It’s been almost two months since I’ve provided an update, so will be getting back into doing so regularly. Now that I have become a bit more acclimated with University, I am finding more time to finish homework and have some leisure time. I recently stumbled upon a new blogging opportunity for myself, and I feel it will certainly help me with becoming a better writer, promoter, advertiser, and editor. Continue reading “Since I’ve been out”
So guys, as you may know I have made some drastic changes to the website’s design. I know have Five specific topics for news information (not including the homepage). These topics consist of Health and Wellness, Oddities, Politics, Soccer, and Technology. With that being said, I cannot possibly report on them all every day while working and going to school, so I am accepting articles from you guys. I’m also looking for writers to head each topic.
Granted this is no small task and there is no income involved at the moment, the opportunity does exist. And even when there are no posts from me daily, I do have daily feeds for each topic, so the content is always current. Later on I do plan to add video blogging as a feature.
So, after a lot of hard work and self instructing, I have finally set up my page a way I believe looks official. Leave on comments about something you like or dislike about the site, as I will continue to improve it. Hopefully I’ll be back on a schedule where I can regularly report and post really soon.
I know I have been AWOL for over a month. I am trying to find a balance between School, Work, and what type of writing I actually want to do. I feel like journalism is what I want to do, because I love reporting. At the same time, I really want to become an author. I like creating my own stories as well. I think I will try to balance both, on top of all of the research papers, discussions, and essays required in in my Journalism major. This is something I started writing today that I really feel could become a great story. I will be posting this rough draft so far on here, but I will be maintaining a second page coming in Late October that will be exclusively for excerpts from books I want to write. I would like to start selling them on Amazon shortly. I tend to keep things short when I write stories, but I wouldn’t mind feedback on if you feel that this story could have more package to it.
Alright, here is the beginning of the story. Do not hesitate to express your opinions in a comment below. I would be more than happy to respond.
“I could go on to create some elaborate delusion about how my Father is the president of a finance company and my mother is an accomplished lawyer, but my family is too well known in this city. Instead, I’ll just tell you the truth before someone else does.
My father is an abusive drunk who we rarely see. If he isn’t out with one of the crack whores up and down the avenue, he’s out swindling some poor passerby for booze money. I don’t know why my mother stays with the bastard, but she won’t leave no matter how many ideas I come up with. I plan to change that very soon.
My mother was adopted by some old German family back when she was like 9 years old. She didn’t know her biological parents, and some days I envy that. Her dad died when she was 16, and her mom died when she turned 17. That’s when she met my dad.
From what I’ve heard, my dad was a great man in the beginning. He was in college for Business, had his own house and his own car. He met my mother when she was 19 and working at a Burger King and offered to treat her for dinner. Of course, like any 19 year old girl who has become an outcast, she falls in love with him out of what I assume is pure desperation. They get married and here I come out a year later.
A part of me believes I am the reason dad turned to drinking and prostitutes. My mom felt that she had to “give me the love her mother didn’t give her” or something like that. I completely engulfed my mom’s life, and the two rarely spent time together. It’s sad, honestly. By the time I was 4 years old I knew I hated him. That was time when I realized he treated mom badly.
13 years have passed, and the feelings remain the same. I can’t wait to get out of this house. I’m taking mom and my little sister with me.”
Google vice-president and notable “father of the internet” Vint Cerf says he fears future generations will have little to no record of the 21st Century as we enter what he considers to be called a “digital Dark Age”. Could he be rational about something the fall of something so essential to our standard of living today? Every memory we have is capable of being saved and viewed later in the comfort of our own computers, drives, and emails, but with everything being saved through websites and clouds, what’s the use for having personal hardware and software anymore?
Vint Cerf made his remarks at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California. He goes on to say that all of our most personal and important pieces of information, to include our family photographs and memories that we have stored via internet or hard drives, may be lost as time within the digital revolution continues to gain momentum.
“In our zeal to get excited about digitizing, we digitizing photographs thinking it going to make them last longer, and we might turn out to be wrong,” he said. “i would say if there are photos you are really concerned about, create a physical instance of them. Print them out.”
He also continues to express how many will believe that important documents will be copied into new media, when this is not always the case.
“Some people make the argument that the important stuff will be copied and put into new media and so why should we worry,” Cerf said. “But historians will tell you that sometimes transactions documents and images and so on may turn out to have importance which is not understood for hundreds of years. So failure to preserve them will cause us to lose our perspective.” With that type of logic, we should just drop digitizing altogether and go back to pen and paper, only to realize how time and moisture will cause the ink to run. Then in an effort to solve that dilemma, we go back to chiseling and stone tablets. See where I am going with this?
Need to not worry, there is talk of an idea referred to as the “Digital vacuum,” in every way where the file is created, stored and is opened along with the document itself. This is supposed to give Scientists and IT specialists of the future the ability to following the instructions given to reproduce the files.
The second largest health insurer in the United States, Anthem Inc, said late Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former employees and consumers.
How does this manage to happen? Anthem said the breach did not appear to involve information such as medical of financial details, but how often does it not? For health insurance to be something we are required by law to have, you would think IT security would be much more beefed up to not allow information like this to not even reach the public without a resolution in place.
The information said to have been compromised included birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and compilations of employment data. Even though Anthem says the company immediately attempted to close the security breach, the attack was reported to the FBI. Good on their part for that one. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc was even hired to help Anthem investigate. So, with all of these efforts in place, why is it that we aren’t able to figure out who is behind the attack? On top of that, Anthem has not released information on how many staff members and customers were affected. It’s a great thing we’ve got the Wall Street Journal to keep us informed with a “tens of millions” estimation.
As of the end of 2015, Anthem had 37.5 million members,
Anthem said it would send an email and a letter to everyone who had information that was compromised, along with setting up an informational website that will offer credit-monitoring services.
In an interview on Sunday, President Obama says, “I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”
President Barack Obama urged Parents to get their children fully vaccinated, during the rapid growth of concerns over an outbreak in the Western United States of the highly contagious disease known as the measles.
The President later went on to say, “You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example…they suddenly become much more vulnerable.” I’m not too sure on the facts about that one, but If the information is rolling, I’m certainly no one to stop it.
Currently, the Center for Disease Control is looking at 102 reported cases affecting 14 states. The current states affected are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The President’s full interview is scheduled to air on February 2nd.
For anyone needing a back story, the initial measles outbreak has been linked to exposure in December of 2014 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Five cases reported are of the Park’s employees.