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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Aljazeera English

With social media largely silenced after the Egyptian government cut the Internet and mobile phones, the world is watching (and tweeting about) Al Jazeera’s live coverage. Al Jazeera English quickly became the leading source of live coverage from Cairo — both on TV and a live stream online.
“All day today I’ve been watching Al Jazeera English’s extraordinary coverage from across Egypt,” explained NPR social strategist Andy Carvin in a Poynter chat. “They have live video from a highrise office in Cairo. It’s very reminiscent of CNN and the start of the first Gulf War.”

At one point, police tried to break into Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau, but as of this hour, live coverage still continues. Al Jazeera told the NY Times that traffic for its live stream is 200 times normal, with 45 percent of the traffic coming from the United States. Their live blog is also popular, as well as tweets from @ajenglish and reporter Evan Hill (@evanchill).

Meanwhile, CNN and NBC have been able to broadcast from Egypt, going “old tech” to feed video out of the country. The communications crackdown hasn’t stopped both CNN’s Ben Wedeman (@bencnn) and NBC’s Richard Engel (@richardengelnbc) from sending a steady stream of tweets. One tweet from @bencnn described how Egyptian police broke one of the crew’s cameras.

But the heart of coverage from many of the cable news coverage is originating from Al Jazeera English. The network is even planning to make some of its compelling video available under a Creative Commons license. They said they’ll post it later tonight here.

“In many ways, it is Al Jazeera’s moment,” explains the NY Times. Which goes to show, while social media is a powerful new tool in covering news and organizing people, few things have the power of compelling live video, both on television and computer screens around the world.

Well.. it really is television streamed on the internet, but you're right that we should think of it in broader terms... so I tweaked to say "live video."

to fully understand why i jumped at our host, one need only to have followed @umairh from about 8a to 3p. today. for those who did not, it would be worth your while to go back. for those who are curious but don't have the time, i liken it to an 8 hour version of the "he's on a roll" scene from animal house, but as pertains to traditional media v. foreign media (like aj's) coverage of egypt.

secondly, i had just come over from where ben grossman was rating the networks' online coverage. they've since buried it, but it's worth digging up his latest entry on his bc blog. abc came in last by his account, but even more telling is what "new abc news chief ben sherwood" had to say about their giffords gaffe and the internet.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ps3 Update 3.56

The constant updates to the Sony Playstation 3 are a little tedious. But the constant high demanding market is the reason for these changes, and this is why.
Why All the PS3 Updates?
By Christopher Kamens: My name is Christopher Kamens, i am 19 years old. I love to network with other people, publish valuable content for my readers and giving ...

The Sony PlayStation 3 is by far the best gaming console on the market. Though for some reason people are still comparing the PS3 to the Microsoft Xbox 360, but we all now what console is better.

One of the best features of the Sony Playstation 3 is that you can choose what version of the console you want, which right now it is either an 80GB hard drive or the 120 GB hard drive. But you can also increase the hard drive space manually, but that's a whole different story.

From this point on games and media will become more advanced, eventually to the point where it looks like the graphics are those of real life. Due to these changes, it is majorly important that gaming consoles have the memory and proper diagnostics to support these changes without problems.

Recently it seems that Sony is coming out with new versions of the Playstation every other day. Though this seems strange and annoying at the same time, its all for the better as Sony is testing what works and what does not. Which I see it as a good sign, because it means that Sony is putting all there effort into making the Sony Playstation 3 the best gaming console for the consumer. Not to mention that the integrated Blu-Ray player was a big risk on Sony's part, and it has paid off with flying colors, have you seen any other gaming console take that big of a risk?

The current demanding market wants only the consoles that can bring hard core gaming entertainment, especially with graphics, performance and enough hard drive storage. The larger the storage the better that specific machine will be.

The more storage and/or hard drive space a console has, the faster and smoother it will run, not to mention you will be able to save almost any game file to its maximum and never have to worry about overloading the machine. So it's quite obvious that the always occurring changes are a big must, another reason that these changes are so important is so the popular uprising in internet gaming can become more sophisticated.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oprah Show

The Oprah Show - A Goodbye to a Great Talk Show
By Lois Christine: Basic PLUS Degree in creative writing.
In the year 1986 a brand new talk show hit the airwaves in the fall. A woman brought to life a grand talk show that introduced celebrities, politicians, and many other news stories that the people wanted to hear. There was no guarantee that the show was going to make it but for almost twenty five years the show is still going strong.

Oprah Winfrey started the Oprah show that wonderful fall day in 1986 and has been going strong ever since. During her almost twenty five year run she has had shows of all sorts and guests of all sorts. There has been many laughs during her shows, some eyebrows raised during her shows and some tears shed during her show.

Oprah has had a broad variety of things covered in her show. From fashion and happy things to things like some of the tragic happenings overseas and to some of the terrible medical problems that face people today. Her show has been an informative tool that has helped many lose weight and get healthy.

Oprah has also helped many people to actually pick up a book and read. In the year 1996 Oprah started the Oprah's book club which takes a book and has its club members read it and then later review it most times on air. Oprah often discusses what happens each week and encourages viewers to read along with the book club or to go out and get the book afterwards. Oprah's book club has helped many people read many great books and she has also helped many of the books that she has picked out to go on and become best sellers.

With all the good that Oprah has done and as long as her show has been going on you might think that it could never end. However in late 2009, Oprah announced that she would be ending her hit talk show. The last day for her show will be September 9th 2011. Oprah is sure to throw a great Oprah finale. She will more than likely have guests from past shows for her Oprah finale as well as flashbacks from her twenty five year run as talk show host. There will be many tears and many laughs during the Oprah finale. It will be the end of an era of a great talk show with a great talk show host. Oprah Winfrey will be missed in many homes after 2011.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon (large intestine) and rectum. It is characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the colon. Typical symptoms include diarrhea (sometimes bloody) and often abdominal pain.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the colon and / or rectum, leading to ulceration of the bowel lining. It varies in severity from month to month, and is usually treated by drugs.

Complications include anemia due to malabsorption and intestinal toxins that enter the bloodstream. The severe or extensive ulcerative colitis can be treated by surgery, particularly if the Risk of colorectal cancer is high.

Ulcerative colitis is also known as chronic idiopathic ulcerative colitis or chronic ulcerative colitis Indeterminate. It is a chronic, but can be maintained in remission for long periods. This means that the disease may present with periods of activity and inactivity. Periods of activity are known as outbreaks.

Some sources cite it as an autoimmune disease, meaning it is caused by antibodies produced by our own body, reacting against damaging. Its specific cause is not well described, can be triggered by environmental factors such as some cases that develop after an intestinal infection.

The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and the lower intestine (sigmoid) and propagates upward through the entire colon. In rare cases, ulcerative colitis affects the small intestine, except the lower portion, the ileum.

There are various theories about the causes of ulcerative colitis, none of them proven. One theory suggests that some agent, possibly a virus or an atypical bacterium, interacts with the body’s immune system triggers an inflammatory reaction in the intestinal wall.

Although scientific evidence shows that people with ulcerative colitis have abnormalities of the immune system, it is unknown whether these abnormalities are a cause or an effect of the disease.

The most typical manifestation is the presence of diarrhea with mucus abundant output and often there is blood in the stool. The color of blood is crucial, the darker the condition may be more concerned with a colon tract. Also often manifested in the patient colicky abdominal pain, usually lower abdominal and flank.

An approach to diagnosis after symptoms is verified by proof of lactose, a large percentage of patients have a flat curve, i.e. not digest the sugar found in dairy products typically. Besides the confirmation provided by performing an endoscopy lower gastrointestinal (rectos copy or colonoscopy). In the case the mucosa is noted with evident mucosal inflammatory signs such as redness, ulceration, presence of mucus and fibrin material.

It can be associated with other autoimmune diseases like primary sclerosing cholangitis, which affects the liver and bile ducts. The condition always starts in the rectum and extends from that point to other segments of the colon, being more severe disease; the greater percentage of the colon is involved.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Boogie Nights

In 2008, at 45 years old, Fetherolf was diagnosed with Stage IIIC inflammatory breast cancer, a rare form of the disease that affects roughly 1 percent of breast cancer patients in the United States. Immediately after receiving the diagnosis, Fetherolf went into hiding, but not for long.
"It took me a week or a week and a half to collect myself and make the call," she said. "It all started with one phone call to a woman in Sheffield. She made a fermented soy beverage that was known to help with cancer patients. After meeting with her, I got three more phone numbers. I called every single number I was given."

Each contact that Fetherolf made was yet another resource for her to pursue in battling her cancer. Six months after her diagnosis, with the help of chemotherapy and a rigorous nutrition regimen, the cancer "disappeared."

"I had a 7 1/2-centimeter tumor in my breast and four satellite tumors in my lymph glands," she said. "In six months, they were gone. I remember at my last chemo treatment, I was sitting between two women, one who was there for her first treatment and one who was going on eight years of treatment. I told the new girl about how I was on a macrobiotic diet and she just turned to me and said, ‘We can't afford organic food.' Just shut down.

It was this ambivalence and even fear that inspired Fetherolf and her ad hoc "Girls' Night Out" committee to coordinate Berkshire Boogie Nights, a fundraiser/dance party to support the Women's Integrative Network, a worldwide network of resources (mostly alternative) for people living with cancer. The idea behind WIN, according to Fetherolf, is to empower cancer patients to advocate for their own health.

"It's an attitude. It's about empowering yourself," she said. "When you get cancer, you feel completely victimized. Your own body is working against you. But if we can get women to do something proactive, there will be an attitude shift."

While the need to change attitudes and treatments is foremost on Fetherolf's mind, she has had no problem convincing the local community to support WIN's mission: Most of the event's components, including the DJs, the food, the venues and even advertising, have been donated by area businesses.

The outpouring of generosity is a no-brainer, according to Susan Witt, co-founder of Berkshares, which is handling ticket sales as well as sponsoring the event. She said Berkshire Boogie Nights is exactly the kind of event she and other board members want to promote.

"Berkshares is a local currency to support local business and cultural events," she said. "We want to encourage people not just to shop locally but to donate locally. The money goes much further then. Five dollars can easily turn into $500."

The monetary benefit of handling a nonprofit event is not the only incentive for Witt. In addition to fundraising, she hopes the event will move Berkshares' presence northward into Pittsfield, Williamstown and North Adams.

"There is a great pattern of collaboration amongst nonprofits," she said. "Berkshares has been primarily a South County venture, but we want to have that same ‘on the street' familiarity throughout the county. This event has really touched a heartbeat; it's something different."

There will be plenty of opportunities for residents from any direction to come out and dance. Fetherolf and her crew have selected three different dates, themes and venues for the fundraiser, and she hopes this year's turnout will warrant transforming Berkshire Boogie Nights into a yearly event.

"The event is not that complicated, and everyone I've talked to has been really excited," she said. "We had a Girls' Night Out event last year at Crissey Farm, and we sold out a week in advance. I think we're going to have a huge response to this; we just have to stay consistent with the message."

The message, of course, is good health, which inevitably involves good food. Fetherolf said that even the hors d'oeuvres at each event will embody the holistic approach. There to assist will be Katherine Miller, head chef and proprietor of the Kosmic Kitchen, a whole foods catering and consulting outfit in Lenox. According to Miller, anything healthy, especially food, is more available than people think.

"I teach people to be able to use very simple techniques to cook with whole foods," she said. "It's not something that you have to buy in specialty stores or in Japan. You can go into Price Chopper and get good food. It's not an esoteric art."

"We need to educate people, all people, so that they can see that these things aren't far away," she said. "There's no magic bullet; it takes effort to change your life."

Berkshire Boogie Nights will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. at Jae's Spice in Pittsfield; Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington; and Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company's Bernstein Theatre in Lenox. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 413-637-4663.

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