The Evening Post: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge From A Helicopter


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Tonight, I wanted to feature the biggest and most over the top Ice Bucket Challenge video you are going to see, for now.  As you know, the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS has gone viral, with many people doing it!  In the video, you see Paul Bissonnette standing under a helicopter while ice water is dropped onto him.  I guess anything for supporting ALS is great, enjoy!

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My Thoughts On The Robin Williams Suicide, And Relive Robin Williams On Happy Days


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Obviously, I was shocked to see Robin Williams committing suicide.  Why would a very funny comedian decide to take his own life?  Sadly, after the news came out, we are learning more details about Williams suicide.  According to the family, Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, and Williams did not want to be a burden to his family.  Sad, if the Parkinson’s story is true, Robin Williams wanted to not suffer the effects of the disease so he hung himself.  I think this is a sad way to go.

Robin Williams was very busy before his death, he was shooting four different movies that we are going to see later this year and in 2015.  And he was shooting his CBS show The Crazy Ones before it got cancelled.  While working on the different sets, Williams was being treated for depression and entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction a couple times already.  Apparently, Williams was trying to seek more help from his depression, but he thought there was no help coming, and he hung himself.  Let me just say this, if you think there is no light at the end of the tunnel and are thinking about committing suicide, know that there are people willing to help you!  Contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by calling 1-800-273-8255!

As for Robin Williams, he had a number of great roles on TV and in the movies!  And he used his laughter to entertain our American troops, sick children, and anyone else who was feeling a little down.  The death of Robin Williams is shocking, we will probably never see another great comedian/actor like Robin Williams.  One of the roles that launched Robin Williams into Hollywood fame was in 1978 when Williams was on Happy Days and introduced the character “Mork.”  Tonight at 8 pm and 8:30 pm Central, our friends at the Hub Network are going to play the episode “My Favorite Orkan.”  Fans everywhere will get to enjoy the episode with the alternative ending that paved the way for “Mork & Mindy” with an on air tribute during the hour in honor of this Oscar award-winning actor and beloved comedian.

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Godspeed Robin Williams!  Earth will miss you!

View The Three Food Ideas To Market Yourself In The Job Market Presentation


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So, I have been busy this week making some videos and presentations!  I made a new presentation called Three Food Ideas To Market Yourself In The Job Market.  In this presentation, you see how I took some lollipops, a box of candy, and soda bottles, and turned them into my own marketing campaign to be hired finally!  I made all the labels by myself on PowerPoint and the labels includes my skills and common things about me!  So, enjoy my presentation if you know of something, contact me!

The Evening Post: Are There Internet Dialects


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The YouTube channel PBS Idea Channel asked us this question, are there an internet dialect?  A common way of communicating through word choice, vocabulary, and how these words are arranged and used.  So what is Standard Internet Speak?  Watch as host Mike Rugnetta talks about the possibilities of an internet dialect.

Crowdsourcing Weekends: Patch N Ride, Tiny Tesla, House of Heroes


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends!  This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Patch N Ride

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patchnride is a simple tool that permanently repairs bicycle flat tires. Easy. Convenient. Quick.  The patent-pending technology of patchnride is groundbreaking and game changing.  They provide a green alternative to fixing a flat on-the-go.  It can take anyone under one minute to permanently repair their bicycle flat with patchnride.  And here’s the best part: you never have to be in fear of a flat tire ever again.  Oh, and you also don’t have to remove the wheel when you use patchnride.  Their company is comprised of enthusiastic cyclists and entrepreneurs who wanted to solve an age-old problem with a simple solution.  Never be stranded again with a flat. You just patch and then ride away.

Patent-pending patchnride is the FIRST and ONLY real solution to easily and safely repair ALL bicycle tires that get a flat – Road, Mountain, Clincher, Tubular and Now Tubeless – on the road, in less than 60 seconds. No experience needed!  patchnride is much easier and faster than a regular flat repair. No more removing the wheel and tire, messing with your derailleur and getting all greasy. After you patch your tire, your bicycle is 100% ready for riding and racing for all conditions.

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As of August 10th, this project has raised around $16,585 of their $5,000 goal. This project only has 57 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $25, you will get one patchnride tool.  For a pledge of $50, you will get two patchnride kits!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/patchnride-bicycle-flat-tire-repair

Tiny Tesla

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tinyTesla is a little Tesla coil that shoots sparks, plays MIDI tracks, and exercises your soldering skills. This coil kit is designed to be easy to build and assemble for anyone with basic soldering skills. Shooting lightning and playing music using electricity itself is an exciting way to learn about physics and electronics!  Now introducing the pre-soldered tinyTesla kit! It still requires mechanical assembly, but will get you up and running with beautiful singing sparks faster.

For tinyTesla, the interrupter connects to your computer via USB and can be controlled using our own software or many other MIDI playback programs. tinyTesla can also be controlled through a MIDI instrument (such as a piano keyboard) using a USB to MIDI adapter and our software, which allows the input from the adapter to be passed through to the interrupter.  oneTeslaTS’s interrupter directly interfaces with MIDI devices through a MIDI-in port. It can be connected to your computer using the included USB adapter, or directly to an instrument with a MIDI cable. oneTeslaTS supports an additional set of MIDI features, such as note sustain and pitch bend, that make it ideal for real-time, interactive use.

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As of August 10th, this project has raised around $283,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 5 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $5, you will get updates, name listed on their website, and vote on their packaging design.  For a pledge of $149, you will get one tinyTesla kit!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onetesla/tinytesla-the-little-singing-tesla-coil-anyone-can

House Of Heroes

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A democratic vote took place in Columbus, OH in the summer of 2002.  “House of Heroes” won.  That was the name of their new band.  It has been a great pleasure to record their music and tour the world for the past 10+ years.  They’ve loved meeting so many interesting people and sharing this gift of music with you.  After recording 6 full lengths, 3 EPs, a few singles, and a couple of B-Sides albums with various record labels, it’s time for then to give it a go on their own.  One thing they consistently hear from fans is how much they enjoy their “concept” albums. In all honesty, they’ve never set out to make concept albums, they just sort of end up that way. They’d like to change that. They want to make a true concept album.  A story.

Recording and manufacturing music takes time and money. The budget they have outlined will allow them to record, mix, and master a record at the same quality that you’ve become accustomed to for the past several albums. In addition to that, they will also be able to take care of CD and Vinyl manufacturing costs, clothing printing costs, and shipping for all of the perks.  If they are lucky enough to surpass their goal, they are excited to explore more ideas including music videos, other vinyl projects (*cough* The End is Not the End *cough*), and options to record even more songs!

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As of August 10th, this project has raised around $37,000 of their $35,000 goal. This project only has 22 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $15, you will get a full digital download of their next album before release.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a physical CD and digital download of their next album!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/house-of-heroes-full-length-concept-album