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Wow, major technology advancement

June 5, 2009

I’d heard about this project, now after seeing it? I’m stunned.

Technology is taking a major step forward. I’ve little interest in video games, but this is going to have major applications in all kinds of fields.


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Google privacy concerns – please read

March 3, 2008

Those who know me know I’m a tech guy. I’m not afraid of technological advancement and I’m a fan of new tools. And generally speaking, I am a fan of Google. I own stock in the company. But a friend forwarded me this email. I figured it was bogus, something that would be refuted on Snopes.com (a great website to debunk urban legends), but I tested it and it worked exactly as described. And yes, I have already submitted my request to be removed from this service.

Please read this, and especially if you have children, take action to protect your privacy.

Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to
type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter
and you will be given the person’s name and address. If you
then hit Map, you will get a map to the person’s house.
Everyone should be aware of this! It’s a nationwide reverse
telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now
look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues
are obvious and alarming!

Note that you can have your phone number removed or
blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the map
quest and directions straight to our house. I did fill out
the removal form for myself, and encourage all of you to do
the same. Quite scary!

Please look up your own number.
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:
Google ( http://www.google.com/ )
Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.555-555-1212)
and hit enter.

If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private
information, simply click on your telephone number and then
click on the Removal Form.
Removal takes 48-hours.

Check your own number. (This may not apply to you if you
have an unlisted number or cell
phone as primary contact).

You may know someone who needs to know this that has little
kids. It takes Sex Offenders right to your front door!!

Please share this information with friends and family.

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Extraordinary new prosthetic arm

February 12, 2008

you gotta see this video from the annual TED conference held in Monterey, CA. Some of the best and brightest minds in technology, business and the arts come together to share ideas. I would love to attend, but so far postural therapy doesn’t rate very high on their agenda.

the video shows Dean Kamen, inventory of literally hundreds of remarkable devices including the Segway, demonstrates a new prosthetic arm developed specifically to assist wounded returning veterans. It’s a stunning advancement in technology.

And if anyone reading this knows Dean personally, tell him his right hip is elevated and he’s shifting his weight left, thereby beating that side of his body up. He needs to see an Egoscue therapist before he starts developing a degenerative hip.

If the TED Conference organizers want an in-house postural therapist to support the speakers at the event, they have a volunteer from Austin!

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The Vanishing of the Bees

January 19, 2008

Are you aware of what’s happening to the population of bees worldwide? We are witnessing an environmental disaster of potentially monumental proportions developing before our eyes. Bees are dying in massive numbers and scientists cannot pinpoint precisely why. The short story here, the core message, is that if we lose bees, we lose pollination. Lose pollination, no more fruits and vegetables. Gone. The health impact is unimaginable, and then there’s the economic impact as well.

What’s happening is that hives are dying. But the bees aren’t being found dead in the hives, they are just flying away, leaving their young (which animals rarely do) and disappearing or being found dead in the fields. It’s as if they are getting confused and losing their ability to find their way back home.

If you Google “colony collapse disorder” you’ll see a long list of links. Read some of them. Here is the wikipedia link on the topic.

and there is a movie coming out with the same title as this entry. They have a website with a great trailer and I STRONGLY suggest you watch it. Click here to do so.

One of the points the trailer makes is that we have allowed our agriculture industry to become so toxic, so ill, so immersed in poison, we have deviated so far from the healthful path that it’s no wonder bees are dying. They are like the canaries in the coal mine and they are are sending us a powerful and urgent message that we need to fix the way we grow food. We CANNOT create health and physical abundance, we cannot be good stewards of the environment, by routinely spraying millions of gallons of pesticides and fungicides and herbicides onto our foods and fields. We cannot be so arrogant as to believe we can outsmart nature and redesign food genetically, plant genetically modified seeds, and not expect the law of unintended consequences to bite us squarely in the ass. We cannot continue to put bees onto the back of semi tractor trailers and ship them all over the country like a pallet of car batteries, moving them from field to field to do our bidding, and not expect to stress them.

We need to begin restoring sanity to the way we grow our foods and treat our land. If we don’t, we will pay an unimaginably dear price.

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Mac software

September 3, 2007

Those of you who have visited our clinic know we run Macs. Up to 5 years ago I was a PC guy from way back. Started using PCs in 1984, got my first in 1986 and eventually designed enterprise-level software for them. When I switched to Macs I did so with some trepidation, but quickly acclimated to the new environment and never looked back. I now thoroughly enjoy the platform and haven’t fired up my Dell PC in two years.

When I come across a particularly useful or well designed piece of software, I enjoy recommending it to my friends and will start doing so here, as well. So PC users, you’ll just have to put up with the occasional Mac-centric post.

Here is the first. I’m going to recommend a splendid piece of software called LaunchBar. When I first demoed it, I was using something similar called Quicksilver and decided to stay with that. But I’ve had some problems with Quicksilver over the last year so I gave LaunchBar another try and it wowed me over.

Here’s a great review of the app:

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/macgems/2007/08/launchbar/index.php?lsrc=mwrss

it includes a nice video that will give you a feel for what the app can do.

Basically, LaunchBar helps you find almost anything on your Mac, instantly. Applications, contacts, files, folders, songs, movies, you name it. You just have to try it for yourself to see its power.

if you try it, let me know what you think.

Enjoy!

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A book you HAVE to read

July 2, 2007

So Ralph (one of the therapists in our clinic) and I were traveling to Dallas last week to do a travel clinic. We listened to an audiobook on the way up and back that just blew me away. I’m going to be adding the book to my collection and I STRONGLY recommend this book to everyone who is interested in their health and learning more about how their bodies really work. It’s called “The Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton, PhD. You can see it here at amazon.com.

It would be difficult for me to summarize the book in a few paragraphs, especially since this subject matter is WAY outside my technical area of expertise, but here’s the short version. You know how we keep hearing that genes have a major impact on our health, how our DNA determines our risk of certain diseases, cancers, etc…, and that our genetic makeup essentially predisposes us to certain physical realities?

According to Lipton, this is NOT how DNA works. DNA does not determine our health. We determine what happens to our DNA. He makes a compelling case that the way we interact with our environment, the way we perceive reality, the thoughts we internalize and express, these shape and mold our DNA. This is a VERY exciting and liberating premise because if true, that means our health is not at the mercy of some genetic roll of the dice. Do you have a genetic predisposition (as evidenced by family history) for breast cancer? You can change that.

Interestingly, I’m going through the NY Times health section and what do I see today but an article on DNA that asserts that, gee, perhaps everything the Human Genome Project was asserting about how DNA impacts our health, how it controls the proteins that control our health, that these views and beliefs are fundamentally flawed. The mainstream scientific community, it appears, is catching up with Mr Lipton. Here’s an excerpt from the article (which you can find here):

Last month, a consortium of scientists published findings that challenge the traditional view of how genes function. The exhaustive four-year effort was organized by the United States National Human Genome Research Institute and carried out by 35 groups from 80 organizations around the world. To their surprise, researchers found that the human genome might not be a “tidy collection of independent genes” after all, with each sequence of DNA linked to a single function, such as a predisposition to diabetes or heart disease.

Instead, genes appear to operate in a complex network, and interact and overlap with one another and with other components in ways not yet fully understood. According to the institute, these findings will challenge scientists “to rethink some long-held views about what genes are and what they do.”

Lipton asserted precisely this fact in his book, but goes WAY beyond what this article discusses. I view this book as one of the most important books on health I’ve ever read, and I encourage all of you to read it, then come back and let us know what you think.

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Using RSS to simplify your life

April 27, 2007

You’ll notice over to the right a link you can click on to subscribe to this blog using RSS. For those of you who know what that means, you know the power of this. For those who don’t, this post is for you.

RSS is basically a very cool and powerful way to automatically stay on top of those things that are of interest to you. It’s kind of hard to explain from the ground up in just a few words, and I am probably ill suited to make the attempt but that’s never stopped me before and it surely won’t now, either.

Basically, much content on the web that is regularly updated is formatted as “feeds”. This can include blogs like this one and most others, or news sites. Then you can get “feed readers” that can “subscribe” to those feeds and then automatically tell you when there is a new entry. So, for example, let’s say for some crazy reason you actually like coming back here to read my random rantings. Some days you come back and there’s a new entry. Cool. Some days you come back and I haven’t gotten off my butt and posted anything new. Bummer. You just wasted your time checking here for nothing.

This is where RSS makes your life easier. You download and start using a feed reading application and in it you subscribe to this blog. And any other blog you read, or any news site. The feed reader application will then automatically inform you when there is an update, and it will directly link to it so you can quickly and easily read it.

I’ll give you an idea of how I use RSS. I use a Mac and one of the most popular and powerful Mac feed readers is called NetNewsWire. In it I subscribe to literally about 100 different feeds. For example, I grew up in Tucson and love my Arizona Wildcats, so I subscribe to the Arizona Daily Star’s sports page. I get EVERY headline from the sports page of that day listed in my feed reader and I can take about 15 seconds and select the ones I want to read and they are then automatically displayed with the full text. I don’t have to go navigate to the site and manually and visually search to see if there’s anything I’m interested in. It’s all delivered to me. I have a folder I created called Health that subscribes to the feeds of several different publications, including the New York Times Health section, Yahoo News’ health section, and Reuters Health eLine. It would take me a fair amount of time to navigate separately to each one of those websites, but my feed reader brings it all to me automatically.

I HIGHLY encourage you all to check this technology out. If you enjoy getting information from the web, navigating to sites manually is like sipping water out of a glass. Using a feed reader is akin to pumping it through a firehose. You can process FAR more information FAR more quickly and easily.

Here’s a nice link that summarizes RSS. Check it out, and if you have novel ways of using RSS technology or a favorite feedreader you particularly enjoy using, let us know about it!

http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/feed101

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