the past.  However; changes happen.  They just happen.  Some appear tough and then most are are good.  
Somehow we adopt, learn and turn the pages to become even better than before.
Do you want a printed book on Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Social Media and other dynamic technology topics?

Apple and Google have an astonishing plan to replace everyone's locks and keys

Ever loose your keys but still had your phone?

This device with a current retail price of about $250 is installed on the inside of the door.



How do you tell if you are doing OK or having a BAD DAY?

From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

More on infographic Web Tech Czar small business wiki.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Obama authorizes sanctions to combat cyberattacks

Cyberthreats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States.
President Barack Obama
We want our free and open internet to continue to be a safe as possible for personal and professional use.

Advertisement campaign buttons - stuck to the sidewalk drain covers in RAD

Asheville is starting to see storm-water drain advertisements in the River Arts District (RAD).

These buttons are glued along RAD sidewalks to remind our community to please 'Don't Pollute.' Trash eventually flows into our waterways.

And, please consider becoming a steward of our RiverLink.    

Roundup: Best April Fools’ pranks yet including Google Panda & Moto Selfie Stick

April Fools day is a fun day!

My favorites - Google Panda and Google 'Actual Cloud Platform.'


Business of bacteria - to understand how the chemicals we expose ourselves to (especially cosmetic ones) affect us

My body scan map?  Nope!  Not a chance.  Not even on April Fools Day.  :)

Crazy maps reveal colonies of bacteria and chemicals all over the human body

chemicals on body map
Bouslimani et al., PNASChemicals stay on our body, even days or weeks after use. In this photo you can see high concentrations of sodium lauryl ether sulfate on the head, even though the subject hadn't washed their hair in days and we shed millions of cells every day. On the woman's neck there are high concentrations of avobenzone, which is found in sunscreen — even though again, that hadn't been used in days. 
Researchers just mapped the "chemical topography" of human skin in order to figure out what exactly is living and settling on there and how those skin cells, bacteria, and chemicals interact.
We have different types of bacterial communities all over and inside our bodies, and while scientists have previously created maps of the skin microbiome, this was the first map to look at what these bacteria are doing and how they interact with the chemicals we're exposed to in day-to-day life.
To create these maps, researchers asked a man and a woman (person 1 and person 2, respectively) to skip bathing, shampooing, moisturizing, and using almost all cosmetics for three days (the woman did use deodorant during that time). After three days, they took samples from 4o0 individual spots on each person's body so they could run two different types of analyses to see what they found.
It's important to note that these maps are only representative of two people — there is likely a huge variety of bacterial and chemical diversity among humans. Part of the goal here was to show that these 3D topographical maps could be created, which they did successfully, but they also found all kinds of other interesting things. One intriguing finding? The cosmetic products that touch our skin, like soap and shampoo, seem to leave chemical residue that stays on skin for days, weeks, or longer.
The image below takes a look at the bacterial diversity and general chemical diversity on the skin of both subjects — the red spots have the highest concentrations of different bacterial species or chemicals, the blue the lowest.
bacteria molecular map of the human skinBouslimani et al., PNASThese images show the diversity of bacteria and other molecules found on different parts of the skin for both the man and the woman studied. The color scale goes from lowest diversity of species found at blue to highest diversity at red. Hands, which touch everything, carry lots of bacteria and chemical molecules. 
Where species of bacteria are most highly concentrated
We even carry dangerous bacteria like Staph, which can cause serious infections. 
It'll help us understand how the chemicals we expose ourselves to (especially cosmetic ones) affect the communities of bacteria on our skin over time. The researchers write in the study they published these maps in that this could help us understand how "variation in this complex ecosystem impacts human health and disease."
We'll be able to study whether bacteria are appearing in certain areas in response to chemicals we put on our skin, and one of the researchers involved in the study told Wired that we may eventually have a database that shows how certain bacterial and molecular communities are signs of disease.
We could even find that we all have our own unique microbe/molecular footprint, like a fingerprint that can be gathered with a cotton swab — Wired reports that that's already being tested in crime labs.