Archive for August, 2006

At this very moment, one of my dearest friends and collegues is receiving a bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

It’s Day 0—Tuesday. The nurse, Melissa, just came in and told us that the time for the transplant/transfusion has been set for 10:00 AM Central time. She said they’ll do the pre-medications, Bendadryl and Solumedrol, starting at 9:30 (about 10 minutes from now). We’re ready. I love you all. Thanks so much for all your love and your support and your prayers. More to come! – John Slatin

If you would like to reach out to John and send your love and good wishes to him…head to M.D. Anderson’s Message to a Patient. You enter your message online, an M.D. Anderson volunteer will print it out and then read it out loud to John. Patient Number and Birthday are NOT required.

Rick and DJ had been threatening to have a celebration of vinyl…and Saturday night they did just that. Rules o’ the game? Bring whatever vinyl you’d love to hear or if you didn’t have any records, you could wear vinyl.

Results? Hilarious! Just the act of digging out old albums was a blast to the past. Brushing aside the cobwebs on my collection, I realized I would be hard pressed to bring just one album. Do I bring my favorite one, or do I bring the cheesiest one? Heck, I’ll bring some of both!

Stop for a moment and ponder this…what album(s) would you bring to a Vinyl Celebration?

Reviewing my own vinyl, I discovered that the hard rock that permeated my high school years wasn’t in my record collection (although you’ll find them on my cassettes, CDs and iPod): Boston, Cream, The Who, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Rush, Led Zepplin, Queen, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Rare Earth, Moody Blues, Santana, Three Dog Night, and Aerosmith.

What artists got air time at the party?
Round 1: Kinky Friedman, Journey, The Jackson Five, The Beatles, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, Roberta Flack, Moody Blues, Cream, Carole King and Two Nice Girls.

Round 2: The Beatles, Petula Clark, Johnny Rivers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Gil Scott Heron, Crosby, Stills and Nash, B52’s, Public Image Limited and The Judy’s.

Round 3 was getting started with Elton John as I had to leave. I could have stayed all night.

Notably missing from our vinyl was Jimi Hendrix. I had him on my iPod (and of course had brought my speakers)…but DJ stuck to the rules and wouldn’t let me play any digital music. Damn him and his rules!

Scott and Nique even went in search of Jimi at the local Half-Price Bookstore, but returned empty handed. Guess that means we’ll have to get on ebay and bid on some Purple Haze before the next celebration of vinyl spins around.

So, the ever curious Sims wants to know…what album(s) would you bring to this celebration? They don’t have to be your own…the could be “your friend’s” or “your brother’s” or even your parents. What album for me, you ask? Why, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights, of course! It is my Dad’s, I swear!

I got a gift over the radio this morning…

Life ain’t always beautiful
Sometimes it’s just plain hard
Life can knock you down, it can break your heart

Life ain’t always beautiful
You think you’re on your way
And it’s just a dead end road at the end of the day

But the struggle makes you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has it’s own way of takin’ it sweet time

No,life ain’t always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride
What a beautiful ride – Gary Allan

…it was just what I need to hear. Once again, Gary Allan touches my heart and gives me hope when my own life isn’t being particularly beautiful.

Last year, a brilliant blogger pointed out that my blogrole was 100% male. And while talented as those boys may be…where indeed were the women on my wizard list? Being a brand new blogger myself at that time, I realized that the people that originally inspired me to blog happened to be male. After much thought, I expanded my wizard list to include my accessibility heroes as well. In addition to reviewing my blogrole, I joined forces with some bloggers to explore the question so well asked by Molly at SXSW 2005, “Where are the Women of Web Design“?

At NetSquared 2006, I had the opportunity to hear Elisa Camahort, co-founder, BlogHer. She showed me exactly where the women bloggers are! And I encourage you to head to BlogHer to register yourself, if you are a female blogger, or register a female blogger that inspires you!

So what is the portrait of the new internet storyteller? According to recent Pew/Internet research on bloggers:

The blogging population is young, evenly split between women and men, and racially diverse.

  • The most distinguishing characteristic of bloggers is their youth. More than half (54%) of bloggers are under the age of 30. Like the internet population in general, however bloggers are evenly divided between men and women.
  • Another distinguishing characteristic is that bloggers are less likely to be white than the general internet population. Sixty percent of bloggers are white, 11% are African American, 19% English-speaking Hispanic and 10% identify as some other race. By contrast, 74% of internet users are white, 9% are African American, 11% are English-speaking Hispanic and 6% identify as some other race.

Which brings me to my newest goal to help achieve internationalization where the motto is: “Making the World Wide Web truly world wide!” Onward!

A collegue is conducting research on the digital divide…if you happen to know of any efforts that fit the following description…could you please share?

I am currently conducting research into the digital divide and how this affects disadvantaged people including individuals with disabilities.

Specifically, I am interested in initiatives that have found ways to encourage disadvantaged people to use the Internet, particularly e-government services. Put differently, I’m looking for initiatives and projects (at any level) that have used creative and innovative ways of introducing the Internet to people who might not have had the opportunity of using it.

If you know of any initiative or project that falls into this category, would you please share this information with me?
– Heike Boeltzig

So, where have you seen bridges spanning the digital divide?