Hurricane Resources #Hurricane

Put together a list for family in Florida…  Just copying and sharing here as well..

Zello – http://zello.com/

All Partners Access Network- https://community.apan.org/hadr/hurricane-irma/

You Tube (Live) https://www.youtube.com/live Stream news live from cell networks.

Police scanners online – https://www.lifewire.com/find-police-scanners-3483138

 

Disaster apps https://www.sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html

 

WISER (includes CHEMM) application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for Blackberry
  • Launch in browser

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) assists first responders in Hazmat incidents, with features including substance identification support, containment and suppression advice, and medical treatment information. Content from CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) is included in this app.


Mobile REMM application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for Blackberry
REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) provides guidance about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injuries during radiological and nuclear emergencies. It was developed by the National Library of Medicine and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ERG 2016 application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

2016 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) from the PHMSA (U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) provides first responders with a go-to resource to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.


CDC Blast Injury application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
This application is designed to help healthcare providers and public health professionals treat injuries, prepare for blast events, and save lives.

TOXNET application icon
  • Launch in browser

TOXNET from the National Library of Medicine is an easy to use, mobile-optimized Web interface covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.


Tox-App application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
Tox-App lets users search for industrial facilities that most recently reported releasing certain chemicals into the environment to the US EPA TRI program. This version of Tox-App provides some of the basic TOXMAP functions, including the ability to search for reporting facilities, or browse for these facilities by chemical, state, or county.

CAMEO Chemicals application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Launch in browser

CAMEO Chemicals is a tool designed for people involved in hazardous material and incident response and planning. It has a database of thousands of chemicals, with response information and a tool that tells you what reactions might occur if chemicals were mixed together. There is also a desktop program for Windows or Mac that, like the mobile apps, can be used offline.


Laboratory Response Network Rule-Out and Refer  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
This app from CDC allows sentinel labs to access important information regarding six potential bioterrorism agents, including information about biosafety, shipping and select agent compliance associated with each pathogen.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards Mobile Web Application application icon
  • Lunch in Browser

This app provides general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The Pocket Guide presents key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals or substance groupings.


Internal Contamination Clinical Reference application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
This app estimates reference concentrations of radionuclides in urine assuming intakes equal to one Clinical Decision Guide (CDG) for each radionuclide. It is intended for clinicians, health professionals, radiation safety officers, medical and public health laboratory specialists, or any other professional interested in internal contamination with radioactive materials and their medical therapy. The app is to be used for educational and informational purposes only.

RadResponder application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for Windows laptop or tablet

RadResponder provides free software tools for logging, transmitting, storing, analyzing, and presenting environmental radiation monitoring data. Data is stored in a secure cloud environment accessible only by the user. Account registration is required through the RadResponder Network.


Medical and Health Information

PubMed application icon
  • Launch in browser

PubMed Mobile provides access to more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.


LactMed application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
LactMed provides access information about maternal and infant drug levels and possible effects of vaccines and radiologic agents on lactation and on breastfed infants.

MedlinePlus application icon
  • Launch in browser

MedlinePlus provides access to consumer-oriented health information on disaster topics in English and Spanish.


mTBI Pocket Guide  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
mTBI (Tramautic Brain Injury) Pocket Guide provides access to clinical guidelines for assessing and treating service members and Veterans who have sustained a mild TBI.

Drug Shortages application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

This app from the FDA allows users to quickly identify current drug shortages, resolved shortages, and discontinuations of drug products, helping health practitioners made quick decisions about patient treatment.


MMWR Express application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
The app provides access to full reports and available summaries from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which contains timely, authoritative, and useful public health information and recommendations from the CDC.

CDC Yellow Book 2018 - Travel Health Information application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad)
  • Download for Android

The fully revised and updated CDC Yellow Book 2018 app delivers the U.S. government’s most current travel health guidelines, including pre-travel vaccine recommendations, destination-specific health advice, and easy-to-reference maps, tables, and charts. Authored by a team of the world’s most esteemed travel medicine experts, this app best codifies the U.S. Government’s latest travel guidelines to staying healthy anywhere in the world.


MATx Mobile App to Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad)
  • Download for Android
MATx empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorders. This free app supports practitioners who currently provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

Responder Support and Safety

Med Field Ops  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad

Mobile Medical Unit Field Operations Guide was developed for the Northern New England Metropolitan Response System but is applicable to other response teams such as MRC, CERT, DMAT and others. The app contains access to packing lists, deployment guidelines, treatment reference, and more.


OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.

CDC TravWell application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

This app, designed for international travel, provides destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a travel checklist and a healthy travel packing list. You can also use this app to store travel documents and records of immunizations and to set reminders for getting vaccine boosters or taking medicine.


AFN-TIPS application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Launch in browser
This app is intended to support first responders and others who are assisting individuals with access and functional needs in times of crisis.

Show Me for Emergencies application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

This app is for emergency workers and people with communication needs such as difficulty understanding English, hearing impairments, and cognitive disabilities. It uses easy-to-understand icons for two-way communication during an emergency.


RRAIN application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Response and Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) is designed to help first responders in the State of Washington access disaster information resources on a mobile device.

Psychological Health Tools

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Disaster Response  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for BlackBerry

This app will connect behavioral health responders to evidenced-based behavioral health resources for use in the field. Users can access pre-loaded resources when Internet connectivity is limited, locate nearby treatment facilities, search for key materials and share information with colleagues and survivors.


PFA Mobile application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
PFA Mobile assists responders who provide psychological first aid as part of an organized response effort. The app was funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), and the VA’s Patient Care Services.

PTSD Coach application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

PTSD Coach provides users with information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including educational resources, information about professional care, a self-assessment tool, opportunities to find support, and tools to help manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD.


Provider Resilience application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Provider Resilience gives frontline providers tools to keep themselves productive and emotionally healthy as they help service members, veterans, and their families. The app also features stress-busting and compassion satisfaction-building tools.

Responder Self Care application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

This mobile app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.


Help Kids Cope application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
This app helps parents, caregivers, teachers, and emergency preparedness professionals talk with children about the disasters they may face and how to best support them before, during and after an event.

U.S. Federal Organizations

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CDC application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

The CDC mobile app provides health and safety information related to emergencies and disasters.


FEMA application icon
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  • Download for Android
  • Download for Blackberry
  • Launch in browser
FEMA app and mobile enhanced web page provide government disaster response information. Users can also upload and share disaster photos to help emergency managers.

American Red Cross Suite of Apps

First Aid by American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

First Aid by American Red Cross provides free lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information, including videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.


Red Cross Emergency  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Red Cross Emergency is an “all-inclusive” app that combines more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts from natural to man-made, giving users real-time information about incidents that are about to occur in their location.

Earthquake - American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

Earthquake – American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions on what to do before/during/after an earthquake. It also includes an “I’m Safe” feature to notify family and friends that you are okay.


Flood - American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Flood by American Red Cross app provides flood warning alerts, location of open shelters, information about dealing with floods and power outages and a customizable “I’m Safe” notification.

Hurricane - American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

Hurricane by American Red Cross app provides access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes, including an “I’m safe” messaging alert.


Tornado - American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Tornado by American Red Cross app provides access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after a tornado, including an audible siren when NOAA issues a tornado warning even if your app is closed.

Wildfires by American Red Cross application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

Wildfires by American Red Cross shows where NOAA has issued wildfire warnings, notifies you when a new wildfire occurs and gives you a current view of the wildfire’s track and perimeter. You can also let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out and learn what steps you should take to prepare your family, home and pets.


Surveillance and Alerts

National Hurricane Center  application icon
  • Launch in browser

National Hurricane Center mobile enhanced Web page provides access to critical hurricane advisories and marine forecasts.


National Weather Service  application icon
  • Launch in browser
National Weather Service mobile enhanced Web page provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States.

Disaster Alert  application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

Disaster Alert provides access to information in both a list and on an interactive map about active hazards occurring around the globe.


Outbreaks Near Me application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
Outbreaks Near Me provides real-time, searchable disease outbreak information for your neighborhood on interactive maps.

FluView application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad

FluView tracks influenza-like illness activity levels across the U.S.


ECDC Threat Reports application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for Windows Phone
The ECDC Threat Reports app gives you direct access to key updates and reports on communicable disease threats of concern to the European Union.

Epi Info application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

Epi Info™ mobile apps bring many of the features of Epi Info™ for Windows onto Android and iOS mobile platforms. Epidemiologists can calculate sample sizes, collect data, and perform analysis using their smartphones or tablets to investigate outbreaks, respond to emergencies, or conduct public health research in locations lacking IT infrastructure.


Humanitarian Kiosk application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
This app provides a range of up-to-the-minute humanitarian related information from emergencies around the world

ReliefWeb Crises application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

RW Crises provides comprehensive coverage of over 20 crisis-affected countries. Get the latest humanitarian updates, disaster trends and country overviews as well as links to in-country contacts, datasets, and jobs and training opportunities. Follow updates in real time and save content for offline use.


Family Reunification

ReUnite application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android

ReUnite provides ability to upload missing and found person information for family reunification during and after disasters. It provides structured information to the National Library of Medicine’s People Locator service.


TriagePic application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
This app is for use by hospital staff to reunify friends and family during a mass disaster. It is a reporting and tracking tool that allows staff to capture photos and brief information (name, age, gender, etc.) on disaster victims as they arrive at the hospital. This information on victims is stored in a database that may be searched by staff for family reunification purposes.

Apps for Disasters in Libraries

LibraryFloods application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad

LibraryFloods covers basic steps for recovering collections after a water emergency in your library.


ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage application icon
  • Download for iPhone/iPad
  • Download for Android
  • Download for Blackberry
ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage outlines critical stages of disaster response for damage to collections and significant records. It is based on the Heritage Preservation’s Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.

For general emergency information from DOT:

For information and resources available from DOT pertaining to Hurricane Irma:

For more information on Hurricane Irma, please visit the following websites:

For information and resources available from DOT pertaining to Hurricane Harvey:

5% Comment on Hate and Bigotry

Do You Know What a 5 Percenter is?

I grew up in Co-op City located in the northeast section of The Bronx.   When I was a teenager I had a good friend named John who lived in the building next to mine.  John was a nice kid and  we had a lot of fun hanging out and running around our area which was called “Section 5.”    One day,  I was walking out of my building and I saw John from a distance,  I waved hello and he put his head down as if to avoid seeing me.   I started walking toward him and he ran into the building and disappeared.

A few weeks later something similar happened and John avoided me.   I couldn’t understand what I did or what was going on and I was confused.   I was walking past our shopping section and John was there hanging out with a bunch of other kids.   I waved and said, “Hello,” and he yelled back, “Devil.”    I thought he was joking around with me so I just yelled back at him and laughed it off.   That didn’t work out for me.    You see, John and his new friends ran down and cornered me.   He said “My name ain’t John … it is Justice and we aren’t friends.. Devil.”    I told him that I didn’t understand, we were friends growing up all these years in the same section.  We ran to Mr. Softee together and played in courts and..

Because I was his friend at some point,  he asked the other kids to let me go without beating me to a pulp.   I was lucky that day, but he told me to stay clear of him and know that he was a G-d and his friends would kill me if needed.

Lasting Memories of Pain

I was walking out of school through the backdoor and my friend Sean and a few other kids were walking out behind me.    I heard, “Hey, Devil! You know what you did to the slaves, Devil?”   It wasn’t long before a few kids turned into 12.   I was about 125 pounds soaking wet and carrying a back pack that was as heavy as me.   A few girls that I was close friends with saw what was going on and ran over to stop whatever was about to happen.    It was too late.   It started with words and one kid that was of Spanish decent started to charge me and circle me like a vulture.   They slapped my bag down and started shoving me.    I was scared, but at the same time, I knew that no matter what I did, this thing was going to happen.   I said, “I’m Jewish, I had nothing to do with slaves.  In fact, my people were slaves too.”   Sean looked at me with great sadness in his eyes and said, “I’m sorry.”  He didn’t hit me, but the fists where flying and all I could see was a mix of hands, light, dark, and … nothingness.    I think sometime during a beating like that,  you go into shock and pain stops.   Everything slows down and you are just living in the moment of trying to figure a way out of the situation or just survive.   The girls were screaming to get off of me, fighting back for me stopped after I realized that I couldn’t hit anyone.   There were just too many people hitting me.    I remember when it stopped and the girls walked up to me as I was laying on the ground trying to get up.   Remember, there were no cell phones, no pictures and no cameras outside, just me and a bunch of kids kicking my ass.    The girls got me to the bus stop and I took the bus home, I must have been in shock for a long time because I didn’t feel pain for a while.   When I got home, my mother took me to the hospital.   My tailbone was damaged and my back was pretty hurt.    The back pain and pain in my tailbone never went away 100%.   I have a reminder of their hate for me and the person they think I was every day.    They were indoctrinated Five Percenters and wore the symbols and changed their names too.    I don’t remember the name Sean took, I was just thankful that he didn’t hit me and sorry that he submitted to it.

The Scars

Growing up in NY,  people were pretty tolerant and generally most people respected each other.  The kids used excuses to hurt each other and hate just needed a reason.    My parents grew up in The Bronx and never did in my entire life did I hear anything negative about a type of people.   In fact,  I learned about hate from people sitting in lawn chairs lined up across the building as I would walk in.   People would call me over to talk and I would listen.  It was Holocaust survivors sitting with Cubans who escaped or WWII veterans and others.    It was black men and women just sitting in the chair enjoying the afternoon with others, willing to share a memory.    It wasn’t long into my teenage years that I started to experience hate against me, however it was the Navy that taught me how much I am hated as a Jew.    I dealt with religious people from different groups telling me how bad I am and how evil the Jewish people are.   I had my sheets cut up and swastikas drawn on them.    The assumption that I have a tail and horns was something that people believed and asked me about.   On my ship until I made a name for myself,  the only group of people that would even talk to me were kids from NY.     I was very alone and the Navy at the time had less than 1/2 of 1% of sailors of Jewish decent.   Let’s say that the chaplain was not a Rabbi.

Pain On

I have pain today from getting hurt and fighting mostly to protect myself from others.   I have pain from stuff I did in the service as well, but mostly beyond the physical pain,  I am sad.    Our world is a beautiful place that we are destroying and we are fighting with each other and creating more division between us than ever.   We are going to a place that we can’t come back from when we kill people.    I imagined a world with much more tolerance and respect, not this.     When I think about people and the world we live in,  I think about how I grew up in Co-op.   I think about my friends in my childhood before I was 13 and how we played and how we didn’t care about color or race or religion.   We just had fun and played or fought because of something stupid, but we worked it out and played again the next day.     I went to high school where I was 1 of 5 kids that were white and I am sure I was the only Jewish kid there.    I was accepted and it wasn’t always easy, but we did it.   The complaint back then as I remember and the quote, “Black on black crime, was way before our time, we need to reach for the heights.”     The name of the school was University Heights.    As I think about how we have created ways to hurt and hate throughout history,  I realize today that there is very little hope for peace.  It will be an act of G-d that will bring us together or destroy us all.   It may very well be that the acts of man will destroy us or our children before then.

As I go through my daily routine reminded by the pain in my back and tailbone of the children that hated me for something that I was not, I think of the only things that I can do to make things better.

  1. I look to do at least one good thing in a day.
  2. I teach my children about reality and how they need to behave better and aim to do what is right even under harsh conditions.
  3. Practice kindness even in the face of those who hate me.

Very Little Hope

I said there is very little, but there is hope.   Even if it is a sliver of a slice,  I will hang on to it.   I hope that Justice / John has changed his mind about me and realizes that I am not a “devil” and I hope that we can find through acts of kindness as individuals the pebbles to fill the jar of love for humanity.     If we do, we can turn hope into a reality.

Devil in a Pebble

Global Warming

Our Plastic Ocean

Nuclear Meltdown

Gas Leaks

Oil Spills

Zika

Ebola

Cancer

Flint 

Distractors (Trump, Clinton, Journalists, Kanye..etc)

Short term Business Thinking <–Consequence Deferred

War — (The Clock is at 3 Minutes to Midnight)

Greedy World Leaders <– Destroyers of Humanity 

Greedy Business Leaders <– See World Leaders

These things and more are pebbles in the jar of our world.  The pebbles will continue to add up and we watch these events and behaviors everyday and feel as if we can do nothing. 

The same pebbles that are adding up to destroy our world and our kind can be countered by good behavior and healthy contribution.

You don’t get fat or fit in a day.  The world is becoming something new and it doesn’t look favorable for the human race.    To address this, we need to change our focus from Kardashian to Flint.   From wars we can’t win to battles we can win.   From political nonsense to practical mindful behaviors and actions.

It is our world and it is our choice.  Each of us is a contributor and each of us has an opportunity to make it better.  Doing nothing is doing something and it is not too late to save us.

We don’t have to worry about aliens attacking, the plague or great disasters, we have to worry about silence, ignorance and a lack of caring or humanistic paralysis.

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This is our world..

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Image Linked from CNN

Summary:

Our first world, second and third world problems are connected.  Money won’t matter when there is nothing to trade.  We must raise awareness and bring these conversations to light.

As a people this is our test.  As a group, a community, a world, this is our judgement day.

The choices we make and the actions we take will determine the blessings or the curse for our children and their children.  Today we are leaving a stain over a mark.. and we have to work together to figure out how to change our behavior.

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Cutting the Cord 2015 (Happy New Year)

A few years back we had television through cable.   I was frustrated by the fact that the cable company kept raising the rates.  They charged us for every box, they charged us for channels that I wanted to watch in the form of packages.  They charged us with confidence that we were either too lazy or incapable of finding other options.

The alternatives seemed just as bad.   Going to DirectTV or Dish would have cost the same or more.  I thought I wanted FIOS but when I called Verizon the options felt the same.  Additionally, I wouldn’t be able to get FIOS until it becomes available sometime in 2030 or never.

The cable bill was about $130.00 dollars at the time which to most folks that seems pretty inexpensive except it isn’t.   I can think of a lot of other things I can do with a $130.00 dollars.  The reason it wasn’t $200.00+ was because my wife kept calling the cable company negotiating the number.

Today our cable bill is for internet alone.  We do have a bill but it is a lot less than $130.00 and we have more options.  There are a few tradeoffs but for our family none of these impacted us to an extent that were lasting.

While there are many ways to cut the cord, I will give you a short list here of what worked for me.

This was my first post about cutting the cord. RaspberryPizzle.jpg

By the way,  I went online and did a search about cutting the cord.  What I read was mostly garbage that directs people to use services like Netflix or Hulu.

Getting it..

I have 4 televisions.  Two have what I would call full functionality and the other two are limited.  The two that are limited are only limited because I didn’t care to run a wire.   I have less local channels on those two.   At this time I can watch all local channels in my region and I have some augmented abilities to watch on demand content.

I was located in Virginia Beach when I started trying to figure this all out.   I used http://antennaweb.org/address.aspx to enter my zip code.  It tells you what tv stations are in your area and what kind of antenna will work best for you.   I also used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=potkay.tvantennahelper.free which helped me point the antenna in the right direction.   For me antennaweb worked fine and was enough to get me in the right direction.  Although, I did play with the app.

Since I was within 30-50 miles of the tv stations, it was easy for me to go with small fractal antennas like http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-fractal-antenna-for-HDTV-DTV-plus-/ or http://www.htpc-diy.com/2012/04/diy-flexible-fractal-window-hdtv.html

I bought the flat panel Mohu Leaf but I wouldn’t recommend it as being better than most of the other products I played around with.  As a matter of fact, the best results came from antenna built by my friend Rob.  As shown in the first post about cutting the cord.

I decided to run all my testing on one television until I could get comfortable with the results.  Ironically, the television I chose was the one that was used most often.    After a few adjustments on a clear Sunday morning, I was “dialed in” and  had about 30 local channels.   Where I am today, I have about 50 over the air (OTA).

I wanted to have some on demand capabilities as well and I didn’t want to miss out on our Sunday football games.   Generally in Virginia I couldn’t watch my football team every Sunday unless I had an NFL package which my cable company didn’t offer.  I would have to go somewhere else or watch over another device.

In order to get on demand I did something like this http://lifehacker.com/5929913/build-a-xbmc-media-center-with-a-35-raspberry-pi which turned a little computer into a media center for me.  It was about $50 bucks all said and done but it was sluggish and I had to do a lot of work to make it the way I wanted.  The plugin I use for on demand sports is “SportsDevil”

No doubt I wanted to stay with XBMC which is now called Kodi but I wanted it to respond faster and I didn’t want to have to work hard to watch anything.  Some folks like to just use Netflix, Hulu or Plex (http://www.htpcbeginner.com/plex-vs-kodi-comparison-guide/) from here but I wanted a little more flexibility.

I used the Amazon FireTv and sideloaded the Kodi application on it http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Install_Kodi_on_Fire_TV

Here are some other links to devices and options for Kodi http://kodi.wiki/view/Devices

What is Kodi? http://kodi.tv/about/

The easiest way for me to put it is.. an open source operating environment that allows you to have a very custom multimedia experience.  You can stream content or gain access to content on demand.  You can use preconfigured software packages like TVMC or you can customize it yourself.  The only limit on what content you have is the amount of time you want to invest playing around with it.

You can actually purchase preloaded systems too. http://www.amazon.com/LYNEC-M6-Android-Pre-loaded-Streaming/dp/B00PC5XVPO  I am not recommending this one, it is just an example.

For me it was easy to sideload the FireTV but I realize that folks may not have time or desire to load it on there and it isn’t straight forward.

It isn’t perfect 100% of the time and since it is a customized experience some results will vary but I would trade what I had with cable for Kodi any day.  In fact, I probably watch more media than I did in the past because I have access immediately to content I am interested in.   I think my favorite is being able to look at content around the world and get a glimpse of how others live.

Happy cutting.. if you choose to go down this road.  Post questions if you have any.. I am happy to answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working Out Loud: Speak to the Heart and Mind (Part 4 of 5)

Show up whenever possible. (Part 1)
Ask to speak with senior leaders; chances are they will see you. (Part 2)
Advocate for yourself and others. (Part 3)
Speak to the heart and mind. (Part 4 You are here)
Have faith and courage.

Living a Life of Legacy

We are living on a spinning rock full of magma destined to be consumed by a ball of fire in the form of an extinguished star. It is pretty easy to question the purpose of our existence.  Some look to religion, others to philosophy.  Either way, there is some form of rationalization on why we are here. When I turn on the news I mostly find a cold world full of consistent tragedy. It is 2015, and as a child I dreamed of a world with flying cars, robots, and peace.

I thought my generation was so intermixed and informed that we would simply starve out racism, sexism, and challenge all that was wrong with the world.  I was looking for something big but I have come to believe that I should be looking for something small.  This post is about speaking to the heart and mind because you can speak to one or the other; however, we can communicate our message best if we seek to address both with purpose and passion.  

A lot of people believe that they have to wait to be great.  They spend years building wealth and working hard to achieve this ultimate dream of having success and security.   Born from this sense of security and wealth, they can now live a “life of legacy” where they can go and do good things and be charitable.  They can find the kindness in their hearts that they had to set aside to be good at being tough.  Being tough and strong is a characteristic associated with good leadership.   Rarely do you hear of leaders being weak and wimpy.   It is always said that the “strong survive” and that is how our world works.   In business or war ironically, we see and hear similar practices around strength.  I believe there are forces that are underestimated in our world.  There are both strong and weak forces and to focus on strength and toughness holistically would be missing the benefits of these other factors.  People can be made to do something by force and people can be led to do something by inspiration.  It is part of our nature, but either way the same rules don’t always apply.   

With this in mind, these new philanthropists believe they can be what they want with no person to control them as they did their time and generated the income needed to find security and success.   As I am speaking generally, I recognize that a lot of people “do good things” but more often than not in my experience it doesn’t seem to be enough for them to recognize how good their daily acts really are.  The point is that if you want to live a life of legacy, there is no reason to wait to do something that your heart is calling for.  Right now is a good time and it starts with behavior over events.

Speaking to the Heart

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (Nelson Mandela)  

The intent of this quote was to address people in their mother tongue as a sign of respect and understanding.   This quote can go much further than intended in that language is complicated.  Even when I speak or write in English, it is when I find common connections and words that that seem to touch something inside that goes beyond logic is when I am most compelling.

Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeWks6cgJ-k  it is only two minutes. The first time I saw this it came from  Dr. Madelyn Blair on storytelling.  

It is the experience or feeling of something great and compelling that inspires thought or action.  It touches on a memory or something inside of us that helps us “get it.”  We don’t need to stand on a pulpit or talk from a mountain to find this voice. More often it comes from something simple like a Post It note, a whisper, a kind word or simply diverting attention from a computer screen or phone to look up at someone and listen.  

In order to live a life of legacy everyday, it seems that we should practice working out loud. As life inspires us, we have an opportunity to take our thoughts and snippets of wisdom and do something with it to help others.    One personal example comes from my very good friend and mentor, Mr. Ron Batdorf.    Ron exemplifies working out loud and speaking to the heart and mind.   He works hard and faces adversity and he never quits.   He is soft spoken and thoughtful, and he shows up when called and he practices leading through small kind acts.   I have seen the impact of his good work in many forms, but I also benefit from his friendship and wisdom almost every day.  I hope he doesn’t mind that I share a note here from him.

“Howie, I have found that Rabbi Heschel has the same understanding of dialectic patterns as St. Paul (Sal) had.  See below a excerpt from the website: https://theshalomcenter.org/node/88   Interesting that this is foundational to both the Christian and Jewish Faiths.  Just wondered if you know of Rabbi Heschel’s Theology?  Hope all is well and that the new owners understand your value to them.  It seems that unless we are directly into the processes of an organization our purpose is diminished.  I guess it gets back to concepts that if not effecting processes are not part of the value to an organization.  Integration of knowledge can be seen this way.  I have started looking at Multi-agent systems and the processes of developing a “Learning agent”.  I think there is insight in that design that can be developed into a KM format for any organization.  Just a thought.

Shalom to you and your family Howie.

Ron

PARADOX AND POLARITY

A necessary condition affecting human beliefs in philosophy and religion is the paradox. The source of their paradoxical character has its origin in the essential polarity of human being.

To ignore the paradox is to miss the truth.

Jewish thinking and living can only be adequately understood in terms of a dialectic pattern, containing opposite or contrasted properties. As in a magnet, the ends of which have opposite magnetic qualities, these terms are opposite to one another and exemplify a polarity which lies at the very heart of Judaism, the polarity of ideas and events, of mitzvah and sin, of kavvanah and deed, of regularity and spontaneity, of uniformity and individuality, of halakhah and agadah, of law and inwardness, of love and fear, of understanding and obedience, of joy and discipline, of the good and the evil drive, of time and eternity, of this world and the world to come, of revelation and response, of insight and information, of empathy and self-expression, of creed and faith, of the word and that which is beyond words, of man’s quest for God and God in search of man. Even God’s relation to the world is characterized by the polarity of justice and mercy, providence and concealment, the promise of reward and the demand to serve Him for His sake. Taken abstractedly, all these terms seem to be mutually exclusive, yet in actual rising they involve each other; the separation of the two is fatal to both.

Since each of the two principles moves in the opposite direction, equilibrium can only be maintained if both are of equal force. But such a condition is rarely attained. Polarity is an essential trait of all things. Tension, contrast, and contradiction characterize all of reality.

However, there is a polarity in everything, except God. For all tension ends in God. He is beyond all dichotomies.”

Failure comes easy

It is easy to fail.  It is easy to quit and say that you can’t do something.  It is easy to allow someone else to impact your thinking.   Everyone has a boss and everyone is influenced by someone.   Very few people in the world are an island to themselves.  I would be willing to bet that even those who live alone are troubled by their own duality.

People will tell you that you can’t do something and if you let them, they will hold you back.  Dreams could be shattered easily.   Again, this is a tough world and we all face adversity. There isn’t a person on this planet that isn’t faced with challenges.   The question is when given the choice, what will you choose to do?   We are all destined for an ending and that is part of life, we are born and we live and we die.   Sometimes, I think we forget about the dying part or on the other end of the spectrum we focus too much on dying.   Regardless, we still have choices and opportunities.  We can choose to get up when we fail and we can choose to share our failures along with our success.  In fact, if we shared more of our failures we might give others an opportunity to learn from these and they could achieve their dreams or desired outcome that much faster.  (See blog on learning from failures)

Speaking to the Mind

Our humanity often gets in the way of logic.   There are multiple types of intelligence, speaking to the mind or logical aspect of ourselves limits our ability.  That being said, logic is important and needed as if we were running around simply making emotional decisions all the time, what would the world look like?  War, famine, divorce, disease, power hungry people, I apologize as I digress.  We need to use math, analytics, and science to address universal truth.   Things make sense often because there is logic behind them not because they “feel good” and this is the part of the story of working out loud.  

In Practice

As I have written, I like to consider if I were reading these words, how would I use them?   How could I find benefit in my daily life?  How could I find benefit at work?  We spend a lot of our time at work or working, or so it seems, at least in the US.  I would hope that it is for something beyond simply punching a card and getting a paycheck to be a cog in the great corporate machine.   Here are a few things I do to work out loud while speaking to the heart and mind:

  1. Write a narrative:  For everything I do, there is a story,  I spend some time with my team writing a short narrative of what we are doing and why.  I also look to identify the outcome of the work and measure it.    It is normally no more than 2 pages and it is accessible to everyone in the organization.
  2. Meetup: I meet with people often and I listen to their stories.  I look to find common bonds and/or opportunities to share something I know or learn from them.  
  3. Advocate:  As I have written in past blogs, I advocate for others and myself, but this comes in the form of both written and oral history.
  4. I write: I try to write at least once a week for myself and I look at this as an opportunity to learn and share.
  5. Consider my purpose:  I don’t know why people get to stay or go.  I don’t know why we wind up where we are and why fate has us here.   I believe that I have purpose and when I don’t know what it is in the big design, I consider the small things.    When I was a baby I came down with the flu.  We were scheduled to fly to Miami to see our family in Florida.  My parents chose to cancel our flight and I can tell you that my father is a person who would take high consideration to make this choice.   The plane crashed and everyone on board died.   Maybe in another universe I was on that plane but in this one, I am here and I have things to do.   I consider my purpose often and work hard to remind myself that today is a gift and not a promise.  

In practice, it is the small acts that matter. Consider that working out loud is part of this practice and it is just like exercise.   We know that it is healthy to do all the time, and we have no need to wait until the day that we have more time to do it.

Shout, Show and Share to Work Out Loud

Working Out Loud – Simply Works..

I can easily see how everyday my life is better for practicing behaviors that are aligned and consistent with WOL.   When I first met John Stepper http://johnstepper.com/ he said “I don’t care about selling books, I care about helping people.”  If he were to have any disappointment it would potentially be that he could not reach further and help more people.   It left a very clear impression on me.   John conveyed his ideas beyond his words alone and spoke from his heart.    I believe that we should do our part to help people as well.

As a child my step father would go to the Salvation Army depot and pick up an emergency services disaster relief truck to serve firefighters on 3 alarm or greater fires.   It could be 3 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning, he would go and serve the firefighters and police through the disaster.   He had a full-time job to do as well.   The whole family would go sometimes and serve cookies and milk or ice tea to the blackened faces and tired eyes of the NYC service members.   Andre (my step father) would say that we need to “show up” and he enjoyed just being there to help.

I thought about John Stepper and Andre both in consideration of the work I had before me in knowledge management.    It is empowering to serve and act to help others and I wanted to find ways to introduce these concepts in all aspects of my life.    I read a lot about leadership and I try to account and understand my failures along with my success.   I know I can do better and I work to stay resilient.

I am happy to share what I have seen actually work.  I also want to put this in context of this quote “The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.” – M. Scott Peck

I believe that John may never see the millions of people that he helps or the butterfly effect of his insights and wisdom but if we know that we help one person, this may be all that is needed to create a positive impact and the desired outcome.

Here are some basics that work.

Corporate Communications..  **Shout Out**

1) Use the 5 Whys.. to explain what problem you are looking to help solve by Working Out Loud.

2) Use stories to tell people the value of Working Out Loud without having specific problems to solve.

3) Ask your communications team to help share and convey your message.

Create an Event or a Series and **Show Up**

1) The more you show up the better off everyone is.   Your stories will get better and you will become more relaxed and comfortable.  Beyond that, showing up is showing that you care.

2)Go to your people.  People may not have time to come to an event or see you, but you can find your way to them.  Making the effort is critically important.

 

Share

Every one of us has a story to share and experiences that can help others.    Share your ideas, your thoughts and your experiences and be open to listening and reading the thoughts of others.  It helps in many ways both for business and personal reasons but the practice of sharing and infectious and are good for your overall health and well being.   At the same time, have no expectations of getting feedback.   If you put something out there today it may find its way to usefulness many moons from now but have faith that it matters.

 

 

 

 

3 Low Cost Knowledge Tools to Increase Profitability

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You can’t learn if you aren’t listening

Imagine you go to an ice cream shop to purchase vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and you get to the counter and ask, “Can I please have some vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles?”  How would you feel if the person serving you didn’t respond?   How long would you wait at the counter? Would you ask the person again?  Maybe you are a nice person and you would ask again.   What if after you asked for the third time the person finally responded with, “You don’t want vanilla ice cream. you want a burger.”    Oh, that makes no sense..  after all you knew that you wanted ice cream and you even knew what kind and you were aware that the ice cream shop had this flavor and you had an expectation that the person serving would be happy to serve you up some soft serve vanilla.

Well folks, this happens every day both to people consuming content and products and for those trying to provide content and products.    You can’t learn what someone wants or what someone knows if you aren’t listening.

There is a good chance that someone isn’t listening to what you are saying even if you are.. in fact, the owner of the ice cream shop itself.

My first tool .. Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening – Forbes <– have at the link..

Buying new things without a real purpose is dumb

You know what I like to do? When my kids stop listening and they don’t share with each other and they don’t communicate well, I go out and buy myself a new car.  I figure that I will get them all in the car and they will all be so enamored with the awesomeness of this thing that all the bad behavior will go away.   They will start talking to each other and share their toys and we will all be happy!  Except,  the car has an internal DVD player and they want to watch different movies.  Also, they are still mad at each other so they are still fighting.  Now they are fighting in the new car and messing it up.  Do I have to pull this thing over…and?

Yeah.. sounds silly, because it is..  Why would you buy new technologies to change behavior?  In fact, why would you even think that a new technology by itself would change behavior?  Does that make any sense to you?

So.. here is tool number 2

Change Management <–

Yep..  it isn’t the tool that needs to change.. it is something else..

Be Kind

You may consider that kindness (real kindness) is actually a good tool.  Why? Because with kindness all things are possible and without it all things are not likely.

It doesn’t matter how large an organization you live in, kindness and respect are key to happiness.  Being happy and purposeful are the fundamentals.   You could drive the numbers up for a short time by making personnel cuts and/or introducing new technologies that are highly technical, however, you can’t keep them up without kindness, respect, and understanding.

A kind person with a clear understanding for respect and trust will always exceed in all endeavors.   That person will be a force multiplier and people will follow and work for them without question.   An unkind person will find themselves empty and alone in every aspect and it will impact all of the people around them.

If I am pointing out the obvious, why is it so hard for people to realize that these basic behaviors make people and organizations successful?

I am not offering a link to kindness, because there is a good chance that you know how to be kind.  You either choose to be kind or you choose to be something else.

Low Cost KM

I offer this thought.  If your organization has technologies to collaborate, store content, share content etc.. consider that you have most of what you need from a technological perspective (of course there are cool tools) but you need to focus on behavior.  Behavior is what will drive productivity and behavior is what will change how things feel.  If you create an environment of kindness. trust, respect, honor and loyalty, your organization will grow beyond your imagination.   Would you share your greatest failures and success with someone you dislike or even hate?   Knowledge sharing can only be successful if people are willing and able.  The technologies can provide the vehicle for ability, but not for a willingness.

–Think about it//

Email Pattern

Just in Case (3 other tools).. If you need a tech fix

http://wandora.org/www/

1)  Wandora is a desktop application to collect, store, manipulate and publish information, especially network model data and data about WWW resources. Wandora’s data model is multilayered and based on Topic Maps. Addition to topic map formats, Wandora imports RDF and OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) files. Moreover, Wandora can extract topic maps out of various file formats and web services.

2) One of my new favorites @ http://sotera.github.io/newman/quick-start/ for email analysis.

3)Always useful for knowledge mapping http://cmap.ihmc.us/