Just a few hours into the day and the eyes are dry and tired already. I came across this great post from Digital Inspiration and thought it might be helpful for you too. Give your eyes the rest they need and you can continue to put in the time necessary on your computer, tablet, iPad, etc...
Digital Inspiration: The 20 - 20 - 20 Rule (http://www.labnol.org/software/computer-eye-exercise/14069/)
Nashville area waters have returned to normal levels while the city continues to help those impacted by the flood in their recovery. Many Churches and the teams at Hands On Nashville continue to coordinate the volunteer efforts that are so needed. Service organizations including Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Second Harvest and HopeForce have been busy since the flooding began.
One group that has been impacted like many of their neighbors are the singers and songwriters of Music City. Many experienced flooding in their homes. And many lost their music instruments when Sound Check, a storage facility in downtown Nashville, succumbed to the rising Cumberland River's floodwaters.
Music City has been particularly busy using its talents to help those in need. Over $1.7MM was raised in a WSMV (Channel 4) telethon featuring "Vince Gill and friends" that showcased the talent and the heart of Nashville and the surrounding area. Even in the face of personal loss, the musicians came together to give a message of hope and support through their gifting. Vince and Amy Grant also contributed $100K to the fundraiser. Reba gave $100K. Nissan, now a "resident" of the Cool Springs area with their North American headquarters gave $300K. And Taylor Swift showed her heart for the area with a $500K gift!
While the telethon was airing, Anderson Cooper's 360 on CNN showed the destructive power of the water and featured interviews with Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and others including the many volunteers who are selflessly giving to help those in need.
Brad Paisley went on to play the Opry from the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville on Friday May 7. Thursday evening Brad tweeted, "Can't wait to play the Opry tomorrow night. Feels about as important to me as the very first time I ever played it, somehow."
Even the Nashville Symphony, which suffered damage to Nashville's new Schermerhorn Symphony Center, provided a free concert for the public on Friday.
Many concerts that were already scheduled became instant benefit concerts as Nashville worked to rebound from the watery surprise. -- http://www.examiner.com/x-11988-Nashville-Festivals-Examiner~y2010m5d5-Benefi...
And that was just the beginning. Nashville's music community continues to reach out. If you love great music, you have many opportunities to be entertained while raising money for those impacted by the flooding. It doesn't matter what genre of music you enjoy -- there is something for everyone in the many offerings going on around town in country, rock, christian, classical music and more.
Here are just a few of the events going on to continue the musical support for the flood recovery efforts:
Are you a songwriter? A "Songwriting Competition To Raise Money For Flood Victims" is underway. http://nashvillebenefits.com/2010/05/songwriting-competition-to-raise-money-f...
Entries must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2010. As they say in Nashville, "It all starts with a song."
You can also improve your wardrobe to help: Cool People Care is selling a T-Shirt with "We Are Nashville" to raise money for those impacted by the flood. -- http://store.coolpeoplecare.org/products/we-are-nashville-t-shirt
Bands and Artists including @nashmusicians are also jumping in to help by donating their iTunes download revenue for May.
Nashville photographers have left us stunning images of the past week: http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=nashville+flooding&ss=1. You can also check out the videos from my blog last week at http://cantstopthemusic.typepad.com/cantstopthemusic/2010/05/nashvilles-i-24-...
Social networking continues to play a big part in connecting the community and keeping people informed. For example, Opry Mills' Facebook page is providing updates on the devastated Mall as well as where those now unemployed can get help -- http://www.facebook.com/OpryMills
Search Twitter hashtags for a stream of activity all about the flood. A few of the popular hashtags on Twitter include: #nashvilleflood, #othersituation2010 and #wearenashville.
I also recommend following @HONashville, @NashBenefits, @NashvilleEst, @NESPower, @tndotcom, @NashvilleAlerts and @WSMV on Twitter.
Is there a silver lining? In addition to seeing the great spirit of the people of Nashville, Bellevue, Franklin, Brentwood, Antioch and all surrounding areas, new jobs are being created. For example, Contract Labor Solutions plans to hire 2,500 workers -- http://www.wkrn.com/global/story.asp?s=12443546 for flood cleanup.
For More Information:
Grand Ole Opry stage sat under 2 feet of water
lose millions in gear in Nashville flood
Leaves Wake Of Damaged Homes
Nashville Symphony: http://www.nashvillesymphony.org
CMA Fest: http://www.cmafest.com/
Hand On Nashville: http://www.hon.org (Twitter: @HONashville)
Salvation Army: http://salvationarmyusa.org
American Red Cross in Nashville: http://www.nashvilleredcross.org
Second Harvest Food Bank Of Middle Tennessee: http://www.secondharvest.org
HopeForce International: http://www.hopeforce.org
Cool People Care: http://www.coolpeoplecare.org
Please let me know of any other helpful links, Twitter ID's to follow, Facebook links, etc. Thanks to all of the many volunteers who have been and continue to help. We Are Nashville. We truly are the Volunteer State! May God bless America and May God bless Nashville and the surrounding area in this time of loss and rebuilding.
Serious storm today in Nashville. Tornado sirens were going off. And flooding proved to be the major problem...This was our street:
Thanks to my friend Sampson, I had the opportunity to see how a tech wiz is putting Apple's iPad to work. I left our coffee meeting this week with many ideas and reflections on the device that has captured the media's attention and has already led 700,000+ people to part with their hard earned cash.
One thought that has not left me... Microsoft demonstrated their Surface technology platform a few years back. While Surface can let you interact in the proposed spaces of a mobile phone sales floor (T-Mobile was the demonstration case) or a Casino or a bar or other innovative scenarios, its cost is prohibitive. Apple's iPad offers most of what Surface offers for a tiny fraction of the price. And it takes the technology to the field in a way that makes you want to engage with it. So why the link to Surface?
One of the great potential benefits cited by Surface was the ability to use it in a variety of customer and sales situations. The only problem (beyond the cost)? It requires a huge table. The interactive features are awesome and make you want to touch and engage. And we've all heard how using more of your senses draws you deeper into an experience. iPad brings all of these benefits in a great and portable package and weighs in at less than 2 lbs. Retail experiences, Real Estate sales people, direct marketing companies, pharmaceutical sales people, Doctors and Nurses, and just about anyone in sales or service that presents information and interacts in 1:1 or 1:few situations with their clients or the public can benefit from this "easy to add to your toolbox" form factor.
An iPhone or Android phone has many of these benefits yet are too small to become immersive or to have two (or a few more) people gather around it. Pointing and touching and dragging and sizing... A laptop or Tablet PC is okay, yet nowhere near as engaging as an iPad. If you don't believe me, you have not seen an iPad in person.
Will the upcoming devices based on Microsoft's Slate or tablets based on Google's Android operating system provide competition? Sure. For some. Regardless of your like or dislike for Steve Jobs, we need to tip our hats to him and his iPad. He has done it again. I hope that Microsoft and Google-based devices do raise the bar. Competition is a great thing that will benefit all and can accelerate this new platform. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing the many creative uses of the iPad in sales and service.
What creative uses are you seeing? What creative applications do you need? Will you buy the iPad? If not, why not? If so, what drove your decision?
This report from the Seattle Daily Tech Flash was also reported in TechCrunch today... Given the discussion on life in the clouds here in past blogs and with friends, I found this of note. Microsoft certainly seems to be subscribing to the "better late than never" approach. Google snapped up several document collaboration technologies in the past few months including DocVerse (http://www.docverse.com), announced today, and Etherpad (http://www.etherpad.com), announced in December. Both appear aimed at strengthening Google's online collaboration tools including Google Apps and Google Wave. Microsoft's Office 2010 promises more cloud-based options for Office users. Will the missive from Redmond be enough?
At this stage of the game Google definitely appears well ahead of Redmond in the innovation and acquisition department. Yet a customer base of approximately 700 million users lets Microsoft be late to the party and still come out strong IF (and this is a big "IF") Office customers see enough value in staying with Microsoft versus the many new options -- many of which are low cost or free. Time will tell...
Email: Ballmer tells Microsoft employees to embrace cloud Every once in a while, Microsoft's top executives mark big shifts in technology or corporate strategy with internal memos that serve as a call to arms for employees, and send a signal to the rest of the industry when they inevitably leak out. Probably the most famous was Bill Gates' 1995 Internet Tidal Wave memo (PDF) in which the Microsoft chairman turned the company's attention to the rise of the online world. This won't rank up there with that one, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today issued an email underscoring the company's cloud-computing strategy, echoing the themes from his speech at the University of Washington earlier today. TechCrunch published the memo earlier today, and we were able to confirm its authenticity and obtain a copy of our own. Continue reading for the full text.
By Todd Bishop on Thursday, March 4, 2010, 5:28pm PST
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Every once in a while, Microsoft's top executives mark big shifts in technology or corporate strategy with internal memos that serve as a call to arms for employees, and send a signal to the rest of the industry when they inevitably leak out. Probably the most famous was Bill Gates' 1995 Internet Tidal Wave memo (PDF) in which the Microsoft chairman turned the company's attention to the rise of the online world.
This won't rank up there with that one, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today issued an email underscoring the company's cloud-computing strategy, echoing the themes from his speech at the University of Washington earlier today. TechCrunch published the memo earlier today, and we were able to confirm its authenticity and obtain a copy of our own. Continue reading for the full text.
Dan Buettner: Many Americans exercise too hard. The life expectancy of our species, for 99.9% of human history, was about 30 years. The fact that medicine has pushed life expectancy to age 78 doesn't mean our bodies were designed for three-quarters of a century of pounding. Muscles tear, joints wear out, backs go out. The world's longest-lived people tend to do regular, low intensity physical activity, like walking with friends, gardening and playing with their children. The key is to do something light every day.
I also think the trend toward isolation is a mistake. Drive down any American street at 9:00 pm and you can see the greenish glow of the television or the computer in people's window. We've become an increasingly isolated society. Fifteen years ago, the average American had three good friends. Now it's down to two. We know that isolation shaves good years off of your life. In The Blue Zones, I advocate reconnecting with your religious community and proactively building friendships with the right people.
Question: Is there something about the physical landscape that contributes to an area being a Blue Zone, or can people make their own personal Blue Zones, regardless of where they live?
Dan Buettner: Staying young and living long is mostly a function of your environment... and the good news is that to a great extent, we each have control over that environment. In the Blue Zones around the world, people live in places where walking is the main means of transportation, where the sun shines strong all year long so they get enough vitamin D; where they have established social norms that bring people together in supportive groups or clubs. The Blue Zones book shows you how to take about two hours and set up your home, your social life and your work place to help you get up to 10 more good years out of life (and look younger along the way!).
Question: Are Blue Zones about living longer, or living better?
Dan Buettner: Both. The same things that get you to a healthy 100 get you there better. The Blue Zones offers a completely different way to think about longevity and youth maintenance. If you look at the Power9—the common denominators of the longest-lived people—you see that they tend to put their families first, they belong to a faith-based community and they know their sense of purpose. All of these behaviors are associated with 3-6 years of life (which is better than any diet can promise) and they're good years. In other words, the same Blue Zone tenets that will help you get to a healthy age 90 will help ensure those years are vital and enriching.
Question: If considering all nine habits at once seems overwhelming, what's the first step someone could take toward living a more enriching, longer life?
Dan Buettner: The good news is that the Power9 is an a la carte menu: by no means do you have to do all nine to gain more good years out of life. In fact, do six of them and get about 90% of the benefit. The most important thing you can do is building your own Right Tribe. Which is to say, all of the world's longest-lived people were born into, or consciously chose to associate with, the right people. The Framingham Studies show us that if your three best friends are obese, there's a 50% better chance that you'll be obese. The reverse is true too. If you dine with people who eat healthy food, you're more likely to eat healthy food; if the friends you spend the most time with play a sport, you're more likely to join them. As your mother said, "You're known by the company you keep." You're also likely to resemble them.
(Interview above posted at Amazon.com)
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