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Many Eyes Visualizations: Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Many Eyes Visualizations by IBM

    This is an excellent discovery.  Many Eyes is a visual maker.  There are several unique ways to use this tool.  IBM describes it as "the power of human visual intelligence".

Many Eyes has many applications for teachers, students, businesses, organizations, and more.  Teachers and students familiar with Wordle may prefer Many Eyes as it allows for more customization, descriptions, and options.  The cloud visualization above is an example of one of the kinds of visualizations you can make with Many Eyes.  The most frequent words are portrayed with larger font.

This phrase net is useful to display relationships between words, patterns, and concepts.

The tag cloud above utilizes color and font size to display data and information.  You can use a tag cloud to compare two different texts.  After you create your own tag cloud the tool allows you to drag a cursor over each word to bring up more data, information, and connections related to it within the text.

After reading the directions and playing around a bit with the Many Eyes website you will learn how to exactly utilize all the options.  The first basic step is to choose data or words you wish to input, such as a passage from a novel, a speech, or statistics.  The second step is to select how you want the data or words to display, as a cloud or net.  After that you will need to provide a title and other descriptive information for your visualization.  

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My Chat with Dax Holt

My Chat with Dax Holt

The term “Thirty Mile Zone” originated in the 1960s, when due to the growth of location shoots, studios established a “thirty mile zone” to monitor rules for filming in Hollywood.  The program originated from America Online (AOL) as the company sought to enter the entertainment industry.

"TMZ altered the entertainment news landscape by changing the way the public gets its news.  Frequently referenced by various media, TMZ is one of the most-cited entertainment news sources, utilized by national network and local news gathering organizations across the country."

I had a dynamic opportunity to chat with Dax Holt from TMZ after his interview with Ryan Seacrest.  Food was our topic of conversation.  Dax commented about his favorite cookies, "I like thin mints from the freezer".   Dax also happens to be a fellow alumnus from California State University Fullerton.

Pictured above:  Ryan Seacrest (left), Dax Holt (right)

Dax went on from producing TMZ to hosting Hollywood Pipeline, “a daily entertainment YouTube show focused on delivering you the best celebrity pics and video from around the world”.

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Caravel Snickerdoodle Cookies by Jesse Bluma

Caravel Snickerdoodle Cookies

These gourmet cinnamon and sugar
cookies are made with organic ingredients.
Their namesake recalls ships in quest of
de luxe spices for the New World.

Order online or contact me for catering.

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The Origin of Father's Day by Jesse Bluma

The Origin of Father's Day

The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington.  After listening to a church sermon at Spokane's Central Methodist Episcopal Church in 1909 about the newly recognized Mother's Day, Dodd felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognition, as well.  She wanted a celebration that honored fathers like her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was left to raise his family alone when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child when Sonora was 16 years old.

It took many years to make the holiday official.  In spite of support from the YWCA, the YMCA, and churches, Father's Day ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar.  Many people saw it as the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions.  A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official; Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.   

The day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.  In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.

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My Chat with Antonio Ballatore

My Chat with Antonio Ballatore

Originally from New York City, Antonio Ballatore grew up with artist parents and collectors of antiques.  This sparked Ballatore’s own interest in art and rare pieces.  His entrance into design occurred when Ballartore ran into a friend that was creating sets for photographers.  After gaining experience with set design Ballatore went on to win HGTV’s “Design Star”, have his own series, and found his own studio.  

I had a dynamic opportunity to chat with Antonio Ballatore from HGTV.  Antonio was a winner of the HGTV show Design Star.  His road to stardom included a music career of his own, working construction jobs when he was not on stage, and designing sets for photographers, restaurants, and clubs.  

I asked him about his favorite cookies.  He said, "I like's an Italian Christmas cookie".  For those wondering, pignoli are made with almond paste and pine nuts.

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School E-waste Drive: Deserves a Cookie Award

E-Waste Recycling Drop Off

This is an excellent event....Free E-Waste Recycling

June 12th
8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Recycle Your Old Electronics:

Computer monitors and towers
TV’s, Plasma Screens, CRT and LCD Screens
Fax Machines
Stereo systems
Cell Phones

FREE Electronic Waste Recycling Drop Off!!!
Bring your electronics FREE of charge to help raise funds to benefit de Portola Elementary School

27031 Preciados
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

For more information please call 949-586-5830

Recycling program managed by Electronic Recyclers International,
1-800-RECYCLING, America’s #1 E-Waste Recycler

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