Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minestroni soup for dinner. And oh. The coffee is 'Caffe la Toscanas.'

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#KED #Westminster

It's time for coffee.

It's time for coffee.

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Kissimmee, FL 34747
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Lonely is the runner that toils in the warmth & sunshine of Florida. Just saying

#KED #Westminster

Friday, January 24, 2014

How to block people on Google+

My e-mail and Blogger posts are getting spammed more and more by unwanted marketing content from Google+ users ... It just might be time for Google to address the problem... Just saying...

Block someone 
Block someone

  1. Open Google+ and use the search bar at the top of the page to find their profile.
  2. Click  next to their name.
  3. Select Report/block [person's name].
  4. Click the checkbox next to Block [person's name].
  5. Click Done in the lower-right corner.
You can block someone while editing your circlesin Hangouts, or when reporting their content for violating our User Content and Conduct Policies. Hangouts On Air are live video Hangouts, which are broadcast via YouTube. If the host invites people you've blocked to a Hangout On Air, you may see video of each other participating in the Hangout and you may see each other's names, profile pictures, and questions or other content.

What happens when you block someone

The following are the results of blocking someone. Keep in mind that the limits placed upon the person you've blocked are only enforced when they're logged in. For instance, if someone you've blocked is signed in, they won't be able to see your public posts, but if they aren't signed in, they may be able to see those posts. When you block someone:
  • You won't see their content in your stream (even though you'll remain in their circles).
  • They'll be removed from any circles of yours that they appear in.
  • They'll be removed from your extended circles, even if you have mutual connections.
  • They won't be able to add new comments to your content. 
  • They won't be able to see your comments on other people's posts.
  • They won't be able to view any of your posts that you share after blocking them.
  • They won't be able to mention you in posts or comments.
When you block someone, we won't proactively notify them (unless you block them from within a video call). But since blocking someone limits the interactions that person can have with you, they may figure out that they've been blocked.

See people you've blocked

To see the list of people you've blocked, follow these steps:
  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click  People.
  3. Click Your circles at the top of the page.
  4. Click Actions in the left corner.
  5. Select View blocked.

Blocking and Communities

Communities in Google+ are shared spaces for users to gather and have conversations around common interests. Communities have owners and moderators: users who are responsible for managing these shared spaces so that everyone has a positive experience.
If you join a community that is managed by someone you've blocked, you will not see content they share. However, the person you've blocked, as a moderator, will be able to view and moderate the content you share in that community. They will not be able to +1 your comments or posts, nor will they be able to comment or reshare your posts or photos. As always, people you've blocked will not be able to see or interact with Google+ content you share outside of the community.
If you own or moderate a community and someone you've blocked is a member of that community, the content they share in that community will be hidden with the option to view the content for moderation purposes. You will not be able to +1 their comments or posts, nor will you be able to reshare or comment on their posts or photos.

Blocking and Hangouts

Visit our Hangouts Help Center to learn about blocking in Hangouts.

The Weather Channel’s Plea to Waive DIRECTV’s Cancellation Fee - FishbowlDC

The Weather Channel’s Plea to Waive DIRECTV’s Cancellation Fee - FishbowlDC

By James Reiter on January 23, 2014 2:40 PM

The Weather Channel's Plea to Waive DIRECTV's Cancelation Fee

After DIRECTV recently dropped The Weather Channel from its lineup, many of the television provider's customers went to switch service, only to be faced with cancelation fees ranging from $200 - 400. Yesterday, The Weather Channel ran full-page ads in The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times that featured an open letter to DIRECTV's Board from The Weather Channel's Chairman and CEO, David... read more>>

To date, more than 115,000 DIRECTV subscribers have pledged to switch their provider, more than 750,000 have complained about the dropped channel, and 4.7 million people have visited the site, These numbers are up significantly from where they were at just 48 hours ago.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19, 2004 Baltimore Sun Poincare Conjecture On the verge of a solution

Ten years ago - - January 19, 2004 Baltimore Sun Poincare Conjecture On the verge of a solution

I wonder, what is the current status of this story on solving the Poincare Conjecture?

Poincare Conjecture On the verge of a solution

Riddle: A reclusive Russian researcher's work, if proven, may unravel one of the biggest and most taxing mysteries of mathematics.

By Douglas Birch Sun Foreign Staff January 19, 2004

MOSCOW - In his office overlooking the faded pastel mansions along a St. Petersburg canal, a young Russian mathematician spent eight solitary years grappling with the Poincare Conjecture, one of the most famous and frustrating conundrums in math.

Now, colleagues say, Grigori Y. Perelman may not only have solved the century-old riddle. He may have helped advance many areas of math and physics, and made it possible to better understand the shape of the universe. "It seems like a very beautiful idea," one American colleague said.

If "Grisha" Perelman's proof of the Poincare is correct - and many mathematicians suspect it is - it will seal his transformation from an obscure researcher into one of the world's leading scientists.

And he will become the first person eligible to claim a $1 million prize offered by the Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Mass., for solving what it calls one of the seven central problems in math.

But the 37-year-old native of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, doesn't seem interested in money or acclaim. While he could probably get a far more lucrative job in the West, he earns only about $200 a month at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics in St. Petersburg.

And he has rejected at least one mathematical prize. In 1996, he refused to accept an award in Budapest, Hungary, from the European Mathematical Society.

Perelman himself won't discuss any of this. "In my opinion, any public discussion of my work at the moment is premature and counterproductive," he wrote in an e-mail to The Sun several months ago. He didn't respond to another request for an interview this week.

Colleagues describe Perelman as jealous of his privacy, and fearful that public attention would distract him from his work. He may also be concerned that the talk of the prize money could make him a target of the Russian underworld.

"I think he wants to be a private person," said John W. Milnor, director of the Institute for Mathematical Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. "He doesn't want to be a media hero, where he can't walk out without being recognized, where he has a fear for his life."

Partly, Perelman is probably leery of prematurely claiming victory. Dozens of researchers have tackled the Poincare Conjecture. It goes to the heart of topology, or the mathematical study of surfaces, which holds that the world consists of two basic shapes, the sphere and the doughnut. Poincare speculated, in effect, that certain rules governing these three-dimensional shapes also apply to the same shapes projected into four and more dimensions.

Two years ago, the mathematician Martin Dunwoody of Southampton University in Britain caused a stir when he published a proposed proof. But Dunwoody, like all his predecessors, was later proved wrong.

Milnor cautioned that Perelman's proof could have hidden flaws. "It's been a puzzle and a challenge for 100 years," he said. "There have been many positive first steps and many false proofs. It's the kind of a subject where it's very easy to make a mistake if you're not careful."

Experts say it could take another six months to a year to verify Perelman's work, which is being scrutinized by teams around the world. But the work appears to have avoided the pitfalls of past efforts. Colleagues say even if his proof has hidden flaws, it represents a major advance in math.

"Although at the moment it is still too soon to declare a definitive solution to the problem, Perelman's ideas are highly original and of deep insight," wrote Michael T. Anderson of Stony Brook, in next month's issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society.

Perelman has so far refused to publish his arguments, a mixture of esoteric math jargon and formulas, in a recognized journal, the traditional method for announcing scientific discoveries. Instead, he has posted his proof as three separate "preprints" -- or draft scientific papers - on an obscure Web site ( A fourth preprint, containing the final elements of his proof, is expected to be posted there soon.

Excitement in the tiny international mathematics community has been building since November 2002, when the first preprint appeared.

Last spring, Perelman gave a series of lectures on his proof at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stony Brook, the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University. At each appearance, those in attendance say, he parried probing questions with rock-solid answers.

These lectures triggered news coverage that rivaled that given the Princeton mathematician Andrew Wiles a decade ago. Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, a problem that had tormented number theorists for 350 years, was confirmed in 1995.

Although Perelman made little stir in math circles before his recent discovery, he made a big impression on his professors. "Grigori Perelman is one of the brilliant successors of earlier Petersburg mathematicians," said a former teacher, Gennadi A. Leonov, dean of the faculty of mathematics and mechanics at St. Petersburg State University.

After his appointment, Perelman published a few works in his areas of expertise, geometry and topology. Then for eight years, he toiled doggedly on the Poincare Conjecture, telling his Russian colleagues little about his work and publishing nothing.

Unlike most of their counterparts in the United States, researchers at the numerous institutes run by the Russian Academy of Sciences are not required to teach or publish. But even by Russian standards, Perelman's long academic silence was remarkable.

Over the past two years he has given numerous lectures to fellow mathematicians. But he has resisted becoming a scientific celebrity. He has refused interviews and asked colleagues not to disclose details of his personal life.

"He doesn't want any intrusions," said Eldar Ibradimov, director of the Steklov, the home to about 85 scholars and researchers. He referred to Perelman respectfully, using his first name and patronymic: "Grigori Yakovlevitch."

The mathematician Jean Pierre Serre recently called Poincare's Conjecture "central to our understanding of the mathematical world." It was proposed in 1904 by the Frenchman Henri Poincare, a nearsighted mining engineer and university professor who was described by one of his early teachers as "a monster of mathematics."

Poincare has been called the last of the great "universalists" in his field, meaning he was a master of all areas of math. But he is probably most famous as a founder of modern topology, the study of the geometric properties of elastic surfaces that don't change when they are stretched or bent.

In topology, a sphere is the only way to bend a two-dimensional plane into a shape without holes. In 1904, at the age of 31, Poincare speculated, in effect, that there was likewise only one way to bend three-dimensional space into a shape without holes. But he couldn't prove this was so.

This talk of bending space may sound like it has nothing to do with the real world. But Albert Einstein said that gravity does indeed bend space, meaning that our three-dimensional universe is curved. If you travel long enough in a straight line through the cosmos, physicists say, you will eventually wind up back where you started.

According to the Clay Institute rules, its so-called Millennium prizes can only be awarded two years after the publication of a proof. But the president of the institute has said that, if the proof holds up, Perelman may still be eligible to win

Monday, January 13, 2014

New debate rises over Maryland gun law

New debate rises over Maryland gun law

Backlog in background checks put gun in hands of carjacking suspect

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New debate rises over Maryland gun law

Jan 12, 2014 | 9:13 AM
More than 200 guns were sold to people legally barred from owning them as a surge in firearms sales last year overwhelmed Maryland's background check system, according to state police.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Eagle River Alaska Real Estate - Bill Babylon Real Estate

"Your Source For Eagle River Alaska Real Estate"

December 21, 2010:  Isn’t It Really Dark in Alaska?  Today is the shortest “day” of the year, so it is a good opportunity to discuss how dark it is during Alaska’s winters.  Those who really want to come here would call most of the “darkness” stories, fabled.  But, there is truth in at least some of what you have heard about sunrise and sunset in Anchorage and Eagle River.  The facts are:  Click here to see full blog post.
November 18, 2010 Update:  Winter Rules!For about six months of every year, the residents of Eagle River, Alaska, live with winter.  Temperatures are generally below freezing, and there is snow and ice on the roads.  The part of the day when the sun is up grows shorter, and the night becomes longer.  Our shortest day of daylight is slightly under 6 hours.  And, so, we adjust our activities accordingly—or not.  Click here to see full blog post.
October 29, 2010 Update:  It’s “Decision Time” in Eagle River, Alaska; and this time it’s not about which of the homes to choose.  It’s about who you want to represent you in the United States Senate.  At least we have a lot of choices.   In fact, there seem to be as many choices for Senate as there are 4-bedroom homes for under $350K.  The issues and the personalities are hotly debated.  It’s something you just can’t avoid these days.  The television is replete with commercials by the front-runners.  The mail is littered with their post cards.  The signs clutter the roadsides, and the newspapers headline the latest political gaff by one or the other of the candidates.   Our phones ring off the hook with political polls. Click here to see full blog post.
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Hot Anchorage home market drives prices up to average $347,000 | Business |

Hot Anchorage home market drives prices up to average $347,000 | Business |

"BY MONICA GOKEY mgokey@adn.comJanuary 9, 2014"

Anchorage's real estate market is more competitive than ever, with home prices continuing to rise, according to new data from the Alaska Multiple Listing Service.

In 2013, homes spent an average of 49 days on the market before selling -- down 20 percent from the previous year -- and buyers are paying 99 percent of the last listing price, according to new data.

The average residential home price in 2013 was $346,977, up 7.8 percent over the average home price of $321,958 in 2011.

Homes listed in the $250,000 to $274,999 price range sold in an average of 34 days, the residential home market's quickest turnaround.

In short: It's a seller's market. Read more:


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Do Not Call complaints top list for 2013 | Business | KeysNet

Do Not Call complaints top list for 2013 | Business | KeysNet:

"Gripes about violations of the state's Do Not Call list easily dominated the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' top complaints for 2013.

The state agency reported Monday that 18,862, or nearly 40 percent, of the 47,226 complaints lodged between Jan. 1 and Dec. 20 involved telemarketers and other telephone sales operators dialing numbers on the Do Not Call list. In second place were 3,626 complaints about telemarketers in general."

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Key West Florida: Keys Net - Weekly Newsletter

What's selling in the Keys this week Dec. 29-Jan. 4
Get educated on federal health insurance mandate
Do you have health insurance? If not, the IRS wants to make sure you know that you must purchase it soon or pay a tax penalty. 
Community Snapshots January 2014
Check out our latest gallery of community photos from throughout the Keys, from kids having fun to nonprofit groups showing what they do. And remember...
Sack races and hula hoop contests were enjoyed by people all ages at Sombrero Beach in Marathon on Dec. 28. Visitors speaking a variety of languages joined in the fun. The beach games are an annual event each year between the Christmas and New Year holidays put on by the Marathon Parks and Recreation Department.
Warmer-than-usual water not good for sailfishing
We finally get a real taste of winter this past Tuesday with temperatures dropping into the 50s, but unfortunately it did not last. 
A little boy holds a redfish he caught in the backcountry with Capt. Mike Makowski of Blackfoot Charters.
The upside to the Keys cold snap: It sparks the fishing bite
If you're here on vacation, you may not be happy about this week's cold front, but it's just what we need to shake up the fishing a bit.
These guys from North Carolina fished with Island Lure Charters last Tuesday, catching Jeff's biggest fish ever, a 20-pound king, and large cero mackerel. They had so much fun they fished again later in the week and beat his Tuesday catch with 39- and 40-pound kings.
Fishing in the Keys
A selection of fishing photos from October and November 2013
Michelle Marinelli caught this monster cero mackerel off Key Largo.
What's selling in the Keys this week Dec. 29-Jan. 4
Get educated on federal health insurance mandate
Do you have health insurance? If not, the IRS wants to make sure you know that you must purchase it soon or pay a tax penalty. 
Do Not Call complaints top list for 2013
Gripes about violations of the state's Do Not Call list easily dominated the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' top complaints for 2013.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lonely is the runner that toils in the cold and the fog. Least it is not snowing

#KED #Westminster

How to prevent strangers on Google+ from flooding your Gmail inbox | PCWorld

How to prevent strangers on Google+ from flooding your Gmail inbox | PCWorld:

"If you use Google+ and Gmail, Google is about to open your email account to a whole new level of spam. A new feature rolling out over the next couple of days makes it possible for any Google+ user to email you, as long as they follow you on Google+—they don’t need to know your actual email address, and you don't even have to follow them back. And to make it even worse, Google took the Facebook approach by turning on the new feature by default.

Fun, right? Not so much. I’ve already got this new “feature” in my inbox and the first thing I did was turn it off. Today, I’m going to show you how to do the same thing.

But first, let’s cover the basics about how this new “email via Google+” feature works." READ MORE:


When the Settings panel opens, scroll down the “General” tab until you see “Email via Google+” label. (If you don’t see the new setting in your Gmail account, check back over the next few days, as the feature is still rolling out to all Gmail users.) Click on the drop-down menu and choose the setting that you’re most comfortable with. Remember, by default Google is letting anyone from Google+ send you unsolicited mail. I chose to stop Google+ emails completely by selecting “No one,” as you can see below... READ MORE:

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska: New Year's revelers destroy Interior town's Internet link | State News |

FAIRBANKS, Alaska: New Year's revelers destroy Interior town's Internet link | State News |

"FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — A New Year's tradition has left residents in one Interior Alaska community off the grid.

The traditional way to ring in the new year is to shoot off guns at midnight on Jan. 1 in Tanana, a community of about 250 residents 150 miles west of Fairbanks.

But this year, one or more revelers with .410-gauge shotguns shot out one of the town's main fiber-optic cable lines." ... Read more:

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